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Take care of yourself and ENJOY Christmas!
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Owens Cross Roads AL Home For Sale
7208 Lathan Drive, Owens Cross Roads, AL 35763
3 bedrooms | 2 full bathrooms| approximately 1,658 square feet | Sanctuary Cove
If you like gorgeous hardwood floors, custom moldings and spacious rooms, have we got a house for you! Welcome to 7208 Lathan Drive! Located just minutes from Goldsmith Schiffman Elementary and Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail, this 3 bedroom, 2 bath, move-in ready home is in immaculate condition and filled with spectacular features. When you pull up to this beautiful, no maintenance, brick home you will see that it is situated on privacy fenced lot with majestic mountain views. Attractive natural wood columns adorn the covered porch. Inside you will feel like you are in a brand-new home. Hardwood floors, 9 foot ceilings, craftsmen wainscoting, crown moldings and tray ceilings are found throughout adding charm and beauty to this sweet home. The flowing floorplan is perfect for entertaining and family gatherings. An amazing kitchen offers a five-burner stove including a grilling surface, granite counters, lovely tile backsplash and a breakfast bar. An adjoining family room has a warm gas fireplace making this the ideal place for enjoying cozy nights. Relax in the luxurious master suite with a pampering en suite bath featuring a roomy shower, garden tub and raised height dual vanity. Two additional comfortable bedrooms and another full bath complete the living space in this wonderful home. A covered back patio is ideal for barbeques and outdoor fun. A two-car garage provides ample storage/work space. If you are looking for a move-in ready home, you will not want to miss this! Call and make an appointment to see it today!
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Your house is on the market and the holiday season is here. Just because you are trying to sell your house doesn’t mean you can’t still make it feel like home. Especially this time of year. And let’s face it, unless you’re a Scrooge, twinkle lights and holiday décor make a home feel more inviting and cheerful than ever. But, when making your home festive for the season, it is important to remember that buyers need to be able to picture the home as their own. Here are some tips for staging your house for the holidays:
The bottom line is, don’t be afraid to decorate and enjoy the holiday season in your home even if it’s on the market and being shown. Just remember to keep it simple and enticing to potential buyers.
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House hunting can be overwhelming sometimes, especially when beginning the search for your first home. Chances are you might get caught up in the process and important details might slip by you. While the number of rooms, condition of the kitchen, and size of the yard are important, there are other things to consider before you make an offer. This list of things to look for can help get your search off to the right start.
They say that the 3 most important things to look for when buying a home are location, location, location! While a home might not be perfect, loving your neighborhood and neighbors can make all the difference in living with imperfection. And face it…you can change almost anything about your house, but you can’t change its location or the people living nearby. When you go house hunting, make sure to consider the home’s proximity to your work, the appeal of the neighborhood, where in the neighborhood the home is situated, ease of access, noise from neighbors, traffic, pets and access to parks, shopping, schools and public transportation.
Beyond location, look at how the home is situated. If the home is on a hill does it have a view, a walkout basement, or lots of stairs to climb? Do neighbors’ windows look directly into the home? Is the yard suitable for kids, pets, gardening, or other uses? Is their safe access to the home? These are all important questions to ask yourself when determining if it is the right property for you.
While it’s important for your house to meet your expectations, it’s equally important that the neighborhood meets them too. Take a drive around the development you are interested in on week days and weekends, during the day and in the evening. Are the homes in good repair? Are yards kept clean and tidy? Is the neighborhood safe enough for people to walk, run or bike? Are there children playing outdoors?
You want a home that is going to reflect your lifestyle. Do you live a casual, laid-back life? Then you probably won’t want a formal Victorian or Tudor style home. A simple, contemporary home might better suit you. Pay close attention to exterior features. Think about maintenance. For example, a brick home is easier to maintain than one with siding. Do you like working in the yard? If not, you might not want a house with extensive landscaping. Is the roof in good condition? Attention to detail will help you choose the home with the best curb appeal for you.
You may be thinking about buying your dream home. But is your dream home practical? Do you need 4 bedrooms and 4 baths when you live alone? A spacious home may provide the extra room you’ve always wanted for a home office or a theater room, but you’ll pay higher heating bills and have higher taxes. Additionally, it will take more furniture to furnish and money to decorate. Think about how the new home space will be used and whether it will fit your lifestyle now and in the future.
Decide how many bedrooms and bathrooms you will need and only look at homes that meet that criteria. You don’t want to fall in love with what is otherwise a perfect house if it doesn’t provide the space needed for your family. It’s smart to consider counting an extra bedroom in that number so that you have extra space for a home office or guest room. If you think you might add on to the home later, make sure you consult an architect who can advise you on space planning and regulations.
