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Beautifully maintained Custom built Walk-out Ranch with over 3600 sq ft of living space nestled on 1.7 acres backing to trees. Features 5 bedrooms, 3 full baths, and an over-sized 2 car garage . Main level features 4 of the 5 bedrooms, all with walk-in closets. Master bedroom suite has it's own private bath. 2nd full bath in hall across from additional bedrooms, large living room, kitchen with breakfast room w/ double atrium doors opening to a 460 sq ft back deck and main floor laundry. Two separate staircases lead you to the lower level with the 5th bedroom, 3rd full bath, a beautiful family room with a wall of built in display shelving, and a wood burning stone fireplace, sleeping room/Den and storage room. The expansive covered front porch, as well as the rear deck affords the lucky owners fantastic views of their private wooded sanctuary. Truly Move-in ready

Posted by Melanie Mitchell - Team Lead/Listing Specialist on December 11th, 2017 5:04 PM
Posted by Mary Ellen Hornung on October 30th, 2017 12:25 PM

The MelanieCooperTeam has TWO Open Houses This Sunday!!

3424 Ottomeyer Rd, High Ridge
4 Bed, 3 Bath home with 2,142 sqft of living space on 3 private acres in the Northwest District! Gorgeous lot with a natural pond and waterfall along the back deck, over-sized 3 car garage, along with a 4th detached garage!

This home just hit the market, so don't miss your chance to see it!!
Open From 1-3PM

31 Rockwood Forest Valley, Eureka

This home offers the perks of country living in an extremely convenient location and boasts 4 Beds, 4 Baths, 2,863 sqft on a private 3.38 acres!! Some special amenities are 4 car garage, in law apartment above garage, and cozy year round sun porch!
Open From 2-4PM

Posted by Mary Ellen Hornung on May 19th, 2017 2:57 PM

May is here, spring is in full swing, and summer is not far off. You know what that means? Time for a home maintenance checkup. In addition to your indoor spring cleaning regimen, you should also give your home's exterior some TLC after a long winter. This not only helps to minimize maintenance issues and costs before they become a problem, but it also improves your curb appeal, which is vital to your increasing home's value.
Why Curb Appeal Matters
First impressions are everything. Whether you're planning a move soon or in the next few years, maintaining your home's curb appeal will help to increase its value when it comes time to sell. According to Consumer Reports, outdoor enhancements such as adding a patio, fixing the siding, or improving your landscaping can increase your home's value from 3 to 5 percent.

In addition, most outdoor improvement projects offer a good bang for their buck. With simple projects like reseeding the lawn or implementing a standard lawn care program providing such high cost recoveries at resale (417 percent and 303 percent, respectively), keeping up with your curb appeal seems like a no-brainer.

But it's not all about the money, either. Improving your outdoor living space brings a renewed sense of enjoyment about your home, and enjoying the space you live in now is just as important as any value you'll gain down the road.
Outdoor Home Improvement Checklist
Not sure what outdoor project to tackle first? Use the list below as a starting point, and if you want to take on a bigger project, check out the National Association of REALTORS® 2016 Remodeling Impact Report: Outdoor Features to see which ones provide the biggest return on investment.
*Spruce up your landscaping — remove weeds, plant flowers,
prune trees and shrubs
*Seed or sod your lawn
*Inspect and repair roof
*Clean gutters
*Clean porch or deck — power wash, apply a sealant,
and re-stain if necessary
*Inspect foundation and repair cracks
*Wash windows and screens
*Wash siding and check for mold or water damage
Is Now a Good Time to Sell?
If you're serious about improving your curb appeal for an upcoming move, there's no time like the present. Current housing demand is strong, and May continues to be the best time to sell in most parts of the country, according to a recent report by Zillow. In addition, lack of housing inventory means buyers are eager to find a home and may be willing to pay more than asking price.
Bottom line? Now is a great time to sell!
Posted by Mary Ellen Hornung on May 12th, 2017 5:43 PM

Thinking Ahead: Having an Emergency Plan on Hand
There’s a wise adage often spoken about planning.
Fail to plan, plan to fail. That’s important to keep in mind when considering the need for an emergency plan for your home or business. So once you’ve decided that an emergency plan is a good idea, the work ahead need not be intimidating. Start by considering these six points:

1.      Think about emergencies that are possible for your area. Do you live near the coast line, near a large city, in a heavily forested area, or an area prone to earthquakes? Your threat potential for an emergency and therefore your planning will differ.

2.     Consider your living or working environment. City dwellers, suburbanites and people in rural areas require plans that take different variables into consideration. City dwellers should have a pedestrian route of escape. Suburbanites need a route that considers traffic congestion. And rural dwellers require a route that considers possible road closures and multiple routes to safety.

3.     What if your family or loved ones and friends get separated? Or co-workers work in a confined area or are scattered? Your planning should consider the possibilities and how best to gather safely.

4.     Should you hunker down or evacuate? The type of emergencies you face require different emergency plans. For a fire, evacuation plans are typically required. For a severe storm, plans that allow for safe-in-place situations are preferred.

5.     Are there children, elderly or disabled folks, pets and livestock? Planning should take into consideration each family member, their need for medicine and their ability to deal with an emergency situation.

6.     Consider communication needs. If separated, how will you let loved ones and friends know your situation?

Establishing your plan and then practicing what to do in various emergency situations may sound like a lot of work, but using the many available templates that are well thought through and available free on the Internet makes the work faster and easier. Plus, following the advice of emergency preparedness experts in this field is just plain smart. Paul Davis companies stand ready to assist wherever and whenever there is a need. For all your property damage services and restoration needs, this phone number – 1-888-473-7669 – can be added to your emergency numbers to call.

Here are our emergency plan source recommendations:

American Red Cross:

FEMA (Federal Emergency Preparedness Administration)

·         Make a Plan:

·         Family Communication Plan:

NFPA (National Fire Prevention Association):

U.S. Homeland Security:

The Family Handyman:



Posted by Mary Ellen Hornung on May 9th, 2017 5:06 PM


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