Lake George “Slice of Heaven”

One of the best Lake George lots! This beautifully landscaped lot includes over 150′ of lakefront on 2.95 acres, front part of lot is approximately 2 wooded acres providing great privacy and winding gravel driveway. Armstrong Builders, custom built in 2007, a one of a kind 3 bedroom, 2 bath home with 2672 living square feet and CBS(Concrete Block Stucco) construction. Walking up the sidewalk to front door you will see stacked stone accent wall with copper awning, covered front tiled porch with round columns and double entry door. Very popular open floor plan with dramatic vaulted foyer includes window/skylight and chandelier. Formal dining room to the right overlooks large living room with vaulted ceilings, stacked stone gas fireplace with custom mantel and built-in bookcases. Living room has 3 large sliders providing lots of natural sunlight and stunning Lake George views. Kitchen is spacious in size with granite counters, custom wood cabinets featuring lazy suzan, pull out spice racks on both sides range and Kohler faucet. Appliances included are stainless steel; Jenn-Air Pro style duel fuel stove(gas burners and electric oven, includes grilling attachment), side by side fridge, dishwasher and microwave. Also a nicely sized breakfast nook has gorgeous views of Lake George and open covered rear porch. Home features include, Brazilian walnut wood flooring in main areas and 3rd bedroom, ceramic tile in kitchen, breakfast nook & bathrooms. Main bedroom also has beautiful views of Lake George with 3 large windows, tray ceiling, large walk-in closet plus separate linen closet. Main bathroom has double sinks plus sit-down vanity area, large soaking tub and glass enclosed shower and privacy toilet. Bedroom 2 features bay window view of front yard, 3rd bedroom/office has vaulted ceilings and large 7’x11′ closet. Guest bathroom features granite counters, wood cabinets and Kohler cast iron tub. The laundry room is nicely sized with linen closet in hallway. HVAC in 2017 and home is equipped with Generac whole house generator. Also, salt water softner system and irrigation with 8 zones to keep this beautiful St Augustine lawn super green + wonderful landscaping.

Dock is 254′ and was originally built in 2009. Approximately 70′ of dock deck boards were replaced in 2020. Bulkhead/seawall  was built in 2012. Covered rear porch overlooks 20’x40′ concrete patio with huge grand daddy oak trees providing lots of shade and cool breezes with beautiful lake views. Custom built stone wall at waters edge with cement block steps leading to dock enhances the “Life-on-the-Lake” lifestyle. There is detached oversized 4 garage spaces(3 in front and one on side: short boat, lawn mower, etc.) with 1050 square feet with lots of room for vehicles and storage. Garage has 110/220 power and water, plus additional fenced area for small boats, equipment and more.

Lake George is the 2nd largest lake in state of Florida with 46,000 acres of water and connected on North and South end by the St. Johns River. The St. Johns River is the longest river in Florida, flowing 310 miles north from its Headwaters at Blue Cypress Lake in Indian River County to its mouth where it empties in to the Atlantic ocean east of Jacksonville. From this property it is short boat ride to Salt Springs Run(swim site, boat rentals and campground), Silver Glen Springs(swim site and canoe/kayak rentals), Juniper run( swim site, canoe rental) and many restaurants(Bass Champions Seafood, Square Meal, Odd Todds Mexican, Papa Joes BBQ, Salt Springs pizza and entertainment(Cactus Jacks, Boondocks, 88) and shopping(grocery store, Dollar General, Hardware, Laundry)nearby. Located in the heart of the Ocala National Forest, Salt Springs is also home to miles and miles of ATV/SxS, Horseback and hiking trails. Great fishing year round in the many lakes, rivers, forest ponds, and don’t forget about the excellent hunting too. Only short 40 minute drive to Ocala or Palatka for all your needs.

Asking Price $695,000

 

Albritton Lake 1.3 Acre Home

Bring the kayak and canoes for this beautiful grassy Albritton Lake. Albritton Lake is approximately 60+/- acres and is great for birdwatching or awesome sunsets.

