Top 5 Winston Salem Parks

Top 5 Winston Salem Parks

 

Winston Salem is blessed with over 70 public parks and greenways with amenities like picnic shelters, playgrounds, ball fields and pools. Our parks offer something for all ages and interests and some even offer history lessons. We enjoy them all but have narrowed down our Top 5:

5. Historic Bethabara Park: Bethabara is the site of the first Moravian settlement in North Carolina and is a National Historic Landmark. The park offers visitors an opportunity to observe life in colonial America and is home to the oldest standing church with an attached residence in North America. The park is situated on over 180 acres and is home to over 100 species of birds. Hike the trails, take in the scenery, learn about the earliest settlers of the area from costumed interpreters and visit the gift shop. There are also many festivals and celebrations throughout the year including Highland Games, Concerts and Christmas by Candlelight.

4. Quarry Park: The newest park in the city, Quarry Park, was formerly a rock quarry for Vulcan Materials. Now filled with water, the quarry is a beautiful spot for viewing the vistas of downtown Winston Salem. There are several scenic overlook spots and an observation pier. Walking trails provide a perfect spot to exercise your furry friends.

3. Hanes Park: Located in the heart of Winston-Salem, Hanes Park is accessible by many neighborhoods including West End, Ardmore, Buena Vista, downtown and Ardmore. Filled with mature landscape, the park makes a perfect picnic spot. The playground is perfect for little ones. Tennis lovers can work on their game at the Joe White Tennis Center. The park is also close to R.J. Reynolds High School which is on the National Historic Register.

2. Miller Park: Located in the Ardmore Neighborhood, Miller Park has a community center with programs for all ages including an after school program. The park includes fitness trails, playground, basketball courts, tennis courts, softball field and more. Ardmore is the largest historic district in the city and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

And the #1 Park is Salem Lake: Considered a hidden gem in our city, Salem Lake is just minutes from downtown and offers a 365 acre lake with 7 miles of walking trails. This is the perfect spot for dog walking! The park also offers pier and boat fishing and is great for kayaking or stand up paddle boarding. In the fall, Salem Lake is a great spot to enjoy the changing colors of the leaves and there are even free guided fall foliage hikes.

For hours and admission fees, please visit the City of Winston Salem website at http://www.cityofws.org/Departments/Recreation-Parks

Help Home Buyers Fall In Love!

Helping home buyers fall in love with your property takes more than running the vacuum and fluffing the pillows. It’s all about de-cluttering, repairing, updating, and de-personalizing. Buyers need  to imagine themselves living in your home. Here’s an extensive list of areas to focus on as you prepare your home for the sales market:

LIVING AREA

  • When placing anything from accent pillows and table lamps, go for symmetry, which is pleasing to the eye.
  • Light it up with lamps. Chic lamps provide both added lighting and appealing decor.
  • Make that fireplace glow. Scrub away soot stains and replace the old screen.
  • If you’re using staging furniture or buying slip covers, choose light colors for an airy, inviting feel.
  • Whatever amount of furniture you have in your living room, remove a few pieces to make the room feel spacious.
  • Use bright, coordinated accessories like accent pillows and throw blankets for a chic splash of color.
  • Help buyers imagine their life in your home. Set the scene by displaying a board game or tea service on the coffee table and arrange furniture in conversational groups.
  • Let a slideshow of beautiful images play on your television like a screensaver.

KITCHEN

  • Clear everything from countertops except one or two decorative items, like a vase of flowers or bowl of fresh fruit.
  • Pack up all the dishes except one attractive, matching set. Do the same with glassware, flatware, and cookware, and pare down all other cupboard and drawer items down to the minimum.
  • Freshen up and modernize cabinets with a fresh coat of paint or stain and new hardware.
  • Seriously evaluate your appliances. Can they look new again with a good scrubbing? Give it the old college try or consider replacing with new models. The Real Estate Staging Association strongly recommends stainless steel.
  • Remove those fridge magnets and photos and give the door and handles a good cleaning.
  • Scrub dirt, grime, and stains from walls, cabinets, and back splashes.
  • Clean cabinet interiors, especially under the sink.
  • Clean and organize the pantry, leaving some empty space to make it look bigger. Store items in decorative baskets and display a few jars of fancy jam and other upscale condiments.
  • Empty all trash cans and move them out of sight.

