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Custom Home Tips and Ideas

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We’re rounding up ideas for custom home (or renovations) “must-haves” by Atlanta homeowners!  As I have posted before I hear a lot of great ideas from friends, neighbors, and clients about what they have learned from their experience in building or renovating.

Some ideas come up during every discussion. Lots of deep drawers in the kitchen, for example, are easier to access and keep organized that traditional cabinets. So if I list a repeat here, it’s because it’s still a great idea that people keep talking about.

Whole home systems:

Whole home water and air filtration systems can protect your home from environmental pollution and allergens. With Atlanta’s mild climate, seasonal allergies can be more like year-round allergies and an integrated air filtration system can go a long way in easing allergy symptoms. A water filtration system helps filter unwanted chemicals out of water used for drinking and bathing and can address issues with hard water.

Homeowners continue to love whole home central vac systems, especially with kitchen kick plate openings to make clean ups quick and easy.  Whole home automated generators are being talked about on almost every site I follow and the Nextdoor apps due to all of the storms recently its a key feature (and convenient) that everyone who doesn’t have one thinks about and those of us that have them thank our lucky stars every time the power goes out, which seems more and more often in Buckhead and Vinings with all of our large mature trees.

In the kitchen:

Appliances with professional features continue to be a popular choice. Homeowners love the quality and  functionality of smart refrigerators, convection or steam ovens, and powerful cook tops.  Back when Pirch was still in business I loved to see the demos of all of these fabulous new appliances and dream about upgrading my kitchen.  The expensive ones that I know I’ll never be able to justify are the built in Cappuccino makers and the wine dispensers that allow you have a fresh glass of wine and not have to finish the whole bottle.  The more attainable upgrades are the steam ovens.  Miele was my favorite, but my clients still prefer the Wolfe professional ranges it seems.  Steam has also been a hot (get it hot) topic with washers as well.  With messy boys the boy Mom’s I know are always looking for new and creative ways to remove stains.

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A pot filler was another great idea. Get one plumbed in at the stove during construction and you’ll never have to lug a huge pot of water from the sink to the stove again. Pasta night (or a shrimp boil) just got a lot easier!  I always crack up at this one as you still have to lug the pot to the sink to empty and wash it.  But from my clients I’ve heard they just like the look of them as well.

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Separate drink stations or refrigerators have come up every time I’ve had this conversation for years. But a new twist on that idea is a  full refrigerator in the pantry, great not only for the kid’s drinks, but as extra space for parties and holiday meals.  Those of that have been using the “beer” fridges in the garage for years love the idea of having it built right in.

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Careful planning for electrical outlets and USB outlets is important as technology becomes more and more a part of our lives. Many of our homes revolve around the kitchen but thinking about placement of USB outlets in the home office is important too; no more crawling under the desk to find a plug for your devices when they are planned at desk level!

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Bed and Bath:

A new trend seems to be in planning ahead for one-floor living. Dual master suites, one on the main floor and the other upstairs  with family bedrooms allows for parents to be close to  children at night during younger years with a guest suit on the main floor, and then the option to move down to one floor living in the future. This also works well for families who have grandparents visiting frequently, giving them privacy and space without having to deal with stairs.

Several people also talk about dual laundry rooms if space permits. Depending on your needs, a main laundry room on the bedroom floor and a smaller stackable laundry unit on the main floor or in the master closet can be really practical.

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Although soaker tubs are still popular, people are putting a lot more thought into their showers. From multiple shower heads, steam showers, custom sound and lighting and amazing tile finishes, showers are getting the attention they deserve.

One great tip is a heated bench seat in the shower. Think about how great those heated floors are, but for your tush!  One person even mentioned a built in coffee mug or wine glass holder.  Talk about taking a long shower!

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We’re always looking for ways to maximize our space and a lot of people are planning pocket doors into their homes during construction for that reason. Pocket doors are one of the single best space savers in a floor plan! Thinking through these subtle, harder to alter details during construction can really help with long term satisfaction. It just takes a little extra planning!

Indoor/ outdoor living:

Atlantans love their decks and porches! We like to practically live outdoors during nice weather but there are a couple of tips that can really extend the outdoor enjoyment. Screening in porches (or at least part of your porch) creates a bug-free outdoor space that’s great for dining, a kid’s hangout, or a spot for coffee in the morning. Adding  ceiling  fans or wall mounted oscillating fans to a porch keeps you cooler and keeps bugs away!

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Having either a mudroom or a bathroom that is accessible to the outdoors is a must-have for many moms. Having a place to clean up kids who are muddy from soccer practice, organize backpacks, or clean up dirty paws helps keep the rest of the house cleaner.  Speaking of muddy paws, a dog shower in the mud area or garage keeps Fido out of your tub or shower too.

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Garages should not be an afterthought! Measuring the depth of your parking spaces and the width of you door can save you so many headaches in the future. Believe me, you don’t want to find out you can’t fit your car into your garage space after construction is complete!

