February 8 2021

February Realtor of the Month: Steve Appel

by Erin

February Tampa Bay Realtor of the Month Steve Appel

Our February Realtor of the month is Steve Appel, Real Estate Agent at Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate. Steve provides the monthly real estate market update for Tampa Bay, Florida.

 

Originally from Maryland, Steve and his family relocated to the Tampa Bay area in 1993. He is well versed in the process of relocating as it is his personal experience and can assist with finding a suitable community, an outstanding school system, and close proximity to employment that will fit your family’s specific needs. Steve Appel became a Real Estate Agent in 2003 after a career as a CPA which also comes in handy when explaining the in-depth financial details of buying or selling a home. 

 

Steve has sold homes in Sarasota, Homosassa, Manatee Beach, and Lakeland to name a few. Whether you are looking to purchase for the first time, selling, or relocating, you can contact Steve Appel to help guide you through the process of navigating Tampa Bay Real Estate.  

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February 6 2021

4 Must-Have Kitchen Appliances You Need to Make Family Meals a Breeze

by Erin

Woman cutting an onion in her kitchen

With all of the family indoors during the pandemic, whipping up family meals has quickly become a strain on most household chefs. Warm meals for breakfast, lunch, and dinner have been less likely from the kitchen and more often dropped off at the doorstep with delivery services like Doordash, Ubereats, and Grubhub. While most of the world is busy stocking up on toilet paper, there are a few other items you may want to grab that can make preparing home-cooked meals easy again. We’ve compiled a shortlist of the kitchen appliances every at-home chef needs to whip up family meals in a breeze. 

 

Air Fryer

 

The Air Fryer has been everyone’s favorite kitchen appliance because the possibilities are simply endless. It cooks up your favorite foods in less time with the same great taste. You can whip up a plate of chicken nuggets and french fries for your little ones in minutes without preheating the oven. You can make crispy chicken wings without the use of oil, making them healthier to eat. You can also throw in a few hamburger patties, cook up some juicy salmon, or create your own fresh kale chips. As we said, the possibilities are endless.

 

Instant Pot

 

The Instant Pot is another kitchen favorite we’re sure you’ll love too! Cut your cooking time in half with one-pot meals like spaghetti and meat sauce. Saute’ your meat, add your noodles and your sauce all in one pot and let the Instant Pot do all of the work for you while you enjoy your family. The Instant Pot is also great for preparing oatmeal, yogurt, cooking a whole chicken, or your famous chili recipe in a fraction of the time. 

 

Crock-Pot

 

The crock pot has been around for centuries, and for a good reason. With this appliance, you get more of a low and slow approach, but every bite is worth the wait! It may not cook up a meal in minutes like the Instant Pot, but it does allow you to dump ingredients and forget about it until dinner time. All you have to do is the prep work, and the crockpot does the rest. Throw in ingredients for your favorite meals like soups, stews, pot roast, and so much more right before starting your day. The home fills with an enticing aroma to let you know that dinner is served just a few hours later. 

 

Blender

 

How do you prepare meals in a blender? Well, not every meal has to be cooked. An excellent professional-grade blender is perfect for a fresh smoothie to hold the kids over in-between meals. Add all of their favorite fruit like a banana, frozen strawberries, a dollop of Greek yogurt, and your choice of milk. Don’t forget to sneak in a small handful of spinach to ensure they get a serving of veggies in their smoothie. Blenders are also great to quickly make your own fresh salad dressings, salsa, baby food, and prep soups. 

 

These four must-have kitchen appliances are sure to help win over hearts and stomachs at the dinner table. A small investment will help you save time and money on family meals, so you get back to creating memories with the ones you love. 

