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How Opendoor is changing the game in real estate – Charlotte Business Journal

When real estate company Opendoor set foot in the Charlotte market almost two months ago, it brought with it a new, technology-driven transaction experience.

Opendoor’s latest offering involves the all-day open house, which allows potential buyers to view a home on their own schedule between the hours of 6 a.m. and 9 p.m. Buyers can sign up on the Opendoor app, and when they are ready to enter a home, the app syncs with a GPS location and sends a code to unlock the door.

Potential buyers must be registered and verify their identity for added safety purposes. Opendoor also invests in security systems to monitor any activity at the home.

"We’re providing the ability for anyone who’s looking to sell their home to do so with incredible convenience and ease. Similarly, for anyone who’s looking to buy a home with our all-day open houses, we’re providing a unique experience," says Mike Henry, general manager of Opendoor in Charlotte.

On the seller side, Opendoor will purchase a home (built in 1960 or later) at a fair market price, so the homeowner can move on to the next house in a timely manner. Homeowners also have the option of allowing Opendoor to perform needed upgrades and renovations.

"We’ll do projects that bring the homes up to today’s standards. That is inclusive of things like roofing maintenance, if the HVAC needs to be replaced," Henry explains. "We’ll also consider what’s happening in the local neighborhood to make sure that the home is comparable to some of the properties that exist within its peer set."

Opendoor was founded in 2014 and operates in nine locations: Charlotte, Raleigh-Durham, Phoenix, Dallas, Las Vegas, Atlanta, Orlando, Fla., San Antonio and Nashville, Tenn. So far in the Charlotte market, Opendoor has purchased about 60 homes and expects to outpace its peer market in Raleigh-Durham.

These are the only two markets in the Carolinas as of now, but Opendoor hopes to have a presence in South Carolina by the end of the year, according to Cristin Culver, head of local communications.

Culver says real estate agents are still very much involved in the home-buying process, as they often accompany clients to tour the Opendoor homes. Realtors also have an easier time coordinating tour times without having to navigate the seller’s schedule, she adds.

"Our goals are very much aligned. At the end of the day, what Opendoor can provide is more options to customers," Henry says.

He notes the crux of Opendoor’s market offering is convenience, and it’s the technology that allows the company to offer that.

Opendoor has an office at Regus on North Tryon in uptown Charlotte, and Culver says the company expects to grow out of that office in the next six months to a year. She says Opendoor also plans to have as many as 30 employees in Charlotte by the end of the year — more than doubling its current headcount.

According to Henry, Opendoor already accounts for 2% of the residential market share in Charlotte.

"This market’s hot. The market fundamentals are all there, and so we’ve seen home appreciation of roughly 7% since March of last year. Additionally, 60 people are moving into this market every single day," he says. "What that means is people need options."

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Fallen Vets honored in Charlotte

A ceremony in Charlotte Monday morning honored the 19 thousand young men killed in the Battle of the Bulge.

The Genesee Valley Chapter of the Veterans of the Battle of the Bulge gathered at Ontario Beach Park. The surviving veterans of the battle that took place 73 years ago are in their 90’s today.

In addition to honoring those lost at the Battle of the Bulge, the ceremony also honored all those lost since the battle.

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Charlotte’s last big apartment boom was in 1972. Here’s what it looked like. | Charlotte Observer

In South End and uptown, developers are building thousands of new apartments.

But today’s apartment boom is arguably muted compared with the early 1970s, when developers transformed east Charlotte with new complexes like the Aztec Apartments on Eastway Drive, Villa East near Independence Boulevard and the Woodhaven Apartments on McAlway Road.

In 1972, developers finished 4,569 apartments in 24 new complexes in a city that had 250,000 people.

In the recent boom, 8,500 apartments may be finished this year. That’s in a city of 850,000 people.

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Today, many of those early 1970s complexes have recently become an important part of the city’s plan to preserve more affordable housing. Mayor Vi Lyles and council members are considering buying aging complexes, making modest improvements, and then keeping rents affordable.

City Manager Marcus Jones has proposed the city ask voters to approve a $50 million bond for the Housing Trust Fund in November, instead of the $15 million the city usually asks voters to approve. The $50 million bond could give the city millions of dollars to partner with non-profits to buy older apartment complexes.

