Volusia County, FL Real Estate News

By Joyce Marsh, Joyce Marsh Luxury Homes & Interior Designer
(Joyce Marsh Real Estate LLC)
Ormond Beach is located in central Florida in Volusia County.We have an abundance of natural beauty and unspoiled undeveloped areas for area residents to enjoy. Ormond Scenic Loop & Trail, An official Florida Scenic Highway and Natural Scenic Byway.Thirty+ miles of natural beauty and a double loop of roadways in northeast Florida.  Access to the Atlantic Ocean, state, county and city parks.  There are many historical walking and bus tours offered by the Ormond Beach Historical Society.  Experience unspoiled natural beauty as Florida once was.  This is known as "The Loop" Volusia County is home to an abundance of natural beauty.  Surrounded by water, we have parks, beaches, boating, kayaking, canoeing, fishing, all types of water sports.  Barrier island dunes and beach, historic dwelling...
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By Joyce Marsh, Joyce Marsh Luxury Homes & Interior Designer
(Joyce Marsh Real Estate LLC)
Almond TeaRefreshing, especially in the summer months.Almond tea ingredients4 cups strongly brewed tea3/4 cup water1 can (60 ounce) frozen lemonade, thawed1 cup sugar2 teaspoons almond extractCombine all ingredients.  Stir it until the sugar is dissolved, and serve over ice.Garnish with fresh mint and or/lemon Mint Tea16 cus water7 tea bags7 sprigs fresh mintjuice of 7 lemons2 cups sugarBring half the water to a boil.  Add the tea bags, mint and lemon rinds, steep for about 10-15 minutes.  Add the lemon juice and sugar to the remaining 8 cups of water.  Mix with the tea and serve over ice.Serve from a pretty glass pitcher with assorted tea sandwiches.This is the perfect tea to serve on your beautiful front porch. 
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By Joyce Marsh, Joyce Marsh Luxury Homes & Interior Designer
(Joyce Marsh Real Estate LLC)
It's really no secret that here in the south, we love our front porches.  Many sweet memories have been made on front porches.Front, side, or back porches, it really doesn't matter.  We love our outdoor spaces since we consider them an extension of our home.   Front porches come in all shapes and sizes, each one with their own charm and special features.Sitting outside on your porch is true Southern type enjoyment since we can spend so much of the year outside due to our mild climate.  Even in the hot summer months, sitting outside in the evening is a sweet respite from the heat of the day.If you're lucky enough to have a front porch, you know what I'm talking about.Most people tend to decorate their front porches with beautiful hanging pots, planters and an abundance of comfortable sea...
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By Joyce Marsh, Joyce Marsh Luxury Homes & Interior Designer
(Joyce Marsh Real Estate LLC)
Great shopping awaits you at the Tanger Outlet Mall, in Daytona Beach FL.You can shop at over 75 designers and brands such as: Michael Kors Coach Kate Spade H&M GAP Banana Republic American Eagle Express Guess Vera Bradley Under Armour J. Crew and many more!  The Tanger Outlet Mall is situated on I-95, exit #265 at LPGA Boulevard, Daytona Beach FloridaThis is an outdoor open air mall with plenty of beautiful palm trees and tropical foliage throughout.  Come have fun and experience incredible fashion at affordable prices in a relaxed, lush and modern oasis. Join TangerClub for rewards including coupons, offers, VIP Parking and special perks throughout the year.  http://www.tanger.com/tangerclub
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By Joyce Marsh, Joyce Marsh Luxury Homes & Interior Designer
(Joyce Marsh Real Estate LLC)
The Lilian Place Ghost & Spirit Tours & Special  Events Visitors are always impressed with Lillian Place. It is a beautiful historic home on a lovely riverfront property on the Halifax River. Tours through Historic Lilian Place 1884 Victorian Museum Admission $5.00 per person HPTrust Members and children under 12 free admission No reservation needed, enter at riverside entrance Hours: Open 1-4:00pm Wednesday through Sunday closed Monday & Tuesday closed for special events Tours of the museum are approx. 30 minutes, please arrive between 1-4pm For more info email: admin@lilianplacehc.org 2.5 acre water-front grounds open daily - 9am to 5pm
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By Joyce Marsh, Joyce Marsh Luxury Homes & Interior Designer
(Joyce Marsh Real Estate LLC)
Lillian Place, Daytona Beach FL  My daughter Megan Marsh, and I enjoyed the Afternoon Tea at the historic mansion in Daytona Beach    Tours through Historic Lilian Place 1884 Victorian Museum  Admission $5.00 per person / Afternoon Tea additional    HPTrust Members and children under 12 free admission No reservation needed, enter at riverside entrance Hours: Open 1-4:00pm Wednesday through Sunday closed Monday & Tuesday closed for special events Tours of the museum are approx. 30 minutes, please arrive between 1-4pm For more info email: admin@lilianplacehc.org 2.5 acre water-front grounds open daily - 9am to 5pm  
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By Joyce Marsh, Joyce Marsh Luxury Homes & Interior Designer
(Joyce Marsh Real Estate LLC)
The Dunlawton Plantation and Sugar Mill was a plantation that was destroyed by the Seminoles at the beginning of the Second Seminole War. The ruins are located at 950 Old Sugar Mill Road, Port Orange, Florida.  http://dunlawtonsugarmillgardens.org/index.html The park also has is home to the ruins of "Bongoland" which was a early theme park which operated in the 1950's amidst the beautiful gardens and tropical flora.  Bongoland featured a Native American Village, miniature train station, and the concrete dinosaurs statues.  Many of the Dinosaur statues still remain throughout the gardens and the Confederate Oak. This is a beautiful park to visit with an abundance of native Florida foliage and and ancient trees. 
