April Showers Bring May Flowers (And Events)

Are you new to Charlotte and looking for something to do? Or wanting to revitalize your week with fun, family friendly activities in the area? Well, good news; this upcoming week is jam-packed with enriching events. From cooking classes and baseball games to charity functions and performance art pieces, there’s something for everyone!

April 27th

  • Davidson College Choral Arts Society: A Symphony of Psalms

Duke Family Performance Hall, Alvarez College Union

Davidson College/ Davidson, NC 28036/ 7:30 pm



  • Charlotte Knights vs Toledo Mud Hens

BB&T Ballpark

324 South Mint Street/ Charlotte, NC 28202/ 7:05 PM



  • Carolinas Wind Orchestra “Mozart to Modern”

Byrnes Auditorium, Winthrop University

1703 Memorial Circle/ Rock Hill, SC 29733/ 7:30 pm to 9:00 pm


April 28th


  • Charlotte Knights vs Toledo Mud Hens

BB&T Ballpark

324 South Mint Street/ Charlotte, NC 28202/ 7:05 PM



  • Charlotte 49ers Baseball vs. Gardner-Webb

Robert and Mariam Hayes Stadium

9021 University City Blvd/ Charlotte, NC 28223/ 6:00 PM



April 29th


  • Charlotte Knights vs Toledo Mud Hens

BB&T Ballpark

324 South Mint Street/ Charlotte, NC 28202/ 11:05 AM



  • Recycling Drive

Charlotte Nature Museum

1658 Sterling Road/ Charlotte, NC 28029/ 12:30 PM



  • Laura Story in Concert

Myers Park Presbyterian Church

2501 Oxford Place/ Charlotte, NC 28207/ 6:30 p.m. (doors open at 5:30 p.m.)



  • Bailey’s Host Benefit for Classroom Central


8500 Pineville-Mathews Road/ Charlotte, NC 28226



  • Nuggets of Knowledge

Bently’s on 27

201 S. College Street/ Charlotte, NC 28202/ 12:00pm – 1:30pm



April 30th


  • Davidson College Jazz Combo

Tyler-Tallman Hall, Sloan Music Center

Davidson College/ Davidson, NC 28036/ 7:30 pm



  • Tex-Mex: Hands-On Cooking Class with Chef Alyssa’s Kitchen

Chef Alyssa’s Kitchen

2104 South Blvd/ Charlotte, NC 28203/ 6:30 – 9:00pm



  • Charlotte Knights vs Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders

BB&T Ballpark

324 South Mint Street/ Charlotte, NC 28202/ 7:05 PM



  • The Jazz Room at The Stage Door Theater with Delfeayo Marsalis

McGlohon Theater at Spirit Square

345 North College Street/ Charlotte, NC 28202/ 7:30pm to 9:30pm



  • Paint “The Girls” Night Out at Cajun Canvas

Cajun Canvas

11116 S. Tryon St./ Charlotte, NC 28273/ 7:00-9:30pm



  • 2015 Spring Sip & Shop

7th Street Public Market

224 East 7th Street/ Charlotte, NC 28202/ 7:30pm-10:00pm



May 1st


  • Soul of the South Uptown Food Tour/ Uptown Charlotte


4pm – 7pm


  • Jazz at the Bechtler 5th Anniversary – Fan Favorites

Bechtler Museum of Modern Art

420 South Tryon Street



  • Hats Off To Parks

Romare Bearden Park

300 South Church Street/ 5 – 9 p.m.



  • Delectable | Special Opening Reception

Center for the Arts

121 East Main Street/ 6:00pm – 8:00pm



May 2nd


  • Charlotte Parent’s Mom Matters Luncheon Series: Healthy Family Makeovers

The Ballantyne Hotel & Lodge

10000 Ballantyne Commons Parkway/ Charlotte, NC 28277/ 11:30 am – 1:30 pm


  • Culinary Tour through NoDa (North Davidson Arts District) – Tour De Food

2909 N Davidson Street/ Charlotte, NC 28205



  • Culinary Tour through Davidson (Lake Norman) – Tour De Food

209 Delburg Street/ Davidson, NC 28036



  • Culinary Tour through Uptown – Tour De Food

224 E. 7th Street/ Charlotte, NC 28202



  • Charlotte Knights vs Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders

BB&T Ballpark

324 South Mint Street/ Charlotte, NC 28202/ 7:05 PM



  • Dives to Dining Plaza Midwood Food Tour

Plaza Midwood

Charlotte, NC 28205/ 3pm – 6pm



  • 2nd Annual Touch-a-Truck Family Fun Day

Christ the King Church

13501 South Tryon Street/ Charlotte, NC 28278/ 10am to 2pm



  • Walk MS Charlotte

Symphony Park

4400 Sharon Road/ Charlotte, NC 28211/ 9:00 am



  • Charlotte 49ers Baseball vs. Dallas Baptist

Robert and Mariam Hayes Stadium

9021 University City Blvd/ Charlotte, NC 28223



  • Charlotte Independence vs. Louisville City FC


10200 Nations Ford Road/ Charlotte, NC 28273/ 7:00 p.m.



  • RomareFest

Romare Bearden Park

300 South Church Street/ Charlotte, NC 28202/ All Day Event – 1 – 7:30 p.m.



  • Discover Mint Hill

Mint Hill Historical Society

7601 Matthews Mint Hill Road/ Mint Hill, NC 28227/ 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.



  • Moving Stories Project – Performance

