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Janet Explores Atlanta Botanical Gardens

Balmy breezes whispered through the gardens.

Private Stroll Through GardenOne of my favorite haunts is the Atlanta Botanical Garden! Ever changing with the seasons it is a constant rebirth of new life, artwork and entertainment. On this particular outing to the gardens I felt like I was in my own private estate. A balmy breeze whispered ‘continue on…’ as the trees, flora, fauna and distant waterfall captured my attention more than any media device could! Very few souls venture out during the work week and so this was my day, my mother’s day break, my day to refresh my soul, my “Sabbath break from Media devices.”

DSC_0357DSC_0369While everyone in Atlanta sat at work on this glorious weekday… I enjoyed secret pathways through woodlands, urban vegetable patches, formal gardens, canopy walks, and flower gardens that would WOW every landscapers ‘’wanna be.’’ Hidden treasures were found at nearly every turn. ‘Plant giants’ sculptures graced the grounds from the water maiden to hairy audacious orangutans. Giant butterflies, reaching high above my head and best of all, the mythical unicorn grazing in the grass delighted the shutterbug in me!

DSC_0429A hunger rush is all the more reason to visit the gardens! Try the on site snack bar that will give you GREAT salad ideas often straight from their organic garden!

Thursday nights May – September imbibe spirits with ‘Cocktails in the Garden’ 6-10pm. Not into World Congress center crowds for top rated concerts? The Concerts in the Garden series spotlighting great entertainment from The Indigo Girls to Lyle Lovett and His Large Band or others.

Need a gift idea for that special someone? Surprise them with a membership to the Botanical Gardens or better yet . . .enjoy a day out to explore . . . wine and dine them w/ a gift of concert in the garden!!

The WOW Team hopes everyone had a Happy Mom’s Day!
We take this time to salute all Moms who give so much of themselves and give so selflessly at that!

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Springtime at 9500 Scott Road, Roswell, GA 30076

Springtime on Scott Rd

This Historic Roswell Home, 9500 Scott Road / priced at $525,000, is new to the market. It is beautifully situated on 2 acres of partially wooded land and boasts quality and all the conveniences of home. A separate building to the rear of the property affords privacy and NO commute time to the office!

OPEN HOUSE on Saturday, May 3rd
from 2:00-4:00 p.m.

Built circa 1930’s by a British naval officer and then lovingly cared for the last 30+ years by present owners, this estate has been revered by area residents as the crown jewel of the East Roswell area. Walking out the back door one feels like they are miles from Atlanta. Walk out the front door and you are within a short walk to Centennial High School, Horseshoe Bend Country Club, and East Roswell Park. Fine Dining at Marlow’s Tavern, and Ippolito’s Italian Restaurant are only minutes away by car. Bike along the Big Creek Trail, the Chattahoochee River, and around New Town Park where there is an award-winning dog park. These and other great destinations are close by.

Back inside the estate…. enjoy the screened in porch adjacent to a main level bedroom, a banquet sized dining room, fireside living room, and an aspen style study complete with fireplace. These rooms all grace the main level. The kitchen was updated recently with gas, convection cooking and granite countertops.

Be ready to be WOW’d by the BOMB shelter basement complete with manor sized fireplace, kitchenette, wine cellar, gaming room, full bath and much more.
This home also has special secret niches and plenty of storage!

For more information on Roswell and the surrounding communities The WOW Team of Keller Williams Realty First Atlantacontact Janet Weidmann of the WOW Team.
Visit the WOW Team website to begin a Home Search in Roswell, GA or link and find the true “Market Value” of your home.

Horseshoe Bend Country Club ~ an Executive Home Beauty!

Open House Tuesday April 22, 2014 11:30-1:30 710 Winnmark Ct. ~ Great home for entertaining! 3 Fireplaces, Banquet sized dining room; Keeping Kitchen; Finished Terrace with 2nd Kitchenette; Central Vac; Hardwoods on Main; 10 ft ceilings; cul-de-sac street; Excellent schools; E-Z commute to Ga 400; 40 min. to airport;  $625,000.00 ~ Contact the WOW Team at Keller Williamsfor more information (janet@weidmanngroup.com)


Nestled in the horseshoe formed by the mighty Chattahoochee River, this country club neighborhood has always been a magnet for executive families.  Recently Horseshoe Bend Country Club has undergone a $10,000,000 face lift and as a result the housing has experienced an upward trend in prices.

What do homeowners enjoy about the location of Horseshoe Bend?  Walking throughout the neighborhood is a favorite pastime.  The lakes and forests views are beautiful in spring and summer; there’s a walking club to join if you prefer company.  It is a safe neighborhood as some folks can be seen walking their pets as early as 4:30 A.M.!   Other benefits… Lunch at the clubhouse, fireworks on the green, and of course the constant activity of swim, tennis and golf events.


