OPEN HOUSES TODAY! Riverside Condos & Ortega Forest in Jacksonville, FL

open_house_starTwo amazing condos are open today in the Historic Park Lane building in Riverside! A riverfront building located at 1846 Margaret Street in Riverside, the Park Lane offers amazing views of both the river and the city of Riverside. This “flow through” view is extrememely unique and not offered by any other condo buildings in the area.

evening view of kitchenThe units are each 2BR/1.5Ba with about 1,300 sf. Priced at $215K and $250K respectively, one offers a beautifully renovated kitchen and downtown view and the other a charmed updated kitchen with butler’s pantry and coffee bar. To see the photos of these condos, click here.

Riverside is a vibrant walking neighborhood with access to one of the city’s most beautiful parks (Memorial Park) as well as lots of local eateries, coffee shops and boutiques. Come see us today, Sunday, February 21st from 2-4pm.


If you’ve been thinking of buying a new home (or seeing how yours compares to your neighbor’s house down the street) come to the neighborhood open house in Ortega Forest on Sunday afternoon, February 21, 2010 from 1-4 pm. There will be something for everyone from the first time homebuyer starter house to a gracious riverfront mansion. To see all houses for sale (not all are open today) in Ortega Forest, click here.

Thanks for reading! Hope to see you at my open house at the Park Lane Condos today from 2-4!


SUPER Price Reduction in Jacksonville, FL – 4548 Ortega Island Drive

4548 Ortega Island Drive
4548 Ortega Island Drive

When this house on Ortega Island came on the market, I fell in love immediately. From the moment you walk in the door, you are greeted by an amazing river view and enveloped by a real sense of graciousness. The proportions of this house are just right and it has great “flow”.  There are 5br/5.5ba in just over 6,000 SF. It’s an outstanding house.

One of only 15 beautiful residences on Ortega Island which is just off of Ortega Forest Drive in Ortega, the house offers beautiful river views, abundant bird watching opportunities and stunning sunsets. This is a very special place indeed. To see the full details of 4548 Ortega Island Drive house, click here.

Jump on Your Boat & Go for a Cruise!
Jump on Your Boat & Go for a Cruise!

Originally listed at $3,300,000, the house is now an outstanding value at only $2,490,000 or $393 per square foot.

Thanks for reading – if you’re thinking of buying a waterfront home in Ortega Forest, there are some great homes available for sale. To see all waterfront homes available for sale in Ortega Forest, click here. 

There’s a neighborhood wide open house this weekend in Ortega Forest — waterfront and non-waterfront — stop by and buy a house!

Quick Sale in Ortega!

4547 Bass Place
4547 Bass Place

So far this year (as of 2/19/2010), there have been only two single family home sales in Ortega. This house on Bass place was listed for sale in November of last year and an offer was made about a month later. So…it was 90 days before the house closed/sold but it was under contract in only 30 days — qualifying it for the “gone in a day” category!

The house has 4BR/4BA with a two car garage and pool. It was built in 1997. The selling price was just over $400K — a great deal for the buyer.

Thanks for reading — if you’re thinking of buying or selling in Ortega, Avondale or Riverside, please give us a call – we’d love to point you to the next great deal out there!

When a House is a Home – Happy Valentine’s Day!

home is where the heart isRemember back when you thought of your house as just that — your house?

You didn’t worry about it’s value day in and day out and you weren’t obsessed with the latest sales data and market statistics. You thought of your house as your home and all the old fashioned values that came with it.

A home was a place to bring babies home, where you got your first puppy, where you planted a  tree or created a garden, where you had fun dinner parties, talked for hours on the phone, cooked meals with your family, did piles of laundry or watched your toddler take her first steps.

 Home is a place for memories — Home is Where The Heart Is.

So, this Valentine’s Day, I encourage you to take a break from tracking real estate values, take a moment to enjoy your home for just what it is — shelter and a place to create memories. Thanks.newborn baby


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What’s on YOUR Wish List? A Riverside Condo, An Avondale Bungalow or a Riverfront Mansion?

