Palm Coast - Flagler County HOME & LIFESTYLE GUIDE Volume 13, Issue 1
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CRESCENT LAKE Completely remodeled 3BR/3.5BA home located on 5 acres. New flooring and freshly painted. New kitchen with new cabinets, granite, and s/s appliances. Great floor plan for entertaining. Text R62356 to 52187
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PALM COAST PLANTATION Waterfront 3BR/2BA spacious open concept home. Perfect for entertaining with formal dining, great room and breakfast nook. Sliders open onto the screened lanai with peaceful water views. Text R125763 to 52187
INDIAN TRAILS Spacious 4BR/3BA with an open floor plan, high ceilings, and large bedrooms. Custom made theater room. Large covered lanai and fenced back yard with plenty of room for a pool. Text R102905 to 52187
CYPRESS KNOLL Move in Ready 3BR/2BA perfect for entertaining. Formal living and dining rooms, and an open kitchen with island. Sliders open to the patio and large fenced yard. Priced to Sell! Text R107044 to 52187
LEHIGH WOODS Private 5BR/2BA pool home located on an oversized lot in a quiet cul-desac. Spacious floor plan perfect for entertaining. Large fenced yard perfect for families. Text P1037199 to 85377
PINE LAKES Well maintained 3BR/2BA on a quiet cul-da-sac. An open floor plan complete with living and dining areas, an eat-in kitchen, and an extra room off the master bedroom. Large backyard with room for a pool. Text P350715 to 52187
MATANZAS WOODS Move in Ready 3BR/2BA home. Great room concept with vaulted ceilings, dining room and breakfast bar. Relax in the screened in lanai surrounded by the large fenced back yard with plenty of room for your future pool. Text P238956 to 52187
INDIAN TRAILS Move in Ready 3BR/2BA open floor plan. Brand new A/C Unit, New hot water heater, new appliances, newer roof, freshly painted, new carpet in all the bedrooms. Priced to sell! Text R125762 to 52187
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GRAND HAVEN Beautiful 4BR/3.5BA Pool home. Two story floor plan includes a dining and living room with a fireplace perfect for entertaining. Large covered porch overloos the screened in pool. Text P1015297 to 85377
INDIAN TRAILS Maintained waterfront 3BR/2BA POOL home. Featuring a great open floor plan with high vaulted ceilings. Laminate floors throughout living area, spacious bedrooms and a fenced yard with views of the canal. Text P519073 to 52187
INDIAN TRAILS Stately 4BR/3BA POOL home with possible in-law suite. Featuring two separate living areas, formal dining room, and large kitchen. Outdoor private oasis with a lanai, pool, and a shed. Text R62083 to 52187
PINE GROVE Well Maintained 4BR/2BA. Nicely painted inside, crown molding and upgraded tile throughout. Featuring a formal living, dining and family room with a fireplace. Large back yard with room for a future pool. Text P821411 to 85377
LEHIGH WOODS Beautiful 3BR/2BA Pool home. Light and Bright interior. Vaulted ceilings and recessed lighting. Open eat in kitchen with breakfast bar. Huge private fenced backyard. Text P302626 to 85377
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RIVERFRONT INTRACOASTAL Beautiful 2BR/2BA condo. Gorgeous river and pool views from your wrap around balcony with a glimpse of the ocean. Designated underground parking and storage area. Text P1042852 to 85377
LEHIGH WOODS Large open 4BR/2BA split floor plan home. Energy efficient lighting throughout. Newer kitchen appliances. Fully fenced large backyard with plenty of room for a pool. Text P1015365 to 85377
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This is a Sailboat Country 4 Bedroom 2 Bath 2 Half Bath Home. First floor has bamboo hardwood throughout, formal living & dining rooms with bay windows, a 1/2 bath, and a beautiful master suite. The screened lanai is perfect for entertaining, and includes a pool w/spa, wet bar, and a 1/2 bath. All only a short hop to the ICW with no fixed bridges.
