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Memorial Day Weekend Events Around Charlotte & Beyond

It’s the official kick-off to summer and there’s plenty to do this weekend in and around the Queen City.

The Speed Street Festival runs May 25 – 27 ending with NASCAR’S Coca-Cola 600 race at Charlotte Motor Speedway on May 28th. Denny_Hamlin_and_Joey_Logano_on_pit_road_2009_Coca-Cola_600

Many people break out the boat and head to Lake Norman or Lake Wylie for a weekend of fun on the water.

Live Music and Fireworks will entertain at the US National Whitewater Center. 

Families head to Carowinds just south of Charlotte to enjoy a day of thrill rides and the state’s largest water park. Note: Sunday and Monday are Carowinds Military Days – show a valid military I.D. to get in free.

Popular Birkdale Village in Huntersville will host a ceremony on Monday, May 29th, at 11 a.m. birkdale lead page

Mint Hill Madness runs all weekend with live music, carnival rides, and fireworks.

If you want to head out of town, nearby Winston-Salem plays host to the North Carolina Wine Festival May 27th. In less than 2 hours you can find yourself in the Blue Ridge Mountains, with so many quaint towns to explore; including Asheville, Boone and Blowing Rock.

 

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Ivester Jackson|Christie’s Significant Sales

The Charlotte real estate is hot this year.

We kicked off 2017 running and haven’t slowed down.

Take a look at some of our “Significant Sales” at Lake Norman and Charlotte.

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January – 

9011 Pine Laurel Drive, Weddington

$1,000,000

Lisa McCrossan


 

9800 Sedgefield Drive

9800 Sedgefield Drive, Waxhaw

$1,375,000

Betsy Stec Market


 

8608 Waxhaw Creek Road, Waxhaw

$1,265,000

Cindy Castano Swannick

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16334 Belle Isle Drive, Cornelius

$3,250,000

Lori Jackson

Tracy Davis


 

February –


8430 Double Eagle Gate Way, Charlotte

$950,140

Kim Raymond


 

8608 Waxhaw Creek Rd, Waxhaw

$1,265,000

Cindy Castano Swannack


 

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March –

185 Tuskarora Trail, Mooresville

$1,525,000

Emily Duke

Doris Nash


 

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1623 Scotland Avenue, Charlotte

$1,325,000

Kim Raymond

 


 

473 Hempstead Place, Charlotte

$2,885,000

Matthew Paul Brown


 

16922 Green Dolphin Lane, Cornelius

$1,400,000

Lori Jackson


 

16304 Belle Isle Drive, Cornelius

$1,742,220

Lori  Ivester Jackson


 

April –   2124 sherwood

2124 Sherwood Avenue, Charlotte

$1,550,000

Tommy Ingram


 

1204 Mainsail Point, Cornelius

$1,650,000

Lori Ivester Jackson


 

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16240 North Point Rd, Huntersville

$1,260,000

Alison Smith


 

107 Vineyard Dr, Mooresville

$1,800,000

Doris Nash

Jessica Simpson


 

8149 Deep Water Lane, Denver

$1,300,000

Alison Smith

Tracy Davis


18204 Mainsail Pointe Drive, Cornelius

$1,650,000

Lori Ivester Jackson

Reed Jackson

 

 

 

 

 

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Asheville – Tale of Two Cities

IvesterJackson Distinctive Properties & Blackstream International
are the exclusive affiliates of Christie’s International Real Estate in Asheville, North Carolina.

Asheville tells the tale of two cities by bringing together a historic mountain community with a modern urban downtown.

