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Williams Creek Retreat – Reimagined

Set at the end of a private drive, this home overlooks the lush property that makes Williams Creek so desirable.  Floor-to-ceiling windows capture the natural light, bring the outdoors in and offer exceptional views. 

A recent transformation of this home is a must-see! For under $1 Million in Williams Creek, this home offers more than 4,500 square feet on two levels. Open spaces for entertaining, a private master retreat and a walk-out lower level provide areas to meet all of your needs.


7777 Ridge Road, Indianapolis, IN 46240

For more information and to tour, contact Sam Hawkins.









Build Your Dream Home at the Center of Convenience

A rare opportunity to build your dream home in the most ideal northside location. The Lots on 82nd (558 and 564 E. 82nd Street) are located at the center of convenience. Two wooded lots on a quiet street that are just steps away from the best schools, shopping and dining on the northside. With easy access to Meridian Street, 86th Street and I-465, travel around the city is made easy. The lots are ready for your builder, or use the plans provided by Gradison Design-Build to launch into making your dream home a reality.

From a retreat perfect for empty nesters, to a modern family home – Gradison Design-Build has a plan to help you start the building process.

The Murphy Residence
-Nearly 4,500 square foot home made for entertaining. Showcase the beautiful property with an additional nearly 1,000 of outdoor living area, including a rooftop deck. An open first floor with private office, three bedrooms upstairs and guest bedroom complete with additional living space in basement.

The Beeker Residence
-Spectacular main-floor master plan, laid out with convenience and entertaining in mind. With a guest room or office on main level, and additional bedrooms in walk-out lower level, there is space for everyone.


To learn more about the lot specifics, the building process and the potential of the two remaining lots, contact Sam Hawkins.

IU experts predict strong year for Indiana economy

The U.S. economy is expected to remain strong next year, with Indiana outperforming the nation, according to the annual Business Outlook forecast released Thursday by Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business.

A panel of Kelley School economists was scheduled to present the 2019 forecast early Thursday morning in downtown Indianapolis, and will present it again at 11 a.m. Thursday in Bloomington. The Business Outlook Tour panel also will present national, state and local economic forecasts in eight other cities across the state through Nov. 28.

The panel said this year’s higher-than-expected economic growth should continue into next year, with U.S. output averaging 3 percent amid strong gains in domestic job growth.

Indiana will do even better, with output growing at a rate of 3.2 percent, according to the forecast.

A year ago, panelists predicted that U.S. gross domestic product would grow by 2.6 percent this year and about 3 percent if tax reforms were enacted. Indiana was forecast to see growth of 2.8 percent.

Friday’s release of GDP data for the third quarter indicates 2018 should end up with output growth above those levels.

“The tax cut has produced an acceleration in the U.S. economy during 2018 to well above the new normal status quo of 2 percent growth,” said Bill Witte, associate professor emeritus of economics at IU, in written comments. “We expect output growth in 2019 to average 3 percent, but with deceleration as the year proceeds.”

Ryan Brewer, associate professor of finance at Indiana University-Purdue University Columbus and author of the panel’s Indiana forecast said the state economy should see its strongest growth in the first quarter next year.

After that, “growth rates are expected to slow but remain strong through the end of the year,” he said “It is most likely Indiana will continue to experience growth across the board—in jobs, numbers of establishments, income levels, wages as well as gross state product.”

The national labor market has exceeded expectations for two years now. A year ago, the panel felt the U.S. economy would create jobs at a monthly rate of about 175,000 and the unemployment rate would fall to 4 percent. Instead, monthly job creation through September has averaged nearly 200,000, and the jobless rate has fallen to 3.7 percent.

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These job creation trends are expected to continue into 2019, with average monthly job gains of 200,000. “The labor market will be increasingly tight,” Witte said. “The unemployment rate could decline a little, but firms unable to find workers will remain an important theme.”

The forecast could feel negative impacts from political uncertainty, trade disputes and economic concerns being felt in other parts of the world, including China and Europe. The panel also expressed reservations about the impact of further Federal Reserve interest rate hikes.

Kyle Anderson, clinical assistant professor of business economics and author of the forecast for an 11-county area that includes Indianapolis, Carmel and Anderson, said the region is at full employment.

He expects economic growth in the area will average about 2.5 percent next year.

The economists also predicted:

— Consumer spending will continue to grow, although at a rate less than in 2018.

— Business investment will be good, but held back by trade concerns.

— Housing will resume growth with a small boost from the aftermath of hurricanes Florence and Michael.

— Mortgage rates, nearly a full point higher than a year ago, could dampen enthusiasm for new housing and constrain prices.

— The trade balance will show increasing deficits.

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How to Paint Your Kitchen Cabinets the Easy Way

Taking a DIY approach to renovating your kitchen is a great way to save money and put your own stamp on your home’s interior design.

A big area to save money on when completing your own kitchen makeover is the cabinets. Replacing old cabinets with new ones can cost a hefty chunk of change, but you can give your old cabinets new life without ripping them out or spending hours sanding and stripping. It’s absolutely possible with a magical little invention called chalk paint.

Chalk paint is the perfect choice for painting cabinets because it’s simple to use and requires minimal prep. No more renting a giant sander and spending hours trying to strip off the old finish or topcoat! Chalk paint’s formulation sticks to a wide range of surface types, and it does so without chipping or flaking.

