4 Great Reasons to Live in Uptown, Columbus GA

Riverfront Development
The master planning effort seeks to link physical planning with economic/community development programming and implementation, resulting in a master plan that seeks to capture the Uptown energy, direct it to the riverfront and make it a major asset that can reposition the city for decades to come

Riverfront Development

Jobs
TSYSTotal System Services, Inc. is the largest processor of merchant acquirers and bank credit card issuers. TSYS processes over $1 trillion a year in credit and debit card transactions.

Synovus – The Synovus Financial Corporation is a financial services company with approximately $27 billion in assets based in Columbus, Georgia.

AFLAC – Just miles away from Uptown, Aflac Incorporated is the largest provider of supplemental insurance in the United States, founded in 1955 and based in Columbus, Georgia.

WC BradleyThe W.C. Bradley Co. flourished over the next century, expanding into industries as diverse as textiles, outdoor and sports retail businesses, real estate, and barbecue grill manufacturing.

Arts & Culture
Once Georgia’s last frontier outpost, now it’s third largest city, Columbus is a true destination of choice. History, Theatre, Arts & Sports – Columbus has it all.

Springer Opera House
The Springer is one of America’s most vibrant professional theatre companies with a popular Main stage Series, an innovative second-space series called Studio II, an Academy Series featuring some of this region’s most talented student actors and a ten-state regional touring program called Springer Theatre On Tour. It is also the home of one of the nation’s finest training schools for young actors, the Springer Theatre Academy.

Springer Opera House

RiverCenter for Performing Arts
Located in the heart of historic Uptown Columbus, the RiverCenter for the Performing Arts is the centerpiece of the city’s new arts and entertainment district. RiverCenter’s state-of-the-art facilities include the 2,000-seat Bill Heard Theatre, the center’s main venue and home to the Columbus Symphony Orchestra. Featuring orchestra, mezzanine and balcony seating, the hall is designed to meet the complex technical needs of attractions such as Broadway shows, symphonic concerts, dance performances, pop concerts, lectures and conferences. From the ceiling large interwoven ribbons of steel mesh contribute a sense of intimacy, while shaped balcony fascias and custom light fixtures provide color, texture and warmth.

Columbus Symphony Orchestra
Founded in 1855 by Mendelssohn’s student, Herman S. Saroni, the Columbus Symphony Orchestra became the third orchestra formed in the United States. In 1949, the organization as we know it today, was formed and has performed for 57 consecutive years. The CSO has been a professional orchestra since the late 1970’s and employs as many as 90 musicians for any given concert. Long recognized as one of the southeast’s finest musical ensembles, the CSO currently performs at RiverCenter for the Performing Arts. George Del Gobbo has been the conductor of the Columbus Symphony Orchestra for the last 21 seasons.

The Columbus Civic Center
The Columbus Civic Center is a multipurpose public assembly facility with 10,000 arena seats, 23,000 square feet of flat floor space and 5,000 square feet of hospitality suites. The Civic Center is the premiere venue in a large sports and entertainment complex, commonly known as The South Commons Sports and Entertainment Complex. The Civic Center is also home to two professional sports franchises: the South Professional Hockey League’s Columbus Cottonmouths and the American Indoor Football Association’s Columbus Lions. The Columbus Civic Center is located at:

Things to Do:

Friday Night Concerts
Almost Every Friday Night in Fall and Spring, Uptown Columbus, Inc. hosts concerts featuring popular local bands on Broadway

Whitewater Rafting
This is the most exciting thing to happen to Whitewater Rafting in the Country. Come raft with us on the Chattahoochee River, the longest urban whitewater rafting in the world! The course has been described to be “Wild as Colorado and as Warm as Costa Rica.”

Whitewater Columbus GA

Interested in booking a trip down the Chattahoochee? Contact Whitewater Express at 1.800.676.7238 or www.whitewaterexpress.com.

RiverWalk Geo Tour
Geocaching is an outdoor adventure game similar to a treasure hunt played with a GPS device. The basic idea is to locate hidden containers, called geocaches, then share your experiences online. There are over a million active geocaches around the world and now, with the RiverWalk GeoTour, there are even more reasons to bring the family and hike along the Chattahoochee RiverWalk

Great Kitchens Sell Homes

The kitchen is the most important room to stage in your home. Potential home buyers will want to view it void of unnecessary countertop appliances and clutter. By showcasing your kitchen in the best possible light, you can potentially sell your home faster and increase the closing price. Even in a slow real estate market, making your kitchen attractive to a buyer could make the difference.

