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“A Letter to Our Home”

Selling a family home is always a bittersweet process. While our clients are usually excited to make a change – bigger house for more children, less of a commute, larger lawn for the dog – most are sad to leave the homes they’ve been building memories in for years. At On the Move Charlotte, “well loved” homes are our favorite types of listings.

Take a look at this touching letter, written by our clients the Allards, as they prepare to move from the house they made a home…

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Dear 8515 Tammaron Drive, 

Thank you so much for providing a solid and warm foundation for our family.  You have watched our family transform and grow from an ‘I” to a ‘We”.

When “I” found you I was a bachelor proud to be a home owner in one of the most progressive areas of Charlotte.  Being within walking distance to shopping and dining at Blakeney, Morrison YMCA, and some of the best schools in Charlotte were more than I could ever want and exceeded everything I needed. 

Your location was instrumental in helping me find my “best friend” and love of my life. Two people once separated by just a mile … now inseparable.

Your peaceful tree lined back yard was the place we shared our hopes and dreams. Whether it was designing our deck or discovering our “green thumb” you provided the perfect canvas.  You provided the perfect space for friends and neighbors to gather around the outdoor fire pit, roast marshmallows and watch some college football.

Most importantly you opened your arms when “we” were blessed with a child.  You provided the space to roam and walk countless laps downstairs to soothe our baby in need of sleep.

It will be hard to say “goodbye,” however, we must. Thank you!  To us you are and forever will be not merely a house but a “home!”

With love,
The Allards

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Picture of Leigh Bryant, Realtor - Keller Williams SouthparkClick here for a virtual tour of 8515 Tammeron Drive. Call Leigh Bryant at On the Move Charlotte to help you find your family’s “home sweet home” today.

 

Charlotte’s First Quarter Stats for 2013, Featuring Harold!

Harold, On the Move Charlotte’s unofficial mascot, is back to deliver Charlotte’s Q1 real estate stats for 2013. Some interesting data has already emerged this year concerning Charlotte, home sales, and the overall economy.

Take a look!

 

If you have questions about what Charlotte’s current market state means for your property sale or search, call the On the Move Charlotte team today at 704.516.3318.

 

Featured Neighborhood – Stonehaven

 

Stonehaven is one of Charlotte’s oldest and most well-established neighborhoods.

Located just east of the intersection of Rama Road and Sardis Road, close to Cotswold, Stonehaven is a family-friendly community with everything to offer a growing family in Charlotte!

Houses in Stonehaven are predominantly brick or wood siding, and many are sprawling ranches or two-stories – perfect for family living. The neighborhood is extremely active on weekends and lined with beautiful, mature pines and sidewalks just made for walking. Residents of Stonehaven just can’t say enough good things about their community!  You’ll find Bunco groups, “First Friday gatherings, bootcamp workout groups, bookclubs, Preschool groups, etc. etc.

There are 2 active swim clubs in the neighborhood too.  You’ll find information about Sardis Swim and Racquet at www.sardis-sharks.com and information about Rama Swim Club at www.ramaclub.com.  Both are currently accepting new members!

A few of the features people find most attractive about the Stonehaven suburb in Charlotte, NC include…

 

McAlpine Creek Greenway

McAlpine Creek Greenway:

The 4-mile Greenway is ideal for runners and bikers and runs alongside scenic McAlpine Creek. Built in 1978, it’s Charlotte’s first designated greenway!

James Boyce Park:

A 73-acre recreational park equipped with a playground, two softball fields, and a picnic shelter within the Stonehaven neighborhood limits. Several other parks are within 3 miles of the neighborhood.

Proximity to Metro Charlotte:

Stonehaven is just a few miles from the nearest 485 on ramp and less than 10-miles from the I-77 loop. Independence Road (Highway 74) is just two-miles from the neighborhood and provides easy access to Uptown and North Charlotte.

Cotswold Shopping Center (photo credit: skycity2.blogspot.com)

Shopping and Dining:

Cotswold shopping center is just blocks away from Stonehaven and boasts a grocery store, over a dozen restaurants, and various shops. The Independence Shopping Center and Galleria Shopping Centers are also nearby.

Community:

Stonehaven is tight-knit and the neighborhood association often organizes community-wide events! Upcoming events include a paper shredding “party” on March 23rd and a multi-home yard sale on April 20th.

Quality Construction:

The average home value in Stonehaven is around $275,000 and the neighborhood boasts a good mix of old and new renovations and additions. Almost any family or young professional or empty nester can find a perfect fit in Stonehaven.  From a ranch starter home to a multi-level “lifetime” house – there are options for just about every home budget in this neighborhood.

