$600,000 :: 790 BRANTFORD Road, Oakland Township MI, 48306

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5 beds, 3.2 baths
Home size: 3,141 sq ft
Lot Size: 202,118 sq ft
Added: 08/03/18, Last Updated: 08/03/18
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 218074640
Community: Rochester
Status: Active

Paradise found in this ranch style home on over 4 acres minutes from downtown Rochester and the Paint Creek Trail. Frank Lloyd Wright influenced design with stunning views from every window of this picturesque, private setting. Rolling wooded land with a pond & creek running through the property. Over 5300 finished square feet this has much to offer with attention to detail from a time gone by. Grand foyer, wood ceiling, great room has wet bar & floor to ceiling windows that brings the outside in. Spectacular kitchen, walk in pantry & breakfast room. A master suite fit for a king has door wall to deck, fireplace & walk-in cedar closet. Finished walkout lower level perfect for entertaining with expansive wet bar, fireplace & plenty of natural light. Walk out to the stunning in-ground pool that has recently been renovated. Approximately 500 sq ft of newer cedar decking wraps around the back. Newer roof & furnace. This is a true gem, paved roads, no association, won’t last long!

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$460,000 :: 1385 TULBERRY CIR, Rochester MI, 48306-4823

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4 beds, 4 baths
Home size: 2,800 sq ft
Lot Size: 10,890 sq ft
Added: 05/13/18, Last Updated: 08/02/18
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 21447315
Community: Rochester (63152)
Tract: STONY CREEK RIDGE NORTH NO 1
Status: Sold

Look at this stunning Brookfield colonial in the highly desirable subdivision of the Stony Creek Ridge. Original owners have taken great pride in this home and it shows. Breath-taking foyer & hardwood flooring on 1st floor. Spacious Great Room w/ cozy gas fireplace, recessed lighting & open floorplan perfect for entertaining. Updated kitchen with/granite & custom cabinetry, new SS refrigerator and walk-in pantry feels like a gourmet experience. Further is den w/ built-ins plus formal living room incl. french doors. 1st floor laundry and powder room with floating vanity and under cabinet lighting. Dual Staircase off foyer & kitchen for easy access for bustling family. MBR w/ jetted tub & Shower. Finished walkout basement w/ recreation area, full wet bar & add’l 5th BR & BTH + tons of Storage. Beautifully Refinished Deck overlooking beautiful backyard. Updates in last 5 years. HVAC (’18),Roof (’16),Micro & Fridge (’16), Newer carpeting. Home Warranty included! Priced NOW to sell!

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$1,100,000 :: 690 SHELDON CRT, Rochester MI, 48306-2167

4 beds, 4 baths
Home size: 4,434 sq ft
Lot Size: 100,187 sq ft
Added: 08/01/18, Last Updated: 08/01/18
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 21483810
Community: Oakland Twp (63101)
Tract: CORNERSTONE OCCPN 1091
Status: Active

Gorgeous custom built home on 2.3 beautiful acres. Breathtaking views from every window. Unique ceiling elevations throughout. Dual staircases. Spacious master suite with sunroom to relax with your morning coffee. Open kitchen/nook/family room concept makes it great for entertaining. Large walk-in pantry. Handcrafted custom cabinetry with granite counters. Door wall off kitchen to patio w/built-in gas grill. Brazilian cherry flooring in family, great and dining rooms. Pella and Hurd windows throughout. Engineered septic, fire suppression, alarm and roof ice melting systems. New HWH, dishwasher, secondary heat exchangers on both furnaces, sump pump, newer washer/dryer. Fab. finished W/O with full kitchen, family room & changing rooms for swimmers! Door wall leads you to a covered patio leading you to your backyard oasis. Inviting in-ground pool w/new liner and heater. Home also features 22×13 bonus room and a 13×12 “craft” room. First floor laundry with doggie shower. Truly a must see!

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$455,000 :: 5220 BRECON CRT, Oakland Township MI, 48306-4905

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3 beds, 3 baths
Home size: 2,391 sq ft
Lot Size: 0 sq ft
Added: 04/30/18, Last Updated: 07/31/18
Property Type: Condo/Townhouse/Co-Op
MLS Number: 21441082
Community: Oakland Twp (63101)
Tract: CLAREMONT AT OAKLANDS OCCPN 12
Status: Sold

Huge price reduction – Moceri Built – Beautiful Claremont condo -completed in 2016 -Lived in only one year – private location at end of cul-de-sac – Hardwood floors in Great Room, Den,Foyer, Dining Room and Kitchen. Open floor plan with custom moldings-plantation shutters – large granite island in Gourmet Kitchen. Dining Room with doorwall to brick paver patio – piano room off of great room or could be used a den or office. 2 WI closets in Master Bedroom- bath with soaking tub and two vanities. 2nd floor bedroom and full bath, great for company. 2nd BR on first floor plus another bath. Basement prepped for bath and has egress window. Move-in and enjoy.

