One Story Townhome in Broadmoor

ONE STORY townhome in the heart of Broadmoor! Nine and 10 foot ceilings, walls of windows, open floorplan with kitchen opening to dining and living area. A wall of bookcases and fireplace anchor the living room while providing views of the private courtyard. As you enter through the secure double garage, you will find a special sunroom for your enjoyment. Could also serve as a home office area – with a wall of windows overlooking the courtyard as well! Master bedroom and bath are spacious, with walkin closet. Home has been freshly painted, carpets cleaned, all you need to do is move in! You will enjoy this quiet community with lush gardens while living in this spacious one-story townhome! Call or text 225.335.5395 for more info.

279 Marilyn Dr. Unit 44
Baton Rouge, LA 70815

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Escape from reality by creating at-home getaways

I came across this great article on making your home a retreat — afterall we all love to go to the spa, so let's do it Everyday! And if you don't have that special bath you would love to have, we can find you the home that does — the Baton Rouge real estate market has picked up and there are spa baths just waiting for you to enjoy! Take a look at our fine properties at JustlistedinBatonRouge.com 

Life is hectic. And although technology has made our lives easier to multitask and stay connected, it also means that no matter where you go, it's hard to fully escape. While traveling to a remote island to get away for peace and relaxation would be a wonderful retreat, you can easily avoid the hustle and bustle of your daily routine by creating peaceful escapes throughout your own home.

Say "Spaah"

The bathroom is the only place where you can shut the door and have complete "you time" with little to no interruptions. With 54 percent of respondents to a recent Moen survey of showering behaviors saying they have children living at home, a shower means a bit of precious alone time, and people take full advantage of the peace to think about the day, their lives and more.

To add a bit of bliss in the bath, add a spa-like shower with multiple spray settings to meet every mood. The Moen Caldwell Shower Combination offers a spa of multiple sprays and a variety of spray patterns – creating the perfect shower retreat. The collection features an incredible selection of options – both a five-setting wallmount shower head and a five-setting handheld shower head with five unique spray settings. And the best part is it won't cost a fortune.

It's time to truly enjoy your shower and create the ultimate getaway. After all, you deserve it. And the multiple spray settings of the Caldwell collection are perfect for everyone in the house.

Zen in the Den

The TV is blaring, the phone is ringing off the hook, and power cords from everything from the Blu-ray, to the Wii, to the table lamp are refusing to stay neatly tucked away. Your den area might be a go-to hangout place, but it's still easy to create peace among the chaos.

De-cluttering is one of the simplest things you can do to create order and a sense of calm. Remove items that haven't been used in months and get rid of furniture that serves little to no function. The less clutter your den has, the better you'll feel. It's also important to open the windows whenever possible. Less mess and fresh air can easily change the outlook of a room.

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Sign of the design times for kitchens: Designing a kitchen that fits your style preferences