Situated in the historic town of Roswell, GA, everyone enjoys the diversity of cuisine from Thai foods to  farm-to-table cooking. Canton Street is the hub of specialty shops and fine dining.   Roswell is also well-known for its exceptional parks and recreation facilities. Follow this link to the Roswell Convention & Visitors Bureau website showcasing many things to do around Roswell as well as shopping and dining suggestions.

Adjacent to Horseshoe Bend Country Club is the East Roswell Park which includes, Frisbee Golf Course, Activity center, Sports fields and a New Library under construction at the time of this writing.  In the early 2000’s Roswell acquired land along the river corridor and has since constructed miles of biking trails and hiking paths while preserving the natural habitat for future generations along the Chattahoochee.

Voted one of the best small towns in America, Roswell is a much sought after destination to put down your roots.  Horseshoe Bend is one of the best kept secrets … but word is getting out so come experience all it has to offer.  The WOW Team of Keller Williams Realty First Atlanta specializes in Horseshoe Bend ~ let us give you the tour and we’ll WOW you!!

Follow this link to the WOW Team website and discover your home’s value.


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!!  



Janet Weidmann

DIY Tips For Updating Your Home


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.


How soon can I purchase a home if I sold a distressed house in the “Great Recession”? Read on….

Hi Everyone!  This chart may be very helpful to those of you out there that have sold distressed properties in the past few years but now are ready to get back into the market.  There are different guidelines dependent upon the type of distressed sale you closed.  CLICK ON CHART TO ENLARGE.
Compliments of Starkey Mortgage.

Interest rates are stinking low, hovering at 3.5% and it is becoming a Sellers market depending on what part of Atlanta you reside.  Now is the time to take advantage of these fabulous market conditions.  Rents are through the roof while home ownership is still a bargain.  If you are serious about owning a home again ~ let Starkey Mortgage and the WOW Team at Keller Williams First Atlanta be your HELP Desk for any Real Estate and Mortgage queries!

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


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.

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!

New City of Brookhaven assumes control Dec 17, 2012

Photo Source: CBS Atlanta

When news broke about the possible creation of the city of Brookhaven, I was excited to live in the new city limits if the referendum were to pass. Immediately support signs for the proposed measure began popping up in neighbors’ yards along with ones that urged voters to reject a new layer of city government. I thought there could be many benefits to having a new city, especially the authority to form a local police department. The idea of local control sounded great to me, so I was curious why there was such opposition to this proposal.

It seems some of the concern stems from the fact that two very prominent neighborhoods within the city would be split up, Ashford Park and Historic Brookhaven (around Capital City Country Club). Part of Ashford is already annexed into Chamblee and now the other part is included in the new city of Brookhaven. Residents feel that an effort should be made to keep the neighborhood whole.

The Historic Brookhaven neighborhood is approximately 2/3 Fulton County and 1/3 DeKalb County. The residents main concern was using the name Brookhaven to define the city, a name that has been isolated to their neighborhood in the past.

Opponents to the new city are saying there is not enough commercial property in the city to generate enough money to support the services provided by the city, namely the police force. They claim the new budget only allows for 53 police officers for over 49,000 citizens. However, the new city will only encompass a little less than 12 square miles and the current Dekalb County North Precinct is approximately 24 square miles. In my personal experience, I see City of Chamblee and Dunwoody police officers patrolling their precincts more often than DeKalb County officers. It also seems that crime in the area has increased in the past year and we need to concentrate more officers in these problem areas to reduce criminal activity. I believe the new city of Brookhaven will have the police protection it needs as well as better service and faster response times.

There are also the issues surrounding budget and taxes. Proponents are saying there will be a tax cut as well as a milage cap. The milage rate that goes to the city would be capped at 3.35 mils (down from 6.39 mils) and cannot be raised by the city except through a voter referendum. Opponents don’t trust the budget numbers that have been provided and believe that other fees, like franchise fees on certain utilities, may mean in the end that homeowners will be paying more.  There really is no way to know who is right until the city has elected its officials and starts running operations.

Some additional positives to the new city that stand out to me are having a stronger voice in a local municipality, lower taxes, more efficiency, improved parks and a concerted effort to revitalize the corridor along Buford Highway.

When it came time to vote on July 31, 2011, the results were very close. Voters approved the measure by a 55% – 45% margin.

I am optimistic that the pros of having a new city will outweigh the cons. The new city of Brookhaven will assume operations at 12:01 a.m. on Dec. 17, 2012. All DeKalb ordinances will remain in effect until Brookhaven’s mayor and city council choose to change them.

~Stephanie McGinn, Marketer for the WOW Team

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