Originally built in 1998 this 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom precast concrete home is 1,756 living square feet with 1.3 acres with approx 60′ of waterfront. Wood picket fence and covered front porch welcomes you. Entering the living room you will see engineered hardwood floors, cathedral ceiling, decoration/plant shelf and dining area just off the Kitchen(All new; tile floors, quartz countertops, stainless appliances). Kitchen is galley style with oak cabinets, pantry and breakfast nook. Main bedroom is spacious in size with walk in closet. Main bathroom is like new with garden tub, glazed tile, new vanity and granite top. Guest bedrooms are cozy and guest bathroom has steel tub, tile surround and updated with new: vanity, granite top, toilet, tile. Inside laundry is located just off the kitchen. Enclosed garage with window/wall unit is included in the living square feet. There are two additional rooms, 374 square feet, on rear of the home with mini split for heat and air, that could easily be used as living area; plus an 11’x14′ unfinished storage room. Additional updates include new HVAC, Roof 2017, interior doors replaced. Outside; fresh paint, gutters and downspouts, wood storage shed, water softner(salt), 4″ well & privacy fencing.   

Located minutes to downtown Fort McCoy with grocery store, doctor office, pharmacy, hardware, gas station, pizza delivery and more. Close to Silver Springs which is great for kayaking, boating and outdoor activities. Ocala is just another 20 minutes away with Walmart, Lowes, Bealls, Outback and many more of your favorite shopping and  restaurants. Gainesville(Home of Florida Gators) is only 50 minutes to downtown. If you’re a fisherman, hunter or simply love hiking, canoeing or kayaking you are in luck! Minutes to Ocklawaha River, Rodman Reservoir boat ramp, Ocala National Forest and many natural springs(Salt Springs, Silver Glen Springs, Juniper Springs), horseback and walking trails, and off road vehicle trails awaits your explorations. One of a kind property and location! Ready for new owners!

ASKING PRICE $260,000

 

 

Hidden Treasure!

15495 NE 239 Lane Fort McCoy, FL 32134

LIST PRICE $ 68,000

Don’t miss this “Hidden Treasure” tucked away in the woods with almost no neighbors. This .60 acre property feels like a walk in the park with beautiful natural manicured landscaping. The original main home was built in 1988 w/ 640 living sq ft and 8’x22′ front porch. Home is currently ready for future renovations, however Bathroom has been completed and includes window HVAC unit as well. In addition to the main home is an apartment living area of 10’x20 w/ small kitchen(stovetop, fridge and sink) and toilet. There is an outside shower and covered front porch for relaxing in the shade and watching all of the birds and squirrels. She shed is neat and clean with electric, water, attached green house, enclosed storage for well/pump and equipment. 20’x20′ concrete slab is perfect for parking your toys or using for a pad to do work or have party with friends and family. The property bordering to the North was recently purchased by the state and in future is going to be state park(not sure of intended use). Love riding SxS, 4 wheelers? The Ocala National Forest Trails…are just a short ride up the dirt road to access miles and miles and miles of fun.    

Located short drive to downtown Fort McCoy with grocery store, doctor office, pharmacy, hardware, gas station, pizza delivery and more. Close to Silver Springs which is great for kayaking, boating and outdoor activities. Ocala is just another 20 minutes away with Walmart, Lowes, Bealls, Outback and many more of your favorite shopping and  restaurants. If you’re a fisherman, hunter or simply love hiking, canoeing or kayaking you are in luck! Minutes to Ocklawaha River, Rodman Reservoir boat ramp, Ocala National Forest and many natural springs(Salt Springs, Silver Glen Springs, Juniper Springs), horseback and walking trails, and off road vehicle trails awaits your explorations. Located in the heart of the Ocala National Forest w/ beautiful Salt Springs 20 minutes away with swim area, boat launch and short ride to Lake George and the St. Johns River. Salt Springs is also home to miles and miles of ATV/SxS, Horseback and hiking trails. Great fishing year round in the many lakes, rivers and forest ponds, and don’t forget about the excellent hunting too. One of a kind property and location! Ready for new owners!

Household Budget & Money Saving Tips

Running a household is an expensive affair, but there are lots of things that you can do to minimize the costs. Lowering your expenses helps you stay within your budget and save for goals like buying a house or adding to your retirement income. Here are eight ways to reduce household expenses.

