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A luxury residential real estate agent working with Bershire Hathaway Home Services. I specialize in the Vinings and Buckhead areas, and have thorough knowledge of metro Atlanta for all my relocation clients. Atlanta is a great place to call home.

Homepage: https://realviningsbuckhead.wordpress.com

Chicken Salad Chick Vinings Grand Opening – Worth the Wait!

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Well, this morning I waited in line for an hour in our freezing weather to be one of the 1st 100 customers of Chicken Salad Chick in The Station at Vinings shopping center, and boy was it worth the wait!

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Chicken Salad Chick is located at 2810 Paces Ferry Road #310 next to Meehan’s and behind the QT.  Its a large, homey space and they are ready to roll!  I feel like I should be saying “y’all” as I describe this as it’s a Southerner’s dream come true with 12 varieties of Chicken Salad and Pimento Cheese and 7 types of salads, soups and more.

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The line inside- I was #85!

I was first introduced to Chicken Salad Chick at a Lacrosse tournament about a year ago when they were opening their Buckhead location on Roswell Rd.  The store’s owner Lauren told me they’d been working since then to get this location open but they were going into a space that had never been a restaurant before, so it took quite a while to get it ready.  There were many people from their corporate office on site today to greet the crowds and get the restaurant up and rolling.

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They have a large, homey dining area

They have lots of drawings today for Grand Opening and even more drawings thru the rest of this week; you can get the details on their Facebook Event Page.  They are open Monday-Saturday, 10:30am-7pm. Stop by and check it out!

And as always, if you’d love to live in our wonderful walking village give me a call.  There is actually one great deal right now that I’d love to tell you about that is SO close!

Tina Hunsicker

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Chicken Salad Chick comes to Vining Station!

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Speaking of Grand Openings- Chicken Salad Chick is opening its newest Atlanta location in Vinings Station, Wednesday, March 7. If you haven’t heard of Chicken Salad Chicks, they’re an Auburn, Alabama based fast-casual restaurant owned by Stacy Brown with great Southern classics like chicken salad and pimento cheese.

Southern Living raves about their grape chicken salad recipe and for a good reason- it’s addictive!  Here is their Vinings store page with all the details of their location and menu. I’ll do a Facebook live video tomorrow to share my experience with you all. You can “like” or follow my Real Vinings|Buckhead page for more of what makes my town a great place to call home.

As always, if I can show you around and help you find a home here, I’d be more than happy to chat or meet with you. Let me know how I can help!

Tina Hunsicker

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New in Vinings: The Front Porch Market and Project Studio

We had a double Grand Opening this weekend in Vinings Village with The Front Porch of Vinings opening its new Market space; and  Project Studio, an art class and workshop space in the market.

Grand Opening!

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The entrance to the Market

The new Market is located just below the home goods and women’s apparel portion of the shop and features local prepared food, cheeses, gifts, and fresh flowers.

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If you miss “The Shoppe of Vinings” that we use to have in the Village, this is a great replacement.  With cards, gifts, sweet and savory pies, cheeses from Georgia’s Sweetgrass Dairy, pickles and jams, it’s a real Southern experience. Owner Lisa Rieves told me she is trying to create a beautiful “General Store” vibe, carefully curated to serve the Vinings community. The Market will build specially designed gift baskets for you, or you can swing by and pick up a meal for a friend that just needs a night off from cooking. The Front Porch and the Market are a great one-stop shop for all kinds of gifts.

 

Also, sharing space in the Market is Project Studio where you can bring out your artsy side with a variety of art and home decor projects at all skill levels. Have a girls night out, baby shower, or date night! This is their second location (the first is in west Cobb) and they offer classes, creative art projects and seasonal decor in a beautiful space. Their classes are led by the owners or a staff of artists to guide you through the process.

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Project Studio’s menu board

Located just across Mountain Street from the Old Vinings Inn and just in front of the Paces Ferry Vet, both shops have great, easy parking.  If you’re a long time resident, you’ll find a refreshing combination of the shop that was Stacy’s Kitchen combined with a splash of Lucy’s Market.  And with the classes offered at Project Studio there is always something going on in the store.

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Their Grand opening was this past weekend March 2nd and 3rd and they are open now on Tuesday – Saturday from 10-5. Project Studio also offers evening classes.

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Local goodies by Strive Foods

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Sample of the types of baskets they can make for gifts.   Mention this post and I promise I will have a wonderful basket made for you at your closing!

My son and I just picked up a pie, some local cheeses and a card for a party that he was going to on Saturday night.  Swing by and check it out on your weekend walk around the Village!

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Grand opening projects!

