New Senior Housing in Richmond Hill Georgia

Lets face it, we all get older, as do our parents, and the need for Senior Housing can become an important focus of family conversations.
Senior Housing

Senior Housing – Ashleigh Place

I’ve experienced this over the past few years. My mother cares for her 97 year old mother and I have attempted for three years to relocate an aging father closer to us.  I am so glad to tell you that our Richmond Hill Community has been blessed with a newly constructed and completed in October, 2015, 55 and Older Senior Living Apartment Complex called Ashleigh Place.

Ashleigh Place has truly been a personal blessing and an answered prayer for me and my family.  We recently relocated my father to Ashleigh Place.  They offer handicap units, upper and lower units with elevators, and one and two bedroom units.  Activities are always available, a new telemedicine joint program with Armstrong State University’s Nursing Program as well as food pantry and other specialties for seniors.

I was really worried about the transition for my father. He was used to living on a quiet farm in the “middle of nowhere” with two dogs and no neighbors. Now he would be living in an apartment complex with neighbors above and on both sides of him with their door within a few feet of his unit, but I am here to tell you the trade offs have been positive.  He is closer to family, gets more help and attention as he grows older, still lives independently but has family close by when needed.  It has been wonderful.  So if you are in search of similar needs, feel free to call or email me.

We also offer new construction home plans with two masters for families that need to transition family members into the same household.  Two master suites can be constructed with one offering handicap showers, wider doors, and all the needs to make senior living easier.

If you would like more information on Ashleigh Place Senior Living Apartments, feel free to call me. I would be glad to refer you to the appropriate person and discuss my experiences.  There is an application process involved and it is filling up quickly, but just stay patient with the paperwork.  Each applicant has to submit the same documentation. Its a process that is worth it in the end.

Ashleigh Place is located at 11 Plantation Way in Richmond Hill, GA at the entrance to Richmond Hill Plantation.

All the best, Melanie

Melanie Kramer Keller Williams Realty Coastal Area Partners
912-459-5001 Office
912-658-1390 Cell Direct Melanie Kramer Coastal Georgia Realtor

Shop Locally in Savannah and Richmond Hill this Season

The holiday season is upon us. Ads for Black Friday and Cyber Monday are already vying for our attention. While you’re out please remember to shop locally in Savannah and Richmond Hill this Season!

Shop Locally in Savannah and Richmond Hill this Season

Shop Locally

As the name suggests the Savannah Bee Company is a local business that grew from a passion of bees, beekeeping and honey. Their products range from delicious honey and beauty products to pottery and gifts. An important part of their business model includes bee education and a sustainable business practices. For more information please visit their website or one of their retail locations.

Looking for some of the best chocolate in coastal Georgia? Visit All Things Chocolate and More in Richmond Hill. Specializing in truffles and cannoli, they invite you in to sample their assorted chocolates, creams, jellies, caramels and my personal favorite chocolate covered strawberries. Please note they are closed on Mondays.

All Things Georgia is located in the heart of the tourist district in Savannah – City Market. Everything they sell; handmade quilts, jams & jellies, olive oils, wines and many more items are all made or grown right here in Georgia.

The Furniture Parlor in Richmond Hill Georgia carries consignment furniture, decor items and accessories. There are plenty of unique gift options and the shop showcases plenty of decor ideas and inspiration. Please note that the store is closed Sundays and Mondays.

Looking for a piece of art? Visit the A.T. Hun Gallery owned by artist Chuck Hamilton. The Gallery boasts an eclectic collection of local and international artists in a fun and friendly atmosphere. Chuck, a fan of all things The Big Lebowski showcases a series inspired by the movie.

For a truly southern lifestyle shopping experience visit Ellas in Richmond Hill. The shop showcases decor, gifts and garden accessories.

Do you have a local shop you like to support with your holiday shopping? Please share in the comment section below.