Land of the Sky

Nestled in a thermal valley of North Carolina’s Blue Ridge Mountains is a city the locals call Asheville, or,  “Land of the Sky”. Poised at the confluence of the French Broad and Swannanoa Rivers – not far from where the Blue Ridge meet the Smoky Mountains – this verdant paradise is home to the oldest mountain range in the world. At an elevation of 2,500 feet, the moderate climate and four distinct seasons make this mountain paradise the perfect place to enjoy year-round.iStock_000051660082_XXXLarge

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Once part of the Cherokee Nation, the first the first Europeans came to the area in 1540, but it was not until 1784 that the history of Asheville as a town, began. A century later, at the height of the Gilded Age, George Vanderbilt’s vision brought the renowned talents of architect, Richard Morris Hunt, and landscape architect, Fredrick Law Ulmsted, to the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina. Together, Hunt and Ulmsted transformed the rugged terrain along the French Broad River and created Biltmore House,
America’s largest home. Today, the 250-room chateau continues to attract guests to the area from around the world, just as it did when it was first opened to Vanderbilt’s guests on Christmas Day in 1895.Untitled-3

Roaring 20’s

In 1889, Asheville was the first city in North Carolina with electric rail streetcars. From the 1910s through the roaring 20s, Asheville grew to become the third largest city in the state, but that growth quickly halted with the crash of the stock market in 1929. At the time, Asheville had the largest municipal debt from infrastructure projects of any city in the US. It was not until the 1980’s, when that debt was finally repaid, that Asheville began to grow again. While slow to recover, the prior epoch ensured that the most complete collection of art deco buildings in North Carolina remained intact – the impetus for its future revival.

Where The Tale of Two Cities meets Tales of the City, the area boasts a literary history of triumph and tragedy as home to poet, Charles Sandburg, birthplace of novelist, Thomas Wolfe, and where F. Scott Fitzgerald retreated to the legendary Grove Park Inn to write in seclusion. While Armistead Maupin could easily have written any number of stories in Asheville’s progressive atmosphere, and Charles Dickens could have found inspiration in the cotswold-esque, Biltmore Village – the original township adjacent to the estate built to support the large workforce required to realize Vanderbilt’s grand endeavor – Wolfe never could have imagined the cultural jewel that Asheville would become.

Downtime

Where bluegrass licks meet the aristocratic culture of the past, Asheville offers the best food, accommodations, and recreation. The verdant mountainside of the National Parks and Forests that surround the city provide great trails for walking, hiking, and mountain biking. Not far from town, rushing waterfalls and scenic waterways are perfect for fishing, kayaking, and canoeing. The walkable urban core, public transportation, and any number of taxi or ride-share solutions provide easy access to the surrounding neighborhoods and main attractions.Untitled-1

From micro-breweries to farm-to-plate cuisine, diversity is the key to Asheville. The cosmopolitan city center with its sidewalk cafes, bistros, museums and architectural masterpieces has been referred to as, “The Paris of the South.” It’s renovated and rehabbed bohemian West side is now a vibrant socially-conscious hub for young creatives and families. Blending new with the old, many buildings and properties from the 30’s and 40’s that have been
transformed over the last decade. Bike shops, boutiques, pubs, and live performance venues on Haywood Street, the main thoroughfare, provide the best mix of urban and suburban amenities.

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Colleen Ludington & First Book Charlotte

Presence in the Community

Colleen Ludington has a deep love of real estate and a passion for helping people buy and sell homes. With an eye towards staging and design, she can walk her clients through the process of turning a house into a home. She also has a love for helping children in her community.

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That interest began while living in Nashville, TN in her late 20’s, when Colleen started spending her Saturday mornings volunteering with an organization called “Kids Klub.” During her 3 years of volunteer work, she was inspired to write a children’s book, which went on to become a best-seller.  She traveled the US speaking to kids groups, and donating books wherever she went.