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Pine Grove MLS:219682 .......$21,500 Fresh Water Canal 5.4 Acres MLS:198719 ........................$129,000
GREAT FLOOR PLAN Split plan 3BR/2.5BA with a formal Living and Dining room and Family room. Kitchen has a separate breakfast area overlooking family room and pool. Must See! MLS:223521 $229,000
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SLEEK SPACE SAVING SOLUTIONS FOR YOUR HOME
By Cat Queen
No matter the size or square footage of your house, it’s likely that you’ll one day feel like you’ve run out of space. Worse, when you begin seeking storage solutions, you may find that many options are all utility and no style. Here are some tips for addressing your space and storage issues without sacrificing design.
MAKE THE MOST OF EVERY AVAILABLE SPACE
You may be surprised to discover how much space is actually wasted in the walls of your home. Get creative about ways you can use these areas to your benefit. Have a crawl space beneath your stairs? Replace stair risers with drawers where you can store shoes or sporting equipment. Or, use the empty space for a built-in area. If one wall of your stairs is in a main living area, replace the wall with a recessed reading nook or desk. Use your room’s corners! Corner shelves are ideal for smaller spaces. For a neat, stylish look, stack two or three floating corner shelves above one another. You can also purchase (or build) corner desks, which will free up valuable wall space in a smaller room.
Table-top and floor lamps provide much needed light in smaller spaces, but can easily be replaced with stylish hanging lamps. Like high shelves, hanging lamps also have the added benefit of creating a sense of height.
USE MULTI-FUNCTIONAL FURNITURE
Tables with drawers, storage ottomans, and sleeper sofas are must-haves in homes with limited space. In children’s rooms, use beds that have drawers beneath the mattress and/or shelves in the headboard. One large multi-purpose piece of furniture in the room will give you more space for other kids’ items (and will keep those items out of your living areas).
THINK OUTSIDE OF THE CLOSET
Try a high shelf to draw the eye upward while creating an appealing storage and display area. Hang one long shelf around the upper perimeter of a room, or just along one wall.
Wardrobes are sleek alternatives in homes or apartments without adequate closet space. Exposed closets can be extremely stylish and effective storage solution. These are particularly popular in nurseries, where the parents’ favorite outfits can be displayed as part of the room’s décor.
Rather than using nightstands or end-tables, install small, low shelves next to beds and couches. This not only frees up the space around larger pieces of furniture, it also eliminates the clutter that tends to accumulate on side tables.
You can easily double your closet’s capacity by adding a second hanging bar or rack beneath the existing one. In a guest bedroom closet, or anywhere you don’t hang clothes, install wall-to-wall shelving for an instant increase in storage space.
Wall mounted, fold-away Murphy desks are ideal for home offices. When not in use, simply fold the desk back onto the wall.
No matter the size of your home, make the most of your space by following these simple tips!
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MORE THAN MARBLE: By Danielle Harling
CREATIVE OPTIONS FOR YOUR KITCHEN COUNTERTOPS
Marble countertops? Been there, done that. Now that a number of kitchens are taking on a more modern look, options outside of marble are in high demand. Kitchen countertop options can range from subtly chic to “Top Chef ” worthy. From butcher’s block-inspired countertops to kitchen countertops made of glass, these are just a handful of the creative options available for your kitchen.
For a cost-conscious option that still packs a punch in the looks department, there’s butcher block countertops. There are a variety of wood options to choose from, but do remember that butcher block countertops need to be wellmaintained in order to keep their beauty. If the idea of replacing all your kitchen countertops with butcher block seems intimidating, start off small. If your island has a kitchen, you already have an ideal starting point.
While concrete might seem like a material that would be better suited for your floors, this kitchen countertop option is both bold and breathtaking. Like most countertop options, concrete does come with its own list of pros and cons. On the plus side, your concrete kitchen countertops boast an unlimited set of options when it comes to color and staining. Additionally, concrete countertops can take on any shape or size, a feat that proves difficult for other materials. If concrete is your pick for your kitchen countertops, keep in mind that sealing is vital since concrete is porous, which makes it vulnerable to stains.
