July 22 2009

Tips On Finding a New Home Near Your Kid's New School

by racheal

Once you have kids, your decisions are all based on their comfort and convenience. Especially when it concerns their education and future you take extra precaution and see to it that they are happy and satisfied. This includes even when buying a new home. You may want a property to be near your kid’s school and sometimes you even make that the determining factor on where you want to buy a new home. There is a close connection between kids’ school and real estate property. After all you want the BEST for your kids and when it comes to their schooling you don’t wish to compromise. Whether it is a public school or private you want the BEST.

To help find new homes for sale by a good school, the best suggestion is choose a good school first before you hunt for a new home. Once your school is selected then you can zero in on the local new communities for sale near your school of choice. This way you can avoid looking at other areas.  If you can find a realtor who has knowledge about schools, then it’ll be easy for you to strike a deal with your new home of choice. Everything is available online and you can check out the schools on their own website to find out the details and even some new home communities wed sites have a list on schools located near them.

It’s also a good idea to go to the schools and take a guided tour before deciding on one for your kids. You can also request to take your kid along and let him/her get a feel of the place. Also find out what sport and leisure activities are available at the school. Once you have all the information, then decide on a location near the school to buy a new home.


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July 17 2009

Austin’s Luxuries Community

by racheal

Austin, the capital of the U.S. state of Texas, located in Central Texas on the eastern edge of the American Southwest is the fourth-largest city in Texas and the 15th-largest in the United States and the 36th-largest- and 2nd-fastest-growing metropolitan area in the nation.

The downtown Austin areas growth has been aided by the presence of a popular live music and nightlife scene, Whole Foods Market flagship store and headquarters, museums, restaurants, and Lady Bird Lake, considered one of the city's best recreational spots. The improved 2nd Street District consists of several residential projects, restaurants, coffee shops, record stores, upscale boutiques and museums, and the Austin City Hall.

One new residential community for sale is Ledge Stone Estate Collection. This Lennar Homes new community in Austin Texas offers 2,886-to 3,717 sq. ft. luxury homes. Floorplans range from 4-5 bedrooms, 3-3.5 baths and start in the high $200’s. Ledge Stone Estate Collection has spacious and well-designed new homes that include everything you want. Including a pristine located in Southwest Austin just minutes from the beautiful and scenic Dripping Springs. Greenbelt lots and hill country views are all located within this new gated community. As well as resort-style swimming pools with cabana, covered picnic area, playground, and bike and hiking nature trails are all right outside your front door.

For more information on this new Lennar Homes community call 512-291-4244, or visit the welcome home center at 314 Ledge Stone Drive Austin.



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July 16 2009

The New And Improved Kansas City

by racheal

More than $9 billion in major improvements are under way across Kansas City. With $4.5 billion in downtown development that includes the new downtown entertainment and nightlife district. From historic restorations to dramatic renovations. The Convention Center has dramatically changed the downtown skyline and is now home to the 10th largest convention center ballrooms in the country and The Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts.

The eight-block Kansas City Power & Light District has helped turn downtown into a 24-hour-a-day entertainment destination. Kansas City is a night owl’s paradise. During the 1930s, the constellation of signs outside Kansas City’s hundred-plus after-hours joints lit the sky. Now Kansas City shines again, and the path of discovery starts in the sparkling new downtown. One night in Kansas City is hardly enough time to indulge in it’s countless of highlights.

For the traditionalists, Kansas City offers two first class museums. The new National WWI Museum at Liberty Memorial is a one-of-a-kind museum experience. The nationally acclaimed Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art is also located in Kansas City. Internationally recognized for its outstanding collection of more than 33,500 objects that offers visitors the opportunity to explore civilization through the eyes of painters, sculptors, craftsmen, and many other artists. From ancient times to modern day, this encyclopedic museum is one of the best in the country. The best part is Nelson-Atkins is FREE to all visitors, everyday!

