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Bardstown Road Aglow

Grab your friends and family and come out to celebrate the 31st annual Bardstown Road Aglow this Saturday, December 3rd from dusk until 10pm.  This is an event that has something for all ages!  Many shops are staying open late to celebrate the season. This year, some participating restaurants will feature a signature holiday drink in a special mug dipped in Maker's Mark green wax for $10 each, with all proceeds benefiting WaterStep.  There is also a free trolley hop from Douglas Loop to Lexington Rd that features live music during the course of the night.

Shannon Cogan from WAVE 3 will be at Wendy's from 5:30-6p for the tree lighting ceremony.  Wendy's will be providing free coffee and hot chocolate during the ceremony. Local celebrities such as Kirby Adams, John Timmons, Vicki Rogers, Connie Leonard, Kent Taylor, Carolyn Greer, and Sara Havens will be judging the holiday store decorating contest at participating locations.  

Polar Palooza will be at the corner of Bardstown Road and Eastern Parkway from 6-8:30p. This event is sponsored by Park Community Credit Union and will feature selfies with Parkie the Dog and Santa, as well as face painting and a band.

Another fantastic stop on Bardstown Road is St. James Catholic Church.  Starting at 6p and continuing throughout the evening, there will be various choirs performing, such as: St. James School Choir, St. James Singers Parish Choir, Louisville Brass Quintet, and Bellarmine University Schola Cantorum.  Refreshments such as cider and snacks will be offered on the steps of the church.  

From one end of Bardstown Road to the other, Bardstown Road Aglow is a fantastic way to spend your Saturday night.  Enjoy the company of family and friends, support local businesses with holiday shopping, and top it off with food, drinks, and lots of memories! While you're strolling down Bardstown Road, don't forget to peek down the side streets - maybe you'll find a glimpse of your next home!  Family Realty can help you with all of your real estate needs - call us today

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Happy Thanksgiving from Family Realty

Happy Thanksgiving from all of us at Family Realty!  We hope you enjoy the holiday with your family and friends.  But, if you realize that your home is no longer big enough to host the festivities, contact Family Realty to begin searching for your new home.  Our website is always open!

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Service your Furnace for Winter!

Colder weather is upon us, and for many, that means turning on your furnace!  Whether it runs all day or you just want to knock the chill off, you need to ensure that your furnace is in proper working order for the winter.  Many people may not realize that even though their furnace has not been in use, things can happen during the warmer months that affect the functionality of the furnace.  

Begin by contacting a trusted HVAC service to inspect your furnace.  During a standard maintenance inspection, the HVAC repairman should also clean the furnace, check the filter, and check for any leaks.  Ideally, one would also pay to have the ducts cleaned at this time, if possible.

Additionally, ensure that you change your filters regularly.  Start by checking the filter monthly (or even more often if there has been a lot of dust in the home, such as from construction/renovation work).  If the filter is dirty, replace it.  If the filter is still looks good, you can wait a little longer before replacing.  Buy filters (especially if you can find them on sale) so you always have an extra month or two on hand when you need them.   Also, ensure that there are no objects sitting close to your furnace, or in front of your air ducts/return vents to ensure proper ventilation.

Contact Family Realty for all of your home buying or selling needs.

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Hike Jefferson Memorial Forest

Enjoy a guided hike in Jefferson Memorial Forest this Saturday, November 19th.  The hike is FREE, so get out and enjoy nature!   Jefferson Memorial Forest is a woodland memorial to Kentucky veterans and covers 6218 acres with over 35 miles of trails for hiking, in addition to trails for horseback riding, a lake for fishing, plus areas for bird watching and camping.   During this moderate hike, the volunteer naturalists will lead the group in covering over 11 miles in the Paul Yost section of the forest.  The hike begins at 9am and is expected to last until 1pm, so bring a sack lunch and dress accordingly for the expected cool weather!

Jefferson Memorial Forest is located at 11311 Mitchell Hill Road, Fairdale, KY 40118.  You'd never know that downtown Louisville is only 15 miles away from this spectacular Audubon Wildlife Sanctuary!  Family Realty is able to help you find a home in Fairdale or any of the surrounding areas.  Call 502.458.4100 to find your new home today!

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Churchill Downs Fall Meet - ends November 27th

Head to the races at Churchill Downs!  The fall meet runs through Thanksgiving weekend, ending on Sunday, November 27th.  Gates open at 11am and races run until 5pm daily, except on Mondays and Tuesdays.  Don't feel like making a turkey?  The races are even open on Thanksgiving Day!  Reserve your table and feast on the Thanksgiving buffet while watching the races with your family.  

