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Vacation Themed Outdoor Spaces

by Jeremy Larkin

 

 

Most Festive Celebrity Homes (Is yours on the list?)

by Jeremy Larkin

As you wind down the year with some Holiday parties in your home, you might find yourself trying to keep up with the "Joneses"...Have you considered keeping up with CELEBRITIES as well? We hope not, but here's a snapshot of some of the most festive Celebrity homes this Holiday season in case you want to go to those lengths.  As for our family, we're already taking it down to get ready for NEXT YEAR!

Along with some of those celebrity home festivity highlights, you'll be blown away by how much cold hard CASH Americans are spending on Holiday Decor? Kind of scary. 

Wishing your family a very Happy New Year to you from the Larkin Group here at Keller Williams Realty St. George!

 

For a quick checkup on your St. George home's value as we move into 2014, click below!

Turning Back Your St. George, Utah Sprinkler Clock

by Jeremy Larkin

It's fall in Dixie!! That means 2 things: 1. Lots of football, and 2. Tons of Southern Utah residents overwatering their lawns. In this quick video, Jeremy Larkin of the Larkin Group gives some time-tested advice about getting your St. George area sprinkler clocks turned back, spoken as a life-time local who know a bit about Southern Utah lawns.

 

Larkin Group Pie Day 2013 a Sweet Success!

by Jeremy Larkin

We did it again. Gave out a WHOLE BUNCH of pies to our Larkin Group Real Estate Clients that is. The "Pie Day" event started 4 or 5 years ago, I guess we stopped keeping track. But clients love the gesture, and we love doing it. 

Larkin Group Pie Day 2013 Clients

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This year we did over 50 pies, last year more than that, but we held the event on Thanksgiving vs. the Christmas event this year as our planning was beyond poor coming into the end of the year. 

Larkin Group Pie Day 2013

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

To learn more about the event, just visit the Pie Day page! Larkin Group Pie Day'

And to see a photo highlight album of Pie Day 2013, just click here: Larkin Group Pie Day 2013

Larkin Group Pie Day 2013 Delivery Crew

Ironnman St. George Traffic Guide

by Jeremy Larkin

St. George, Utah in May. That means it’s once again IRONMAN ST. GEORGE time! Depending on where you LIVE on the Ironman St. George route, you may not be as enthusiastic as some folk will be due to challenges with getting around.

So here it is, the official Ironman St. George “Traffic Impact” guide with all of the information you and yours will need to navigate the area on race day, Saturday May 4, 2013. Just click here: Ironman St. George Traffic Guide

Ironman St. George race day truly is “electric” however, and if you haven’t had the opportunity to spectate, volunteer, or RACE the event, you’re missing out. While I wouldn’t recommend RACING at this point (you couldn’t get into the sold-out event anyway), you can certainly volunteer. Here’s a link to do that! Ironman St. George Volunteer Opportunity

Until then, enjoy some fantastic video we took during the inaugural Ironman St. George and get ready for the Ironmen! (and women…). 

I Celebrated St. George's 151st Birthday on SunTran, Carousel

by Jeremy Larkin

It’s tough to beat huge cookies and Root Beer floats. It’s even tougher to beat them served by St. George Mayor Dan McArthur and his St. George, Utah City Council. It’s TOUGHER YET to beat them served in the historic Opera House with a band playing Pioneer Music in the background!

St. George 151st Birthday

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

So my beloved hometown is 151 years old. 151 years!

St. George City again marked the day as they have in the past with free rides on SunTran Shuttle, free admission to all St. George City recreation facilities, including Sand Hollow Acquatic Center, St. George Arts Museum, St. George Rec Center, free rides on the Town Square Carousel, and of course – free Root Beer Floats and Cookies served by Mayor and City Council!

My personal favorites? Riding SunTran from a stop just outside our Neighborhood to the Arts Center, walking to Town Square, enjoying the Carousel with my kids, then grabbing SunTran at the Library to head home.

My kids loved every minute of it. Who knew public transportation could be so cool? SIMPLE PLEASURES!

For me, there’s more to St. George City than great real estate! I love this City. I love what they’ve done downtown with Town Square and the Carousel…YES, the “controversial” Carousel.  My Father and I were both born and raised here. He’s now 72 years old and has traveled the globe, as well as lived in 2 foreign countries and he continues to maintain that there just isn’t any place better to live and raise a family.

Here’s to 151 more years!

Because your SICK of all the "CANNED" Holiday Greetings......

by Jeremy Larkin

 

Seriously...who isn't? The best is when you get a random Holiday greeting at some ABSURD hour that was obviously sent out through some robot email service...."Thanks for the sincere wishes!" Right. 

So I thought I'd send out friends, clients and associates something of value...the most gorgeous picture of St. George this time of year EVER produced!

The Larkin Group Fall in Dixie

The Story

Some of you know the story, but we originally had a similar photo taken in 2004 by a friend,  Larry Gardner from this same spot. He called it, "Falling In Love With Dixie". The quality was average, colors not as moving. It was taken immediately following a November rain storm. 

For years I watched the weather hoping to get a better shot. In November of 2009 it rained like crazy and then the clouds started to part. I saw this from our (then) St. George Boulevard Office window....and thought, "this is it!"

