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How to throw a neighborhood block party

Published: Saturday, June 23, 2012 @ 4:34 PM
Updated: Saturday, June 23, 2012 @ 4:34 PM

Whether you’re best buds with the neighborhood crowd or don’t know many of the people on your street, a neighborhood bash is a homerun of an idea for this summer. Invite everyone on your block, your street or the entire neighborhood to an outdoor party.

A summer neighborhood party reaps benefits all year long. It pays to know those who live so close to you. Then you can ...

  • Put a name with the face of the guy who walks his Lab every evening.
  • Actually meet the mom and dad of the kids your children hang with.
  • Find out how the woman down the street grows such beautiful hydrangeas.
  • Talk cars with that guy with the ’69 Mustang you drool over.

Besides, keeping up with the Joneses is easier if you actually know them.

The neighborhood 
gang’s all here

Who should organize the neighborhood party? You, of course! If you wait for someone else, it’ll never happen. Hold your bash in a couple of adjoining backyards or on the street.

“Most of us grew up in neighborhoods where we all knew each other, and the block party we had was to get that sense of neighborhood back,” said Springboro resident Cindy Schulte. “We had a blast!”

Besides getting to know chummy neighbors better and meeting ones you’ve never talked to, there are big benefits to a neighborhood get-together:

  • Whew! You don’t have to worry about what relatives or friends to invite. It’s for neighbors only.
  • It’s easy to include kids. No worries about them tearing through your living room.
  • No need to clean your house. (Most people go home to use their own bathroom)
  • Potlucking is a natural way to feed the crowd.

If you wish, ask a neighbor or two to plan with you but get started soon! Pick a date when your organizers can make it. (Hint: a Sunday night is often when many people don’t have other plans.)

Distributing a flyer is a good way to spread the word. Since postal regulations prohibit you placing them in mailboxes, ring the doorbell to hand the invitation. That gives you an extra chance to “talk up” the party.

Your flyer should include:

  • What the event is (“Springwood Drive 
Outdoor Picnic!”)
  • Who’s invited (“All the families 
on Springwood Drive”)
  • Day, date and starting time
  • Location (“Backyards of the Smiths and the Johnsons at 155 and 157 Springwood Drive”)
  • What to bring (“Bring lawn chairs, your own beverages, your own main course and a food dish to share.”)
  • Any other guidelines (such as “BYOB” or “The pool is open so bring swimming suits!”)

A word about food: potlucks are fun and simple. You and the other organizers need to round up enough tables to hold the food. The organizers can provide plates and utensils, if you wish. Whether or not you pass-the-hat for costs is up to you.

Firing up the barbecue or having fried chicken from your favorite restaurant would be a treat, of course. But that adds extra hassle such as asking for a financial contribution and an RSVP. If you do barbecue, make sure someone is in charge of 
always watching the units and keeping kids away.

Other tips: consider having name tags and possibly some group games with prizes.

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This is what a $500K house looks like in Atlanta and 6 other US cities 

Published: Tuesday, February 06, 2018 @ 5:14 PM

Lakeway, Texas  Hoboken, New Jersey New Orleans Syracuse, New York Brookhaven, Georgia Seattle Kissimmee, Florida

If the American dream is to own your own home, $500,000 can purchase a dreamy model in most cities in the U.S. 

Considering that the average sales price for new homes sold in the U.S. in December 2017 was $398,900, a half a mill price tag leaves lots of room for some swanky extras.

»RELATED: Here's what a $500,000 home looks like in your Atlanta neighborhood

Naturally, in some markets there will be more amenities at that price point, maybe even four bedrooms, two baths and four or five extra acres worth. 

Here's how listed homes with a $500,000 price tag compare in seven major cities. While each property has its luxuries and regional differences in price, all would make a home, sweet American home.

Lakeway, Texas, about 20 miles from Austin(Contributed by realtor Ginna Smith/For the AJC)

Lakeway, Texas 

4 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms, 2,996 square feet on 0.36 acres
As of December 2017 Austin continued to have one of the highest demands for housing in the nation, particularly where price points are the lowest, according to Austin Homes Research. There may be a bit more wiggle room at the higher price points, like this sizable house listed at $499,000 that includes three patios, travertine floors and an extra golf cart garage. It's also about 20 miles outside Austin, where house prices decline a wee bit, in a neighborhood where the average listing price is $449,252.

