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New Listing: 5641 Roswell Road # 218

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Brighton Court is a gated condo complex just a stones throw inside I-285 and convenient to GA 400. With 3 dedicated parking spaces and an elevator, this unit is hassle-free and would make a great first home for someone looking for a little more space and privacy than apartment living without the maintenance of a single family home.

An end unit, this home has plenty of light and quiet, with high ceilings and hardwood floors and an open floor plan for the living spaces. The living room centers around a gas log fireplace and flows into the dining area and kitchen.

 

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A large living area includes living and dining areas and an open kitchen with breakfast bar. The kitchen has stone countertops and all appliances. An in-unit laundry room also includes washer and dryer.

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A split “roommate” floor plan gives you privacy and flexibility. Each bedroom is spacious, with walk-in closets and private bathrooms.

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There is plenty of storage, both within the unit and a large storage room on the property for seasonal storage or sports gear.

Not only is this home very commute-friendly, it is also located in a very walkable part of Atlanta, with a Starbucks and Target just across the street. The complex includes a fitness facility and pet walk areas.

This home is currently occupied with monthly income of $1400 until May 2018.  At $179,900 it makes for a great investment property or a home for your graduating college student to get started in Atlanta.

You can view the full listing  at my website; please call me with any questions or to set up a viewing for this great .

5641 Roswell Road #218 Atlanta GA 30342

Overview: 2 bedrooms; 2 bathrooms;  1,253 sq.ft.; 1 gas fireplace; 3 parking spaces; storage unit; elevator; laundry in unit; gated condominium community

Schools: Lake Forest

Listing price: $179,900

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Atlanta Agent Magazine’s List of “Who’s Who” in Residential Real Estate 2016

I’m really pleased to be featured on Atlanta Agent Magazine’s “Who’s Who” list of top-performing realtors this year! I appreciate every client who entrusts me with the task of finding or selling their home and could not have gotten where I have without you!

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Click through to Atlanta Agent Magazine read the whole piece :

Tina Hunsicker

Broker Associate
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Georgia Properties

Tina Hunsicker, a 15-year industry veteran, has followed her successful first career in financial services and client relationship management with a smart, data-driven approach to Atlanta’s luxury real estate market. Her analysis, thoughtful pricing strategies and financial acumen have taken her to the Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Chairman’s Gold Circle as a representative of the top 2 percent of agents internationally. She is a recipient of the Atlanta Board of Realtors Phoenix Award; has been recognized as one of the association’s top 10 Realtors; and has certifications in new construction and relocation with Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Georgia Properties Luxury Collections Group.

A Pittsburgh native, Tina attended Indiana University of Pennsylvania, where she received a degree in marketing and economics before working as a certified cash manager for a number of major banks, including BNY Mellon and Security Pacific Bank. Later she leveraged that experience into a business development position in Ernst and Young’s corporate finance group and then a financial services consulting position with KPMG. After transitioning into real estate, she has consistently sold an average of $12 million annually, with peak years at $25 million in sales.

Tina’s foundation in banking has been a tremendous asset in understanding what a significant investment a home is, and how important it is to find her clients a property that will give them a significant return on their investment. But it is really Tina’s personal touch that has brought her success on her terms. Understanding that a home purchase is as much an emotional decision as it is a financial one allows her to listen to her clients’ needs and help them prioritize and think creatively to get them the right home for their lifestyle. Whether it’s a first-time homebuyer looking for a townhome, empty nesters looking to downsize, or a family looking for a spacious home near their desired schools, Tina’s attention to detail and willingness to go the extra mile have built her a loyal and growing clientele.

Tina describes her son as her motivation and biggest fan. She is active in his school life, sports and hobbies, and is grateful to have transitioned and built a career that allows her the flexibility to be an active single mother and full-time real estate professional. The family is also active in their community, Vinings, where she was a board member with the Vinings Historic Preservation Society, and worked with the “Silent Train” campaign to improve quality of life. She is also a frequent participant in other community enrichment projects.”

 

As always, a referral is a great compliment, so if you know of anyone who could benefit from my expertise, I would love to talk to them. Call me on my cell at 404-931-3944 or email me at tinahunsicker@hotmail.com .

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Old World Elegance with a Fun Surprise at 5835 De Claire Court 30328

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Walk into this North Chastain home and you’ll be amazed at all it has to offer. With its elegant, unique main level living, generous space, and  fun terrace-level twist, this home is the best of all worlds, minutes from Atlanta’s best schools, dining, entertainment, and transportation.

