Our friends over at Scoop Charlotte assembled a list of the best corn mazes near Charlotte. Which one have you been stuck in? See them in order of opening dates
July 25, 2018 - REALTOR.com
The home’s garage, large backyard, and updated kitchen may not be as important to home shoppers as the school district, according to a new survey released by realtor.com® of more than 1,000 people who closed on a home in 2018. Seventy-eight percent of buyers surveyed say they’re willing to give up home features to get their school district of choice, and home shoppers are willing to give up their most desired home features to get that.
“Most buyers understand that they may not be able to find a home that covers every single item on their wish list,” says Danielle Hale, chief economist for realtor.com®. “But our survey shows that school districts are an area where many buyers aren’t willing to compromise. For many buyers, ‘location, location, location,’ means ‘schools, schools, schools.’”
The extent of compromises that buyers are willing to make to get their top-choice schools may be surprising too. For example, 78 percent of buyers who said schools were important in their house hunt said they had to compromise on certain home features. The features they most commonly reported giving up in exchange for their preferred school district were a garage (19 percent); a large backyard (18 percent); an updated kitchen (17 percent); desired number of bedrooms (17 percent); and an outdoor living area (16 percent). A spring home buyer survey conducted by realtor.com® had showed a garage was the number one feature that home buyers were looking for this year, followed by an updated kitchen and an open floor plan.
Not surprising, the desire for particular schools did vary by a buyer’s life stage and age. Ninety-one percent of buyers with children said school boundaries are important or very important compared to 34 percent of those without children.
Buyers surveyed said they determined the school district they wanted to live in by looking at schools’ test scores, followed by the availability of accelerated programs, arts and music, diversity, and before- and after-school programs. Realtor.com® offers a tool through its site’s search to specify a district or school boundary so buyers can search for homes within that preferred area.
Want relief from Carolina heat without the financial investment and ongoing maintenance of a pool? One local business is betting lots of people do.Carolina Splash Pads specializes in designing and installing custom residential splash pads usually only found in public parks. You’ve likely seen something similar here at First Ward Park, Latta Park and along Little Sugar Creek Greenway, among other locations.
It’s basically a sprinkler on steroids with plumbing, permanent landscaping and programmed fountains. And now you can have one in your backyard.
Here is the full story from Katie Levans loveluck at the Charlotte Agenda -
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Header photo courtesy of Carolina Splash Pads
Related story: A guide to free public spraygrounds in Charlotte
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Apple orchards within 2 hours of Charlotte (List provided by CharlotteAgenda)
NOTE: Many orchards are cash only. Apple availability updated as of August 11, 2017. Call ahead to confirm availability.
Sky Top Orchard
Windy Hill Orchard & Cider Mill
Apple Hill Orchard
Stepp’s Hillcrest Orchard
Blueberry Thrill Farm
The Orchard at Altapass
HOME SALES PICK UP, BUT INVENTORY STILL LOW. Now is a great time to get the selling ball rolling........
While sales numbers in year-over-year numbers only rose by 0.5% for February, there was a 3.2% increase last month in home sales as compared with January 2017, according to the monthly report from the Charlotte Regional Realtor Association. With so little available on the market, home sales activity tends to be rather slow. Even still, there was a slight increase in the number of home sales in February as compared with 2016. Inventory throughout the Charlotte region has been at historic lows, and it doesn’t seem to be increasing, at least at a pace to keep up with demand.
Even though sales overall have been slow, there are a large number of pending contracts, which means there are many future sales on the horizon and more potential sellers are listing their homes. The 15% increase in listing activity this month as compared with January is a strong indicator that sellers are gaining confidence in listing their homes. Furthermore, pending sales are up 18.4% as compared with February 2016.
There has also been an increase in the average sales price of homes when comparing year-over-year numbers, which revealed a 5.9% jump and currently reflects an average sales price of $243,383. Unfortunately, though, mortgage rates have also been on the rise, and they reached new heights last week for the 2017 year.
