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Beautiful 3-Bedroom Colonial in Belleville

 
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July 25th, 2014  |  +Greer Thibodeau  |  No Comments

Featured Listing

This week we are featuring Megan Crosbie’s listing – 15459 Brookside Drive, Belleville, MI 48111 

15459 Brookside Dr. - Belleville, MIQ. Can you describe the architectural style of the home?
2-story 3 bedroom colonial

15459 Brookside Dr. - Sitting AreaQ. What distinctive features set this home apart?
Schedule a showing today to see this beautiful 3-bedroom colonial home in the desirable Wildbrook Subdivision featuring 1st floor laundry, study, and a spacious eat-in kitchen with upgraded cabinets, new backsplash and center island. Adjacent to the kitchen is the great room with vaulted ceiling, several windows letting in plenty of natural light and a combined wood/gas fireplace. The upper level includes two bedrooms, full bathroom and a master suite with vaulted ceiling, large walk-in closet and master bathroom with dual sinks, shower and tub.

15459 Brookside Dr. - Kitchen

Q. What are the advantages of the location & neighborhood?
Neighborhood is near the expressway, elementary school and several metro parks including Lower Huron, a 1,000 acre park featuring a golf course, aquatic center, tennis, basketball, volleyball, ice skating, walking trails and camping. You do not want to miss seeing this spectacular home!

15459 Brookside Dr - Bedroom

Q. Have there been any recent renovations or upgrades?
The eat-in kitchen has new backsplash and upgraded cabinets. The bathrooms also have updated cabinets.15459 Brookside Dr. - DeckQ. What amazing views will the new homeowner be able to enjoy?
Enjoy the privacy of mature trees in the backyard on the brick patio, the perfect spot for entertaining. Another home will not be built behind the home.

15459 Brookside Dr. - BackyardIf you would like more information about 15459 Brookside Dr, Belleville, MI or if you are interested in scheduling a showing, please contact Megan Crosbie at 734-645-4296.

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Greer Thibodeau works for Charles Reinhart Company Realtors as their Marketing Coordinator. Greer is responsible for coordinating, planning, and implementing all digital marketing.

Recycling Option Added to Ann Arbor Parks

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

Earlier this month the City of Ann Arbor and Recycle Ann Arbor partnered together to provide single-stream sorting bins in 14 Ann Arbor parks and nature areas. Recycling bins give visitors an effective recycling option. The goal is to keep recyclables out of landfills. Studies have shown that if recycling receptacles aren’t present, the majority of people won’t hold on to their plastic water bottle until they get home to recycle it- which leads to unnecessary items being land filled.

Recycle Bin

Parks piloting this program include:
• Allmendinger Park
• Argo Nature Area
• Bandemer Park
• Burns Park
• Buhr Park
• Fuller Park
• Frisinger Park
• Island Park
• Mary Beth Doyle Nature Area
• Riverside Park
• Southeast Area Park
• Veterans Memorial Park
• West Park
• Wheeler Park

Glass, metal, plastic bottles & tubs (#1, #2, #4-7) and paper can all go into the single-stream sorting bins.  Recycling bins shouldn’t be used for food waste, Styrofoam, plastic bags, or dog waste.

Pilot parks were chosen based on the frequency of park users. For more information about recycling in the parks, please contact info@recycleannarbor.org or 734.662.6288 ext. 119.

Picture Credit: Recycle Ann Arbor

Source: Recycle Ann Arbor & The City of Ann Arbor

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Greer Thibodeau works for Charles Reinhart Company Realtors as their Marketing Coordinator. Greer is responsible for coordinating, planning, and implementing all digital marketing.

Enjoy Sun and Fun this Weekend in Washtenaw County

 
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July 23rd, 2014  |  +Greer Thibodeau  |  No Comments

Sounds and Sights 2014
The annual Chelsea Sounds & Sights Festival is returning to historic Chelsea, Michigan. The two-day, three-night event runs Thursday, July 24, through Saturday, July 26. The revelries include live music and social tent, kids’ entertainment and activities, a classic car show, pet parade, and more. All performances and activities are held in downtown Chelsea.

