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Things to do in LaGrange, GA this weekend!

Categories: Community Events, Special Occasions, Things to Do, Uncategorized, What to do this Weekend | Posted: March 28, 2013 | Comments Off on Things to do in LaGrange, GA this weekend!

Here are some events going on around LaGrange & Troup County this weekend! 

Saturday & Sunday, March 30-31: The Easter Bunny will be in downtown LaGrange on the Square! Remember to bring your camera and bring the kids to meet the Easter Bunny and his sidekick Quackers the Duck Saturday, March 30, 1:00-4:00pm and Sunday, March 31, 12noon-1:30pm.

Saturday, March 30: Explore nature at FDR Park with  Feathers, and Beaks, and Feet, Oh My! Saturday, March 30, 9-10:30 am at the F.D. Roosevelt State Park, 2970 Ga. Highway 190, Pine Mountain , GA 31822 (Meet at the Park Office). This event is free but there is a $5 fee per car for parking. For more information, please visit the LaGrange Moms website!

Saturday, March 30th: Bark in the Park, a dog walk held at FDR Park every Saturday from 1:00 – 2:30PM

Saturday, March 30th: Coca-Cola Space Science Center Astronomy Night. 8:30 PM. Join presenters from Coca-Cola Space Science Center to view the stars above. The evening will include star talks, star maps, and viewing of the night sky. $5 parking.


For a complete list of upcoming events in the LaGrange area, please visit LaGrange Moms!

New homes at Autumn Ridge to be featured in 2012 Lee County Tour of Homes!

Categories: Auburn AL, DanRic News, New Homes, Opelika AL, Open Houses, Special Occasions, Things to Do | Posted: May 18, 2012 | Comments Off on New homes at Autumn Ridge to be featured in 2012 Lee County Tour of Homes!

The brand new homes at Autumn Ridge in Opelika, AL are now complete and ready to be showcased at the 2012 Lee County Tour of Homes! The tour of homes is a fundraiser sponsored by the East Alabama Chapter of the Women’s Council of REALTORS and DanRic Homes is looking forward to participating this year!

The new homes at Autumn Ridge by DanRic Homes were also featured in the 2008 Lee County Tour of Homes, where we won several awards including four Gold Awards for our home located at 2139 Redtail Lane! This year we will have two new homes presented on the tour.

The first home we will present is our furnished model home “The Orchid” located at 2102 Red Tail Lane. This 2 bedroom, 2.5 bath home is gorgeously customized  – – it even includes a delightful shower in the garage that is sure to please Fido!

The second home we will feature is a brand new floor plan which we call “The Williams”, located at 2207 Autumn Ridge Way. This absolutely charming 3 bedroom, 2 bath home showcases a new product we are now offering at Autumn Ridge – the cottages! From its craftsman rocking chair front porch to it’s rear entry garage, this one is sure to be a crowd pleaser!

The tour is scheduled for the weekends of June 16-17 and June 23-24.

DanRic Homes is Walking for Babies!

Categories: Community Events, DanRic News, LaGrange GA, Special Occasions, Things to Do, Uncategorized | Posted: April 26, 2012 | Comments Off on DanRic Homes is Walking for Babies!

DanRic Homes is proud to support the March of Dimes by participating in their annual March for Babies! This year our team has doubled our fundraising goal, by raising over $1000!

Every day, thousands of babies are born too soon, too small and often very sick. Our team is walking in March for Babies because we want to do something about this. If you would like to participate in DanRic Homes’ and the March of Dimes mission to help moms take charge of their health, and support families when something goes wrong, please join us for the March for Babies on May 5, 2012. If you cannot join us for the walk, you can show your support by making a donation to our team:


Below are the details for the Troup County March of Dimes Walk 2012:

May 5, 2012
West Side Magnet School
301 Forrest Ave.
LaGrange, GA 30240

Registration Time: 8:30 AM
Start Time: 10:00 AM

We hope to see you there!

The Easter Bunny will be on the Square this weekend!

Categories: Special Occasions, Things to Do, Uncategorized | Posted: April 3, 2012 | Comments Off on The Easter Bunny will be on the Square this weekend!

The Easter Bunny will be in downtown LaGrange, Georgia on the square for photos this weekend! Saturday, April 7 from 1-4 p.m. and Sunday, April 8 from 12 noon-3 p.m. Don’t forget your camera!

And just because it’s cute, here is a photo of our Marketing Coordinator’s son, Spencer, last year on the square!

Hope to see you there!