Kitchen countertops made from glass are downright gorgeous. At first thought, glass countertops might seem like the most fragile option for your kitchen, but in actuality, it’s quite the opposite. Not only are glass countertops quite hygienic, they’re also heat, stain, and scratch-resistant. Pair your glass kitchen countertops with sleek, stainless appliances, and you’re on the path to having one of the most chic kitchens around.
As extravagant as copper countertops might sound, this option can oddly enough be DIY. However, patience is key when installing this kitchen countertop option. To copper-ize your countertops, you have to laminate a sheet of copper to your countertops. While that may sound like a one-and-done job, a lot of prep work may be involved, depending on the condition of your current countertops. The worse off they are, the more time you’ll spend stripping and replacing them.
If your kitchen countertops are severely lacking in wow power, this option might just provide the added pizzazz that will take your kitchen to the next level. Custom embedded countertops give you the power to add a personal touch to your kitchen. With embedded countertops, you can place seashells, stones, family heirlooms, or even a fossil (for the archaeologist who’s also a budding chef ) inside them. There are a few key things to consider when choosing an embedded countertop, though. Be sure the objects that you choose to embed are durable, and be sure to use a quality, clear sealer.
Remodeling your kitchen countertops might be the quickest way to bore your kids into oblivion. Throw glow-in-the-dark countertops into the conversation and watch how quickly your kids become countertop connoisseurs. Believe it or not, this quirky countertop option is possible. Among the options available for a glow-in-thedark countertop is ThinkGlass. ThinkGlass uses LED lights that are embedded into countertops to create a brilliantly, blue glow. Another option for glowing countertops is Glow Stone, which can be added to concrete countertops. Stones comes in a variety of sizes and colors for ultimate creativity.
If you have a flair for the old-fashioned, antique countertops may be a worthy option. Antique kitchen countertops are available in a number of materials, including antique wood and antique granite. Antique wood offers more of a charming, whimsical look while antique concrete boasts a lively, coastal charm. In addition to providing a unique option for your countertops, antique granite and wood also put recycled material to good use.
Engraved Wooden Countertops
Looking for a simple, personal touch for your kitchen countertops? Family initials or a short quote can be engraved into your wooden or butcher block countertops using laser engraving. Be sure not to ditch your cookbooks though; as tempting as it might sound, engraving your favorite casserole recipe into your kitchen countertop likely isn’t going to happen since laser engraving does come with some size limitations. Sources - Concrete Network, Lilliedale, FresHome, Ambient Glow Technology, Bob Vila, Glumber
QUESTIONS YOU SHOULD ASK MORTGAGE LENDERS
By Talaia Whisenant
Buying your first home may seem like a scary process, but it’s also a fulfilling learning experience and a big step towards financial security. There’s no right way to begin the home buying process, but the lending process is a good start. Consulting with lenders first will help you narrow down your budget, understand your credit, purchasing power, and specify what homes you can afford before getting in over your head. A good lender will not only answer client questions, but will do so promptly and with clarity. Here are some key questions to ask:
WHAT IS THE INTEREST RATE? You should ask your mortgage lender for a quote on the interest rate. Compare interest rates among lenders and settle for the lowest rate that you qualify for. Keep in mind that the interest rate, the mortgage balance and the loan term determines your monthly payment. The lower your interest rate, the smaller your monthly payment.
HOW MANY ORIGINATION OR DISCOUNT POINTS CAN I PAY? A point is a fee paid to the lender at the closing in exchange for a reduced interest rate. For instance, one point is equal to 1% of the loan amount. Your lender may charge discount points, origination points, or both. How many points are included in the interest rate, and what are the benefits of buying more? Discount points are prepaid interest and are taxdeductible, while origination points are fees charged by the lender to cover the cost of originating the loan.
IS THERE A PREPAYMENT PENALTY ON THE LOAN? Planning to pay your house off sooner than your loan term? Some lenders charge for that. Once contracts are signed, lenders regulate the payoff terms of your loan. Paying a mortgage off early can unfortunately result in an expensive penalty. Prepayment penalties are often 80% of six months interest. Ask your lender if they have one, and plan in advance.