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Soaring 12-ft ceilings, arched windows, and a unique octagonal formal living room in a cool neutral color scheme set the mood for the main living level of the home. With an open-flow floor plan, the main level can function as private formal spaces or as a perfect setting for larger parties.

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The bright and serene family room has a cozy fireplace, vaulted ceilings, and french doors that open onto the deck with views of the landscaped backyard and pool. Dark hardwood floors anchor the home and flow up the wide staircase to the children’s bedrooms and bathrooms upstairs.

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The banquet-sized formal dining room makes a statement with its lush hand painted fine art murals and exquisite woodwork and has ample room for family holiday dinners.

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Steps away from the formal dining room is a beautiful spacious chef’s kitchen with white cabinetry and high-end stainless appliances. With an island and bar overlooking the family breakfast room, the space functions as a family hub or as a serving space for chic entertaining.

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The large wooded back yard is private and beautifully landscaped. A heated pool and terrace are overlooked by the deck and screened porch off the main living level.

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Like a seaside retreat, the main level master suite invites you to stop and drink in the tranquil setting. Shuttered windows and coffered ceiling details reinforce this feeling of an elegant boutique hotel somewhere on the Mediterranean Sea. A walk-in closet with top-of-the-line closet system and an attached sitting room make the suite a true retreat.

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Dual vanities, a deep soaking tub and separate shower create a spa environment in the master bath.

The terrace level of the home is where the real fun begins. Complete with a fireplace and lounge, wine room, media room with theater lounge seats and a projector for movies, a billiards room, and bathroom and changing area for the pool, it’s your own private entertainment complex!

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A comfortable family room with a fireplace and mini kitchen opens onto the terrace surrounding the heated pool.

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A large bedroom and bathroom allows for an office, private guest space, in-law suite, or au pair suite, making it flexible for the changing needs of your family.

Outdoor entertaining is a breeze with mutual-level covered decks and a pool and spa terrace. Hang out in the sun at the pool or retreat to the cool screened in porch.

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This home is a real jewel in one of Atlanta’s most sought after locations. Take a look at more photos and details in the full listing on my website and then call me to set up a viewing. This home is a must-visit with too many details to list!

3835 De Claire Court, Sandy Springs GA 30328

Overview: 6,947 sq ft; 6 bedrooms; 6 bathrooms; 3 car garage; 4 fireplaces; daylight basement; heated pool

Schools: Heards Ferry/ Ridgeview/ Riverwood

 

 

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Timeless Southern Porches

 

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There are few things that say “Southern charm” like a comfortable, shady porch. There is something really special about enjoying an iced tea or a glass of wine, having a relaxed weekend meal, or relaxing with a book outdoors on the porch. They say “welcome to my home” and create a timeless first impression.

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A twilight welcome at 2741 Vinings Orchard Circle

Although our summers can be hot, living in Atlanta means we get at least three seasons of use out of our porches.

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As a realtor, I’m seeing the screened in porch as a big draw for potential buyers as well. Not only does a porch keep some of the harsh sunlight and heat out of your home, but a screened porch adds a lot of usable indoor/outdoor living space for a fraction of the cost of a home addition.

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Southern porches can be as simple as a covered patio on the front of the house to a screened room with luxurious furnishings and a fireplace, surround sound, and entertainment center.

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Fantastic vaulted porch with fireplace at 2727 Lansdowne Lane

Furnishings are usually casual with comfort in mind. Rocking chairs are always welcome and it’s hard to go wrong with a porch swing.

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Adding a ceiling fan can really enhance the comfort level and screening in a porch keeps out pests and makes outdoor dining a breeze. What could be better than summer entertaining with an outdoor kitchen and dining area on a porch?

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My listing at 2741 Vinings Orchard Circle has incredible porches on every level of the home

There is a style of porch for every architectural style too, from rustic to neoclassical, low country to modern. Even pool houses and walk-out basement entrances are getting the screened porch treatment.

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Adding shutters is a classic touch that also creates more privacy on a porch (and is a great place for kids to camp out during sleepovers).

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Architectural and style trends may come and go, but a classic southern element like a great porch is timeless.

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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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New Listing: 5617 Vinings Place Trail

With its great indoor/outdoor spaces, this home is an entertainer’s dream. Located in a great swim and tennis community with a large landscaped yard, you’ll be ready for summer BBQs and cool fall evenings around the fire pit.

