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Homeorama is an Annual Tradition in the Geothermal Louisville Community

Norton Commons Homeorama Explores Beautiful Properties

By Mike Hall, Broker/Agent/Owner

Norton Commons Sign

The housing market in Louisville and its surrounding areas continues to be competitive, with an ongoing shortage of available houses and a steady stream of home buyers looking to find their dream house.

Some areas of the city, like Norton Commons, are in constant demand. Norton Commons sits on almost 600 acres and is currently home to more than 1,800 residences, more than 80 businesses, three schools, and dozens of parks, pools and green spaces.

Norton Commons has been designed and specifically engineered to reduce the need to drive by having everything nearby and to save the community on monthly utilities by providing geothermal heating.

In September, Norton Commons held its annual Homeorama, which provided sneak peeks at nine houses in the community—exhibiting everything from efficiency, custom architecture, and beautiful interior designs. There were also special events and attractions.

If you’re hoping to buy or sell a house in Norton Commons, or any of the great neighborhoods and communities in Louisville, contact an agent today and we’ll be happy to help you navigate this complex housing market!

[Source: WDRB.com]

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New School Coming to SW Louisville

Brand new building will replace two elementary schools

By Mike Hall, Broker/Agent/OwnerSchool picture

Better schools, better communities!

The quality of a nearby education ranks at the top of many priorities people consider when buying a new house. School clusters that can offer safety, innovation, and an academic edge are highly prized.

Homeowners and potential buyers will certainly be interested in the Southwest area of Louisville, where an 82,532-square foot, $17 million school is being constructed this year. 

The new elementary school will replace the current Wilkerson Elementary School and Watson Lane Elementary School. The state-of-the-art school will feature two stories of classrooms, art, computer and media rooms, and collaborative learning spaces. It will also utilize energy efficient systems for windows, lighting, and plumbing and geothermal heating and cooling.

The community near the new school is certain to benefit from the new facility, with a school they can proudly send their children to.

The new elementary school is expected to be ready in August of 2022. Talk to an agent today if you’re looking to buy or sell a home in this exciting area of Louisville!

 

[Source: jefferson.kyschools.us]

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New Restaurants to Try in Louisville

5 Louisville Locals to Try Out this Summer!

By Mike Hall, Broker/Agent/Owner

Restaurant scene

Time to try some new local restaurants!

Whether you’re on the hunt for your next home or you’re taking some time away so potential buyers can tour your house for sale, a bite to eat is always a good idea. Old favorite restaurants are open for business again, and new local restaurants are even starting to pop up! Here are five newest eateries that make Louisville a great place to live!

1.     Fleur de Tea10704 Meeting Street, Suite 101, Prospect, KY

Find more than five dozen options for your next tea fix! There’s nothing like a good cup of tea and a delicious pastry or treat.

2.     Georgia’s Sweet Potato Pie Company1559 Bardstown Road, Louisville, KY

Sweet potato pie, sweet potato cheesecake, sweet potato cookies, even sweet potato ice cream sandwiches! There are also a variety of fragrant sprays, candles, and wax melts to bring that home-cooked smell into your house.

3.     Pizzaville2901 Goose Creek Road, Suite 103, Louisville, KY

The pizzas are delicious and creative, and the Pizzaville Sluggers (breadsticks) will knock your socks off. Are you ready for a Louisville pizza that’s been 17 years in the making?

4.     The Salad Chic 428 W. Market Street, Louisville, KY

At the Salad Chic, it’s all about healthy options! Each salad is custom built, with plenty of toppings and tastes for every type.

5.     The Seafood Lady601 E. Jefferson Street, Louisville KY 40202

At the newest location for The Seafood Lady, customers should expect bold décor and a full bar, in addition to the delicious Florida-style seafood they’ve come to love. 

[Source: StyleBlueprint.com/louisville]

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Louisville’s First Dog Park Bar

Where pups and people can have a good time!

By Mike Hall, Broker/Agent/Owner

girl with dog at bar

Another great reason to live in Louisville!