For more details on the February real estate market stats for the Charlotte region, be sure to take a looks at the full article at CharlotteObserver.com.
By Jamie Wiebe | writes about home design and real estate for realtor.com. She has previously written for House Beautiful, Elle Decor, Real Simple, Veranda, and more.
Thinking about freshening up your front door? You probably know that it’s crucial to boosting your home’s value. But before you reach for the paint, know that your choice of color might tell perfect strangers quite a lot about who you are.
That’s according to environmental psychologist Sally Augustin of Design With Science. She took us on a tour of the color wheel to get her insights on what each shade might indicate about a homeowner’s characteristics. So in addition to deciding which shades work best with your exterior color palette, think about the statement you want your front door to make.
Let's take a spin on the color wheel -
Dreaming of painting your front door purple? Prepare to feel like royalty: Shades of violet are “linked to sophistication,” Augustin says, and visitors will expect the same attention to luxury in your interiors. But be careful when picking a shade—purple can easily turn from luxurious to garish.
This bright, affordable shade can mean different things depending on the quality of your home. (No, not all colors cost the same—and orange tends to be one of the cheapest.) For most homes, an orange door can send the message that “I’m cheap or weird,” Augustin says. But paired with tasteful home accents inside, an orange door might just be the perfect touch for your one-of-a-kind style. If you’re lucky enough to own a high-end home, “you transcend that message,” Augustin says, citing the luxury brand Hèrmes’ trademark orange. “When it’s clearly expensive, you can do whatever you want.”
What does the most common of all front door colors say about you? You might be a neat freak, or just really into modern Scandinavian design. The least neutral of the neutrals, white indicates sterility, cleanliness, and simplicity. On the flip side, it can also say “this homeowner is way too obsessed with cleaning her baseboards,” and might make visitors nervous about making a mess.
Looking to stand out on your block? This bold shade certainly makes an impression: Yellow is linked to optimism and extraversion. Guests will expect sunny rooms and cheerful decor inside. Don’t splash it everywhere, though—it looks best as a spot of color against a darker home. If you cover the whole house, it can indicate irrationality and anxiety.
Looking for visitors? Try painting your front door a bright blue, which is linked to calmness and trust.
“If you were knocking on a blue door and you have time to ponder a second, you might come to the conclusion that the homeowners were more likely to be trustworthy,” Augustin says.
Green is one of the best-selling door colors (in Britain, at least). Traditionally, the color indicates prosperity and wealth, but its natural appeal means you’re also serene and peaceful. Don’t be afraid to pick a vivid green, though: Too neutral and you might seem bland.
What’s more stately than a solid black door? If you’re looking for a color that connotes seriousness, this one’s for you. This traditional color often seems formal, but you can add a playful tone with a modern black door against a colorful exterior. Covered with a shiny veneer, it’s definitely glamorous—and might make your home appear safer and well-protected.
Don’t want to paint? Unpainted wood “conveys a more relaxed atmosphere,” Augustin says, with a rustic appeal that’s both cozy and welcoming. But you’ll want to carefully consider whether the material makes sense in your neighborhood.
The Chinese design philosophy of feng shui considers red doors lucky if they’re facing south or southwest. Even if your home faces another direction, Augustin says this conventional color is “often linked with things like action,” making dwellers seem like “real go-getters.” Want to seem vibrant and exciting without going too wild? This might be a good bet.
Some might see you as practical, but you risk going past practical into humorless with this plain, common door color. Still determined? Try choosing a lighter shade, which is a warmer, softer alternative to black or wood; a darker shade will seem somber.
I often come in contact with clients who are relocating to Charlotte and are unsure how to find performance metrics for Providence Plantation schools (or any CMS schools for that matter)
Sure, there are many 3rd party sites, but I find the MeckEd maps are the easiest to use. Click on the image below and check out the top performing schools.
As a resident of Providence Plantation I look to provide fresh and relevant n'hood info.