Hot Holiday Gifts for the Last Minute Shopper

Categories: Auburn AL, Holidays, LaGrange GA, Special Occasions, Things to Do | Posted: December 26, 2011 | Comments Off on Hot Holiday Gifts for the Last Minute Shopper

Maybe you planned on shopping last minute because you enjoy the rush and excitement or perhaps you’re like the rest of us and haven’t found time in your busy holiday schedule to make your list and check it twice. Either way, here are few hot holiday gifts for the last minute shopper.

According to PriceGrabber’s survey, a notable percentage of shoppers are turning to daily deal sites such sites as Groupon and LivingSocial for great last-minute prices. These sites make it easy to buy specific gifts for your friends and family no matter where they live since you can shop by city. This is a perfect chance to finish your shopping from the comfort of your new home in LaGrange, GA.

Books and video games are always hot items for the youth and young adults on your list. You may have to visit a few stores before you find what you’re looking for in stock or Amazon.com can help you locate the best prices! This year’s hot selling video games are “Modern Warfare 3” and “Elder Scrolls 5 Skyrim”. The latest craze in literature is “The Hunger Games” a three part series by Suzanne Collins which recently debuted as a major motion picture.

A couple of hot toys for toddlers include the ‘Sesame Street Let’s Rock! Elmo’ and ‘Playskool’s Poppin’ Park Elefun’ Busy Ball Popper’. Both of these toys have made the hot list but seem to be stocked (for now) in stores. Take your chances on finding these toys and count on an excited kid unwrapping the fun.

Gift Certificates are a no-fail and perfect for the last minute shopper. They are available at most grocery stores and drug stores for a variety of places. Several retailers even offer eGift cards. Just purchase them from your PC or mobile phone and within minutes recipients have it in their inbox. This is the ideal gift for those surprise holiday guest that visit your new home in LaGrange, GA! Retailers include places like Gap, Best Buy, Chili’s Bar and Grill, The Home Depot, Pottery Barn, Williams-Sonoma, Regal Cinema and Starbucks. Check online with your favorite retailers.

EBook readers are incredibly hot this year and make a great gift for any gender and almost any age group. You can buy them online or in stores. There are so many to choose from, more than likely you will find one you like in stock! Prices range from more than $200 dollars to below $100.

DanRic Homes hopes your family has a wonderful holiday and enjoys spending time together in your new home in LaGrange, GA. If you haven’t had a chance to choose your new home yet, visit us online to view our neighborhoods and use our easy search feature to narrow down your selection to the home perfect for your family.

Easy Tips for Prepping your Guest Rooms for Holiday Guests

Categories: Financing, Holidays, LaGrange GA, Special Occasions, Things to Do | Posted: December 19, 2011 | Comments Off on Easy Tips for Prepping your Guest Rooms for Holiday Guests

Whether or not your Holiday Guests have visited your new home in Opelika, AL before, this is a season to remember; make their stay the same! When preparing for your overnight guests imagine the comfort of home meeting the magic of a winter retreat. When they see you’ve put thought into their stay, they will feel welcomed and relaxed.

An entry greeting will set the mood for your guests.

  • If you have coat hooks or cubbies at your entrance, empty one just for your guest; they’ll know right away it was no trouble making room for them!
  • Add a photo of you and your guest to your regular display. It will spark memories and even conversation.
  • Use an empty frame and dry erase marker to write an endearing greeting on the glass such as “we’ve missed you, Aunt Charlotte”.

Make their room a retreat.

  • Crisp, clean sheets should be on the beds but if additional space is needed for sleeping guest such as air mattresses or fold out sofas, be sure those linens are prepared, folded and set aside as well. The less fuss they see you make over them the more relaxed they’ll feel.
  • Dock your ipod in the room with play lists set for holiday tunes and relaxing sounds.
  • Place a reading light or small lamp close to the bedside in the guest room of your new home in Opelika, AL along with empty outlets (perhaps a power strip) so they can easily charge their devices.
  • Leave a basket on the bed filled with water bottles and snacks they may want to munch on during the night or early in the morning.

Turn your bath into a spa.

  • Set out the towels and be sure there is plenty for everyone. If they’re staying more than one night, offer to launder them.
  • Provide a tray of fresh soap and toiletries. They’ve probably brought their own but just in case, you’ll be prepared and they won’t be embarrassed they forgot. Luxury lotion and bubble bath is a plus!
  • Add a touch of holiday décor; a candle, small topiary tree or vase filled with ornaments.

Plan ahead! Do not wait until the night before they arrive.