Clean up the kitchen

Studies have shown that one of the dirtiest places in the home is the kitchen. Before you list, pull out those rubber gloves and give everything a good scrub so that the kitchen sparkles. Replace unsightly floor tiles, or in a worst-case scenario, consider a complete floor makeover. Pay special attention to the cabinetry; in older homes, it is common to see cracks in the beaded caulking between the ceiling and the trim above the cupboards. For less than $10, you can buy a pre-mixed tube of crack filler and make it look like new. Also, to give the kitchen an inexpensive facelift, consider replacing the fixturing – an affordable way to give doors and drawers a second wind.

Clutter is a kitchen killer

Kitchens are the focal point of almost every home. A great rule of thumb for the staging of a kitchen is to leave no more than two appliances on your counter. After you have uncluttered the kitchen counter, brighten and soften the space by adding some fresh fruit, new dishtowels, a cookbook, and plants or flowers.

Modernizing today will help you sell tomorrow

Modernizing your kitchen can help you sell your home for years to come. Renovating your kitchen now will let you enjoy new appliances while boosting the value of your home for the future. While you may want to take specific appliances with you, stainless steel can make almost any kitchen sing. Another way to add value to your kitchen is to install concealed appliances – hiding the dishwasher and fridge, for example, can really spice up your kitchen for buyers. Also popular are dual microwave/convection oven (prices can vary between $200 – $900 for higher-end stainless built-ins) – another appliance quickly becoming a staple in most modern kitchens.

If you can’t replace appliances, be sure to have them repaired and cleaned. It’s also a good idea to clean your fridge and stove, as buyers will almost always open oven and fridge doors.

Lighting

Take the time to make sure all the existing light fixtures have working light bulbs. Make sure the blinds are open on all the windows and, if required, add a small table lamp or two to accent a dark corner.

… And the kitchen sink

Another kitchen remodeling idea is to upgrade your “sinkware.” New faucets, soap dispensers and sinks (whether you are reglazing or replacing altogether) are affordable ways to give the kitchen an immediate facelift. Don’t forget, buyers love to turn on the kitchen faucet when touring a home.

The kitchen is the most important room and biggest selling feature in your house. Staging it properly can make every potential buyer say, “this could be my kitchen.”

This article was borrowed from Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate.

5 Summer Design Trends

Give your home a new look with easy summer decorating projects from HGTV that you can tackle this weekend.

1. Add a Bright New Headboard

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Add style, color and texture to your bedroom with this do-it-yourself headboard that looks anything but DIY. A great project for newbie woodworkers, this headboard can be completed in just a few hours and for less than $100.

2. Create Summer Shimmer

Give an occasional chair a modern makeover by mixing metallic silver with pops of icy lemon. Find a chair with interesting lines at a flea market or thrift store. Remove the seat and spray the chair with several coats of platinum paint. Recover the cushion with a lattice print in gray and yellow. Keep the mood soothing and relaxed with toss pillows and a soft rug in the same palette.

3. All About Ombre

Gradual-hued ombre is everywhere, from hairstyles to napkins to dressers. Get a small dose of the trend by painting a mini jewelry chest from lazuli blue to sage. Bronze accessories and towels in terra cotta to round out this sun-warmed, Mediterranean-inspired bath.

4. Create a Custom Upholstered Headboard

Recreate HGTV Green Home’s master bedroom headboard in your home. To create this easy-to-build headboard, wrap natural linen and batting around squares of plywood.

5. Set the Scene

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Details like flowers on the table, lights in the trees and smartly placed trays for drinks and appetizers elevate a simple gathering to a party your guests won’t forget. Billowing drapes hung out the back door as guests enter the backyard create an impressive entrance.

Visit our Pinterest page for more desing inspiration.

This Week in Real Estate News

This week’s top stories in real estate industry news:

Inventory Levels on the Rise as Sellers Gain Confidence
Forty percent of Americans say now is a good time to sell a home — up from 30 percent last month and 16 percent just one year ago, according to a new survey by Fannie Mae. Rising home prices are helping to boost sellers’ confidence.

30-Year Mortgage Rates Climb Near 4% Range

For the sixth consecutive week, mortgage rates inched higher, continuing to climb from all-time lows, Freddie Mac reports in its weekly mortgage market survey. The 30-year fixed-rate mortgage—the most popular among home buyers—has now climbed a half percentage point since last month. 

