Rum and Real Estate, Episode 14: Pyrat Rum and Poll Results – Carpet or Laminate Flooring?

I did a 24 hour poll asking my followers this question: For a $180,000 to $220,000 home, which new flooring would you prefer – carpet or laminate wood flooring? I discuss the results while sipping rum – what else?

This week’s – Pyrat XO Reserve. ***This rum has no official website, as it is a product from Patron, fascinatingly enough. The link takes you to a good review of the rum***

My wifi was wonky at the beginning of the video. I’ll have it corrected next week!

Thanks for watching!

12322 Oak Brook – Oak Alley Estates

Y’all, this is the best value in all of Oak Alley Estates in Geismar right now.  At $380,000 (just $137/ft), this is a tremendous 4 bed, 3 Bath home that also includes a giant office/rec/room/guest room – all on the the first floor.  Other amenities include:
– Arched doorways in kitchen
– 12′ ceilings
– large dining space
– Tile-backed, ventless gas fireplace
– Cypress cabinetry and granite counters
– GE Monogram appliances
– New Window World Windows for energy efficiency
– Fenced yard
– Secluded street near rear of subdivision
See the pictures below, and for more information text BRHOME311 to 32323.  Or click HERE for room information!

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Huge dining room

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Brazilian Koa Floors

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Great custom Archway into Kitchen

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Spcaious Eat-in area and island

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Large Office/rec room/game room

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Master bath with extra sitting area

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David Madaffari, Realtor

Mobile: (225) 772-3283
Email: David@DavidMadaffari.com

Keller Williams Realty First Choice
17111 Commerce Centre Dr.
Prairieville, LA 70769
(225) 744-0044

2016 Sales in Review!

2016 has been a terrific year – we sold 39 homes and over $7.3 Million in volume, making 2016 our best year to date.  I thought it would be fun to catalog every home we sold this year – listings and buyers –  and after doing so it really runs the gamut of properties.  From traditional to contemporary, new construction to “vintage” to multi-family and investment/renovation projects.   Not shown here are the lots and land sales, mainly because no one wants to look at shots of grass, trees or plat maps, lol.


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And last but not least, the home we purchased for our family in Baton Rouge.

Let’s make 2017 even better!  Call me at 225-772-3283 for your home selling and buying needs.  and of course I always appreciate referrals!

– David Madaffari

Pelican Point Update – 6300 Beau Douglas Ave

Brick and siding are complete!  This floor plan has been a hit everywhere we have built it, and we added a bonus room above garage for added value! 4 bedrooms, 3 baths PLUS bonus room with 9′ ceilings above garage, semi-open concept living area, and a huge master closet.  Great lot in first filing of Pelican Point!

6300 Beau Douglas Ave
Pelican Point Golf Community
$374,900

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New home for sale – 6300 Beau Douglas Ave, Pelican Point in Gonzales

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David Madaffari, Realtor

Mobile: (225) 772-3283
Email: David@GrassrootsTeam.com

Jonathan Diez, Realtor

Mobile: (225) 938-4653
Email: Jonathan@GrassrootsTeam.com

17111 Commerce Centre Dr.
Prairieville, LA 70769
(225) 744-0044

Pelican Point – Construction Update

Driveway is being poured at 40111 Pelican Point Parkway in Gonzales, LA. We are a week away from completion. Final pictures to come y’all!

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David Madaffari, Realtor

Mobile: (225) 772-3283
Email: David@GrassrootsTeam.com

Jonathan Diez, Realtor

Mobile: (225) 938-4653
Email: Jonathan@GrassrootsTeam.com

Keller Williams Realty First Choice
17111 Commerce Centre Dr.
Prairieville, LA 70769
(225) 744-0044

Ascension Parish Landlord Facebook Page

A Facebook group has been created by some clients of mine to help landlords in Ascension parish communicate and learn from each others’ experiences. From rent ideas to sharing contractor help to warnings of which tenants to stay away from, this page is a must for anyone who owns rental property in Ascension.

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Ascension ParAish Landlords Facebook Page

You can find the page here: Ascension Parish Landlords

 

David Madaffari, Realtor

Mobile: (225) 772-3283
Email: David@GrassrootsTeam.com

Jonathan Diez, Realtor

Mobile: (225) 938-4653
Email: Jonathan@GrassrootsTeam.com

Keller Williams Realty First Choice
17111 Commerce Centre Dr.
Prairieville, LA 70769
(225) 744-0044

Construction progress – Pelican Point

The Grassroots Team’s finest home is coming along nicely – brick and roof will be done tomorrow, windows and doors finished by the end of the week.  It’s amazing how a construction site can go from a mess to beautiful by closing time!

