Eclipsing Fun… @ Cheri’s?

What a weekend…

Two of my girls turned four years old, and my oldest turned eight. They (we) have the best friends in the world to have put up with all of the Happy Birthday’ness. Are there worse things? Yes. Of course. I’m just sayin’ this was a weekend full of Jones girls, and Jennifer and I are very appreciative to have such awesome participation.

That said…

I think America went damn nuts Monday on this whole eclipse thing. Guess what? We did too and didn’t even mean to.

Monday morning we did nothing. Didn’t know what to do, actually. We debated and debated and finally took our world to Hickory Tavern with a friend family of ours and shook our heads at the world around us. No real traffic, or big crowds anywhere, but people hanging out in random patches of grass in beach chairs and on towels. We didn’t ‘get it.’

Fast forward and we mozy back to our neighborhood, planning to go to a cul de sac party. It starts raining. It’s 2:30 PM. No big deal, until it is. Tracy Wright says, “Come on. Let’s go somewhere. Franklin, you comin’?”

A minivan of eight confused people who ten minutes before didn’t give a flip anything were ripping out of the neighborhood and pick a side to shoot up or down I-77 (North or South). We chose the Forest Drive route.

At this point, out of nowhere, we are star chasers.

Jen, Tracy, and I murmur to one another, “Weren’t we the one’s talking about people sitting in the Target parking lot and we’re going to end up at Wal-Mart’s?”

With only a few minutes to spare Jennifer pulls on the shoulder of the exit ramp. I thought to myself, “This is exactly what the people we’ve been rolling our eyes at for a month told us NOT to do.” I’m looking through the sunroof and can see the sun. Right side van door opens.

Tracy and I notice the GM that had followed us from our neighborhood was still behind us. She goes, “Who’s that.” The car is immediately in front of us and I see the decal, “Sea Hunt Boats.” I go, “Oh, that’s Carrie.” Next car, has the same sticker. “That’s Carrie. ‘That’ was Joel!”

Van door closes and we’re now in hot pursuit, Honda Odyssey style.

Not sayin, just sayin…if you had seen the two cars we were now chasing you’d a thought we were following a domestic dispute. As they turned the left onto Forest Drive I told the van, “Wth? Carrie is trying to pass his a**!”

As time was running out we almost turned into a three car vehicular accordion as we made the right turn into Cheri’s Barber Shop. No one shut their doors as we all jumped out and had our own adrenaline filled, fun, ‘we made it,’ eclipse party.

We got juuust in front of the rain cloud and all saw the entire thing. Full Corona, diamond ring, the whole thing. It was great fun, worth it, and now a story three families will remember for a long time.

If you’re thinking the pic above is a little awkward, here’s why; As everyone now knows the glasses black everything out. So, we don’t know what or who we’re looking at (pic was taken after ‘totality,’ btw). I can’t see anything and don’t even know where the kids are. Further, Jennifer is holding Ivey up, I’m holding Jennifer up, and her balance is holding me up (I’m not trying to touch her boobie). Truth out, we’re not even facing the right damn way. The sun is behind us haha.

All this said it was a great moment and a great weekend. Finley even got an early, extra rendition of “Happy Birthday!”

Thank You!

Franklin Jones

SOLD In Your Neighborhood!

Caveman Time @ Our Hizz.

Some time ago my awesome friend and client, Charlie, had a night or two to himself. His awesome wife took their kids to the beach or something, which left him in Columbia to ‘fend’ for himself. For some reason we got on the phone when he said, “Yeah, brotha. They all gone. It’s an eat the fat night at my house.”

I’ve not forgotten the quote in over five years and actually share it often. He’s a great husband, dad, and family man, but he recognized the moment and verbalized it in a fashion millions of dudes can relate. After all, there aren’t many fellas that wouldn’t want to go all Fred Flinstone on a thick piece of red meat with no one around to judge.

Fast forward to tonight…

Jennifer left for the beach with all the girls and I had a thick slab of cow in the fridge.

I’m not one to post food pics on social media but I thought this was worth a few paragraphs.

Thank you!

I need a nap.

Franklin

Davant @ King’s Grant; 29209.

Heads Up to clients and blog readers! 38 Davant Place in King’s Grant Neighborhood hits the market Wednesday!

‘Davant’ has 3,450 square feet with 4 bedrooms and 4.5 baths. This good looking, all brick home features, among other things, an updated kitchen and master bath! The owner’s suite is on the main level, along with a 2nd bedroom.

King’s Grant Neighborhood is replete with amenities; The only Downtown Columbia neighborhood with 24 hour gated security, large swimming pool (and team), clubhouse, newly surfaced lighted tennis courts, two playgrounds, small soccer field, winding creeks, paved & unpaved walking trails, ponds filled with fish/turtles/ducks, whitetail deer galore, and a frequently seen blue heron honorary resident.

Further, Davant Place is arguably one of the most popular streets in KG.

One other major point of information is that 38 Davant Pl. and King’s Grant feed into the award winning Brennen, Crayton, A.C. Flora school zone.

If you would like to know more about 38 Davant, please call 803-220-4447 or email Franklin@MyColumbiaHome.com or Amanda@MyColumbiaHome.com. As you know, the home is a pleasure to show and we’re never more than a few minutes away.

In case you’re wondering why I don’t have a pic of the house at the top of this post is because I don’t have any! Yikes! A few weeks ago I bought a new laptop and I can’t get to Amy’s pics because I don’t know the password access to our Dropbox account. Coming soon, though!!!

Thank you!

Franklin Jones

Newest HotSheet Right Here!

