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Old Red Hill School Jam

Do you come to Lake Martin on the weekends? If you consider yourself a semi local you may have worshipped on Sunday at Church in the Pines or even shopped on Saturday at the Alex City Farmers Market.

But have you been to the singing that happens every Friday night at the old Red Hill School in Tallassee?

It really is a pretty cool event. It’s just the type of thing I had in mind when I created my app. There are so many great things going on here at Lake Martin that deserve some attention.

Recently I was contacted by Paula about the Old Red Hill School Jam – a weekly event every Friday night from 6:30 -8:30. For over 12 years folks have been entertained by a country, folk, gospel or blues music jam for free. Visitors can dance, sing and play, or just listen while they enjoy free coffee and snacks.

For more information call Paula at 334-541-2474.

Google Maps Link to Red Hill School.

To download my free Lake Martin Voice app click here – I know you don’t want to miss anything going on at the Lake!

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Lake Martin Water Level News

(Photo courtesy of Kenneth Boone, Alexander City Outlook)

Great news! The Lake Martin Water level

will stay at full pool until mid October!

This is what we have all been waiting for! One of the coolest provisions of Alabama Power’s new license for Martin Dam is that, given the proper amount of rainfall and some other factors, we will be allowed to keep the Lake full until October 15. Previously, regardless of the weather, the drawdown started just after Labor Day.

This new rule means that Lake Martin has been given about six more weeks of summer!!! It’s like a reverse Groundhog Day thing. We are totally psyched around here.

Astute Lake Martin fans will tell you that fall is one of the best times to be at the Lake. They’re totally right. Especially in September, the water is still as warm as it is in August, yet the air temps go down from “punishing” to merely “warm.” Click here to read my article from last month’s Lake Magazine where I discuss the potential ripple effects.

When Alabama Power announced that they have extended its full pool, The Alexander City Outlook published a nice summary here.

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Buying a Lake Martin Home with Friends

Have you ever considered buying a Lake Martin home with friends or family? It is not a decision to take lightly.Whether you pool your resources with your best friend or brother it can make a second home affordable. Another aspect that some people like about co-ownership is that it takes some of the “absence guilt” out of owning a vacation home – meaning – if they’re not there, they can take heart that the other family is able to use it.

A few years ago I helped two couples buy together in Lake Martin. Watch the video below and hear what they had to say about the experience. These families are also business partners so they reasoned if they can work together they surely can own a second home together! It was one of the most fun experiences I have ever had helping folks find their spot on Lake Martin. Years later, they are still loving the home.

I would love to help you (and your best friend) find your Lake Martin home. Call or text me, John Coley, at the number at the top of the screen or email by clicking here.

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The Preserve at Stoney Ridge Neighborhood Tour

The Preserve at Stoney Ridge is a waterfront neighborhood on the east side of Lake Martin in the Blue Creek area.

I recently made a new neighborhood video tour of Stoney Ridge – click on the play arrow and take a look.

The Preserve at Stoney Ridge is a gated community with lots of amenities including a really cool pool that overlooks the lake, a nice tennis court, a pavilion with an outdoor fireplace, and underground utilities.  A landmark for this community is the covered bridge you pass through on the way through the neighborhood.

By water,  Stoney Ridge is close to Lake Martin landmarks like Chimney and Acapulco Rocks and Martin Dam. Also by water, it’s near other Lake Martin neighborhoods like The Ridge, Stillwaters, The Village, Emerald Shores, Indian Shores, and Holiday Shores. Wherever I am on Lake Martin, I like to know where the closest marinas are. Stoney Ridge is a quick boat ride to The Ridge Marina, Harbor Pointe Marina (in Stillwaters), and also Chuck’s Marina (and its world famous pizza).

There are about 44 waterfront lots with most of them already sold. There are some off water lots that include a deeded boat slip.

Why would a real estate agent spend his time flying around Lake Martin?

My goal is to provide you with the latest information on Lake Martin real estate and one way I do that is to make videos of neighborhoods. I also use the latest technology for listings such as 3D, 360 and aerial video together with high quality still shots.

Are you interested in a private video tour of a listing on Lake Martin? I am happy to do that as well!

Call or text me, John Coley, at 334-221-5862. I would love to help you learn more about Lake Martin and Lake Martin real estate!

