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Price Drop on townhouse at The Ridge!

Heads-up! A great Lake Martin townhouse for sale at The Ridge has just had a price drop.

184 Ledges Trail at The Ridge is a gorgeous home with upscale finishes, an open, spacious floor plan, 5 bedrooms, 4 1/2 baths, a deeded boat slip and an easy care exterior – plus all the extras of The Ridge. AND it is right on the waterfront! New price of $539,000!

Take a 3D and 360 Tour below: (click Play Arrow):

For more information on 184 Ledges Trail click here or contact Listing Agent John Coley at 334-221-5862 or by clicking here or email him – [email protected].

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You Just Saved $10,000

Happy Friday and Congratulations!! You just saved $10,000 on Lot 61, Phase II of The Ridge!

We just dropped the price on Lot 61, Phase II of the Ridge. It’s an awesome waterfront lot on Lake Martin. Just think of it, you didn’t have to lift a finger and you saved $10,000. The price has been reduced to $229,000 from $239,000. CLICK HERE for more info on the lot.

Lot 61, Phase II is on Eagle Ridge in one of Lake Martin’s most prestigious neighborhoods: The Ridge!

Waterfront lot and home sales are beating last year by 26% on Lake Martin, and 2014 was a record year. Now is the time to take advantage of a great new price on this  wonderful lot!

Call John Coley at 334 221 5862 or john (at ) lakemartinvoice (dot) com.

More Info: The Ridge in Lake Martin

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Russell Lands Expands The Ridge Phase III

Lake Martin developer, Russell Lands, is expanding in Phase III of The Ridge.  They’ve had plans to do this for a while, but the old Dixie Sailing Club occupied part of that area designated for Phase III.  When Lake Martin’s real estate market picked up, Dixie Sailing Club’s location was moved to a new location in Young’s Basin.  Once the club was moved, the signs were clear for everyone that Russell Lands felt optomistic about the future of waterfront real estate and Phase III in The Ridge.

On Columbus Day, I was out on the boat doing market research – by that I mean my family was taking our the last tube ride of the year on a beautiful, sunny, October Monday.  I saw some smoke billowing up from the old Dixie Sailing Club area near Chimney Rock, so I drove closer to check it out.  Russell Lands had their heavy equipment out, tearing down and burning the old Sailing Club cabins.  Check out the picture and video below of the house-less docks, the burn pile, and the big machines.

The Ridge Phase III Clearing Underway

The Ridge is a huge , gated development that is centrally located on Lake Martin.  I just helped a family close a house last week in Phase III of The Ridge.  I love that area – some of the lots and homes in Phase III have views of Kowaliga Bay, and others have views toward the Chimney Rock area. It’s close to The Ridge Marina, and all home owners have access to The Ridge amenities like the clubhouse, tennis courts, pool, beach club, etc.

If you’d like more info on The Ridge, check out my Neighborhood Page.  Here you’ll find a history of the development, map, video tour, PLUS a live feed from the MLS of all homes and lots currently for sale.  I design my Neighborhood Pages to be one-stop-shops for the different developments and geographic areas around Lake Martin.  There are over 700 miles of shoreline at Lake Martin, and I want to make it as quick and easy as possible for you to learn our market.

I wrote about this part of Phase III in my LAKE Magazine column, “Peek into the Big Boys’ Mind” (Dec 2012).  To read the entire article, click here.  If you’re interested in waterfront real estate on Lake Martin, give me a call and let’s talk about why I think the progress on Phase III of The Ridge is good for our entire market.  I sell Lake Martin property exclusively, everyday, and I’d love to be your realtor.  Call me at (334) 221-5862, email me at [email protected], or click here to contact me.  Thanks!

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The Ridge Neighborhood Tour on Lake Martin

There’s been a lot of talk lately about the new “Russell Cabins at the Lake.”  These are new cabins within the The Ridge development that are supposed to channel the simple feel and nostalgia of Russell rental cabins, but will be deeded homes that you’ll own and not rent.  Basically, it is Russell Lands’ solution to people who have asked, “Can I buy my Russell Cabin?”  They are in the $800-$1m price range.   The homes will be on the Kowaliga Bay part of Lake Martin, and are only a small part of The Ridge’s total development.

If you would like to see waterfront homes and lots for sale right now in The Ridge, CLICK HERE to go to my Ridge 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.

The Ridge is a huge waterfront development in the middle of Lake Martin, AL.  Like most newer developments, The Ridge has all kinds of neighborhood amenities like sidewalks, a clubhouse and pool, beach area, tennis courts, hiking trails, etc.  It is home to The Ridge Marina, and was developed by Russell Lands, a company that builds high end neighborhoods on Lake Martin.

The Ridge has an Alexander City address, and has all the city utilities you would expect. By car it’s convenient to some of the more city-fied, hip shopping and eating spots like Catherine’s Market and SpringHouse, so if you forget your gluten-free brownie mix, you’re in luck. By water, The Ridge is in the center of Lake Martin – Chimney and Acapulco rocks are right around the corner.