Sign%20of%20the%20design%20times%20for%20kitchensThe number of kitchen styles and design options for homeowners to consider during the building and remodeling process is enough to make a person go crazy. Avoid feeling overwhelmed by simplifying your options. 
Keep an eye on trends
Traditional? Transitional? Contemporary? The National Kitchen & Bath Association (NKBA) recently surveyed more than 350 designers to identify the top trends and styles they tend to incorporate into their kitchen and bath designs. According to this survey, transitional style, a combination of traditional and contemporary, is now the most popular style in both kitchens and bathrooms. 
This marks the first time (since the NKBA began tracking annual design trends) that “traditional” is no longer the most common type of design. The survey also showed that contemporary is the next most common style – with shaker, arts and crafts and cottage also following as frequently used styles. 
Richer, warmer and darker wood species and finishes are dominating in popularity. “Hickory cabinets are catching on, as the dramatic grain variation is ideal for creating a rustic look,” says Sarah Reep, director of designer relations and education for QualityCabinets. “Despite the growing trends, maple and cherry are still homeowner favorites for cabinetry.”
Determine your style
While it’s good to be aware of the trends, keep in mind that you are the one who will have to live with this kitchen. Incorporate design elements that you and your family will enjoy for years to come. If you don’t plan to stay long, consider resale value and how kitchen design might help or hurt it.
Sign%20of%20the%20design%20times%20for%20kitchensDetermining your personal style is the most crucial step before the kitchen remodeling process can begin (after budgeting, of course). Take pictures of other kitchens that you like and tear out pages from magazines. Scan home and design blogs to get ideas. Apartment Therapy recently revealed the best home design blogs with its award (as nominated and voted by readers), The Homies. These blogs are a good place to start.
Several websites offer great resources and inspiration galleries for homeowners trying to plan their kitchens. QualityCabinets has an Idea Gallery that showcases a wide range of options, from more formal and traditional to sleek and contemporary. Pinterest is another great place to collect home and design ideas and save them to later share with your designer. 
Work with a professional designer
While many people think they know their desired kitchen style, many have a difficult time articulating and identifying exactly what they want. A professional designer can help you design a kitchen that is comprehensive and consistent in design style.
The difficult task is designing a room that comes together as a whole versus bits and pieces. This is where a designer comes in and can turn a nice-looking kitchen into one that is both stunning and functional. Designers can also help you add a personal flair through the accessories, organizational features, hardware and finishes you choose.
For more ideas for finding your design style, visit http://www.qualitycabinets.com.

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Perfect Home for the LSU student

Perfect home for the LSU student who wants peace and quiet! Downstairs one bedroom condo has been freshened with new laminate flooring and paint. Spacious living/dining combination opens through pass-through bar area to the kitchen. The bedroom is fit for a king-sized bed, with sliding doors to open to the front porch. A large walk-in closet has ample room for your LSU wear. Also enjoy front door parking for your added convenience. This is the perfect home away from home for the serious student. Own this for far less than rent! Call or text 225.335.5395 for more info.

1816 Brightside View #C
Baton Rouge, LA 70820

Precious 2 Bedroom Townhome in Heart of Baton Rouge

In the heart of the Perkins corridor, tucked away between College and Kenilworth, is this precious 2 bedroom townhome. Brick pavers welcome you to the open living space and fireplace anchored between the front windows, pass through to updated kitchen with mocha painted cabinetry, half bath has stunning vessel sink and antique-style mirror. Fresh carpet and paint enhance the two spacious bedrooms upstairs, each with their own private bath. Master bedroom has fireplace too! Baths are crisp white with subway style shower surrounds. Outdoors is your private fenced deck area perfect for summertime entertaining. Convenient to LSU, Essen & College corridors, and Perkins Rowe. Quiet, stable community and easy financing since it is a TOWNHOME! Call or text 225.335.5395 for more info.

91 Brent Ct.
Baton Rouge, LA 70808

Custom 5BR Home in Popular Jefferson Highlands

Custom home in popular Jefferson Highlands offers you 5 bedrooms and 4 baths in the spacious 3433 square feet of living area. As you enter the double eyebrow front entry doors, you will be welcomed by a cypress column, but your eye will be drawn through the formal living and dining to what waits beyond — the enormous keeping den. Cypress cabinetry abounds in the kitchen with a massive center island anchored by gleaming granite countertops, and flows to the casual dining area that flows beneath exposed cypress beams and brick walls to the 20×16.9 family keeping den. The heart of the home dwells here! Two bedrooms and adjoining bath are found at the front of the home. The master suite opens onto the rear patio and is a welcoming retreat with high ceilings, soothing colors, and opens onto the spacious master bath rich with white marble and appointments, including a wrap-around closet. On the opposite wing of the home is the upstairs addition that includes two bedrooms, bath, child’s den/playroom, and a wall of built-ins perfect for homework. Entertaining flows from the entry courtyard to the rear covered patio with slate flooring and brick encased outdoor kitchen. Surround sound is found throughout the home, triple crown molding, gleaming wood flooring, wine cooler, stainless appliances and so you will never lack of these amenities, a backup generator comes with the home. Fully fenced backyard is spacious, ready for tag football or soccer match. This home lives large, with a space for everyone, and rich features for the discriminating buyer. Jefferson Highlands is convenient to I-10/I-12/Airline/Bluebonnet/Jefferson — what a great location. This is a home of great living – just the style you’ve been waiting for.

