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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 realtor.com 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 realtor.com 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 Realtor.com 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 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.

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.

Reminder: Montgomery Magnet School Applications Due Soon

January 25th, 2010 categories: Montgomery, Schools
Just a quick reminder: If you're considering a Montgomery Public School magnet program for your child next year (2010-2011 academic year), get your applications in by January 29, 2010. Need an applicationclick heremagent school applications due Want to know more about magnet schools in Montgomery?  click here Have any words of wisdom for families applying for a magnet program?  Leave your thoughts in the "comments" box below. We'd love to have your feedback.

Montgomery Magnet School Gets Top Honors AGAIN!

December 11th, 2009 categories: Montgomery, Schools
LAMP does it again It's that time of year - time to apply for magnet and private schools for the 2010-2011 school year. If you're wondering what public magnet schools in Montgomery have to offer, consider the honors recently bestowed upon Loveless Academic Magnet Program High School (LAMP):

20th best high school in the NATION

and

4th best magnet school in the NATION.

That's pretty strong. "U.S. News and World Report" considered data from over 21,000 public high schools to come up with this ranking.  And it's not the first time LAMP and other Montgomery magnet schools have received such awards (see last year's ranking here).  Booker T Washington and Brewbaker Technology Magnet High Schools were also ranked nationally. Click here to read the entire Montgomery Advertiser article about these awards. FYI - Montgomery has public magnet schools for grades K-12.  For more information check out the MPS website. Applications are usually available on their website in mid-January and must be returned in early February. Related article: Head’s Up! School Registration in Montgomery is Around the Corner

Demand is High for New Montgomery Public Schools

August 17th, 2009 categories: Montgomery, Schools
Last week was the first week of school for Montgomery Public Schools, and if anyone doubted the demand for public schools on the east side of Montgomery, AL, all doubts have been erased. Homeowners in these schools zones should be pleased.getting on a bus However, the Montgomery Advertiser reports a lot of traffic and "overcrowding" at the 2 newest east Montgomery schools, Wilson Elementary and Carr Junior High (to read the article, "Carr Junior High already crowded"). Consider a few things while digesting these reports: 1) the first week of school is chaotic for any school, in any zone, 2) these are two brand new schools built where demand is HIGH for public schools, and 3) there are now 3 large public schools virtually next door to one another along  the 2-lane Ray Thorington Road. getting into car at schoolIs anyone really shocked about the traffic? Let's give these schools a chance to work out some kinks. As for the overcrowded classrooms, the Advertiser article reports that school administrators are double checking residency to make sure kids are really zoned for these new schools. I wish them all luck, and look forward to checking back in a month or so to see how conditions have improved.

Wilson Elementary and Carr Jr. High Registration Begins Today

June 22nd, 2009 categories: Montgomery, Schools
Carr Junior High School, Montgomery, AL

Carr Junior High School, Montgomery, AL

It's finally time to head on over and make it official. If you live in the new Jim Wilson Elementary and Carr Middle School school zones, you can register your kids starting today. Don't expect to tour the  new facilities yet, though - you'll actually register in Blount Elementary's lunchroom. From today until Thursday, you can come from 9 am until 1 pm.  From June 22-25, come between 1:30 pm and 5:30 pm.
Wilson Elementary School, Montgomery, AL

Wilson Elementary School, Montgomery, AL

If you miss this two week registration period, you can still register your child - but it will happen closer to the beginning of the school year at the new school itself. Not sure if you're affected by these new school zones? Click here for MPS zoning maps. For more info on what to bring with you, see the Montgomery Advertiser's article "Registration Starts Today for New Schools."

New School Zones Approved for East Montgomery, AL

May 5th, 2009 categories: Montgomery, Schools
The wait is over.  Here are the new school zones for east Montgomery, AL. . . First are the Montgomery elementary schools - Blount, Halcyon, and the new Wilson elementary:
Wilson is green; Blount is blue; Halcyon in light pink.

Wilson is green; Blount is blue; Halcyon in light pink.

For a more detailed elementary zoning map , click here. Next, the East Montgomery middle/jr. high schools :
approved-middle-school

Pink is Brewbaker; Green is Carr; Purple is Georgia Washington

For a more detailed middle/jr. high map, click here. Finally, the Montgomery high schools:
Green is Lanier; Pink is Jeff Davis; Brown is Lee

Green is Lanier; Pink is Jeff Davis; Brown is Lee

For a more detailed high school map, click here. With two new public schools opening in east Montgomery, AL (Wilson Elementary and Carr Junior High), there's been a lot of anticipation about who will go where, which neighborhoods will attend which school. Now we know.  I got this info from the Montgomery Public Schools website -click here to get there.  A you know, they are the final authority on zoning, so check with them if you're not sure where you're zoned. If you're ready to find a house in one of these schools zones, give me a call or contact me.

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