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Crystals 101

Judge Realty in Savannah, GeorgiaLori Judge, founder and CEO of Judge Realty, recently visited Tucson, Arizona for the Tucson Gem, Mineral, and Fossil Showcase. After accessing the triumphant haul, we took some time to break down the purposes of a few gems and see what the feng shui enthusiast herself had to say about the experience. Though you may not personally buy into the benefits of crystals within your space, you can’t deny they bring an element of elevation to every environment.

“It was like a candy store. Anything you could ever imagine was up for sale, from crystals the size of my desk to gems by the truckload,” said Judge, “If you ever get the chance to go, take it. Even if you don’t buy anything, it’s worth the trip to see the amazing things our planet can create within itself.”

The expo, an annual pilgrimage for every designer, mystic, and collector, is the largest gathering of stone wholesalers from around the country bringing everything from pearls to geodes the size of small cars to a state fair style open forum. Prices range from $5 rocks to massive display gems that cost about the same as one of our listings. Staying within the more modest range, Judge brought back a slew of stones to finesse the office with more positivity.

We chose to focus on the stones we find most useful in our office, but you may gravitate towards something else. If you just want something visually appealing to sit on your desk take a look at labradorite or amethyst, but if you’re looking to really enhance your office or home glance through the research we’ve done for you.Judge Realty in Savannah, GeorgiaJudge Realty in Savannah,Judge Realty in Savannah, GeorigaJudge Realty in Savannah, GeorgiaJudge Realty in Savannah, GAPhotography: Heath Daniel

To see the rest of the haul or the Judge Art Collection, stop by Judge Realty at 347 Abercorn Street.

 

109 Oglethorpe Professional Court

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Office Condo
1,940 SF
$239,000

Newly renovated, contemporary office condo in Oglethorpe Professional Court. This beautiful and light-filled corner unit has hardwood floors, stylish carpet, and contemporary finishes throughout. With a private office, a large conference room, discrete reception and waiting area, storage, and a break room, this property has more than enough space in its modern layout. In addition to ample parking, this centrally located office complex is right off Hodgson Memorial Drive.

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To learn more about this property and schedule a viewing call Lori Judge today at 912.236.1000 or stop by Judge Realty at 347 Abercorn Street.

Location, Location, Location

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With the great online success of local retailers like Prospector Co. and LoveLane, the question can be raised, “Does location still matter?”

Yes. Yes it does.

Everything seems to be moving into the mobile e-commerce arena, from interior design apps to money management via text message; however, consumers, especially in a tourist driven economy, still value a personal connection and tangible shopping experience. www.internetretailer.com states that mobile commerce accounts for 30% of all e-commerce in 2015, almost a 5% increse from 2014. Yes, mobile commerce and e-commerce can sustain your business and cover most if not all of your overhead, but our community is structured a little differently than most.

The Savannah area Chamber of Commerce says the tourism sector saw an increase of 9.2%, approximately $2.5 billion, in 2014 with a staggering 7.6 million overnight visitors. Unless seeking a specific destination, most tourists won’t venture too far from the area where they’re staying and come to Savannah to find our many hidden gems.

Last May, we discussed the State of the Commercial Market and saw that vacancy rates are lower than ever- with statistics even suggesting that in 2 years the vacancy rate will be a negative number in the Landmark Historic District.

24 e’s Ruel Joyner was just named Georgia Retail Association’s Retailer of the Year. We’ve seen new boutiques like Alton Lane open with a completely new and innovative business model and customer experience, and Service Brewing is quickly becoming a regional favorite with national recognition. Their tasting room is key to their presence and success. The market for completely personalized experiences will never go away, regardless of the global changes in retail trends.

It’s great to see so many shops and restaurants opening; it’s good for my business, theirs, tourism, everyone really. But prices are about to drastically change- it’s becoming harder and harder to find the right space for clients because the inventory is going so fast. I think in our city, where tourism is king, brick and mortars are still the way to go.

Lori Judge
Founder and CEO

Intersection


Video: Tristan Kim | Music: Will Robinson

To the Judge Realty team and all involved, the Intersection Block Party represented more than just a celebration of hard work and stunning art – it was a chance for the community to come together in a place where art can thrive. Lori Judge has made it her goal to allow Judge Realty to always be a place of opportunity for artists to express themselves and grow, involving the community and making art as public and accessible as possible. Intersection was nothing short of a behemoth effort representative of Savannah’s love of public art, involving many moving parts and hard working tastemakers, art lovers, and savvy engineers. Lori Judge and her team endlessly thank artists Will Penny, Liz Winnel, Britt Spencer and Matt King, Susan Laney of Laney Contemporary, structural engineer Cody Tharpe and contractor Paul Miller, Big Bon Pizza, The Telfair Museums and Stephanie Raines for spearheading their new initiative #art912, and of course, W Projects, and the willingness to expand the definition of public art by the Historic Board of Savannah, without whom Intersection would still be just an idea. Intersection, Judge’s Third Annual Public Art Project, saw more positive feedback and community support than any before, and in the hope that we can continue to bring amazing works to the forefront of community visibility, we thank all who support us in our efforts.