Many brands of chalk paint are available, from Country Chic to Annie Sloan to Rust-Oleum. A little goes a long way, so you can save money by purchasing less paint but still getting the same coverage.

Chalk paint is easy to use — just follow these directions.

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Soapy water and a cloth
  • Painter’s tape
  • Sandpaper or a sanding block (optional)
  • Primer
  • Chalk paint
  • Topcoat
  • Paint rollers, brushes, and trays
  • Foam brushes

1. Prep

Remove your cabinet doors and drawer fronts. Tape off the floor and around outlets, counter edges, and appliances with some FrogTape or ScotchBlue painter’s tape.

2. Clean

Clean your cabinets of any dirt, grease, and grime by using warm, soapy water or a mild cleanser, like trisodium phosphate (TSP). Wipe dry with a microfiber cotton cloth.

3. Sand (Optional)

It isn’t really required, but I still like to sand my cabinets lightly with a 120-grit sanding block or piece of sandpaper. About 30 seconds a drawer or door is more than enough.

If you do decide to sand, wipe the surface clean again with another microfiber cloth to remove all dust and debris.

4. Prime

Using a paint roller or brush, coat your cabinets, drawers, and built-ins with one coat of primer. Let dry for about 30 minutes to an hour.

5. Paint

Using a paint roller or brush, apply two coats of chalk paint. We used the color Pebble Beach from Country Chic, which is a nice, neutral cool gray.

Allow a couple of hours dry time between coats, and let dry for 24 hours after the last coat.

6. Apply topcoat

Once the chalk paint has had 24 hours to dry, use a foam brush and apply two coats of topcoat (or Tough Coat, if you’re using the Country Chic line), giving an hour of dry time between coats. The foam brush is to ensure there aren’t any streaks in the final finish.

Let cure for 24 hours before moving or replacing cabinet doors so the finish has time to harden and avoid scratching.

7. Reinstall

Reinstall cabinet doors and drawer fronts. If desired, install or change out hardware.

Et voilà! A brand new kitchen for a fraction of the price.

Painting cabinets may take a little bit of time and elbow grease, but the impact that freshly painted cabinets can make is staggering. And with the addition of clever time-saving products like chalk paint, you can have a whole new look by the end of the weekend with minimal prep or hassle.

Tackle your kitchen cabinets and take control of the design of your home. You won’t regret it.


To view more photos and DIY tips for home improvement, visit Zillow

A Hoosier rocker’s elegant condo ranks among his greatest hits

The Hawkins Agency has taken center stage by offering for sale the former home of John Mellencamp in Downtown Indy’s prestigious Indianapolis Athletic Club Condominiums.  This month, the Indianapolis Monthly showcased our listing at 350 N. Meridian Street and all of it’s grandeur in the Realty Check section of the December issue.  

In addition to being the former resident of Indiana’s most famous rockstar, this unit played a critical role in the history of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway as the location where Tony Hulman purchased the speedway from Eddie Rickenbacker in 1945. 

The Club has sheltered U.S. Presidents, movie stars, musicians and other notables.  Now, the building houses 82 units, a stunning marble lobby, a gym, basketball, racquetball, fitness center and rooftop sun deck.

For the full details on the listing, including photos, visit our site


The Best Place to Live in America Is a City You’ve Never Heard Of

A new ranking proclaims one suburban city the top place to live in the United States.


The 86,000 residents of the city of Carmel, Indiana have a reason to celebrate today. Their suburban community just north of Indianapolis was just named the best place to live in the entire United States.

It’s not the first time the city has received such an honor, though. CNN Money magazine dubbed it the best place to live in America back in 2012, but that ranking was specifically focused on cities ranging from 50,000 to 300,000 in population.

Data company Niche, which recently released its own ranking of the best places to live, says its new numbers take “into account several key factors of a location, including the quality of local schools, crime rates, housing trends, employment statistics, and access to amenities in an attempt to measure the overall quality of an area.”

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America’s Most Underrated Cities

These cities promise to exceed your expectations.

Peter Schlesinger

Meggie Dials left Illinois for Indianapolis 13 years ago. “Mostly, people think of Indy as a quiet town in a rural state,” Dials, VP of sales at a local tech company and founder of The Sussy Project, told Travel + Leisure. “But we are so much more.”

T+L readers agree, and think that Indianapolis is one of America’s most underrated cities.
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You’re Invited!

Join the Sam Hawkins Team at the Holliday Park Trail Run on March 18, 2017.  This year’s event offers a 5-mile Trail Run/Hike (ages 10 and up), 1-mile Trail Run/Hike, Tot Trot (ages 5 and under) and a Free Kids Zone featuring climbing wall, crafts, games and more!

Registration is now open!

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50 Best Places to Travel in 2017

The 50 destinations that made our list this year include one of France’s lesser-known wine regions, America’s next big dining spot, and a buzzy Greek island.

Putting together our annual list of the best places to travel is a process that takes several months—we survey writers based around the world, talk to our A-List travel specialists, and look at the most exciting hotel and restaurant openings. While news and global events have a large impact on the places we choose, we also pay attention to cities that are worth revisiting: Philadelphia, in particular, may surprise you with the amount of growth and development it has seen in recent months. North America made a strong showing on this year’s list—more than a quarter of these places are within reach for a long-weekend trip from the United States.