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Christmas Gift and Decor Show

If you are anything like me then you probably still have a few people left on your Christmas list. The thought of driving from store to store can be exhausting. Wouldn’t it be nice if there was a place you could go with gift ideas for just about anyone.

Look no more, the Christmas Gift and Decor Show is this weekend, December 7-9 at the Kentucky Expo Center. Admission is FREE and there will be over 750 different vendors with many unique handmade gifts and holiday decor. All kids can receive a FREE photo with Santa as well.

Looking for a new home for the Holidays or thinking about selling in the Spring? Head on over to Family Realty were we have more information for buyers and sellers. You can see What your home is worth or search current listings. For more information on why Family Realty is right for you contact Scott Boehnlein of Family Realty to discuss your buying and selling needs!

 

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Light Up the Village at Westport Village

Now that the holidays are officially here, there are so many fun holiday events to attend all over town. One of my favorites is Light Up the Village at Westport Village. This Friday November 30  from 5-8PM Westport Village will be transformed into a winter wonderland with lights and holiday decor.

Along with enjoying the beautiful sights there is plenty to do with something for everyone to enjoy. Free pictures with Santa, balloon sculptures and train rides for the kiddos. For the adults there will be a tent with food and drink from local restaurants, music and Cirque Louis performers.

Don’t forget about SHOPPING, the Westport Village shops can help you find the perfect gift for everyone of your list.

 

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Lights Under Louisville at the Mega Caverns

While Thanksgiving is still a week away, one of Louisville’s most popular holiday experiences begins tomorrow, November 16 and runs through December 31. Lights Under Louisville at the Mega Caverns is the world’s only fully underground drive through Christmas light show.

There are over 3 million lights and 850 characters displayed to the tunes of your favorite Christmas carols. The young (and young at heart) will truly enjoy the sights and sounds.

New this year is the Christmas Express. These are daytime trips, and instead of driving yourself through, you are able to enjoy the show from an open top trailer. The rides last about 30 minutes and after it is through, children can enjoy milk and cookies!

With only 40 days until Christmas, you might want to start planning your trip now. To avoid long lines and wait times, try to avoid weekends, as these days seem to be the most crowded.

For more information on times and prices please visit http://lightsunderlouisville.com/#/.

From all of us at Family Realty we hope you have a Happy Thanksgiving!

Photo Credit: http://lightsunderlouisville.com/#/.

 

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Pumpkin Smash at the Louisville Zoo

Photo credit: louisvillezoo.org

The Louisville Zoo has wrapped up “The World’s Largest Halloween Party!” presented by Meijer, leaving behind hundreds of decorated pumpkins. So they have decided to put them to good use! This Sunday, November 4th from 10:30am-3:00pm, you and your family can watch as the animals in the zoo get to enjoy the pumpkins! This kind of animal enrichment improves the health and happiness of the animal residents at the zoo. Watch as they explore, play with, and eat the pumpkins, bringing a satisfying end to the Halloween holiday! 

Photo credit: louisvillezoo.org

To learn more, and to see other upcoming events at the Louisville Zoo, visit https://louisvillezoo.org/events.  

To keep up with other events around Louisville, and stay up-to-date on Louisville real estate, be sure to follow our Family Realty facebook page and visit us at www.viewlouisvillehomes.com .

Photo credit: louisvillezoo.org

Photos and information from Louisvillezoo.org

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Kentucky State Fair is almost here!

the Kentucky State Fair is almost here!

August 16-26, 2018

The Kentucky State Fair is just around the corner! Whether it is a yearly tradition for you to go, or you have never been before, this is an event you don’t want to miss.

Enjoy classic the classic fair food, or some of the more outrageous options, such as the famous “Donut Burger.”

There are rides and games galore for everyone in the family!

You will love watching the dog show and the horse show. There is also a vast array of farm animals that you can see, learn about, and even pet!

