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As this video shows one of the many reasons that having a Realtor in today’s market is highly recommended is that Realtor’s have inside knowledge to coming soon listings that have not been listed.  Time is of the essence in a sellers market!

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Your homes curb appeal is a buyer’s first impression.  75% of home buyers drive by the homes that they are interested in after first viewing it online.

Even if you’re not considering putting your home on the market, it never hurts to enhance and improve your property.   Make your home the talk of the neighborhood and your property value with these simple tips.

The Lawn & Landscapingcurbappeal

  • Mow your lawn twice a week, pull weeds and rake up your leaves
  • Trim hedges and shrubs, as well as tree limbs that are near your roof
  • Sweep your walkways
  • Plant a variety of colorful flowers & plants that flourish in all the seasons
  • Weed and mulch your flower beds

The Homes Exterior

  • Front door,porchClean your windows, gutters, and pressure wash your siding and decks
  • Freshen up the exterior of your home with a coat of paint
  • Update your front door.  Try new hardware, or a new paint color
  • Install new accents like house numbers, doorbell buttons, or mail slots
  • Check and replace your roof if necessary
  • Add an awning or covered patio to enjoy the outdoors year round

Landscaping doesn’t have to be expensive; only well-thought-out, interesting, and cohesive.  Plan a week or a couple of weekends to get your curb appeal up to par so that you can make the best first impression on future buyers.

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Indigo Sky Neighborhood Marquis

Indigo Sky Neighborhood Marquis

Indigo Sky is a great neighborhood for 1st time home buyers or retirees that are looking for a smaller home in the middle of The Woodlands. The neighborhood is tucked away on the corner of Rush Haven and Indigo Sky and sits right next to “Interfaith” http://www.woodlandsinterfaith.org -A faith based organization that provides outreach and community service in The Woodlands. Indigo Sky is just a block from Flintridge and right off of Falconwing giving easy access to both Woodlands Parkway and Kuykendahl. One section of the neighborhood backs to a greenbelt (treed area that won’t be built on) and is a short walk to Falconwing Park that offers basketball courts, a soccer field, baseball diamond, 3 play areas, a tennis court and pool.

Indigo Sky is known to have an ideal location within The Woodlands:

  • 9 mins from I-45 and Town Center
  • 7 mins from Highway 2920
  • 8 mins from Highway 2978 and the city of Magnolia

Indigo Sky Neighborhood Streetscape

Indigo Sky Neighborhood Streetscape

The neighborhood was built by Ryland Homes www.Ryland.com and Pulte Homes www.Pulte.com . The majority of the neighborhood is comprised of 1 story, 3 bedroom, 2 bath homes with a few 2-story homes sprinkled in. The majority of the homes do not have swimming pools. These traditional, brick homes are surrounded by mature trees and wide streets which are appealing to most residents.

Currently there are not any homes for sale in Indigo Sky.  Considering only the 12 homes that have sold since January 1, 2008, the average time on market is only 2 months, which is excellent for Indigo Sky homeowners! Given the price point of $150,000 to $200,000 and the ideal location it is easy to see why so many real estate investors have also been attracted to this neighborhood.

Indigo Sky is a great little neighborhood that many first-time homebuyers have found ideal. I love that the neighborhood is affordable and in a great location within The Woodlands. The topography is great with a few hills and lots of mature trees. The only negative in my opinion is that the neighborhood isn’t contained in one section. On the corner of Rush Haven and Indigo Sky there are two entrances that do not connect in to the

A peak into the Indigo Sky Neighborhood

A peak into the Indigo Sky Neighborhood

neighborhood. I have found in my interviews that most residents are attracted to neighborhoods that have one entry/exit point. But other than that it is a great neighborhood and wonderful place if you are looking for an affordable home closer to the front of The Woodlands.

I happened to be driving around Indigo Sky right as parents were waiting for their kid’s to get home from school. Alma and Guillermo were pushing their young daughter in a stroller while waiting for their son and were kind enough to answer some questions about Indigo Sky. They have lived in the neighborhood for 2 year and love the schools that serve it which are:

Alma and Guillermo also love how peaceful it is and the fact that there are a lot of young families but also some older, retired residents as well. Alma also mentioned the location and being so close to Town Center and the mall. If they were to move out of Indigo Sky but stay in The Woodlands they would move to Cochran’s Crossing because it “still has the great location and feeds in to some of the same schools”. I was hard pressed to get any negatives about the neighborhood. They love it and couldn’t think of any negatives at all!

