Springtime Is the Beginning of Entertainment Season – Is it time for a remodel?

Eastern Shore Real Estate

Spring will be upon us before we know it.  As most of you know, Judy Niemeyer is a name that is recognized as an agent who knows the market in Fairhope, Montrose, Daphne, Spanish Fort and of course Point Clear. Locals call this area, the Eastern Shore of Alabama.  My real estate career began in 1979, and oh how our homes have changed since then.  Gold and green were the main colors back in 1979 and wallpaper was big.  Wallpaper is coming back and I thought I would never say that.  White is big and neutral is the new game in town.  Accessories are being used to add the warmth.

If you are ready to make a change in your home,  you may ask “Where should I start?”  Most people like to start in the kitchen and Judy says YES!!!.  Step back and give your kitchen a critical eye.  Start pulling up suggestions either from internet sites such as Pinterest or Houzz, magazines, or even open houses in newer neighborhoods.  If you need an outside eye, consult a kitchen designer but first think of budget.  Get a notebook and start making a plan!

Appliances always show age, especially stoves. If you’ve had yours for years, go out and buy a new one.  This is one of least expensive changes in a kitchen and makes an easy and immediate impact.  Stainless has been popular for many years and still seems to be in style.  Gas stoves are very popular and are favored by people who love to cook.  Cabinet depth refrigerators certainly enhance the look of a kitchen, but they are usually more expensive.

Cabinets designs are simpler than they used to be.  Shaker or slab doors are currently in style and present a clean and sleek look.  In most cases, just replacing doors and adding hidden hinges will make a tremendous difference.  Paint instead of stain is currently more common.  Pull-outs shelves and Lazy Susan corners are a great way of utilizing your storage space if you are getting all new cabinets.  Keep your kitchen color scheme as neutral as possible.  Color can be added by using art and accessories.

Simple lines are fashionable.  Lighting needs to flow.  Quartz on countertops is used more today instead of granite or marble due to its versatility and resilience.  Some people add depth to the countertop to create an additional dining space.  Choose a simple backsplash but also keep it neutral.  You do not want the updates to go out of style.  I love a separated farm sink. If you replace the countertops, then choose a neat sink.

It can be tough to choose hardware that compliments your overall design.  If your cabinet design is simple, stick with a simple pull.  When choosing a faucet, consider spout height, pull down vs conventional, single vs. multiple handles and finish.  Single handles are much more convenient to use as you can control with one hand.  I recommend buying one that is easy to maintain.  Pay for quality but easy maintenance.

Take your breakfast area and make it happy with comfortable chairs.  This is a great gathering spot in a kitchen.

Updated kitchens bring a wow to a home.  Have fun with the updates but remember start with a budget.



Thank you to all Veterans

Yesterday I was fortunate to tour the shores of Normandy, walk the beach and visit the American cemetery. How heroic our soldiers were and how proud I was to be an American. Over 9,000 Americans are buried in the cemetery. All marked with beautiful white marble crosses.

As we approached our group joined into the Pledge of Allegiance and then followed with taps. It was a very emotional day.

Thank you to all Veterans. Today is your day.IMG_0138

Mobile Eastern Shore Homes For Sale: 104 Savannah Square

Mobile Eastern Shore Homes For Sale:

104 Savannah Square, Fairhope AL 36532
MLS Number: 146680

A feeling of Savannah – tremendous value – incredible quality. Built by RC Niemeyer and located in the Rock Creek area of Fairhope, home of the Rock Creek Golf Club. Designed to entertain with an open floorplan. A cook’s kitchen with top of the line appliances – gas stove and working island. Main level master suite with office/den. Great privacy in this home. Back entry garage.

Learn more about 104 Savannah Square and other Mobile Eastern Shore homes by visiting JudySells.com.

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Mobile Eastern Shore Real Estate For Sale: 13 San Souci Lane

Mobile Eastern Shore Real Estate For Sale:

13 Sans Souci Lane, Fairhope AL 36532 
MLS# 144440 

Gated community in Fairhope with easy access to Mobile. Deeded bay access with wonderful pier and creek walk. Great privacy in woodsy setting. Charleston style home with double wide porches. 4th bedroom perfect for guest suite/mother-in-law quarters. Bonus room/private office on 3rd floor. Walk-in storage. 

Learn more about 13 San Souci Lane and other Mobile Eastern Shore homes by visiting JudySells.com.

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Mobile Eastern Shore Homes for Sale: 17861 S Section Street

Mobile Eastern Shore Homes for Sale:

17861 S Section Street, Fairhope AL 36532
MLS Number: 144800

Fabulous buy at the Cottages of Point Clear in Fairhope. Gated Community. Magnificent views of #11 of Azalea Golf Course. Membership to Lakewood will transfer. Top of the line throughout! Tall ceilings, crown molding, open floor-plan. GE Monogram appliances. Media room – fully equipped.

Learn more about 17861 S Section Street and other Mobile Eastern Shore homes by visiting JudySells.com.

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Mobile Bay Real Estate & Homes For Sale: Gayfer Court

Mobile Bay Real Estate & Homes For Sale:

mobile bay real estateGayfer Court, Fairhope AL 36532

MLS Number: 131882  

Incredible Bayfront in Baldwin County! Walking distance to Fairhope pier and yacht club. Wonderful covered pier plus crabbing and swimming pier. 2 boat lifts with water, electric and 2 fishing lights. Must see home. Custom built. Maple cabinets, and granite. Open floor plan. Built-in flat screen TV. Asl about the extra lot. MUST SEE!

For more information on Gayfer Court or other Baldwin County AL real estate, visit JudySells.com or give us a call, 251-990-0569.

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Al Eastern Shore Real Estate: Welcome to Fairhope

Al Eastern Shore Real Estate: Welcome to Fairhope

Description to follow will allow you to take a driving tour through the Eastern Shore. Please remember this is a partial list but we want to share our natural beauty with you.

Founded in 1894 by a group of idealists from Iowa seeking a Utopian quality of life focused on common ownership of the land, Fairhope has evolved rapidly into one of the main centers of the Eastern Shore’s commercial and cultural activity. Its founders believed that their progressive project had “fair hope” of coming to fruition and indeed the city’s prominence in the area may well be due in part to its heritage of fortitude and perseverance.

Bright flowers, brick walkways, downtown galleries and shops all add to the small town charm of this beautiful city. The public pier with its rose garden, beach area, and duck pond is the hub for most of the year. Activities from sailing to sunbathing can almost always be viewed from anywhere along the bluffs and waterfront in Fairhope. Even a potential “Jubilee” can be spotted, under rare conditions of course, in the summer. There is a wide variety of public and private schools as well as two colleges located in Fairhope.

Residential areas run along the bay, wrap around the downtown area, and branch out further from town in a more country setting. From small garden homes to huge estate homes, with bay views or with lush gardens, it is all available in Fairhope.

Fairhope has the quaintness and the atmosphere to allow you to stroll through Downtown. Downtown is locally called Fruit and Nut District and The Bluff Area, which both are walking distance to town and the Bay.

Subdivisions featured:

quail creek
Quail Creek
Built in conjunction with the municipal 18 hole golf course
Rock Creek
Surrounding an 18 hole golf course and spectacular tennis facility plus fitness and swim.
Audubon Trentino
Flying Creek The Woodlands of Fairhope