Bundle Your Services
Have internet, phone, and cable service? Move all of your accounts to one provider, and you could save $20 or more per month. Ask your current providers about bundling offers or visit ​allconnect.com to determine which company is offering the best service bundle in your area, then make the switch and save.
Cut Back on Extras
Do you really need unlimited data on your phone? How about the premium cable or satellite package that you subscribe to? Are you subscribed to multiple streaming services? You could alternate between them instead so you’re only subscribed to one or two at a time. Examine your list of monthly expenses, and determine what you can live without.
Clip Coupons and Shop Sales
Groceries can take a big bite out of a budget, but they don’t have to take a big bite out of yours. To reign in your grocery spending, start clipping coupons and shopping sales. If you’re a first-time couponer, you could save 15% or more. With time, that could increase to as much as 50%. Keep in mind that couponing only makes sense for items you would buy anyway. If you’re buying items you don’t usually shop for, it defeats the purpose.
Most retailers have sales periodically, but some sales are predictable. For example, summer clothes tend to go on sale by August to make room for fall items. Black Friday through Cyber Monday tends to be a good time to buy electronics.
Slash Your Insurance Premiums
Insurance is essential but costly. Shop around for a better auto insurance rate and you may shave hundreds of dollars off of your current premium. Can’t find a better rate? Talk to your current provider to see if there are discounts that you are missing out on. For example, they may offer a discount for having multiple policies, a ​good student discount, and/or a good driver discount. For even more savings, consider increasing your deductible or canceling comprehensive and collision coverage on older vehicles. If you have homeowner’s or renter’s insurance, be sure to review those policies as well.
Get Energy Smart
Do you dread opening your utility bills each month? If so, there’s a lot that you can do to reduce your bill.
  • Install a smart thermostat and set it to run less when no one is home
  • Turn off lights when they aren’t in use
  • Wash your laundry in cold water
  • Turn down the temperature on your hot water heater
  • Only buy ​Energy Star appliances

Start looking around, and you’ll find many ways to reduce your energy consumption and energy bills.

Seek Cheap Thrills
You don’t have to spend a lot of money to have fun, so examine your entertainment spending and see if there are places where you can make cuts. Could you stream movies instead of seeing them in the theater? Enjoy free concerts instead of paid concerts? Check out books at the library instead of buying them? Go on a picnic instead of eating out? Challenge yourself to have more fun for less money—every little bit adds up.
Pay Your Bills on Time
In the habit of paying your bills late? If so, you’re probably paying more than you need to. Start paying your bills on time and say goodbye to late fees and rate hikes.
One option for ensuring your bills are paid on time is using autopay. If your budget is too tight for autopay, consider using calendar reminders to prompt you to pay your bills. If you have access to bill pay through your bank, consider setting it up to make paying bills faster and easier.
Learn How to Do More Yourself
Develop your DIY skills so you can keep your home well maintained without all those pricey service calls. Consider learning tasks like handling clogs, lawn care, painting interior and exterior walls and more.
If home cooking isn’t your thing, consider learning. Try one or two simple recipes per week to build up your skills and confidence.

Functional Spaces at Home

10 Ways to Make a Room More Functional

  1. Maximize vertical space
    Take advantage of wall height by adding tall bookcases, cabinets or shelves, or by hanging hooks for jackets in the hallway, separate office or study, add a desk in a corner of a bedroom or living room, preferably under a window to take advantage of the natural light and to keep your back turned from distractions like the TV and bed.
  2. Keep traffic paths clear
    Avoid bumping into furniture by creating an efficient layout. Make direct paths to commonly used zones and leave enough space to manoeuvre around each piece of furniture. 
  3. Control clutter
    Get rid of items you no longer need or use, deal with paperwork as it comes in, file important items in labelled folders or boxes, and return everything to its original place when you’re done with it.
  4. Add storage
    Store like items – such as cleaning products or bathroom supplies – in labelled boxes or plastic bins. For particularly unkempt areas, purchase storage options like an over-the-door rack to get shoes off the floor, or a closet-size second shelving unit to stash seasonal clothing.
  5. Create a nook
    If you don’t have the luxury of a separate office or study, add a desk in a corner of a bedroom or living room, preferably under a window to take advantage of the natural light and to keep your back turned from distractions like the TV and bed. 
  6. Use a room for what it’s intended
    Keep the children’s toys in their bedrooms or playroom and out of the living room, do paperwork or homework in a home office or den – not the dining room – and move all of your craft or woodworking projects out of the kitchen and down into the basement or crafts room.
  7. Store items in the rooms in which they’re used
    Keep table linens in the dining room, books and magazines in the den, dish towels in the kitchen, and detergent in the laundry room.
  8. Purchase double-duty furnishings
    Select pieces that are versatile, such as a coffee table with a shelf for magazines and books, a lighting for reading, eating or writing, and for setting the mood.
  9. Have multiple table surfaces
    Rather than having to get out of your chair every time you want a sip of coffee, make sure that there are enough surfaces within arm’s reach of living room seating to hold items such as drinks, books, table lamps and reading glasses.
  10. Purchase efficient lighting
    Ensure that your space has table lamps, floor lamps and other lighting for reading, eating or writing, and for setting the mood.

Thanks for reading!

