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July 13 2009

Crystal Lake Area Offers A New Home Community!

by racheal

Crystal Lake is one of Chicago’s greatest attractions. Crystal Lake is 230-acres of year-round fun for all ages with swimming, fishing, boating, and skating in winter. Crystal Lake also includes over 1,600 acres of parks and open space where sponsored recreational programs are held throughout the City and maintained by The Crystal Lake Park District.

Nearby is Lippold Park located just west of Route 14 on Route 176. Lippold Park has become the home to a multitude of park district programs, activities and events on a daily basis. It is a 310 acre park featuring many sporting activities with miniature golf, eight baseball fields, four softball fields, nine irrigated soccer fields, three football fields, and sand volleyball courts. For more of a leisure adventure, the park offers 3+ miles of biking/walking trails, hiking trails, and sixty acres of ponds and wetlands.

Crystal Lake isn’t the only place where you can fine wilderness activities in Chicago. Located near Crystal Lake is Ryland’s Homes new community for sale, Bryn Mawr. Bryn Mawr is where you can enjoy the beautiful privacy of the outdoors with your ½ acre homesites. A meandering bike path throughout the community is available for homeowners to take pleasure in.

Bryn Mawr, features Ryland’s award winning Executive Series homes in a gorgeous natural setting. With ten spacious plans that all display an open design with a soaring 2-story foyer, 1st floor study, as well roomy informal family rooms and elegant formal living rooms. Three additional bedrooms and a hall bath along with the master suite and garden bath on the second floor. Floor plans also include 4 bedrooms and 3 car garages.

The new homes for sale at Bryn Mawr come with Ryland’s House Works Energy Efficiency Program. This program includes a 90% efficiency furnace/dual zone, energy efficient Low-E vinyl double pane windows, energy efficient steel insulated entry doors, energy saver glass, lined 50 gallon gas hot water heater,R-13 exterior wall insulation, and R-38 insulation in ceiling. You will be glad to do your part with protecting your neighborhood ecosystem with all the energy saving amenities Bryn Mawr is equipped with.


July 13 2009

Enclave By D.R. Horton At Homes In Temecula - Now selling!

by racheal

These charming, 2-3 bedroom, 2–2.5-bath attached homes are ideal for singles, new couples, and empty-nesters. Set off by lush landscaping and a full complement of community amenities. These D.R. Horton Homes, make Enclave a perfect investment for those first time home buyers. Relax at a neighborhood pool, spa, BBQ area, clubhouse, 2 tot lots and paseos that link to public walking and equestrian trails.

Set in historic Temecula, with antique shops, mountain resorts, desert attractions, plentiful golf courses, and wineries within easy reach of this gated community. Temecula’s convenient location offers wine tasting by day and wonderful shopping and dining by night. With Temecula’s Wine Country just minutes away, enjoy a wine tour that will bring out the good “spirits’” in anyone.  Then head down to the Promenade Mall, which offers fabulous shopping and exquisite restaurants.

Enclave at Temecula Lane has three floor plans to choose from. Two 2-story plans and one spacious 3-story plan. This new community for sale in Temecula offers 1,340–1,548 square feet and each comes with a 2 car garage and starts in the low $200’s.

For directions to these new homes for sale, take 15 FWY to the CA-79 south to Pechanga Pkwy exit. Turn right onto Pechanga Pkwy then left onto Loma Linda Road. Make another left onto Temecula Lane. Turn right onto Sunflower Way and follow the signs to the models on your right hand side. Open daily from 10am to 6pm, or call at 951-694-0790.



July 13 2009

Mahogany - New Homes in San Marcos

by racheal

With stunning valley views and situated in the hills of San Marcos, is the charming new community for sale by Brookfield called Mahogany at Old Creek Ranch. Features Spanish, Craftsman, Bungalow and English Country architectural styles.

Beside the amazing views is the more impressive location of these new homes in San Marcos, Mahogany is within minutes from world famous attractions: Balboa Park, San Diego Wild Animal Park, San Diego Zoo, SeaWorldLegoland and Legoland’s newly opened aquarium. Mahogany’s North County location sits among the rolling hills of San Marcos, south of the 78, east of the 5 and west of the 15. Mahogany has access to a network of hiking trails, exceptional shopping opportunities, and much more.

