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LAKESIDE LIVING and LOGAN MARTIN HOMES

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Covering life along Logan Martin Lake since 1994

Racing cardboard boats in Pell City

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Photography BOB CRISP BRIAN SCHOENHALS Design GRAHAM HADLEY Writers

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Arts venue Art and music festivals come to Lakeside Park

Logan Martin Homes Section

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A waterfront

EVOLUTION Family turns lakeside home into something special

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COVER PHOTO BY BRIAN SCHOENHALS

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Editor and Publisher CAROL PAPPAS

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October Lakeside focuses on creativity

Lakeside Magazine’s David Atchison in his cardboard kayak.

From the editor… I have always admired people who can make things with their hands. They take a few pieces of wood, a hammer and nails, and it’s like magic, a cabinet appears. A stack of tile becomes a beautiful floor or backsplash. And a hole in the ground becomes a shimmering swimming pool. When I see their handiwork, I always respond, “All I know how to do is write checks.” But people like Laurie Massey know the value in turning vision into a creation with their own two hands. She turned an aging lakeside fishing cabin into a firstclass, cozy bungalow for vacation renters by doing some of the work herself. She is one of those creative souls who reap the rewards of creating something from that pile of wood or stack of tile. The same holds true for Lincoln’s Joey Callahan, whose three-story lakeside retreat is full of his handiwork. A cedar vanity with a distinctive, hammered copper basin is his creation, and the home features bead board and flooring salvaged from the old Lincoln Elementary School. Inside this month’s edition of Lakeside Living, we’ll take you inside both those homes, giving you a glimpse into lakeside paradises found with a little help from their owners’ creativity. Even our staff got to show off their creativity with the boat David Atchison and Elsie Hodnett built for the annual Float ‘Yer Boat cardboard regatta. It’s October. It’s Lakeside. It’s where you want to be.

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2009 Float ‘Yer Story by Elsie Hodnett Photos by Brian Schoenhals The participants floated with paddles poised above the water awaiting the signal, lifejackets on just incase their hopefully lake-worthy vessel wasn’t up to the task. The whistle sounded, the crowd cheered, and the 5th Annual Float ‘Yer Boat Regatta was under way. Most of the 18 entries floated their way out across the waters of Logan Martin Lake, but a few floundered and sank into its depths. Held at Lakeside Park in Pell City, the annual Float ‘Yer Boat Regatta drew hundreds of spectators. “We had a great turnout,” said Pell City Civitan Club President Blair Fields. The Civitan Club sponsored the event to raise funds for the Pell City Toys for Children Program. Fields said the annual regatta raises money to help provide toys and also badly needed clothes, shoes and diapers for children at Christmas. The Pell City Toys for Children Program helped more than 800 children last year. “We were glad to continue the regatta tradition when we took over the Pell City Toys for Children Program,” he said. “It went better than we expected.” Float ‘Yer Boat Regatta participants were required to paddle their crafts out from the Lakeside Park boat launch, around a buoy, and back to the boat launch. The heats were timed, with the fastest time declared the winner. There were five entries in the Youth Division. First Place was awarded to Hannah McBurnett’s “Water Rat” with a time of 1:55. Also in the Youth Division were Grant Stanley’s “Killer Croc” with a time of 2:11,

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Boat Regatta

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Regatta

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Luk Bierbaum’s “Berbi 8” with a time of 2:27, Schyler McCrary’s “Logan Martin Lake Snake” with a time of 2:38, and Elizabeth Patterson’s “Psychedelic Ship” with a time of 2:40. There were three entries in the Adult Division. First Place was awarded to Bill Cox’s “The Blackberrian” with a time of 1:31. Melissa Meals’ “Lakeside Lady’s” finished with a time of 2:37, and John Huston’s “Oliekea AKA The Miss Gracie” sank. There were two entries in the Church Division. First Place was awarded to Our Lady of the Lake Catholic Church’s “Our Lady of the Lake” with a time of 3:10. St. Simon Peter Episcopal Church’s “Capurnium” sank. There were eight entries in the Business & Industry Division. First Place was awarded to Gorbel’s “Pivot Pro” with a time of 1:15. Also in the Business & Industry Division were The Daily Home’s “Lakeside Living Yellow Jacket” with a time of 1:20, Energy Absorption Systems Inc.’s “Easi V” with a time of 1:24, WKW Erbsloeh with a time of 1:40, Eissmann Automotive’s “Floating Otto II” with a time of 2:07, F & G Realty’s “Sell Club” with a time of 2:18, St. Clair County ARC’s “USS ARC” with a time of 2:45, and Advanced Clinical Research’s “Damsel in Distress,” which sank. The Ship Shape Award, for the most creative boat design, was awarded to Eissmann Automotive’s “Floating Otto II.” The “Lovely Lady” Award, for the prettiest boat in the regatta, was awarded to Advanced Clinical Research’s “Damsel in Distress.” The Team Unity Award, for the most spirited and organized team (looks of the boat is not a factor here), was awarded to Our Lady of the Lake Catholic Church’s “Our Lady of the Lake.” The Team Attire Award, for the most creative team costumes, was awarded to The Daily Home’s “Lakeside Living Yellow Jacket.” The S.S. Minnow Award, which is awarded to the most spectacular sinking vessel, was awarded to St. Simon Peter Episcopal Church’s “Capurnium.”

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Catering Polly Mitchell finds her calling in

Story by June Winters Photos by Bob Crisp   Polly Mitchell loves cooking. She especially enjoys creating different foods and gourmet foods. But she was not always like that. “I discovered my passion for cooking about 15 years ago,” she said. Not that she hasn’t always enjoyed being in the kitchen. “After R.L. and I married, we discovered we both enjoyed entertaining, especially after we moved to the lake. I found myself preparing different hors de oeuvres, and my guests would love them. But it was not until I bought myself a Cake Bible that I really knew that cooking was the career I wanted.” Polly and R.L. own the Chevron station at the intersection of Talladega County 207 and Alabama 34, and she started her newfound career cooking in a kitchen in the back of the food mart. She still prepares food there, but now it is an upscale kitchen, with modern equipment. Polly only does large parties, and the more the merrier. One of her favorites was a wedding in Pell City with 600 guests at the reception. “It was outdoors, under huge white tents. We had two buffet lines with guests serving them-

