Archives: September 2009

2009 Wake County Parade of Homes is upon us!

I Love the Parade Of Homes

Parade of Homes Logo

I have always loved the Parade of Homes time of year.  Along with all the great houses to see and real estate opportunities it means that Fall has arrived.  Fall not only means Parade of Homes but it means football is in full swing, cool crisp fresh air fills the day and nights and pumpkins and apple cider are everywhere!  I love my summer and the beach but not sure if anything beats the fall.

Parade of Homes features many beautiful homes to see!

Parade of Homes features many beautiful homes to see!

Parade of Homes is a great opportunity to spend some time touring the Triangle, checking out new homes and neighborhoods.  Triangle builders like to show off what is new and popular with home building especially trends with floor plans, landscaping, interior features and Energy Star & Green Building benefits.  It is also a fun time to get new decorating ideas.  It is fun to see what paint colors are popular and get ideas on finishing items like window treatments.  The other great part about Parade of Homes is all the different styles of houses and price points you can see.  Maybe you only want to see ranch style homes or you want to focus on homes that are perfect for a growing family.  I always love to spend at least one afternoon walking into the Million Dollar homes to see all the beautiful touches that make these homes breath taking.    Now if you are in the market for a new home then Parade of Homes is the ultimate time to buy because builders are offering parade only specials that can turn out to be very lucrative.  Whether it be builders offering a significant upgrade allowance or help with closing costs, Parade of Homes makes it a great time to buy.  To check out all the 2009 Parade Homes and to search by style, builder, price or neighborhood please check here.

Avalon Springs Parade Home

2009 Avalon Springs Parade Home

2009 Avalon Springs Parade Home

Avalon Springs in Fuquay Varina is proud to have a beautiful parade home this year built by Homes By Dickerson.  The Azalea is Avalon Springs’ 2009 Parade of Homes Entry! This incredible ranch will not disappoint you. Decked out with lots of moldings and upgrades. Cathedral ceilings in the family room and master. Large gourmet kitchen with granite counter tops. Over sized covered porch is perfect for relaxing and entertaining. Master Suite with his and her closets! Finished bonus and lots of storage.  Prices at $299,500 this home is a must see and will not last long!  Be sure to come out and see us at Avalon Springs during the Parade of Homes – we promise you will not be disappointed!

I hope that you make it out during Parade of Homes and if I don’t see you at Avalon Springs then maybe we will run into each other at another home.  If you have any interest in touring homes with me please do not hesitate to contact me.  I would love the opportunity to walk some new homes with you and help point out the many features and details that I know builders spend a lot of time on.  And if you can’t make it out to some of the homes then follow my Live In Raleigh Photo Blog because I will be sure to add as many pictures that I can during parade!

Happy Parade and Happy Fall!

– Walking With You Every Step Of The Way!

Jenn Nowalk – Raleigh REALTOR/Broker

Fall Is Here and So Are Many Great Triangle Events This Month

Fall is upon us and although I am sad to see summer go I am excited for some cooler weather and all the fun Fall events around the Triangle.  There is so much to do and see this month that I just don’t know how I will find enough hours in the day.  Maybe all my friends, family and clients can hit some of these events and report back on what they did, saw and heard so!

Thanks to the many websites, emails and newsletters that have helped me make some suggestions on events you and the family should consider this month!  And please feel free to give me your feedback on how the event was because it always helps to give my friends and clients new to the area the scoop on what events are a must for next year and beyond!

Triangle September Festivals and Event Ideas

  • Reptiles, birds and mammals will be on display at the Exposition Center for The Carolina Reptile and Exotic Animal Show on 9/5-9/6.
  • The 68th Annual Gourd Arts and Craft Festival is 9/12 through 9/14.
  • The first annual ItaliaFest is 9/12 celebration will be held at Festival Park in Wake Forest with traditional Italian music, free activities for kids, great tasting Italian food and beer with an Italian flair.
  • Heroes, Villains and Special Effects – Saturday, September 12  between 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.  Hollywood is coming to the Museum of Life and Science.  This is your chance to meet some of the finest in the film and entertainment industry and to interact with Star Wars characters from Carolina 501st Garrison.  Cost: Free with a Museum admission: Adult $12.50, Child (3-12) $9.50  Check out other things going on at the Life and Science Museum website.
  • BUGFEST  Location – North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences.  Date – Saturday, September 12  between 9 am-9 pm.  Jones Street, The Bicentennial Plaza, Edenton Street, the Capitol Grounds, and all four floors of the Museum will be filled with buggy fun!  Enjoy the entertaining displays, exhibits and activities—both inside and outside the Museum.  Learn about arthropods, which make up three-quarters of all animals on Earth, during fascinating presentations.  Taste delectable dishes featuring creepy crawlers as a major ingredient at Café Insecta.  Join the moths, fireflies and katydids for an exhilarating evening of nocturnal activities at the Evening Insectival.  This year’s theme bugs are butterflies and moths!
  • Delicious Greek food, authentic dancing, live music and much more, happen at the 28th Greek Festival  from 9/18 through 9/20.
  • Bring your family to the first annual Cary Caribbean Festival on 9/19 and enjoy the music and food of the Caribbean and learn about different island cultures.
  • Consider yourself a wine snob? Taste hundreds of different wines at Triangle Uncorked on 9/26 at Cary’s Koka Booth Amphitheatre.

