Do you like to cook but are frustrated by the small kitchens and electric ranges? Are you seeking a basement entertainment area that includes a bar? Want a neighborhood with a golf and tennis option? Look no farther, your house is ready and waiting! This lovely traditional home is located at 10317 Whitethorn Drive, in the Raintree neighborhood, which offers golf and tennis memberships in a great facility. The membership fee is waived for homeowners but there are monthly fees. Check out this link for more information on the club.
So many homes in this price range have small kitchens with inexpensive electric ranges. Not this house. The current owners love to cook and have the kitchen to prove it. After enjoying a wonderful meal, often eaten on the screened porch overlooking the wooded, private backyard, it’s time to welcome the neighbors over to hang out in the basement and jam with the band. Music not your thing? That’s OK, this basement offers many possibilities. The master bath has been redone, and the master bedroom is huge, with a large seating area, or space that could very easily be re-purposed into an enormous master closet by adding a wall. Not that the existing master bedroom closet is small, but you can never have too much closet space!
Sitting area or new closet, you decide!
If you are a buyer looking for a great value in South Charlotte, you must check it out. This home has it all! More information is on our Listings page. Contact us if you’d like to see it or want information on the Charlotte real estate market.
Not everyone wants to spend part of a Monday in an attorney’s office, but in the real estate world it’s a great day! This week started off with the closing of one of our listings, a wonderful young couple off to pursue their dreams at the beach. I had helped them find their home in Charlotte less than two years ago, and while they loved their house and neighborhood, a business opportunity at the beach was too enticing to pass up. It would normally be very difficult to sell your home after less than two years to cover the cost of selling, but this couple covered their costs and more. How did they manage that? A lot of sweat equity and some smart renovations.
Their house had great bones when they bought it, but needed some updating. Vintage 80’s wallpaper covered the walls in many of the rooms. Removing the wallpaper, scraping the popcorn ceilings, and painting took lots of time and elbow grease, but just look at the result. The master bathroom was original 80’s as well, and the new owners wisely decided a renovation was in order. Just look at the result. Doing the updating, making a smart bathroom renovation without over-improving, were exactly what this couple needed to do to put themselves in a great position to sell their home in a very short amount of time for a great price. They were also smart enough to hire us to list it, knowing that we use a professional photographer for every listing, offer staging advice, and use multiple methods to market their home. They were under contract in one day with multiple offers. If you are thinking of selling your home contact us to discuss how to get the maximum possible price for your home.
One of the really fun aspects of being a real estate agent is getting to tour so many different homes. Opening the front door to a home is a bit like unwrapping a package, sometimes you have an idea of what is inside, and at other times it is a complete surprise. Online photos can give prospective buyers and their agents a preview of the interior, but photos don’t tell the whole story. You really can’t get a feel for a home until you go inside. Most agents will tell you that homes give off a certain vibe. Many houses feel welcoming the minute you walk in the front door. Others seem a bit stiff, with not a lot of happy memories, some seem sad and neglected, and a few are downright scary. Maybe it’s the decor, perhaps it’s the staging, but there is definitely something intangible that creates those feelings when you walk into a home for the first time. I can usually tell when my buyer clients have found the right home even before they decide to make an offer. They walk in the front door and it feels like home. When you find that special house, the one that makes you happy and feels right, make the offer.
Photo courtesy of Cal Mitchner
Last week U.S. News and World Report ranked Charlotte #15 on its annual Best Places to Live list. This came as no surprise for those of us lucky enough to call Charlotte home. We relocated here almost 30 years ago and never left. Charlotte has a small town quality with big city amenities. For those that like to watch sports you have the NFC Champion Carolina Panthers, the NBA Charlotte Hornets, the AAA baseball Charlotte Knights, the Charlotte Hounds Men’s Lacrosse, the Charlotte Eagles Soccer, NASCAR, and other exciting sporting events. Many of those teams have venues uptown, which is a great place to go for any occasion.
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If playing sports is your thing, the opportunities are endless. There are many wonderful public and private golf courses in the area and golf can be played year-round here. Tennis is a big sport as well, with a variety of tennis leagues and public courts available. For kids there are parks, ball fields, and neighborhood pools are very common.
Charlotte is not just a sports town, cultural opportunities abound. Exploring the Bechtler Musem of Modern Art, the Mint Musem, the Levine Museum of the New South is a wonderful way to spend an afternoon. Dance, theater, opera, symphony, Charlotte has it all. After you’ve been to the Panthers, attended a play, explored a museum, walked in the park, top off the day with a wonderful meal at one of Charlotte’s many fine restaurants. Or maybe hit one of the local brewers. Charlotte has it all,once you are here, you won’t want to leave.