Portofino (Clayton, NC)
Portofino (Clayton, NC) Real Estate News
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Portofino Subdivision in Clayton
David O'Doherty, Clayton NC Homes, Raleigh, NC (Hometowne Realty Clayton East)

Portofino is a wonderful community in Clayton,North Carolina. It is a 400 acre property with as few as 200 home sites, quite remarkable in todays world of development. There are miles and miles of walking trails that wander through the different communities, through the woods and to the Neuse River. There is a magnificent salt water beach entry pool and an Italian styled Piazza and Clubhouse for the lucky residents who call Portofino home. The trails can be used for walking or mountain biking, horseback riding or golf cart driving. They are about six miles long and are a great escape as you wander down to the river where the plan is to have a Kayak launch site.Living in Portofino, Clayton, North Carolina

There are three communities in Portofino in Clayton, Churchill where homes start in the low $300’s, Belmont where the homes start in the high $300’s and Saratoga, which is where the larger lots are and homes begin at around $500,000. Lots in Portofino range in size from a half an acre up to 5 acres, the lots are a mixture of heavily wooded, lightly wooded and cleared. There are a number of basement lots in Portofino. Most lots will have a creek or a trail of a wooded buffer allowing for plenty of privacy.

Portofino has a team of award winning custom builders who are capable of building a home to suite your every need. Choose from your own plan or use one of their designs. The builder team includes  Kirkwood Builders a Johnston County Parade of Homes perennial winner, Royalty Homes, Jarman Homes,  and Jordan Built Homes.
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Portofino while having a Clayton mailing address is actually outside the town and so the taxes are lower as residents only pay Johnston County tax. The community is serviced with natural gas, electric, county water, septic and fibre optic cable is installed throughout.



The neighborhood is located a short twenty minute drive from downtown Raleigh, home to many great restaurants, museums, concert halls and is fast becoming a destination city. Nearby there are also some of the finest hospitals in the country, Duke, Chapel Hill, Wake-Med and right in Clayton is the new Johnston medical Center. Raleigh- Durham International Airport is a 45 minute drive as is Research Triangle Park, where a number of residents work. Portofino is in a fast growing area of Johnston County and is just across Hwy 42 East from the new Harris Teeter Shopping Center.


School students using Johnston County Schools are currently enrolled in River Dell Elementary, Archer Lodge Middle and Corinth Holders High School. River Dell Elementary is an Honor School of Excellence one of the highest ranking in the state.Johnston County Schools are on a traditional school calendar at this time.

 

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Video......Is This The Way We Sell Real Estate Now? Take 2!!!
David O'Doherty, Clayton NC Homes, Raleigh, NC (Hometowne Realty Clayton East)

I did a video of this property at 107 Sicily Drive in Clayton a while ago and I got a bit carried away with my new iPad......It was BAD.

I had Bobby Carroll with Dakno Marketing (check them out they do an awesome job creating web sites for RE agents) look at it and he gave it the Roger Ebert take down. I had forgotten the purpose of the video, I was ignoring the rules for my own satisfaction. A video of a house has to be two minutes or less, so by having a four and a half minute video I was making an art film when I wanted a blockbuster!

Another thing  no call to action, you can't let people just watch a video without asking for something at the end, "call me to schedule a showing, or email me with questions" They'll be off looking at mean cats or prisoners doing Gangnam Style dances...or worse looking at other houses.

Google owns YouTube, everyone knew that, right? So make sure you have key SEO words in the title and description. YouTube is the second most used search tool out there so by doing video you can jump up in the ratings (pun)! The stats are staggering, 800 million unique users each MONTH !! 72 hours of video are uploaded every minute. In 2011 YouTube had 1 Trillion views which is about 140 views for every person on earth!!

This one won't win any oscars and I know it is not perfect, but its short and gets to the point and I may tweak it a bit but I want to move on to the sequel so we'll see. Oh and by the way get an iPad!!! 

107 Sicily Drive....Part Deux!


 Here it is I hope you like it, I wonder should I have put it in the middle of the post???????