Kansas City is also a welcome mat to family fun offering numerous thrilling water parks. Last month was the grand opening of The Schlitterbahn Vacation Village Waterpark. The 24 acres and two million gallons of water, Schlitterbahn brings such fun as the Torrent River, a tidal wave of sorts through a canyon 20-feet wide and 10-feet deep. After washing ashore, don’t bother getting out of the water, just float through tube shoots to the Storm Blaster Uphill Water Coaster to find more splashing good times. Life jackets, inner tubes and parking are always free!

There is always The City of Fountains which has always been a great place to splash around in the summer. With 200-plus fountains tempting you on a hot day, the fountain at Crown Center with nearly 100 water jets and shooters spout up to 60 feet in the air in a whimsical, synchronized show that makes summer in Kansas City very cool.

And what is a newly renovated city without the shopping? Briarcliff Village is the newest place in the metro to shop, enjoy a spa and eat. This charming, Tuscan-inspired setting offers a wide array of shops and restaurants. After a day of shopping you may need to recoup at the Spa Tuscano, a destination you may decide to stay at all day. “You walk through those doors and you are transported,” said Judy Klemm, a frequent visitor. “Their goal was making me comfortable and happy. All my worries were forgotten.”  Make sure and try Spa Tuscano’s massages, wraps, scrubs and facials.

After all that pampering, perk up a little at LatteLand and a chocolate croissant at Napoleon Bakery. Browse through Nell Hill’s for European antiques, or Kitchen Thyme for gourmet foods and stylish cookware. End the day with a delightful meal at Piropo’s for an Argentinean-inspired dish, or try Trezo Mare for fresh seafood.

For the more adventurous types, Kansas City offers an abundant of outdoor activities. Enjoy The Berry Patch, where you pick your own blueberries and blackberries. Take a drive to Atchison, and wander through the Amelia Earhart Museum and share a picnic lunch on the bluff overlooking the river. Or head over to Pendleton’s Country Market to pick a brilliant bouquet of flowers.

Just minutes from downtown Kansas City, is Adams Pointe Golf Club. The 18-hole Championship golf facility is set in the rolling hills of Blue Springs. Designed by noted local architect, Don Sechrest, Adams Pointe is very highly regarded in its layout and superior conditions by the Kansas City golf community. The course has a challenging front nine that is skillfully carved out of wetlands and forest. The scenic back nine offers links-style golf with dramatic changes in elevation. Adams Pointe is definitely the talk of the town, and regarded as a "premier places to play" in all of Kansas City golf.

With the new improvements at Kansas City, it’s no wonder why so many people are investing in Kansas City real estate. With new condos in downtown and family friendly new neighborhoods for sale just outside of town. More than 15 new communities alone have been recently built on the outskirts of downtown. If city life, a “splash” of fun, and outdoor adventures sounds like a place you would like to call home, make sure to check into the NEW Kansas City real estate opportunity. 


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July 15 2009

Living On the Shores of Lake Houston

by racheal

Off the shores of Lake Houston in Houston, Texas is Perry Homes new community for sale named Lakeshore. Lakeshore offers spacious living areas with abundant windows throughout the open design. To make sure you don’t miss the magnificent view of Lake Houston, the master bedroom has a curved wall of windows and garden tub. Lakeshore’s floor plans include 3-5 bedrooms, 2-4.5 bathrooms, 1,400-6,900 sq. ft. with separate glass-enclosed shower, double sinks, walk-in closet in master bath and a two-car attached garage. Lakeshore community offers a 3,800-square foot recreation center with an elegant club house.

The clubhouse was designed with a grand room, kitchen, game room, television, children's corner and exercise room with state-of-the-art fitness equipment. In addition Perry Homes built amazing amenities throughout this new community, including a Jr. Olympic-size pool, a children's playground, two lighted tennis courts, several mini parks and a covered pavilion with picnic tables. One of the best amenities is the access to Lake Houston with a water inlet and an adjacent walking trail that meanders throughout the community. Perry Homes has homes for sale in Houston, Dallas, San Antonio, and Austin, Texas.

