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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 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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Joel Osteen’s River Oaks home // photo credit houston.culturemap.com

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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Sold: 3429 Habersham Road NW

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3429 Habersham Road NW  Atlanta, GA 30305

Overview: 7,814 sq. ft.; 6 bedroom; 6 bathroom; 3 car garage; .73 acre lot

Schools: Jackson – Atlanta; Sutton; North Atlanta

List Price: $1,895,000

This gorgeous Tuxedo Park home located on one of the most prestigious streets in Atlanta was a great find for one of my clients! This 6 bedroom, 6 bathroom home with luxury finishes is on a large lot with an indoor/outdoor flow perfect for entertaining.

I knew that they were in the market for a really exceptional property and when I discovered that that this home would be available for sale, I wanted to get them in to see it as soon as possible. We were thrilled to be able to see this one just before it hit the market and my client was quick enough to snag it right away.

This is a great example of why working with an experienced realtor can really make a difference;  you may be able to find your dream home even if it hasn’t hit the market yet!

As always, feel free to reach out to me to set up a time to talk about the kind of home you are looking for. The Atlanta market has really been heating up lately and I’d love to help you find exactly what you want in a home. And please let me know if you’re even thinking about buying or selling your Atlanta area home! While you hear me talking about Buckhead and Vinings real estate all the time, I have lots of experience throughout metro Atlanta including Smyrna, “Smynings”, Mableton, Sandy Springs,  Ansley Park, Midtown and now even Towne Lake!.

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Vinings Townhome under contract

It didn’t take too much time (well, it was almost immediately after listing it in FMLS), that the townhome I posted about earlier, located at  2858 Paces Lookout Lane SE, Atlanta, GA 30339, went under contract. This beautiful home with multiple outdoor living spaces closes in August.

The end townhome at Paces View offers three sides of windows, making it very light and bright. Click on the image for additional information and more photos.

The end townhome at Paces View in Vinings went under contract almost immediately.  It closes in August with a happy buyer and seller.

We are looking forward to a smooth real estate transaction in Atlanta’s vibrant real estate market.  The 2013 Atlanta real estate market has been especially exciting.  Now is a great time to buy a home, and many sellers are finally seeing reasonable offers with relatively quick closing dates.

Please let me know if you’re even thinking about buying or selling your Atlanta area home! While you hear me talking about Buckhead and Vinings real estate all the time, I have lots of experience throughout metro Atlanta including Sandy Springs, Smyrna, “Smynings”, Ansley Park, and Midtown.

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Vinings home SOLD: 3849 Brandy Station, Atlanta 30339

We’re doing the happy dance here at the office – I have my listing at 3849 Brandy Station SOLD! It’s a lovely French Provincial estate in Vinings.  It was redesigned from top to bottom in 2007 by Linda McArthur and has over 7000 square feet of space.

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This stunning, airy living room will be host to new owners soon – my listing at 3849 Brandy Station in Vinings is under contract!

A French provincial home Vinings - in an established neighborhood but new inside and out. 3489 Brandy Station in Atlanta's zip code 30339 is offered at $1,599,900 by Tina Hunsicker. Click on the image for additional information and more photos.

A French provincial home Vinings – in an established neighborhood but new inside and out. 3489 Brandy Station in Atlanta’s zip code 30339 is under contract with an original list price of $1,599,900 by Tina Hunsicker.

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Atlanta homes Under Contract represented by Tina Hunsicker

Atlanta’s real estate market is busy and is heating up! I have two of my own listings under contract – both in the Vinings/Smyrna areas. Also, I’m representing a buyer in Buckhead on a $2M+ home.  We’re always looking for great homes to sell, as the buyers are starting to come out of the wood work.

  Let me know if you’re considering a change in your real estate portfolio!

This home in West Vinings on Zermatt Drive is under contract. Originally offered for $535,000, and listed by Tina Hunsicker.

