Preheat oven to 350°F with rack in middle. Grease the side and the bottom of the pan with butter or cooking spray. Line the bottom of a 9×3-inch springform pan (or 9 inch round cake pan) with parchment paper. Grease the parchment paper too.
Sift flour, baking powder, baking soda, together into a medium bowl.
In a separate bowl, beat butter, sugar, and 2 eggs until very light in color and fluffy, 2-3 minutes on high speed. Add vanilla and Greek yogurt and continue beating until very creamy and light in color, for about 1 more minute.
Keeping the mixer speed low, mix in the flour mix until combined. Do not overmix.
Transfer the cake batter to the springform pan. Top with sliced peaches, and scatter blueberries evenly on top in the spaces between the peach slices. Sprinkle the fruit with 1 teaspoon granulated sugar.
Bake until cake turns golden, and the tester comes out clean in the center, about 1 hour, depending on your oven. Midway through baking, I like to put some extra peach slices and extra blueberries on top of the cake for prettiness, and return cake to baking.
When the cake is done baking, let it cool (still in the baking pan) on a wire rack. After cake has cooled for about 40 minutes, release the cake from the springform pan. At this point, if the cake is cool enough, you can slide your hand under the cake, between the parchment paper and the bottom portion of the springform pan and move the cake with the parchment paper attached to its bottom onto a cake plate easily.
If using a 9 inch round cake pan, cook in pan for about 40 minutes or more (up to 1 hour, depending on your oven), then invert onto a plate.
As our partnership with Luxury Portfolio allows, Intracoastal Realty’s listings are often featured on LuxuryPortfolio.com. We often peruse the other listings around the world and become enamored with a number of the features, the outdoor spaces, and the interior design and decor of these lavish properties. This week, we have opted to share a few of our favorites with you.
This luxury villa is situated in the island of Mykonos and specifically in the region of Elia beach. Here, you can experience this immense feeling between heaven and earth, once being there and while gazing at the everlasting view extending from Naxos island to the Icarian Sea.
Designed by the awarded studio, G-Architects, the villa of 300 M2 consists of six spacious bedrooms with en-suite bathrooms plus one guest restroom. It has an abundance of indoor and outdoor spaces, which are luxuriously furnished to the highest quality and detail and according to the latest design trends.
The large private swimming pool of 6×12 M2 with its four-person Jacuzzi is surrounded by green landscape and its continuance is the deep blue sea (infinity pool). An extra air Jacuzzi can be found on the first floor balcony, next to the master bedroom, giving you the sense of sheer relaxation and wellness. From the large outdoor dining area (for up to 14 people), as well as the stone bar with the BBQ, and the built-in seating and sofas, which are all situated in the different outdoor levels, you can enjoy the unforgettable view. The villa is also fully equipped with the latest technology audio-video systems, including Smart TVs (in each bedroom) and a Home Cinema (Ceiling) Projector.
The region of Elia is less than a 20’ drive both from Mykonos Town and the island’s Airport and is situated just a few minutes from the picturesque village of Ano Mera with its traditional Monastery. In Ano Mera you can satisfy your needs with tavernas, local bakery, pharmacy and supermarket. Apart from the beautiful Elia beach, there is access from a close distance to other well-known beaches such as Kalo Livadi, Agia Anna, Kalafatis and Lia.
Last but not least, the villa has an exclusive use of a 2.000 M2 plot (2 acres) with flowers, cactus and other decorative plants, while it features a private parking lot of up to six cars.
PROPERTY FEATURES INCLUDE: private parking lot of up to six cars, outdoor dining and sitting areas, stone-built bar with barbeque
VIEWS INCLUDE: Water, Sunrise
AMENITIES INCLUDE: swimming pool, infinity pool
ARCHITECTURAL STYLE: Modern, Mediterranean
LOT ACRES: 2
Created by master builder Addison Development, this brand-new Regency-inspired deepwater estate with yacht dockage is designed for gracious, relaxed living in The Sanctuary.
A brand-new deepwater estate in The Sanctuary, Boca Raton’s world-famed yachting enclave, this understatedly elegant residence is one of the latest creations by Dan Swanson of Addison Development, a Palm Beach-based master builder with a portfolio of exclusive high-end luxury estates. Sited on 94± feet of south-facing waterfront with views reaching The Sanctuary’s nature preserve, this distinctive villa interprets the tradition of Regency architecture with a fresh clean flair, a comfortable scale, and a free-flowing single-level floor-plan for easy modern living.
