Small Changes in Kitchen = Big Difference!

We all know that the kitchen is the heart of the home and that applies to kitchens at Lake Martin too. The kitchen in this condo at Sunset Point in Stillwaters needed some updating. The existing white cabinet doors and drawer fronts were replaced with new white ones and the color of the walls were kept the same “lemon drops” yellow. The cabinet hardware was replaced which made a big difference.

All of the countertops were replaced and included a redesign of the peninsula counter containing the sink. A new tile backsplash was also installed and plug outlets were moved and updated which made a big difference in the overall look of the kitchen.

See for yourself – small changes can make a big difference!

If you’re a buyer who is looking for a Lake Martin home let me know.  My name is John Coley and I’ll help you find a property that makes sense for your vision and your budget Give me a call or text me at the number at the top of this screen or email me here.

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Interview: StillWaters RA Manager Kevin Eason

Kevin Eason has been the General Manager of the StillWaters Residential Association for several years now.  Kevin is extremely competent and helpful, and the neighborhood has benefited from his expertise.  Recently I sent Kevin an email, asking him some general questions about StillWaters.  In the course of selling waterfront real estate around Lake Martin, I get asked for information I don’t have, and it is really nice to have someone like Kevin to lean on for good answers.  I am extremely grateful for his advice below!  The best way to reach Kevin directly is to call him at his office at 256-825-2990 or see the equally informative StillWaters Residential Association website here: StillWaters RA.

If you would like more info on my site on StillWaters, see the page here.  It includes a live, ever-updated list of every waterfront home for sale and every lot for sale inside StillWaters.  There is also a video tour!

Q: How many total acres are inside StillWaters?  How much of that is waterfront?

A: StillWaters is approximately 2,400 acres and we have 23 miles of private roads.
I do not know how much is waterfront but we have several miles of waterfront.

Q: How many homes are in StillWaters?

A: There are 1,815 property owners in StillWaters. 1,056 residential units, this includes single family homes, condos, and villas. There are 568 single family homes and 488 condos/villas. We also have 14 timeshare units that are not included in the total number of units. During the busy season we have 14 new guests, mostly families, check into the timeshares every Friday.

Q: How many unimproved lots?

A:There are currently 759 vacant lots; however, a few lots are very large and could be subdivided into several more building lots.

Q: What is the breakdown on waterfront lots vs. interior lots that are unimproved?

A: I do not have a breakdown of waterfront to interior lots. I can tell you there are only 14 vacant waterfront lots left, a few are listed for sale by their owners.

Q: What do the homeowner association dues cover?

A: The SWRA annual dues include the maintenance of the private roads, gates, pool, tennis courts, park, and other common areas.

Q: What percentage of your residents are permanent?

A: We think we have approximately 600 permanent residents. This is difficult to determine because a portion of our residents live in StillWaters six months out of the year and then somewhere else the rest of the year. There are 954 registered voters inside StillWaters.

Q: What frequent questions do you get from new or prospective owners?

A: The most frequently asked question by new interior owners concerns access to the water. The marina has plenty of boat slips for rent and you can pay an annual fee to use the boat ramp. We do not have a beach or other access for owners. The most frequently asked question overall is where can I rent more storage space.

Q: And lastly, how are the sales in StillWaters?

A: We had 157 properties sell in StillWaters in 2015, 136 sold in 2014, and 132 sold in 2013.

If you see anything you like in the list above, click on the picture, then click on the star beside it on the MLS list, register, and the MLS will automatically notify me.  Or, you can contact me through this form, you can email me ([email protected]), or you can call me at (334) 221-5862.

 

 

 

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StillWaters: A Lake Martin Neighborhood of Diversity

Wildlife diversity, for sure!

Every time I head to StillWaters to show a home or condo for sale, my “web staff” knows I’m coming back with new wildlife photos.  To date, I’ve captured lots of deer, ducks, and herons.  In fact, I have a wildlife photo file on my computer just for StillWaters.

I was in StillWaters twice last week, and both times I saw turkeys on the golf course.  The first time, it was this crowd below:  two jakes (immature males), and one mature long beard.

Turkeys in StillWaters April 2013 - 19

 This guy was definitely the boss. He was standing by the road, and let his minions above walk ahead of him to clear the way and make sure there were no dangerous golfers around. For those of you unfamiliar with turkeys, I will let you know, the length of his beard (that straw looking hair poking out of his chest) is pretty impressive. I tried to get a little closer, but this was the best I could do from 100 yards with a 300 mm lens:

Turkeys in StillWaters April 2013 - 14

A week later I was leaving a listing appointment in StillWaters. I got to almost the same bend in the road and noticed another turkey was standing with one foot in the road, gobbling his head off. A car passed him, he took three steps back, then stepped back out and double gobbled. As an avid turkey hunter, I was amazed. This was a week into May, and turkey season was over on April 30. It just goes to show you that, even in the wilds of StillWaters, the primal procreative drive of nature does not hew to man’s law. I eased my car up to him, and he walked back into the woods. This was the best shot I got of him, below. Maybe he was the same boss I saw a week earlier:

Turkey Gobbling in StillWaters

So many people come to Lake Martin because of its natural setting; wildlife sightings are just a normal part of the day.  It’s different than some other popular getaways in the South – it’s a place to slow down and enjoy people, the water, wildlife, and the peace and quiet.  You can bring your kids and they may actually hang out with you!

