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5 Places to Enjoy Nature in Ann Arbor

Greer Thibodeau
April 24th, 2014  |  +Greer Thibodeau  |  No Comments

Ann Arbor has a variety of outdoor activities for all ages, abilities and interests. Here are five places you can go to enjoy the outdoors in Tree Town.

Argo & Gallup Parks

Ann Arbor has two canoe liveries located on the beautiful Huron River. Each livery offers different river trip and boat rental options; including boats, paddles, life jackets, van shuttles, river orientation and much more. Argo Livery opens May 3 weekends only from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Gallup Livery is open 7 days/week beginning April 19. Starting May 24 Argo will be open weekends 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. and weekdays 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. These two parks offer a river experience for everyone from first timers to professionals. Visit for more information.

Leslie Science and Nature Center

Situated on 50 acres of fields, woods, prairies, and ponds the Leslie Science and Nature Center has both indoor and outdoor activities. Most well-known for its live birds of prey in outdoor enclosures, it also has animals in the Critter House. This is a wonderful place to explore and get a close-up look at plants, flowers, trees, and birds in their natural habitat. There are programs for people of all ages, nature-themed birthday parties, weekend and special events, and nature day camps during the summer and school breaks. It is free and open to the public every day from sunrise to sunset. Visit  for more information.

Fuller Park Outdoor Pool & Waterslide

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Open daily May 24 through Labor Day, the Fuller Pool has something for everyone to enjoy. It includes a waterslide; 7-lane, 50 meter lap pool; shallow area w/ramp access; 12’ deep diving well and plenty of open space and lounge chairs to relax. The pool offers wonderful activities including public swim, lap swim, log rolling classes, water aerobics, tot splashes, summer splash days, and swim classes. Located just minutes from downtown Ann Arbor and the North campus of the University of Michigan, Fuller Pool is directly across the street from the university hospitals. Visit for more information.

Ann Arbor Farmers Market
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The Ann Arbor Farmers Market is located in the historic Kerrytown neighborhood of Ann Arbor. With over 160 vendors, shoppers can find a wide assortment of local produce, artisans, and prepared food vendors. In operation for more than 90 years, the Wednesday and Saturday market takes pride in reaching customers both during the week and on the weekend, as well as during day and in the evening. Visit for more information.

Matthaei Botanical Gardens & Nichols Arboretum

Matthaei Botanical Gardens and Nichols Arboretum are two garden properties in different locations operating as one unit within the University of Michigan.

Matthaei Botanical Gardens provide a hands-on community for conserving, restoring, and celebrating the environment. You’ll find the conservatory; gift shop; classroom and meeting spaces; display gardens such as the Gaffield Children’s Garden, Bonsai & Penjing Garden, Great Lakes Gardens, and others; and many trails and natural areas. The Botanical Gardens are free and open 7 days a week.

Nichols Arboretum has extensive collections of native and exotic trees and shrubs. As you explore you’ll find one of the richest landscapes in the region. The Arborteum is a haven for students, hospital staff, and visitors year-round. It’s also home to the Peony Garden and several collections of historic or native plants such as the Julie Norris Post Collection of Ericaceous and Appalachian Plants, Centennial Shrub Collection, prairie, and others. The Arb is free and open 7 days a week sunrise to sunset.

Visit for more information.

Photo Credit: City of Ann Arbor 

What outdoor activities do you like to do in Ann Arbor?  Please leave us a comment below to add to this list.

Greer Thibodeau

Greer Thibodeau


Greer Thibodeau works for Charles Reinhart Company Realtors as their Marketing Coordinator.

Save Money by Going Green this Earth Day

Greer Thibodeau
April 22nd, 2014  |  +Greer Thibodeau  |  No Comments

Celebrated on April 22, Earth Day is a global holiday which brings awareness to environmental issues. Today we will address some easy and low cost ways to go green in your home year round. Conserving environmental resources will reduce your energy bills and provide more resources for the next generation.

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Unplug Adapters
Do you turn off your computer and monitor when not in use? How about your TV and DVD players? Consumer electronics account for 15% of the average households electricity use. Many electronics use energy even after they have been switched off. Make sure to unplug adapters (like phone chargers) when they aren’t in use. Also use a power strip and turn it off when you’re done. It will save money and electricity.


