Announcing My New Construction Coming Soon With The Pradera Group

I’m excited to announce that I am working with one of Atlantas premier builders, the Pradera Group, to bring new construction to the market in Vinings, Vinings Heights and Smyrna Market Village.

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It’s no secret that the Smyrna/ Vinings Heights area is one of Atlanta’s hottest real estate markets. With it’s accessible location, affordable real estate prices, and lower taxes, I wanted to work with builders to bring exceptional semi-custom construction to my clients. That’s why I’m working with the Pradera Group to build wonderful family homes in some of the most up-and-coming neighborhoods just outside of Vinings proper for now and other areas as we see the demand.

Looking to the future, we believe that the extensive new development like Suntrust Park, Cobb Energy Performing Arts Center, the Silver Comet Trail will continue to make this area a very desirable area for families to buy. Pair that with proximity to some of Atlanta’s top rated private schools and Cobb County’s highly rated public school systems and it’s not hard to see why real estate values have risen by 15% in the last year alone (a number were anticipating to continue into the future).

While parts of suburban Atlanta have been known for larger tract developments,  Pradera Group is taking a different approach. Smaller scale development means each home is built with attention to detail. We’re doing extensive grading work on each site to take advantage of the entire lot, allowing room for attractive landscaping and the option to build a pool at each home on the large lots. And speaking of pools and hot summers, new energy efficient mechanical systems and insulation are a part of these home’s construction, reducing energy usage, which means lower utility bills in the summer. We anticipate cooling your 3500+ square foot home to cost no more than $300/month during Atlanta’s steamy summer months.  The selections are all very custom and current, if you buy early you will have the capability to fully customize the finishes.

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Main floor plan for 4007 Pineview with Master

We have a home plan selected for our first build at 4007 Pineview Drive, Smyrna, GA 30080.  This home will have a master on the main and an add’l bedroom, office or playroom privately situated on the other end of the house.  Kitchen is open to the family room and screened porch are all the things clients have been asking me for.  Priced at $849,000 with almost 3/4 of an acre you can’t beat it.  Looking at most of the homes at this price point you won’t find another one with this large of a lot.

No one wants to have to fight traffic in Atlanta any more than they have to and the area’s shopping and dining options are getting more and more press. Family-friendly entertainment, parks, and a little extra elbow room are all things that I think my clients with children will appreciate along with the lower taxes that my empty nesters and private school families are looking for.

Continue to watch this space as we bring you more details about our collaboration; from insights about new construction and its whys and hows to more information about the Smyrna/Vinings Heights and all it has to offer, we will be updating often, so stay tuned!

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2016 Berkshire Hathaway Chairman’s Circle Gold Award

Every year in this business you wonder if you can do it again.  But just going through a refinance on my own home I had a look back at my past year’s business  and it has been pretty consistent. I’m  pleased to have been awarded the BHHS Chairman’s Circle Gold Award again for 2016!  This is my 3rd year with Berkshire Hathaway Home Services and the the 3rd year I’ve made this award.  The next level is quite a bit higher, but who knows, maybe 2017 is the year!

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Hard work, experience, and a great team have been keys to my success.  I also could not have done it without my amazing clients. I’m dedicated to helping my clients achieve the home of their dreams and if I can answer any questions about my experience or what I can bring to your home search, please give me a call!

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New Listing: 2477 Lisette Drive SE, Smyrna

This popular neighborhood sold out quickly and has had very few resales! Just across from the new Teasley Elementary School and Home Depot’s headquarters, this townhouse offers amazing convenience and a beautiful flexible floor plan.

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The gated community offers low-maintenance living but the home’s generous square footage makes you feel like you’re in a gracious single family home. Step into the entry and you’ll love the high ceilings and soaring staircase.

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The home’s three bedrooms were placed on the upper floors to allow for a large open plan living floor; each area is defined by custom lighting and beautiful moldings with the space and flexibility to make it perfect for your family.

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A gas fireplace with a stone surround centers the family room; dark hardwoods are throughout the living areas and kitchen and plantation shutters allow for privacy while keeping the space bright.

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Light cabinetry, classic subway tile backsplash, and chef-quality stainless steel appliances create a fresh, on-trend look in the kitchen.

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The breakfast bar on the island overlooks a more formal dining room and French doors off the kitchen open to the fenced back yard.

