After working for several years representing buyers and sellers in Savannah, Lori Judge opened Judge Realty in 2005. Through Judge Realty, Lori’s personal commitment to community involvement, lifestyle, and environmental integrity have become professional principles. As evidence, Lori is one of Savannah’s only certified EcoBrokers. Lori grew up in Princeton, Illinois and holds a BA in Psychology from the University of Iowa. She moved to Georgia in 1999 and presently resides in Savannah’s Historic District with her husband and son. Lori is devoted to her company, her family, and – when time allows – her tennis game. Lori is a member of various local and civic groups and organizations, including the Telfair Museum, the SCAD Museum, the Davenport House, Savannah Tree Foundation, Georgia Conservancy, EcoBrokers, Flannery O’Connor House, Historic Savannah Foundation, US Green Building Council, Cathedral of St. John the Baptist, Downtown Neighborhood Association, and Downtown Business Association.
Judge Realty Founder and CEO Lori Judge, pictured here with the Big Bon Bodega Family, shared an important role in this recently opened Bodega. When Bodega owner Kay Heritage was looking for a space to open her bricks and mortar Big Bon Pizza spin off bodega location she contacted Lori for assistance. After exploring many possible commercial locations, the opportunity to lease the newly renovated building at 2011 Bull Street became available.
Judge Realty Property Management Division, oversees leasing of the residential and commercial spaces of this architectural gem. Previously a gas station, the building retains much of its former mid-century character. The owner added a residential component making this an exemplary model of how a building can be repurposed for a present use yet remain sensitive to the neighborhood character and history.
Judge Realty has a business mission statement that places clients’ needs above all else. We posed the following questions to Big Bon Bodega for feedback on the leasing process and to follow-up on how their experience with this office measured up to our service goals.
1. What made you choose Judge Realty? “It has always been ‘human relationship‘ when we choose whom we do business with. Lori Judge has always been such kind and thoughtful person, professionally and personally. She truly cared about our team and was able to share the vision for our company and correctly pairing us with the right building owner. We are so grateful for her.”
2. How would you describe the process from contract to close. How did we do? “Judge Realty team has been nothing but professional and caring from the initial meeting to final closing.”
3. Advice for other small business interested in leasing properties? “Choose Judge Realty! Choose to work with people whom you can trust from your gut; whom you can be life long friends! We chose Judge Realty and so glad we did!”
Thanks for the love and positive feedback Big Bon Bodega! Congratulations on the grand opening of your new venture. So glad that we could share the Big Bon Family business journey. Judge Realty is looking forward to enjoying your wood-fired bagels and other items in this new location.
Visit Big Bon Bodega at 2011 Bull Street & https://bigbonfamily.com | Photography by Daniel Eastwood
Escape to the country! This 25-acre farm/home located in Tattnall County is just a quick hours drive from Savannah. the property features a picturesque pond, a 3 bedroom, 2.5 bath home with a large deck, a balcony with evergreen views, 1 3-car garage, and outbuildings to store all kinds of outdoor toys. The property is restricted by the taxing authority for a ten year period (4 years remain) for agricultural development only. The acreage is totally organic and free of pesticides and other man-made chemicals. Make your dream of clean, country living happen today.
To learn more about this property, or to schedule a viewing, Lori Judge today at 912.236.1000 or stop by 347 Abercorn St. Savannah, GA.
The artwork was created by Ben Tollefson and Elmer Ramos. It consists of brightly colored, over-sized raindrops, two clouds and rainbow created out of thick blocks of foam. It was initially hung as a temporary art installation on the facade of Judge Realty’s office at 347 Abercorn Street in downtown Savannah. When the work came down, Judge was looking for a permanent home for the works and approached the new Susie King Taylor Community School (SKTCS). Commenting on the donation Lori Judge states, “Judge Realty could not be happier that their temporary public art installation Come Rain or Come Shine’ has found a permanent home at the Susie King Taylor Community School. Artists Ben Tollefson and Elmer Ramos’s smile producing rainbow can now be an inspiration to the creative, artistic spirit of all SKTCS students. Judge Realty wishes them all sunny days and clear sailing through their academic careers and beyond.”
