JUST SOLD! 2865 Downing Street, Historic Avondale


2865 Downing Street, Jacksonville, FL
2865 Downing Street, Jacksonville, FL

2865 Downing Street MLS-2

This wonderful 3BR/1BA bungalow went under contract in only 9 days! Demand for bungalows in Historic Avondale and Riverside is very high. The house sold for $181,000 and buyer and seller agreed to share the cost of a new roof.

The owner made some smart improvements including updating the kitchen and refinishing the hardwood floors before putting it on the market. The house also had a nice fenced yard. If you’ve got a house you’re considering selling, let me know. I can be reached direct at 904-252-5181.

1525 Avondale Avenue – UNDER CONTRACT in less than a week!

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This beautiful home located at 1525 Avondale Avenue in Jacksonville, FL went under contract only a few days after being listed!

Located in a great little pocket of homes between Herschel and Park Streets in Historic Avondale, this house has 3BR/2.5BA and about 2,100 square feet of living space. The home is walking distance to the shops and restaurants of Avondale as well as the Park and King district of shops and restaurants which is just minutes away too! Enjoy dinner at the Brick,  Sunday Brunch at Cool Moose Cafe, or take a peek at the newest fashions at J. Ashley clothing boutique! Avondale is a great place to live!

There were several buyers who didn’t act quickly enough, so if you’re thinking of selling, please call me today at 904-252-5181. Thanks!

Under Contract 19 Days! Avondale’s Most Charming Bungalow


This quintessential Avondale bungalow in Historic Avondale went under contract in just 19 days! 3873 Oak Street has gleaming hardwood floors, tall ceilings, fireplace, lots of natural light, renovated kitchen with gas cooktop, fabulous built in bookshelves and a bar modeled after one the owner saw in San Francisco. Brand new AC system including all new ductwork, icynene insulation in the attic and major electrical updates have been made. Fabulously located within walking distance to the shoppes of Avondale and also to Boone Park.

Details Include:

  • 3 bedrooms, 1 full bath
  • 1,423 sq. ft.
  • offered at $269,900

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Don’t miss your chance to be a part of thriving Avondale – what a great place to be! Call us at (904) 252-5181, today!

Fantastic Waterfront Home in Ortega Just Reduced to only $570K!!

View from House at 2721 McGirts Blvd.
View from House at 2721 McGirts Blvd.

If you’re looking for your chance get to “get on the river” – it’s just come available. Listed at only $570,000, this 4br/3.5ba home needs some cosmetic updating like changing carpets, kitchen & bath updates but it’s located on a quiet cul de sac within walking distance to neighborhood schools, churches and parks.

Vaulted Ceiling Family Room with Beautiful River Views
Vaulted Ceiling Family Room with Beautiful River Views

Add to the fact that this house has GREAT bones including a Vaulted Ceiling Family room with fireplace, large foyer, very large laundry room, a large two car garage, huge deck perfect for riverfront parties and gorgeous views. The person who can look beyond the current cosmetics and is willing to put a little sweat equity into this home is going to see a big upside! The Ortega neighborhood of Jacksonville is highly sought after and is only a 10 minute drive from both the Naval Air Station and Downtown. Take a look and call us right away at 904-252-5181 to see this gem! This house is listed by Shannon McKinnon and Nelson Higgins of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Network Realty.

Don’t Miss Your Window of Opportunity in Avondale or Ortega!

This is YOUR window of Opportunity
This is YOUR window of Opportunity

If you’ve been waiting and waiting and waiting for just the right house, just the right price or just the right interest rate, you’d better stop waiting!  23 percent (17 homes) of the 74 properties that have gone under contract in the Avondale, Ortega and Riverside neighborhoods in first quarter of 2012, sold within 30 days of being listed.

If you increase the days on market to  60, the number jumps from 17 to 29 homes sold and accounts for a shocking 40% of the sales! That’s a pretty high percentage!

As a buyer, you’ve had nothing but time on your hands. LOTS of houses to sniff around at, PLENTY of time to decide if you’re REALLY ready to buy and LOADS of time to drive your real estate agent crazy as you look at house after house after house!

I’m here to tell you (you heard it here first) that the time is NOW. Interest rates WILL NOT remain this low forever. INVENTORY is low in certain neighborhoods like Avondale. The good (renovated or dirt cheap) houses are going UNDER CONTRACT quickly. So, if you’re one of those buyers who’s been circling and circling and circling – it’s time to get off of the merry go round and put your money on the table.

Click here to see a list of homes that have recently been listed and give us a call at 904-252-5181 if you see something you like! But you better hurry — they might sell quickly!

Caroline and I specialize in Avondale, Ortega and Riverside and can guide you to getting a great deal in the neighborhood.

Bi-Lo is coming! Sell your House in Avondale or Ortega to their employees!

Bi - Lo is moving their headquarters to Jacksonville, FL
Bi - Lo is moving their headquarters to Jacksonville, FL

The Jacksonville Business Journal reported on March 12, 2012 that Bi-Lo is moving their headquarters to Jacksonville, FL. This will bring quite a few new people to town and guess what? They’re going to need houses.