Inspired by the classic Parisian allée, rows of blueberry trees line the double-door entry to the seamless living spaces with finishes of French washed oak, honed French Vanilla marble, and matte Venetian plaster, all in a palette of soft muted tones. Walls of retractable glass doors line the open great room and morning room, joining these spaces to the outdoor lounge areas featuring a canvas-covered pergola by the artfully designed pool. Also opening to the pool terrace, the private master suite features an exquisite bath that combines with an open dressing room to create a voluminous salon-like retreat. An architecturally striking residence meeting luxury standards, the estate is complete with yacht dockage just off the Intracoastal Waterway.
Tern Point Circle, Boca Raton, Florida. One of the nation’s most prestigious communities, The Sanctuary is a guard-gated yachting enclave featuring a 20-slip marina, Har-Tru tennis courts, and 27±-acre bird/wildlife preserve – all in the utmost seclusion with private land and water patrols. Close to the beach, this exclusive address is only minutes from the legendary Boca Raton Resort & Club, Mizner Park’s world-class shopping and dining, and Boca Raton’s private executive airport.
APPROXIMATE SQUARE FEET: 4570 ft.
This David Adler French country masterpiece has been restored and maintained to perfection by the current owners. Set on almost six acres at the end of a secluded drive, this one-of-a-kind home features many original elements from 1923. Patterned after ‘La Lanterne’ in Versailles, every room offers incredible views of the gardens or ravine. The original antique Chinese mural in the living room has been carefully restored and the richly paneled pine walls, imported from France, offer exquisite detailing. The neutral color palette enhances the architecture and moldings, highlighting the true elegance of the home. Comfortable yet sophisticated, this home is great for casual living or large-scale entertaining.
PROPERTY FEATURES INCLUDE: 4 Fireplace(s), Garage Door Opener(s),Transmitter(s),Heated Garage, Space Pac Cooling, Gas Heat, Radiators, Unfinished Basement With Exterior Access
Most buyers begin their search for a new home online. And, unfortunately, most photos that they come across don’t do the property justice! Not having photos is not an option. You know what happens when you don’t have photos for your home? Your property gets skipped. There’s nothing to entice a buyer to investigate your home any further. If anything, it might actually leave buyers wondering what it is you’re trying to hide. Photos help buyers sort through their options and decide which homes they actually want to see in-person. Need some home selling tips? Take better photos of your house, with this guide!
1. Preparing Your Home
This might seem like a no-brainer, but you should spend a little time preparing your home before taking any photos. First off, make sure your house is clean and uncluttered. Windows should be smudge-free, bathrooms spotless (with the toilet seat down and bathroom mirror wiped!), carpets freshly vacuumed and hardwood floors should gleam. Make sure wires to TVs, lamps, etc. aren’t the first thing one sees when looking at a room. You might even have to do some rearranging of furniture to really open a room up. Essentially, the preparing your home for real estate photography is very similar to the general tips to sell your house. (Sidenote: if you need some extra help, consider some home staging tips or hiring a professional home stager!)
2. Hire a Pro (Optional)
If you don’t feel confident enough to hack it yourself or if you can afford a photographer, hire a professional. Professional photographers can be pretty reasonably priced — just make sure to check out their portfolio to get a glimpse of their strengths. Before you hire anybody, you want to see if they excel at real estate photography. If they do, you can trust them to capture the best lighting, angles, etc. when shooting your home. However, if you do plan on hiring a photographer, go ahead and make a list of any features that you really want to bring attention to, and don’t settle for fewer than 25 to 30 quality images to post with your listing. Most real estate photographers easily take hundreds of photos during shoots, so this shouldn’t be an issue.
3. Get Some Basic Equipment
First thing’s first: your camera. Smartphone cameras have come a long way — most now have anywhere from 8 to 20+ megapixels — and can easily rival or replace your typical point-and-shoot camera. And you’d be surprised at how many professional photographers have utilized the cameras on their phones to take stunning shots. If you don’t have a capable smartphone camera, point-and-shoot cameras are affordable and definitely adequate for the job. If you do happen to have a decent camera on your phone, you should be able to get away with taking pictures of your home with it, just as long as you pay heed to some general guidelines before you do so. For instance: invest in a tripod to avoid blurry photos, utilize your camera’s settings (which have become pretty sophisticated) to capture the most light and detail, and opt for a landscape (horizontal) over portrait (vertical) orientation in most rooms.
4. Utilize Natural Lighting
While your first instinct in lighting up a dark room would be to turn the flash on your camera on — don’t! Flash almost always creates an artificial and anything-but-warming feeling in photos. It drains color and probably won’t do your home justice. Just take a look at some professional real estate photography. Do you see many lights on in the pictures? Probably not. Quality real estate photography utilizes soft, natural lighting. If you must add some artificial light to your compositions, do so by flipping on some lamps or overhead lights. The best time to take photos is during the morning or late afternoon/dusk to get warm light that won’t cause glares like the bright, harsh light that’s likely to fill up your home in the middle of the day.