In addition to music and entertainment this year the indie art market will be back and better than ever. According to the Chelsea Standard the 2014 artist line-up will featuring cool, hip and affordable art from emerging artists and craft persons. Street artists will demonstrate techniques in clay, glass, spray paint, jewelry making, painting, and wood for event attendees.

Click here for a full schedule of events.
County Farm
Do you have a flower lover in your family? Join naturalist Shawn Severance, for an exploration of garden, field and forest habitats County Farm and learn about many of the summer wildflowers found in the park.  Meet up in Ann Arbor at the Platt road entrance of the County Farm at 2 p.m. on Saturday, July 26.

Click here for more information.

Beer fest
The oldest of the Michigan Brewers Guild’s four annual festivals, the Summer Beer Festival returns July 25-26 to Ypsilanti’s Riverside Park in historic Depot Town. It features approximately 800 different beers from more than 80 Michigan craft breweries. Food will be available for purchase inside the festival, and guests will enjoy live music from a variety of Michigan bands.

Click here for a the complete beer list and more information about the event

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Greer Thibodeau works for Charles Reinhart Company Realtors as their Marketing Coordinator. Greer is responsible for coordinating, planning, and implementing all digital marketing.

Welcome to the Charles Reinhart Company, Jay Houghton

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

We are excited to welcome Jay Houghton to the Reinhart Commercial

Houghton, Jay

For the past 10 years, Jay Houghton has been owner and principal broker for Royal Oak Business Brokers which he founded. He developed a robust practice engaged in brokering business opportunities and franchise territories mainly in southeast Michigan. His experience ranges from brokering Main Street fast food franchises to medium sized manufacturing plants to steel suppliers and scrap yards. Jay’s expertise in business brokering will be a welcome addition to Reinhart Commercial.

Jay is a native Michigander having grown up in Rochester and achieving a B.A. in English from Oakland University and an MBA from Wayne State University. Prior to becoming a business broker he held a number of positions in the auto industry including Account Director with Oracle Software, Manager of Marketing with Audi of America, and was a Senior Vice President with Campbell-Ewald Advertising. He also won a Gold Medal for his book “The Digital Dealer”.

Jay recently relocated to Ann Arbor from Royal Oak and is active in the local community and teaches a class at the Ann Arbor Rec & Ed on how to buy a business. He is working out of the Commercial Office – 2200 Green Road – and can be reached at 734-669-5917 or by email at jchoughton@reinhartcommercial.com.

Greer Thibodeau

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Greer Thibodeau works for Charles Reinhart Company Realtors as their Marketing Coordinator. Greer is responsible for coordinating, planning, and implementing all digital marketing.

DIY Weekend Project: Building a Fire Pit

 
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July 19th, 2014  |  +Greer Thibodeau  |  No Comments

Outdoor fire pits provide a place to gather with family and friends, roast marshmallows, and snack on s’mores. If you want to enjoy your evenings next to a fire, consider this weekend DIY project.

Person at firepit

Lowe’s designed a simple and fast system for a fire pit with a ring of concrete blocks surrounding a steel fire pit bowl with a cover. Removable fire pit bowls make cleaning easier. Do not build this design on a deck. A metal poker is recommended to move and adjust wood in the pit for an optimum fire.

Before Building

Step 1
Check with any local ordinances or homeowners’ association guidelines to see if fire pits are permitted. Some regulations don’t allow them, while others require that they be located at least a specific distance away from structures or property lines (typically 20 feet).

Step 2
Select a convenient and safe location. Make sure that it’s in an open area away from the house, low tree limbs or anything else that could catch fire. If possible, have it near your woodpile for convenience.

Step 3
Place a small flag at the selected location, and check it periodically over a few days to determine the wind direction. You don’t want smoke blowing in your windows.

Begin Building

Step 1
Gather the materials and tools you’ll need for this job. Once gathered, construction of the fire pit should only take an hour or two at the most.

Step 2
Assemble the fire pit screen cover, and place it on the patio to mark the center of the fire pit. This step will help you determine the size of the fire pit ring.

Step 3
Place the first layer of blocks around the cover, making sure all the joints between blocks are tight. The example project has 16 blocks in each layer. Mortar isn’t used.

Step 4
Remove the cover and set it aside for now.