(Contributed by realtor Kyle Klaus/For the AJC)


Hoboken, New Jersey
$499,000
1 bedroom, 1 bath condo
The private outdoor patio complete with hot tub is a huge draw for this property. No. 6 on HomeSnack's list of the 10 most expensive cities in New Jersey, Hoboken market trends identified an increase of $133,000 in median home sales over the past year, according to Trulia. So while this newly renovated condo in a prime downtown location is contemporary and luxurious, it's not very large. Features include hardwood floors throughout, recessed lighting, central heat and air and an updated kitchen with all the desirable elements, from built-in fridge with wine rack to granite counters and stainless appliances.

A lakeside property in New Orleans(Contributed by owner/broker Stacy Ferro/For the AJC)



New Orleans
$499,000
4 bedroom, 3 baths, 3,343 square feet
Though the New Orleans market is showing signs of cooling down after raucous growth in 2014 and 2015, the average listing price still tops $1 million in some neighborhoods, like the Garden District, according to Trulia. But $500,000 can still buy a substantial and stylish property, like this two-story succession property with a private rear yard, inground pool, attached two-car garage and ample off-street parking. Nestled in West Lakeshore, it's a short walk from the lakefront, NOLA restaurants and shopping.

Single family home in Syracuse, New York(Contributed by owner, used with permission/For the AJC)

Syracuse, New York

$489,000

4 bedrooms, 2.5 baths, 3,074 square feet

Sure, upstate New York is cold in the winter, with an average low of 16F in January, but fantastic property values can go a long way towards making up for the freezing temperatures. This nearly half-million dollar two-story Colonial, for example, features cathedral ceilings, lavish amounts of room to entertain and more than six acres of land with its very own fruit trees.

Atlanta single family home(Contributed by Rex Fuller/For the AJC)



Brookhaven, Georgia
$500,000
4 bedroom, 2 baths, 1,794 square feet
Ranked No. 8 on Realtor.com's list of the "10 best affordable outdoorsy cities," metro Atlanta definitely offers some landscape with the $500,000 price tag. This ranch home includes an oversized dining room, expansive deck, hardwood floors and a two-car garage beside the lawn and mudroom entrance. It's affordable by the standards of this Brookhaven neighborhood inside the Perimeter in a highly desirable school district, where the average listing price is $748,920.

$500,000 condo in the historic Sheffield building in Seattle(Contributed by jwphoto.com/For the AJC)


Seattle
$500,000
1 bedroom, 1 bath condo
In Seattle's very hot, tech-industry driven housing market, a condo that costs $500,000 is well below the median sale price for the 98112 zip code, which is $1,150,000. This offering is unique for the Emerald City, a 1920s Art Deco building with lobby detailing preserved from the original. The corner view condo features wood trim, leaded glass doors, an office nook. Even more rare for a Capitol Hill vintage building, it has storage and parking.

Kissimmee, Florida single family home(Contributed by Chris Brodock Realty, Inc./For the AJC)

Kissimmee, Florida

$499,000
5 bedrooms, 6 baths, 3,311 square feet
In affordable Kissimmee, Florida, a $500,000 home like this one may include a pool. Other features include a summer kitchen with pool bath and shower, all upgraded pool patio furniture and new paint.

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Here's what a $1 million house looks like in Atlanta and 6 other major US cities

Published: Tuesday, January 02, 2018 @ 11:45 AM

Here's what a $1 million house looks like in Atlanta and 6 other major US cities Austin, Texas West Palm Beach,Florida Atlanta New York City, the Bronx Chicago Detroit San Jose, California

Paying a cool million for a home is always a sweet feat, but you get lots more if you buy in certain locations, locations, locations.

»RELATED: This is the salary you need to move to these 5 hot job cities

One man's million-dollar mansion is another's modest million-dollar family home, depending on whether you're talking a major Southern city, the most expensive city in America or a luxury beach community. 

Whether you actually have that line of credit or cash at hand or merely dream of a $1 million place, here’s a sampling of the  “million dollar babies” in seven U.S. cities: 

Austin(Contributed by Zillow/For the AJC)

Austin, Texas

4 bedrooms, 3 baths, 2,061 square feet, shared lot

Price: $995,000

According to Austin Homes Research, as of December 2017 Austin continued to have one of the highest demands for housing in the nation, particularly where price points are the lowest. So a higher-priced dwelling wouldn't have as much competition among buyers, but this custom two-unit condo still offers just a bit over 2,000 square feet for a $1 million price tag. Other property lures include its contemporary design, the heritage oaks along Bouldin Creek that surround the dwelling, and the architectural skylights, panoramic glass doors and portrait windows that flood the home with natural light. The sellers bill it as "a new standard of downtown living, melding the comfort and privacy of nature with all the amenities of an urban lifestyle." 