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selves on both sides. Polly said the menu consisted of shrimp and grits, caviar with an assortment of dips, smoked salmon, West Indies salad, and other dishes. “The hit of the party though was grilled vegetables. We had two cooks grilling a variety of vegetables on site, and the guests loved it. There were mushrooms, eggplant, squash and others. We served the vegetables with a variety of dressings.” There were two canoes filled with iced-down drinks and a variety of wines. “At this occasion, we took a lot of our kitchen equipment to the site. There was a large garage to set up in, and any time we can prepare food on site, I love it. It’s always fresh and hot.” Polly says the first step in getting ready to prepare for a wedding reception is finding out what the bride’s favorite foods are. “We always include those in the menu.” She remembers one bride’s favorite was potatoes. “We

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affair, and I served it in miniature martini glasses.” She loves serving scallops in a favorite bowl of hers. “It’s leaf-shaped, and the sauce goes underneath the scallops.” One of her signature desserts is Purple Glitter Chocolate Truffles, and a lemon blueberry delight is another specialty. Homemade cheesecake cut into a variety shapes is also a favorite and is served with a variety of toppings. The cheesecake is served from a container set over crushed ice. Polly has her own linens and is perfectly willing to have special ones made if the host desires. Of late, Polly has been focusing on the “Purse and Passion” event. It was held in the Beacon at Pell City First United Methodist Church Oct. 1. The sell-out event raised funds for the new women’s shelter, sponsored by the YWCA. “This is a first for Pell City “ Polly said, “but an event that has been held in many, many other places throughout the United States. She can’t say enough about her catering staff. “They are wonderful, and none of this could be possible without their dedication. I love them all.” Polly never neglects the place where her career first started. On Wednesday nights, she sells spaghetti, lasagna, pound cakes and hamburgers from the front of the Chevron Station. “People love our half-pound hamburger,” Polly said. “Eat one, and you’re hooked.” Polly has two Web sites coming up in midOctober. One will be pollyspicnic.com and the other will be caferoyalecatering.com.

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Pretty in Pink

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Stan and Linda Johnson got the idea for their party while visiting the Birmingham Zoo. Story by Brandon Fincher Photos by Brian Schoenhals When you’ve managed to put together a summer party for eight consecutive years, you must be doing something right. Stan and Linda Johnson appear to be doing everything right with their annual Pink Flamingo Party. The key is in its simplicity. Only one rule is in effect – wear pink clothing or wear clothing with a flamingo on it.

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Johnson said the idea came about not long after he moved to the area and wanted to have an annual get-together with his friends. “We talked about it and one day we were over at the Birmingham Zoo and there were all these flamingos walking around, standing around talking, having a good time and everybody was happy, and I said, ‘That’s it. We’re going to have a Pink Flamingo Party.’”

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The party started out with around 50 folks and has grown every year since. Johnson expected more than 120 people would have come and gone before the evening’s conclusion this year. The atmosphere is relaxed, and the dress is casual. Everyone brings their own lawn chair as well as their own beverages, if they so choose, and settles in under the tall pine trees of the Johnsons’ England Isle lakeside mobile home on the Lincoln side of the lake for a relaxing evening. The Johnsons set up tables under a tent on one side of the party area where people could contribute finger foods and appetizers for partygoers. The treats included all the tailgate classics, such as chips, dips, hotdogs, chili, fried chicken and some sweet desserts all served on paper plates. On the other side of the party area, several industrial-sized fans blew on the band as well as the party participants. But one thing those fans couldn’t cool is the hot classic rock tunes being

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kids run around in a grassy area in front of the band, and the adults lounge in their lawn chairs behind the kids. The freshly mowed grass looks like a green carpet. Some people even brought their pets along, as a couple of dachshunds do some exploring in the area. Occupants of a neighboring mobile home sit on their porch and take in the spectacle going on below them. Johnson said the party has always been a summer kickoff bash in April, but circumstances forced the party to be pushed back to mid August this year. It seems to work just as well as a back-to-school bash. The relaxed party atmosphere combined with the magnificent view of the sun glistening on the lake water as it slowly sets behind the trees leaves those in attendance with a hope the Pink Flamingo Party lasts another eight years and beyond. “This is my thing. I threw away the golf clubs, and this is my party, my fun. I enjoy this every year. Everybody all year long asks, ‘When’s the next Pink Flamingo Party?’” Johnson said.

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Wedding by the water Sara (Webb) and Chris Deason at their wedding.

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Story by Carol Pappas Photos by Brian Schoenhals

When Pell City’s Chris Deason and Sara Webb walked down the aisle this summer, it wasn’t a traditional wedding, but it was no less special. The couple had asked St. Clair County District Judge Robert Minor to officiate, and when they were deciding on the venue, “we offered up our backyard,” said Minor’s wife, Christy. Of course when your backyard fronts the main channel of Logan Martin Lake, silhouetted with a mountain view, the setting is ideal. The wedding party and guests donned casual attire – all in black and white. Iron pieces and plants loaned from Diane Seals at Collectors Showcase in Pell City set the scene. And white chairs in rows parted in the middle to create an aisle, turning the Minors’ backyard into an al fresco wedding chapel. With Zack Spann on acoustic guitar and three of Sara’s former students — Lake Minor, Connor McCombs and Cale Alverson — reciting a special poem called “Love,” the ceremony is sure to create a special memory for the couple and their guests for a long time to come. Only a gathering thunderstorm threatened the occasion. “Robert got the I do’s in right before the bottom dropped out. We were glad we got the ceremony in,” Mrs. Minor said. Luckily, the buffet was set up inside, and guests were able to celebrate the rest of the evening in the Minors’

The couple exchanges vows before Judge Robert Minor.

home. When it was time for the couple’s send-off that night, it, too, was non-traditional. Joan and Ed Deason, Chris’ parents, decorated a boat with lights and affixed a “Just Married” sign to the rear. Guests held sparklers to light the newlyweds’ way to the boat, and the couple departed by water. And by all accounts, it made for a perfect ending to this lakeside wedding.

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Watercolorist Reatha Russell Martin speaks with visitors at her tent.