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January 29 2021

The New Townhomes at Aspen Ridge Offer Convenience, Energy Savings, and Low Maintenance

by Erin

New Townhomes at Aspen Ridge at Flagstaff Ranch

Have you been on the search for a new home with less maintenance and more affordability? Take a look at the unique floor plans at Aspen Ridge at Flagstaff Ranch, the new luxury townhome community situated in Flagstaff, Arizona.  In this gated, private community, the home designs feature 2,335 to 2,749 square feet of living space and up to three bedrooms, three bathrooms, and a spacious two-car garage. Living at Aspen Ridge affords you all of the benefits of townhome living, such as prime location, a sense of community, abundant amenities, and lower maintenance.

 

Each townhome at Aspen Ridge is Energy Star Certified and offers many energy-efficient features that make life easier. You will appreciate the programmable thermostats that allow for custom programming to fit your lifestyle and reduce energy usage whether you are at home or away. The water-efficient fixtures such as showerheads, toilets, and faucets use a minimum of 20% less water than other fixtures. There are also Low E2 or E3 windows protecting your home from ultra-violet rays and reducing energy loss. You can be sure to check off energy savings on your list as you settle into your new home here. 

 

Convenience to your everyday needs is never far when owning a townhome at Aspen Ridge at Flagstaff Ranch. The city of Flagstaff is filled with opportunities for gainful employment at Northern Arizona University, W. L. Gore & Associates, Coconino County, and the City of Flagstaff. Enroll your children in the fantastic Flagstaff USD1 schools just minutes away from your new townhome at Manuel Demiguel Elementary School and Mt. Elden Middle School. You'll also find that Aspen Ridge is convenient to dining, shopping, recreation, and entertainment for the entire family.  Visit the Historic Downtown and Railroad District, where you can experience a custom Arizona Brewery Tour and a Flagstaff history segway, bike, or walking tour.  You can also enjoy site-seeing or an afternoon hike at the Coconino National Forest and the Walnut Canyon National Monument. The Lowell Observatory is a family-friendly place to learn and explore modern science research. While on a guided journey through the universe, you'll point out the stars and constellations using advanced telescopes. There is also the Arizona Snowbowl, where you can experience the Grand Canyon's impressive views while skiing the massive white powdered slopes. There is always something to do when living in the Aspen Ridge neighborhood.

 

Aspen Ridge at Flagstaff Ranch offers many amenities of its own, including a 12,000 square foot community center equipped with a fitness center, tennis courts, a swimming pool, a children's pool, and a spa! Starting in the mid $500,000's, you can construct a custom new townhome with homebuilder Capstone Homes' help and begin living a life of convenience and ease. Contact the sales office by calling 855-928-1100 to get all of your questions answered and start the journey of becoming one of many homeowners at Aspen Ridge at Flagstaff Ranch.

 

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January 27 2021

Purchase a Stunning New Custom Home at Flagstaff Meadows by Capstone Homes

by Erin

Bathroom in new home at Flagstaff Meadows in Bellemont, AZ

Situated in the beautiful town of Bellemont, Arizona, sits the new home community of Flagstaff Meadows. These single-family new construction homes are crafted and customized by no other than Capstone Homes, Arizona’s largest custom home builder. The new homes in this green community start in the low $300,000’s and are certified as Zero Energy Ready Homes.

 

Besides being energy efficient, you’ll find that convenience is at the top of the list. Enroll your students in local Flagstaff USD1 schools including Manuel De Miguel Elementary School, Mount Eldon Middle School, and Flagstaff High School. The Flagstaff Meadows neighborhood is only 15 minutes from Downtown Flagstaff providing access to local favorites. Visit the micro-brewery at Dark Sky Brewing, Mozelle’s Downtown Bakery, where you can pick up delectable pastries and cookies daily, and Pizzicletta, where you can find fresh, made to order Neapolitan pizza. You can also find onsite amenities at Flagstaff Meadows such as a playground, park, and walking trails. 