This home in West Vinings on Zermatt Drive is under contract. Originally offered for $535,000, and listed by Tina Hunsicker.

UNDER CONTRACT IN Smyrna – West Vinings. 4207 Zermatt Drive, Smyrna, GA  30080.  Light and Bright interiors with 10ft ceilings and all hardwoods on the main, porches everywhere! Huge master suite with fabulous walk in closet, 3 additional bedrooms each with its own bath, extremely well maintained neighborhood walkable to restaurants and shops at One Ivy Walk, kitchen has stainless appliances, newest house in the neighborhood. Square footage does not include basement.  Tina Hunsicker .

A Buckhead treasure, this home at 3111 Ridgewood is under contract. The original list price was $2,485,000. The buyer is represented by Tina Hunsicker. IMAGE: FMLS.

A Buckhead treasure, this home at 3111 Ridgewood is under contract. The original list price was $2,485,000. The buyer is represented by Tina Hunsicker. IMAGE: FMLS.

UNDER CONTRACT IN Buckhead.   3111 Ridgewood Road, Atlanta, GA 30327.  This flawlessly designed home by Bill Harrison was published in his book Timeless Architecture for its use of rough materials in a refined manner. All of the bedrooms have en suite baths, large spaces that allow for natural light, and a whole-home generator. The master bath has heated floors, steam shower, sep. his/her toilet stalls & closets. To enjoy the mild southern weather, the owners designed the home w/ ample outdoors spaces on this private 1.5 +/- acre lot. There is a 5-hole putting green, outdoor living room, fireside cabana, gardens, and mature landscaping.  The buyer is represented by Tina Hunsicker.

This home at 4300 Brookview Drive, Atlanta, GA  30080, is the ultimate in Vinings convenience.  Originally offered for $499,900, and now under contract.  Tina Hunsicker represents the seller in this transaction.

This home at 4300 Brookview Drive, Atlanta, GA 30339, is the ultimate in Vinings convenience. Originally offered for $499,900, and now under contract. Tina Hunsicker represents the seller in this transaction.

UNDER CONTRACT IN Vinings.  4300 Brookview Drive, Atlanta, GA  30339.  New windows, HVAC, A/C, fencing. No RR tracks, beautiful large yard, move in ready, all hardwoods, screened porch and deck overlooking yard, unfinished basement with good ceiling height and fireplace. Originally offered for $499,900, and now under contract. Tina Hunsicker represents the seller in this transaction.

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SOLD: Jane Fonda’s Atlanta Loft

Jane Fonda’s Intown Atlanta Loft recently sold on October 31st for $1.1 million.

I had it listed back in 2010 for $4.5 million, which is what Jane had in the property from a purchase and build out perspective.  She originally purchased the loft after her divorce with Ted Turner in 2000 and if you look at the interior photos and look at what Jane was going through at that point in her life it all ties together.  At the time, I had purchased her book “My Life So Far”.  I was enjoying Spring Break in 2010, when I got the call to interview for the listing. When I returned to Atlanta the following week, I met with her Business Manager and Financial Manager.

SOLD: Jane Fonda's Atlanta Loft

Photos by Nathan Martin: http://www.nrmcreativemarketing.com

Within several weeks I listed the property at $4.5M to see what appetite the market had for this 5,000 sq ft loft.  The media picked up on the story quickly and we received a lot of publicity and quite good showings, but with time the location proved to be an issue for this type of luxury/high end property.  We looked at auctioning the property through Sotheby’s and felt we could get her $1.5M pretty easily, but with that large of a loss it seemed prudent to rent it out for a couple years.

By Fall 2010 we offered it for rent since it became apparent that Jane would be taking a large loss either direction and rented it shortly thereafter.

SOLD: Jane Fonda's Atlanta Loft

Photos by Nathan Martin: http://www.nrmcreativemarketing.com

The following Fall in 2011 her business manager chose another strategy by listing with a local agent that lived intown to market the property. The price steadily decreased until it sold for the $1.1M.  For the amount of square footage and the spectacular skyline views, the final price was quite a deal.  It was probably about 2 years to the date from the when it was rented which worked out great for her I’m sure.

