A Strong History

When Bob Stephens founded Stephens Real Estate in May of 1978, his vision was simple: Stay true to your independence, and true to your community. Almost 40 years later, from those humble beginnings in the old Douglas County Bank building on Kentucky Street with 28 sales associates and a small support staff, his vision remains intact. We’ve grown larger, to be sure, but we’ve never lost our independence or our commitment to Lawrence and the surrounding area. 

That commitment isn’t just in real estate. From day one to the present day, we’ve been dedicated to giving back to Douglas County through service and volunteerism. Our community involvement includes our support of United Way of Douglas County, The Salvation Army, Boys & Girls Club of Douglas County, Just Food, American Red Cross, Heartland Community Health Center, Go Red For Women, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Toys For Tots and many more. In addition, we are a community partner with Sunset Hill Elementary School. 

Moving Forward 

Like Bob Stephens, when our current owners Pat McCandless and Chris Earl bought the company in 2013 they had a simple vision: Never lose sight of the values that led to our success. Stephens Real Estate is still independent, still full service, and still linked to our community through roots that run decades deep. That means our agents and support team are committed to helping our clients live out their personal dreams right here in our hometown. 

We’ve been synonymous with residential real estate for almost 40 years but there was a day when we were just as well known for our commercial business. Well we’re proud to say we’re back in the commercial game. Big time. Whether it’s a high-traffic spot or just a quiet little corner, we have the local knowledge to deliver just what you’re looking for. 

We’re Different 

Stephens Real Estate is much more than a conglomeration of talented and knowledgeable Realtors. Our team, unlike some companies, includes experienced transaction coordinators, a marketing coordinator, and a relocation coordinator. We are positioned to give assistance where you need it, when you need it, without the hassle and headache of running around trying to find the right person to talk to. Working alongside our outstanding group of agents, this dedicated support staff will provide you with expert service and guidance through the entire buying or selling process - from start to finish. When you hire a Stephens Agent you get the skills and expertise of the entire Stephens Real Estate Team. 

One of the true benefits of being a locally owned and operated company is knowing the right community partners to help with your transaction. At Stephens we collaborate with local lenders, title insurance companies, appraisers and inspectors to provide you with the assistance you need. We value the experience of these local experts who provide an unbiased, objective analysis for our clients.

Stephens Real Estate, with offices in Lawrence and Baldwin City, is your locally owned, independent real estate resource. We’re committed to serving you when you’re ready to buy or sell. Call Stephens Real Estate at 785.841.4500 or Contact Us.

 

Farmer's Market

Picture this: people, wind in their hair, strolling through a farmer’s market on a sunny Saturday morning; heirloom tomatoes, local honey and fresh-cut flowers at every turn. Children laughing, adults walking along with their dogs, music playing… Sounds like a scene from a movie, right? 

Anyone in Lawrence can enjoy that experience on Saturday mornings or Tuesday afternoons during the growing season. Enjoy local vegetables, fruit, honey, meat, flowers, crafts and music. The market at 824 New Hampshire Street runs from April 8 to August 26, 7 a.m. to 11 a.m., and September 2-November 18, 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. There is also a Tuesday Market from May 2 to October 24, 4 to 6 p.m. at the Lawrence Public Library Outdoor Plaza,707 Vermont Street.

Locally grown, fresh, organic food along with the sense of community found in a farmer’s market is appealing on several levels. You can eat healthier, support local farmers, enjoy time with family and friends, and find seasonal produce that’s just bound to taste better. Plus, the local farmers and growers will take time to chat with you about this year’s harvest and offer suggestions or recipes. We recommend a visit to the Farmer’s Market soon. We think you’ll walk away with great memories of your time there.

Visit lawrencefarmersmarket.com to see the long list of vendors, learn how to join or volunteer. And when you’re ready to buy or sell your home, contact Stephens Real Estate. We know Douglas County and we’re ready to help!

Locust Street Marketplace

Drive north across the bridge over the Kansas River, take a quick right on Locust Street, drive a few blocks to 7th and you will discover a charming little shopping district in North Lawrence known as the Locust Street Marketplace. It’s off the beaten path and many people find out about it by word of mouth from others who have been pleasantly surprised by their experiences there. 

The Locust Street Marketplace has shops with unique home décor, antiques, re-purposed furnishings, charming accessories and perhaps even vintage clothing. The store-fronts are picturesque and inviting, welcoming you inside for some leisurely browsing. 