HOW CAN I LOCK IN THE INTEREST RATE? Scoring a great interest rate is half the battle; you’ll want to lock in the interest rate because rates fluctuate. If the rate rises, the homebuyer will not be impacted, but if the rate falls, you may not be able to take advantage of the new low rate. Ask for your lender’s loan processing time to ensure your rate is secure during a rate lock.
WHAT ARE THE CLOSING COSTS AND DOWN PAYMENT? Months or even years before a home purchase, prepare your finances for the down payment. This is important because the average down payment on a home can run you 20% of the value of the home. Closing costs are less expensive (but still pricey), and may include loan-origination fees, appraisal fees, attorney fees, and other additional fees. Get a written estimate from your lender within three days of applying for the loan.
WHAT MIGHT DELAY MY APPROVAL ON THE LOAN? Delays are often times unavoidable. Unsent papers, missing signatures, and any change in employment status, an increase or decrease in salary, or even change in marital status can cause delays. Regularly following up with your lender can help speed things up, and you’ll soon be on your way to homeownership!
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ISLAND ESTATES BEAUTY 4bd/5ba 4,713 lsf MLS#224327 $948,600 Sharon Gronning Text P251334 to 52187
HAVEN IN GRAND HAVEN 5bd/3ba 3,032 lsf MLS#224640 $579,000 Cornelia Downing Manfre Text R62081 to 52187
PICTURE PERFECT 3bd/3.5ba 2,782 lsf MLS#224367 $389,900 Carolyn Million Text P258718 to 52187
BREATHTAKING BEAUTY 4bd/3ba 2,336 lsf MLS#224636 $269,900 Andrea Thompson Text P317681 to 52187
SALTWATER SPECIAL 2bd/2ba 1,365 lsf MLS#225222 $239,000 Rich DeCeglie Text R116455 to 52187
TIDELANDS LIVING 3bd/2ba 1,283 lsf MLS#224559 $197,500 Nicholas Ford & Danny Green Text R91547 to 52187
GOLF COURSE VIEWS 3bd/2.5ba 1,665 lsf MLS#224775 $175,000 Bob & Barb Johansen Text R139337 to 52187
SITTING PRETTY 3bd/2ba 1,495 lsf MLS#223456 $173,500 Andrea Pittenger Text P350785 to 52187
LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION 2bd/2ba 1,592 lsf MLS#224236 $171,922 Pam Acosta Text P513537 to 52187
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GRAND HAVEN LAKEFRONT 3bd/2ba 2,169 lsf MLS#225128 $375,000 Sherry L. White Text R108180 to 52187
OWNER SAYS SELL! 3bd/3ba 2,141 lsf MLS#224748 $319,900 Andrea Thompson Text R74301 to 52187
REMODELED COLONIAL 4bd/2ba 1,788 lsf MLS#224230 $309,000 Pam Acosta Text P287515 to 52187
MOVE IN READY 3bd/2ba 1,867 lsf MLS#224789 $195,000 David Alﬁn & Tammy McIlravy Text R80221 to 52187
SPACIOUS & PRIVATE 4bd/2ba 1,966 lsf MLS#225106 $194,000 Rosemarie & Tom Tallaksen Text R108169 to 52187
THE HAMPTONS 3bd/2ba 1,804 lsf MLS#224851 $190,000 Bob & Barb Johansen Text R85178 to 52187
RENOVATED BEAUTY 3bd/2ba 1,481 lsf MLS#224563 $164,900 Erica Crockett & Megan Farrell Text P1047897 to 52187
GREEN, CLEAN & SERENE 2bd/2ba 1,621 lsf MLS#225122 $159,000 Pam Richardson Text R108177 to 52187
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Distinctive 5BR/5.5BA, 5695SF home located on a 1.5 acre lot on the golf course. The resort style outdoor living area includes a pool with waterfall, spa, Koi pond, summer kitchen, and ﬁreplace. The spacious kitchen includes an onyx backsplash and high end appliances. Take the elevator to the in-law suite with a bedroom, bathroom, living room, ﬁreplace, morning bar and balcony overlooking the golf course. MLS:220283
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MAILBOX MAKEOVERS FOR INSTANT CURB APPEAL by Cat Queen
When visitors or potential buyers see your home for the first time, make sure your tired old mailbox doesn’t leave them with the wrong impression. These quick and easy mailbox makeovers will help you instantly improve your home’s curb appeal.
