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Will the Pike Road School System affect Home Values?

February 4th, 2014 categories: Pike Road, Schools

There are homes for sale in Pike Road right now that will be zoned for the new Pike Road School System.  What does that have to do with real estate?”

What sort of response do you suppose you would get if you asked parents of school aged children how important the school their children would attend is to them?  I would imagine that to most parents, schooling of their children is one of the most important things in their life.  That being said, would schooling options have an impact on which house a person buys?   Let’s make this a little more specific to our situation here in Montgomery County by looking at the schooling options.

There are several ways for parents to educate their children.  Some methods such as homeschooling and private schools do not require a specific location.  For those using public schools, obviously school zoning is very important when buying a home.

Let’s fast forward a little.  2015 is the opening of the Pike Road School System.

Do you think that will increase demand for homes in Pike Road?  I do.

Do you think increased demand for Pike Road homes will also increase price?  I do.  Of course, we can’t predict the future, but just like looking at stock prices, you need to have a little bit of foresight to keep from paying top dollar.  Buying stock in Netflix today may still be a good idea.  I don’t know.  But it sure would have been a great idea 3 years ago.  I can’t say for sure if buying a home in Pike Road is a good idea, but in an unpredictable world, I would give it a much better than 50/50 odds, just based on the new Pike Road School System. Dr. Ed Richardson stated in this video that he thought a new school system would do wonders for Pike Road area home values.

To summarize, a 2013 article from addresses this topic in an article called “The Right School District:  How Much Do Schools Affect Real Estate Prices?”   Read the last paragraph of the article.

Clearly, though, consumer demand is large enough that we can conclude that good schools do increase home values in some measure. Half of the home-buying population is willing to pay more than their intended budget to get into the right school district, and more than half would give up other amenities. Making a decision on buying a home should definitely include an analysis of the school district, even for buyers who don’t intend to send children to those schools. Good schools provide stability for a community, and that’s good for the property values of everyone who lives nearby.

You can read the full article here.

In conclusion, part of the campaigning for a new Pike Road School was increased property values in the town of Pike Road.  That has not really come to fruition yet, but in a country full of procrastinators, I would image that the 6 months prior to the school opening in 2015 will be a wave of action trying to buy homes zoned for the Pike Road School System.

You may want to beat the rush and buy a Pike Road home before, as the article finds, prices are affected.

If you are looking to buy a home, whether it is our first home or last home, Pike Road is a great choice.  Pike Road was recently named one of the top 12 zip codes in Alabama .

If you are looking to buy…or for that matter sell a home in Pike Road or East Montgomery, call 256-853-0357 or email [email protected]

To take a video tour of neighborhoods in Pike Road, visit the Neighborhoods page. 



Pike Road School Groundbreaking Video

January 10th, 2014 categories: Buyer Tips, Neighborhoods, Pike Road, Schools

If you weren’t able to make the Pike Road School groundbreaking ceremony at The Waters this morning, here’s a quick video so you can see what you missed.

Because I have been to quite a few of these Town of Pike Road events, I expected a well-executed, inspirational, informative ceremony.  I got exactly that.  See if you don’t agree that Pike Road, Alabama, is an exciting place to live these days.

If you’d like to learn about homes for sale in Pike Road because of the new school, or if you’re just interested in Pike Road real estate because it’s an great place to live, give us a call (256) 853-0357 or contact us here.  We’d love to talk with you about the possibilities.

The Town of Pike Road had a nice tent set up on The Avenue of the Waters, where the school will be located in east Montgomery County. For those of you familiar with The Waters neighborhood, you go in the main entrance off of Marler Road, go over the first little bridge, climb the hill, and it’s on your right before you get to the tennis courts.  It was a cold, misty day today so everyone was glad to have some shelter! As you can see from the video above, a little line of dirt was set up in the background with ten or twelve fancy shovels at ready.

Mayor Gordon Stone welcomed everyone. You could tell that the Mayor was bursting with pride today. It was understandable, because he and many others have been working for about sixteen years to get to this point. In fact, the Mayor went out of his way to thank any and everyone involved, most by name. He even recognized former Town councilmen, which I thought was a nice touch. Then he introduced Ms. Linda Ware, Vice President of the Pike Road School Board. She led the invocation and did a really nice job.