Indigo Sky Neighborhood Park

Indigo Sky Neighborhood Park

Just as I was finishing my conversation with Alma and Guillermo two women were walking towards us that I decided to interview as well. Liz has been a Woodlands resident since 1992 and has lived in Indigo Sky since 1997 and Laurene has been renting a home in Indigo Sky for 6 months and just moved to the area from Georgia. I was excited to get 2 very different prospective from a long time resident and brand new resident! I started with Liz and when I asked what she liked about the neighborhood she said she loved the cul-de-sac streets, the young families and that it was so close to the park, pool, pathways, Dr’s offices off Kuykendahl and just a few minutes from I-45. Laurene agreed but also added that she chose the neighborhood for the schools. Liz also added that she loved that the neighborhood is tucked away and there isn’t any “crossing traffic” since Rush Haven and Indigo Sky both dead end in to the neighborhood. Laurene isn’t sure where she would move if she left Indigo Sky but thinks she’d move to a neighborhood with homes that are a bit bigger, “these are great started homes but we need something a little larger for a growing family”. Liz said she would want to stay in areas zones to Galatas so would stay in Indian Springs or venture in to Cochran’s Crossing.

As far as negatives go I finally got one, “there are too many rental homes” according to Liz. She said that

Indigo Sky Tennis Courts

Indigo Sky Tennis Courts

companies have come in and bought some of the homes for their employees and the employees aren’t taking as great of care as a home owner would. She understands that the neighborhood is attractive to investors but wishes there weren’t so many rentals. When I asked if there is anything they’d like to add about the neighborhood Liz and Laurene ended by saying that Indigo Sky is “very friendly and we have great neighbors that took care of one another after hurricane Ike”.

So in closing, Indigo Sky is a great little neighborhood for those looking for smaller, affordable homes in a great location. Just be aware that there a few rental homes mixed in.

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Chandler Creek Neighborhood Marquis

Chandler Creek Neighborhood Marquis

Chandler Creek was built in the late 90’s and is known for being a “family friendly” neighborhood with several cul-de-sac streets and a great park.  Located off of Flintridge and Falconwing the location is desirable to those that like to be in the “middle of it all”.  The neighborhood is just:

  • 10 minutes from I-45 and Town Center
  • Less than a ½ mile to The John Cooper School www.JohnCooper.org
  • Within 5 minutes to 3 shopping centers; Indian Springs, Sterling Ridge and Panther Creek shopping centers
  • 1 mile from a 24 Hour Sport Club
  • 5 Minutes from the Sterling Ridge YMCA
  • 8 Minutes from Highway 2978 and Magnolia

Chandler Creek was built by David Weekley Homes,

Chandler Creek has beautiful paths

Chandler Creek has beautiful paths

www.DavidWeekley.com, Emerald Homes (which was bought out by DR Horton Homes) www.DRHorton.com, and Village Homes (which was bought out by Lennar Homes) www.Lennar.com.  The majority of the homes are Traditional style 2-stories with a few 1-stories mixed in.  Chandler Creek is known for offering generous lot sizes and a good mix of homes with and without pools.

There are currently 3 active homes on the market, 1 in contract and 7 that have sold since January 2008 with an average days on market of 43 or just over 1 month.  Chandler Creek is a neighborhood that always seems in high demand and the days on market prove that.  Chandler Creek is in the mid price point for Indian Springs offering homes from the mid $300K’s to nearly $500,000.

More of Chandler Creek's Outdoors

More of Chandler Creek's Outdoors

I’ve been in real estate over 6 years and whenever I have a client looking in the $300K-$450K price range they usually want to see Chandler Creek.  Sadly, a lot of times there is nothing available or nothing available that meets their specific needs.   The neighborhood welcomes you with a nice park with a pavilion, swing sets, and play area along with an open space for soccer or running around.  There is also a dog bowl attached the water fountain which has been great for me when I take my dog on long runs!  The negative I have noticed in is that some of the streets back up to Woodlands Parkway so some of the homes do get quite a bit of road noise but other than that it’s a great little neighborhood.

Today was a gorgeous day so I decided to drive around Chandler Creek and interview some folks about the neighborhood.  The first person I found was Alan.  Alan was doing some yard work and was kind enough to answer some questions for me.  He’s lived in Chandler Creek for 5 years and picked it because of its close proximity to The John Cooper School.  He loves that the neighborhood is in “the middle of The Woodlands” and close to 3 shopping centers, several medical offices in Sterling Ridge and offers easy access to Woodlands Parkway and Kuykendahl.  If he were to move from Chandler Creek he said “The Woodlands East Shore is looking pretty attractive these days” he said he’d love a smaller yard and being so close to Town Center.  When asked

Chandler Creek Streetscape

Chandler Creek Streetscape

about Chandler Creek’s negatives he said “this isn’t specific to Chandler Creek but all of The Woodlands, I’d like taller fences in our backyards so we can have more privacy.” He also mentioned that he would like “more security around the neighborhood” he said a few months ago some vandals had spray painted a good portion of the neighborhood and that was a bit frustrating.  He said overall he really liked the neighborhood because it’s normally pretty “quiet & nice”.

