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By Pam Parker Erie Times-News staff blogger
Pam Parker's blog takes on everything from women's fun to momisms to lifestyles around Lake Erie and real estate. She'll take you down Memory Lane, up through sports and fun and off the grid. Get ready for laughs — it's more than just Pam. It's Pamdemonium.   Read more about this blog.
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Posts tagged ‘real estate’
Posted: November 2nd, 2013

HTH_110213parkerThere are front doors, and then there are front doors. When you walk through the front doors of the featured home at 412 Frontier Drive in this week’s House to Home, you’ll see a unique entry that welcomes visitors to something special — inside and out. Read the entire story here.

This three-story home that Nancy Placidi has listed offers a lot of neat features: multiple French doors, two fireplaces, a finished lower level, hardwood flooring throughout and an award-winning

More stories this week include:

And check out all the open houses with our open house locator map here. Happy house hunting!
Pam Parker is the editor of Lake Erie LifeStyleHer Times and House to Home at the Erie Times-News in Erie, Pa. She is mom to three, stepmom to three and GramPam to one.
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Posted: October 26th, 2013

ChalkboarThe temperatures are driving us indoors, and some great ideas are popping up for decorating.

Chalkboard wall coverings and ideas for chalkboard decor are spicing up homes. Mary Carol Garrity wrote a terrific column that appears in House to Home this week, and local decorators Marie Feltz, of Decorating Den, and Sabrina Fischer, of Sassy Peacock Galleria, gave us some art to illustrate the idea that chalkboards can be fun at any age.

They take writing on walls (and doors and everything else) to new levels. Lots of great ideas — gifty type things too — in that article. Read it here.

Sue Scholz writes about some funny-looking milkweed, but there’s nothing funny about the need for milkweed. It helps the butterflies, and the world needs more butterflies. Read Milkweed branches out into new blossom.

We have a lot more in House to Home this week. Check out:

» Give life to a dead-branch centerpiece for Halloween

And check out all the open houses with our open house locator map here. Happy house hunting!

Pam Parker is the editor of Lake Erie LifeStyleHer Times and House to Home at the Erie Times-News in Erie, Pa. She is mom to three, stepmom to three and GramPam to one.

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Posted: October 20th, 2013
Lovell

Lovell Place includes a network of 10 interconnected buildings between 13th and 14th streets.

In one of those mixed-use building stories that worked out really well, Lovell Place is home to history and much more.

The owners, Rick Griffith’s company Moxie Ate LP, bought the place in 2011. I toured it last week for an article in House to Home, but I saw it long before it became a success. I had the privilege of touring the old washing machine factory with Steve McGarvey, and I will never forget it.

He had a birthday party there, and over the years, that place became everything he said it would. McGarvey died in 2005 at age 36, but his vision is alive.

Right now, the northwest building opened up 37 more apartments. The city block of buildings is a thriving expanse of apartments and commercial space. It’s gorgeous. You can see the buildings and the apartments during an open house Oct. 26, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. They were going fast when I was there. People were signing leases while I was touring.

For more information, call Karen McLellan of Altair Property Management at (814) 217-9250. Read my complete article hereHouse to Home includes a lot of great fall ideas — here are the articles:

» Dahlias add divine color to gardens – Sue Scholz meets a gardener who has lots of colorful dahlias.

» Fall into living color – Mum’s the word.

» Shelves increase storage, add more visual interest – Shelves can display more than just books.

» Free, easy ways to improve your soil – Make your soil work for you.
» Furnace maintenance heats up 4th quarter – What to do right now.
» Readers suggest causes of metered power surges – Power up reasons for surges.

Pam Parker is the editor of Lake Erie LifeStyleHer Times and House to Home at the Erie Times-News in Erie, Pa. She is mom to three, stepmom to three and GramPam to one.

