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Mid-Century

6105 Shawnee Trail S. Dr. - SOLD

Hidden in the woods near Fall Creek, this Evans Woollen III masterpiece from 1951 stands as a testament to the brilliance that the Architect exhibited. A stunning jewel box, perfectly proportioned, lovingly maintained to original conditions, and with the unmistakable and sublime elevation of an early-period Woollen. 2-story glass wall looks over a wooded vista. Striking modern great room & fireplace wall. It would be a privilege to be the next caretaker of this one-of-a-kind modernist treasure.

Please contact Joe Shoemaker for more information.

joe.shoemaker@encoresir.com or call 317.413.8501

SPECTACULAR EVANS WOOLLEN III MID-CENTURY MODERN - SOLD

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An architectural masterpiece. Now is the time for it to be yours. A magnificent example of the work of Indiana's own Evans Woollen III, you'll be captivated by walls of glass overlooking wooded ravines. The design is a perfect execution in the combining of scale, proportion, natural light, materials, and livability. The space begs for minimalism, allowing for the quiet connection to nature, relishing a contemplative life. No need to rush. There is a sublime calmness here. Contemporary Zen bliss.

SEE THE VIRTUAL TOUR HERE.

Marketed exclusively by MacDuff Realty Group. For more information, please call Joe Shoemaker at 317-413-8501 or email joe.shoemaker@encoresir.com

6226 Graham Rd. - A JOHN RANDAL MCDONALD DESIGN - SOLD

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IT'S SOLD AND IT'S BEING SAVED!!

One of the most-asked-about Mid-Century Modern homes in Indianapolis has found a new owner at long last! An original design by John Randal McDonald, there's more stone than you've ever seen in a house of this size and style. Fantastic central stack features 3 fireplaces, one on each level! Double lot. We are SO excited to announce that the home has been purchased and is currently being restored by an architect as his personal residence.

Marketed exclusively by MacDuff Realty Group. For more information, please call Joe Shoemaker at 317-413-8501 or email joe.shoemaker@encoresir.com.

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DURING!

Avriel Shull Mid-Century Modern in Devon Woods - SOLD

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Avriel Shull was a master, and her work here is exemplary. Boasting tons of original flair and charm, yet complimented by respectful updates, this 2-story lives large. 5 Bedrooms, 2 full baths, a light-filled solarium, stunning entry, beautiful wooded lot, fenced back yard, attached 2-car garage with TONS of storage. You'll love ths cook's kitchen, enormous Dining Room, two fireplaces, spacious Owner's Bedroom, lovely period baths. All this & super-speedy access to downtown, BRipple & highway!

SEE THE VIRTUAL TOUR HERE.

Marketed exclusively by MacDuff Realty Group. For more information, please call Joe Shoemaker at 317-413-8501 or email joe@macduffrealty.com.

Limestone Ranch Time Capsule in Windcombe - SOLD

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Eureka! You've been combing through listing after listing, hoping to find that unadulterated gem...and HERE IT IS! This 1954 3/2 Ranch is as pure as you'll find, with original & intact kitchen, baths, floors, windows and exterior limestone. Located on a wonderfully landscaped lot, you'll be amazed at the lovely unpainted trim, fresh painted plaster walls, green and pink baths, clean lines and plenty of storage. Giant kitchen, lovely sunroom w/ new blinds & carpet, Living Room has a lovely limestone Fireplace!

SEE THE VIRTUAL TOUR HERE.

Marketed exclusively by MacDuff Realty Group. For more information, please call Joe Shoemaker at 317-413-8501 or email joe@macduffrealty.com.

Mid-Century Modern: In the Woods near Eagle Creek - SOLD

8648 Log Run S. Dr. is a meticulously maintained and respectfully updated Mid-Century Modern in the woods near Eagle Creek. It boasts breathtaking interior spaces. From the soaring Great Room ceiling to the walls of windows, and from the cozy Family Room with its fireplace to the massive Owner's Suite with its fireplace, you'll find a million ways to fall in love with this amazing home. Be sure to review the update list, which includes modern cable railing, appliances, hardware, roof, paint, landscaping. So much to see!

Marketed exclusively by MacDuff Realty Group. For more information, please call Joe Shoemaker at 317-413-8501 or email joe@macduffrealty.com.

SOLD IN 5 DAYS - MODERN LAKEFRONT LIVING IN GREENFIELD

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For the discriminating homeowner who is not satisfied with bland, this amazing contemporary home designed by architect Wesley Welsh fits the bill. Huge widows overlook Wildwood Lake. Breathtaking entry staircase. A very unique open floorplan with Kitchen, Dining, Living and 2 BRs upstairs. MBR on ground level with its own private porch lakeside. Exquisite radiant heated floors in house, garages and shop. Socks in the garage in February? You bet. Established neighborhood. Mt Vernon Schools!