There is great news this month for dog lovers around Louisville! The city’s first ever dog park bar is opening in the Highlands neighborhood, at 800 Baxter Avenue. Louisville has bars where adults can mingle, and it has dog parks where pups can make friends. PB & J’s Dog Park Bar will be the best of both options.

The location will offer a full-service bar and coffee at its indoor/outdoor facility, and dogs will be allowed to be leash free. Though anyone who loves dogs is welcome to visit, there is a fee and paperwork required for the pooches. Owners will need to validate vaccine information and provide some up-to-date veterinary records.

The dog park bar owners are committed to providing a great experience for dog-lovers and their four-legged friends in the Highlands. They’re also supporting the rescue efforts of several organizations with every dollar they earn. It’s a win for you, your pooch, and dogs all over the community!

The Highlands is an ideal neighborhood for this pupperiffic place. There are about 4,000 dogs in the ZIP code. If you’re looking for a dream home for you AND your canine companion, an agent would love to talk with you about properties available in this dog-friendly community!

 

[Source: WDRB.com]

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Better Wifi for Your Family

Optimize your Internet as kids go back to school

By Mike Hall, Broker/Agent/Owner

Wifi and family

As your family shares Wifi, learn some tips for helping to optimize the load.

Usually home-buyers with kids are looking into the best school districts and family-friendly neighborhoods. While that’s still certainly true, the COVID-19 pandemic has brought in additional concerns. As many adults are still working remotely and JCPS students are preparing to begin the school year from a distance, the best Wifi options are also playing a role!

While one of our agents can certainly help you find the neighborhood that’s a perfect fit for your family and help you find the house you’ve been dreaming of, you can also follow these tips for optimizing your Wifi, so that it’s most accommodating for your whole family!

  • Optimize the placement of your router
  • Invest in a booster antenna
  • Update your firmware using an ethernet cable
  • Look into powerline adaptors
  • Add an extender to trickier rooms
  • Upgrade your router

 

[Source: Broadbandnow.com]

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Tips for finding a great school in Louisville!

How to find the right house and the right school for your family

By Mike Hall, Broker/Agent/Owner

Picking a school in Louisville

Choosing a school is a major factor in finding the right house!

Whenever you’re looking for the perfect house for you and your family, finding the right school is a major factor in the process. Even the most amazing house won’t be perfect for your family if the local schools won’t meet your needs.

Here are some tips for finding the total package. And when you’re ready to get started, talk with a Red Edge agent today about how we can help you find your next home in the Louisville area!

  1. Understand the system. Each city – Jefferson County included – has different systems for what neighborhoods go to which schools. A school directly across the street from a house you love will not automatically be the school your kids would attend. Make sure you check school district maps and do your best to understand where you really want to be.
  2. Ask around! If you have friends, family, or co-workers in the area, ask them what schools they loved and why. Use your network to help identify some schools worth looking into further.
  3. Visit the schools. After you have narrowed your search down to a few choice schools, find an opportunity to visit those schools and neighborhoods in person. It’s one thing on paper, but you might get a whole different feeling when you’re actually there.
  4. Be prepared to adjust. As with all house-searching, you will need to prioritize what you are looking for. You’ll have to find that balance between what you need in the school, what you want included in your home, how long of a commute you might need to expect on a daily basis, and what your financial situation requires. It’s a tricky balance, but you can do it!

[Source: truila.com]

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Louisville’s Best Neighborhoods for Home Buyers

Ready to buy your first home? We’d love to help.

By Mike Hall, Broker/Agent/Owner

Home

Louisville has the perfect neighborhood for you!

When you’re ready to buy your first home in Louisville, one of the biggest questions you’ll ask is, “What neighborhoods are best?”

Louisville is a diverse city with great options for every lifestyle, from the urban professional to the farm-loving family. And everything in-between! It all depends on what you’re looking for! Great schools? We’ve got that. Access to local restaurants or nightlife? We have that too!