First Book, Charlotte

When she relocated to Charlotte in 2004, she decided to harness her passion for serving under-resourced kids and began an internet search for how she could marry her love of reading and philanthropy.  She discovered First Book, a nationwide nonprofit that has provided more than 125 million books to children, and launched a local all-volunteer chapter in Charlotte in 2005.
First Book’s research bore out what she had seen first-hand in Nashville; in the average middle-income family, there are 13 books per child, yet in the average low-income neighborhood, there is only 1 book for every 300 children.
First Book LogoOver the last 11 years, Colleen has Chaired First Book-Charlotte,
advancing their mission of helping kids fall in love with reading through the ability to own their own new books.  The local chapter of First Book is the most successful in the nation, and Colleen now also Co-Chairs the National Advisory Council of First Book.

 Spring Gala

The 11th Annual Spring Gala will be held Friday, April 28th at The Peninsula Club.  This event, an upscale yet fun celebration of reading and the magic of books, raises the lion’s share of funding for the group. Because they are an all-volunteer board, 100% of the funds raised by First Book-Charlotte stay in the community and help to provide new books to local children.  At a cost of around $3 for a new book, sponsorships and donations go a long way towards changing the life of a child.
You can purchase tickets or become a corporate sponsor for the 11th annual Charlotte 2017 Spring Gala
Visit www.firstbookcharlotte.org for more information.
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3234 Bass Drive, Sherrills Ford
Learn more about Colleen Ludington and view her current listing @ 3234 Bass Drive.
Agents in the community

Michelle Campos & The Ada Jenkins Center Spring Gala

Ivester Jackson | Christie’s agents are very involved in the local community, serving dozens of charities around the region.

Each month we spotlight one of our brokers who is helping to make Charlotte a better place.  Today we’re highlighting Michelle Campos, who works with the Ada Jenkins Center in Davidson. “The reason I got involved with the Ada Jenkins Center was to help make a direct impact on our community. While most look at our area as an affluent community, there are many people in need,” says Michelle, who is serving on the sponsorship committee for center’s 2017 Spring Gala.

A native of Charlotte, Michelle grew up in the SouthPark area and attended UNC Charlotte as a Division 1 scholarship tennis athlete.

After graduating, she moved on to a Fortune 500 sales career and soon became a successful business owner; owning both a large 0011 Campos MichelleCrossFit gym as well as an athletic recovery business in the Lake Norman area.

Drawing from her experience in high-level athletics, and from growing multiple successful businesses, Michelle brings an analytical, and results-oriented approach to her real estate
relations.

View Michelle’s Current Listings

Ada Jenkins Center 2017 Spring Gala

This year Michelle is on the sponsorship committee for the Ada Jenkins Center largest annual fundraising event, the Spring Gala, which will be held on Saturday,  April 29th.

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BUY TICKETS FOR THE GALA!

The Ada Jenkins Center has a direct impact in our community in several facets:

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  • Free health services for those in need from all volunteer doctors and nurses in our area.
  • Crisis assistance within the community.
  • The LearnWorks after school program for children who have a place to go and get help with their school work.
  • A mobile dental clinic that travels to and even beyond Mecklenburg county from volunteer dentists in the region.
  • The Ada Jenkins Center services Northern Mecklenburg all the way to Southern Iredell counties, as well as Huntersville, Cornelius, Davidson, and Mooresville.

For the first time ever, the gala is being held on site at the Ada Jenkins Center in 2017. The staff at the center is happy to set up tours and have volunteer orientation sessions throughout the year.

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LEARN MORE ABOUT THE ADA JENKINS CENTER

Michelle’s Highlights:

•2015/2016 Top Producer With $15M in sales
•Serving Charlotte and Lake Norman –primarily Davidson
• Offering dynamic and inclusive marketing programs
• Affiliated with prestigious Christie’s International Real Estate/ Auction House

View Michelle’s Current Listings

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6 Romantic Homes for Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day is tomorrow – what better way to get in the romantic mood than to browse some of Charlotte’s finest homes listed with Ivester Jackson Christie’s International Real Estate.

Pick out your favorite bottle of red and sit back and relax with your loved one in your own personal wine cellar.