Scrape Your Plate
Scrape your dishes off instead of rinsing them. Rinsing dirty dishes uses water and energy. Typically all you need to do is scrape the dishes and the wash cycle will take care of the rest. Also make sure to run the dishwasher only when you have enough dishes for a full load.

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Don’t Wash Away Savings
It may seem like a small thing but hot water accounts for approximately 90% of the energy used by washing machines. Switching to cold water can save more than $30 a year. The U.S. Department of Energy estimates that the average household can save 3,400 gallons of water a year by running full laundry loads instead of half loads.


Leave Your Laundry Out To Dry
How you dry your clothes also impacts energy use. Consider air-drying clothes on a line or drying rack. Just like your washing machine, filling your clothes dryer is important. You want make sure you have a full load, but don’t overload it. Your clothes will dry faster when they have room to tumble. Over-drying wears out your clothes and wastes energy. Sort your dryer loads; dry towels and heavy cotton in a separate load from lighter weight items.
Cleaning the lint filter in the dryer after every load ensures proper air circulation. This simple step also can save you up to $34 each year. Clean your dryer vent at least once a year to ensure it is not blocked. This prevents fire and saves energy.


Stop the Leaks
About one-third of energy loss in U.S. homes could be stopped by such simple moves as caulking and insulating. Caulking and weatherstripping are two techniques to reduce air leaks in and out of your home. They are cost-effective, low tech strategies that cut heating and cooling costs, increase comfort, and create a healthier indoor environment. Caulk can be used to seal cracks and openings such as around door and window frames, whereas weatherstripping is a great way to seal doors, operable windows, and other moving components.

Greer Thibodeau

Greer Thibodeau


Greer Thibodeau works for Charles Reinhart Company Realtors as their Marketing Coordinator.

Ann Arbor: An Intriguing City for Recent Grads

Greer Thibodeau
April 21st, 2014  |  +Greer Thibodeau  |  No Comments

A new list from positions Ann Arbor as one the 10 Best Cities for New College Grads. They selected cities where jobs are available and recent graduates will enjoy living during non-working hours.


Ann Arbor was identified as the 7th best city thanks to its entertainment options, the array of natural amenities, above-average wages to college-educated workers, annual events, and a solid track record of successful entrepreneurs. Livability previously named Ann Arbor the second best college town in the country.

For the full list of best cities for new college graduates visit


What is your favorite thing about Ann Arbor?

Greer Thibodeau

Greer Thibodeau


Greer Thibodeau works for Charles Reinhart Company Realtors as their Marketing Coordinator.

Superb Country French Dwelling in Plymouth

Greer Thibodeau
April 18th, 2014  |  +Greer Thibodeau  |  No Comments


Today we are featuring Nancy Bishop’s Luxury Listing – 11223 N Ridge Road, Plymouth, Michigan 48170.

11223 North Ridge Rd Plymouth MI 48170

Q. What distinctive features set this home apart?
Built by Menard Builders, this Country French dwelling is superb construction. It is luxury on a grand scale.

11223 North Ridge Rd Entry

11223 North Ridge Rd Sitting Area

Q. Have there been any recent renovations or upgrades?
Highlighted by top-notch finishes this home features heated floors, steam shower and jetted tubs, beamed ceilings, crown molding and rich hardwood floors. It has all of the expected amenities including a first floor master suite, executive chef’s kitchen with high-end appliances, custom cabinets, granite countertops and tumbled tile floors.

11223 North Ridge Rd Kitchen

Q. What amazing views will the new homeowner be able to enjoy?
The windows bring the outside in and offer great views of nature’s very best on this private 1.57 acre setting.

11223 North Ridge Rd Dinning

Q. What makes the price of this home so great?
A home that speaks for itself, it is proudly offered at $1,200,000.

11223 North Ridge Rd Living Room

Q. Can you tell us a fun fact about the home?
The first-floor master wing has vaulted ceiling and premium bath with steam shower and jetted tub.

11223 North Ridge Rd Master

11223 North Ridge Rd Master Bath

Q. Is there anything else you’d like to tell us about the home?
This home beckons those who covet exacting workmanship, subtle artistry, and a livability quotient that is off the charts.

11223 North Ridge Rd Game Room
For more information about 11223 N Ridge Road, Plymouth, Michigan 48170, or if you are interested in scheduling a showing please contact Nancy Bishop at 734-761-3040.

