Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Bring Your Horses! Grand Southern Home in North Raleigh...

Don't miss this very rare opportunity to have your horses on your property! Elegant southern style home with over 3 acres and exceptional views!

HORSE LOVERS DREAM! Over 3 acres of pasture land and horses are welcome!Incredible Southern home with over 2000 square feet of verandas and porches with sweeping views of the surrounding grounds. This beautiful home offers a gourmet kitchen with two large islands, granite countertops and a comfortable keeping room with fireplace adjacent. Formal dining room, formal living room/reception and family room are all located on the main level. All bedrooms have full bath and the third floor has been finished with an office, bedroom and bath. Basement level has theatre room, game area, indoor driving range, and full bath. Just out the patio doors is a 20x40 inground pool. There is an additional unfinished basement garage that could be finished to make room for a pool house. Home has 4 car garage. This is a very rare find - not very often can you find a home that allows you to keep your horses on your property!

For more details and/or a personal tour please feel free to email me or give me a call direct - 919.649.6128.

Monday, October 29, 2007

A Very Kool Website

Here is a site a very kool website, which is unrelated to real estate, but I just couldn't resist. Enjoy!

The Barony - Another Exclusive Gated Community

North Raleigh is home to some of the most spectacular homes in North Carolina. You can find exclusive gated communites, out of the way private estates and magnificent beach front homes on the North Carolina Coast.

The Barony is located in North Raleigh off of Creedmoor Road and had several entries in the most recent 2007 Parade of Homes. The community surrounds a peaceful lake and many of the homes available have lake views. Following are a few listings that are currently available:

1421 Barony Lake Way - $1,500,000.00

1417 Barony Lake Way - $1,899,000.00

1608 Barony Lake Way - $2,485,000.00

1428 Barony Lake Way - $2,925,000.00

1416 Barony Lake Way - $3,100,000.00

Lots are also still available!

For additional information and/or a private tour please feel free to email me or call me direct at 919-649-6128.

Recreated State of the Art Real Estate Website Announced by Alex Shay

Miami, FL (PRWEB) October 29, 2007 -- The popular, state of the art Miami real estate website, http://www.alexshay.com/ has been recreated and redesigned to meet the demands of savvy homebuyers and sellers in today's real estate marketplace, announced Alex Shay. Launched less than two years ago, the site has grown to well over 1,800 pages, full of useful real estate information. More than 100 of the finest luxury homes and condos for sale in Miami are now featured on the website, along with gorgeous photos and virtual tours.

Literally thousands of homes and condos in the Miami area can now be viewed via pages neatly categorized and organized according to location and price range. According to the site's creator, Alex Shay, the site is in a constant state of being built and tweaked, and is getting better and better with the passing of the time. The website is accompanied by a well-maintained up to date blog,
Miami Real Estate.

One of the best features of the website is that everything is designed specifically for the user, and everything is free. Unlike many real estate websites that try to lure a user into filling out a personal information form before giving any real information, www.alexshay.com is user friendly, and has been redesigned to give very valued information completely free of charge. The only thing required is that users click on the links to the information they want.

Many additions have been made to the popular website, including the daily real estate news, articles that are regularly updated, many more virtual tours and videos, and beautiful images of many favorite cities in the USA. An entire relocation section has been created, and new relocation cities are being added each month.

The recreated site hasn't left anything out. If the user wants it, it is going to be there, according to Shay. Many users not only want to remain anonymous while searching for information, but they also want to find what they are looking for quickly and easily. The website has ensured that for every user.

The site is so easy to navigate, that a user can go to almost any page desired, from any page that the user is viewing. If a user is reading an article, and suddenly wants to view a particular property, it is usually only one or two clicks away. The
MLS(multiple listing service) has been provided as well, so that a user can anonymously search the complete list of all properties for sale. MLS's from a number of other cities are also available on the website, and the list is growing.

Alex Shay, a prominent Miami Beach real estate broker, whose award winning website,
Miami Real Estate features some of the most beautiful residential real estate in all of the world, is an expert in Miami real estate, and one of Miami Beach's top producers of real estate sales. He has been negotiating property deals since 1986, and founded the website in response to the needs and demands of homeowners and buyers who have come to him seeking expert assistance in the sale and purchase of Miami real estate

Friday, October 26, 2007

Parade of Homes was a HUGE success!

I certainly hope that you had the opporunity to get out there and view some of the most spectacular homes that were open to the public - truely amazing!

I was fortunate enough to spend a weekend in a exclusive, gated community called Linville in North Raleigh. The home is one of my favorites - just beautiful - check it out!

11229 Conley Cove

If you missed the chance to get out and about I still have some officials books left and would be happy to provide you with one or answer any questions that you might have about a home that you did tour.

