August 2009 Home Sales!

20090225141512587043000000There were 17 closed sales in the month of August ranging from $28,500 to $2,900,000. Please see the list below of the addresses, square footage and sale price.  Please note: PPSF= price per square foot!

  • 802 Acosta Street , 1,185 SF, 3BR/1BA, Sales Price $28,500(ppsf $24.05)
  • 2581 Haldumar St., 1381 SF, 3BR/1BA, Sales Price $35,000(ppsf $25.34)
  • 4676 Blount Avenue, 1121 SF, 3BR/2BA,Sale Price $94,500(ppsf  $84.00)
  • 1240 Dancy St., 882SF, 3BR,1BA, Sale Price $112,000 (ppsf $126.98)
  • 746 Ralph St.,1,475SF,3br,2ba,sale price $129,500 (ppsf $87.00)
  • 1239 Wolfe St.,1,300SF,2br,2ba,sale price $137,000 (ppsf $105.38)
  • 4368 Genoa Av.,1321SF,2br,2ba,sale price $162,000 (ppsf $122.63)
  • 1433 Talbot St.,1,300SF,3br,1ba,sale price $159,000 (ppsf $122.31)
  • 1266 Cherry St.,1,160SF,3br,2ba,sale price $205,000 (ppsf $176.72)
  • 1220 Cherry St.,1,556 SF, 3br,1ba,sale price $194,000 (ppsf $124.68)
  • 2237 Myra St .,2,218SF,3br,1.5,sale price $190,000 ( ppsf $85.66)
  • 4637 Princess Anne Ln,2,150SF,3br,2.5ba,sale price $272,500 (ppsf $126.74)
  • 2823 Forbes St.,1992 SF,4br,2ba,sale price $260,000 ( ppsf $130.52)
  • 1686 Woodmere Dr.,1615SF,3br,2ba,sale price $265,000 (ppsf $164.09)
  • 2103 Ernest St.,2,640SF,3br,2.5ba,sale price $299,900 (ppsf $109.81)
  • 5058 Ortega Forest Drive,4br,5ba,sale price $865,000 (Waterfront-ppsf $194.73)
  • 4593 Ortega Blvd .,6,900 SF, 5br,6ba,$2,900,000 (Waterfront – ppsf $420.29))

As you can see, the prices and price per square foot vary widely. In my opinion, the house on Myra Street that sold for $190,000 was an amazing deal! It had tall ceilings, beautiful detail in the woodwork, a large backyard, a decent kitchen and a renovated bathroom. It also offered walking distance to the great Five Points area.  Stay tuned for more stats next month!

Is Ortega really like Mayberry RFD?

map1Last year at a Sunday School class, I heard someone refer to Ortega (in Jacksonville, FL) as a little like Mayberry RFD. What they meant was that Ortega really is a small town where everyone knows each other and neighbors  look out the window to keep a watchful eye out for what your kids are up to. Little children have lemonade stands and bake sales (and people stop to buy some!) and there’s a tiny little village with an old time pharmacy and lunch counter (yes, that’s right, a lunch counter!). The pharmacy will even deliver your prescriptions — not too manyof those around!

st marks day schoolFrom many parts of the neighborhood, the kids ride their bikes to school (St. Mark’s Episcopal Day School) and some walk to church (also St. Marks) on Sundays when it’s not too hot. Ortega has everything you might want in an old fashioned neighborhood. Large yards, nice people, kids riding their bikes and local parks where people throw in a fishing pole.

imagesIn an ever changing world, Ortega represents some old fashioned values. In a world of the Blackberry, FedEx, flat screen tv’s and things that go fast, Ortega harkens back to a slower and more friendly pace. Neighbors come by to share the bounty of their fruit trees (oranges, lemons and even a few grapefruits) and bake casseroles for their friends who are sick or have experienced a loss.

The houses in Ortega range from multi-million waterfront homes on Ortega Blvd. to two story brick colonial homes in Ortega Terrace to little wood frame cottages along McGirts Blvd. To see a list of homes for sale in Ortega, click here. There’s something for everyone here so jump on your bike and have a look.