What’s on Your Wish List?

Everyone has a wish list — I want to know what’s on yours! Since I’m “on the street” looking at houses all day long every day, you can count on me to be the first one to notice a good opportunity when it comes along. Want a great deal on a Riverside condo? How about a renovated bungalow in Avondale? Or Maybe you’re looking for a deal on the River in Ortega. In today’s market, there’s something for everyone.

You probably have a specific list of the things you’d love to have. 4 bedrooms? Renovated kitchen? Wine cooler? two car garage? Send me your list and let me do the work.

Least Expensive Riverside Waterfront Condo
Least Expensive Riverside Waterfront Condo

If it’s in Avondale, Ortega or Riverside, you can bet that I know about it. Sure, there’s lots of information on the web and you can do some searching of your own — but you’re busy. You’ve got your own life to live. Work, kids, volunteering — whatever it is that you do, I’m sure you’re busy doing it.

 I “do” REAL ESTATE — all day long, EVERY DAY. It’s my job and I love what I do. So…take a moment, jot down a few of the things on your wish list and give me a call. I’d love to make your dream come true!

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Great FORECLOSURE just listed in Avondale!

1623 Charon
1623 Charon

Have you been looking and looking and looking — just waiting to pounce on a great deal? Here’s your chance. Just listed yesterday, this great little 3br/2ba house on a nice street in Avondale was listed for only $201,800. It has 1,725 SF with a POOL and a one car garage! Wow! At the asking price of $201,800, it’s only $116 per square foot — this is a great deal!

To see the full details of this house (and more pictures), click here.

To illustrate what a good deal this is, I blogged about a house at 1749 Canterbury Street when it was first listed last year. It, like the house on Charon, was also a 3br/2ba with a one car garage but it did not have a pool. It just sold in January of this year for $251,000 or $164 per square foot. Remember what I said about the house on Charon? Only $116 per square foot so you can see that this is a great deal.

To see the list of homes in the IMMEDIATE area around 1623 Charon that have SOLD within the last 4 months, click here.

If you’d like to make an appointment to see this house, please call me at 904-252-5181.

Thanks for reading! If you like what you’re reading, please join me for my next installment of what’s going on in the Avondale, Ortega and Riverside Real Estate markets. I’d love to learn what you’re looking for and help you find the next great deal that I spot!

Jacksonville, FL Weekly Real Estate Market Update – Week Ending Feb. 7th, 2010

Market Update - Wk. Ending 2/7/2010
Market Update - Wk. Ending 2/7/2010

Good Morning Everyone — Hope you enjoyed the SuperBowl last night! It was a great game — with some great ads!

I especially liked the BudLight commercial where the survivors of a plane crash rejoiced more when they found the beverage cart full of BudLight than when they found the radio from the plane that would allow them to call for help!

The market report for the week shows only a few more listings this week than last (18 vs. 15), double the number of pending sales and one more closed sale than last week. These are good stats for the first week in February. There were also a ton more price reductions. Sellers are making sure to position themselves for what most believe to be a much more robust spring than last year.

My Highlight of the week, is a house on Riverside Avenue that’s been reduced from $699K to $625K – a whopping $74,000 dollar reduction. Unfortunately, the price reduction put the property into short sale position (the asking price is less than what the sellers owe on it). The house has a great vibe to it with a spectacularly renovated kitchen and master bathroom. It’s a big house on a big lot with plenty of room to play. Take a look here and let me know if you’d like to go see this one.

To see the full list of New Listings, Click Here.
To see the list of Pending Sales, Click Here.

To see the list of Closed Sales, Click Here.
To See the List of Price Reductions, Click Here.

Thanks for reading, please join me next time for the latest real estate news in the neighborhoods of Avondale, Ortega and Riverside in Jacksonville, FL!

GREAT Places to Watch The Superbowl!

