January-April 2010 Neighborhood Home Sales

Sorry for getting a little bit behind with posting the neighborhood home sales. Here is everything that's sold in our combined neighborhoods from January-April 2010.


Details: 3 BR, 2.5 BA, 1800+ sq ft
List Price: $149,900
Sales Price: $131,000
Sales Date: 1/7/10

Details: 3 BR, 2 BA, 2000+ sq ft
List Price: $159,900
Sales Price: $159,900
Sales Date: 1/25/10

Details: 4 BR, 3.5 BA, 1700+ sq ft
List Price: $179,900
Sales Price: $172,500
Sales Date: 3/16/10

Details: 4 BR, 3 BA, 2200 sq ft
List Price: $189,900
Sales Price: $187,500
Sales Date: 3/25/10

Details: 3 BR, 2 BA, 1800+ sq ft
List Price: $179,900
Sales Price: $176,000
Sales Date: 4/29/10

As always, please let me know if you have any questions about any of these. And don't forget to stop by and say hello to your new neighbors!

Public Information Meeting to Discuss The Ten Year Plan This Thursday at 7pm

PUBLIC INFORMATION MEETING
TO DISCUSS
The Ten Year Plan

Thursday March 18th 2010, at 7:00PM
At the Arnstein Jewish Community Center
6800 Deane Hill Drive, Knoxville, TN 37919

Area Homeowners have asked Jon Lawler, Director of the Ten Year Plan to End Chronic Homelessness for the mentally ill, alcoholic, and drug addicted to discuss the Ten Year Plan.
What is it? How are sites selected? What services are needed? How it works. Will it cost $20 million dollars a year? Who pays for it? Why should the “scattered approach” be considered? And how it is similar to the Seattle Plan?*

This is a Public Meeting and you will have the opportunity to ask questions and contribute to the discussion. Gene Patterson from WATE will moderate the meeting.

*The Seattle Plan like the Ten Year Plan has no requirement for substance abuse counseling, abstinence, sobriety, or drug testing to insure sobriety.
“These findings suggest that stable housing provided to people who are still drinking and addicted to alcohol can reduce their use of crisis services and ultimately their consumption of alcohol,” Larimer said, noting that virtually every person invited to participate had agreed to enroll. The study also notes that restrictions on the consumption of alcohol in a housing environment may well prevent those most in need from accepting help."

For more information about the Ten Year Plan go to: http://www.ci.knoxville.tn.us/development/homeless10yrplan.pdf

For more information about the Seattle Plan go to:

Local discussion:

KWNA Meeting Thursday, March 11th at 6:00pm

KWNA Meeting Notice

ALL RESIDENTS ARE ENCOURAGED TO ATTEND

6:00 PM Thursday March 11, 2010

Knox County Association of Baptist / 7709 Westland Drive

It’s an exciting time for our neighborhood as we are proposing a new structure to better serve everyone. A full agenda, information on the proposed structure for KWNA, links to government officials, and links to information on supportive housing and the Ten-Year-Plan can be found on our website: www.kwnaonline.com. Please subscribe on the home page so you can be notified by email any time information is posted on our site. In the future, you will be able to pay dues and access the newsletter on the site. And that’s just for starters! A huge thank you to Suzy Trotta for creating and maintaining this web site for us! For nominations, questions, or comments contact Laurie Alford @ 584-5761 x102 (days) or email to kingstonwoods@gmail.com.

Agenda

1. President Bud Yard

Discuss and vote on new structure of Association (see website for proposal)

Nominations and vote for President / Nominations and vote for Division Leaders (5)

Please visit our website for more information and bring your nominations to this important meeting!

2. Incoming President - Assignment of Committees and Members

3. Ron Peabody - Discussion on proposed site off of Gleason to build housing for the homeless – Information on the upcoming community meeting

4. Time permitting – committee break-out sessions – Please review the proposed committees on the web site and bring your suggestions to the meeting.