Harvey B. Gantt Center for African American Arts + Culture

551 South Tryon Street/ Charlotte, NC 28202/ 3:30 PM – 4:30 PM



  • Animal Adoption – Whiskers and Wine

CRU Wine Shop

12206 Copper Way #124/ Charlotte, NC 28277/ 4:00pm to 7:00pm

704-541-9463 | 704-541-9463


  • Novant Health Stroke Awareness Fair

Indpendence Park, Hawthorne Lane, Across from Presbterian Medical Center

300 Hawthorne Lane/ Charlotte, NC 28204/ 9:30a – 12:30p

704-316-6238 | 704-316-6238


  • Art & Soul of South End

10 stops along the Charlotte Rail Trail

South End/ Charlotte, NC 28203/ noon-6pm

704-332-2227 | 704-332-2227


  • 2nd Annual Talk Derby to Me

Rooftop 210

210 E Trade St/ Charlotte, NC 28202/ 2pm-8pm


  • Charlotte Truffles & Wine Tour

Departs from midtown Target

000 Metroplitan Ave/ Charlotte, NC 28204/ 1:00 pm-6:00 pm



May 3rd


  • Davidson College Concert Series: Phillip Bush, piano, & Guests

Tyler-Tallman Hall, Sloan Music Center

Davidson College/ Davidson, NC 28036/ 3:00 pm



  • Charlotte 49ers Baseball vs. Dallas Baptist

Robert and Mariam Hayes Stadium

9021 University City Blvd/ Charlotte, NC 28223/ 1:00 PM


Brady Turned Seven!

The Peters family was busy with a certain birthday boy this weekend. Brayden Peters, youngest of three, celebrated his seventh birthday with a sleepover with friends and a lunch out with family. He even mentioned it being the best day he’s ever had. OH, to be a kid again…

Brady vs Godzilla
Brady vs Godzilla

As a fan of dinosaurs and superheroes, Brady naturally decided on a Godzilla party theme this year. Nicholas Peters designed a unique birthday cake just for Brady, amazing his other party guests.

That R2D2 can dance!
That R2D2 can dance!

Brady also loves the Star Wars franchise. When he received the fully functioning R2D2 Friday morning, he immediately learned all of the commands and had the droid dancing within minutes.

It was all his.
It was all his.

After the sleepover ended, the Peters family treated Brady Bunch to one last surprise: lunch and dessert wherever he wanted. He chose O’Charley’s… yummm.

An Update

Yesterday was a busy day for Peters & Associates, Inc., and we love busy! After officially launching our new lifestyle campaign – a refreshing look at Charlotte living through personal posts about the community and our own home – Nicholas Peters, realtor and broker-in-charge of Peters & Associates, Inc. closed a substantial deal in Waxhaw. Selling for $960,300, 1200 Baron Road boasts five bedrooms/ 6.5 baths and luxurious views. Check them out. Is this what your dream home looks like?

back2 family room kitchen porch

Welcome to the Family!

The Peters family posing for Easter pictures.
The Peters family posing for Easter pictures (2015).

When an individual signs with Peters & Associates, Inc., they join a secondary family. It’s not in the seller’s contract but in how we treat our clients. From answering phone calls most hours of the day to providing honest feedback to any home buying or selling questions, our number one priority is our relationship with you.

In an effort to continue that familial relationship while providing company transparency, Peters & Associates, Inc. has decided to share their personal lives with you. From candid photos of the Peters kids to demonstrating weekly recipes, Peters & Associates, Inc. is interested in presenting an honest look at daily life within the company.

Even with the inclusion of more personal photos and blogs, Peters & Associates, Inc.’s primary focus is Charlotte living. There will be more local events, pictures of food from Charlotte restaurants, and, of course, general discussions about our area’s real estate climate on this blog.

We hope our focus on family and to our clients shows that Charlotte is not just a place for transplanting, but a city to permanently call home.

Check out our new lifestyle campaign on Google+, LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.

Come, Let’s Tour Taylor Swift’s Stunning New Southern Estate

Don’t let Taylor Swift’s age fool you: the girl can play the real estate game. The country music crooner has just scooped up a new estate in Nashville, where her family moved when she was 14. Built in 1934 by U.S. ambassador to Denmark Guilford Dudley Jr., the Greek Revival-style Northumberland Estate was sold to a music exec family in 2004, who paid $1.5M for the property and invested much more green to extensively renovate and restore it.

