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PianoWall1As with most career paths, if you stick around long enough you begin to notice things (hopefully, right?). As we market and close real estate, and facilitate the moving of furniture around the Midlands, I’ve seen one item, time and again, confound the buyer and seller in the same transaction; a piano.

In the age of the iPod who appreciates the piano? If you’re moving into a Shandon bungalow or Forest Acres ranch style home, where are you going to put it? The ‘living room,’ which is the biggest room in the house? If you have a 50′ flatty to put on the wall, the answer is, “No.”

Further still, what if you have grandmother’s baby grand? Do you buy a house around the piano? Do you rent a storage facility near the stadium because you just can’t let it go?

How bout hang it on the wall? OK, insert disclaimer here; I’m not musically inclined, and I’m not a person who puts his nose in a 1,000 page book. So I started thinking. What if you put family pics in your new ‘art,’ or cut mirrors and placed them in the back to project and magnify depth? How ’bout frame menus from your favorite restaurants from around the world? I like it.

While I haven’t appreciated a good book in a long time and can’t carry a tune, I do enjoy a clever idea and good conversation piece. That said, here’s my best expansion of an already good idea; Double your hollowed out hanging piano as a wine rack. I would use a sleek, black baby grand…keys and all.

I’m not much of a project person either but may have to run this by Jennifer and see how it flies. Hmmm…

Seems like a win/win/win; Solve a space dilemma, preserve an treasure, and have something kinda cool.



Charleston Style @ Shandon – 29205.


In the next day or two you will see the house in the pic above enter Columbia's real estate market. Many folks that live Downtown will instantly recognize the light blue Charleston style house with the double porches at the corner of Blossom St. and … [Continue reading]

Coming Soon In Forest Hills.


It's 3:21AM so I can't type too many details, but wanted to make sure and give readers a heads up before I wrapped up for the day/night. A 5,000+/- home with 5 bedrooms and 5 full baths in the Satchel Ford Elementary school zone will be coming to … [Continue reading]

“Brothel Rule” & Real Estate Sales.


Monday morning I read a headline that caught my attention. It had to do with a little known 'rule' that has to do with how many unrelated people can live in a single family home. I say "little known rule" because I'd guess 90% of the folks that ask … [Continue reading]

Downtown HotSheet; 11.24.14 – 12.08.14.


This edition of The HotSheet includes the most recent homes to hit Downtown Columbia, SC’s real estate market between 11/24/14 and 12/08/14. As of 1:34AM it was updated 110 minutes ago and showed 29 new listings. The areas include the zips 29201, … [Continue reading]

Saluda-Wales Garden…Coming Soon!


Heads up on this sharp house that's set to hit the market this week or next. 413 Saluda Avenue in Wales Garden features four full bedrooms and 2.5 baths. I'll post again as we fill in the details, but asking price looks to be $449,900. If you … [Continue reading]

Junior League’s Holiday Market Is A Big Deal.


No matter how early big box retailers put out their blinking green and red displays and “Gray Thursday/Black Friday/Cyber Monday” notwithstanding, many Midland's residents consider the Junior League of Columbia’s Holiday Market as the unofficial … [Continue reading]

Smoked Turkey, Easy & Awesome.


A few days ago a teammate and I were in conversation about the long weekend coming up. While I always have a hard time being away from the office for more than a weekend or so, I've learned that holidays aren't about what I want to do, they are about … [Continue reading]

Zillow Needs More Real Estate.


Interesting industry stuff from my friends at www.Inman.com . FJ Zillow Taking 5 More Floors In Seattle High-Rise Trulia moving ahead with its own expansion plans as acquisition by Zillow looms Paul Hagey If brick-and-mortar investments are … [Continue reading]

Vacant Land Tops HotSheet.


This edition of this blog’s most popular subject, The HotSheet, includes the most recent homes to hit Columbia, SC’s real estate market within the last 2 weeks. Per the back end of the site, as of 2:39AM it was updated only 172 minutes ago. The … [Continue reading]