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Two covered patios with the main level having a ceiling fan overlooks a compact professionally landscaped back yard, fenced for security for pets and children. This home is located toward the back of the community, so it’s very quiet and peaceful.

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Upstairs is spacious a master suite; the bedroom includes a peaceful sitting area with access to a private walk-out balcony, a great spot for a morning cup of coffee or private yoga session.

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A large soaker tub and walk-in shower in the master bath are finished in soothing neutrals for your own personal spa experience.

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Two additional spacious bedrooms, each with their own private full bathrooms, plenty of storage, and a laundry room complete the second floor. The home has 2 hot water heaters so no one has to worry about running out of hot water!

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Take a look at the full listing with many more details on my website; please don’t hesitate to call me with any question! I would love to set up a viewing of this wonderful home.

2477 Lisette Drive SE, Smyrna GA 30080

Overview: 3 bedrooms; 3 1/2 bathrooms; 2,946 sq.ft.; 2 car garage; gas fireplace;

gated community; walk-out courtyard and balcony

Schools: Teasly/ Campbell /Campbell

Listing price: $419,000

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Atlanta Agent Magazine’s List of “Who’s Who” in Residential Real Estate 2016

I’m really pleased to be featured on Atlanta Agent Magazine’s “Who’s Who” list of top-performing realtors this year! I appreciate every client who entrusts me with the task of finding or selling their home and could not have gotten where I have without you!

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Click through to Atlanta Agent Magazine read the whole piece :

Tina Hunsicker

Broker Associate
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Georgia Properties

Tina Hunsicker, a 15-year industry veteran, has followed her successful first career in financial services and client relationship management with a smart, data-driven approach to Atlanta’s luxury real estate market. Her analysis, thoughtful pricing strategies and financial acumen have taken her to the Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Chairman’s Gold Circle as a representative of the top 2 percent of agents internationally. She is a recipient of the Atlanta Board of Realtors Phoenix Award; has been recognized as one of the association’s top 10 Realtors; and has certifications in new construction and relocation with Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Georgia Properties Luxury Collections Group.

A Pittsburgh native, Tina attended Indiana University of Pennsylvania, where she received a degree in marketing and economics before working as a certified cash manager for a number of major banks, including BNY Mellon and Security Pacific Bank. Later she leveraged that experience into a business development position in Ernst and Young’s corporate finance group and then a financial services consulting position with KPMG. After transitioning into real estate, she has consistently sold an average of $12 million annually, with peak years at $25 million in sales.

Tina’s foundation in banking has been a tremendous asset in understanding what a significant investment a home is, and how important it is to find her clients a property that will give them a significant return on their investment. But it is really Tina’s personal touch that has brought her success on her terms. Understanding that a home purchase is as much an emotional decision as it is a financial one allows her to listen to her clients’ needs and help them prioritize and think creatively to get them the right home for their lifestyle. Whether it’s a first-time homebuyer looking for a townhome, empty nesters looking to downsize, or a family looking for a spacious home near their desired schools, Tina’s attention to detail and willingness to go the extra mile have built her a loyal and growing clientele.

Tina describes her son as her motivation and biggest fan. She is active in his school life, sports and hobbies, and is grateful to have transitioned and built a career that allows her the flexibility to be an active single mother and full-time real estate professional. The family is also active in their community, Vinings, where she was a board member with the Vinings Historic Preservation Society, and worked with the “Silent Train” campaign to improve quality of life. She is also a frequent participant in other community enrichment projects.”

 

As always, a referral is a great compliment, so if you know of anyone who could benefit from my expertise, I would love to talk to them. Call me on my cell at 404-931-3944 or email me at tinahunsicker@hotmail.com .

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Why Thanksgiving Is So Special To Me: My Adoption Story

This is National Adoption Day and November is National Adoption Month.  For me its also a special week, Thanksgiving is a time for everyone to reflect on what we’re thankful for, but to me it means a whole lot more.  Here is my story:

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Adopting one child will not change the world; but for that child, the world will change.

11 years ago my mom and I made the trip to Kemerovo, Russia to bring home my son. Attached is a story that I wrote back then for my adoption agency. This week always reminds me of that journey and ALL I have to be Thankful for. I can’t believe it was that long ago!