Intersection by Will Penny

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Judge Realty proudly hosts local artist Will Penny as the third annual public art project on the prominent facade of 347 Abercorn Street. Entitled Intersection, Penny will use manipulated light and motion graphics each night from 7-9 PM starting December 8 and running through December 28th. On December 8th, Judge Realty is hosting a block party in front of the office to celebrate the installation and public art in Savannah.Judge Realty in Savannah, Georgia

Intersection, a light installation, will employ three mounted projectors incorporating a series of animations including light and form patterns and two-dimensional abstract designs.

Lori Judge, founder and C.E.O. of Judge Realty, said, “I have been a fan and collector of Will Penny for many years. When I was introduced to his large-scale work I knew we needed to incorporate it into Judge Public Art Projects. I am excited to see the transformation of the facade of Judge Realty into one of his evolving masterpieces.”

Of the name Intersection, Penny said, “It’s really about the intersection of public space and art, it’s about how we could engage the space itself and ask people passing by on the street to take a second to pause, looking at themselves against the scale of it- slowing down, stopping, meditating. It’s a slight homage to the area we all work and live in, then taking it and adding a new psychological layer.”Judge Realty in Savannah, Georgia

Penny also said, “I try to avoid instances of ‘statement,’ but Intersection is also about Judge’s own ideas for the Art Collection, the three e’s: energy, economy, environment. Those are all very important to me as well, so the ‘intersection’ is also about the crossover of Lori’s ideas and my own.”

Intersection also represents a shift in the local perception of what public art can mean. “Right now, the most common recognized form of public art in the city are murals and memorial structures. I want to help expand the dimensional understanding and parameters of what public art can be. I want Judge Realty’s office to be a blank canvas, a means of expression, a place for artists to grow, and something the community can experience together,” said Judge.

In addition to promoting public art, Judge Realty is also using Intersection as an opportunity to support Telfair’s #art912 with a block party on Thursday December 8th. #art912 is a new Telfair Museums initiative dedicated to raising the visibility and promoting the vitality of artists living and working in Savannah through exhibition opportunities, public programs, and outreach.

Please stop by Judge Realty at 347 Abercorn Street on Thursday December 8th from 7-10PM for the block party or throughout the month of December from 7-9PM to see Intersection.

Featured Commercial Property: 205 West Broughton Street

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Featured Commercial Property: 205 West Broughton Street

2,040 SF
$45/SF/year

  • $3.75 /SF/Month
  • $91,800 /Year
  • $7,650 /Month

Available January 2017

Exceptional street retail location on Historic District Savannah’s main shopping thoroughfare. High foot traffic from visitors and locals alike. Outstanding, renovated interior space with abundant light, high ceilings, brick walls & hardwood floors. Currently occupied by a high end home goods store, there is also the opportunity to purchase furniture & fixtures plus existing inventory.

Historic District Savannah’s main shopping thoroughfare next to J Crew and other national brand names including GAP, Banana Republic, Urban Outfitters, Kate Spade & Lilly Pulitzer.

For more information please contact Lori Judge at 912.236.1000 or stop by Judge Realty at 347 Abercorn Street.

 

Featured Judge Commercial Property: 1301 Lincoln Street

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Formerly, respected design builders Ellsworth-Hallett, this exceptionally well maintained and fully renovated property is located in a prominent Victorian neighborhood. The two unit, 2,097 square foot, office building has two dedicated parking spaces and includes an additional warehouse. The building underwent a top-to-bottom restoration, by Ellsworth-Hallett, of all systems, high quality surfaces, and received a new roof. Located on the corner of Lincoln and Henry Street, this amazing space is in the perfect location for a new business or with 100% occupancy and a 6.5% cap rate, it also makes a great investment.

To learn more about this amazing property contact Lori Judge at 912.236.1000 or stop by Judge Realty at 347 Abercorn Street.

 

The Green Team

Preserving and improving the environment is, in every sense, a top priority for Judge Realty. Founder and broker-­in-­charge, Lori Judge, is one of Savannah’s only certified EcoBrokers and the rest of the company follows suit. In particular, two stand out as the resounding queens of green, office administrator Debbie Dennis, and new property manager and recycling guru, Collyn Ryan. Both had much to say on the topic, from the extreme to minute every day changes that add up to create a more conscious consumer and well informed inhabitant.

Debbie had a few simple and minor everyday tips, “Recycle, it’s not that tough. You can recycle almost anything now, just check. If you aren’t sure do your research, I always recycle our old electronics in the office. Never throw them away, keyboards, phones, broken monitors. We always recycle our printer toner, we go through so much and we shred all of our paper” Trips to the Chatham County Recycling Center with your items help keep our landfills clear of toxins. Not certain what you can recycle? Check this link http://recycling.chathamcounty.org/.

