Should I be on the Market During the Holidays?

I know, the holidays are coming – Thanksgiving, then Christmas – or maybe for you it is Hanukkah or Kwanzaa.  Heck, I have even celebrated Boxing Day with friends from England!  There are the parties and get-togethers, there is shopping and gift wrapping, there is decorating, there are guests and family coming and going.  You want to sell your home, but it can be a difficult decision to make.

First, holidays and memories with your family and friends are important.  Don’t stop having those memories and visits just because your home is on the market.  Most buyers looking during the holidays will understand that there are special considerations at this time of the year.  They can look past the extra decorations, but the decorations may add some warmth to the home as well.

Try your best to accommodate showing requests. Think of it this way – a buyer who is looking during the holidays may be a very serious buyer to interrupt their holiday with the additional stress of house hunting.  This does not mean that if a request is made for Christmas Eve at 7:30 you have to show your home.  Just be reasonable and try and work around your holiday schedule.  If you cannot make a specific showing time request, maybe suggest an alternative time – see what you can make work.

Every location can be different, but in the St. Augustine area, we can get a number of visitors to our area during the holiday time frame.  People will come to visit family and friends for the holidays and want to take time for their own home search.  We also get a number of visitors to see our beautiful Nights of Lights celebration and they may decide to view homes while here.  We also get some early snowbirds, who come down from the cold north and may be starting to look for their new home.  So, I do feel it is important that you do not pull your home off of the market during the holidays because you may be missing some potential buyers.

If you need help with the marketing of sale of your home during the holidays, or you are one of those buyers that may need to be completing your home search just let me know how I can be of help!


Favorite Time of the Year!

One of the prettiest and most popular times of the year in St. Augustine is our annual Nights of Lights!  The town is awash in three million tiny white lights every year that adds a real sparkle to our city!

This year the lights switch will be turned on this Saturday November 17th and the lights will stay on until February 3rd.  If you have the opportunity to visit, it truly is a beautiful time of year.  You can view the lights by just walking around the Historic Downtown St. Augustine area, you can take a trolley for a sing-a-long tour, or you can take a boat ride – like the Schooner Freedom – to see the lights from the water!  Whichever way you choose it is a special treat!

The city’s Nights of Lights has even been recognized by National Geographic magazine as one of the ten best holiday lighting displays in the world in 2011 and 2012! What an honor!

This is the 25th year of this beautiful display but how did it start??  Well, I know the story!  A local business man named Bill Lennon was a City Commissioner back in 1994 when he sparked the idea!  He lived in Davis Shores just over the Bridge of Lions from downtown with his family.  Each year they would see the glow of a few white lights as they would drive over the Bridge into the Historic Downtown and his boys would love the lights.  Bill Lennon got the idea to expand the display and brought his idea to the City Council.  The rest, as they say, is history!  We owe Bill Lennon a debt of gratitude for his vision and decision to make it happen!!  Thanks, Bill!

You can read about the history of the Nights of Lights in this article that appeared in the St. Augustine Record back in 2014 – Nights of Lights transforms St. Augustine into bright holiday destination.

You can make plans to view this beautiful display by visiting any number of sites such as:

Nights of Lights 2018-19

Nights of Lights (FloridaHistoricCoast.com) 

I invite you to come to our beautiful city and enjoy this festive light display.  If you decide you would like to stay and be a part of this Historic First Coast, please let me know how I can help!


St. Augustine Nights of Lights

During the Nights of Lights in St. Augustine the town is wrapped in a delightful glow and filled with holiday cheer for both residents and visitors. I have created this collection to showcase this event and provide you with the top websites for more detailed information.

Learn about events, read articles about Nights of Lights and view some pictures shared on social media of the lights, events and scenes at FloridasHistoricCoast.com  and VisitStAugustine.com. For parking and shuttle information see the City of St. Augustine.


Home for the Holidays!

Searching for a home for the holidays?

Here is a selection of homes to choose from – there’s something for everyone!
7870 A1A South #302

7870 A1A South #302 | St. Augustine, FL 32080

  • Stunning ocean views from this penthouse, corner unit condo at Ocean House.
  • Expansive covered balcony. The views can be seen from everywhere within this top floor condo.
  • The interior is as striking as the view with the finest upgrades and design.
  • The owners have truly transformed this unit – after taking it down to the metal studs – and have lovingly enjoyed and cared for it since.
  • Beautifully designed kitchen arranged to allow the chef ocean views as well, with Meile appliances and Sub-Zero refrigerator with two freezer drawers, plus Sub-Zero two refrigerator drawer under-counter unit for easy access to drinks or fruit.
  • The sleek design of the Poliform Varenna Kitchen Cabinets topped with Calacatta Gold Marble countertop and tile backsplash adds elegance to the space, and, along with the pantry with Miele coffee system and plate warmer drawer.
  • During the remodel, the unit was fully rewired, replumbed and a/c ductwork all replaced. Windows and sliding doors replaced during remodel.
  • Electric roller shades by remote control to close some or all of the shades.

To learn more about this home see: 7870 A1A South #302


220 Casa Sevilla

220 Casa Sevilla Avenue | St Augustine, FL 32092

  • Upgraded home with four of the bedrooms and the office all conveniently located on the main level, but an additional bonus and bedroom upstairs.
  • Screened lanai with lake views.
  • Spacious kitchen with 42” cabinets, prep island, pantry and quartz counters.
  • Porcelain tile flooring through the living area.
  • Medallion accents; the crown molding, gas fireplace for cool evenings.
  • master retreat with laminate flooring and the bath with large, garden tub and custom tile shower.
  • Fully fenced backyard.
  • Community pool, playground or basketball court and shopping nearby.  Easy on and off of I95 for your commute.

