Posts Tagged Atlanta luxury homes

New Listing: 1609 Musket Ridge NW

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Have you ever wanted to live where you vacation? This home’s distinctive, architect-driven interior and gorgeous outdoor living areas call to mind a luxurious California wine country estate,  with relaxed elegance and an indoor/outdoor lifestyle. Just bring your collection of Napa Cabernets to uncork around the outdoor fireplace and feel the stress of the city ebb away.

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The front hall with its barrel ceiling and custom hardwoods flooring immediately lets you know you are in a unique home. With its airy proportions and architect-designed details, it sets the tone and leads you forward to the living areas and beyond to the fantastic outdoor living area.

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The formal living room has an elegant limestone fireplace and wide french doors opening to the pool deck and gazebo.

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Just off the front hall, the distinctive rounded dining room is eye-catching, a great space for conversation around the dining table or to create a wonderful flow for more informal entertaining.

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A rustic stacked stone fireplace warms the breakfast room and family sitting room, which also open to the outdoor living space seamlessly, with an arched beamed ceiling and skylights to compliment the airy feel of the space.

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The kitchen is fitted with a double wide range and ovens with a fabulous green hood. Warm wood cabinets and a thick stainless island create and ambiance that is both warm and striking, a perfect setting whether you’re eating grilled cheese at the counter or hosting an elegant event.

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Glass front cabinets and a warming oven are among the special touches in the kitchen. A walk-in pantry adds  functionality and convenience.

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Wine lovers will appreciate the enormous custom wine cave with temperature controlled storage with room for a large wine collection.

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Still on the spacious main floor, the master suite has coffered ceilings, beautiful moldings and an adjoining sunroom with vaulted ceilings and access to the terrace.

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Adjoining is serene master bath with soaking tub and walk-in shower with custom tile-work. The warm cabinet color in the kitchen is continued in the master bath for a cohesive flow to the home’s color scheme.

Additional large bedrooms and attached walk-through bath are on the main floor as well, keeping the bulk of the living spaces on a single floor.

The home has both a  gym and billiards room (which could be easily converted to a family media or rec room if desired.)

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With flagstone patios, gorgeous hardscaping and plantings and a beautiful gazebo, the home’s outdoor dining and living spaces rival the inside for relaxed elegance. There is space for a full sized dining area and grills just outside the french doors as well as an outdoor fireplace.

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The pool-side gazebo and sun deck surround the 25 yard Gunite lap pool offering a spot to relax after a swim.

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A private sloping 1+ acre lot completes the feeling that you’ve left the city behind when you enter the gates.

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This special home really must be seen to be fully appreciated. You can, as always, find the full listing on my website and I would love to schedule an in-person viewing to give you the full picture.

1609 Musket Ridge NW, Atlanta, GA, 30327

Property overview: 4 bedrooms; 5 bathrooms; 5,582 sq.ft.; 4 car garage; architect-designed single level home; lap pool and landscaped surround; 1+ acre gated lot

Schools: Jackson / Sutton / North Atlanta

Offered at $1,195,000

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Update: Must-haves in Kitchen Renovations

Renovations, especially kitchen upgrades, are always a hot topic with my friends and clients. I am on several discussion boards on Facebook and recently the topic came up again.  I linked them to my last post and they were very thankful.  So I thought I’d take any new suggestions and enhance the original blog post.  Kitchen renovations can completely change the look and function of a home, and since they can be expensive, homeowners want to make smart decisions that they will want to live with for a long time.

Since kitchen renovations can also be one of the best home upgrades you can make in terms of real estate resale, it makes sense to me to make the changes you need to make in order for your home to really work for you and your family.  Additionally, I work with builders and always work to keep on top of the trends so they can included them in their home designs.

I’ve put together some of the most popular “must-haves” and hope you can find some ideas or inspiration here!

Farmhouse sinks: There is a lot of discussion (and differences of opinion) about whether homeowners prefer a large divided sink or a single basin sink, but either way, a big, spacious apron front or farmhouse sink seems to be a favorite and enduring choice.  I personally love the deep single basin stainless and my builder has been using the white farmhouse like what is pictured below.  Tell me your preferences!

