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Summer Fun at the Cheshire Chamber Carnival!

by Sally Bowman Real Estate

Summer always means the return of one of our favorite annual CHESHIRE events….the Cheshire Chamber Carnival!! Starting this evening, July 14th, head on down to Bartlem Park on Route 10 to partake in the family friendly fun. The carnival will continue on both Friday and Saturday evenings. Take a spin on the Ferris wheel, play some classic carnival games, dine on delicious treats from food trucks, and make a craft. Enjoy the beautiful summer weather and quality time with family and friends. Join us for a weekend full of fun and amusement at the Cheshire Chamber Carnival!


Event Details

Dates: Thursday, July 14, 2016 – Saturday, July 16, 2016

Times: 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm (Thursday & Friday), 3:00 pm – 10:00 pm (Saturday)

Location: Bartlem Park (across from Cheshire High School)

Cost: FREE Admission!

15 Top Native Plants for Beautiful Cheshire Gardens!

by Sally Bowman Real Estate

Spruce up the landscaping of your CHESHIRE HOME with a garden! After those cold winter months, gardens are a great way to add a bit of color and cheer to your yard. You can ensure gardening success during the warmer seasons by turning to plant varieties that naturally grow throughout the northeast. As an added bonus, native plants require less maintenance. Here are the 15 top native plants for northeast gardens!

CULVER’S ROOT (Veronicastrum virginicum) – Place this plant towards the back of your garden as they can grow up to 5 feet tall. This perennial can flourish in part shade or full sun. In the summer months, petals in varieties of white, pink, and blue will appear.

MAIDENHAIR FERN (Adiantum pedatum) – Perfect for shady areas with moist soil, this fern adds texture to the landscaping. This plant takes a while to establish itself so allow it plenty of time to grow.

CAROLINA LUPINE (Thermopsis villosa) – The Carolina Lupine is a standard along the East coast. It provides fuzzy foliage throughout the year and blossoms with pea-like flowers in the spring.

WILD GINGER (Asarum canadense) – Another great plant for shady areas, this groundcover produces heart-shaped leaves. As an added surprise, burgundy flowers appear under the leaves in late May.

VIRGIN’S BOWER (Clematis virginiana) – This awesome plant will add interest to your garden throughout the summer and fall months. In summer, the vine is covered in white star-shaped flowers that produce a beautiful aroma. In the fall, the fuzzy heads add texture.

WILD ANEMONE (Anemone canadensis) – Fill up large spaces in your garden with this groundcover. It grows easily in organically-rich soil. Make sure to keep this plant well watered.

EASTERN BLUESTAR (Amsonia tabernaemontana) – Attract butterflies to your yard every spring with the blue flowers of this plant. The flowers turn a beautiful yellow to add autumnal color to your garden in the fall.


MERRYBELLS (Uvularia grandiflora) – Enjoy delicate yellow flowers in the spring with Merrybells. Plant several together to reap the most benefit from this easy to grow plant.

TRILLIUM (Trillium grandiflorum) – In shady areas, add this woodland wildflower. In the early spring, the lower part of your garden will sprot beautiful white petals.

SWAMP MILKWEED (Asclepias incarnata) – Monarch butterflies will flit amongst the pink flowers in mid-summer. This plant is perfect for average soil conditions.

JACOB’S LADDER (Polemonium reptans) – In partly sunny areas, rely on Jacob’s Ladder to add great groundcover. There are many different varieties that provide shades of blue, pink, and white to your garden.

FOAMFLOWER (Tiarella cordifolia) – This plant can be placed throughout your garden, whether in the sun or shade. It will produce white flowers in the spring and summer months.

WOODLAND IRIS (Iris setosa) – This iris adds a beautiful blue-violet color to your garden in late spring. It can bloom in partial shade.

YELLOW LADY’S-SLIPPER ORCHID (Cypripedium parviflorum) – Patiently await the blossoming of this stunning flower. In the spring, your garden will be the talk of the neighborhood with this yellow, slipper-shaped flowers. This plant flourishes in moist, acidic soil.

AMERICAN CORAL BELLS (Heuchera americana) – This resilient plant adds great texture to your garden throughout the year. Place in partly sunny areas with well-drained soil.

Adding well placed perennials and other plants to your landscape and gardens, along with ornamental stones, ledges, ponds and walls will add value to your home...as well as much needed curb appeal!

For more Home Selling Tips, please visit our website or call our office to talk with us about your individual property options at 203-272-2828.