 Accessible from within the neighborhood of Mahogany is Old Creek Ranch. Old Creek Ranch is the city of San Marcos’ 18-mile maze of hiking trails, 19-acre Community Park with ball fields, soccer field, picnic areas, an off-leash dog park and community center. Within a few minutes’ drive of Mahogany is Restaurant Row, which offers more than a block of a wide variety of dinning opportunities from casual to formal experiences. After dinner you can enjoy a movie at the nearby stadium-seating movie theater.Immediately west of Old Creek Ranch is the Carlsbad community of La Costa. La Costa is well known for its four-star resort and spa, as well as abundant shopping arenas. The Forum at Carlsbad is among the most popular places to shop in the region, and it’s only a short drive from Mahogany.

Not only does Mahogany offer a prime location, this new community also provides floor plans with a range of flexible and convenient living spaces, including bonus rooms, lofts, master bedroom retreats, a downstairs master bedroom suite, office spaces, tech centers, and more. These new homes in San Marcos, at Mahogany span 3,090 to 3,875 square feet and include 4 to 5 bedrooms and 3.5 to 4.5 baths and pricing starts in the $600,000s. There are four distinctive two-story floor plans; soon the collection will include a single story floor plan with four bedrooms, 2.5 baths and a 2 car garage. Brookfield Homes gives the homeowner lavish features to add to their Mahogany new home. Some of these amazing features are:

In the Kitchen: granite splash and full height at cook top, Jenn Air appliances available in stainless steel, and standard recycle bins make eco-living easy.

Throughout the home: oil-rubbed bronze hardware for all interior doors, convenient interior laundry room complete with stained cabinets, cultured marble countertop and sink with pull-out Delta spray faucet, and maple cabinetry stained to match the balance of the house.

Security System: 8 zone system and control panel, garage entry keypad, prewired master bedroom, motion detector, and contacts on all first level doors and windows.
Mahogany is located at 1756 Burbury Way, San Marcos, CA 92078 and hours are Monday: 1pm to 5pm, Tuesday - Sunday 10am to 5pm or call at (760) 752-3001.      





July 13 2009

Selling Your House…. Quick!

by racheal

People sell their homes for various factors. They might need to move due to relocation of a job, foreclosure, or are in need of immediate cash because of certain unavoidable circumstances. Whatever the reason for selling your home, pre planning is needed. So before you proceed with selling, here are some guidelines you can follow.

ONE:  Analyze the value of your house:

It always results in nothing when you claim for a bigger amount then your home is really worth. So understand the real value you will get for the house and then go for a deal.

TWO:  Calculate the costs of buyng a new home:

 If you are selling your house, you definitely need a new home. Based on this, determine the date for which you start the exact selling processes.

THREE:  Make all necessary repairs

Make all the necessary repairs needed before putting your house on the market. It is always better to do all the maintenance work and repairs before you put your house on the market so you don’t have to worry about a counter offer from the potential buyer.

 FOUR:  Get your home ready for display:

Once you are done with all the maintenance work and repairs, it is time to display your house for selling.  Unclutter your home from all those knick-nacks and open all blinds or turn on all lights to give the illusion of a spacious interior.

You should have some basic awareness on the present market situation, with competitive prices available and the marketing techniques. Selling your home may be easier if you use a real estate agent. Choosing the right real estate agent is necessary for selling your home as it is attached with so much commitment and investment. Experience in the field should be taken into consideration and it is always better if you go with someone you already know or trust when choosing a realtor.

You should always plan the right agenda before you sell your house and go with the same until the sale is over. So all you need is the right planning, administration, and determination to sell your house effectively and fast.


July 13 2009

Want to live in Money Magazine’s “Hottest Town” ?

by racheal

Cary is a thriving community in the heart of the Triangle area of North Carolina. The Triangle area has repeatedly ranked among the top regions in the country to live, to find a home, and to raise a family. The January 2004 issue of Money Magazine names Cary, N.C. as the Hottest Town in the East and Best Places to Live in 2006.

