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.
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
Walking into this home has the feel of entering the great hall of an old estate, with soaring beamed ceilings, wormy chestnut panelling, and a stone hearth at its heart! But this custom home creates a sense of place without sacrificing any modern amenities or location.
The timber framing is graceful, supporting a soaring vaulted ceiling across the entire main living space. A recent interior remodel was designed by award-winning residential designers Spitzmiller and Norris .
This room is dramatic from every angle, with a tall stone fire place anchoring a living area at one end, sweeping views over the lake on one side, and a handsome chef’s kitchen on the other.
Tucked into the side of the great hall, the kitchen has a large marble island, double chef’s range and dishwashers. The lowered ceiling brings a cosiness to the space while a bank of windows keeps the room full of light.
The dining room has the feel of a solarium, with floor to ceiling windows on three sides overlooking the lake. A pass through bar and fire place on one wall create a cosy enclosure without interfering with the flow to the living room just beyond.
This recent addition features dramatic vaulted beams which continue in the living room with another wall of glass overlooking the serene lake on one side and the lush plantings in the front of the home on the other.
The master suite is an entire wing of the house with a large bedroom, and beyond it, a private sitting room with the same vaulted ceilings and walls of windows as the solarium-like dining room. Warm chestnut panelling in the room reminds me of the grand old lake lodges in the Adirondacks, effortless but luxurious.
A deep, free-standing bath invites long soaks; two vanities and a walk-in shower, as well as custom built-ins in the large dressing room / closet are thoughtful amenities that bring luxury to the everyday.
Downstairs, past the wine cellar and office with fireplace, is a large suite with bedroom, lounge, and full bath; currently a home gym, it could be a private guest suite, with plenty of light and views of the lake.
Sheltered under the upper balcony is a rocking chair porch and a large dining area. Step down to two more patio areas with seating and room for a fire pit or outdoor yoga space.
Sloping down to the lake and dock, the home has a sunny upper deck, several large flagstone patios and a lawn at lakeside. Wander the path on down to the lake through mature trees and landscaping and enjoy your morning coffee or evening cocktail out on the dock. Looks like the good life to me!
This is a one of a kind home in an exceptional location. Private and peaceful, but you can also walk sidewalks to Vinings Village. It’s really a little slice of heaven! Take a look at the listing online for dozens of photos of this home and give me a call any time to arrange a viewing.
Note: In order to keep everyone safe and healthy in this new COVID-19 reality, I have implemented some additional safety measures and options for home visits. I offer in-person viewings to adults only with masks and either disinfecting wipes or gloves for my clients. I am also offering virtual walk-throughs via Duo and will be doing a Facebook Live tour on Friday (time TBA, so check Facebook for updates). Please feel free to ask about any other ways I can assist in making a home tour a comfortable experience.
2919 Paces Lake Drive SE Atlanta GA 30339
Property overview: 4 bedrooms; 4 bathrooms; 4531 sq. ft.; master on main; double garage ; 15O ft. lake frontage with dock ; full walk out basement with terraces ; Cochise Club eligible
Schools: Teasley ; Campbell ; Campbell
Offered at: $1,750,000
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!
Forbearance: What you need to know.
I know many people are stressed right now that they are no longer receiving an income but yet the bills continue. Just so you know, you don’t need to prove financial hardship to request forebearance. This is for everyone that has a mortgage. Thus, people across the country have suddenly and unexpectedly found themselves in need of financial relief. With mortgage payments being the largest monthly expense for most households, the government has recently passed legislation to make forbearance easier.
What is loan forbearance?
Loan forbearance is an agreement between you and your loan servicer (who you make your payments to) in order to postpone your mortgage payments during times of financial difficulty. The payments will need to be paid in full, including accrued interest, following the agreed upon time period. By requesting forbearance, these delayed payments will not have a negative effect on your credit.
Contact your loan servicer.
It’s important to know that forbearance is not a gift, and the loan will still need to be paid. Before skipping any payments, you should contact your loan servicer to learn more about your options. It’s as easy as saying “I won’t be able to make my payments for the next few months. What are my options?” Your loan servicer will work with you to set up a payment arrangement which could include the following options:
- Pay back the full sum at once
- Increase your monthly payment
- Restructure your mortgage
Forbearance should be used only if necessary.
As you can see, forbearance is not as simple as deferring payments. While it can be a source of financial relief, it’s only a tool that should be used if truly necessary. Forbearance simply postpones principle payments, meaning that the loan will continue to accrue interest, increasing the amount you will owe over the life of the loan. For some people, that is a minor price to pay to save money right now. But if you are able make payments, please continue to do so. Right now there is usually a button on your mortgage servicer’s website that you simply click on it and apply. Hope this helps you at this time. I know we’ll all be back to business as normal very soon!
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
Your family’s new home welcomes you with a rocking chair front porch, refinished floors and fresh paint, ready for you to move in and hang your pictures on the walls.
The double height center hall with stair case is flanked by a formal living and dining area on the front of the house
Follow the hallway back to find an open plan eat-in kitchen and family room with a cozy fireplace and views of the back deck and private backyard bordered by the trees beyond. The kitchen has a great center island with granite and a professional vented range hood.