LAKESIDE PARK Arts venue comes alive Story by Laura Nation-Atchison Photos by Bob Crisp

Logan Martin Lake is the backdrop for all kinds of fun, and September’s ArtScapes Fesitval and this month’s Lakeside Hospice Blues Fest and Car Show are two offerings no one should miss. Rain showers the day of the ArtScapes Festival Sept. 19 threatened the event, but a couple of dozen artists still loaded up their art and set up inside the park, where the skies cleared for a while and eventually, a little sun peeked through. The event is hosted by the Council of the Arts, but included artists not associated with the council as well. The council also operates the ArtScapes Gallery in downtown Pell City, where dozens of artists show and sell their work. There’s a variety of art available at the festival. Shirley Bobo brought her

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Basket work and painting, jewelry and glass work and many other art forms were part of the 2009 ArtScape Festival. hand-made jewelry, which features Swarovski crystals and intricate beading, and Carol Little offered baskets and t-shirts imprinted with her paintings along with note cards and other pieces. New this year, Linda Bassett of Pell City had her photographs taken while on trips around the world reproduced on note cards and mixed media paintings sculpted for a multi-dimensional effect. Fused-glass jewelry and pottery, decorative glasswork and functional pieces as well were also offered in the festival, along with hand-painted walking sticks and intricately detailed gourds and of course, lots of paintings, too.

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LAKESIDE PARK Blues coming The Lakeside Hospice Blues Fest and Car Show is coming to Lakeside Park Oct. 10 and 11. Cars of all kinds, from show cars and muscle cars to motorcycles and antiques are expected, starting at 8 a.m., and music Saturday includes Roadhouse starting at noon followed by Randy Buell and the Persuaders and headliner Little G. Weevil at 3:45 p.m. Sunday, the festival features gospel and Christian music, and the event will get started at 11 a.m. and continue until 5 p.m. Arts and craftspeople are expected to be on hand both days along with a variety of offerings from food vendors. There is no admission charge for the Blues Fest, but donations to Lakeside Hospice will be accepted. Organizers say the park will be filled with music, food and fun for everyone.

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Jewelry maker Jack Lincoln shows pieces to visitors at the ArtScape Festival.

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Taking to the water A different view from the river

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A turtle eyes us as we paddled by. Story and photos by David Atchison

EDITOR’S NOTE: This is a continuing series written by David Atchison, Lakeside Magazine writer and Daily Home Pell City news editor, about his experiences as he travels down the Logan Martin stretch of the Alabama River Trail. We debated whether we should paddle that early Friday afternoon because stormy weather surrounded us. “I’m going whether you go or not,” said Bobby McDaniel of Lincoln. McDaniel is in training, getting in shape to paddle the 631-mile plus Alabama Scenic River Trail, which spans from north Georgia to Gulf Shores. “I guess we’ll give it a try,” I said. We left Bobby’s place in Lincoln, located just across the old “Green Bridge” between Lincoln and Riverside, and headed down river. We were paddling one of the widest parts of Logan Martin Lake. I feared we could get caught in a storm while in the middle of the channel, but once we left the shore my fear subsided. In really bad weather, Logan Martin Lake can turn into an ocean, and it is a little worrisome in a small, narrow kayak. A kayak, it’s not like a boat with a big powerful engine strapped onto the back. It takes time to reach the shore, especially in this section of the lake between the Green Bridge and Riverside Marina. You have to cover a lot of water to cross from the Talladega to St. Clair County side of the lake. Bobby and I talked as we paddled down the river and about how distances are deceiving on the lake. Things appear a lot closer when paddling on the water. As we approached the I-20 bridge, which spans across Logan Martin Lake, we noticed large barges tied to the bridge. There was a truck on one of the large flat surface barges with an Alabama Department of Transportation logo on it. We wondered what ALDOT was doing around the pillars of the 40-year-old bridge, so after we got back from out trip, I called Gary Smith, the ALDOT district engineer for our area. ALDOT is apparently performing some foundation exploration around the I-20 bridge. ALDOT plans to widen the I-20 bridge from four to six lanes. “It shouldn’t be too far in the future, if funds become available,” Smith said. Plans for a new I-20 bridge have been on the drawing table for some time. The new bridge will have 10-foot shoulders, and ALDOT will first build a new middle section between the existing bridge. ALDOT will then tear down one section of the old bridge, like the eastbound section, and replace it, before tearing down the westbound section of the old bridge. One of the main reasons I called Smith was to find out why concrete steps led from the interstate down to the water’s edge. I thought it could have allowed access for the bridge builders of the past, or perhaps act as an emergency access to the water from I-20. “I really don’t know,” Smith said. “A lot of our old bridges have steps running down the slope. I never asked why.”

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He said new bridge designs do not include steps. And access to the steps under the I-20 bridge is impossible. Vegetation is so thick near the side of I-20, the steps are barely visible. Because of highway hazards, people should not attempt to access the lake from those steps. “We don’t encourage people to use them anymore,” he said. Bobby and I paddled past the bridge, where several people were fishing from boats. When we turned at the bend toward Riverside Marina, we spotted two anglers from the bank. As we approached, Greg Layton of Birmingham hooked a really large bass. Even though I couldn’t see the fish, it was obvious the bass was a wall-hanger. “I’ll take your picture with that fish,” I yelled out at Layton. I spoke too soon. The fish broke loose. “Shoot,” Layton yelled. “Man.” Needless to say Layton was a little disappointed, but he reloaded his hook and began fishing again from the bank with his friend, Greg Seals of Birmingham. A lot of Birmingham residents travel along I-20, pull off the side and fish near the Riverside exit. Layton said he’s caught bass, bream and catfish from the spot he was fishing. He even hooked a big 35-pound catfish once there. I took a couple of pictures of the anglers, and Bobby and I headed down the river. From there it didn’t take us long to get to our final des-

tination, Riverside Marina. Alan Battle and his wife bought the marina in November 1995 and officially opened Jan. 1, 1996. Unfortunately, Alan wasn’t there at the marina when we arrived. Alan, who is originally from West End in Birmingham, is a great guy and a great talker. I wanted to stop at the marina to take a look at his designated Alabama Scenic River Trail Association camp. The camp is basically a place for someone traveling the 631-mile Alabama Scenic River Trail to stop and rest overnight before continuing their journey south. Fred Couch, president of the Alabama Scenic River Trail Association, said the non-profit group is always looking for new camp sites for paddlers navigating the trail, which encompasses six lakes and three rivers before ending in Mobile Bay at historic Fort Morgan, near Gulf Shores. “It’s a slow process,” Couch said. He said the group hopes to help establish camps 8-10 miles apart and are always looking for new designated sites. If you would like more information about the Alabama Scenic River Trail or the association’s designated camp site program, visit www.alabamascenicrivertrail.com., or call Couch at 256-591-0437. Even though we started this trip with the threat of bad weather, the rain just drifted past us. The sun actually came out, making a nice end to our journey, and I’m looking forward to our next. So until then have a safe and wonderful time on the lake.