Greystone, one of Cary’s most successful new home communities for sale by M/I Homes is located in that “Hottest Town of the East”. With fresh and innovative home designs, superior construction quality, and a community designed for today's lifestyle. Greystone offers an abundance of amenities to its homeowners such as pools, a clubhouse, a playground, volleyball court, and wooded half-acre homesites. M/I Homes also constructed several walking and biking trails throughout this new community for sale, which will sure to please the outdoor enthusiast's.

Greystone offers two phases. The Gabels at Greystone and Greystone Mews Townhomes. The Gabels at Greystone offers single family homes with 3-4 bedrooms, 2.5-3 bathrooms, 2 car garage, and range from 2,547 to 3,017 sq. ft. The Greystone Mews Townhomes are two-story, 3 bedrooms, 2.5 baths, 2 car garages and 1,855-1,951 sq. ft. Greystone prices range from $204,990 - $466,150.

If buying a new home in a town known as one of the “Best Places to Live” sounds enticing, come check out the Greystone community. Located on 1005 Winterborne Drive, Cary, NC 27519. Hours are Mon-Fri 11am-6pm; Sat 10am-5pm; Sun 1pm-6pm or call 919-462-1701 for more information.



July 10 2009

Three Reasons to Invest in Raleigh Homes

by racheal

LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION! Raleigh North Carolina is one of the few cities were old fashioned neighborhoods, downtown urban living, and wilderness adventures are just steps away from each other. With an opportunity to live in downtown, a close knit community, or a spacious open neighborhood, chances are that Raleigh has a community that fits your life style.

Downtown Raleigh is everything a first class city has to offer. There is a variety of shops and stores. Take for example City Market, a shopping venue combining the charm of Historic Raleigh with the contemporary flare of galleries and boutiques offering everything from high-end retail shops to The Barkery, a health food store for dogs and cats. After you have built up an appetite from shopping don’t worry, there are many tantalizing restaurants to choose from. Like the 101 Lounge and Café, this offers an urban atmosphere, street side seating and an upstairs lounge.  After a delicious meal, enjoy a few drinks with friends or dance the night away at one of the popular nightclubs! With shopping, eating and dancing all in one location, no wonder why downtown Raleigh is the fastest growing urban area in North Carolina. If downtown urban living is for you, downtown Raleigh is the place to invest in a new condo for sale. Once you make downtown your new home, make sure not to miss out on one of Down Town Raleigh’s sponsored events, such as the Hot Summer Nights, which is always guaranteed to be a blast! 

After a wild night experiencing Downtown, you can recoup by having a lazy day at Historic Oakwood. Located near downtown Raleigh, Oakwood is an intact nineteenth century neighborhood with hundreds of homes representing many architectural styles. Many have been restored and maintained to their original form. Enjoy a refreshing walk along Glenwood South tree-lined street and stroll through the N.C Museum of History. Afterward head over to the Lincoln Theatre that showcases the most talented and diverse selections of live music. The Lincoln Theatre was voted the Best Live Music Venue in the Triangle! With many new communities for sale, enjoying these relaxing sites can be just steps away from your front door.

For the more outdoorsy type Anderson Point Park is for you. With four miles of trails that travel throughout the park and a breathtaking trail that follows along the Neuse River. Once you walk alongside the river, take in the scenic views from a boat.  Anderson Point is conveniently situated halfway between two launch sites and the river offers many places to explore and enjoy.  You can also enjoy the river by fishing, picnicking, or just sitting at the overlook taking in the scenery. You may also bring the little ones to visit the playground. Near a large open playing field with picnic shelters and restroom facilities.  The playground features swings, slides, a sand play area, and other play equipment. This is the perfect spot to enjoy an afternoon with the entire family.

Many new homes in Raleigh offer communities for sale with amenities such as lakes and walking trails, such as Briar Chapel. This new community in Raleigh by M/I Homes has 900 acres equipped with nature paths and bike trails. Silver Lake, another M/I Homes community in Raleigh is also built with a man-made lake and walking trails, but is also conveniently located minutes from Crossroads Shopping Center. If tranquility and city life are two things you are looking for in a new home in Raleigh then M/I Homes Wynbrooke is the premier location for you. With half-acre plus wooded home sites with surrounding open space, yet quick access to upscale shopping and dining just minutes away. Just another reason why investing in Raleigh homes is such a great investment for you and your family.

