Wednesday, November 30, 2016

The One Town In South Carolina That Turns Into A Winter Wonderland Each Year



The Christmas spirit is very much alive right now in the Palmetto State. People are busy making plans, shopping and spending time with family. Here’s a novel way to highlight your holiday season: Every year in December a town in South Carolina changes its name for four festive days and, with or without snow, transforms into a winter wonderland. It’s a perfect place to spend a day or a night and kick off your holiday season on a high note.


QUICK MOVE-IN FOR THE HOLIDAYS!


 This beautiful 3 bedroom 2.5 bath home in Rock Hill, SC features a flex room filled with natural light. You will love the gorgeous eat-in kitchen, upstairs lounging area, and incredible lot size! Call Becky today at 803-336-5454 to schedule a showing. Definitely a must see at $255,990



Wonderful opportunity to live in Herndon Heritage! This brick front home with 3 bedrooms, 2.5 baths and a loft will sit on a .98 acre homesite with 2,034 heated square feet. This home will
be ready for move-in in August 2016! Wonderful appointments in this home and also includes a refrigerator, garage opener and 2" faux wood blinds throughout. This opportunity won't last long, so please visit our model home in The Gates to get more details on this home. 803-336-5454

THIS HOME IS READY TO OWN!

THIS HOME IS READY TO OWN! Brand new home on a great corner lot in Regal Pines in Rock Hill, SC!

 You will love this spectacular floor plan featuring a 2-story great room, chef's dream kitchen with island, and main floor owner suite with an unbelievable closet! Large yard, deck, and patio ideal for outdoor living. 

Call Becky at 803-336-5454 to schedule an appointment to see all that this incredible home offers.


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Everything you need to know for Charlotte’s Thanksgiving Day parade


One of the longest running parades in North Carolina will celebrate its 69th birthday Thursday morning in uptown Charlotte.
Marching bands, floats, Olympic gold medals, beauty queens and Grammy winners will be among the 120 participants in the Novant Health Thanksgiving Day Parade.
The parade, founded in 1947, will kick off at 9:30 a.m. Thanksgiving Day at the Levine Avenue of the Arts, then head north along Tryon Street to 9th Street.
Organizers say they’re expecting the biggest crowd in the parade’s history, which means more than the 100,000 spectators who showed up last year. (Another 1.5 million watched on TV last year.)
Among the highlights Thursday will be Grammy-winning artist Anthony Hamilton, a Charlotte native who’ll serve as the 2016 Grand Marshal. The South Mecklenburg High School graduate has a career resume that includes performing for President Barack Obama and collaborating with other artists ranging from Carlos Santana to Al Green.
If you plan to make the parade a part of your Thanksgiving Day festivities, here are some things you’ll want to know:
What will the weather be like?
The high is projected to be 71 degrees and the low will be 41, so it is likely to be in the mid 50s when the parade starts. Dress for cool and breezy weather in the shade of uptown’s tall buildings. There’s a very slim chance of rain, so don’t bother bringing an umbrella or rainwear.
What is the route?
The parade will march north on Tryon Street from Stonewall Street to 9th Street.
What time does it start?
The parade begins at 9:30 a.m.
Will it be on TV?
Yes, the parade will be broadcast regionally on WBTV, Channel 3 (CBS) on Thanksgiving Day at 4 p.m., or you can watch it live through a mobile app, https://guidebook.com/app/CLTParade/.
It will also air again on Christmas Day and will be available on demand through Time Warner Cable.




Read more here: http://www.charlotteobserver.com/news/local/article116162963.html#storylink=cpy

New Home For The Holidays!

Are you looking to move into a brand new home before the Holidays? We have several move-in ready homes available that will be open for your viewing pleasure this weekend. We hope to see you at one of them!

Check out our inventory here! http://www.livewellhomes.net/list-grid-filter





Friday, October 28, 2016

Only 2 Opportunities Left for The Retreat at Sunset Ridge!

Just 2 opportunities remain to own one of LiveWell Homes full brick luxury homes in The Retreat at Sunset Ridge, Clover, SC!

Pricing from the $390's to the Low $500's.
Move-In Homes Ready Now! Convenient Clover/Lake Wylie location The Retreat at Sunset Ridge by LiveWell Homes will offer our "Estate Series" of Full Brick Luxury homes. Our flexible home designs will offer heated living areas from 2,600 square feet to over 4,400 square feet. Exterior finishes will offer the richness of Full Brick with available stone accents and side load garages. Our Interiors will offer 3 to 6 bedrooms, dual master suites, gourmet kitchens, media rooms, and much more! Low York County taxes.
• All Brick Construction with side load garages
• Estate Series Feature 2,600 to 4,400+ sq. ft. floorplans
• Gourmet Kitchens, Media Rooms, and More
Model Home Hours 
Please visit our Model Home at Palm Tree Cove II
908 Outer Cove Lane, York, SC
• Tuesday - Friday 12:00 - 5:30pm
• Saturday 10:00am - 5:30pm
• Sunday 1:00 - 5:30pm
Community Address
Highland Ridge Point, Clover SC 29710
Call Today for more information!
Contact Becky (belliott@livewellhomes.net) or call 803-336-5454 x 3.