West Palm Beach(For the AJC)

West Palm Beach,Florida 

5 bedrooms, 5 baths, 4,680 square feet on .33 acres

Price: $995,000

The median list price for single homes in the West Palm Beach area of Florida is around $230,000, a mere one-fourth the price of this lavish home. The address is part of "The Club at Ibis" and offers golf course and lake views, marble staircases, and the club's doorman among the "amenities" listed. Other alluring details include 26-foot high living room windows, paneled office with a granite desk, and three bedrooms on the second floor.

Atlanta(For the AJC)

Atlanta

4 bedrooms, 4.5 baths 3,110 square feet, 8,742-square-foot lot

Price: $1 million

You get lots of bang for your million bucks on the Atlanta real estate market. Besides its four bedrooms and four-and-a-half baths, this custom-built North Atlanta contemporary home includes local white oak flooring, en suite luxury baths and walk-in closets in each bedroom and a detached two-car garage with its own guest suite and full bath.

New York City, the Bronx(For the AJC)

New York City, the Bronx

6 bedrooms, 4 baths, 2,040 square feet, 3,741 square foot lot

Price: $999,999

According to the New York Times, the Bronx is booming, particularly with more sophisticated rental apartments. 

This two-family attached brick house in Country Club is an example of what $1 million will bring a midst the boom. It includes hardwood floors, a fenced backyard, renovated kitchens and baths and tons of closet space. Most attractive of all: the modest million dollar dwelling is minutes from Manhattan.

Chicago(For the AJC)

Chicago

5 bedrooms, 6 baths, 5,500 square feet, no data on lot

Price: $999,000

The Wildwood Neighborhood in Chicago delivers lots of space, amenities and bedrooms for a million bucks. The place sits on a double lot and contains three fireplaces, cove moldings and custom millwork. Other value adds include a grand foyer, formal dining room, eat-in gourmet kitchen, and a second-level master en suite with a stone fireplace. Outdoors, an attached sun room, deck and patio offer great views of established perennial gardens. 

Detroit(For the AJC)

Detroit

Price: $995,000

4 bedrooms, 4 baths, 3,477 square feet on 1.97 acres

One of Business Insider's most affordable city for 2017, Detroit's Million Dollar Baby offers the most acreage of any on this list, at almost two acres. Other lures: open-concept two-story vaulted ceilings, large custom kitchen, Florida room surrounded by windows overlooking a manicured landscape and a finished lower level with fireplace.

San Jose, CA(For the AJC)

San Jose, California

3 bedrooms, 2 baths, 1,391 square feet, 5,998 square foot lot

Price: $998,000

The most expensive American city on CNN Style's 2017 list of the 10 most expensive cities to live in, San Jose offers a relatively modest million dollar home for sale. Features include an elegant formal living room, updated kitchen, bay window and beautifully landscaped private back yard with PebbleTec and lemon/lime trees. 

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3 Beavercreek-area homes you need to visit

Published: Thursday, December 01, 2016 @ 12:00 AM

1115 Asbury Ct., Beavercreek Township
Home Builders Association of Dayton
1115 Asbury Ct., Beavercreek Township(Home Builders Association of Dayton)

Today’s homes are designed to enhance the way modern families live and work. To do that, they look to innovative features such as those found in these three Beavercreek-area designs. Be sure to check them out during the Parade of Homes. Discover them, explore them and be inspired as you search for the home that is just right for you. 

1115 Asbury Court, Beavercreek Township

(pictured above) Following the Ainsley ll floor plan by MI Homes, this design is a standout in the Claiborne Green at Stonehill Village neighborhood. Clearly meant to be used for work and play, this two-story home offers a pair of home offices, plus such amenities as a wine room and a mud room with built-in cabinetry. The four bedrooms and three-and-a-half baths include an owner’s suite with a large walk-in closet and custom tile shower. The second-floor laundry is convenient for handling day-to-day needs. On the first floor are hardwood flooring, a gourmet kitchen with desirable granite countertops, and a great room with a coffered ceiling and stone fireplace. The home is priced at $590,000.   

