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Kristin Ellefson
October 31st, 2014  |  +Kristin Ellefson  |  Add a Comment

Looking for some ways to brighten up your yard during the cooler fall months? While some foliage will die off, others are designed to shine in the midst of the dropping temperatures and changing weather! Southern Living posted a list of the 10 best plants for southern fall gardens and we couldn’t resist sharing all the great ideas with you! Now that fall is in full force its time to get rid of those dying summer blooms and breath some life back into your garden and spruce up that curb appeal. Having a gorgeous home exterior doesn’t have to be reserved for the warmer months, so hop to it and head on over to your local garden center and pick up some of these beauties today!



The best the fall has to offer! The October glory is sure to bring a ton of great fall color to your yard. Don’t have one? These are pretty common in the south so you can see them brightening roadways and nature trails all over! And why not? Look how gorgeous they are! if you decide you want to get one of these for your yard, make sure to leave enough room they can grow to 50-6o feet tall and the best time to plant them is in September. They can be found at most garden centers and would be a gorgeous, colorful addition to your fall landscape!









Plentifall Pansies are a great variety of pansy to plant during the cooler months. Southern Living says they can withstand temperatures below zero with little damage so they are perfect for areas that might be expecting some winter chill and frost! These plants are the perfect replacement for your warm weather pansy varieties that typically bloom in spring, the Pletifall pansies will bloom from fall to early spring, just in time for you to get your new spring plants in the ground for that year round curb appeal!









The Confederate Rose is the quintessential southern garden addition. These gorgeous blooming shrubs will bring white rose blooms to your yard in late summer and continue flowering throughout the fall with blooms chaning colors with the leaves. They go from white to pink to deep rose red as they age and you can often get all three colors on the plant at once. If you’re looking for a colorful shrub to add to your flower box this fall, this is definitely one to pick up!








While you’re out working on your fall garden, why not do a little prep work for spring! Iceland Poppies are the perfect variety to plant this time of year AND come spring you’ll have beautiful and colorful blooms that will brighten up your yard and breath life back into that winterlandscape you’ve been looking at for a few month. So, while you might not be able to enjoy them immediately, its always great to be a step ahead, right?










A great addition to your fall flower boxes and planters, these bright blue flowers will be the perfect punch of color among the other fall colored foliage that will be found in your yard that time of year. While these may be a little harder to find, they are definitely a fun and beautiful addition to your landscaping. Southern Living Recommends snagging some from!










Looking for something a little different this fall? Check out pitcher plants! This fun variety has a unique shape and some great coloring to spruce up that landscaping a bit! The best part? They are native to the south AND they can help trap some of those pesky bugs that might be trying to eat your other garden delights! Yep, thats right, the pitcher plant traps and digests bugs, so why not give them a whirl. Make sure you plant them where the soil is more acidic and they get some great sunlight and you’ll be loving this guardians of your garden in no time!








Aren’t these gorgeous? The Spanish Bluebell is another one of those work now enjoy later plants. These bulbs seem to be flying under everyone’s radar but would make a beautiful addition to any spring landscape. So, get to work and plant these bulbs and in the spring you’ll have a garden full of beautiful bluebells standing around 15 to 20 inches in height. Whats not to love?











It seems weird, but moss is a great way to keep the greenery in your yard year-round. Southern Living suggests, in areas where it might be harder to keep your grass alive, that you try growing moss there instead, especially if its shady and has a lot of ground moisture. Additionally, moss is a fun way to add some green in your potted plant displays as well, check out the picture to the left, it looks like a perfectly sculpted plant! Such a cool way to add color and texture to your outdoor space if you don’t really want to have many flowering plants around, or want something a little more clean and modern.







This flowering plant will bring you color for several months of the year. Blooming in late fall with these brightly colored flowers, the Spider Lilly will continue to provide you color until the late summer months, so why not splurge a little for some lasting color! You can usually find these bulbs to plant in late spring and they will last for years!