Parks, transportation, events, shopping, churches, coffee shops, recreation, and local treasures, too! Whatever you’re looking for, we’re sure an agent can help you find your dream home in or around Louisville.

Here’s just one list for you to consider from Niche of some of Louisville’s hottest neighborhoods based on schools, safety, and access to local amenities:

  • Gardiner Lane
  • Hawthorne
  • Belknap
  • Cherokee Gardens
  • Rockcreek Lexington Road
  • Highland Douglass
  • Cherokee Seneca
  • Schnitzelburg
  • Hayfield Dundee
  • Audubon
  • Deer Park
  • Avondale Melbourne Heights
  • Germantown
  • Tyler Park
  • Clifton


[Source: Niche.com]

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Louisville’s Public Pools

For all your summer water fun!

By Mike Hall, Broker/Agent/Owner

Pool

Cool down this summer in one of Louisville’s public pools.

It’s looking like it’s going to be a HOT summer. Did you know Louisville has four public pools (and more than 30 splash areas!) where your family can cool down? Pools will be open through August 4, and you can buy single admission or season passes at the Aquatics Office of the Mary T. Meagher Aquatic Center. Check out this useful map for pools and splash areas. Just another great reason why living in Louisville is the best!

Algonquin Park
1614 Cypress Street, 40210
502-772-7907
Open Daily: 11am -4pm • Closed Tuesdays

Fairdale (Nelson Hornbeck Park)  
709 Fairdale Road, 40118
502-361-8270
Open Daily: 1pm - 6pm • Closed Mondays

Norton (Camp Taylor Memorial Park) 
4201 Lee Avenue, 40213
502-451-0678
Open Daily: 11am.- 4pm • Closed Thursdays

Sun Valley Park
6506 Bethany Lane, 40272
502-935-0302
Open Daily: 1pm - 6 p.m. • Closed Wednesdays

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Farmers’ Markets: Serving Louisville’s Families

Come Find Fresh, Locally Sourced Produce, Eggs, Honey, and More!

By Mike Hall, Broker/Agent/Owner

Farmer's Market

Check out a local farmer’s market for Kentuckiana fruits, veggies, and other treats.

If your allergies are any indication, the Ohio River Valley is alive and thriving. A much sweeter hint is the arrival of local farmers’ markets around town. There are more than a dozen neighborhood open-air markets that are setting up for the season, bringing their fresh produce, free-range eggs, localized honey, and more natural treasures to local families on the hunt for quality goods.

Take pride in the talented and hard-working Kentuckiana farmers and specialists by finding a market near you. You can support local agricultural while searching for the perfect foods to round out your weekly meal plans. With markets from NuLu to J-town, Bardstown to 4th Street, Westport to New Albany, you’re bound to find one near your neighborhood. You can find local listings online or in several media outlets.

Farmers’ Markets are an area treasure, where community, enterprise, excellence, and ambition collide in the best possible ways. Take advantage of one of these markets with your neighbors, family, friends, or as a solo getaway into a simple wonderland.

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New Restaurants by Area of Louisville

Because Louisville is a great place to eat – and live!

By Mike Hall, Broker/Agent/Owner

Find a brand new Louisville-area restaurant to try near you!

Find a brand new Louisville-area restaurant to try near you!

Louisville is a thriving foodie town, full of delicious restaurants and venues, from food trucks to fine dining! Already in 2018, numerous new restaurants have sprung up around the greater Louisville area. Here are some of the options you can check out when you’re ready to try something new!

