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Chicken Salad Chick Vinings Grand Opening – Worth the Wait!


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.


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.


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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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!


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.


Check out their instagram feed!



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.


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.


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.


Local goodies by Strive Foods


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!


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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Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices April Real Estate Video Update for Vinings


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.

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Smyrna Food Truck Tuesdays – It’s what’s for dinner!

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!

Smyrna Food Truck Tuesdays

The band playing this week is The Stoplight Roses, and the food trucks will be:

Freckled & Blue
Happy Belly
Pressed For Time
Buen Provecho
Soup’R Noodles
Mix’d Up
Ibiza Bites
Yum Yum Cupcake
King of Pops


Smyrna Food Truck Tuesdays



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.

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Reminiscing and restaurant changes in Vinings

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.


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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.


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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?

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Play time in Atlanta

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!

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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.

Smyrna's Taylor-Brawner Park

Smyrna’s Taylor-Brawner Park

Are any of these your favorites? If not, where are your go-to playgrounds or parks?

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September Market Update – Vinings, Buckhead and Smyrna

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.


September Market Update – Vinings

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.

September Market Update – Buckhead

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.

September Market Update – Smyrna

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Feature for Sellers: Prudential monthly real estate updates

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.

September Market Update - Buckhead

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.

September Market Update - Vinings

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.

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Upcoming Vinings Restaurant Week!

Come one, come all to the Second Annual Vinings Restaurant Week from Oct 5th-13th.

ImageIf you already call Vinings home, live just across the river in Buckhead or over the RR tracks in Smyrna, you are probably looking forward to another great restaurant week. Besides the fact that these are all great restaurants (we’ve tried all of them!), eating locally gives us a chance to run into friends and neighbors while we are out. We will make it a point to visit as many of these restaurants as we can.

Each place will offer fixed price menus – $15, $25 and $30.


These are just a few of the eighteen neighborhood restaurants participating in Restaurant Week! With so many great places to choose from, you’ll find something to suit anyone’s taste including dessert and breakfast/brunch/lunch for you early birds.

If you’ve found this link because you are searching for a Vinings home, this is a perfect opportunity to see what the area has to offer. Grab a friend or come out and make a friend. We looking forward to seeing you there!

For you locals – which of these restaurants is a must-visit? If these places are new to you, which one are you most looking forward to trying?

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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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