5. Find the Right Angle
Anyone who’s spent any time at all looking for homes online has probably encountered the sort of useless photos of corners or walls that almost always accompany listings, and really give no indication of what a room actually looks like. And honestly, taking pictures of rooms is tricky.
So, to avoid this conundrum, try out these home photo tips:
Start by backing up, lowering your camera’s perspective and shooting low. Seriously, take a knee for this. You want a little bit of floor in your photos, as opposed to just walls and ceilings. Just take a look through your average home magazine — what do you see? Floors. The inclusion of floors adds perspective and gives potential buyers an idea of what the actual space feels like.
Experiment with both landscape and portrait orientations to see if you can get a little bit of the entire room in the shot, from floor to ceiling.
Avoid severe angles. Try to shoot straight-on for rooms that are connected or show a continuation of space — such as your kitchen-to-dining area, or dining-to-living area — to create depth. Sometimes you’ll need to angle your perspective a bit, just try not to overdo it. Think 45º or less.
If you’re struggling, then home magazines are the way to go. Try to replicate some of the room compositions you see, and you’ll get the hang of it eventually. You can also check out some additional home photo tips here.
6. Use the Lens to Look
The best way to make sure you’re actually capturing some decent photos of your house is by “looking with your lens.” What does this mean exactly? It means you should actively be reviewing your photos after you take them. Check the lighting, check for any eyesores or obstructions, and try out different perspectives to ensure you’re capturing your home in the most appealing way possible.
7. Capture Your Home Honestly
Do not try to make up for lighting or framing issues by applying filters or using speciality lenses! Instagram filters are a no-no, as is using wide-angle lenses or panoramic views as these physically warp or alter pictures and do not accurately depict what your home really looks like. In fact, you shouldn’t touch up photos like this at all unless you have access to software or in-camera photo-editing that allows you to automatically balance color (if your photos look too yellow or green, for instance), but that’s it. The less you edit, the better. The home-buying process relies a lot on trust. If home buyers feel like you’re trying to make your home look like something it’s not, they’re going to wonder what else you’re trying to conceal about your house.
Selling your house can be stressful, to say the least. There’s a lot of effort that goes into prepping your home for the market — not to mention the money! Need some tips on selling your house on a budget? We’ve got you covered. Check out this list to get you started.
1. Take Better Pictures
This is an extremely important first step! Think about it: where do most people start their home search? Online. If you don’t have photos or your photos are blurry or low-quality, you’re going to instantly lose buyer interest. The internet is the new first impression when it comes to selling your home. Some quick tips on photographing your home to sell include: using a camera other than the one on your phone, taking pictures from doorways or corners to best show the depth of a room, taking pictures at times where your house has the most natural light and avoiding any filters, photo touch-ups or special lenses that might change the way your house actually appears.
2. Make Sure Storage Isn’t Stuffed
If you happen to have extra storage — such as a garage, outdoor shed, attic, walk-in closets, etc. — you want to make sure that these areas don’t look crowded or overstuffed. Highlight these areas by lightening up the load in terms of junk! The plan is to move anyway, so go ahead and take this opportunity to get rid of some things you no longer need (and definitely don’t need to pack up with you) or rent in some storage space to stow any non-essential items away. You also want to make sure these areas look clean, dry and well-maintained. Buyers shouldn’t be reminded of any patching up or cleaning they might have to do in order to actually utilize these spaces.
3. Prep for Snoopers
People are going to open up your cabinets. That’s just a reality of putting your house on the market. So make sure that kitchen cabinets, medicine cabinets, closets, drawers or shelves are neat and tidy. If you have personal items that you don’t want potential buyers to see, such as medications, a quick purchase on opaque organizer boxes should do the trick. Go through clothes and be honest with yourself — if you haven’t worn it in over a year, you’re probably not going to wear it. Get rid of it, and make some extra space. Adding some inexpensive wire shelves and storage items to closets or cupboards can also help to accentuate these areas that buyers are likely to check out.
4. Let There Be Light
Prepare for open houses by opening up shades and drapes to let in some natural light! Check that windows are clean and the view out isn’t obstructed by grime or smudgy fingerprints. Wipe down window sills, which, as we’re sure you already know, are notorious collectors of dust and muck. It might also help to spring for some sheer or light-colored drapes or window fixtures to help create a feeling of brightness in your home. And definitely make sure all light bulbs work, light fixtures are clean (especially those ceiling fans) and maybe even swapped out for newer fixtures. Bathroom light fixtures, for example, tend to be very affordable and can make a huge difference, particularly in small bathrooms, when selling your house on a budget.