Resource: Better Homes & Garden July 2016

Create Fabulous Curb Appeal for Summer Selling!

by Sally Bowman Real Estate

You've decided to Sell your Cheshire home this summer....BRAVO!  That's a fantastic decision! As you go through the many different tasks to get your home ready to be put on the market, don't forget one of the most important, it's face. Well, not literally, but truly it's first impression it's going to make to your potential home buyers when they drive-by your home, come to a showing or open house, or even the first photo they usually see as a 'Listing Photo'...the front of your home.  We call it 'CURB APPEAL'!

In the summer we have so many fantastic choices to create award winning curb appeal, but the basics are always the same...so we'll start there first:

1) Pride of Ownership- Nothing puts a potential home buyer more at ease than driving up to a home that shows an owners 'pride of ownership' from the moment you see the home, and it all starts with the state of the exterior of the home.

2) Homes Exterior- Choose your upgrades carefully. Siding is largest visible surface on your home. Make sure to power wash the entire surface and make any necessary repairs before putting your home on the market. Windows & Screens should also be perfectly cleaned and windows should sparkle (yes I did say sparkle!). If your siding is a hideous color, painting then becomes a serious consideration! 

3) Front Door & Porch- This is an area where you can introduce some pops of color and have a little bit of fun! First make sureyou have thoroughly cleaned all surface areas. Once accomplished then evaluate your front door. A New Front Door has one of the greatest ROI's. If your's is looking a little rough, this is a great area to invest....and you may want to look for a fantastic complementary color. Again, don't get wild and crazy!  We're talking complimentary, not ridiculous. Once that's chosen take a look at the porch and decide if you need to repaint any railings or decking. Then you can choose whether a chair, table, rug or other fun, small, uncluttered choices would be a nice touch for your "Welcome" area.

4) Lighting- Do you have adequate lighting on your front porch? How about Landscape Lighting? Have you enhanced any area of the yard that you'd like to highlight? Get rid of dated features and take advantage of outdoor living! Home Buyers rate the yard as 25% of their decision in the summer months! If your yard is a big selling point, don't let it go to waste! Illuminate your walkways as well.

5) Landscaping- Todays homeowners and home buyers love outdoor living and take pride in having their yards landscaped. Take time to give your yard extra attention. If you don't have a lot of extra money to spend, concentrate on the front yard first. Consult a landscaper or even a local garden center of lower cost choices that can be implemented for a great look and flow. Add a few solar lights for a walk-way and you'll have a beautiful front yard before you know it....without having to spend a fortune.

Some of the local resources for your Home, Garden & Landscape Needs:

Hines Ace Hardware- 231 Maple Ave, Cheshire, CT- (203) 272-4463- www.acehardware.com

Cheshire Nursery- 1317 South Main St, Cheshire, CT- (203) 272-3228www.cheshirenursery.com/

T and D Growers, LLC- 2035 Scott Rd, Cheshire, CT- (203) 271-0113- http://tanddgrowers.com/

Michael's Greenhouses- 300 South Meriden Road, Cheshire, CT- (203) 272-4680- www.michaelsgreenhouses.com/

Arisco Farms- 1583 Marion Road, Cheshire, CT- (203) 271-0549- www.ariscofarms.com/

For more Home Selling Tips give the Sally Bowman Real Estate Team a call at 203-272-2828 or visit our website at www.sallybowmanrealestate.com

4th of July Events in Cheshire!

by Sally Bowman Real Estate

 

It’s time to celebrate America’s 240th birthday! The 4th of July always offers a great opportunity to spend time with family and friends, enjoy the summer weather, and show off your American pride! CHESHIRE has great events planned this holiday that we wanted to share with you!

Celebrate July 4th by remembering the reason for the holiday. Head down to the Cheshire Town Green (43 Church Street) from 10:00 – 11:30 am on Monday for the 2016 Declaration Celebration! This event celebrates our nation’s history. It will include a recitation of Patrick Henry’s “Give Me Liberty or Give Me Death” speech as well as a commemoration to all who signed the Declaration of Independence. This fantastic event culminates with a reading of that great historic document which laid the foundation for our nation. This event is free to the public.


Finish off your Independence Day celebrations at the Cheshire Fireworks. Bring the family out to the beautiful Kurtz Farms (1604 Peck Lane) for the display. Fireworks will begin on Monday at dusk and will surely be a spectacular show!

Check out both of these great 4th of July events in Cheshire.

Sally Bowman Real Estate wishes you and your family a very happy and safe Independence Day!