Here is what the Kentucky State Fair has to say:

“Colossal cattle, trotting horses, handcrafted heirlooms, flashy games, novelty foods, and dizzying rides—these are the constants of the Kentucky State Fair. They are the sights, sounds, smells, and tastes that the visitors to the Fair encountered in 1902 and they are still a major part of the fair experience today, more than one hundred years later. But the other constant thread documented throughout the history of the Fair is change. Kentucky State Fair history encompasses Kentucky’s growth and change in communication, transportation, technology and popular culture. Fair history reflects the challenges we have faced over the past century: to fight war and disease, to shift from rural toward increasingly more urban, to advance human rights and to grow more prosperous. The Fair has become the training ground, the testing site, and the public showcase for the Commonwealth’s progress. To borrow a promotional phrase used throughout the early decades of Fair history, the Fair is Kentucky Proud.”

To stay up-to-date on everything related to the Kentucky State Fair, visit their website: www.kystatefair.org

 

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Wonderful Winter X-Games: How do they Relate to the Winter Olympics

It’s cold outside, snow has been common this winter, and so you might be thinking Louisville could be an appropriate host city for the Winter X-games. Unlikely. This year’s winter X Games will be hosted on Aspen Colorado's Buttermilk Mountain from Jan. 25-28.

 

With the winter Olympics just a few weeks away all eyes will be watching the Olympic performers to see who is performing at their peak! No doubt eyes will be on Shaun White who just completed a perfect 100 score to win the U.S. Grand Prix halfpipe event and clinch a US Olympic team spot for Pyeongchang, South Korea.

 

The winter X Games is not always a 100% predictor of who will medal at the winter Olympics, but it certainly gives you a good indication of where the athletes are at, who to watch in South Korea, and yes who might medal at the winter Olympics.

 

The winter X-Games is hosted, produced, and televised by ESPN as a companion event to the Summer X-Games which usually runs in August. All the events at the winter X-Games are free. Only if you want to enter the live music concerts every night do you need to purchase tickets. So if you are anywhere near Aspen you might want to enjoy some awesome free winter sports!

 

If you’re not near Aspen you could open your living room window, let in some cold air, and watch it live from the comfort of your own living room. During commercial breaks you could research real estate Louisville and give Scott Boehnlein of Family Realty a call. 

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Golden Globes, Screen Actors Guild, Academy Awards - What's The Difference?

With awards season well under way some of you might be wondering, “What is the difference between the Golden Globes, Screen Actors Guild Awards, and the Academy Awards?” There are two basic differences. Who decides the winners and what is awarded?

Who Decides the Winners?

The Golden Globes are presented by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association. 93 members choose who will receive the prestigious golden globe.

The Screen Actors Guild awards are presented by (take a deep breath) the Screen Actors Guild-American Federation of Television and Radio Artists, a union for actors, journalists, radio personalities and other media professionals. Nominations are made by a randomly selected 2500 people group from the union and winners are voted on by the entire union.

The Academy Awards are presented by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. The winners are chosen by the Academy’s voting membership. Membership into the Academy can only be obtained by an invite from the current Academy membership.

What is Awarded?

The Golden Globes recognize excellence in both Film and Television, domestic and International. The golden globes generally award more singular awards such as best actor or actress, or best original score or television drama series.

The Screen Actors Guild Awards present awards for both Film and Prime Time Television. While these awards also award many singular awards they also award ensemble awards such as the Outstanding Performance by a Stunt Ensemble in a Motion Picture.

The Academy Awards are quite different from the other two awards ceremonies in that they only award prizes specifically for Film. The Academy Awards have their television equivalent in The Emmy’s and their musical equivalent in The Grammy’s.

As such these awards not only include awards for the “big name” type roles such as best actor or actress but also include awards for lesser known industry related categories such as best editing and best makeup and hair styling.

We hope this blog helps you understand the dazzle of the awards ceremonies, specifically the Screen Actors Guild Awards this Sunday, January 21, 2018 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM on TNT, TBS, and TruTV. But if you’d prefer to be dazzled by real estate Louisville you will want to call Scott Boehnlein of Family Realty or any of our other dedicated agents

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Sledding Spots Louisville

It’s snowing in Louisville! Not sure if you noticed? As I type this blog I am watching fresh snow fall from the sky and cover Louisville in an ever deepening carpet of snow. The icy sky cotton has coated neighborhoods in real estate Louisville transforming them into winter wonderlands.