The perfect additions to your fall garden: greens! From Kale, to Lettuce and Collards all the way to the mustard plant, these leafy greens will bring some vibrant color and gorgeous texture to your fall and winter landscaping! The best  varieties of lettuce to try are Bib Lettuce, Oak Leaf, and Red Sails, while your best varieties of mustard plants are red giant and Savannah. When picking the best kale varieties try Lacinato,  Redbor, Red Russian, and Winterbor, and finally with the collards your best varities will be Champion and Georgia Southern.







So, if you were having a shortage of ideas for adding to the fall foliage, fear not, we’ve got ya covered. From flowering blossoms to leafy greens and everything in between, there is sure to be something on this list that suits your taste, so, happy planting!


Brittany Lee
October 31st, 2014  |  +Brittany Lee  |  Add a Comment

Looking for a beautiful townhome at Lake Wylie? Click on the image above to view more photos of this home or read more about it!


MLS#: 3044414

2 Bedrooms, 2.5 Bathrooms


Beautiful townhome at Lake Wylie. Many recent updates include roof, porch, main level popcorn ceiling removal, interior paint, carpet, and hardwood flooring. Enjoy community features such as tennis courts, pool, beach area, boat storage, boat dock all located at beautiful Lake Wylie.


The Yachtsman Real Estate Market Statistics:
Number of active single-family listings in The Yachtsman: 1
Average listing price for all active single-family listings in The Yachtsman: $144,900


The number of closed sales in The Yachstman remained steady at 6.


The average sales price for homes in The Yachtsman has decreased about 3% over the last year to $158,956.


The average number of days on the market for homes in The Yachstman has decreased significantly, from 228 to 154.


There is currently a 2.5 Month Supply of homes for sale in The Yachtsman.


For more information on this listing contact Matt Williams. To learn more about Matt click here.


Kristin Ellefson
October 30th, 2014  |  +Kristin Ellefson  |  Add a Comment

Last week we posted a national market update from the National Association of Realtors® with the numbers from September 2014, and talked a little about the continued market improvements we have seen throughout the year. In you were in need of some extra information, check out this awesome infographic shared with us by Chris Tilley, one of our partners at Cunningham and Company Mortgage Bankers. With existing home sales up from last year, prices rising, inventory increasing, and distressed sales dropping off, the market looks to be in prety good shape to close out 2014 and hopefully get 2015 started off with a bang!


Brittany Lee
October 30th, 2014  |  +Brittany Lee  |  Add a Comment

This classic home in Hudson Place was just put on the market! Click on the image above to view more photos of this home or read more about it!


MLS#: 3043808

4 Bedrooms, 2.5 Bathrooms


Charm & Elegance abound in this custom home nestled on a private lot on a cul-de-sac street in sought after Hudson Place in Davidson. This well cared for home features gleaming hardwoods, deep crown molding and chair rails, 7.25″ baseboards & plantation shutters. Fabulous kitchen with handmade cherry cabinets, granite counter tops & commercial grade stove. NEW roof 2013, fresh exterior and interior paint, NEW HVAC 2014! Screened porch and patio overlook private fenced backyard. *A MUST SEE!*


Hudson Place School Information:
Elementary School:
Davidson Elementary School
Middle School: Bailey Middle School
High School: William Amos Hough High School


Hudson Place Real Estate Market Statistics:
Number of active single-family listings in Hudson Place: 1
Average listing price for all active single-family listings in Hudson Place: $654,000


The number of closed sales in Hudson Place remained steady at 2.


The average sales price for homes in Hudson Place has increased almost 21% over the last year to $689,000.


The average number of days on the market for homes in Hudson Place has decreased significantly, from 114 to 10.



There is currently an 0.2 Month Supply of homes for sale in Hudson Place.


For more information on this listing contact Nikki Smith. To learn more about Nikki click here.

Kristin Ellefson
October 29th, 2014  |  +Kristin Ellefson  |  Add a Comment


There’s no denying that curtains and window treatments can make a big difference in a space. Whether you’re just hanging panel curtains or creating an entire treatment with many parts and pieces, getting something on the walls to highlight the windows is always the perfect finishing touch for any space, so when it comes to picking out window treatments, it’s no surprise that some can carry quite the price tag! HGTV FrontDoor recommends some of the biggest trends in window treatments right now and then we found these great tips for getting your perfect curtains on a budget!