Step 5
Install the second layer of blocks on top of the completed first layer, staggering the joints between the blocks to strengthen the wall.

Step 6
Install the third, then the fourth layer of blocks, staggering the joints.

Step 7
Install the fire pit tray — without the legs — in the ring.
Step 8
Install the fire pit grate.

You are now ready to enjoy your fire pit throughout the summer and into the fall.

Click here for more information about building a fire pit.

 Source: Lowes

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Greer Thibodeau works for Charles Reinhart Company Realtors as their Marketing Coordinator. Greer is responsible for coordinating, planning, and implementing all digital marketing.

Peaceful and Serene Water Front Home in Grass Lake

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

Featured Listing

This week we are featuring Rick Taylor’s listing - 490 Island Drive, Grass Lake, MI, 49240.

490 Island Drive, Grass Lake, MIQ. Can you describe the architectural style of the home?
Bavarian style architecture

490 Island Dr - EntryQ. What distinctive features set this home apart?
The expansive 1.5 story home boasts over 3500 sq. ft. with the best views of Grass Lake water frontage and 15 acres of land.

490 Island Dr - KitchenQ. What are the advantages of the location & neighborhood?
Panoramic views abound, yet it is only four minutes to 1-94 and 30 minutes to Ann Arbor.

490 Island Dr - FireplaceQ. Does the community have any amenities we should know about?
All-sports lake

490 Island Dr - MasterQ. What amazing views will the new homeowner be able to enjoy?
Panoramic views of rolling countryside and water front views to the south and west.

490 Island Dr - Master BalconyQ. What makes the price of this home so great?
This is the kind of home that will easily increase in value upon improvements made.

490 Island Dr - Backyard Q. Can you tell us a fun fact about the home?
You’ll feel like you’re living in Europe.

490 Island Dr - StairsQ. Is there anything else you’d like to tell us about the home?
This rare architectural home offers such peace and serenity you’ll immediately want to call this home your own. This is a prime water front location at a fraction of the cost.

490 Island Dr - WaterIf you would like more information about 490 Island Drive, Grass Lake, MI or if you are interested in scheduling a showing, please contact Rick Taylor at 734-223-5656.

Greer Thibodeau

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Greer Thibodeau works for Charles Reinhart Company Realtors as their Marketing Coordinator. Greer is responsible for coordinating, planning, and implementing all digital marketing.

Welcome to the Charles Reinhart Company, Nick Beeson

 
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July 17th, 2014  |  +Greer Thibodeau  |  No Comments

We are happy to welcome Nick Beeson to the Charles Reinhart Company, Realtors

Nick Beeson

A Michigan native, Nick Beeson grew up in Lansing, but has lived in the area for 40 years. He holds a B.S. in Chemistry, a M.S. in Computer Science and Engineering; and a Ph.D. in Biophysics. Prior to becoming a Realtor, he worked as a biomedical researcher for 15 years at the University of Michigan. Before the University of Michigan he held an agricultural research position for ERIM International.

He now applies his research and problem solving skills to help his clients find their perfect home. Nick is working out of the North Office – 2200 Green Road – and can be reached at 734-730-8043 or by email at nbeeson@reinhartrealtors.com.

Greer Thibodeau

Greer Thibodeau

 

Greer Thibodeau works for Charles Reinhart Company Realtors as their Marketing Coordinator. Greer is responsible for coordinating, planning, and implementing all digital marketing.

Ann Arbor Art Fair Returns for the 45th Year

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

In less than 24 hours over 500,000 visitors from across the globe will make the journey to downtown Ann Arbor to experience for the 45th Ann Arbor Art Fair. The art fair will be held Wednesday July 16 to Friday July 18, from 10 a.m. – 9 p.m. and Saturday July 19, 10 a.m. -6 p.m. throughout the streets of downtown Ann Arbor.

ann-arbor-art-fair-logo

The Summer Art Fair has 375 exhibiting artist booths, art demonstrations and features special guests including the Carr Center Artist-in-Training program and the Gallery U Boutique, an art therapy and vocational training program from Therapeutic Rehab/Universal Institute.  There will also be cooling misting stations located on State Street.

