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Now Selling: Providence Neighborhood in Pike Road

January 23rd, 2012 categories: Buyer Tips, Neighborhoods, Pike Road
Looking for a new construction home for sale in Pike Road that's zoned for the new Pike Road school system?  Then check out the homes and lots for sale in the neighborhood of Providence.

Video Tour of Providence Neighborhood In Pike Road, AL

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8pKB5BXjwIU[/youtube] Providence is located southeast of the intersection of Vaughn and Pike Roads, and I think construction of this neighborhood originally began around 2007 or so.  The homes and lots were pricey, and the architectural style was going to be "French Country and European" according to the original developer's sales material. Then we had a recession and Providence construction came to a screeching halt. Enter Stone Martin Builders around 2011, and the neighborhood is back on track, but with a new vision, significantly reduced prices, and more limited choices in architectural styles and floor plans. According to a January 11, 2012 article in the Montgomery Advertiser's East Montgomery newspaper, there are "at least 104 lots" now available in Providence, and the builders have several floor plans you can choose from.  These are big homes:  designs range from around 2,000 square feet to 4,300 square feet, with prices from the $219's - $300's. Stone Martin has bought other partially built Pike Road developments and is quickly building them out.  Bon Terre and Gray Ridge, also neighborhoods on Pike Road in close proximity to Providence, are quickly filling up with new homes, too. Why the push to be in Pike Road?   #1, in my opinion these homes are being built at significantly lower prices than anywhere else in town. Look at the square footage and prices above and do the math.   #2 The Pike Road school system. This past October, Town of Pike Road residents voted to raise property taxes in order to support a brand new Pike Road public school system, separate from the Montgomery Public School System.  The new k-12 school is expected to open the first phase of its K-8 facility in 2015All residents of Pike Road will be zoned for this new school. To recap: new construction, large homes, low prices, new school system = get it while it's hot. If you have questions about Providence or any homes in Pike Road, contact us by clicking here, call us  at (334) 22-15862, or email us at threeriversrecon @ coleyre . com.

Sign up for Hampstead News and Events

April 23rd, 2010 categories: Montgomery, Neighborhoods
There's something about The Town of Hampstead development in Montgomery that feels, well . . . not at all like Montgomery. In a good way. Like maybe a it's little more hip than the typical central Alabama neighborhood?  (What is Hampstead? Read more here.) I love that I get these emails every now and then from "[email protected]" letting me know what's going on there.  You can get them, too, by going to the Town of Hampstead website and subscribing to their newsletter.  The emails don't come often, and usually have something pretty interesting to say. new coffee barnew restaurantFor example - the latest one announces the opening of The Tipping Point coffee shop and bar AND the upcoming opening of Ham and High restaurant on April 30th.  See what I mean?  Two cool new places to gather, eat and drink in Montgomery! My neighborhood emails usually announce the due date for HOA dues and dates of neighborhood work parties.  Not nearly as exciting! Even if you choose another River Region neighborhood to call home, Hampstead still invites us all to join in on the fun.  For help with your Montgomery-area house hunt, contact us at the number above.  We're local Realtors who would love to work for you!

Driving Through Wynlakes: What to Expect on Your House Hunt

April 20th, 2010 categories: Montgomery, Neighborhoods
If you're relocating to Montgomery, AL, you might hear of a neighborhood or see a house online, but you may not get a good feel for the  area.  And loving your neighborhood is as important as loving your home. That's why ThreeRiversRecon takes pictures and video to give you out-of-towners (or across-towners) a close up look at East Montgomery. I drove through Wynlakes today and took pictures of some homes that are currently for sale (not all the homes for sale - this is a big neighborhood!).  I did this not-so-much to sell you a particular house, but to aid in the broader process of honing-in on a particular neighborhood.  These homes are listed by many different Realtors in the Montgomery area, and some are FSBO's. These pictures are meant to answer questions like:
  • Do I like the style of this neighborhood?
  • Does this size home meet my needs?
  • Could I see my family living in a home like the ones I see?
We'd love to help you find your home in Wynlakes, or any home in the Montgomery Area MLS!  Let a ThreeRiversRecon real estate agent do the legwork for you.  Give us a call or contact us using the yellow "Contacts" tab.

