You can’t glance at your phone these days without getting an update on COVID-19. Newscasters say the word ‘Coronavirus’ 18 times more than they say “election” right now. We’re getting news from all around.
This pandemic is something most people have never seen before.
Hearing so much information from so many sources creates myths and rumors. The speed this information is coming at us is a catalyst for myths and bad advice.
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Mythbusting with WHO
Here are some questions and answers right from the World Health Organization. Some of these may surprise you!
Question: Will warm weather stop the spread of COVID-19?
Answer: COVID-19 virus can be transmitted in areas with hot and humid climates
From the evidence so far, the COVID-19 virus can be transmitted in ALL AREAS, including areas with hot and humid weather. Regardless of climate, adopt protective measures if you live in, or travel to an area reporting COVID-19. The best way to protect yourself against COVID-19 is by frequently cleaning your hands. Doing this you eliminates viruses that may be on your hands and avoid infection that could occur by then touching your eyes, mouth, and nose.
Question: Will cold weather, snow or ice kill it?
Answer: Cold weather and snow CANNOT kill the new Coronavirus.
There is no reason to believe that cold weather can kill the new Coronavirus or other diseases. The normal human body temperature remains around 36.5°C to 37°C, regardless of the external temperature or weather. The most effective way to protect yourself against the new Coronavirus is by frequently cleaning your hands with alcohol-based hand rub or washing them with soap and water.
No information or evidence suggests that the new Coronavirus is transmitted by mosquitoes. It’s a respiratory virus spread through droplets that form what an infected person coughs or sneezes. Discharge of saliva or droplets from the news also spread the virus. Protect yourself. Wash your hands frequently. Practice social distancing.
Question: Can an ultraviolet disinfection lamp kill the new Coronavirus?
Answer: UV lamps should not be used to sterilize hands or other areas of skin as UV radiation can cause skin irritation.
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Now that it’s warming up outdoors, Let’s Be Healthy!
It’s the perfect time to shake off the winter doldrums and head outdoors for some fresh air in Stacy Green’s mixed-use development. Constructed around a large greenbelt park, developers plan to make the park a popular gathering spot for residents and visitors who appreciate Stacy Green’s Live-Work-Play-Stay concept.
The Stacy Green developers hope you’ll consider taking up some form of outdoor exercise in its many Hiking areas and walking/bike trails.
- Walking – according to webmd.com, walking for 30 minutes, 5 days a week, at a brisk pace (about 4mph) will help ward off chronic disease, can lead to weight loss, and in general lead to an increased sense of well-being.
- Cycling – an excellent cardiovascular exercise, you can also explore Stacy Green, and Allen, with the series of interconnected hike and bike trails throughout the city. Allen currently has over 65 miles of paved hike and bike trails, several which have been developed to provide art, history and engaging experiences. Learn more about the City of Allen’s park system here.
- Jogging/Running – terrific for your heart and lungs, jogging can burn calories faster than walking. But it does put more stress on your joints, if that’s a concern. Start slow and build up.
- Hiking – different than walking or jogging, hiking uses a lot of up-and-down movement, so you get a tremendous let workout along with the cardiovascular benefits. With Allen’s large park system, there are plenty of places to get out and enjoy nature while taking a break from daily stresses.
Stacy Green, in conjunction with the City of Allen, is part of a long-range Parks, Recreation & Open Space Master Plan, spanning 2011 – 2020, whose goals were established based on input from the City of Allen residents, city staff and park planner’s professional opinions.
If you’d like to learn more, please access the master plan here.
What is Salata Salad Kitchen?
At Salata Salad Kitchen you’ll find fresh options for lunch and dinner to help you maintain your healthy lifestyle. Salata offers small and large salads, or a salad wrap, plus all the yummy items to complete your meal – three flavors of soup, 5 flavors of tortillas and a tasty multi-grain roll. With dine-in or carry out options, Salata can accommodate your busy days with healthy choices … quick ones!
Let’s talk … SALAD!
Salata boasts a variety of fresh lettuce mixes as well as more than 50 toppings, from the expected tomatoes and cucumbers to choices that will entice your taste buds, like jalapeno’s, tangy feta cheese, a variety of beans, fruit and nuts. Add in your protein choice, like quinoa, tofu or chicken seasoned 4 different ways, or even shrimp or salmon.
Ten different dressings are on the menu for your healthy creation, from a fresh herb vinaigrette (it’s to die for!) to classics like ranch, Caesar, and honey mustard. Watching your calories? No worries – Salata offers two scrumptious fat free dressings: fat-free mango, at 35 calories when used in a wrap or small salad, and fat-free sundried tomato, a mere 15 calories when used in a wrap or small salad. How divine!
A Little Dessert? Yes, Please!
After enjoying all that healthy goodness, you may be too full for dessert, but those with a sweet tooth can take heart. Salata offers cookies and sea salt caramels to satisfy your cravings for something sweet at the end of your meal!