Perhaps the best way to give your mailbox a more charming presence is by creating a lovely space for it. Plant brightly colored flowers or low-maintenance shrubbery in a small garden around your mailbox. Then, use an edge trimmer to create a neat perimeter around your new flower bed. If other areas of your yard are trimmed-in with brick or concrete blocks, keep the look consistent by using the same material around your mailbox.
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For a quicker fix, try sprucing up your mailbox’s post. Metal or wrought iron can be easily spray painted. If you have a traditional wooden post, first check the post for any rotten or chipped away areas. In most cases, you can fill these cracks with wood putty; if the post is too far gone, it might be better to replace it. Then, paint or stain the wood to give it an instant face-lift.
If bright colors aren’t really your thing, use white or ivory paint with stencils instead. Quickly rejuvenate your mailbox by stenciling the number of your address in a fancy script against a plain black background. For a more personalized touch, add the first letter of your last name above the address in a larger font. You can also add embellishments like ivy or flowers.
Large, stacked rock mailbox enclosures are beautiful but can be pretty expensive. You can achieve a similar look by adhering faux stacked rock to your existing wooden post.
Remember, when showing your home, try to appeal to all potential home buyers. Plain, classic stylings give your house a sense of character and charm without offending the personal taste of visitors. It is equally important to ensure that your home appears as well maintained as possible. A bright, clean mailbox in a well-manicured flower bed will always give the right impression.
Next, consider painting your mailbox with weather-proof spray paint. Try to coordinate your mailbox colors with your home’s exterior. White, green, and blue are great for catching the eye without being overwhelming. Red is also a popular and bold choice.
hot pink, orange, or bright yellow, which may be too bold for potential buyers. Hobby or sports themed mailboxes can also negatively affect a buyer’s first impression of the home.
R U O Y G N I T R E V N O Y C T F O L A O T N I E G A GAR ACE P S G LIVIN BY REBECCA
If your home has a garage, converting it into a living space could be a great investment of your time and money. A conversion costs less than putting on an addition, and boosts a homeâ€™s resale value by thousands of dollars. Although conversions are typically done to add a spare bedroom or a home office, by adding a sleeping loft and a few other amenities, the space can be transformed into a mini guest house, or used as income property. So what does it take to convert a garage into a lofty living space? A typical garage conversion will add between 400 - 600 feet of livable space to your home, but could cost upwards of $15,000 or more, depending on how extensive the transformation is. Since a garage already has a foundation, walls, and roof in place, that is still only about half of what a full-scale addition would cost. Attached garages will cost slightly less to convert than detached structures, as their electric, heating, and plumbing systems can usually be connected directly to the main house. Unless you are a whiz with a saw, and know a thing or two about wiring, you may want to consider hiring a contractor to either do the entire conversion, or to act as a consultant, especially during the planning stages. A garage conversion requires bringing the structure up to code for habitation, as well as acquiring building permits, and undergoing inspections during each phase of the work; an experienced contractor can help ease all of these processes. If you are a do-it-yourselfer, you can always save money out of pocket by finishing the conversion on your own once all the approvals are in place.