  1. American Stakehouse Stadium – 5580 Highway 62, Jeffersonville
  2. Bob’s Steakhouse & Chop House – 400 S. Second Street
  3. Daddy Rich’s – 617 Oak Street
  4. Falls City Brewing Co. – 901 E. Liberty Street
  5. Hell or Highwater – 112 W. Washington Street
  6. Highway 31 Diner and Dive – 8610 Dixie Highway
  7. Joe’s Older Than Dirt – 8131 New La Grange Road, Lyndon
  8. Le Petit Café – 1325 Bardstown Road
  9. The Limbo – 411 W. Chestnut Street
  10. Lueberry Acai & Superfoods – 808 E. Market Street
  11. Neighborhood Services – 400 S. Second Street
  12. No Baked Cookie Dough – 805 Blakenbaker Parkway
  13. North Lime Coffee & Donuts – 1228 S. Sevenths Street
  14. Odeon – 1335 Story Avenue
  15. Porch Kitchen & Bar – 280 W. Jefferson Street
  16. Quills/Steel City Pops – St. Matthews Avenue
  17. Ramen Inochi – 2009 Highland Avenue
  18. Rawnaissance – 1759 Bardstown Road
  19. Roadrunner Kitchen – 145 E. Main Street, New Albany
  20. Whiskey Dry – 412 S. Fourth Street

[Source: The Courier Journal]

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Entrepreneurs Find Community, Inspiration in Norton Commons

Norton Commons continues to draw small-business owners and their families.

By Mike Hall, Broker/Agent/Owner

Norton Commons fountain

Norton Commons is a great place for businesses and families.

Insider Louisville recently did a feature about several small-business owners in Norton Commons. Many Norton Commons residents are discovering that they can live, work, dine, entertain, and find true community in Kentucky’s only “Traditional Neighborhood Development.”

These planned neighborhoods create spaces for commercial, residential, recreational, and educational environments all within walking distance. And for the residents of Norton Commons, their little neighborhood is filling all their needs.

Many residents in the feature had lived in Norton Commons for awhile before they decided to build a small business there. Once they were in the community - embracing the lifestyle that it offers - they were hooked and found Norton Commons to be the best place for their business, too.

Norton Commons currently has more than 1,000 residences and 60 businesses, plus three schools and dozens of recreational areas.

If you’re looking to move into Norton Commons, talk to an agent today. Houses in this idealic area go fast, so we’d love to help you find the Norton Commons home of your dreams.

[Source: Insider Louisville]

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Louisville Homeowners Saw Profits using Airbnb

2017 brought in $10 million for Louisville Airbnb hosts

By Mike Hall, Broker/Agent/Owner

house in grass

Airbnb continues to grow in popularity for Louisville’s home hosts.

Airbnb, an online platform for renting houses or rooms short-term, continues to grow in popularity, and this is great news for homeowners who host in Louisville. In 2017, more than 78,000 guests came to Louisville – which was greater than other Kentucky cities. Total, these rentals brought $10 million in 2017, compared to about $6 million in 2016.

To include your home or rental property in 2018 on Airbnb or other vacation rental sites, you can get a permit through the city.

But vacation rentals aren’t for everyone. Certain sub-cities within Louisville have internal regulations against using property as a vacation rental. If your property is in Anchorage, Douglass Hills, Graymoor-Devondale, Hurstbourne, Indian Hills, Jeffersontown, Lyndon, Middletown, Prospect, Shively, St. Matthews and St. Regis Park, you cannot list your house.

[Source: Insider Louisville]

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The Local Malls

New and Improved

by MIKE HALL, Owner/Broker/Agent

Mall

If you are older than 25, you probably remember when malls were the place to be in America.

Recently, malls have taken a downturn. But new strategies are helping to reinvigorate the spaces. If you live in Louisville Metro, you are most likely familiar with The Mall at St. Matthews or The Oxmoor Center. In nearby Shelby County, you will find The Outlet Shoppes of the Bluegrass.

Go inside and you’ll notice a departure from the malls of the 1980s. Where you would have once found retail clothing store after retail clothing store, you’ll now find attractions designed for convenience.

For example, high-tech and high comfort theaters have become par for the course in many modern malls. You will also find Apple stores, cell phone carriers, entertainment facilities and even gyms. You might also notice a host of food options.

Gone are the days of fast-food-only food courts. You will find upscale restaurants like The Cheesecake Factory or California Pizza Kitchen. You may even find a grocery in more malls as they continue to evolve. Shoppers are looking for a place where they can meet all needs in one stop and malls are happy to oblige. Call your Red Edge agent to check out the St. Matthews or Hurstbourne areas so you can take advantage of a mall near you!

