Neighborhood Garage Sale

garage-saleThe Crescent Heights Neighborhood Garage Sale will be held on Saturday, April 9th from 8am to noon. All residents are invited to participate in the sale. However, if you are a current member of CHNA, your address and details of your sale will be listed on our garage sale map here: CHNA Yard Sale

To be included on the map, please follow these instructions:

1. Make sure you are a current CHNA member. If you are not, please join! Your dues help us to hold fun events all year long. See below on how to become a member.

2. E-mail your address and a brief listing of items for sale to CHNAgaragesale@gmail.com with “CHNA Garage Sale” in the comment line.

Three ways to become a member of CHNA:

• Through the website, www. mychna.org (“Join CHNA” is mid-way down the home page on the right). If paying online, please include phone number and the second adult name in the “Note to seller” section.

• Complete the form on the back page of this newsletter and mail it and a check for $20 made payable to CHNA, to CHNA, PO Box 76051, St. Petersburg, FL 33734. OR

• Bring the form or information and check or $20 cash to a neighborhood event. Include the names of the adults in your household, address, e-mail, and phone number.

Home of the Month | March- April 2016

A Gem of a Home, Not So Hidden After All

Sometimes the renovations to a Crescent Heights home are attention grabbing and impossible to miss, like when neighbors put on a new front porch or build an addition or plant a massive palm in their front yards. And sometimes the improvements are a little more subtle, hiding from plain view. But even in this latter case, neighbors notice and appreciate all that homeowners do to make these streets beautiful and friendly. That’s evidenced by this issue’s home of the month—nominated by another family for being a perfect example of how Crescent Heights members strive to be great neighbors.

Specifically, the nomination asking that Michelle and Dan Sargeant’s home be the next home of the month noted how they had recently repainted the exterior and greatly improved the landscaping. Those details certainly have made the cozy two-bedroom house prettier and more appealing from the curb.

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But what the family has done inside—and what they plan to continue doing—is just as lovely. As Michelle explains, from the start, she took a creative approach to life on 26th Avenue. She purchased the house in 2009, even before she met Dan. At the time, there were so many homes in the area in which the owners were underwater that she actively considered, she estimates, about a dozen short sales during a nearly two-year search. The first time she saw her house, she crossed it off the list of possible purchases because her furniture wouldn’t fit. But the second time she saw it, Michelle realized that she could switch things about, moving her dining room table to the front, enclosed porch. Doing so meant that the nook off the kitchen could feature a perfect fit: a butcher block cabinet that aligned perfectly both with the existing décor and the space. Once the furniture found the right rooms, moving in became a no-brainer.

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Already loving the house and St. Petersburg, Michelle soon met Dan. They worked for the same international firm, but whereas Michelle was assigned to its Tampa headquarters, Dan worked in the office in the Philippines. After they got married, they took off on an adventure, with a base in the Philippines but trips to cities all over Asia: Singapore, Bangkok, and Bali (Michelle’s favorite), to name just a few.

While they were gone, for the first few years, family members took care of the place. In 2012, the Sargeants started renting out their house. By the time they returned in 2014, they found that their charming 1936 house needed a bit of TLC. Outside, they redid a collapsed fence in the backyard, transformed the dirt yard into a grassy pasture, and added decorative beds to enhance the interest of the space. As mentioned, they painted the exterior, and they replaced virtually every exterior door in the house.

Inside, they patched and fixed the walls, prompting Michelle to explain that she has been hesitant to hang much art. The spare canvas of the walls thus highlights some beautiful decorative touches, like a functional wall hanging of cutting boards and a side table that holds local seashells and a wedding portrait.

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The portrait is also significant for its link to Michelle’s in-home business. While in the Philippines, legal regulations prevented her from working locally. But Dan also had purchased a nice camera, and as Michelle jokes, he used it a few times before putting it aside. Looking for something productive to do, Michelle began learning about photography—both the art and the science that underlies modern developing techniques.

By the time the Sargeants returned home in 2014, Michelle had expanded her repertoire and determined the kind of photography that called to her: women’s couture and fine art portraiture. Her company provides what Michelle considers a necessary service: “Every woman should have at least one beautiful portrait of herself when she looks her best,” she asserts. “I would give anything to have a beautiful portrait of my mother.”