The Journey for Chase :

My journey to adopt a child unofficially began in 2003. I made the trip to Bulgaria with my sister-in-law to bring home her two children. From then on I had the idea that I wanted to adopt a child from an Eastern European country. Finally in 2004 when I was preparing my year-end financials, I decided I would finally be able to afford the process and had a consistent enough income to support a child on my own.
I am single. So in January of 2005 I began the process with a local agency here in Atlanta thinking they could help me through the process. By April, I had all of my paperwork done and was “paper ready”, that agency sent my dossier to one Russian Region, where it sat… Week after week I heard different reasons why nothing was happening in that region and that it would pick up any day, but by the middle of July I was getting tired of the excuses and decided to network around and inquire online to find out about what agencies had people traveling and to what regions etc. A friend recommended me to Adoption ARK (now out of business due to Russia being closed to adoptions), she put me in touch with several people who were traveling within very short times from becoming “paper ready”. I contacted Elina and she was in Russia at the time and a week later she emailed me and told me they weren’t currently working in Krasnodar (that was the region I had done the paperwork for with the other agency) since nothing had been moving there in such a long time. She also told me that she expected to have some more children available next week and to contact her that Wednesday. Well by Monday evening, I had an email with a picture of this darling little boy – Dima. I asked what I had to do, she sent me a list and I was off on recreating my dossier, and getting everything ready for his different region.
I traveled within 2 weeks to meet him, a darling little boy whose name was Dima and went back for court within 7 weeks. From beginning to end the process was under 3 months! My little guy – (now called Chase) is healthy, happy and so loved by the entire extended family. We’ve been home 3 months now and he acts like he’s been here his whole life. He gained 5 pounds in 2 months and grew 2 inches. He has already outgrown the clothes I brought him home in and understands English and Spanish (his nanny is Spanish). He speaks a few words and kisses good-bye. He is the light of my life and he has the ability to cheer anyone up. Everyone keeps saying how happy he is and he really is…

The picture of Chase in his reindeer was the first night in our hotel in Kemerovo.  We had given him as much formula as he wanted and he proceeded to throw up on me!  The picture in the tub was at home.  The other pictures were a few weeks later when he made the trip to Charleston to meet all the family.

I still remember that week and what happened daily.  My Mom and I flew out on a Saturday evening arriving in Kemerovo on a Monday morning.  They immediately whisked us off to my court date which took most of the morning.  Later that day there was more paperwork to do and the next morning (Tuesday) we made the journey with several other families via a van to Novokuznetsk.  We had issues with the Van with fuel line freeze up and we sat on the side of the road in Siberia while they sent another van to us.  By the time we got to the baby home it was afternoon.  No time for a tour, but I do remember seeing this beautiful baby in a light blue knit outfit and my mother and I commented on pretty he was.  It had only been a month since we had seen “Dima” but that was him.  No time for a tour, we got our babies and they loaded us back into our van to head back to Kemerovo for more processing.  By Thursday on Thanksgiving we were in Moscow to meet with the embassy doctor and more processing.  There was no turkey to be found at any of the hotels or restaurants we had contacted.  So we just ate a regular meal in the Park Hyatt Hotel in Moscow.  All went well and Friday we were headed home!  That’s a very abbreviated version of what happened, but as you can see it makes every Thanksgiving that much more special with the memories.  Hope you have a very special Thanksgiving this year as well full of your special memories!

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Atlanta Private School Open House Schedule 2016/17

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It’s open house time again! Many of Atlanta’s private school’s admissions processes are in full swing and there is a busy schedule of open houses, information sessions, and other opportunities to visit the campuses and get to know the schools. I’ve listed the upcoming open house dates here but have linked to the school’s schedule pages for many more details on their admissions timeline.

In last year’s post, I wrote about how competitive the process can be and how important it is to jump into the school’s timelines in order to secure a spot in your top choice. Getting into the open houses will give you a lot of insight into the school’s culture and really help determine your priorities when it comes to applications and admissions.