 

Art Fair Map-2

Getting Around
The best way to get around the fair is to take a shuttle. Shuttles are reasonably priced at just $1.50 each way, or $3.00 for a round trip. Students in grades K-12 and Fare Deal cardholders ride for $.75. Holders of Senior and A-Ride identification cards issued by TheRide, and children five years of age and younger, ride free.

 

For Locals
While Ann Arborites may feel frustrated by the increased traffic and trouble parking there are still many things we can appreciate. For locals the art fair provides important economic benefits to the city. A recent economic impact study conducted by the Ann Arbor Area Convention and Visitors Bureau, The Ann Arbor Art Fair was second only to the University of Michigan for visitor recognition with July being the month Ann Arbor saw the most visitors.

Downtown Ann Arbor Art Fair

Art Fair App
For those who are looking to navigate the fair there is an app for that. A free iPhone application includes an interactive map of the fair (with geo-location, so users can see their current location in relationship to specific artists), with information about local businesses; AAAF events; the trolley; food; information booths; music stages; parking; and a comprehensive list of artists, with sample images of their work.

Click here for a full lineup of performances and events.

Greer Thibodeau

Greer Thibodeau

 

Greer Thibodeau works for Charles Reinhart Company Realtors as their Marketing Coordinator. Greer is responsible for coordinating, planning, and implementing all digital marketing.

Breathtaking Craftsman Style Home Near Peach Mountain-Dexter

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

Featured Listing This week we are featuring Jackie Scheller’s listing – 7755 Dexter Pinckney Rd., Dexter, MI 48130 7755 Dexter Pinckney Road, Dexter, MI Q. Can you describe the architectural style of the home?
The home is a cross between Craftsman and Post and Beam style construction. Carriage house adds great character to the property and an additional three parking spaces and 2 bedroom apartment.

7755 Dexter Pinckney Road - Living Room Q. What distinctive features set this home apart?
This elegant yet comfortable custom built home is an open space concept with five bedrooms, four bathrooms, and separate in-law/nanny quarters. Chef’s kitchen includes six burner stove and outstanding pantry. The lower level has a fully finished walkout with all the amenities. The home was built with energy efficient construction. 7755 Dexter Pinckney Road - Formal Dinning RoomQ. What are the advantages of the location & neighborhood?
Located at the base of Peach Mountain the windows overlook hardwoods and nature. 7755 Dexter Pinckney Road - Kitchen Q. Have there been any recent renovations or upgrades?
There are many updates including a gourmet kitchen with stainless and granite. Master suite was updated with a new jetted tub, separate shower, and a radiant heated floor with tile. Fresh paint throughout interior and exterior. 7755 Dexter Pinckney Road - DeckQ. Does the community have any amenities we should know about?
Located in the outstanding Dexter School District this home is located near Hudson Mills Metropark, Pinckney Recreation area, Chain of Lakes, and the Huron River. 7755 Dexter Pinckney Road - Master Suite Q. What amazing views will the new homeowner be able to enjoy?
Nestled in the middle of 70 acres at the base of Peach Mountain you can see beautiful woods and natural areas from every room. The covered deck has an outstanding view of hardwoods and “mountain”. 7755 Dexter Pinckney Road - Master Bath Q. What makes the price of this home so great?
Outstanding value for a family who needs a nanny or in-law space needs. Energy efficient construction includes 2” Styrofoam in basement walls and floors, 2 X 6 construction of perimeter walls with R-19 insulation. Windows are topline. 7755 Dexter Pinckney Road - Finished Lower Level Pool RoomQ. Can you tell us a fun fact about the home?
The hardwood cherry floors and molding is harvested from central Pennsylvania.

7755 Dexter Pinckney Road -Carriage HouseQ. Is there anything else you’d like to tell us about the home?
The stone for the home and fireplace was excavated from mid Pennsylvania. It is called “Hard Rock”.

7755 Dexter Pinckney Road - Yard
Come see the property in person at the open house this Sunday, July 13th from 12:00pm to 5:00pm.

If you would like more information about 7755 Dexter Pinckney Rd., Dexter, MI or if you are interested in scheduling a showing, please contact Jackie Scheller at 734-707-8774.