July 10 2009

New Green Home Community for Sale in Fremont CA

by racheal

If you are looking to purchase a lavish new Green Home in an upscale community, Rosewood Gables might be what you are looking for. This Summerhill Homes community offers Energy-Efficient features, including a ComfortWise® and  ENERGY STAR® certification, which increases energy efficiency of the home. Each model has Low-E glass dual-pane vinyl windows and sliding doors, weather stripping on exterior doors, energy-efficient electronic set-back thermostat, energy-saving gas water heater with a recirculation pump, and is pre-wired for ceiling fans to encourage ceiling fan usage to save energy.

As well as being a Green Home, Rosewood Gables offers stylish single-family floor plans and a wide variety of upgrades to choose from. Floor plans include 3-4 bedrooms, 2.5-3 bathrooms, and range form 2,195-2,574 sq. ft. Rosewood Gables 106 home community offers three collections of homes designs, English Cottage, French County, and the more modern Artisan-style. Each model offers a spacious master suite, stylish kitchen, private yards perfect for parties and barbecues, and two-car garage. Pricing starts in the $700’s. Some of the fabulous upgrades available are; additional sink options in kitchen, stainless steel kitchen appliances, and built-in media cabinet just to name a few.

Located in Fremont’s popular Irvington District, this SummerHill Homes community has easy access to some of the best attractions the Bay Area has to offer. As part of the historic “Five Corners” area of Fremont, cafés, theatre, boutiques, parks and many other cultural opportunities awaits you. One of the most famous parks is the, Fremont Central Park. The beautiful 450 acre park also contains an 83 acre manmade lake. On the northeastern side of the park is the Fremont Park Golf Course. For more aquatic fun, the newly open, Fremont Aqua Adventures Water Park is nearby. With four twisty turn forty feet high waterslides, 700 sq. ft. “lazy river”, and 25 yard pool will be a sure adventure for the kids of all ages. For a more historical site, the Ardenwood is a must see. Constructed in 1857 by George Washington Patterson, the Patterson House and farm, with attached forest make an ideal historical site.

So if you are looking for a luxurious Green Home located in a cultured fill city, Rosewood Gables might just be what you are looking for. Located at 40230 Laiolo Road, Fremont, CA 94538 Visiting hours are Monday 3pm to 6pm, closed Tuesday and Wednesday, Thursday to Sunday, 10am to 6pm, or call 877-890-8988.



July 9 2009

M/I Homes

by racheal

M/I  Homes is a United States homebuilding company founded in 1976 as M/I Schittenstein Homes. M/I Homes now operate under three brands: M/I Homes, Showcase Homes, and Shamrock Homes and is based in Columbus, Ohio.  As of 2008, they are the 21st largest home builder of single-family homes in the nation. Chances are M/I Homes probably has a community for sale near you.

With innovative designs, superior customer service, premium locations, and quality construction, M/I Homes have established an exemplary reputation. No matter what kind of buyer you are, if you are a first-timer, a luxury buyer, a mover-upper, or just an empty nester looking to down size, M/I  Homes will follow their three founding beliefs when selling you a home; People should only buy from a builder they can trust, a builder who cares, and a builder who has a reputation for integrity and quality.

When you are buying a home you look for one that has the ideal location, community, school district, or amenities. With M/I communities you get all that and more. M/I Homes offer the best locations in great communities with fabulous amenities.

M/I Homes offer hundreds of floor plans to fit every lifestyle. Each designed with the buyer in mind. M/I Homes constantly strive to provide home buyers with premier neighborhoods and the latest trends in home design. They give you the options of personalizing your new home with their Design Centers. This allows you to pick through many design choices from choosing a color scheme for your new home to deciding what tile you would like in your new shower. A M/I Homes Professional Design Consultant will help you every step of the way.

M/I Homes realizes that building/choosing a new home can be overwhelming, so they designed an exclusive Confidence Builder Program, just chose your state and see what programs can help you.