While I was headed out of Chandler Creek I saw two women talking on a cul-de-sac.  I stopped and asked them if they’d talk with me about the neighborhood and they were gracious enough to oblige.  Vicky had just moved to the neighborhood in July of this year and Pansy is an original owner moving in 11 years ago.   Pansy loves the neighborhood for its location.  She likes that it’s close to everything but feels “off the beaten path”.   Vicky said she lucked in to the neighborhood that she had looked at over 50 homes in The Woodlands in a 2 week period and chose Chandler Creek because the home fit her family’s needs.  Pansy and Vicky really like how social their neighborhood is.  Pansy mentioned that they get together a lot “like on Halloween we all sit together and hand out candy at the end of the cul-de-sac.”

If Pansy were to move within The Woodlands she said she’d move to Creekside.  She “loves the patio homes but hates that the kids have to go to Tomball Schools and because it’s in Harris County the taxes are

Chandler Creek Neighborhood Park

Chandler Creek Neighborhood Park

higher.”  Vicky if she were to move they would probably move somewhere in Alden Bridge, she said she liked several homes in that area of The Woodlands.    So you all seem to really like Chandler Creek, are there any negatives? Both Pansy and Vicky agreed that Woodlands Parkway can get a bit loud and Pansy wishes there were a light on Flintridge because the traffic can get a bit congested in the morning.

So if you’re looking for a traditional neighborhood with friendly neighbors, lots of kids and located in the heart of The Woodlands you should consider Chandler Creek.  That is if there is anything available!

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Trace Creek The Woodlands

Trace Creek Neighborhood is known for being established and very social & family friendly.  Located on the south west corner of Gosling and Flintridge the neighborhood backs to a greenbelt (treed area that won’t be built on) on 2 sides.  The neighborhood has a GREAT park that has wide open space for soccer or other sports, 2 play areas, 2 sets of swings, BBQ area, pavilion and sand volleyball court.

Trace Creek’s location within The Woodlands is considered ideal.  It is :

  • 7 minutes from I-45 and Town Center
  • 10 minutes from Highway 2920
  • 10 minutes from Highway 2978 and the city of Magnolia

Trace Creek Park The WoodlandsThe neighborhood was built by Lifeforms Homes, a builder exclusive to The Woodlands and boasts very open, family friendly floorplans.  The “Treehouse” plan or split level plan is very common in this neighborhood, having the main living areas and master up and the secondary bedrooms and gameroom downstairs.  Many like the split level floorplan because they feel “amongst the trees” with the main living areas being at treetop level.  If the “Treehouse” plan isn’t your cup of tea there are other more conventional options but most do offer the master bedroom on the 2nd floor.Home in Trace Creek, The Woodlands

There are currently 3 homes that are active on the market in Trace Creek.  Considering the homes that sold  since January 2008, the average days on market for the neighborhood is 45.  That is excellent, even in The Woodlands, which typically has decent market activity.  Even more impressive, the days on market for October 2008 was just 35! Bad economy or not, this neighborhood is thriving and in high demand!  Its affordability is probably the main reason.  A buyer can claim a home in Trace Creek from about $160,000 to the mid $200K’s.

Trace Creek Park, The Woodlands 2I have always liked Trace Creek because whenever you drive around the neighborhood you’ll always see people out and about.  It’s a very tight-knit community with many of the residence being the original owners (these homes were built in the mid to late 80’s!) and you can tell that there is a lot of pride in ownership.

While I was walking around the neighborhood today taking pictures for this blog, everything I previously thought about the neighborhood was confirmed.  There was a game of sand volleyball going on, a big gathering of people cooking out and kids on both play sets and swings.  Not wanting to disturb the people during their get together, I walked to a home that flanked the park and met Sarah and her 9 month old daughter.

Sarah has lived in Trace Creek for 2 Trace Creek, The Woodlands Pathways½ years and “loves it!” She chose Trace Creek because she and her husband loved Lifeforms homes and really wanted a “Treehouse” plan.  She loved the large yards, mature trees and great park the neighborhood offered.  She also loved that it was so centrally located to everything.  I asked her where she would move if she were to move within The Woodlands and she said she wouldn’t move anywhere else, that she loves Trace Creek. I asked her to try and think of a negative about the neighborhood and at first she couldn’t then her husband Matt came home and I asked him and he had the same problem saying “I can’t think of anything negative.”  After much deliberation, Sarah said one thing she wished the neighborhood had was a basketball court instead of a sand volleyball court. While wrapping up our little talk Sarah and Matt added that they really have enjoyed how social the neighborhood is, “everyone is so nice and we get together for all the major holidays; 4th of July, Christmas, Halloween etc.”