The main house, with 5,600 square feet, four bedrooms, and 4.5 bathrooms, features such exquisite detailing as black-and-white marble flooring, a curved staircase, a vaulted, beamed ceiling in the living room, a marble fireplace, floor-to-ceiling doors leading out from the formal dining room to the patio, crown moldings, Carrara marble flooring in the terrace room, and a wood-paneled office with tons of built-in shelving. Outside, there’s a pool and 2,000-square-foot guesthouse (built in 1964) with herringbone hardwood floors and cypress paneling. Just the sort of interiors that make Swift’s other newish property, a Beverly Hills colonial that she bought in April, look like small potatoes. Plus, it comes with a music buddy: fellow country star Keith Urban and wife Nicole Kidman own a place just a stone’s throw away. Perhaps we’ll have a new duet to look forward to! Anyway, here’s what Swift paid for this sexy slice of Southern grandeur: $2.5M.

Professor Dumpster Ditches Dumpster for Strangers’ Couches


As of last month, Jeff Wilson, an environmental sciences professor at Austin’s Huston-Tillotson University, had spent one full year living in a 36-square-foot converted receptacle on campus, all while preaching to hundreds of media outlets about the marvel of small living under his wacky alter ego, Professor Dumpster. But now, after all that ballyhoo, it looks like Professor Dumpster is ready to leave that 6×6 Oscar the Grouch life behind. In fact, as a recent Washington Post profile reports, Professor Dumpster has officially vacated the AC-equipped, cutely-furnished green bin—but rest assured, he’s not eager to haul back to an conventional apartment by any means.

Dreamily Remodeled Gilded-Age Carriage House Asks $3.74M

Location: Camden, Maine
Price: $3,740,000
By now, the former-carriage-house-as-modern-mansion is a common enough trope in high-end real estate coverage, inevitably followed by a sentiment along the lines of “if this is the carriage house, think about what the main house was like!” Here’s what the main estate—a Victorian built by Joseph Stearns, inventor of the duplex telegraph—looks like. In this case, the carriage house might look better, and plus, it has a tower.
Owner Sam Rowse recently spoke to Zillow Blog about what the renovation involved, aside from wiring and amenities: replaced rotting beams and trusses, installing a “’75-year roof’ that he feels sure ‘you could park a semi on.'” Three of the five bedrooms are upstairs, off the former hay loft, which is now a combined rec area and lounge.
Downstairs, a pair of dueling stone hearths take center stage. The kitchen has two antique, enameled cast-iron stoves, and there’s also a wood-fired pizza oven in the basement. Total square-footage is 5,656, about half that of the main house, but up 150 feet in that tower, you have all of Penobscot Bay and laid out before you.

Rupert Murdoch Sells Beverly Hills Mansion to His Son for $30M

murdoch.jpgImage via Google Earth

Media tycoon and generally wealthy person Rupert Murdoch has sold his horseshoe-shaped house in Beverly Hills to none other than his youngest son, James Murdoch. After he quietly listed the home for $35M last year, the older Murdoch attracted multiple offers and interest from the likes of Leonardo DiCaprio before ultimately pulling it off the market. According to the L.A. Times, James Murdoch ended up purchasing the home for $30M—so, yes, he may have gotten a bit of a family discount.

The house was designed by architect Wallace Neff and built in 1926 for Fred Niblo, an actor and director best known for his silent films The Three Musketeers and The Mark of Zorro. The older Murdoch acquired the home in 1986 from the late physician, philanthropist, and businessman Jules Stein. Official records put the house at 8,651-square-foot, with 11 bedrooms and 9 bathrooms.

Over on Variety, Mark David has unearthed an original floor plan of the house, which depicts features like an elliptical entrance hall, extensive service wing, breezeway, to name a few—but, of course, it’s unclear if those elements still exist.

Student Designers Create Modern Pavilions for Little-League Fans in Rural Appalachia

2014JG16.549.jpgPhotos via design/buildLAB

Third-year architecture students at Virginia Tech recently built a strikingly contemporary fieldhouse for a little league baseball diamond in Clifton Forge, Virginia. Made from solid steel and wood, the Sharon Fieldhouse was designed for “extreme openness.”

Design/buildLAB’s Marie Zawistowski described the students to Architect Magazine as the studio’s “first group of minimalists.” Three separate pavilions they designed feature a covered picnic area, kitchen, restrooms, and storage space. Tables are made from leftover steel, and the white oak ceiling was locally sawed.

A 55-Ton Rock Fell on This House So Now It’s a Tourist Spot

Photo via Chris Willman

Fountain City, Wisconsin is home to a quirky roadside attraction called “Rock in the House.” Not to be mistaken with “House on the Rock,” another Wisconsin treasure, “Rock in the House” is essentially a small home with a giant boulder stuck right in the center of its rear side. According to Atlas Obscura, in 1995, the owners were in the middle of renovations when all of a sudden, a 55-ton boulder slid down a steep hill and struck their lakeside abode.

The owners, who luckily survived the calamity without injury, quickly fled their disaster-prone house. The next owner, however, decided to bank on the boulder, leaving the house as is, rock and all, and opening the home to visitors. Now, for $2, anyone can tour the little house with an enormous surprise in the back. One review on TripAdvisor calls it “Roadside Americana at its best!”