Planning electrical outlets and lighting in a garage are important too. We use our garages for so many things besides parking and having enough lighting is key. No one wants to search through ski equipment or lacrosse gear with a flashlight in one hand. And with electric cars becoming so popular, consider adding a high voltage outlet to charge your car.

And one last tip for your outdoor space: add faucets and hose bibs to every side of your home.  Keeping a long hose under control while you drag it around your house to hose off porches or walkways is a workout. Avoid that hassle by adding shorter  hoses (and their plumbing) to all sides of your home.

So, what would you add to this roundup? Any great tips or lessons learned during construction?  Check out the link from the previous list as well.

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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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New Listing: 1918 Sadler Dr SE

Welcome to 1918 Sadler Drive, a traditional brick and shingle home located in Stonecrest Manor. The community is in a great location, halfway between historic Vinings and Smyrna Market Village, convenient to the Silver Comet Trail and the new Suntrust Park.

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This home welcomes you into a spacious foyer with fresh, neutral paint and warm hardwood floors. The main floor has an open floor plan with a separate dining area with room for 12 at the table!

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Soaring double height ceilings in the family room is overlooked by a a warm chef’s kitchen. A gas log fireplace anchors the space and high windows keep it light and bright.

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Lighting, appliances, cabinetry, and millwork; this kitchen was finished to a very high standard while still having the feel of a family-friendly space. It also has plenty of storage and counter space and has double ovens- get ready to host Thanksgiving dinner! There is both seating at the granite island and a breakfast room for casual dining.

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Overlooking the family room, the loft off the master bedroom has a built-in office space tucked into the center hall. The gorgeous moldings continue upstairs as well.

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A spacious master suite with sitting area, trey ceilings, and hardwood floors are one of 5 bedrooms in this home.

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The master bath has a spa-like soaking tub, dual vanities and opens into a huge dressing room/walk-in closet!

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The finished full walk-out basement is currently a complete home gym but would also be a great media room, guest suite, or party room. It opens onto a lower patio and fully landscaped back yard.

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Off the living room, a large deck overlooks the lushly landscaped backyard, complete with a wonderful waterfall feature. Talk about a personal oasis!

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I look forward to showing you this great home! Take a look at my website for the complete listing details and call me to set up a viewing. This home is in one of Atlanta’s hottest real estate markets so it won’t last long!

1918 Sadler Drive SE Smyrna GA 30080

Overview: 5 bedrooms; 5 bathrooms; 4,536 sq.ft.; 2 car garage; 1 fireplace; full finished basement; laundry room; deck; professional landscaping with waterfall

Schools: Nickajack/ Campbell/ Campbell

Listing price: $675,000 10/3/2017

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New Listing: 2477 Lisette Drive SE, Smyrna

This popular neighborhood sold out quickly and has had very few resales! Just across from the new Teasley Elementary School and Home Depot’s headquarters, this townhouse offers amazing convenience and a beautiful flexible floor plan.

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The gated community offers low-maintenance living but the home’s generous square footage makes you feel like you’re in a gracious single family home. Step into the entry and you’ll love the high ceilings and soaring staircase.

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The home’s three bedrooms were placed on the upper floors to allow for a large open plan living floor; each area is defined by custom lighting and beautiful moldings with the space and flexibility to make it perfect for your family.

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A gas fireplace with a stone surround centers the family room; dark hardwoods are throughout the living areas and kitchen and plantation shutters allow for privacy while keeping the space bright.

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Light cabinetry, classic subway tile backsplash, and chef-quality stainless steel appliances create a fresh, on-trend look in the kitchen.

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The breakfast bar on the island overlooks a more formal dining room and French doors off the kitchen open to the fenced back yard.

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Two covered patios with the main level having a ceiling fan overlooks a compact professionally landscaped back yard, fenced for security for pets and children. This home is located toward the back of the community, so it’s very quiet and peaceful.

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Upstairs is spacious a master suite; the bedroom includes a peaceful sitting area with access to a private walk-out balcony, a great spot for a morning cup of coffee or private yoga session.

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A large soaker tub and walk-in shower in the master bath are finished in soothing neutrals for your own personal spa experience.

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Two additional spacious bedrooms, each with their own private full bathrooms, plenty of storage, and a laundry room complete the second floor. The home has 2 hot water heaters so no one has to worry about running out of hot water!

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Take a look at the full listing with many more details on my website; please don’t hesitate to call me with any question! I would love to set up a viewing of this wonderful home.

2477 Lisette Drive SE, Smyrna GA 30080

Overview: 3 bedrooms; 3 1/2 bathrooms; 2,946 sq.ft.; 2 car garage; gas fireplace;

gated community; walk-out courtyard and balcony

Schools: Teasly/ Campbell /Campbell

Listing price: $419,000

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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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New Owner of Tyler Perry Estate Revealed

The identity of the out-of-state mystery buyer for Tyler Perry’s Buckhead estate has been revealed: Evangelist David Turner’s purchase of the 17 acre estate made history as the most  expensive real estate transaction in Atlanta history at $17.5 million in May 2016.  According to the Buckhead Patch , Turner,  a former businessman made his fortune in the specialty food business before becoming an evangelist and starting David Turner International Ministries. He purchased the Tyler Perry estate after feeling that “God told him to come here and buy the house” according to Buckhead.com.

