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Price Reduced on Fully Updated Shotgun Home - 970 Samuel St

We have just reduced the price on a great shotgun style home in the Germantown area of real estate Louisville. This home is fully renovated and therefore move-in ready. 970 Samuel St is a 2 bedroom, 2 bathroom, home now listed at $165,000.

 

Being fully renovated there are plenty of updates. The kitchen includes all stainless steel appliances, butcher block counters, new tile floors, and a gas stove. Refinished original hardwood floors are a must have for a lot of today’s buyers so it’s great to know that just such flooring stretches throughout the rest of the living space and one of the bedrooms. 

 

The master bedroom with en-suite bathroom is stylishly designed and decorated.  The home also has hookups for a stacking washer/dryer. Off the back of the home there is a two tiered deck leading to a good sized of the yard with an out building/shop.

If this home interests you contact Jamie Klein or Scott Boehnlein of Family Realty.

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Beautiful Brick St Matthews Stunner - 4050 Ormond Rd - $750,000

The famous three words in real estate are location, location, location. But there are another three words we would like to introduce to real estate Louisville, stunning, stunning, stunning! These six words definitely apply to 4050 Ormond Rd! This home is located in superb St Matthews and, yes, is stunning, stunning, stunning!

 

This beautiful brick home has 4 bedrooms, 4.5 bathroom, and is 5,059 Sq Ft. With many high-end upgrades, large rooms, and striking décor this home is perfectly priced at $750,000. This home has a fantastic open lay out with the kitchen, formal dining, family, and Florida rooms. Hardwood floors run through most of the main level.

 

Custom cabinets, updated stainless steel appliances, granite counter tops, an island with breakfast bar, and a wet bar with beverage fridge are features of the kitchen. Both the Florida room and family room have fireplaces, perfect for warming yourself and family in this colder weather.

 

The master bedroom with two amazing walk-in closets, an attached sitting room and deluxe bathroom with two vanities, whirlpool tub, and a walk-in shower is found on the second level. Three bedrooms and two full bathrooms complete this level.

 

A finished basement is such a bonus entering the winter months. This home’s basement has a large great room which includes a lounging area, another fireplace, a bar, a rec area, and large storage area. There is a full bathroom plus another multipurpose room.

 

When the weather warms up the backyard will no doubt become a hub of activity as it has a patio and deck which can be accessed from the Florida room. This home includes a laundry room and a 3 car garage. If you would like a personal showing today please contact Scott Boehnlein of Family Realty.

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Thankful At Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is here! In our house the ingredients are already bought. Some are chilling in the fridge. Others are hanging in the pantry. All are awaiting their assembly, basting, and cooking on Thursday morning.

 

Once prepared friends and family will begin to arrive, the noise level in the house will begin to increase, and so will the corny dad jokes. There will hugging, laughing, old stories and new ones. Final touches will be made to the table and the turkey.

 

Silence will be called for, a blessing given, and then the food will be set upon from all angles. Meat, mashed potatoes, gravy, green bean casserole, and much more will we passed over and under each other. Personally I cannot wait.

 

But once our plates are empty and our bellies full another silence will be called. In our family this is the time to give thanks. We all take a turn to share the things that we are thankful for from the year just passed.

 

With family and friends though there is no escaping realty. We know when we’ve gone through a rough year or a difficult season. But even then we always find something significant to be thankful for. Yes even sometimes being thankful for the difficulty and all it taught us.

 

So with that in mind Family Realty would like to say thank you. We are thankful for our clients who put their trust in us. We are thankful for our team who works with diligence and professionalism. We are thankful for all our partners in real estate who help us serve our clients. We are thankful we live in such a great country and city and get to do what we do.

 

We at Family Realty hope you have a great thanksgiving and are encouraged from what you and your family can be thankful for. 

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What on Earth is My House Worth?

So you are sitting on the couch talking about your future with your closest of kin. You look around at your home and you float this statement out into the conversation, “I think it is time to move”. You look at one another and it’s clear you are both on the same page. But in that moment doubts and questions begin to float themselves into your conversation too.

