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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Blossomwood Spotlight – 1715 Ballard Drive

The spotlight today is on 1715 Ballard Drive, a move-in-ready 4BR/2.5BA home in convenient, neighborly Blossomwood,

Front view of 1715 Ballard Drive, Huntsville, Alabama 35801, in the Blossomwood neighborhood.

An attractive front view and sheltering shade tree provide a warm welcome.

High points of this winning home include a comfortable, isolated master bedroom suite featuring a roomy walk-in closet and built-ins, as well as an updated double-vanity master bath with granite counters. The lovely renovated kitchen has granite counters as well as newly painted cabinetry. In fact, there is new paint throughout, as well as hardwoods and plantation shutters in many rooms.  And at .4 miles to Blossomwood pool and .5 miles to Mountain Springs pool, you have your choice of two fantastic recreation communities just around the corner. And that’s not even to mention the Land Trust trails close at hand, and the easy walking and biking available in this wonderful area.  For more information, click here to see the listing page or contact Julie Lockwood at 256-797-4028 or juliejustsells@gmail.com.

View of dining room of 1715 Ballard Drive, Huntsville, AL 35801 in Blosssomwood.

The dining room flows gracefully from the sunny living room.

Kitchen at 1715 Ballard Drive Huntsville, Alabama 35801 in Blossomwood.

The tastefully renovated kitchen includes granite counters, a lovely backsplash great tile details, and exceptional appliances.

Kitchen at 1715 Ballard Drive, Huntsville, Alabama 35801 in Blossomwood.

Another view of the renovated kitchen, including a sparkling French-door refrigerator.

Den at 1715 Ballard Drive, Huntsville, Alabama 35801 in Blossomwood.

Comfortable den with recessed lighting, great builti-ns, and plenty of natural light.

Master bedroom at 1715 Ballard Drive, Huntsville, AL 35801 in Blossomwood.

A bright and airy master bedroom with ample elbow room.

Master bath of 1715 Ballard Drive, Huntsville, Alabama 35801

The renovated double-vanity master bath.

Closet at 1715 Ballard Drive , Huntsville, Alabama 35801 in Blossomwood

A wonderful surprise for this area: a fantastic and practical walk-in closet with plenty of built-in storage.

Bedroom at 1715 Ballard Drive, Huntsville, AL 35801 in Blossomwood

Aside from the master bedroom, there are three other attractive sleeping retreats, including this sunny room with beautiful hardwoods and plantation shutters. For more bedroom shots, see the complete listing gallery.

Patio of 1716 Ballard Drive, Huntsville, Alabama 35801 in Blossomwood

The pretty back patio is ready for cookouts and outdoor fun.

Back view of 1715 Ballard Drive, Huntsville, AL 35801 in Blossomwood.

The attractive back view of the house, with an edging of shade trees to give some respite on a hot day.

Fact sheet for 1715 Ballard Drive, Huntsville, Alabama 35801 in Blossomwood.

A handy fact sheet for 1715 Ballard Drive in Blossomwood.

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Blossomwood Caravan

Wednesday is Caravan Day at Van Valkenburgh and Wilkinson, when the team walks through newly listed homes as a group to review features and advantages of each property.  We meet at each of the homes on caravan to discuss ways to best showcase the property to potential buyers.  This is a great way for the listing agent to get a variety of expert thoughts on important issues such as pricing, features to highlight, and room staging.

All four homes on a recent caravan were in the popular Blossomwood neighborhood. Here is a peek at what we saw:

1013 Hermitage Avenue

This pristine 1930s-era Blossomwood bungalow is loaded with features, charm, and an arts-and-crafts authenticity rare in this neighborhood, most of which was built in the mid-20th century.  The team was impressed by the beauty and condition of the home and its grounds, as well as the livable floor plan and central location.  For more information, click here to see the listing page or contact Julie Lockwood at 256-797-4028 or juliejustsells@gmail.com.

1013 Hermitage Avenue - front view

This beautiful 1930s bungalow has been thoroughly redone and updated, but with great respect for the period architecture and ambiance. The result is a very special home with incredible amenities and comforts and a great location.

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The kitchen is beautiful, inviting, and spacious–a natural gathering place for family and friends.

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The gorgeous master bath is ready for its own magazine shoot.

1515 Hermitage Avenue

This Blossomwood 3BR/2BA cottage is larger than it looks from the charming front view, and has some surprising features in a home of this size and era, including 2 walk-in closets(!), a wrap-around deck overlooking the back yard, and a wood-burning fireplace.  The team especially liked the updated master bath, plentiful windows, and hardwood floors.  For more information, click here to see the listing page or contact Julie Lockwood at 256-797-4028 or juliejustsells@gmail.com.

Photo of 1515 Hermitage Avenue, Huntsville AL 35801

Charming front view of 1515 Hermitage Avenue.

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Bright and airy kitchen at 1515 Hermitage Avenue.

1414 Dale Circle

Over the years, Dale Circle has become one of Blossomwood’s most popular streets. Just steps from the neighborhood pool and a very short walk to the elementary school, this location has been an idyllic childhood setting for generations of families.  This 4BR/2.75BA home represents a rare opportunity to own a home on this circle.  The team liked the home’s spacious, open floor plan and features such as a built-in wet bar, a detached workshop with power, and the isolated private bedroom with bath that currently serves as a music studio but could also be a wonderful master bedroom.  For more information, click here to see the listing page or contact Leigh Bee at 256-337-9101 or at leighbee4u@gmail.com.

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Front view of 1414 Dale Circle. From this perch, there is a nearly straight shot to popular Blossomwood Pool

1414 Dale Circle - Kitchen DR

Open floor plan removes barriers between kitchen, family dining area, and den.

1313 Big Cove Road

This spacious, well laid-out home has loads of storage and built-ins as well as two beautifully updated bathrooms, including the master. The kitchen has impressive amenities and a sunny eating area just adjacent.  The team was especially wowed by the fantastic deck overlooking the big back yard, and the roomy shaded patio just below.  Outdoor fun and entertaining will be a huge benefit for the lucky buyers of this home.  For more information, click here to see the listing page or contact Julie Lockwood at 256-797-4028 or juliejustsells@gmail.com.

Front view of 1313 Big Cove Road, Huntsville, AL 35801

This attractive home is roomy and well laid out, with fantastic outdoor entertainment space. all in a highly convenient location.

Kitchen of 1313 Big Cove Road, Huntsville, AL 35801

The lovely, well-appointed kitchen is adjacent to a sunny eating area and has great flow to other areas of the home.

Awesome deck and covered patio underneath. Ready for summer and fall barbecues, and wonderful outdoor fun!

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