An evangelist purchasing an expensive home isn’t new news around the South. Joel Osteen and his wife Victoria purchased a $10.5M home in the River Oaks neighborhood of Houston Texas in 2010  according to Houston.CultureMap.com.

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Atlanta.Curbed.comAtlanta.Curbed.com reports that  Atlanta  pastor Creflo Dollar lives on a sprawling 183 acre estate in Fayette County Georgia. The home was originally built in 1996 but has been renovated and expanded in recent years to include multiple wings and over 17,000 square feet. Dollar is also said to own an apartment in NYC valued at $2.4 million dollars.

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Steven Furtick’s Waxhaw, NC home //photo credit: worshipideas.com

On a slightly less grand scale is Charlotte, NC pastor Steven Furtick who built a 16,000 square foot gated estate in Waxhaw, NC. One of the largest homes in the metro area with 5 bedrooms and 7.5 bathrooms, it has a tax value of $1.6 million and sits on 19 wooded acres. The 33 year old pastor lives in the home that he has described as “a gift from God” with his wife Holly.

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In Dallas, Bishop T.D. Jakes lives in a 15,000 square foot home in Ft Worth Texas, purchased in 2004 for $5.575 million. The property features a private lake, swimming pool and tennis court. Founder of The Potter’s House Ministry, Jakes is an author  has also been involved in the Christian film industry as a producer, actor, and writer. In an interesting connection, Tyler Perry directed and adaptation of one of T.D. Jake’s books- small world!

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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: 5615 Vinings Place Trail SE

This new listing is a spacious 4 bedroom family home located in a desirable swim/tennis community just a short drive to Whitfield Academy. The stacked stone entry opens into an airy first floor living area and vaulted family room.

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The home features an open floor plan with a lovely staircase in the entry but still provides distinct living and dining areas.

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A fresh, bright eat-in kitchen opens onto the family room with views of the fireplace and has french doors to the deck. The modern hood and solid countertops give the kitchen a streamlined look.

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Just up the stairs, the master bedroom is spacious, with distinctive coffered ceiling details but is close to secondary bedrooms for easy access.

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The crisp white master bathroom features a generous soaking tub and separate shower and dual sinks.

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This home is located at the back of the community with views of the trees (instead of the neighbors!) Two decks, one off the kitchen and one at the back of the yard, and a patio just off the walk-out basement  provide a relaxing spot to grill or add a fire pit.

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With a finished walk-out basement (with a third garage door for workshop access) this home has tons of storage!

Please take a look at the full listing here for many more details and photos of this home and as always, feel free to reach out with any questions or to set up a viewing. Open House: Sunday, 5/1 from 2-4 pm

5616 Vinings Place Trail Mableton, GA 30126

Overview: 3,946 sq.ft.; 4 bedrooms; 3.5 bathrooms; 2 car garage; swim/tennis community

Schools: Harmony-Leland/Lindley/Pebblebrook

 

Listing Price: $378,000

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New Listing: 2741 Vinings Orchard Circle SE

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Old-world details and timeless finishes provide an atmosphere of rustic elegance in this custom architect designed home. Beautiful stonework and a cool veranda make a gracious first impression.5681811-09-altArched doorways, beamed ceilings, and rich hardwoods continue the look of casual elegance into the open kitchen and living areas. The fireplace in the family room is framed by french doors leading to one of the home’s outdoor living areas.5681811-12-alt

No detail was overlooked in this airy eat-in kitchen complete with two-tone custom cabinetry, light stone countertops, a generous center island, and top of the line appliances. 5681811-08-altStep out into one of the home’s outdoor living areas to the beautifully landscaped pool and backyard, with a full outdoor kitchen and fireplace and two generous covered porches. fit=350-1

The easy flow outdoor from the home’s living areas and kitchen makes this work for a summer afternoon with the kids but transitions beautifully to an elegant evening setting for parties and entertaining. The beautiful landscaping provides privacy and creates a soothing outdoor oasis.5681811-22-alt

More intimate living areas center around the home’s second fireplace, creating a cosy spot to read or enjoy a quiet conversation. Crown moulding and millwork details continue throughout all of the living areas.5681811-06-alt

The master suite features 10 foot ceilings, thermal windows, and hardwood floors. His and hers bathrooms and huge closets complete the tranquil space.5681811-16-alt5681811-17-alt5681811-01-alt

Although this home is conveniently located in Vinings, it has the feel of a mountain retreat, your perfect getaway in the city.

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This is a really unique and lovely property in a quiet walkable neighborhood. Please see the full listing here for more details and photos. And as always, please contact me with any questions about this great home or to set up a time to view it. Open House Sunday 5/1 from 2-4 pm.

2741 Vinings Orchard Circle SE Atlanta, GA 30339
Overview: 4914 sq.ft.; 5 bedrooms; 5 bathrooms; 2 half bathrooms; 2 car garage; pool
Schools: Nickajack/Campbell/Campbell
Listing Price:$1,100,000

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