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Kristin Ellefson
October 21st, 2014  |  +Kristin Ellefson  |  Add a Comment

Fall is in the air and the leaves are starting to change, so get out and take advantage of it this weekend! There are tons of great activities going on all over the city so if you don’t have plans, make sure to check out these events

 

  • On Saturday, October 25 from 4-7pm there will be a Fall Festival at Pritchard Memorial Baptist Church in Southend. The Festival will have food trucks, live music, carnival games, bounce houses, trunk or treat and an appearance by the Charlotte Knights mascot, Homer!
  • The Ebenezer United Methodist Church Fall Festival, in Belmont,  is also on Saturday from 5:30-7pm with live music, Trunk or treat, food, games, giant slide, bounce house, hayrides and more!
  • The Fall Arts and Crafts Festival, sponsored by Small Hands Big Art will be Saturday from 11-2pm at Small Hands Big Art off of Ardrey Kell Road. The event is free and open to the public and offers a variety of free fall art projects.
  • Saturday and Sunday at Birkdale Village patrons can catch the 4th Annual Greater Charlotte Fine Art Festival where you can see and purchase a variety of handmade goods created by artisans from all across America. A variety of styles will be shown including painting, photography, sculpture, metalwork, digital art, jewelry, glass, ceramics, and woodworking. The event is Saturday and Sunday from 10am-5pm so make sure to head up to the Lake Norman area to check it out!
  • Planning a wedding? This Sunday in Mooresville you  can drop in at the Southern Flair Bridal Affair to check out tons of great local vendors for your big day. The event is free to attend but you must pre-register to be entered into the raffle for a chance to win your venue for free!

Still not sure what you’re planning for the weekend? Check out our post about the Renaissance Festival, now through November 23 OR our list of Fall Festivals, Haunted Houses and activities from previous blog posts!

 
Brittany Lee
October 21st, 2014  |  +Brittany Lee  |  Add a Comment

In addition to space, this beautiful home in Ardrey has plenty of character! Click on the image above to read more about this listing and view more photos!

MLS#: 30423234

4 Bedrooms, 3 Bathrooms

 

Gorgeous Charleston style home in desirable Ardrey on very quiet street!  Rocking chair front porch, spacious screened rear porch, and fenced yard.  Gourmet kitchen with large island, granite, stainless steel appliances, brand new carpet, hardwoods and plantation shutters.  Master suite down, upstairs features a large 4th bedroom, bath & bonus.  Lawn maintenance included in HOA fees.  Huge loft storage in garage!  Amenities include pool, clubhouse, fitness room and amazing common areas throughout the neighborhood.

 

Ardrey School Information:
Elementary School:
Elon Park Elementary School
Middle School: Community House Middle School
High School: Myers Park High School

 

Ardrey Real Estate Market Statistics:
Number of active single-family listings in Ardrey: 2
Average listing price for all active single-family listings in Ardrey: $503,000

 

 

The number of closed sales in Ardrey has decreased to 19.

 

 

The average sales price for homes in Ardrey has increased almost 10% over the last year to $484,953.

 

 

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

 

 

There is currently a 2.4 Month Supply of homes for sale in Ardrey.

 

 

For more information on this listing contact Tara Neperud. To learn more about Tara click here.


 
Kristin Ellefson
October 20th, 2014  |  +Kristin Ellefson  |  Add a Comment

Bathrooms can be a huge selling point in any home, and they can also be a deterrent. Buyers are often looking for just the right amount of space in a bathroom that needs little upgrading and hoping to find at least one tub for bathing and/or relaxing in. They also don’t want to have to do any major plumbing jobs to make the bathroom functional, and the list can really go on and on, but the great news is, you don’t have to be worried about what they might want! Earlier this month, The Wall Street Journal posted an article with some results from The Home Innovation Research Labs about preferences for luxury bathroom upgrades and you might be shocked by some of the results!