When artist Elmer Ramos was asked about his thoughts regarding the donation, he commented, “Having the support of Judge Realty on this unique opportunity will always be an unforgettable and rewarding experience. But I find it even more rewarding to know that the installation will have a new life, being experienced again by children on the daily.”
SKTCS is in its second year of operation and is located at 1709 Bull Street. SKTCS has 216 students from kindergarten through fifth grade in the building this year. The school will grow to eighth grade by 2021, with the hopes of adding a high school.
Rooted in the concept of learning through experience, SKTCS offers a progressive curriculum built around placed-based education, personalized learning, and character development, taught using a peaceful schools model. Students in the building have commented on how beautiful the rainbow, clouds, and raindrops are and how much they enjoy looking at them when they arrive each morning. The SKTCS art teacher, Paige Byrne, shares, “Having the artwork in the building lifts your spirits as you move through the hallway. It helps us to look up and lifts us to new heights!”
Judge Realty Founder and CEO Lori Judge recently added a new piece to her thoughtfully
curated art collection. The piece titled Plastic Sunset; McQueen’s Island by artist Harry Delorme
was part of the Ships of the Sea Maritime Museum’s “Making Waves “exhibition. Making Waves
is a Collective Perspective on the Pollution of our Waterways. The exhibition featured twelve
local artists making statements about the critical issue of water pollution.
Artist Harry Delorme composed an informative biography and a description of his Plastic Sunset
“For more than 30 years, I have used found materials in my paintings and installations, many of
which deal with environmental concerns such as development, habitat loss, global warming, and
plastic pollution. My recent works, since 2012, include functional items made from found plastic
objects, photographs, map and photo-based relief paintings and assemblages made with plastic
items retrieved from the banks of the Savannah River near the McQueen’s Island Trail. “Plastic
beaches” – sites where postconsumer plastic washes up on riverbanks and shorelines – are an
increasing and disturbing phenomenon. Works in my current series include representations of
the historic trail, painted from satellite maps or from landscape photographs I take on site.
These paintings are color matched and covered with found plastic objects washed up on the
shores of the Savannah River near the trail. These items – which are dumped into waterways,
washed away during storms, lost or tossed overboard from watercraft – include a wide cross-section
of consumer plastic items. In the world’s oceans, huge swaths of floating plastic bottle
caps, cigarette lighters, toothbrushes, and smaller plastic particles lurk just under the waves
great garbage gyres. These items are sometimes consumed by and kill birds, fish, and other sea
life. Even more insidious are microplastic particles and fibers found throughout our local
waterways and in local marine life. If we are serious about the health of our oceans and coastal
environments, we must educate people about the consequences of the St. Patrick’s Day plastic
mug tossed into the Savannah River, the cigarette lighter casually dropped from the side of a
fishing boat or pleasure craft, and the countless other plastic items that are released into our
waterways on a daily basis as well as the choices we make each day as consumers.”
The Judge Art Collection focuses on the issues of energy, the economy, and the environment.
Plastic Sunset fits perfectly with the Collection’s themes.
To view the entire Judge Art Collection please visit https://www.judgecollection.com/
Several pieces of the Collection may also be viewed by visiting the Judge Realty Historic District
office at 347 Abercorn Street.
For more information about the Ships of the Sea Making Waves Initiative please visit
PIECE FOR MAKING WAVES
Plastic Sunset, McQuee’s Island, 2016
Found plastic from Savannah River over acrylic on panel
19 1/2″ x 25 1/2″
The Big Bon family is expanding with Big Bon Bodega, a wood-fired bagel shop, and market. Big Bon’s version of a bodega incorporates a wood-fired oven and Korean family recipes. The menu will include bagels, shmears, and fresh on-the-go items, conveniently located on the corner of Bull and 37th Street.Photo by Mike Schalk
Big Bon Bodega will open this Winter at 2011 Bull Street, in the heart of Savannah’s historic Starland District. Bodega’s location came out of thoughtful guidance from Lori Judge and the Judge Realty team. In a statement from Judge Realty about the newly restored space, “This investor waited patiently for just the right commercial tenant, which also contributed to a positive outcome for the surrounding neighborhood. Both the renovation and the commercial enterprise compliment the other renovation projects and new businesses in this corridor.”Photo by Mike Schalk
The intention of Big Bon Bodega is to be a “home away from home” for the Big Bon family and the Savannah community.
