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Kristin Ellefson
July 3rd, 2015  |  +Kristin Ellefson  |  Add a Comment

Wishing you a safe and happy Fourth of July Holiday weekend! Our offices will be closed on Friday, July 3rd, in observance of the Holiday. We will resume regular business hours on Monday, July 6th at 8:30 AM.


Wondering what to do this weekend celebrate America? Check out a full list of local happenings here!





Kristin Ellefson
July 2nd, 2015  |  +Kristin Ellefson  |  Add a Comment

Fresh, open, airy, sleek, and clean. All great words to describe one of the hottest trends in home decor in recent years. You guessed it- the modern white kitchen! As homeowners are starting to put more back into their homes, they are sparing no expense when it comes to creating the perfect kitchen space to cook and entertain. From custom counters to high end appliances, sleek back splashes and more, home owners are donning the bright white look in kitchens across the Carolinas. Why? Apart from being on trend, it offers so much to the space, creating a more light and airy feel. It also helps the space feel larger and more expansive because nothing breaks up the color palette. You’ve probably seen tons of white kitchens on home improvement shows or all over pinterst, but here are a few right in your back yard! Check out some of these local kitchens that are having no trouble keeping up with the trends!


3466 Windsor Drive - Click on the image to see more photos of this home!

A light color wall, white cabinets, white trim, a marble counter top, and stainless appliances create a super sleek look in this kitchen! The details and finishes such as stainless knobs and drawer pulls and pendant lights help to elevate space and its all perfectly offset by the dark wood flooring!


2300 Queens Road - Click on the image above to view more photos of this home

Another great way to do the all white look is to include the coverings for your appliances in the decor!  This also helps eliminate the break up of the design and camouflages the more industrial look and feel of the appliances.


6411 Gold Wagon Lane - Click on the Image above to view more photos of this home.

Looking to break up the “all white” look a bit? Try adding a stone backsplash similar tot he one above, or choosing a slab with a bit more color in it, this helps to keep the modern, neutral feel, but allows you to bring a few more warm tones into the space.


1240 Princeton Avenue - Click on the image above to view more photos of this home

Another great way to break up all the white is to add a center island in a darker wood stain or maybe even black! This kitchen also keeps the same modern feel but uses black granite counter tops as opposed to sticking with the all white finishings, another great option!


530 Mcalway Road - Click on the image above to view more photos of this home.

Not ready to commit to the all-white look? No worries! This home does a great job of breaking up the all-white palette and adding in some gray and even black in the cabinets and island. The Space still looks sleek and modern and feels spacious and open, but you get a more contrast with the design! This is a great way to update without doing a total white out!


Looking for some more kitchen inspiration? Check out our Dream Kitchens Board on Pinterst!




Kristin Ellefson
July 1st, 2015  |  +Kristin Ellefson  |  Add a Comment


Mudrooms, dropzones, and other door-side organizational areas have been a huge hit lately. You’ve probably seen them on pinterest or in different home decor magazines, complete with cubbies, hooks, and cabinets, the perfect mud room or dropzone is a space you can store all your every day items once you get home, such as coats, shoes, bags, briefcases, etc. so that they aren’t laying around in the kitchen or garage and cluttering up your home. Most traditional mudrooms are a separate room right off the garage or the rear entry of your home that you would use daily. These spaces tend to be more common up north, where a space is needed to remove snow boots and winter layers so that you don’t track mud through the house, however they are becoming popular all over as a great storage space for anything and everything you might not have space for elsewhere. If you have been dying to add a space like this to your home, real simple has come up with 5 ways you can fake it till you make it! Check out some of these awesome ideas for getting a some of the best features of  a mudroom into your entry way.

  1. Revamp a corner: Use a small corner by the door, or in the kitchen or laundry room that you can designate as the drop zone. You can add hooks, and crates or bins for easy storage, they don’t even have to be built-ins. A bookshelf from ikea with a few baskets and a row of coat hooks could do the trick!
  2. Transform your Hallway: If your day-to-day entry has a long hallway leading to the main living area, try adding some builtin storage solutions along the wall. Similar to above, you can add coat hooks and some shelves and possibly a bench. The great thing about a long hallway is that you have tons of extra space to play with in creating a great storage area.
  3. Designate Garage Space: If you prefer to keep shoes and coats outside your home, find a place in the garage near the door where you have quick access to the items you leave out there. If you have stairs and a landing coming into the house, maybe crate a similar corner nook as you might inside using a few hooks and storage solutions
  4. Rework a closet: If you have a coat closet, think about re purposing it. Sometimes when storage isn’t designated for a specific space and has no organization it just becomes a catch-all space, as opposed to a functional storage solution.
  5. Utilize A Nook: if you have an existing alcove or similar unused space you can take advantage of it and create a storage alcove!
July 1st, 2015  |  +Maggie Burgan  |  Add a Comment

MLS#: 3096667

5 Bedrooms, 4/1 Bathrooms

Beautiful Ballantyne home filled with natural light features 2-story great room and hearth room overlooking #7 green, huge kitchen with gas cooktop, Subzero fridge, island, mail center/laptop niche, butler’s pantry, master on main, surround sound. Screened porch and travertine terrace. ALL full baths with granite countertops! Basement boasts wet bar, wine room, media room, office, billiard/game rooms, 2nd family room with fireplace, large in-law suite, storage. Spectacular landscaping, 3-car garage, walk-in attic. Move in ready!