After the pledge of Allegiance, Mayor Stone read a proclamation and then introduced some various speakers.  Wayne Rabren spoke first. Mr. Rabren was the first mayor of the Town of Pike Road. He gave a different angle on the history, pointing out that the first Pike Road School was formed in like 1919 and educated area children until the late 1960s. Next, Chris Dunn spoke. Chris is the current Chairman of the Pike Road Town Council and Mayor Pro Tempore. Chris is a great speaker and always delivers. Next up was Ray Hawthorne. I have never met Ray, and was curious about what he would say as he is the President of the Pike Road School Board. He did a good job as well.  Mr. Hawthorne spoke mainly about keeping true to the original vision of excellence by keeping standards high and working hard.

Before the Mayor wrapped up, Dr. Ed Richardson spoke. Dr. Richardson is the former State of Alabama Superintendent of Education, and is widely regarded as a visionary, effective leader in the education field. Dr. Richardson was a key cog in the Pike Road School process – he served as the Executive Director of the Pike Road Leadership Council. I knew that they would be OK when it was announced he would head the effort to negotiate with the Montgomery public school system for the asset split. At the groundbreaking, Dr. Richardson also talked about the need of high standards, and urged residents to stick to them, even if it means there are some rough patches!

After that, everyone shifted over to the shovels for the official groundbreaking. It was a really fun time when the town councilmen, school board folks, parents, and even kids got in the act.

The weather was cold in rainy, as you can see in the above video. But it’s clear that the Town of Pike Road is burning with optimism about its school and the community’s future!

Pike Road School Groundbreaking is January 10, 2014!

January 4th, 2014 categories: Pike Road, Schools

The Town of Pike Road is breaking ground for the Pike Road School on Friday, January 10, 2014 at 10:00 am.  The public is invited to this historic event at The Waters, near the site of the new school.  See the flyer below or call the town hall at (334) 272-9883 for more information.

Pike Road School Groundbreaking January 10 2014For those of you who are current Pike Road residents, these are exciting times!  For those of you who have been waiting to see if this school is really going to happen – well it is!  Give me a call and let’s talk about getting your family settled in a Pike Road home in time for the 2015 school year.  I’m a realtor and a Pike Road resident, and I’d love to hook you up with the right people to make it happen.  Call me at (256)853-0357, or click here to contact me.

This video below of the November 5, 2013 Pike Road school meeting Q&A has excellent information about the nuts and bolts of a new school project.  If you want to be inspired and encouraged about the new school, spend just a few minutes watching it.  I attended this meeting, and as always, am blown away by the  caliber of the people involved, the vision of the team, and the intricate level of detail they cover.


Pike Road’s New Butcher Block & A Catered Affair

January 2nd, 2014 categories: Dining, Pike Road

It’s gotten even more fun to live in Pike Road.  We now have a gem of an addition to the Pike Road Station shopping center:  No more trudging across town to buy good beer and wine.  The Pike Road Butcher Block is a new store along the lines of Derk’s Filet and Vine, but a whole lot closer.  It’s smaller, for sure, but if you’re looking for craft beer, a nice wine selection, gourmet gifts, steaks, and a place to eat lunch or dinner, you are going to love this.

The Butcher Block is owned in conjunction with A Catered Affair, so catering is their gig, too.  I’ll be honest – I’ve been there a good bit this holiday season.  The food is awesome, the beer selection is great.  Everyone I’ve talked to has agreed – these folks know what they’re doing.

Here’s a look at the Fried Green Tomato BLT and the meatloaf we ordered at lunch recently:

Butcher Block Fried Green TomButcher Block Sandwich Pike Road, ALButcher Block meatloaf Pike Road, ALThey also have good beer on tap (Mama’s Little Yella Pils and Back Forty’s Truck Stop Honey, for example), but they are not a bar.  They’re open Monday-Saturday, from 9:00am to 7:00 pm.

Butcher Block Beers on Tap Pike RoadIf you haven’t been yet, you’re in for a treat.  It’s another great example of the good stuff going on in The Town of Pike Road.

If you’re interested in buying a home or lot in Pike Road, give me a call:  (256)853-0357.   I’m a realtor and a Pike Road resident, and I’d love to share my knowledge of the area with you.  You can also click here to contact me. 

Step Back in Time: Town of Pike Road’s Christmas Tree Lighting

December 5th, 2013 categories: Activities, Neighborhoods, Pike Road

Attending the Christmas Tree Lighting at the Pike Road Town Hall is like taking a step back in time.  It’s a small crowd, it’s a simple ceremony.  They light the tree, sing Christmas carols, and pause for reflection.  And the holiday season begins!