 

 

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Women’s Council of REALTORS, Raleigh Regional Chapter at Portofino
David O'Doherty, Clayton NC Homes, Raleigh, NC (Hometowne Realty Clayton East)

We hosted the Women’s Council of REALTORS, Raleigh Regional Chapter at Portofino for a luncheon. It was held in the beautiful clubhouse at Portofino, scene of quite a few weddings and parties held by the residents of Portofino.
The event was to honor the past presidents of the Women’s Council of REALTORS, Raleigh Regional Chapter, and it was a great turn out. The Council is not just for Realtors and is not just for women but it is for networking and learning and helping each other achieve their goals.

Women's Council of Realtor's Lunch at Portofino

Norwood Thompson gave a brief introduction to everyone about Portofino and the progress made since the neighborhood was started. Quite a few of the group had to use their GPS to find Portofino as they don’t normally work in this part of the Triangle. After seeing the magnificent homes and the amenities at Portofino I think that might change.

There were about twenty five people in attendance and after lunch I took everyone to see the custom built homes by Corker Enterprises and Royalty Homes. They are an enthusiastic bunch and it was great to see so many tour these wonderful homes. A lot of comments made about the quality and outstanding value to be had in the new construction homes in Portofino. These luxury homes have it all, the highest quality builders who only build a few homes each year so they can focus on their clients every need. Large acre plus lots with trees, privacy and space. Community of the Year Portofino with it’s award winning amenities like the beach entry saltwater pool. The miles and miles of walking trails, fishing pond, equestrian center, etc,etc.

Women's council of REALTOR"S touring 107 Sicily Drive

Great to see Real Estate Agents from the Greater Raleigh Area out in Clayton seeing just how easy the commute to Raleigh is, the highly rated Johnston County School System, the new Harris Teeter Shopping Center and it’s a trend that will likely continue as large companies like Caterpillar and Novo Nordisk continue their expansion plans and create more  jobs.

 

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To Stage Or Not To Stage..........You decide!
David O'Doherty, Clayton NC Homes, Raleigh, NC (Hometowne Realty Clayton East)

To Stage Or Not To Stage..........You decide!

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So I have never used a home staging service before, no real reason, but I suppose I had reservations about the cost and whether it was worth it.
I have this beautiful listing at 107 Sicily Drive and I have done videos, taken hundreds of pictures, even took pictures at night. It is everywhere, I have it on RealBird and it has been viewed thousands of times.I recently got the new iPad and wanted to use it for a video when I came upon a tutorial about shooting a video of a home, and immediatley I realized.....this house needed to be staged.


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I contacted Barbara Heathcote with Home Staging To Sell LLC, and sent her some pictures of the home. She came out and walked through the house and immediately set to work coming up with ideas.

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I let Barbara and her team in the home the next day, its a big house  so they were there most of the day so I was excited to see the finished home. What a transformation, it was unbelievable, it completely changed the look and feel of the home , the rooms sprang to life, the house became a home but not someones home, anyones home, meaning Barbara did not overpower the rooms or make them look like your house or my house she skilfully arranged and added furniture to suggest and enlighten the experience of somebody looking at the home, so they could picture themselves and their furniture in there.

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Homes for sale in Clayton,NC



Barbara and her team really appreciated the craftsmanship of the home and went out of her way to take great care of it for the builder.So you have the before and after pictures, I would love to know what you think and I suspect Barbara would too. If you need a home staged in Raleigh call Barbara with Home Staging To Sell LLc at 919-426-5089, homestagingtosell@nc.rr.com.
Thanks

 

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New Slideshow of 107 Sicily Dr. in Clayton
David O'Doherty, Clayton NC Homes, Raleigh, NC (Hometowne Realty Clayton East)

 

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Open House In Clayton, NC This Weekend.
David O'Doherty, Clayton NC Homes, Raleigh, NC (Hometowne Realty Clayton East)

Open House In Clayton, NC This Weekend August 11Th and 12Th.

Open House in Clayton

This custom luxury home located at 107 Sicily Drive in Clayton will be open this weekend, Sat 11-5 and Sunday 1-5.

If you looking for a big house on a large lot, then this could be the one for you.The home has a finished basement, four or five bedrooms, bonus room, screened in porch. Deck over looking horse pastures.

Come out and see what this builder Steve Corker can do with a house.

 

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Basement Homes in Clayton, NC
David O'Doherty, Clayton NC Homes, Raleigh, NC (Hometowne Realty Clayton East)

 

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