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Two Open Houses for Two Stunning Homes, Sunday 2-4 PM!

by LC for Masha Halpern

This Sunday, March 1 (yes, March is almost here!) we will be hosting TWO open houses from 2-4 PM. Don't miss out on seeing these incredible Chapel Hill properties, and tell your friends and family to join!

 

811 Old Mill Road rests in scenic Greenwood, one of Chapel Hill's oldest and most distinguished neighborhoods. Cushioned from the road by a gracious front yard sprinkled with hardwood trees, this mid-century classic offers a twist -- ALL THE BEST comforts of a modern updated home!

 

Every once in a while you come across an idyllic home perfectly designed for entertaining and imbued with the essence of comfort; 602 Surry Road is one such home. With its welcoming facade, seamless floor plan and remarkable addition upgrades and remodel, this Chapel Hill home in Estes Hills will instantly capture your eyes and your heart, offering you the best of comfort and style!

We look forward to seeing you!

 

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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.

 

 

 

Market Stats for January 2015

by Masha Halpern

 

 

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Welcome to 602 Surry Road in Estes Hills!

by LC for Masha Halpern

Welcome to 602 Surry Road!

OPEN HOUSES

FEB 22, 2-5 PM & MAR 1 2-4 PM

www.602SurryRoad.com

Every once in a while you come across an idyllic home perfectly designed for entertaining & imbued with the essence of comfort; 602 Surry Road  is one such home.  With its welcoming façade, seamless floor plan & remarkable addition upgrades & remodel, this Chapel Hill home in Estes Hills will instantly capture your eyes & your heart, offering you the best of comfort & style.

Resting atop a landscaped 0.43 acre home site, this brick traditional home is situated on a quiet street in the picturesque enclave of Estes Hills & it invites you to walk the brick path, through the front door & into a marble-floored foyer brightened by sidelight windows & recessed lighting. The formal dining room lies to the left showcasing hardwood floors, chair-rail molding, smooth ceilings & plantation shutters. A formal living room extends to the right of the foyer, natural lighting beckoning you to sit & stay a while. This room acts as a gateway to the family room & the center of this beautifully crafted home. Enjoy beautiful hardwood floors, raised hearth wood-burning fireplace with granite surround & tile inlay, built-in book-casing with wet bar, recessed lighting & an incredible display of tall renovated windows. Experience an open, flexible layout filled with abundant natural light & discover quality materials, stylish appointments & thoughtful details! Enjoy year-round relaxing & entertaining in the adjacent all-season, heated/cooled sunroom that features a surround of tall windows, ceramic tile floors, high ceiling with skylights, dual ceiling fans, wall-to-ceiling fresh paint, storage, & French doors that lead to the private brick patio in the back yard. The backyard retreat is a private oasis with mature landscaping. The sunroom is also connected to the eat-in kitchen featuring new hardwood floors, Corian countertops, large island with front & back storage, brand new Wolf double oven & 5-burner gas stove, tile backsplash, recessed lighting over the dining space, & five blue pendulum lights that create a soothing ambience. A laundry is attached to the kitchen & includes tile floors & built-in shelving. Off the kitchen & sunroom is a great mudroom space with a separate entrance & access to the two-car, oversized-depth garage with new doors, newly painted floor & workshop area. An extra heated/cooled bonus room is located in the rear of the garage – utilize it as a yoga studio, office, or storage area! It’s a great space for older kids to hang out with friends or study!

A gently sweeping iron scroll staircase unfolds before you, leading to the second floor & the home’s four bedrooms. Bedrooms two, three & four each contain wood floors & ceiling fans; three and four are finished nicely with plantation shutters, while the generous second bedroom is closest to the full bath that features floor-to-ceiling tile with inlay border, solar tube, recessed lighting, custom-made cabinetry, & built-ins to keep belongings neatly put away. The final – & most impressive – room on the second floor is the exquisite master suite addition-remodel. This space consists of a bonus/office space with hardwoods & storage & a luxurious master addition that was completed in the year 2000. The owner’s suite features a magnificent Palladian bay window encasing a cozy reading nook – & The View just outside of the mature landscaping & robust oak tree peppered with moss will enthrall the senses & is “to die for”! The addition also features matching hardwoods, deeply recessed trey ceiling with fan & recessed lighting, four casement windows to enjoy a fresh breeze, & three closets including a huge walk-in with built-ins & door leading to the mule-hide roof over the bonus. The deluxe master bath is highlighted by a dual Corian-topped vanity with Travertine backsplash, & glass walk-in steam shower that is adorned with floor-to-ceiling Travertine tile, double shower heads & bench. The water closet with custom 12x12 glass block privacy wall is smartly spacious & private yet welcomes natural light.  It blends seamlessly with the flow of the room & connects flawlessly to a large corner Jacuzzi tub hugged by a wall of casement windows.

The outdoors at 602 Surry Road  is a truly unique & special place. It offers an array of entertaining & gardening possibilities. The brick patio is backed by a tall brick privacy wall with a built-in raised garden trough that dreams of a garden of roses or meandering jasmine! This outdoor living space is the ideal setting for many wonderful memories to come!

If dwelling in comfort complements your lifestyle – whether reserved or active – 602 Surry Road  is the home you’ve been looking for. Welcome to your new home in Estes Hills!

