Spring 2017 Smart Buy: Jones Valley

We’re advising clients to keep a close eye on Jones Valley , which we consider a Smart-Buy area this spring. In fact, we feel so strongly about it, we’re having a big Jones Valley Open House Fair this Sunday so you can see the proof.

“Exactly why is Jones Valley a smart buy?” you might ask.  We’ll answer that question with a few questions of our own:

Do you like the idea of a spacious yard and floor plan, meticulously maintained, at a reasonable price?

Beautiful, spacious kitchen at 1404 Toney Drive, in the Jones Valley neighborhood of Huntsville, Alabama.

Lovely back-yard entertaining area at 1404 Toney Drive, Huntsville, Alabama, in the Jones Valley area.

Lovely back-yard entertaining area at 1404 Toney Drive.

Do you want to live in a beautiful area where community gathers around and supports schools, neighborhood pools, and nature areas?

Jones Valley Elementary School in the beautiful Jones Valley neighborhood in Huntsville, Alabama.

Jones Valley Pool, in Huntsville, Alabama's lovely Jones Valley neighborhood.

 

 

Would you like living a stone’s throw away from some of Huntsville’s best shopping areas, salons, and restaurants?

Valley Bend shopping center in Huntsville, Alabama's Jones Valley neighborhood.

 

Do you like the idea of a neighborhood set around a scenic farm, giving it a fresh, pastoral feel unique in such a central area?

Beautiful Jones Valley Farm, set in the heart of the Jones Valley residential area of Huntsville, AL.

Morning in Jones Valley. Used with permission of LendonofHuntsville.com

If your answer to any of these questions is yes, Jones Valley may be for you. Come on out this Sunday from 2-4 to our Open House Fair and see what Jones Valley has to offer. You’ll be glad you did.

Seller Q&A: 1404 Toney Drive

The Hobbs family moved to Huntsville after Brad Hobbs finished his residency training.  It was love at first sight when he and his wife, Tessa, saw this hidden gem of a city that felt family friendly and “just the right size.”  The fact that it was close to their home state of Georgia was an added bonus! So Brad joined the thriving practice North Alabama ENT and the family purchased a lovely canary-diamond colored, two-story home in Jones Valley.  Today, we asked them a few quick questions about the house and the new adventure they are embarking on as a family.

After a happy time at 1404 Toney Drive, the owners need more space for their new child.

What attracted you to the Jones Valley neighborhood?

You really can’t find a more perfectly convenient location than Jones Valley. The Jones Farm right in the middle of town still makes us happy as we drive past it each and every day. The close proximity to the hospital and the practice offices- both in Huntsville and Madison- were must-have on our list. We also loved that the schools that are in the area are rated at the top of the charts in Huntsville.
Beautiful Jones Valley Farm, set in the heart of the Jones Valley residential area of Huntsville, AL.

Morning in Jones Valley. Used with permission of LendonofHuntsville.com

What was the first thing you noticed/liked about 1404 Toney?  

We had pinpointed that we wanted to be in Jones Valley- but every house that was available was either going to be a huge fixer upper renovation (which we weren’t in the market for since we had a 2, 3, and 5 year old at the time) or was way out of our price range. We loved the curb appeal at 1404 Toney as well as the neighborhood feel of Greenwyche- the beautiful streets, well taken care of homes, large lots, mature trees, a vibrant neighborhood pool and rec area, all tucked away at the foot of a mountain with beautiful views.

The front view of 1404 Toney Drive, Huntsville, AL–an attractive family home with loads of curb appeal.

Favorite neighborhood amenity, shop and or/restaurant

We are so close to almost everything–but as a young family, we make the most trips to and from Chick-fil-a on Whitesburg, and of course Target on Carl T Jones. We love eating at Little Rosie’s as well as many of the other restaurants in the area. We have started using online Wal-Mart grocery ordering since we have 2 pick up locations close by. I can order online–drive 5 minutes in the morning and have our groceries delivered to the car! Our church is also only 6 minutes away–which helps when you’re getting a family of 6 out the door on Sundays and Wednesdays! We love having everything close by–but our favorite neighborhood amenity is most definitely Greenwyche Pool during the summer, and then the beautiful streets that we enjoy walking and biking on.

What are some tips the new owner should know?