As the city focuses on preserving existing affordable housing, a look at advertising from the early 1970s is a reminder that that era’s apartment boom was about luxury — not affordability. Today’s low-income housing was once a place with "all the modern comforts," including "soft shag carpeting to curl your toes in," as a 1974 advertisement for the Woodhaven apartments proclaimed.

The 60-unit Woodhaven apartments on McAlway Road were built in 1973.

The Woodhaven Apartments are now called Maple Way Apartments.

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The Mammoth Oaks apartment complex was built near the Woodhaven apartments on the edge of Cotswold.

Time has not been kind to the Woodhaven Apartments, on the edge of Cotswold. At some point they become the Rose Bud apartments, and today the complex’s new name — Maple Way — is on a hand-painted sign hanging on a chain-link fence. Their condition has deteriorated over the last four decades.

"You hear the quote a lot in development circles, that no one builds a used car," said Mark Ethridge, a partner with LCRE Capital who has consulted for the city on affordable housing. "New units are always nicer."

A time lapse tour of Charlotte locations. John D. Simmonsjsimmons@charlotteobserver.com

Villa East apartments, built in 1973 near Independence Boulevard, was a "refreshing adult community," built for a "go-getter who looks until he finds the way of life he really wants." It had putting greens, volleyball and badminton courts, a swimming pool and an observation tower "overlooking everything."

The observation tower is long gone. The pool was closed three years ago, with a new chain link fence built to keep people out. Rents for a one-bedroom apartment range from $560 to $590.

The swimming pool at Villa East apartments closed three years ago.

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"I have people who used to live here come by and tell me about all the wild parties they used to have here," said the property manager Louise Bentel.

She said most of today’s residents are seniors, not young singles, since there are no two-bedroom apartments.

"I’d like for the city to help us out," Bentel said. "It would be nice to fix this up a little."

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Then and now: Photos show just how dramatically Charlotte has changed in 40 years

There have been three Charlotte apartment booms since World War II: the early 1970s, early 1980s and today.

Immediately after the war, developers focused almost entirely on building single-family homes. From 1952 to 1958, there are no records of new apartments being built in the city. Apartment-building picked up in the early 1960s, though only a few hundred units were built, mostly in Briarcreek and Windsor Park.

From 1970 to 1975, as baby boomers moved out of their parents’ homes, 75 new apartment complexes were built, adding 11,566 units to the city.

The Spanish Quarter apartments were built in 1974 off Sharon Amity Road, near Eastland Mall. "Celebrate the sun any way you like. Every way you like….At sunny LaManca it’s all yours for the taking."

Today, they have been renamed the Greenbrye Apartments, and only the name of the road inside complex is a reminder of the complex’s history: Spanish Quarter Circle.

Though the name Spanish Quarter is gone, the complex’s assistant manager, Lorena Izzard, said 95 percent of residents are Spanish-speaking. Rents start at $695.

"We have a few people from Somalia, a few people from India," she said. "But everyone else is Spanish-speaking."

The Spanish Quarter apartments are now the Greenbryre Apartments.

Though the name of the apartment complex has changed, the name of the private street inside the complex is a reminder of its first incarnation.

Satellite dishes are now clustered on the ground of the Greenbryre Apartments.

Steve Harrison/sharrison@charlotteobserver.com

Most of apartments in the 1970s were built in Hidden Valley, Briarcreek, Windsor Park and East Forest. But in the late 1980s, people began moving south. and west. By the 2000s, east Charlotte’s retail base — specifically Eastland Mall — was suffering.

Some complexes are already being bought.

The Charlotte Mecklenburg Housing Partnership said it recently tried to buy Arcadian Village, a 348-unit complex built in 1970 near Independence Boulevard and Idlewild Road. The partnership wanted to renovate the units and keep them affordable.

But a Miami-based private investor recently bought the complex.

"Two years ago it really started heating up in Charlotte," said Julie Porter, president of the Charlotte Housing Partnership, which builds low-income housing. "It’s a national trend. There needs to be a discipline around this, of how we start purchasing these naturally occurring units. If we don’t, we will be losing more units than we will be creating."

The Aztec Apartments were built in 1970 off Eastway Drive. They were sold last year to a Georgia company, which said it’s renovating the units. There are still wood panels covering broken windows.

The 266-unit Foxfire Apartments were built in 1971 off Idlewild Road.Today, the name of the street remains, Foxfire Apartment Drive. But the complex is now the Ashley Park Apartments.