She also added, “Just go through your day and start eliminating the excess: I never use plastic bags for my lunch, I use a metal lunch tin. I use cloth towels at home instead of paper, switched all of my washing machines (dish and clothing) to the eco settings, it all adds up. I have eliminated harsh, toxic home cleaning products and replaced them with white vinegar and baking soda as my primary home cleansers. Even something as simple as replacing plastic toothbrushes and plastic straws with bamboo alternatives is an effective step. Visit http://woobamboo.com/ for inspiration, I also love http://www.trashisfortossers.com/.

Collyn, the true guru, offered a full overhaul of products and practices, “PLEASE, do your research. I had no idea what was in the products I was using every day until I decided to find healthier alternatives.” She recommended visiting the Environment Working Group at www.ewg.com for a complete ingredient by ingredient breakdown of every product you could ever use.

“I didn’t realize how many carcinogens and other nasty things are in everything we use. Laundry detergent and shampoos are the worst, and when you really break it down, we’re washing our clothes and bodies with it every day which means we’re literally covering ourselves with toxins and then filtering it through the water as well.” Collyn suggested trying Molly’s Suds as an alternative detergent. She also said, “Don’t forget about your pets, the same toxins in our body washes and shampoos are in theirs as well.”

She also said, “And makeup! Aside from not using animal tested products, I check to see what’s actually in what I put on my face every day. I started using Everyday Minerals, it’s comparable to Bare Minerals: they only use natural ingredients like coconut oil and murumuru butter. After you make the switch you can immediately feel the difference.”

Both ladies also said they have as many houseplants as possible to filter the air, turn off lights when they leave the room, and try to live as minimally as they can. “It’s really not that big of a change, it’s just a mindset shift from constant disposable consumerism to thinking about what we’re leaving for our children and grandchildren,” said Debbie.

347 Abercorn Street: Built by Women

We recently began the process of researching the history behind Judge Realty’s home, and with each new discovery the cosmos came together with resounding clarity: 347 Abercorn Street was built and bolstered by women. The original home, 124 East Jones Street, built for Mary A. Grimball in 1850, grew decade after decade down Abercorn Street into what it is today.

After a fire in June of 1852, destroying most of the eastern portion of Jones Lane between Drayton and Abercorn, Grimball sold the property (after purchasing the lots now known as 340-347 Abercorn) to William F. Chaplin in 1855. Chaplin later signed the whole of the property over to his daughter. Ida, a pivotal character in the history and pride of 347 Abercorn Street, left the property as is until after The Reconstruction ended, then in 1879 she rapidly began to improve and invest in the property and land, building the original structures that would later be the foundation for the current 347 Abercorn.Judge Realty in Savannah, GeorgiaMaps: Georgia Historical Society

In 1904, 347 Abercorn Street had its first tenants: sister dressmakers, Miss J. and May Speir. From 1911 to 1916 the property was held as a private residence to several individuals, all women, until J. J. O’ Brien purchased the building in 1917. For the next 13 years, the widowed Mrs. R. J. O’ Brien would defy gender roles and rent the building out to various tenants, all male, including The Abercorn Pressing Club, Futrell & Byrd Co., and Freese Grocery.

In 1950, 340-343 Abercorn were converted into apartments and Mrs. Josephine Walker opened a beauty shop in 347. In 1962 Printcraft Press moved in and held ownership until March of 1980, after being passed around from trustee to trustee, Lori Judge and Lou Thomann purchased the property in 2006 when it then became home to Judge Realty. Lori Judge, founder and broker-in- charge of Judge Realty is proud to continue the legacy of strong, forward thinking business women at the helm of 347 Abercorn Street.Judge Realty in Savannah, Georgia

 

Commercial State of the Market Q1

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Boasting 9,700 feet of contiguous berth space and over 3 million SF of warehouse space available within 30 miles of the port, Savannah’s commercial real estate market is poised for success and continued growth. Savannah, with a population of 886,000 and a workforce of 416,000 within a 60 mile radius, is the largest single container terminal in North America according to Georgia Ports Authority. With a $706 million dredging project underway, the port will only continue to grow our economy and create jobs. In Q1, Savannah and its surrounding areas saw a rise in asking price as well as a significant 1.5% drop in CAP rate.

Vacancy rates have dropped almost 1.4% from Q1 last year and are forecasted to drop to an astonishing 0% within the next 2 years. As investors flock to the area, asking prices per SF are reaching an all-time high as we move into Q2 seeing more than $30 per SF rise over the past five years. The Historic District and Pooler have seen the most significant raise in price and a 6 month drop in time on the market as well.

Georgia’s deepwater ports and inland barge terminals support more than 295,443 jobs in the state per year and generate $15.5 billion in income, $61.8 billion in revenue and $6.1 billion in state and local taxes. Savannah’s unemployment rate, as of February 2016, is the same as the national unemployment rate (5.3%), but lower than that of Georgia (5.6%). Moving forward into Q2 this year, we see nothing but success on the horizon for Savannah and the surrounding areas bolstering a healthy commercial real estate market with a projected 100% absorption assumption of the previous 5-year average.

Sincerely,

Lori Judge
Founder/ Broker-in-Charge

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