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Historic Roswell GA ~ a Favorite Community just north of Atlanta

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The city of Roswell is named after Roswell King who settled here around 1830.  Roswell built a cotton mill and a plantation but the Civil War brought destruction as Sherman ordered the burning of the mill.    The Smith Plantation home, Barrington Hall, , and  Bulloch Hall still stand  as  testaments to the plantation era surviving the fires and now lovingly restored. Bulloch Hall is most notable as the childhood home of President Theodore Roosevelt’s mother … Mittie Bulloch.

Let’s take a stroll downtown Roswell today.  Bistros, art galleries, boutiques, and fine dining are enjoyed by both locals and tourists alike.  Whatever your palette choice might be you can likely find it along Canton Street. Image

Stroll down Canton Street for Art Galleries, boutiques and fine dining ~ Roswell GA.

Stroll down Canton Street for Art Galleries, boutiques and fine dining ~ Roswell GA.

Alive After 5 festivities begins every 3rd Thursday from April to October. Come out to enjoy live music, free trolley rides, face painting, extended retail hours, and much more in historic Roswell.    Image

 

Looking for a good home in Roswell? Are you thinking of moving to the Atlanta vicinity?

The city of Roswell has redeveloped much of the area to afford newer townhomes within an easy walk to downtown Roswell. But, if it is a single family home you most desire, you’ll have to act quickly as home within a few blocks of downtown Roswell are few and rarely become available.

There is something for every price level.  The corporate executive buyer might enjoy the country club developments or a private luxury gated estate.  A first time buyer or move up buyer has plenty of opportunities to live  in close proximity to the incredible Parks that Roswell provides. Image

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Miles of biking paths follow the Chattahoochee River corridor where weekenders pedal in tandem and families gather for a picnic in the park or raft  the river on a hot summer day.  There’s Frisbee Golf, mountain biking, water parks and dog parks.  And of course there is the traditional baseball and soccer fields where tots and teens alike play ball yearlong as the temperatures are most often moderate.

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Quality of life and school excellence has swelled Roswell’s population in recent years to about 88,000.  Roswell H.S. and Centennial HS serve the public sector while a multitude of private schools serve both special needs and church denominations.

Historic Roswell is simply one of the most sought after areas of North Atlanta.  Located just 10min. north of the 285 perimeter, housing is affordable, schools are good, and commute time to the airport is a manageable 40minutes in non-traffic hours.  So arrange your schedule to leave between 6:30 -6:45am depending on your surface streets and you will experience an easy morning commute.

The WOW Team at Keller Williams welcomes you one of America’s Top Home Towns !  Feel free to call us for a guided tour

Peachtree Corners ~ newest city just north of Atlanta

Peachtree Corners is the newest and largest new city of Gwinnett County.  It has a population of 34,000 people and lies on about 17 square miles.  The city shares borders with the cities of Dunwoody, Norcross, Berkely Lake, Johns Creek, Duluth and Norcross.

July 1, 2012 was an historic day when the governor of Georgia, Nathan Deal, proclaimed Peachtree Corners a city.  You will be hearing lots more of this exciting new city as the quality of life is worth a good peak!

The Forum is at the heart of the city and a sought out destination for dining and shopping.  This upscale retail center where music fills the air while you stroll the manicured gardens along the storefronts celebrates each season with community events like Christmas caroling, carriage rides and festival of lights.  You can find everything from Trader Joe’s fine foods to Williams and Sonoma and Barnes and Noble to Pottery Barn and everything in between.

The Chattahoochee River flows in close proximity to many beautiful neighborhoods and parks.  Canoeing, hiking, swimming and biking are everyday activities as temperatures are moderate most of the year.

Homes range from moderately priced to luxury homes with the latest technological trends.  Here is a sampling of homes with links to the actual home info or community.

The Sellers on these 2 resale homes love their communities for the walkability, and close proximity to amenities.  Both are new listings in the area priced at $325,000 and $279,000 respectively.   Golds Gym is a favorite haunt of my client Bob.   Gerry enjoys hiking the Appalachian trail (the trailhead is only an hour away!)   In fact Gerry is out w/ her husband George now on a 100 mile trek!  WOW!