 

The home designs at Flagstaff Meadows feature three to four bedrooms, two to two and a half bathrooms, and a spacious two-car garage. You can also find between 1,380 to 2,862 square feet of living space in each plan. There are ten floor plan options to select from, all with available options for spacious walk-in closets, dining rooms, living rooms, and an open loft space. The exteriors feature a raised panel garage door, a landscaped front yard, low E vinyl windows, and concrete driveways and patios.  Flagstaff Meadows’ energy-efficient features include exhaust fans in the bathrooms and laundry room, a gas dryer and range hookup, and a high energy-efficient tankless natural gas water heater. There is also a programmable thermostat, energy star rated appliances, and pre-wire for solar panels. All of these features ensure that your new home will save energy and money every month.

 

Flagstaff Meadows awaits your arrival. Visit the sales office to find out more about solidifying a new home in Northern Arizona by Capstone Homes. 

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January 23 2021

Over Fifty Percent of the New Homes at Orion at Timber Sky are Sold Out!

by Erin

Model Home at Orion at Timber Sky in Flagstaff, AZ

If you’ve been on the search for the perfect new home, you don’t have to look any further. As the premier home builder of custom and quality production homes in Northern Arizona, Capstone Homes provides you with all of the tools you need to create the ideal new home you’ve been looking for. Say goodbye to searching aimlessly through identical home designs that are not built with you in mind. Despite the current climate, Capstone Homes has sold over fifty percent of its master-planned community Orion at Timber Sky located in Flagstaff, AZ. This community of single-family and multi-generational homes is perfect for families at any stage.

 

The one and two-story floor plan designs at Orion at Timber Sky feature 3-5 bedrooms, 3.5 bathrooms, up to 3,000 square feet, and a spacious two-car garage. Capstone Homes also offers plans with attached guesthouses equipped with one or two bedrooms ideal for extended family or extra income for rental property. The Orion neighborhood provides onsite amenities such as community gardens, a playground for children to play, pocket parks and picnic spaces perfect for enjoying the fantastic Northern Arizona weather on warmer days, as well as hiking and biking on the Flagstaff Urban Trail System. 

 

Enroll your children in nearby Flagstaff UDS1 schools, including DeMiguel Elementary, Mt. Elden Middle School, and Flagstaff High School. Enjoy the convenience of shopping at Flagstaff Mall and Aspen Place at The Sawmill, where you can find Whole Foods Market, Luluemoon, Dutch Bros Coffee, and so much more! Local attractions in Flagstaff include the Walnut Canyon National Monument, Arizona Snowbowl, a mountain resort with snow sports, the Flagstaff Extreme Adventure Course, and the Museum of Northern Arizona that showcases regionally focused exhibits. 

 

You can bring all of your heart’s desires to life when investing in the home that you want instead of settling for less. Start now by contacting the sales office at Orion at Timber Sky at 888-253-6308.

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January 22 2021

Work from Home with Ease in a Custom New Home at Capstone Homes at Jasper

by Erin

Man on the phone working from home

Today, more families are operating a majority of their daily lives from their home's comfort and need a floor plan design that fits this newfound lifestyle. Work from home, facilitate virtual learning, and prepare daily meals, all with ease in your new home at Capstone Homes at Jasper in Prescott Valley, AZ. With the help of Capstone Homes' Design/Build program and an incredible team of experts, you can construct a home design that flows with your new way of living to keep you stress-free and productive. You can create the ideal home office space that provides lots of natural lighting and little to no distractions while completing your daily tasks. 

 

We've compiled a shortlist of tips to help you stay productive while working in your new home:

 

Define your workspace

 

Select one specific room or area in your home that will be your dedicated workspace throughout the week. This will ensure that there are fewer distractions and you are working in an environment conducive to high productivity.

 

Plan out your tasks for the day

 

Start your workday by organizing a list of tasks that need to be completed and check them off as you go so that you know what needs to be done as the day progresses. This also helps to make sure that nothing goes overlooked and incomplete.

 

Take your breaks

 

It is common for many people to skip taking a lunch break or small ten-minute break to stretch, fuel their bodies, or get a breath of fresh air. Set an alarm to take scheduled breaks throughout the day to rest your eyes and break away from the computer. Read a book, make a quick lunch, or take a short walk to clear your mind and relieve stress before diving back into your work zone.