Melanie Kramer Keller Williams Realty Coastal Area Partners
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Events in Savannah and Richmond Hill November 2015

November is a great time to check out the joys of Coastal Living. Savannah and Richmond Hill are brimming with activities and holiday decorations give the area a festive feel.

Events in Savannah and Richmond Hill November

Events in Savannah and Richmond Hill November

Rock ‘n’ Roll Savannah Marathon and 1/2 Marathon will take place this weekend. The downtown historic and surrounding areas will be blocked off for most of Saturday morning. If you’re not familiar with the Rock ‘n’ Roll Series it differs in that every few miles a live band will be playing music to help cheer the runners on. The finish line is in Forsyth Park and will also feature live bands. For a better idea road closures please take a look at this course map.

Georgia is home to fantastic breweries and The Hopped Up on Georgia Brews annual festival is a great way to try them all. Visit River Street Saturday the 7th from 2-6pm with your runner’s bib and receive a discount on your VIP tickets.

The Savannah Food and Wine Festival is a week long celebration running November 9th through the 15th. Check out the various locations and be sure to take in this year’s newest event: The Worlds Largest Lowcountry Boil which will take place the same day as the marathon.

Savannah’s Children’s Book Festival returns Saturday the 14th from 10 until 4 in Forsyth Park.

The Boat Parade of Lights is a do not miss event on the water front. On the evening of the 28th, 35+ lighted vessels will parade the river accompanied by live music and a fireworks display.

Melanie Kramer Keller Williams Realty Coastal Area Partners
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113 Blue Lake Street Richmond Hill GA 31324

MAINSTREET OPEN HOUSE: 113 Blue Lake Street Richmond Hill GA 31324 – Sunday, OCT. 11th, 2:00-4:00pm

113 Blue Lake Street Richmond Hill GA 31324OPEN HOUSE: Sunday October 11th 2-4pm

3 Bedrooms | 2 Baths | 1,297 SqFt


Convenient living on Mainstreet in this open floor plan. The kitchen opens to great room with tall ceilings and recessed lighting. A screened back porch over looks a brick paved veranda and fire pit in the fenced back yard.

Mainstreet offers sidewalks, street lamps, neighborhood parks, green spaces & nature trails, pool and lagoons.

Features at 113 Blue Lake Street Richmond Hill GA 31324

  • Traditional
  • 3
  • 2
  • 2
  • 2004
  • 1297
  • None
  • 2 space(s)
  • Attached, Auto Garage Door
  • Heat Pump
  • Heat Pump
  • Brick/Siding
  • Screen Porch; Fenced Yard, Sprinkler System
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Dishwasher, Disposal, Microwave, Range/Oven
  • Public Water; Public Sewer
  • 235
  • Clubhouse, Playground, Pool-Community
  • Level, Private Backyard.

For more information on this home please click here.

For a private viewing please contact Melanie Kramer.

Melanie Kramer Keller Williams Realty Coastal Area Partners
912-459-5001 Office
912-658-1390 Cell Direct Melanie Kramer Coastal Georgia Realtor

Events in Savannah and Richmond Hill October 2015

October is a great time to take in all the events in Savannah and Richmond Hill. The weather is cooler and it’s festival time. Get the family and friends together and make some memories.

Events in Savannah and Richmond Hill October 2015

Tybee Island Pirate Festival kicks off Thursday October 8th and runs through the weekend. Enjoy a carnival atmosphere with a parade, fireworks and live music.

Savannah Greek Festival also opens on October 8th and runs through the 10th. Hosted in the Hellenic Center of St. Pauls the festival will offer homemade Greek foods, dancing, shopping and live music.

The Savannah Folk Music Festival runs from October 9th to the 11th. Celebrate all things folk! All events are free and open to the public.

The Great Ogeechee Seafood Festival is a DO NOT MISS in Richmond Hill, Ga. Hosted in JF Gregory Park, October 16th through 18th the festival features live music, rides and great seafood!