The Aztec Apartments were built in 1970 on Eastway Drive.

The Aztec Apartments were sold last year to a Georgia company.

Steve Harrison/sharrison@charlotteobserver.com

The condo market in Charlotte has now almost non-existent. But some early 1970s-era apartment complexes were changed to condos years ago, like Woodmere on Central Avenue. The Woodmere may not be as glamorous as when it was built, but it’s still well maintained. There is a rose garden in the complex’s main courtyard The swimming pool is clean. The grass has been cut.

The Woodmere apartments are now condos.

The Woodmere condominium pool today – and from the early 1970s.

Steve Harrison/sharrison@charlotteobserver.com

Staff writer Maria David contributed.

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Tourists stunned as 5-foot shark hunts for food just feet off popular NC beach | Charlotte Observer

Emerald Isle was just named North Carolina’s best beach by USAToday, but its image is taking a beating online, after a video surfaced of a 5-foot shark flopping around just feet from the sand.

The 40-second video was posted Tuesday on Facebook by WRAL and is credited to someone named Nellie who said she filmed it at the popular resort town on Bogue Banks Island. It had been viewed nearly 64,000 times in three hours and shared nearly 2,000 times Tuesday.

The shark is first seen about 5 or 6 feet out and appears to be following something parallel to the beach. It stops, struggles to turn around in the shallow water, and then heads back in the other direction. It then goes out to sea.

Understandably, no swimmers are seen splashing in the surf during the video.

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More than 500 people had commented on the video Tuesday morning, with reactions ranging from fear of the shark to fear for the shark, which one person said "looked like it was struggling."

"No one is shocked about seeing a shark in the ocean, but when it can snatch your baby up in less than 2 feet of water, it is a bit traumatizing," posted Heather Brown of Yonkers, New York.

"Wow…that’s close to home," wrote Linda Brown Simmons on Facebook.

"Something was wrong with the shark for it to come so close to a beach," posted Ben Giordano on Facebook.

"Think I’m passing on swimming at the beach," responded Aly Bragg of Jacksonville, Florida.

Chip Michalove, owner of Outcast Sport Fishing, tagged a 10-foot great white shark off the coast of Hilton Head Island, S.C., in December. Here’s an up close look at the shark he named "Amy." Ashley Jean ReeseMandy Matney

"This is scary. He would get me for sure with my hip," wrote Janet Cobb Poole of Elm City, North Carolina.

"Yeah that’s the reason why I don’t go in the ocean," said New York native Steve Lee. "Four years ago, something bumped me and I was holding my son…Never been in the ocean since."

USA Today bravely named Emerald Isle as the best beach in the state, because it "features 12 miles of largely undeveloped shoreline offering stunning views of both the Atlantic Ocean and Bogue Inlet."

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Stunning Homes On The Market Near Charlotte

Patch has pulled together a list of some of the most gorgeous homes for sale on the market right now in the Charlotte metro area. To view more photos of these homes, you can click on the blue hyperlink below each house and find more information on our partner site, Realtor.com.

Want to learn about what’s for sale in your neighborhood? You may find your own hidden treasure or bargain home on the Charlotte Real Estate page.

Here are this week’s picks for beautiful homes on the market in the area:

1709 Chatham Ave, Charlotte, North Carolina

Price: $949,000
A new four-bedroom home is on the market in Plaza Midwood for $949,000. This stately home is filled with custom touches, from a soaking tub in the master suite to soaring ceilings and archways throughout. The gourmet kitchen features a large island, a butlers pantry with a wine refrigerator and ice maker, Viking appliances and more.

2018 Dilworth Rd W, Charlotte, North Carolina

Price: $1,625,000
A renovated five-bedroom home is on the market in Dilworth for $1,625,000. This home, originally built in 1929, is a classic all the way down to its brick walkway. This home has 4,581 square-feet of living space and features a large kitchen with marble counters and backsplash, a center island and high-end stainless steel appliances. A third-floor guest suite is on the third level, and this home also has a detached two-car garage, a private fenced backyard and hardwood flooring throughout.

9105 Hightower Oak St, Huntersville, North Carolina

Price: $574,000
A gorgeous five-bedroom model home in the Cobblestone Manor community in Huntersville is on the market for $574,000. This home, which boasts 3,732-square feet of living space, has 4.5 baths, a bonus room, loft, screened porch and a beautiful outdoor entertaining area with a built-in island and grill. This home sits on a lot that backs up to trees, which offers privacy, and also comes with bedding, window treatments and rugs.