Questions To Ask When Buying Homeowners Insurance

For many homebuyers, property insurance is a detail, a box to be checked off on the way to closing. But details are important and missteps can be expensive. Purchasing insurance may not be as fun as choosing new furniture and paint colors, but it’s a critical part of the homebuying process. Your homeowners insurance policy is a financial safety net in case of a disaster, so you’ll want to ask a few important questions to make sure you have the coverage you need at a price you can afford.

What’s the dwelling coverage per square foot?

Imagine that a fire burned your house to the ground and your policy didn’t pay out enough to rebuild it. That could happen if your dwelling coverage – the part of your policy that covers the structure of your home – is too low.

To prevent this, don’t simply accept the initial dwelling coverage amount an insurance company recommends. “Insurance companies use replacement cost calculators, but they’re not 100% accurate by any means,” says Ryan Andrew, president of The Andrew Agency, an independent insurance agency serving Virginia, Maryland and Washington, D.C.

For a more accurate estimate, ask your insurer to send someone to your house for a replacement evaluation, suggests Amy Bach, executive director of United Policyholders, a nonprofit that advocates for insurance consumers. You can also ask a local builder who specializes in new construction to estimate your home’s rebuilding cost per square foot.

Once you’ve chosen an appropriate dwelling limit, consider adding extended replacement cost coverage to your policy. With this coverage, your insurer will pay 10% to 50% more than your dwelling coverage amount to help you rebuild. This could save you thousands of dollars if building prices spike for unforeseen reasons such as a lumber shortage or high demand after a disaster.

A typically pricier option, guaranteed replacement cost coverage, will pay to rebuild your home regardless of expense.

Do I have multiple deductibles?

Homeowners may not realize that on some policies, higher deductibles may apply for claims due to wind, hail, named storms or other disasters.

For example, say a hurricane causes wind damage to your roof. Your insurance policy might have a wind deductible worth 5% of your dwelling coverage rather than the $1,000 deductible that applies to most other claims, Andrew says. So if your house were covered for $250,000, you’d have to pay for the first $12,500 of damage before your insurer paid anything.

Getting quotes from multiple insurers may help you reduce or eliminate these high deductibles.

What isn’t covered?

You might be unpleasantly surprised by your policy’s exclusions. “Flood insurance, which is excluded on almost all homeowners policies, is definitely a big one,” Andrew says, adding that this is especially important for homeowners with finished basements.

Even houses that aren’t near a body of water could experience flooding during heavy downpours, Andrew says, and a standard homeowners policy is unlikely to cover any damage.

You can buy flood insurance through companies that participate in the National Flood Insurance Program. The program’s average flood claim payout was $52,000 in 2019.

Andrew also suggests adding water backup coverage to your policy. This pays for damage due to water backing up into your house from sewer lines, sump pumps or other water lines.

Another common coverage gap involves keeping up with current building laws. “If you have to make improvements when you’re repairing or replacing (your home) because the codes have changed since your house was built, a typical policy will exclude that,” Bach says. Though this can be particularly expensive for older homes, “even a house that was built five years ago is out of code,” Andrew says.

Both Bach and Andrew recommend adding ordinance or law coverage to your policy to handle these expenses.

How can I save?

While having the right coverage is generally more important than paying the bare minimum, there are discounts to make your policy more affordable. Andrew suggests buying your car, homeowners and other insurance through the same company to take advantage of bundling discounts, which can save you 20% or more.

“The best way to bring down the price without sacrificing coverage is to raise your deductible,” Bach says. Being willing to pay for smaller repairs yourself rather than filing claims will help keep your premiums low.

If you’re confused about coverage and discounts, reach out to an insurance agent to talk through your options. “Take a little extra time to understand what it is that you’re purchasing,” Andrew says. “For most people a house is the most expensive asset they have.”

Borders Ocala National Forests

24985 NE 188th Lane, Fort McCoy

Hard to find .89 acre property bordering the Ocala National Forests. Located minutes to Lake Delancy Campground day use area and short drive too off road trails for Jeeps, Side-by-Sides and 4 wheelers. Salt Springs Campground and Run are 10 minutes away and St. Johns River is close by as well. The mobile home was built in 1972 and does need work but there are good bones there to work with. Home is 2 bedrooms, 1 bathroom and 732 living square feet with 10’x33′ addition on the front. Home and addition show signs of roof leak and seller said no leaks at this time. Garage is 36’x28′ enclosed with two garage doors and includes power panel, with a 18’x19′ carport attached. Lot size has plenty of room for RV or 5th wheel with two entrances.     

