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Junior Olympic sized swimming pools. Rows of tennis courts. Walking & jogging trails for miles. Besides outstanding amenities, our Southern slice of heaven includes top rated public and private schools, arts & entertainment for all ages, and neighborhoods nestled among beautifully landscaped greens & gardens. Moving your family to a new town and planting new [...]
After the Move
We often forget that there’s more to a move than the admittedly time-consuming drill of pack-transport-unpack. Setting up a new household, be it solo or for a family, usually means jumping through a seemingly endless array of hoops. Be it connecting new utilities, registering kids for school or ensuring that your home – both previous and present – is ready for habitation requires a certain degree of vigilance and effort. We understand that it can be daunting and offer this – a simple checklist of tasks that may require attention along with some helpful contact information for your convenience. Consider it a housewarming present from us to you. Before the move (if possible) Plan your travel itinerary. Make transportation arrangements and any hotel reservations in advance. Send change of address to post office (with forwarding address), credit cards, subscriptions, friends and family. Contact utility companies in new location to arrange for immediate service. Arrange insurance on new home. Transfer bank account or close your current accounts Service any appliances making the move. Discontinue regular deliveries, utilities, newspapers and garbage collection Obtain copies of or transfer school records. Obtain records from doctors and dentists, including eyeglass prescriptions, […]
Renting Your House Out for Masters
Buying a home in Augusta means more than it does in almost any other city in the country- a HUGE opportunity for a return on investment- from an unexpected source. Masters rental rates are comparable to beach or mountain vacation rentals. There are many elements that influence the cost of a rental, and depending on these factors, you can imagine making tax free income ranging from the cost to rent a house on Lake Thurmond to the cost of renting a mansion in Malibu! In Georgia, there is a tax perk, often referred to as the “Masters Provision” that allows Georgia residents to rent for up to 14 days without paying taxes on rental income. (IMPORTANT to note that the IRS requires all homeowners to be issued a 1099 for compliance.) Rental rates are primarily influenced by how a home is used. A sleeper home with a continental breakfast will rent for less than a home that will be hosting parties. When we are looking for a house for our clients, we are able to narrow our search in half by simply asking what style our homeowners are looking for. Older and more traditional homes are, for […]
Quality Time with Your Kids
Carefree time with a child is one of life’s great joys. McKenzie and I have been spending afternoons together for the past 10 years. Our criteria are simple enough: we have to both enjoy ourselves, it has to be convenient and it has to be free or cheap. Here are some reviews of our favorite places to go. Parks and Play: “Ed Rice” Park aka Creighton Park North Augusta, SC scgreatoutdoors.com/park-creightonpark.html Adjacent to the Living History Park. www.colonialtimes.us Ed Rice, prominent painter, has his studio on Lucerne, overlooking the park, and my kids and I would stop to say “Hi” to him, so the kids began calling the park in his honor. It seems apt. MA: I love this park. There is a big playground there with lots of different things to do, and swings. And a tire swing. And picnic tables. When we were there alone, I used to imagine that the gym was a house. Sometimes I go there with my Dad and our dogs, too. I also love the Living History Park. There isall kinds of stuff to do there. The festivals are lots of fun. Augusta Common Between Broad and Reynolds Streets, west of […]
Eating with your little ones can be a challenge at times. They can be picky, loud, irritated, irritating and down-right difficult. Taking them to a special place where they can be engaged is helpful when you have the time and inclination. Here are a few local places that my sons like, I hope your kids do, too. For breakfast, the Sunrise Grill in North Augusta and Martinez offers a bright atmosphere with specialty pancakes that the kids love. Ruth’s on Washington Road serves a true country breakfast with delicious pancakes as well. They even have smoked sausage – that’s hard to find. Some great locally owned places for lunch or dinner include Fat Man’s Mill Café (Lunch only) at Enterprise Mill. When you are done there, you can go walk through the Canal Museum next door or even take a Petersburg Boat tour down the canal. Downtown on Broad Street, Farm Haus Burgers has specialty burgers and shakes. Nacho Mamas is just down the road serving tex mex in an eclectic environment. The cheese dip is a favorite. Ask them to chop up the chicken in the quesadilla extras fine for little ones – That quesadilla can feed 2 – 3 […]