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Tiny Cabins for Rent at Lake Martin

Did you know that the tiny house, big living lifestyle had arrived at Lake Martin? Well it has – at least in the form of rental cabins at Parker Creek!

Herb Winches, founder and developer of Eagles Landing at Lake Martin (and restaurant – The Landing at Parker Creek) saw the need to have a place to “stay in style and play outdoors.”

Each of the 3 cabins are fully furnished with all the modern conveniences of home. They each feature a 13 ft. vaulted ceiling and a screened in porch that faces the lake. The master bedroom includes a queen size bed (no climbing to a loft bedroom here).  Stacked bunk beds are in the hallway.

A free boat slip is provided during your stay. And you can enjoy a great beach and large swimming area too! The cabins are 550 sq. ft. and are great for relaxing and enjoying all that Lake Martin has to offer with family or friends.

For more information click here for the Eagles Landing at Lake Martin website or call 205-598-8922.

See for yourself – I think you will agree tiny homes = big fun!

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Fresh Hot Pizza at Anchor Bay Marina

  Have you tried Fresh Hot Pizza? Owner, David Reaves, has a food truck located at Anchor Bay Marina and he is offering some delicious, fresh, hot and ready to go pizza and sandwiches and hot dogs and more. Stop by and check it out!

Location? On the beach at 2001 Castaway Island Road Google Maps Link.

Phone Number? Call ahead for pickup 334-224-5434

Parking? Boat or Auto

Find Fresh Hot Pizza on Facebook!

Hours? 

 

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Sun Festival 2017 – 9 Days of Fun in Alexander City

The Alexander City Sun Festival – nine days of fun – July 14- 22, 2017!

I really have to hand it to the Alexander City Chamber of Commerce. I think the Sun Festival is the perfect way to meld the City with Lake Martin. And they always schedule it after July 4th but well before Labor Day. The events are sponsored by local businesses that all bring their own flair. If you are anywhere near the Lake Martin area for this week, you owe it to yourself to catch one of these fun events.

With fun for the entire family be sure to make your plans now because you know you don’t want to miss anything! To help with your planning download our free Lake Martin Voice app – all of the events are listed. Be sure to check the Sun Festival’s Facebook page and website too for more details. Also the printed day-by-day guide can be picked up at the Chamber office and various businesses around town.

Listed below are a few of my favorite events:

  • July 15 – Slip-n-Slide 5K and 1 Mile Fun Run – Be sure to pre-register. I saw a pic of the slip-n-slide they will be using. They will end up at Strand Park and that is a great hill for sliding.
  • July 16 – PaddleBoard Race at Wind Creek State Park – This is sponsored by my friends Nicki and Jackson Dozier at TowBoat U.S. Lake Martin and also by Sharon and the Paddle Lake Martin group. The lake area has a growing paddle community and if you are new, this would be the perfect time to hop in, meet folks, and have fun.
  • July 17 – Dawg-Gawn Good Parade – Call me a sucker for dogs but I think this is just hilarious. Quintessential small town. You just dress your dog up in a funny costume, show up, and walk the walk. They even have prizes. Don’t take it too seriously, this is not Best in Show. It’s just for fun.
  • July 22 – On the Pontoon – two-hour cruises around Lake Martin sponsored by our fellow Lake Martin Voice Realty agent, the ever fun loving Paige Patterson. Paige will need to correct me if I am wrong but I think she has been doing these about three years. She first started them as a way to show real estate to folks new to Lake Martin, and it was such a hit she decided to incorporate a tour during Sun Festival. It’s a great way to get to know the Lake. Also, if you absolutely just had to buy a piece of real estate that you saw along the way, Paige probably wouldn’t hold you back. Just sayin’.
  • July 22 – Cornhole Tournament – starting at 4 in Strand Park. Cornhole is a “sport” that requires a minimal amount of effort.
  • July 22 – Moon Taxi Concert – starting at 6 in Strand Park. End the nine days of Sun Festival fun with a musical celebration! You absolutely need to get tickets ahead of time for this one, but they are only $20. Be sure to check the Chamber website www.alexandercitychamber.com.

Some of the events require registration or tickets. Registration forms can be downloaded at www.alexandercitychamber.com or go by the Chamber office.