BEDROOMS

  • Go gender neutral in the master bedroom. Ditch those dainty, floral pillow shams or NASCAR posters.
  • Pack up all but the clothes you’re wearing this season to make you closets look larger.
  • Swap out the motley crew of mismatched hangers in your closet for a set of wooden ones to create a classy, boutique look.
  • Put jewelry and other valuables in a safe spot.
  • Consider giving extra bedrooms a new identity as a home office or another interesting function.
  • Remove televisions or video game consoles from bedrooms to depersonalize and create a serene setting.

BATHS

  • It’s de-grime time: Scrub and sanitize the walls, floor, shower door — virtually every surface that comes in contact with steam.
  • Spend extra time scrubbing that tile grout and re-caulk around the tub if necessary.
  • If your bathroom tile is dated, try paint instead of replacing it. Start with a high-adhesion primer and either epoxy or latex paint.
  • Remove clutter from the counter tops, tubs and tops of toilets. Clean surfaces until they gleam.
  • Pack up and hide all your personal products — from medicine to razors.
  • Create a luxury spa look with a fancy soap dispenser, fluffy white towels, decorative baskets, candles, plants, a white shower curtain, and a new bath mat.
  • Fix leaky or running toilets and replace toilet seats.
  • Remove hard water stains on faucets and shower heads. (Try vinegar!)
  • Take a daring sniff of the drains. Odorous? Clean them out, and deodorize with baking soda, boiling water, or vinegar.
  • Time for a new sink anyway? Try a pedestal sink to optimize precious bathroom space

WALLS, WINDOWS and MORE

  • Have a dark corner or hallway? Brighten it up with a decorative mirror.
  • Neutralize the walls. If any rooms are painted in dark colors, repaint white or beige.
  • Paint adjacent rooms the same color to make the whole space feel larger.
  • Fill nicks and holes in walls and touch up with paint.
  • Sorry, wood paneling. It’s time. Paint over paneling with a neutral color. To really cover your tracks, use wood filler between panels and paint over the entire thing.
  • Make sure every switch plate and outlet cover matches and looks brand new.
  • Wash the windows, inside and out. Repair any holes or tears in screens.
  • Replace those family portraits with interesting art placed strategically throughout the house. Avoid leaving dead space on walls.
  • De-clutter! Consider it pre-packing for your move. Box up books, clothes, and personal items and place them (neatly!) in the garage or — better yet — a rented storage unit.
  • Don’t forget to include memorabilia in those de-cluttering bins. Family photos, diplomas and the kids’ artwork should all go.
  • Keep closets, basements and attics as empty as possible to maximize the appearance of storage space.
  • Transform underused areas of the house — the alcove under the stairs or the end of a hallway — into functional spots. Add a desk to create a mini office, or a chair and small bookshelf for a reading nook.
  • Swap dim lights for high-wattage bulbs.
  • Check every door, drawer, and cabinet to ensure they open and close easily. Swap out any faulty — or dingy — hardware.
  • Damaged or aging hardwood floors? Replace damaged boards with new wood, sand down the entire floor, and re-stain.
  • Do a deep (deep, deep) clean. Hire a professional cleaning service to clean your home from top to bottom — including carpets — before viewings.

