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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.

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NAPTOWN ROLLER GIRLS

What's that you say? Roller Derby has nothing to do with Real Estate? WRONG!

The Naptown Roller Girls formed in 2006, and are part of the Women's Flat Track Derby Association, the national governing body for women's amateur flat-track roller derby. This team of amazing women - moms and sisters and daughters, teachers and nurses and public servants - is one of the best parts of what makes my city great. And when my city is great, I'm proud to live here. When I'm proud to live here, I get to help other people make Indianapolis their home. Home. There you go. Roller Derby = Real Estate. That wasn't so hard, was it?

Now, get off your keister and get down to the Toyota Pavillion on Saturday night, February 2, 2013. Get tickets HERE. It'll knock your socks off. Which is totally OK because you can by a swank new pair of striped derby girl socks to wear home at the Merch table.

Tell them MacDuff Realty Group sent you.

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 - KNOCKOUT BROAD RIPPLE TUDOR

There's no longer a need to settle. This amazing brick Tudor has the Master Suite you've been dreaming of with its custom full bath. There's also a stunning updated kitchen with sleek stainless appliances, enclosed porch, a super-functional basement with rec room & utility, privacy-fenced back yard with patio area & hot tub, & a clean, contemporary decor that's sure to please the pickiest of us all. 3 Bedrooms & 2 full baths. Walk to Broad Ripple and the Park. Sidewalks, too! Don't miss out!

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

SOLD - An Avriel Shull Mid-Century Modern in Fishers, Indiana

Serenely placed on the ridge of a quiet street this Mid-Century Modern gem by one of Indiana's most notable designers shines. Avriel Shull custom from 1974, second-owner contemp includes main-floor master br/hearth room add'n. Soaring ceilings, bathed in light, lots of period touches, features recent prof. kitchen update. So much to see, must visit to believe it. Wildlife abound, flowing creek, breathtaking views, walk to river, school & park. EZ access to shopping/highways. Kayaks negotiable.

GORGEOUS SPRING MILL WOODS TRI-LEVEL

Well-built and lovingly maintained tri-level in a terrific Washington Township location. 5 bedrooms (4 up and 1 on the lower Tri-level area), 3 full baths, huge yard, gorgeous hardwoods. Basement could be finished for even more space. Large back yard complete with gazebo, koi pond, raised bed gardens & shed. Home maintains some of the 60's period charm, with updated appliances. Washington Towhship Schools. Minutes to shopping, highway, dining. Mature trees. Amazing landscaping. So much to see!

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

SOLD - Mid-Century Modern: A Diamond in the Rough

Here's a rare gem: a stunning Mid-Century Modern Ranch in Washington Township. Yep, it needs some love. Look at what's here-great location, amazing stone work inside and out, HUGE office in converted garage, cool detached garage, fenced rear yard, screened porch, walk to Community Center, close to Holliday Park, 7 minutes to BRipple. Don't let this chance pass you by. Take your opportunity to acquire a swanky pad in a sweet neighborhood at an amazing price.

Newer Home in a Great Location

Beautifully cared for 3 bed/2bath, brick faced, handicap access home in Washington Township! Newer roof, siding, water heater and kitchen appliances. Wonderful circular floor plan with large great room complete with fireplace. Large kitchen with center island and adjoining open office area with convenient built-in desk, shelves and cabinets. Great 2-car attached garage, large yard, covered back porch and mini barn! Move in condition!

For more information about this property, please call Chriss at 317-696-0057 or email for more information.

SOLD - 3882 Cornwallis Ln.

SOLD IN 23 DAYS! From the sweeping Southern-style Porch to the soaring Great Room ceiling, this lovely ranch home with a versatile upstairs loft offers lots of flexibility. Contemporary lighting, sleek granite tile countertops in the spacious eat-in kitchen with light-filled breakfast bar and nook. Clean and neutral with plenty of warmth. Nicely proportioned bedrooms & baths. Terrific access to parks, shopping, highway, downtown Indy, airport. Community pool and playground with tennis. Easy living at its best!

For more information about this property, please call Joe at 317-413-8501 or email for more information.

5540 Yellow Birch Way - SOLD

Breathtaking entry! Quiet, wooded cul-de-sac lot. Terrific square footage. Updated kitchen appliances and lovely granite countertops, lots of new lighting, carpet, paint. Vaulted & cathedral ceilings, flooded with natural light. Massive deck. Wonderful storage. Walk-in closet in master suite w/ dbl sinks & tub & sep shower. Hardwoods. Kitchen overlooks family room and fireplace. Seconds from Eagle Creek, minutes to highway. Quick access to downtown and airport.