Trace Creek, The Woodlands GazeboI was determined to find someone that could find someone who could offer me some more drawbacks than the lack of a basketball court so I could write a balanced blog post.  No neighborhood is perfect, right?  I drove around and stopped at Jessica Fry’s house.  She was out in her front yard doing yard work and was gracious enough to talk with me.  She moved in to her house just 1 month ago and loves that there are so many kids in the neighborhood that are always playing outside.  She said her 7 year old son has made so many great friends in the neighborhood already.  Jessica and her family moved from Wisconsin and wanted a neighborhood that not only had lots of kids but was very established with big trees and older homes.  Trace Creek didn’t disappoint.

They bought their home from a couple who moved into their 3rd home in the neighborhood!  Jessica said that it means a lot to her that so many of her neighbors are the original owners and that they all look out for each other.  When I asked Jessica for a negative she had one, “Wilkerson”.  She hates that Wilkerson is 7 miles away so her son will have to take the bus to school and she wishes Wilkerson’s rankings were higher.  I then asked if she were to move from Trace Creek to anywhere else in The Woodlands, which neighborhood would that be and she responded said that she hadn’t thought about it but it would have to be as established as Trace Creek.

I have sold several homes in Trace Creek and all of my sellers have been big advocates for the neighborhood.  After talking to Jessica and Sarah I see why.  The neighborhood is like a hidden jewel tucked in the trees and definitely worth a look if you are looking for a home with roots!

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Idlewood MarquisIdlewood is a neighborhood in The Woodlands that was built out in the mid 80’s.  This makes Idlewood one of the more established and mature neighborhoods in the Woodlands.   A large, serene pond adds to Idlewood’s unique charm and can be enjoyed along the neighborhood’s wide, tree-covered walking trails.

Idlewood was built by a combination of both custom builders as well Idlewood walkwaysas production builders like David Weekley Homes and Ryland Homes.  The majority of the homes are 2-story brick homes with a few 1-stories scattered throughout.

Idlewood is sandwiched between Falconwing Dr., Flintridge Dr. and Rushhaven Dr. with quick access to Gosling and Woodlands Parkway.  This is one of the major advantages to the location. Gosling is a primary North-South corridor in The Woodlands while Woodlands Parkway is the main East-West corridor. Idlewood is within a minute of both so there are few places within The Woodlands that take longer than 5-7 minutes to reach.  Idlewood is only:

  • 7 minutes to The Woodlands Town Center and Interstate 45,
  • 10 minutes from the town of Magnolia, and
  • 7 minutes from Highway 2920 making it ideal for those that want to be in the center of it all!

Typical home prices in Idlewood range from $175,000 to nearly $400,000.  As of October 2008,  there are 3 homes for sale that have an average days on market of 90 days.  This is higher than the average days on market for The Woodlands of 72 days probably attributed to the fact that there is not much available in Idlewood.

Idelewood StreetscapeI liked Idlewood enough to live here!  I was drawn to the large, established trees, quant secluded pond and the large lots in the neighborhood.  It was important for my husband to be close to where he works (Merrill Lynch in The Woodlands Town Center) and we wanted an older neighborhood with some charm.  Aside from the fact that there are few neighborhood socials we have really fallen in love with Idlewood!

I interviewed two women to get their perspective of Idlewood. Suzanne Chatigney, a former resident who just recently moved out lived in Idlewood for 4 years. She fell in love with the fact that Idlewood actually had some elevation, (a couple of hills qualifies in the relatively flat Woodlands!) as well as established trees.

Laeilani Bayer, an Idlewood resident for just over 8 years likes the fact thatIdelewood Pond and Fountain

“Most neighbors know one another and most parents feel comfortable with their kids playing together.  There are also a lot of long time residents that are a good source for information.”

When asked what was special about Idlewood Laeilani recalled the “real sense of community after Ike”. She said her husband went door to door seeing if anyone needed to use his internet and that everyone worked together to support one another during the extended power outage.

Both residents that I interviewed, when asked where they would move if they had to leave Idlewood but stay in The Woodlands, chose the Cottage Green neighborhood in Alden Bridge!  Suzanne and her family moved to Cottage Green a couple of months ago and love the “feel” of the neighborhood.  Both Suzanne and Laeilani are attracted to Cottage Greens central playground, front porches and alleyways.Idelewood Streetscape 2

The downside to Idlewood? Suzanne and Laeilani agree again saying they “wish there were sidewalks”.  Suzanne also wished there were more neighborhood socials.

I believe Laeilani sums it up best by saying that Idlewood is a “friendly community of neighbors” and I’ll just add that with its established feel, small hills and collection of cul-de-sacs it’s a great little neighborhood with a lot of charm!

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