House Hunting in Wyndridge: What to Expect

April 14th, 2010 categories: Montgomery, Neighborhoods
Loving your neighborhood is as important as loving your home.  If you're relocating to Montgomery, AL, you might hear of a neighborhood or see a house online, and you want to know more about the area. That's why ThreeRiversRecon takes pictures and video to give you out-of-towners (or across-towners) a close-up look at East Montgomery. I drove through Wyndridge today and took pictures of some homes that are currently for sale (not all the homes for sale - this is a big neighborhood!).  I didn't do this to sell you a particular house, but to aid in the broader process of honing-in on a neighborhood.  These homes are listed by many different Realtors in the Montgomery area, and some are FSBO's. These pictures are meant to answer questions like:
  • Do I like the style of this neighborhood?
  • Does this size home meet my needs?
  • Could I see my family living in a home like the ones I see?
For even more Wyndridge info and neighborhood amenity pictures, click here. We'd love to help you find your home in Wyndridge, or any home in the Montgomery Area MLS!  Let a ThreeRiversRecon real estate agent do the legwork for you.  Give us a call or contact us using the yellow "Contacts" tab.

Neighborly Surprise in Lochshire: Growing Goodwill

April 13th, 2010 categories: Neighborhoods, Pike Road
IMG_0465 It's fun to write about little happenings like this- it's a real peek into the character of a neighborhood. Something you can't tell from the MLS. This Lochshire homeowner is just passing along a kindness, it appears. While jogging in Lochshire today, I passed by this display of young vegetable plants, set out by the curb in this Pike Road neighborhood.  I came back in my car and found another neighbor had discovered this surprise as well. If you want to know more about Lochshire in Pike Road, or any other the neighborhoods in East Montgomery, give us a call.  Let one of our  knowledgeable Realtors help you find just the right place to call home. BTW - we picked a jalapeno pepper plant. THANKS! We'll let you know when they're ready!

3 Reasons A Midtown Montgomery Family Moves East

February 25th, 2010 categories: Montgomery, Neighborhoods
Higgs to SturbridgeThe "H" family has successfully sold their midtown Montgomery, AL home in a historically slow market. They are in the driver's seat now.  There are some good real estate deals to be had. They've got the dough. Out of all options laid out before them, they chose a home in the Sturbridge neighborhood in East Montgomery. I was just curious.  So I asked them.  Here's why. . . 1) "Well, I hate to say this as my #1, but we got a really great deal on this house in Sturbridge. When you add up the square footage, the age of the home (built in the 1990's, a lot newer than our mid town home was) - it was just a great buy.  It had been on the market for a long time - maybe other buyers couldn't see past the dirty carpet.  It needed a little cleaning, but we were glad to do it for the price we paid!" 2103_5411)   "Sturbridge's location: it is in East Montgomery, but it's still close to the rest of Montgomery.  It's so easy to hop in and out of the neighborhood.  I can get to Target, Publix, the dry cleaners, Jalapeno's Mexican restaurant and I-85 in about 5 minutes.  We made the leap from 'Midtown' to 'East Montgomery' knowing that some things like church and school would be a little farther from the new home than the old home, but Sturbridge is still a really conveniently situated place. 3) "The location of our house within Sturbridge was a big deal.  It's at the end of a cul-de-sac on a street that dead ends into the neighborhood playground.  We feel comfortable letting our kids play with neighbors up and down the street.  Because its a dead end street, there's not much traffic, and like I said, at the end of our street is a playground, the neighborhood clubhouse and pool, plus a huge green space for the kids to play in.  Not a bad place to be."103_5412 Thanks for sharing your story, H family!  Enjoy your new home and new part of town. Anyone else have a story to tell . . . . ? If you'd like to know more about Sturbridge, or any East Montgomery neighborhood, give us a call.  We can show you any property in the Montgomery Area MLS, and we'd love to help you find your next home! Click here for another family's story about choosing a home in Sturbridge.

Not all Pike Road is Pike Road: Do Your Research

February 15th, 2010 categories: Buyer Tips, Montgomery, Neighborhoods, Pike Road
Just because you've driven past Chantilly Parkway on Vaughn Road does not mean everything that lays before you is part of the Town of Pike Road, AL.  Even passing through the light at CVS on Vaughn and Pike Roads is not a clear threshold to the municipality of the Town of Pike Road. It's just not that simple. Pike Road Town Limits Map The map above (from the Town of Pike Road website, click on it to enlarge) shows the patchwork that is east Montgomery County.  The map below (from the City of Montgomery website) details city trash pickup days, and on the lower right hand side of the map the patchwork of Montgomery City/Montgomery County/Town of Pike Road is evident here, too. City of Montgomery Trash Map How does this affect the east Montgomery house hunter? For example, you could research a home on Saw Tooth Loop in the Woodland Creek subdivision.  The neighborhood is across Vaughn Road from Bridle Brook, which is a Town of Pike Road community.  The street address for homes in Woodland Creek say "Pike Road, AL."  But this home is actually zoned for City of Montgomery amenities: sewer, trash, schools.  Unless current zoning changes, it would not be zoned for a future Pike Road School.  Confusing?  Sure. symbol for Pike Road zoning In 2008, in the neighborhood of Merry Station, all but one of about 20 homes were incorporated into the Town of Pike Road.  One home was zoned Montgomery County.  How did the homeowners figure this out?  They had to do a little research.  That home has since been incorporated into the Town of Pike Road. So why does it matter? Different reasons for different buyers.  Some might prefer City of Montgomery services?  Some might want to be zoned for the possibility of a future Pike Road school system? And designations can sometimes be changed . . . The main point if that if you have a preference, you'll need to do a little digging.  Looking at the street address alone will not suffice. The folks at the Town Hall in Pike Road are a big help.  So is having a knowledgeable Realtor working for you.  Give us a call and let us do the digging for you.