There are a few structural deficiencies to consider when transforming a utilitarian garage into a functional living space, including upgrading the flooring. Floors may need to be raised in order to install insulation over a concrete slab; it will most likely require leveling as well, since older garage floors typically slope towards the bay door. Finish the floor by painting it with matte enamel paint to make the concrete less slippery. A livable space means more electricity in use, so plan to install additional wiring and outlets. If you are connecting the wiring directly to your home’s electrical system, it will need to be amped up to accommodate the added usage. Since garages aren’t typically set up with temperature control systems, walls should be fiberglass insulated, drywall added, and heating/air conditioning units should be installed. Alternatively, you can opt for more affordable space heaters and ceiling fans. The most successful garage conversion looks and feels like it has always been livable space, rather than just a spruced up bay for cars. One way this can be achieved is by installing windows. Floor to ceiling windows can be particularly dramatic in a small space. Skylights are a good option for a small garage home because they let in lots of natural light and don’t take up valuable wall space. Replacing or transforming large, cumbersome garage doors can be one of the biggest challenges of a conversion. One option is to pull them out altogether and replace with a standard door frame and exterior walls; use French or sliding glass doors to add the illusion of more space to the interior. If you choose to leave the original bay doors intact, be sure they are properly caulked and insulated. Getting the best use of every available inch of the garage’s interior space is key if you are planning on using it as a living space, so consult with an architect or contractor about how to best accommodate a bathroom and kitchen area, as well as the optimal placement of wiring and plumbing. To give your conversion real impact, take advantage of a high ceilinged garage to install a sleeping loft. Tucked up under the eaves, and accessed by a retractable ladder, a sleeping loft will free up usable floor space, and can be adapted to hold built-in storage as well. Use an open railing to give the space an open feel and to allow for air circulation. Interior design elements are nearly as important as structural changes when it comes to creating an appealing living space. Use light or neutral paint colors, and arrange furniture to best emphasize an open floor plan. A little clutter goes a long way in a small space, so add built-in units and use furniture that doubles as storage. Take advantage of vertical wall space with plenty of shelving.
Whether you hire a contractor or do it yourself, converting a garage into a lofty living space will be well worth the investment.
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REMOVE THE COMMON OFFENDERS Before battling, it’s best to know your opponent. Some of the most offensive toxins in our homes are benzene, formaldehyde, and phenol, just to name a few. Many toxins are found rearing their ugly heads in multiple products throughout the house. According to the Poison Control Center, up to 85% of home products fail to adequately list dangers on their warning labels. Laundry detergents, dish soaps, window cleaners, toilet disinfectants, and surface cleaners are all great starting points.
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SAFELY PLEASE THE NOSE
Don’t worry; you won’t drown in filth due to lack of common cleaners. As a matter of fact, some of the more familiar substances such as vinegar and baking soda clean just as well as their toxic counterparts. Distilled white vinegar, for example, is naturally antibacterial. It also cuts through grease, making it a great multi-purpose spray replacement. For your soaps, use a castile liquid soap. This will help to avoid the sodium laurel sulfates and the phosphates found in common soaps. Your skin and your body will thank you!
All of us long to have a pleasant aroma meet our nostrils upon entry into a room. For a chemical-free home, this means ditching the common plug-in and aerosol air fresheners and replacing them with more natural ones. Essential oils through a diffuser is one way to introduce pleasant smells. Try boiling herbs or citrus peelings on the stove for some yummy scents. Natural scents can double as an air cleanser, increasing their value.
CLEAN THE AIR Air purifiers are an inexpensive solution, and can be found at the store around the corner. These will start cleaning your air today, getting you on the road to fresh air quickly. Go ahead and pick up a few house plants while you are grocery shopping too, such as a Chinese bamboo or a peace lily. Plants are a natural way to clean the air because they absorb the toxic air and release oxygen in return.
There are tons of ways to detox your home beyond just these few. Even removing your shoes at the door will keep pollutants out. Take it slow as you detox your home, replacing chemical laden products with organic and natural options little by little. You will feel better knowing that your home is the best place to reside in both seen and unseen ways.
