Next month local community members will tee up at The Peninsula Club along the shores of Lake Norman to help homeless children around Charlotte.
A Child’s Place is helping spread the word about the need for helping homeless children in our local schools, according to their website “in Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools, more than 4,000 children are homeless. Imagine trying to complete homework in a noisy and crowded shelter, or sleeping in your car the night before a big test. For more than 4,000 children in our community, that is a reality. A Child’s Place intervenes at the family’s point of crisis, helping stabilize the family and addressing needs to help the children succeed in the classroom.”
Ivester Jackson agent Julie Lopez supports the cause and says “every day in our work we see the importance of homes in children’s lives and I think it is important to help those who are not so lucky to have a home. ”
This year the tournament will be at 1 p.m. on Monday, April 16, at The Peninsula Club in Cornelius, NC, so you still have time to sign up.
All funds raised from this year’s Swing Fore A Child’s Place Golf Tournament will go directly to A Child’s Place to support their crucial work with homeless children in Charlotte area schools.
Staff from the organization work in the highest-need CMS schools every day, they help ease the impact of being homeless on a child’s education.
They hope to meet the goal reached last year of $200,000 raised by the generous support of players and sponsors.
To sign up as a team, individual or to donate click the link below.
Carnevale Rosa di Firenze (Florence Pink Carnival) to be held on Carolina Grace.
Carnevale Rosa di Firenze (Florence Pink Carnival)
In just a few weeks an Italian style fundraising event will rock the shores of Lake Norman raising money for a great cause, the breast cancer survivor and supporter team Healing Dragons.
The 100- foot yacht Carolina Grace will host the Carnevale Rosa di Firenze.
This fundraising event will raise monies for the Healing Dragons team, which will be participating in the 2018 International Breast Cancer Paddlers’ Commission (IBCPC) Participatory Festival.
The international race is held every four years, and this July it will be in Florence, Italy, 120 teams from around the world are expected to attend.
“Carnevale Rosa di Firenze will be unlike any other event in our area as the Carolina Grace will be transformed into a festive, celebratory and fun floating venue for this unique fundraising event,” said Marlah Ebert, president of the Healing Dragons team and co-captain of their Florence team. “Where else can you watch an amazing sunset with 100 other non-profit supporters while floating on Lake Norman in March?!”
Ivester Jackson agent Pam Boileau, VP and Secretary for the team and event says “Healing Dragons is a dragon boat racing team for cancer survivors and supporters. However, it is our breast cancer survivors that are going to Florence. The entire Boat, 22 team members, have to be breast cancer survivors.” Pam will be heading to Florence with the team and this is her 8th year participating.
Lake Norman Luxury Yacht Charters debuted the Carolina Grace in September 2017 and the charter company selected Healing Dragons as one of the non-profit organizations they will support this year through their non-profit organization, Charters for Charity.
The night will feature all things Italian, including food, entertainment, and décor. A silent auction and raffle will feature items like custom designed jewelry, local hotel stays, restaurant gift certificates, and tickets to the Opera.
Event tickets are on sale for $100 per person and are limited to the first 100 sold.
If you’re interested in attending this event which will be held Sunday, March 4th 3 – 6 PM please contact:
Founded in 2009, Healing Dragons’ mission is to “inspire, encourage and support survivors of all cancers to triumph over the disease.” Through the collective and collaborative efforts of the team, the sport of dragon boating and team members and supporters’ commitment to health, mental and physical wellbeing, the non-profit’s goal is to improve cancer survivors’ quality of life. Education and community involvement are also a part of the organization’s vision.
The team practices on Mountain Island Lake and annually participates in at least six races throughout the southeast. Each year, the team kicks off its season in May at the Asian Festival on Lake Norman. Healing Dragons of Charlotte is sanctioned as a 501(c)3 non-profit organization.
About the Sport of Dragon Boating
Dragon boating is the fastest growing water sport in North America. The sport has been in existence for over 2,000 years and as history goes, the earliest races were in China and were rooted in training for naval warfare. Moving forward to the 1970s, the British-controlled government of Hong Kong started dragon boat racing as a way to attract tourism. Interest traveled throughout Europe, Asia and Canada with local festival races being held.
Dragon boats are human-powered watercraft. Traditional dragon boats are 40 feet in length with ten seats, the 22 team members include side by side paddlers, a drummer/caller and steersperson. There are also ten person boats. The length of races vary by venue and race conditions but typically range from 250 meters to a 2,000-meter finale.
In 1996, Don McKenzie, a sports medicine specialist in Canada, started the first breast cancer survivor team called “Abreast in A Boat.” It was his belief, and his research confirmed, that the sport would benefit breast cancer survivors through upper body and core strength training, lessening of lymphedema symptoms, team member support, commitment to wellness and the social aspects of being part of a team. In a very short period of time, the IBCPC was founded and now, over 166 teams from five continents are part of this organization. The organization’s international dragon boat festival will be held in Florence, Italy from July 6-8, 2018 and 120 teams, from throughout the world, will participate.
The Healing Dragons team welcomes new members and provide training. They encourage all cancer survivors and supporters to join and will start practices in late March/April depending on weather. Team members do not need to commit to the races.
At the start of the new year, it’s never been more evident that both the Charlotte and Lake Norman stars continue to rise. Heading into December, sales of homes priced in the $1 million to $2 million range increased at a double-digit pace compared to 2016. In Charlotte, sales in that range were up 13%, with 257 homes closing vs. 227 in 2016.