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Posted: October 12th, 2013

St. Mary

I was on St. Mary Drive less than a year ago to visit the home that Adelmo and Eleda Duchini built in the 1970s. It sold quickly

This week’s home for sale — which their daughter built — is right next door at 1208 St. Mary Drive. The most recent owners added a lot of living space including a 1,000 square-foot pool house that covers a hot tub and has one of the most incredible designs I’ve ever seen … for a pool house. Read the article here. Mary Magorien of Howard Hanna lists the house at $589,900. Here are a few photos of that pool house:

poolhousepoolhouseinte Our garden columnist, Sue Scholz, visits a tremendous community garden. Read about it in Celebrate the harvest with gardeners.

We also have lots of stories brewing for Halloween, home and garden. Check out:

And don’t forget the open houses! Check them out here.
Pam Parker has written about homes, home improvement, real estate and remodeling for more than 20 years. She is the editor of Lake Erie LifeStyleHer Times and House to Home at the Erie Times-News in Erie, Pa. She is mom to three, stepmom to three and GramPam to one.
Posted: August 26th, 2013

WillowAt back-to-school time, we need to remember just how clever and independent kids can be. Meet Willow Tufano, a Florida teenager who bought two foreclosed homes with money she earned selling stuff on Craig’s list. She had help from her mom, but she’s still doing a lot of the work. Read the full story here.

The homes were $12,000 and $17,500. She’s pretty famous and will have her own reality show soon, but I see real estate investing as a successful, short-term career goal.

Read the Huffington Post feature on Willow Tufano here.

Last week, NPR also had several stories about the housing recovery. It quoted that a Wednesday report had existing-home sales at their highest level in four years.

Good news all around.

Pam Parker is the mom of three, stepmom of three and GramPam to one. She is the editor of Lake Erie LifeStyleHer Times and House to Home at the Erie Times-News in Erie, Pa.

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Posted: April 24th, 2013

flying saucer houseI am a follower of Gypsy Nesters — a baby boomer couple who sold their nest after the kids grew up. They pretty much travel the globe and tell us about it. An out-of-this-world discovery in Chattanooga, Tenn., is on their website. Here’s a slideshow that includes the home.

I love interesting homes, so to find out more, I discovered this funny video tour of the “utterly alien” house which “landed” in the 1970s. The accompanying voiceover suggests: “Get a glimpse of lifestyles of the upper middle class and not so famous” calling the living room “Area 55.”

Named among the World’s Wildest Houses on “This Old House,” it is described as the dream home of the late Curtis W. King who built it. The three-bedroom, two-bath house was sold in 2008 for a “down to Earth” $135,000 at auction.

That is a retractable staircase –quite an entrance for any Earthling or alien visitors.

Pam Parker has written about real estate, home improvement and remodeling for 25 years. She is the editor of Lake Erie LifeStyle, Her Times and House to Home at the Erie Times-News in Erie, Pa. She is the mom of three and stepmom to three.

 

 

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Posted: March 16th, 2013

Woodbriar LaneIn 20 years of writing for House to Home, I don’t think I’ve seen so many nice condos and patio homes on the market at one time until now.

The picture is of one of my favorites behind Erie Day School, but there are some for every price range and plenty are open tomorrow for viewing. Read my full story here. One thing to keep in mind about condos is some developments do not permit For Sale signs, so if you, like me, ride through neighborhoods and figure nothing is for sale — check with a Realtor because right now nearly every condo development in the region has a few for sale.

A shout out to all the folks who sent me their favorites. We couldn’t accommodate everyone, but I will be doing this again. You can create your open house tour here. If the condos you want aren’t on the tour, call a listing agent, get an appointment and check out some great places to live — in all price ranges.

Check out all of this week’s House to Home right here:

Shamrocks bring Irish home – Sue Scholz gives us the dirt on shamrock plants and the schedule for this weekend’s Home & Garden Expo.
Fun and feasts abound on urban farm – a toddler and her family truly live off the land … and love it.
The Whole Gang’s Here – multiple generations are living under one roof — a growing trend that affects home design.
Fabrics for the Future – jute and other natural fibers aren’t just for rope anymore — they are in rugs and more — and they look great
Patterns refresh furnishings – a little print brightens any room in a hurry.
Implement 5 must-have decorating tools – five quick and easy tools to update your home decor.
Liven up laundry rooms – not just cellar dwellers anymore, laundry rooms become part of the main living space — and look good.
Pam Parker has been writing about homes, home improvement and home décor for more than 20 years. She is the editor of Lake Erie LifeStyle, Her Times and House to Home at the Erie Times-News in Erie, Pa. She is the mom of three, stepmom to three and step-grandmom to one.
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Posted: March 9th, 2013

