Jun
 
15

DESIGN ADVICE – FOLLOW & BENEFIT

Posted by: Rick Pariani in News, Tips
 

Falling Water at Bear Run is the internationally-acclaimed, magnum opus of America’s most famous architect, Frank Lloyd Wright (FLW). The house he designed in 1936 for Pittsburgh’s department-store magnates, Edgar J. and Liliane Kaufmann, was truly a labor-of-love on the part of both the architect and the clients.

It is said that FLW worked out the entire concept in his head – and upon being pressured by the Kaufmann’s to put up or shut up – he drew the elevations and floorplans in one afternoon, to finally be ready for his client presentation that had taken numerous months to schedule. FLW’s first completed and colored perspective rendering, that afternoon, captured the aura, character and allure of the house and the waterfall – almost precisely as the home would eventually be built.

The Kaufmann’s were quintessential patrons – in love with their property, their site and FLW’s unique and unprecedented (and quite expensive) concept. They were unbelievably accommodating – making every allowance for FLW’s prevarications. The back-and-forth challenges were wearisome – and the Kaufmann’s endured endless grandstanding from their architect, as in the following examples from FLW’s letters to Mr. Kaufmann:

“Kindly refrain all interference with me in my work at this time. Send me what I ask for. Easy to spoil the entire work by lack of confidence in my ability to handle my own work. Kindly stand by. Read my letter mailed yesterday. In circumstances like these there is only one doctor. Be thankful you didn’t lose him. Now be good enough to realize the truth of what I say.” – and this gem:

“It never occurred to me that you had not enough common sense, when we set this up, to stick to itthrough thick and thin. I must ask for this reassurance from you – in writing this time – as necessary to your own interest as well as mine if this building is to be creditably finished.”

We live in different times – an understatement, for sure. But, should you have the opportunity to work with experienced, capable and enlightened design professionals in the creation of your dream home and property – you will be well-served to challenge, yet follow, their advice. Collaboration is fun, but better, more finely crafted results are often created when there is a clear voice of design leadership. And remember, when it comes to intrinsic home values for generational use or re-sale, home and gardens conceived by design professionals maintain the highest returns.

At one particularly difficult summit, FLW submitted a form for his client, Mr. Kaufmann, to sign : “I hereby agree to do all in my power to see that the architect’s instructions to the builder – are faithfully executed and that no exterior advice or criticism be allowed to interfere with the architect’s authority over matters concerning the character and integrity of the building I have engaged him to build for me. And this is to continue until the building is completed to our mutual satisfaction.”

Yes – we do live in different times!

If you are looking for some great advice, contact one of our a trusted Real Estate professionals who can guide (not coerce) you on a clear path to your goals.

 
 
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Halloween is a FUN night for families and friends and with a little planning, St. Augustine offers PLENTY of super spookilicious options for everyone’s style. The following is a list of community events and local attractions as well as specific neighborhoods that are especially welcoming to your little witches and warlocks.

St. Augustine Alligator Farm
October 27-29 5:30-7:00pm
999 Anastasia Blvd
St. Augustine, FL 32080

Kid-Friendly Halloween Movies at IMAX
October 28 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
October 29 @ 12:00
World Golf Hall of Fame IMAX Theater, 1 World Golf Place
St. Augustine, FL 32092

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Jay Owen, Owner of Design Extensions, is launching a brand new podcast called Building a Business That Lasts. Design Extensions is a locally owned website development company that focuses on creative marketing and branding for their clients. Jay has been working on websites since the age of 17 when he attended Nease High School and has turned Design Extensions into an extremely successful company that helps other local businesses grow through quality design, practical strategy and measurable marketing.

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Jul
 
25

It’s All About The Buyer

Posted by: Rick Pariani in Tips
 

With the patience, persistence and professionalism of my Real Estate Agent*, we successfully closed the sale of our home on 7/21/17.

We were on the market for about 140 days. But for my slow acceptance of buyer preferences and market facts – it could have been much quicker. After all, the house across the street from us had three offers the first day it was on the market – and it’s sale closed rapidly.

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Jun
 
28

Wanted In White – Clean Not Cluttered

Posted by: Rick Pariani in Tips
 

In my last installment, as a current home seller, I shared a personal lesson-learned. I summarized the lesson into the simple observation – “listen to the market – don’t doubt the Buyer – understand their preferences”.

The longer one’s home remains on the market – the more lessons flood in. You don’t always have to personally live the lesson to benefit from it. When you seek the right counsel – your path and progress can be secured.

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Whether you are selling your home or just looking for design insights, the newest World Golf Speaker Series event is for you! Join us at Davidson Realty’s headquarters in World Golf Village on Tuesday, June 6, at 6 p.m. when interior designer Donna Mancini presents “Staged to Sell”. Donna, who is owner of Donna Mancini Interiors & Flooring, will provide guidance and tips on staging a home properly to appeal to buyers as well as the newest design trends for summer.

For event attendees, Donna is offering 20 percent off furniture and accessories in her retail showroom for 30 days after the event. The Ponte Vedra showroom is located at 141 Hilden Rd, Unit 202, near US1.

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May
 
15

Popcorn Personality

Posted by: Rick Pariani in Tips
 

If you have been following along with this Series, you know that in our last article, “Like an Athlete in Training – Picture This”, I shared ideas on how to personalize the show and sale of your home.

I suggested that you don’t have to “stage” your home for sale as if it is a model home. I recommended that you showcase your home’s personality and portray it as a “happy home” enjoyed by family and friends. I thought I had evidence of the wisdom of that approach when we got feedback from a buyer who said “we can see ourselves living here”.

Well – Life is about Learning and Learning is Life.

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Apr
 
11
 

The most successful, competitive and accomplished athletes train with their minds. They can close their eyes and literally picture – and see – how to execute a routine, make a move, lead and score. They are able to imagine themselves in the winner’s circle.

After 20 years of home ownership and raising a family, I recently put my home on the market – thinking surely someone would come along and “see” and “sense” what we experienced over those years.

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Spring cleaning is often a daunting exercise and can stretch out for days and weeks, even a month or two. But completing a thorough spring cleaning within one weekend is absolutely achievable. Here is a day-by-day guide courtesy of Davidson Realty.

FRIDAY: Declutter day

Utilize day one to eliminate clutter throughout your house. Take an empty laundry basket and move room to room collecting anything that is not in its assigned “home.” This includes clothes, old mail, books and magazines, papers, toys, shoes, etc. It is all too easy to amass these items throughout the year in corners and on bookshelves.

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St. Augustine is a special little town known for its Spanish architecture, history, shopping and outstanding restaurants. Davidson Realty’s Graphic Designer Matt Burkhart and I recently took a trip to the oldest city in search of the best happy hour spots in town. Luckily for us, the locals were happy to point us to the three best places to stop and wet your whistle during the day!

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