The master suite has a fireplace in the bedroom and has high ceilings in both the bedroom and bath. The bath has a soaking tub and walk-in shower and dual vanities.
Two more family bedrooms and a larger bonus bedroom over the garage make up the second floor, complete with generous walk-in closets.
In the finished basement, you’ll find a carpeted playroom, bedroom, and full bath; it’s a walk-out basement directly to the back yard.
A deck off the main level makes for easy grill-and-chill afternoons; it overlooks the large backyard which backs up to woods for added privacy and quiet.
There are several excellent private schools within a quick drive of this family-friendly neighborhood, which includes swim, tennis, and a playground.
You can find all of the details on this home here ; call me to set up a viewing today!
5609 Vinings Place Trail Mableton, GA 30126
Property overview: 5 bedrooms ; 4 bathrooms ; 4,355 sq.ft; full finished basement with bed/bath and playroom; 2 car garage; deck and front porch; 2 swim/tennis community with playground; close to private schools such as Whitfield Academy and Pace Academy
Schools: Harmony- Leland ; Lindley ; Pebblebrook
Offered at $389,000
In the highly sought after Cooper Lake neighborhood in the King Springs school district, this brick traditional with a huge fenced backyard is sparkling fresh and ready for your family to call it home.
Step into the foyer and you can feel how fresh and bright this home is, with fresh, contemporary colors flowing through the open floor plan. An arch visually divides the more formal living and dining rooms without lots of doorways to block the flow during family gatherings.
Step into the large eat-in kitchen with its warm cabinetry which opens to the family room. With its brick fireplace, and views of the large deck overlooking the back yard, this will be the heart of the home.
The elegant master suite has room for a king bed, coffered ceilings, and a seating nook for lounging.
Rich cabinetry, dual sinks, and an extra large shower in the master bath and huge walk-in closet complete the master suite.
Five bedrooms and four full baths mean there is plenty of room for everyone to spread out. All of the home’s finishes, including bathrooms, are upgraded and high end.
The home’s full finished basement has a bedroom, a full bath with upgraded finishes and a full kitchen; in addition there is a bonus room for an office, rec room, or media space.
A spacious fenced back yard with a play structure has room for children and pets to safely play.
Easy access to the Silver Comet Trail and recreational amenities at West Smyrna Swim and Tennis and Cooper Lake Park will keep your active family busy all year long.
With so much more than can be conveyed here, you need a tour of this great home to really appreciate it; give me a call or reach out via my listing website to set up an appointment.
4680 Derby Lane SE Smyrna, GA 30082
Property overview: 5 bedrooms ; 4 bathrooms ; 2 car garage ; deck; fenced backyard ; kitchen in basement; close to Silver Comet Trail , West Smyrna Swim Tennis , Cooper Lake Park
Schools: King Springs / Griffin / Campbell
Offered at $475,000
This light-filled home is set in a serene gated community in Roswell with easy access to GA 400 for an easy commute.
Three floors of living space give you a gorgeous open floor plan but still allow for plenty of privacy. With easy flow between the front entrance hall, living, dining and kitchen areas, it’s a great home for entertaining friends and family.
Banks of windows (and the elbow room between houses in this neighborhood) keeps the home light and bright.
The clean, modern paint colors throughout make it a great backdrop for your own personal touches and artwork.
The main level’s open floor plan doesn’t lack visual interest with beautiful beamed ceilings and moldings and built-ins around the fireplace.
Gorgeous dark hardwoods are throughout the main floor; they contrast beautifully with the lighter cabinetry and quartz counter tops in the chef’s kitchen
And what chef’s kitchen doesn’t need a walk-thru butler’s pantry with enclosed pantry shelving and glass cabinetry to display your barware and serving pieces. Just off the dining room, there is a wine fridge at arm’s reach.
The oversized master suite has room for a king sized bed with plenty of room for a quiet lounge area too.
Dual vanities with dark wood cabinetry and quartz counters flank the master bath’s soaking tub; a glass shower and massive walk-in closet with plenty of shelves and storage complete the master suite.
With 5 bedrooms, there is room for the whole family, plus a home office, personal dressing room, or hobby room on the top floor.
The walk-out basement has a comfortable carpeted family room, perfect for movie nights!
Enjoy the patio overlooking the backyard without the work! The neighborhood’s HOA takes care of yard maintenance so you can just put your feet up on the weekend instead of pulling out the lawn mover.
Or you can enjoy some of the neighborhood’s amenities, like it’s pool or tennis facility. All of this at your fingertips without the lawn care!
Give me a call to set up a viewing – this property is in a very desirable neighborhood so it will go fast! Get more details on the house and neighborhood listed here and let’s schedule a walk-through!
1065 Merrivale Chase Roswell, GA 30075
Property overview: 5 bedrooms ; 6 bathrooms ; 4,428 sq.ft ; oversized master suite ; finished basement with media room ; 2 car garage ; lawn care by HOA ; gated swim / tennis community w/ easy access to GA 400
Schools: Esther Jackson / Holcomb Bridge / Centennial
Offered at $599.900