This edition of The HotSheet includes the most recent homes to hit Downtown Columbia, SC’s real estate market in the last two weeks. As of 2:54 AM, the fastest site in the industry is featuring 76 new listings for sale.

The areas include the zips 29201, 29204, 29205, 29206, and 29209, within a price range of $100,000 to $Zillion. Remember!!… No big deal if you don’t want to ‘register’ to look deeper at a particular property. Simply type in my initials or the word “Blog” (or whatever you can think of “Cocks,” “Tigers”), and shoot in a random email address in the field. Even if you don’t want to register or ‘poser register,’ you can still get a good glimpse of what’s new to the market by simply scrolling around the Gallery Page.

If you or anyone you know would like more information about any of these Downtown properties for sale, or if you’re interested in putting your home on the market, please call 803-447-8683 or email Franklin@MyColumbiaHome.com or Amanda@MyColumbiaHome.com

Happy clicking and Thank you!!

Franklin Jones

Congrats Elizabeth! Big Week!

It’s been a busy couple of weeks! We had a flurry of closings and some good houses are about to hit the market. That said, Elizabeth W. Ross had an awesome week of closings. Of all her transactions, most folks won’t know about two of them unless they read this blog, or look them up specifically.

Check it:

1 – 3646 Tomaka @ Heathwood – $737,000.

2 – 34 Katherine Park @ Lake Katherine – $426,000.

Congratulations to the buyers and sellers of these properties in a couple of Downtown Columbia’s favorite neighborhoods…and Elizabeth Ross!

Just keeping you in the know!

Thank you!

Franklin Jones

Open House List; 7/29-7/30

A few weeks ago I found a tab on our site that allowed a search for Open Houses. This tab was not available in this market until a few months ago when, apparently, our local MLS changed its rules about the feed that goes out.

That said, now that it’s available, I’m going to try to pump out the Open House list every Friday or Saturday. Currently, the list is showing 79 Open Houses this weekend. This number will fluctuate as Realtors add to the list.

Same rules apply as The Hotsheet. If you don’t want to “register,” or poser register (put in a fake email and/or phone number), you can at least enjoy the Gallery Page.

I hope you enjoy this and have fun looking around!

Thank you!

Franklin Jones

“A Disney Village In Shandon.”

Not All Town Homes Are The Same. #SimsAlley !!
A few days ago we put this awesome Shandon town home on the market. As many of you know, there aren’t many opportunities to purchase a town home in popular Shandon “proper.” For starters, it’s the corner of Wheat & Sims. #HeartofShandon #PrimoLocation

When most folks think of “Sim’s Alley,” they immediately associate the half block development with the wooden carports surrounded by a gray fence. IMO, “the fence” does Sims Alley an injustice, as, while it’s nice, the fence hides what’s really there. Once people walk into the opening it’s a whole ‘nother experience. Just ask my wife….She was STUNNED! The azaleas are full and tremendous, and the wide cobblestone walkways are a fun surprise.

Here’s how one buyer’s agent described it a few years ago…”Wow, Franklin. It’s like a Disney Village in Shandon. Every step I expect a Dinsey character to pop out of the bushes.”

Pretty good visual!

1 Sims Alley may be the best-positioned town home in the whole place. If you’ll click the link and browse the pics, you’ll see what I’m talking about.  #1 is an end unit, which means it’s only steps away from the coveted covered parking. Further still, the courtyard is AWESOME! Further, #1 is on the Wilmot Ave. side of the complex, which equates to super-convenient additional street parking.

If you or anyone you know would like to live in a low maintenance, premiere Shandon town home, please call 803-447-8683 or email franklin@mycolumbiahome.com or amanda@mycolumbiahome.com .

#1 Sims Alley is a pleasure to show and we’re never more than a few minutes away.

Thank  you!

Franklin Jones

Check The Newest HotSheet!

This edition of The HotSheet includes the most recent homes to hit Downtown Columbia, SC’s real estate market in the last two weeks. As of 2:30 AM, the fastest site in the industry is featuring 99 new listings for sale.

The areas include the zips 29201, 29204, 29205, 29206, and 29209, within a price range of $100,000 to $Zillion. Remember!!… No big deal if you don’t want to ‘register’ to look deeper at a particular property. Simply type in my initials or the word “Blog” (or whatever you can think of “Cocks,” “Tigers”), and shoot in a random email address in the field. Even if you don’t want to register or ‘poser register,’ you can still get a good glimpse of what’s new to the market by simply scrolling around the Gallery Page.

If you or anyone you know would like more information about any of these Downtown properties for sale, or if you’re interested in putting your home on the market, please call 803-447-8683 or email Franklin@MyColumbiaHome.com or Amanda@MyColumbiaHome.com

Happy clicking and Thank you!!

Franklin Jones

Open House List; 7/23-7/24.

A couple of weekends ago I was looking for the Open House section of the Sunday edition of the newspaper. When I found it, I was a little surprised to see how short the list was.

After doing some research, I found a tab on our site that allowed a search for Open Houses. This tab was not available in this market until a few months ago when, apparently, our local MLS changed its rules about the feed that goes out.

That said, now that it’s available, I’m going to try to pump out the Open House list every Friday or Saturday. Currently the list is showing 72 Open Houses this weekend. This number will fluctuate as Realtors add to the list.

There was some discussion about doing this that went something like this, “Buddy, do you want to guide/introduce your readers and clients to other Realtors?” I told them I’m good with it. After all, I’d rather provide knowledge anywhere I’m able.

Same rules apply as The Hotsheet. If you don’t want to “register,” or poser register (put in a fake email and/or phone number), you can at least enjoy the Gallery Page.

I hope you enjoy this and have fun looking around!

Thank you!

Franklin Jones