10548 Cypress Vine
Baton Rouge, LA 70809

4BR Home on Corner Lot in Prairieville

Located on a corner lot, this home offers space for today’s lifestyle! With four large bedrooms upstairs, including the master & master suite with soaring ceilings and laundry, convenience abounds! The oversized master is 16.5 x 14.5 — room enough for a sitting area making the master suite a true retreat. The three remaining bedrooms are all large, offering an abundance of space for the family. Downstairs, the spacious living room flows into the kitchen/dining area, providing open entertaining and everyday living. With gleaming hardwood floors, ceramic tile in the kitchen area, pantry, breakfast bar that opens to the living area gas fireplace, and an abundance of storage, you will feel at home immediately. Plus enjoy the added outdoor spaces that the 90×150 foot corner lot offers including the playground set that remains! Unpack and enjoy life in this great corner lot home for you! Call or text 225.335.5395 for more info.

37172 Murphy Webb
Prairieville, LA 70769

Stunning Garden Style Home in Gated Community in Baton Rouge

Only 7 years old, this stunning garden style home sits within the Bluebonnet/Essen/Highland/Perkins corridors just off the newly expanded Staring Lane! Behind a gated entry, and at the dead-end of one of the few streets in this exclusive neighborhood, awaits this lovely home with 12 foot ceilings in the living/foyer areas (and 9 foot throughout the rest of the home). Mahoghany wood flooring greets you and invites you to the living space with triple windows overlooking the backyard, fireplace with gas logs, all open to the spacious kitchen/dining combination area. The kitchen is appointed with granite countertops, dining island, cypress cabinetry, stainless appliances including gas range and under counter mounted oven, opening to the dining area — all with views of the spacious backyard and covered porch for maximizing your outdoor entertaining. Enter the master suite and you are welcomed by a tray ceiling, views to the rear porch, 9-12 foot ceilings, leading to the spacious master bath suite that includes a large double vanity, massive mirror, jetted tub, separate shower, and large walk-in closet for all of your clothing and more. Two bedrooms flank the front of the home, joined by a jack-n-jill configured bath, each with separate vanity areas. Enjoy the sunset views from your back porch overlooking the fenced backyard. Enjoy low maintenance as the front flowerbeds include a sprinkler system. The double garage offers added security and custom storage shelving. Located in the heart of the Perkins/Highland/Staring/Essen corridor, you are merely minutes from LSU, Our Lady of the Lake, Mall of Louisiana and more. Security, serenity and superior features abound in this lovely garden style home Baton Rouge. Call or text 225.335.5395 for more info.

741 Hudson’s Way
Baton Rouge, LA 70810

Executive home in exclusive, gated community

Executive home in exclusive, gated Estates at Myrtle Hill located off Highland Road between Staring and Bluebonnet. Exclusive is the hallmark of his neighborhood. Quality is the hallmark of this home. With 5 bedrooms, this home is for the executive lifestyle. Invite your guests to experience the Southern quality lifestyle through exposed Cypress beams, rich brick courtyards overlooking private ponds and fountains, private patio with masonry fireplace, outdoor kitchen, and covered porch off the main kitchen, gourmet kitchen that is beautifully appointed and includes superior appliances, cabinetry and gleaming granite countertops, formal dining area, open keeping area with double-sided fireplace to formal living area, game room/bedroom over garage, 3 addtional bedrooms upstairs on a separate wing, master and guest suite downstairs, guest bath, drop off area, laundry, and pantry. The master suite is on the ground level, overlooking the pond, and offers a spacious master bath suite with gleaming granite appointments and a large walk-in closet. Living, keeping, kitchen, and formal dining all offer views of the private lake and veranda. The balcony encompasses one side of the home and provides outdoor spaces for overlooking the pond. The craftsmanship found in this home is exceptional — and the floorplan provides privacy yet intimacy. For the executive who enjoys entertaining both large and small, creating an experience to remember. Call or text 225.335.5395 for more info.