A strengthening economy and positive employment report this month prompted fixed-rate mortgages to climb higher this week, says Frank Nothaft, Freddie Mac’s chief economist.

Until Mortgage Rates Hit 10.5%, Buying A Home Will Still Be Cheaper Than Renting
The recent rise in mortgage rates has made buying a house a little more expensive: the increase in the 30-year fixed rate over the past month from 3.4% to 3.9% (Freddie Mac) raised the monthly payment on a $200,000 mortgage by $56, or 6%. However, because mortgage rates are still near long-term lows, and because prices fell so much after the housing bubble burst and remain low relative to rents even after recent price increases, buying is still much cheaper than renting.

Economist Temper Housing Bubble Worries

Although home prices are likely to continue to rise in the next few years, the national market is not in danger of a bubble, according to prominent economists.

“Four of the next five years are likely to be improving years in the housing market. I don’t say five because there’s always the possibility of little hiccups in the housing market,” said Lawrence Yun, chief economist for the National Association of Realtors.

– See more at: http://www.inman.com/2013/06/10/economists-temper-housing-bubble-worries/#sthash.5HJGKrh4.dpuf

Economists temper housing bubble worries
Economists temper housing bubble worries

Although home prices are likely to continue to rise in the next few years, the national market is not in danger of a bubble, according to prominent economists. “Four of the next five years are likely to be improving years in the housing market. I don’t say five because there’s always the possibility of little hiccups in the housing market,” said Lawrence Yun, chief economist for the National Association of Realtors.

The Transformation of Columbus in Georgia Trend Magazine

The river has always been the lifeblood of Columbus and Muscogee County. Just last month, the city officially opened a two-and-a-half mile stretch to whitewater rafting and kayaking. Beginning just north in the old Bibb City area, the course flows through Uptown with a takeout point just behind the Convention & Trade Center.

“This will not only have a tremendous economic impact on the community, but it’s a great environmental project as well,” says Richard Bishop, president and CEO of Uptown Columbus. “We’re going to bring visitors from throughout the Southeast and attract world-class events here at the same time.”

The river will likely solidify the quarter-century-long transformation of Columbus from dying downtown to hip center of culture and commerce. Clubs, restaurants, coffee shops and boutiques fill every available storefront. Finding a parking space even on a weekday night is a challenge as throngs of people fill the streets.

“I’ve been in real estate development for 25 years with the Bradley Company, and the best way to describe it is with each successful project, it leveraged another successful project,” says Mathews Swift, president and COO of W.C. Bradley Co. Real Estate Division. W.C. Bradley Co. is not only headquartered in one of the renovated mill buildings along Front Street, but it has been a driving force in promoting Uptown as a place to live.

When the Eagle & Phenix building’s first phase was converted to condos, they quickly sold out. Offering a commanding view of the river, coupled with easy access to Uptown’s shops and restaurants, they represented just the kind of urban living so many young professionals demand.

Apartments are under construction in Mill No. 2 and the old administration building, just a short walk away.

“We’re at a point where it’s no longer just, ‘Can we make downtown a very energetic and exciting place to be?’” says Swift. “Now the question is, ‘How can we maximize all of it?’”

Read more about the transformation of Columbus in Georgia Trend Magazine.

Eagle & Phenix Condos are Luxury Living Right in Uptown

These are just a few of our current Eagle & Phenix listings:

Beautiful Views From Every Window

This is the only new 3br condo left. Two bedrooms & two full baths upstairs and one bedroom and 1 1/2 baths downstairs. Two living areas, floor to ceiling windows with beautiful river views. Large kitchen with island. Great closet space. 24/7 attendant on duty, fitness center, deck area with furniture and gas grill, gated green space with furniture and gas grill, covered parking in garage. Secured entry into building, 5th floor unit.

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Our Largest New Condo Floor Plan

This is our largest new condo with 3br/3.5 ba and fabulous river views. You will have floor to ceiling windows with breathtaking views. Large living area with another area for a den or office. Granite counters, tile in bathrooms, walk-in closets. 24/7 attendant on duty, parking garage, fitness center, green space and a 14-mile river walk right outside your door. Easily walk to shops, dining and entertainment. HOA is .268 per sq ft per month and our taxes are the lowest in the region.