We love living here and love to see more local-oriented shops coming into Vinings Village. Come check them out- there is really something here for everyone! And if you love our walking Village as much as I do, let me help you find your next home right here in our wonderful Village: Tina Hunsicker, realtor at Berkshire Hathaway Home Services.

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2017’s Top 10 Real Estate Sales in Atlanta

 

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421 Blackland Road NW
Atlanta, Georgia 30342-4051
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Sold $7,150,000 
7 Beds; Full Baths; Half Baths; 1.45 Acres
Built in 2010

Number 1 is back on the market after just a year.  Its listed for a couple million more than its last sale price.  It’s a beautiful home, fabulous location and may make the top 10 list in the future as well.  It took 8 years to sell the first time and with 4 years of  inventory at the over $2M price point it may take a while this time as well.

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435 King Road NW
Atlanta, Georgia 30342-4008
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Sold $6,400,000 
6 Beds; Full Baths; Half Baths; 1.38 Acres
Built in 2009

This home is beyond your wildest dreams as well and the purchaser actually bought the lot behind to make a larger yard for her children.  It seems a lot of Atlanta’s rich and famous are locating within walking distance of this home.  This one took 6 years to sell.

Number 3.

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2022 W Paces Ferry Road
Atlanta, Georgia 30327
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Sold $6,000,000 
4Beds; Full Baths; Half Baths; 7,526 SqFt; 6.00 Acres
Built in 1931

This one didn’t take as long to sell; it was on the market for just over a year.  But with 6 acres at the end of a prestigious street and bordering the Chattahoochee River,  this was a rare find.

 

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1150 W Garmon Road
Atlanta, Georgia 30327-4402
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Sold $5,275,822 
Beds; Full Baths; Half Baths; 13,000 SqFt: 1.80 Acres
Built in2015

This one was theAtlanta Homes & Lifestyles  Home for the Holidays Designer Showhouse in 2015 and sold in just 2 years.  It is undergoing extensive additions and renovations since its purchase as well.

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391 Argonne Drive
Atlanta, Georgia 30305-2813
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Sold $4,800,000 
Beds; Full Baths; Half Baths: 0.71 acres
Built in2015

New Construction and location helped this one sell in under a year, but for only 80% of the asking price.  That’s a motivated and realistic seller!

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2922 Andrews Drive NW
Atlanta, Georgia 30305-2906
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Sold $4,710,000 
Beds; 5 Full Baths; Half Baths;
Built in1926

Originally designed by renowned architect Neil Reid and fully restored, this historic home is on 2 acres. Add to that its prime location and you can see why it made the top 10. This home was on the market for 2 years.

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1001 W Paces Ferry Road NW
Atlanta, Georgia 30327-2649
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Sold $4,695,000 
Beds; 8 Full Baths; Half Baths; 18,200 SqFt ; 1.05 Acres
Built in 2010

Originally listed in 2010 as new construction, this sale price has a lot to do with square footage.  It was originally listed for $10M but ultimately sold for $4,695,000.

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80 Valley Road NW
Atlanta, Georgia 30305-1116
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                                                                            Sold $4,500,000                                                                                                             4 Beds; Full Baths; Half Baths; 7,211 SqFt; 4.43 Acres                                  Built in 1986 and remodeled in 2015

4.34 acres on a prime location on Valley Road makes this property worth its high price.  Originally listed 2 years ago, this sold for 72% of the list price.

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541 W Paces Ferry Road NW
Atlanta, Georgia 30305-1054
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Sold $4,300,000 
Beds; Full Baths ; Half Baths; 12,060SqFt
Built in1926

After 2 years on the market, it is yet to be seen what will happen with this 1926 Schutze historic property that was once a Designer Show house.  There has been an application in for subdivision of the property, so stay tuned to what’s behind this purchase.

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3605 Tuxedo Court NW
Atlanta, Georgia 30305-1067
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Sold $4,000,000 
7Beds; Full Baths; Half Baths; 18,000SqFt
Built in1990

After 6 years on the market this property sold at 68% of the original list.  It was off the market for a couple of years in 2012 and came back on in 2015 after the market picked back up.

If you’re looking for a Luxury home like these, call me! I know the market and inventory and would love to show you some that I find special.

 

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Buyer Seeking:

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My clients are a family of four who seeks a newer home close to Vinings but can be in Buckhead close to private schools. They are looking for at  least 4 bedrooms and a basement.  A great lot is a plus.  Up to $850,000.

If your home is a match and you’re interested in selling, give me a call!

Tina Hunsicker

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Interest rates rise: what does it mean for you?

Rates are going up and now is a better time to buy than any other time this year. Here’s what the anticipated interest rate increases mean in terms of monthly mortgage payments.

