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OPEN HOUSE SUNDAY, AUGUST 31 from 1-3 PM

by LC for Masha Halpern

Come see Chapel Hill's 406 Old Larkspur Way this Labor Day Sunday, August 31 from 1:00-3:00 PM!

Now offered at a more attractive price -- this is a must see!

 

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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.

 

406 Old Larkspur Way Now Offered at a More Attractive Price!

by LC for Masha Halpern

406 Old Larkspur Way

406 Old Larkspur Way needs only two words of description: Perfection Personified. Touched with the architectural brilliance of Zinn Design Build, this multiple level home is designed for both the formal and family affairs of life.


Having driven the beautiful drive through Chapel Hill’s luxurious subdivision of Larkspur, your arrival to this home will immediately place your eyes under arrest with its stunning exterior, phenomenal landscaping and lush fescue grass that is watered by an irrigation system. A full covered front porch adds to the home’s gorgeous curb appeal and provides a great place for chatting with neighbors or enjoying a quiet moment in the fresh air. Stepping through the front door will introduce you to glistening oak hardwood floors and the main level’s soaring 9’ ceilings. Entertain guests in a formal living room that features crown molding, lots of natural light and a hardwood staircase to the second level. A formal dining room is separated from the living room by two ornate columns and an arched entry, and is gently lit by an elegant chandelier. A framed glass door leads to a gourmet kitchen that has it all – gas stove with convection oven, pull out cabinet drawers for easy accessibility, a generous pantry, craftsman-style flat panel 42” high cabinets and ample prep space – all with stainless steel appliances. The breakfast area has tall windows with plantation blinds and looks out to a handsome screened porch with skylights and ceiling fan. Wired for surround sound, the spacious family room boasts a wall of windows, recessed lighting, gas fireplace with custom mantle and marble surround, and contains a computer alcove and access to the laundry and mudroom.

The impressive details of the main level are continued to the second story, starting with the master suite. The master is designed as a peaceful escape from the stresses of the day with its quiet sitting room, his and hers walk-in closets, cathedral ceiling, and ample space for any furniture style and size. The spa-like master bath boasts a giant soaking jetted tub, dual vanity, large glass enclosed shower and separate water closet. The other four bedrooms are also on the second level and are generous in size with each containing plenty of closet space. Of note, the fifth bedroom has French glass pocket doors and can easily be a home office or playroom. The third level is unfinished flex space – use it as you see fit, as is or finished!

The Larkspur community has much to offer its residents, including a craftsman-style clubhouse that overlooks the Zinn-designed playground and unique swimming pool featuring a large deck with picnic grill area. Larkspur also offers community soccer fields!

Not only is this home spectacular inside and out and resting in an outstanding neighborhood, it is also in a prime Chapel Hill location as it’s only minutes from UNC, Duke, I-40, and some of the best shopping and dining North Carolina has to offer!


Click here to see the virtual tour!

For more information on this property or to schedule a private showing, contact Masha Halpern & The Smart Move Team today!

 

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Masha Halpern and The Smart Move Team is your ultimate real estate resource for Chapel Hill, Durham, Carrboro 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 points. Masha Halpern can be contacted for a private consultation by calling 919-414-0337 or by visiting www.TheSmartMoveTeam.com

10 Bits of Wisdom for Selecting a Contractor

by LC for Masha Halpern

If ever there was a daunting decision to be made about your home, hiring a contractor would be top of the list. If renovating, who will understand what you're looking for and have the professional know-how to implement? If updating a kitchen or bathroom, who do you call on to get the job done, and get it done right? How do you find that person you trust implicitly with your biggest baby, your home?

Here's 10 tips that will help you zero in on the right contractor for you:

1. Recommendations from Reliable Sources - Your friends, family, coworkers, and neighbors will be your best source for finding the phenomenal contractor of your dreams, so ask! If it helps, take a look at the work they had done by the contractor they recommended.

2. Check the Legitimacy of the Contractor - Before the hire is made, make sure your contractor is licensed, bonded and insured. Ask that they provide proof of insurance by showing certificates for workers compensation and their general liability policy. It's better to be safe than sorry!

3. Contact BBB - You'll be able to find out if any complaints have been filed against a contractor by contacting your local BBB (Better Business Bureau). Visit their site, www.bbb.org, for more tips on hiring contractors!