9631 Myrtle Ln.
Baton Rouge, LA 70810


Five basic steps to making a house your home

Five%20basic%20steps%20to%20making%20a%20house%20your%20homeOwning a home remains a key element of the American Dream. In fact, a recent survey by TD Bank revealed that 84 percent of young renters (ages 18 to 34) intend to buy a home in the future. While it is exciting, home buying can be overwhelming and complicated if you don’t have a general knowledge of the process. 
Equipping yourself with the right tools will allow you to navigate the complexities of the home-buying process. Here are five helpful steps to follow on your way to homeownership.
Step 1: Learn the home-buying ABCs: Build your homeownership knowledge by participating in a first-time homebuyer class at a local non-profit agency in your community to answer any questions you may have. Staying well-informed will help you feel confident and in control of this major financial decision and nip any initial questions in the bud.
Step 2: Get out your calculator: Owning a home requires a large investment of time, energy and money, so make sure you are careful when making the decision to buy. If you’re like 43 percent of survey respondents, staying within budget is the top consideration. It is important to determine how much you can afford – you don’t want to fall in love with a house out of your reach. When applying for a mortgage, the bank will assess your debt to income ratio. By looking at your income and current monthly debts, you can determine your ideal monthly payment. From there, you’ll be able to narrow the focus of your house search to homes in your price range. Be sure to include down payments and other upfront costs in your calculations.
A few free, helpful online tools can help you determine just how much you could potentially afford. For example, visit TDBank.com and check out its mortgage calculator.
Step 3: Shop wisely: Condo? Single-family home? A fixer-upper or new construction? Once you know how much you can afford, determining your housing needs – and selecting a qualified real estate professional – before you start looking, will help make finding your perfect home much less time-consuming. In addition to being able to answer any questions that come up during the process, a real estate professional will work on your behalf to pre-screen houses and guide you through negotiations.
Step 4: Pick your perfect match: According to the survey, acquiring a mortgage and making a down payment is the most preferred method of payment for those who intend to own a home. With the variety of mortgage products that exists today, it’s essential you choose the right one for your needs. How long do you plan on living in this house? Do you plan on making improvements to the home? Answering these types of questions will help you hone in on your financial strategy. Finding the right mortgage is about more than a rate and terms – it’s about finding the right financial partner. Don’t get led down the wrong path by choosing a bank that doesn’t provide flexible options. Look for a bank that offers a hassle-free mortgage guarantee to ensure your first home purchase is as smooth and worry-free as possible.
“As a portfolio lender, we are able to set our own lending guidelines and interest rates,” says Michael Copley, executive vice president for retail lending at TD Bank. “This allows us to provide our customers with the most adjustable and affordable financing options to suit their borrowing needs.”
Step 5: Sign on the dotted line: Once your home has been inspected, your contingencies have been met and your mortgage has been approved, it’s time to close the deal. In most cases, a closing officer and your attorney will be present during closing. As the buyer, you should make sure to bring a binder for homeowner’s insurance (document proving you have adequate homeowner’s insurance), a paid receipt for the first year’s premium and a certified or cashier’s check for your down payment and closing costs. Before the closing begins, review your mortgage, mortgage note and settlement statement documents to ensure there are no errors or red flags. Remember to ask questions during the closing, as the closing officer is there to help.
After you’ve signed all documents and paid your closing costs and down payment, the closing is finished. Congratulations and enjoy your new home.
  To get more information and to download your free TD Bank First-Time Homebuyers’ Kit, visit esecure.tdbank.com/net/firsttimehomebuyers/default.aspx.

Courtesy of BPT