We don’t expect any softening in values, so the rate increase means you’ll be able to buy less house.  I’m up to date on what you can get at many price points and can help you buy quickly.

 

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Berkshire Hathaway’s January Market Report for Buckhead

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Berkshire Hathaway has released  its Buckhead real estate market update for January 2018   and it looks like 2018 was off to a slow start. However, I believe it is related to the weather we experienced here and not the demand.  I do see activity picking up in February and a sense of urgency with the threat of higher interest rates on the horizon.

We have basically 3 markets going on right now.  If a buyer is looking under $500,000 they can be prepared for a bidding war with multiple offers on properties that are priced right.  That’s particularly true in the under $350k price range.  Buyers that are looking from $500k-$1.5M can expect an even balance of buyers and sellers and should expect to pay comparable pricing to last year with little increase in pricing.  The buyers in the over $2M price range are in a buyers market and should expect to get deals.  There is about 4 years of inventory out there and plenty to pick from.  These buyers may have a high cash percentage as a down payment but due to the higher price points they are particularly sensitive to interest rate increases.

As always, your home is unique and as such requires an expert to help you price.  Hitting the range at the right price will help you sell in a reasonable amount of time.  I pride myself on my recommendations, not that all of my clients take them, but I’m confident in the analysis and getting your home sold rapidly if it is within the range.  We are ready to help you take the most advantage of this upcoming Spring market!

Please feel free to reach out with any questions!

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Whew, it’s been a busy week!

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I’d love to hear from you if you’d like to discuss a marketing plan for your home or if you have any questions about homes on the market.

Now excuse me while I finish up the paperwork on all of these properties!

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New Listing: 821 Lake Court Drive

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Don’t let the mid-century exterior of this sweet bungalow fool you- this place is SPACIOUS! Surrounded by mature trees in an established neighborhood, but fully renovated with thoughtful additions, this home offers an open floor plan and flexible space for a really comfortable family home.

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Hardwoods in the living room continue through the keeping room and dining area off the kitchen for a clean, cohesive look with few barriers to break up the space. Fresh neutral paint and lighting make this home completely move-in ready.

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Unlike many mid-century homes, dining and kitchen areas have been opened up so there is an easy flow for entertaining – no one is stuck in the kitchen when guests are here!

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Beautiful light granite, clean Shaker cabinetry, and stainless appliances keep the spacious kitchen light and bright while maximizing storage and counter space.

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The kitchen is open to the adjacent bonus room; perfect to keep an eye on the kids as a playroom.

The keeping room is a quiet spot for a reading nook just off the main living room.

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The spacious master suite is a really well-done addition to the home’s original footprint. Hardwoods, lots of windows, and a great lighting plan keep the space light, bright, and fresh.

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The master suite continues with it’s own private full bath with dual vanities and a generous walk-in closet.

Two more bedrooms with gleaming hardwoods, and two full bathrooms make for plenty of space for family and guests.

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With both outdoor and kitchen access, the bonus room has the potential to be anything you want it to be. Home office with a door for clients, playroom for the kids, even a home gym, this room is ready to go with lots of built in storage.

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The back yard is spacious with mature trees and lawn. Not only only did the homeowners add the master suite, but a great deck, fire pit area, and gazebo seating were added as well for great use of outdoor space.

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This home is a gem and I look forward to sharing it with its new owners. Call me with any questions or to set up an appointment to view. and take a look at the full listing on my website for all the details (and lots more photos!)

821 Lake Court SE Smyrna, GA 30082

Property overview: 3 bedroom/3 bathroom, Bungalow style, keeping room, large corner lot, deck, master suite addition. Square footage n/a.

Schools: King Springs/ Griffen/ Campbell

Listing price: $299,000

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Custom Home Tips and Ideas

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We’re rounding up ideas for custom home (or renovations) “must-haves” by Atlanta homeowners!  As I have posted before I hear a lot of great ideas from friends, neighbors, and clients about what they have learned from their experience in building or renovating.

Some ideas come up during every discussion. Lots of deep drawers in the kitchen, for example, are easier to access and keep organized that traditional cabinets. So if I list a repeat here, it’s because it’s still a great idea that people keep talking about.

Whole home systems:

Whole home water and air filtration systems can protect your home from environmental pollution and allergens. With Atlanta’s mild climate, seasonal allergies can be more like year-round allergies and an integrated air filtration system can go a long way in easing allergy symptoms. A water filtration system helps filter unwanted chemicals out of water used for drinking and bathing and can address issues with hard water.