 

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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.

Adverse Weather Map for Chapel Hill

by Masha Halpern

 

 

 

Are You Dreaming of Warm and Sunny Days! Me too....

 

I am one of many residents stuck inside my home because of ice on roads and sleet in Chapel Hill, NC and I have been wondering about when my roads will be scraped or treated so I can get out and get my life "back on schedule"...Cabin fever has not yet set in but at some point I will want to leave and knowing where the roads are safe- and where they are not is very important!

As many of us do, I began to Google odd combination of words trying to find what roads the town cleared.

 

I came upon a site on the town website that shows me what's happening and how the town prioritizes areas for service. Here is that link.

I hope you find it useful;- Please comment and share other useful links so we all know when its really safe to go out driving in town.

As a note, this is a picture of my backyard two years ago when we had a week of snow that locked us all indoors...Looking back at this makes me feel good about what we have this time! Stay inside and safe and warm!

Masha

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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.

 
 

Chapel Hill Ranked #3 Best College Town in America

by LC for Masha Halpern

Selecting a college to attend for four years is an intimating process, both for parents and high school students. There are so many factors to consider and accomplish before that brand new fall semester begins, like taking SAT's and ACT's, submitting college applications, writing scholarship essays, applying for financial aid, and the list goes on.

In addition to choosing a school, it's also important to know the college town as it will be a student's "home" for the next four or more years. Is the area safe? Affordable? Do opportunities exist for a multiplicity of "cultural and professional experiences"? If the college town is located far from home, is there an airport nearby? 

Wallethub.com is aware of the struggles surrounding the big decisions of college, which is the reason they put together a 2014 list of America's top college towns that promise the best (or worst!) combination of academic, social and economic environments. Twenty-three key metrics were analyzed to evaluate such characteristics as "higher education, crime rates and the cost of living." (Click here to see the full list)

In the overall ranking, the #1 college town is Oxford, OH, #2 is State College, PA, and #3 is CHAPEL HILL, NC, home of The University if North Carolina! This isn't the first time Chapel Hill has made the list for best college towns in the country, either. It's consistently on the radar for its rich cultural diversity and quality education, making it the ideal place for students to spend their memorable college years.

Source: WalletHub

 

Chapel Hill is unique in that it's not only a great college town, it's also a great place to live and retire! If you or someone you know is thinking about moving here, let us know! With our 20+ years of experience working and living in Chapel Hill, we are more than equipped to help you find THE perfect home in your ideal location! 

 

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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.

Gourmet Chocolate Made in Our Own Backyard

by LC for Masha Halpern

With Valentine's Day just around the corner, the taste and scent of chocolate is without a doubt on your mind. According to CNN online, American's purchase more than 58 million pounds of chocolate in the days surrounding Valentine's. Why? Because it's delicious!

This year, instead of surprising your sweetheart with the typical heart-shaped box of chocolates you can purchase in any grocery or drugstore, how about something a little bit sweeter...literally?

Let us introduce you to Videri Chocolate Factory, a bean-to-bar homemade chocolate-making company that lies in the warehouse district of downtown Raleigh.  Opened in December 2011 by a husband and wife who share a passion for chocolate, the factory is only the second of its kind in North Carolina (both companies happen to be located in Raleigh!) and business is booming.

Our State magazine featured Videri in its February issue. In the article by Andrea Weigl, she explains what sets a bean-to-bar company apart from other chocolate-making entities: "Most companies that make chocolate bars or candies buy premade chocolate. But bean-to-bar companies source cacao beans, roast them, and turn them into chocolate for bars or confections. By controlling the process, these artisan makers can produce more nuanced chocolate..."

Videri offers a gourmet selection of chocolate, from milk and dark chocolate to more out-of-the-box flavors like peppermint and pink peppercorn, and even some seasonal flavors like blood-orange ginger ganache and sugar plum ganache. 

There are two ways to purchase Videri chocolate:

1. Online

2. At the factory (Highly recommended as you'll get more of a selection in the retail space, AND you can go on a tour to see the factory's chocolate-making process!)

Either way, you won't be disappointed with the phenomenal flavor Videri creates. Andrew Ullom (as stated in Our State), pastry chef at Poole's Downtown Diner, can vouch for this as he uses Videri chocolate to make his special mocha pots de creme, blackout cake and chocolate marquise cake. Yum!

See the links below for additional sweet treat ideas that may be closer to home!

Durham

Miel Bon Bons: Bakery & Artisan Chocolates

Chapel Hill & Hillsborough

I Love Healthy Chocolate

Carolina Confectionery Company

Matthew's Chocolates

We hope we've given you a novel Valentine's Gift idea. If you didn't have chocolate on the brain before, we're betting you do now!

 

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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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Masha Halpern of Keller Williams Realty provides real estate services in the Chapel Hill, Carrboro and Durham, North Carolina area including real estate services for buyer, sellers and those relocating to the surrounding areas of Apex, Bahama,Cary, Efland, Hillsborough, Holly Springs, Mebane, Raleigh, and Wake Forest. Search for homes in Chapel Hill, Carrboro, Durham or the surrounding communities.  Request a market analysis for your North Carolina property.  I list and sell residential real estate, investment property, vacant land, lots for sale in Chapel Hill, Carrboro and Durham, North Carolina area.

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