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5617 Vinings Place Trail, Mableton

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The living areas are bright and spacious with a great flow for entertaining. The breakfast and great rooms have windows on three sides and flow into the huge living room.

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A warm kitchen with hardwood floors also opens onto the sunny breakfast area and the vaulted great room with its stacked stone fireplace and views of the back yard.5638309-10-alt

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The large main-floor master suite has coffered ceiling details and one of the home’s three fireplaces which is double sided and opens into the master bath. Fresh, neutral paint and carpet make it ready for you to personalize.

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Three upstairs bedrooms are generously sized, including a mini-master and a huge bonus room which could also function as a second floor lounge, media, or hobby room.

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The decks and back yard face the back of the neighborhood with a tranquil green space – no neighbors overlooking.

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Can’t you just see yourself making s’mores around the backyard fire pit? And the covered seating area under the deck is a great spot for your grill.

This home is packed with great features and is completely move-in ready. Check out the full listing here with even more photos and details. And as always, please contact me with any questions about this great home or to set up a time to view it.

 

Overview: 4.051 sq. ft., 4 bedrooms/4.5 bathrooms, 2 car garage, pool

Schools: Harmony-Leland/ Lindley/ Pebblebrook

Listing price: $389,000

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Time to register for Atlanta-area Summer Camps!

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Happy 2016, everyone! It’s hard to believe we’re already thinking about summer, but once again, it’s time to start registering your children for summer camp programs. I’ve done posts over the years with links to camps both in the Atlanta area and sleep-away camps that Chase has loved or friends have recommended. There are a lot of options, whether your child is involved in sports or the arts, and I’m also seeing more interesting programs like what Chase attended last summer for kids who are into science and technology.
There are plenty of options all over the state but I’m highlighting the ones that  are convenient to us in Vinings and Buckhead. Chase is attending sessions at the Westminster campus again this year where they have expanded their camp program to include not only a lot of sports and arts and science programs, but they also have Cubby Camp for children 3-4 years old.
Chase loves water sports so he will be attending Camp Seagull-Seafarer’s seamanship program in North Carolina this summer for 4 weeks.  He went to the 2 week Mariner program last summer and loved it. I’m really going to have withdrawal with my baby gone that long, but I really think it will be great for him to be in a cabin with 10 other boys for that long and allow him that kind of independence.  Wish me luck, I’ll have to pour myself into my work!  Another draw to Camp Seagull-Seafarer is that they are affiliated with the Coast Guard, so all of their boating activities are overseen by USCG licensed captains. Chase will also be able to earn 4 Boy Scout badges at Camp Seagull.
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Here is a list of links to Atlanta camps with details about ages and programs:
  • The Westminster School offers summer programs for every interest for ages 3-18. Registration begins January 11.
  • The Lovett School has a variety of camps for grades K-8 this summer starting in June with Camp Lovett and 2 July Jamboree sessions with traditional camp activities. Registration is currently open.
  • Pace Academy has Paceketeer Camp for ages 3.5-5 and Pace Camp for grades K-5. They offer both half and full day sessions. Registration opens January 15.
  • Georgia Tech’s CEISMC Summer Camps for STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) concepts. Registration opens in mid-February.
  • Club Scientific, another science camp in Atlanta (They have LEGO robotics!!!). Early Registration has already started.
  • Alliance Theatre Drama Camps offers summer theatre camps for ages 3 and up. Registrations begins January 11.
  • Kids Tennis hasn’t listed their programs for 2016 yet, but offers tennis and golf camps. Check their Facebook page for updates.
  • St. Martin’s Episcopal Day School has a fun Jr. Mad Scientist camp as well as athletic and arts camps for ages 4- 8th grade. Registration begins February 1 and they have multiple camp dates throughout the summer.
  • Atlanta MJCCA offers over 100 summer camp programs and will be in 4 locations in 2016-Dunwoody, Emory, East Cobb, and North Fulton. Their returning camper registration begins January 10, first time campers, January 17.
  • Dwyers Adventure Camps is now accepting registration for children aged 5-12. They are offering a special for sign-ups before January 15 too!
  • NYO Sports offers a wide variety of sports camps as well as year-round sports programs; they are currently accepting registration.
  • Bitsy Grant Tennis and Golf Camp a tennis and golf camp located conveniently in Buckhead; registration begins in February.
  • Dan Perez Baseball Camp is a baseball camp for boys and girls 5-12 years old; accepting registration now.
  • Chastain Park Art Camp has a variety of art camps. Registrations is through Atlanta iParks or call the Art Center for details.
  • YMCA Buckhead, registration now open for children 5-18
  • Forefront Arts Theatre Camps offers 55 Summer Drama Camps in 14 locations around Atlanta; Camps available for children 3k -20. They are currently accepting applications.
  • Dunwoody Nature Center begins registration for members February 1; open registration begins February 15. They will be holding a Summer Camp Open House January 24.
  • Marist offers sports camps but the Boys Fun Camp, which is all boys and they get to play old-school games all day, comes highly recommended. Word is there is going to be a Girls Fun Camp this summer as well. Their site says they are still finalizing their schedule for 2016 so check back soon.
  • Emory University hosts a variety of sports camps throughout the summer as well as a LEGO-based Bricks for Kidz camp with a STEM focus.  They also have a program for the “Talented and Gifted” that your child will need to qualify for but its super pricey.  Chase qualified so I looked into it and its more than a sleep away camp.
  • High Meadow Summer Camp in Roswell is a traditional outdoor day camp; open registration for campers 3-14.
  • Children’s Museum Atlanta Imagine It! Camps offer adventure, science, drama, and creativity camps.
  • Chattahoochee Nature Center in Roswell host Camp Kingfisher, a nature camp for children 4-rising 9th graders. Their registration begins January 25.
  • Club SciKidz is a science and technology camp for boys and girls ages 4-15. They have locations throughout the metro Atlanta area. Currently registering for camps beginning June 6.
  • CampMODA: a Design Thinking Camp is being presented by the Museum of Design Atlanta at 4 locations: MODA’s Midtown campus, The Lovett School, GA Tech’s College of Architecture, and First Presbyterian Preschool on Peachtree. programs are available for children ages 5-14 are are now registering for summer sessions.
  • GA Tech Lacrosse Camps focuses on older children looking to polish their lacrosse skills but has both day and overnight camps for boys and girls ages 8-18.

