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Realtors Are Here When You’re Not

February 12th, 2013 categories: Buyer Tips, Montgomery, Neighborhoods, Pike Road
It's been raining for three days in Montgomery and Pike Road, AL.  If you're house hunting long distance, it's not possible to cruise by your favorite lot and see how the drainage is working after a heavy rain.  With all the real estate information available on the Internet, it may be tempting to go it alone when making a home purchase. ThreeRiversRecon rain But the MLS listing info on the Internet cannot tell the full story of a property.  The picture above is a great example.  This is a lot that's currently for sale in the area.  I drove by and snapped this pic yesterday, after 2 days of rain.  It's crucial to have a Realtor working for you who knows the area well. A seasoned, local Realtor will be able to tell you not only which lots/homes are for sale, but also which lots/homes get soggy after a storm.  And having a Realtor on your team costs a buyer nothing - the seller pays the commission. Give us a call and let us introduce you to local Realtors who specialize in Montgomery and Pike Road real estate. It's all they do, day in and day out.  They have the experience to guide you through the buying process and avoid getting swamped. Call John at (334) 221-5862, or CLICK HERE to contact us via email.

Pike Road School System Hires Heavy Hitter

March 21st, 2012 categories: Montgomery, Pike Road, Schools
Photo Credit: Montgomery Advertiser.com

Photo Credit: Montgomery Advertiser.com

The fledgling Pike Road, Alabama, school system took a big leap forward by hiring an executive director of the Pike Road Education Leadership Council. And they didn't hire just anybody. Ed Richardson will lead the Council in their negotiations with Montgomery County, and oversee the beginning stages of setting up the town's school system. Anyone that has spent any time in Alabama in the past 20 years should know him. Mr. Richardson has served as the President of Auburn University, and also the Superintendent of Education for the entire state of Alabama. Learn more about this huge announcement in this Montgomery Advertiser article by Annie McCallum Bitter. Richardson tells the Advertiser that he sees the new Pike Road school system as a "golden opportunity to form a very strong school system" and "You seldom have an opportunity to start a school system and to build it in a very qualitative way with parents who are highly interested." Are you highly interested in a home for sale in the Pike Road, Alabama, area? We can help. Check our Neighborhoods Page, we have information on lots of Pike Road neighborhoods like Bon Terre, Providence, Lochshire, The Waters, Stone Park, and more. Don't see anything you like? Please Contact Us on this page and we can customize your home search.

Neighborhood Spotlight: Bon Terre in Pike Road

February 8th, 2012 categories: Neighborhoods, Pike Road
Bon Terre is a new construction neighborhood in the Town of Pike Road located less than a mile south of the intersection at Vaughn and Pike Road.  Some areas of Pike Road are very rural, but Bon Terre is completely suburban.  Bon Terre will be zoned for the new Pike Road School system. When you drive through Bon Terre, it’s shocking to see how large this neighborhood is. It’s like a small city has suddenly sprung up in between pastures.  From Pike Road it's hard to tell how far back the homes go, but once you round the first bend, a sprawling swath of homes emerges.  Affordable pricing and the Pike Road school zone have really been enticing buyers to stop here. Construction originally began in Bon Terre before the 2008 recession: streets were cut and paved, and the entrance was built.  Like several other Pike Road neighborhoods nearby (Providence, Gray Ridge), it sat untouched for several years and was bought by Stone Martin Builders in 2010.  They have quickly built out the entire neighborhood. When we filmed the video tour below in Feb 2012, a sign at the entrance said there was only one lot left for sale.  But the homes that have already been built are big – 2,000 to 4,300 square feet, and they have some cool features like tankless water heaters, spray foam insulation, granite counter tops, and stainless appliances.  Based on the square footage, the homes are very affordable, but the tradeoff is a very narrow list of options for colors, finishes, etc, and no upgrades.  Everyone in Bon Terre has the same sink. Amenities in Bon Terre include curbs and sidewalks, underground utilities, and a neighborhood pool and clubhouse.  There’s also only one way in and one way out, so there’s no thru traffic. It’s close to all east Montgomery shopping and restaurants, close to Chantilly Parkway, EastChase and the I-85 Mitylene exit. [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hZdheJZRoNg[/youtube] If you're interested in a home in Bon Terre, or any other Pike Road neighborhood, give us a call at (334) 221-5862 or contact us by clicking here.  Remember - it costs you nothing as a buyer to have a Realtor work for you.  The seller pays my commission.

Town of Pike Road School Update: It’s a Go!

February 3rd, 2012 categories: Pike Road, Schools, Uncategorized

Home Buyers: It's official - The Town of Pike Road is getting its own school system.

Screen shot 2012-01-17 at 12.51.05 PMOn October 11, 2011, Pike Road residents voted to raise property taxes to support a new, independent Pike Road school system.  Plans for this school have been in the works since 2006, and the approval of a 16 mill property tax increase means construction of a K-8 facility will begin in 2014.  Grades 9-12 will be phased in, one per year, thereafter. The Town of Pike Road's website is a great resource to find out more about the new school.  Here's the short version of what it's all about (for the longer version, click here): The Pike Road School will be a Professional Development School, or PDS.  This means it will partner with 4 universities in this area to help future teachers learn alongside veteran teachers and university faculty.  The goal is a win-win environment for students in Pike Road, for the universities, and for other students in Alabama who will benefit from the resources and research done at the school. The school will be within Montgomery County, but independent of the Montgomery Public School System.

But this is a real estate websiteWhy all the talk about a new school?