The 3rd home is in a new gated community  called Tillman Walk  which is within an easy walk to the Chattahoochee River Park.

The YMCA is just up the road and  another hot spot where people come together to work out prior to their work day as well as meet after school and work for plenty of diverse activities.

And for all you fitness buffs out there… wait till you discover the new state of the art Lifetime Tennis Atlanta facility that is being built around the corner!  Indoor and outdoor tennis courts, state of the art fitness center, AND pool will all be housed where Racquet Club of the South used to be.  It should be completed by May 2013.

Schools are considered very good in this area.  For example, Simpson Elementary is a proud recipient of the Blue Ribbon Award for excellence and Norcross High School received a Silver award of excellence in top schools in the USA rankings report by U.S News.

Technology Park is a campus of low-rise buildings that house low-pollution, high technology industries. This business center provides a foundation for   local jobs of graduates in high technology fields.  Tucked within the canopy of trees that Atlanta is known for, this center is home to many executives who live within a very easy commute to the campus!

Whether you love the outdoors or enjoy the sanctuary of your home you will enjoy a quality of life unmatched in most of the eastern states.

Come and check us out for a tour of these fine home and community and more!

Stay with us as we will be blogging on other great surrounding communities soon!

WOW ~ Warm Coat Drive for…. N. Fulton Charities

Hi Everyone!  We are helping North Fulton Charities collect coats and outerwear for the underserved in our community.  Yes, it’s hard to believe there is a shadow population in our affluent area! We visited N. Fulton Charities recently to understand better.  See the attached 1 min video .

So …  this is our FIRST attempt at videography!  LOL!  My new Mac did most of the work!  🙂  Let us know if we can pick your donations up!!  

 

ENJOY!!

Janet Weidmann

DIY Tips For Updating Your Home

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Looking to update your home but don’t have the money for a huge renovation? There are several budget friendly ways to bring those outdated rooms out of the dark ages. Not only will updating provide you with more enjoyment of your home, it can significantly increase its value as well. There are two areas of your home you need to keep in mind when planning on updating- the kitchen and bathrooms. A remodeled kitchen and bathroom can add 75%-100% to a home’s return on investment (ROI). Not only do these rooms have the highest return on investment, they can also decrease the amount of time your home is on the market.

The kitchen is considered the heart of the home, which is why it is a significant selling point to future buyers. Some easy ways to update this room include replacing the kitchen faucet and adding new cabinet door hardware. Update old, harsh florescent lighting fixtures with hanging lights above work areas, recessed lighting, and energy-efficient dimmers. If your appliances don’t match you can try ordering new doors or face panels from the manufacturer or upgrading to new energy efficient appliances. If the flooring is outdated, install hardwood or tile flooring to give it a facelift. Painting or re-facing old cabinets can make a huge difference at minimal cost. Also if it is in your budget, replace the countertop with natural stone. Putting up a simple back splash and a fresh coat of paint can nicely complement your other updates.

Renovating an existing bathroom can definitely add value to your home. This room can get a lot of wear and tear from all the moisture present that can cause fixtures to age rapidly. Update lighting, faucet sets and replace the showerhead to liven up your old bath decor. Make sure the new hardware is all the same metal finish to tie the room together. Resurfacing the current vanity cabinets, or even installing a new pedestal sink, can completely change the look of the room. Replace old discolored flooring with fresh vinyl or tile. Re-grouting tub and showers and replacing any chipped tiles will make the room feel cleaner and brighter. Replace a lackluster mirror with a framed decorative one that the complements to room or add your own frame to the current mirror by gluing molding around the edges. Lastly, paint the room a bright, neutral color that reflects light so that the room looks larger.

So if you are either updating your home because you plan on being there for many years to come or you are looking to sell, these rooms will provide the best return on investment and give a new feel to your home.