Living in Greater Augusta is very rewarding for pet lovers. Our area boasts numerous parks, hiking trails, restaurants and businesses for pets and their humans to socialize. From the horses of Aiken to the bird dogs of Waynesboro, we love our animals. Here are a few places we have found that are perfect for spending time with your best friend. In Aiken, sit outside and enjoy a pint at the Aiken Brew Pub or hitch up your horse outside the Pizza Joint. In Downtown Augusta, eat with your pet outside on a nice day at Nacho Mama’s, Whiskey Bar Kitchen, the Bees Knees, Mellow Mushroom or the Pizza Joint. Stillwater Tap Room is dog friendly inside and out. Walking your dog around Broad Street is a fun experience, just remember to clean up after them. On Saturdays, attend the Augusta Market on Riverwalk at 8th Street with your pet. It is an open air market with food, plants, great gifts and produce. You’ll love the casual atmosphere. Shopping with your pet is welcomed at PetSmart, Lowes and Cabellas. Finally, there are a few great parks for you to share with your animal and even a few Dog Parks […]
The river brought the first peoples to this place. Located on the fall line where the piedmont meets the ancient shore at the Sand Hills, the Augusta community began in 1736 as a fur trading post and fort named in honor of Princess Augusta, bride of the Prince of Wales. The American Revolution began less than four decades later; in Augusta and other areas of the backcountry it was, for the most part, a civil war fought between Americans– Patriots and Loyalists. Following the Revolution, Augusta was the capital of Georgia for ten years during which the United States Constitution was ratified by the state. In 1783 Augustans founded the Academy of Richmond County, the first high school in Georgia and one of the oldest in the nation. Throughout the early national and antebellum eras Augusta grew as the marketplace of the surrounding countryside. In the late 18th century tobacco came down river or across tobacco roads. By the 19th century cotton had replaced it. After 1816 steamboats plied the river between Augusta and Savannah and in 1833 the Georgia Railroad was founded to link Augusta with the interior. With the introduction of tobacco and cotton, the plantation system, […]
Arts and Culture
Arts and entertainment options abound in our area—the real question for someone wanting to find something to do around town is “where to start?” From museums to galleries, festivals to films, there’s probably something for everyone. Downtown Augusta has a rich history of entertainment reflected in some magnificent theatres on Broad St. That’s where you’ll find the Imperial Theatre, showing everything from local stage productions, to great regional bluegrass, rock, or soul concerts. If a little improv or maybe an edgier original play is more your speed, local black box theatre Le Chat Noir is always doing something unique. Families love spending time at the Augusta Canal Interpretive Center at Enterprise Mill and taking a tour on one of their electric Petersburg boats. You can’t go wrong visiting the Augusta Museum of History. I love their James Brown exhibit, but with their vast collection, there’s surely something for everyone there. Our town even hosts the Boyhood Home of President Woodrow Wilson, built in 1859. The site is maintained as a historic home you can tour Thursdays through Saturdays. The Morris Museum of Art has a permanent collection spanning antebellum portraits to contemporary works, located on the Riverwalk the museum features […]
Only in Augusta
Augusta is, in many ways, like any other city in the United States. The things we want, the things we look for, the things that feel familiar to us – they are all available. The Greater Augusta Area is as franchised and chained as any city of its size and stature. Fret not. But also like most cities, there are certain things only available here and only available to those in know. Here’s a short list of some of the Augusta-centric treats available locally. Enjoy. Land of Thee T-Shirts – Local creative agency Kruhu started a little side business a couple of years ago printing up Augusta-centric t-shirts. The smart, stylish and often slyly funny shirts are made for – and in – Augusta and have proven pretty popular with the well-heeled. WifeSaver Banana Pudding – Although better known for its fried chicken, this Augusta-only restaurant is also celebrated by those in the know for its distinctive take on this traditional southern dessert. Like the kid in the ad says – Don’t forget the ‘nana puddin’. Berkshire Guitars – This small shop’s near-magical mastery of even the most difficult guitar repairs might keep the doors open, but their custom constructions […]
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