Related Documents and Links:

KWNA Proposed Committee Structure

KWNA Proposed Leadership Structure

Directory of Government Officials

www.knoxtenyearplan.org

Corporation for Public Housing

November 2009 Home Sales

Below are the 2 homes that sold in Kingston Woods, Kingston Hills, Kingston Park and West Oak in November 2009. There were no closings in the neighborhood in December.

501 Kendall Rd
3 BR, 2 BA, Sq Ft not listed
List Price: $160,000
Sales Price: $146,000
Sales Date: 11/04/2009
Days on Market: 81

7800 Luscombe Dr (foreclosure sale)
3 BR, 2.5 BA, 1600+ sq ft
List Price: $108,900
Sales Price: $108,900
Sales Date: 11/6/2009
Days on Market: 90


Don't forget to stop by and say hi to your new neighbors! And feel free to give me a shout if you have any question about these homes or any other homes in the Kingston Woods Neighborhood Association's area.

September & October 2009 Neighborhood Home Sales

Below are the 6 homes that sold in Kingston Woods, Kingston Hills, Kingston Park and West Oak in September and October 2009.

7808 Ramsgate Dr
4 BR, 3 Ba, 2500+ sq ft
List Price: $199,900
Sales Price: $189,000
Sales Date: 9/25/2009
Days on Market: 81

813 Normandy Dr
3 BR, 1.5 BA, 1900+ sq ft
List Price: $174,900
Sales Price: $171,900
Sales Date: 10/2/2009
Days on Market: 61

7843 Ramsgate Dr
4 BR, 3 BA, 2700+ sq ft
List Price: $234,900
Sales Price: $227,000
Sales Date: 10/06/2009
Days on Market: 214

724 Noragate Rd
3 BR, 1 full bath, 2 half bath, 1900+ sq ft
List Price: $174,900
Sales Price: $173,900
Sales Date: 10/8/2009
Days on Market: 152

7613 Sabre Dr
4 BR, 2.5 BA, 2200+ sq ft
List Price: $184,500
Sales Price: $173,800
Sales Date: 10/14/2009
Days on Market: 106

704 Piper Rd
3 BR, 2 BA, 1600+ sq ft
List Price: $159,900
Sales Price: $152,000
Sales Date: 10/19/2009
Days on Market: 126

Don't forget to stop by and say hi to your new neighbors! And feel free to give me a shout if you have any question about these homes or any other homes in the Kingston Woods Neighborhood Association's area.

July & August 2009 Neighborhood Home Sales

I apologize for falling behind in updating the neighborhood home sales. It was a super busy summer!

There have been quite a few sales since June, so I'll be catching up over the course of a few separate posts. Below are the 5 homes that sold in July and August.


8030 Luscombe Dr (new construction)
3 BR, 2.5 BA, 1300 sq ft
List Price: $149,900
Sales Price: $138,000
Closing Date: 7/13/2009
Days on Market: 194

744 Cessna Rd
3 BR, 1.5 BA, 1200+ sq ft
List Price: $140,000
Sales Price: $130,000
Closing Date: 7/15/2009
Days on Market: 113

7712 Luxmore Dr
3 BR, 2.5 BA, 2300+ sq ft
List Price: $189,900
Sales Price: $186,000
Sales Date: 8/11/2009
Days on Market: 53

8129 Kingsdale Dr
4 BR, 3 BA, 2300+ sq ft
List Price: $189,900
Sales Price: $185,000
Sales Date: 8/26/2009
Days on Market: 212

7601 Luscombe Dr
3 BR, 2 BA, 1700+ sq ft
List Price: $139,900
Sales Price: $128,400
Sales Date: 8/31/2009
Days on Market: 143




Stop by and say hi to your new neighbors! And feel free to give me a shout if you have any questions about any of these.

Neighborhood Meeting August 11, 7:00pm

HELP Save Our Neighborhood Trees!

Have you seen the blue and orange paint on our trees?

KUB is pruning/cutting trees in Kingston Woods & Kingston Hills (and soon, in West Oaks and Kingston Park)

Come to the neighborhood meeting with KUB people!

