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South Bend is full of unique and interesting sights. Here's where you can expect to snap the best photos.

Have you always wanted to learn to take better pictures? Now is your chance to practice! There are plenty of great locations for taking pictures in South Bend. Check out these scenic spots recommended by our real estate agents.

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Downtown South Bend has so much to offer, you can easily spend an entire day exploring the city. Here are some great places to visit downtown.

Have you spent a day in Downtown South Bend? It's the perfect destination for a day out, especially if you want to shop for stylish clothes and decor, learn about the area, and eat some of the best food the city has to offer. Our real estate agents love exploring the downtown businesses and landmarks, and they recommend these stops for when you plan your day.

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Birdwatching is one of the easiest and most rewarding hobbies a person can have. Be sure to explore these nearby birding hotspots in Berrien County.

Birdwatchers are known for maintaining a "life list" of birds they see. If you're a novice birdwatcher, you'll want to begin keeping your own life list, most likely starting with backyard birds — after you settle into your home of choice among South Bend homes for sale or other homes in nearby Berrien County. You may want to try feeding birds (seed, suet, and fresh water will attract many species) so you can learn common backyard birds. An app like the one the Audubon Society offers can help you with identification. 

Next, explore some nearby birding hotspots in Berrien County.

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Winter Weather Sports - Michiana - Cressy & Everett Real Estate

Winter is upon us in Michiana, the little corner of northern Indiana and southwestern Michigan centered around South Bend. Our real estate agents are excited to finally be able to get outside and enjoy some of our favorite winter sports.

The colder months have a lot to offer in the South Bend area, from skiing and snowboarding to sledding and winter hiking. Be sure to check out these fun winter hot spots this season!

  • St. Patrick's County Park - 50651 Laurel Rd, South Bend, IN 46637
    St. Patrick's County Park is one of the most popular spots in the South Bend area for cross-country skiing. The park is home to many miles of trails, arranged in loops that give skiers plenty of options. The landscape of forests, meadows, ponds, and picturesque river frontage always provide interesting scenery. St. Patrick's County Park is minutes away from many South Bend homes for sale and is also a popular destination to spot bald eagles in the area.

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Video courtesy of Monica Murhpy, WNDU-16

The year 2020 has looked very different for all of us, and it is especially profound during the holiday season when people are not gathering as much as usual. Cressy & Everett Real Estate usually hosts annual holiday gatherings for their REALTORS and staff throughout the footprint of our 12 office locations in southwestern Michigan and northern Indiana. With the current events and commitment to respect the safety guidelines, the leadership team had to think outside of the box. They wanted to create the feeling and experience of bringing everyone together, but somehow do it safely. So something special was crafted and strategically executed. 

This year, Cressy & Everett ordered about 200 take-home family meals from South Bend's LaSalle Grill restaurant, the recipient of the AAA Four Diamond Award for 25 straight years, and known for expertly crafted fresh, local, sustainable food. The meals were distributed to agents and staff over the course of 3 days at different locations convenient for pick up, and the meals fed agents and staff and their families in their homes but also provided a good measure of local support.

"2020 has been a difficult year for so many people, personally as well as in business. So, when we have a chance to give back to others, and when we have a chance to bring our agents and staff together, and have them share a moment like they are sharing this weekend with these meals, that's really special to us." said President John De Souza.

Each family meal box contained a house salad, entrees choices, multiple sides and a dessert. Company branded swag was also provided in a bag including some drinking tumblers, some food serving tongs, and a card from the partners thanking each person for his or her contribution to the company.

An opportunity like this not only feeds employees and their families, it helped support a local business as well. Cressy & Everett prides itself on having a presence and demonstrating what it means to be a good corporate citizen, with proactive volunteer, public service and real help in the communities where we live, work and raise our families. With "Giving Back" as one of our most important core values, it was great to see some employees choosing to pay-it-forward with their meal in sharing or giving away, or in their donation of their meal box to families in need or groups of front-line workers such as local hospital healthcare workers.


Staycation Ideas - Homeowners - Cressy & Everett Real Estate

Raise your hand if you need a vacation! These days, we could all use a little R&R, but unfortunately, many of our travel plans for summer vacation have been canceled. Not to worry, there are plenty of ways you can have a memorable summer without ever leaving your home. Instead of jet setting around the globe, our real estate agents encourage you to grab your family and enjoy an all-inclusive staycation right in your own back yard. With a few supplies and a little creativity, you can make staycation memories that will last a lifetime.

Staycations for Families

  • Movie Night
    Who doesn't love a movie under the stars? All you'll need to create a theatre in your back yard is a sheet, projector, and some comfy outdoor furniture. Pop some popcorn, grab the candy, and fill up your soda cups for a movie night with the kids. You can even make it a double-feature and screen a movie for the parents when the kids go to sleep.