Marketed exclusively by MacDuff Realty Group. For more information, please call Joe Shoemaker at 317-413-8501 or email joe@macduffrealty.com.

SEE ALL THE PHOTOS HERE.

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SOLD - Once in a lifetime - an Avriel Shull in Meridian Hills

"Once in a lifetime opportunity" is not a phrase we use lightly. Yet it describes perfectly this 1964 second-owner time capsule designed by local phenom Avriel Shull. One of her more eccentric works hidden on a hilltop and surrounded by Smithsonian-recognized gardens. Details galore, room sizes that will amaze. Dozens of features that are truly unique, including hand-painted frescoes by Avriel herself, a rare concrete signature, and a one-off custom dining table made specifically for this house.

Marketed exclusively by MacDuff Realty Group. For more information, please call Joe Shoemaker at 317-413-8501 or email joe@macduffrealty.com.

SOLD - Mid-Century Modern Masterpiece

Perched atop a breathtaking ridge, this Edward Pierre designed home overlooks nearly 3 acres of lush nature and Mud Creek. A classic Mid-Century Modern design, you'll enjoy floor-to-ceiling glass, vaulted ceilings, and enough true-to-period material to fulfill your vision of living in an architectural masterpiece. Some updates have been made, including a full Kitchen redo. Full bath is pristine. Solid surface flooring throughout, and you'll enjoy the comfort of radiant heat. A rare opportunity.

Mid-Century Modtastic Ranch

OPEN HOUSE MONDAY MAY 14th, 4-7pm.

Visit this most exquisite over-the-top renovation of a rambling ranch in Indianapolis' Brendonwood. Experience the result of expert vision and painstaking attention to detail. All new Master Bath straight from your favorite architecture magazine. Massive kitchen and lovely hearth room. Manicured  fresh landscaping compliments outdoor spaces. This swanky abode is made for families of all sorts, entertaining, contemplating, and enjoying the good life. You'll be glad that you made time to visit! Contact Joe Shoemaker for more information. 317.413.8501

Home Decor: Buy Used.

I love art. Good art. Bad art. And everything in between art. I generally just look and don't touch. Occasionally, however, I give myself permission to splurge and pick up a piece that really catches my eye. I have been known to buy something from a local artist, and take great pleasure in supporting our local arts community.

I was at an auction last week at Dan Ripley's Antique Helper and got into a discussion with a friend about my philosophy on auctions. I'm not a dealer, and I can barely call myself a collector of much. So my approach is very simple: I buy things I like to look at and will enjoy living with. If the price seems fair, then by all means go for it.

I'm not overly concerned with a piece's pedigree or provenance. I can't keep up with what's fashionable. But I know what pleases my eye. Those are the things I watch out for.

That day, I picked up two large Tibetan paintings, a small persian rug and some Mid-Century ceramics. He took home several sets of Mid-Century Modern dishes and a nice Broyhill bedroom suite. Neither of us overpaid, because we weren't buying to sell. We were buying to keep and enjoy. Sure, I may turn around some day and sell some or all of what I bought. Should that happen, I'd be happy to at least get my money back.

In the mean time, however, I'll enjoy walking into my family room and seeing an historic piece of pottery and a beautiful, one-of-a-kind painting. And I'll place that small rug in front of my guitar amp so my feet stay warm while I'm noodling on my pawn-shop-purchased guitar. All for less than the price of a decent meal for two.

If you're looking for some enjoyable things to have in your home, visit a local artist on a First Friday gallery walk. Make a resale shop like IndySwank or an auction house your first stop next time. Swing through a thrift store or Goodwill. You never know what you might find.

Why I Shoot Photography: Indiana Real Estate

Many of my friends and associates know I have a little obsession with photography. I shoot it. I admire it. I emulate the good stuff as much as I can. You can each come to your own conclusion about my relative success at capturing moments in time, but I’m sure having fun with it.

Some have asked, though, how my time spent taking photos of people, places and things enhances my chosen career, that of a Real Estate professional.

There is that old saying: a picture is worth a thousand words. In the current real estate economy, how a property is portrayed in both online and offline media is vitally important in helping Buyers, Tenants and Investors make their decisions about which property to pursue.

All of the statistics we can gather support a few simple ideas. Bad photos don’t compel people to inquire about property. No photos on a listing gets the property ignored completely. Good photos help. Great photos - and lots of them - keep prospects engaged and drive requests for more information.

Whether it’s a condo or a trailer, a warehouse or an office space, a custom home or a tract home, each property needs to be presented to prospects in a way which compels them to want to know more about it. 

My hope and belief are that my random photographic excursions to things like Social Media Breakfasts, Irvington Green Hours and Bacon Tweetups accomplish three things: a) I get to practice using one of my marketing tools; b) I get to talk to prospects for properties I list; and c) I get to interact with people of all sorts and hear what they are thinking about real estate in general.