 

With the magical snow fall coinciding with Martin Luther King Jr. Day many families in Louisville are taking advantage of the day off school and celebrating by snow sledding. If you are wondering where you want to sled with your friends and family we did research for you. Louisvilleky.gov has announced six sites for public sledding*:

1. Cherokee Park (Baringer Hill, intersection of Alexander Rd and Scenic Loop)

Cherokee Park is situated in the Highlands but several other neighborhoods have entrances to the park: Cherokee Triangle, Bonnycastle, Highlands-Douglass, Crescent Hill and Seneca Gardens.

2. George Rogers Clark Park (1024 Thruston Ave, behind playground, near McKinley Ave)

George Rogers Clark Park is in the Audubon neighborhood and is bordered by Poplar Level Rd to the east.

3. Joe Creason Park (1297 Trevilian Way, behind Metro Parks administration building)

This park is right next door the Audubon and Camp Taylor neighborhoods in the Poplar Level neighborhood which is also home to Louisville Zoo.

4. McNeely Lake Park (6900 Cooper Chapel Road, near Korean War Memorial)

5. Tyler Park (1501 Castlewood Ave, on Tyler Park Dr side of park)

Tyler Park is situated in the Tyler Park neighborhood which is part of the Highlands and lies next to Deer Park and Germantown.

6. Charlie Vettiner Park (5550 Charlie Vettiner Park Rd, near Easum Rd entrance)

This park is situated on the south of Jeffersontown one of the more popular neighborhoods around Louisville.

I hope you have fun out in the snow today. Please make sure to be safe while your sledding, dress appropriately with layers, and be sure to have fun! If we see you out sledding the slopes please say hi. If not be sure to give Scott Boehnlein of Family Realty a call if you think we can be of assistance to you.  

*Please only sled these hills when the “Open” sign has been posted!

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Professional Football League's Baseball Beginnings

With less than a month to go until Super Bowl 2018 means that this weekend is wildcard weekend all weekend. Shut down your schedules, fire up your TV’s, order your chips, dips, wings, and pizza, call some friends, and hit the couch for four action packed games.

The NFL Super Bowl playoff games are a National News story every January, but the first NFL league (not the same as today’s league) was a much smaller affair. It is reported  that the first league started when several baseball clubs formed football teams to play in the first ever (there were only two) World Series of Football.

The birth place of this idea was the mind of an Irish New Yorker Tom O’Rourke. Being the manager of Madison Square garden his brain always needed to brew good ideas to bring traffic into his giant arena. This time his brain brewed a 5 team indoor football tournament.

This tournament was not only the first football league it was also the first ever professional indoor football game. I’d say the only problem, but there were many, but one of the biggest problems of this indoor arena was the field was only about 70 yard by 35 yards.

Not only that but the arena walls are reported  to have been right on the sidelines which led to several players getting some pretty interesting injuries. But the tournament went on and 3000 or so fans were able to enjoy watching the game from much closer than ever before.

 

With stadiums today able to house tens of thousands of fans professional football has come a long way. We hope you have fun watching the games this weekend and hope you’ve already left your prediction on our Facebook page.

 

If you need to take a break from football and you have your eye on real estate Louisville. We are hosting an open house this Sunday from 2pm-4pm before the start of the Panthers Saints game. Take a look at the info for 101 Ash Ave. This 5,500 Sq. Ft. 5 bedroom, 5 bathroom is amazing. If you need more info call Chris Dayton of Family Realty.

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Resolve to Set Great Goals for 2018!

What?!?! 2018 is today? How did that happen? Wasn’t it 2016 just 2 minutes ago? It is pretty amazing how time disappears like grains of sand falling through our finger tips. This only highlights the importance of planning our time effectively. At the start of the New Year many will sit down to try and write out some New Year’s Resolutions.

While there is nothing wrong with New Year’s Resolutions, I prefer to talk of Goals. New Year’s Resolutions carry with them the connotations of starting something new from scratch yet again. One sets them with no long term plan or with little hope of completing them.

Goals on the other hand are more like stepping stones or rungs on a step ladder to somewhere. In reality a resolution should be a long term objective, while a goal is a shorter term objective on your way to your life’s resolutions.

 

5 Year Resolutions

If you’ve never thought of goals or resolutions before you need to not just look at the year ahead, but a little longer. A good question to ask yourself when setting resolutions is, “Where do I see myself in 5 years’ time?”