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$300,000 :: 3285 BRIDLEWOOD DR, Rochester MI, 48306-4745

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3 beds, 3 baths
Home size: 2,361 sq ft
Lot Size: 8,276 sq ft
Added: 06/27/18, Last Updated: 07/30/18
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 21467061
Community: Oakland Twp (63101)
Tract: VILLAGES OF COUNTRY CREEK OCCP
Status: Sold

Incredible bi-level colonial in Oakland Township with Rochester Hills schools. Spacious open concept living and dining room feature vaulted ceilings, doorwall access to large deck, and skylights. Gorgeous kitchen boasts stainless steel appliances, hardwood floors, and wood cabinets. Two nice sized entry level bedrooms share a full bath. Master suite offers walk-in closet, double sink, and vaulted ceiling. Lower level provides convenient half bath, walk out access, laundry, living, and potential bedroom or office space. Attached two car garage with direct access, quiet neighborhood, and back patio in the shade. Welcome home!

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$524,900 :: 3838 ELK DR, Rochester MI, 48306-1027

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5 beds, 5 baths
Home size: 3,944 sq ft
Lot Size: 16,117 sq ft
Added: 07/29/18, Last Updated: 07/29/18
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 21481707
Community: Oakland Twp (63101)
Tract: DEER POINT
Status: Active

One of the largest homes in the Sub with over 5500 square feet of living space. Masterfully built to impress with a raised elevation, excessive amounts of brick, 3 car side turned garage and an extra deeply excavated walk out basement. Upon entering you are greeted by refinished HWF and 2 story foyer and spiral staircase. Hardwood runs into the double door office just off the foyer and ends in the kitchen and breakfast nook. The kitchen has more cabinet space than you need and granite counters as well as built in double oven and cook top. The vaulted family room is conveniently off of the kitchen and is accented by the first of your 2 gas fireplaces in the house. Off of the kitchen is the second staircase that will take you to the 4 spacious second floor bedrooms and 3 full baths. Master bedroom with private bath and large walk in closet. Updates include: New Air Conditioning, concrete work, some interior and exterior painting, master bath frame less shower door. A Must See

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$400,000 :: 3403 W YORK CRT, Rochester MI, 48306-

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4 beds, 3 baths
Home size: 2,518 sq ft
Lot Size: 16,552 sq ft
Added: 07/27/18, Last Updated: 07/28/18
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 21481516
Community: Oakland Twp (63101)
Tract: COUNTRY CREEK SUB NO 1
Status: Active

Gorgeous, meticulously maintained home in Country Creek, one of Oakland Township’s most popular neighborhoods. Updates include newer roof (2010), exterior paint (2017), windows (2018), furnace, A/C and HW tank (2012). Remodeled master bath (2013) with new tile, double vanity and separate shower/tub combination, custom window treatments and professionally designed landscaping w/sprinkler system. Beautiful, newer hand-scraped, wide-plank, cherry hardwood floors and cherry gourmet kitchen with Jenn Air “black stainless-steel” appliances. Inviting deck off breakfast nook, perfect for outdoor entertaining and enjoying the large yard. Sunk-in Pottery Barn style family room with large fireplace and mantel for those cozy evenings. Lovely neutral finishes perfectly compliment your style. Side entry garage. Award-winning schools and easy access to I-75, Village of Rochester and Adams corridor. Turn-Key and 100% Move-In Ready!

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$749,500 :: 5240 STONEHENGE Drive, Oakland Township MI, 48306

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4 beds, 3.1 baths
Home size: 4,136 sq ft
Lot Size: 42,253 sq ft
Added: 07/27/18, Last Updated: 07/27/18
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 218071703
Community: Oakland Twp
Tract: STONEHENGE ESTATES SUB
Status: Active

BEAUTIFUL 1 ACRE SETTING W/MATURE TREES SURROUNDS A LOVELY WELL MAINTAINED BRICK COLONIAL. THIS HOME HAS 5,600+ FINISHED SQ FT & PORTRAYS PRIDE OF OWNERSHIP. SOARING CEILINGS & WINDOWS DRAW IN NATURAL LIGHT IN LIVING RM. DINING RM W/ INTRICATE MOLDINGS & COLUMNS. WHITE KIT. W/ISLAND & GRANITE COUNTERTOPS W/ AN ADJOINING BUTLERS PANTRY. 1ST FLOOR OFFICE W/ CUSTOM BUILT-INS AROUND FIREPLACE & PRIVATE DECK. DUAL STAIRCASE LEADS TO 4 BEDROOMS UP, FRENCH DOORS OPEN TO MASTER SUITE W/FIREPLACE, ENSUITE BATH & W/I CLOSET. LARGE PRINCESS SUITE W/ WINDOW SEAT, WALK-IN CLOSET. SPACIOUS 3RD & 4TH BEDROOMS SHARE A JACK-N-JILL BATH. FINISHED WALKOUT BASEMENT W/FULL BATH, WET BAR, WINE BAR, FAMILY RM W/ FIREPLACE, FITNESS ROOM & LOADS OF ENTERTAINING SPACE. SPACIOUS 3 CAR GARAGE. ENJOY 2 OUTDOOR ENTERTAINING AREAS,A CUSTOM WATERFALL, 2 PONDS, FIREPIT AREA, ZIPLINE AND MORE. WHOLE HOUSE GENERATOR, NEW FURNACE W/HEPA FILTER. ROCHESTER SCHOOLS – BALDWIN, HART & STONEY CREEK HIGH

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Some Not-So-Tiny Obstacles in the Growing Market for Tiny Houses

(TNS)—When Tom Alsani heard about plans for a tiny-home community in St. Petersburg, Fla., he got so excited he immediately wanted to know more.

