I noticed a great buy (Foreclosure) on a condo at 1661 Riverside today so I ran (actually, I drove) over to have a look. It’s a 3BR/2BA unit on the 2nd floor (Unit 201) and has a large balcony. The unit faces May Street and has a great view of Memorial Park but because it’s only on the second floor, you can only see a few slivers of the St. John’s river here and there.
1661 Riverside is an urban loft like building featuring polished concrete floors and tall ceilings with exposed duct work. The building has a total of 90 units (mostly condos with a few townhouses that have private entrances on May street) and is located in the heart of Riverside which is a vibrant walking neighborhood in Jacksonville with lots of great eateries like Zoe’s, Al’s Pizza and Moss Fire Grill. There’s also a Starbucks and a great Publix that has lots of fresh and prepared foods.
Because the building was finished just as the real estate market began to turn South, many of the units have been sold as short sales and there have been a few foreclosures. This particular unit was purchased for $470,000 and the owner had put down a $90K deposit. Just two years later, it’s now being sold for approximately half ($249K) of the original sale price! That’s a big drop in just two years. To see the few photos that were posted on unit #201 at 1661 Riverside, click here. Like many foreclosures, the unit has been stripped of all appliances and even the air handler has been taken!
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If you’re anything like me (and like most of the world these days), I run at the speed of light working as a realtor during the day and then when 5 o’clock comes — I CRASH! Crashing at 5:00 is not good because that’s just when I’m supposed to rally and start my second job as Mom, homework helper (or enforcer), taxi driver and dinner cooker!
The solution to my (0ur) problem is just around the corner (literally). Terry’s Kitchen prepares & sells yummy food like chicken pot pie (more on that later), chicken tetrazzini, lasagna, meatloaf and mac & cheese that’s quick frozen and ready for you to pop in the oven.
Like many small business people, Terry started in her home and was making only her famous chicken pot pie. She soon realized that the demand for prepared dinner was strong and moved on to a commercial space located at 4218 St. John’s Avenue in Jacksonville, FL over 9 years ago. Carolyn Patterson, who has been with Terry for over seven years, says that Terry will also prepare food in your dishes for a dinner party if you drop them off a week in advance. It’ll be our little secret that you didn’t prepare that fabulous gourmet meal!
Terry also makes some desserts, appetizers and breakfast items like steaming hot cinnamon rolls so load up your freezer and save yourself from a meltdown!
Terry’s Kitchen is open M – F from 10 am – 6 pm. Their phone number is 904-388-1748 and prices range from $7.75 for an individual serving size to $25.75 for her Mega size dishes that will feed a large hungry family. If you go by, tell Terry that you read about her on my blog!
Thanks for reading. I hope you’ll join me on my next adventure in the Avondale, Ortega and Riverside neighborhoods!