Savannah Film Festival hosted by SCAD opens Oct 24th and runs through the 31st. 40,000 people visit Savannah during the festival to take in the films, special screenings and lectures. And of course plenty of star sightings.

The state of George offers a variety of locations and looks for filming and many movies have been shot in and around Savannah.

Saturday, October 24th, dress up your Dog and bring your pet downtown to Wag-O-Ween, a fun trick or treat event in support of local rescue agencies.

Looking forward – the first weekend in November will be Savannah’s 5th Rock n Roll Marathon. There will be a lot of road closures Saturday morning so plan accordingly.

Melanie Kramer Keller Williams Realty Coastal Area Partners
912-459-5001 Office
912-658-1390 Cell Direct Melanie Kramer Coastal Georgia Realtor

Pet Groomers in Savannah and Richmond Hill Georgia

A healthy, happy pet is often a well groomed one. We love our fur babies, so before we hand them over to someone new for grooming it is important we find someone we trust.

A professional groomer is skilled in safely handling our pets and are often the first to discover lumps or infections.

How to find new pet groomers in SavannahWhen you move to a new town you do not always have a network of family and friends to ask questions and secure referrals with.

How to Choose a Pet Groomer

  1. A little research online and with the Better Business Bureau may uncover any issues you’d encounter with a pet grooming facility. Although some groomers may have certifications, there is no government body that registers or regulates these licenses.
  2. Evaluate and tour the pet groomer’s location. A few things to consider:
    • Is the facility well lit and clean?
    • How knowledgeable and caring are the staff?
    • Does the staff handle the animals gently?
    • Does the facility keep records on their pets, including emergency contact numbers?
    • Are there separate areas for dogs and cats
  3. If your pet gets nervous before a visit it may help to prepare him for the pet groomer by training him with a grooming routine. It will also help to quickly drop your pet off at the groomers. Emotional goodbyes tend to increase anxiety.
  4. It’s good practice to have your pet’s vaccinations up to date before leaving them with your pet groomer.
  5. Share all important information with your groomer when making the appointment, the age of your pet, any health concerns, and any special requirements.

Pet Groomers in Savannah

The Savannah Groom Room is located at 2615 Skidaway Road just off Victory Drive. Their number is (912) 341-3992 and are open 8am to 5pm Monday through Friday and closed on the weekends. Here your pet gets individual attention in a stress-free environment where they do not have to share appointments with any other pets.

Animal Resort & Spa is located at 2357 Ogeechee Rd, Savannah, GA 31415. They can be reached at (912) 234-5931. Their hours are 7:30am to 7:00pm Monday through Friday, 8am – 2pm on Saturday and 12pm – 1pm on Sunday. Along with offering grooming for dogs and cats, they also offer boarding and a daycare facility. Appointments and reservations are required.

The Grooming Center at Petsmart is located at 11132 Abercorn St, Savannah, GA 31419. Their number is (912) 925-1116 and are open 9am to 9pm Monday through Saturday with Sunday hours from 10am to 7pm. The grooming staff here are great with a variety of pet temperaments and are sensitive to your pets needs.

Pet Groomers in Richmond Hill

PawParazzi Pet Boutique is located at 11360 Ford Ave in Richmond Hill. They can be reached at (912) 756-8807. Their hours are 9am to 5pm Monday through Saturday. They are closed Sundays. Along with grooming, their shop offers the very best a pet lover can give their fur baby.

Melanie Kramer Keller Williams Realty Coastal Area Partners
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1284 Mill Hill Rd Richmond Hill GA 31324

1284 Mill Hill Rd Richmond Hill ga 31324Elegant Southern Living

The elegant South with a comfortable, low country lifestyle in this coastal beauty on deep water!