I was fortunate to have met Jane when she was intown for events and fundraisers and I’m glad she’s been able to close that chapter of her life.  It’s fun to follow her blog and see everything she’s gotten involved in since that time. She certainly is back in Prime Time!

SOLD: Jane Fonda's Atlanta Loft

Jane’s loft loft has the most amazing view of Atlanta’s skyline.
Photos by Nathan Martin: http://www.nrmcreativemarketing.com

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Most expensive homes sold in Atlanta 2012 to date

As of today, October 9, 2012 ,there have been 5 homes in metro Atlanta and its surrounding counties that have sold over $5M, according to FMLS.  I do this research periodically as I have a large listing and am always looking for ways to increase its exposure and make sure the right clientele are being exposed to it.

One common link with our large home sales in 2012 is the International Buyer.  As you will see from the various homes I’m outlining this year, as well as last year, many are moving here from other countries.  It appears to be a good place for them to place their cash, as when looking at tax records there appears to be no debt against these properties.

1. 435 King Road

Its fun and fascinating for me to meet these buyers that can write a check for $10 million dollars. The first home at this price point is under contract and set to close within the month. I LOVE this house – it is located at 435 King Road in Buckhead and was built in 2010. I have a slight connection to the property, as the owners of the prior home on this lot hired me to sell their home and help them purchase a new one.  I sold their home to a builder who had this client that was ready to build on a prime lot.  The home was completed in 2010 and I must admit – it is truly the most phenomenal home I have ever been in.

The interiors are PERFECT as well.  Suzanne Kasler Interiors did the furnishings and my understanding is that the house was sold furnished. I do believe that Architectural Digest came in and photographed this home as well; originally it was pulled off the market quickly to accomodate their need to not have it on the market while published.

It was recently re-listed and sold very quickly, within a couple of weeks.  Incredible for a $10 million dollar home! Mark Bhaggan with Atlanta Fine Homes Sotheby’s International represented the seller and buyer in this transaction.  I have heard that this is an international buyer.  This home is 20,000 sq feet and has every detail you can imagine including his and hers gyms, an indoor lap pool, driving range, outdoor pool and pool house with a drop down TV screen to watch while you’re in the pool, indoor sports courts, theater and more. Not a single thing is missing.

I’m so glad I had the opportunity to view this fabulous home.  Whenever I have clients that just can’t seem to find exactly what they are looking for I can always email them this property and tell them I can find them what they want but it will cost $10M 🙂

2. 3410 Ridgewood Road

3410 Ridgewood Road closed in January of this year at close to $6M after being on the market during the toughest times from around 2007. With an official year built of 2009, it was built by Steven West Custom Homes and went into foreclosure, upon which international buyer Ulf Henriksson and his wife purchased it.  Ridgewood was the Christmas House years ago and has been the site of filming for several movies.  I only know this as I drive past it every single day and there were moving vans and trucks for filming there quite a bit. As Atlanta’s tax advantages for filming here continue, more and more of our estate homes are featured in TV shows and movies.

3. 830 West Conway Drive

I called a friend of mine that lives a few houses down from this house to better understand its history.  It’s actually very sad, as I remember it sitting vacant years ago as the original owners were killed in a plane crash around 2002 and when the home traded after the accident it was the most expensive home sold at the time – at $10 or $11 million.  That family lived in it less than a year and sold it to a builder who had $10M in debt against the house.  Since then it has sat vacant and ransacked for about 5 years. That homeowner let it go into foreclosure after some financial issues, it just came on the market in September, and then sold very quickly to what appears from tax records to be Justin and Jessica Jones.  The piece of land is fabulous with 16 acres of pretty level land in the heart of Buckhead, with entrances on West Conway and Fairfield Drive.  The neighbors are looking forward to it being brought back to the tasteful state it was in prior to 2006.  The back of the house has been ripped off as the previous owner was going to add porches and sub-contractors have ransacked it for supplies from unpaid bills.  It will be interesting to watch the progress as this home is restored.

