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Under Contract: 9 Albemarle Drive NW

Tucked up to a 25 acre nature reserve, 9 Albemarle is in an enclave of just 11 homes on a private street. With shelter-in-place fresh on our minds, many home buyers are thinking not only about their living spaces but also about how we live in our homes more than ever. And if you are looking for generous space and serenity, this may be the perfect place for you to call home. Designed by acclaimed Atlanta architect Kenneth Lynch, it is a timeless and gracious home with beautiful updates to make it move-in ready.

Traditional vernacular architecture and a shake shingle roof create a welcoming first impression. The home’s threshold is reached via a wide front porch, with room for comfortable seating sheltering under a classic southern blue ceiling.

The entrance hall opens to the main floor living areas, each distinctive but with an open flow throughout. The beautiful millwork in the entrance hall continues throughout the home with unique fireplace surrounds, built in shelving, and elegant cornicing.

Stepping down from the entrance hall is the formal living room with two walls of windows to let in plenty of natural light, a beautiful fireplace with Federal-style mantel, and more of the woodwork you will see throughout the home.

Across the hall is the formal dining room with plenty of room for a generous table seating 10-12 people.

A butler’s pantry between the dining room and kitchen is so rare these days! Keep everything you need for entertaining at your fingertips!

The updated custom kitchen is really special, with cabinetry evoking an old-world aesthetic with refined, luxurious surfaces and finishes.

Again, this home is all about the feeling of serenity, with impeccable details that underscore its everyday luxury – the woodwork detailing on the wine bar and center island being a case in point.

Adjoining the kitchen is this hearth-side dining area for weeknight family dinners. Like the butler’s pantry, the brick hearth is a rare feature!

A sunny keeping room off the kitchen and dining space has a vaulted ceiling and views of the greenery outside; important, given how many of us are working from home more than ever, the french doors can be closed as needed.

The real heart of the family home, the kitchen and dining area opens onto a large deck and overlooks the back yard and green space, with french doors you can open wide for summer entertaining.

This gorgeous laundry room certainly brightens up necessary household tasks; an adjoining informal office space could serve as a sewing or craft space as well.

The second floor holds the 3 generously sized en suite bedrooms, including a spacious master suite with a dressing room and large bathroom with double vanity, free standing soaking tub, and walk-in shower.

While the finishes are minimal, they are truly elegant, with accents carefully chosen to compliment the serenity of the space.

The terrace level is fully finished and houses two large play and living rooms and a bedroom suite.

Vaulted ceilings, a wet bar, wood burning stove, and exterior french doors make this a true upgrade from many finished basement levels.

Full sized windows and generous ceiling height, along with a large walk-in shower make this suite perfect for visiting grandparents or guests.

Mature trees, beautiful landscaping, and a generous deck form the backdrop of this home’s tranquil setting. You may be minutes from shopping, dining, and schools (the neighborhood is 2 minutes from The Westminster School’s back entrance), but your peace won’t be disturbed by through traffic or highway noise.

On a private cul de sac with a flat parking area just off the front porch, you can teach the kids how to ride their bikes or take an evening stroll without constantly watching for traffic.

Take a look at my Facebook Live walk-thru of this home of reach out to me for an in-person viewing. There are more details and photos on the listing itself as well as info about upcoming open houses!

9 Albemarle Drive NW Atlanta GA 30327

Property overview: 4 bedrooms; 7 bathrooms; 6460 sq ft; 3 car garage; full finished basement/terrace level; butler’s pantry; tennis community; nature preserve

Schools: Morris Brandon / Sutton / North Atlanta

Offered at $1,399,900

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Take out Restaurants during our Stay at Home time.

It looks like this site, Takeout COVID, is willing to add any restaurants that are open for delivery or pick up. Please contact them to add any that you know of that aren’t represented here. I’ve only been cooking at home for the past month but it’s starting to get old, so I may venture out to get some take out for a change. Enjoy!

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Walking tour of 2945 Paces Lake Drive in Vinings

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New listing: 2945 Paces Lake Drive SE

Don’t miss this one on the lake in Vinings!

My followers are the first to know of a new listing coming to market in the next week in the heart of Vinings on Paces Lake.

This high quality custom home was built in 1998 and is one of the best lots on the street. This lot allows the home to have 3 sides of water views with privacy. Custom finishes thru out include: shake shingle roof, copper gutters, solid wood doors, heart of pine floors and pine cabinetry, to mention a few.