Trendy Treatments:

  1. Luxurious Colors:
    Deep, rich colors can really make a window treatment pop, try out some of the popular jewel tones and other saturated shades for a window treatment that pops right off the wall. Even in broad daylight your eye will still be drawn to something bold and bright, and its the perfect punch of color in the ever popular monochrome room! 

    Gorgeous Jewel tone curtains breathe life into this gray and white dining space. Click the image to view on pinterest.

  2. Light and Bright
    On the opposite end of the spectrum you’ll find a preference for light and airy window treatments, for example, bright sheer curtains, or even sheers with a bold pattern. This creates a decorative element in the space without it feeling so heavy and also allows the natural light into the space. This is a great option for rooms that might be less formal or where taking advantage of natural lighting is key, such as a sunroom or in home workspace. These light-weight curtains are the perfect touch of style and class for the space with tons of natural lighting, adding a decorative element without taking away from the bay window and all the light streaming into the space. 

    These Window Treatments featured on the Lumar Interiors blog are the perfect pairing of light weight and style! Click the image above to read the original post.

  3. Not your Typical Roman Shades
    Gone are the days of your stereotypical Roman Shade  made of canvas or other less than decorative materials. Now you can find these shades in a variety of colors and patterns and they can even come embellished with trim, borders and the likes. So if you have been thinking the bland roman shade might not be for you, think again! These are an awesome way to include a decorative element AND have the option for privacy when the shades are closed. 

    These bold patterned shades from Drape Style are a great way to spruce up the windows if you're not planning to splurge on blinds!

  4. Neutral and Natural
    Looking for a more neutral option? Natural textures and shades are always a great option when you’re thinking about window treatments. There are tons of great ways to bring in the natural look, you can try bamboo shades, an old decorative window, or even some revamped shutters! These also pair perfectly with the shabby chic design style that is popular right now! 

    There are tons of options when it comes to picking natural window coverings!

  5. Don’t Forget the Hardware
    Its not just enough to have fabulous curtains, remember the hardware is also part of your design! Just like you wouldn’t skimp on the faucets and fixtures in your bathroom reno, don’t neglect your hardware in decor, it can make a big difference in the style of your room, and there are tons of awesome options from individual hooks for tabbed curtains to decorative rods, finials and more! 

    Tons of great creative options can add decorative elements to your window decor.



Get your Window Treatments on a Budget:

  1. Bargain Buys: Can’t afford to get a custom window treatment made? Check out places like Target, Ikea, JCPenny, and WestElm for a great deal on all the trendy styles, there are also some great affordable options for curtain rods and hardware, so make sure you check it all out!
  2. Go the DIY Route: There are tons of tutorials online about creating your own Roman shades or building your own valance for window treatments as well as using hardware pieces to create the industrial look for your curtain rods, so make sure to check out sites like Pinterst that are chock -full of inspiration for everything you could ever need.
  3. Options You Wouldn’t Normally Consider: HGTV front door points out that you don’t just have to shop the curtains and drapes sections, there are tons of options out there! Think about checking out some different table cloths and pairing them with clip curtain hangers, or convert a patterned or brightly colored sheet into the perfect curtain panel.


There are so many great options out there and even some tricks to help you get the best bargain on your style so there’s no reason to leave your windows uncovered and undercoated! The right window treatment can be the perfect finishing touch to your newest home decor project!

Brittany Lee
October 29th, 2014  |  +Brittany Lee  |  Add a Comment


Check out this impressive home in Stonehaven! Click on the image above to view more photos of this home or read more about it!