1879 Ribault - Kitchen
1879 Ribault - Kitchen
3115 Riverside Avenue
3115 Riverside Avenue

If you’ve been looking for the perfect place to watch the Superbowl (next year) take a look at these great houses in Avondale and Ortega. They have either fantastic kitchens, great rooms, river front patios or amazing yards that would make them the perfect place to host your next Superbowl party.

Ranging from $193 Per Square Foot for the large classic brick house located at 5110 Yacht Club Road ($799K) to $456 Psf for the Amazing Riverfront House located on an Estate Sized lot at 3891 Timuquana Road ($2,199K), each of these houses has at least one very special feature that would make it a perfect party house. They all feature open floor plans and great “circulation” which is essential for entertaining. So, if you love to have a party, take a look and start planning for next year’s Superbowl!

Click on this link to see all the photos of each house – enjoy!

If you see something you like, please call us at 904-252-5181. We’d love to open the doors to these great homes for you!

Thanks for reading! Please join me for my next real estate adventure in the neighborhoods of Avondale, Ortega and Riverside of Jacksonville, FL.

5 Great Reasons to Sell Your House – NOW!



1. The market for houses priced at $500K and below is busy!
2.  Interest Rates are at Historically Low Levels – This makes your home more affordable to buyers
3. The First Time Homebuyer Tax Credit will expire on April 30th, 2010
4. You May be Eligible for a $6,500 Tax Credit
5. Property Tax Portability May save you thousands of Dollars on the Property Taxes of your New Home

Did you know that just since January 1st, 2010  33 homes or condos have either sold or gone under contract in Avondale, Ortega and Riverside?

Did you know that with historically low interest rates that your home is more affordable than ever to potential purchasers?

Did you know that a person must have a fully executed contract to purchase a home before April 30th, 2010 in order to qualify for the $8,000 first time homebuyer tax credit but that they don’t have to close until June 30th, 2010?

Did you know that if you’ve been in your home for five years or more that you may qualify for a $6,500 tax credit yourself?

Did you know that if you’ve lived in your home as a principal residence (homestead) for 5 years or more you might have a lot of deferred value that you can carry or “port” with you to your next home? This will significantly reduce the property tax bill on your new home.

Did you know that over 85% of today’s buyers start their search on the internet and that professional photographs are the equivalent of internet curb appeal?

We specialize in the neighborhoods of Avondale, Ortega and Riverside and know the area street by street which is essential when making the decision on who you want to work with when selling your home. We live here AND work here so who better to share the good news to your potential buyers about what a great part of town this is!  

Your realtor MUST have expertise in internet marketing which is a primary focus of our business plan. We have a comprehensive marketing package that includes: professional photography, direct mail, print, blogging, facebook, twitter, foursquare, video, extensive personal networking and more! Call us, we’d love to share what we know about what your home might be worth and what we can do to help you sell it!

Thanks for reading — please join me for my next blog about what’s happening in the Avondale, Ortega and Riverside real estate market.

Big Reduction on Darling Bungalow in Avondale

1374 Azalea Drive - Reduced to $149,900!
1374 Azalea Drive - Reduced to $149,900!

The MLS (Multiple Listing Service) that realtors use has a function called the daily Hot Sheet.  I check this several times a day for new listings, price reductions, pending sales, etc… It’s one of the best ways to stay “up to the minute” with what’s going on in the real estate market of Avondale, Ortega and Riverside.

Today, I noticed a substantial price reduction on a darling 2/1 Bungalow in Avondale on Azalea Avenue. The house has 1342 SF and is a 2Br/1Ba. A real plus is the fact that it’s on a quiet street and has a 2 Car Garage and that’s it’s within walking distance of Boone Park. It was reduced yesterday from $179 to $$149 (a $25,000 drop)! The price is now only $111 per square foot – very fair.

Two bedroom, one bath homes are not as desirable as bungalows with 3 bedrooms and 2 baths but those are priced quite a bit higher. So…for a first time homebuyer who’s on a budget, this could be a great choice.

Please call me if you’d like to schedule an appointment to go see this cute bungalow. Time is running out for the first time homebuyer tax credit. You have until April 30th, 2010 to find your new home! Call me today.

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