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Joey and Nicole Callahan bought their lakefront property in Lincoln in 2000 and have been in their home for about four years.

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When you visit Joey and Nicole Callahan’s lakeside home in Lincoln, get ready for some interesting and innovative surprises. At first glance, it seems like a very pretty, onelevel brick house, with probably 2,500 square feet, three bedrooms, two baths, a living room and dining room and kitchen, most likely. That may be how it started out when they built their home in 2004, but since then, the house has evolved into a three-level home with “every inch of possible space” turned into living space, as Callahan puts it. The Callahans say it was when they had their son, Jackson, two years ago they decided to create more living space. They found their house plan online and worked with builder Kenneth Coppock and built it exactly like it was drawn, but added a downstairs that contains the same square footage as the ground level. When they decided to add on upstairs, they again

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A series of columns are used to separate the dining room from the foyer and living room.

Continued from Page 29 worked with Coppock to incorporate the new space in their home. Coppock also built Mrs. Callahan’s parents’ house, and the Callahans say they have been entirely pleased with the outcome of their home. But Callahan himself has much of his own handiwork in the home, which now includes more than 5,000 square feet of living space. Mrs. Callahan, too, has put in her own creative talents in decorating and design throughout the home, and the couple both handled the extensive landscaping, taking care to choose certain trees and shrubs they are fond of. The front walk is bordered with red, knock-out roses and a shrub Callahan calls a “sweet shrub” because of its fragrance. There’s a Yoshino cherry tree, and front flower beds are dotted with bright daylilies and lantana.

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Late summer blooms linger on a white crape myrtle, and just before you get to the front door, there’s a little rock garden with its own story. Callahan and his son collected the rocks during an outing one day, and Callahan told his son he wanted him to have some “pet rocks” like he had when he was growing up. Mrs. Callahan and her son painted and decorated the rocks, then decided they would make a nice addition to the front garden. There are two arches over the front porch, the trim is painted white against red brick. The porch is made of stamped concrete, matching the walkway that curves around to the rear of the house. Arched windows complement the arched porch, and the front door is inlaid with leaded glass. There is a pair of side lights, and the transom is set with the same leaded glass. Inside, a foyer opens into the dining room to the left, where a square oak dining table is used with carved back oak chairs, covered in a needlepoint style fabric. There’s a matching oak server, and a chandelier over the table is in an antique finish and set with six glass globes. Floor-to-ceiling arched windows look out on the front lawn. A series of three white columns border the dining room and foyer, and a two-sided fireplace serves both the dining room and living room.

The lower level of the Callahans’ home includes a game room and sunroom.

There is open space beside the fireplace in both rooms, adding to the open feel of the house. Straight ahead, the foyer leads to an open living room and kitchen. There are floor-to-ceiling windows across the

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Lakeside living in Continued from Page 34 back wall of the living room, where vaulted ceilings are 12 feet high. The Callahans like the light the windows allow and chose not to interfere with the natural lighting by covering the windows with fabric or blinds. It’s also how they enjoy the broad view of Logan Martin Lake. Floors are 4-inch pine throughout the living and dining rooms and foyer. The living room is furnished with a burgundy leather couch with brass studs and a big cozy wingback chair covered in a burgundy and olive floral print. There’s a wood rocker in the room and a soft child’s chair just for Jackson. Oak side tables are used at each end of the couch. Family photographs, most taken by Mrs. Callahan, and many of them, naturally, of Jackson, are scattered throughout the room on tables and along the walls. Walls in living and dining rooms are a light cream with trim painted white. There’s a dining area alongside one wall between the kitchen and living room, and an

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oak table with a story of its own is used there. “It’s a real ‘hog killing’ table,” Callahan tells with a bit of a laugh. “Nicole’s mother gave it to us,” pointing out deep marks made in the wood, evidence of its former use. Chairs covered in light floral fabric surround the table, set against a broad window looking out to the water. Entry to the kitchen is made from either end of a large work island set with a stainless steel sink and covered in black granite. The same granite is used for countertops, and cabinetry along the walls and on the island is oak. Fixtures are in brushed pewter, as are pulls used on drawers and cabinets. Appliances are all stainless and there’s a walk-in pantry placed inbetween countertops. At one side of the kitchen and living room is the master bedroom and bath, and at the other end of the house, two more bedrooms and a bath. The master bedroom has a lake view, and a massive oak king-size bed is covered with a white quilt with floral patches in green and rose. The Callahans found the bed while on a trip to the Amish countryside of Tennessee. A tall antique chest with intricate pulls is used in the room, which has double glass doors that open to the rear deck. Double doors also lead into the master bath, where oak vanities match cabinetry in the kitchen. A five-foot-by-fivefoot leaded glass window done in a scrolled design is set

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all about Jackson, with one a designed play area complete with a large springy rocking horse and other fun toys, the other room houses a fire truck bed and Jackson’s collection of stuffed animal friends. The fire truck bed is not only decorative, but fitting as Callahan has been a Lincoln firefighter for 20 years. Going upstairs from a foyer that leads into the garage, a stairway edged with wrought iron ends on a landing that leads to a guest bedroom. There’s a custom-made wrought iron gate with childproof latches to keep Jackson out of danger at the top of the landing. The guest room has a lake view, and a bath across the hall is one of Callahan’s own pieces of handiwork and design innovations. Callahan crafted the massive mission-style chest used as a vanity for the bath, using solid cedar he found at Wayne Brasher’s saw mill in Talladega County. Callahan fit the piece with a hammered copper basin and Mrs. Callahan found a large mirror trimmed in wood that matches the chest. Walls in the bath are sage, and floor tile is a gray-green finish. Callahan formed the entry to the walk-in shower in an arched design, fitting pieces of the tile around the edges of the arch. The floor of the shower is covered with distinctive flooring made to look and feel like polished pebbles. From the landing, there’s a hall to an office area tucked