 

While it’s no shocker that the bidet is no longer a hot item, some homeowners are opting for dual shower stalls as opposed to the luxurious whirlpool tubs that once dominated the upgrade requests. The survey also noted a change in where people were choosing to spend their money – meaning that they might upgrade fixtures and paint in a guest bathroom, but they choose to spend the most on areas that would be frequently used and enjoyed by the people living there on a regular basis. Waste not, want not! There has also been a noted change in design style, bathrooms have become more contemporary and “hi-tech” with features including heated floors and computerized controls for different features in the showers and bathrooms. Luxury home builder Mark Timothy of Boca Raton, FL also noticed a generational divide in renovations and new home construction with younger buyers pushing for the hi-tech upgrades that may not be as visible on the exterior while the older generations sought solely to be more lavish in their designs. Here are a few awesome bathroom ideas we love! Need more ideas? Check out our Bathroom Retreats Board on Pinterest!

 

4429 Cameron Oaks Drive - Click the image to view more photos of this listing.

This stately master bath features a sunken tub and a glass stall shower in a tile surround as well as tons of storage space and a decorative stained glass window!

 

 

635 Diana Drive - Click the image above to see more photos of this listing!

TONS of counter space, the framed mirrors give the bathroom and updated look, as well as the dark fixtures on the sinks, tub and shower. The combination of the dark rich wood with the marble tile makes this bathroom luxurious and warm!

 

 

1021 Sherringham Way - Click on the image above to view more photos of this listing.

This double shower and wrap around vanity are enough to make any buyer giddy over the master bathroom!

 

 

11227 McClure Manor Drive - Click on the image above to view more photos of this listing.

Check out this DOUBLE shower with glass surround! Enough storage and counter space to keep any homeowner happy and a jetted tub to relax after a long day at the office, talk about a retreat!

 

 

 

1822 W Queens Road - Click on the image above to view more photos of this listin.

A stand alone tub, glass shower, gorgeous tile work and custom vanities take this bathroom to a whole new level!

 
Brittany Lee
October 20th, 2014  |  +Brittany Lee  |  Add a Comment

 

Looking to move into the up-and-coming Dilworth area? Click on the image above to read more about this listing and view more photos!

 

MLS#: 3041878

6 Bedrooms, 5 Bathrooms

 

Newer construction Craftsman style home on Freedom Park! New landscaping with irrigation system. Fresh interior/exterior paint. Tankless water. Built in Fridge with high end appliances. Hardwoods on main two levels. Travertine tile in baths. Walkout basement with 9-inch ceilings. 3 car garage. Over 50 Anderson windows with stunning views of greenery. 3 balconies.

 

Dilworth School Information:
Elementary School:
Eastover Elementary School
Middle School: Alexander Graham Middle School
High School: Myers Park School

 

Dilworth Real Estate Market Statistics:
Number of active single-family listings in Dilworth: 5
Average listing price for all active single-family listings in Dilworth: $672,700

 

The number of closed sales in Dilworth has decreased to 176.

 

The average sales price for homes in Dilworth has increased almost 8% over the last year to $478,680.

 

The average number of days on the market for homes in Dilworth has decreased to 53.

 

There is currently a 4.9 Month Supply of homes for sale in Dilworth.

 

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


 
Kristin Ellefson
October 17th, 2014  |  +Kristin Ellefson  |  Add a Comment

Are “Special Function” Rooms Back? Realtor.com seems to think so. During the housing downturn the typical thought process was that no space should go unwasted, if wasn’t a bedroom, kitchen, or living room, did it really serve any purpose at all or add any extra value to your home? Sellers were often staging home offices as additional bedrooms and minimizing the amount of space that was used creating rooms that had less day-to-day functionality. So, what does that mean now that housing recovery is on the upswing? Well, according to Realtor.com the 3 special function rooms that are in high demand these days are outdoor living areas, mudrooms, and home offices. These all become additional selling features in the home down the road, a sign that people are willing to spend a little extra on things that aren’t just the necessities, or might only have seasonal use, a great sign for housing! Realtor.com also shared a few other rooms that have been on the hot list lately: the in-home media rooms as well as in-law/guest suites. Check out some of these great specialty rooms below!

