Tag: Sandra Nickel

Columns and Arches and Moldings … Oh, My!

Columns and Arches and Moldings … Oh, My!

On Sunday — the annual Old House Expo Day in Midtown Montgomery — I spent four hours in the home at 728 Felder Ave. During the course of the afternoon, 147 people visited the property and the choruses of “Oooh and aaah” were loud and many! We Southerners (whether by birth or “By the grace […]

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The Debut of Renovators’ Happy Hour

The Debut of Renovators’ Happy Hour

If perchance you happened to be passing by Felder Avenue in Midtown’s Old Cloverdale neighborhood last Thursday, you might reasonably have assumed that there had been a death in a prominent family or something. After all, that’s the typical reason that long lines of parked cars accumulate on a residential Montgomery street. Well, the truth […]

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If It’s Spring, It Must Be…

If It’s Spring, It Must Be…

By on 20 April, 2017 in Sandra Nickel with 0 Comments

The late, great Robin Williams said, “Spring is nature’s way of saying, ‘Let’s party!’” Personally, I think spring is nature’s way of saying, ‘Get off your lazy duff and take care of this place!” Lynne Burford’s heart-wrenching recent post, “Homeless,” reminds us of the importance of having our wiring checked regularly. That’s particularly important if […]

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Sinclair’s: The End of an Era

Sinclair’s: The End of an Era

By on 10 April, 2017 in Food, Sandra Nickel with 1 Comment

Almost exactly 25 years ago, I was at the Cloverdale Shoe Shop getting my usual repair work done (real estate is hard on shoes). The owner at the time, Carroll Thompson, mentioned to me that the art gallery at 1044 E. Fairview (the business of west of his) was closing soon and the property would […]

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In Praise of Small Town Living

In Praise of Small Town Living

By on 8 March, 2017 in Sandra Nickel with 0 Comments

My husband and I have just returned from a two-week swing through the South as a part of a family reunion. Our homecoming finds me newly appreciative of the many benefits of small town living, particularly in our town-within-a-town, Midtown Montgomery. Our first stop on the adventure was to visit a dear friend in New […]

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In Praise of a Clean Slate

In Praise of a Clean Slate

By on 11 January, 2017 in Real Estate, Sandra Nickel with 0 Comments

The New Year always excites me. I see it as a “clean slate,” and an opportunity both to start anew and to start new things. 2017 is no different. Last weekend I purged my closet of years’ accumulation of miscellaneous stuff. This past Friday our Hat Team met with a facilitator to brainstorm how better […]

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REALTOR Wanted: Must Do Windows

REALTOR Wanted: Must Do Windows

By on 12 August, 2016 in Real Estate, Sandra Nickel with 1 Comment

In my 35 years in the residential real estate business, I’ve realized that some folks have a really jaded view of us REALTORS. Misunderstandings are common. We spend all day driving around in big fancy cars. We get to keep all of the commission that the seller pays. We are salaried and our broker pays […]

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No Place Like Home

No Place Like Home

By on 11 July, 2016 in Sandra Nickel with 1 Comment

Earlier this month I had the incredible opportunity to spend 10 days in New York City. This good fortune was mine through the largess of a real estate friend there, who was taking a trip to Europe and needed someone to tend to his two cats. He got no-cost cat-sitters, and my brother Frank and […]

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That Lady on the Train

That Lady on the Train

By on 17 May, 2016 in Sandra Nickel with 2 Comments

Last week my husband Jim and I had the opportunity to take an overnight train trip. We had flown to Washington D.C. for meetings and were guests of Amtrak on the return leg. We are fortunate to travel a good bit, and this trip reminded me of what we all have lost across the years […]

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Old House Expo – Save the Date!

Old House Expo – Save the Date!

By on 31 March, 2016 in Historic Midtown, Sandra Nickel with 0 Comments

Thirty-one years ago, one worried historic preservationist (Marilyn Sullivan) and one old-house-loving REALTOR (yours truly) got together to brainstorm how to save one wonderful old house downtown (Brittain-Dennis cottage, now a fully restored and leased property in Old Alabama Town) and create positive buzz about Montgomery’s historic neighborhoods. What resulted is Old House Expo. This […]

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