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.

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 :
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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.

Proposed Zoning for Carr and Wilson Schools in Montgomery, AL

March 23rd, 2009 categories: Montgomery, Schools

The Montgomery Public Schools (MPS) website has posted proposed zoning for the newest east Montgomery schools:  Wilson Elementary and Carr Jr.  This new zoning will take effect Fall 2009.

Below is the zoning map for Carr.  For closer detail, click here for the PDF from the MPS website

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Here is the proposed map for Jim Wilson Elementary School.  Again, for more details click here for a link to the map on the MPS website.

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This is a really important and exciting time for the Montgomery Public Schools and the city of Montgomery.  Two public forums have been scheduled to discuss the  new school zoning:  Monday, March 23rd  (today) at 6:00 pm at Blount Elementary School, and Thursday, March 26 at 6:00 pm at Brewbaker Junior High.  Parents are encouraged to attend these forums.  Voting on the new zoning will take place in April.

As always, if you're looking for a home in one of these new Montgomery school zones, we'd love to help.  It costs you nothing to let an experienced Realtor help you with your home search.  Give us a call or email from the info at the top of the page, or contact us via the contact tab.

For pictures and video of these schools under construction check out these posts:

Neighborhood Spotlight:  New Park (video shows Wilson school)

Right Before Your Eyes:  Carr Middle School