For those of you with Boy and Girl Scouts:

  • Camp Rainey Mountain in northeast Georgia is filling up fast so get registered soon! They offer over 70 merit badges, activities like hiking, whitewater, climbing, and an ATV program, and high adventure programs.
  • Scoutland on Lake Lanier offers camping for Cub Scouts and Webelos. Their locations allows them to focus on aquatic activities.

Girl Scouts of Greater Atlanta has 4 summer camps:

  • Camp Meriwether in Luthersville, GA is best known for it’s equestrian programs. Check out their Open House January 24.
  •  Camp Misty Mountain in Amurchee, GA in north Georgia is a traditional north Georgia mountain camp with hiking, equestrian programs, canoeing. They will be holding and Open House, Troop, Family and community Fun Day May 22.
  • Camp Pine Acres is located on Lake Allatoona and is known for its water sports programs. Their Open House will be held February 21.
  • Camp Pine Valley south of Atlanta doesn’t offer overnight camps.
  •  Camp Timber Ridge  in Mableton, GA has STEM leadership programs, outdoor cooking, and more. They will be having an Open House January 31.

I’ll also link to a post I did a couple of years ago that has a great list I got from Camp Meri Mac.

Hope this list helps you with your summer planning!

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October Real Estate Update for Buckhead

Here is a video from Berkshire Hathaway with some interesting stats about the current real estate market in Buckhead. The market is down again this past month more than it was the previous month.  I’m not sure if this is seasonal or just a mismatch of inventory to buyers.  If you’ll notice, the average sales price is around $600k and the average listing price is $1.2M.

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Atlanta Homeowners Talk About Building Dream Kitchens

We’ve been talking a lot recently about the elements that come together to create your dream home. When you buy real estate, the advice is to put your money into kitchens and master suites. There are a couple of good reasons for this. First, these are areas in which you will get the best return for your investment in case of resale. But when you are talking about buying or building your dream home, the kitchen and master suites are parts of the home where you will probably spend most of your time so it’s a good idea to invest your time, planning, and resources into making them exactly what you want.  Email us your ideas and we’ll include them in a future post, or post to Facebook at RealViningsBuckhead.

Whatever your personal style, creating a dream kitchen is all about planning and details! photo credit: designhunterla.com

Whatever your personal style, creating a dream kitchen is all about planning and details!
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A kitchen is all about the details. Hiring a kitchen designer can help ensure that you don’t miss any must-haves. Having a professional plan your lighting and outlet placement can make all the difference in having the right task lighting and spaces for the way you cook. They can also help you plan which fixtures and surfaces need to be chosen first so that plumbing and electrical installation are sure to fit with your choices. (Remember how I mentioned certain faucets needing the plumbing to be built to specific heights in my dream home post? It’s especially important to plan for this in the kitchen!)