Thursday, October 25, 2007

A Really Great Palm Beach Home - Donald Trump's of Course

We all know that the Donald loves to talk, especially on TV, and you either like him or you don't, but make no bones about it; he sure has some nice real estate in Palm Beach, and if you have any doubt, check this out:

Palm Beach Estate of Donald Trump
515 N. County Road, Palm Beach Florida

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Colourful inspiration and all new vintage stock!

Well, after weeks of painting - and I must thank Mike for pulling out all the stops and spending what seemed like every waking hour with a paintbrush stuck to his hand! - the Clock House is finally finished! Of course, now comes the dilemma of how to furnish it! Here is my desk chair, which I have repainted - I've also re-covered the seat in a gorgeous and vibrant vintage French fabric - it's providing a welcome splash of colour in the light and bright interior...

A blank canvas...

It makes a very pleasant change to work from somewhere so light and airy - of course I will be adding lots of colour in the form of painted furniture and textiles. But I'm not going to rush. For now, the chair is providing inspiration, acting as food for thought...

The Clock House is certainly going to aid photography during the long dark days ahead! Don't get me wrong, I love our cosy and dark cottage but at this time of year, the small rooms and low ceilings do make photography rather challenging! It has been very cold this week and so my thoughts turned to cosy nights when I was updating the website, this beautiful candlewick bedspread will be a delight to snuggle under during the winter months! This is just one of today's many new additions to the website - I have some really pretty textiles and homewares so do pop along for a browse.

Cosy candlewick...

...and pretty handmade peg bags.

I have some exciting news with regard to the Vintage Home online shop but that will have to wait until next week - now it's back to my list of things to do/buy/make for the Clock House! The list includes putting up curtains, hanging pictures and organising stock. Then there's running the telephone and network cables inside and fitting guttering - guess who gets to play house and who gets to do the latter!!! Our final purchase will be a clock for the dormer - I've yet find one I like but I'm sure I will soon!

Before, I go, I'd like to thank everyone for their comments on my last post. It made me realise how many of our traditional services have been lost, which is a great shame. Here's to living the vintage way as best as possible in a modern world!

Update 29th October: The Vintage Home online shop is on the move! The success of Vintage Home has meant that after only a few months online we've outgrown our current web host and are moving to a new, faster and larger virtual home on the web. To celebrate this, we've some fabulous NEW FEATURES lined up, the shop will double in size and we've a special Christmas gift idea too! So, if the site disappears for a few hours here and there over the next day or so whilst we transfer - don't worry...it's all for the better!

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Blogging, Real Estate, and the Internet

Watching the video clip below should give you a good idea of just how important the internet has become in the business of real estate. Watch and enjoy!

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Mortgage Meltdown

A real estate report by CNN this morning stated that housing starts are down to the lowest level in 14 years. Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson wants to license mortgage brokers, so that there will be more accountability. The report stated that 2 million families could lose their homes in the next 2 years, many of those losses directly attributable to sub-prime mortgages, and less than ethical mortgage brokers who were looking to make a quick buck.

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Donald Trump Makes A Good Point On Larry King

Last night Donald Trump told Larry King on Larry King Live that this is a wonderful time to be negotiating for property and for making great deals. He is right about that. He fell short of saying that buyers should go out and buy up everything. If you read some of the posts below, you will find that what Trump is saying now has already been said. It is true that in Miami there has probably never been a better time to buy, and that is certainly true of the last 20 years or so. The market is dull because people are betting that home prices will fall lower, before hitting bottom. Maybe 6 months from now will be an even better time to buy, but that is speculation at this point. The news reports help to put a negative slant on the real estate market, by making predictions that the market will continue to fall, and thereby effectively change the way people think. That's called psychology, and right now the psychology of the market place is telling people to wait. There is something else. It is apparent in Miami. Homeowners who want to sell are still asking very high prices. Asking prices have not come down all that much, and some sellers are holding tight. Buyers are not budging, however, so there you have it; a dull real estate market in the Miami area. More to come.

Autumn surprises and the ultimate disguise!

Thanks to our very mild autumn a lot of flowers are still blooming away and providing some glorious colour for the gardens. Here is an old wooden trough I planted up in May, it's doing even better now and is overflowing with fuchsias and impatiens.

This nasturtium found a shady place and is providing a lovely splash of colour in a dull corner.

Have you guessed what it is yet?! Yes, it is a cotoneaster - but it's actually providing a disguise. Believe it or not, underneath this is our coal bunker! As I've yet to see a coal bunker which is pleasing to look at (although I don't doubt there are some out there!) I decided many years ago to allow the cotoneaster to grow over it. It does receive a haircut at this time of year so I can get the coal out of the little door at the front. We had our first delivery of the season last week and the coalman asked the same question he asks every year - have you cut that triffid back?!! It's always a joint effort when he calls - it takes two of us to raise the lid (it's like something out of Thunderbirds!) and hold it there while he empties the coal into the bunker.