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By Joyce Marsh, Joyce Marsh Luxury Homes & Interior Designer
(Joyce Marsh Real Estate LLC)
How do you make people feel? Everyone wants to feel special... As Maya Angelou reminded us in her famous quote, most likely the people that you meet aren't going to remember what you did, or what you said, but they will most definitely remember how you made them feel...  "I've learned that people will forget what you said,people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel"  Maya Angelou Will your clients remember how you made them feel?  Do you make people feel special? Do you show patience and understanding? Consideration?  When working with buyers, sellers, lenders, inspectors, title companies, how do you treat them. Do you try to show appreciation for all of their hard work and effort to get the deal done and closed? Will your colleagues remember how...
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By Joyce Marsh, Joyce Marsh Luxury Homes & Interior Designer
(Joyce Marsh Real Estate LLC)
The new Riverfront Esplanade, along the Halifax River is now open in Daytona Beach Florida  This is a beautiful area across from the downtown Daytona Beach shoppes and restaurants.Spanning a mile of Intracoastal waterway, the Riverfront Esplanade is a premier gathering space and botanical garden in the heart of Daytona Beach. Composed of more than a mile of waterfront running trail with comfortable benches and swings overlooking the Halifax River. The Riverfront Esplanade also features a dog park with an agility course and a start of the art splash pad.  (Photo courtesy of Daytona Beach).🏖️  https://www.daytonabeach.com/listings/riverfront-esplanade/1264/
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By Joyce Marsh, Joyce Marsh Luxury Homes & Interior Designer
(Joyce Marsh Real Estate LLC)
The long awaited Costco Wholesale Club is finally coming to Daytona Beach Florida!The Costco Wholesale club store at One Daytona is nearing completion. The new building will have a race theme checkered facade to coordinate with the Daytona International Speedway theme. Costco headquarters is in Issaquah, Washington.  This  membership only warehouse club chain is slated toopen its first Daytona Beach location across the street from the Daytona International Speedway on Feb. 22, 2024.Local residents are very excited about this since we have been traveling out of the area to shop at other Costco locations. 
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By Joyce Marsh, Joyce Marsh Luxury Homes & Interior Designer
(Joyce Marsh Real Estate LLC)
What Inspires Me...The late Zig Ziglar has had a profound impact on me over the course of my life and many of his famous quotes inspire me.I had the opportunity to hear him speak in person on several occasions, and the one quote that resonates with me the most is this one... "You can get everything in life you want if you will just help enough other people get what they want" It is such a simple concept really... By focusing on others, and helping them get what they want, you end up getting what you want in the end anyway. Practicing gratitude and helping others inspires me to do what I do, and to keep on doing it. When people are grateful for the work you do, and  appreciate your efforts, then it makes it all worthwhile.  It's much more than just a paycheck or commission check.  Seeing...
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By Joyce Marsh, Joyce Marsh Luxury Homes & Interior Designer
(Joyce Marsh Real Estate LLC)
The National Association of REALTORS®’ 2023 Profile of Home Buyers and Sellers showed that people of all ages have been moving shorter distances. In 2023, sellers moved a median distance of 20 miles to a new home, down from 50 miles the year prior, according to NAR’s survey. Significantly fewer moves in 2023 involved crossing state lines than in 2022. Further, the most commonly cited reason for selling a home in 2023 was the desire to move closer to family and friends (23%), the NAR survey shows.New Families Prioritize Family TiesAs young adults start families of their own, they may want to live close to their parents for extra help. Nearly three-fourths of young parents with children under the age of 18 cite help with child care as an important reason to live near family, according to ...
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By Joyce Marsh, Joyce Marsh Luxury Homes & Interior Designer
(Joyce Marsh Real Estate LLC)
"Clutter isn't just the stuff in your closet, it's anything that gets between you and the life that you want to be living"Peter Walsh Many of us are thinking about New Year’s resolutions and many  of those are focused on dieting.  The illustration above is a quote from Peter Walsh and has a wonderful message for us.  Now would also be a good time to take advantage of the new year and do some major decluttering. Start the new year off with a more organized clutter free home.As you are packing up your Christmas decorations, discard any of those that you no longer need and are just taking up space.A great time to go through closets and make a donation box.  Living in a clutter free home is refreshing and exhilarating. 