There are several restaurants and coffee houses nearby to complete your outing, and we recommend taking a camera - the photo opps are plentiful. The shops aren’t open every day; some of them only on Friday and Saturday, so you will want to plan ahead. Another helpful tip: the merchandise sells quickly so when you see something you like, don’t take too long to make your decision (similar to the real estate market in Lawrence right now).

Enjoy your Saturday paper and then take a drive across the bridge to Locust Street.

Stephens Real Estate is locally owned and proud of the great town in which we live. We are an independent, full service company linked to Lawrence through roots that run decades deep. Our agents know the Lawrence market, and have the experience and the connections to help you find the home that’s right for you. Call Stephens Real Estate at 785.841.4500 or Contact Us.

Walk this Way to Final Fridays!

On the last Friday of every month (all year long!) from 5-9PM, the streets of Downtown Lawrence erupt. Storefronts convert into flash spaces, and performances and exhibits spill in and out of galleries and businesses.  Final Fridays include activities for kids, exhibitions designed to challenge adults, music, dance and theater for all ages.

HISTORY

Final Fridays began in August of 2010. The Lawrence Arts Center, Downtown Lawrence Inc., The Lawrence Cultural Arts Commission and a wealth of artists, gallerists, art collectives and local businesses came together. They all saw the value of the arts in Lawrence, and that an opportunity existed to bring the arts to a wider public. The idea of a monthly free arts festival was agreed upon, and as a result Final Fridays was born. 

Lawrence has one of the highest percentages of working artists in the country per capita, therefore Lawrence has long stood out in the Kansas landscape as a mecca for creative thought and energy.

There’s something for everyone at Final Fridays. Here are some of the events on tap for Friday, June 30. 

Lawrence Arts Center Main Stage - Legendary political satirist and activist Barry Crimmins follows up his special Whatever Threatens You (filmed at the Lawrence Arts Center in 2016 and directed by Louis C.K.) with a new one-man show, Atlas’s Knees.

Massachusetts Street - 3 stellar street acts from the Busker Festival will be bringing their act to Massachusetts Street during Final Fridays!

Essential Goods - Katie’s Kat Show - a collection of works by local artist Katie Reese

Lawrence Arts Center Main Stage - Rumble: The Indians Who Rocked the World

 

Take your summer grilling to a whole new level

(BPT) – When the summer arrives, you spend much of your time outdoors. Your yard becomes your living room and you move your cooking to the grill. Now is the perfect time to make this grilling season your best yet. To do just that, here are a few suggestions to up your grilling game in 2017.

Switch to lump charcoal. The number one reason people grill with lump charcoal is due to the enhanced wood-fire flavor it imparts. When you grill with it, you'll enjoy a quick, hot burn with less ash production. Lump charcoal is natural and available in an array of varieties, allowing you to find the perfect charcoal to match your menu.

Use a Smarter Starter fluid. Lighter fluid is a mainstay around the grill when you want to get cooking quickly; however, the chemical taste it leaves behind poses a serious drawback. You can gain the benefits of a quick burn without the chemical taste by using Smarter Starter Fluid. Made from recycled restaurant cooking oil, it doesn't smell like traditional petroleum-based alternatives and you'll never have to worry about it corrupting the taste of your food. And, it's perfectly suited for use on lump charcoal.

Customize the smoke flavor. Lump charcoal already lends itself a natural smoke flavor when compared to briquettes, but to really customize that flavor in your food, you can complement your lump charcoal with wood chips or chunks. Chips are smaller and more readily available in most stores, but they burn faster. Chunks burn slower and give you a better chance to lock in that unique smoke flavor. And once you pick a wood size, it's time to pick a flavor. Apple, cherry, oak, mesquite and hickory are just a few of your options, so don't be afraid to explore several. Whatever you're planning to smoke, there's a chip or chunk out there that offers the perfect flavor complement.

Take control of your temperature. In the hands of an experienced grill master, the uneven heat offered by charcoal grills is a benefit, not a drawback. Creating two zones on your grill will give you the strong, searing heat of the fire on one side, and indirect heat on the other side to cook your meat all the way through. To accomplish this, pour charcoal into one half of the grill - this will be your direct heat source - and leave the other half empty as your indirect heating zone. Heartier meats like steak can then be cooked for two minutes on each side in the direct zone and allowed to finish cooking in the indirect zone to lock-in the flavor.

You look forward to the summer grilling season all year. Now that it's here, don't let a single opportunity pass you by. Apply the tips above and you'll take your time-honored pastime to a whole new level.

Summer is also a great time to buy or sell a home and we’re ready to help. 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
Toll-Free: 1-800-875-4315