  • Fabulous floor plan could suit many different buyer needs
  • Main level offers circular flow & family room open to kitchen – great for enjoying evenings together…
  • Wonderful neighborhood with precious people
  • Cozy nights snuggled up in front of the fireplace – we will leave some of our chopped wood for you to enjoy!
  • Although newer construction, the home is recently remodeled – especially our favorite spot: the kitchen
  • The driveway, though sloped, easily parks 4+ cars and is easy to maneuver.
  • The large lot offers a safe, fenced in “adventure” to be explored by the children.
  • Award winning schools just steps away from the house

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What is leading you to move?
We have just recently added a wonderful addition to our family- we adopted a precious little girl from China in August! This wonderful, life-changing family event came when we least expected it–but we felt the Lord leading to take a step of faith and pursue adoption, so we did.
 A new family member brings happiness and a need for more space.

It was a whirlwind of a year leading up to welcoming her into our family. In the midst of paperwork, lots of praying about our family’s future changes, we realized that we would most likely be looking to expand into a larger square footage home to raise our family and hopefully stay put in a “forever home.” We are hoping to stay in this exact same neighborhood- but find something with a little more space to play and raise 4 rowdy and rambunctious little ones!  We are torn because we absolutely love everything about the Toney house.–

To find out more about this wonderful home, please call:

Sarah Lauren V. Kattos

Associate Broker – VanValkenburgh & Wilkinson Properties, Inc.
204 Gates Avenue
Huntsville, AL 35801

Open House at 115 Woods End Road – Sunday 1/8

Come out to 115 Woods End Road Sunday from 2-4 p.m. to see this terrific one-level 4BR/2.5BA executive home. Full of natural light, this home is open and airy, with clearly defined living spaces. The lovely kitchen flows into a keeping room complete with gas fireplace. And steps away, a screened-in back porch looks out over a large back yard enclosed by an attractive wood privacy fence.  For more information and photos, please see the listing page.  Or contact Kristian Denis at kristian.e.denis@gmail.com or (256) 527-9463.

Exterior shot of 115 Woods End Road Huntsville, Alabama 35806, a home for sale through Van Valkenburgh and Wilkinson Realtors.

Exterior shot of 115 Woods End Road Huntsville, Alabama 35806, a home for sale through Van Valkenburgh and Wilkinson Realtors.

Interior shot of 115 Woods End Road Huntsville, Alabama 35806, a home for sale through Van Valkenburgh and Wilkinson Realtors.

Interior shot of 115 Woods End Road Huntsville, Alabama 35806, a home for sale through Van Valkenburgh and Wilkinson Realtors.
Interior shot of 115 Woods End Road Huntsville, Alabama 35806, a home for sale through Van Valkenburgh and Wilkinson Realtors.

Interior shot of 115 Woods End Road Huntsville, Alabama 35806, a home for sale through Van Valkenburgh and Wilkinson Realtors.

Interior shot of 115 Woods End Road Huntsville, Alabama 35806, a home for sale through Van Valkenburgh and Wilkinson Realtors.

Interior shot of 115 Woods End Road Huntsville, Alabama 35806, a home for sale through Van Valkenburgh and Wilkinson Realtors.

Interior shot of 115 Woods End Road Huntsville, Alabama 35806, a home for sale through Van Valkenburgh and Wilkinson Realtors.

Interior shot of 115 Woods End Road Huntsville, Alabama 35806, a home for sale through Van Valkenburgh and Wilkinson Realtors.

Interior shot of 115 Woods End Road Huntsville, Alabama 35806, a home for sale through Van Valkenburgh and Wilkinson Realtors.
Interior shot of 115 Woods End Road Huntsville, Alabama 35806, a home for sale through Van Valkenburgh and Wilkinson Realtors.

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Happy New Year: 2017 Edition!

Happy New Year card with glittering background.

The Van Valkenburgh and Wilkinson team wishes all of our friends and family a very Happy New Year!  We hope 2017 brings wonderful things to you, to Huntsville and Madison County, and to America and people across the world.  Thank you for the opportunity to serve your real estate needs.  Happy 2017!

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Be Wise and Winterize

Winter weather can cause unpleasant and expensive problems for homeowners, even here in Huntsville and North Alabama, where we have the occasional bout of freezing weather.  So you would be wise to take a few precautions, especially if your house is going to be vacated at any point during the winter.

 

A snowy Christmas Day on Adams Street in downtown Huntsville, AL.

An unusual Christmas Day snow in downtown Huntsville in 2010.

Burst pipes are a particular headache, so take precautions against water freezing in your pipes. The very safest course, if you’re going away for any significant period over the winter, is to turn off water to the house and drain all the pipes. But that degree of caution is unusual for homeowners in the Deep South.  So at least keep your thermostat set at an adequate temperature to prevent frozen water in your pipes, and leave the sink doors open so warmer air can get to the pipes underneath.