1313 E. 57th Street - SOLD

Well kept, all brick, 2 bed/1 bath bungalow in desirable Broad Ripple neighborhood. Hardwood floors, formal dining room, stainless steel appliances and built-ins. Basement is partially finished, complete w/office-den. Walking distance to Canterbury Park, Monon Trail and Broad Ripple. Convenient to shopping, downtown & nightlife. Pre-listing inspection performed. Newer roof and water heater. Don't miss out on this fantastic Broad Ripple opportunity.

For more information, please call Chriss Cheatham at 317-696-0057 or email her at chriss@macduffrealty.com.

Searching for a Home in Indianapolis? There's an App for that!

I love technology. Someone once described me as “gadget-y,” and I can’t argue with that descriptor. And while there’s a tendency for that aspect of my personality to be drawn into gigantic time-sucking distractions, I am also aware of how some hardware and software tools can be enormously time-saving.

One of the most common questions I’m asked is, “Where’s the best place to go online to find available homes?” My clients want to be able to access the most current information available about homes that might suit their needs. More often than not, the common theme is this: how can I – while I’m out driving in neighborhoods – get more information about a house that I happen to drive by?

Thanks to a terrific FREE iPhone app by REALTOR.com®, this task has been reduced to the ridiculously simple. AND IT WORKS ON BOTH THE iPAD and iPHONE!

(There is also a Droid version available HERE.)

Not only does this app permit you to enter MLS number data to search from anywhere, it also uses the iPhone’s built-in geo-locating capabilities to figure out where you are and what houses near you are for sale.

So the next time you’re out driving around looking in neighborhoods, simply launch the app, do a search, and find what you’re looking for. You can even send the listing to me if it’s a property that you’re interested in knowing more about or seeing in person.

Here's a quick tutorial on using the app.

Head to the iTunes App Store

Or, choose the App Store on your iPhone. Enter “realtor.com” as a search term and look for the app. Or, click on the button above to take you directly to the app from your browser.

Register the App by clicking on the "Gear" icon in the lower right of the screen.

You'll then get this screen:

Create a new, free account.

This is a really important step. Use an email address that you check regularly. You’ll then be able to get listing updates, share properties with your family, friends and agent.

Add the email address of your real estate agent. If I’m acting as your agent, enter joe@macduffrealty.com in the first spot of the sharing shortcuts.

You can also add other folks who you want to keep in the loop. Add up to two other email addresses here of the folks you want to be able to send interesting listings to. Your BFF, your S.O., your mom...you pick.


You're done with the registration. Now it's time to search for a home.

The main screen give you several options for performing a search.

When you arrive at a neighborhood or house you're interested in, you can choose the "Homes For Sale" button. You’ll be able to view listings close to where you are currently parked (you did park before performing the search, right?!?) as a list, with a street map view, or from a satellite view.

One of my favorite features is being able to "draw" a search area using the "Area Highlighter" view, and you can also view by satellite of map view in this mode. Super cool!

Find a home you want to share?

Click on the "Send" button in the property view and send it to me and a friend! You can also "Save this listing."

The app also gives you the ability to "Share" the listing on Twitter, Facebook or by text message.

Have fun, and I look forward to being of service!

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What's Pie Got To Do With It?

It's rather interesting to me how one Twitter question can turn into a weeks-long quest to re-create the regionally famous, often imitated, never duplicated Sugar Cream Pie recipe that my Grandmother made.

Several weeks ago, I was chatting on Twitter with a few friends, and the topic of pie came up. I was immediately thrust back into my childhood, and the taste memory of my grandmother's pie came flooding back to me.

Immediate. Obsession.

The calls went out to family members who had the recipe. I asked about the finest details. Did she cook on a baking sheet or not? Butter or margarine? Electric stove? Convection or regular?

After a few tries, I knew I was getting close to perfection. Thanks to some brave volunteers who risked their lives sampling my baking finery, I worked through the kinks and have finally arrived at what I believe is a pie as good as my grandma's.

My frequent readers may again be asking, "What in the world does this have to do with real estate?"

Not much...unless you consider your house your home. The place where memories are made and recipes are shared. My home is a fertile testing ground for all sorts of ideas. I make art here. I bake here. I run a real estate company from my basement. I've got stacks of guitar gear and percussion instruments for noise-making. And my kitchen is sometimes converted into a tie dye factory, churning out piles of outrageously gorgeous material.

What's your house for, and how can I help you make it your home? 

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.