2009 Indiana Flower and Patio Show: March 14-22

 Indiana Flower and Patio Show at the Indiana Fair Grounds.

Get ready to step out of winter and into spring at the 51st Annual Indiana Flower & Patio Show, as they proudly salute springtime and over 50 years of garden excellence, Saturday, March 14 through Sunday, March 22, 2009 at the Indiana State Fairgrounds’ West Pavilion.

Ticket Information:

General Admission: $12
Children 12 and under: FREE
Hand stamp allows visitors to leave and return – SAME DAY ONLY

Discount ticket options
Purchase discount tickets here
Print $3 off coupon here
– Senior Day Special Admission March 16 only (65 and older): $8
– Groups of 20 or more: $8 Click here for Group Sales information

Discounted advance sale tickets also available at all Indiana Marsh locations after February 15, 2009.

Tickets are also available during show hours at the box offices located in the North and South West Lobbies of the West Pavilion.

Indiana State Fairgrounds: $3
Bus parking: FREE
Shuttle from parking lots to Flower Show: FREE

A limited number of wheelchairs are available at the show free of charge. Available on a first come, first served basis. We do not accept reservations. Our show is barrier free for the physically challenged.

For more information
(317) 576-9933 or (800) 215-1700


Hip-Hop fan? Buy a Hip-Hop House!

OK, that title is a little silly, but it’s true, you can be the new owner of a famous rapper’s home. Actually, there are 5 that were reported…

Suge Knight. After he filed for bankruptcy and lost control of his record company, Death Row Records founder Suge Knight’s $6.2 million mansion went up for sale last year.

Kanye West. The Grammy-winning rapper’s six-bedroom, 35,000-square-foot Beverly Hills, Calif., mansion went up for sale six months ago for $8.7 million.

Russell Simmons. The Saddle River, N.J., manse of producer Russell Simmons is for sale for $20 million.

50 Cent. Rapper 50 Cent’s Farmington, Conn., 19-bedroom, 50,000-square foot mansion went on the market last year for $18.5 million.

Scott Storch. The hip-hop producer’s $10 million mansion is located on Miami Beach’s exclusive, manmade Palm Island. Storch, recently hitless and two years delinquent on property taxes, is facing foreclosure.

Now, I’m not big into rap, but even I know who most of these guys are. I think it would be pretty cool to own one of their homes. Hey, maybe you’ve even seen these homes on “Cribs”, MTV’s show where they feature the homes of famous artists. You can actually say you have a home on “Cribs”! Holla!

Source: Forbes, Peter Hoy (08/18/2008 )

What is there to do??

School supplies are piled high at Target and Wal-Mart and every other store in the area. Kids are starting to pick out their backpacks and lunchboxes and school clothes, and parents are starting to dream happy dreams about getting the kids out of the house and ot having to hea “I’m bored!” every five minutes. BUT, summer is still here, and there is still plenty of summer fun to be had for all! Here are some fun things to do for the rest of July and August: 

Date: 7/24/2008 Time: 7:00 PM TO 8:30 PM Event Description: Free Concerts on the lawn of Washington Township Community Park. July 24th- DR. RHYTHM Don’t Forget your lawn chairs or blankets Performances are from 7:00pm to 8:30pm. Concessions will be available(please remember the park is alcohol free) Please check the Avon Chamber of Commerce website for full schedule!

Date: 7/29/2008 Time: 5:00 PM TO 7:30 PM Event Description: Come browse our farmer’s market on Tuesday evenings. You will find fresh and delicious fruits and vegetables throughout the summer and fall season. Washington Township Park, every Tuesday!

Date: 8/2/2008 Time: 8:00 AM TO 2:00 PM Event Description: Join us for an exciting and fun-filled day of friendly family competition! Washington Township Park in Avon is hosting our 1st Annual Family Field Days. Each family will compete against other families in traditional games like the three-legged race, water balloon tosses, sack races and more! This event is for everyone in your family. The cost of the Field Days is $10 per family. Lunch will be provided after the competition along with an awards ceremony!

Date: 8/6/2008-8/17/2008 Indiana State Fair Click here for Fair info.