 

Know when to stop

 

Just as taking breaks through the day is necessary, knowing when to stop working is equally just as important. If working hours are not already established, be sure to set a defined time to break away from your workspace to rest, enjoy your family and prepare for the next day. 

 

Do the most challenging tasks first

 

Complete the most challenging and time-consuming tasks at the start of your workday. These are the tasks that most people dread and like to save for last. The end of the day is also when you have less energy and can become drained. You are most alert and ready to work at the beginning of the day. 

 

Starting in the high $ 500,000's, the master-planned community at Capstone Homes at Jasper features three to five bedrooms, up to three and a half bathrooms, and a two to a three-car garage. Plans span up to 3,760 square feet of living space, supplying the perfect canvas to create a home design that suits your newfound needs. Community amenities include a tennis court, swimming pool, clubhouse, park, and community center. 

 

Join the interest list to learn more about building a customizable floorplan in a new home in Prescott Valley.

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January 19 2021

Keep Yourself Occupied While Staying Safe in a New Home at Yavapai Hills

by Erin

Tennis Court Yavapai Hills Prescott Arizona

Outside of the excitement of purchasing your first new home, being confined inside during a global pandemic may not provide much to cheer about. While residing in the new home community of Yavapai Hills in Prescott, AZ, there is always something to do indoors and outdoors to ensure that you enjoy yourself while safely social distancing. Here is a quick list of fun things you may want to try to help pass the time away as you continue to stay safe during the pandemic:

 

Have a Family Movie Night

 

Now that everyone is in the house together, you can create intentional moments to spend much-needed quality time together. Draw names from a jar to see who gets to pick the movie first. Pop some popcorn and get ready to laugh or cry together as a family over your favorite films. To make the night even sweeter, you can invite your extended family to watch on Zoom to share the moment.

 

Adult Coloring Books 

 

Coloring is not just for kids anymore. Grab some adult coloring books and a box of colored pencils and go to town, allowing your imagination to run wild. You’ll find that you can easily find joy in the small things, even if it’s only for a few minutes.

 

Making Lists

 

Make a list of all of the things you are grateful for, the things that bring you joy, your most memorable moments of the year, or a shortlist of attainable goals you would like to accomplish this year. This is great to look back on in the future to review.

 

Learn a new skill

 

You can pick up a new instrument like the piano or guitar, try your hand at baking for the first time, or turn that brown thumb into a green one with a new house plant. Whatever it is, try it out. You can always find classes online that take you to step by step to learn the new skill you’ve always wanted to try.

 

Camp at home

 

Bring the camping experience to you by pitching a tent right in your backyard. You can tell scary stories when night falls and barbeque hot dogs and make smores on your BBQ pit. If you want to get fancy, you can even set up a projector to watch movies.

  

The fun doesn’t stop at home when living at Yavapai Hills. This community offers plenty of onsite amenities that allow you to stretch your legs and burn a few calories, including a tennis court, swimming pool, walking trails, and a community clubhouse. A few minutes from your new neighborhood is the Heritage Park Zoological Sanctuary, a non-profit animal sanctuary with interactive experiences that are great for young children to get acquainted with animal life. Enjoy hiking, camping, fishing, and boating at nearby recreational hot spots like the Prescott National Forest, Goldwater Lake, and Watson Lake. Take care of your weekend shopping at the Prescott Gateway Mall, where you can find retailers such as Dillard’s, JC Penney, and Bed Bath and Beyond. Many stores now offer options for curbside pickup. After a long day of shopping, you’ll want to fill your belly with great food that you can pick up or have delivered to your door from restaurants like Prescott Junction for warm family-sized breakfasts and classic comfort food, Raven Café for vegan, vegetarian, and gluten-free options, or LaBruzza’s Italian Ristorante for delicious Italian comfort food.