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Beverage station: keeping the family hydrated during Atlanta’s long (some would say 9 month) summer season without having the refrigerator opened constantly is the challenge that an independent beverage chiller solves. Whether a built-in undercounter refrigerator or a free-standing wine cooler with room for sodas and juice, a beverage station  keeps everything accessible and at the right temperature.

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Double dishwashers: Southerners love family dinners, and they love entertaining, but there’s nothing to love about running out of space in the dishwasher at the end of the night and having to hand wash a pile of dishes. Homeowners are loving the option of a second dishwasher that is capable of keeping up with ALL of their dishes.

 

Extra ovens: which extra oven works for you depends on your lifestyle and cooking preference, but an extra oven is a must for kitchen renovations. Steam ovens for the serious baker, convection ovens for the home chef , or hybrid microwaves are all popular choices (and the microwave can live in its own drawer in the lower cabinet to make snack time easier for kids.)

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Under cabinet or countertop plugs: with the trend in high end backsplashes like quartz or marble, people are opting for less visible plugs either as power strips under the cabinets or built into the counter as flush or pop-up outlets. We all know you can never have too many outlets in the kitchen and these options fill that need without breaking up the lines of a gorgeous luxury backsplash.

Drawers, drawers, drawers: and I’ll add, pull-outs in general whether for garbage and recycling or for racks for baking equipment and especially for pantries!. Cooks are tired of scrambling blindly in deep cabinets looking for the right size lid for a pot or an ingredient hidden behind boxes in a pantry and are opting for easily accessible drawer and pull-out storage.

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Appliance garages: with families investing in appliances that they use everyday but don’t necessarily love seeing on the countertop (think Vitamix and Keurig coffeemakers), appliance garages are getting bigger and taller. I’m even seeing them as part of a counter-level cabinet with adjustable shelves where you just close the doors on the practical but not beautiful appliances once you’re done with them.

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High-end faucets: We all know, accessories can make or break an outfit so one of the most used elements in the kitchen should not be an afterthought! Faucets are also a place where function and design really come together and there are so many beautiful options out these days that can really make your kitchen sparkle.

Gold, brass, and copper facets are a bold trend that’s popping up more and more.

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Like that classic strand of pearls, traditional styles can complete the look of your kitchen in an understated but elegant way.

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Sleek, modern designs make a statement in a minimalist kitchen.

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Air switches for garbage disposal: from gorgeous faucets to the mundane necessity of garbage disposals…but the air switch makes the disposal so easy to use and is virtually invisible mounted next to the sink.

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Clean lines, pleasing proportions: while the feeling of a fresh kitchen renovation is hard to beat, keeping the look fresh for a long time is key. Opt for clean, crisp lines and neutral colors in your built-in elements while getting trendy and experimental with your accessories for  long term renovation satisfaction. And pay attention to proportions to maximize your island, peninsula, and cabinets for the kitchen’s footprint.

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I’ve never hear anyone regret getting as large a kitchen island as their space allows. Islands seem to be the center of the home where everyone gathers, whether it’s getting the kids breakfast in the morning or a fun gathering of friends.

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What are your kitchen must-haves?

 

 

 

 

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Happy New Year!

Whew! December was quite a busy month! For some reason, December has always been a good month work-wise, and this year was no exception. Of course, with a young child, there is a lot to do to prepare for Christmas. And if both of those things weren’t enough, on the 10th we converted from Prudential to Berkshire Hathaway Home Services!

Here is a nice article about the conversion from the Atlanta Business Chronicle:

Prudential set to become Berkshire Hathaway

by Douglas Sams
Commercial Real Estate Editor- Atlanta Business Chronicle

Atlanta’s largest residential real estate company plans to make a bold move into the ultra-competitive luxury home market.

The push comes almost eight months after Prudential Georgia Realty, probably known best for new home sales in suburban Atlanta markets, was acquired by Berkshire Hathaway Inc. (NYSE: BRK-A, BRK-B) affiliate HomeServices of America Inc.

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Now we’re on to 2014 and have new listings that will be popping up soon. I’ll be posting some in the days to come, but for now, we are hoping your year is off to a great start and you are staying warm!

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