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Winter Safety Tips for Pets

by LC for Masha Halpern

Even though it currently feels like the dead of spring outside, we all know the cold bite of winter is on its way. And if you have pets, it's even more reason to prepare for the coming nip in the air - if you're cold, they're cold too! 

Below are 6 tips for keeping your furry babies protected from the winter weather.

1. Does your beloved pet spend most of its time outdoors? Consider letting it stay warm indoors during the cold months, particularly at night. If your pet must stay outside, make sure it has a dry, warm and draft-free shelter to snuggle into. After all, that fur coat isn't enough to keep warm for hours on end in freezing temperatures!

2. Fresh drinking water is essential to your pet's health. But what happens at 32 degrees F? That's right...water freezes! Take extra measures to ensure your cuddly one has a bowl of fresh water to drink, and not ice cubes to chew.

3. Pets who stay outdoors during the winter months tend to burn more energy trying to stay warm, so more food will likely be required for their daily intake. Contrarily, indoor animals spend a lot of time sleeping to conserve their energy when it's cold outside (and when they do go out they exert less energy exercising than normal); thus, an adjustment to their daily menu may be the difference between a "just right" weight and an overweight fur baby.

4. Humans aren't the only ones susceptible to frostbite...your pet is too! When the ground is frozen (or covered in snow or ice), be careful to check your pet's paws, ears and tips of tails for signs of frostbite, such as blisters and firm, waxy skin. Take defense against this cold case of misery by having your pet wear booties, coats, and perhaps even a hat while taking them on walks.

5. Antifreeze is a friend to your car, not to your pet! This chemical often leaks from a vehicle's radiator in the cold months, and while it may taste good to your family animal, it is deadly for them to consume. Keep pets away from the garage and clean up any spills you notice. If your pet starts acting drunk or convulses, rush them to the vet right away!

6.  Cars say "warm" to cold animals - particularly cats - who often find their way under the hood to take a snooze by the warm motor. Before you start your car, make plenty of noise by tapping on the car hood to wake them from their slumber and to give them time to get away. Better to be cold and alive than not!

The weather so far has suggested an entirely different season, but the cold WILL come...so be prepared. Your furry babies will thank you!

Material provided by PetMD.com.

 

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Masha Halpern and The Smart Move Team is your ultimate real estate resource for Chapel HillDurhamCarrboro and surrounding areas. Visit my website at www.TheSmartMoveTeam.com for detailed information regarding today’s real estate markets.

Masha is a certified member of The Luxury Home Marketing Institute, participates in its annual Leaders in Luxury Conference, and works with The Institute’s thousands of members worldwide to share information about current listings.

Masha is also a certified member of Keller Williams Luxury International and is Chapel Hil & Durham's EXCLUSIVE  member of Cyber Stars International – Top Realtors Using Technology – a group dedicated to taking the best and latest technological advances and applying them to real estate advertising and marketing for her clients in all price pointsMasha Halpern can be contacted for a private consultation by calling 919-414-0337 or by visiting www.TheSmartMoveTeam.com.

Just Listed High-End Condo in Southern Village!

by LC for Masha Halpern

Welcome to 604 Copperline Drive #201!

www.604CopperlineDrive201.com

Everything about the Southern Village community is thoughtfully planned with attention to every detail…a local market, movie-theater, special places to eat a delicious meal, visit a spa, or say hello to the local pharmacist. Each building, each house, every townhome and condominium is expertly designed to maximize the best of the Southern Village lifestyle. With architectural details throughout this property and beautiful built-ins highlighting open spaces, this condominium home is one you will enjoy many special times for years to come.

604 Copperline Drive # 201 is a beautifully designed one level property featuring a split bedroom floor-plan with detailed open formal areas including generous living, formal dining and high-end kitchen and breakfast laundry areas. As owner, you’ll access from lower level private parking; guests through a secured front door, and both ride the elevator to the second floor. Step inside the foyer and you’ll find yourself gazing upon upgrades and features more commonly found in high-end homes, including 9’ ceilings with handsome crown molding throughout. The kitchen greets you with its hardwood flooring, granite countertops and bar seating, stainless steel appliances, and above-cabinet lighting that exudes a soft, yet cheerful, ambience. Ample pantry and washer/dryer closet are set just behind the kitchen bar for added convenience. Through a column-flanked entry is the generous dining area that blends easily to the spacious living room. Perfect for hosting large gatherings, the living room features a focal point fireplace with mantel and dentil molding, built-in shelves and cabinets, ceiling fan and access to the covered front porch that overlooks the vibrant neighborhood.