Outdoor hosepipe faucets are particularly vulnerable.  In colder areas, these often have a dedicated shutoff valve so they can be drained before winter.  In the alternative, an insulating faucet cap offers some easy and inexpensive protection to your outdoor faucets.  The amazing Lewter’s Hardware in downtown Huntsville (222 Washington Street, NE, Huntsville AL 35801)  has these for just $2.50.

To install these, use the plastic loop inside the faucet cover.

And hook it over your outdoor faucet wheel.

Then tighten up the stopper until the cop is securely against the house.

And then you have a little added protection for cold weather.

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2016 Spirit of Christmas Past Home Tour and Luminaries

Tonight marks the 38th Spirit of Christmas Past Home Tour and Luminaries celebration in the Twickenham Historic District of downtown Huntsville.  Join visitors  from around the Huntsville region to downtown for music, lights, decorations, and a look at some of the architectural treasures of this region.  To find out more about the tour, visit https://www.weedenhousemuseum.com/twickenham-tour-of-homes.html.

A preview article on one of the tour homes mentions VV&W’s Richard Van Valkenburgh, who sold the home to its current owner, Andy Lowery.

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Santa’s Village at Alabama Constitution Village

One of Huntsville’s beloved Christmas traditions for people of all ages is Santa’s Village.  It runs from 5-9 nightly until December 23 at Alabama Constitution Village.  There are photos with Santa, lights and decorations galore, crafts, goodies, and a gift shop!  VV&W is proud to be a Santa’s Village sponsor again this year.  Please come out to have fun and support the Early Works Family of Museums.

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Richard and Nancy Van Valkenburgh enjoy one of the fun photo settings at Santa’s Village at Alabama Constitution Village.

Van Valkenburgh and Wilkinson team members at Santa's Village.

 

The Big Screen at Santa's Village at Alabama Constitution Village

VV&W is proud to be a sponsor of Santa’s Village, open 5-9 p.m. until December 23, 2016.

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Remember Pearl Harbor

We at Van Valkenburgh & Wilkinson remember Pearl Harbor and our distant kinsman, Franklin Van Valkenburgh, Commanding Officer of the USS Arizona and the 2403 Americans who died during the surprise attack on our nation on December 7, 1941. We give thanks for their service to our beloved United States of America and for those whose lives were forever changed as they fought to preserve our country in the Second World War that followed.

God Bless America.

 

Pearl Harbor Day In Memoriam

Hidden in Plain Sight

 

Editor’s Note:  VV&W’s own Sarah Lauren V. Kattos, a Huntsville native and history buff, is today’s guest blogger. 

Everywhere you go, if you pay close enough attention, you will discover little treasures that you never recognized before. These little gems make us more aware of our history and serve as a glimpse of years gone by. Many of them are right in front of us without our ever really noticing them. If they could talk, I think they might say, “I’m still here! I’m old, but I still work and look fantastic!” or “There’s no school like the old school!”

Iron fence at home for sale on Holmes Avenue, Huntsville , Alabama., listed by Van Valkenburgh and Wilkinson Realtors

While visiting a house at 500 Holmes that Sarah Hereford and I have listed, I walked through an iron gate that I have used many times before. In all of those times, I never noticed the shield on the front of the gate bearing the stamp “Stewart Iron Company, Cincinnati.

Ornamental iron shield in front of home for sale on Holmes Avenue in Huntsville, Alabama, listed by Van Valkenburgh and Wilkinson Realtors.

The house underwent complete renovation and addition a few years ago and I guess the modern aspect of that renovation made me assume that the fence had been replaced during that time. Upon closer examination I noticed my error.

A quick Google search illustrates the Stewart Iron Company as being founded in 1862, about 30 + years before 500 Holmes was originally built, by Richard Clayborne Stewart Sr.

“By the turn of the century Stewart Iron was considered the largest ornamental iron furniture manufacturer in the US and the largest ornamental fence company in the world, employing more than 700 workers.”

“Stewart Iron created all of the benches and site amenities for New York City’s Central Park, the light fixtures in Congress, the fencing and gates surrounding the Panama Canal, and the jail cells for such notorious prisons as Alcatraz, Sing-Sing, and Leavenworth. The Stewart family also expanded its business by marrying into other prominent manufacturing families such as Sanders Monuments and Firestone Tires.”

They apparently also caught the eye of A.B. James at 500 Holmes Street in Huntsville, Alabama who chose the Stewart product for the property there. All that history just from a gate! It’s one of the things I love about downtown Huntsville.

So, next time you walk down Holmes, Clinton, Randolph, Eustis, Dallas and others, be sure to keep your eyes peeled. You never know what you might learn!

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