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Balcony with a River View

This 5th floor unit has a balcony overlooking the courtyard and great views of the river. Secured entry, fitness center, deck, parking garage and courtyard. You are within walking distance of many coffee shops, restaurants, shopping and entertainment. Maintenance-free living at its finest. This is a furnished model, price does not include furnishings. Controlled access for residential entrances, 24 hour attendant on site, 1 deeded parking space in parking garage, 12-15 ft ceilings, exposed brick walls, timber, natural wood & some painted ceilings, granite coutner tops, tile floors in baths, fitness center, RIO thermal heating & cooling, expansive windows and more.

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Columbus named a Runner Friendly Community by Road Runners of America



The Road Runners Club of American has named Columbus a Runner Friendly Community for 2013. This honor comes with a plaque and royalty-free use of the RRCA Runner Friendly Community logo for five years, among other benefits. Columbus is one of three communities to receive the honor this quarter. Joining Columbus in this round of selctions is Peachtree City, Ga. and Eugene, Ore.

The goals of the Runner Friendly Community program are to shine a national spotlight on communities that standout as runner-friendly and provide incentives and ideas for communities to work towards becoming runner friendly communities. Runner friendly communities can increase the quality of life, improve physical activity for residents as outlined in the National Physical Activity Plan, and provide for increased economic impact for the community.

From Columbus’ Fall Line “Rails to Trails” to the Chattahoochee RiverWalk, Columbus is a place with unique optiosn for runners of all experience levels. Recognition as a Runner Friendly Community could create an additional draw for out-of-town visitors, according to Peter Bowden, president and chief executive officer of the Columbus Convention & Visitors Bureau. Some local races already attract runners from outside the Chattahoocee Valley. Among those events is the Soldier Marathon and Half Marathon, now in its fourth year.

Read more here: http://www.ledger-enquirer.com/2013/01/29/2363124/columbus-recognized-as-a-runner.html#storylink=cpy

“This designation gives Columbus a competitive edge in attracting athletes from all around to enjoy our running trails, locally owned shops, restaurants and more. We look forward to being a part of Columbus’ growth over the next several years,” says Leah Braxton of W.C. Bradley Co. Real Estate, LLC.

Read more here: http://www.ledger-enquirer.com/2013/01/29/2363124/columbus-recognized-as-a-runner.html#storylink=cpy

Read more here about how this honor pays tribute to our community in the Ledger-Enquirer.

Grand Opening of Whitewater Columbus, GA

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Cut Bait Music Festival

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<p>Immerse yourself in the ultimate music experience along the Banks of the beautiful Chattahoochee River! It&rsquo;s the <a target=”_blank” title=”Cut Bait Music Festival” href=”http://www.cutbaitmusicfestival.com/”>2013 CutBait Music Festival</a> featuring over 40 national and southern artists performing in nine unique indoor and outdoor venues in <a target=”_blank” title=”Uptown Columbus” href=”http://www.uptowncolumbusga.com”>Uptown Columbus, GA</a>. You&rsquo;ll enjoy rock, pop, country and more in intimate stage settings that connect artists and concertgoers. Walk from venue to venue while enjoying a wide variety of music. Art galleries, casual restaurants, unique stores and thrilling river rapids make Uptown the perfect destination and the 2013 CutBait Music Festival an event you&rsquo;ll want to attend every year!</p>
<p><a target=”_blank” title=”Tickets” href=”http://www.cutbaitmusicfestival.com/tickets/”>TICKETS</a>:</p>
<p>A two-day weekend pass allows you first come, first served access to over 40 performances in every venue. Venues range in size from 75 to 2,000. Some venues have limited seating capacity so we suggest arriving early if there is an artist you really want to see. WEEKEND PASS: $35 (After May 1) FRIDAY ONLY TICKET: $15 SATURDAY ONLY TICKET: $25 KIDS 10 AND UNDER: FREE</p>

This Week in Uptown!