 

Click on the image above to view more photos of 1630 Dilworth Road or read more about it!

The Mudroom and the drop zone are back! Check out this awesome space this designated area creates in your home to store shoes, coats, hats, bags etc. so that they don’t clutter up your main living room, usually off the garage or the most commonly used entry way, these spaces create a great way to keep all your various items organized. Have a spot for dance bags and bat bags, brief cases and bookbags, this is a great solution to all that in home clutter!

Click on the image above to view more photos of this home or read more about it.

This luxurious home office at 11227 McClure Manor Drive in Ballantyne Country Club spared no expense when it came to creating the perfect specialty space! There is no doubting this space is an office and it doesn’t pretend to be anything else. While some office spaces also double as a guest room or a rec room, this stately room provides a workplace for a true professional and adds an extra bit of luxury to this home!

 

Click on the image above to view more photos of this home or read more about it!

This media room at 11137 McClure Manor Drive in Ballantyne Country Club is a great place to relax and enjoy a movie! Media rooms and home theaters are a fun addition when you have the space. With large projector screens and comfy recliners and sofas, most home theaters are even better than the real deal!

 

Click on the image above to view more photos or read more about this listing!

Here’s an example of a bonus room turned into a place for guests at 7615 Quail Park Drive. While some homes feature lavish owner suites with great closets and luxurious bathrooms, others have the option for a dual master set up to give guests that extra feeling of comfort when they come for a stay. Some homes even feature entire levels as a part of the suite with a living area and small kitchenette, a space that could probably also double as an income suite.

 

Click on the image above to view more photos or read more about this property!

1021 Sherringham Way features a great outdoor living space, something that is making a huge comeback these days! Previously homeowners weren’t interested in investing funds into spaces that could only be used seasonally but as the trend of at-home entertaining begins to climb, having great indoor and outdoor spaces to entertain family and friends really can’t be beat! This one even features a fire pit for the cooler months!

 

 
Brittany Lee
October 17th, 2014  |  +Brittany Lee  |  Add a Comment

 

This beautiful home in Rea Woods probably won't last long! Click on the image above to read more about this listing and view more photos.

 

MLS#: 3041993

5 Bedrooms, 4 Bathrooms

 

Fantastic Rea Woods home on a cul-de-sac with a flat driveway!! Lovely interior w/lots of hwoods, pretty moldings, & a custom stone fireplace & built-ins in a two-sty Great Room. Kitchen with center island, cherry cabs, wine rack, closet pantry & built in desk. Master Sute features a sitting room & separate multi-purpose room. Main level bathroom with full bath for guests. Enjoy outdoor living from the deck overlooking a treed backyard. Neighborhood amenities: a swimming pool, tennis courts & clubhouse. Location!

 

Rea Woods School Information:
Elementary School:
McAlpine Elementary School
Middle School: South Charlotte Middle School
High School: Mecklenburg School

 

Rea Woods Real Estate Market Statistics:
Number of active single-family listings in Rea Woods: 1
Average listing price for all active single-family listings in Rea Woods: $599,000

 

 

The number of closed sales in Rea Woods has decreased to 2.

 

 

The average sales price for homes in Rea Woods has increased almost 8% over the last year to $502,750.

 

 

The average number of days on the market for homes in Rea Woods has decreased to 27.

 

 

There is currently a 1.4 Month Supply of homes for sale in Rea Woods.

 

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


 

 
Kristin Ellefson
October 16th, 2014  |  +Kristin Ellefson  |  Add a Comment

Tina Wilson - NC Realtor® - Helen Adams Realty, Randolph Road

Helen Adams Realty is pleased to announce that Tina Wilson has decided to join our Randolph Road office as a new Real Estate Agent.


Tina brings to Helen Adams Realty a wealth of skill, experience and professionalism.  Highly motivated and committed to meeting her client’s needs, she brings a sense of ease to the complex business of Real Estate.  Tina has a refreshingly authentic and forthright work ethic.  She is sincere, organized, efficient, and excels at listening and taking care to follow through with every commitment.  Her philosophy: be nice to people, it’s good business.Read more about Tina here!