 One of the first questions that usually rise to the surface is, “But what is our house actually worth anyway?”  You don’t necessarily keep a keen eye on the real estate market and it has been years since you bought your current property. But we at Family Realty do keep a keen eye on real estate Louisville and we help people buy and sell houses every week.

 We know that when thinking about selling your home or buying a new home, getting an accurate idea of the property’s value is an important first step in moving toward the right decision for you and your family. Our Home Value Estimator can give you a good idea of your home’s value so that you can be better informed about moving forward.

 Our FREE home value estimator is based on the latest data available. We draw our information from the most up-to-the-minute database that lists properties around the US. Our search uses information on recently sold homes in your area to estimate your house’s present value.

 Once you have a good idea of the estimated value of your home and have decided to move forward Scott Boehnlein of Family Realty can offer you great advice and help. We are a tight knit dedicated team that has decades of combined real estate experience. 

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Best Houses Available in Super St Matthews Right Now

St Matthews is just beautiful this time of the year! Well honestly it’s beautiful no matter time of the year it is. St Matthews is also perfectly located for real estate Louisville and is home to an array of restaurants and shops. St Matthews has an abundance of delightful neighborhoods too.

 

Architectural styles vary greatly from colonial revival style designed by famous Louisville architect Stratton Hammond to Craftsman Bungalows, Tudors and mid-century ranches. This makes every street unique with its own special charm.

 

If you would like to make St Matthews your new home town we have two great homes listed to make that dream a reality for you. 4050 Ormond Rd is a 4 bedroom, 4.5 bathroom brick home. The open lay out of the kitchen, formal dining, family, and Florida room on the first level is what first catches your attention.

 

The kitchen is loaded with great features and there are gas and wood burning fireplaces in the Florida room and living room respectively. The second floor includes the master bedroom with a deluxe bathroom. Another three bedrooms and two bathrooms complete this floor.

 

The basement, backyard with porch, and 3 car garage are just a few of the other great features of this perfectly located home. The other St Matthews home we have listed is 110 Oxford Pl. This is a 3 bed, 2 bath, 1817 Sq. Ft. multi-story home listed at $275,000.

 

The front living room complete with hardwood floors and fireplace greet you as you walk through the front door. A formal dining room lies between that and the kitchen which leads out to the backyard through a non-conform bonus room/breakfast nook. The first floor is completed with a bedroom, full bath, and den.

 

The second floor includes the large master bedroom with walk-in closet and attached sitting room. Another bedroom and full bath complete the second floor. A waterproofed basement, level backyard and 2-car detached garage are other great features of this home. So if you want to live in St Matthews please call Scott Boehnlein of Family Realty.

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Stunning St Matthews Home - 4050 Ormond Rd - $750,000

It’s a Friday afternoon one week ago. I’m driving to my last real estate Louisville home of the day. The sky is a crisp blue. I turn into Orman Rd to be greeted with flaming yellow trees. The slight and gentle dips in the road which weaves through an adorable neighborhood add to the character of this delightful area.

The air is crisp as I step out my car and admire the arresting charm of 4050 Ormond Rd. This 4 bedroom, 4.5 bathroom brick home in St. Matthews is remarkably beautiful on the outside, but you just know it’s even more on the inside. Walking through the front door you are stunned by the charm of this home with its many high-end upgrades!

 

The open lay out of this home is amazing. The kitchen, formal dining, family, and Florida rooms flow effortlessly into one another. Natural light fills the rooms, plus hardwood floors and extensive crown moldings flow through most of the main level.

 

The kitchen has custom cabinets, updated stainless steel appliances, granite counter tops, an island with breakfast bar, and a wet bar with beverage fridge. The Florida room with gas fireplace opens to the family room with built-in bookcases and a wood burning fireplace.

 

The second floor includes the master bedroom with two amazing walk-in closets, an attached sitting room and deluxe bathroom with two vanities, whirlpool tub, and a walk-in shower. There are another three bedrooms on this floor and two full bathrooms. One of these bathrooms is attached to a bedroom.

