Colleen Blondell, owner of Blondell Properties, is a leading real estate professional with a team of agents whose boutique real estate business thrives primarily by referrals from former clients, business associates and friends. And current clients Kim and Doug Dandurand, who have known Colleen for more than 25 years, are no exception.
The Dandurands' house, set in a prestigious west Cary neighborhood, boasts lush landscaping in a natural environment ideal for riding bikes, playing on playgrounds or lounging by the pool. The stately all-brick, 5,300-square-foot home features six bedrooms and five full bathrooms.
This home offers a first-floor bedroom/office, a second-floor exercise room, a third-floor oversized bonus room and a theater area. Outside features include a screened-in porch overlooking the saltwater infinity pool.
“When I saw that pool, I said, ‘I want this house,'” Kim says with a laugh. “The house was pretty modern, so we updated the kitchen to make it more rustic, added custom built-ins, a large wood beam and a stacked stone fireplace to the family room, along with a custom mantle from a tree my father cut down years ago.”
These features, along with its close proximity to the neighborhood lake and Tobacco Trail, help it stand out from similar homes in this price range.
Colleen guides her clients throughout the sale and listing process and believes proper staging is key prior to listing.
“It’s a competitive buyer’s market. You want your home to stand out, the features to be noticed and remembered, and for the buyer to envision it as their
own,” Colleen says.
Bonnie Delmar staged the Dandurands' home using three main strategies: decluttering, depersonalizing and neutralizing with paint—making the home warm and welcoming to potential buyers.