Located on the west shore of Lake Houston, the 440-acre community of Lakeshore, is a quick commute to downtown Houston, Bush Intercontinental Airport, shopping venues, Kingwood College and the Galleria. For the golf enthusiast, Red Stone Golf Club, home to the Shell Houston Open, is located minutes from the community. Red Stone Golf Club offers two 18 hole courses, two Pro Shops, and the Players Grill.

The lake in itself will provide hours of fun for the whole family. Lake Houston Wilderness Park is the only park in the HPARD system where overnight camping is available.  This 4,986 acre wilderness park has cabins and walk-in campsites for rent. At Lakeshore hiking, biking, canoeing, kayaking, and horseback riding are right out your front door to Lake Houston. 



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July 15 2009

Grand Opening Of Newcastle Community - Las Vegas

by racheal


Against a backdrop of sandstone deserts and majestic mountains is Newcastle community. Right outside your front door you will find new parks, new schools, a championship golf course, hiking trails, and interconnecting jogging and bike paths.

American West Homes presented the grand opening of Newcastle at Highlands Ranch. Highlands Ranch has five distinctive American West communities for sale; each has a wide variety of features and versatile floor plans. Newcastle floor plans include 3-5 bedrooms, 2-3.5 bathrooms, range from 1,701-3,176 sq. ft. Pricing for Newcastle begins in the low $200’s. Newcastle’s new homes for sale are located in the southwest Las Vegas Valley, Nevada.

Newcastle is built on the quiet country where homeowners find miles of blue sky, room to roam and a great place to call home. This ideal location is also conveniently located to new shopping and dining. One of the nation’s largest shopping centers, Fashion Show Mall, is located minutes away with 250 world-class shops and restaurants including Dillard’s, Neiman Marcus, Saks Fifth Avenue, Nordstrom’s and Bloomingdale’s.

There are numerous activities for the outdoor enthusiasts available to the residents at Newcastle. Red Rock Canyon and Mount Charleston/Lee Canyon offer numerous outdoor activities like, camping, hiking, biking, rock climbing, horseback riding, and even skiing. Nearby is Lake Mead, the largest man-made lake in the country, were you can enjoy first class fishing, water skiing, and sunbathing.


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July 15 2009

Pardee Homes Reduced Prices At Covenant Hills Village

by racheal

Nestled in the gated master planned community of Covenant Hills Village, are a few remaining classically-styled homes at Segovia community. These Pardee Homes new community for sale is set in Orange County’s Ladera Ranch. Prices have been reduced on these gorgeous models that offer 3 - 6 Bedrooms, 3 - 5 Bathrooms, 3.166 – 3.669 sq. ft, with and average of 8,000 sq. ft. lot sizes.

Segovia’s new community in Orange County is equipped with amenities for the sports enthusiasts with soccer fields, tennis courts, baseball fields, and a community pool. This master-planned gated community also has more leisure amenities such as parks, a recreation community center, a playground with tot lots, greenbelts throughout the community, walking trails , and lastly but certainly not least is the nearby beaches!

With such beauty nearby you are going to want to do your part in protecting the gorgeous surrounding environment. Luckily with Pardee Homes all you have to do to be “Green” is enjoy living in your new home. Segovia’s luxurious homes are all built with LivingSmart® technology. Segovia’s LivingSmart® community is carefully designed to be conscientious. More than 30 earth-friendly features and options are offered to homeowners. As if LivingSmart certification was not enough, each one of Segovia homes are certified with ENERGYSMART® and come pre-loaded with energy-saving technologies.

To visit these luxurious, newly reduced priced, energy-saving homes visit on Wednesdays: 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. and Thursday through Tuesday: 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Covenant Hills Village Driving Directions: From I-5, exit at Crown Valley Pkwy and head east. Turn right on Antonio and right on Covenant Hills Dr to the gated entry. Follow signs to the Segovia Sales Gallery

*Segovia has LivingSmart and Energysmart certifications; however Segovia homes may not meet all requirements for “Green Home Certification” set by the Federal Law. 