When: Tuesday, August 11, 7:00 p.m.

Where: Erin Presbyterian Church, 200 Lockett Road (go east on Deane Hill Dr., left on Lockett)

Why: to express our concern with KUB’s aggressive pruning policies, and demonstrate public support of these concerns (including political reps and media)

· RSVP if possible, to let us know if you can attend the meeting with KUB and share your concerns.

· Talk to your neighbors and encourage them to attend the meeting too

Why Should You Attend? To Show that YOU CARE!

· Several neighborhood members have been working to set up this meeting and avoid unduly aggressive tree-pruning by KUB which will damage our property values and increase our utility bills.

· If only 15 or 20 people show up, that will clearly indicate to KUB and our political representatives that we don’t care enough to bother with. Each property owner will then just need to address KUB on an individual basis.

· However, if 100-150 people show up to represent concerns by a neighborhood of ~450 homes, then that would indicate strong concern by KUB customers/ ratepayers and citizens/ taxpayers/ voters. It would also encourage more KWNA residents to serve the neighborhood at large as information gatherers/disseminators, lobbying our public officials and services, etc.

· Think about it—it is to your benefit as well as the whole neighborhood’s.

Stay updated!

· Visit the KWNA website at: http://www.kwnaonline.com/ to learn more information about this issue and others affecting our neighborhood

· Send your email address to KWNA Secretary Sara Jordan (jordanss@comcast.net, or 693-5869) to be kept abreast of further neighborhood news.


Who is affected?

KUB organizes its pruning operations by Electric Distribution Circuit area. In the Kingston Woods area, they have already sent out letters for circuit RH11 (covers Moneta, west end of Deane Hill, and east end of Twining). Letters are supposed to go out Tuesday, July 28 for circuit RH32 residents (supposedly the next area west of RH11, where we have already seen many markings). Liz Didier (KUB Vegetation Management) told me last week that the contractor was only about half done marking the current circuit area; she said it would cover the Kingston Hills streets too. West Oaks and Kingston Park are scheduled for late this year.

The yellow door-note from the KUB contractor said 10 feet from power lines…

KUB's representatives have been leaving notes on doors stating that they are only cutting to achieve at least l0 foot clearances. You will soon receive a letter from KUB. However, the reality is they will likely cut all branches of trees facing the power lines from the ground to the top of the tree (they call it “ground to sky clearing”) in many instances. Using the official “lateral pruning method,” KUB will often cut the branches back to the middle of the tree instead of just cutting a smaller amount. This results in clearances far greater than 10 feet from the power lines, and the overall effect is that many trees will be cut in half. KUB in many cases would rather remove the whole tree.

What is KUB’s legal standing for entering my yard and cutting my trees?

KUB has the right to maintain their power lines. This means they can make repairs and climb the poles without obtaining your permission using limited right of way authority. In some areas they have utility easements which give them additional legal authority.

However, it is believed that they do not have unlimited rights to remove or destroy trees without your permission, especially if the tree is located beyond the right of way. At some point, extensive damage to trees becomes trespassing and vandalism. Large trees increase the value of property by many thousands of dollars, plus their shade saves us lots of money on utility bills. Consider consulting your own private attorney for specific legal advice.

Submit pictures of your marked trees…

Thousands of trees have been felled in surrounding neighborhoods over the past month alone. Take pictures of your large, endangered trees which show their addition of value, shade, and beauty to your home. Email them to suzytrotta@gmail.com to be posted on our KWNA website’s "Endangered Trees Showcase." Include pictures highlighting the distance from the power lines.

Flyers going out to all homes in the neighborhood

We have prepared flyers with essential information concerning KUB’s tree pruning / cutting operations to be distributed to all neighborhood homes.

Street Captains (listed below) or other neighbors on each street—can you help us with distribution of flyers on your street? If so, please contact Sara Jordan (jordanss@comcast; 693-5869) and we will get copies to you.

Thank you for getting involved—

Sara Jordan

Secretary, Kingston Woods Neighborhood Association

and

John Overly, Concerned KWNA member