Greer Thibodeau

Greer Thibodeau

 

Greer Thibodeau works for Charles Reinhart Company Realtors as their Marketing Coordinator. Greer is responsible for coordinating, planning, and implementing all digital marketing.

Rocking and Rolling all Weekend Long

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

You don’t have to wait for the Ann Arbor Art Fairs to have a good time in Washtenaw County. There are a plethora of pleasurable summer events happening this weekend. On Friday you can chose between the ElvisFest, Rolling Sculpture Car Show, and Saline Celtic Festival. The Ann Arbor Latin Festival is Saturday and Huron River Day is this Sunday.

Michigan Elvisfestphoto by: Michigan ElvisFest

 

Michigan ElvisFest
Named “One of the best music festivals in the Mid-west” by Chicago Tribune the Michigan ElvisFest returns July 11-12. This two day concert has spectacular performances by the best professional Elvis Tribute Artists in North America, as well as other amazing tribute entertainers, including: Roy Orbison, The Blues Brothers, and Paul McCartney.

Don’t miss your chance to pay homage to the king of rock and roll in Ypsilanti’s beautiful Riverside Park.

Click here for more information

Rolling Car

Rolling Sculpture Car Show

In downtown Ann Arbor the Rolling Sculpture Car Show returns for its 20th Anniversary. With more than 300 exotic, antique, classic, and one of a kind cars on Main, Liberty, and Washington streets in downtown Ann Arbor, this one of kind experience is sure to excite and delight all car enthusiasts.
Hot Rod DJ, Surfer Joe, will be showcasing hot rod songs throughout the show. Stop by and make a request at the corner of Main and Liberty. You can register to win concert tickets at Ann Arbor’s 107one booth on Main Street.
The Ann Arbor District Library will have family activities at their booth on Liberty Street between Fourth and Fifth.

Click here for more information

Celtic Festival photo by: Saline Celtic Festival

Saline Celtic Festival
Voted a “Family Favorite” by Ann Arbor Family Magazine, the Celtic Festival is back in Saline July 11th and 12th. The Celtic Festival began as a result of the Sister City relationship between Saline, Michigan and Brecon, Wales. Although the Festival began as a one day event, it has grown to include many days and evenings.

A party like no other, the festivities include highland dance competitions, young artist showcase, folk activities, pipe bands, sword displays, jousting, haggis hurl, Celtic clobber, music and dance performances, along with festival fare of Michigan based craft beer, food, and Celtic merchants.

Click here for more information

Ann Arbor Latin Festival

Ann Arbor Latin Festival
The first Ann Arbor Latin Festival is taking place this Saturday, July 12, from 1 to 11 p.m. The festival will feature music and dance from The Dominican Republic, Venezuela, Puerto Rico, Mexico and Guatemala. Additionally there will be a meet and greet with Nickelodeon characters Dora and Diego, soccer matches, a beer and alcohol tent, a petting zoo, a bounce house, pony rides, and luchas (Mexican masked wrestlers).

The festival takes place at the Washtenaw Farm Council grounds, 5055 Saline Ann Arbor Rd.

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Huron River Day

Huron River Day
Huron River Day is your chance to participate in free and discounted family river activities. The Ann Arbor Track Club will start the day off at 8:30am with the Gallup Gallop 5K run/fitness walk.
The main Huron River Day activities will be held from noon to 4 p.m. at Gallup Park. Have fun discovering and learning about the Huron River. Activities include a children’s tent with art and science activities and the enviro-challenge game, a canoe photo booth, fishing, dipping for river bugs, live animal program with the Leslie Science and Nature Center, a butterfly house, the classic small boat show, and stand-up paddle boarding.

Musical entertainment will be provided by WCC Performance Ensemble from noon to 1:30 p.m., WCC Jazz Quartet from 1:30 to 2:45 p.m. and Gemini from 2:45 to 4 p.m. Throughout the afternoon, there will be performances by Airhart Circus, AuxWerks and Ann Arbor Aviary celebrating the river through circus and dance. A variety of food will be available for purchase.

Click here for more information

Which events will you be attending this weekend?

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Greer Thibodeau

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Greer Thibodeau works for Charles Reinhart Company Realtors as their Marketing Coordinator. Greer is responsible for coordinating, planning, and implementing all digital marketing.