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Duluth’s Favorite Outdoor Destinations

by JS Realty

 

 

 


As a city that was voted the winner of Outside magazine’s Best Town 2014 (see more info here & here), Duluth has a lot to brag about. With hundreds of miles of trails for hiking, mountain biking, cross country skiing, and more, miles of lakeshore, and numerous beautiful parks, the city of Duluth has an incredible amount of outdoor recreation options to choose from. Here are a few of our favorites and the highlights of each.

Lester Park. Following Amity Creek and Lester River, Lester Park features many miles of wonderful trails for hiking, mountain biking, cross-country skiing, and horseback riding. The mountain bike trails here hosted the Great Hawk Chase Minnesota Mountain Bike series soon after completion in 2010 and remains a favorite among mountain bike enthusiasts. A smaller area of the park contains a playground, open field with nets, and picnic tables for individuals and families to enjoy.

 

 

Canal Park & Park Point. Close to many small shops and restaurants, Canal Park is a great place to take a walk on the Lakewalk, watch ships pass under the Aerial Lift Bridge, or enjoy the beautiful view of the lighthouse and Lake Superior. With many miles of waterfront walkways, the Lakewalk is a fantastic place to take a leisurely stroll or go for a run. Along the way, there are many wonderful parks to stop at and enjoy including Leif Erikson Park and The Duluth Rose Garden. Head the other way from Canal Park, across the Lift Bridge, and you’ll be on the world’s largest freshwater sandbar, known as Park Point. With miles of beach along the peninsula and a great park at the end, Park Point is a destination that can’t be missed.  

 

Superior Hiking Trail. Rated the number 2 hiking trail in the U.S. by Backpacker magazine, the Superior Hiking Trail’s current mile count is at 296 miles. Ranging from the Canadian border to Duluth mostly along the ridge line of Lake Superior, the trail is filled with streams, ravines, pine forests, and beautiful views of Lake Superior. With trail head parking lots every 5-10 miles and 93 campsites with no fees, reservations, or permits required to hike or camp, the Superior Hiking trail is ideal for day hikes as well as longer backpack camping trips.

 

Keene Creek Dog Park. Listed as one of the Best Dog Parks in MN (click here for more info), the Keene Creek Dog Park is a fantastic destination for anyone who loves being outside and active with their dog. This park features a separate area for small dogs, trees, and benches for relaxing.

To see a full map of Duluth's Outdoor Recreation, click here for side A and here for Side B.

For more general info on Duluth’s Parks & Recreation, click here.

Landscaping to Sell

by JS Realty

The first impression a prospective buyer will have of your home is when they pull up to the curb. The landscaping outside is a large determining factor on how they will feel about the property as a whole. Here are a few tips that will maximize your landscaping and increase your home’s value.

Plan Ahead. Landscaping isn’t something that can be done overnight. If you’re planning on selling your home, it’s best to start as early as possible. At the very minimum, clean up your yard by removing debris and trimming the grass and shrubs.

Focus on Your Plants. As the buyer is walking up to the house and waiting for the Real Estate Agent to unlock the lockbox, they will be looking around. Flowering plants add interest. Shrubs or trees hide unsightly things such as trash cans. Look for plants that bloom all summer or stay green year-round for lower maintenance.

Pay Attention to the Backyard.
Home buyers are looking for a comfortable spot outside to sit and relax. A patio or deck in the backyard is ideal and can add a lot of value to your home. Other options include fire pits, outdoor kitchens, lighting, and fences.

Don’t Waste Your Money.
Don’t spend much money on anything that is too personal or unique such as a playground, it’s unlikely the new buyers will have children of the same age. Also, don’
t overspend on mature plants, it’s best to put in smaller ones and be patient as they grow.

Keep It Simple. Buy plants that work well in your environment that don’t require too much maintenance. Buyers can be intimidated by exotic plants they don’t know how to take care of. Look at what kind of care the plants require and how they will grow before buying.

Don’t Forget the Grass. Fertilize and water your lawn to keep it green and healthy. Make sure it’s trimmed occasionally to avoid looking overgrown. Something as simple as a great-looking lawn can make all the difference.

If you have any questions or comments please give us a call at 218-729-9784 or submit it here.

 

Spring Market is Here!

by JS Realty

With the reappearance of grass, leaves, and warm days comes the resurgence of the Real Estate Market. While sellers are prepping their homes for showings, buyers should also be preparing ahead of time. See below for the 6 things you should do before and during your home buying process.

Know What You’re Looking For. In certain price ranges, there may not be many homes for sale. By narrowing down your search and moving quickly on homes you know you’re interested in, you will spend less time looking at houses that are of no interest to you and you won’t miss out on ones you would love. Make a list of the top features that are most important to you and rate the houses based on that for quick decision making.

Consider the Neighborhood. When viewing houses, make sure to take a look around the neighborhood to see if it fits what you and your family are looking for. If you have a preference for urban or rural living, make sure to take that into account when looking at houses. If you have children, finding a neighborhood with other children for them to play with could be beneficial. Consider how far it is away from the places you go on a regular basis, work, daycare, favorite restaurants, etc.

Research Extra Expenses. Once you find a home you like, look at how much the utilities cost last year. Look at assessments that still have to be paid. Are there any home improvement projects that you would need to do? Make sure all of these extra costs work into your budget so you aren’t surprised with any unexpected expenses. Always hire a professional home inspector to look at the home before signing the purchase agreement, that way you won’t be surprised with anything when you move in.

Know That the Perfect House Doesn’t Exist. Many home buyers have unrealistic expectations when looking at houses, but it is rare that everything fits what you’re looking for perfectly. Know what you’re willing to compromise on and what features are necessary for you in a home.

