Archive for category Vinings
If you’ve ever dreamed of living in a French chateau, here is your chance, no passport required!
Located in Vinings in the prestigious Paces Lake community, this home is refined and elegant with all of the touches and finishes one would expect in a true custom home. With 4-inch thick European stucco, copper gutters and awnings, and a Vermont slate roof, the home’s exterior draws you in for a closer look. A cobblestone drive leads to the grand double door entrance and in to the foyer with a sweeping curved staircase and limestone floor.
The rest of the main floor is a perfect balance of rustic and refined with antique rough-planed pinewood floors or pale textured flagstones, rough hewn antique beamed and plastered ceilings in the keeping room and kitchen and wide plank pine ceilings in the more intimate living areas. Four brick-built fireplaces, including an outdoor fireplace on the bluestone terrace on the rear of the house, each with unique custom mantels, warm the airy living spaces.
All of the home’s main living areas open off the bluestone terrace through curving French doors; the keeping room with a limestone fireplace and arching beamed ceilings flows into the breakfast room and kitchen with beautiful Provenćal finishes and top quality Viking appliances.
A formal dining room and two more intimate living rooms, all with the tall curved French doors are full of detail and beautiful custom finishes.
The master suite is also on the main floor, again with doors opening to the terrace. Generous windows and French doors bring the outdoors inside.
Step into the master bath; you’ll find dual sinks, a deep soaker tub with a mosaic tile surround and separate spa shower, finished in a modern, serene palette, and a large custom walk-in closet.
Upstairs are three family bedrooms, each with an ensuite bathroom and substantial closet space. Every bedroom is unique, one with a Juliet balcony, another with an alcove for study or yoga; but all are in keeping with the southern French style of the home, with generous windows, crown molding, and custom lighting.
Outside, the cobblestone drive leads through a port cochere with doors leading to the kitchen, and continues beyond to the rear of the house where there is a detached carriage house with a finished office on the second floor.
The terrace overlooks the flat, professionally landscaped lot with the perfect site for a pool. There is a partially finished daylight basement with exterior access, ready to be completed as a wine cellar, home gym or theatre.
Paces Lake is one of Atlanta’s premier luxury communities right in the heart of Vinings. just steps from the shopping and dining of Vinings and a short drive to Atlanta’s most distinguished private schools, Paces Lake feels like a world apart.
I will have the home open for your viewing pleasure on Tuesday, September 18th from 11-230 if you can stop by! Alternatively, Call me to set up a time to view this spectacular property in person. It truly must be seen to be appreciated. I’d love to answer any questions you may have!
2934 Paces Lake Drive SE Atlanta, GA 30339
Property overview: 4 beds; 6 baths; 5,182 sq ft; swim/tennis community; detached garage/carriage house; lake community; custom French style home
Schools: Teasley / Campbell/ Campbell
Offered at $1,850,000
CALLING ALL BUILDERS!
Cute ranch home on a 125 ft wide perfect lot in Vinings.
Solid, spacious, ranch style home is in great shape and shows beautifully with fresh paint and hardwoods in most of the house. With a deck and sunroom for the warmer months and a fireplace for the winter, it could be updated to be a really attractive, comfortable family home.
Four bedrooms mean there is space for the whole family and the unfinished full basement could almost double the square footage.
While this house has a lot of potential as a fixer or investment property, let me tell you, the real value is in the lot! This is exactly what everyone is looking for but is so hard to find in Atlanta these days: large, gently sloping, without obstructions or backing up to utility lines, busy roads, or railroad tracks. It’s private and in a neighborhood with mature trees, with a mixture of older homes and high end new homes.
This location is unbeatable and the site would make the perfect setting for your custom dream home. The property is priced at the lot’s value.
I just closed on another property on this street which you can look at for comps.
Call me to set up a viewing (and bring your builder!) or to get more details on this property with so much potential. I’d love to help you dream BIG at this exceptional location in Vinings.
