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11 Alive News Coverage – 1:48 minutes with Tina Hunsicker at 2828 Peachtree Penthouse

Click here to see the video of the Penthouse of 2828 Peachtree Road in Buckhead that was featured on 11Alive News recently.

Click here to see the video of the Penthouse of 2828 Peachtree Road in Buckhead that was featured on 11Alive News recently.

http://www.11alive.com/news/article/229192/40/OPEN-HOUSE–Buckhead-high-rise-home-in-the-sky

ATLANTA (WXIA) – Thirty-one stories above the streets of Buckhead is a 5,300 square foot condo for sale, if you’ve got $1.75 million burning a hole in your pocket.

The elevator at 2828 Peachtree takes you to a private entrance for the 5,300 square foot condo.

“It’s very rare to have a condo where there’s no one else on your floor,” said Tina Hunsicker of Sotheby’s International Realty. “What I’m seeing now in the marketplace, people do want that open, bright, contemporary space.”

The kitchen is spacious, with two refrigerators and two Gaggenau ovens among the top-line appliances. But of all the top amenities in this high-rise condo, the view is the biggest feature.

Click here to see more photos and information about 2828 Peachtree Road in Buckhead, listed at $1,750,000 by Tina Hunsicker of Atlanta Fine Homes Sotheby's International Realty.

Click here to see more photos and information about 2828 Peachtree Road in Buckhead, listed at $1,750,000 by Tina Hunsicker.

“This is unique in that it’s the only full 360 degree view with windows of this size in this building,” she said.

The view follows you to the living area of the home.

“Let’s go to the southern side of the building which is actually the entertaining space,” Hunsicker said.

There’s a second kitchen for that purpose and a billiard room. Along, with, once again, the view. You can workout while staring at the skyline.

“You can see the clouds moving, you can see the weather coming in, you can tell what traffic is,” she said.

If you don’t have a fear of heights, you’ll get an even better perspective from the balconies that connect to the three bedrooms. Located in the heart of Buckhead on Peachtree Road, the price on this contemporary condo has dropped from $2.5 million to $1.75 million.

This penthouse is no longer listed with Tina Hunsicker, but she can help you find the perfect Buckhead  luxury condominium for sale. Click here to contact her.

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Light and bright homes sell faster

Happy New Year! I sat down to come up with my business ideas for 2012 and thinking creatively how to sell my listings in Vinings, Buckhead and throughout Atlanta. In thinking back to the buyers I worked with this year, one common theme runs through all the homes that they were interested in – Light and Bright.

This kitchen is on the back of the home and lets in a lot of natural light, there and into the family room.  Click here to find out more information about this home for sale in Vinings on Laramie Drive.

This kitchen is on the back of the home and lets in a lot of natural light, there and into the family room.

Back when I started in real estate – now a decade ago, I remember a very experienced agent telling me something that stuck with me “light and bright sells”. That idea runs through staging a house for sale and time of day to shoot a house for pictures.

Open the drapes - or remove them entirely like my listing at 1655 High Trail in Rivers Call. Light and Bright sells a home!  Click on the image for more photos and information.

Open the drapes – or remove them entirely like my listing at 1655 High Trail in Rivers Call. 

Often I have my client take down draperies that are blocking any sunlight. They may have spent thousands on having them made, but when we’re showcasing a house for a buyer, the more light the better!

One of my recent buyers was very interested in making sure the back of the house was south. Since most kitchen and family areas are on the back they would tend to get the most sun. I actually got her a “happy light” for Christmas as she truly believes that light affects her moods and she’d have to undergo light therapy if her house didn’t face the right direction!

Around 2005ish when new construction was booming, builders were building tudor styles with dark doors, dark beams, dark floors and cabinetry. I’m thinking these styles have gone the way of hemlines. (You know they say skirt hemlines go down in a bad economy and up in a good one.)

I’m thinking that in a bad economy people want to feel happy and light and bright houses help accomplish that.

I don’t believe everything has to be white to get that feeling. Designer Lori Tippins (Tippins Interiors) has helped two of my clients accomplish this feeling without doing that by:

  • darkening the floors and kept the walls lighter with color still added
  • helping clients make their houses more “still” and cut down on “busy”ness to give them a calm feeling.
  • not putting granite in a kitchen in at least 4 years!

Without a lot of new construction out there the latest styles are not seen as often, buyers are having to make changes to update their homes. Lori believes in marbles, wood, concrete and other products like that. I do see some of the builders still using products that they were successful with 5 or 6 years ago.

Even my most traditional buyers want wide open, bright spaces. Sometimes that may mean cutting back trees or limbing them up on resale houses, as we all tend to like the trees in our yards, but as they begin to block windows, it is time to move them or cut them down.

I represented the buyer in the purchase of this East Cobb home. Key to the sale was the interior light of the home, which was newly built in 2011.

I represented the buyer in the purchase of this East Cobb home at 326 Greyhaven Lane. Key to the sale was the interior light of the home, which was newly built in 2011.  Lori Tippen, an interior designer helped my client to change paint colors and add lighter elements throughout the home.

I’ve sold two new construction houses in metro Atlanta since December 2011, and both were sold due to the light and bright feeling. One was very European feeling (Laurel Drive) with a wall of windows in the kitchen and hardly any upper cabinetry, but the feel of this room and the level backyard with a South Beach feel is what emotionally attracted the client to this home.