Cheshire ranks in the Top 20 Safest Cities in Connecticut!

by Sally Bowman Real Estate

We love our great state of Connecticut. From its historical importance within the United States to its positioning in the heart of the Atlantic shore, Connecticut offers a great place for families to call home. On top of all that and despite its high population density, Connecticut is also safe. In fact, it was recently named the #8 safest state in America! The individual cities and towns within Connecticut help maintain this dedication to safety. We are happy to report that CHESHIRE was ranked in the Top 30 Safest Cities in Connecticut!!!

Website ALARM SYSTEM REVIEWS collected and analyzed data from Connecticut cities with populations over 2,500. They determined the rate of violent crimes and property crimes per 1,000 residents by looking at the total number of violent crimes and total number of property crimes against the city's population. Cheshire (population of 29,120) came in at #20 with a violent crime rate of 0.2 and a property crime rate of 8.2. 

Beyond its promotion to safety, the community of Cheshire is a great place to raise a family for a multitude of reasons. Due to its classification as the "Bedding Plant Capital of Connecticut" and its central location within the state, Cheshire offers a beautiful haven for its residents and the Cheshire School System is known for its commitment to academic excellence.

Safety is a major factor when choosing a home. Let us help you find your dream home in our safe and wonderful community of Cheshire!! Check out our current home listings. 

CHESHIRE HISTORICAL SOCIETY CIVIL WAR TALK & EVENT

by Sally Bowman Real Estate

The community of CHESHIRE is proud of its rich history within the United States. Our beautiful historical town offers many tributes to those that came before. The Civil War Monument located in the Church Green is celebrating its 150th year at a commemoration event on Saturday, July 9th, 2016. Hosted by the Cheshire Historical Society, this event will celebrate our community’s past.

To kick off the commemoration event, a talk will be presented Historical Society Member Bob Larkin on Thursday, June 23rd, at 7:00 pm at the Cheshire Public Library. Bob Larkin is an expert on the subject and will be presenting on the history of the monument as well as providing information about the upcoming event. It will surely be an informative presentation to get the festivities started.

On Saturday, July 9th, bring the family down to the Church Green for the Cheshire Monument Commemoration and stay for a full day of events! The schedule is as follows:

10 AM - Co F 14th CT conducts drill demonstrations, musket firing
11 AM - past Noon - Monument Commemoration
1:30 PM - Co F 14th CT conducts drill demonstrations, musket firing
2:40 PM - Closing Ceremony with Benediction and songs by Cheshire Community Chorus

Come learn about our local history at this great celebration!

The Cheshire Historical Society wishes to thank the following for their generous support, gifts and donations:

Town of Cheshire for the Monument Restoration and the new walkway.

CT Community Foundation and to CT Humanities for grants for this project.

Local donors:  HINES HARDWARE, BARKER SPECIALTY, CENTRAL CT CHIROPRACTIC, DARTER SPECIALTIES, and all other supporters.

To learn more about Community Events visit our Blog and Facebook Page frequently.

It’s Time for the 79th Annual Cheshire Strawberry Festival and Craft Fair!

by Sally Bowman Real Estate

This Saturday, June 18th, our favorite CHESHIRE summer tradition is back…..the CHESHIRE STRAWBERRY FESTIVAL AND CRAFT FAIR!!! For the past 79 years, this event has brought Cheshire residents and people from other local communities to our historic downtown to enjoy all the festivities. This year promises to be better than ever!

Bring the entire family to the Church Green to enjoy food, crafts, entertainment, and amusements. Food will be available for purchase and, of course, the star of it all will be the strawberry! Indulge in the festival favorite Strawberry Shortcake or treat yourself to other delicious concoctions such as a frozen strawberry drink and chocolate covered strawberries! The Craft Fair will feature over 30 artisans selling unique handmade goods. Have fun shopping for jewelry, clothing, home goods, lotions and soaps, candles, art, and much more! Throughout the day, the Cheshire Community Band will be providing live musical entertainment. This great band featuring local musicians plays a wide variety of music. Children will enjoy exploring the variety of amusements, including 3 types of inflatables, games for toddlers, face painting, and a petting zoo. There truly is something for everyone to enjoy at the festival!

Come join us at the 79th Annual Cheshire Strawberry Festival and Craft Fair! We can’t wait to see you there!

Event Details

Date: Saturday, June 18th, 2016

Time: 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Location: Church Green located in downtown Cheshire

Cost: FREE!

Sally Bowman Real Estate Announces New Sign Installation Truck

by Sally Bowman Real Estate

Sally Bowman Real Estate is excited to announce a new addition to our team....a new Sign Installation TRUCK!! It'll now be easier and quicker for us to get your Sales Signs, Open House and HOME SOLD SIGNS in your yards!  