BCC School Information:
Elementary School: Ballantyne
Middle School: Community House
High School: Ardrey Kell


BCC Real Estate Market Statistics:
Number of new active single-family listings in BCC: 83
Average listing price for all active single-family listings in BCC: $777,047

For more information please contact:

katy bradfield

Cell: 704. 965. 5968

Office: 704. 341. 0279


Kristin Ellefson
June 30th, 2015  |  +Kristin Ellefson  |  Add a Comment

Can you believe tomorrow is the first day of July? This year is flying by, but that means there will be lots of great events to take advantage of this weekend. If you haven’t made plans for the holiday weekend, or aren’t sure where to catch some festive activities, we have a few ideas for you:



June 30th, 2015  |  +Maggie Burgan  |  Add a Comment

MLS#: 3094135

3 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms

3 bedroom ranch with good curb appeal located on a quiet cul-de-sac street. Perfect for a first time home buyer. Nice open floor plan that has a large great room with vaulted ceiling and nice fireplace. Large secondary bedrooms with good closet space. A patio/deck combination looks out into a peaceful and fenced backyard with mature tress and landscaping. Large, attached 2 car garage with separate refrigerator and ample storage space. Move in ready.  A must see!


Claiborne Woods Real Estate Market Statistics:
Number of new active single-family listings in Claiborne Woods: 19
Average listing price for all active single-family listings in Claiborne Woods: $152,479



For more information please contact:

Mark Murphy

704. 804. 6399

Kristin Ellefson
June 29th, 2015  |  +Kristin Ellefson  |  Add a Comment



This beautiful full brick home is located in Ballantyne Country Club and provides over 6,800 square feet of living space with 6 bedrooms, 6 full bathroom, and 2 half bathrooms.  This home is an exclusive Simonini-built custom home on private 1.3 acre cul de sac lot on the #16 Fairway. This home is full of beautiful upgrades and high-end finishes, you can view the full virtual tour here, or learn more about the great features of this home as we take you on an exclusive Helen Adams Realty Luxury Home Tour!


The formal Dining Room is  Spacious & open, with an arched entry and white columns,  Crown molding & picture frame molding, a Bay window with floor to ceiling windows and gorgeous Hardwood floors that extend through the foyer and into the formal living room. This gorgeous Living Room includes many of the same features, including crown molding, a large bay window which provides tons of natural light, and recessed lighting.



This huge kitchen includes a long list of upgrades and high-end finishes including: Stained & glazed custom maple cabinetry, a wall of pantry cabinets from floor to ceiling, TWO center islands with granite counters and dual chandeliers, granite counters & tile back splash, oil rubbed bronze designer hardware, built-in window seat bench with filing storage, plantation shutters & custom valance, stainless appliances including:Wolf induction 5 burner electric range(new in 2008)- Kitchen Aid double ovens (2014)- Kitchen Aid dishwasher (2014)- Kitchen Aid refrigerator included (2014)- GE microwave, Moen touchless chef-style pull down faucet, Insinkerator garbage disposal (2014), Wolf warming drawer (new in 2008), Recessed light & under cabinet accent lighting, hardwood floors, intercom system, breakfast room surrounded by windows overlooking the back deck & yard.


In addition to the kitchen and formal living spaces, the main floor also boasts a two-story great room with a crows walk Dramatic 2 story ceiling with crow’s walk, large Wall of windows overlooking golf course & private lot, a gas fireplace with wood mantle & marble surround, french doors leading to the terrace, plantation shutters, custom drapery panels, recessed lighting & ceiling fan. The First floor also includes a guest suite , mudroom, and laundry room.



Upstairs you will find the spacious master suite and additional bedrooms, finished with 9′ ceilings,  2 linen closets, a pull-down attic, and new carpet. The master suite provides a large bedroom with a sitting area and built-ins as well as a wall of windows that provide views of the golf course. The master bath includes his and her vanities, tile flooring, dual shower heads, a separate jacuzzi tub, an amazing walk-in closet, and more! The additional second floor bedrooms include wall-to-wall carpet, spacious closest and private bathrooms.


The finished basement adds tons of extra living space and features to this home! A game room, office, living area, and additional guest quarters can be found on the lower level, which has walk out access to the home’s gorgeous exterior. Additional features include built-ins in office and media space, a wet bar/kitchenette and a gas fireplace. This space is great for entertaining and is already completed!