518 Walnut St, Davidson, North Carolina

Price: $759,000
A gorgeous four-bedroom home in the heart of Davidson is on the market for $759,000. This three-story home, which was built in 2012, has 3,142-square-feet of living space and is a LEED certified Energy Star home. This home is filled with luxurious custom touches, such as Carrara marble counters, cherry hardwood flooring, plantation shutters and built-in surround sound in the family room.

320 Greenbay Rd, Mooresville, North Carolina

Price: $2,267,000
A beautiful timber frame four-bedroom home on the bank of Lake Norman is on the market in Mooresville for $2,267,000. This home, which boasts 5,548-square-feet of living space, features cathedral ceilings, a garden tub, built-ins, and gas log fireplaces throughout. This home sits on nearly 3 acres and comes with an outbuilding and workshop.

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Stalled apartments in a huge Blue Line development are getting new life, fresh design | Charlotte Observer

A plan to build hundreds of apartments wrapped around a parking garage in uptown Charlotte has restarted with a new design on a prominent site adjacent to the Blue Line extension.

The project, by Levine Properties, was delayed after the developer decided to redesign the building last year, adding more floors and apartments. First announced in 2015, it was planned to be a wood-framed apartment, five floors tall with 254 units.

The building will now total 11 floors of steel and concrete, completely wrapping the parking garage, with 428 apartments. The amount of ground floor retail space, initially planned at 900 square feet, will now total 4,200 square feet, leaving room for more shops and restaurants.

"We’re really pleased," said Daniel Levine, CEO of Levine Properties. Architecture firm Perkins Eastman redesigned the building for Levine Properties. "We think it will be a far superior product."

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A rendering shows the entrance to the planned apartments on 10th Street by Levine Properties.

Perkins Eastman, courtesy Levine Properties

Completion of the building is now planned for early 2020.

The 1,300-space parking deck will be substantially complete in the next few weeks but won’t be able to open to the public until some of the demolition work and construction for the new apartment building is complete, Levine said.

"We still have a little bit of work to do," said Levine. The company still owns more than a dozen undeveloped acres in First Ward, and Levine said their next focus could be on a planned office building next to UNC Charlotte’s uptown campus. If there’s pre-leasing interest from tenants for the building, that could be the next place Levine starts construction.

"We have a lot of opportunity," he said. "It’s just a question of where the market wants to be."

A rendering shows the entrance to the planned apartments on 10th Street by Levine Properties.

Perkins Eastman, courtesy Levine Properties

Nearby, other projects are underway or planned soon, including a high-rise apartment tower by Lennar Multifamily. A public meeting is scheduled for Thursday to discuss the North Tryon Vision Plan, a design that should guide development along the northern stretch of uptown.

"I always thought First Ward would be a fantastic part of the city. It’s happening faster than I expected," said Levine.

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Princess Charlotte Will Make History When Her New Royal Sibling Arrives

Princess Charlotte‘s position for the crown won’t be affected by the arrival of her potential little brother.

For the first time in history, a female royal’s spot in line to the throne won’t be bumped by the arrival of a male. Thanks to the Succession to the Crown Act 2013, birth order determines who will become the next king or queen of the U.K., regardless of gender. Had it not been in place, Charlotte, 2, would have lost her spot if Kate Middleton gave birth to a boy.

The legislation was first passed while Princess Kate was pregnant with Charlotte’s brother Prince George, now 4. It affects all royals born after Oct. 28, 2011, and also removed the disqualification placed on those arising from marriage to a Roman Catholic.

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Currently, Prince Charles is the heir to the throne after his mother, Queen Elizabeth II. Prince William is second, with his kids Prince George and Prince Charlotte in the third and fourth positions, respectively.

Prince Harry, who is currently fifth in line, and Prince Andrew, Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie will all move down a place after the arrival of the new royal baby.

Of course, the sex of their baby-to-be is not yet known. The royal couple announced they were expecting baby No. 3 in September, and Princess Kate is expected to give birth within the next few weeks.

RELATED VIDEO: William and Kate Step Out for Easter Church Services

Meanwhile, having wrapped the final official engagement of her third pregnancy, Kate is officially on maternity leave and getting ready for a whole new chapter.