Upcoming Events
May 14
May 16 – 18
May 17 – 18
May 17

 

May 18

 

Market Days on Broadway
May 18
Uptown Concert Series: Classic Addict and the Return of the Miracle Riders
May 24
 
Grand Opening of Whitewater
May 25
 
Market Days on Broadway
May 25
 
May 25
May 29 and 30
Market Days on Broadway
June 1
June 1
June 1
May 7, 2013

Events this Week
Lakebottom Prime
May 9-11 at 7:30pm and May 12 at 2:30pm
Springer Opera House
Before Lakebottom was Lakebottom there was … a lake! The wedding of the century is being planned by Priscilla Tuttle and nothing will stop her from devising the perfect lakeside ceremony attended by all of Columbus’ elite. But there are problems in Wildwood Park. The bride’s mother is proving to be the embodiment of evil, the bridesmaids come down with malaria and the city begins to drain the lake. But as the water level lowers, the anxiety rises: There’s a secret at the bottom of that lake. And the Tuttle family will do anything to keep it hidden. Topher Payne’s hilarious prequel to his 2011 hit (Lakebottom Proper),Lakebottom Prime turns the clock back to the days when brass bands played on an island bandstand, lovers paddled canoes around the lake and families picnicked on the shore.
Vega String Quartet
May 9th at 7:30pm
Quartet-in-Residence at Emory University, the Vega String Quartet is on the cutting edge of the new generation of chamber music ensembles.
The group has appeared at Weill Hall and Zankel Hall at Carnegie Hall and at Duke Hall at the Royal Academy of Music, London.
The quartet is a frequent guest at numerous music festivals, including Aspen, Brevard, Highlands-Cashiers, Kingston, Mostly Mozart, Musicorda, Rockport, San Miguel de Allende, and SummerFest La Jolla, among others.
 
Uptown Concert featuring:DSOS

May 10 at 7:00pm

Broadway

Join us for a FREE concert on Broadway featuring DSOS. The music starts at 7pm and the concert is fun for the whole family!

Incredible Places

May 10 from 5pm – 8pm

The Joesph House

The Joseph House Art Gallery is hosting, “INCREDIBLE PLACES – A Journey in Art” on Friday, MAY 10 from 5pm to 8pm. The theme of the artwork is the INCREDIBLE PLACES the gallery artists have visited and painted. The refreshments and snacks will be a flavor of each of the INCREDIBLE PLACES. The exhibit will end on May 31. The Gallery is free and open to the public. 828 Broadway.

 

Junkin’ on Broadway

May 11 from 9am – 2pm 

Broadway

Join us for a huge Junk (yard) sale on Broadway! Lots of different vendors will fill up the 1200 block with all kinds of treasures! We hope to see you there!

A Feathered Affair

May 11th from 9:30am – 11:00am

Broadway

A Feathered Affair, Columbus Area Habitat’s birdhouse auction, is just around the corner.

We are excited to be able to bring this event back to Columbus and show off birdhouses decorated by artists, local celebrities and Habitat supporters!

The event’s purpose is to engage the community and educate them about how Habitat is working in the Fountain City.  We also hope to have a little fun and raise funds to continue working towards our goal of eliminating poverty housing in Columbus.  This event was last seen in Columbus in 2002.

Market Days on Broadway

May 11 from 9am – Noon
Broadway

Welcome spring with Market Days on Broadway! Check out over 100 vendors selling everything from produce to baked goods to arts and crafts! Everything at the Market is homegrown, handmade or homemade! Shop Local, Shop Uptown and check it out!

 

Red Shoe Run

May 11 at 8am

Big Dog Running Company – Broadway

Ronald McDonald House Charities of West Georgia, Inc., located in Columbus, GA, provides temporary lodging to families with seriously ill or injured children who travel to our city for specialized medical care.  Providing a warm and supportive alternative ot costly hotels or uncomfortable hospital waiting rooms, families can stay close to their hospitalized children. Our House offers them a place to call “home” at little or no cost so families can afford the best care possible for their children.

Join them for the Smile Mile and 5K this weekend!

Cinco de Mayo Celebration

May 11 from 5pm – 10pm

Broadway

Join us on Broadway as we celebrate Cinco de Mayo (a few days late thanks to the rain last weekend). We will have free live music, games and fun for the whole family! Brought to you by Ritmo Con Sabor and Uptown Columbus.

Uptown Drum Circle

May 11 from 6pm – 9pm

Broadway

The next Uptown Drum Circle event is set for Saturday May 11th 6-9pm on Broadway (in front of Momma Goldberg’s, concrete stage.)

Family friendly , non-profit free community event. Drums are provided, and you can bring your own. Other entertainment elements include:

~ Kids corner face painting

~ Yoga demo by Art of Yoga Studio

~ Belly & fire dance demo

~ Re-purposed art exhibition with local artist

~ Musicians

~ Local goods & services raffle