  • If you love great coffee, consider getting a built-in and plumbed coffee station installed like this beautiful Miele coffee system.

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    This beautiful built-in coffee systems keeps everything in one place.
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  • Building in a spacious appliance garage to store coffee maker, electric kettle, toaster, and mixer is a great way to keep your counter tops uncluttered and all of your breakfast appliances convenient in one place. There are shelving systems that can be installed under the counter too that will “pop” your heavier appliances up to counter level with a sturdy spring-loaded system.
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    This spacious appliance garage helps keep your counters uncluttered
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    Under the counter appliance garages with pop-up shelves do the heavy lifting for you
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  • Pop-up outlets, especially on an island, can keep your counters seamless but still make plugging in appliances convenient.

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    Pop-up outlets for the island
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  • If you like to entertain or host big holiday meals, two dishwashers make clean-up quick and easy
  • A warming drawer is another great idea for big holiday meals
  • Start researching your counter surfaces early- there are a lot of options out there. From show-stopping marble  to durable and modern quartz and eco-friendly cement, ask about the pros and cons so that you end up with counters that are both functional and beautiful for your lifestyle.

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    Beautiful counter surface options!
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  • A built-in banquette in the breakfast nook can provide a cozy seating area and hide a ton of storage for items you use less often.

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    Built-in breakfast nook for seating and storage
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  • Having two sinks in the kitchen gives you a smaller sink for washing delicate china and crystal and a big one for pots and pans to soak in. A small sink can also be filled with ice for parties.
  • A lot of people are installing nothing but drawers under the counter. They make finding things so much easier! And the hardware makes drawers sturdy enough for even the heaviest enameled cast iron cookware.

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    Deep drawers under the counters are beautiful and convenient
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  • Speaking of drawers, soft-close drawers and cabinets are the only way to go. Hardware has come such a long way, it really makes keeping all of your things accessible while stored away effortless.
  • Ceiling height cabinets make use of all of your space for storage and keep you from having to deal with all of the dust that gathers on top of kitchen cabinets. If you have beautiful serving pieces that you like to display, glass fronted cabinets with built-in puck lights can make them a great feature.

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    Glass front cabinets display beautiful china and serving pieces
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  • Mini-fridges under the counter are convenient, whether you use the energy-efficient drawer refrigerators for extra food storage or you install glass fronted wine coolers. Combined with the coffee station, you have all your drinks in one area of the kitchen!

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    Drawer refrigerators are convenient and energy efficient
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  • Make use of even oddly shaped areas for storage- like a tall thin cupboard for brooms and sweepers or a little cubby for paper towels. There are options to get the most storage out of every inch of your kitchen.

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    Built in paper towel rack makes every inch count
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  • Kick-plate vacuum systems mean you can just sweep dust and dirt over to the opening and it disappears forever!

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    photo credit: aerusvacuums.com

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Happy Thanksgiving!

We’re about to enter the whirlwind of the holiday season – in fact, it has already felt like Christmas time in Atlanta this week – Brrrrrr! I’m so glad that  Thanksgiving marks the beginning of the holiday season because it gives me a chance to pause and reflect on all of the things that I am deeply grateful for before all of the exciting business of the season begins. Here are a few of the things I’m thankful for:

IMG_0683Its Fall and we’re heading into Thanksgiving week, so I only thought it appropriate that I post what  I’m Thankful For:

1. Our health – after losing a few young friends this year to terrible diseases, I am ever so mindful that we need to be thankful for our health.

2. My son’s education – every time I am at my son’s school I am reminded how lucky and blessed I am that he is able to get the quality education that he receives and it reminds that I want to help those that aren’t as fortunate to allow their children to prosper.

3. Continued good business.  After so many terrible years in real estate, 2013 and 2014 have been a blessing and one I hope continues for not only my benefit but my clients who are able to make transitions in housing without a financial hardship.

4.  A supportive broker – this business can be tough and as an independent business person I’ve never realized the benefit of a great broker until this year.  For the first time since I’ve been in real estate I feel like I have a partner versus someone who just cares about taking a chunk of my money.  It is truly a win-win relationship.