Leigh Bryant and the On The Move Charlotte team

Leigh Bryant is your Stonehaven real estate broker.
Not only does Leigh love working in this neighborhood, she lives here, too! If you’d like to know more about one of Charlotte’s most desirable communities, call Leigh and the On the Move Charlotte team at 70-516-3318 today.

Explore all the homes available for sale in the Stonehaven  Neighborhood.

Welcome to the Team, Michelle Duyck!

Michelle Duyck, Buyer’s Agent for On the Move Charlotte

Long overdue, it’s time to formally welcome Michelle Duyck to the On The Move Charlotte team!

Michelle has years of mortgage experience and a keen eye for negotiation. She works primarily with buyers and loves helping Charlotte residents and transplants alike find a first home, a family house, or even an appropriate downsize. Although she’s an active Buyer’s Agent, Michelle also works with sellers and has full knowledge of the Listing Agreement. She recently completed her accreditation through Keller Williams’ Bold training program as well as Ignite.

Michelle is a long-time Charlotte resident where she lives with her loving husband Jim and five wonderful kids. Give her a call today to welcome her to the team and discuss what you’re looking for in a new home!

You can reach Michelle Duyck by phone at 704-451-3135 or by email at MichelleDuyck@kw.com.

 

Charlotte’s Best 2013 St. Patrick’s Day Events

Everyone knows Charlotte’s a great place to live but do the folks in CLT really know how to throw a party?

This year St. Patrick’s Day falls on a Sunday (March 17th, as always) and The Queen City actually has tons of locally-sponsored events going on in celebration. All weekend long bars, restaurants, and entire neighborhoods will be partying on the greenest-of-holidays.

So put on your Leprechaun hat and head out to one of these Charlotte St. Patty’s Day celebrations!

 

Charlotte St. Pat’s Day Parade and Charlotte Goes Green Festival:

One of the largest events of the weekend, Uptown Charlotte hosts a family-friendly parade and festival beginning at 11:00am on Saturday, March 16th. Food, music, and tons of Irish dancing – bring the kids and enjoy the beautiful weather in Uptown this weekend!

 

Rich and Bennet’s 13th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Pub Crawl

Not for the faint of heart, this all-day pub crawl is the largest of its kind in the world! Kicking off at Dixie’s Tavern bewteen 12-3pm, participants can buy tickets on-site and spend the day pacing themselves with fun t-shirts and St. Patty’s day brews at some of Uptown’s most popular watering holes.

 

 

 

Gallaway Hooker Irish Pub

Located near Lake Norman, Gallaway’s is closed on Sunday but open all day Friday and Saturday for a green beer or some corned beef and cabbage.

 

Sir Edmond Halley’s Restaurant and Freehouse

Hidden behind the Park Road Shopping Center in South Charlotte, Sir Edmond’s has a reputation for great Irish-American food outside of St. Patty’s Day. The day-of they’re pitching a heated tent in the back complete with bagpipe music and Irish dancers!

 

Big Ben’s Pub

Big Ben’s is actually a British pub and taphouse but they pull out all the stops come St. Patty’s Day. All weekend long they’ve got food and drink specials, live music, and Irish heritage games and events. Located in South End, Big Ben’s is light-rail adjacent.

 

Green River Revival

Charlotte’s famed White Water Center takes “festive” to a whole new level, dying their river green in honor of the holiday. There are events all day long beginning at 10:00am including a 5K, live music, and tons of Irish activities for the kids. Admission varies by age at the door.

 

St. Patrick’s Day Block Party in Elizabeth

At the corner of 7th and Caswell you’ll find the St. Pat’s Block Party. Kennedy’s Irish Pub, Philosopher Stone’s and Jackelope Jack’s are all offering drink specials and games for willing participants.

 

Latta Celtic Festival

Historic Latta Plantation uses St. Patrick’s Day to celebrate their Celtic Heritage, complete with authentic music, period dress, and a brewery-off where attendees can taste various Irish beers. Both Saturday and Sunday visitors will be welcome until dark.

 

 

 

St. Patrick’s Day on Main

Actually in South Carolina, Main Street in Rock Hill turns into an Irish Extravaganza on Sunday, March 17th. The 5th annual parade and celebration offers tons of kids’ activities and food for adults, too.

 

Charlotte REALTOR Leigh Bryant is celebrating with an open house, Sunday, March 17th from 1-3pm in Plaza Midwood. Don’t forget to stop by this charming, festive bungalow at 2906 Georgia Avenue!