 

The finished basement has a large great room which includes a lounging area, another gas fireplace, a bar, a rec area, and large storage area. There is a full bathroom plus another room which is perfect for a guest bedroom, exercise room, or possible theater room.

 

The backyard includes a patio and deck which can be accessed from the Florida room perfect for backyard grilling and chilling. Lots of trees give extra privacy. This home also has a laundry room and a 3 car garage with built-in storage cubbies.

 

This home is perfectly located in St Matthews. It is close to Holy Trinity Catholic School and Church, shopping, restaurants, and entertainment. If you would like to schedule your personal showing today please contact Scott Boehnlein of Family Realty. This is a fabulous home!

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Tips for Fencing in Your Canine Companion

Perhaps you’re the proud owner of a young puppy or recently adopted an older dog. Or maybe it’s a move that has taken you and your furry friend to a new neighborhood and home. No matter what the circumstances, one of the first things many dog owners consider is how to provide a safe, secure spot for their canine companions to enjoy the outdoors.

If your property has an existing fence, you might want to investigate it for holes or other weak areas before freeing Fido for the first time. If repairs or reinforcements are needed, it could be worth consulting a contractor to make sure your hairy Houdini can’t pull an escape act. And professional contractors can be even more critical if you need to build a fence from the ground up. Some municipalities require permits for fence installations and regulations can differ depending on the barrier’s height, type, and location. High-quality fencing companies can handle the hassle of obtaining the correct permit for you.

Wood fences are a relatively cost-effective option that provide privacy while protecting your property and pooch. Although they can be more expensive per linear square foot than chain link fences, wood fences cost less, on average, than vinyl, aluminum, or wrought iron fences. And, depending on the type of wood and wood treatment you choose, the cost of a wood fence may even be comparable to a chain link option.

The fence’s height, length, and the type of wood chosen impact the price. Gates and other features can also affect the cost of the project, which leads to a fairly wide range in possible pricing. The average cost to have a wood fencing installed ranges from $1,500 to $3,900 in Louisville and homeowners can expect a project timeline of four to five days, according to HomeAdvisor.

Once the fencing is finished, animal experts offer these additional tips for pet-proofing your yard so both you and your dog can enjoy it:

Avoid vegetation that can be toxic to pets. Azalea, rhododendron, and foxglove are just a few plants that can be dangerous to canines consuming them. Cocoa bean mulch, which smells like chocolate and also contains some of the same chemicals as the sweet stuff, can also be poisonous to dogs, so pet lovers likely want to opt for other types of landscaping material. Cedar chips might be an ideal option since they deter fleas.

To keep your dog from lying in the flowerbeds, drive short stakes in the ground throughout the planting area. Your four-legged friend will find a more comfortable place to lounge on the lawn.

Walk your pet before visits to the yard to make sure he does all his serious “business” elsewhere. And, if you have a doggy digger, make sure he’s adequately occupied and supervised in the yard to deter him from destroying flower beds. You might even want to install a dog-friendly sand pit specifically designated for digging. Add some toys to signal the spot is all his.

Keep your dogs inside at dawn, dusk, and at night. This helps protect them from potentially dangerous wildlife, including raccoons and opossums, which tend to be most active overnight.

If your buddy is barking, pay the pup a visit right away. Experts say dogs that bark constantly are either lonely, bored, or hungry. Providing your pet with the proper care and attention should help keep her happier -- and more quiet -- giving both you and your neighbors a barking break.

Finding the right fencing and following these guidelines will help transform your yard into a pup paradise that both you and your dog will love. We at Family Realty would love to help you buy or sell your home. We will guide through the whole process with helpful hints from beginning to end. Please contact Scott Boehnlein for further information. 

Article by Medina James, DogEtiquette.info

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Huge Opportunity in Forest Springs - 4112 Woods View Pl - Open House Sunday

As the weather cools down a little this weekend real estate Louisville is heating up, especially at Family Realty. We have two Open Houses this Sunday from 2pm-4pm. The first we introduced to you earlier today.

 

However we have a second fantastic home also having an Open House this Sunday from 2pm-4pm, 4112 Woods View Pl. This is a huge real estate opportunity as this home is a great home, in a great neighborhood, going for a great price, $305,000.