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By Joyce Marsh, Joyce Marsh Luxury Homes & Interior Designer
(Joyce Marsh Real Estate LLC)
Saving it for good…Do you find yourself saving things for good?  I know I have.  Many of us are guilty of saving our fine china, cloth napkins, fancy tablecloths, crystal stemware, best towels and linens for either special occasions or for when company comes.   Many times we save these items and never end up actually using them.  What about that special jar of homemade jam that you didn't want to open and then it expires without even opening up the jar.  Or that new outfit that you bought for a special occasion and never ended up wearing it.  It still sits in the closet with the tags on.  Or, that beautiful sweater or scarf that you received as a gift that was just too pretty or expensive to wear.  They sit in the drawer with the tags still attached.  Never enjoyed. We create beautiful ...
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By Joyce Marsh, Joyce Marsh Luxury Homes & Interior Designer
(Joyce Marsh Real Estate LLC)
The season will soon be changing and it will be time to put away all of those winter clothes and bring out the warm weather outfits.  So What's In Your Closet? Here in Central Florida, we have very few really cold weather days. So far this season I’m a little disappointed that I didn’t get a chance to wear many of the cold weather outfits I was looking forward to. Oh well, that is part of the downside of living in a tropical climate I guess.  Everyone seems to be talking about Marie Kondo and her method for simplifying your life starting with your clothes. I’m sure you’ve heard about her system for organizing and decluttering? She has this way of "folding" everything.  I’m actually more of a hanging type person. I'm not the folding type...  I like to see my clothes hanging so I can put ...
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By Joyce Marsh, Joyce Marsh Luxury Homes & Interior Designer
(Joyce Marsh Real Estate LLC)
The Volusia County Florida Property Appraisers Officeoffers this easy to use Property Tax Estimator to help Buyers calculatewhat the estimated property taxes will be for their new home purchase.  Volusia County Property Appraiser - Valuation CalculatorVolusia County Property Appraiser - Valuation Calculator*Please note, this is an estimate only   The Volusia Countywebsite offers an abundance of information for home owners and home buyers. 
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By Joyce Marsh, Joyce Marsh Luxury Homes & Interior Designer
(Joyce Marsh Real Estate LLC)
Happy Holidays from Florida and Happy New Year!Joyce Marsh Florida Homes and Lifestyles"We would like to thank you for your business and continued support,and wish you and your family Happy Holidays and many blessings in the New Year! The Joyce Marsh Homes and Lifestyles TeamJoyce Marsh and Megan Marsh Full Service Real Estate   •   Luxury CollectionDaytona Beach| Ormond Beach | Port Orange | Ponce Inlet | Daytona Beach Shores  
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By Joyce Marsh, Joyce Marsh Luxury Homes & Interior Designer
(Joyce Marsh Real Estate LLC)
Merry Christmas everyone!     "I will honor Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all the year” Charles Dickens May you be blessed with a joyous holiday season filled with lots of love and laughter.  Enjoy the true spirit of Christmas.  May we all honor the Christmas spirit in our hearts and spread joy and kindness throughout the year.    
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By Joyce Marsh, Joyce Marsh Luxury Homes & Interior Designer
(Joyce Marsh Real Estate LLC)
There are so many variations of the “7 Layer Salad” and it definitely can be modified by your personal taste preferences. Here is a basic recipe for the ingredients and dressing. Again you can modified the layers as you prefer. Seven Layer Salad Recipe 1 head of romaine lettuce, chopped1 cup frozen peas1/2 large red onion, finely diced1 1/2 cups bacon crumbled 3 hard-boiled eggs (optional)1 1/2 cups grated cheddar cheese1 bunch green onions, dicedSalad dressing (recipe below)Chop one head of romaine lettuce. I then cut it into squares, therefore the pieces are a very friendly bite-size.Begin your layers with the lettuce.Then frozen peas.Finely diced red onions.Um, bacon. Lots and lots of bacon.Then a diced hard-boiled egg.Then grated cheddar cheese. Lots and lots of cheese.Finally, top ...
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By Joyce Marsh, Joyce Marsh Luxury Homes & Interior Designer
(Joyce Marsh Real Estate LLC)
We recently had the pleasure of visiting The Biltmore Mansion which was beautifully decorated with over 69 Christmas trees, garland, poinsettias in many colors and tons of lights and decorations  We booked the evening tour which was fabulous. Candles flickering throughout the mansion as we toured each room. What a spectacular sight and experience for us.  As we toured the mansion I was thinking about my own decorating and how that has changed over the years, and from year to year.  Some years I’m more ambitious but the task of decorating a mansion like The Biltmore would be an exciting experience.This year I find myself pairing down and taking a more simplified approach. Nevertheless the Christmas spirit is there and I’m focusing more on the true meaning of the holiday season. 
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