Monday, May 13, 2013

We’re having an OPEN HOUSE!!!! And, what’s been going on around the house in the last few weeks!!

 

 

Finally a weekend without rain (maybe---20% chance) and we decided to have an OPEN HOUSE!!! We are actually going to do two days---Saturday and Sunday May 18-19, 2013 from 2-4 p.m. 

 

Since we last spoke, we have had a brand new Heat Pump installed. Thank heavens we have had such cool weather.  It is super efficient and makes the upstairs so comfortable.  So, that means we have had a new hot water heater(Tankless-great energy saver) and now a new heat pump.

What a deal you will be getting!!!

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The outside of the house is looking great.  We have planted a new Lantana on the corner.  The azaleas have just about quit blooming and the hydrangeas and the gardenias are coming on strong!  We have the most prolific gardenia bush!!!  It is in absolutely the perfect place and blooms twice a year.  Last year after it bloomed I took cuttings and just yesterday planted them in pots and gave them to my daughter and sister for Mother’s Day.  In the back around the patio we have another hydrangea.  It is an Oak Leaf and so very pretty.  I love the yard—I call it a “puttering” yard.  Lots of great basic bushes and trees but you can still add color in the summer with annuals. Another great thing is that looks great all year long.  In the fall, the Japanese Maple trees just shock you with the gorgeous oranges and reds. 

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Oh, and the peonies are just about ready to burst open.  I do love those flowers. 

I think I will make a list of some of the flowers that are in the yard:

Roses Knock out roses
Iris Black eye Susans
Perennial marigolds yellow mums
Rose Mallow Columbine
Gladioli Hostas (several varieties)
Ajuga Gardenia
Feverfew Daffodils
Pussy Willow Easter Lilies
Lamb’s Ear and lots more!!!!

 

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Thursday, April 11, 2013

Week 4--A nice comment and then Taxes, lights, water & gas…….

If you would like to check out a YouTube "movie" of pictures of the house just click on this link.

http://14brookgreenplace.blogspot.com/2013/03/welcome-to-14-brookgreen-place.html

Monday, it was my turn for bridge club at the house.  (It’s a good way to get the house clean and do a little cooking, too.)  As the afternoon was coming to a close, one of my friends and I were chatting in the living room.  She said, “I know I will love your other house, but I hate to see you leave here.  I love coming here, it always feels so warm and welcoming.”  Now, that made me cry.  I said, “Oh, how I wish I could convey that to the people who come to the blog!”

I guess you need to know where we are going.  I own a house about 15 miles north.  I have had “interesting” renters and I need to get back up there, clean it up and put it on the market.  It is bigger than this house with acreage so there is a lot to do.  It really makes me sick because when I left, it was in pristine condition.  After that, life will be an adventure. 

Today, we are going to give you the “FACTS” about living here.  In other words, how much does it cost to live at 14 Brookgreen Place.

County/City Real Estate Tax $2367
Semi-Annual HOA fees $737
Homeowner’s Insurance $694
Utilities:  Annual Expenses
Gas $785
Electric $1682
Water $300
Alarm System $150
   

Another “FACT” about living here for those of you finding us through the Armed Services Newspapers is that we are 30 minutes from Salisbury, NC and 2 hours from Durham and Asheville’s Veterans Hospital.  The hospital in Fayetteville is about 2 1/2 hours from the house.

Oh, and how could I forget----we just had a new Rheem Tankless Hot water heater installed.  Gosh, it is great, You will never run out of hot water. 

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Week 3: Life in Statesville

check out our 1st post showing pictures of the house!http://14brookgreenplace.blogspot.com/2013/03/welcome-to-14-brookgreen-place.html

I have lived in Statesville and Iredell County all of  my life.  It is a great place to live. We are centrally located at the crossroads of I-77 & I-40. It is such an easy ride to many locations:

Asheville Biltmore Estate The mountains 2 hours
Winston Salem Wake Forest University
Medical School/Hospital
40 minutes
Raleigh/Durham/ Chapel Hill Capital city/NCSU
Research Triangle Park UNC/Duke
2 hours 15 min.
Myrtle Beach, SC The Ocean 4 1/2 hours
Charleston, SC The Ocean 4 hours
Boone the mountains, ASU 1 hour
Charlotte International airport 1 hour
Greensboro International airport 1 hours
Wilmington, NC The Ocean UNC-W 4 hours
New York City 9 hours
Charleston, WVA 3 1/2 hours