15510 Fishermans Rest Court

15510 Fishermans Rest Court
15510 Fishermans Rest Court

Enjoy a stunning sunset view at one of Lake Norman’s most elegant waterfront retreats.

3498 Governors Island Drive

3498 Governors Island Drive
3498 Governors Island Drive

Settle in for a cozy dinner for two next to this roaring fireplace in an “Italian Villa in the heart of SouthPark.”

Italian Villa In Heart Of SouthPark

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Snuggle up in this two story great room with a gorgeous stone fireplace. It’s hard not to feel the love at this extraordinary equestrian estate.

845 Jim Wilson Rd

845 Jim Wilson Road
845 Jim Wilson Road

Feel like you’re dining al fresco in this luxurious dining room at this amazing private retreat on a beautiful pond.

825 Eagle Road

825 Eagle Road
825 Eagle Road

Open up the full-length doors and take in spectacular waterfront views while feeling like your miles away from your worries.

3712 Rivergrass Lane

3712 Rivergrass Lane
3712 Rivergrass Lane

 

 

 

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Ivester Jackson I Christie’s Brokers Dominate 2016 Lake Norman Ultra Luxury Closing Activity

Ivester Jackson I Christie’s brokers have dominated the market of luxury homes listed at $2 million or above, representing sellers or buyers in a whopping 15 of the 24 closed transactions over the past year in the Lake Norman area.

Firm Records Highest Priced Transaction

The firm recorded Cornelius’s highest priced transaction (a 3.8 million dollar transaction in which it represented both the seller and an international buyer), as well as 9 of the 16 homes that sold over $2 million in Cornelius. Ivester Jackson I Christie’s agents Lori Ivester Jackson (6) and Tracy Davis (4) recorded multiple transactions in the ultra-luxury market with Bill Moore, Reed Jackson, and Patty Howe all involved in ultra luxury closings.

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Agents Dominate in Mooresville

In Mooresville, The firm once again dominated the action, closing 5 of the 7 homes above $2 million and 4 of the 6 in The Point. Doris Nash and Jessica Simpson led the way with 4 deals, while Annie Livingston, Alison Smith, and Lori Ivester Jackson all participated in ultra luxury closings.
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Highest West Shore Transaction

Over on the west shore, Ivester Jackson I Christie’s agent Laura Pegram represented an out of state buyer on that area’s highest value transaction, a $3 million dollar estate home with expansive views on Governor’s Island.
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All told, the firm’s agents participated in 63% of ultra luxury transactions at Lake Norman over the past 12 months.
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Big Jump Expected in 2017

By: Dee and Tar Reid – Brokers Ivester Jackson | Christie’s

Big Jump Expected in 2017 for Charlotte Luxury ($1M+) Home Sales

 

Showing activity is a leading indicator of upcoming sales.  Since the election, Charlotte Luxury Home ($1M+) showings jumped 45% compared to the same period last year.

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This suggests stronger first quarter 2017 Luxury sales than 2016 sales – and Q1 2016 was robust.

Big Jump Expected in 2017 for Charlotte Luxury CONDO Sales

Since the election, Charlotte Luxury Condo showings have also jumped 96% compared to the same period last year.
condoWhy not get a head start on the market and get your home positioned for an early sale?

At Ivester Jackson | Christie’s International Real Estate, we’re one of the region’s fastest growing luxury brokerages in large part because we actually invest in getting your home maximum exposure.

We invest extensively in print advertising – The Charlotte Observer, Charlotte Urban Home Magazine, Luxury Magazine, SouthPark Magazine, Wall Street Journal, New York Times, and our own Ivester Jackson I Christie’s Portfolio of Fine Homes in our area.

We also market your home on social media including custom Facebook ads, by drilling down into demographics to target more likely Buyers.

Agent Dee Reid - Ivester Jackson | Christie's
Agent Dee Reid – 704-281-3913
Agent Tar Reid - Ivester Jackson | Christie's
Agent Tar Reid – 704-905-8221

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