Watch sunrises on the same Ogeechee River and waterway as the Ford Plantation in Richmond Hill, GA. Dinners on the boat, and voyages on the Atlantic Intercoastal Waterway will only add to the joys of the southern lifestyle. Whether you love to watch the area resident bald eagle on the waterway, kayak the river, feed the fish in the 5ft deep koi fountain, paddle board or boat, manage your own herb garden, along with the fruit trees and rose garden or spend the afternoon fishing, your choices are limitless!

Just past the bronze mailbox sculpture, over your private bridge your private Estate awaits.

Finest quality craftsmanship and amenities will make it hard for any guest to leave. Museum quality finishing on amazing Brazilian hardwood floors can handle the largest crowd for entertaining as they flow through the formal dining, living, greatroom, porches, billiard room and theater.

And let’s not forget about our fur babies. Pamper your pets in their own pet shower and sink after they roam this estate protected by underground and hard fencing.

Features at 1284 Mill Hill Rd Richmond Hill GA 31324

  • Build in 2005
  • Lot 2.25 acres
  • Deep Water
  • Private Covered Dock
  • Waterfront
  • Patio
  • Porch
  • Elevator

For more information about this property and other homes for sale in Richmond Hill Georgia please contact Melanie Kramer at 912-658-1390 or

Melanie Kramer Keller Williams Realty Coastal Area Partners
912-459-5001 Office
912-658-1390 Cell Direct Melanie Kramer Coastal Georgia Realtor

Team Melanie Kramer

team Melanie kramer

I am a full time Real Estate Professional.  I work every day and treat real estate as a business, not a part time job, second career or hobby.  I work as a small intimate team with two other real estate professionals.  I have a back up plan!  Together as a Team we are able to assure that your needs will be handled by true professionals.

Angi Kennedy is our showing assistant and buyers agent specialist who will sometimes be showing you homes for sale as well. Matt Hill is also a buyers agent specialist on our team.   I also have a transaction coordinator that will work with me and you to get the documents for closing who is named Tracee Marchese.  We also have an administrative assistant and two part time marketing persons.

It is a fact of life that someone is going to get sick, someone is going to die, someone has to go out of town, etc., but with the team approach are able to assure you that your biggest investment is being handled professionally by full time trained Realtors and Administrative Staff.

I personally live in Richmond Hill, Georgia, with my husband Len Kramer and two boys ages 17 and 13 who are Trey and Brett.  We have an English Bulldog Rescue named Georgia who won our hearts having as well as two Manx cats, Bob and Mrs. J.

Over the years I have serviced many, many clients in the Savannah and Richmond Hill areas and built lasting professional relationships with my clients and other professionals in the real estate and other supporting industries.  Our goal and Keller Williams’ goal is to foster teamwork with all to better serve the needs of both the buyer and seller.

I return phone calls!  My schedule varies widely but I strive to return phone calls promptly if I miss your call.

I strive to meet the highest ethical and business standards!  I will always be honest with you and others.  I pride myself on giving 110% and working hard.  I cannot be an expert in every supporting field such as lending, home inspectors, etc, but I can get you to the experts in any given field!

In addition to my experience as a Realtor with Keller Williams Coastal Area Partners, I have over seventeen years of local Paralegal experience and three years of real property appraiser experience.  All done right here in your community.  Let me put my combined experience to work for you.  I can guide you through the purchasing or selling experience from start to finish including listing your home for sale, purchasing your new home, property appraisals, negotiations and document handling  (agreements, disclosures, addendums, etc).  I am happy to say that over the past years, most have been long time clients who have repeatedly called me over the years no matter what the task.

I promise to do my very best to guide you through what some clients describe as a very stressful process and the biggest purchase of their life.  Let me take the stress out of your next home buying or selling experience.   My commitment is to make you a client for Life!