Greer Thibodeau

Greer Thibodeau


Greer Thibodeau works for Charles Reinhart Company Realtors as their Marketing Coordinator.

Live Storytelling Event Supports Student Education

Greer Thibodeau
April 15th, 2014  |  +Greer Thibodeau  |  No Comments

The Student Advocacy Center of Michigan (SAC) has been a voice for students since 1975. SAC provides education advocacy and support, education mentoring, dropout prevention and family support with a focus on economically disadvantaged youth, youth in foster care or a homeless situation, students with mental illness, youth impacted by school discipline and zero tolerance, and youth facing barriers to enrolling in or attending school.

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Each year SAC hold a live storytelling fundraising event “Telling Tales Out of School“.   The event features professional and new storytellers that come together to inspire, challenge, and create community. This is your opportunity to come and celebrate live storytelling, while supporting the Student Advocacy Center and its work ensuring that the most vulnerable students stay in school and realize their rights to a quality public education.

The year on the event takes place Friday, April 25, from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at Washtenaw Community College’s Towsley Auditorium in the Morris Lawrence Building, 4800 E. Huron River Dr., Ann Arbor.

Tickets are $25 for the general public and $10 for high school and college students.

For more information please visit

Greer Thibodeau

Greer Thibodeau


Greer Thibodeau works for Charles Reinhart Company Realtors as their Marketing Coordinator.

Market Activity Remains Strong through the First Quarter of 2014

Dave Lutton
April 14th, 2014  |  +Dave Lutton  |  No Comments

Despite the winter weather, first quarter 2014 sales of houses and condominiums equaled the record pace of 2013.

Market activity remains very strong:
• Buyer demand is high.
• Mortgage rates remain low.
• Average sale prices grew by 18% in 2013.
• Sales rose in many Washtenaw County school districts and were down 2% in Ann Arbor.
• Reinhart maintained its dominant market position.


For sound advice and help creating your real estate plan, visit our website today.


*Data is from the Ann Arbor Board of Realtors Multiple Listing Service for the period of 1/1/2014 – 3/31/2014

Dave Lutton

Dave Lutton


Charming Two-story Colonial Home in Ann Arbor

Greer Thibodeau
April 11th, 2014  |  +Greer Thibodeau  |  No Comments


This week we are featuring Megan Crosbie’s Listing – 1422 Pine Valley Blvd, Ann Arbor, MI, 48104

1422 Pine Valley Blvd Ann Arbor MI

This two-story colonial home is located in the highly sought after Georgetown neighborhood.

1422 Pine Valley Blvd Sitting areaThis beautiful house features an open floor plan, large living room with brick fireplace and updated bathrooms.

1422 Pine Valley Blvd Living room

The upper level includes 4 spacious bedrooms and gorgeous hardwood floors.

1422 Pine Valley Blvd bedroomThis move-in ready home backs to Esch Park, which has a playground and baseball diamond.

1422 Pine Valley Blvd OfficeIn a desirable location the home is close to the bus line, highway, shopping and Georgetown Country Club, which includes golf, tennis and a swimming pool.

1422 Pine Valley Blvd Park

To see the property in person come visit the open house this Sunday, April 13th from
1:00pm to 3:00pm.

For more information about 1422 Pine Valley Blvd, Ann Arbor, MI, 48104 or if you are interested in scheduling a showing please contact Megan Crosbie at 734-645-4296.

Greer Thibodeau

Greer Thibodeau


Greer Thibodeau works for Charles Reinhart Company Realtors as their Marketing Coordinator.

6 Easy Tips for a Promising Yard

Greer Thibodeau
April 10th, 2014  |  +Greer Thibodeau  |  No Comments

Taking care of your yard in the spring will yield bountiful and beautiful blooms through the summer. Follow the 6 tips below to prepare your yard.


Clean-up the Yard
Spring is an important time for yard maintenance and repair. Start by removing tree limbs, dead or damaged plants, and cutting down last year’s perennial foliage, and toss it into the compost pile. Rake mulch from beds planted with bulbs before foliage appears. Also check steps, fences, and paths for disrepair caused by freezing and thawing.


Organize Your Tools
Spring is the perfect time to take an inventory of what tools you have and what you need. By organizing your tools you will be able to easily see which tools are missing or damaged. Head to the local hardware store with a list and replace missing or damaged tools. This will help you maintain your yard all season long.