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93 Esperanto Drive
24322 Fox Rd.
Cypress Knoll home with Brand New Roof & 1YR Old A/C. Recently Renovated. Large kitchen with island & breakfast nook. Oversized screened porch. OFFERED AT:$165,700
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Waterfront Mobile home in Astor. Property is located within National Forest Lands and various types of wildlife may be seen. Upgraded Throughout. OFFERED AT:$127,900
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2 Riverdale Lane
10 Riverview Drive
Lots of Space! Formal living and dining rooms, a fantastic family room off the Kitchen. Bonus family room. Corner location with fencing & fruit trees, open patio. OFFERED AT:$212,000
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4600 E Moody Blvd. 11J
Upstairs Unit! Granite counters and stainless appliances. Clubhouse, pool, basketball court, workout space, billiards room, and part time security. OFFERED AT:$71,400
Nestled in mature landscape for added privacy. Open living, dining and kitchen area. Open covered porch to enjoy the partial fenced back yard. OFFERED AT: $153,000
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26 Ocean Palm Villas N
Easy to maintain unit that boast an open area with lovely views of the pond and golf course. Open deck of Master. Built in 2011. 1 Car Garage. OFFERED AT:$182,000
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PALM COAST PLANTATION $90,000 Lake Lot over 23000SqFt. Partially Cleared. Emerald Lake is a spring fed, freshwater lake. You can have your own dock. MLS:224754 Text R76248 to 52187
GRAND HAVEN $244,900 Open floor plan 3BR/2BA with lots of natural light. The spacious kitchen has views to the private back yard. Enjoy the screened lanai and summer kitchen. MLS:225349 Text R122361 to 52187
LAKE VIEWS $340,000 Tuscan style 3BR/2BA located in Grand Haven. Enjoy the private backyard with view of the lake. The screened lanai features pavers and a summer kitchen. MLS:223793 Text P1034147 to 52187
PALM HARBOR $234,545 Build to Suite 3BR/2BA Willow Model by SeaGate Homes. Pick your colors and tile! One of the last lots in this area of Palm Harbor. MLS:225359 Text R123052 to 52187
GOLF COURSE FRONT $495,000 Gorgeous 4BR/4BA with a formal living and dining rooms with an opportunity to have an in-law suite. Enjoy the covered porch for a stunning view of the golf course and lake. MLS:224626 Text P1049168 to 52187
CANAL VIEW HOME $209,900 Great 2BR/2BA with wonderful curb appeal. Huge great room with cathedral ceilings, wood burning fireplace and custom bookshelves and wall units. Large fully fenced backyard. MLS:220913 Text P987974 to 52187
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PINE LAKES GOLF COURSE $299,900
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GREAT LOCATION $199,900
Split plan 4BR/2BA with lots of space. Brand new carpeting and freshly painted. Huge Kitchen. Screened Lanai. MLS:224290
Fully Renovated 3BR/2BA. Oversized Lanai with Pool and Waterfall. MLS:220838
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SEMINOLE WOODS $197,500
Upgraded 3BR/2BA home. New flooring, kitchen with granite and stainless appliances. Large screened patio and fenced yard. MLS:224633
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PINE LAKES $239,900
Beautiful 3BR/2BA Pool home. Stunning kitchen with island seating. Floor to ceiling 2 sided stone gas fireplace. Huge enclosed porch and pool area. MLS:224628
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100 Plantation Bay Drive, Ormond Beach, FL 32174 â—† General: 386.437.4844 | Sales: 855.216.1349
Plantation Bay Golf & Country Club A private gated community located in the charming seaside town of Ormond Beach, Fl and only 4.2 miles to the ocean. Offering 45 holes of championship golf and world class amenities including 2 full service club houses for dining, state of the art fitness center with 2 pools, exercise class room, work out area and treatment rooms for spa services. Enjoy tennis on 10 har-tur courts, 4 pickleball courts, bocce ball and a new tikki bar. Warmth, instant social life and camaraderie is all here waiting for you at Plantation Bay.