 

Starting from the high $400,000’s, floor plans featured at Yavapai Hills include three bedrooms, two and a half bathrooms, a two-car garage, and span between 2,325 to 2,746 square feet of living space. Plan 2460 highlights a gourmet kitchen with an island and walk-in pantry. Create warm, home-cooked dishes in this cook’s sanctuary fully equipped with a Whirlpool stainless steel appliance package, granite countertops, recess can lighting, and a stainless steel 60/40 under-mount sink. This plan also includes a dining room, family room, front patio, and courtyard perfect for indoor and outdoor entertaining year-round.

 

To learn more about these fantastic custom homes or schedule a virtual tour, contact the sales office at 928-910-4426.

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January 12 2021

January Realtor of the Month: Doris Howard

by Erin

Doris Howard Realtor of the Month January

Our January Realtor of the month is Doris Howard, Realtor at Wagner Realty. Doris provides the monthly Real Estate market update for Sarasota, Florida.

 

Doris relocated from her home state of New Jersey in 1999 to Port Charlotte, FL, and then to Bradenton in 2005. After a 25-year career working for a Fortune 500 company, she transitioned into the Real Estate field. Doris specializes in new construction resales and works with buyers and sellers within the Manatee, Sarasota, and Charlotte Counties. 

 

Select a Realtor who takes pride in creating happy customers and contact Doris Howard of The Melnick Collection today to assist you with choosing your new Tampa Bay home

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January 9 2021

Start Your New Year in a New Custom Built Home at Flagstaff Ranch by Capstone Homes

by Erin

Kitchen and Great Room new home at Flagstaff Ranch

The new home community at Flagstaff Ranch, located in Flagstaff, Arizona, offers a pristine collection of custom home designs for families just like yours to indulge. This private, gated community of single-family homes is surrounded by a serene atmosphere of national forest land and gorgeous mountain views. With the assistance of custom homebuilder Capstone Homes and its Design/ Build program, you can create the ultimate custom residence to your desire. What better way to begin your new year than with a beautifully constructed new home in Northern Arizona?

 

Capstone Homes is greatly known as Northern Arizona’s largest custom home builder and is well equipped with over 45 years of experience in the industry. If nothing else, you can trust that your new home at Flagstaff Ranch will be constructed with high-quality materials and a wealth of knowledge that provides for the perfect custom built home. Team up with a bright group of experts, including a sales associate, personal designer, project manager, and options coordinator, to assist you in checking every box on the list for your new home in Flagstaff. 

 

The floor plan designs at Flagstaff Ranch feature upscale interiors that include travertine tile in the master bathroom, 18” porcelain tile in the laundry room and remaining bathrooms, and dream weaver carpet in the bedrooms, great room, hallways, and stairs. You can also find oil rubbed bronze or brushed nickel trim hardware and light fixtures, and decora switches throughout each home plan. The expansive kitchens are fully equipped with a Whirlpool Gold stainless steel appliance package that includes a 36” cooktop, wall hood, microwave oven combo, and dishwasher. There are also granite countertops, a stainless steel 60/40 under-mount sink, and knotty alder cabinets, raised panel doors, and dovetail soft-close doors. 

 

No matter the time of year, life at Flagstaff Ranch will never cease to amaze. You’ll appreciate quick access to amenities both onsite and close by, including options for shopping, dining, and outdoor entertainment. The 18 hole championship golf-course allows you to perfect your swing in your spare time while enjoying the peace and quiet of Northern Arizona weather. The community clubhouse spans a whopping 25,000 square feet and features a restaurant, golf pro and pro shop, and meeting rooms along with a community center. As you explore the community center, you will discover the well-equipped fitness center, tennis court, a vast swimming pool,  spa, children’s pool, and walking trails. Suppose you’re in search of recreational fun. In that case, you can load up the family and head to the Lowell Observatory for a night of stargazing or take an extended trip to the mountain resort at the Arizona Snowbowl for great food and an afternoon of skiing on the Arizona Mountains.