Pike Road Christmas Tree Lighting 2013Pike Road’s Town Hall, located on Vaughn Road,  is the hub of the community activities.  Throughout the year meeting and events are held here, and the people of Pike Road can gather and get to know one another better.  I’m always surprised by the familiar face of a friend whom I didn’t realize also lives here.  The Christmas tree lighting is usually around the first Sunday evening of December, so check it out next season if you missed it this year.

If this small town atmosphere sounds appealing to you, let us show you around.  Check out our Neighborhood pages and search the River Region MLS through this site.  Give us a call and let us help you get to know Pike Road, and hopefully make it your home, too!

2013 Pike Road Arts and Crafts Fair a HUGE Success!!!

November 15th, 2013 categories: Activities, Pike Road

Pike Road Arts and Crafts Fair

If I told you thousands of people are gathering for an huge event in November in the state of Alabama, you would think Alabama or Auburn football.   But if it was the first Saturday in November, in the Town of Pike Road, then the place was the Pike Road Arts and Crafts Fair.  Did I mention the 47th annual Pike Road Arts and Crafts Fair.   And it was huge this year…. (if you don’t believe me see the picture with unbelievable amount of cars).

Pike Road Arts and Crafts Fair

With 47 years of experience to get the formula right, it had every appearance of a roaring success with a sold out list of over 250 vendors.

So did you not make it to the event this year?  Here is what you missed – tents galore from vendors near and far sold everything from the popular live turtle in a cage, the coolest birdhouses around (I bought 3 from Bill Perry’s birdhouses), impressive artwork from the Old Town of Pike Road, homemade tire swings, deer antler lamps, goat’s milk soap, Alabama/Auburn décor, and a laundry list of other crafty things that you would expect to see.

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IMG_20131102_104221Events like the Pike Road Arts and Crafts Fair are what make Pike Road, AL a special town.  With the upcoming attractions like the movie theater on Chantilly Parkway and the new Pike Road School System, growth is on its way.  But for a town like Pike Road, the past is not to be forgotten.  Events like the Arts and Crafts Fair serve as a great reminder as to the history of Pike Road and the families who have lived there for generations.  Pike Road truly is a great town to live.

If you’re interested in homes for sale that will be zoned for the upcoming Pike Road school, you need to know that the Town of Pike Road will always be the authority on school zoning.  If you would like to know about homes for sale in Pike Road neighborhoods, CLICK HERE for our Neighborhood pages.  Here you’ll find pictures, neighborhood video tours, and most importantly, a current live feed of homes for sale in each neighborhood from the MLS.   Check out neighborhoods like The Waters, Lochshire, and others on these Neighborhood pages.

We love to talk Pike Road real estate.  Give us a call at (334) 221-5862, or CLICK HERE to contact us, and get connected with Realtors who specialize in the Pike Road area.

A Not-So-Extreme Pike Road Home Makeover

April 5th, 2013 categories: Buyer Tips, Neighborhoods, Pike Road

Location, location, location.

When the owners of this home were house hunting, they knew 2 things:  1) They wanted to buy a home in Pike Road, AL, and 2) they wanted to buy in a specific neighborhood within Pike Road.  So when they found this Pike Road house for sale in their target neighborhood, they scooped it up.

Pike Road Home Makeover Before

The home was built in 1998 and had a great floor plan, but the exterior was not all they had hoped for.  Since they planned to stick around for a while, they enlisted the help of Jones Pierce Architects in Atlanta to rethink the exterior and make it pretty.

To keep costs down, the owners sent pictures and measurements to the architect, and the architect returned a drawing with suggestions.

(Note to homeowners from a real estate agent: When planning a home renovation project, spend a little extra money on an architect and get the details right.  The results are WELL worth it, and it is often far more affordable than you think.  It usually helps with resale as well;  while buyers cannot often verbalize this, the remodel done by an architect just looks like it’s done right.)

Here’s the architect’s marketing for this service, using the Pike Road house as one example:

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Contractor Doug Fuhrman of Southern Traditions Construction (a Pike Road resident) was hired to manage the makeover which included a new front portico, new windows,  a new landing with brick pavers, and new paint colors for the entire exterior.

Here’s a sneak peek at the almost finished facade –  a refreshed, updated exterior.

Pike Road Redo After
Advice from these homeowners?  They would tell you that the location has pleased them more than they could have imagined, so slowly updating the home’s appearance has been a pleasure.  As a realtor, I remind buyers that they can’t change the location of a home, but they can change the home itself.  Make sure you are sold on a home’s location before you buy.