I’ve shot a lot of stuff over the last few years. It’s mostly garbage, but some of it is really beautiful. Happy accidents. And hopefully I’ve continued to refine my craft, adding an extra bit of visual interest to my clients’ property listings.

As always, if I can answer any questions related to real estate, please don't hesitate to call or email. You can reach my by phone or text at 317-413-8501. My email is joe@joeshoe.com.

Cheers!

A Home For The Ages.

Most of you know I'm a huge fan of mid-century modern and contemporary architecture. I am enthralled by designs of the early 20th Century, captivated by the work of local designer and builder Avriel Shull, in awe of the breathtaking spaces of I. M. Pei, and left in tears when in the presence of work by van der Rohe.

Yes, we are blessed to have several shining examples of historic and wonderful architecture here in Central Indiana, partiularly if one is willing to drive an hour south of Indianapolis to Columbus, Indiana. (Architectural tours are available in Columbus. HERE is information.) But most of what we know and love is older, more seasoned work.

So it's very exciting when I come across something new. Something fresh. Something local and modern.

This week's Indianapolis Star features an amazing home right here in Central Indiana. I'm inspired. I believe it's an example of early 21st Century architecture and design that will stand the test of time. We may look back in 50 years and remember when. Let's just work to keep it in good hands so that it doesn't become the subject of a story of "How I found The Rehab Project of the Century."

Best wishes to the homeowners. You did really, really good.

View this gallery at The Indianapolis Star: HomeFinder: Mark and Sibylle Jennett

 

What's My House Worth?

Of all the questions I field on a weekly basis, perhaps the most frequent one - and the most difficult to answer concretely - is the question about market value. What's my house worth?

The off-the-cuff, easy answer is that a property is only worth what a ready, willing and able Buyer will pay in cash on any given day.

But the more complicated answer is... it depends. (Isn't that what every first-year law student learns is the answer to nearly every question?!?)

What I know for certain and can tell you is this: There's nothing I or anyone can do to sell an overpriced house. Nada. Zip. Zilch.

There are simply too many competing forces at work to keep a property's value in check with reality. Between buyers being highly educated about the market and appraisers who'll not permit a Buyer to overpay even if they're willing to, I cannot sell a property unless it's priced properly.

How do we find that price? We start with looking at recently sold properties which most closely match your home in terms of age, size, amenities, quality, location and so on. From there, we decide on a price that meets your needs and is supported by market data.

Then we wait. Showing feedback is the real source of information related to pricing. A simple formula I learned early on based on the years and years of experience of my mentors is this: 10 showings or 45 days, whichever comes first, should generate at least one offer. If we don't hit 10 showings in 45 days, then it's time to move the price down by 5% at a minimum. If we have 10 showings in the first week on the market and don't get an offer, the same rule applies.

The only caveat to that formula is this: if there are specific condition issues that haven't been addressed that are coming up in the feedback on a consistent basis then address those issues immediately. If you're not in a position to make those fixes, then get firm quotes from reputable contractors for those items and make them available to potential Buyers for review. Now when a Buyer raises the concern about worn carpeting, you're able to provide an estimate for installation of carpet of their choice.Problem solved.

If your house is on the market and you're wondering why it's not selling, plug yourself into the formula. Lots of showings and no offers? Reduce your price. No showings after 45 days? Reduce your price. No matter the price point. No matter the style. No matter the age.

If I can provide any help to you or someone you know with issues related to real estate, I'd appreciate a call. 317.413.8501. Or drop me an email at joe@macduffrealty.com. I look forward to being of service.

Joe Shoemaker
Principal Broker, REALTOR®
MacDuff Realty Group

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Modern, Updated, Carmel Ranch

Now and then, I am fortunate to have the rare opportunity to market a home that I would actually live in. Sure, I've been in $15 Million dollar homes that are incredible. I've shown homes that are nice and attractive and much more luxurious than I'd ever consider.

But this one's different. It's owned by perhaps one of the most talented designers around, and he's applied his talents to this superb update of a classic Carmel, Indiana ranch home.

This designer-owned home is a must see! It's a fully-updated 4-bedroom, 2.75 bath contemporary ranch with top-of-the-line stainless steel appliances, designer finishes and modern materials. This custom-built home boasts a Better Homes and Gardens-featured Kitchen, Interior Design Magazine's Eco-Friendly Product of the Year wall coverings and designer elements made just for this home.

Huge windows and skylights flood the interior with light and compliment the open floor plan. All of the bathrooms have been updated with contemporary fixtures and materials, and the FLOR carpeting throughout is low-maintenance, easy to clean and environmentally friendly, too. This home is SUPER HOT!

Here's a link to the Virtual Tour