“Where do I see myself…” could include where you want to be, who you want to be, or what you would like to do. But more importantly think of "you" in 5 years’ time.

5 years seems like a long time away, but it will fly by. However when thinking of your 5 year resolutions, dream big. There is more you can achieve in 5 years than you might think. So let’s say you just realized you’ve spent the last 10 years on the couch and you now want to get fit. Don’t be scared to resolve to run a marathon in 5 years’ time. You probably can!

The mistake we make is to resolve to run a marathon in 1 years’ time. While there is more we can do in 5 years than we think there is often less that we can do in 1 year than we think. So once you have decided on some 5 year resolutions write them down leaving space between each one.

1 Year Goals

Now you make the move to plan out some goals for 2018. The goals you make for 2018 need to be the first big step toward your 5 year resolutions you just wrote down. So if your 5 year resolution was “Run a full marathon”, your goal for 2018 might be, “Run a 5km by Christmas.”

 Meet SAM 

When setting these goals you need to become best buds with SAM! In other words the goals you set must be Specific, Attainable, and Measurable.

 Specific – goals must not be vague. A bad goal would be “I want to run this year.” If you haven’t run in 2017 one run in 2018 will do it. You’ll find excuses not to run and you’ll lose motivation because you’re not really aiming at anything specific.

 Attainable – from couch to full marathon in 1 year is not likely an attainable goal. Neither is “make a million dollars” when you have $2, or “start a tech empire” when you can’t operate a DVD player. Your 5 year resolutions are your big audacious resolutions. Your 1 year goals should stretch you out of your comfort zone, but they should be realistically attainable in a year.

If your 1 year goals are too big you will soon realize you won’t reach them and you’ll lose motivation and give up. “From the couch to 5km in 1 year” is a stretching but attainable goal. It is more than you have done last year, but it’s something achievable in a year.

 Measurable – goals must have some sort of measurability to them. Don’t just plan to run more this year plan to run a 5K. Don’t just plan to read more, plan to read X-number of books this year. Don’t just plan to eat healthy, list what you will and won’t eat.

Monthly Baby Steps

Once you have set your goals for the year you’ll need to go back and set up some baby steps of how you will reach that goal every week for the next month. So let’s say you’re doing the 5K by Christmas 2018.

So for January 2018 you might write, “Wake up 30 minutes early and walk for 15 minutes Monday through Saturday morning.” Or for the reader among us, “This month read one chapter a night in bed Monday through Thursday.”

In this phase of goal setting you must set two calendar dates. The first date needs to be for two weeks’ time. This will just be a quick review where you read over your goals to make sure you’re keeping up to speed. You may even mentally make some adjustments.

The second calendar date will be for the last weekend of the month. This will be more formal. Here you write out your baby steps for February 2018. For example, “Wake up 30 minutes early. Walk for 20 minutes every other day, run for 10 minutes every second day Monday through Saturday.”

Every month continue this same routine reviewing every two weeks and planning the next month’s baby steps the weekend before that month begins.

Some Final Tips

Post ‘em - Once you have your 5 Year Resolutions, 2018 Goals, and January 2018 Baby Steps written out post them somewhere visible. For example on the fridge, in your Bible, on your mirror, or on your PC screen. Seeing them every day will keep them fresh in your mind.

Tell ‘em – to keep yourself accountable and encouraged tell someone your goals. Ask them to ask you how you are doing, encourage you, and even give you a kick in the pants if you need it. We need others to help us and we can help others with their goals too.

Track ‘em – It helps to log your progress. This could be as simple as opening a note in your smartphone and simply typing, “Monday 1st – walked for 15 minutes” or “Monday 1st – Read chapter 1”. This will show you if you fall behind but also encourage you that you’re making progress.

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Merry Christmas Louisville

Merry Christmas! It is finally here. By this stage I am sure there are gifts lying under the tree, or more likely torn open wrapping and boxes. Many have or will be about to sing many Christmas carols. Others are firing up their kitchens ready to bring out a feast.

 

Children look forward to a day of playing with toys while we adults look forward to eating and taking an afternoon nap. Christmas is celebrated around the world and is celebrated in many ways by so many people. 

