Find your sport right here in Lawrence

Yes, we know. Lawrence can be a tad fanatical about our sports teams. But can you blame us? Our high school squads have a long tradition of state championships. Haskell Indian Nations University has given the world Olympians Jim Thorpe and Billy Mills. And… you did know this was Jayhawk nation, right? The University of Kansas Jayhawks are perennial top contenders in the men’s NCAA national basketball tournament, and its track & field team has gold medal in its blood. With recreation trails, courts and parks across the town, there is always a chance to join in a game.

Lawrence Parks and Recreation offers two aquatic centers. The Indoor Aquatic Center features a 10 lane, 50-meter competition pool with diving well and underwater classroom; a separate family pool with zero-depth entry, water slide and interactive children’s play features. Locker rooms and all pools are fully accessible by both ramp entry and lift. Submersible wheelchairs are available.

The Outdoor Aquatic Center provides the good old-fashioned atmosphere of a traditional neighborhood pool with all the fun and excitement of a first-class water park. It boosts two water slides, zero-depth children’s area, diving well, interactive play features including fountains, spray mushrooms, and water buckets, and a 50-meter competition area. The fun and convenience extend out of the water as well, with shaded lounge areas, ample deck space, and adjoining grass playground. 

Our indoor sports and recreation facilities are available for everyone to use. The Sports Pavilion has 181,000 square feet and is the perfect venue for most mat and net sports. It also has meeting rooms, a concession area and free WiFi. In addition, we have the Community Building, Holcom Park and East Lawrence Recreation Centers each offering a variety of activities and spaces.

Lawrence offers two off-leash dog parks where man’s best friend can let it all loose and have some fun. Mutt Run is situated below the Clinton Lake Dam in West Lawrence, and the Off-leash Dog Park at Riverfront Park, is closer to downtown Lawrence. 

Golf, a youth sports complex and softball complex are in the mix along with trails for biking, walking or running. Clinton Lake State Park offers water sports, boat storage, camping, playgrounds and special event areas. There are so many sports and rec opportunities in town that we don’t have space here to talk about all of them in detail, but you will find details at unmistakablylawrence.com.

When you’re ready for some exercise, you’ll find an unmistakable list of options for getting a move on. And when you’re ready to buy or sell a home, you’ll find the experts at Stephens Real Estate ready to help. Call Stephens Real Estate at 785.841.4500 or Contact Us.

 

The Right Time to Buy

The real estate market in Lawrence is hot - to say the least - and Spring 2017 is a great time to buy a home. Many choose to buy in the spring because the upcoming summer break is the best time to transition to a new neighborhood and school. Plus mortgage rates are still low and you can reap major tax benefits. 

If you decide this is the time for you to buy, you realize it is likely the biggest financial decision of your life. It makes sense to hire a professional to help. Stephens Broker Chris Earl says, “I recommend hiring a buyer’s agent for anyone looking to buy a home. Stephens agents know what they’re doing. They know the Lawrence market, and they have the experience and the connections to help you find the home that’s right for you. The spring market is fast-paced, and your agent can help find homes you may not see online. They will work for you from the initial consultation to the closing of your new home, and the commission charged to the seller typically pays your agent’s fee.”  

So, how do you go about finding the right agent? Chris Earl or Pat McCandless, Co-Owners and Brokers at Stephens, will be happy to recommend an agent based on your specific list of wishes. Or you can visit our website – stephensre.com – to read about each agent.  There are lots of different people on our team and you’re sure to find your best match.

Today, most buyers begin their home search online. The Stephens website is a great place to search. We feature our own listings along with everything from the multiple listing service in the Douglas County area. Many buyers find value – and a bit of fun – in visiting open houses. An open house may help you set realistic expectations, fine-tune your search criteria and make market comparisons. 

We also recommend that you visit with a mortgage lender for loan pre-approval, so you are ready to act when you find the right home. Your lender can help you find a payment that best fits your budget. Working with a local lender is a good idea because they know what is expected in our market and are invested in our community. 

We’re ready to help you find your new home. Call Stephens Real Estate at 785.841.4500 or Contact Us.

 

Kansas Food Truck Festival

The Fourth Annual Kansas Food Truck Festival is being held today from 4pm to 10pm in the Warehouse Arts District. It’s an event to benefit Just Food, the Douglas County Food Bank.

This year the Food Truck Festival is returning with 30 food trucks, an expanded lineup of live entertainment, and a beer garden. Entertainment is comprised of family-friendly activities including face painting, and a bouncy house as well as live street performers from the Lawrence Busker Festival and live musical performances by local musicians.

Tickets cost $10, you can get them at the door, and children under 12 are free! Your ticket covers entrance to the festival and gives you access to all 30 food trucks and 4 stages of live entertainment.