“Right now I have a house with three bedrooms, but the kids are gone and I’m trying to downsize,” says Alsani, a quality-control inspector for furniture companies. “To me, a tiny house is very, very attractive. It’s a state of mind; it’s not about how big you have it but the level of contentment and happiness.”

Few housing options have captured the public imagination like tiny houses, seen as an affordable and, yes, adorable antidote to the excesses of modern life. Their appeal is wide—to empty nesters like Alsani, soon to be retired and living on Social Security, to millennials, too burdened with student loan debt to buy a normal-size house, and to vagabonds at heart who like the idea of packing up and hitting the road at a moment’s notice.

But for all the enthusiasm, the tiny house movement isn’t moving very fast. Financing, zoning laws and entrenched attitudes have conspired to limit tiny houses to a tiny percentage of the nation’s housing stock.

“With tiny homes, because it has a new name and is not called an RV or a mobile home, people don’t know how to treat it,” says Preston Melson, a partner in a St. Petersburg company that makes tiny houses.

Today, though, “tiny house” typically means a dwelling of 400 square feet or less on wheels. While the mobility is attractive, it has impeded the widespread acceptance of tiny homes.

Legally, wheeled houses are considered recreational vehicles and are generally restricted to RV parks by county and municipal zoning laws. Many so-called “tiny homers” don’t want to live in RV parks, however, because they cater primarily to vacationers, not permanent residents.

Owners who don’t plan to move their tiny homes can build them as permanent structures on vacant land where zoning permits; thus, the challenge of tiny houses “is where to put them,” Melson says. “That’s the No. 1 enemy.”

Paying for tiny houses is getting easier. Since 2013, SunTrust’s LightStream division has offered tiny-home loans—actually, personal, non-secured loans of up to $100,000—for as long as seven years. Interest rates range from 4.04 percent to 11.04 percent, depending on the borrower’s credit history. (The minimum score is 660, and the applicant must have some assets like a 401(k) or stock.)

Though it has fewer borrowers than for car and home improvement loans, the market for tiny-home loans “punches above its weight,” says Julie Olian, LightStream’s vice president of Public Relations. “Our portfolio has grown as the market has increased. It’s a great way to get a first home and it’s one that’s flexible in terms of where it is [located].”

©2018 Tampa Bay Times (St. Petersburg, Fla.)
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Minutes, or Money? Homeowners Save by Trading Off Travel to Work

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In city cores, commuting from farther out takes time, but can save thousands, according to an analysis newly released by Zillow.

In Boston, there is a 13.4 percent difference in home prices, typically, between the center of the city and locales 15 minutes out—the highest rate of savings, and totaling $57,260. In Seattle, the difference is 11.3 percent, or $54,599; in Washington, D.C., the difference is 9.4 percent, or $37,709. The analysis factored in 34 of the largest metros, in conjunction with HERE Technologies, a city intelligence and mapping platform.

In approximately one-third of the cities examined, however, the opposite is true. Compared to downtown, homes are pricier in suburbs in Texas—Dallas-Fort Worth, Houston and San Antonio, specifically—and in Baltimore, Detroit and Sacramento. San Antonio has the highest premium rate, at 14.2 percent (translating to $27,509), and Dallas has the lowest, at 0.1 percent ($308).

Convenience costs—but according to Aaron Terrazas, senior economist at Zillow, 15 minutes daily equals five months over a lifetime. With affordability eroding, is shorter travel worth it?

“There has been an urban revival in many U.S. cities over the past two decades driven by evolving preferences among young adults and a long-term shift in the American economy toward service jobs, but, this does come with a cost,” says Terrazas. “In many cities, there’s a growing tradeoff between a short commute and an affordable home. The regular commute to and from work looms large over the typical American worker’s life. Over a 30-year career, reducing your one-way commute by just 15 minutes frees up five months of one’s life for more rewarding pursuits.

“For some home shoppers, it may be worth paying more to spend less time sitting in traffic, but for others, deteriorating mortgage affordability and lifestyle needs and wants make longer commutes a reality,” Terrazas says.

Across age groups, closer commutes are important. According to a January National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) survey, both millennials and the Silent Generation would live in an apartment or townhome if it meant less travel to work.

For more information, please visit www.zillow.com.

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