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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 Listing: 1362 Battleview Drive

Private and serene on a wonderful family-friendly cul-de-sac, this mostly new construction in the desirable Morris Brandon school district is a bargain at under a million. 5691267-01-alt

With a tidewater feel to the home’s design and an interior flooded with natural light gives this home the feel of a coastal getaway while still within the city. The “beach house” feel continues in the interior where lighting, large windows and french doors, and an open living floor plan were designed to create a comfortable, breezy space.

5691267-05-alt-1The kitchen features gorgeous marble countertops, a large island with seating, and a great stainless appliance package. Once again, windows flood the room with natural light.


Living, dining and kitchen spaces flow together with a neutral color palette and  large windows. Dark hardwoods anchor the rooms and continue throughout the home’s two levels.  5691267-15-alt

The master bath is a dreamy white-on-white design. With  marble counters, a walk in shower and a beautiful soaking tub, it has the feel of a luxury spa.



The new spacious and airy master bedroom suite is on the main level of the home; it features french doors and oval window details to keep the room light and airy. There is also a large bedroom suite on the second floor that could also be used as a master suite.


No flood insurance is required because the home’s elevation was raised to meet regulations. This leaves the entire lower level open for garage parking for 4 + vehicles.


A spacious deck off the main level steps down to an even larger patio for ample outdoor entertaining space.

Swim and tennis memberships are available at the Hanover West club visible just across the creek at the rear of the property.

You can check out the full listing on my website for more details and photos; please reach out with any questions or to set up a time to view this unique property.

1362 Battleview Drive NW Atlanta, GA 30327

Overview: 5 bedrooms; 3 bathrooms; 4+ car garage; Hanover West pool/swim membership available; adjoining lot available

Schools: Brandon / Sutton / North Atlanta

Listing Price: $974.900

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Atlanta’s International Markets

I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving holiday. We love getting a little extra time with friends and family as we get ready to head into the holiday season.  As many of you know I had lived in Washington DC prior to moving to Atlanta and the volume of international food restaurants and shops was very large.  When I first moved here in 1992 Atlanta’s population was only 3 million people  and now its over 6 million, so along with the doubling of our population, so has our culture and the international food places we have to choose from.  I have a client that moved here from the Northeast this summer and ended up renting out in Alpharetta.  She was commenting to me that we aren’t very “European” here, and I think that might be her perception from the burbs, but here in the City we have just about anything you could ask for.

It seems like even people who normally eat from the take out menu more than they cook are in the kitchen this time of year. The holidays are a great time to not only enjoy your family’s traditional dishes, but to add and experiment with new foods and traditions. Atlanta is such a global city that you can “travel” almost anywhere in the world now, just by visiting the international markets we have all over the city.

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The “original” world market in Atlanta, Your Dekalb Farmers Market in Decatur, has grown and moved around over the years but it stays packed because of the huge variety of spices, produce, wine and beer, as well as the full-service seafood and butcher counters. Chances are, if you’ve heard of it, you can find it there. For me, it’s a bit of a trek from Vinings but it’s a fun place to go if you need something special (or just want to do a little food tourism without getting on a plane.) Kids love looking at the bins of live crabs.

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Buford Highway Farmers Market

Buford Highway, called Atlanta’s International Corridor is known for it’s variety of restaurants from Korean BBQ to taquerias and everything in between. There are even a couple of food blogs dedicated to exploring Buford Highway, like and a MeetUp group Buford Highway Foodies and Southern Foodways Alliance has done an oral history project on it.  It’s another great place to get an authentic taco or bowl of pho without having to get a plane ticket, but it’s also got plenty for the home cook to explore in the supermarkets like H-Mart, a Korean market where you can pick up pre-marinated meat to grill along with an entire row dedicated to soy sauces, and the Buford Highway Farmers Market, known for having food from almost every continent.

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Closer to home is the new Little Italia marketplace in Westside, so after you have lunch at Pizza Antico, you can shop for your Italian dinner at Bottega Luisa. Someone described it as being stocked like “an exaggerated version of an Italian grandmother’s pantry” with every Italian product you need to make the perfect at-home date night.