A Modern Day Success Story
The first Salata location opened in October 2005, when restaurateur Berge Simonian noticed a major climb in sales in the salad making sector of the downtown Houston restaurant he had owned and operated since 1994. Since then, there are 65 restaurants open in Texas, some offering catering and most offering online ordering.
When can we enjoy this healthy goodness?
Salata’s Stacy Green location is scheduled to open in late April/early May. We can’t wait!
If your plan for 2019 includes selling your home, you will want to pay attention to where experts believe home values are headed. According to the latest Home Price Index from CoreLogic, home prices increased by 4.7% over the course of 2018.
The map below shows the results of the latest index by state.
Real estate is local. Each state appreciates at different levels. The majority of the country saw at least a 2.0% gain in home values, while some residents in North Dakota and Louisiana may have felt prices slow slightly.
This effect will be short lived. In the same report, CoreLogic forecasts that every state in the Union will experience at least 2.0% appreciation, with the majority of the country gaining at least 4.0%! The prediction for the country comes in at 4.6%. For a median-priced home, that translates to over $14,000 in additional equity next year! (The map below shows the forecast by state.)
So, how does this help you list your home for the best price?
Armed with the knowledge of how much experts believe your house will appreciate this year, you will be able to set an appropriate price for your listing from the start. If homes like yours are appreciating at 4.0%, you won’t want to list your home for more than that amount!
Biggest mistakes homeowners make is pricing their homes too high. Then reducing the price later when they do not get any offers. This can lead buyers to believe that there may be something wrong with the home, when in fact the price was just too high for the market.
Pricing your home right from the start is one of the most challenging parts of selling your home. Once you decide to list your house, let’s get together to discuss where home values are headed in your area!
When homebuyers begin their research, they want to see all their available options! In many cases, they will include both new construction and existing homes in their search; but is a new construction home really the house of their dreams?
According to a recent survey by Zillow, of the 38% of total buyers that added new construction to their list, only 11% ultimately purchased a newly constructed home!
They added that 71% of these buyers are repeat buyers who are financially secure, with 45% using the money from the sale of their previous homes to make a purchase.
Below are some reasons why buyers are interested in purchasing a new build:
- Everything in the house is new/never used (49%)
- To be close to family (41%)
- The home is the best value for their money (37%)
- Appealing home features (34%)
- Desirable location (34%)
So, then why did most of the buyers surveyed choose not to purchase a new home?
Buyers could not find new construction in the desired neighborhood, and some felt that new construction is not established (e.g., landscaping, community, neighbors).
Buyers face the end of a lease or sale of their previous property and could not wait for a house to be built.
Some buyers felt that new construction base prices were deceiving. Adding upgrades and HOA fees no longer made the home fit in their price range.
For some buyers, new construction homes are too “cookie cutter,” and models are limited. Others feel that the charm and uniqueness of an existing house trumps one that’s never been lived in.
Not all buyers are looking for a newly built house! There are many buyers looking for “the charm and uniqueness” of an existing home. If you are considering selling your house, don’t wait! Let’s get together to come up with a plan to feature the charming details of your house to future buyers.
Looking for a Farm Fresh restaurant, using local ingredients? Look no further!
Whiskey Cake is coming to Stacy Green. Bringing it’s “farm-fresh comfort food”. Whether you want to enjoy brunch, lunch, dinner, drinks or just come for their social hour, they’ve got you covered. For their brunch menu choose from snacks like their Bone-In Bacon potato salad with sorghum rye-glaze or local goat cheese fondue with grilled sourdough for dipping. Maybe you like classic brunch items like the Monte Cristo or Chicken and Waffles. For a lighter fair you can try their Rotisserie Chicken & Kale Salad topped with cranberries, pickled mustard seeds, grilled broccolini, local goat cheese, pumpkin seeds and a sorghum vinaigrette. YUM! Brunch is not brunch without one of their “Brunch Elixirs” or “Hair of The Dog” cocktails. Here is a full list of their brunch items!
It’s time for dinner!
The snacks are flowing at dinner time at Whiskey Cake. Choose from one of their 11 appetizer items like the “3 Little Pigs” pulled pork sliders topped with whiskey BBQ sauce, apple slaw and crispy onion stings. Definitely a dish to share with the table. Feeling adventurous? Try their “Local Board” which includes “stuff we like from the neighborhood and stuff we make in house”. Take a walk on the wild side! For your main course try something from their over live mesquite wood section. Mesquite grilled salmon, or black angus ribeye served with char-grilled caulilini, and roasted garlic butter.
Pull up a chair with a friend or co-worker after a long day. Join Whiskey Cake for their social hour.
With bar bites at $5 you try them all! Short rib poutine, turducken scotch egg, mini local board or dips and spread trio. Featuring roasted garlic hummus, house onion dip, pimento cheese spread and kettle chips. Top that off with one of their light and crisp beers or malt and hops selection all for under $5. Maybe you prefer a cocktail. Choose from one of their signature cocktails or have them whip up something of your own from their full bar.