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St. Joseph Parks - Cressy & Everett Real Estate

Take advantage of warmer weather and the green spaces around St. Joseph to get in some exercise. Our real estate agents take a closer look at six parks and trails around St. Joseph where you can enjoy a refreshing workout in the great outdoors.

  • Eaton Park – 3475 Lincoln Ave., St. Joseph, MI 49085
    St. Joseph homes for sale
    provide easy access to a variety of great parks and trails, including Eaton Park where you can go for a run with the sounds of summer as your background music. Not a runner? You can walk or bike the many trails that run throughout the park.

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Herb Garden - Homeowners - Cressy & Everett Real Estate

Herbs, revered in the ancient world for their healing powers, receded in importance in the 20th century as we began to rely more on pharmaceuticals and technology. As a result, we encountered them less often—usually dried in a jar on a supermarket shelf. But over the last couple of decades, herbs have enjoyed a resurgence in their freshest, most potent forms, as homeowners turn to them not only for cooking, but also for enjoyment.

If you've ever thought about growing your own herbs, take heart, because it's not hard to get started. Mark off a small garden plot with good morning sun and dappled shade in the afternoon, or create a container garden on your patio. Plant kitchen herbs, or choose another theme—medicinals, medieval, fragrance—and get going. 

A pretty or aromatic herb garden will also be a pleasing element when it comes to selling your home, helping it to stand out from other South Bend homes for sale. Get additional tips from our REALTORS® on how to make your home special.

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Backyard Fire Pit Safety - Cressy & Everett Real Estate

Fire pits are the hottest thing in outdoor entertaining. They're simple to construct, provide light for summer evenings, and the chance to perfect your smores-making technique. As the evenings draw in and take on the crispness of fall, fire pits provide the warmth you'll want when enjoying a cup of cider.

Part of the beauty of fire pits is their flexibility. They can be as petite as a salad bowl or large enough for the whole family to roast marshmallows. You can have them professionally installed, assemble them yourself from a kit, or even design and build one on your own. Our real estate agents enjoy seeing how a DIY contribution to a home reflects the tastes of the homeowner and celebrates the style of the home itself. If you'd like your own custom fire pit, keep the following tips in mind.

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Paddleboarding and Kayaking in Berrien County, MI - Cressy & Everett Real Estate

The weather has been absolutely beautiful in Saint Joseph lately, just right for a day on the water! And with miles and miles of Lake Michigan shoreline, Berrien County is the perfect place for a kayak or paddleboard adventure. Check out some of our real estate agents' favorite paddling spots in the area. 

  1. Silver Beach County Park - 101 Broad St., Saint Joseph, MI
    Located right in the heart of St. Joseph, Silver Beach County Park marks the spot where the Saint Joseph River meets Lake Michigan and offers excellent paddling opportunities on both. You can rent kayaks and stand-up paddleboards in the park, and explore 2,450 feet of Lake Michigan frontage or make your way upriver. The park is located near numerous Saint Joseph homes for sale and offers a lovely beach, fishing pier, and picnic areas.

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South Bend Golf Courses - Cressy & Everett Real Estate

If you're looking for a reason to clear off your calendar and clean off your cleats, then make sure to mark August 1st on your calendar. While you're at it, since you work hard all year long, you should go ahead and mark the whole month off. August is National Golf Month and that's all the reason you need to take a break and give yourself the gift of some "me" time on the course. It's your opportunity to explore the region's best courses and ponder which of the fabulous South Bend homes for sale you want to put an offer down on.   

  1. Notre Dame's Warren Golf Course - State Road 933, South Bend, IN 46601
    Easily one of the most beautiful courses in the state, the Warren Golf Course is as challenging as the courses taught at the university. Over the past 20 years, the course has earned a reputation as one of the best collegiate courses in America.

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Consours d'Elegance Classic Car Show - Cressy & Everett Real Estate

The Concours d'Elegance at Copshaholm is one of the best annual events in South Bend and our real estate agents are pleased to see its return on Saturday, July 13. Classic car lovers from Indiana and beyond will cruise over to the John D. Oliver House to enjoy an afternoon gazing at stunning vehicles. This event is touted as one of the premier celebrations for automotive design and styling in the state. Though this is only the second year that the Copshaholm will host this event, the Concours d'Elegance is not new to Sound Bend.

Classic Car Show History

Concours d'Elegance's first event took place in 2005. From then until 2017, it was known as the Lake Bluff Concours d'Elegance. Taking place at Lake Bluff Park in downtown, the show featured dozens of automobiles and plenty of family activities. Unfortunately, Lake Bluff Park stopped hosting the event after its 13th year, leaving its future uncertain.

Thankfully, the Studebaker National Museum was interested in hosting their own Concours d'Elegance event. Partnering with their neighbor, The History Museum, the first Concours d'Elegance at Copshaholm took place in 2018. We're so excited that the Studebaker National Museum and The History Museum have agreed to host this event once again during 2019!