Though she stepped out with William for Easter service last Sunday, the 36-year-old is mostly nesting in Apartment 1A of Kensington Palace and helping her children adjust to the idea of a baby brother or sister.

Both kids are “excited” for the impending addition, a friend told PEOPLE while noting, “Charlotte, as the youngest, may find it hard.”

Kate “feels it’s an incredible privilege to be a mum,” added Peter Fonagy, head of the Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families.

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Uptown Charlotte Blocks To Get Complete Makeover With Mixed-Use Project That Includes New Library

North Tryon between Sixth and Eighth streets is going to be completely transformed with a project called Seventh & Tryon, and Atlanta-based DaVinci Development Collaborative released a request for qualifications Wednesday.

A mixed-use public-private partnership has been proposed for 6.8 acres in Uptown as part of the North Tryon Vision Plan. Stakeholders are Charlotte Mecklenburg Library, Mecklenburg County, the city of Charlotte, Bank of America and the Charlotte Housing Authority.

A new library will be built as an anchor for the site. The plan also includes creative office spaces, residential space that will include senior housing, market-rate and diverse price-point housing, refurbishing historic Hall House into a boutique hotel, street-level restaurant and retail space, outdoor public spaces and parking. McGlohon Theatre, a historic landmark, will remain and must be built around. Spirit Square is slated for demolition. Duckworth’s Grill & Taphouse will remain.

The new project should breathe life into a section of Uptown that remains relatively quiet, Mecklenburg County assistant to the county manager Dennis LaCaria said.

“Today, if you look at it, the Hall House stands empty, the library is typically closed by 8. There’s not really much else going on there — a police substation; McGlohon Theatre has events.”

LaCaria said the new project will be at least a 12- to 18-hour development.

“Now we’re talking retail, sundries, a drugstore, where you can get a cup of coffee at 6 in the morning and a glass of wine at night.”

Questions regarding the RFQ are due by April 4 and deadline for submissions is 5 p.m. April 24. Selections will be announced May 21.

The project was previously named Sixth & Tryon; Mecklenburg County Commissioners announced the new name Tuesday.

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Apollo Commercial Real Estate Finance, Inc. Announces Pricing of Public Offering of Common Stock

Apollo Commercial Real Estate Finance, Inc. (the “Company”) (ARI) today announced the Company has priced an underwritten public offering of 13,500,000 shares of common stock for total estimated gross proceeds of approximately $243.0 million. In connection with the offering, the Company has granted the underwriters a 30-day option to purchase up to an additional 2,025,000 shares of common stock. The offering is expected to close on March 16, 2018, and is subject to customary closing conditions.

ARI intends to use all or a portion of the net proceeds from the offering to acquire or originate the Company’s target assets, which include commercial first mortgage loans, subordinate financings and other commercial real estate-related debt investments, and for working capital and other general corporate purposes, including the repayment of borrowings outstanding under the Company’s repurchase agreements.

J.P. Morgan, Morgan Stanley, BofA Merrill Lynch, Citigroup and Deutsche Bank Securities are the joint book-running managers for the offering.

A registration statement relating to these securities has been filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission and has become effective. The offering will be made by means of a preliminary prospectus supplement and accompanying prospectus. A copy of the final prospectus supplement and accompanying prospectus related to the offering can be obtained, when available, by contacting J.P. Morgan Securities LLC, c/o Broadridge Financial Solutions, 1155 Long Island Avenue, Edgewood, NY 11717, Attention: Prospectus Department, or by calling 866-803-9204; Morgan Stanley, Attention: Prospectus Department, 180 Varick Street, Second Floor, New York, NY 10014; BofA Merrill Lynch, NC1-004-03-43, 200 North College Street, 3rd floor, Charlotte NC 28255-0001, Attention: Prospectus Department, Email: dg.prospectus_requests@baml.com; Citigroup, c/o Broadridge Financial Solutions, 1155 Long Island Avenue, Edgewood, NY 11717 or by calling 800-831-9146; or Deutsche Bank Securities Inc., Attention: Prospectus Group, 60 Wall Street, New York, NY 10005, Phone: (800) 503-4611, Email:prospectus.cpdg@db.com.

This press release shall not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy any securities, nor shall there be any sale of any securities in any state or jurisdiction in which such offer, solicitation or sale would be unlawful prior to registration or qualification under the securities laws of any such state or jurisdiction.

About Apollo Commercial Real Estate Finance, Inc.