The main level is perfect for entertaining with a 4 seasons sun room that has walls of windows overlooking the lake on all sides. The doors from the sun room lead to a blue stone patio with outdoor fireplace overlooking the lake as well. Its an easy stroll down the steps to your private boat dock and lift.

This Design Galleria kitchen features professional appliances and granite countertops and is open to a cozy fireside keeping room. The formal dining room is massive and easily seats 12. There is a large living room or family room on this level as well, all in all it has 3 sitting/living rooms on the main which allows for entertaining large groups.

All bedrooms are ensuite and all bathroom fixtures are imported from England and are a classic white and the tiles have black traditional accents. The ceilings are 10 ft. and the mouldings are intricate and detailed.

The master is on the main which is a favorite here in Vinings and the teen suites are huge upstairs with extra sinks in the closets for visiting teens or art projects – 3 teen suites in all. The closets in the teen suites are rooms unto themselves! The basement is a perfect hang out place with a media room, sports storage space, billiard or shuffle board room and fitness room or nanny suite. There is room for a pool if you’d like. Plus I need to mention a 3 car garage where even the flooring is blue stone! We are getting this ready for market and it will be listed next week at $2,495,000. Walk to private schools. Call me if you’d like to see it then and you can be my neighbor!

2945 Paces Lake Drive, Atlanta, GA 30339

Property overview: 5 bedrooms ; 7 bathrooms ; 4,874 sq. ft. ; classic brick custom lakefront home ; master on main ; walkable to Vinings Village ; 3 car garage ; full walk-out basement ; Cochise Club eligible

Schools: Teasely / Campbell / Campbell

Offered at $2,495,000

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Open House on Sunday October 5th, 2019 from 2-4

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Trying to Figure out where to Live in Atlanta?

Atlanta is known for its influx of relocation clients.  Berkshire Hathaway Home Services  Georgia Properties is the largest Relocation provider in the city.  Often when I have one of these clients, they are trying to figure out what area of the City to live in.  I just saw this post on Facebook and it made me chuckle, but hopefully it will be helpful to people in their search.  Vinings isn’t included, but its often been described as just like Buckhead without the lipstick.  Enjoy!

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New Price: 4560 S Elizabeth Lane SE

When a home has good bones like this one, all it takes is a little refresh to make it sparkle! Fresh paint, beautifully refinished hardwoods, and updated kitchen and bathrooms have brought this classic beauty up to date and move-in ready. A lush, established neighborhood in a great location are just icing on the cake.

The Georgian center hall floor plan opens with a grand staircase and entrance hall and the main floor radiates out from it with living and sitting rooms on one side and dining and kitchen on the other.

There is a relaxed formality to the home; at once very livable and open and also elegant. With enough separation between spaces to make for quiet conversations there is still with a great entertainers flow to the main floor.

The gorgeous hardwood floors are throughout the main floor; built-ins, moulding, and a fireplace with a tile surround are classic details that you’ll find in every room.

This dining room was made for family holiday meals!

Open to a great breakfast room, a sun room, and is steps to a spacious laundry room, the kitchen has been updated recently.

The kitchen is impeccable, with modern finishes that blend into the home’s classic style.

The master suite is huge,  with tray ceilings, beautiful fresh paint, and beautifully refinished hardwood floors.

The master bath has been updated to include a soaker tub and a walk-in shower. Built-ins make the most of the abundant closets.

The home’s 5 bedrooms are bright, large, and well-proportioned, with plenty of room for kids to spread out and create their own personal refuge.

A classic southern feature, the charming sunroom is just off the kitchen and family room, a great place for kids to spread out with creative projects when it’s too hot to enjoy the yard. Or, you could indulge your inner green thumb and fill it with plants!

With a bonus room, a full daylight basement with a kitchenette and private entrance, there is abundant flexible space for a media rooms, home office or gym, teen space, or an in-law suite. There is a fenced yard, although the lot is larger than the fenced space at almost 3/4 acres.

 

As always, feel free to call me with any questions or to set up an appointment to view this lovely home. And take a look at the full listing on my website for all the details.

4560 S Elizabeth Lane SE Atlanta GA 30339

Property Overview: 5 bedrooms/ 5 bathrooms; 4,485 square ft; finished daylight basement with kitchenette; 4 side brick Georgian traditional; Cochise Club swim/tennis eligible; fenced yard; enclosed sun room

Schools: Teasley / Campbell / Campbell

 

 

 

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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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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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