Date: 8/23/2008 Time: 8:30 AM TO 3:00 PM Event Description: Geo-caching is an outdoor treasure hunting game where you use a GPS to hide and seek containers with other treasure hunters. We will be hiding containers throughout Washington Township. Get a team together of 2-4 people and become a treasure hunter for the day! The cost per team is $10. You must have at least one GPS unit per team. Pre-registration is preferred.

If you would like your event to be posted here, just send me an e-mail or leave me a comment!

Adopt– Don’t Shop Event

Sunday, May 4th at Speck’s Pet Supply. The Hendricks County Animal Shelter will be holding it’s “Adopt– Don’t Shop” pet adoption event from 11am-3pm.

It is an unfortunate fact of life that the shelter has to destroy countless unwated animals each year. Many pet owners do not spay and neuter their pets, and then act surprised when unwanted offspring appear. When the unwanted puppies and kittens end up at the animal shelter, they can become a taxpayer burden if they are kept for too long.

Another reason so many pets are put down at the shelter is that once they are there, nobody adopts them. Potential pet owners go to a pet store which may get their animals from a “puppy mill”.

At Speck’s on Sunday there will be many loveable pets available for adoption. There will be rescue groups and shelters there, hoping to help you find your next pet. I am sure they would also be willing to take donations to help buy things like pet food and supplies needed at the shelter, if you do not want to take any pets home. The phone number for more info is: (317) 718-0312.

Clip art image from http://www.animalclipart.net

Upcoming Event at Metropolis in Plainfield

  • Walk a Mile in Her Shoes
    May 10th
    Registration begins at 9am, Walk begins at 10am.
  • Be Green Fest
    May 10th – Noon – 5pm 
  • Il Trittico
    May 15th – 2pm and 7:30pm  Rave Motion Pictures presents Opera Series
    2nd Annual Farmers’ Market
    Every Friday from May 9th – August 22nd (excluding July 4th)

Tommy Hilfiger’s Mansion hits the MLS

If you aren’t interested in Michael Jackson’s Neverland Ranch, another celebrity home has hit the market for you to check out. Tommy Hilfiger is putting his Greenwich, Connecticut home on the market. “Stone Hill” is a 20,000 square foot estate, obviously beautifully decorated with “an artfully eclectic mix of Georgian moldings, vintage marble/stone fireplaces, cashmere/exotic leather wall treatments and heated marble floors,” to name a few from the listing. And you can call “Stone Hill” home for $27.9 million.

Over 4 acres comes with the property, and the grounds feature an infinity pool and tennis court. The home also boasts a chef’s kitchen, garden-level movie theater, wine cellar, indoor basketball/squash court, gym, sauna and spa treatment room. With 7 bedroom suites, you could sleep in a different luxurious room each night of the week!

Other Mansions in Indianapolis

Well, even though the Hilbert Mansion has an offer on it, there are still plenty of mansions to choose from if you are in the market for one. In searching MIBOR’s BLC system (The Metropolitan Indianapolis Board of Realtor’s Broker Listing Cooperative) I found 244 residential listings that are priced over $1 million. To me, anything over a million qualifies as a mansion, even many below that mark astound me!

Here are some highlights, call me for more info!

The highest priced listing currently available: 5639 West Rohr Road, in Montezuma, IN is priced at $27,500,000. This horse farm features 25.5 acres, including an insulated barn with stalls, a 4-acre fenced pasture, a 3 bedroom, 2,270 Sq. Foot Cape Cod home is on the property, it has a great deck, a basement and a jacuzzi tub in the master bath. There are no photos available for this property, but you can view the details by clicking here.

14301 113th Street, Fortville, IN, is truly a MANSION in every sense of the word, with 6 bedrooms and over 20,600 Sq. Ft., this home is nothing but luxurious. Almost 6 acres on the waterfront of Geist Lake, multiple decks, pool with pool house of course, tennis court, stocked pond… and those are just some of the features found OUTSIDE! Inside you will find a gourmet kitchen, a huge master bedroom with dressing areas and fireplace, a garden room, formal living and dining rooms, a finished, walkout basement, and much more I’m sure. Call me for a tour!