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The WOW Team at Keller Williams Realty 1st Atlanta

Glen Abbey Mega Amenities v.s. Hartridge Intimate Swim Tennis

Clients always ask … “How important is living in a Swim Tennis community  for Resale Value.”  This is an interesting Question.  It is all in the perspective.  What communities are you competing with when you go to sell?  Are they truly comparable homes? Put on your Buyers cap to decide where you might get the better value.   Often if you have a growing family then YES, you will definitely attract the more like Buyers when you go to sell.  There is a caveat to this however.  If housing prices combined with dues for HOA are too high by comparison to other comparable neighborhoods which might be “closer in”, then many families will opt for an easier commute over the mega amenities package.

Tennis and Swim Club for Glen Abbey off Kimball Bridge Rd.

Hartridge Swim Tennis Club off Brumbelow Rd.

This Swim Tennis club at Hartridge offers WI-Fi and has a more intimate setting.  The pros are …. less costly maintenance and the neighborhood location is considered closer in.  Buying in a Swim Tennis community is still a good bet for Resale but as in anything in life…. there is a house and setting for everyone.  An updated home, well cared for and loved, trumps a swim tennis most every time!  The bonus is the amenities package!  Happy hunting….

Fun Fall Activites In and Around Atlanta

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The crisp, cool Fall weather bring with it many fun activities to do around Atlanta. From apple picking to haunted houses there is something for everyone in September, October and November. Many wonderful fall events are located in North Georgia, where you can enjoy the beautiful sloping mountainscapes while the seeing leaves change colors. Check out our list of fun things to do with your family and friends to enjoy the fall fun around Atlanta.

Octoberfest
If you are looking for a true German experience, head up to the small barbarian village of Helen, GA. From September 22 through October 30 you can attend the best Oktoberfest in Georgia. Enjoy German music, dancing, food & drink. If Helen is a little far, there are plenty of activities around metro Atlanta. Der Biergarten, downtown Atlanta’s very own German watering hole, is hosting Oktoberfest activities throughout the season. Even though Fado’s is an Irish Pub, they will celebrate Octoberfest this year with a street festival, live music, a bratwurst eating contest and a Strongmain Stein Holding contest on Oct. 1st.

Haunted Houses
Atlanta is know for having some of the best and scariest haunted houses in the country. For a thrilling evening of frightful fun, head over to Netherworld, which opens Sept 28th. This ghoulish attraction has regularly received national attention for being one of America’s best haunted houses in the nation. Another unique and terrifying place to try is the Atlanta Zombie Apocalypse. This will feel like you literally become part of a zombie horror movie, running in and out of old abandoned warehouses while dodging zombies that are out to get you in a post apocalyptic world.

Apple Picking
Apple Picking is a great way to get away with the family and enjoy the beautiful Fall weather in North Georgia. There are several areas where you can go to pick your own apples, but Ellijay, GA is known to be one of the most popular. They even host the Georgia Apple Festival in October, an event where you will find an arts and crafts market, festival food, and tons of family friendly games and activities. Also check out the BJ Reece Apples House while you are there. They are a family run business that even offers an apple cannon and petting zoo in addition to apple picking. If you are looking to pick a particular type of apple, make sure to call in advance to see if it is in season.

Corn Mazes
Trying to find you way through a corn maze has been a fun fall tradition for many families. Most locations are just a short drive north if Atlanta, the closest and most poplar being Cagles Family Farm in Cherokee County. In addition to a maze adventure, you can enjoy a hayride, checkout the haunted barn, or gather around the bonfire at night with friends with some hot chocolate. You can also head further north to the Enchanted Maize by Rock City, just outside of Chattanooga at the foot of Lookout Mountain. They promise to give you a fall experience you will long remember.

Pumpkin Patches
Instead of grabbing your pumpkin from the local grocery store, why not make it a memorable family experience. There are several pumpkin patches in Georgia where you can find the perfect fall pumpkin. If you would like to pick your pumpkin right off the vine, then the Yule Forest Pumpkin Patch is for you.  Located in Stockbridge, this pumpkin patch has more than just pumpkins; it also has a science center and fun zone for the kids and young at heart. Another location just north of Atlanta is Burt’s Farm. They have an impressive selection of every type of pumpkin, winter squash, gourds and fall decoration. Also check out their store that offers fresh pumpkin pies and pumpkin roll, as well as other goodies.

Fall into the fun with some of the above activities to make this season in Atlanta your favorite!

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