4251 Brookview Drive SE, Atlanta GA 30339
Property overview: 4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, 2,633 square feet, 4 side brick ranch, daylight basement, 2 car garage.
Schools: Teasley/ Campbell/ Campbell
Listing price: $675,000
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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices has released its video market update for Vinings real estate in April.
What I notice most is that things that have been sitting on the market are finally moving as prices have dropped to accommodate what buyers are willing to pay. New listings coming on the market (if priced correctly) are selling immediately. Buyers that have been sitting out there waiting for something to come on the market this spring, are finally buying. I think you’ll see a big uptick in these numbers come May for closings. The dramatic drops you’re seeing are due to lack of new inventory entering the market.
After the scorching days we’ve had recently, today is the perfect day to head over to Smyrna’s Taylor-Brawner Park, enjoy the sunshine and have dinner. Smyrna Food Truck Tuesdays is exactly what is sounds like – a delicious variety of food trucks parked at Taylor-Brawner every Tuesday between May 7 and September 24. They are open from 5-9pm but it isn’t a bad idea to get there a little early, beat the traffic, and get some playground time in or snag a shady spot for your blanket before you eat. There is even live music!
The band playing this week is The Stoplight Roses, and the food trucks will be:
Visit the Smyrna City page for weekly updates and for more information about getting there and parking. The address is 3180 Atlanta Road, Smyrna, GA 30082. If you live in the area, don’t be surprised to see your neighbors walking or biking over. It’s a great way to get outside, let the kids run on the playground or in the grass, and let someone else cook dinner.
The other day, I received a text from a friend who was excited about some restaurant changes in Vinings. While I’m always happy for new additions, I was sad all day to hear about Garrison’s closing and her saying La Paz might be closing. So last night, my son and I went to La Paz to find out what was going on. I was relieved when the hostess explained that they weren’t closing but that the ownership was changing.
These restaurants and shops in Vinings are part of our Village and my life and memories. I have come to enjoy the atmosphere, familiarity and tradition associated with both of these places. For as long as I can remember, when I have gone to the Vinings Tree lighting the first Thursday in December, I’ve met a group of friends either at Garrison’s or Mellow Mushroom. I’ve enjoyed many spring and fall days with laughter on Garrison’s patio. Margaritas on Friday’s at La Paz and Sunday night dinner with friends are something I can remember as far back as before my son was born. He’s been eating their queso since he was 2. It makes me really sad to think of these places, where I’ve made so many memories, going away.
While reminiscing about life in the Village, I remember walking my dog to the Village Starbucks and sitting on their patio with him while I read the paper (long before the iPad gave me the news). There was Caribou on the corner next to where Suntrust now is. I actually mourned the loss of the regular employees that all seemed to have left this past year at Suntrust. I knew them on a first name basis – Chris the former manager; I remember my son as a baby kissing Katie when she gave him lollipops when he came in. Now it’s all new employees that I don’t know and don’t know us and it makes me not really care to stop in there anymore.
Remember the small local coffee shop that is where Café at Pharr now is? I have good memories of that as well. I preferred the Vinings Inn in the 90’s when it first reopened to the new ownership that took over in this decade. Oh well, things change and we’ll make new memories, but somehow they all seem to define a season of my life from when I was single and working in corporate America, to when my son came home and I was sharing the pictures from Russia with my friends on the board of the Vinings Historic Preservation Society. I’m now crying with all this flood of memories, but as my son grows and we continue to live here, the restaurants will keep changing and we’ll have new memories at those as well.
At which Vinings restaurants have you made great memories? For those of you who have been around here a while, are there any you particularly miss?
Summer is here and we are all looking for things to do with our children. I ran across this great article – a list of Atlanta’s Top 10 Parks and Playground. Some of these might be old favorites, but it’s always good to learn about new parks when you need to mix up your summer routine.