The other home I sold in December 2011 was in East Cobb (326 Greyhaven Lane) is the one that has good light, but Lori had to help my client with changing paint colors converting to marble etc.

PVC pipes are being used in new construction rather than copper tubing, which is subject to being stolen.

PVC pipes are being used in new construction rather than expensive copper tubing, which is subject to being stolen.

Another item that is a new material I’m seeing in these homes is PVC supply plumbing. The first time I saw this I was shocked, but the inspector assured me it was OK, then when I saw it again in the Greyhaven house I was more prepared. With copper prices so high and the fact that the copper is actually being ripped out of the walls during construction, builders are moving to this type of plumbing. The jury is still out on it in my mind, but the inspectors say it will be fine.

Another aspect of this light and bright “need” is that I have definitely seen a real need for contemporary houses. The traditional houses that are all over Atlanta, are not what many younger buyers, clients from other countries and those moving in from out of state are looking for.

I think I’ll feature this desire for more contemporary style architecture in Atlanta in a future Blog Entry as it’s a pretty important new trend. I’d love to have any ideas you have on helping homes become light and bright!

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“Flipping Out” – Cottage Industry Construction should be the next star!

Maybe you’ve watched the television show Flipping Out on Bravo, maybe not.  I get a kick out of it because sometimes when I’m dealing with (or a client is dealing with) builders and designers we probably feel how the star, Jeff Lewis, often feels in this program.

A custom home built by Greg DeLoach of Cottage Construction Industries in Atlanta.

A custom home built by Greg DeLoach of Cottage Industry Construction in Atlanta.

I have a real life Vinings/Buckhead answer to the remodeling/building nightmares:  Cottage Industry Construction, owned by husband/wife team Lauren and Greg DeLoach.  They have been friends and clients of mine for years.

Greg is a builder with a building degree from Georgia Tech and Lauren is a designer with a degree in Interior Design from the University of Georgia.  Lauren regularly works with Greg’s clients drawing plans, space planning and making selections. Greg is amazing at keeping the project on time and on budget.

Everyone will have to sell their house someday and I often get calls when people are remodeling or building wondering what a prospective buyer’s preference would be, or asking me how important something is. 

Greg and Lauren have a sense of what needs to be done at what price point with houses.  She can select lighting fixtures for a $300,000 house or a $3M house and make them both look timeless and current.

On the TV program, Jeff Lewis does both design and building as well and he has a staff that he’s constantly firing or having issues with because it really is a tough job to marry the two.

Trying to keep on schedule (and on budget) is always a challenge and by working with a couple that is literally married I think the builder gets the answers he needs a lot quicker from the designer!

Greg, Lauren and I had a standing joke that I could sell all of their houses in “1” day.  I think it took 3 days one time.  Anyway, their talents of building, design and experience are worthy of making note.   I want the DeLoach’s to start their own TV program, and of course I want to be the agent to sell all of their gorgeous houses!

Cottage Industry Construction has two projects going on in Buckhead currently, joining with great names in architecture locally. I’m sure you’ll be seeing a lot more of them in the future.

I’m including some pictures and their contact information if you know of someone interested.

So stay tuned!

Cottage Industry Construction
Greg DeLoach
404-227-0621
gregkdeloach@yahoo.com

A picture of a kitchen before and after, benefitting from the work of Cottage Industry Construction.

A picture of a kitchen before and after, benefitting from the work of Cottage Industry Construction.

The most elegant ping pong table I have ever seen. Beautiful!

The most elegant ping pong table I have ever seen. Beautiful!

A kitchen designed and remodeled by Lauren and Greg DeLoach of Cottage Industry Construction in Atlanta.

A kitchen designed and remodeled by Lauren and Greg DeLoach of Cottage Industry Construction in Atlanta.

A sophisticated and warm kitchen. Love the chairs at the bar!

A sophisticated and warm kitchen. Love the chairs at the bar!

A lovely, inviting entry way designed by Lauren DeLoach of Cottage Industry Construction.

A lovely, inviting entry way designed by Lauren DeLoach of Cottage Industry Construction.

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Check it out: Finely Frugal Blog

Scalamandré Fabric and Fred Reed Antique French Botanicals Meet Ballard’s Backroom Outlet Tables and Steinmart Lamps!

When it comes to interior design, I’ve perfected the art of knowing when to splurge and where to save while creating meaningful and timeless spaces!One of my favorite personal examples of mixing the “saves” with the “splurges” is this vignette I created on the wall above the living room sofa in my Atlanta house. It’s not a great picture with the glare on the glass, but I’m actually amazed that I could produce a picture of our former home in our current crazy renovation situation!

The Splurge: Hand painted frames with high quality mats and gold leaf inserts from Fred Reed Picture Framing in Atlanta. Look at the detail of the hand painted border and the indented corner at outer edge of the frame.

The Save: Gold painted resin sunburst mirror and laurel wreath plate holders from Hill Street Warehouse in Atlanta.

The Pièce de Résistance: Antique French botanical prints we found on our 10 year anniversary trip to Paris. Here is the element of meaningfulness that a space needs.

When I see these they conjure up the memory of spending the afternoon in a little shop on the left bank with my wonderful husband. He helped to pick these out, which is very out of character for him, making them even more special

Check out the new blog: Finely Frugal.  You’ll love Michelle’s sense of style and her abilities!

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