MLS#: 3042748

4 Bedrooms, 2.5 Bathrooms


Completely renovated home in Stonehaven. New Roof, Windows, Front door, tile foyer and upstairs Baths. Kitchen/dining/great room w/ walls removed for an open, modern floor plan. New Kitchen granite and island, tile floor, lighting, micro, sink ,coffered ceiling. Refinished hardwoods. Plantation shutters on sliding doors lead to the patio and large back yard-fenced on 3 sides. Freshly painted inside and out. HVAC 2012, added insulation in attic, upgraded electrical panel new asphalt drive. Nice!


Stonehaven School Information:
Elementary School:
Rama Road Elementary School
Middle School: McClintock Middle School
High School: East Mecklenburg High School


Stonehaven Real Estate Market Statistics:
Number of active single-family listings in Stonehaven: 7
Average listing price for all active single-family listings in Stonehaven: $194,128.57


The number of closed sales in Stonehaven remained steady at 86.


The average sales price for homes in Stonehaven has increased almost 5% over the last year to $234,765.


The average number of days on the market for homes in Stonehaven has decreased to 73.

There is currently an 3.9 Month Supply of homes for sale in Stonehaven


For more information on this listing contact Sherrie Andrews. To learn more about Sherrie click here.

Kristin Ellefson
October 28th, 2014  |  +Kristin Ellefson  |  Add a Comment

Charlotte will be getting another awesome brewery in the popular Uptown area. With the beer scene already booming with local flavor from the likes of The Old Meck Brewery, NoDa Brewing, BirdSong, Heist, Triple C and more, it will be exciting to see what this new local spot will have to offer. On Saturday from 2-9pm the new kid on the block, Sycamore Brewing will be hosting their grand opening celebration at their location just off the light rail behind the Atherton Mill. The Grand Opening will feature music by a few local bands and food from some of Charlotte’s favorite food trucks, and of course a chance to try out the new brew in town!  ”Our aim for Sycamore Brewing is simple: use the freshest ingredients possible and brew all-natural, extraordinarily tasty craft beer.” say locals Justin and Sarah, of Sycamore Brewing.



Photo by Eric Gaddy, click the image above to read more about the History of Beer in Charlotte!

With the increase of young millennials moving to Charlotte to start their careers, it seems like the craft beer scene has really been on the rise, and it doesn’t look like it will be slowing any time soon. From the looks of things, Sycamore Brewing won’t be the new guy for too long, The Charlotte Business Journal has recently reported on a few new craft brew sites planning to pop up in 2015. Red Clay Ciderworks plans to take the leap from home brew to Charlotte’s first Cidery in 2015 with their Southend storefront and a planned 1300 sqft. tap room! The cidery is currently running a kickstarter campaign to help with some of the added costs of launching the new business, you can read more about the business and their campaign here. Additionally, Legion Brewing has leased a space in Plaza Midwood with hopes of getting their operation up and running in spring 2015 to add another feather to the cap of Charlotte’s brewery scene.


Possibly the most exciting of all is the recent opening of Charlotte’s first growler shop! If you don’t have time to sample all of Charlotte’s awesome craft brews one by one you can visit Craft Tasting Room and Growler Shop. Craft plans to have 36 beers on tap, half of which will be reserved for local breweries. Thats right: 18 local craft brews on tap all the time, and the rest for regional and special-edition brews. With beers on tap and options for growlers to take home, this is going to be a hot spot for Charlotte beer lovers and tourists alike! Craft brews won’t be the only thing to check out here, read more about the Craft Tasting room here.


Brittany Lee
October 28th, 2014  |  +Brittany Lee  |  Add a Comment

If you're looking for a brilliant home in the Williamsburg subdivision in Charlotte, this is it! Click on the image above to view more photos of this home or read more about it!


MLS#: 3043458

5 Bedrooms, 2.5 Bathrooms


Space galore in this gracious Plantation style home!! Hard to find 2nd level covered porch! Former model home W/ LOTS of space incl. a large Great Rm w/a brick fplace, Mud Rm, Office & a Bonus Rm up. Kitchen w/granite, tile, & built-in desk. Fresh paint & lighting upgrades. Generous Master Ste w/Sitting Rm & access to porch. Enjoyable, flat backyard & driveway & large deck. Fantastic schools!!