 

Source: Insider Louisville

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Jimmy Can’t Dance

But he can play some jazz

by MIKE HALL, Owner/Agent Broker

Jimmy Can't Dance Louisville

On August 19, 2017 Jimmy Can’t Dance, a new jazz club downtown, opened their doors to the public.

Jimmy Can’t Dance is located in the basement of Another Place Sandwich Shop. This club will feature live jazz music but don’t expect to see much dancing. Jim Goodwin, who inspired the name of the club, couldn’t dance so his son, Brian, knew that’s what he wanted to name the club when he decided to open it in Louisville. Jim died in 2015 and Brian has recently come back to Louisville after living in New York City and Austin.

The establishment will feature professional jazz artists, those who tour, hobbyists and students from the University of Louisville. There will be a selection of craft beer as well as local bourbon. Traditional jazz-age cocktails will be served as well. If you’re looking for a place a little off the beaten path where you can hang out with friends, hear some great music and grab a drink, Jimmy Can’t Dance might be the place for you. This is just another establishment that adds to the character and uniqueness of Louisville as an up-and-coming city.

Source: The Courier-Journal

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The Gate Keeper

Saving the Stranded in Crescent Hill

by MIKE HALL Owner/Broker/Agent

gatekeeper

If you’ve ever visited Frankfort Avenue, you’ve probably noticed the train tracks that run adjacent to the road. For years those tracks have been a thorn in the side of those who live in Crescent Hill.

But the reason for the rift isn’t what you might expect. The noise isn’t the issue. Nor is the vibration. These are things you expect when you buy a home near the railroad.

The issue has been that the train frequently parks alongside the road cutting residents off from their homes for up to four hours at a time. Planning an entire day around the train schedule is not something that most residents envisioned when they purchased homes in one of the most desirable areas of Louisville.

Fortunately, all of that is about to change. There is a gate that has previously been reserved for the use of emergency vehicles only. However, there will now be residents that are designated key holders. These residents will be able to open and close the gate as needed. So, for example, if the train parks for several hours, a key holder will be able to unlock the gate while the train is parked and then lock it back up as the train departs. Since there will be more than one key holder someone should be available to unlock the gate for their neighbors as needed without too much inconvenience. If you were looking for one more reason to move to Crescent Hill, add good neighbors and increased convenience to your list. Then call a Red Edge agent to set up a showing.

Source: WDRB.com

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The Corner Store Just got an Upgrade

Hurstbourne and Shelbyville to be Exact

by MIKE HALL, Owner/Agent/Broker

Pineapple at store

If you live in the Hurstbourne area or travel it frequently, you are probably familiar with the office building that towers over the corner of the Hurstbourne parkway and Shelbyville road. That corner is about to get an upgrade.

Behind the office building is a shopping center where ValuMarket, Z’s and Brownies The Shed Bar and Grille are located. A Cincinnati developer has bought the space and plans to demolish it to make room for a new development. The office tower and P.F. Chang’s will remain but the shopping center, purchased for $41 million, will be razed to make room for restaurants, a grocery store, a parking garage, gas stations and a hotel. Since the purchase in October, the buyer has contacted the current tenants to make them aware of the plans.

The owner of Brownies, Jason Brown, says he may try to stay in the new development to keep a presence in the Hurstbourne area, but he has also been researching other potential locations in prime areas of the city. With 12 months to decide, Brown is in no hurry to make plans. The new hotel has not yet been branded but in planning documents is purported to be five stories and 149 rooms. Likewise, the grocery store has not yet been named but is planned as an 80,000-square foot development. As if Hurstbourne area was not attractive enough, the addition of a grocery store will only make the area more attractive to new homeowners that are looking for convenience. If you are considering the area, give a Red Edge agent a call today!

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Ohio Valley Allergies and Asthma Got You Down?