 

Start your new year in a brand new custom-built home at Flagstaff Ranch by Capstone Homes. If creating a carefree lifestyle in a home you’ve always imagined is on your list of 2021 goals, be sure to contact the sales office by calling 855-928-1100 and get the process started. 

 

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December 31 2020

Winterize the Exterior of Your New Home at Flagstaff Meadows in Flagstaff

by Erin

Patio set covered in snow

Enjoy the remainder of winter’s chilly weather in a cozy new home at Flagstaff Meadows by Capstone Homes. Located in Bellemont, Arizona, this development of new single-family homes offers quick access to all of your everyday conveniences. Here, you can find spacious floor plans with up to four bedrooms, two and a half bathrooms, and a two-car garage perfect for protecting your vehicles during the colder months. The Flagstaff Meadows community also provides Zero Energy Ready Homes, which offer elevated energy efficiency and features like Low-E vinyl windows, a tankless gas water heater, and programmable thermostats that save big on monthly energy costs. 

 

With the crisp winter weather creeping in over the past few months, the need to winterize and weatherproof your new home is a must. Securing the outside of your home this time of year helps keep your new investment in tip-top shape. Here is a shortlist of winter home maintenance tips to prepare you for the season ahead at Flagstaff Meadows.

 

Exterior Faucets

 

It is best to winterize your exterior faucets to avoid expensive water damage and keep your pipes from freezing, expanding, and breaking. To do so, you can shut off the valve to your exterior faucets and drain the excess water in the line. Turn the water off at the shutoff valve. Additionally, detach and relocate your external hoses indoors to extend their life.

 

Landscaping

 

Survey the exterior of your home and identify any tree limbs close to your home or driveway. They are prone to detaching during wind and under the weight of snow and ice. Save your home and vehicle’s potential damage by removing them before they become a hazard to you or anyone else.

 

Gutter Cleaning

 

Clogged gutters can wreak havoc on your home. Blocked drains can cause water damage to your roof, detach due to weight, leak into your home, and destroy landscaping. Be sure to clean your gutters, remove all debris, and ensure proper downspout drainage. 

 

Lawn & Patio Furniture

 

Lawn and Patio furniture is designed to be kept outdoors but shouldn’t be subjected to harsh winter elements. Remember to bring the furniture indoors that should not remain outside. Items made with cloth, including chair cushions, pillows, umbrellas, should be stored indoors as the elements can shorten their usage and damage the material.

 

Garden and Plants

 

Now is the perfect time to make a cold frame, dig and box in raised flower beds, as well as make general repairs. Potted plants create natural patio décor; however, many of them cannot survive the cold weather. To keep your plants around another year, make sure to bring them inside but check for plant pests first!

 

Now that you’ve checked all of the boxes on your winterizing checklist, you can enjoy the attractive features and amenities your new residence has to offer. The home designs at Flagstaff Meadows feature bathrooms with chrome plumbing fixtures, green approved cabinets, large frameless mirrors, and granite countertops. Enjoy home-cooked meals in the highly desirable kitchens that include a Whirlpool appliance package with black or white gas range, hood, dishwasher, recess can lighting, and a stainless steel 60/40 under-mount sink with a chrome faucet.

 

Flagstaff Meadows is surrounded by outstanding Flagstaff USD schools, dining, shopping, employment, and entertainment, as well as onsite community amenities like a playground for your little ones to enjoy, a park, and miles of walking trails perfect for starting your morning right or an evening stroll. The neighborhood schools include Manuel Demiguel Elementary School, Mt. Elden Middle School, and Flagstaff High School. You can also spend time hiking at the Kendrick Park Nature Trail and learn more about the area at the Museum of Northern Arizona. Don’t forget to grab a quick bite to eat at local restaurants such as Sakura Sushi Bar & Teppanyaki, Woodlands Restaurant, and Oregano’s Pizza Bistro.

 

Enjoy an eventful winter inside or outdoors when you purchase your new home at Flagstaff Meadows, starting in the low $300,000’s. Join the interest list to stay in the loop with Capstone Homes. 

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