EXTERIOR

  • Hang attractive house numbers that are legible from the road.
  • Brighten up your porch with fresh paint or stain.
  • Add a fresh coat of paint to the front door, preferably red, black, blue, or wood stain, so long as it complements the trim and doesn’t blend, says The Real Estate Staging Association. Steer clear of unconventional colors like purple.
  • Buy a new doormat to welcome home buyers.
  • Power-wash the house exterior, walkway, steps, driveway and porch.
  • Make sure the locks and doorbell function.
  • Make that mailbox look clean and welcoming or get a new one.
  • Plant lots of colorful blooms in attractive pots and planter beds.
  • Trim back trees and shrubs from the approach to the front door.
  • Whip that yard into shape with fresh sod or new seed
  • Store yard equipment and children’s toys out of sight.
  • Repair shaky banisters.
  • Dress up any imperfect planting area with mulch or pine straw.
  • Make sure entryway lights function and are free of cobwebs and insects.
  • Hide trash cans, recycle bins and garden hoses.
  • Don’t forget your outdoor living space. Stage your patio like a second living room, with fashionable furniture, accent pillows, an outdoor rug, and other patio-friendly decor.

PETS

  • Scrub those pet stains on the carpets and rugs until totally gone or replace them if necessary. Try cleaning formulas made especially for pet odors.
  • Pet odors soak into your best friend’s favorite things. Completely remove pet beds (or Fido’s most-loved couch), blankets, toys, play structures, food bowls, and the like.
  • Use air fresheners that eliminate odors, rather than simply mask them. There’s nothing worse than the smell of artificial pine with kitty litter undertones.
  • Repair or remove any furniture that’s been scratched or gnawed on.
  • Clean all pet “presents” from the yard.
  • Keep cat boxes immaculate and hidden away, or — better yet — see how your feline-loving friends feel about a temporary houseguest and remove litter boxes altogether.
  • Remove any dog or cat doors. Pets? What pets?
  • When you leave the house for a showing, take all the furry (or feathery or scaly) residents along with you.
  • Make a pet hair sweep the last thing you do before you leave the house.

SHOWINGS/OPEN HOUSE

Add a seasonal touch with flowers. Tidy like you’ve never tidied before!  Avoid cooking any foods with strong scents. Last, but not least – take off. After all that staging work, you deserve a trip to the spa while potential home buyers are busy falling in love with your house!

Signature Sunday Funday – July 30, 2017

SIGNATURE SUNDAY FUNDAY! There is always something fun for everyone going on in our area. Get moving! Here’s a look at places to explore in our area today:

  1. Hike, bike, picnic or swim @ Hanging Rock State Park from 7 am to 10 pm. Admission to the Park is free. Swimming in Lake: $5 (13 and up). $4 for children under 13.http://bit.ly/2v0Gbjf
  2. Visit Westbend Winery and Brewery for live music with Tin Can Alley from 2-5 pm with food service by Smoke Wagon beginning at noon. http://www.westbendwineryandbrewery.com/
  3. Beat the heat indoors and head to The Carolina Theatre in GSO for a 2 pm showing of the Hitchcock classic, “Vertigo” at 2 pm. http://bit.ly/2w0n5ak
  4. Enjoy the music of Holy Ghost Tent Revival @ Muddy Creek Cafe and Music Hall at 7 pm. http://bit.ly/23ZRkb7
  5. Visit Reynolda House Museum of Art (opens from 1:30-4:30 pm on Sundays). Tour the home and learn more about the RJ Reynolds family. After your tour, be sure to visit Reynolda Gardens to see what is in bloom and then take a stroll on the trails leading to the Reynolda Village Shops and Wake Forest University. The “Georgia O’Keefe: Living Modern” exhibit opens August 18th. Why not pick up your tickets while you are there? http://bit.ly/2v9l52X

We encourage you to learn more about our great city and the Triad Region during your Signature Sunday Funday.

Signature Real Estate LLC is proud to be a LOCAL company based in Winston-Salem and serving the Triad region of NC for over a decade.

We’d love to help you get to know our area and assist you on your next move!