HTH_030913parker (23)It’s always nice to find a surprise in a house for sale. This week in House to Home, we visit  Pebble Creek, where the  home at 5471 Granite Lane has two full floors of living and separate entry points — perfect for a multi-generational Millcreek family. Read the full story here. The house is open next Sunday, and it lists for $249,900.

Check out all of House to Home right here:

Expo offers garden fun for kids and parents – Sue Scholz gives us the schedule for next weekend’s Home & Garden Expo.
Tips for attic storage ideas – I’ve ruined things in the attic. Protect your stuff.
Red is hot color that complements stainless – go bold — stainless can take it
Choose right pillow for better night’s rest – pillows do make a difference
Hidden kitchen conceals clutter – a small kitchen can provide everything you’d want
Pam Parker has been writing about homes, home improvement and home décor for more than 20 years. She is the editor of Lake Erie LifeStyle, Her Times and House to Home at the Erie Times-News in Erie, Pa. She is the mom of three, stepmom to three and step-grandmom to one.

 

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Posted: March 2nd, 2013
515 Gordon LaneIf you venture out to open houses tomorrow, don’t miss the cute home at 515 Gordon Lane. Read my story on it wit this link – A lot to love at 515 Gordon Lane.
It’s a cute older home with some great new features — granite in the kitchen and more. Outside, it offers a .5 acre lot that has access to a stream.
It’s not far from the mall, close to everything and just a real charmer.  This one won’t last.

Check out some of our other articles in this week’s House to Home.

Fairy gardens fairly easy to fashion – Our super gardener from Erie — Sue Scholz — shows off some of the best gardens — even I could do some of these.  
Find safe bets at Las Vegas furniture mart – the latest and greatest furnishings hit the runway — cool stuff — wait till you see it
Plate features famous German church – this wooden plate is a beauty.
Find value for ‘Wedgwood’ – I remember when everyone had a little Wedgwood — some of it isn’t as valuable as we think.
Easy binding dresses up DIY photo albums – stir sticks — who knew?
Sink into food preparation – cool sinks — add an extra in the kitchen.
Find your style in magazines – sometimes it’s not easy to choose if you want contemporary or traditional — here are tips on how to find it.
Pam Parker has written about real estate and home decor in the tri-state region for more than 20 years. She is the editor of Lake Erie LifeStyle, Her Times and House to Home at the Erie Times-News in Erie, Pa. She is the mom of three, stepmom to three and step-grandmom to one.  

 

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Posted: February 24th, 2013
Fairy gardenFairy gardens are clever miniature garden ideas — and we have some magically creative gardeners, too. Check out the story by Sue Scholz about the cute dish garden Bonney Daubensock created in the picture at left. It’s all in Saturday’s House to Home. Or check out the link here.
We have some terrific decorating ideas this week — here’s a sampling:

Don’t let budget limit good design ideas
You can transform your home into a sanctuary that makes your heart skip a beat even if you have a limited budget. The secret? Knowing where to splurge and where to cheat to get the most from every dollar.
Thanks to this article, I am rearranging my living room and moving a Hoosier in to add height.
Turrets round out clever spaces – old homes offer cool architecture, but it’s not always easy to make it living space.
Food Network chef shares home kitchen design tips  — read this BEFORE you redesign your kitchen.
Storms generate interest in standby generators – tips to consider before you think about buying a generator.
Tips can prevent clothes-dryer fire hazards – easy ways to make sure your dryer is safe. Energy-efficiency brings in light – a homeowner converted his home into an eco house, and wait till you see it.

Pam Parker has written about real estate and home decor in the tri-state region for more than 20 years. She is the editor oLake Erie LifeStyle, Her Times and House to Home at the Erie Times-News in Erie, Pa. She is the mom of three, stepmom to three and step-grandmom to one.  

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