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July 14 2009

Want Fun In The Sun? You Want Tampa Bay!

by racheal

If you want to visit all that Florida has to offer and you only want to unpack once? No problem!  You want Tampa Bay! This sunny side to this West Coast community makes it a true hot spot among the world’s destinations. Naturally there’s lots of water and sunshine, but you’ll also discover an area that’s full of rich arts, sights to see, and things to do you won’t find anywhere else. Whatever your delight is, you'll find it in Tampa Bay!

In a single day's itinerary you might include breakfast at a waterside cafe, a visit to Busch Gardens Africa, The Florida Aquarium, a streetcar ride to Channelside for shopping, see a Tampa Bay Buccaneers game, topped off with a stay at one of our luxury hotels or resorts. Then on to historic Ybor City where the Cuban sandwiches are spicy and crunchy, the cigars are hand-rolled, and the colorful streets are lined with excitement.

Of course there is always the sugar sand beaches, jet skiing, sport fishing, parasailing, and snorkeling. In January join the party as rowdy swashbucklers invade Tampa Bay for the Annual Gasparilla Pirate Festival. So grab your flip flops and sunglasses and prepare for an unforgettable getaway in fun-filled Tampa Bay! From the mouth-watering restaurants to the incredible entertainment, see why they say, ”Tampa Bay... there’s no better way to experience Florida.”

If you want to live in such a first class world destination, check out Palm River - Cascade Collection community. This new community for sale in Tampa, Florida is designed by KB Home. These Tampa new homes are located just 6 minutes from downtown and South Tampa. Located on Palm River/Tampa Bypass Canal and minutes from Channelside and Ybor City, with views of water and downtown Tampa.


These KB Home's range from 1,015 to 1,415 square feet with 4 floor plans. Each townhome floor plan offers 3 story homes, 2-3 bedrooms, 2.5 bathrooms, 2-car garage, spacious kitchens, and is ENERGY STAR qualified, prices starting at $129,990. This community sounds more like a resort with a pool, cabana, conservation areas and ponds throughout the community.

To check out, Palm River - Cascade Collection by KB Home go to 4812 Palm River Road, Tampa, FL 33619. Hours are Wed-Sun 10-7, Closed Mon-Tue, or call 813-247-6279.

From I-4, exit US 41/50th St. heading south. Continue approx. 2 mi. and turn right on Palm River Rd. to community. OR: From downtown Tampa, take SR 60/Adamo Dr. heading east. Turn right on US 41/50th St. and right at Palm River Rd. to community.


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July 13 2009

Luxury, Wilderness, Convenient

by racheal

Grant’s Grove unique location offers ideal peaceful  natural setting, while being located near exceptional schools, shopping, dining, and major transportation corridors. A premier community, Grant's Grove is a new home community for sale in Lindenhurst. Grant’s Grove  is a new home community by Pulte Homes. This new community for sale is Pulte Homes most popular single family home. This is a dream home in a dream setting with over-sized home sites that offers over 33 acres of open space, wetlands even some views of the Hendrick Lake. Drive through Grant's Grove and you'll see kids playing in the park, parents walking the walking paths, and teens competing in sand volleyball game. Grant’s Grove by Pulte Homes is designed for fun!

Grant’s Grove is located in Lindenhurst Illinois, were you'll see activities for every age. From championship 18-hole golf courses to family fun at nearby Six Flags Great America.

While located in quiet Lake County, Grant’s Grove is an ideal choice for families looking to get away, however not too far away. With Fourth Lake Fen Forest Preserve, Duck Farm Forest Preserve, Sand Lake, and championship 18-hole golf courses, there's outdoor recreation all year long. Yet just a couple miles is a shopper’s paradise with numerous restaurants and the fabulous Gurnee Mills Outlet Mall.  Also coming soon is the future Village Green.

The Village of Lindenhurst hosts the annual Lindenfest at the Lindenhurst Village Hall Grounds. Every summer Lindenfest features live music, bingo, shopping, games, a parade, and Miss Lindenhurst pageant.  Lindenfest is the perfect way local residents and businesses come together to form a community and for a true celebration. After Lindenfest, to wrap up the Lake County summer, is the Lake County Fair. The fair offers a perfect excuse for family time while enjoying carnival rides, games, demolition derby, motor cross racing, and much more.

