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.

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.

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.

When Will Pike Road, AL, Have A School System? The Mayor Answers

April 16th, 2009 categories: Pike Road, Schools
The Town of Pike Road had an "Education Summit" tonight at St. James United Methodist Church. It mostly covered the nature of the school system, which will be a P.D.S. school - or a Professional Development School - more on that later. For now, check out this video of Pike Road Mayor Gordon Stone answering the big question: When will Pike Road have its own school system? His answer: Also, I was pleased to be interviewed by WSFA Channel 12 and WAKA Channel 8.  It also aired on the local Fox affiliate WCOV. I revealed two great pearls of wisdom: 1. choice is good and 2. schools are important. Gee, I am brilliant.

Interested in future Pike Road School? Learn More Thursday Night.

April 13th, 2009 categories: Pike Road, Schools
pike-road-bannerThe Town of Pike Road is hosting an Education Summit on Thursday, April 16, 2009 at Saint James UMC on Vaughn Road.  You might have heard talk about Pike Road creating its own school system in east Montgomery County, so here is your chance to find out more first-hand.  The meeting is open to the public, and there is time scheduled for Q&A. Here's the agenda: 6:45pm:  Welcome remarks, Mayor Gordon Stone 7:00pm: Relationship of PRESET (Pike Road school) to PK Younge School 7:15pm:  Dr.  Fran Vandiver, Director, PK Younge School 7:30pm:  Dr. Lynda Hayes, Director of Research and Outreach 7:45pm:  Dr. Nancy Dana, Director for Center for School Improvement 8:00pm:  Questions and Answers 8:20pm:  Conclusion and Wrap-up, Mayor Stone If you're not able to make it, I'm going and will update you here.  By the way, the website for PK Younge Developmental Research School in Gainesville, FL is pretty neat and informative.  If you want to know what's being planned for Pike Road, check it out here. Related post:  Pike Road is an Option for East Montgomery

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