Finally, finish your tour in this luxurious backyard retreat! This 1+ acre lot includes greenspace, an in-ground pool, patio, firepit, deck, lounge area, and chef grilling area! The Pool is a Lombardo in ground pool with hot tub,gorgeous workmanship on stone walls and steps, huge paver patio surrounding pool with marbleized finish & in-floor cleaning system. There is also a full irrigation sytsem and great exterior lantern lighting. With too many features to list, this home is a must see! Contact Christine Hotham today to see this one-of-a-kind home!

June 29th, 2015  |  +Maggie Burgan  |  Add a Comment

MLS#: 3095450

3 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms

Great home in sought after Madison Park. Beautifully updated kitchen is great for entertaining. Both bathrooms have been remodeled and the master includes an attached full master bath. Large, flat, private, fully fenced backyard with a great deck to sit and enjoy the yard. 1 car carport also has great outdoor storage area. Third bedroom is currently being used as a den/office. New roof in 2009 and HVAC is less than 5 years old.

Madison Park Real Estate Market Statistics:
Number of new active single-family listings in Madison Park: 149
Average listing price for all active single-family listings in Madison Park: $244,182

For more information please contact:

Kari Kessell



704. 964. 8649


Kristin Ellefson
June 26th, 2015  |  +Kristin Ellefson  |  Add a Comment

We’re closing in on the July 4th holiday! You might be recovering from your recent summer vacation or you might be pinching those last pennies in preparation for your upcoming trip. Either way, you’re probably not up for busting the budget on a swanky home improvement project right now, which is why we were so excited to find this list of 20 quick fixes you can make to spice up your home this weekend and all of them come in under $20! Talk about a steal of a deal! Better Homes and Gardens compiled this great list of projects and we’re going to share our five favorite ideas with you, but you can view the full list of money saving projects right here.


  1. Spruce Up the Curb Appeal: It’s always a great investment to jazz up the entryway of your home so, if you only have a few extra dollars to spend on an update, this is a great place to spend it. You can freshen up the facade by adding or updating your house numbers, changing out a seasonal wreath, or adding a brightly colored potted plant. For a bit more you could make some slight updates to outdoor lighting or possibly even change the colors of your shutters! Check out some other great outdoor DIY projects here!
  2. Create a Command Center: Home organization is always a great selling feature and it makes day-to-day life so much easier. A simple addition to any home that can make a huge difference – a command center is a place to sort mail, store keys and other items, keep notes and files you need on a day to day basis, and sometimes even include a little message board where you can put a weekly menu or reminders. This is great for those of use leading a busy life with lots of appointments and activities and a fun way to keep organized!
  3. Update your Finishes: Sometimes it’s hard to believe but something as simple as swapping our drawer pulls on a piece of furniture or adding new knobs in your kitchen can really update the space. Think about replacing some of these items or updating your electrical face plates to spruce up your home a bit more! If you have a little more to spend, another great project is updating hardware on your interior doors and retiring the old brass knobs for something a little more modern.
  4. Step Up Your Storage: Storage always seems to be a problem in any home. It’s always hard to find a place for everything all the time, so a great weekend project might be tackling some of your storage trouble spots. From pantries to closets, cupboards and more, there are always great ways to create a more organized storage space. Try purchasing some bins and totes for your closet, and adding additional hooks or organizers in your closet. Places like Target, Walmart, and Ikea have really great and affordable storage solutions for all the different areas of your home and can definitely keep you close to your $20 budget.
  5. Add a Splash of Color: A great way to save on a weekend project is to take something old and make it new again! Try remixing an old piece of furniture with a fresh coat of paint or some new throw pillows! There are tons of tutorials on Pinterest and you can even check out our board about fun upcycle projects to get inspired! For the cost of paint you could have a completely updated piece that makes a real statement in your space!



June 26th, 2015  |  +Maggie Burgan  |  Add a Comment


MLS#: 3081298

5 Bedrooms, 4 Bathrooms

Over $568K invested! Cul-de-sac home with wide-plank distressed hard wood floors, French doors, & built-in storage. Gourmet Kitchen with 48” Professional  gas range-top & vent hood, Granite countertops, 2 pantries, & extended island with vegetable sink. Gorgeous drop zone with mud room! Luxury Master Bedroom has his/hers custom closets, craft room & multi-purpose room. Additional features include multi-room audio, a stunning Screened Porch, deck, flagstone patio with in-ground fire pit, irrigation, and impeccable privacy landscaping with play set, tree house, vegetable garden.  New Roof!

Callonwood Real Estate Market Statistics:
Number of new active single-family listings in Callonwood: 25
Average listing price for all active single-family listings in Callonwood: $270,172

For more information please contact:

Holly Chapman ABR, SRES®
NC & SC Broker / REALTOR®
Direct: 704. 264. 6829