 

Christmas is a day to spend with family and friends celebrating and sharing gifts, time, and laughs. We also acknowledge that this Christmas might be a sad/happy one as one thinks of family and friends who are no longer with us while enjoying those that still are.

 

We at Family Realty want to say too all of you and especially those we have worked with closely over this year that our thoughts are with you. We hope you have a wonderful day and we look forward to seeing you in the New Year. We consider it a gift to be a part of real estate in Louisville because we love Louisville.

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Christmas Events Part 1: Underground Light Extravaganza

The holiday season is in full swing and Christmas is only 24 days away (who’s counting?). The colder weather has certainly made an appearance. This morning I was met by a glittering wonderland as the frost clung to everything in sight and sparkled in the sunrise.

With the Christmas season there is lots to do with family and friends in and around Louisville. We at Family Realty don’t only love real estate Louisville, but love Louisville itself. So over the next few weeks we’ll highlight some great Louisville Christmas activities available this season.

We thought we’d start this series highlighting the most uniquely Louisville Christmas event: Lights under Louisville. Louisville is home to the Mega Cavern, a 4 000 000 Sq Ft former lime stone mine. Mega Cavern has several underground adventures including zip lines and bike trails. But over Christmas it hosts the largest underground light display in the world.

According to their website there are “over 850 lit characters with over 3,000,000 points of light” which you can view from the comfort of your own car as you travel the 17 mile track underground. This 30 or so minute drive is a spectacular light display for the whole family.

Lights under Louisville charges one price for a whole car and is open every night of the week until December 31st. They also offer a few promos and special events on their website. One of them is a dinner at Louisville Zoo nearby and a free VIP pass to the lights.

Part of the Mega Cavern is situated under the Louisville Zoo which is in the Poplar Hills neighborhood. This neighborhood lies alongside two other neighborhoods namely Audubon Park and Strathmoor Village. There is a good amount of green space in these neighborhoods including Creason Park and Audubon Country Club.

If you have any real estate needs this holiday season Family Realty would love to help. If so contact Scott Boehnlein or any one of our dedicated agents. We are here to help you with real estate Louisville, but also hope to help you with your Christmas fun in these blogs.

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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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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 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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Beautiful St Matthews and Hillcrest Ave Halloween

I was driving through St Matthews the other day noticing the trees catching fire with fall and I thought to myself, "St Matthews is great and so is living in Louisville." I love being involved with real estate Louisville.

St Matthews is a central Louisville neighborhood which has a plethora of local eateries from breweries to authentic Thai and Vietnamese restaurants. The Mall St Matthews and Oxmoor Mall feature great shopping, entertainment, and restaurants. The Mall St Matthews movie house has reclining seats standard in every theater.

St Matthews was initially known as Gilman’s Point but in 1851 the city’s name was changed once they completed St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church. St Matthews is also home to Trinity High School one of Louisville’s most prestigious high schools.

 

One of the unique aspects of this community is Hillcrest Avenue’s enthusiastic celebration of Halloween. Starting the first week in October residents of this street begin to extravagantly decorate their yards. It is estimated that there are about 75,000 visitors to Hillcrest Avenue.

 

Pedestrian traffic greatly increases on October 31st when residents allow children to Trick or Treat from 5pm-9pm. The community takes great precautions to make this a kid friendly environment even increasing policing during this time.

 

Not only is this a community coming together to have fun but also to serve others in their community. On the evening many homes collect canned foods for United Crescent Hills Ministries. This organization was formed in response to the needs created by the 1974 Tornado and has continued to offer many service to the community.

 

Their website states “UCHM serves approximately 3,500 individuals with a range of services that includes: emergency financial assistance, Dare to Care food, children and youth programming, Meals on Wheels…” and much more.

 

It is great not only selling real estate among Louisville’s communities but being a part of communities like St Matthews and the many others that come together. We just listed a great Bungalow in St Matthews this week. 4022 Massie Ave is a 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom, 1,672 Sq Ft multi-story home listed at $284,000. 

If you are interested in finding out more about real estate in St Matthews or anywhere else in Louisville please contact Scott Boehnlein of Family Realty. We love Louisville and we would love to help you.