  • State of Georgia, Real Estate Agent, License Number:  302719
  • State of Georgia, Registered Real Property Appraiser, License Number:  261060 (Inactive)
  • B.B.A. In Accounting
  • Member, ALC, Agent Leadership Council for years 2014, 2010, 2009, 2008, and 2007
  • Chair, Education Committee, ALC 2009
  • Member, Savannah Area Board of Realtors, Georgia Association of Realtors & National Association of Realtors
  • Committee Member, SABOR Adopt-A-Family 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015
  • Member, SABOR Distinquished Sales Society (DSS), 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015
  • Member,  Institute for Luxury Home Marketing
  • Member, Coastal Conservation Assocation, Richmond Hill Historical Society,
  • Accredited Buyers Representative (ABR), Certified Millitary Relocation Specialist (CMRS),  Certified Residential Specialist (CRS),  Seller Representative Specialist (SRS),
  • Member, Richmond Hill Chamber of CommerceSummary Volunteer Work:
  • 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games (Over 200 hours logged at International Sailing Venue, Savannah, Georgia)
  • 2006-2015, Keller Williams Red Day – give back event

I look forward to working with you!

Melanie Kramer Keller Williams Realty Coastal Area Partners
912-459-5001 Office
912-658-1390 Cell Direct Melanie Kramer Coastal Georgia Realtor

4th of July Fireworks and Festivities in Savannah

There are plenty of fireworks and festivities to participate in this weekend in the Savannah and Richmond Hill Areas.

fireworks and festivitiesFireworks & Festivities

River Street Fourth of July Celebration – 4 – 10pm Live music starts at 4pm. Bring your chairs and blankets to secure your spot. Fireworks start as soon after 9pm. First Friday Oyster Roast at the Westin will follow it’s normal schedule.

Fourth of July Cruises – There are a few options to tour the Savannah River during the fireworks display. From there hours cruises offer dinner, to one and half hour cruises with snacks and open bar. Please check with Savannah’s Riverboat Cruises for availability.

Tybee Island Fireworks – Tybee Island celebrates America’s birthday July 3rd. The island fills up quickly, so plan to get there early and stay late. The fireworks start around 9:15pm. They are staged on the pier but can be easily viewed by from any of Tybee’s Eastern Beaches.

The Sand Gnats play the Charleston Riverdogs at Grayson Stadium Friday July 3rd. Doors open at 6pm and the first pitch is 7:05pm. There will be fireworks after the game.

In Richmond Hill, the 4th of July celebrations take place at J. F. Gregory Park  July 3rd from 5 – 9:30pm. The festival atmosphere includes live music, great food as well as a Farmers Market. The evening with end with the traditional fireworks display.

Happy 4th!

Melanie Kramer Keller Williams Realty Coastal Area Partners
912-459-5001 Office
912-658-1390 Cell Direct Melanie Kramer Coastal Georgia Realtor

RJ Reynolds Construction

RJ Reynolds Construction is owned by John Reynolds and Butch Reynolds – passionate home builders located here in Richmond Hill, Georgia.

RJ Reynolds Construction

Home is a little word that holds a tremendous amount of emotion. RJ Reynolds Construction is lead by a deep passion to ensure that each and every home they build is personally crafted to fit your life. And that you never feel as if one of the biggest purchases you’ll make in life is a cookie-cutter. Living by their tag line, Your Home. Our Passion., John and Butch offer a great new-construction home experience that is as stress free and hassle free as possible; and an end product that will display their care and craftsmanship and reflects your wants and needs.

Owners of JR Reynolds Construction

Savannah Natives John Reynolds (left) and Butch Reynolds (right)

RJ Reynolds offers unique features you often will not find anywhere else, such as:

  • multi-tiered tray ceilings that include perimeter lighting
  • high-end entrance ways
  • quality flooring and premium name brand paints

These details bring an extra level of customization to your home. Looking for ideas for your dream home. Browse through the Reynolds gallery of work for inspiration.

For more information about RJ Reynolds Construction Homes please contact Melanie Kramer at 912-658-1390 or

Melanie Kramer Keller Williams Realty Coastal Area Partners
912-459-5001 Office
912-658-1390 Cell Direct Melanie Kramer Coastal Georgia Realtor