 

We are pleased Tina chose to join our team and we look forward to many years of a success with her.

 

 
Kristin Ellefson
October 15th, 2014  |  +Kristin Ellefson  |  Add a Comment

Markets across the nation seem to be back on the recovery track after a brief pause. One of the more encouraging aspects of this renewed recovery is that new construction of single-family homes reached six-year highs in August, according to the U.S. Commerce Department. Consumers are also finding more listings in their search results than they have in years. Inventory is rising in many neighborhoods as higher prices have motivated more sellers to list.

 

New Listings in the Charlotte region decreased 1.7 percent to 4,119. Pending Sales were up 28.4 percent to 3,272. Inventory levels fell 11.2 percent to 15,017 units.Prices continued to gain traction. The Median Sales Price increased 2.9 percent to $179,000. List to Close remained flat at 129 days. Sellers were encouraged as Months Supply of Inventory was down 17.0 percent to 5.0 months.

 

The departure of investors from the scene should benefit first-time homebuyers, but student debt and sluggish wage growth have slowed that transition. The economy is growing, but it’s growing at a slower pace than desired. Thankfully, inflation remains tame, partly enabling the Federal Reserve to keep rates low for longer, contrary to the forecasts of  most economists. Reprinted from August 2014 CRRA Monthly Indicators

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Brittany Lee
October 15th, 2014  |  +Brittany Lee  |  Add a Comment

Click on the image above to view more photos of this must-see home in Dilworth!

MLS#: 3041363

4 Bedrooms, 2.5 Bathrooms

 

660 Ideal Way! Charming bungalow in Dilworth immaculately maintained. Beautifully updated kitchen, stainless appliances, gas stove with convection oven, tile backsplash, & hardwood floors on the main level. Luxurious master suite upstairs. Living room with fireplace, dining room, 3 bedrooms, laundry room, half bath, & 1 full bath on the main level. Additional attic storage off master bathroom. Screened porch and covered porch, 1 car garage with storage above, ready to entertain your guests!

 

Randolph Park School Information:
Elementary School:
Sedgefield Elementary School
Middle School: Sedgfield Middle School
High School: Myers Park High School

 

Dilworth Real Estate Market Statistics:
Number of active single-family listings in Dilworth: 52
Average listing price for all active single-family listings in Dilworth: $790,288.46

 

The number of closed sales in Dilworth has decreased to 176.

 

 

The average sales price for homes in Dilworth has increased almost 8% over the last year to $478,680.

 

 

The average number of days on the market for homes in Dilworth has decreased to 53.

 

 

There is currently a 4.9 Month Supply of homes for sale in Dilworth

 

For more information on this listing contact Kim Walton. To learn more about Kim click here.


 
Kristin Ellefson
October 14th, 2014  |  +Kristin Ellefson  |  Add a Comment

Since 1994 local Charlotte residents and people from across the Carolinas have been celebrating the Renaissance Festival in the greater Charlotte area. The Carolina Renaissance Festival has grown to be one of the largest in the US with a 22 acre village, 11 stages, and food, fun, and games for all! You can see live falconry demonstrations, knights jousting, court jesters, troubadours and tons more characters throughout the festival as well as themed rides and games throughout the village. Did you find love at the Ren Fest? You can even sign up to have your wedding performed there, or maybe just renew your vows! No matter what youre looking for, youre sure to find it during this annual festival.

 

The Renaissance Festival will be open on Saturdays and Sundays October 4 – November 23 from 10am-5:30pm (rain or shine!) The artisan Market features over 100 shops and vendors with tons of handmade items to see! If you’re planning to attend the festival parking is free but you will need tickets ($21 for adults and $11 for kids 5-12). The festival is located at 16445 Poplar Tent Road, Huntersville, NC 28078 but you can find directions from a variety of different parts of town on their website.

 
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