July 9 2009

New Community For Sale in Auburn Alabama

by racheal

Hamilton Gables is a new home community for sale in Auburn-Opelika Alabama. This Epcon community is a maintenance-free luxury ranch style condominiums located on 15 acres of rolling terrain. Hamilton Gables quaint neighborhood has a park-like feel with its lush landscaping, walking paths, and a meandering stream. In addition to the beautiful surroundings, each homeowner can enjoy the impressive clubhouse, pool, and health & fitness centers.

Located within walking distance of Tiger Town; grocery, coffee, and retail shops, along with dining and entertainment are just steps away. Directly across the street from Hamilton Gables is the Saugahatchee Country Club. No wonder why Hamilton Gables is ideally located in one of the nation's top six retirement spots and voted "Best Golf Location" by Golf Digest.

The European country-inspired two & three bedroom condominiums with, 2-2 ½ baths and attached garages create an appearance of a large single family home. Priced in the $200's, floor plans range from 1,352-1,966 sq. ft. The openness of the great room sets the tone for the entire floor plan, which is intended to enhance the concept of single-story living. Take The Abbey for example, this 1,744 sq. ft.—2-car garage with soaring ceilings, dining area, breakfast bar and fireplace. A four-season veranda is an unexpected plus. The owners' suite and large guest bedroom, both offer full baths and walk-in closets. This condominium also comes with a laundry room and a storage-n-more room. Epcon has a way of blending form and function with a traditional charm in their floor plans. Makes since why they have exclusive patent by the federal government on their unique designs.

With the open floor plans and surrounding landscapes, Hamilton Gables sounds more like a vacation spot than a condominium community. To visit take I-85, Exit 5 / Gateway Drive. Continue on Gateway Drive on Interstate Drive (Starbucks will be on your right). At 4-way stop turn left on Hamilton Road. Cross over I-85 and Hamilton Gables' entrance will be on your left. For more information call 334-737-3776.



July 3 2009

New Home Community in Concord, NC by M/I Homes

by racheal

Nestled on 255 acres in Concord, NC, and resembling an English countryside, is M/I Homes new community, Christenbury Mews. This master planned community exceeds in charm and intimate settings that are surrounded by nature with only 88 home sites available.

 Christenbury Mew’s homes range from 2,249 – 3,203 sq. ft. The Concord single family homes for sale offer spacious great rooms with 3 – 4 large bed rooms and 2-4 baths, ranging from the High $200’s. Not only do some of the home sites border a conserved open wilderness space but, homeowners will find the area delightfully remote from other villages. Christenbury Mews also offer wonderful amenities including a two-story manor house with a fitness center and meeting spaces. Homeowners have access to a variety of leisure activities with a community tennis courts and a pool with water features.  This M/I community offers fun for the whole family. 

Christenbury Mews is conveniently located to all the attractions Concord has to offer. Including the mile long Concord Mills Mall, this offers high-end stores, a movie theater, including a new IMAX, restaurants and the NASCAR SpeedPark! This Racing theme amusement park offers family fun ... NASCAR style! SpeedPark has racetracks, rides, attractions and endless fun for all ages. In addition to the entertainment, the park offers a huge selection of officially licensed NASCAR apparel and merchandise in the retail store and a tasty menu at the Pit Stop Grille. This is a great “Pit Stop” before heading down to the famous Lowe’s Motor Speedway, which is located one town away.

If indoors is not your thing, no sweat. Christenbury Mews is just a car ride away from Lake Norman. Lake Norman, the largest man-made lake in the Carolinas, is the place for fun in the sun! Created in 1963 by Duke Energy, Lake Norman is 34 miles long with 520 miles of shoreline. This lake presents a wide array of leisure amenities for visitors and guests including year-round golfing, fishing, water skiing, and other water activities. 

To vist Christenbury Mews take the I-85 North to Exit 49 (Speedway Blvd). Turn left on Speedway Blvd – go approx 2 miles – road name changes to Christenbury Parkway – turn right on Cox Mill Rd – turn right into Christenbury Mews. Hours:  Mon-Fri 11am-6pm, Sat 10am-6pm, Sun 12pm-6pm.  Or call at 704-971-5015   



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