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Heron Bay’s Homeowner’s Association

Homeowner’s Associations (HOA) are designed to maintain the quality of the neighborhood.  Starting with the developer, the HOA is eventually passed on to the community to run.

Dependent on the community, different capabilities and policies are enforced.  Heron Bay Golf & Country Club’s HOA is managed by the developer, Minerva Properties.  In addition, the Atlanta golf community,  HOA has four formal committees: Safety and Pool, Positive Standards, Social Activities and Community Liaisons. Each committee has different responsibilities, this division helps ensure that the beautiful master-planned community runs smoothly and efficiently.

Volunteers are elected to committees on the Community Association and allow residents to live worry-free. The Heron Bay HOA committees are a vital part of community life.

Before you move into any neighborhood, make sure you do careful research on the HOA. Issues of the community and the HOA agenda and should be researched before making a purchase.  Several things to inquire about:

  • What are the HOA fees?
  • Are the fees monthly?  Annual?
  • How often do fees change?
  • What do fees include?

For more information on the Heron Bay HOA or community, call 770.957.5633 Monday-Saturday 10 a.m.-5 p.m. or Sunday 1 p.m.-5 p.m.

Kitchen and Bath Trends for 2010

Avignon at ViningsEvery year is marked with evolving trends in home design. The National Kitchen & Bath Association just released its list of
11 trends for 2010, and it appears home owners are turning toward traditional styles with a focus on energy efficiency.

Kitchen

Many households will stick with tile covering the floors, but hardwood in kitchens is expected to increase in 2010. Granite is still top choice for counter tops, but NKBA expects quartz to rise in use.

The color scheme of kitchens will drift to more natural colors, with white and off-white becoming extremely popular. Cabinetry will either be white (in the style of Food Network celebrity kitchens), or beautifully stained to enhance the wood underneath.

Sometimes a standard faucet just can’t get the job done.  Pull-out faucets as well as pot-filler faucets will continue to gain popularity in 2010.  These faucets will have brushed finishes or be polished chrome.  To improve energy efficiency, dishwasher drawers (which have multiple compartments to wash small loads if needed) and induction cooking units are becoming more popular, though gas cooking is still at the top.

Basically, these toned down kitchens have a muted color palette, but quality materials are still key.

Bath

Following the same lines of the kitchen, the bathroom will return to a more traditional style.  Sinks, tubs, and toilets will all be the traditional white.  Faucets, handles, and lighting will either have brushed nickle or polished chrome finishes.  Unlike the kitchen, hardwood will not have a place in the bathroom this year.  Granite however, remains popular for vanity tops.

If you plan to move or remodel, keep these design tips in mind.  This year’s traditional trends prove that contemporary design is momentarily fun, but traditional has lasting value and appeal.

Custom Homes in St. Augustine Under Construction

Golf homes in St. AugustineBelieve it or not there is new construction taking place at four of the neighborhoods in World Golf Village. Here we will be focusing on the two new custom homes being built in the Crest, but if you have a spare moment, you should read about all of the St. Augustine new homes coming to World Golf Village.

Alright, back to the main point. St. Augustine home shoppers will be delighted to hear that the Crest, one of the exclusive neighborhoods in the Estates at World Golf Village, will have two new custom homes by the year’s end. Both homes are currently under construction and will be priced from the $700’s.

Most every homesite at the Crest is situated on the biggest lake of the King & Bear golf course. So, from the comfort of your backyard, you’ll be able to enjoy the beautiful natural views of the water and the golf course. In addition to the views, these sites are generously sized and adorned with ancient oak trees and beautiful pines. At the Crest, preservation of the natural beauty of the community is a top priority.

The community is conveniently located near the King & Bear clubhouse and the Swim & Tennis center. So, feel free to spend weekends and free time perfecting both your golf game and tennis game.

If luxury golf front living in Northeast Florida sounds appealing, stop by World Golf Village soon to take a look at the two homes under construction. Considering there are only two, they are expected to sell quickly.

Luxury Austin Home for Sale

Luxury Golf Front Home in AustinWith the current state of the economy and home building industry, it is a rare occasion to hear that a builder has constructed a spec home. Of course, Sterling Custom Homes can’t be compared with the rest of the home building industry and they are happy to be building a spec home in the much sought-after Flintrock Falls community. The home is currently under construction with the foundation poured and the frame going up.

Located at 212 Black Wolf Run, this
luxury home in Austin is located on the fifth fairway of the Jack Nicklaus designed golf course at Flintrock Falls. Being a Sterling home, you can be assured there are many outdoor living areas for you to enjoy these beautiful views. Off of the main level is an expansive back porch that can be accessed from the breakfast room or the master suite. There is also an upstairs terrace off of the game room.

The house features four bedrooms with four and one-half baths. Two bedrooms, including the master suite, are located on the main level. The master suite is incredibly spacious with his and her walk-in closets and a luxurious spa bath with dual vanities and oversized garden tub. Also on the main level is a formal dining room, living room, study, utility room and gourmet kitchen. Upstairs you’ll find the other two bedrooms, a gameroom and a media room. Needless to say, the golf front Austin home has plenty of living space for any growing family.

You can follow along with the progress of the spec home on the
Sterling Custom Homes website. And to stay up-to-date with the Austin custom home builder, be sure to follow them on
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