At Grant’s Grove, your dream home and neighborhood awaits you. So stop by and see all what Pulte Homes most popular single family homes have in store for you. Grant's Grove is located at 736 Porter Circle, Lindenhurst, IL 60046 or call 888-456-7218.


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July 13 2009

Crystal Lake Area Offers A New Home Community!

by racheal

Crystal Lake is one of Chicago’s greatest attractions. Crystal Lake is 230-acres of year-round fun for all ages with swimming, fishing, boating, and skating in winter. Crystal Lake also includes over 1,600 acres of parks and open space where sponsored recreational programs are held throughout the City and maintained by The Crystal Lake Park District.

Nearby is Lippold Park located just west of Route 14 on Route 176. Lippold Park has become the home to a multitude of park district programs, activities and events on a daily basis. It is a 310 acre park featuring many sporting activities with miniature golf, eight baseball fields, four softball fields, nine irrigated soccer fields, three football fields, and sand volleyball courts. For more of a leisure adventure, the park offers 3+ miles of biking/walking trails, hiking trails, and sixty acres of ponds and wetlands.

Crystal Lake isn’t the only place where you can fine wilderness activities in Chicago. Located near Crystal Lake is Ryland’s Homes new community for sale, Bryn Mawr. Bryn Mawr is where you can enjoy the beautiful privacy of the outdoors with your ½ acre homesites. A meandering bike path throughout the community is available for homeowners to take pleasure in.

Bryn Mawr, features Ryland’s award winning Executive Series homes in a gorgeous natural setting. With ten spacious plans that all display an open design with a soaring 2-story foyer, 1st floor study, as well roomy informal family rooms and elegant formal living rooms. Three additional bedrooms and a hall bath along with the master suite and garden bath on the second floor. Floor plans also include 4 bedrooms and 3 car garages.

The new homes for sale at Bryn Mawr come with Ryland’s House Works Energy Efficiency Program. This program includes a 90% efficiency furnace/dual zone, energy efficient Low-E vinyl double pane windows, energy efficient steel insulated entry doors, energy saver glass, lined 50 gallon gas hot water heater,R-13 exterior wall insulation, and R-38 insulation in ceiling. You will be glad to do your part with protecting your neighborhood ecosystem with all the energy saving amenities Bryn Mawr is equipped with.


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July 13 2009

Enclave By D.R. Horton At Homes In Temecula - Now selling!

by racheal

These charming, 2-3 bedroom, 2–2.5-bath attached homes are ideal for singles, new couples, and empty-nesters. Set off by lush landscaping and a full complement of community amenities. These D.R. Horton Homes, make Enclave a perfect investment for those first time home buyers. Relax at a neighborhood pool, spa, BBQ area, clubhouse, 2 tot lots and paseos that link to public walking and equestrian trails.

Set in historic Temecula, with antique shops, mountain resorts, desert attractions, plentiful golf courses, and wineries within easy reach of this gated community. Temecula’s convenient location offers wine tasting by day and wonderful shopping and dining by night. With Temecula’s Wine Country just minutes away, enjoy a wine tour that will bring out the good “spirits’” in anyone.  Then head down to the Promenade Mall, which offers fabulous shopping and exquisite restaurants.

Enclave at Temecula Lane has three floor plans to choose from. Two 2-story plans and one spacious 3-story plan. This new community for sale in Temecula offers 1,340–1,548 square feet and each comes with a 2 car garage and starts in the low $200’s.

For directions to these new homes for sale, take 15 FWY to the CA-79 south to Pechanga Pkwy exit. Turn right onto Pechanga Pkwy then left onto Loma Linda Road. Make another left onto Temecula Lane. Turn right onto Sunflower Way and follow the signs to the models on your right hand side. Open daily from 10am to 6pm, or call at 951-694-0790.



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