Lots vary, of course, because this is Lake Martin.  Some lots in The Ridge are steep and rocky with huge deep water views.  Some are further back in a slough and are more quiet and gently sloping.  Basically, you’re paying for the location on the lake, the strict architectural review of structures, the list of approved builders, the sense of exclusivity, and the neighborhood amenities. If this fits your style, The Ridge might be a good match.

There’s also a townhouse community called The Ledges at The Ridge within this neighborhood that offers waterfront town homes.

If you have questions about The Ridge, or want to know more about a specific home for sale in The Ridge, give me a call at (334) 221-5862, or click on this page for my live feed of homes for sale in the MLS in The Ridge .    I can talk about and show any waterfront home in the Lake Martin MLS, regardless of who has it listed.

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Lake Martin Video: Highway 63 Construction North of Kowaliga Bridge

ALDOT has Highway 63 under heavy construction. I shot this video today, about a mile north of Lake Martin’s Kowaliga Bridge. It’s across the road from where Windermere Road intersects Highway 63, aka Our Children’s Highway. The construction zone stretches from Russell Crossroads (location of Catherine’s and the Springhouse) south to just below Windermere Road.  As of this writing, the highway is passable, you just need to slow down a bit.

I think that Russell Lands is also using this opportunity to create a golf cart path that will go under the highway. The theory is that you would be able to walk, jog, etc. continuously from The Ridge Club to Willow Point.

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Tour Lake Martin’s Ridge Homes And Help Out Children’s Harbor

Will you be at Lake Martin this Saturday, May 16, 2009, and enjoy touring waterfront homes on Lake Martin?

childrens harbor lake martin

Then you may be interested in the Third Annual Lake Martin Tour of Homes. Proceeds from the tour will benefit Children’s Harbor. Children’s Harbor serves seriously ill children and their families at the Family Center at Children’s Hospital in Birmingham and at Lake Martin, which is just south of Kowaliga Bridge on Highway 63

Last year the tour was of homes in Trillium. This year the tour will visit four homes in The Ridge designed by architects Bill Ingram and Bobby McAlpine.

The tours will begin at The Ridge Club from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Tickets are $25 in advance and can be purchased in Alexander City at MacDavid & Company, Cloud Nine, The Shoppes of Queens Attic, and Catherine’s Market. Tickets will also be available the day of the tour at the Ridge Club.

To learn more about Children’s Harbor, an extremely worthy cause, visit www.childrensharbor.com.

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Video Tour Of The Ridge – Beach Park, Ridge Trails

Since I have a waterfront lot listed for sale in Lake Martin’s The Ridge, I get a lot of questions about the various amenities of the Ridge. One of the huge benefits to owning a waterfront home or town home in the Ridge is access to all of the “stuff.”

If you would like to see waterfront homes and lots for sale right now in The Ridge area, CLICK HERE to go to my Ridge 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.

Though I have been in the neighborhood countless times, I had never been by road to The Ridge’s Beach Park before yesterday.  It was really nice, it has a big covered pavilion, changing / rest rooms, and, of course, a big beach.  The water view is of Lake Martin icons Chimney and Acapulco Rock Islands.

While I was there, I also hiked a bit on some Ridge Trails (download a map). The developer, Russell Lands, has done a really nice job about incorporating off the water features here.  There are tons of mulch lined trails through the woods, that explore common areas and various other parks in the Ridge.

One example is Red Oak Trail and Hickory Hill Trail, I took these down to Hidden Park.  Hidden Park has its own gazebo, boardwalk, and fishing pier.  It was really nice and peaceful.  Now that the leaves are down, you can sit up on the gazebo and get a nice view of woods and water of Lake Martin.

If trail hiking is not your thing, you can stick to the sidewalks.  There are many of those around The Ridge, too.  Check out my video of the morning:

For an updated 2011 Ridge Video Tour, see below:

If you are interested, see my listing info for Lot 72 The Ridge.

Related Posts:

The Ridge Amenities Video Tour
Lake Martin Voice Neighborhood Spotlight: The Ridge

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Amenities Of The Ridge, Lake Martin

For the most current information on The Ridge on Lake Martin, click on The Ridge Neighborhood Tour on Lake Martin.

The article that follows is fine, but it’s just old.  The above link will take you to a history of The Ridge, a video tour by car and by boat, PLUS a list current homes for sale in The Ridge.  Much more timely.

From 2008 . . .

I am working with a couple of buyers in The Ridge, a Russell Lands development in Lake Martin. I always get asked lots of questions about the amenities at the Ridge, so I thought I would shoot a video to show some of them.