If you, too, are looking for homes for sale in the Pike Road area,  give us a call (John (334) 221-5862), or CLICK HERE to contact us via email. We’ll connect you with an experienced Realtor who knows Pike Road and Montgomery well, and can help you find exactly what you’re looking for.

And if your River Region home needs a little facelift, consider these fine professionals below:

Jones Pierce Architects

Southern Traditions Construction – Doug Fuhrman (334) 531-3914 or [email protected]

Kocher Building Materials – windows, doors, trim, etc.

Pike Road’s ENHANCE Open House Tonight!

February 21st, 2013 categories: Activities, Neighborhoods, Pike Road

Pike Road ENHANCE Open House

The Pike Road ENHANCE Initiative is “a plan by the future of the Town of Pike Road will be shaped.”

Head to the Town Hall tonight from 5:30-7:00 pm, and see displays and representatives from each of the nine ENHANCE programs, and learn how you can plug in and shape the future of the Pike Road community.

Quite a few “Quality of Life” programs already exist, and are open to everyone in Pike Road:   Agriculture and Stewardship Club, The Neighborhood Leaders, The Recreation Service Corps, The Patriot Club, The Pike Road Arts Council, The Pike Road Business Association, The PRAYER Team, The Education Service Committee, and the PRICE Foundation.

For more info on ENHANCE, check out the video below:


For more information on this event,  contact Mary Catherine at [email protected], or CLICK HERE to  visit the Town of Pike Road website.

If you’re interested in homes for sale that will be zoned for the upcoming Pike Road school, you need to know that the Town of Pike Road will always be the authority on school zoning.  If you would like to know about homes for sale in Pike Road neighborhoods, CLICK HERE for our Neighborhood pages.  Here you’ll find pictures, neighborhood video tours, and most importantly, a current live feed of homes for sale in each neighborhood from the MLS.   Check out neighborhoods like The Waters, Lochshire, and others on these Neighborhood pages.

We love to talk Pike Road real estate.  Give us a call at (334) 221-5862, or CLICK HERE to contact us, and get connected with Realtors who specialize in the Pike Road area.

Homes and Lots For Sale In The Waters

February 15th, 2013 categories: Buyer Tips, Neighborhoods, Pike Road

chapelThe Waters is one of the most unique neighborhoods in the greater Montgomery area. We are pleased to announce our Neighborhood Page on The Waters now has a live list of homes for sale in the Waters and lots for sale in The Waters.

If you would like to read our neighborhood page, we give a bit of info and history on the Waters, plus we have added in these live links. This is the latest in an effort to bring you live MLS links, broken down by neighborhood, showing you homes and lots for sale right now. Like the Lochshire neighborhood page, the fact that it’s a live MLS link means that no matter when you check it, today or in 200 tomorrows, it constantly pulls the freshest list of homes for sale from the Montgomery MLS.

If you want to search the entire MLS, click here for our Montgomery area home search and customize to your heart’s content. But, we figure enough people are interested in specific neighborhoods, so we at Three Rivers Recon thought it would be cool to build out these neighborhood pages.

There’s a lot of things going on in The Waters right now, not the least of which is the new planned Town of Pike Road School that will be located there. Keep your eyes out here as we cover this and blog about it.

What are we missing? Would you like to see other neighborhoods in Montgomery, Pike Road, or Prattville spotlighted (or is it spotlit ?)? Or would you like more details on the ones we have? Click here and let us know.

Would you like more information about specific homes or lots you see? We can help with that, too. Click here for the same contact form and let us know. We live here. We work here. We can help!

View Lochshire Homes For Sale

February 13th, 2013 categories: Buyer Tips, Neighborhoods, Pike Road


Are you curious about homes for sale in the Pike Road neighborhood of Lochshire?

We have great news. Three Rivers Recon has just updated its Lochshire neighborhood page to include a live feed from the Montgomery Area MLS. This live feed will show you the homes for sale right now in Lochshire! Yes!

Don’t worry if you are reading this one minute after we post it, or one year. The fact that it is a live feed from the Montgomery MLS ensures that the Lochshire Neighborhood page will always be up to the minute, always updated to show you the very latest information on homes for sale. This includes all homes for sale, all listings from every single real estate agent, every real estate brokerage in the Montgomery MLS. Not just ours.

We are proud to be building out all of our Neighborhood Pages here at Three River Recon. Very soon we will have live links for many more neighborhoods in Pike Road and east Montgomery, Alabama. Don’t see one on our list? Contact us here and let us know!

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