Homeowners continue to love whole home central vac systems, especially with kitchen kick plate openings to make clean ups quick and easy.  Whole home automated generators are being talked about on almost every site I follow and the Nextdoor apps due to all of the storms recently its a key feature (and convenient) that everyone who doesn’t have one thinks about and those of us that have them thank our lucky stars every time the power goes out, which seems more and more often in Buckhead and Vinings with all of our large mature trees.

In the kitchen:

Appliances with professional features continue to be a popular choice. Homeowners love the quality and  functionality of smart refrigerators, convection or steam ovens, and powerful cook tops.  Back when Pirch was still in business I loved to see the demos of all of these fabulous new appliances and dream about upgrading my kitchen.  The expensive ones that I know I’ll never be able to justify are the built in Cappuccino makers and the wine dispensers that allow you have a fresh glass of wine and not have to finish the whole bottle.  The more attainable upgrades are the steam ovens.  Miele was my favorite, but my clients still prefer the Wolfe professional ranges it seems.  Steam has also been a hot (get it hot) topic with washers as well.  With messy boys the boy Mom’s I know are always looking for new and creative ways to remove stains.

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A pot filler was another great idea. Get one plumbed in at the stove during construction and you’ll never have to lug a huge pot of water from the sink to the stove again. Pasta night (or a shrimp boil) just got a lot easier!  I always crack up at this one as you still have to lug the pot to the sink to empty and wash it.  But from my clients I’ve heard they just like the look of them as well.

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Separate drink stations or refrigerators have come up every time I’ve had this conversation for years. But a new twist on that idea is a  full refrigerator in the pantry, great not only for the kid’s drinks, but as extra space for parties and holiday meals.  Those of that have been using the “beer” fridges in the garage for years love the idea of having it built right in.

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Careful planning for electrical outlets and USB outlets is important as technology becomes more and more a part of our lives. Many of our homes revolve around the kitchen but thinking about placement of USB outlets in the home office is important too; no more crawling under the desk to find a plug for your devices when they are planned at desk level!

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Bed and Bath:

A new trend seems to be in planning ahead for one-floor living. Dual master suites, one on the main floor and the other upstairs  with family bedrooms allows for parents to be close to  children at night during younger years with a guest suit on the main floor, and then the option to move down to one floor living in the future. This also works well for families who have grandparents visiting frequently, giving them privacy and space without having to deal with stairs.

Several people also talk about dual laundry rooms if space permits. Depending on your needs, a main laundry room on the bedroom floor and a smaller stackable laundry unit on the main floor or in the master closet can be really practical.

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Although soaker tubs are still popular, people are putting a lot more thought into their showers. From multiple shower heads, steam showers, custom sound and lighting and amazing tile finishes, showers are getting the attention they deserve.

One great tip is a heated bench seat in the shower. Think about how great those heated floors are, but for your tush!  One person even mentioned a built in coffee mug or wine glass holder.  Talk about taking a long shower!

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We’re always looking for ways to maximize our space and a lot of people are planning pocket doors into their homes during construction for that reason. Pocket doors are one of the single best space savers in a floor plan! Thinking through these subtle, harder to alter details during construction can really help with long term satisfaction. It just takes a little extra planning!

Indoor/ outdoor living:

Atlantans love their decks and porches! We like to practically live outdoors during nice weather but there are a couple of tips that can really extend the outdoor enjoyment. Screening in porches (or at least part of your porch) creates a bug-free outdoor space that’s great for dining, a kid’s hangout, or a spot for coffee in the morning. Adding  ceiling  fans or wall mounted oscillating fans to a porch keeps you cooler and keeps bugs away!

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Having either a mudroom or a bathroom that is accessible to the outdoors is a must-have for many moms. Having a place to clean up kids who are muddy from soccer practice, organize backpacks, or clean up dirty paws helps keep the rest of the house cleaner.  Speaking of muddy paws, a dog shower in the mud area or garage keeps Fido out of your tub or shower too.

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Garages should not be an afterthought! Measuring the depth of your parking spaces and the width of you door can save you so many headaches in the future. Believe me, you don’t want to find out you can’t fit your car into your garage space after construction is complete!

Planning electrical outlets and lighting in a garage are important too. We use our garages for so many things besides parking and having enough lighting is key. No one wants to search through ski equipment or lacrosse gear with a flashlight in one hand. And with electric cars becoming so popular, consider adding a high voltage outlet to charge your car.

And one last tip for your outdoor space: add faucets and hose bibs to every side of your home.  Keeping a long hose under control while you drag it around your house to hose off porches or walkways is a workout. Avoid that hassle by adding shorter  hoses (and their plumbing) to all sides of your home.

So, what would you add to this roundup? Any great tips or lessons learned during construction?  Check out the link from the previous list as well.

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