We'd like to THANK some wonderful people who helped make this possible!  Frank, from the NOTCH STORE....who found the truck for me. Ollie's Garage for the fantastic new paint job and Jay for the great lettering! It's going to be fantastic to have a sign installation truck on the road...and our Sign Guy, Bruce is really excited about it!


So watch for us around Cheshire in our new white Sign Truck as we continue to help you Sell and Buy the incredible homes around this amazing community of Cheshire!

6 Successful Tips for Cheshire Home Buyers in a Seller's Market!

by Sally Bowman Real Estate

Buying a new house is an exciting and important time! There is no better place to call home than CHESHIRE! House hunting in a seller's market, though, adds more factors for you to consider during the process. Although the market might not be favoring buyers at the moment, there are many things that you can use to your advantage to help you buy your dream home! Look through the current HOUSE LISTINGS so I can help you begin this exciting journey, and follow these 6 useful tips for buyers in a seller's market.

WORK WITH AN EXPERIENCED AGENT. Eliminate some of the time and stress that comes with house hunting by working with an experienced real estate agent. Sally Bowman Real Estate is here to help you find your dream home! Let me know exactly what you are looking for. I understand the Cheshire housing market, now what is available, and can negotiate the best deal for your new home! Here is MY COMMITMENT TO YOU!  

BE PREAPPROVED BY A LENDER. Get preapproval for a loan from a reputable lender that you can present to the seller. This shows that you are serious about buying the home and makes the seller feel more comfortable knowing that your finances are in order. If you already know that you can afford the home and have a high credit score, get this part of the process out of the way when you initially start your house hunting process. It can help you stand apart from the other buyers. For helpful loan information, check out our HOME LOAN TOOL KIT.

BE DECISIVE IN MAKING AN OFFER. Buying a home is a major decision so being thoughtful about the home you make an offer on is imperative. But don’t get bogged down in over analyzing. Before you begin the house hunting process, be sure to know exactly what you are looking for in your dream home…price, location, and type. When you find a home that checks all of the factors you have previously determined, make an offer! You don’t want to miss out on your dream home due to overthinking.

MAKE YOUR BEST OFFER. Start with a strong opening offer. You should know the maximum that you are willing to pay. Although we all want to get the best deal possible, in a seller’s market competition is high. If you come in with too low of an opening offer, you could miss out on your dream home. Be aware of what other houses are on the market and the pricing of the homes in the area. This will help you determine what is an appropriate amount to negotiate for the house you want. Have a strong opening offer that you are comfortable with AND that will be acceptable to the seller.

PREPARE FOR A BIDDING WAR. Bidding wars inevitably cause stress for buyers. The fear of missing out on your dream home is understandable. However, competition in a seller’s market is high. Know what you are willing to pay and search for houses below your max budget. This will help you avoid spending more than you are comfortable with should you end up in a bidding war.

LEARN FROM YOUR MISTAKES. You might not get the first home that you make an offer on. In a seller’s market, it is likely that you will have to make several offers on homes before finding the perfect one for you. Recognize what happened with the transactions that don’t work out and learn from them. Stay true to what you want and realize that there are other options in the Cheshire that I will help you find!

Source: TRULIA

Cheshire Elementary School Teachers are Tops in Connecticut!

by Sally Bowman Real Estate

Where your child will attend K-12 is an important factor in house hunting. Here in CHESHIRE we pride ourselves on our school district. Our teachers are a major contributing factor to the strength of our schools. Niche K12, which provides local reviews of K-12 educational institutions, recently released their list of the top 100 elementary schools in Connecticut with the best teachers, and we are happy to report that the teachers in Cheshire made the grade!!

Niche K12 ranked Connecticut elementary schools based on seven criteria….(1) Niche Academics grade, (2) Niche Teachers grade, (3) average teacher’s salary, (4) teacher absenteeism, (5) teacher salary index, (6) teachers in first or second year, and (7) student to teacher ratio. Each of these factors were weighted and a ranking was derived from the results.

All four elementary schools in Cheshire were in the top 100 schools in Connecticut with the best teachers...out of 663 total elementary schools in the state!! Cheshire is a great place to raise a family, and our schools are foundational to our community. We would like to recognize all our elementary schools for their dedication to teaching excellence. All four of these schools are surrounded by excellent neighborhoods for any family to call home. Highland School was ranked #53. Current Home Listings near Highland.  Norton School was ranked #65. Current Home Listings near Norton.  Chapman School was ranked #66. Current Home Listings near Chapman. Doolittle School was ranked #72. Current Home Listings near Doolittle.  

Congrats to Cheshire Elementary Schools! Thank you to the teachers for all that you do!!

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Cheshire CT 06410
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