Run, Swing, Slide: The 10 Best Atlanta Playgrounds
Before summer starts to swelter here in Hotlanta, it is time to take this outside, parents. We scoured the city and rounded up 10 playgrounds that are a breath of fresh air and a guaranteed boredom buster. These parks have something for everyone—even the grown-ups. Consider this your bitty’s bucket list. Enjoy!
While our local Vinings/Smyrna playgrounds didn’t make the list, I’ll add my own recommendations:
Vinings: Cochise Riverview Club (members only): we have our own great playground by the pool.
Smyrna: There is a great playground by St Benedict’s. It is very clean, and young and older kids both enjoy this one.
Smyrna: Just up Atlanta Road is Taylor-Brawner Park. Besides having a great playground, it is also the site for Smyrna Food Truck Tuesdays. Take your kids for the playground and stay for dinner or popsicles.
Buckhead: Beaverbrook Park. It’s very quiet and has a lot of shade for these hot, summer days.
Rainy Days: We’ve all used McDonalds and Chick Fila in a pinch or on a rainy day – can’t beat it.
Are any of these your favorites? If not, where are your go-to playgrounds or parks?
Generally, Vinings is its own unique market. Our sales in September remained the same as a year ago and down 44% from last month, while inventories went up slightly. Days on Market went way down. I believe is because many buyers are patiently waiting for the right house to pop up, and when it does, they grab it. If you don’t get your buyer in the first couple of weeks, it may be on market a while as the inventory has remained somewhat stable or slightly higher in Vinings. We don’t seem to have the shortage of supply that Buckhead has, but our area is so much smaller that the right house at the right price can be hard to find.
And on to the Buckhead market: We didn’t see a big change from September to October, but year to year the news is still good. Days on Market is down 31% from last year and available listings are down 28%. Compared to the previous month, sales in September were down, but can be expected at this time of year. We are seeing the return of the trade-up buyer. Confidence in their ability to sell their current home is again allowing buyers to take that step to a bigger home. This is a change in the “downsizing” trend we saw while the economy was down. There is still a 4 year Inventory over $2M, so that market is still slow, but the $1M-$2M market is better than it has been.
Even though my blog is titled Real Vinings Buckhead, I’ve decided to add information on Smyrna as well. I’ve sold so many homes there recently and currently have several available listings there. It’s always interesting to me how different all three of these markets are. Buckhead, by definition, is a much larger geographic area and has many more high priced homes. Because of this, its numbers are highly affected by the luxury homes market and the more “average” homes – which happen to range around $600,000 – still fly off the market. In Vinings (30339,) the homes average closer to the $500,000 range with two lots selling at that price in the past month as well. Existing inventory is primarily the original 1960’s homes (both original and remodeled) and newer construction that ranges well over $1M.
The Smyrna market, on the other hand, was much more affordable with the average over the past year being around $300,000. This year we are seeing the higher priced homes in Smyrna coming back on the market and selling. Because of this, the affordably priced homes are eaten up and the higher priced homes are driving the price point up causing a drop in the volume of transactions. I’ve seen homes in the $500,000 range get snatched up over the past few months, where a year ago I could count on one hand the number of homes in Smyrna that sold over $500,000. I should add that these reports are for 30080 Smyrna, and not Mableton per se. The statistics back me up with the sales in Smyrna being down 14% year over year and down 26% month to month. As always, please contact me with any questions you have about buying or selling your home.
Knowing what is going on in the real estate market is just as important when selling your home as it is when you are buying. One of the great features that has come with joining Prudential is a monthly market update that is quick and concise. Below, I’ve included links to the Buckhead and Vinings September updates.
What you’ll notice in the Buckhead data is the dramatic fall off of sales in August. Normally, I would think this drop is related to back to school, but this year the decrease was more dramatic than in years past.
Vinings was more stable from July to August. I believe the uptick in sales prices is related to the Jumbo rates being lower than conventional financing right now. In both markets you’ll see that inventory is down dramatically.
If you are interested, I’m happy to pull YTD data for you as well. As always, if you’re thinking about selling, give me a call so I can help you analyze the value of your home.