The Westminster School: Lower School Open House Saturday, November 12, 2016; Middle School Open House Friday, December 2, 2016;  Upper School  Open House Saturday, December 3, 2016

The Lovett School:  Kindergarten Open House Saturday, November 12, 2016;  Grade 1-5 Open House Sunday, November 13, 2016;  Grade 6-8 Open House Sunday, November 13, 2016; Grade 9-12 Open House Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Trinity School: Tuesday, November 15,2016; Thursday, December 8,2016; Wednesday,  January 18,2017

Pace Academy:  Middle and Upper Schools Open House Saturday, November 19,2016;  Lower School  Open House Sunday, November 20, 2016

Holy Innocent’s Episcopal Academy : Saturday, December 3, 2016

Whitfield Academy : Saturday, January 21, 2017

St Benedict’s Episcopal School:  Sunday, December 4, 2016;  Sunday, January 22,2017

The Galloway School: Sunday, December 4,2016

Atlanta International School: Saturday, December 3, 2016

Atlanta Girl’s School: Sunday, November 13, 2016

Heritage Preparatory Academy School: Saturday, January 21, 2017

Holy Spirit Preparatory School: Preschool Open House Sunday, January 29, 2017; Lower School Open House Monday, February 16, 2017 ; Upper School Open House Sunday, January 29, 2017

For links to Atlanta private school home pages, check out this post.

 

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Old World Elegance with a Fun Surprise at 5835 De Claire Court 30328

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Walk into this North Chastain home and you’ll be amazed at all it has to offer. With its elegant, unique main level living, generous space, and  fun terrace-level twist, this home is the best of all worlds, minutes from Atlanta’s best schools, dining, entertainment, and transportation.

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Soaring 12-ft ceilings, arched windows, and a unique octagonal formal living room in a cool neutral color scheme set the mood for the main living level of the home. With an open-flow floor plan, the main level can function as private formal spaces or as a perfect setting for larger parties.

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The bright and serene family room has a cozy fireplace, vaulted ceilings, and french doors that open onto the deck with views of the landscaped backyard and pool. Dark hardwood floors anchor the home and flow up the wide staircase to the children’s bedrooms and bathrooms upstairs.

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The banquet-sized formal dining room makes a statement with its lush hand painted fine art murals and exquisite woodwork and has ample room for family holiday dinners.

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Steps away from the formal dining room is a beautiful spacious chef’s kitchen with white cabinetry and high-end stainless appliances. With an island and bar overlooking the family breakfast room, the space functions as a family hub or as a serving space for chic entertaining.

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The large wooded back yard is private and beautifully landscaped. A heated pool and terrace are overlooked by the deck and screened porch off the main living level.

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Like a seaside retreat, the main level master suite invites you to stop and drink in the tranquil setting. Shuttered windows and coffered ceiling details reinforce this feeling of an elegant boutique hotel somewhere on the Mediterranean Sea. A walk-in closet with top-of-the-line closet system and an attached sitting room make the suite a true retreat.

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Dual vanities, a deep soaking tub and separate shower create a spa environment in the master bath.

The terrace level of the home is where the real fun begins. Complete with a fireplace and lounge, wine room, media room with theater lounge seats and a projector for movies, a billiards room, and bathroom and changing area for the pool, it’s your own private entertainment complex!

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A comfortable family room with a fireplace and mini kitchen opens onto the terrace surrounding the heated pool.

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A large bedroom and bathroom allows for an office, private guest space, in-law suite, or au pair suite, making it flexible for the changing needs of your family.

Outdoor entertaining is a breeze with mutual-level covered decks and a pool and spa terrace. Hang out in the sun at the pool or retreat to the cool screened in porch.

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This home is a real jewel in one of Atlanta’s most sought after locations. Take a look at more photos and details in the full listing on my website and then call me to set up a viewing. This home is a must-visit with too many details to list!

3835 De Claire Court, Sandy Springs GA 30328

Overview: 6,947 sq ft; 6 bedrooms; 6 bathrooms; 3 car garage; 4 fireplaces; daylight basement; heated pool

Schools: Heards Ferry/ Ridgeview/ Riverwood

 

 

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Update: Summer Sleep-away Camps Lists

Chase has had a great time at three sleep-away camps this summer! I’ve mentioned them before, but the maritime and water sports programs at Camp Seagull/ Camp Seafarer are so great and he has such an amazing experience that I can’t say enough good things about them. He also attended a Boy Scout camp  and a Georgia Tech Lacrosse Camp this summer and came home tired, dirty, and completely happy!  I also want to mention that many of these camps require sign ups starting in early October, so if you’re thinking about next summer you might need to start doing your research now!

I’ve been posting about summer camps as a resource for parents for several years now, so I wanted to link to a couple of posts with good lists of summer camps that either Chase or other friends have enjoyed. I update these lists as I get more information so they do change from time to time. To save you the trouble of searching through the archives, take a look at the “categories” list on the right side of the blog – if you click on “Atlanta Summer Camps” all of my posts are there in one place.