For many people, the kitchen is the heart of the home. Don’t settle for a home with a kitchen that doesn’t work for you. Yes, you can remodel later, but at great expense. If it’s an easy fix like replacing cabinets or countertops, get a price quote before committing to the house so that you will know if it is within your budget to take that on.
Older homes often have small closets and lack storage space. As you’re looking at a home ask yourself where you will store your belongings. Tiny closets don’t have to be a deal breaker. There are ways to maximize storage without renovations. Newer homes tend to have lots of storage and you may sacrifice living space while having more closet space than you need.
While looking at a home keep in mind your preferences regarding light and privacy. Do you want a lot of windows to provider bright, sunny rooms? Pay attention to the locations of electrical outlets and fixtures to make sure they will meet your lighting needs.
Even a simple home can look spectacular with the right moldings, hardware, and a fireplace. If elements like these are important to you, look for them while house hunting.
You may not find everything you want in one house, but keep this list handy and you are more likely to find the home that best suits your needs and desires. Happy House Hunting!
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Holiday break. It sounds like fun. It should be fun. You start the break with images of snuggling up to read stories, making hot cocoa and going for adventures outdoors. But sometimes it can be challenging for parents to figure out how to fill the hours of free time kids have over the holiday break. Before you know it, you are in survival mode – just trying to get through the break with your sanity intact. That is why it is a prudent idea to start the break with a plan in mind. It certainly can’t hurt to have a few activities planned to fall back on to keep your kids entertained and engaged. Here are five budget friendly ideas to keep your kids busy during the holiday break.
A box of crayons and some paper can keep toddlers occupied, but as children grow, they may need a few more creative ideas for how to use those crayons to stay busy. Here are some creative coloring options:
Probably the worst part of the holiday season is that it may be too cold to play outside. And you probably don’t have a gym like your kid’s school does where they can release their pent-up energy. Luckily, with some creativity and basic supplies, you can create your own indoor gross motor games to burn off that extra energy.
Before the holiday break starts, plan some crafts for your kids to do during the break. Then, hit your local craft store sans kids, and pick up the supplies you need. Stick supplies for each craft into a gallon-sized bag, and write the name of the craft and any necessary instructions on it with a marker. This may seem over the top, but when your kids are in the throes of boredom two days into break, you’ll be glad you have an activity to pull out and run with. Here are a couple of craft ideas to try:
This is the time of year when many of us are trying to find ways to give back. Why not involve your kids in giving back this year? Some ideas include raking leaves or shoveling snow for older neighbors, baking cookies for local police officers or firefighters, or making boxes of goodies for ill children. Another option is to make cozy fleece scarves for a local hospital or nursing home. Older kids can even plan, shop for and make a meal for ill or elderly neighbors, or the couple down the street with a new baby and no time to cook.
Finally, crawlers to elementary-age kids love sensory bins. (They can be surprisingly fun for parents, too!) Yes, these can get a little messy. The best trick is to set up a sensory bin on an old-fitted sheet. Weigh down the elastic corners with books, and you’ll create a little valley to catch most of the mess. Here are some sensory bin ideas for the holiday season:
So, if your kids are bickering or complaining that they are bored, save the day with these fun, inexpensive activities and enjoy the holiday break!
The holiday season is the perfect time of year to show how grateful we are by helping others in need. Not everyone will spend the holidays in a warm home surrounded by loved ones, but those of us that will can make the season a little bit brighter by donating time, food and gifts to those less fortunate. To make it a little easier for you to do so, here is a list of places where you can volunteer or make donations in the Huntsville area:
This group assists foster children and families with resources to provide for the many needs of children that would otherwise go unaddressed. All their funds are raised privately and all the money is spent on the children. The greatest need they have during the holiday season is sponsorship of teens. Contact them at FocalofMadison@gmail.com and find out how you can help today.
Without Kids to Love, many foster children might go without Christmas presents. You can help in a variety of ways including sponsoring a wish list, adopting an ornament, donating items, donating money and/or volunteering at one of their gift-wrapping stations. Contact them at 256-880-3455 or email at Meredith@kidstolove.org.
Manna House is a Public Charity that provides food assistance for those in need. Contributions from individual, churches, civic groups and businesses support them. They need volunteers to help serve meals and to distribute clothes, toiletries and other much-needed items three days a week. They are always in need of baby items especially, such as diapers, wipes, pull-ups, baby food, and baby clothes. Find out how to volunteer at Manna House here.
Volunteers are needed all year long and there are many different opportunities to serve. From serving food at the community kitchen to being a kettle bell ringer to working on the Angel Tree program, you will be able to find a way to help the needy. Learn how to volunteer here.