I dialed SUPER-Photographer Danny Lee, (http://www.dleephotography.com/) and said "DANNY I NEED YOU! Are you in town?" And the rest, as they say, is history. This picture now graces all of our Larkin Group branding as well as my office wall in a 36" x 60" format on a huge slab of clear acrylic...very cool. 

Jeremy Larkin

So there's a story, AND a pretty picture to wish you a Happy Thanksgiving. And the reality is, I think most of us have a lot to be thankful for!

Best to you and yours this Holiday Season!

-Jeremy

PS - If you'd like a digital copy, reply to this email and your wish will be my command. 

 

 

Ironman St. George 2012 Video

by Jeremy Larkin

Ironman St. George 2012 was another HUGE success! Speaking as a lifetime local, real estate professional whose’ business is affected by these events,  and Ironman Volunteer “Captain”, I can tell you that the electricity that comes to town with the event is second to none. EVERYONE in the community is affected for the better, not to mention the $5-$6 million in tourism revenue that flows in as well.

Next year the event will become “Ironman St. George 70.3”, or a “1/2” Ironman. It will still be fantastic. This shorter distance will create less traffic impact, bring more racers and their families, and still bring the fantastic “Ironman” branding.

Until then, enjoy the best race footage available from the 2012 race. For those that know me personally, YES that’s me in the Volunteer video.

2012 Ironman St. George Volunteer Video

 

​2012 Ironman St. George Race Video

Ironman St. George Becomes 70.3 St. George

by Jeremy Larkin

Ironman St. George….70.3 St. George?!?! Yes, I know it’s all very confusing if you haven’t been in or around the sport of Triathlon, so here’s the long (and 50% shorter) version.

After this week’s 3rd annual Ironman St. George race, Ironman International has decided to convert the race from a full 140.6 mile Ironman event to a shorter, 70.3 mile ½ Ironman. “70.3” is the official branding amongst Triathlon enthusiasts…it just sounds better than ½. Who wants to do, or be…1/2 of anything?!?!? Not many, but the 70.3 event will be KILLER I assure you.

The Ironman St. George course is TOUGH. Arguably the toughest on the planet. This has been part of the event’s Achilles heel. Add to that the fact that they added another full Ironman event last year in Woodlands, Texas…that falls just 14 days after this one, and they essentially cannibalized the St. George race!

Politics aside, St. George can be very successful with the Ironman 70.3 event. They draw more athletes, are easier to complete for said athletes, and create less of an impact on local traffic.

Personally, as a lifetime St. George local who has ridden or run every section of the course, and as an Ironman St. George Volunteer Captain who’s seen the pain up close for 2 years, I might actually attempt the 70.3 whereas I had told my group of local buddies that Ironman St. George may not be in the cards for me with a heavy workload, small kids, etc, etc, blah, blah. I can wrap my mind around 70.3….140.6? OUCH!

Let me close with these thoughts for those naysayers who think this race has “failed.”

  •   Ironman St. George has been known as one of the most scenic, if not the MOST scenic in the international circuit.
     
  •  The local volunteer group has been widely heralded by both Ironman Officials and athletes alike as the finest they’ve ever seen. We have a tradition of giving back in St. George and Utah as a whole. This change certainly didn’t have anything to do with a lack of community support.
     
  • The Ironman St. George course is just plain tough, AND it happens to fall in early May which gives athletes very little time to prepare after colds of winter.
     
  •   This decision was made at the Ironman CORPORATE level, not any local level. Our community has embraced it, and will continue to embrace it in the new Ironman 70.3 format. I guarantee it.

In honor of the final year of the full 140.6 mile Ironman St. George, check out this classic video we shot year 1 about the Ironman St. George course showcasing St. George’s Historic District. If you’re still interested in volunteering, (which is a TOTAL BLAST), reach out to me via email: larkin@gostgeorge.com and we’ll have you join us for the 2012 Ironman St. George.

 

Regardless of the big box retailer influence or just the plain old “commercialism” of the season, St. George still manages to maintain a “small town” feeling over the Holidays…kind of.

St. George, Utah is probably no different from most any other small city in the United States. Once you’re within oh, say….72 hours of Christmas, the St. George business district becomes a ghost town (as seen in the picture below of The Village Bank on Tabernacle St.), and shopping district becomes…..well let’s just say you’re taking your life into your hands by getting too close. Check out the stream of people below coming into Costco December 23…like a cattle drive!

The Village Bank St. George, UtahBorn and raised in St. George, as was my Father, I’ve always loved how things in the old St. George downtown seem to almost “go back in time” as business people take an early leave to get last minute shopping done, tidy up for the Holidays, or just play hooky.

I like it so much that I cannot resist but to call my Brother back East and tell him, “well you can see it’s Holiday time Dixie….almost everyone’s left their office for the week.”

 

St. George Tabernacle St. pretty darn quiet on 12/23!

As for the Larkin Group? Well we’re kind of  working…we’re at the office at least, but of course distracted by all of the distractions. celebrated the Holidays with our real estate clients via our annual “Larkin Group Pie Day” where we give each of our fantastic Buyer, Seller or Investment clients a delicious Veyo Pie and take at least a few moments to catch up.

I’ll never forget the “good old days” when you’d drive onto St. George Boulevard from I-15 and see the big “Happy Holidays” or “Merry Christmas” strung across the Boulevard in faux garland material. Hurricane City still does it! Oh well, I’ll always have those childhood memories of St. George during the Holidays. I hope you're creating your very own too!

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