 

This 4 bedroom, 3.5 bathroom, 3,108 Sq Ft home is tucked away in a quiet neighborhood in a great location. Near the Gene Snyder it is minutes from downtown, the airport, and other major freeways. It is also located near shopping, medical facilities, restaurants, and entertainment.

 

This multi-story home features hardwood floors, lots of natural light, and a neutral paint scheme. The first floor has a large great room with fire place, a formal dining room, and an eat-in kitchen. The kitchen features new granite counter tops, an island, breakfast nook, and stainless steel appliances. A laundry room and half bath complete the first floor.

 

Moving up to the second level you will be impressed with the size and quality of the four bedrooms and two baths. The large master suite has a great sized ensuit bathroom with his and her vanity, whirlpool sub, and shower. Three bedrooms and a full bath complete this super second floor.

 

The backyard can be accessed from the great room on the first floor, as you step out onto a good sized deck perfect for grilling with guests. The back yard has plenty space but is easy enough to maintain. A wooden fence and a line of trees give the backyard some privacy.

 

The basement of this home is fantastic. It has a living room, full bathroom, storage, and another room which could be either an office or another bedroom. If you are interested in this home or have any further questions please contact Scott Boehnlein of Family Realty.

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New Listing Open House this Sunday - 110 Oxford Pl - $275,000

I pull into Oxford Place on a characteristically brisk Fall mid-morning and am greeted by an avenue of vibrant yellow leafed trees. "This would be a beautiful street to live," on I think as I park my car parallel our latest real estate Louisville listing. 110 Oxford Pl. is a great 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom, 1817 Sq. Ft. multi-story home listed at $275,000.

 

This wonderful St. Matthews home is within a few blocks of Seneca Park as well as St Matthews' fantastic shopping, restaurants and entertainment options. This home welcomes you with a delightful partially covered front porch perfect for mid-afternoon rocking chair life.

 

Beyond that and through the front door you are greeted by a warm and inviting front living room complete with hardwood floors and fireplace. Natural light floods in through the newer windows in both the living room and the formal dining room beyond.

 

The dining room is serviced by a neat kitchen which leads out to the backyard through a nonconform bonus room/breakfast nook. Alongside these rooms on the first floor is a good sized bedroom, full bath, and den from which you can access the second floor.

 

The second floor includes the large master bedroom with large walk-in closet and a comfortably sized attached sitting room. There is also extra storage in the attic space behind the master closet. Another good sized bedroom and full bath complete the second floor.

 

The waterproofed basement is a quite large for this home and has an outside entry to the backyard. The level backyard is fenced and contains a 2-car detached garage. This home you will definitely want to see and you can!

This Sunday from 2pm-4pm we will be hosting an Open House. Please stop by or give Scott Boehnlein of Family Realty a call if you just can’t wait. 

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Thank You Veterans!

"Oh, say does that star-spangled banner yet wave, O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave?" The last two verses of the national anthem celebrate the freedom and bravery of America and her citizens. Although there are many brave Americans none as brave as those who intentionally put their lives in harms way to secure the freedom of the rest of us. 

Many of us may say we would lay our lives down for another, but the American soldier actually does. They put their lives on the line for Americans they know and for those they will never know. We live in relative peace doing our work, playing with our children, doing what we do, while the American soldier willingly defends us around the world. 

The sacrifice of the soldier is not only his own sacrifice but also the sacrifice of their family. Many months of separation are experienced by military families around this nation. Today* Family Realty honors the Veterans who have served in the United States Armed Forces. Thank you for your willing sacrifice. Thank you for committing your life to our freedom.

*(Veteran's Day is officially November 11th, but because it falls on a Saturday this year many government agencies are observing the holiday today by closing for the day.)

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Design Styles Part 4 - The American Ranch

Cheeseburgers, Hotdogs, Drive-In Movie Theaters, and Roller Skating are quintessentially American. When it comes to Architectural Design Styles so is the classic American Ranch. Not too many other Architectural styles echo the Star Spangled banner quite like the Ranch does. Like our previously featured style, Ranch style homes are popular in real estate Louisville.

