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Written by Riezl Baker, Luxury Lake Oconee Real Estate Group

Published on October 1, 2020

The pandemic has set the Lake Oconee real estate market on fire. Activity at the lake continues to soar with no signs of slowing down. Luxury real estate boomed as a result of the migration of many who have had the opportunity to work efficiently from home, prompting them to reassess their priorities. Many have moved out of the city, where they have spent months in closed quarters, into our area where they can have so much more space, house and land. As a realtor for over 20 years, I share with you the real estate trends I am currently seeing:

 

“Big is Back”

In the midst of the pandemic, families who were stuck in closed quarters

re-evaluated their living spaces and upgraded to bigger homes with multiple offices, large kitchen, home gym and more ‘room to roam.” Lake Oconee has been a place of refuge for urbanites who spent their quarantines in their second homes. Many of them have not returned to the cities after the shelter-in-place, and are buying larger homes where everyone in the family can get comfortable together indoors and outdoors.

 

“Home Offices are In”

Before the pandemic, buyers loved media rooms where families can gather to watch movies and sports. This changed with the rise of remote working and children’s virtual learning. Nowadays, the priority is to find a home that offers quiet and dedicated spaces for parents and children to work. Google search trends for “home office”, “home gym”, “home amenities” have remained high since the start of the pandemic.

“Pool is Cool”

Customized and trendy pools are “in”providing the ultimate staycation for many families who cannot travel like they used to. Pools with built-in bars, spas and other amenities are hot trends and spending quality time becomes another important priority.

 

“In Search of Greener Pastures and… Acreage”

The desire to own a refuge away from the densely populated city has become apparent with more families wanting bigger lots to have room for outdoor spaces, amenities and bigger backyards. COVID fueled the desire for more land to build a family compound.

Multi-generational living is on the rise with grandparents moving in with their adult kids and grandchildren.

 

As the pandemic continues to shape the real estate industry, be strategic about your short and long term goals. If you are considering selling or buying, work with a realtor you can trust. An experienced realtor who has a finger on the pulse of the market and who is out in the trenches daily becomes invaluable when you are making a big decision under the current circumstances. If you are considering buying or selling, contact us at Luxury Lake Oconee Real Estate. We are a group of full-time real estate professionals with proven records of success, offering a combined experience of over 40 years in Lake Oconee real estate.

www.luxurylakeoconee.com

(706) 453-9243

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

May 6, 2020

Luxury Lake Oconee Welcomes New Member of Real Estate Team

Jennifer Vaughan

Luxury Lake Oconee is excited to announce the addition of our newest team member, Jennifer Vaughan. Jennifer and husband, Larry, have been residents of Reynolds Lake Oconee since 2010 with their three boys, Matthew (11), Jordan (9) and Brandon (6). Jennifer is a graduate of the University of Michigan with a degree in Language Arts. Vaughan began her successful sales career in the information technology industry with software company Novell, and progressed to Motorola and Symbol Technologies. In 2006, Jennifer married Larry, and they began construction of their home at Lake Oconee.

Jennifer is actively involved in the community. The Vaughan family is a proud member of Lake Oconee Church. Larry and Jennifer are strong supporters of St. Mary’s Good Samaritan Hospital and Lake Oconee Academy. Jennifer serves as a Board Member of the Lake Oconee Academy Foundation. Jennifer has been involved in numerous fundraiser activities for the school including the Denim& Diamonds Committee, the LOA Capital Campaign Committee and Chairperson for the Tees for Titans Golf Tournament, a role she has held since 2015.

“Riezl and I have been friends with Jennifer and Larry for over ten years. After working with Jennifer on community projects over the years, I can tell you that Jennifer is a consummate professional. She has a strong work ethic and understands the value of hard work.” stated Ted Baker, managing broker of Luxury Lake Oconee. “The advantage I had while in sales was that I spent lots of time with the engineers learning everything I could about the products prior to taking them to market,” Jennifer explains. She looks forward to applying the same principles in her role as a Realtor by learning the inventory, understanding the goals of her clients and delivering superb service.

In recent years, we have welcomed a new generation of families who gave up the urban hustle for a better quality of life. Jennifer is well poised to welcome these families to Lake Oconee. Jennifer enjoys exercise, boating and golfing at Reynolds Lake Oconee or Cuscowilla, where she and her family are members. “We are fortunate to live on the lake, a stone’s throw away from the Ritz and major amenities. I pinch myself sometimes and remind my boys to be grateful. I am looking forward to introducing the community and our wonderful lifestyle to others,” said Jennifer. Luxury Lake Oconee Real Estate is a full-service brokerage with over 40 years of combined experience serving buyers and sellers in Lake Oconee real estate.

For more information, call Ted Baker (706) 347-2625.

Written by Riezl Baker

 

Easter is one my favorite holidays for many reasons. It signals the beginning of Spring and brings the hope of a bright and warmer weather. Flowers bloom and colors cover the horizon. Easter also signals a time of reconnecting with family and friends through traditions. As a child, I remember getting up early for sunrise mass, and in my Sunday best, anticipating what seemed like the biggest egg hunt ever. These days,I still look forward to the beautiful celebration of the Lord’s resurrection and the day’s festivities shared with our family and friends, with the setting of the sun as the day’s colorful grand finale. Several of my favorite friends share their Easter traditions:

 

“Unlike days past when mom fit all the girls in white patent shoes, Easter bonnets, and the boys in clean clothes with socks and shoes, Dave and I play golf on Easter Sunday. We have non-golfing friends who come for dinner or we go to one of the clubs.  Of course on a sunny Easter day, the boat beckons us to the lake.” – Elaine Thillen,

 

 

 

“Our three boys, Matthew (11), Jordan (9) and Brandon (6) love the Easter Egg hunt at the Reynolds Commons. It is packed with kids from the community, as well as visiting grandchildren and families, and they have so much fun making new friends. We go to church on Easter morning, followed by brunch at one of the clubs. The Lake Club Easter brunch is fantastic and has become our favorite!” – Jennifer Vaughan

 

 

 

“We built our home in Reynolds while living in England and moved to the community full time in 2009. We are very active parishioners of the Catholic church and attend the early Easter service, followed by golf with the boys. The day ends with a delicious Prime Rib dinner that I prepare for the boys.”

-Patty Dailey

 

 

“Denny and I first moved to Lake Oconee in 2015 with our three kids Taylor (17), Ty (15), and Trace (13). Easter has always been a special time for us to gather together with our church and family to celebrate Him. We moved from Northridge Christian Church in Milledgevile to Lakepoint Christian Church in Eatonton where it has become an Easter tradition to attend Easter service at the Rainey family’s farm, the Briarpatch.

After the service, we go to a large family gathering for an Easter egg hunt with four generations, play baseball, ride  four wheelers, play with the farm chickens. As long as the weather allows, we end the night with a relaxing boat ride on Lake Oconee with our Fur-babies feeling grateful for all He has provided. “

-Ally Wood