2760 Scarborough Place, Beavercreek Township (Home Builders Association of Dayton)

2760 Scarborough Place, Beavercreek Township

An outstanding design gracing the Scarborough at River West subdivision, this stunning model home showcases Radian Custom Builders’ uncompromising standard of quality. The 5,900-square-foot ranch includes a finished walkout lower level. Family needs are met by four bedrooms and three-and-a-half baths. Luxury appointments range from dramatic ceiling treatments throughout, to a fully equipped home theater, SONOS whole-house audio system and a sophisticated Lutron lighting system. The home is priced at $735,000. 

1016 Brehm Blvd., Fairborn (Home Builders Association of Dayton)

1016 Brehm Blvd., Fairborn

A loft area for lounging or studying accompanies the three bedrooms in this almost 3,500-square-foot home by Inverness Homes, priced at $350,000 in The Bluffs on Trebein subdivision. Public areas include a well-appointed kitchen and nook, a dining room and a soaring two-story great room with a gas stone fireplace. For convenience, there is a first-floor owner’s suite featuring a tray ceiling, shower with a seat, a double-sink vanity and a large walk-in closet. Friends and family will feel welcome in the finished rec room with a bar and entertainment space, plus a bathroom nearby. 

Everyone loves a parade, especially when it’s the Home Builders Association of Dayton’s Parade of Homes. This annual event will showcase 13 stunning new homes throughout the Miami Valley. The homes of the 2016 Parade are open from 1 to 5 p.m. two consecutive weekends – Dec. 3 and 4, and Dec. 10 and 11. Visit HBADayton.com for more details or to plan your visit. No matter what your budget is, your dream home is just a parade away – and it’s all free from the Home Builders Association of Dayton.  

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Cape Cod offers first-floor main bedroom

Published: Tuesday, August 23, 2016 @ 3:37 PM
Updated: Tuesday, August 23, 2016 @ 3:37 PM

HOUSE FEATURE

2230 TURNBULL ROAD, BEAVERCREEK

Cape Cod offers first-floor main bedroom

Finished basement adds to living space

By Kathy Tyler

Contributing writer

A finished basement adds to the living space of this Cape Cod home and an outdoor oasis offers a multi-level deck, kitchen and swimming pool option.

Listed for $224,900 by Irongate Inc. Realtors, the Cape Cod at 2230 Turnbull Road in Beavercreek has about 1,900 square feet of living space on two levels, plus the basement.

Hardwood and wood laminate flooring fills the main level of the home, which has a living room, hearth room, kitchen and main bedroom. A stone fireplace is tucked into one corner of the dining area, and patio doors open off the bay bump-out to the backyard deck and pool. The three decks wrap partly around the pool and offer a stone counter for grilling and gazebo area. The back yard has a storage shed and is surrounded by a privacy fence.

The kitchen has been updated with granite countertops, a triple stainless sink, stainless-steel appliances, mosaic glass backsplash and light cherry cabinetry. There are two pantry closets and access to the garage.

Tucked off the kitchen is the main bedroom with a private updated bathroom. The bath has a ceramic-tile surround tub/shower, double-sink tall vanity and a walk-in closet. There is also a half bath.

An open staircase from the living room leads up to a loft study with dormer window nook and built-in bookcase. Two bedrooms mirror each other in design with angled ceiling, deck nook, double-door closets and wood flooring. One bedroom has a dormer window nook. A full bathroom features a tub/shower and single-sink vanity.

A door off the kitchen leads to the finished basement. The staircase ends within a family room setting with ceiling paddle fan and sconce lighting. A full bathroom has a walk-in shower and single-sink vanity. Two bonus rooms have window wells and double-door closets. There is a laundry room with folding counter and wash sink and a separate mechanical closet.

BEAVERCREEK

Price: $224,900

Directions: East on Kemp from North Fairfield Road, to left on Turnbull Road

Home highlights: About 1,900 sq. ft., 3-5 bedrooms, 3 full baths, 1 half bath, gas fireplace, first-floor main bedroom, wood laminate flooring, updated kitchen, loft office, outdoor kitchen, multi-level deck, gazebo, swimming pool, storage shed, 2-car garage

For more details:

Irongate Inc. Realtors

Lorna Howell

(937) 829-7399

www.Lorna.Howell@irongaterealtors.com

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