The Triangle offers so many different opportunities for the entire family every weekend.  I mean how great is to go from talking about the great college football the Triangle has to offer to Bugfest in the same month!  I hope you get out, enjoy the events and all the great things that the Triangle has to offer.  Hopefully I will see you at some of the events and remember to please offer any feedback you have.

– Walking With You Every Step Of The Way

Jenn Nowalk Raleigh REALTOR/Broker

Are You Ready For Some College Football Here In The Triangle?

My husband is beside himself.  This week for him is like the week leading up to Christmas day for kids.  Saturday is his Christmas Day because it means the start of College Football.  Lucky for him I love college football season as well!  The Triangle is a great place to spend Falls because of the great weather and three ACC College Football teams competing right here in our backyards – well not literally in your backyard but if that does happen for any reason let me know and I can recommend a good landscaper to re sod your back yard :)!

There is nothing like going out to a football game on a clear, clean, crisp Fall Saturday to join family and friends tailgating before the game.  The smell of grills cooking yummy foods, football’s sailing through the air, flags flying high and your favorite drinks flowing make College Football tailgates the place to be on any Saturday in the Triangle.

We are very lucky in the Triangle to have 3 Division 1 teams playing some great football in the ACC.  Regardless of who you root for there is bound to be some great college football action in the Triangle this Fall!

Kenan Stadium is a beautiful place to watch college football.

Kenan Stadium is a beautiful place to watch college football.

The Tarheels are on the rise and projected to be in the hunt for the ACC crown this year.  If you have not been to Kenan Stadium in Chapel Hill then plan a Saturday to go because it is one of the most beautiful stadiums in all of college football.

The Wolfpack are also a top contender this year with their quarterback Russell Wilson one of the top QB’s in all of the ACC.  NC State fans can tailgate with the best of them in college football.  They open this Thursday night against South Carolina on national TV so safe to say it will be a wild Thursday evening out at Carter Finley Stadium.

The Wolfpack and their fans will be fired up and ready to go Thursday night!

The Wolfpack and their fans will be fired up and ready to go Thursday night!

Last but not least here in the Triangle are the Duke Blue Devils.  It is a fact that Duke football has struggled for attention but head coach David Cutcliffe has definitely fired up the team and the fan base out in Durham.

Now I can’t leave out my alma mata Elon University, even though they are technically not in the Triangle, they are still only about 1 hour away and they will be one of the best teams in the tough Southern Conference this year.  Hopefully this will be the year they beat Southern Conference power and rival Appalachian State.  If you want to see a great high powered offense then be sure to watch an Elon game this fall!

Finally I have to mention my husband’s (he did help me write a lot of this blog!) favorite team the Notre Dame Fighting Irish.  The Notre Dame fight song usually starts playing about 8:00am in our house and does not stop until well after the game is over!  He is confident that this will be a great year for the Irish and trust me we will be watching every play.  Regardless of what you think of Notre Dame I can say first hand after going to a game in South Bend that if you like tradition then you will love Notre Dame football!

I have said it over and over again but the TRIANGLE is a great place to live.  The list why continues to grow and College Football in the Triangle is another great item to put at the top of the list.  When I am not showing houses on Saturday then I know I will be watching college football live or on TV.  And if we need to work your home search around your favorite teams schedule on a Saturday then no problem because I know how it is!

I am here to help your home buying or selling process now or in the future so please let me know how I can help.  Good luck to all of the Triangle’s College
Football teams this Fall!

– Walking With You Every Step Of The Way!

Jenn Nowalk – Raleigh REALTOR/Broker