City of Louisville planting $400,000 worth of tress to alleviate triggers.

by Mike Hall, Owner/Broker/Agent

Louisville Trees

photo from the Nature Conservancy

If you’re new to Louisville, you might have noticed an increase in your allergies or frequent flare-ups if you suffer from asthma.

AIR Louisville, a collaboration between Propeller Health, Louisville Metro’s Office of Civic Innovation and the Institute for Healthy Air Water and Soil, enrolled more than 1,100 participants in a study to track and manage asthma symptoms. The collected data was then matched to city data on temperature, pollution and other environmental information. The study produced favorable outcomes for participants by allowing more effective management of symptoms resulting in fewer attacks and increased awareness of symptoms.

Based on this data the city plans to make a few changes. The city will reduce pollution by planting approximately $400,000 worth of trees in the metro in the next year. They will also reroute trucks to lower population areas to protect more citizens at risk. In addition, an emphasis will be placed on encouraging residents not to idle cars and to plant more trees on their own property. Taking these steps will help those with asthma, COPD and other respiratory illnesses by increasing air quality for the city.

Source: Insider Louisville

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Charter Communications Launching Low-Cost Internet

Lowering your monthly bills

by MIKE HALL, Owner/Broker/Agent

As a homeowner, you're probably always looking for a way to save some money. Unfortunately, utilities occur every month, and they can often be some of your biggest expenses. You can have your electricity provider perform an audit to help save money. You can turn off your faucet while brushing your teeth to save water. When it comes to saving money on an Internet connection, things become more complicated.

Internet

Fortunately, Charter Communications is launching a low-cost Internet option for families and seniors. Within Jefferson County this broadband service will cost $14.99 for those who qualify. There will be no additional charge for necessary equipment such as a modem. AT&T currently offers a similar option for $10 a month but speeds are much lower. The Charter Communications option is three times the speed of AT&T’s best option.

Eligible subscribers include families with students who participate in the National School Lunch Program and seniors who are 65 and older who receive Supplemental Security Income program benefits. For more information, visit www.SpectrumInternetAssist.com.

Get on your way to saving today, and keep your funds for those summer landscape projects!

Source: The Courier-Journal

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A Public Market Comes to Town

In which foodies like me get their food on

by MIKE HALL, Owner/Broker/Agent

open-air market

When you think of open-air markets, you probably think of far-off, exotic locations. Owners of Safai Coffee want to change that. They are planning to bring an open-air public market to Louisville’s Shelby Park and adjoining neighborhoods where Louisvillians can shop for local goods and interact directly with those producing them.

In recent years, public markets have grown in popularity but Louisville has not had one since the early 2000s. Haymarket left a void when it closed in 2004. It had been operating since 1891 and offered city dwellers the opportunity to meet the farmers producing their food and buy directly from them. As the farm-to-table movement continues to grow, and consumers become increasingly concerned about where their food comes from, this model of shopping has grown in popularity across the nation. It seems only natural that a city consumed by food culture, like Louisville, would follow this trend and support a public market.

This is not just another retail location, but an opportunity for the Louisville Metro to come together as a community for healthier living.

Source: The Courier-Journal

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Home Security Systems can be DIY

DIY iPhone security synced system is affordable.

by MIKE HALL Owner/Broker/Agent

iPhone home security system

I recently came across an article which struck my interest, and I think will interest many of my tech-savvy, Louisville homeowners as well. While I know many of you would rather pay a little extra to go the “install it for me” route, those of you who enjoy DIY home projects might have a new weekend tech project up your sleeve.

As far as video security systems go, this seems to be the cheapest and most conveniently accessible option. For just under $200 you could have a video stream of your home accessible from your iPhone. Pretty user-friendly, huh? With the option of adding cameras as you go, you can start with a couple in high-traffic areas, and save up for more to install later. There are also no monthly fees which anyone can appreciate.

So whether you want to survey your home while on a week-long trip, check up on any pets during your work day, or catching your teenagers contemplating a party while you and the spouse have a weekend getaway, this extra amenity will give you relief.  

Happy installation!

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