 

When I think of the American Ranch home I picture the American flag waving in a summer afternoon breeze, kids swimming in the backyard pool, Dad grilling hotdogs, and Mom walking in and out of the home through large glass sliding doors getting the final touches on a late lunch.

 

The first Ranch homes were built in the early decades of the last century, but only gained widespread popularity in the 1940’s and continued in popularity for at least three more decades in neighborhoods across the United States. Although their popularity waned after the 1970’s, we are seeing a renewed interest in them in recent years.

 

This is largely due to their open plan design very popular with the contemporary generation. Ranch style homes typically featured a flowing floor plan with all living rooms, dining rooms, and kitchen open to one another, and usually all accessing the backyard patio through sliding glass doors. Often the living room would be sunken into the floor with vaulted ceilings and exposed beams.

 

On the outside Ranch style homes are typically quite simple and most often only one story. Common features include a low roofline with big overhanging eaves, rectangular, L-shaped or U-shaped house design, an attached garage, and, in later decades, large windows.

 

Although Ranch Style homes originated in California and were designed for warm outdoor living with their private backyards, this style spread rapidly across the United Sates especially after WW2. The photos in this blog are from a Ranch we sold in one week this Summer here in Louisville . If you would like our help selling or buying a home please contact Scott Boehnlein of Family Realty.

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Design Styles Part 3 - Colonial Revival Architecture

Our series on Architectural Styles is at the halfway mark. The first two styles we looked at were characteristically American, but not the most common in and around Louisville. Today’s style however is abundantly prevalent on the real estate Louisville landscape.

 

Colonial Revival architecture, like all of the previous styles we have viewed, has resulted from something in the past. However whereas the Craftsman and the Four Square reacted to a negative view of a previous style, Colonial Revival occurred from a positive view of a previous style.

As the name suggests Colonial Revival (appoxiamtely 1880’s-1950’s) was a revisiting and reenergized fascination with historic Colonial architecture from the period 1714 to 1830. This period is known as Georgian Architecture as it occurred during unbroken reign of King George 1st to King George 4th.  

 

There are several characteristics of Colonial Revival architecture. These houses were usually double story homes. The apex or the ridge pole of the roof runs parallel to the road so that the front of the home is a large wall of windows and front door that faces the street. This front facade is symmetrical so that the windows are arranged equally on both sides of the doorway.

 

Probably the most famous Colonial Revivalist Architect in and around Louisville is Stratton Owen Hammon who lived from 1904-1997. He graduated from U of L and later opened his own architecture firm.

 

He also served our country during WW2 in the United States Army Corps of Engineers. His architectural skills were put to use during this time and he oversaw the construction of the then named Columbus Air Support Base. He also took part in the famous “D-Day” invasion which was so vividly portrayed at the beginning of the movie “Saving Private Ryan”.

 

During the final stages of the war Hammon served as part of the so called “Monuments Men” officially known as the Monuments, Fine Arts, and Archives program. Their role in the war was to preserve monuments and works of art that may be affected by the war and later to then find and return works of art that were stolen by the Nazis.

 

The story of the Monuments Men was portrayed in a George Clooney directed film. This film had a fantastic ensemble cast and premiered in 2014. Interestingly Matt Damon, who was the title character of Saving Private Ryan, also starred in The Monuments Men.

 

Stratton Owen Hammon built many Colonial Revival homes in Kentucky. The photos you see in this blog are from a 4 bedroom, 3.5 bathroom home we sold this year. If you have any real estate needs please don’t hesitate to contact Scott Boehnlein or one of our dedicated agents at Family Realty.

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Call Shotgun on a Great Shotgun - 970 Samuel St - $169,000

Don’t let the clouds today keep you at home this weekend. We have charming and fully renovated shotgun style home we would love to introduce to you in the Germantown area of real estate Louisville. This home is move-in ready. And with its inviting appeal you’ll want to move in as soon as possible.