To learn more about this home see: 220 Casa Sevilla Avenue


687 Bahia Drive St. Augustine, FL 32086

687 Bahia Drive | St Augustine, FL 32086

  • Generous room sizes and a nice open floorplan that is light and bright.
  • Family room just off the kitchen with access to the screened lanai and partially fenced backyard.
  • Living room/den opens to dining room.
  • Spacious master retreat with lots of closet space and updated tile shower.
  • The screened lanai has vinyl window panels so the space can be used during all seasons. Access from family room or dining, and a pass-through window from the kitchen make it great for entertaining.

To learn more about this home see: 687 Bahia Drive


824 W. 13th Street

824 13TH St | St Augustine, FL 32084

  • Great opportunity for a comfortable home within the city.
  • Spacious family room and the eat in kitchen has plenty of cabinets and counter space and room for a table.
  • Master suite with separate bath is private with the split design.
  • Extra room, used as office, and nice sized utility room as well.
  • Great floor plan for a great price.
  • Located close to the Solomon Calhoun Community Center and zoned for good schools.

To learn more about this home see: 824 W. 13th Street


118 Amistad Drive

118 Amistad Drive | St Augustine, FL 32086

  • Roomy townhome with an attached two-car garage.
  • Truly move-in ready and lovingly maintained.
  • Spacious master is on the main level with en-suite bath and walk-in closet.
  • Upstairs has space to spare with a nice loft, plus two roomy bedrooms – both with a walk-in closet.
  • Great touches like the crown molding and neutral paint.
  • Well planned with 42” cabinets, pantry and lots of counter space in the kitchen.
  • Casual dining off of the kitchen that are both open to the spacious family room.
  • Covered lanai with backyard views of the preserve.

To learn more about this home see: 118 Amistad Drive


3389 Kings Road South

3389 Kings Road South | St Augustine, FL 32086

  • Neat and clean and move-in ready.
  • Gas Range, white cabinets, lots of counter space
  • Light and bright open floor plan with gas fireplace shared with den and family room.
  • Spacious screened lanai overlooks large backyard on half acre lot with gorgeous palm trees!

To learn more about this home see: 3389 Kings Road South


3381 Kings Road South Front

3381 Kings Road South | St Augustine, FL 32086

  • Move-in ready with great touches like tile floors, 42″ cabinets, arches, columns, plant shelves, rounded corners.
  • Corner lot is over a 1/2 acre with room for pool.
  • Open floor plan with split bedroom design.
  • Covered lanai overlooks large backyard with room for expanded patio or pool addition.
  • Newer roof in 2015.

To learn more about this home see: 3381 Kings Road South


 


Easter and Spring and Thoughts on Real Estate

As we are leading up to Easter Sunday, and have really enjoyed some beautiful Spring days, my thoughts went to how this all relates to the real estate market. Yes, I had thoughts about the religious aspects of Easter, my family, those photos of my first Easter – but, let’s face it, I am writing this as a Realtor and should stick to what I know. You have others in your life who can cover the aspects of religion and family much better than I.

I couldn’t help think about how Easter renewal and Spring renewal can help us in our real estate decisions. Have you been thinking about downsizing? Maybe that can be a good thing and free you from some of the maintenance, costs, and time that a larger home may be taking. Maybe you are thinking you want to travel more, so you want to switch to a condo or patio home that will be more lock and leave. Have you been thinking that your growing family needs more room? Again, that can be a good to have more bedrooms, that office you need so you aren’t in the spare bedroom, a larger yard for the kids to run, or a pool or neighborhood pool for those warm summer days ahead. Maybe you have always wanted to live where you could walk to the beach – so, you can feel renewed each time you see the ocean. Maybe you feel that the salt air has been a harsh task master and you want to move just a bit farther inland so you don’t have the maintenance. Whatever it is, take just a minute and picture yourself in that new space – does it make you feel renewed? Then maybe, just maybe, it is time to make that move.  Call me and let’s get started!

Oh, and here is that picture of my first Easter!


Irish for a Day in the Old City

If you will be in St. Augustine for St. Patrick’s Day, you have a great opportunity for some good food and fun. I wanted to see where someone who wants to be Irish for a day would go – and Trip Advisor gave me the Top 5 Irish Restaurants (Pubs, right?) in St. Augustine.

What is great is that anywhere you are in St. Johns County, you won’t be too far from an Irish Pub and some great food!
Meehan’s Irish Pub, Barley Republic Public House and Ann O’Malley’s Deli & Pub are all located within and around the historic downtown area. You can get great views of the Bayfront from Meehan’s along with your food. Ann O’Malley’s is on the north side of downtown, so close to the parking garage, if that makes it easier for you to get there. Barley Republic is on Spanish Street and always puts up a tent with great music, food and drinks!

If you don’t want to venture downtown, you are not out of luck! For those on or near Anastasia Island, O’Loughlin Pub is located at 6975 A1A South just south of the intersection of A1A and SR 206. Of course, you can pop in to the party at the World Famous Oasis as well, since they always put up a tent, even if they are not technically an Irish Pub!

North of town isn’t left out either, since you have Donovan’s Irish Pub located at 7440 US Highway 1 North, right by Palencia!
So, you can go out and be Irish for the day and get some great food, great drinks – and great friendships with those enjoying right beside you!