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Saint Joseph Fishing Charters - Cressy & Everett Real Estate

One thing our real estate agents love to do—when not showing off beautiful Saint Joseph cottages, homes, and condominiums to prospective buyers—is fish. They recommend these seven great fishing charters out of the Riviera of the Midwest. Bring a Michigan fishing license, the right attire, and a zest for fishing. Leave the rest to the capable captains!

  1. Dustin's Dream Fishing Charter, 602 Fisherman's Road, Saint Joseph
    Cruising out in a Tiara 33 Open, you and five of your friends, family members, or business associates can spend an exciting seven hours on Lake Michigan with Dustin's Dream Fishing Charter.

    Dustin's is noted for family-friendly fishing, using a well-equipped, safe boat featuring sonars, autopilot, chart-plotter, and a 36-mile radar sweep. 

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National Bike Month-Cressy & Everett Real Estate

Our real estate agents are proud to live in a region with such a rich variety of outdoor attractions. Michigan's Harbor Country is a destination for everything from fishing and boating to hiking and birdwatching—and now it's time for cyclists to enjoy their time in the spotlight. 

May is National Bike Month, and we can't think of a better place to enjoy it than Harbor Country. If you're in the area checking out Union Pier homes for sale, you might consider taking time out of your busy schedule to explore our area's beautiful bike paths and trails!

Get Ready for National Bike Month

Ever since it was first established in 1956, National Bike Month has given cyclists from coast to coast an extra reason to celebrate the sport they love so much. National Bike Month is sponsored by the League of American Bicyclists, and in addition to throwing a spotlight on bicycle enthusiasts, it offers a great opportunity for newcomers to join their ranks and give it a try. 

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Harbor Shores Golf Course-Cressy & Everett Real Estate

There aren't too many major championship golf courses where the general public can get a tee time on any given day, but Harbor Shores is special. Covering a spectacular variety of beautiful terrain, the Harbor Shores Golf Course will thrill and challenge golfers of all skill levels. As far as our real estate agents are concerned, there's no better place to play a round of golf in the Benton Harbor area. 

A Course Like No Other

Harbor Shores Golf Course was designed by 18-time major champion Jack Nicklaus, who attended the club's grand opening in 2010 alongside pros Johnny Miller, Arnold Palmer, and Tom Watson. If you've never seen Nicklaus' near-miraculous 102-foot putt on the 10th hole at Harbor Shores, check it out.

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St. Joseph Blossomtime Festival-Cressy & Everett Real Estate

If you're in the area looking at Saint Joseph homes for sale this spring, you'll definitely want to take a break to enjoy the annual Blossom Festival. This week-long event, which has been happening since the early 1900s, was created to celebrate Southern Michigan's thriving agriculture industry.  

With a wide variety of family-friendly events ranging from pageants and fashion shows to parades and a 5k run, there's truly something for everyone! Check out this guide so you don't miss a thing.  

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South Bend Parks-Cressy & Everett Real Estate

Did you know that it's almost time to celebrate National Take a Walk in the Park Day? Every year at the end of March, people across the country take to their local parks to celebrate the start of spring and observe a unique holiday.

National Take a Walk in the Park Day is the perfect excuse to explore all that your local parks have to offer, and South Bend is an ideal place to do just that. With an extensive collection of parks, green spaces, and outdoor attractions, you will have no shortage of options for enjoying the day in South Bend. Our real estate agents are here to help you prepare, with a guide to some of South Bend's most popular parks and green spaces.

Celebrate Take a Walk Day March 30th with a Walk at South Bend's Parks and Green Spaces

  1. Boehm Park – 1600-1698 Edison Road, South Bend
    If you're shopping for South Bend homes for sale, you'll never have trouble finding a great park to enjoy, with popular spots like Boehm Park on Edison Road. Boehm Park features beautiful outdoor scenery, a playground, picnic areas, and a host of athletic facilities. It's a great place to enjoy your favorite sports, with basketball, softball, soccer, baseball, and tennis facilities open to all ages.

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Benton Harbor Ski Slopes & Trails
Benton Harbor, Michigan is perfect for people who love to slip on skis and enjoy the fantastic ski resorts and trails in the region. When you buy any of the Benton Harbor homes for sale this season, you will be pleased to know that some of the best skiing in the state is less than an hour away from your front door. 

Paradise for Downhill Skiers

  • Swiss Valley Ski and Snowboard Area - 13421 Mann St., Jones
    Swiss Valley Ski and Snowboard Area
     is an ideal place for beginner skiers to master their skills. The runs aren't too steep, and the atmosphere is 100% family friendly. When you buy one of the Jones homes for sale this year, you are buying a home in Michigan that is not more than a few minutes away from the slopes.

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