Owens Cross Roads AL Home For Sale
7526 Parktrace Lane, Owens Cross Roads, AL 35763
5 bedrooms | 3 full and 1 half bathrooms| approximately 3,383 square feet | Highland Park
A contemporary and chic atmosphere makes entertaining and family function a breeze in the open and airy layout that 7526 Parktrace Lane provides! 5 generously sized bedrooms, 3.5 bathrooms, stylish crown molding and trim package, gorgeous hardwood floors, modern fixtures and lighting plus an attached 2-car garage and a low maintenance brick exterior are just the start of all the amazing features offered here. Comfortable everyday living in the spacious family room with gleaming hardwood floors, a gas log fireplace and French doors. The connecting kitchen is stylish and functional with durable tile floors, glistening granite counters, tile backsplash, a pantry, and breakfast bar where guests can join chef while preparing a meal. Enjoy your morning coffee in the charming dining area off the kitchen. A romantic formal dining room is perfect to host the finest dinner parties. The main level master retreat offers comfort and convenience with hardwood floors, crown molding, a walk-in closet, double vanity, garden tub and separate shower. Four secondary bedrooms allow for privacy and room to grow, one that could be a great in-law or teen suite. The REC room and a study or second living area is perfect for a growing family. A fantastic outdoor space for grilling, chilling and relaxing on the covered back patio overlooking the privacy fenced yard, mature trees and surrounding mountain views. Enjoy the community pool and appreciate the conveniences of this Highland Park location near Goldsmith Schiffman Elementary school and the Hayes Nature Preserve. Offering so many special elements you will certainly want to make this house your home!
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Owens Cross Roads AL Home For Sale
7000 Thornwood Lane, Owens Cross Roads, AL 35763
4 bedrooms | 3 full and 1 half bathrooms| approximately 3,100 square feet | Southampton Place
Pack your bags and come on over, this move in ready, better than new custom home has recently been updated and offers the finest in one level living! One lucky family will enjoy this gorgeous 4 bedroom, 3.5 bathroom ranch featuring fresh interior paint, new kitchen granite, new carpeting and newly refinished hardwood floors! An elegant two story foyer welcomes you in. Romantic formal entertaining in the dining room is sure to impress with crown and chair rail moldings. French doors and a wall of built in bookcases highlight the formal living room or study. 12 ft vaulted ceilings, a gas log fireplace with tile hearth and surround sound in the family room is the heart of this home. Flowing into the kitchen, the chef will love the glistening granite counters, center island, custom cabinetry, built in pantry, and a sun filled dining area. A knock your socks off master suite creates a relaxing atmosphere with a tray ceiling, walk in closet, raised height vanity, whirlpool tub and a separate shower. Plush carpeting, 9ft ceilings and abundant closet space in the three secondary bedrooms is perfect for a growing family. Awesome REC room could be a 5th bedroom or teen suite with private bath. Charming covered front porch, rear porches and a patio to enjoy the lovely views all around! Perfectly situated on a cul-de-sac, privacy fenced lot with a section that is fenced off for a dog run. Plenty of room for your tools and equipment in the 16×12 storage building with electricity and retractable roof! Huge walk out attic space can be finished for future expansion. Appreciate the convenient location just minutes to schools, Hayes Nature Preserve and the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail at Hampton Cove. Optional community pool. Start living the good life at 7000 Thornwood Lane – make your appointment today!
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The decision to purchase your first home is not one that should be made lightly. It is an important, life-changing decision that should be given serious consideration. So, before you take the plunge into searching for the prefect home, here are some questions you should ask yourself to make sure that you are ready.
Mike Manosky at Huntsvillerealestateonline.com can assist you in the process of determining if you are ready to purchase your first home. Give him a call at 256-508-0211 and get started today!
“To us in America, the reflections of Armistice Day will be filled with solemn pride in the heroism of those who died in the country’s service and with gratitude for the victory, both because of the thing from which it has freed us and because of the opportunity it has given America to show her sympathy with peace and justice in the councils of the nations…”–President Woodrow Wilson
So began President Wilson in November 1919, when he dedicated Armistice Day, November 11, to the cause of world peace and to honor the sacrifice of the US military after World War I. Nineteen years later, a legal holiday was officially signed into being, and in 1954, the name was changed from Armistice Day to Veterans Day to honor all veterans. Veterans Day differs from Memorial Day in that it celebrates living and dead US Veterans, and pays tribute to their sacrifices for the freedoms in this country.
Ceremonies, parades, and special events dedicated to honoring our veterans happen all over the country, and what better way to pay tribute than to attend an event in our local area? See the links for more information!