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.

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.

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.

Montgomery, AL Area Home Sales Report

May 29th, 2009 categories: Market Reports, Montgomery
sign-that-reads-for-saleDid you see this article in the Montgomery Advertiser a few days ago?   Click on the following title to read the entire article:  Montgomery Area Home Sales Continue to Fall. It reports that "home sales in Montgomery area declined for the 24th straight month in April, but the number of houses on the market dropped to one of the lowest levels in more than two years." So what's that mean for us?  Well, we have to start beating prior year's sales in order to have prices rise again. I read a really good article on a Better Homes & Garden's home blog about this subject. A guy named Nikolai Kolding studied sales from across the country, over a decade or so and concluded that rises or falls in average home prices were preceded by rises / falls in # of homes closed. home-for-saleThe number of sales was compared by seeing if, for example, April 09 beat April 08 in number of homes sold. That, to me, is a critical finding, and it is something that you can apply locally. So many of these macroeconomic statistics are hard to apply to the Montgomery area, but I am watching current year vs. prior year very closely. Check back soon for the most recent Montgomery Area MLS "sold" statistics.  If you'd like more conversation about this topic, comment below or give me a call at the number at the top of the page. I'd love to talk about with you, and I'd love to help you with the home-buying process.

Sturbridge Home Video Tour, Montgomery, AL

April 1st, 2009 categories: Montgomery, Neighborhoods
[viddler id=358e5c95&w=437&h=333] Here's the video tour for a home we listed today in the Sturbridge Plantation neighborhood in east Montgomery, AL.  It was built in 2004, and is in the back of Sturbridge in "The Heritage" section.  Click here for the Google map. Our favorite things about this house: 1) the huge, WOODED lot 2) the "friends" entrance on the side by the kitchen 3) the enlarged shaded back patio 4) the upgraded kitchen, and 5) the hardwood floors downstairs. Another plus . . . if you'll check out the proposed zoning maps for the new public schools -  Wilson Elementary and Carr Jr. High - you'll see that Sturbridge is expected to fall within the new Wilson/Carr  school zone. (The final zoning maps have not been approved as of today, March 31, but a decision is expected in April.  All buyers should confirm their home's zoning with the MPS office before completing the transaction.) We'd love to show off this great home, so contact us or call us at the number above for more information and to set up a tour.
front-of-home
The front entrance of the home.
Large lot with side entrance.
Large lot with side entrance.
Mature trees and landscaping

Mature trees and landscaping

Shady back yard.

Shady back yard.

Outdoor living space with brick patio.

Outdoor living space with brick patio.

Family room.

Family room.

Kitchen has island and upgraded appliances.

Kitchen has island and upgraded appliances.

Spacious master bedroom.

Spacious master bedroom.