Get Your Pre-Approval for Financing. With how quickly houses are being sold, it’s important to have your finances in order before making an offer. Ask your realtor for recommendations of who they have worked with and can trust. The process is always easier with a local lender you can meet in person instead of an online application. Now when you make an offer, the seller will be more inclined to accept it over someone who has not been pre-approved.

Choose the Right Agent. Jamie, Julie, and Jackie have 82 years of combined experience and plenty of happy customers to prove it (click here to see feedback). Having an agent that knows what they’re doing can take all the stress out of buying a house, so give J.S. Realty a call today to begin your home buying process.

Please give us a call at 218-729-9784 or leave us a comment if you have any questions or are interested in buying or selling your home.

Top Highlights of Esko

by JS Realty

Located between Cloquet and Duluth, Esko is a small community of almost 2,000 residents. Esko sits on 39.9 square miles of land and is a historic area with residents of mostly Finnish, Norwegian, and Swedish descent.

Esko Schools
Esko Public Schools ISD #99 consists of one Kindergarten through 12th grade building including Winterquist Elementary along with Lincoln Secondary School and Esko High School. The Esko School District is committed to providing “…a personalized learning environment that incorporates best teaching and learning practices and enhanced technology, to maximize every students' preparation for lifelong success.” Click here for more information

Jay Cooke State Park
A fantastic destination for hikers, backpackers, bikers, horseback riders, and skiers, Jay Cooke State Park provides an abundance of outdoor activities and beautiful scenery. Take the short, scenic drive from Esko to bird watch, cross-country ski, snowmobile, camp, hike the Munger Trail, and much more! Click here for more information on Jay Cooke State Park.

Local Businesses
The many local businesses in Esko include Barta Plumbing & Heating, Esko Liquors, Esko Self-Serve Gas Station & Gift Shop, MJ Widdes Feed & Trailer Sales, Finn & Feather Salon, Mudek Flooring, Hair Design by Sherri, Little Store, Dental Associates Esko, Alaspa Enterprises Inc, Rosie’s Hostas, Hammarlund Nursey, Country Creations Inc, Cory’s country Cabinetry, Eskomo Pizza Pies, Esko Fitness Center/Esko Physical Therapy, Republic Bank, USPS Post Office and the River Ranch Arena.

Places of Worship
The places of worship in Esko consist of St Matthews Lutheran Church, Apostolic Lutheran Church, Northwood United Methodist Church, and Fountain Gate Church.

Hemlock Ravine Scientific and Natural Area (SNA)
With Northern hardwoods, white pine, and eastern hemlock (a very rare species in Minnesota), the Hemlock Ravine SNA is a great place to visit, especially in the spring to see the blooming trillium, hepatica, bloodroot, and Dutchman’s breeches. This is also a great location for hiking, hunting, and snowshoeing as it borders the Munger trail.

Esko Historical Society Museum
Located in the heart of Alex Esko farm, the Esko Historical Society Museum has seven buildings including the Kangas Log Farm House, the first one-room school house in Esko, a Grist Mill, a Savu Sauna, the Riihi (Granary) from the John Sorila Farm, and a couple historical automobile buildings.

Sense of Community
The sense of community in Esko can be experienced through the various community groups including Esko Senior Citizens Group, Esko Lions, Esko Community Development Corporation (ECDC) and TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly) along with the Community Garden, located behind the Thompson Township Town Hall, where plots and tools can be rented.

Esko Volunteer Fire Department
Founded in 1949 by a dedicated group of local men, the Esko Volunteer Fire Department has grown to over 30 volunteers who respond to about 100 alarms a year including rescue and medical emergencies. Esko is very proud of the history and tradition of the Volunteer Fire Department and appreciates everything the volunteers do to help.

Location
Located just 15 miles from Downtown Duluth and 5 miles from Cloquet, Esko is close enough to larger cities while still far enough away to enjoy the peace and quiet of rural Minnesota.

Outdoor Activities and Recreation
Including the Midway River, Crystal Creek, the St. Louis River, and the Hemlock Ravine Scientific and Natural Area, Esko is full of places that are great for outdoor activities and recreation. Esko also borders the Munger Trail and Jay Cooke State Park, making it the perfect destination for any outdoor enthusiast.

CRS Sell-A-Bration Convention, Las Vegas 2015

by Jamie Sathers-Day-JS Realty

Julie and I always look forward to going to the Certified Residential Specialist (CRS) Sell-A-Bration Convention. It’s a group of successful Realtors who gather to network, share ideas, and listen to educational, motivational, and marketing topics. It’s a great way for us to get new ideas for marketing real estate, motivating us to set our goals high, and network with Realtors around the world.

Here are some highlights from the conference:

The thing that stuck with me this year is the need to be happy in order to be successful. One of my favorite quotes this year was “The road to being is through doing and to think BIG.”

Technology is another aspect that was discussed as it is always changing. Check out the Cicret bracelet - amazing! Also check out a card called Plastc – very cool! Video is what consumers want now and I want to start trying to pass on more info through video… feedback will be appreciated when you see it on our website. When you see us on any website, please fill out a review of our service. People want to read reviews about the people they are thinking about doing business with.

Thanks to all our Facebook friends for all the recommendations of things to do in Las Vegas! We did hit Batistas for some yummy Italian food, Sprinkles for delicious cupcakes, Toby Keith’s Bar for good dancing, a couple piano bars for fun sing-alongs, and did a ton of people watching! We stayed at the Paris and loved it. I’m charged up and looking forward to another great year!

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