5. Update Your Kitchen
If your house is pretty structurally sound, or if you’re planning on allowing a budget for repairs if it’s not, then invest any “renovation” money in the kitchen. Kitchens are a major selling point for houses! If you can afford it, swapping out old countertops with new ones, adding a new appliance or installing new hardware on kitchen cabinets goes a long way in improving a buyer’s impression. Quick (and affordable) fixes like replacing peeling linoleum can also help to freshen up your kitchen as well!
6. Brighten Up Your Home
Sometimes it’s hard to notice the everyday marks and scuffs that accumulate over time in your home, but you need to think about what your house will look like in new eyes. Mr. Clean® Magic Erasers are, well, magic, and do an excellent job of removing any smudges on walls, door frames, trim and handles. Adding a coat of bright white paint to trim can also help to really brighten up a room. If your carpets are looking worn, either rent or hire professional help to give them a good cleaning, replace them altogether, or include a new carpet allowance for buyers — this actually gives them an opportunity to start adding their own touches to what will hopefully be their next home.
7. Create Space
Even if your house is spacious in terms of square footage, clutter and bulky furniture can really downplay this attribute. Remove any clutter or non-essential furniture, buy some floor-length curtains (to give the illusion of taller ceilings) and try out a striped rug if your house is feeling a bit cramped. You can also try out some feng shui decorating tips, by making sure all your furniture isn’t all crammed into corners or against walls, for instance.
There you have it! Selling your house on a budget can be done; you just have to put that noggin to work and get creative. If or when you need an agent by your side, drop us a line or give us a call at (800) 533-1840, and we’ll be happy to help!
People have been flocking to Southport NC for the ultimate Southern, slow-pace, easy-living, vacation for years. And, while Southport is a wonderful vacation destination for beachgoers, it’s an even better place to live!
1. Oh, That Southern Charm!
Southport has done an excellent job of preserving the charming qualities that first defined the town. A stroll by the shore reveals houses that have stood there since the founding of Southport, in the 1700s. There’s an unmistakable feeling of whimsy here. Swinging porches dot the grassy patches cultivated right next to the sandy shores. And southern food is at its best (seafood included, of course), along with homemade ice cream parlors, one-of-a-kind antique and speciality shops, art galleries, and a downtown that truly exemplifies the meaning of “charming.” Even a brief visit will make you feel transported back in time. Not surprisingly, Southport’s picturesque setting can be seen in several major motion pictures and shows, such as Safe House, Nights in Rodanthe, Dawson’s Creek and more.
2. A Seaside Paradise
The Intracoastal Waterway and Cape Fear River intersect off the coast of Southport, making an ideal location for residents to launch their boats practically from their backyard. For those craving sandy beaches, Southport is located nearby to not one, but six different beaches of the Brunswick Islands. Bald Head Island, Holden Beach, Ocean Isle Beach, Sunset Beach, Oak Island and Caswell Beach can all be found within a 20-minute to an hour’s drive.
3. Roots in History
The history of Southport extends back as early as Spanish explorations in the 1500s. Originally dubbed Smithville, the town was formed in honor of Colonel Benjamin Smith of the Continental Army during the Revolutionary War and, later, governor of North Carolina. Created in 1792, Smithville was created adjacent to the historical Fort Johnston, constructed in 1748 to protect the Cape Fear River region. Steeped in history and Americana, Southport is punctuated with historical markers and museums commemorating important moments from throughout America’s history, such as various Civil War Sites, the North Carolina Maritime Museum of Southport and more.
4. Things To Do in Southport NC
Small towns sometimes get a bad rap when it comes to finding things to do — but that’s certainly not the case with Southport! The city is flush with parks, walking trails, camping sites, watersports, championship golf courses and resorts, and fishing piers and charters. Kayak, bike, boat and equipment rentals are easily available as well. And, of course, there are plenty of sandy shores to dig toes into for those who don’t feel like doing much at all.
Southport is also home to a beautiful community center ensconced among gorgeous oak trees and designed to be perfectly in-sync with Southport architecture. In addition to offering various activities for the community, it is also a commonly chosen venue for weddings, reunions and more. Parades, live concerts, fishing tournaments, historic home tours and outdoor festivals, such as the 200-year-old Fourth of July Festival or the Christmas by the Sea Festival are a year-round occurrence.
Homes in Southport range from quaint, seaside cottages to sprawling multi-family homes imbued in history, to homes built anew in quiet, residential developments. The area is highly desirable for those seeking a home to retire in, vacation in or live in year-round. Intracoastal Realty has a wide range of real estate listings for Southport NC, so, if this coastal gem sounds like your dream destination, contact us today by calling (800) 533-1840 or emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org.