732 Aldenham Ln. Arbor Plan 2/2 1562LSF $199,900
584 Aldenham Ln. Juliette Plan 3/2 1979 LSF $325,734
610 Woodbridge Dr. Golf/Preserve Views $148,000
734 Aldenham Ln. Blossom Plan 3/3 2078LSF $220,900
592 Aldenham Ln. Belaire Plan 4/3 2498 LSF $ 375,000
796 Aldenham Ln. Arbor Plan 2/2 1562LSF $220,970
648 Southlake Dr. Arden Plan 3/3.5 2402 LSF $397,875
784 Aldenham Ln. Blossom Plan 3/3 2078LSF $242,095
667 Southlake Dr. Belaire Plan 3/2.5 2498 LSF $398,350
1313 Dovercourt Ln. Water/Golf Views $199,900 1001 Hampstead Ln. .5Acre $200,000 613 Woodbridge Dr. Lake/Golf Views $200,000 1350 Redbourne Ln. 1 Acre $300,000
646 Woodbridge Dr. Cameron Plan 3/2.5 2740 LSF $531,605
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WE SELL room to run
The newest member of the family needs space to run, climb, and play fetch. At The Megan Farrell Team we specialize in helping you accommodate your family as it changes. Whether you’re upsizing, downsizing, or moving to a new part of town - we’ve got you covered! The Megan Farrell Team is known for providing unparalleled outstanding service. Once we help you find your dream home our team covers the details so you can turn your thoughts to the things that will turn your house into a home.
GRAND HAVEN LOT... $129,000
PINE GROVE............... $12,9000
Oversized Lot 65Ft of Waterfront Build Your Dream Home MLS:224438
Soil Tested and Ready to Build Close to Shopping Great Location MLS:225288
PINE LAKES 25 Wheatfield Dr. .............$17,900 119 Wellwood Lane.........$15,000 29 Wellham Lane .............$15,000 LEHIGH WOODS 45 Randolph Dr ................$11,900 PALM HARBOR 32 Fountain Gate Lane...$29,900
386-597-3545 Info@TheMeganFarrellTeam.com www.TheMeganFarrellTeam.com
Watson Realty Corp. 1410 Palm Coast Pkwy, NW. Palm Coast, Fl. 32137
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211 St. Joe Plaza Drive • Palm Coast, FL 32164
(386) 445-5880 • 1-877-374-4242 TEXT R62080 TO 52187
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TIDELANDS $399,900 - 3 Bedroom|2 Bath|2403SF - Chef’s Kitchen|Great Room|Upgraded - Lanai/Pool|Gated Community|Lake Views MLS:224662
PLANTATION BAY $325,000 - 3 Bedroom|2 Bath|2303SF - Split Plan|Kitchen Island|Security - Heated Pool/Spa|Golf Community MLS:224464
OCEANS ATRIUM $285,000 - 2 Bedroom|2 Bath|1446LSF - 5th Floor|Ocean View|Parking - Indoor/Outdoor Pool|Sauna|Storage MLS:224861
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PLANTATION BAY $284,900 - 3 Bedroom|2 Bath|2042SF - Open Concept|Fireplace|New HVAC - Covered Lanai|Screened Pool MLS:225047
GRAND HAVEN $279,900 - 3 Bedroom|2 Bath|1883SF - Split Plan|Great Room|Pool/SPA - Area Amenities|HOA Fee|Clubhouse MLS:224970
LEHIGH WOODS $258,500 - 3 Bedroom|2 Bath|2070SF - Tile/Hardwood Floors|Split Plan - Heated Pool|Security|Oversized Garage MLS:225261
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PINE GROVE $250,000 - 4 Bedroom|2 Bath|2250SF - Updated Kitchen:Baths|Fireplace - Pool|Fully Fenced Yard MLS:222595
SEMINOLE WOODS $249,500 - 4 Bedroom|2 Bath|2316SF - Fireplace|Florida Room|Split Plan - Fully Fenced|Sprinkler|Screened Porch MLS:225286
PINE LAKES $219,999 - 4 Bedroom|2 Bath|2012SF - Great Room|Split Plan|Security System - Blinds|Screened Porch|Sprinkler System MLS:224506
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PALM HARBOR $179,900 - 3 Bedroom|3 Bath|2066SF - Open Concept|In-law suite|Florida Room - Fully Fenced|Oversized Driveway MLS:222907
BELLE TERRE $179,000 - 4 Bedrooms|2 Bath|2245SF - Split Plan|Security System - Covered Patio|Partially Fenced MLS:224006
THE WOODLANDS $149,900 - 3 Bedroom|2 Bath|1462SF - Open Concept|Lots of Storage - Oversized Yard|Backs to Greenbelt MLS:224140
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