No onsite agent. For more information, please call Becky at 803-336-5454 Ext. 3 or visit our Sales Center at Palm Tree Cove II, 1908 Outer Cove Lane, York, SC, T-F 12-6, Sat 10-6, and Sun 1-6. Bring us an offer!

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The Lakes at StoneRidge is Expanding! FREE Offers!

Our new homesites in The Lakes at Stone Ridge are available and now we have a great promotion going on!
FREE FULL-BRICK! 
FREE CLOSING COSTS up to $4,000!
Call Becky Elliott at 803-336-5454 to schedule an appointment, or visit our model at The Gates: 2129 Belle Regal Circle, Rock Hill, SC 29732.


Saturday, October 1, 2016

Crosswinds is Hosting a GRAND RE-OPENING! RSVP today!

Crosswinds is happy to announce a GRAND RE-OPENING!  We are going to have fantastic open houses on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday! Come hungry as well, as we have excellent options for our luncheons!
 So come on down and see what new and exciting things LiveWell Homes has put together for their future residents!



Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Fall Maintenance Checklist!

When the last of summer’s heat is a faint memory, and you’re pulling out your hoodies more than your shorts, it’s time to tackle a few simple chores that’ll make winter more pleasant and prevent some nasty surprises next spring.


#1 Stow Your Mower

If you’re not familiar with fuel stabilizer, get to know it. If your mower sits for months with gas in its tank, the gas will slowly deteriorate, which can damage internal engine parts. Fuel stabilizer ($10 for a 10-ounce bottle) prevents gas from degrading.Add stabilizer to your gasoline can to keep spare gas in good condition over the winter, and top off your mower tank with stabilized gas before you put it away for the winter. Run the mower for five minutes to make sure the stabilizer reaches the carburetor.
Another lawn mower care method is to run your mower dry before stowing it. 

1. When the mower is cool, remove the spark plug and pour a capful of engine oil into the spark plug hole. 

2. Pull the starter cord a couple of times to distribute the oil, which keeps pistons lubricated and ensures an easy start come spring.

3. Turn the mower on its side and clean out accumulated grass and gunk from the mower deck.

#2 Don't Be a Drip

Remove garden hoses from outdoor faucets. Leaving hoses attached can cause water to back up in the faucets and in the plumbing pipes just inside your exterior walls. If freezing temps hit, that water could freeze, expand, and crack the faucet or pipes. Make this an early fall priority so a sudden cold snap doesn’t sneak up and cause damage.
Turn off any shutoff valves on water supply lines that lead to exterior faucets. That way, you’ll guard against minor leaks that may let water enter the faucet. 

While you’re at it, drain garden hoses and store them in a shed or garage.

#3 Put Your Sprinklers to Sleep

Time to drain your irrigation system. Even buried irrigation lines can freeze, leading to busted pipes and broken sprinkler heads.
  1. Turn off the water to the system at the main valve. 
  2. Shut off the automatic controller.
  3. Open drain valves to remove water from the system.
  4. Remove any above-ground sprinkler heads and shake the water out of them, then replace.
If you don’t have drain valves, then hire an irrigation pro to blow out the systems pipes with compressed air. A pro is worth the $75 to $150 charge to make sure the job is done right, and to ensure you don’t have busted pipes and sprinkler head repairs to make in the spring.

#4 Seal the Deal

Grab a couple of tubes of color-matched exterior caulk ($5 for a 12-ounce tube) and make a journey around  your home’s exterior, sealing up cracks between trim and siding, around window and door frames, and where pipes and wires enter your house. Preventing moisture from getting inside your walls is one of the least expensive — and most important — of your fall maintenance jobs. You’ll also seal air leaks that waste energy.

Pick a nice day when temps are above 50 degrees so caulk flows easily.

#5 De-Gunk Your Gutters

Clogged rain gutters can cause ice dams, which can lead to expensive repairs. After the leaves have fallen, clean your gutters to remove leaves, twigs, and gunk. Make sure gutters aren’t sagging and trapping water; tighten gutter hangers and downspout brackets. Replace any worn or damaged gutters and downspouts.

If you find colored grit from asphalt roof shingles in your gutters, beware. That sand-like grit helps protect shingles from the damaging ultraviolet rays of the sun. Look closely for other signs of roof damage (#5, below); it may be time for a roofing replacement. 

Your downspouts should extend at least 5 feet away from your house to prevent foundation problems. If they don’t, add downspout extensions; $10 to $20 each.

#6 Eyeball Your Roof

If you have a steep roof or a multistory house, stay safe and use binoculars to inspect your roof from the ground.

Look for warning signs: Shingles that are buckled, cracked, or missing; rust spots on flashing. Any loose, damaged, or missing shingles should be replaced immediately. 

Black algae stains are just cosmetic, but masses of moss and lichen could signal roofing that’s decayed underneath. Call in a pro roofer for a $50 to $100 eval.