Williamsburg School Information:
Elementary School:
Polo Ridge Elementary School
Middle School: J.M. Robinson Middle School
High School: Ardrey Kell High School


Williamsburg Real Estate Market Statistics:
Number of active single-family listings in Williamsburg: 1
Average listing price for all active single-family listings in Williamsburg: $385,000


The number of closed sales in Williamsburg has increased 75% to 7.


The average sales price for homes in Williamsburg has increased over 21% over the last year to $331,214.


The average number of days on the market for homes in Williamsburg has decreased to 22.


There is currently an 1.1 Month Supply of homes for sale in Williamsburg.


For more information on this listing contact Lori Fuqua. To learn more about Lori click here.

Kristin Ellefson
October 27th, 2014  |  +Kristin Ellefson  |  Add a Comment

Home decor is going green, and not the way you might think! Design experts are saying the next big thing in home decor brings the outdoors in, with pops of vibrant green in home decor. Since interior design is often influenced by what’s around us, whether it’s the style and feel of the home exterior, or the neighborhood, or the beach or the mountains, a lot of times we bring the outside in without even noticing it. Various shades of green can be easy to find and use throughout your home. It’s almost like a fun neutral! Becky Dietrich, a Houzz Contributor, stated in an article on that green was really the most neutral of all neutrals – it can exist as its own interesting color or be paired perfectly with a variety of other hues, and we have to agree! You can check out some awesome pairings on the original article OR check out some other great green decor on the National Association of Realtors® Styled Staged Sold blog. Check out some fun ideas we found perusing a few different home decor blogs and pinterest and see what you think of the new unexpected neutral!


Some Great decor ideas from The Pink Doormat Blog! Click the link to view the original post.




This photo from everything LEB shows how the green pairs perfectly with natrual decor such as a rustic wooden table, a natrual stone fireplace and a woven area rug. Click the image above to view the original blog post.



Click the image above to check out a blog from the Decoist about using shades of green in modern home decor! A great example of how versatile the color truly is!

Whether you’re looking to add some soft touches to your design with greenery or to brighten up your kitchen with a backsplash, place mats or chair cushions, or even to add some sass to your high end design, the color green almost transforms to fit the style of your space. Another great thing about green is that there is a wide variety of shades and they all tend to work well on their own or mixed in with other neutral palettes. Whether it’s kelly green, chartreuse or a lime green, these colors offer just the right punch of pizzazz in your decor. Will you be bringing in any touches of green in your next home decor project? We’d love to hear about it!

Brittany Lee
October 27th, 2014  |  +Brittany Lee  |  Add a Comment


Can you believe this magnificent home in Beverly Crest is for sale? Click on the image above to view more photos of this home or read more about it!


MLS#: 3043568

4 Bedrooms, 2.5 Bathrooms


WOW!!! This Beautiful Home features Gorgeous Hardwood Flooring, Arched Openings, Detailed Moldings, Open Floor Plan w/ Grand Center Staircase, New Gourmet Chef’s Kitchen (2011) w/ SS Appliances, Gas Range, Large Center Island. Family Room features a Stoned Fireplace w/ Gas Logs, Great Size Bedrooms, Large Master Suite & Bath, Pristine private Fenced Yard w/ Pergola Tiered Deck, Paver Patio & landscaped flat backyard. All of this and located on a quiet cul-de-sac lot. This Home will go Quick!


Beverly Crest School Information:
Elementary School:
Elizabeth Lane Elementary School
Middle School: South Charlotte Middle School
High School: Providence High School


Beverly Crest Real Estate Market Statistics:
Number of active single-family listings in Beverly Crest: 2
Average listing price for all active single-family listings in Beverly Crest: $385,000



The number of closed sales in Beverly Crest has increased more than 34% to 55.



The average sales price for homes in Beverly Crest has decreased about 3% over the last year to $306,159.




The average number of days on the market for homes in Beverly Crest has decreased to 44.



There is currently an 2.2 Month Supply of homes for sale in Beverly Crest.


For more information on this listing contact Joel Bennett. To learn more about Joel click here.