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in the hallway and at the other end of the landing, another set of steps leads into a large den that runs the width of the house. Windows on one side look out over the lake. Sage carpet is used in the room, and an oversized chaise lounge and couch are covered with soft sage fabric. A large scrolled shelf holds a television and has space for family photographs. Walk across the den, and more steps – this time five down – take you to one of Callahan’s favorite parts of the house. The Callahans have made this room into a library for Jackson, and in it is flooring and bead board Callahan salvaged from the old Lincoln Elementary School, which was demolished after a new school was built. Callahan spoke with the salvage company about the wood, and when he learned it would be discarded, asked for permission to remove it. “I went through three layers of flooring to get to the wood,” he said. Callahan notes the former school floors are made of wood that his wife’s mother and father walked on as children. “I can just picture in my mind children going down the halls with this bead board and running a pencil or a ruler along it to make it click,” Callahan said. Walls are painted a deep blue and the ceiling in the room

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is vaulted. Callahan used the bead board along the walls, where there is shelving in two corners to hold Jackson’s books. The shelves also hold a collection of hand-made figurines, given to Jackson by a family friend, Larry Tuck. Tuck’s creations are of children’s favorite cartoon characters, and Jackson’s include Mickey and Minnie Mouse, Daffy and Daisy Duck, an M&M and even a reindeer. An antique student desk is in the room. The Callahan’s found it while shopping at the “world’s longest yard sale,” but Callahan doesn’t remember at what point along the yard sale they found it. The lower level of the Callahan’s house is accessed from the same hall that leads upstairs. Stairs lead into an entry to the movie room the Callahans created in the lower level, and walls are painted a deep blue. The floor is carpeted, with muted shades of blue and burgundy intermingled together. Large leather chairs and an oversized sofa face a large flat-screen television mounted on the wall, and speakers are placed on each side. The room opens at each end to the rest of the lower level. There’s a full bath downstairs. It’s handy for visitors to the Callahan’s pool and patio areas. The pool is another project in which the Callahans’ handiwork came into play. “My father dug it, and we put it in,” Callahan said.

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The Callahans also laid all the stone used around he pool area. The lower level also has a living area, where white wicker seating is covered with floral cushions. Floor-to-ceiling windows face the lakefront. Adjoining the living area is the Callahan’s game room. There’s a full-size pool table, and walls in the room are done in a faux finish for texture and painted crimson. It fits in with Callahan’s “Roll Tide” inclinations. The Callahans used a pub table and chairs for seating in the room. Double glass doors lead to the patio underneath the deck, and Mrs. Callahan has reclaimed some vintage outdoor furniture, painting chairs in rainbow colors for he area. She repeated the color scheme with a cast-aluminum patio set used by the pool, painting chairs and the table in various colors and using a multi-colored umbrella above. She set the umbrella pole in an urn planted with blooming flowers that spill down to the patio. Mrs. Callahan grew up in Lincoln, and her husband, in Pell City. Their feeling about living on Logan Martin Lake is shared. “I always wanted to live on the water,” Mrs. Callahan said. “I love the water.” She credits her husband with finding the spot where they would build their lakefront home. “We love it here,” she said.

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“We made everything down there. We made street sweepers, bulldozer blades, and there ain’t a part on a car I didn’t do work on it. … Whatever came to us, we did it,” Stevenson said. He doesn’t use a lot of newfangled equipment to do his work. Most of it could probably be found in an antique store. His anvil was given to him by his father, and it dates back to the Civil War era. He also has a drill press dating back

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Stevenson can craft just about anything in his shop, including this Christian Ichthus. to 1883. “They don’t make the new stuff like this,” he said. He just keeps the press well oiled, and it runs as well as the day it was made. He is able to make anything ranging from the practical to the artistic. In his and his wife Nancy’s home, there is a fabricated, 2-foot high set of white lilies as well as an antique style candle holder. In his shop he keeps a flower pot holder in the design of a mini wheelbarrow made up of colorful metal tubing. But he also has made most of his tools, such as hammers, nails, jigs, racks, grinder, tongs and many, many more things. Besides all of those items, he has pieced together elaborate candelabras, railing, hinges, gates, banisters, trellises

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I can do it pretty easy, or a simple job, I can do right off,” Stevenson said. He estimates he spends between 30 to 35 hours working in his shop during any given week. Disagreeing with the suggestion that blacksmithing is becoming a lost art, he said, “A lot of people say that, but there’s a lot of blacksmiths around,” Stevenson said. “How else are you going to get this stuff made? People come to me and want stuff, like that fireplace screen over there (pointing across the shop), you can’t buy them like I made it.” He enjoys making items you might find in antique shops the most. His fascination with history stretches beyond fabrication, he also participates in Civil War reenactments when he has some spare time. His craft is something not a lot of people know how to do, and it keeps him active and occupied. “It’s different,” Stevenson said. “Some people say, ‘You’re retired. Go join the senior club.’ I don’t want to sit around and make airplanes out of soda cans.” BOARD CERTIFIED OPHTHALMOLOGISTS

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She walked into the newly finished bathroom and pointed to a cabinet against the wall. “I made that cabinet,” said Laurie Massey of Pell City. The downstairs bathroom had brand-new bathroom fixtures and new ceramic flooring. In fact, this A-Frame home along Logan Martin Lake in Lincoln had a complete facelift inside and out. “Everything except the upstairs bathroom has been redone,” Massey said. “When I drove up to the front of the house, it was frightening, but the lot – what a beautiful piece of property.” The home, which is just north of the mouth of Choccolocco Creek along the main river channel of Logan Martin Lake, has a beautiful large stone fireplace next to a large open window with a view of the lake. “The fireplace works great,” Massey said. “We tried it out.” Massey said she hired a crew that completely remodeled the home in about four to five months. Rory Cochran made the finishing touches to the property by completing the outside landscaping. Workers added a driveway and a covered twocar carport at the front of the home, and a backyard patio was also added. Massey updated the small open kitchen with modern wooden cabinets, quartz counters and stainless steel appliances. A black metal spiral staircase leads upstairs to a small sitting room, bedroom and the home’s second full bathroom. The 1,100 square foot home is cozy – now. “It was a weekend lake cabin,” Massey said. “It didn’t even have a washer and dryer.” Massey did away with the old vinyl flooring and replaced it with hardwood floors. Siding and a new metal roof was added to the exterior of the home built in 1964. Massey also installed a new stacked washer and dryer that fit into a small closet space of the 2-bedroom home. The home has a large yard with a canopy of old, tall trees, providing plenty of shade during the hot summer months. The home also has year-round water and an old boat house that has a large flat concrete roof for entertaining and sunbathing. The home has about everything anyone would