That reminds me of a favorite Lake Martin testimonial I shot while at a school function a few years ago that sort of goes along with this theme.  See if you don’t agree . . .

If this is the kind of vacation spot you’ve been looking for, check us out at Lake Martin!  I’d love for you to use this website to explore the neighborhoods, the people, the events, and the waterfront properties.  Check out my Lake Martin Voice Realty YouTube Channel where I have over 300 Lake Martin videos divided into five playlists (Community Info, Neighborhoods, How to Use the MLS, Home Tours, and Client Testimonials).

And if you’d like to talk Lake Martin real estate, give me a call at (334) 221-5862 or click here to email me.  I’d love to be your realtor!

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A Typical StillWaters Neighbor at Lake Martin

I take Lake Martin wildlife pictures all over the lake, but I need to create a specific photo file for “Wildlife I Have Seen in StillWaters.”  Lake Martin is a rural area, so animals coexist with lake lovers on all sides.  StillWaters is a huge gated golf/lake community with on and off the water homes, townhouses and condos, and it seems that wildlife like the deer I spotted last week call it home, too.

StillWaters Button Buck Feb 2013 - 04

This one was grazing on the side of the road as I drove to a new listing of mine in StillWaters, 100 Harbor Point Place Unit 613.  If you look closely you can see the early formation of his antlers.  It’s amazing how deer were created to blend in so well with their environment.  You can barely see his back in the photo below:

StillWaters Button Buck Feb 2013 - 02

If you like the idea of being in an established, gated golf  and waterfront community, and enjoy neighbors of all kinds, StillWaters might be a good fit.  If you’d like access to all StillWaters’ amenities, but prefer to leave the yard work and home maintenance to someone else, check out my listing, 100 Harbor Pointe Place Unit 613.  It’s a 2 bed/2 bath off-the-water condo with a deeded boat slip, and it’s right across the street from Harbor Pointe Marina.

It’s currently listed for $131K – a great deal when you consider its location within StillWaters and all of the amenities owners can access.

Here’s one more parting shot of our friend and StillWaters neighbor.  If you’re interested in homes or condos in StillWaters, or real estate anywhere on Lake Martin, give me a call at (334) 221-5862, or contact me by CLICKING HERE.  I’d love to be your realtor.

StillWaters Button Buck Feb 2013 - 07

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The Smartest Man on Lake Martin

This is who I want to be when I grow up.  I took this picture a while back. It was a Thursday morning in early April, like 9:00 AM. I was driving through Stillwaters, going to show a house that’s down by Harbor Pointe Marina. I thought I had a pretty good gig until I saw him, and realized he was going fishing.  This guy has got his system down and I can appreciate that. I have no idea who he is, but I am a fan.

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Worship at Lake Martin’s Church of the Living Waters at Stillwaters

The Church of the Living Waters at Stillwaters is one of two outdoor, non-denominational, lakeside churches on Lake Martin. It’s convenient to those of you who live or vacation on the east side of Lake Martin, and it’s a casual (shorts and t-shirts) worship environment right on the shores of Lake Martin.  You can drive your boat to the Sunday morning service – now that’s unique experience –  or you can arrive by car, golf cart, or bike.

Guest preachers and musicians rotate through the pulpit from Easter Sunday through Labor Day.  All services (except the sunrise Easter service) begin at 9:00 am.  They also do weddings.

The Church of the Living Waters has a great website, so to get more information and directions, go to  http://www.colw-sw.com/.

Church in the Pines is the other outdoor worship facility, and it’s located on the west side of Lake Martin right off of Highway 63, by Kowaliga Bridge and Sinclair’s restaurant.

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The Highlands at StillWaters Golf Club on Lake Martin

The Highlands Golf Club in StillWaters is one of the only public golf courses in the Lake Martin area.  If you can stomach Lake Martin Voice agent John Christenberry’s wild golf cart racing, then this video tour will give you an idea of what The Highlands course is all about.

The StillWaters course manager was super helpful when we showed up (he gave us the cart), and wants everyone to know that this is a public golf course, and that anyone on Lake Martin can have a monthly membership to play here.  There are golf condos that you can rent, and specials running all the time.

Click here for a copy of The Highlands score card.

For more information, here’s the website:  The Highlands at StillWaters Golf Club. If you have any questions about golf, please contact them directly.  We’re just Realtors.

But, if you’re interested in waterfront property in StillWaters, we can definitely help you with that.  CLICK HERE to see the homes and condos that are currently for sale within StillWaters.

At Lake Martin Voice Realty, we can help you buy or sell any property in the Lake Martin MLS.  Give us a call, and put us to work.

Related Posts:

Tour of StillWaters Neighborhood on Lake Martin

Tour of Harbor Pointe Condos in StillWaters

Tour of Villas on the Harbor in StillWaters

Deer Take Refuge in StillWaters


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Tour of the Stillwaters Neighborhood on Lake Martin

Fellow Lake Martin Voice Realty agent, John Christenberry, and I shot this video tour of  Stillwaters on our way to scout a potential listing in that neighborhood.