Meanwhile, here is a post from a few years ago about summer sleep-away camps and a list of both local day and sleep-away camps I’ve put together over the years.

Since a photo is worth 1,000 words, here are a few pictures of Chase’s summer camp experiences- the smiles say it all!

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Chase and a camp buddy // photo credit: seagull-seafarer.org

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Learning net-fishing skills // photo skills: seagull-seafare.org

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Chase loves getting his hands dirty at camp! // photo credit: seagull-seafarer.org

 

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One of many great water activities // photo credit: seagull-seafarer.org

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Around the campfire

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Tired, dirty, and happy!

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Timeless Southern Porches

 

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There are few things that say “Southern charm” like a comfortable, shady porch. There is something really special about enjoying an iced tea or a glass of wine, having a relaxed weekend meal, or relaxing with a book outdoors on the porch. They say “welcome to my home” and create a timeless first impression.

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A twilight welcome at 2741 Vinings Orchard Circle

Although our summers can be hot, living in Atlanta means we get at least three seasons of use out of our porches.

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As a realtor, I’m seeing the screened in porch as a big draw for potential buyers as well. Not only does a porch keep some of the harsh sunlight and heat out of your home, but a screened porch adds a lot of usable indoor/outdoor living space for a fraction of the cost of a home addition.

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Southern porches can be as simple as a covered patio on the front of the house to a screened room with luxurious furnishings and a fireplace, surround sound, and entertainment center.

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Fantastic vaulted porch with fireplace at 2727 Lansdowne Lane

Furnishings are usually casual with comfort in mind. Rocking chairs are always welcome and it’s hard to go wrong with a porch swing.

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Adding a ceiling fan can really enhance the comfort level and screening in a porch keeps out pests and makes outdoor dining a breeze. What could be better than summer entertaining with an outdoor kitchen and dining area on a porch?

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My listing at 2741 Vinings Orchard Circle has incredible porches on every level of the home

There is a style of porch for every architectural style too, from rustic to neoclassical, low country to modern. Even pool houses and walk-out basement entrances are getting the screened porch treatment.

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Adding shutters is a classic touch that also creates more privacy on a porch (and is a great place for kids to camp out during sleepovers).

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Architectural and style trends may come and go, but a classic southern element like a great porch is timeless.

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New Owner of Tyler Perry Estate Revealed

The identity of the out-of-state mystery buyer for Tyler Perry’s Buckhead estate has been revealed: Evangelist David Turner’s purchase of the 17 acre estate made history as the most  expensive real estate transaction in Atlanta history at $17.5 million in May 2016.  According to the Buckhead Patch , Turner,  a former businessman made his fortune in the specialty food business before becoming an evangelist and starting David Turner International Ministries. He purchased the Tyler Perry estate after feeling that “God told him to come here and buy the house” according to Buckhead.com.

An evangelist purchasing an expensive home isn’t new news around the South. Joel Osteen and his wife Victoria purchased a $10.5M home in the River Oaks neighborhood of Houston Texas in 2010  according to Houston.CultureMap.com.

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Atlanta.Curbed.comAtlanta.Curbed.com reports that  Atlanta  pastor Creflo Dollar lives on a sprawling 183 acre estate in Fayette County Georgia. The home was originally built in 1996 but has been renovated and expanded in recent years to include multiple wings and over 17,000 square feet. Dollar is also said to own an apartment in NYC valued at $2.4 million dollars.

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Steven Furtick’s Waxhaw, NC home //photo credit: worshipideas.com

On a slightly less grand scale is Charlotte, NC pastor Steven Furtick who built a 16,000 square foot gated estate in Waxhaw, NC. One of the largest homes in the metro area with 5 bedrooms and 7.5 bathrooms, it has a tax value of $1.6 million and sits on 19 wooded acres. The 33 year old pastor lives in the home that he has described as “a gift from God” with his wife Holly.

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T.D. Jakes Texas-sized estate // photo credit info celebrityhomes.com

In Dallas, Bishop T.D. Jakes lives in a 15,000 square foot home in Ft Worth Texas, purchased in 2004 for $5.575 million. The property features a private lake, swimming pool and tennis court. Founder of The Potter’s House Ministry, Jakes is an author  has also been involved in the Christian film industry as a producer, actor, and writer. In an interesting connection, Tyler Perry directed and adaptation of one of T.D. Jake’s books- small world!

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