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want, but Massey is not ready to move into the home just yet. Instead, Massey has added the property to a growing list of short-term rental homes along Logan Martin Lake. “I’m surprised more people aren’t doing this,” she said. “There are probably 15-20 (short term rental houses along the lake.) To me, it’s a real untapped market for Birmingham.” She even has a Web site for it, www.blueriverrefuge. com. A nice home on the lake can offer a perfect spot for someone in Birmingham or Atlanta looking for a vacation spot to relax, swim and fish. “During the wintertime, it’s still beautiful here,” Massey added. “People can bring their boat and fish for a weekend.” She said people from the northern states also travel south to enjoy the warmer climates Alabama offers. Massey said she’ll rent her house out by the day, weekend, week or month. “Not a lot of people realize they can make money from their lake home,” said Nancy Locklar, a Realtor for REMAX Properties Unlimited in Lincoln. “Snowbirds want short-term rentals,” Locklar said. Locklar said she knows people who “can’t give away their RVs,” and more people are looking for short-term rental homes for their vacation, avoiding renting out those big gas guzzlers. “We’re trying to add houses to our short-term rental property,” Locklar said. She said REMAX Properties Unlimited sort of fell into the short-term rental market. People considering moving to the area want to spend some time around the lake before making their final deci-

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sion for the big move, Locklar said. “People like to spend a few days here and see what it’s like,” she said. “There are people who have been doing it (renting out their lake homes) for a while.” Some people just don’t want to give up their lake home, so they rent it out to help subsidize their house payments. Locklar’s real estate office manages four rental properties and one condominium. The location is ideal, she said. Logan Martin Lake is centrally located between Birmingham and Atlanta. It is also close to the Talladega Superspeedway, which holds two races each year, drawing hundreds of thousands of people to the area. She also said Logan Martin Lake is known for its excellent bass fishing, and the lake attracts many fishing tournaments and anglers who just want to fish on a different lake. Locklar said with the downturn in the economy, many lake residents are renting their homes instead of selling them, waiting for the economy to improve. “If you have a house, we can lease it out for you,” Locklar said. “It’s becoming a growing thing here.”

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As the economy continues to show signs of renewed life, new home construction is beginning to grow again, too. One area where the growth is apparent is at the Lake Pointe development, in a secluded area on the Talladega County side of Logan Martin Lake. According to team leader Judy Kirkland, the development has been ongoing for a few years. “I wasn’t in on the very beginning, but I believe they moved the first dirt in about 2006, and the first houses were finished in 2007.”

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There are currently three different subdivisions within Lake Pointe. The first, the Crest “is located at the top of the property. Those are garden homes, and there will be a common pool that we will probably start on in February, and it should be open by April. Then we’ve got the Overlook, which is all water-view lots. There are two homes completed there, and two completed in the Willows, which is the third section. One of those is occupied, the other

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$475,000 - So you want the finest? Elegant waterfront estate with 4 bedroom and 4.5 baths on beautiful Logan Marin Lake. MLS#34408 Call Carl 965-4755 or Denise 256-322-1940 for details.

$495,000 WATERFRONT - Own a place of paradise with this stately home situated on 4 beautiful mostly level acres m/l in Lincoln. Home features 3 bd & 2.5 ba, hardwood flooring, sunroom w/indoor grill and wet bar. There is a 2 car detached garage, boat ramp, pier and a covered area at the water for gatherings. MLS#43497. Call Nan 256-452-4761.

$189,900 - Fantastic lake lot with 348 ft. of year round water, septic and well on lot. Already covered boat house and pier. County water available. Convenient to I-20, Honda and Birmingham. MLS#407610. Call Jenny 205-405-0280.

$234,900 - 3 br, 2 ba home with 2-car garage, finished bonus room, office, granite counter tops with glazed oak cabinets & stainless steel appliances in kitchen. Wooden fenced back yard on 2+/- acres in Beaver’s Farm Subdivision. MLS#433374. Call Scott 368-8138

$308,900 - ENJOY EASY LAKE LIVING with this immaculate 3 bd, 3 ba brick home, one level w/family room w/fireplace, dining room and kitchen overlooking the lake. Basement with kitchen, den, bath and 2 car garage. Pier and seawall. MLS#401-53. Call Brenda 812-4141.

$225,900 - Over 35 acres m/l. Enter the long shaded driveway into this unique farm with 3BR, 2BA, mobile home, 8 stall barn with tack room & wash bay, pole barn and riding rink. All fenced. MLS#434343 Call Lawrence 812-5195 or Blair 812-5377.

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$178,500 - WATERFRONT 3br, 2 ba on gentle sloping lot. close to town. MLS#429322. Call Blair 812-5377.

$135,000. Beautiful Waterfront lot in River Run Subdivision. Lot is cleared, surveyed & septic permit is paid! Call Jacque at 205/369-2383

$149,00 - 3 br/2 ba COUNTRY HOME with approx. 2 acres. Beautiful wood & tile floors, FP in family room, Formal dr., full unfinished basement with 2car parking. Metal roof & vinyl siding. MLS#435149 .Call Bill 369-7977, Tony 281-1317 or Jeff 405-1649.

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$199,900 - Full brick on 6 +/- acres includes an almost 2 acre spring fed pond! This home features a living room, dining room, a huge family room, 3BR and 2BA. This property is pleasantly gently rolling with several great garden spots, shade trees galore and fishing pier. The detached garden/workshop and srorm cellar need some care but are usable and add to the desirability of this terrific place to live! Located near Pell City conveniences and I-20. MLS#431077. Call Gary 222-9800.

$549,900 - RIVER OAKS SUBDIVISON 104 ft. of waterfront on main river channel. 1.25 acres. 3 br & 3ba, finished basement, covered boat dock with lifts, large pier and more. GEORGEOUS VIEW! MLS#427301 Call Karen Bain 473-4613.

