Monthly Archives: July 2015

Zealous Zip Codes

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It seems that Savannah’s real estate downturn has finally passed and a surge in buying is at the top of the cycle again. Over the course of the last few months we’ve highlighted areas that are seeing an increase in development from Liberty Street, Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and the Starland District. Commercial real estate is on the rise, but what does that mean for residential? Does a rise in commercial real estate equate to growth in the same area? This week we take a look at the fastest selling and growing zip codes of Savannah. The results are surprising!

When reviewing information from Market Trends in the Savannah area which includes zip codes 31401, 31404, 31405, 31408, 31407, 31415, 31411, 31410, 31302, 31322 and 31419. Results were take from January of 2015 until June of 2015.

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The zip codes that have the most activity including Active and Sold were 31401, 31404, 31405, 31406. To be more specific, the historic district, midtown heading west to Hunter Army Field, Waters Ave to Thunderbolt and Isle of Hope are all on the rise. Average sale price is in the $150,000 ­ $250,000 range.

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The average number of days listed is 95, where 31401 boasts a hefty 160 day average. The one thing that seems to be the same across the board, however, is the steady decline of supply. Since the beginning of the year, all of Savannah has seen inventory reduced to as much as an 86% inventory drop.

On average, it appears the commercial development in the downtown area has affected the residential sales. The summer has produced good numbers for the area and we look forward to seeing continued development over all areas for Savannah.

Judge Realty is Savannah’s only full service, locally owned and operated brokerage company. Celebrating 10 years in business, Judge Realty specializes in residential and commercial real estate, as well as in property management and rentals.

Information gathered from matrix.savannahmulti­list.com. For more information on listing in the aforementioned zip codes call 912.236.1000.

Scents and Sensibility: The Olfactory Company adds flair to downtown shopping

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This week we take a look at some of the newest businesses coming to downtown Savannah. The Olfactory Company, located on 15 York Street, recently opened its doors in historic downtown Savannah. Filled with world renowned perfumes, soaps, teas and a bevy of quirky gifts, this shop now adds a delightful twist to shopping downtown.

Owners Mark and Jennifer Armstrong, who also own a second Olfactory in Miami, chose Judge Realty to work with when looking for a business space in Savannah.

“We found Lori Judge when we began our Savannah property search from Miami. We weren’t able to be there at first and Lori was kind enough to begin the search before we even arrived. She was very receptive to our needs and found a great location that was appropriate for our build out plans.”

Throughout the whimsical aisles of this downtown shop one can find treasures from authentic mood rings to edible rose petals to ghost books to dancing queens.

“We are purveyors of fine continental soaps, teas, and oddments. Products offered include brands of long history, Penhaligon’s, Santa Maria Novella, Berdoues and many more. The Olfactory Company embraces a shopping experience that is pleasing to all the senses,” says Mark Armstrong.

We look forward to seeing all the amazing treasures The Olfactory Company brings in from around the globe to enlighten our senses even more!

Judge Realty now manages over 60 commercial units and has been the leading brokerage company to streamline the major developments on Broughton Street, Liberty Street and Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard selling over $66 million last year.

Judge Realty is Savannah’s only full service, locally owned and operated brokerage company. Celebrating 10 years in business, Judge Realty specializes in residential and commercial real estate, as well as in property management and rentals.

For more information on The Olfactory go to facebook.com/theolfactorycompany.

Shining a light on the Starland District

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The New York Times recently released an article about Savannah’s own Starland District as a long awaited emerging neighborhood on the path to become the next development hub for Savannah. This week we take a closer look at the area and what’s in store for the bustling arts area over the next few years.

It is no secret that the Starland District has gone through one of the more dramatic transformations of the years. The aptly named district was born in the 1940s when the Starland Dairy moved its processing plant to the area for the distribution of their dairy products. In this era, it was a hot spot for neighborhood involvement, street fairs, markets and other community events. Once the plant closed in the 70s so did the community involvement and thus began the exodus of families that resided there for the decades after.