Up the road at Lake Norman, the activity was even more dramatic, with unit sales in that same $1M to $2M range up 30% over 2016.
Perhaps more impressive is the momentum the region is displaying. Showings on homes in this range are up 11% in town, and a whopping 46% at the lake. This points to a solid winter and early spring in the luxury market’s most popular price point.
The ultra-luxury price segment above $2 million in list price, while a smaller segment of the market, also showed some strength, with 30 homes closing in Charlotte and 25 at Lake Norman, both markets on pace to double-digit gains in this segment. So far this year’s high water mark in the region is a $5.6 million dollar closing of an Ivester Jackson | Christie’s listing at The Point.
Charlotte Region Featured
Nowhere is the region’s rising profile more visible than in the national and international media. Ivester Jackson | Christie’s listings have been featured in numerous flagship publications.
Southern Living Magazine featured homes we’ve listed on Queens Road West in Myers Park and on Connor Quay Court in Cornelius. The Queens Road West listing was also selected by Architectural Digest for a feature on interior appointments, while our Pellyn Wood listing on Craigmore made a feature on “fairy tale settings” by Southern Living.
A listing in The Point was chosen as North Carolina’s most beautiful home in Architectural Digest’s feature article “Most Beautiful Home for Sale in Every State”. All of this attention points to the elevated profile the Charlotte/Lake Norman region is attaining beyond our local area. Over 40% of this year’s luxury buyers came from areas outside the state of North Carolina, and a small but increasing percentage originated internationally.
Luxury Momentum in Charlotte Continues Upward Climb
Moving into the final month of 2017, luxury activity in Charlotte continued its steady upward trend. 2017 has so far seen 257 homes close in the range above $1 million, compared to 227 last year, an increase of 13% year over year. The ultra-luxury segment has seen 33 transactions versus 21 through the same period last year, an increase of over 50% but one needed as the year started with a large inventory position on the listing side. Much of this activity occurred in the $2 million to $3 million range, with 3 transactions exceeding the $3 million mark versus 4 deals last year.
Showings in the $1 million range continue to track slightly ahead of last year for the 4th quarter, posting an increase of 11%, which should translate into a solid winter/early spring period in the city. Union County also emerged as a popular choice, particularly with properties priced around the $1 million mark.
Lake Norman Sees Surge in Luxury Market Home Sales
With the fourth quarter coming to a close, the Lake Norman luxury market will post a very solid 2017. While sales in the $500,000 to $999,000 range have been roughly equal to 2016’s year-to-date sell-thru that activity remains very solid, with 580 homes selling thru October vs. 578 last year. The luxury price range, from $1,000,000 to $1,999,000, showed tremendous expansion, with 146 homes closing in 2017 vs. 114 in 2016 over the same period, a whopping 30% increase. The ultra-luxury range also showed expansion, with 24 homes closing over $2,000,000 vs. 18 the previous year. The lake area saw 5 deals over $3,000,000, including a 2017 record sale of $5.5 million by Doris Nash of Ivester Jackson | Christie’s in The Point.
Ivester Jackson / Christie’s International Real Estate is excited to be a sponsor again this year at The Peninsula Community Foundation’s annual fundraising event, “Eat, Drink, and Be Giving” which will be held this weekend at The Peninsula Club at Lake Norman.
It will be a fun night filled with bourbon samplings and wine pairings, along with dancing, silent and live auctions, plus a Golden Ticket drawing.
Founded in 2001, The PCF slogan is “Neighbors Helping Neighbors,” it’s an all-volunteer organization serving North Mecklenburg County. “PCF brings people, capital, and ideas together to help local Lake Norman charities and the communities they serve.”This annual fundraising gala will help raise money to support local organizations, improving the lives of those in need in our community.
Projects include; contributing money to help build Habitat homes, funding for The Ada Jenkins Center, improving the Hope House in Huntersville, and providing need-based college scholarships to students from North Mecklenburg public high schools.
This just touches on the work of PCF, to learn more visit the PCF website.
November 18th, 2017 • 6:00 pm
The Peninsula Club
19101 Peninsula Club
Our agents are very involved in supporting our communities, you can find out more here.
6 years ago a group of women in the 18-Hole Ladies Golf Association at Carmel Country Club came up with a wonderful way to raise thousands of dollars to help bring cutting-edge cancer treatments to Charlotte and the Carolinas.
Many of the women in this tight-knit group and their families have been touched by cancer and so far through their hard work and dedication, they’ve raised more than $150,000 for the Levine Cancer Institute.
Ivester Jackson real estate agent Leslie Fisher is involved with C4CC and says funds are far-reaching “They work on clinical trials and research for a variety of cancers, not just one specific one, so the nice thing is our money impacts so many people!”
Two C4CC recognition plaques have been placed in Levine Cancer Institute public spaces including The Phase 1 Clinical Trials Family Waiting Room which was dedicated in August 2014 and another plaque was added to the LCI Pharmacy in 2016.
Want to get involved? You can still attend the 6th Annual C4CC Dinner Reception/Silent Auction on Thursday, October 5th at 5:30 PM at Carmel Country Club – contact Margie Eades (C4CCcancer@aol.com or 704-236-0920) for details before the Friday, September 29th deadline.
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.
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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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.
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.
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 decobuildings 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Over 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.
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.
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 CrossFit 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