The master bedroom is privately located at the far corner of the living room. It features tall windows that drink in the natural light, a ceiling fan, large linen closet & walk-in closet. Additionally, it features a private master bath with a large single vanity, tile floors and ceramic tub shower with tile surround. Bedroom two is a cozy room with gentle lighting. Bedroom three is filled with natural light and excellent views. Both are situated at the other side of the home giving both owner and guests some private space. This design is perfect for an in-home office or nursery! The condo’s second full bath is nestled in between and features tile floors, ceramic tub shower with tile surround, and an adorable stained glass window for a soothing, ethereal glow.

Southern Village stands out as a one-of-a-kind community. Lifestyle is easy from Copperline Drive as you are a mere one-block walk from where much of the magic happens…Market Street. It is here you will find community attractions and special gathering spots, like the Lumina movie theater, restaurants, Weaver Street Market, specialty shops, salon, gym, church and more. As a Southern Village resident, you will also be near parks, walking trails, playground and the popular Southern Village Club, an affordable private membership club featuring clubhouse, swimming pool, tennis courts & tennis coach. Being only minutes from UNC, downtown Chapel Hill, I-40, Durham and Pittsboro, you will wonder why you didn’t move here sooner!

 

 

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Masha Halpern and The Smart Move Team is your ultimate real estate resource for Chapel HillDurhamCarrboro and surrounding areas. Visit my website at www.TheSmartMoveTeam.com for detailed information regarding today’s real estate markets.

Masha is a certified member of The Luxury Home Marketing Institute, participates in its annual Leaders in Luxury Conference, and works with The Institute’s thousands of members worldwide to share information about current listings.

Masha is also a certified member of Keller Williams Luxury International and is Chapel Hil & Durham's EXCLUSIVE  member of Cyber Stars International – Top Realtors Using Technology – a group dedicated to taking the best and latest technological advances and applying them to real estate advertising and marketing for her clients in all price pointsMasha Halpern can be contacted for a private consultation by calling 919-414-0337 or by visiting www.TheSmartMoveTeam.com.

New Home for the New Year!

by LC for Masha Halpern

Folks, are you looking to be in a new home for 2016? Since the new year will be here in a matter of days, NOW is the time to buy...and if your sights are set on Chapel Hill, we've got the perfect home for you to consider. Our beautiful Cape Cod listing at 10 Lanier Drive in Chapel Hill's school district is now offered at a more attractive price, and more ready than ever to become a new home for a new family!

At 10 Lanier Drive, you will enjoy hardwood flooring, spacious living and family rooms, a main level master suite, two upstairs bedrooms with additional bonus room, walk-in attic space, and breathtaking views of the home's large lot dappled with mature hardwood trees and landscaping. The setting is a peaceful one, and though it is not in city limits (no city taxes!), you will still be near Chapel Hill/Carrboro schools, UNC, downtown Chapel Hill and so much more.

10 Lanier Drive offers comfort married with personality and southern charm, and adding your own style to the mix is the final ingredient to making this house YOUR home. Contact us today if you'd like a personal tour!

 

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Masha Halpern and The Smart Move Team is your ultimate real estate resource for Chapel HillDurhamCarrboro and surrounding areas. Visit my website at www.TheSmartMoveTeam.com for detailed information regarding today’s real estate markets.

Masha is a certified member of The Luxury Home Marketing Institute, participates in its annual Leaders in Luxury Conference, and works with The Institute’s thousands of members worldwide to share information about current listings.

Masha is also a certified member of Keller Williams Luxury International and is Chapel Hil & Durham's EXCLUSIVE  member of Cyber Stars International – Top Realtors Using Technology – a group dedicated to taking the best and latest technological advances and applying them to real estate advertising and marketing for her clients in all price pointsMasha Halpern can be contacted for a private consultation by calling 919-414-0337 or by visiting www.TheSmartMoveTeam.com.

Things to do in Durham Before 2015 Ends

by LC for Masha Halpern

If you live in or around the Durham area, you know there is never a dull moment...especially during the holidays! Christmas will be here and gone before we know it, but there is still plenty to do before the holiday lights come down. Check out the list of activities below that are all happening before the end of 2015!

1. The Royal Opera House Cinema Series presents The Nutcracker at the Carolina Theatre on December 16. Show starts at 7:30 pm!

2. In addition to enjoying the lights at American Tobacco Campus, you can admire the Triangle Christmas Tree Challenge display at Diamond View Park now through January 4. Be sure to vote for your favorite tree!

3. On the fifth day of Kwanzaa on December 30, head to the Holton Career and Resource Center for the Kwanzaa Celebration. Click here for more information.