In Portland, IN, at 4576 North 450 East, you will find another magnificent home. This one is listed at $4.5 Million, and is just under 10,000 sq. feet. It has 5 bedrooms, and 8 bathrooms, a walkout basement, and cedar exterior. The photos show a gorgeous wooded lot, an indoor pool, and a huge garage. There is no description for it yet, but the photos say quite a lot!!

Check out 10247 Port View Lane in McCordsville! This gorgeous home with 7 bedrooms, 8 bathrooms, 5 fireplaces, 2 master suites, and over 11,000 square feet is listed at $3,740,000. A very impressive winding staricase in the entry greets you as you enter the home.  A stone fireplace in the great room makes these winter nights warm and cozy, or if the weather is warm, you can relax on the Lanai overlooking the pool and lake. Ready to buy it? Call ME!

Somewhere in Noblesville, you find find this home, the owner prefers to keep the address confidential for now. As you can see, it is a fabulous mansion. Inside you will find over 10,000 square feet, 4 bedrooms and 8 bathrooms. This lakefront estate also features a wine cellar, catering kitchen, theater room, wine cellar, and a professional workout room with custom shower, sauna, and steam room! For only $3.5 Million, you could live here.

On Panthera Leo Drive in Carmel is a home that will truly WOW you. This one comes with a guest house, nanny quarters, and a 7 car garage. In the 18,695 square foot house is 7 bedrooms and 15 (!!) bathrooms. It is situated on almost 3 acres in the gated community, The Woods at Lion’s Creek. Picture his and hers master baths, a solarium, theater room, formal gardens, and fireplaces in the master bedroom and the dining room.

Need an Elevator? This home has one that can get you up to the 4th level if you don’t want to walk. It is a European style mansion with exquisite details. Fantastic views overlooking ponds and parks, patios, terraces, and so much more, located in teh Village of West Clay in Carmel. This 4 bedroom home has over 7,000 sq. ft, and can be purchased for around $2,895,000. Let’s go take a look! If this one isn’t right for you, another is available on the same street. It is in the “Beaux Arts” style, over 8,000 sq. ft and priced at $2,875,000. This home features 4 bedrooms, an impressive grand hall which features grand pillars and ornate molding. Balconies on all levels for great views, an indulgent entertainment level, and a top floor penthouse master suite.

I wish I could detail all of the 244 homes I found in the area, but I don’t have time for all of them. Please check out my Carpenter Realtors website to search for your dream home!

Financial Tips for Couples

Happy Valentine’s Day!! As you are celebrating your couple-ness today with your sweetie, remember that it is not all roses and chocolates and cards. Sometimes things are tough, and that can hurt even the best relationships. Here are some financial tips to help smooth or prevent the rough times:

1. Have “the Talk”. Talking about money and debt isn’t pleasant, I know. However, it is very important to share your financial info with your partner. If something horrible were to happen to you, it is important that they know where your safe-deposit box is, what savings/checking and investment accounts you  have, where valuables are kept, and what you would like done if the unforseen should happen. It is important to share your final wishes while you are still able.

2. Boost your Life Insurance. Again, in preparing for the rest of your life, you need to consider who you are leaving behind. If you were to die, would your spouse be able to handle all the bills on their own? Life insurance will be able to keep your family afloat in a very difficult time.

3. What about disablity insurance? If you were seriously hurt, and became disabled, you will need money to help replace your income. Even if you had a sort-term problem, say, 3 months, do you have enough savings in reserve to pay your bills?

4. What WILL happen? Who WILL take care of your children if you and your spouse both die? Who WILL get your family heirlooms, who WILL inherit your home? Do you see the theme here?

5. Both partners in a relationship need to know the day-to-day financial situation. One person may be responsible for getting the bills paid, but both need to know how much debt you are in as a couple, what your monthly budget is (Yes, BUDGET!), how much you can afford to spend and where your money is going. After you rack up $100,000 in debt is not the time to open your eyes to what you’re spending. Pay attention as you go to prevent any unpleasant surprises down the road.

I hope these tips can help you on the road to financial success with your partner.