Similar to the Chelsea Market Hall in Manhattan and the Ferry Building Marketplace in San Francisco, the Central Food Hall at Ponce City Market in the redeveloped Sears and Roebuck building is a mix of marketplace, dining, coffee shops, grab and go stalls and snacks in an historic Atlanta landmark. With wide variety of offerings from a South African biltong  bar to the King of Pops and everything in between, you can do a little globe-trotting under one historic roof.

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photo credit : Sarah Dorio

In Smyrna, Nam Dae Mun Farmers Market has a variety of exotic produce but don’t forget to check out the freezer section where you can get any kind of potsticker dumpling you can imagine!  I also had to take pictures there when we were shopping recently as they had “Burnt Goat Heads” and some other items that I’m not sure what culture eats and I wasn’t game to try!  We found the green, spiky Durian,  both fresh and frozen, it is banned on Singapore’s rail network as we found out while visiting there this spring, as well as many  airports and hotels in south-east Asia. Durians polarize people. Fans say if you can get past the stink, the flesh has an ambrosial taste. they’re known for their good value.  We had a Chef from Oaxaca Mexico stay with us this spring and we were able to find most ingredients she needed to prepare a feast for 25 here at my house.  All this and more can be found at Nam Dae Mun which is right off Spring Road in Smyrna and they are close to Vinings and Buckhead so you can avoid a long trek across the city anytime you need a whole fish or an unusual Asian chili sauce.  Take the kids when you go, its a great education and maybe they’ll want to try something new!

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Atlanta Private Schools Open House Schedule 2015


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Every year, I have out of town clients that tell me which private school their child is planning to attend.  Most parents aren’t aware of the process, the schedule, and how competitive it is.  I have a post about “off cycle” admissions  but most private schools in Atlanta don’t accommodate off cycle admission, creating a challenge for executives who are relocated during the summer months.  Holy Innocents is the only one I know of that my clients have been able to get into off cycle.

Part of being a realtor is helping families with relocation and transition and a big part of that process is finding the right schools for your children. I’ve done a few posts with tips and information about the process of application for Atlanta private schools in order to help parents navigate the process and minimize disappointment when unexpected things pop up. For me, it’s not just about selling real estate, it’s about helping people create homes here in Vinings and Buckhead!

The “on cycle” process typically starts in October the year prior to the year you want your child to start,  usually with testing beginning in October.  Then in November the private school Open Houses start and the schools may schedule private tours of the schools as well.  By January, schools have booked the individual interviews and they stop accepting applications in January to early February.  Decisions are made and announced at the same time, usually the first Saturday in April.

There are wait lists and a lot of movement during those first two weeks after announcements, so don’t give up on your first choice too soon.  But it’s interesting because  schools are pretty good at knowing which students are the best fit for their curriculum and education styles so I’d prefer a school that wanted my child on their first list personally.  Trust the process and apply to at least three. Schools are looking for candidates that are going to succeed in their environment so it is not usually the parent’s choice at the end of the day, it’s up to the schools.

The psychologist that does your child’s testing is a good resource in directing you to the schools that would be the best fit, but if your heart wants one in particular, don’t give up, wait out the wait list.  I know people with siblings tend to just apply to the school they have a child in already and many regret it later when that child doesn’t get in, so expand your search and consider others; a school program that is a fit for one isn’t always a fit for another and you don’t want to be in a position of having to move to get in a good school district after the fact! Trust me- it happens more often than you can imagine!  So, to help you get rolling, here are this year’s Open House dates:

Woodward Academy offers group tours by reservation on select dates through February

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High-tech Med-cottage or “Granny Pods”: Assisted Living of the Future?

