The average sales price increased this month to $190,212 from $182,447 in October of 2012.
In Williamson County, there were 366 home closings reported for the month of October. This figure represents an 11.2% increase from the 329 closings reported for the same period last year.
The average sales price of $430,558 is 6% higher than last year.
When in Boston last month, I attended the Boston Book Festival where I happily discovered the booth of SOHO Crime, a twenty-year-old publisher that specializes in international crime fiction.
I grabbed the second Nina Borg mystery, Invisible Murder, by Lene Kaaberbol and Agnete Friis and the knowledgeable staff introduced me to two new authors as well.
Detective Inspector Huss, a police procedural by Swedish author Helene Tursten, is the first in a series featuring Irene Huss and her law enforcement colleagues in Goteborg, Sweden. The translation is a bit clunky (some of the slang doesn’t ring quite true,) but the details of a police investigation are universal– unreliable witnesses, murderous spouses, and takeout pizza.
On the other side of the globe, Colin Cotterill presents Dr. Siri Paiboun, a 72-year old Paris-trained doctor and the national coroner of Thailand. Set in 1970’s Laos, The Coroner’s Lunch is the first in a long series about the crime solving coroner. (I haven’t read it yet.)
I love a foreign language mystery—a twofer as it were– a Blue Guide book and crime novel in one!
By month, there were 650 home closings reported for October. This figure represents a 3.2% decrease from the 671 closings reported for the same period last year.
When a friend asked me about The Son, I told her that I probably wouldn’t finish it– seeing as it is about a few of my favorite things– Indians, cowboys, and Texas! But when I proceeded to give her a ten minute synopsis of the fifty pages I had read thus far, I knew that despite the scalping scenes, I was hooked.
The Son is a saga about the fictional McCulloughs, a wealthy ranching-and-oil family who trace their roots to the founding of Texas.
Patriarch Eli, captured by Comanches as a child, is a ruthless, shrewd, amoral, and ultimately very wealthy man.
Eli’s dramatic story is interwoven with that of two of his descendants, his son Peter and great-granddaughter Jeannie who assume their burdensome family legacy in different ways.
The book however belongs to Eli. The stories of Peter and Jeannie pale in comparison, and I found myself rushing through their chapters to get back to the more compelling Eli.
A good yarn in the Lonesome Dove tradition.
Clusters of small residential buildings are sprouting up all over the Germantown area. Located on the southwest corner of Sixth Avenue North and Garfield, the Historic Row at Garfield is one such infill project.
The eight units have historically accurate facades, contemporary interiors, and best of all, two-car garages. (You know how I love garages!) The three bedroom, two-and-a-half bath homes will be priced from between $280,000 and $300,000.
Ground breaking is scheduled for the end of November, and according to Grant Hammond who is handling sales and marketing for the project, six units have been sold already.
You heard me! Germantown is Hot, Hot, Hot!
Although I have been partial to Germantown since my friends Kacky Fell and Phil Hatcher invited me to lunch at their eponymous photography studio years ago, recently Germantown and neighboring Salemtown have emerged as the It spots to live in our It city!
The neighborhood appeals to homeowners looking for urban living and historic charm along with easy access to downtown and major interstates.
Salemtown Cottages located at Rosa Parks and Buchanan typifies the type of homes under construction.
Breaking ground shortly, the twenty-four three bedroom, three bath homes range in size from 1450-1750 square feet with prices starting at $269,900. The homes are energy star certified and include the hardwood floors, stainless steel appliances, and granite countertops that are de rigueur for contemporary living.
The one down side is the limited parking. The project includes only thirty-six unassigned parking spaces (1.5 per unit!) Given the area’s newfound popularity, parking is becoming a problem. But, of course, if you live here, you will be biking to work and walking to Rolf & Daughters or Silo for drinks, so not an issue!
Last month I attended the ground breaking ceremony for the Germantown Cohousing Project at Fifth and Taylor. About the same time, Rolf & Daughters, also in Germantown, was named one of the top ten best new restaurants in the country by Bon Appétit magazine.
Germantown is hopin’!
If you haven’t been to Germantown lately, get there already. Below is a list of a few of my favorite restaurants.
Silo is another recent addition to the ‘hood located at 5th & Madison on the ground floor of the Vista apartments. Working with regional farmers and producers, SILO serves up “sophisticated farm food” (hot chicken and sweet potato gnocchi share space on the menu!)
I love City House’s Italian cuisine, but the historic building presents some challenges. The downstairs is atmospheric but noisy; the quieter upstairs frumpy and isolated. The decision–to see and be seen or have a conversation with your dining companions! In either case, you’ll eat well!
The Germantown Café located diagonally across from Silo is a long time neighborhood establishment. I always order the coconut curry salmon. There are other yummy treats on the menu, but I don’t have any personal experience with them! Germantown Café is open for weekday lunch which the three previously mentioned restaurants are not.
Other neighborhood stalwarts include Monell’s for an old fashioned southern brunch, and The Mad Platter where Marcia cooks up a mean batch of eggs for my weekly Breakfast Club, but you’ll have to be satisfied with a delicious lunch or dinner.
And there is the Farmers Market for affordable, diverse cuisine. AM@FM, Chef Arnold Myint’s casual dining restaurant is a good lunch option there.
Up! In Davidson County, there were 215 condo closings reported for the month of September. This figure represents a 31% increase from the 164 closings reported for the same period last year.
The average sales price increased this month to $193,237 from $174,366 in September of 2012.
In Williamson County, there were 375 home closings reported for the month of September. This figure represents a 15.8% increase from the 324 closings reported for the same period last year.
The average sales price of $438,676 is 16.8% higher than last year.