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ELL $564,000. 5BR/4B A 2-story with gorgeous CROPWELL 5BR/4BA view has approx. 170’ wtfg on main channel, seawall, pier, boat launch, elec. gate entrance, huge wrap-around deck, 2 living areas. Kitchen has granite cntrs, island, 6burner stove, double covection ovens. Huge laundry rm, storage bldng, carport. MLS#411160

CROPWELL $289,000. Gorgeous lakefrontage! Recently remodeled 3BR/2BA with hardwood floors. LR has gaslog FP & opens to large deck to enjoy the view. Great updated kitchen has island & stainless appliances. MLS#415228

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PELL CITY $249,000. 3BR/3BA on approx. 0.5 acre in Pine Harbor. Recently remodeled with new hardwood floors, tile, light fixtures, fresh paint inside. Den with fireplace, screened back deck. MLS#424766

PELL CITY REDUCED! $69,900. Wellmaintained 4BR/2BA MH situated on large wooded lot directly on canal with lake access. Living room, dining & kitchen with eat-in area. MLS#425950

NEW LISTING! RAGLAND $239,000. Enjoy lots of privacy in this rustic 3BR/2BA home on Neely Henry Lake. 1.3 secluded acres, large wrap around porch and nice pier with slide. Kitchen with eat in area and gas stove. Would make great weekender or permanent home. MLS# 439162

PELL CITY $389,000. Beautiful 4BR/4BA in Eagle Pointe. Water access, pool, boat launch, tennis court. Kit. has double oven, island w/cooktop, formal dining rm, den, living room, bar/entertainment room, back deck. Large, well-manicured yard, 2 car gar. MLS# 387708

WATER ACCESS & boat launch! RIVERSIDE $149,900. 3BR/2BA on approx. 1 acre. Screened front porch with swing, backdeck, nice yard, detached 2 car garage plus workshop, storm shelter. MLS#413558 PELL CITY $249,900. 3BR/2.5BA, Eagle Pointe SD has neighborhood water access, boat launch, pool, tennis court. High ceilings, kitchen has granite cntrs, stainless apps, pantry. Master on main with huge bath, spacious BRs have 2 walk-in closets, covered front porch, double garage, nice landscaped yard. MLS#404272

CROPWELL $199,000 3BR/2.5BA, WATER ACCESS 1 block from home. Open kit, eating area, formal dining. Master on main lvl has huge bath w/garden tub, sep. shower. Basement has den, office area, 2 beds, bath & large room for utility/workshop/storm shelter. Large attic space could be turned into 2 bonus areas. 2 car gar. MLS398968

PELL CITY $179,900. Approx 1 acre on Dye Creek Rd, good water, nice view, gently sloping. MLS# 384797

PELL CITY $399,000. Beautiful 4BR/3.5BA home on private 10-acre lake. Has all the amenities-granite counters, crown molding, customized cabinets, walkin closets, 10 ft ceilings on main flr. Huge bonus makes great 5th BR. Loads of storage space, walk-in attic, plus full daylight basement stubbed for bath & 2nd kit. MLS#431098

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CROPWELL $25,000 Riverview Dr. 2 nice level lots available in attractive subdivision, approx. 0.33 acres each, with WATER ACCESS. MLS#399292 & 94.

PELL CITY $289,000. 3BR/3BA with water access in River Oaks, situated on large flat landscaped lot. Kitch has breakfast nook, work table, large pantry, custom cabinets, quartz counters, all appliances. Large master suite with jet tub, walk-in, double vanity, sep shower. Basement Rec room could be 4th bed with private bath! 3 garages & workshop area. MLS#433983

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LOGAN MARTIN LAKE - Spectacular forever views on deep water. This well done home has 4 BR and 31/2 BA. Home is complete with vaulted ceilings, hardwood floor, marble tile, and slate on the porch. This home will leave you with a lasting impression on 1.27+/- acres. $399,900. Call Diane Williams 205-369-4595

LOOKING FOR THE PERFECT WEEKEND RETREAT? Then come and take a look at this 14x70 mobile home w/two screen porches. The owners are leaving the remaining furniture along with the washer & dryer. This 3 BR, 2 BA home is on 3.91+/- acres. $104,500. Call Diane Williams 205-369-4595

LOGAN MARTIN LAKE - $319,000 - Renovated lake home on a fabulous, deep-water lot with a forever view & gentle slope. Brand new vinyl siding & vinyl clad windows. Has a beautiful tongue & grove ceiling, FP, hardwood flooring, 3 BR, 2 BA on main level plus 4th BR, den & 3rd BA in basement w/single garage & workshop. Boat garage w/party deck on top plus pier & seawall. MLS #385490 Call Judy Caffee 205-531-9950

LOGAN MARTIN LAKE - $166,500 - Lake amenities - 125 ft. of shoreline, pier w/boat slip, seawall, boat launch, screened patio at water. Permanent foundation to FHA specs will be added w/contract, has new carpet and vinyl throughout, 3 BRs, 2 BAs, FP, 4 storage buildings. MLS #430518 Call Judy Caffee 205-531-9950

LOGAN MARTIN LAKE - Over 4000 sf full brick 4 BR, 3 BA custom home w/lots of luxuries. Newly updated kitchen, hardwood floors, main level garage and basement garage. Downstairs has mother-in-law suite. $499,900 Call Paula Blair 205-812-5290. See more pics at www.paulablair.com

AFFORDABLE LAKE HOME - $189,900 - New vinyl siding and new roof. 3 BR, 2 BA home on Logan Martin Lake. Open floor plan w/FP. Downstairs has kitchenette w/lots of room for family gatherings. Call Paula Blair 205-812-5290 or see additional pics at www.paulablair.com

PELL CITY - Great starter home, move-in ready in Historic Downtown area. 2 BR, 1 BA home w/recent updates. Original hardwood floors, big open rooms, wooden beams in kitchen and more. Only $84,900 Call Nicole 205-753-0225

GREAT HOUSE located in desirable area of Pell City on circular drive with no thru streets. Located on almost an acre, this 3 BR/1 BA home has just been painted, new carpet & vinyl, new hot water heater and much more. Energy efficient home for LOW utilities with 6” external walls with R-19 insulation, double paned windows, and even insulated floors. $83,900 Call Nicole 205-753-0225 now to see this adorable starter home.