Apollo Commercial Real Estate Finance, Inc. (ARI) is a real estate investment trust that primarily originates, acquires, invests in and manages performing commercial real estate mortgage loans, subordinate financings and other commercial real estate-related debt investments. The Company is externally managed and advised by ACREFI Management, LLC, a Delaware limited liability company and an indirect subsidiary of Apollo Global Management, LLC, a leading global alternative investment manager with approximately $248.9 billion of assets under management as of December 31, 2017.

Forward-Looking Statements

Certain statements contained in this press release constitute forward-looking statements as such term is defined in Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, and such statements are intended to be covered by the safe harbor provided by the same. Forward-looking statements are subject to substantial risks and uncertainties, many of which are difficult to predict and are generally beyond the Company’s control. These forward-looking statements include information about possible or assumed future results of the Company’s business, financial condition, liquidity, results of operations, plans and objectives. When used in this release, the words believe, expect, anticipate, estimate, plan, continue, intend, should, may or similar expressions, are intended to identify forward-looking statements. Statements regarding the following subjects, among others, may be forward-looking: the return on equity; the yield on investments; the ability to borrow to finance assets; the Company’s ability to deploy the proceeds of its capital raises or acquire its target assets; and risks associated with investing in real estate assets, including changes in business conditions and the general economy. For a further list and description of such risks and uncertainties, see the reports filed by the Company with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The forward-looking statements, and other risks, uncertainties and factors are based on the Company’s beliefs, assumptions and expectations of its future performance, taking into account all information currently available to the Company. Forward-looking statements are not predictions of future events. The Company disclaims any intention or obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as required by law.

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Beaming Charlotte Dawson puts on a leggy display in scarlet PVC trousers as she opens new carvery in Lancashire

She regularly slips her curvaceous physique into a number of glamorous ensembles.

So it’s no surprise Charlotte Dawson arrived in style to open the new Toby Carvery restaurant in her hometown of St Annes on Sea on Saturday afternoon.

The Ex On The Beach star, 23, put on a chic display in a pair of fiery red vinyl bottoms before donning full chef attire while serving food to excited guests.

Svelte pins: Charlotte Dawson arrived in style to open the new Toby Carvery restaurant in her hometown of St Annes on Sea on Saturday afternoon

The television personality mixed glamour with comfort as she paired her form-fitting trousers with an oversized jumper, embellished with fluffy grey stripes.

As she clutched onto a red bag, the reality star tied in her look with opulent tassel drop earrings.

The daughter of the late Les Dawson wore her raven mane in loose waves and opted for her signature glamorous makeup look.

Charlotte added to her height in a pair of nude patent stilettos before switching into traditional chef uniform.

The brunette beauty even served her mother Tracey, who appeared in high spirits as her daughter held a plate of Yorkshire puddings.

Beaming: The television personality, 23, mixed glamour with comfort as she paired her form-fitting trousers with an oversized jumper, embellished with fluffy grey stripes
On duty: The brunette beauty even served her mother Tracey, who appeared in high spirits as her daughter held a plate of Yorkshire puddings
Helping out: Charlotte donned traditional chef’s uniform as she presented food to the cameras
Stunning: The daughter of the late Les Dawson wore her raven mane in loose waves and opted for her signature glamorous makeup look

Charlotte recently rekindled her relationship with rugby player Matt Sarsfield, after the pair split just before Valentine’s Day last year.

The Manchester native reunited with him in October after spending eight months apart, which led to Charlotte’s appearance on Celebs Go Dating.

On the E4 show, she struck up a romance with shamed X Factor star Frankie Cocozza, yet their relationship was short-lived as Frankie soon moved on with another woman.

Smitten: Charlotte recently rekindled her relationship with rugby player Matt Sarsfield, after the pair split just before Valentine’s Day last year

Charlotte burst on to screens when she entered Ex On The Beach’s all-star fifth season as the ex-flame of Geordie Shore’s Gary “Gaz” Beadle.

She was seen growing closer to Celebrity Big Brother winner Stephen Bear before she unceremoniously dumped her in favour of Lillie Lexie Gregg.

However the star has since found love with her rugby beau, and regularly keeps her fans updated on their romance with a slew of loved-up snaps on Instagram.

Loved-up: The star has since found love with her rugby beau, and regularly keeps her fans updated on their romance with a slew of loved-up snaps on Instagram

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