  • Plan meals ahead so your guests know you have plenty of food and you’re prepared to cook for them. If you’re eating out, make reservations in advance.
  • Childproof your new home in Opelika, AL ahead of time by placing breakables or dangerous items out of reach. This will make parents more comfortable and feel like less of a nuisance.
  • Have a basket of tiny wrapped gifts such as chocolates or card games that you can give your guests throughout their stay just for fun!

Easy Holiday Party Tips and Ideas

Categories: Auburn AL, DanRic News, Design Tips, Holidays, Special Occasions, Things to Do | Posted: December 13, 2011 | Comments Off on Easy Holiday Party Tips and Ideas

What a better way to show off your new home in Auburn, AL than by hosting a holiday party? Don’t worry, no need to spend the rest of your furniture budget on caviar and champagne. Your friends will come because they want to see your new place and they’ll be impressed because of the thought you put into your gathering, not the money.

Here are a few ideas to jazz up the ordinary and help make an impression without spending a fortune:

Fill glass votives with a dollop of dip and place in a couple of carrot sticks, cucumber or zucchini slices on the rim (like lemon) and you’ve got cocktail veggies! If you don’t have enough glass votives, consider juice glasses or even the clear plastic ones.

Use martini glasses for green salads, fruit, soup or even loaded mashed potatoes. It’s simple to carry around, easily holds your spoon or fork and just feels elegant!

If you’re providing drinks, look for a festive cocktail or punch recipe to feature rather than endless options. It will stretch your beverage budget but still offer the spirit you’re looking for to celebrate in your new home in Auburn, AL.

Buying paper and plastic often add to the cost of your party, all the while cheapening the atmosphere. Don’t worry about matching dinnerware; pull out everything you have and mix and match. You can even ask a close friend to bring extra plates or glasses if you’re a few short. This works especially great if you’re keeping with passed hors d’oeuvres or a buffet style.

Maybe you’re still looking for a festive holiday theme or creative way to celebrate with friends in your new home in Auburn, AL? Choose from these theme ideas and your friends will be talking about your get-together well into the New Year:

Pinterest Party – Every guest brings the materials or ingredients for an idea they’ve found on Pinterest and you spend the evening creating them together. From cocktails to crafts & desserts, if you have an assortment there’s no way this party won’t be great.

Rockin’ around the Christmas Tree Party – everyone comes dressed as a rock star and karaoke can only make this party better!

Tacky Christmas Sweater Party – wear the tackiest Christmas sweater you can find complete with accessories, elf shoes and definitely a group photo.

Just remember, your friends will enjoy spending time together to celebrate the season. Whether you go all out or stick with wine and cheese, opening your new home in Auburn, AL to host friends and family will be a memory you’ll have forever!

Holiday Travel Tips

Categories: Auburn AL, Design Tips, Holidays, LaGrange GA, Special Occasions | Posted: November 27, 2011 | Comments Off on Holiday Travel Tips

Ease the stress of holiday travel this year by making a list and checking it twice! While you’re at it why not make a list of all the things you’re looking for in homes for sale in LaGrange, GA. DanRic Homes will make checking off that list easy with their attractive, affordable homes built with the latest amenities and modern features. Here are tips to ease your Holiday Travel and for that other list, come take a tour!

Be Flexible It is a luxury to have flexibility this time of year but traveling one or two days off from your plan may save you a bundle and reduce the crowd you’ll be fighting for elbow space. If you can travel during “dead weeks” in between the holidays when prices are significantly lower, you can save time as well as money by savoring a turkey dinner and opening gifts all at once!

Consider Smaller Airports The payoff is likely to be much greater than the extra distance the airport may be from your final destination. Smaller airports generally see fewer delays and fewer people which means less competition when it comes to parking, rental vehicles, nearby hotels and traffic getting in and out.

Book Early Flights, accommodations, and rental cars will sell out quickly in the holiday season. Reserve yours well in advance for the best selection!

Ship Gifts Allow plenty of time for arrival since the holidays can be hectic for delivery services too. If you do not send your gifts ahead, pack collapsible bags to wrap in once you arrive. Nicely packaged gifts will not travel well by air and the bright colors & bows seen through the windows of your car could be bait for holiday mischief.

The Extras Be sure you’re traveling with a car charger for your phone, snacks and extra batteries for the portable DVD player or game system. Don’t forget to take your photos of the homes for sale in LaGrange, GA you’ve been touring. Your family and friends will love being a part of your search for a new home!

Think Ahead Be prepared for inclement weather if you’re traveling by car. Take your car in for a tune-up, store jumper cables and blankets in your trunk and don’t remove the spare tire to make room for luggage. If you’re traveling by air, check the TSA luggage restrictions, check-in online or early, allow for extra time in traveling to and from the airport as well as making it through security check points.