Liberty Street: Find out what the buzz is all about

Liberty Street in downtown Winston-Salem is undergoing quite a transformation.The downtown area, once “sleepy” and known for Wachovia, RJ Reynolds Tobacco Company and Old Salem, is now a hub for new restaurants, breweries, innovation, art and live music events. There is literally something for everyone!

Our marketing director recently planned a “staycation” for herself and a friend who was in town for 24 hours for a birthday getaway. Here’s what they did with their time on Liberty:

  1. Lunch at Willow’s Bistro. Willow’s is located on South Liberty Street in an old railway freight warehouse. The charm of the quirky, historic building combined with delicious dishes composed from locally sourced ingredients was a hit. http://bit.ly/2vp6blr
  2. Checked into a room at The Kimpton Cardinal Hotel. “The Cardinal” is housed in the former RJR headquarters building on Main Street. This grand building replete with art deco designs was the inspiration for the Empire State Building in NYC, however, it’s not “stuffy.” After checking out their well-appointed room, the friends had fun exploring the lower level of the hotel and bowled, played table shuffleboard and even went down a slide! The experience was taken to stratosphere when the hotel sent decadent chocolate cake and champagne to the room in honor of the birthday girl. http://bit.ly/2trOqAt
  3. Dogwood Hops and Crops on North Liberty was next on the list. The “bottle shop” offers beer and wine and is a fun spot for a quick drink.http://bit.ly/2v4Dzi4
  4. Next on the “Liberty Street” list – Wise Man Brewing. Wise Man is simply FUN. The staff are extremely friendly and knowledgeable and eager to share information about their beer. It’s dog friendly too! The casual vibe of this place immediately puts you in “relax” mode.
  5. Moving on from Wise Man, the duo made their to Mission Pizza Napoletana to meet friends. It’s tradition for the three “Winston-based” ladies to order the wood-fired cauliflower with goat cheese and balsamic. So whoever arrives first knows to get that order in! Of course, pizza was on the agenda and theirs are incredibly unique and delicious. http://bit.ly/2uqgYys

After dinner, the friends headed back to the “The Cardinal” to relax and “get their beauty sleep.” There are already plans for another exploration underway.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Looking for more fun places on Liberty Street? We also enjoy:

  • Crafted: The Art of the Taco
  • Reboot Arcade
  • Salvage Building Materials
  • ARTivity on the Green

Thinking of making Winston-Salem your home? We’d love to help you find a new nest! 336-293-7157.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Summer Home Maintenance

Home Maintenance Projects You’ll be Glad You Did This Summer!

  1. Plan the Deck or Patio Project.

How do you use your outdoor space? How do you WISH you used your outdoor space? Think about how you want to experience outdoor living and create a wish list of areas that you will enjoy now and will also add value to your home.

  1. Focus on your windows.

It’s time to invest in new windows to keep out the cold in winter and minimize heat in the summer or to just expand your views all around!

  1. Shade, shade, shade.

Steamy days can leave your patio and barbecue areas a little neglected so plant new trees in strategic places that will provide great natural shade later.

  1. Winter is coming.

Maintenance projects are best done in the summer months because it’s a less intrusive time to you and your family so refinish hardwood floors, update exterior paint, power wash exterior areas, perform any lawn and garden projects and install a new roof now.

  1. Repaving or resurfacing driveways and sidewalks.

Pave or concrete driveways in summer months when there are no freezing temps to delay work and you’ll get better adhesion.

  1. Refinish outdoor surfaces.

Painting or staining a wooden deck will not only protect it, but it will make it look new and well-maintained so do the work now and enjoy it immediately.

7. Evaluate current landscaping and lighting.

Remove dead or outdated shrubs or planting. If you have an irrigation system (or are ready to commit to watering yourself), fill in those perennial beds and shrubs now. Use a critical eye and evaluate areas that need outdoor lighting. Do you have dark deck stairwells? Add some solar powered step lights. Highlight the architectural features of your home with an spotlights and you’ll enjoy the shadows they cast all year. Find more here: http://low.es/2uFUPd0

 

 

 

 

 

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