What if you could bring a fully equipped, high-tech assisted living space to your home for an aging parent? Would you consider a modular, temporary guest house that could be removed after a few months? i ran across this Washington Post article  “Pioneering the Granny Pod: Fairfax County family adapts to high-tech dwelling that could change elder care and it got me thinking about the many ways this could be used by my clients. A Methodist minister in Virginia had the idea that “as America grows older, its aging adults could avoid a jarring move to the nursing home by living in small, specially equipped, temporary shelters close to relatives” and he set out to create the Medcottage, a portable high-tech cottage that could be moved to the family’s property as a home for a relative in need of special care. 

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People have strong opinions about modular housing but the modern designs and practicality of these options has to make you stop and think twice. Rather than making permanent and expensive renovations to your home, would you consider a “granny pod” as an option to give aging parents security, comfort, and privacy? Or for older parents who split their time between different cities as a temporary apartment?  What about a modular solution for my clients who need a guest room on the main floor of their home with its own sitting area, perhaps brought in for the holidays and rented by the month? And with the U.S’s aging population,  I believe it will get to the point where there is a resale market for this type of space. With threshold-free floors, accessible showers, and medical monitoring and equipment already factored into the design of many of these units, it takes a lot of the guesswork out of working with a contractor who may not be as experienced with renovations like these. Of course, there are questions of zoning, space, and family dynamics to consider, but it’s certainly food for thought.  I’d love to hear your opinions!  If zoning can address the additional structure, I think there will be a market for this!

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Party at the Pirch


The grand entrance

A couple of weeks ago I hosted an event for my clients.  It was SO much fun that I need to keep telling the world about my new favorite place,  Pirch.
Back when the real estate market was crazy in 2005-2007 I sold more new construction than resales.  Then the market tanked and business became re-sales and buyer representations.  Recently the market for new construction has opened up again and I’m currently working with two clients who are building new homes and three clients who are doing major remodels.  That passion and joy that that business brings me is embodied in the Pirch experience.
Just step inside their doors at Lenox Marketplace Showroom at 3535 Peachtree Road NE (across from Phipps Plaza) and you’ve opened up a world to dream about what your home could be.  The service is incomparable and they’ll even serve you a drink from the Cafe while you browse.  They have in house consultants and rooms where you can design and dream.
Pirch chef hard at work in this showcase kitchen

Pirch chef hard at work in this showcase kitchen

I had attended a function with my office there a few months back and one of the outside sales reps had suggested that I hold an event for my clients.  The challenge came in conveying the experience and how much fun it is to them via an invitation.  Those that have a passion for cooking understood, along with my “foodie” friends but every single person left wanting to come back, just like I did.
We learned all about salt block cooking

We learned all about salt block cooking

Delicious dumplings

Delicious dumplings

The cooking demo area with friendly, helpful staff

The cooking demo area with friendly, helpful staff

Guests were treated to tours and a cooking demo by their in house chefs who come from some very upscale  restaurants and are showing their skills in this beautiful show kitchen without having to deal with the brutal hours of the restaurant world.  They taught us how to prepare fish, cook on a salt block and served us very yummy food and treats.
Cocktails ready to go!

Cocktails ready to go!



 Guests were treated to go home with a salt block and a cookbook along with a goodie bag with items from my partners that helped me host the event.  Besides Pirch, I had Dan Asbury with Suntrust Mortgage provide the drinks, Caleb Rhodes with Green Friendly Homes who showcased some fabulous homes he had built and provided measuring tapes to all, Traci Rhoads with Traci Rhoads Interiors, who gave tips on decorating, showcased some of her fabulous work, and slipped a wonderful linen candle into the goodie bags, and then one of my closing attorneys, Anthony Bagiatis with McLain and Merritt came up with a creative idea to give everyone a jar of specialty pork/chicken rub that he assures us is fantastic, can’t wait to try it along with my salt block.  Traci Rhoads said that it was such a great event that she’d have her wedding there one day!  We all cracked up, but it’s really a testament to what a first class event it was.
Goodie bags ready for guests

Goodie bags ready for guests

Since the event, I had a client that needed to look at appliances for a prospective build go over to check Pirch out.  He called me the next day to tell me they served him lobster and turned on the TV to his football game! He ended up spending three hours there!  Trust me and head over to Pirch to dream, you won’t go home hungry.  Even my son enjoys coming along to have the barista’s serve him hot chocolate!  I encourage you to check out one of their upcoming events, you won’t be disappointed.