Stillwaters is a huge development (2,000 acres or so) on the east side of Lake Martin.  The first phases were built in the 1970s.  Inside the guard gates you’ll find the public golf course, waterfront homes and condos, off-the-water homes and condos, Harbor Pointe Marina, plus neighborhood amenities like tennis courts, a pool, and playground.  Stillwaters has a Dadeville street address, and by water has a pretty central Lake Martin location.

If you would like to see waterfront homes and lots for sale right now in StillWaters, CLICK HERE to go to my StillWaters Neighborhood page. I have a report that shows every waterfront home and lot for sale – by all agents, all brokerages, on Lake Martin. It pulls from the Lake Martin MLS so it will be current no matter when you visit the page.

Since it’s January, it’s a little cloudy, but for our readers in colder country it should be refreshing to see what “winter” typically looks like in central Alabama.  We try not to wear a coat if we don’t have to.

Stillwaters is a landmark in the Blue Creek area. Since Stillwaters is on the east side of Lake Martin, this means that it is close to Auburn, Opelika, and lots of lake lovers from Georgia.

As one of the older neighborhoods on Lake Martin, Stillwaters has many different phases and little sub neighborhoods. Some of the condominium complexes are Harbor Pointe, Villas on the Harbor, Sunset Point, and Stoneview Summit.  All of these are located within Stillwaters, and have their own Home Owner Associations.

If you would like to contact the Stillwaters Residential Association directly, see their website here: Stillwaters RA.

Just like any waterfront home, lot, or condo on Lake Martin, I can help you with it, regardless of who has it listed. I would love to be your real estate agent. CLICK HERE to contact me, or you can email me (info @ lakemartinvoice . com), or you can call me at (334) 221-5862.

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Deer Take Refuge In StillWaters

Cold weather means deer season here in Alabama. Whether or not you are a deer hunter, you can’t help but notice the increase of pickup trucks dragging loaded down trailers, driven by hunters in orange clothing.  It’s definitely a little more dangerous to be a deer this time of year.

Except in one neighborhood.

Deer In Stillwaters Lake Martin

You still see deer in the Lake Martin neighborhood of StillWaters.

StillWaters is a gated community on the Dadeville side of Lake Martin. It is large by Lake Martin standards, and has a mixture of off water homes, waterfront homes, and waterfront condos. It also has a golf course and marina.  If you would like to see waterfront homes and lots for sale right now in the StillWaters area, CLICK HERE to go to my StillWaters Neighborhood page. I have a report that shows every waterfront home and lot for sale – by all agents, all brokerages, on Lake Martin. It pulls from the Lake Martin MLS so it will be current no matter when you visit the page.

Stillwaters also has a large herd of whitetail deer. It is not uncommon at all to see them on the side of the road, placidly grazing, not a care in the world.

whitetail deer fawn in stillwaters lake martin

I have seen a doe in this same general area several times. I guess this is her fawn. They are almost tame. Check out this video to see how close I got to them in my car. I originally posted this on my media blog on posterous.

I filmed this when I was on the way back from one my listings. I have a waterfront condo for sale in StillWaters, inside one of the condo developments named Villas on the Harbor.

Would you like to see deer like this on your morning walk?

Just like any waterfront home, lot, or condo on Lake Martin, I can help you with it, regardless of who has it listed. I would love to be your real estate agent. CLICK HERE to contact me, or you can email me (info @ lakemartinvoice . com), or you can call me at (334) 221-5862.

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Tour of Villas on the Harbor on Lake Martin

Villas on the Harbor – the StillWaters area of Lake Martin is a pretty unique development on the lake;  it’s made up of lots of mini-neighborhoods (off water and waterfront) and condo areas, plus a golf course.  Villas on the Harbor is one of these waterfront condo areas with convenient access to Harbor Point Marina, plus an owners-only pool area.

If you would like to see waterfront homes and lots for sale right now in the StillWaters/Villas on the Harbor area, CLICK HERE to go to my StillWaters Neighborhood page. I have a report that shows every waterfront home and lot for sale – by all agents, all brokerages, on Lake Martin. It pulls from the Lake Martin MLS so it will be current no matter when you visit the page.

At Lake Martin Voice Realty, we realize many Lake Martin vacationers live hours from the lake.  We love bringing Lake Martin to you, and we’d be thrilled to help you with your property search.  If there are other areas or neighborhoods on Lake Martin you’d like to see, just let us know and we’ll be glad to make a tour for the website.  We also make private video tours of homes for sale for customers who live out of town and need help narrowing down waterfront property options.  Just like any waterfront home, lot, or condo on Lake Martin, I can help you with it, regardless of who has it listed. I would love to be your real estate agent. CLICK HERE to contact me, or you can email me (info @ lakemartinvoice . com), or you can call me at (334) 221-5862

(If you’re one of our Lake Martin Voice sellers, we’ve already made a full motion video tour for your property. )

Have camera.  Will go!  Enjoy the tours.

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