A plumbing vent stack usually is flashed with a rubber collar — called a boot — that may crack or loosen over time. They’ll wear out before your roof does, so make sure they’re in good shape. A pro roofer will charge $75 to $150 to replace a boot, depending on how steep your roof is.

#7 Direct Your Drainage

Take a close look at the soil around your foundation and make sure it slopes away from your house at least 6 vertical inches over 10 feet. That way, you’ll keep water from soaking the soils around your foundation, which could lead to cracks and leaks.

Be sure soil doesn’t touch your siding.

#8 Check Your Furnace

Schedule an appointment with a heating and cooling pro to get your heating system checked and tuned up for the coming heating season. You’ll pay $50 to $100 for a checkup.

An annual maintenance contract ensures you’re at the top of the list for checks and shaves 20% off the cost of a single visit.

Change your furnace filters, too. This is a job you should do every two months anyway, but if you haven’t, now’s the time. If your HVAC includes a built-in humidifier, make sure the contractor replaces that filter.

#9 Prune Plants

Late fall is the best time to prune plants and trees — when the summer growth cycle is over. Your goal is to keep limbs and branches at least 3 feet from your house so moisture won’t drip onto roofing and siding, and to prevent damage to your house exterior during high winds.

For advice on pruning specific plants in your region, check with your state extension service.

#10 Give Your Fireplace a Once-Over

To make sure your fireplace is safe, grab a flashlight and look up inside your fireplace flue to make sure the damper opens and closes properly. Open the damper and look up into the flue to make sure it’s free of birds’ nests, branches and leaves, or other obstructions. You should see daylight at the top of the chimney.
Check the firebox for cracked or missing bricks and mortar. If you spot any damage, order a professional fireplace and chimney inspection. An inspection costs $79 to $500.
You fireplace flue should be cleaned of creosote buildup every other year. A professional chimney sweep will charge $150 to $250 for the service.


16 Charlotte area fall festivals to put on your calendar

September marks the start of one of the best times in Charlotte: festival season. As the weather cools, you’ve got outdoor options just about every weekend. Load up on fried food, carnival rides and local art.

Matthews Alive

Dates: September 2-5
Location: Stumptown Park, 120 S. Trade St.
Details: Admission is free. Festival offers family games, rides and activities as well as food and entertainment. All proceeds support Matthews-based schools and nonprofits.
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Yiasou Greek Festival

Dates: September 8-11
Location: Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Cathedral, 600 East Blvd.
Details: Tickets are $3, but kids 12 and under are free. One of Charlotte’s premier festivals for good reason. Step inside for choral performances, lectures and cathedral tours or stay outdoors for food, entertainment, rides and games.
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Cabarrus County Fair

Dates: September 9-17
Location: Cabarrus Arena & Events Center, 4751 N.C. Highway 49 North
Details: Tickets range from $3.25 to $7.50, and children 5 years old and younger are free. Rides, fair food, petting zoo, a youth horse show and chainsaw art are among the attractions.
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Eat From a Truck Festival

Dates: September 10
Location: AvidXchange Music Factory, 1000 NC Music Factory Blvd.
Details: Billing itself as the largest food truck festival in the Carolinas, more than 100 local and regional food trucks will converge. Tickets are $10 for general admission and $25 for VIP. Trucks will be offering a $4 food option.
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Downtown Davidson Arts Festival

Dates: September 17
Location: Downtown Davidson
Details: Free. Browse work by local artists, sample beer/wine, enjoy live music. Kids art area included.
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Festival of India

Dates: September 17-18
Location: Belk Theater, 130 N. Tryon St.
Details: Children younger than 10 are free. Tickets are $6 in advance or $7 at the door. Sponsored by the India Association of Charlotte, it features performances, art and a “Charlotte Idol” contest.
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Festival in the Park

Dates: September 23-25
Location: Freedom Park
Details: Admission is free. A can’t-miss festival that includes work from local artists, performances, children’s rides and festival food.
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Denver Days

Dates: September 23-24
Location: Rescue Squad Park, Denver
Details: Free. Rides, entertainment, food, local craft and artisan vendors and a corn hole tournament.
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UNC Charlotte International Festival

Dates: September 24
Location: Free. UNC Charlotte Student Activity Center, 9201 University City Blvd.
Details: Browse booths that represent cultures from more than 50 nations. Arts, crafts and costumes are featured.
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Indian Trail Cultural Arts Festival

Dates: September 24
Location: Chestnut Square Park, 320 Chestnut Parkway
Details: Free. Artists, food and family activities.
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Hola Charlotte Festival

Dates: October 1
Location: North Tryon Street and West 6th Street
Details: Free. Charlotte’s official Hispanic Heritage Festival. Cultural exhibits, food and other displays.
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Pineville Fall Fest

Dates: October 14-15
Location: Downtown Pineville
Details: Music, craft vendors, rides, food, games and a pie eating contest are all featured.
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Apple Harvest Festival

Date: October 15
Location: Windy Hill Orchard, 1860 Black Highway, York, S.C.
Details: Check back for ticket information. This 23rd annual festival includes hard and regular cider, hayrides and apple doughnuts.