The Kansas Food Truck Festival has grown each year since its start in 2014, adding more food trucks and more live entertainment. Last year’s event raised $41,000 becoming Just Food’s largest annual fundraiser, and helping provide meals for the nearly 12,000 Douglas County residents. 

Just Food supplies more than 40 partner agencies with frozen meat and fresh produce as well as bread and food donated from community drives. They also specialize in direct client service through programs like Just Grow, Just Cook and Cooking Healthy Futures. Just Food and its partners play a key role in fighting hunger in our community by increasing the availability of a variety of foods and helping to reduce waste and discarded food. 

Stephens Real Estate believes in giving back to our community and encourages you to do the same. We’re local and linked to Lawrence through roots that run decades deep. Our agents know Lawrence, and have the experience and connections to help you find the home that’s right for you. Call Stephens Real Estate at 785.841.4500 or Contact Us.

Mid-century Modern in Lawrence

Characterized by strong horizontal lines, open floor plans and a seamless flow between interior and exterior spaces, mid-century modern homes - built from 1945 to the late 1960’s – have had a resurgence in popularity in recent years. Many of the designs from that period highlight the use of natural materials such as stone, exposed wood and large panes of glass.

Stephens Realtor, Tom Harper founded Lawrence Modern in 2002 and is joined by Bill Steele, Tim Hossler, and architectural historian Dennis Domer. Lawrence Modern conducted an extensive two year survey of mid-century modern houses in Lawrence. 33 homes were rated on criteria ranging from the home’s condition to the spatial relationship of exterior elements. 13 houses – a “Baker’s Dozen” – were chosen to highlight on their site. 

Lawrence Modern aims to raise awareness of mid-century and modern architecture in Lawrence, and several times a year they host open houses of to encourage preservation and appreciation of these structures for future generations. May 7th they bring two of Lawrence’s most esteemed modern architects, former partners Richard Peters and James Williams, together to talk about one of their most significant buildings in Lawrence: Babcock Place retirement facility at 1700 Massachusetts Street. 

You may barely notice this 7-story Brutalist-inflected structure, built in 1973, mainly because it is hidden behind trees. But if you take the time to study the building you will find it a harmonious blend of textured concrete forms sweeping to the sky. It merits architectural appreciation, and we are very fortunate that the architects, both now in their 80s, are available to provide a retrospective. Join Lawrence Modern on May 7th for a rare opportunity to listen to these veteran modern architects discuss their craft. 

Take a few minutes to explore lawrencemodern.com. And when you’re ready to buy or sell a home contact Stephens Real Estate. We know Lawrence and can help you find the home that’s right for you. Call Stephens Real Estate at 785.841.4500 or Contact Us.

Before You Show Your Home

You’ve gotten your house in top shape and it’s listed for sale. When you get the call that someone would like to view your home, Stephens Real Estate has a few tips for making the visit a pleasant and memorable experience for the potential buyer. 

A neat house is very important, and even with only a few minutes before prospective buyers arrive, you have time to straighten up a bit. Make sure beds are made, empty all garbage cans and take the garbage outside, put up your “show” towels and close all toilet seats. Grab a laundry basket – throw all of the clutter into it and put the basket into your car. And finally, wipe down countertops and sinks with a damp cloth.

Your house should smell fresh. You may want to bake a loaf of bread or a batch of cookies to add a wonderful and inviting scent.

Open curtains and blinds. Make your house bright and cheery by letting the sunshine in - especially if you have a nice view. Doing so will create a happy, light-filled space which will make any room appear bigger and more desirable.

Turn on the lights. You want to let natural light fill your rooms, but also remember to turn on the lights throughout your home. Overhead lights, lamps and even lighting in closets and the laundry room will make it easier for the agent to show your home and no one will have to search for a light switch.

Make the temperature comfortable. You want people to feel comfortable and confident that the house’s systems are in good working order so turn on that air conditioner when it’s hot outside. Now is not the time to worry about the utility bill. Same goes during the winter months. Turn up the heat and turn on the fireplace to make the room feel cozy.   

Always, always leave. After you’ve worked hard making your home sellable and memorable, please leave and let the Realtor® do his or her job. If you, your kids or your pets are there, potential buyers may feel uncomfortable. You don’t want them wishing their way out the door instead of enjoying looking at your home.

It’s a great time to sell and we’re ready to help. Your Stephens agent can give you great advice on preparing your home for today’s market. If you’re interested in listing your home, call Stephens Real Estate at 785.841.4500 or Contact Us.

 

 

 

 

Stephens Real Estate, Inc.
2701 W. Sixth Street
Lawrence, KS 66049

Phone: 785-841-4500
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