Secure Your Home There are ready-to-move-in homes for sale in LaGrange, GA but let’s not leave yours looking vacant! Leave your home with that lived-in look by leaving on a light or two and having a neighbor collect your mail. You may not want to broadcast on your answering machine or facebook wall that you’ll be out of town for a few days.

Pass the Potatoes Whether you’re going home for the holidays or taking a merry vacation, be sure to include this in your list and enjoy spending time with those you love!

Fun Thanksgiving Decorating Tips

Categories: Design Tips, Design Trends, LaGrange GA, Opelika AL, Special Occasions | Posted: November 15, 2011 | Comments Off on Fun Thanksgiving Decorating Tips

Thanksgiving is here! What a better time of year to gather friends and family around the table and celebrate with a feast. Settle your family into one of the new homes in LaGrange, GA in time for the Holidays and use these fun decorating ideas to impress your guest at dinner.


On the Table

For a rustic look, cluster berry branches and wooden twigs in a serving pitcher. Surround the pitcher with crabapples and tea lights for a warm, inviting center piece.

Spice up your place settings by using twine or ribbon to tie a sprig of sage, rosemary, or thyme around your napkin. Attach a simple hand-written note such as grateful, thankful, or family.

Gather your mismatched votive holders and glass jars then wrap with standing cinnamon sticks, leaves, or colored tissue paper and tie with twine or raffia. Insert a candle and enjoy the warm glow when clustered together.

Invite guest to snack on your center piece when you roll out a simple burlap runner covered with sliced bread loaves, bowls of mixed nuts, mounds of grapes, stalks of asparagus, fresh snap peas, and organic carrots with the leafy top attached.

Fill assorted glass vases with fresh cranberries or kumquats on the branch then add water. Clustered with votive candles, this will add a touch of natural elegance to any setting.

Take advantage of the seasonal gourds and transform them into something to talk about. Choose one of DanRic Homesnew homes in LaGrange, GA to call your own, then try these easy decorating tips to bring the harvest home!

Gourds Galore

Stack gourds in glass vases of varying heights and sizes and add to your mantle or book shelf. Add a length of silk pumpkin vine for an extra touch!

Pull out the cake plates, serving platters, bowls and pedestals and pile high the pumpkins, gourds and squash. The deep hues and bright colors will bring life to any table.

Cut the tops of miniature pumpkins and hollow out just enough to hold a tea light candle. Line them up on a tray surrounded by nuts or dry lentils or set them atop candlesticks for a harvest display.

White pumpkins can double as vases, just hollow them out and hide your glass vase inside filled with cattails and fall blossoms such as mums or sunflowers.

Create an elegant thanksgiving display by spray painting assorted gourds with a shimmering gold or silver. Place them a on a cake plate or inside a wooden bowl for a striking centerpiece.

If you haven’t had a chance to tour new homes in LaGrange, GA, we invite you to visit DanRic Homes. View the new homes we have available now in LaGrange, GA and call us toll free, 1-800-741-2512, to schedule a showing!

Top 5 Reasons Opelika is One of the Best Places to Live In the U.S.A

Categories: Community Events, Opelika AL, Special Occasions, Things to Do | Posted: October 29, 2011 | Comments Off on Top 5 Reasons Opelika is One of the Best Places to Live In the U.S.A

According to the U.S. Bureau of Statistics, Lee County, Alabama is one of the most affordable places to live. As it turns out, Auburn or Opelika, AL new homes may be the best value. Here’s why:

1) Less than 29% of people in this area spend a third of their income on housing, leaving them more room to spend on improving and enjoying their quality of life. Experts say this is one of the essential life hacks to avoiding debt and living comfortably.

2) Even though most of the country is still recovering from a recession, Opelika’s unemployment rate is one of the lowest in the country standing at 8.3%. With more jobs in the area, Opelika, AL new homes may offer the best nearby employment options.

3 )Nearly a third of all residents in Opelika hold a bachelor’s degree or higher. As studies have shown, places with an educated populous not only support more local and corporate businesses with higher paying salaries, but communities with lower crime rates.

4) Opelika is home to the East Alabama Medical Center, a massive campus supporting many employees. For those of you who live in Opelika, AL new homes, the East Alabama Medical Center offers the area’s only level I trauma center in all of Lee County. Renowned for their outstanding Cardiology and Heart Surgery, East Alabama Medical Center also offers some of the best doctors and surgeons in the state.

5) Auburn University, the state’s largest employer, offers great education opportunities for local high school graduates, but it also hosts amazing employment options and a nationally recognized football team.