 

Check out this site on Wikipedia about Statesville:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Statesville,_North_Carolina

Statesville has several parks.   Our downtown is quaint with a variety of shopping opportunities.  Churches run the gamut—Baptist, Methodist, Lutheran, Episcopal, Presbyterian, Jewish and others. We have museums, Theater! Statesville, Community Choir and Band, Artist Guild with quarterly shows and great restaurants.  There is the Rotary Farmers Market that is open from May to October. And within a 20-30 minute drive, the Yadkin Valley Wine Region.

The pictures below show downtown Statesville on Good Friday morning.

 

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Statesville also has good schools.  Mitchell Community College is located at the end of Broad Street in downtown.  They offer many 2 year degrees and continuing education courses.  There is also a satellite location for Gardner Webb University.

Statesville is an historic town, too.  Started in 1789, Remember Tom Dooley of “hang down your head, Tom Dooley”?  Well, old Tom was hung up on Depot Hill.  There is a great private museum where a local historian as collected Statesville memorabilia for years.  We are very fortunate that he shares it with Statesville. 

 

Hope you enjoyed our little trip to Statesville.  Next week we will discuss taxes and just how much it costs to live in this house

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Week 2---About the house $275,000 price

 

Week #2---If you would like to check out last week's post with a YouTube "movie" of pictures of the house just click on this link.

 

http://14brookgreenplace.blogspot.com/2013/03/welcome-to-14-brookgreen-place.html

This week, I am going to show you a floor plan of the house and give you some interesting facts about our house. 

The house was built around 1984.  Dick is the second owner.  When this neighborhood was started, several friends got together and designed the community.  All of the houses resemble Williamsburg, Virginia style homes.  Right now there are seven houses. There is a central gazebo for get-togethers with neighbors or friends.  

 

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Our house has easily held 45 people for dinner and of course, larger cocktail parties. Every normal day there is just the two of us.  A bonus with this house is that there is an option to repurpose the rooms and how well two or twenty-two can be here.  The original owners used the dining room as a bedroom on the first floor. We use one of the upstairs rooms as our den.    This house has such great storage spaces---Built in drawers, a whole closet built for shoe storage and closets galore with shelves and more shelves.

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Our kitchen is just perfect!  It is a great place to cook for 2 or a lot more. I have done both!  We just had new granite tile counter tops put in and last year we got a new gas/convection JennAir Stove. We have a pantry in the laundry room.  There is lots of storage for this dish collector.

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In warmer weather we go outside to the patio in the back and enjoy a glass of wine.  We watch the birds and listen to the tree frogs. It is such a cozy space.  I love to go out in the mornings and have my first cup of coffee there, too.  We own the lot next door and you can have the option to purchase that, if you like.  (More on that later.)

 

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Here is the floor plan. I wish I could make it bigger but I have tried and it doesn’t work.

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So, if you have any questions, please email us at 14brookgreenplace@gmail.com

Next week, a little about Statesville and Iredell County.

Oh, and the temperatures this week, mid 50s and by next week 70s. It is a little chilly in the mornings. No snow all winter and the upstairs furnace hasn’t been on for a month. That’s what it is like living here!  See you next week!

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Welcome to 14 Brookgreen Place.   Our home is located in Statesville, North Carolina which is at the crossroads of I-40 and I-77.  It is a charming Williamsburg style home with 2800+ square feet.  

Each week I will be adding new information about the house, the neighborhood, Statesville, our county (Iredell) and our glorious state.  

These pictures were taken early last fall. Right now the trees are just beginning to bud, the daffodils are sticking their smiling faces toward the sun and the robins and bluebirds are popping all over the yard.  

3 Bedrooms
3 Baths
Living Room 
Dining Room
Kitchen
Den
Playroom
2 car garage
Lots of storage


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If you have any questions, please email us at     14brookgreenplace@gmail.com

If the above you tube link does not work try this: