5 Things to love about the Discovery Park American River Trail

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The Discovery Park American River Trail includes about 32 miles of trail. On Saturday, we covered about four of them (8 miles total, out and back). It’s smack in the middle of Sacramento, and when you’re there it’s easy to forget that just over the grassy hills is a bustling city filled with traffic and office buildings.

It was a nice escape for the day. I highly recommend it, and here are five of the reasons why:

1. The ghost trees


This grove of blackened trees is the remnant of a somewhat recent fire that has marred the area. While signs of life are returning, these ghost trees still stand, a silent reminder of the past.

2. Anise


As I rode along, I kept thinking I could smell licorice. Finally I spotted it: Anise plants springing up along the path. Long spindly reeds sprouted out of bushy green ferns on…

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Another big deal: Cushman & Wakefield to buy Chicago office specialist J.F. McKinney + Associates


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by Dan Rafter

Major changes to the Midwest commercial real estate industry keep coming. This time, it’s the news that Cushman & Wakefield has agreed to purchase J.F. McKinney + Associates in Chicago. Terms of this latest big deal were not released.

This announcement comes almost immediately after news broke that DTZ is considering purchasing Cushman & Wakefield for $2 billion. Also this month, Prologis and Norway’s Norges Bank Investment Management announced that it will buy KTR Capital Partners for $5.9 billion. That’s a big buy for Prologis: KTR owns nearly 70 million square feet of industrial real estate in 25 markets.

The Cushman & Wakefield purchase of J.F. McKinney + Associates is important to the Midwest, too. J.F. McKinney is a busy player in Chicago’s office leasing market. The firm represents more than 16 million square feet of Chicago-area office.

Many of the buildings that J.F. McKinney…

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New interchange at I-5 and Cosumnes River Blvd. in south Sacramento to open early!

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The City of Sacramento is announcing the opening of a new interchange on I-5, just one mile south of Meadowview Boulevard beginning prior to the morning commute on Monday, May 4.

The new interchange is a public-private partnership between the City of Sacramento and the Delta Shores developers in South Sacramento.  M&H Realty Partners, the developer of the master-planned community, will begin construction on their 1.3 million square foot regional shopping center as the cornerstone of Delta Shores community. The opening of the interchange provides the initial I-5 access for the regional shopping center.

The milestone is a major step toward completion of the larger Cosumnes River Boulevard Extension and Interchange Project. However, the 3.5 mile roadway extension between Franklin and Freeport boulevards remains under construction. Until that time, estimated for the fall, motorists will be able to enter and exit I-5 by way of the new interchange at Freeport…

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Military Moves: Top 5 Tips for a Relocation

Open House: Ottawa

I recently had the pleasure of working with a member of our Royal Navy as she had received a fantastic job opportunity here in town.  We were connected through a mutual friend/Realtor in Halifax, and originally we were going to have the typical 5 day window in which we needed to locate the right home, offer on it, negotiate, finance and inspect it.  I’m not sure when you last purchased a home, but think about that monumental decision for a second…and now think about having only a couple of pressure soaked days to get it all done!

The process of buying a home is stressful to begin with, so toss in moving to a new town for a new job, and having to make such a huge decision in such a short, pressure crammed trip…now consider that scenario without being able to find the right property.  Could you bring yourself…

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Assumptions and speculations – beginning of the trailing spouse journey

Welcome to April 2015’s #TrailingSpouseStories! This month, we played with April Fools and asked each other “What got you “fooled” into being a trailing spouse? What myths did you start out with and what did you discover in the process?” Here is my take on the matter.

I wouldn’t say that I was ‘fooled’ into being a trailing spouse, rather I ‘fooled’ myself, imagining how it would be and making lots of assumptions.

When we first had a discussion with my husband about moving to Germany from UK, I couldn’t say I was completely happy about it. Not miserable either, more like concerned. I just started feeling like an independent adult, still in my first job after graduation, enjoying independent life and making plans accordingly – here, in London, in this company, in these circumstances. Moving to Germany would change all that. Although, I could still be working with a…

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