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Family Realty At SBTS Preview Day

Family Realty had the pleasure of attending the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary Preview Day. Our goal was to meet prospective students relocating themselves and their families to Louisville and help them in any way we can. 

Knowing that relocating to a new city can be difficult we see the continual need for offering support to singles and families making this transition every semester. When you move to a new city it is hard to know who to trust, what areas are good for families, and what areas are good to invest in. You have lots of questions which we hope to provide answers too. Even if it is, "Where is a good dentist or doctor?"

We are also aware many students move to the seminary expecting to be here for only a couple years so they rent. Or they choose to rent for convenience and uncertainty of the market or areas. However many go on to find they will be in Louisville for a longer than they initially thought and so there housing needs change.

We hope to offer continual help, information, and peace of mind to prospective and current students. We had a great time at the SBTS Preview Day and were hosted with excellence. If you need any information or have any questions about Real Estate Louisville please contact Scott Boehnlein or one of our other agents at Family Realty.

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Selling Your House When You Have a Dog: 4 Tips for Homeowners

Your pet is a cherished member of the family. He spends his days lounging indoors, cuddles up on the sofa with you, and greets your visitors with gusto. But no matter how much you love your four-legged friend’s personality, prospective home buyers might not feel the same. Make sure your dog doesn’t hurt your home-selling efforts by following these helpful tips.

1. Remove All Signs of Your Dog

As a dog owner, you may hardly notice the little signs of your pet’s presence. Whether it’s a little pet hair on the sofa, a toy left in a corner, or scratches on hardwood floors, these things become a fact of life when you have a dog. However, prospective buyers will likely notice the little details you overlook. And for people who associate indoor pets with uncleanliness, the sale may not recover.

 As you stage your home, pay special attention to pet-related damage, messes, and clutter. On top of repairing pet damage, you should clean pet waste out of the yard, remove pet hair from furniture, and stash all toys, food dishes, pet beds, and other signs of your pet’s presence before each showing.

2. Eliminate Pet Odors

People who don’t own dogs always seem to know when a home contains one. Keep unpleasant pet odors from sabotaging your home sale by having rugs and furniture professionally cleaned and laundering your linens and curtains. If an odor is strong and enzyme cleaners won’t remove it, you may need to replace the soiled item entirely.

When a showing is scheduled, make an extra effort to make your home smell fresh, but avoid relying on chemical air fresheners that could irritate sensitive individuals. Instead, opt for clean, simple scents like orange, jasmine, or cedar, and use them judiciously.

3. Keep Your Dog Away During Showings

Having a pet in the home makes showings more complicated. Since visitors want to see every part of your home, shutting the dog in a spare room or the backyard isn’t an option. If your dog is a barker, he could disrupt the showing. And no matter how well-behaved your dog is, letting him roam free simply isn’t an option. People could have allergies or be afraid of dogs, and people wandering in and out create opportunities for your pet to escape.

Instead of compromising the sale of your home, make arrangements for your dog to be elsewhere during showings. If it’s a quick viewing and you have the spare time, a long walk around the neighborhood could keep your pup out of the realtor’s hair for long enough. You can take the opportunity to check out local dog-friendly businesses like Molly Malones for a bite to eat, Iroquois Park or the Louisville Riverwalk to stretch your legs, or The Comfy Cow to grab a frozen treat for you and your pup. However, if you have a long day of house showings, sending your pooch to doggy daycare is a better choice.

4. Board Your Dog During the Move

Keeping your dog out of the house on moving day isn’t just for the movers’ sake — although they’ll certainly appreciate not being barked at or tripping over a dog. Boarding your dog or hiring a pet sitter during the busiest part of the move also spares him the stress of seeing you pack up your home and ensures he isn’t let outside unsupervised. Another perk? When your professional movers can navigate your home freely, they’ll get the job done faster so you can enjoy a lower moving bill.

You may put dog ownership squarely in the “pro” column, but not everyone sees it the same way. In fact, some people believe a dog’s very presence reduces a home’s value. Help buyers see your home’s true value by keeping your pet out of the picture during the selling process.

Contributor Medina James of Dog EtiquetteImage via Unsplash. If you would like any help with your realty needs please contact us at Family Realty.

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