4. 1215 Mount Paran Road

This home closed in June of this year – after being on the market in 2010, removed and then relisted in March of this year.  Compared with the others in this category, the sale is a bit more surprising.  This 2 acre property is located on Mt Paran, which is a busy street, and the sq ftg is just under 10,000 sq ft – compared with Ridgewood that sold for a bit more but was over 4 acres and 15,319 sq ft.  This was a regular market sale versus Ridgewood and West Conway which were bank-owned sales.  I think this shows the value buyers are placing on “new-ish” properties versus having to do a lot of work to them once they’ve purchased them.  I recently heard a speaker mention that in the next year approximately 50% of the homes purchased will undergo renovation.  This is primarily due to the lack of new construction and in many cases the seller’s loss of equity and lack of desire to put more money into it.

5. A Historic Estate

I can only hint at the fifth sale of 2012, but it is a historic Buckhead home built in 1926. I hope to bring more details of the sale as soon as it is appropriate. Of the 5 homes that have sold, this is the only home built before 2003, but it has been completely renovated to feel like a new home.

There are still 48 homes over $5M on the market and none outside of Buckhead have sold this year, according to FMLS.  This is about a 10% turn rate which is a very weak market for the luxury homes.  They should be turning at over 33% to have a stable healthy market at the higher end.  Two of these homes were foreclosures and while we’re seeing less and less of that in our average luxury market, the trend seems to still be present at the very high end.  But, in both instances, they were scooped up immediately because they were priced so well!

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Vinings Home Under Contract

It’s nice to see listings start to sell, sellers being happy to move on, and buyers getting a home they can cherish for years. Here’s a listing of mine coated at 3225 Laramie Drive in Vinings that is a pending sale, set to close mid-May.

The market is picking up – we’re seeing reducing numbers of homes for sale and more buyers coming out to see what’s on the market! Click here to search for homes for sale in metro Atlanta….and let me know how I can help you in your next real estate transaction.

Vinings home for sale at 3225 Laramie Drive, Atlanta. Offered at $549,000 and listed by Tina Hunsicker. Click on the image for more photos and information.

Vinings home with a pending sale, set to close in mid May.  3225 Laramie Drive, Atlanta. Offered at $499,000 and listed by Tina Hunsicker.

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Vinings home located in the Chattahoochee flood plain under contract on Cochise Drive

Vinings home under contract at 3642 Cochise Drive.....the first home in the flood plain to sell since 2009.

Vinings home under contract at 3642 Cochise Drive.....the first home in the flood plain to sell since 2009.

3642 Cochise Drive, Atlanta, GA 30339 is under contract.

This is big news for a couple of reasons:

  • This is the first house in the flood plain in Vinings to sell since 2009. 
  • The bad news is the price it took to sell.  

I had this home listed pre-flood at $1,350,000 and here at the end of 2011, the last list price before it went under contract was $624,000, and I assume they got it for slightly less than that.

Also, it was a corporate sale so the price was reduced consistently over the past year plus that its been on the market.  My client who lived there was relocated to Chicago and shortly thereafter their company bought the house from them, so all is good for them but the company had quite a shortage I’m sure.

I’ve heard the buyers are local Vinings residents and the house was a great deal.

The kitchen and bathrooms were all new in this home under contract in Vinings.

The kitchen and bathrooms were all new in this home under contract in Vinings.

The kitchens and the baths are all completely new as is the basement – which is the area that will flood.  It is all tiled now so it can be hosed off in case of another “event”, but can be used as a great family room in the mean time.

A tile floor was installed in this post-flood home that is under contract in Vinings. Very practical!

A tile floor on the terrace level was installed in this post-flood home that is under contract in Vinings. Very practical!

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