Mower Power
Annual lawn mower maintenance will ensure that your mower runs well and keep your yard beautiful and healthy.  Spring is the perfect time to sharpen blades, refill the oil, tighten nuts and bolts, clean intake screens, install new spark plugs and lubricate moving parts. Make sure to reseed your lawn before mowing.

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Rake in Your Grass
Raking the lawn removes dead growth and winter debris. It helps bring light and air to the soil level, encouraging the grass to grow. Start by raking bare spots firmly with a metal rake. Sprinkle grass seed into a bucket of soil and spread evenly over bare spots. Keep well-watered until seeds germinate and the new grass establishes.


Make Your Beds
Flower beds require upkeep. Clear the planting area by removing sod, weeds, and debris. Spread a 4-inch layer of compost or manure over soil. Covering bare spots with mulch or ground cover will minimize the emergence of new weeds.


Sow Your Seeds
After you’ve made your flower beds, you can begin to fill them. Even though it may not seem warm enough, many trees, shrubs, and perennials such as hostas and daylilies should be planted by early spring. Now is a good time to plant cool-season flowers like poppies, calendula, and sweet peas, and vegetables such as lettuce, broccoli, cabbage, parsley, kale and spinach.

Source: Martha Stewart 

Greer Thibodeau

Greer Thibodeau


Greer Thibodeau works for Charles Reinhart Company Realtors as their Marketing Coordinator.

Ann Arbor’s Condo Market is in Full Swing

Greer Thibodeau
April 9th, 2014  |  +Greer Thibodeau  |  No Comments

As more buyers are looking to move downtown, the Ann Arbor condo market is facing a lack of inventory and record-setting sale prices.


Twenty-three condominiums are listed for sale in the downtown Ann Arbor area, with five of those properties under contract, according to data from Ann Arbor’s multiple listing service.
Downtown condos range from the Tower Plaza building on East William Street — where units are listed from $134,800 to $259,000 — to a high-end loft on South Main Street listed for $1.725 million.

The demand is highest for high-end and newer units, and only a handful of those properties are available. Recent sales data shows some downtown condos are selling at record prices. The average sale price of condos in all of Washtenaw County last year was $248,601, up from $210,616 in 2012, according to the Ann Arbor Area Board of Realtors.


The rise in demand is causing some downtown property owners to explore options for constructing condominiums atop their existing buildings. The owners of the Running Fit building at 121-123 E. Liberty St. proposed an addition that would include six housing units. Just around the corner, the new owners of the building at 210-216 S. Fourth Ave. want to add roughly 30 condos or apartments as part of a redevelopment of the property.

Read the full article 

Source: MLive 

Greer Thibodeau

Greer Thibodeau


Greer Thibodeau works for Charles Reinhart Company Realtors as their Marketing Coordinator.

A Foolishly Good Time in Ann Arbor

Greer Thibodeau
April 2nd, 2014  |  +Greer Thibodeau  |  No Comments

April Fool’s Day may be over but the fun will continue this weekend during FoolMoon and FestiFools. These two great events are a celebration of April Fool’s.

FoolMoon takes place Friday, April 4, from dusk to midnight and features a procession of hand-made illuminated sculptures on Washington and Ashley Street in downtown Ann Arbor. The foolishness starts at 6pm in front of Grizzly Peak and will feature live music and tasty, specially brewed luminary-libations.


Observers can get in on the fun of the event by purchasing a luminary kit for $20.  The kits provide the supplies need to make your own luminary and all the proceeds go to the funding of the event.

FestiFools is the street art fair that features giant man-operated papier-mâché puppets and street entertainment. This year’s FestiFools is Sunday, April 6th, from 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Main Street between William and Washington.

Festifools Hedgehog by Cazatoma

This year, FestiFools will also bring a taste of Brazilian Samba. Magali, a singer-songwriter and dancer (from Rio), and Philip Galinsky, a leading authority in the US on Brazilian music will share their uplifting performance and high-energy skills in samba, the most famous music and dance of Brazil. They will be joined by Nick Rifken from the University of Michigan School of Music Samba Band Vencedores.

For more information visit

Photo Source: FestiFools Papier-mache Hedgehog by Tricia J via Flickr 

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Greer Thibodeau

Greer Thibodeau


Greer Thibodeau works for Charles Reinhart Company Realtors as their Marketing Coordinator.