You are sure to find something for everyone at Whiskey Cake! Try it out before the Stacy Green location opens. Visit the Plano location at 3601 Dallas Pkwy. Plano, TX 75093.
There are many more great restaurants coming to Stacy Green. Keep following for the most up to date businesses coming in the next year! We will keep adding to our interactive Stacy Green map as we learn more.
Allen Texas has experience incredible growth through the past few years and it doesn’t stop there!
Allen Texas was named best place to live and launch a career by Money Magazine. This city has big plans to help expand and grow their city even more. Bringing shopping, education, business as well as continued benefits for their residents. Allen is located by two major airports. Dallas Fort Worth International Airport and Dallas Love Field.
First up, Collin College.
Collin College will be a 4 Building campus with 7000 or more students. Opening in fall 2020. This is a technical campus that will focus on the needs of the local workforce and companies. In addition to Collin College, Allen ISD STEAM Center will be opening in Fall 2019. This will be satellite campus for Allen High School and focus on science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics (STEAM).
You’ll hear the word “mixed-use” many times!
Allen will be the future home of The Strand, Monarch City, and Stacy Green. These projects will be a mix of office, retail, residential, public green space, restaurants and much more.
The Strand is a 138 acre development that is being spearheaded by Hines, a global real estate investment and management firm. We’re excited to see the vision this global firm will bring to Allen. Find out more about the Hines Group.
Similarly, Monarch City is a 238 acre development located at US-75 and SH 121. This will be an urban community that will surround a central park. Here residents can enjoy office, residential, retail and hospitality. This will be over nine million square feet.
Then you have Stacey Green which is an 80 acre project. Located on the Southwest corner of Central Expy/Hwy 75 and Stacy Rd. View our previous blog post on Stacy Green. There you will find a local map of Stacy Green and what is planned!
Looking to move to Allen or have a business? Contact Kelly.
Craving a burger for breakfast? Look no further!
Hopdoddy Burger Bar has you covered. With 16 locations in Texas you can definitely find a location to meet your craving. With the new store front coming to Stacy Green, Allen Texas locals will experience the love of the Doddy!
So what makes Hopdoddy so special? Let’s find out.
First, they give back to local charities through their “Burger With a Cause”. A dollar is donated for every featured burger purchased. Second, they make their own buns. As a bread lover you can’t get any better than a homemade bun made with love. Third, and the most important, FRESH ingredients! From their fresh sourced vegetables to Angus Beef and Ahi Tuni. Yes, that’s right, I said Ahi Tuna. It’s topped with Sunflower Sprouts, Nori Chips, Teriyaki Honey Wasabi, Mayo, Pickled Ginger, Lettuce, Tomato and Onion. There is something for everyone! The most notworthy was the “Thunderbird”. Chicken, Applewood Smoked Bacon, Tillamook Pepper Jack, Poblanos, Avocado, Pico de Gallo, Chipotle Aioli and Lettuce. Delish!
Are you Glutten Free? How about trying to cut carbs?
Hobdoddy offers many “bun” options. From their egg bun, Whole Wheat bun, Glutten Free Bun and Lettuce Wrap! For our vegan friends out there, you can modify any burger with their “Impossible Plant-Based Meat Patty”.
So we know they do great burgers. What else do they offer? You can indulge with their Kennebec Fries or Sweet Potato Fries. Fresh salad options. Or how about one of their indulging shakes to top of your burger experience. They offer many varieties. The Nuttella Chocolate Pretzel. Sounds amazing, but that might be a shareable! Triple Berry Cobbler topped with an Oat Crust. Mmm, Malted Root Beer or a Bananas Foster Shake. To many to choose from. You’ll just need to go try them for yourself!
We’re all asking, when will the Stacy Green location open?
That is not set, but we know it will be 2019. In the meantime check out one the other North Texas locations. For more information on the Stacy Green development check out our weekly blog posts or contact Kelly Pearson of Keller Williams Realty.
We’ve all be waiting patiently for the first quick look at Stacy Green and it’s here! Stacy Green is the newest multi-use development in Allen, Texas. This development will feature restaurants, shopping, apartment homes, townhomes, and a hotel. This development will also feature hike/bike trails throughout. Most importantly, this gives residents the best of live, work and play.
So what is coming to Stacy Green you ask? That’s a great question! Here is your quick look in to this impressive development located on the Southwest corner of Central Expy/Hwy 75 and Stacy Rd in Allen, Texas.
Set to move in facing Stacy Road is Rosa’s Cafe, Wendy’s, Yogurtland, The Original Chop Shop and Jamba Juice just to name a few. Ideal Dental, Hopdoddy, Starbucks, Whiskey Cake, Lupe Tortilla, Lazy Dog Restaurant & Bar and Spec’s will move in facing US HWY 75. Look out for next weeks article to find out more about these businesses moving in.
Besides restaurants you will find a Full Service Hotel, Cinema and Townhomes. Noteworthy, Office Spaces will also be available along with various restaurants to line the development of Stacy Green.