In support of her growing business, the second bedroom in the Sargeants’ house features backdrops and portrait supplies pushed to the side. But the master bedroom is a suite, with a sitting area that serves as an office, along with a set of double closets, then another closet in the main bedroom area.

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The master bedroom thus is sizable, but Michelle and Dan have another plan for where they will lay their heads. In what is, in Michelle’s words, “the coolest thing in the house,” a bookcase in the main living room slides on a track to reveal a staircase leading to the attic. It remains unfinished for now, but someday, they hope to finish it off as a luxurious master suite, hidden from view most of the time by the secret stairs behind the bookcase.

In the meantime, they simply have to make sure that Max the handsome cat does not sneak up the hidden stairs while they aren’t looking, then get stuck behind the bookcase.

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So it just goes to show: We see what we see in the neighborhood, but our clever and creative neighbors are always doing more. At the Sargeants’ house, the improvements are subtle, ongoing, and meaningful; they are also what prompts others to recognize it as a lovely addition to the neighborhood.

—Elisabeth Nevins Caswell, Photo credits: © Elisabeth Nevins Caswell

2015 Holiday Home Decorating Contest – Poll Now Open !!!

The finalists for the 2015 CHNA Holiday Home Decorating Contest are listed below!!!

Since the photos can’t fully capture the ambiance and all the work that our neighbors put into these displays, voters are encouraged to drive or walk by each of the finalists before casting their votes. You may vote for up to 3 different homes.

If you are one of the finalists and would like a different photo used, please email it as an attachment to chna.website@gmail.com

And finally, thanks to everyone in Crescent Heights for decorating for the season!

f23 840 23rd Ave N - 2015

f23 853 23rd Ave N - 2015

f24 826 24th Ave N - 2015

f25 547 25th Ave N - 2015 x2

f25 836 25th Ave N - 2015

f26 611 26th Ave N - 2015

f26 754 26th Ave N - 2015

f26 834 26th Ave N - 2015

Select up to 3 homes from the following:

Voting is limited by your device’s IP address. If you do not see the poll dialog box directly above this text, your votes have already been counted.

Voting closes at midnight on December 27th. Winners will be announced on December 28th.

Thanks for voting!

Recycling

Information on the City of St Petersburg recycling program can be found here:

http://www.stpete.org/sanitation/residential/recycling.php

2014 CHNA Holiday Home Decorating Contest Winners

The polls and closed and the winners of the 2014 CHNA Holiday Home Decorating Contest are:

First Place: Theresa and Joseph DiVito, 547 25th Avenue North

547 25th Ave N 3

Second Place: Jordan Greene, 611 26th Avenue North

611 26th Ave N 2

Third Place: Louise and Allen Barrett, 826 24th Avenue North

826 24th Ave N

Honorable mention for close 4th and 5th place finishers goes to Alice Adams-Logan at 520 23rd Avenue North, and Denise and Peter Brunton at 545 26th Avenue North.

First, second, and third prize winners will receive $25, $15, and $10 gift certificates to Rollin Oats – Market & Cafe.

Thanks everyone for decorating, and for voting. For the first time ever, over 100 votes were cast!

 

2014 Holiday Home Decorating Contest Poll

The finalists for the 2014 CHNA Holiday Home Decorating Contest are listed below!!!

Since the photos can’t fully capture the ambiance and all the work that our neighbors put into these displays, voters are encouraged to drive or walk by each of the finalists before casting their votes. You may vote for up to 3 different homes.

If you are one of the finalists and would like a different photo used, please email it as an attachment to chna.website@gmail.com

And finally, thanks to everyone in Crescent Heights for decorating for the season! You’re looking good.

 

Select up to 3 homes from the following:

Voting is limited by your device’s IP address. If you do not see the poll dialog box directly above this text, your votes have already been counted.

Homes with an asterisk (*) were winners in the 2014 CHNA Halloween Home Decorating Contest and are not eligible for prizes.

Voting closes at midnight on December 21st. Winners will be announced on December 22nd.

Thanks for voting!

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