4. Obtain Estimates in Writing - If you've been given the names of several different contractors, call them all to have them give written estimates for the work you need done. Estimates are generally free, so you may not want to hire someone who charges for this. When you get an estimate in writing, be sure it includes any and every oral agreement made between you and the contractor, and a line-by-line cost breakdown that includes labor and materials.

5. Ask the Contractor for Referrals - It is perfectly reasonable to ask the contractor (politely, of course) for names and numbers of their previous customers. Hearing about the experience of other customers firsthand will speak volumes about the contractor in question.

6. Measure Price & Quality - The saying "You get what you pay for" is often true, but it's also possible to be paying out the wazoo for poor quality. Therefore, do not rely solely on the dollar signs in front of you. On top of price, assess the quality of the contractor's workmanship, as well as making sure quality materials and construction techniques are being applied.

7. Collect a Copy of the Contract - The contract should include a start and end date, spell out the work that is to be done, payment agreements and warranty info. It should ALSO include a "hold harmless" clause that should benefit you as the client as it states the contractor will indemnify you for your liability to those who may be injured or whose property was damaged in the course of the contract's work. Seek the consult of your attorney for confirmation of proper terms and conditions.

8. There's No Pressure to Sign a Contract Immediately - Red flags should go off in your head if a contractor requires you to quickly sign a contract before the "price changes." Most of the time you won't receive an estimated price that is subject to change in a day or week's time.

9. For Peace of Mind, Hire an Attorney - Hiring an attorney to review your contract before signing is a resourceful decision if the job you need done is major or concerns a large sum of money.

10. Alert Your Insurance Company - Before the contractor gets started, contact your insurance agent to notify him/her of the work that is about to take place on your home. Your agent should clarify if you're currently covered sufficiently and disclose if you have different insurance needs before, during and after the work is completed.

If you're a homeowner and you found these tips to be helpful, great! If you're looking to buy a home in the near future, don't hesitate to contact us anytime! With 22 years of real estate experience, we can help you find just what you're looking for.

 

 

Content courtesy of Chubb Group of Insurance Companies.

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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.

Best Restaurants in the South Includes Several from the Triangle

by LC for Masha Halpern

Lately, our primary topic of conversation has been FOOD. Why? A) Because we work and live in the Triangle, and the Triangle is host to an amazing selection of extraordinarily good food, and B) because food is extraordinarily good for the soul!

Southern Living Magazine recently published a list for the top 100 Best Restaurants in the South. Out of that list, several were from North Carolina, including six in and around the Triangle area. That's a pretty big deal...

Four Triangle area cities were among the South's elite best: Chapel Hill, Durham, Raleigh and Pittsboro.  

Chapel Hill

Lantern - Downtown Chapel Hill's Lantern is known for its beautiful combination of Asian flavors with North Carolina grown, fresh ingredients, many of which are hyper local. Click here to learn more about this top-rated restaurant!

Crook's Corner - Chef Bill Smith tops delicious Southern Cuisine charts with his divine take on classic recipes. Once you've tried the Shrimp & Grits, no other version will suffice. Click here to see today's menu!

Durham

Mateo Tapas - Located in the heart of downtown Durham and its epic revival, Mateo Tapas is a Spanish-inspired cantina where Chef Matt Kelly's indelible menu features dynamite dishes that brilliantly blend Southern and Spanish cuisine. Learn more about Mateo Tapas here

Raleigh

Poole's Diner - At Poole's Diner, you just may find true love...with Chef Ashley Christensen's heavenly creations, that is. All that truly needs mentioning is the smoked tomato pie with whipped cream made from sweet corn. Is your mouth watering yet? See the link for more...

Stanbury - If you're looking for a restaurant that is dedicated to highlighting our region's local farmers, then Stanbury may have to be your next destination. According to Southern Living, the must-try menu item is Steak Tartare with nuoc cham vinaigrette, peanuts, mint, Thai basil, cilantro, and crab chips. Unimaginable goodness.

Pittsboro 

The Fearrington House Restaurant - This restaurant is a true treasure of North Carolina. Executive Chef Colin Bedford has perfected the farm-to-fork menu, and the beautiful scenery that will surround you as you partake will hold your eyes - and your heart - hostage with its rustic and classic beauty. Fearrington is mere minutes from Chapel Hill, so if you're a Triangle resident and you've yet to experience The Fearrington House Restaurant, make plans to visit today!

If the Triangle area sounds appealing to you, contact us today - it's time to plan your visit! 

 

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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.

 

430 Fairoaks Circle Now Offered at a More Attractive Price!

by LC for Masha Halpern

430 Fairoaks Circle 

Now Offered at $170,000!