Located in the heart of the Ocala National Forest w/ beautiful Salt Springs swim area, boat launch and short ride to Lake George and the St. Johns River. Salt Springs is also home to miles and miles of ATV/SxS, Horseback and hiking trails. Great fishing year round in the many lakes, rivers and forest ponds, and don’t forget about the excellent hunting too. Close to local shopping including grocery store, Dollar General, hardware, gas station, great restaurants, entertainment and more. Only short 30 minute drive to Ocala or Palatka for all your needs.

 

Location, Location!

Only 20 minute drive to Ocala and 30 minute drive to Gainesville.

1700 NE 162nd Street Citra, FL 32113

LIST PRICE $92,900 

Citra Highlands is paved road subdivision located in NE Marion County with easy, close access to 301/441. This 2001 Manufactured home is 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms with 1188 living square feet.  As you arrive you will notice oversized .38 acre fenced lot with double entry gates, home has metal roof, landscape and 18’x21′ metal workshop. The home is warm and inviting with lots of custom upgrades and built-ins maximizing the space with additional storage and features. Living room has cathedral ceilings which carry over into cozy kitchen(all appliances are included) with eat-in-dining area and inside laundry area just off kitchen. Main bedroom is spacious in size, with carpet, ceiling fan and large windows for natural light. Main bath has double sinks, extra storage and shower has been updated with tile surround and wood accents. Both guest bedrooms are nicely sized and guest bathroom includes tub/shower combo. Outside rear door is concrete paved area with shade screen and overlooks above ground pool, small pond and aquaponic garden, run by solar panels. There is also additional shade cover used for vehicle parking and privacy fenced area for all your supplies and personal items to be hidden and tucked away.

Citra, Florida is known as the home of the pineapple orange, (originally called the Hickory orange) a name coined in 1883 for an orange (fruit) with an aroma reminiscent of the pineapple. Citra has two buildings on the National Register of Historic Places: The Citra Methodist Episcopal Church and the Armstrong House. It is home to a University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences plant research facility. Some funs things to do include visiting Animal Rescue Sanctuary or stop by The Orange Shop for fresh squeezed Florida Orange Juice or some cool merchandise. Skunkie Acres offers horse back riding and every local loves visiting Crones Cradle Conserve with great outdoor gardens and country store full of local homemade foods and stuff. Located just short drive to Ocala or Gainesville, don’t miss this great property surrounded by horse country. 

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March Newsletter

It is officially March and the start to a new month!

In the March issue of our newsletter you will find events this month, featured listings, market predictions for 2021, and how to follow us on social media.

Click the attachment to check it out!

Please don’t hesitate to reach out with any of your real estate needs.

March Newsletter

Duke Rountree
Rountree Realty Corp.
Broker / Owner
Call / Text 352-572-1739
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Home Design Trends

There are plenty of reasons to look forward to 2021, especially when it comes to the home. After a year that guided many of us to spend more time at home, the new year is an opportunity to bring comfort and creativity to our living spaces. From calming room ideas to stylish (and smart) approaches to home office design, we are predicting 5 of the biggest interior design trends for 2021.

Grandmillennial Grandeur

“Grandmillennial” (modern takes on granny chic) style might be a surprising trend on the surface (it’s the exact opposite of sleek, modern minimalism) – but it actually fits in well with what we’re currently craving in our homes. Cozy details a la grandma’s house, pretty florals, and elegance definitely have a place in the 2021 design landscape.

Plenty of Plants

It seems like 2020 was the year that many of us went back to the basics (hello, green thumbs) and chances are that these primal habits will continue to grow in 2021 – especially when it comes to indoor plants. Incorporating house plants into your decor can help refresh your air and brighten your mood.

Multi-Functional Spaces

This past year has made many of us rethink how we use our rooms. When spending more time at home, it makes less sense to dedicate whole rooms to just one purpose – especially in smaller spaces. With this is mind, we’re betting that we’ll see creative storage and design solutions to help dining room, living rooms, and bedrooms double up as home offices and workspaces. 

Walls on the Wild Side

When it come to interior design trends, we tend to focus a lot on what’s between our walls, but what about what’s on the walls themselves? While paint is always popular, textured, bold, and unusual finishes like floral wallpaper fabric upholstery or even a living wall can add a fresh feel to our spaces in the year to come.

Earthy Tones

You’ve probably picked up on one of the overarching themes for home decor in the year to come: a return to nature and earthy inspiration. This feeling extends to color trends, as warm, comforting color palettes (think wine reds, golden yellows, and sage greens) take precedence.