While there, enjoy a tour of the Kentucky Derby Museum, which is currently featuring an exhibit on 2015 Triple Crown winner American Pharoah.   Or, schedule a 1 hour tour of the backside to see what happens behind the scenes.  In addition, you could book the Works Tour & Breakfast (November 25th only), which allows patrons to view the morning workout of the horses, a light breakfast, certain exhibits at the Derby Museum, the Barbaro "Inside the Vault" tour, and box tickets for the afternoon races.  Pricing for this particular tour is $20-35 per person.

Churchill Downs is located at 700 Central Avenue, Louisville KY 40208.   Family Realty can help you find your next home in Old Louisville.  From old Victorian homes to historic St. James Court to downtown lofts, visit our website or call us at 502.458.4100 to get started on your Old Louisville home search today!

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REDUCED! - 711 E. Burnett Ave - $124,500

711 E. Burnett Ave - price reduced to $124,500!

Rare find in Germantown!  This 3 bed/2 full bath home is only 12 years old and features all new carpet, flooring, and paint.  Master bedroom has private bath and multiple closets.  Side entrance leads into laundry/mud room.  Large deck for entertaining.  Close to Germantown favorites such as Check's Cafe and the Craft House!  Contact Susie Gullett to schedule your showing today.

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Just Listed! 802 Inspiration Way, $375,000 - Open Sunday, November 6 from 2-4p

Just Listed!  Fantastic home in Woods of Landis Lakes - 802 Inspiration Way, 40245. Priced at $375,000, this 4 bed/3.5 bath home is move in ready with its neutral colors and open layout.  

Spacious kitchen has many cabinets for storage, island with breakfast bar, and even a planning desk for the busy family.  The kitchen also has an entry to the back patio, making it easy to entertain.  

Soaring 2-story great room has fireplace, hardwood floors, built-in bookcases, and a wall of windows making it bright & airy,  

First floor master features his/her walk-in closets & large bath with whirlpool tub, separate shower & dual sink vanity.  There are 3 additional spacious bedrooms with large closets, a full-bath & bonus open area on the 2nd floor.  Basement is mostly finished with large, open great room with wet bar, office or possible 5th bedroom, full-bath and lots of storage. 

Stop by our open house on Sunday, Novemer 6th from 2-4pm to see this fantastic home!  Or, call Family Realty to schedule a private showing.   More pictures and details are available on the Family Realty website.

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Free Daylight Savings Guid- Turning Back the Clock with Family Realty

It's that time of year again - the end of Daylight Saving Time.  At 2am on Sunday morning, November 6th, Daylight Saving Time will end, and we will revert to Standard Time.  Don't forget to set your clocks back one hour before going to bed, and enjoy that "extra" hour of sleep!

It is also a good practice to change the batteries in your smoke alarm and carbon monoxide detectors twice per year, coinciding with the time change.  The International  Association of Fire Cheifs and Energizer batteries have partnered for the last 29 years on the "Change Your Clocks, Change Your Batteries" campaign.  Keeping your batteries fresh and ensuring that your devices are properly installed is one of the most simple things you can do to help keep your family safe. Also take this time to discuss fire safety and escape routes with everyone living in your home, especially children.     

Scott Boehnlein is the Owner/Principal Broker at Family Realty, and is available to discuss your real estate needs.  

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Republic Bank First Friday Hop on November 4th

Take advantage of the unseasonably warm temperatures, gather up your friends, and enjoy the Republic Bank First Friday Hop!   This month's First Friday Hop will be held on November 4th, and will be in celebration of the the Day of the Dead.  Ride free on ZeroBus Hop routes from 5-11pm, while stopping to enjoy the many downtown Louisville shops, restaurants, and entertainment venues that particpate in the Hop.  ZeroBus route maps are available here. Events occur from 4th and Main from Museum Row to NuLu, and from north 4th to south 4th street.   

The Day of the Dead is a 3-day holiday in which people gather to pray for family and friends that have died in order to help support their spiritual journey.  The celebration typically includes marigolds (the flower of the dead), sugar skulls, cardboard skeletons, tissue paper decorations, and other food and decorations.  There will be a sugar skull and tissue paper workshop, face painting, flamenco music and dancing at 500 South 4th Street during the celebration.  There will also be food and beverages provided by la Cocina de Mama Cuisine for the event.  Day of the Dead merchandise will be available for purchase at certain retailers such as Regalo and Red Tree, among others.  

Example of a Sugar Skull

Want to make your next home in downtown Louisville?  Check out Family Realty for current homes and condos for sale!  Waterfront Park Place, Fleur de Lis, Merchantile Lofts, and more - call Family Realty today to schedule a showing.

 

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