Basically, if you own a home, a lot, or a town-home in the Ridge, you have the right to access all of the amenities, like the pool, the Ridge Club, the tennis courts, walking trails, boat launch, and Beach Club. The Ridge Marina is public, but of course easily accessed by Ridge owners.

Here is the video:

I should have shot more footage of all the walking trails and sidewalks of the Ridge, a lot of people like to use them. Maybe it’s material for a future video.

Properties for sale in The Ledges at The Ridge:

276 Ledges Trail (click here for property description)

here is a video tour of the townhome:

Related Posts:Lake Martin Real Estate Spotlight: The Ridge
Lake Martin Real Estate Spotlight: The Ridge Update

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Lake Martin Real Estate Spotlight: The Ridge

Lake Martin The Ridge LogoRussell Lands has developed neighborhoods on Lake Martin for over thirty years, but its newest, The Ridge, is vastly different from any one it has done before.

If you would like to see waterfront homes and lots for sale right now in The Ridge area, CLICK HERE to go to my Ridge 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.

Russell Lands has gated communities like Willow Point, and the Ridge is near to its other developments of Windermere, Windermere West, and Windover.  But The Ridge is a totally new animal.  Here are 5 Things That Make The Ridge Different:

1.  Heavy emphasis on selling through approved builders – Russell Lands started this Lake Martin trend a few years ago with Phase I of The Ridge, and continues it with Phase III.  They sell a certain number of lots to “approved” builders, who build spec houses and then turn around and sell them for the builders.  In prior developments, they sold almost 100% to the end homeowner.  The use of approved builders gives them much greater control over the quality of the homes.  They also get a lot of design consistency on the look of the homes by also having “approved” architects.  I think this also drives up the price so that their initial offering lot price to homeowners is pretty high.  As far as I can figure there is no real “pre-construction” pricing.

2.  The Ridge Marina – Russell Lands owns plenty of marinas around Lake Martin, but The Ridge Marina is the only one that is inside the gates of one of their developments.  It is a safe bet to say that The Ridge Marina is one of the largest marinas Ridge marina stack storage - smallon the lake.  The marina is close to Chimney Rock by water.  They sell gas, they have a huge line of boats that they sell, and also sell boating and skiing accessories.  Another big part of their business is boat storage.  You can rent a wet slip (a parking spot at a dock), but they are more expensive and rare than dry storage.  Dry storage is where they stack your boat on a huge rack inside their warehouse.  When you are ready to go, they come pick it off the rack with a forklift and put it in the water.  No matter how many times I see that it still makes me nervous.  They are adding on to the dry storage.  A company official was quoted as saying the The Ridge Marina will have the “biggest dry storage east of the Mississippi.”  That’s big, friends.

Lake Martin The Ridge Club3. The Ridge Club – Russell Lands is currently building a 9,000 square foot clubhouse called The Ridge Club.  While Willow Point has its Golf and Country Club, Willow Point residents are not necessarily members of the club, and vice versa.  In the Ridge, however, part of the homeowner association dues pays for membership to The Ridge Club.  Planned amenities include swimming pools, tennis courts, athletic fields, children’s play center, workout / cardio center, and a bar and grill.  From what I hear they have commercial lots set aside for possible restaurants, etc.  See the construction progress photos on the left.  It looks like it will be as nice as promised.

4.  Off water activities- Usually, in Lake Martin new construction developments, merely token emphasis is placed on off-water lots and properties.  At The Ridge, Russell Lands attempts to offer something to do off of the water, and (I assume) by association, raise Ridge club drawing - smallthe value of off-water residential lots.  They have designed sidewalks all through the Ridge, which is very different for the lake.  They also have cut in extensive walking trails through the woods around The Ridge.  I hear that the ultimate plan is to be able to walk, run, or bike on trails from The Ridge to Willow Point.  Look at a Lake Martin map to appreciate how huge of an area that is.  They also have plans for a town center located on highway 63, close to Windermere Road, that will have kitschy shops, a high end grocery store, and a gourmet restaurant.  (I will post more news as they confirm the details.)

5.  Marketing and Events – Russell Lands has promoted The Ridge like no other Lake Martin development.  If you haven’t received at least 3 mailers on it, you should have your feelings hurt, because they sent them to everyone in the area that pays taxes and has a pulse.  They also have been all over the home design type magazines.  Their homes have had multiple spotlights in Southern Living Magazine, and had tons of other regional media attention and write ups.  They also have really played up the Spring and Summer Tour of Homes.  This spring they have even tied the events in with a boat show at The Ridge Marina.  I have to hand it to them, it works. In the past ten years Lake Martin has gone from a regional treasure to getting attention on a national level.  This was due in large part to Russell Lands’ tirele$$ promotions.

If you wonder how long this will last, check the map.  They are selling Phase III now, with (I guess) a couple more phases left up the sleeve for The Ridge.  Then it’s on to the next big thing.  Does anyone have a guess on where the next one will be?  Comment below!

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