Fast forward 30 years, starting in 2000 developer Greg Jacobs and partner John Diedrick, started to make progress moving Starland into a revitalized area using sustainable renovation and preparation for condos and small business centers. The Times article aptly pointed out, the recession of 2008 stalled the development for several more years.

In the past few years however, the area, known for its vibrant art scene and eclectic businesses mix, has started to see a more Brooklyn vibe to the downtown area. With the advent of Savannah hotspots like The Florence, One West Victory, Starlandia, Starland Cafe and the ever popular Back in the Day Bakery, the area started to receive the recognition that developers were hoping for over a decade ago at the beginning of the revitalization.

Lately retail spaces have begun to enter the scene. Normally the last to enter an emerging area, retail can suffer from lighter foot traffic. Nicholas Witchel, owner of NOLAjane, has seen a steady increase in traffic, a telltale sign that growth is continuing,

“Due to the growth in Starland District we’re seeing an increase in traffic from both locals and tourists. Some recent traveling NOLAjane shoppers have been from places such as Brooklyn, Chicago and Montreal. All of our customers have been excited to find eclectic growth in the Starland Area.”

The newest retail stores to join the Starland District are The Vicar’s Wife, Starlandia and Appreciation Society, to name a few.

Bruce Jacobs, Associate Broker at Judge Realty, has since been working on commercial and residential projects in the District for many years. Jacobs now has roughly 10 commercial spaces and a handful or residential property currently in the works within the district and notes, “Starland has always acted as a great incubator for start up businesses. With lower rent and a creative atmosphere, businesses have always gotten the support they need to grow. Most seem to move on to bigger spaces but with new developments we might see a lot of businesses choosing to stay and grow right in Starland.”

Check back for announcements of new businesses coming to the area and the weekly events that continue to help nurture this once again, thriving neighborhood.

Bright and Updated Home Close to the Beach

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Located by the beach, schools and convenient to downtown Savannah! This bright and updated home features a large fenced in back yard, a front and side porch and a free and open floor plan ideal for family living or that young couple looking to host weekend gatherings. With 3 bedrooms, 2 full bathrooms and 1,146 square feet of living space, this property, located in a quiet neighborhood, just might be your dream home to-be. Priced at $189,900 this property won’t last long. Contact Casey Anderson today at 912-236-1000 to schedule a viewing.

katherine sandoz joins Judge Realty Permanent Art Collection

Judge Realty adds Katherine Sandoz painting, Double Blaze to permanent art collection.

Judge Realty has added another piece to the Permanent Collection for the year 2015, katherine sandoz’s double blaze no. 2.

Judge commissioned double blaze no. 2 after seeing sandoz’s (color fields) double blaze that depicted a sunset and bonfire that took place at Temple’s Farm, Lori Judge’s farm in Metter, Georgia. As a nod to the 10 year anniversary and its owner/founder’s 40th year of life, sandoz cut the panel at 40″ square.  Fire’s myriad metaphors appeal to both artist and commissioner who share a joy for paint and its ability to communicate.

Savannah-based multi-media artist, katherine sandoz paints soft, luminous color field style paintings, of the Georgia landscape. She is known for examining everyday formations and offers work – in sizes varying from 24″ to 12′ x 12′ – that celebrates what is precious and unique. Analyzing and reframing small moments and neglected details of the day, sandoz covers large areas of her surfaces with thinned and fluid paint in loose abstractions, allowing the viewer to pay attention to what are essentially the backdrops of our everyday life – the natural landscape. A clever environmentalist, she makes a practice of using native, recycled, repurposed and up-cycled materials and playfully bonds them with conceptual twists and layered narratives.

double blaze is now a part of Judge Realty’s Permanent Collection that started in early 2014. Built to showcase a private collection that is open to the public, the pieces are on rotation for guests and passerbyers to enjoy at Judge Realty.  With now over 30 pieces in the collection, Judge Realty aims to support local and regional artists and help the creative community thrive.