Known for being home to The University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill is rich with culture and appealing to individuals of all ages. 430 Fairoaks Circle is near “the heart” of this colorful southern town in the low-key community of Village West. It offers both the convenience of close proximity to downtown and the benefit of a quiet lifestyle. 

This end unit townhome backs to dense woods, which provides an added level of privacy. From the parking lot, the paved walkway brings you to the side entrance with a covered porch. The foyer features parquet floors, carpeted stairwell to the upstairs, and a coat closet with hidden under-stairway storage. Straight ahead lies a Galley-style kitchen that is complete with a brand new vinyl floor, new deep sink & faucet, a storage & butler pantry, skylight, and cabinet & counter space galore. Life will be simpler with the connected dining and living area, allowing for both ease of entertainment and the feeling of togetherness with family. Sliding glass doors lead from the living room to the 8x16 deck where one can enjoy a private wooded view (there’s an extra storage room off the deck, too!). The main level also includes a full bath with new vinyl flooring and a bedroom with new carpet and paint – the perfect guest bed and bath!

Heading to the second level, natural light from the above skylights fills the staircase and upstairs hall. Bedroom two is located at the top of the staircase and, like the rest of the townhome, features brand new carpet and paint. A closet containing the washer and dryer and built-in shelving is down the hall, as is the original style Jack ‘n Jill bathroom that is accessed both by the hall and master bedroom. Located at the furthest end of the hall, the carpeted master overlooks the woods out back and features a wall of closet space – one side for her and one for him!

Village West offers owners a private clubhouse with grilling deck, adult & infant pools, and a tennis & basketball court. It is within biking distance to UNC’s campus and downtown Chapel Hill, is on the CH Transit line & a short stroll to Umstead Park & Foster’s Market. Enjoy being mere minutes from I-40, Durham, Raleigh, Research Triangle Park and more!

Click here to see the virtual tour!

For more information on this property or to schedule a private showing, contact Masha Halpern & The Smart Move Team today!

 

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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.

 

 

4310 Hope Valley Drive

Open Sunday, August 17 from 1-3 PM!

Just around the bend on the cul-de-sac of Hope Valley Drive lies this beautiful transitional in the upscale subdivision of New Hope Springs. The home rests atop semi-tiered terrain, granting some of the most majestic views in Hillsborough.

A cobbled-brick path leads across the front yard to a rocking chair front porch that is accentuated by a large camellia bush and thoughtfully-placed landscaping. Upon entering the foyer, one will step onto wide heart pine wood flooring. To the right is a formal living room with built-ins, and to the left is a formal dining room featuring a continuance of heart pine floors and chair-rail & crown molding. Adjacent to the dining room is a large “farm style” eat-in kitchen with breakfast area and bar, 42’’ custom flat panel cabinetry, granite countertops, gas stove and built-in microwave. Brilliant sunlight pervades the kitchen through an oversized picture window that looks out to the layered back yard and lily pond.  The kitchen also has direct access to the two-car garage. The step-down family room is bright and vivacious with its collection of large windowsIt includes a wood-burning fireplace as focal point and features a slate surround facade, floor-to-ceiling built-ins, and access to the back deck through a glass door.

The second floor is where you will find the home’s four bedrooms. The master is complete with hardwood flooring, arched ceiling, and walk-in closet. It also boasts a large master bath that features a double vanity with cultured marble top, deep-soaking garden tub that will take your troubles away, walk-in shower, tumbled tile floor, and a picture window overlooking the back yard.

Heading down the hallway you’ll find a second full bath with tile floor, a bedroom with a view to the stone patio out back, and a third bedroom facing the front with walk-in closet. Both rooms feature hardwood floorings - a lovely upgrade in any home! At the end of the hall is a large bonus room or fourth bedroom, media or exercise room. A third floor walk-up attic is easily finished for extra living space!

As the weather transitions into spring and summer, the outdoors will beckon you to spend time on its large custom deck or relax with a good book and a glass of wine in a comfy outdoor chair on the stone & pebbled patio. The back yard is divided into layered sections, creating a divine, picturesque view from the house. The potential for gardening and landscaping is endless!

New Hope Springs is minutes from I-85, and only ten minutes from Chapel Hill, 20 minutes from Duke, and 30 minutes from Research Triangle Park.

Click here to see the virtual tour.

For more information on this property or to schedule a private showing, contact Masha Halpern & The Smart Move Team today, & come see it this Sunday!

 

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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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