Whilst I'm on the subject, that's another thing I love about living the 'vintage way' - people in traditional services and trades are such great characters and go out of their way to help. Our coalman has to come through the house to get to our coal bunker, avoiding all my textiles and vintage bits and pieces on the way and never dropping so much as a sprinkle of coal dust! How's that for service?

Do you still have a service or delivery which you would class as traditional or 'vintage'?

Monday, October 15, 2007

Very Successfull 2007 Parade of Homes

Did you make it out? Better yet, did you make it out alive?

Linville was swarming with people this past weekend! I felt somewhat sorry for the actual residents there. I arrived early both days and you could just see the full-time residents filter out of the neighborhood for the day to avoid the mass of people driving through and the tour buses on route. There was one bus with 43 people that showed up in Linville.

From my perspective it was a huge success! I had many people tour 11229 Conley Cove Court and they were in awe of the incredible craftsmanship, lavish pool and attention to detail that Pinnacle Construction Group is known for. Several had also visited Hasentree and said that it, too, was a zoo!

If you were one of my visitors this past weekend - THANKS for stopping by! It was great seeing you. If you missed it you can always give me a call and I can arrange a private tour of any of the homes that were on Parade.

Friday, October 12, 2007

Miami Real Estate On A Positive Note

Although real estate in Miami seems like a foriegn word these days, there are some positives that should not be overlooked. For example, with the Euro being valued at $1.41 and with the British Pound worth a whopping $2.03+, luxury Miami real estate seems inexpensive to European buyers who visit Miami in droves during the winter months. Let me make a prediction that real estate sales in the Miami area will improve slightly in the coming months, despite all of the predictions that the market has yet to bottom out.

Tuesday, October 9, 2007

Packed and ready!

As a major distraction to all the painting that we're doing at the moment I thought I would gather together some of the things with which I'll be furnishing the Clock House - when I finally move in! Don't get me wrong, I do enjoy painting - but I cannot wait to get it finished - because of course I did actually paint and furnish the Clock House months and months ago - in my head!! So now I am really keen to get in and play house! Luckily, my other half is pulling out all the stops and has a paintbrush permanently welded to his hand at the moment! Having realised I needed to update the shop and deliver a blog post, I escaped to the house to do just that!

As you can see, I have plenty of storage for stationery, ribbons and general vintage paraphernalia which will find its way into the Clock House over time!

I have a few old oil paintings which will grace the walls too - of course they had to be roses didn't they?!

I'm currently on the lookout for a nice big cupboard (hopefully I will find one ready-painted!!) and an old blanket box, then I can tidy away some of the larger stock items. Plus I will dust down some of my vintage rugs (yes, another obsession - sorry - collection of mine!) to give the studio a homely feel. I certainly have lots of ideas - I'm just short on patience when it comes to painting!

I've added a few items to the website today including this lovely patchwork-effect eiderdown - makes a change from roses doesn't it?! I think I had better get back to the painting now - we're seriously considering a new name for the Clock House - right now the Forth Bridge seems very appropriate!

Sunday, October 7, 2007

OPEN HOUSE! Last weekend of the 2007 Parade of Homes!

Linville, Raleigh - I cordially invite everyone to visit my open house at 11229 Conley Cove Court on October 13 and October 14 from 12:00 PM to 5:00 PM.

I will be holding this exquisite home open both Saturday the 13th and Sunday the 14th. Come tour one of the most luxurious homes currently on the market! Hope to see you then! Please mention that you saw my OPEN HOUSE mentioned here on Luxury Raleigh Homes to be registered to win a free gas card!

Property information

Friday, October 5, 2007

Linville - North Raleigh's Exclusive Gated Community

Scenic, tranquil and peaceful sets the mood and frame of mind when touring this prime enclave of estates. Brilliant designs by some of the areas most select builders occupy striking lots each with their own individuality and terra. Each estate possesses the finest in craftsmanship, unparalleled amenities and superlative accoutrements.

A sample of the builders showcased in Linville are Pinnacle Construction Group, Silvercrest Homes, Phil Miller and Don Collins. Each builder pays great consideration to attention to detail, has an incredible aptitude for quality and mastery of creative and artistic design.
All of the home sites in Linville offer a relaxing atmosphere and simply a feeling of leaving the day behind. Landscaping abounds and you are surrounded by natural areas and tree throughout.

For a private tour of Linville, information regarding any of the builders in Linville or for a confidential consult regarding any of the homes located within Linville please feel free to call me direct at 919-649-6128.

Tuesday, October 2, 2007

Pending Home Sales Go South

CNN news reported more bad news today with regards to real estate sales in the USA. They said that pending home sales in August 2007 were the lowest on record nationwide. That means that home prices should continue to fall, at least somewhat during the next few months. Sellers are going to have to lower their asking prices, if they want to make a deal, and buyers are in the best position in many years to strike a deal which they will one day be glad they made.