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3 LARGE BRS, 2 BAS, home in a water access neighborhood. This home has its own mini lot w/25’ of waterfront and pier. Community boat launch. Nice landscaped yard w/split rail fence, cute garden shed, covered porch and natural area. Two-car carport w/storage area. Very pretty and clean one level home, lg. LR w/gas logs. $176.500. MLS #430469 Call Shirley Kujan 205-405-0084

TALLADEGA - $81,900 - Cute as can be! Very nice 3 BR, 1 BA w/bonus/sunroom. Hardwood in living, dining, and all bedrooms. New driveway and garage floor. Lots of storage space. Call Jenny Houze 256-506-6814

FANTASTIC LAKEFRONT MOBILE HOME FULLY FURNISHED. Beautifully decorated on at least lot. 1996 Spiral Oak. 3 BR, 2 BA, w/FP, eat-in kitchen, laundry room, master w/separate shower and garden tub, walkin closet, double vanities. Rear deck w/outdoor furniture overlooking lake, bonus storage building. $55,000 Call Jenny Houze 256-506-6814

THERE ARE NO WORDS that can adequately describe this waterfront home. Incredible, fantastic, beautiful, marvelous, gorgeous, one-of-akind...none of these words do it justice. This is truly a dream home. From the antique wide plank flooring to the 200 year old beams in the greatroom, the attention to detail is incredible. Too many amenities to list. Serious purchasers should call for more details and a tour of... words fail me. Call Julia Capps 205-913-1287

PINE HARBOR - 3 BR, 2 full BA, greatroom w/FP, gas logs, eat-in kitchen, inground pool with hot tub spill over heated w/gas. Newly remodeled including windows, tile and carpet. Big corner lot, view of golf course, grounds has its own putting green with bunker. A MUST SEE! Call Caran 205-338-1961

WONDERFUL LAKE HOME - $292,000 - Can sleep 12! 3 BR, 2 BA! FABULOUS VIEW OF THE MAIN CHANNEL! Boat house! Great condition! Ready to move in! Call Julia Capps 205-913-1287

BEAUTIFUL, beautiful, great view and house. Starts at the castle door, hardwood floors, crown molding...5 BR, 4.5 BA, greatroom w/FP, formal dining room, big eat in area in kitchen, granite counter tops, custom cabinets, arch ways to greatroom, pool and hot tub, poured concrete walls, 12 acres M/L w/pond, 60x40 pole barn, 24x40 double garage, concrete floors water/power, 2 extra septic tanks on property, heat/air system w/clean effects air filter, 2 miles to I-20, full brick, master suite is fantastic, extra large, tons of attic storage. Beautiful landscaped. Call Caran 205-338-1961

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is available.” Altogether, there are six completed homes in the development, three of them occupied. “One just closed this week, and Joey Cooper of Cooper Construction is about to start on a new one,” Kirkland said in mid-September. In February, work is scheduled to begin on a fourth development, the Pointe, which, when complete, will consist of 19 waterfront lots on a peninsula with a common boat launch and a common area with picnic tables and a sun deck. That should be ready by early spring 2010, she added. Houses at Lake Pointe range in price from $169,900 to $1 million, according to Kirkland. “We’ve got something in just about any price range, and every resident will have lake and pool privileges,” she said. In addition to some 3,000 feet of shoreline on Logan Martin Lake, Lake Pointe also features sidewalks, streetlights, underground utilities, a playground for children and an outdoor grilling area. All houses are four-side brick. “The two garden homes in the crest

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are $229,900 each,” according to Kirkland. They have hardwood floors in the living areas, granite countertops, custom kitchen cabinets, a security system, a fireplace, a covered patio and a two-car garage. They’re both three bedroom, two bath. The available waterfront house is on the market for $950,000. “It’s three levels, five bedrooms, four and a half baths, with a complete kitchen and den on the lower level plus a gourmet kitchen and seethrough fireplace on the main level. It also has an in-ground pool, security system, central vacuum system, stereo and intercom systems and breathtaking views from every room in the house. It’s just great for entertaining.” The nine available water lots available to build on range from $110,000 to $150,000, and there are numerous lake view properties available in the garden home section for $32,750 to $38,000. The other waterfront lots are available for $49,500. Ownership comes with boat launch privileges. Lake Pointe is being marketed exclusively by St. Clair Hometown Properties.

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REALTOR

Realty Pros

Broker

Commercial, Residential & Lake Front Property.

www.pellcityrealtor.com 253892

1160 McCaig Road Lincoln, AL 35096

1-800-627-3300

Caran Wilbanks 205-338-1961

Realtor

Cell: 205-473-4613 Office: 205-884-2300 Fax: 205-884-2301 Toll Free: 1-800-806-7741

508 Martin St. So. • Pell City, AL 35128 karenbain@ymail.com

loganmartinlaketeam.com

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Freda S. York

Associate Broker, Certified Relocation Specialist

228919

418 Martin Street South Pell City, AL 35128

www.liveonloganmartin.com 205-753-0236 dianag@era-king.com

Karen Bain

205-915-5580

fyork@realtysouth.com www.fredayork.com

LAKESIDE LIVING & LOGAN MARTIN HOMES, OCTOBER 2009

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Phone (205)338-SELL (7355) 1-866-377-9415 • (Cell) 205-365-8875

“A FOUNDATION FOR GENERATIONS”

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ESCAPE THE ORDINARY AND DISCOVER THE GOOD LIFE TODAY. Spectacular views of 17,000 acre lake. $10,000,000 resort package with 30,000 sq. ft. clubhouse, full-service marina, five pools, water park and beaches. Chapel, restaurant, dog park and helipad. An extraordinary living opportunity for today...a wise investment for life.

Located in Pell City just 10 minutes south of I-20 and 35 minutes east of Birmingham. High $200s - $900s+ Decorated Model Open Daily 205-338-9100 www.yachtclub-llm.com

The Business Center and Model Home Now Open

Extraordinary Lakeside Living

Located at 1000 Ranch Marina Road in Pell City. From I-20, Exit 158 (Pell City/Ashville), travel south on Hwy. 231 (Martin Street). Turn left on Hwy. 34 which will branch off to the right just past the Civic Center. Continue to Funderburg Bend Road and turn right. Continue south on Funderburg Bend Road 1.8 miles to The Yacht Club. All property owners will be subject to annual community development district assessment. Plans as of 2-09. Need not be built.


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