Photography by Cedric Smith
19 Oaks, the original landmark home at Emerald Pointe is now being offered for sale. Surrounded by century old oaks and situated on a double lot, this unique home is on a private peninsula. It offers a deep tidal fed lake with views of the Intracoastal Waterway. This spectacular home is 4,000 square feet with 1600 square feet of porches. Completely renovated with interiors and landscape by the Paris Market Design Group. This 5 Bedrooms 4 bathrooms, 2 half baths home includes wide antique heart pine flooring, Waterworks steam shower, Thermador stove, Wolf oven and microwave, Miele coffee maker, Subzero glass door fridge. Exterior features include salvaged antique brick hardscaping. Extensive outdoor LED lighting and multi-zone irrigation systems and handcrafted copper standing seam roof.
To learn more about this property, or to schedule, a viewing, contact Lori Judge today at 912.236.1000 or stop by 347 Abercorn St. Savannah, GA.
Judge Realty presents “Come Rain or Come Shine,” a public art installation by Savannah, GA-based artist Ben Tollefson and Indiana-based artist Elmer Ramos. The piece is the fourth iteration of Judge Realty’s sponsorship of public art projects and was conceived through the collaborative joining of two distinct art practices. The artwork is a whimsical interpretation of local weather patterns such as short bursts of afternoon rain, common in the summer months in Savannah. “Come Rain or Come Shine” borrows its name from the title of a song by Savannah native Johnny Mercer.
“Come Rain or Come Shine” is comprised of numerous low -relief sculptures of elements of weather; clouds and raindrops figure prominently, while a massive rainbow hovers at the top of the composition. The artists combined elements of each of their respective artistic practices in the conception of the project. Ramos, a trained printmaker, employs techniques of the printmaking craft to new and surprising ends. He is known for his blends of vibrant color, which he isolated through the cutting and collaging of bold, abstracted shapes. This use of color and shape informs the simple, but radiant elements in the project. Tollefson, an oil painter, creates images of imagined environments. These environments frequently include clouds and rainbows as sculptures that exist only in the paintings. Like Ramos, Tollefson embraces a saturated color palette. The sculptures are mounted on the thin rods off the facade of the Judge Realty building, creating depth and dramatic shadows in the sunny spring weather, and providing a joyous backdrop for visitors. The project is a bold, vibrant, and playful setting, a bright contrast to the subdued color and dappled sunlight that characterizes downtown historic Savannah.
Members of the public are invited to a free block party to celebrate the opening of the installation on Friday, April 6 from 4 – 7 pm, which includes games, drinks, and refreshment.
Photography by Siobhan Egan
Judge Realty’s CEO and Founder Lori Judge is an avid art collector and supporter of the Savannah art community. Art and style magazine Paprika Southern sat down with Lori to get her tips on starting and maintaining a personal collection.
Lori’s top tips include; educate yourself by exploring art galleries and attending art shows, set a budget, and do not be afraid to negotiate on purchase prices.
Also featured in this article are gallery owners Leslie Lovell of Roots Up Gallery and Susan Laney of Laney Contemporary Gallery. Both owners agree that collecting art adds value and enjoyment to life and all three of these collectors say their number one tip is to “buy only what you love.”
Pick up the latest Paprika Southern issue to read the entire article. Interested readers can also find this stylish publication at paprikasouthern.com
Visitors are always welcome to view a portion of Lori’s collection at the Judge Realty office located at 247 Abercorn Street. Office hours are Monday through Friday 9 am to 5 pm and weekends 11 am to 4 pm.