$117,000 :: 425 N ETON, Birmingham MI, 48009

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2 beds, 1 full, 1 part baths
Home size: 973 sq ft
Lot Size: 0 sq ft
Added: 08/14/14, Last Updated: 09/26/14
Property Type: Condo/Ranch 2nd Flr or Above, Residential
MLS Number: 31207683
Community: Birmingham (63192)
Status: Sold

Classy Buckingham Village move-in-ready upper unit! Excellent location across from Pembroke Park, & walking distance to L.A. Fitness, Griffen Claw, Big Rock & the Rail District! Quiet well maintained complex w/ common area pool & picnic area. Recent updates include Stainless Steel kitchen appls, designer interior paint & lighting fixtures! Master BDRM w/attached half bath. Spacious 2nd bdrm w/WIC. Spacious living room w/door wall to private balcony. Lg storage area in bsmt w/washer/dryer.

Listed with Real Estate One Troy

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Best Way To Boost Your Home's Value Overnight

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ShutterstockBig-ticket landscaping items such as mature trees can not only boost the value of you home but of the neighborhood.

Want to boost the value of your home up to 28 percent overnight? Beef up the landscaping in front of your house. Big-ticket landscaping items — mature trees, well-formed shrubs and a green lawn — can increase the value of your home up to 28 percent and decrease the time it sits on the housing market by 10 to 15 percent, says Florida landscape economist John Harris.

Beautiful trees, which add the bulk of the value, not only add to your home’s bottom line, but they’ll boost the value of your neighbor’s houses, too — and vice versa. A Portland, Oregon, study found that a large-canopy tree, like a maple, planted in the front yard of an urban house increased the sale price on average by nearly $9,000 (the equivalent of adding almost 130 square feet of finished space) and shaved almost two days off its time on the market. Plus, the tree added almost $13,000 to the value of the 7.6 houses lying within the tree’s 100-foot radius.

How much are your trees worth?

The National Tree Benefit Calculator on the Arbor Day Foundation site can give you a rough idea of how much your street-side trees can add to your property’s value. For instance, a mature red maple planted in McLean, Virginia, would add $123 to the home’s property value, while the same tree planted in Beverly Hills, California, would add $107, according to the calculator.

Purdue University Cooperative Extension Service in Indiana has a formula for estimating the dollar value of an individual tree, which includes the tree’s size, cost, health and position in the yard.
According to Purdue, a 16-inch diameter silver maple, in good health and form, planted in the yard of a single-family home is worth $2,562.

Of course, trees and other healthy landscaping only add value if they’re healthy, well maintained, and fit in with the landscaping on your block.

Fall, by the way, is a good time in most areas of the country — zones 4 to 8 — to plant trees, because they don’t have to combat heat and drought before they become established.

“During the winter months in many parts of the U.S., roots are still active,” Nicholas Staddon of Monrovia told HouseLogic. “The tree starts to acclimatize itself to your soil. So in the spring, it bursts forth with leaves and flowers.”

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$232,000 :: 1324 HUMPHREY, Birmingham MI, 48009

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3 beds, 2 full baths
Home size: 1,187 sq ft
Lot Size: 4,791 sq ft
Added: 05/02/14, Last Updated: 09/23/14
Property Type: 1 1/2 Story, Residential
MLS Number: 31191189
Community: Birmingham (63192)
Status: Sold

Downtown Birmingham – walking distance to town, shops, restaurants, parks and all of the amenities that Birmingham has to offer! 3 bedrooms, 2 full baths, updated kitchen, hardwood floors and newer windows. This home is loaded with charm! Enclosed front porch and large fenced yard with 1 car garage. All appliances & window treatments included. Basement is ready to finish. Newer roof & furnace (2004), hot water heater (2011). Also for lease MLS #31203259.

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$132,000 :: 1616 GRAEFIELD, Birmingham MI, 48009-7541

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2 beds, 1 full bath
Home size: 906 sq ft
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Added: 08/03/14, Last Updated: 09/19/14
Property Type: 2 Story, Residential
MLS Number: 31205903
Community: Birmingham (63192)
Status: Sold

Very nice Graefield townhouse style condo, close to downtown in a quite beautifully maintained complex. Updated kitchen in 2007. Freshly painted 7-2014 & new carpet 8-2014 -2nd floor, Hardwoods on first floor and under 2nd floor carpet. Kitchen appliances included. Includes washer & dryer in basement utility area. Finished basement w/extra storage & neutral carpet. Associatetion fee includes exterior maintenance and water.

Listed with Sine & Monaghan Realtors Real-

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Room of the Day: Warming to a Contemporary Family Space

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By Jeannie Matteucci

Photos by Paul Dyer

Family rooms are where you go to relax, play or visit with friends. But when you have a contemporary home, it can be challenging to create that level of warmth and comfort. That was the situation facing designer

Contemporary Family Room by Mill Valley Interior Designers & Decorators SoYoung Mack Design, Assoc. AIA

The homeowners, a professional couple with two school-age sons, wanted a flexible room where the boys could play and the family could watch TV, enjoy the fireplace and visit with friends.

The new contemporary family room was part of a larger renovation that included a 1,200-square-foot addition to this former Mediterranean-style home, which previously felt chopped up and dark. Mack raised the ceiling and removed walls to create a well-lit, loft-like family room that opened to the kitchen and breakfast area.

Cabinetry: walnut with espresso finish, custom, OnViu; wood veneers: FSC-certified curly koa, Exotic Hardwoods; flooring: hand-scraped walnut, Restoration Timber; shades: Conrad, Kneedler Fauchere

Since the goal was to keep things versatile, the designer chose furnishings that were light and easy to move around (like the faux-leather box ottomans that are soft and kid friendly, and the pair of light blue swivel chairs). The inviting brown sofa is deep and comfortable, finished in a practical, soft, synthetic textured material with a slight sheen. A large area rug adds warmth to the wood floors.

A library window seat with built-in shelves on both sides at the far end of the family room features a padded bench and plenty of pillows for comfort. It’s a cozy spot in a space that feels very open and airy.

Wall-mounted lights: Tech Lighting; window seat pillows (with Galbrath and Paul fabric) and window seat bench (with Bart Halpen fabric): Graziella Interiors; ottomans: custom, Lisa Kampmeyer Upholstery; rug: custom, Sloan Miyasato; sofa: Design Within Reach; swivel chairs: Italian, Khrome Studios; gong: Chinese antique, Sloan Miyasato

Light blue panels of tempered and frosted glass separate the family room from the adjacent stairwell. “It provides a nice backdrop for the main seating sofa,” says Mack. “It’s really a buffer, a space break and a beautiful sculptural element in this family room.”

This photo also shows the proximity of the kitchen (on the right side of the photo), and the good flow that encourages interaction between the spaces.

Family room wall paint: Tapestry Beige; stairwell paint: Knoxville Gray, both by Benjamin Moore; Poltec FJ-Piper Pendants: Policelli Lighting

The glass gas fireplace with a two-story slate wall picks up the tones used in the room’s color palette. The flat-screen TV above was recessed into the wall so it didn’t disrupt the flow of the structure. An operable bronze door on the left hides electrical work and components.

Fireplace tile: Indian multicolor slate, Etheguren Slate; vessels: Brazilian terra-cotta, Living Green; TV: Samsung

A skylight ceiling adds natural light, while a bronze Buddha presides over everything. The Buddha sits on a two-tone dark brown and blue platform that doubles as the core of the stairwell.

Buddha: Living Green; tile mural on wall: Ann Sacks

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