5.  My friends, family, and neighbors – as a single mom I hear others talk about how hard it is when their husband works late hours or is on a business trip, but many of them don’t work.  I get by daily as the sole provider for my family with the help of my friends and neighbors. Even though I don’t have family nearby I have their support just a phone call away. I have friends and neighbors that are happy to swing by and pick up my child with just a text or phone call and a resilient son who doesn’t worry if Mom is later than planned, he knows she’s probably with a client.

6. My village – this is part of the friends and neighbors, but even more its familiarity and tradition.  I realize as the Holidays approach and my son is now 10 years old that the things we have done for years in Vinings such as the Halloween party, Vinings Tree Lighting etc are becoming part of his “story” and life and it brings him comfort and a sense of home.  Even though I am occasionally tempted by a great deal on a house somewhere else it comes down to whats best for my son and the comfort of the known outweighs the perks of another house or location.

7.  Flexible time – one of the reasons I went into real estate was to allow myself to have a “life”.  Little did I realize that life would require working every single day with no real time off EVER!  But the benefit of that is I can schedule around things at my son’s school and can participate in things that most Moms who don’t work can do and then I just end up on my computer til midnight making up for it, but I can do it all that way. Plus this career has allowed me to have flexibility and be the best Mom I can be for my sweet little boy.

8.  My dogs – as my parents lost their much-loved Boston Terrier  – Suzy this year I am reminded how much unconditional love comes from my 2 fellas.  The help me appreciate nature as they like to take walks and sniff everywhere they go.  My littlest one is truly my shadow and they are both at my feet while I work from home on many days.

9. Reliable service providers – this may not make sense to many, but I do feel blessed to have people who I can trust to help me with maintaining and enhancing my house.  My gardener, handyman, painters etc.  I own a rental property and have my house and without them I would be overwhelmed with tasks that could be difficult to manage.  I feel comfortable leaving them a key and I know the work will get done.  I haven’t always had this comfort, I am grateful to have it now.

10. Technology – again this may seem like an odd thing to be thankful for, but technology truly allows me to communicate with many more people than I could in years past.  Prior to the advent of everyone on email we’d have to spend hours a day calling people to arrange for appointments, follow up on showings etc.  Today things are pretty instantaneous and I can see when someone is entering a listing or text an agent to get feedback or email a client about a showing, allowing me to be much more productive than in years past.

 

And the most important of all, I am thankful for my son,  this coming week reminds me of my journey to Russia 9 years ago to bring him home.  Each day of the Thanksgiving week brings a different memory and I reflect on it each year.  My Mom travelled with me on both trips and she remembers each day as if it was yesterday as well.  We boarded the flight to Kemerovo on Sunday and arrived on Monday and by the following Saturday after Thanksgiving we were back in Atlanta with a new baby boy!  I know many agents remember that time as well as I think everyone in Buckhead and Vinings was following my journey.  We didn’t have WordPress back then, but I did an early version of a Blog on Google 360.  I’ll have to see if I can still find it, it was sporatic as it wasn’t always easy to find internet access back then in Siberia, but it still captured a lot of what was happening to us daily.  So reflect on what you’re Thankful for this Thanksgiving and I hope it will be a wonderful one for you and your family as well.

 

As a little Thanksgiving bonus I thought I’d add that I’m grateful for this season of hospitality too, a time to reconnect with friends and family over a special holiday meal. Here’s a recipe for a traditional Southern party favorite, cheese straws. These are great for guests to nibble with a glass of wine and they would also be a great way to show your gratitude to your holiday hosts!

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Southern Cheese Straws
Makes about 4 dozen pieces
Ingredients
  • 1 2/3 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon dry mustard
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper, or more to taste
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, cut into pieces
  • 8 ounces extra-sharp cheddar cheese, grated
  • 2 tablespoons water
Instructions
1. Preheat the oven to 425°F.
2. Sift together the flour, salt, dry mustard, and cayenne pepper. Put the butter and grated cheese in a mixing bowl, and mix for several minutes, until thoroughly blended. Gradually add the dry ingredients to the butter and cheese, and mix until completely incorporated. Add the water, and mix for one minute longer.
3. Turn the dough onto a lightly floured surface, and knead five or six times. Roll the dough out 1/4 inch thick, and cut into strips 1/4 inch wide and 4-6 inches in length. Place the strips on ungreased cookie sheets 1/2 inch apart, and bake in the preheated oven for 12-16 minutes, until golden brown and crisp. Cool completely, and store in airtight containers.

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