Timber Ridge Subdivision Denied

Considering that I’m about to move back into this area in ::looks at watch:: two weeks, I had become keenly interested in what was going to happen to this new Timber Ridge cluster development off Tiger Bend and Babin. To be fair, I’m not against development – we’re in the middle of it all the time.  It just has to be done properly and with care – it must have the look and feel of the area around it.  This subdivision would not have fit in at all and the private preservation areas being used as hunting grounds was an absurd idea.   I like shooting, but we don’t need it so close to highly populated areas.

I would welcome to see an alternative plan from Lancaster that mimics what makes Lake At White Oak so great – larger lots, custom homes, and plenty of wooded areas and lakes for fishing.  There IS a demand for half-acre lots if developers are willing to give them.

Timber Ridge Denied – WBRZ

Timber Ridge Plat that was denied at last night’s Planning Commission meeting.

Ascension Parish Planning and Zoning Commisison should take note that it is OK to deny developers when it is not in the best interests of the area as a whole.  Bravo to the BR Commission for considering residents’ concerns when making this decision.

David Madaffari, Realtor

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

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

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Lunch Break: The Salad Shop

The Salad Shop

11445 Coursey Blvd, Suite C
Baton Rouge, LA 70816
225.223.6450

Rating: 4/5
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I met one of our lender partners, Corey Kling from Supreme Lending for lunch recently, and on my suggestion of needing something healthy he suggested the Salad Shop. Now, by the name alone you would think that all this place does is specialty salads and a few wraps.

Well, you’re right.

Now, for a meat/potatoes and pizza lovin’ guy like me, the menu certainly presented a challenge to my palate. How do you build an entire restaurant concept from salad?? And yet, after looking at the myriad of incredibly fresh ingredients and an array of sauces I didn’t know even existed, the Salad Shop was the pleasant surprise of the week.

I decided to go with a Fruit Fantastico fresh wrap, in all honesty because I could hold it like a burrito even if it wasn’t going to fool my brain into thinking I was actually eating one. The ingredients on this wrap were incredible: spinach, mandarin oranges (which I LOVE) strawberries, edemame, feta cheese and toasted walnuts. And while I am not a “slop on the ranch” type of person when it comes to salad, I was delighted to see 18 different sauces on the menu that basically ran the gauntlet of flavors you could want on your greens. The recommended sauce for this wrap was raspberry walnut, so I went with their suggestion and it did not disappoint.

So you’re probably saying to yourself, “It’s a salad place, i.e. a healthy eating joint. The portions must be small as well.”

Wrong.

They PACKED this thing until it almost broke open. I took the other half home not because I was trying to be portion-conscious, but literally because I was full after the first half. The crisp spinach and sweet fruit complimented the walnuts and raspberry sauce so well that I completely forgot there was no traditional protein in the wrap. The feta cheese I could probably do without next time, however it did add the hint of saltiness to balance out the wrap.

I am a fan of food and bold ideas, and this one certainly fits the bill on both accounts. This was definitely a memorable experience because the surprisingly delicious food that came out of this daring concept. If you are on Coursey Blvd near lunch time and want to challenge your idea of what lunch can be, definitely stop by the Salad Shop.

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

Vendor Spotlight: Klean Roof

In this business, the mere *perception* of an issue that doesn’t exist is enough to make or break a a buyer’s decision to offer on a home.   One area I am encountering this issue more often is the cleanliness of a home’s roof.

Simply put, a dirty roof doesn’t look attractive and leads buyers to perceive it that it may be older than it looks.  Even if it is completely intact and has a lot of life left, a dirty roof can make a buyer start thinking of the thousands of dollars they think they’ll have to spend replacing it – even if a roof still has 10+ years left on it.  Don’t let a buyer’s imagination prevent YOUR sale and call my friends at Klean Roof.

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I have known owner Savalas Norwood for several years now and have seen his work in action.  It is amazing how good the homes look when they are done.  If you are taking HDR pictures for your listing (as you should!), a clean roof will enhance your home’s appeal, make the listing pictures stand out online, make your home more energy efficient and last longer.

All of these are benefits you can present to your buyers, and removes one more objection along the way to sealing the deal.  The investment is not nearly what you may think, and if you get a sale one mortgage payment quicker, then it has paid for itself right?  Give them a call at 225-308-3707.  Tell them you read it here!

 

 

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

5212 Antioch Blvd, Shenandoah – $194,900

SPACE, SPACE, SPACE!  1/2 acre lot and 2,283 sq ft with 4 bedrooms in Shenandoah.  Needs some TLC and this could be  great family home!

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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

Baton Rouge Zip Code Boundaries

&08When searching for a home, starting a with a desired zip code is a good way to start narrowing down your search.  Boundary lines where one ends and the next begins are never obvious though.  While not as nebulous as school district boundaries can be,  Baton Rouge’s zip codes have stayed rather consistent for a long time. Bookmark this page and for your next home search!

http://www.city-data.com/zipmaps/Baton-Rouge-Louisiana.html

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70808 Zip code boundaries

If you are unsure of what zip code a specific subdivision is in, contact us and we’ll be able to help.

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

Condo Bill Moving Forward

A House committee has passed legislation the National Association of Realtors has been pushing for three years. The bill will ease onerous restrictions on condos. Read more.

Speaking of condos, our listing at 3390 Nicholson Dr #C204 near Tiger Stadium has been reduced again to $239,00.  Absolutely fantastic price!  Please share!

David Madaffari
The Grassroots Team @ Keller Williams Realty – First Choice
Office: 225.744.0044
C: 225.772.3283 (DAVE)
E: David@DavidMadaffari.com
37325 Market Place Dr. Ste D
Prairieville, LA 70769