I Did It Myself

I moved to St. Augustine (for the second time) in June of 2000. We had purchased a lot and had a custom home built that had 4 bedrooms and 3 baths on the main level, along with a bonus and bath upstairs. It had a sunroom area, formal dining, formal living – that we turned into an office and a 3 car garage. We were in a nice neighborhood and had a .5 acre lot that was fenced for the kids and the dog. That home worked very well for us for a lot of years – 17 in fact. We had room for all of our visitors, and for all of the kids’ friends for sleepovers and birthday parties.

Then the kids grew up and went away to college. One even bought her own home with her boyfriend. We were in 3200 sq.ft. of home and only using 2000 sq.ft. of it.

It can be a very difficult decision to move from a home you have lived in for 17 years. I know. We did it. We liked our neighbors and neighborhood, but the home and lot was just more than we needed.

So, we looked for something just a bit smaller in an area that we liked with a smaller yard. You know what? It worked. The home is just the right size for now, but not too big. We don’t have to maintain, heat/cool, and clean more square footage than we are using. The process went fairly smoothly, but not without challenges. Was the house perfect?  No. There were some things that we upgraded or improved. There were some expenses that we did not expect. But, all in all, the experience has been a good one. We love our new home. We are getting to know our new neighbors.  We still have some room for friends and our kids to visit. We made the decision that was right for us, and, you know what? It wasn’t as hard to move from that large home as I thought it would be – and I don’t miss it near as much as I thought I would. I guess we made the right decision!

Think you may be in the same or similar time in your life? Let me know how I can help!

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!

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!