If you currently live in Pike Road, in my estimation, you'll likely see property values rise.  Think of other independent school systems in Birmingham, for example, and the demand for housing in those zones.  This is merely anecdotal evidence, but since the vote in October, developments that have been ghost towns since the recession are booming: Bon Terre, Providence - have you been by in the last few months? Whoa. If you have any questions or would like to speak to a Realtor about properties in Pike Road, give us a call.  We'd love to help you find your piece of Pike Road and take advantage of the new school system. Call John at (334) 221-5862, or contact him by clicking here.

Stone Park at Pike Road – New Construction Homes for Sale

January 30th, 2012 categories: Neighborhoods, Pike Road, Uncategorized
Stone Park is a Pike Road neighborhood located off of Highway 80 at the Waugh exit of I-85, north of Montgomery, AL.  All homes in Stone Park are zoned for the upcoming Pike Road School. If you need to jump on I-85 N quickly, like a suburban atmosphere in a rural part of Pike Road, and prefer neighborhood amenities like a pool and clubhouse, Stone Park might be a good fit. [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WsdfYylmUvA[/youtube] Stone Park has new construction homes that are Craftsman in style.  According the Stone Park website, standard features include  10 foot ceilings, granite counter tops, custom cabinets, and fenced yards.  You'll see exterior designs that are similar to most new-construction neighborhoods, i.e. 2 car garages on the front of homes. You'll also see sidewalks and underground utilities. Homes range in size from 2,015 SF - 3,200 SF, and prices begin in the low $200's. At this time, Stone Park is one of the closest new construction neighborhoods to the proposed Pike Road School site.  The new school will be located in the back of The Waters development, which is maybe a mile or two from Stone Park down Marler Road. If you'd like more information on homes for sale right now in Stone Park, or have any questions about Pike Road real estate, call John at (334) 221-5862, email us at threeriversrecon @ coleyre. com, or simply click here to fill out the contact form.

Gray Ridge in Pike Road – New Construction Homes for Sale Now

January 27th, 2012 categories: Neighborhoods, Pike Road, Uncategorized
Gray Ridge is a Pike Road neighborhood that currently has homes and lots for sale, and Gray Ridge is zoned for the upcoming Pike Road School system. Gray Ridge is small - there's one main street that runs through the development - so there's no thru traffic, and it's very convenient to I-85.  Some parts of Pike Road are very rural, but Gray Ridge has a suburban feel. It backs up to the established neighborhood of Lochshire, and is also close to Bridle Brook and Woodland Creek. [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PKI5mlT1vXY[/youtube] Gray Ridge is just north of the Pike and Vaughn Roads intersection.  Turn left from Vaughn Road onto Pike Road, pass the CVS and entrance to Lochshire, and Gray Ridge is the next neighborhood on your right. You're close to Vaughn  Road, Chantilly Parkway (Wal Mart, Home Depot), and The Shoppes at EastChase.  For a Pike Road location, it's very close to East Montgomery, and since you can hop on I-85 quickly at either the Mitylene or Waugfh exits via Highway 80, drive time into the city is pretty quick. Gray Ridge is another neighborhood that was originally begun before the recession of 2008.  One or maybe two homes were built, and then it sat silent for a few years.  It's been in the hands of a couple of developers along the way, but Gray Ridge is now being built out by Stone Martin Builders. Similar to Bon Terre and Providence (both neighborhoods also on Pike Road), there are lots for sale and floor plans to choose from.  According to the ad in Montgomery Advertiser East Montgomery December 28, 2012 paper,  homes in Gray Ridge have 2,000 - 4,300 SF of living space and are priced from the $170's to the $210's. I'll let you do the math. If you'd like to know more about homes and lots for sale right now in Gray Ridge, or have questions about Pike Road real estate in general,  contact us by clicking here, or call John at (334) 221-5862.

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.

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!

Bermuda Grass Wins Again: One Yard Owner’s Battle in Montgomery

March 28th, 2010 categories: Buyer Tips, Montgomery, Pike Road
my yard does not look like thisIf you are relocating to Montgomery, AL and plan on buying a home, lawn care will likely be part of that package. The Feed Lot has products that will help you take care of it. In this neck of the woods, Bermuda grass is the ground cover of choice.  It has a fine blade, is invasive, and varieties are used for golf course and football field turf.  Whether you care for it or not, it's probably in your East Montgomery yard. Upon moving to Montgomery, we built a house and battled weeds in our Bermuda lawn for 5 years.  When properly treated, it has a slick, highly manicured look, and weeds stick out like a sore thumb.  Our neighbors had effortless, immaculate lawns.  We had no kids and time to kill.   We fertilized,  we fretted.  We constantly had weeds. The difference?  They had their yards sprayed by a lawn service and we didn't.  Or, rather, we wouldn't.  There was principle involved.  We didn't need to pay someone else to keep our tiny yard tidy.  Where's the fun in that? The clover finally did us in. Wait - isn't this post supposed to be about The Feed Lot?  Stay with me . . . So we called in the folks at Southern Lawns and got on their program that involved spraying fertilizer "stuff" on our lawn 3 or so times a year.  It was magical.  The weeds were gone. Fast forward another 5 or so years: a new house, bigger yard, same problems.  We loved our experience with Southern Lawns and highly recommend them, but once again, we're on a mission to do it ourselves. IMG_0217Someone recommended The Feed Lot as a great resource for weed control products that actually work.  It's the real-deal hardware/country store on Meriwether Road in Pike Road. So we've gotten the "pre-emergent" fertilizer down that's supposed to kill the crabgrass . . . We'll let you now how it goes . . . In the meantime, we're Realtors, so give us a call if you need help finding your next yard (and home) in the Montgomery area.  We'd love to do the legwork for you!

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.

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