Sun Festival is possible due to the Alexander City Chamber of Commerce, the many sponsors and volunteers and the city and county governments. Be sure to thank and support the sponsors and thank the volunteers when you see them!

Happy Sun Festival – enjoy celebrating all that Lake Martin and Alex City has to offer!

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4th of July Events at Lake Martin – 2017

What is there to do at Lake Martin on the 4th of July?

I am glad you asked! Since the 4th is on a Tuesday this year (and hopefully you have Monday off from work) there are loads of events scheduled at the Lake starting Friday, June the 30th. In fact there are too many to list here but don’t worry – check out my free Lake Martin Voice app for a full list of events.

As far as July 4th here are some great choices:

The Amp 4th of July Blast – Concert and Fireworks – gates open at 5:00 with music starting at 6:30 from The Bank Walkers and the Sweet Tea Trio. Fireworks will start at 9 featuring the Southeast’s largest fireworks show! Tickets are $10 with children 6 and under free.

Russell Marine 4th of July Boat Parade – boats will parade from Kowaliga Marina to Children’s Harbor in a “festive and patriotic holiday display.” The parade starts at 10. Prizes awarded! Register to enter the parade (call 334-857-2111) or enjoy the parade from the shore!

Blue Creek 4th of July Parade – starts at the North end of Ponder Camp Road at 11 and ends at Niffer’s. Watch or enter – fun for all!

Three cheers for the Red, White and Blue!

The Lake Martin Voice app is available for free (click on images below):

 

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Wine and Words to benefit Friends of the Dadeville Library

This year’s Wine & Words event is Friday, June 23 from 6-8 pm at Chuck’s Marina. Please come out to support the Friends of the Dadeville Library – sample some wine, browse the selection of books and listen to some live music from John Bull and Ed Pickett.

Also meet author Katie Porterfield who will be on hand to sell and sign her book “Find Your Heart in Lake Martin.” This book would make a great gift for anyone, any age that loves Lake Martin. To read more about Katie click here for an article from the Alex City Outlook.

Any donations will benefit the Friends of the Dadeville Library. The Friends are also offering chances to win a brand-new Fender “T-Bucket” acoustic guitar, featuring an on-board amplifier. Tickets for the guitar drawing are a $2 donation each. Tickets are currently being offered at Dadeville Public Library and can also be purchased at Wine & Words.

We are happy to help sponsor Wine & Words this year along with Chuck’s Marina Winestoppers and Friends of the Dadeville Library.

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Country Living 2017 Lake House of the Year at Lake Martin!

Country Living magazine chose their 2017 Lake House of the Year location at Lake Martin! Their July/August issue (which goes on sale at news stands this week) has been dubbed The Water Issue. And since you love Lake Martin like I do you will agree they made a wise choice in choosing Lake Martin as the site of the Lake House of the Year! This issue celebrates life on the water so be sure to pick up an issue today!

This beautiful, relaxed home was built in a collaboration with architect Jonathan Torode of Nashville (Pfeffer Torode Architecture), builder Chad Calhoun of Alexander City (Classic Homes), and Russell Lands on Lake Martin. The home is located at 321 Paddock Point in The Ridge, a Russell Lands development.  Click here for Google map.

The lake home’s exterior features rough cedar siding and a natural stone chimney and outdoor spaces that we all love such as a screened in porch, a lakeside fire pit and a deck area to watch the sunset. Inside the 2,900 sq. ft. home are expansive windows – each room taking advantage of natural light, oak hardwood floors, tongue and groove pine walls, a smooth cypress ceiling in the open living room, a natural stone fireplace, beautiful finishes in the kitchen such as subway tile quartz countertops and a pecky cypress kitchen island, 3 bedrooms, 4 1/2 bathrooms with patterned porcelain tile, an upstairs bonus room, a pantry and more.

And guess what? You can take a tour between June 26 and July 9 from 10-5 daily. Tickets are only $15 and will benefit Children’s Harbor. Click here to purchase tickets now.

Check out one of the videos Country Living did (click play arrow):

To read the online article and see photos and more videos from Country Living click here.

If you are ready to find your Lake Martin home to enjoy life on the water give me, John Coley, a call or text me at the number at the top of this page, email me [email protected] or contact me here.

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