 

970 Samuel St 2 bedroom, 2 bathroom, shotgun style home is currently listed at $169,000. This home has several new features. The first is the kitchen that includes all stainless steel appliances, butcher block counters, new tile floors, and a gas stove.

 

Refinished original hardwood floors stretch throughout the rest of the living space and one of the bedrooms.  The master bedroom has the perfect en suite bathroom which is tastefully designed and decorated.  The home also has hookups for stacking washer/dryer.

 

Moving into the backyard is a pleasure. You will instantly notice the two tiered deck off the back of the home as well as the length and serenity of the yard. There is also a handy out building/shop. This home is very clean and neat. If you are interested please contact Jamie Klein or Scott Boehnlein of Family Realty

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Design Styles Part 2 - The American Four Square

Yesterday we started a blog series on different architectural styles that you might find when viewing real estate Louisville. We began the series with the American Craftsman style. Another popular style of home in America is the American Four Square. This style grew in popularity the same time as the American Craftsman.

 

These two styles are related in many ways and even developed for similar reasons. It is quite common to find houses that are American Craftsmen and Four Square combined. This is probably due to the fact the Four Square can be more of a layout than an Architectural Style, although it does have its own unique Architectural features.

 

Like the Craftsman the Four Square was a reaction to what came before it, namely the Victorian style’s proliferation of mass produced and ornate features. As the name suggests Four Square homes were basically a large square divided into four squares on the first 2 floors.

 

These homes were mostly 2.5 story homes with the top story usually being one large room with a few dormer windows. The first floor typically functioned as the living area with a living room, dining room, kitchen, and a foyer/stairwell. The second floor was typically three to four bedrooms with a bathroom and stairwell.

 

This style of home maximized the use of space on small city lots and maximized room space within the structure. Other common features of this style include a steep, pyramidal roof, a wide covered porch with stairs either to the side or in the middle, and big windows for lots of natural light.  

 

Ironically, although this style was started in reaction to the mass production of the previous era, it became one of the most popular mail order homes that came complete with instructions for self-assembly.

 

Four Square homes are still very popular today. The pictures we featured in this blog are of a 4 bedroom, 1.5 bathroom Four Square home which we sold in 2016. If you have any real estate needs or questions please contact Scott Boehnlein of Family Realty or any of our agents

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Design Styles Part 1 - The American Craftsman

Louisville is such a unique city, as is the architecture that decorates its landscape. It is fascinating for me when driving through the different areas of Louisville to see how different and distinctive the architecture of these areas are. We thought it would be interesting to do a blog series discussing a few of the architectural styles found in real estate Louisville.

 

The first is one of my favorite and is known as the American Craftsman Style. The American Craftsman Style was developed in the last few years of the 19th century and really popularized in the first few decades of the 20th century. The style was a reaction to the industrialization of the 19th century.

It signaled an intention to return to individually designed and crafted materials and goods to be used in home building and decoration. As such there was a focus on simplifying form while simultaneously encouraging originality. Handicraft and the use of natural materials were also encouraged so that hand-crafted stone or woodwork as well as many mixed materials were incorporated throughout the structure.

 

American Craftsmen style homes characteristically feature low-pitched roof lines with gables and wide overhanging eaves, large front porches, exposed wooden structural elements such as rafters and decorative brackets, and thinning, square columns supporting the roof.

 

The most famous American Craftsmen Style architects were the firm of Greene and Greene. They designed the famous Gamble House for the then secretary and treasurer of the Proctor and Gamble company. The house is now a National Historic Landmark and is owned by the City of Pasadena. One can visit the home to take guided informational tours.

 

Two weeks ago a new documentary film about the Gamble House premiered. This film was written, directed, and produced by Don Hahn who also produced the Lion King, Beauty and the Beast, as well as serving in several roles on many other great films. 

Featured in this article is a home we sold back in 2015. It was a 5 bedroom, 2.5 bathroom Bungelow that fits into the American Craftsman category. We love real estate Louisville and would love to help you find your favorite design home. Please contact Scott Boehnlein of Family Realty or any one of our dedicated agents with any real estate queries you might have.

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