Considering the fact that the offices aren’t too far from Avondale and Ortega, we will probably see quite a few new buyers looking for homes in our area.

So….if you’ve been thinking of putting your house on the market but just weren’t quite sure if you’re ready – NOW is the time! A word of caution – in today’s market, it’s critical that a house must be priced right in order to sell so please consult with us on where current market values are.

Caroline Powell and I are local area experts and were the top producers in the Avondale office last year. Please call us at 904-252-5181.

What Makes a Home Sell Fastest? Beauty, Bargain or Both?

In this “tough” real estate market, what makes a home sell really fast? Part of the answer is that beauty is in the eye of the beholder but we also know that today’s buyers are especially skilled at scoping out good deals when they see them. The three houses listed below are a blend of beauty and bargain.

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The first house located at 1818 Elizabeth Place had a dynamite gourmet kitchen that was outfitted with the best of everything. Sleek wood cabinets, gorgeous granite countertops, Professional grade Viking appliances, tall ceilings, lots of storage and lots of light. It was our listing and the buyer stated that once the saw the pictures on the internet, they “knew” right away that this was it! The list price was $550K and the selling price was $535K.


4919 Ortega Forest Drive

The second house was a large home in Ortega Forest. Lifted straight out of the 70’s the home had not been occupied for some time but had been meticulously maintained the former owners despite the fact that it was vacant. Remember Papagallo and Lilly Pullitzer, the home seems to have been frozen in time from that era with lots of turquoise blue, lime green, terrazzo floors and matching furniture. It was a large pool home with over 3,000 SF and the buyers snapped it up within a matter of days. The list price was $395K and the house sold for $370K.

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The last home also featured a perfectly renovated kitchen and a large deck in the back that’s perfect for entertaining. The home was small with only 2BR’s but perfectly redone with lots of room to add on over time. The sellers of this home purchased a home that’s part of an estate direct from the seller. The list price was $359,900 and the selling price was $339K.

To see the complete details of these three listings in Avondale and Ortega, click here. For more information about beautiful homes or home that are a bargain, please contact us at www.AllAboutAvondale or direct at 904-252-5181. We are local area experts and look forward to your call!

Ortega Waterfront in High Demand-Market Heating Up!

sold_sign_houseOver the past four weeks, five Ortega Waterfront Homes have been put under contract. Four of them had been on the market for a long time (over a year). The fifth one is a private sale (one of the agents in our office was working with a waterfront buyer and knew of someone who was willing to sell). She contacted the person, got permission to show the house and, voila, a deal was made!

All of these sales are active contingent which means that there’s something left to do before the status gets changed to pending. This could be home inspections or financing approval.

All five transactions had either Prudential Network Realty as the listing agent or the selling agent.

If you’ve been thinking of buying Ortega waterfront, you might want to hurry, looks like the inventory is coming down!

Demolition Permit Granted!

CIMG1222My partner, Caroline Powell and I have a listing at 3629 Richmond Street ($359,000) that’s listed on the register of historic homes by the city of Jacksonville. For those of you reading this who live in Avondale, you know that the Jacksonville Historic Commission and RAP (Riverside Avondale Preservation) have very strict guidelines about what type of repairs/renovations can be made to a property and also very strict guidelines about demolishing property in the historic district.

We advised the owner of the house when we took the listing that his property is worth more as a buildable lot than with the house on it and suggested that he look into permission to have the structure torn down.

The significant issue with the existing structure is that it abuts the rear property line — the house literally sits just a few feet from the rear property line. The photo makes the house look like it has more promise than it really does. The interior would need signifcant updating and it has a bad floor plan that would be difficult to address. Even if someone was willing to take the time and money to renovate the house, you’d still be left with the fact that the house abuts the rear property line.

Caroline and I attended the Historic Commission Meeting on December 9th, 2009 and spoke on behalf of the owner who is ill and could not attend. To our surprise, permission was granted to have the structure torn down.

A purchaser of this property is not REQUIRED to tear this house down. They could build a “main” house in front of it and retain the structure that’s there as a guest house but if one desires, the option is now available to demolish and rebuild.

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Warning – Interest Rates Will Rise in 2010!

interest_ratesWe had our annual sales meeting at Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Network Realty yesterday and after the awards and the “rah rah sis boom bah” part, we had an economist, Dr. Henry Fishkind, deliver the keynote address.

He talked about a lot of things including the fact that Jacksonville is much better positioned for a recovery than many other parts of Florida.

A word of warning, however, is that beginning mid-year this year, interest rates will begin to rise and will continue their march up for some time to come. So, if you’re looking for homes for sale in Jacksonville (particularly if you’re a first time buyer), now is the time to jump in while prices and interest rates are still at historic lows — there could not be a better time and it will not last.

Thanks for reading, please join me for my next discussion of the real estate market in Avondale, Ortega and Riverside.