Neighborhood Spotlight: Wyndridge in Montgomery, AL

January 19th, 2010 categories: Montgomery, Neighborhoods
Tucked beside the large Wylnakes neighborhood in East Montgomery, AL is a little enclave called Wyndridge. It is a Lowder development, but does not feel like a contrived neighborhood.  While there is a mixture of large, medium, and smaller lots/homes, there are also custom homes, trees, and a feeling that Wyndridge has developed over time, rather than over night. I took the pictures above on a quick drive-through yesterday afternoon to give you a feel for the homes in the neighborhood. The homes in Wyndridge are on the pricier end of East Montgomery real estate.  Today (January 19, 2010) there are 14 homes listed for sale in Wyndridge ranging from $299,900 (2148 sq. ft.) to $689,900 (4885 sq. ft.). Neighborhood amenities include tennis courts, ponds and sidewalks, and landscaped common areas. Wyndridge is accessed off of Halcyon Boulevard, making it VERY close to the Shoppes at Eastchase, Peppertree shopping center, the Sturbridge neighborhood and I-85. Something unique to Wyndridge is the live children's nativity during the Christmas holidays.  Children from the neighborhood take part in recreating the nativity scene, and are joined by live animals brought in for the occasion. To see any of the homes for sale in Wyndridge, or any homes in the Montgomery area MLS, give us a call.  We'd love to help you with your house hunt!

Neighborhood Spotlight: StoneyBrooke Plantation in East Montgomery, AL

January 15th, 2010 categories: Montgomery, Neighborhoods
StoneyBrooke Plantation is a planned community in East Montgomery, AL.  I recently visited a friend's home in StoneyBrooke and realized I hadn't blogged it yet.  So here we go . . .

It's a Lowder Development (think Deer Creek and Woodland Creek neighborhoods on Vaughn Road), so if it seems very familiar, you're right. It's most unique feature is its proximity to I-85 - just off the I-85/Mitylene exit.   On the google map below, StoneyBrooke is red marker "A" (Deer Creek is "B" and Woodland Creek is "H").

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There is a large common area with a pond and picnic pavilion, plus a large playground.  The neighborhood is divided into pods according to lot size (50', 60', and 70' lots), and has sidewalks and landscaped "greenscapes" throughout.  There is no pool or neighborhood clubhouse. StoneyBrooke has existing homes for sale plus lots for building new homes.  As of today (Jan. 7, 2010) asking prices for the 6 homes available on the Montgomery Area MLS range from $192,000 (1655 sq. ft.) - $269,900 (2,433 sq. ft.). If you like new construction and a walkable neighborhood with amenities,  plus you want to be super-close to I-85, StoneyBrooke might be a good fit.  Give us a call - we can help buyers with any listing in the Montgomery Area MLS (and it costs buyers nothing more to have a Realtor working for them).

Frozen On Sturbridge Pond

January 9th, 2010 categories: Montgomery, Neighborhoods
Sturbridge, a popular neighborhood in east Montgomery, has two big ponds at its Vaughn Road entrance.  I was shocked to see that one of them is nearly completely frozen over in about half inch thick ice.
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Buyers relocating from up north might say, "what's the big deal?" But let me tell you, for central Alabama, a frozen pond is a rare occurrence.  This recent cold snap is breaking records.
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I was running errands with my kids yesterday in the Vaughn Road area and was surprised to see some bigger kids playing at the edge of the pond.  They were breaking off big hunks of ice and throwing them back on the iced surface.  We paused to take some pictures and the below video.  For Alabamians, this is surreal.
Hey readers - does anyone else have some good cold weather photos and videos, in Sturbridge or the rest of Montgomery? Leave a comment or reply below and let the rest of us see!

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