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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
  • 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
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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Lights, Camera, Action, Y’all!

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Atlanta’s booming film industry has brought a flurry of A-list stars to Buckhead recently. Ryan Gosling, who is filming the ‘70’s noir “The Nice Guys” with Russell Crowe was spotted out enjoying dinner at the Buckhead Diner last weekend. They have been filming all over town including the retro fabulous Sandy Springs home of Dallas Austin (where Justin Beiber stayed while he worked on a recording project earlier this year).

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Marvel is filming “Ant-man” downtown in mid-November, superhero fans! The film is starring Paul Rudd as a man who can change sizes and communicate with insects. And speaking of superheroes, former superheroine and Cartersville native Chloe Moretz (who was Hit Girl in the film “Kick Ass”) is filming “The Fifth Wave” on location in Ansley Park.


And for fans of ‘80’s comedy, Ed Helms of “The Office” is back in his hometown of Atlanta doing a sequel to the Griswald’s “Vacation” to Wally World. He’s playing the role of a grown-up Rusty Griswald with Christina Applegate cast as his wife. I hear that while their roles will be small, both Chevy Chase and Beverly D’Angelo will be making an appearance. They’ve been filming around Midtown and in Charlotte NC.


It sounds like there will be more of this in our area as Tyler Perry Studios expands with its purchase of property in the decommissioned Ft MacPherson and Jim Jacoby builds the huge Atlanta Media Campus and Studios in Gwinnett, slated to be the largest movie complex outside of California.


If you’re looking for a little of the “lights, camera, action” yourself, here’s a casting call I recently heard about: Looking for wealthy philanthropists, business owners and CEOs for an inspirational, uplifting primetime hour-long series for a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. The ideal families should live in the Atlanta area, have at least one 7-12-year-old child and would be able to assist another family in need. If you have everything in life money can buy and feel like giving back to a hard working family who had their run of bad luck, please apply here:


Break a leg, y’all!

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Chastain Park Home: 11 Laurel Drive NE

Walk to Chastain Park’s concerts, tennis, swimming, the horse park and much more from this beautiful 4 bedroom, 4.5 bathroom family home. The home has been completely remodeled and has an elevator to the upper level. The main level is completely open to suit today’s lifestyle and each bedroom upstairs has a large full bath.  The master bedroom has a fireplace and luxurious bath as well as two walk-in closets. There is also a teen suite with a huge en suite bath and walk in closet as well. For those of you who love outdoor entertaining, this home has a huge deck – part of which is screened in for when you need to escape from the bugs. The deck is also perfect for watching the kids play in the beautiful backyard. The terrace level has a large rec room, guest suite and large laundry room.

If you’re unfamiliar with all that Chastain Park has to offer, check out the Chastain Park Conservancy. Georgia’s PATH Foundation also has a trail at Chastain Park. “One of PATH’s more social trails, the double-loop trail around North Fulton Golf Course and Chastain Park, is frequented by groups walking dogs, running laps, and pushing baby strollers. The trail is marked as two 5K courses and a separate 3K course. There are lights along the loop around North Fulton Golf Course to facilitate predawn and evening use. This trail is available for all user groups but primarily functions as a pedestrian venue.” You are also right across the park from The Galloway School.

With this location and the recent price reduction, this home won’t last!

Overview: 2,457 sq. ft., 4 bedrooms, 4 full/1 half bathrooms

Schools: Warren T. Jackson/ Sutton/ North Atlanta

List Price: $749,900


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Tina Hunsicker (404) 931-3944

Tina Hunsicker
(404) 931-3944

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Dan Forsman Voted Most Admired CEO in Real Estate

Dan Forsman Most Admired CEO in Real Estate

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