A buyer has already snatched this one up, but be on the lookout for the next one we’re starting VERY soon.  We will be asking for YOUR input on the finishes just like we did on this one!

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SOLD – 38302 Henry Rd – $550,000 – Stats

And thus, one of the most memorable and enjoyable selling experiences of my career has come to a close, with the final sale of “the most beautiful property in Ascension Parish.” I can not thank the seller enough for allowing me the honor to sell this home.  This was a gorgeous property with a fascinating history, irreplaceable charm and had what one potential buyer called “insurmountable opportunity.”  Some interesting final facts:

Number of Tours: 14 – Averaged 1 tour per day, with each tour lasting about 1.5 hours. That’s 21 hours over 2 weeks that I was showing the home.  One day I did 3 in a row. Whew!

Number of offers: 3 – all arrived within about 5 hours of each other.

List Price/Sales Price difference:   3.5% – pretty good for a unique property such as this.

Days on Market: 14

I will miss this home.  I have included pictures for this home one more time, and congratulations to the new owners!  I wish them the very best and can’t wait to see what’s in store!

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Shadows at Manchac – Two Houses Left!

This DLSD neighborhood in the heart of the Oak Grove school district in Prairieville has been on fire since its inception.  A client just put a contract on one, and now there are just two houses left ready to purchase before they open the last set of lots in April.   Take a look and drive through there (Hwy 42 to McCrory 1 Rd, then right on McCrory 2 Rd) – the houses look great and the standard features like frameless glass shower doors and 3 cm granite will blow you away.

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The Raphael B III Plan for $295,505

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David Madaffari
The Grassroots Team @ Keller Williams Realty – First Choice
Office: 225.744.0044
Mobile: 225.772.3283 (DAVE)
Email: David@DavidMadaffari.com
17111 Commerce Centre Dr.
Prairieville, LA 70769

Restaurant Spotlight – Agave Blue

There was a time where the only Mexican I ate was Taco Bell…Terrible, I know.  Since those times I have grown to love Tex-Mex and authentic Mexican food, and it has become the go-to ethnic cuisine when I am out on the road. That’s a pretty bold statement for an Italian guy!

This week I was able to try Prairieville’s newest restaurant, Agave Blue. Practically a walk from our new office, it was only natural that we had to try it as soon as it was open – and after doing so I’m convinced we just need to have a designated Keller Williams table at all times. But how is the food?

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Atmosphere:

Before I can talk about the food, I need to talk about the menu.  And I mean the actual MENU they put in your hands.   A small critique, but for a first impression of a restaurant only open for 2 days I found the background and text color choices a little perplexing.  Sometimes simpler is the way to go, and the dark text on mid-to-dark colors/photo images did not translate from a crisp PDF to the printer. When printed, a lot of contrast was lost so I would suggest a simpler/lighter background for the text.

The atmosphere is very modern with some rustic elements, combining wood and metal accents in all features of the restaurant to create a more contemporary feel but not so much that you feel like you have left the southeast. Being a new restaurant everything was fresh and clean so no complaints in that regard.

Entrees:

Taco Combo – With this plate, you have a choice of several different types of proteins, most of which are some form of pork – Pastor, Barbacoa, Carnitas, Tinga, Cochinta Pibil, Lengua and Al Carbon.  For my 3 tacos I had the Al Carbon, the Pastor and the Barbacoa, and while everything was super fresh (even the tortillas were authentic soft corn tortillas) I could not tell much difference in flavor among the meats.  Whether this was by design or the other toppings overshadowed their flavor, overall they were very lightly seasoned where I was expecting more distinct tastes.  This surprised me a bit, and I want to try them again next time to see if perhaps it was a fluke.

Chimichanga – This was out of this world – I don’t have enough superlatives for it, honestly.   Along with the beans and rice, this entree definitely impressed me on my second visit. The lightly fried tortilla packed with super flavorful chicken and drizzled with queso made my day as well as my night, as I had more than enough to take home for another meal.  The rice is probably the best version of Mexican rice I have had in a restaurant, and the beans were not overly bitter or hot with jalepeno tones.  It will definitely be hard to order something else on my 3rd visit knowing that this is on the menu!

Overall Impression

First rule of real estate – location, location, location.  Agave Blue is in the heart of Prairieville off Airline Highway in a brand new strip mall in the front of our Keller Williams office.  Needless to say I know I’ll be visiting there frequently.  The food is extremely fresh-tasting and my *perception* is that it is a more contemporary take on authentic Mexican dishes.   I am recommending this restaurant to those who want to try these fresher versions of the classics.   Download the menu and check it out!

 

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