4. Attend A Very Merry Durham! holiday party on December 20 at Fullsteam Brewery in downtown Durham where you can partake in kick lines, dancing, last minute Christmas shopping and so much more!

5. Make the annual trip to see Santa Claus on December 19 at Northgate Mall, or every day until Christmas at Southpoint Mall. The children's eyes are sure to light up!

6. Doing a lot of cooking for the holidays? To create fresh, delicious dishes of holiday cheer, stop by the Durham Farmers' Market in downtown on Saturdays and December 23, or the South Durham Farmers' Market this Saturday before Christmas. 

We hope you get to enjoy the spectacular holiday season in the Bull City! Happy Holidays!

 

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Masha Halpern and The Smart Move Team is your ultimate real estate resource for Chapel HillDurhamCarrboro and surrounding areas. Visit my website at www.TheSmartMoveTeam.com for detailed information regarding today’s real estate markets.

Masha is a certified member of The Luxury Home Marketing Institute, participates in its annual Leaders in Luxury Conference, and works with The Institute’s thousands of members worldwide to share information about current listings.

Masha is also a certified member of Keller Williams Luxury International and is Chapel Hil & Durham's EXCLUSIVE  member of Cyber Stars International – Top Realtors Using Technology – a group dedicated to taking the best and latest technological advances and applying them to real estate advertising and marketing for her clients in all price pointsMasha Halpern can be contacted for a private consultation by calling 919-414-0337 or by visiting www.TheSmartMoveTeam.com.

Holiday Events to Enjoy in the Triangle

by LC for Masha Halpern

It's no secret these days that the holidays are upon us...holiday tunes fill the radio waves and everywhere you look there are glowing lights strung up on Christmas trees and covering at least one home in every neighborhood. My, oh my how fast the year has gone! With Hanukkah beginning THIS EVENING and Christmas a mere 19 days away (how did it sneak up on us so quickly?), there is much to be celebrated, and here's some ideas on where to start!

December 6 - TODAY!

Head to downtown Hillsborough between 1:00 and 5:00 PM today to ride through historic downtown Hillsborough on a horse-drawn carriage! Cost is $5 per person. Click here for more info! *Don't worry if you miss today - you still have the following two Sundays to enjoy this unique Christmas experience!

December 11

This coming Friday, art lovers will converge from 6:00 to 9:00 PM for the 2nd Friday Artwalk in Chapel Hill and Carrboro. Participating venues will have food, live music, activities and more for you to partake in and enjoy! Click here to learn more about this event.

December 12

You will not want to miss the Chapel Hill-Carrboro Holiday Parade this Saturday from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM! It will begin in front of the Morehead Planetarium at 250 East Franklin Street and will run through the entirety of Franklin Street to Carrboro Town Hall. Get there early with the kiddos to grab your curbside spot! Click here for more details. 

December 12-13

Durham Performing Arts Center is hosting the Carolina Ballet and their stunning performance of The Nutcracker this coming weekend (Saturday the 12th and Sunday the 13th). DPAC's website states exactly why you should see the show in a single sentence - "A family favorite for more than a decade, The Nutcracker will leave you sitting on the edge of your seat wondering, 'How did they do that?!'" Visit the website for more details on tickets and pricing!

Now - December 20

The musical comedy "Cinderella" is playing at the Raleigh Little Theatre now until December 20! The show is a "holiday sugarplum for the whole family," and this Thursday, December 10 will be Coats for the Children night, where $10 of every ticket will go towards providing warm clothing for Salvation Army families in need. Click here for more information on this wonderful family event!

Visit the links below for additional ideas on ways to celebrate the holidays!

Chapel Hill-Carrboro

Hillsborough

Durham

Raleigh

 

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Masha Halpern and The Smart Move Team is your ultimate real estate resource for Chapel HillDurhamCarrboro and surrounding areas. Visit my website at www.TheSmartMoveTeam.com for detailed information regarding today’s real estate markets.

Masha is a certified member of The Luxury Home Marketing Institute, participates in its annual Leaders in Luxury Conference, and works with The Institute’s thousands of members worldwide to share information about current listings.

Masha is also a certified member of Keller Williams Luxury International and is Chapel Hil & Durham's EXCLUSIVE  member of Cyber Stars International – Top Realtors Using Technology – a group dedicated to taking the best and latest technological advances and applying them to real estate advertising and marketing for her clients in all price pointsMasha Halpern can be contacted for a private consultation by calling 919-414-0337 or by visiting www.TheSmartMoveTeam.com.

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