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Berkshire Hathaway’s January Market Report for Buckhead

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Berkshire Hathaway has released  its Buckhead real estate market update for January 2018   and it looks like 2018 was off to a slow start. However, I believe it is related to the weather we experienced here and not the demand.  I do see activity picking up in February and a sense of urgency with the threat of higher interest rates on the horizon.

We have basically 3 markets going on right now.  If a buyer is looking under $500,000 they can be prepared for a bidding war with multiple offers on properties that are priced right.  That’s particularly true in the under $350k price range.  Buyers that are looking from $500k-$1.5M can expect an even balance of buyers and sellers and should expect to pay comparable pricing to last year with little increase in pricing.  The buyers in the over $2M price range are in a buyers market and should expect to get deals.  There is about 4 years of inventory out there and plenty to pick from.  These buyers may have a high cash percentage as a down payment but due to the higher price points they are particularly sensitive to interest rate increases.

As always, your home is unique and as such requires an expert to help you price.  Hitting the range at the right price will help you sell in a reasonable amount of time.  I pride myself on my recommendations, not that all of my clients take them, but I’m confident in the analysis and getting your home sold rapidly if it is within the range.  We are ready to help you take the most advantage of this upcoming Spring market!

Please feel free to reach out with any questions!

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New Listing: 1268 Timberland Dr SE, Marietta

Surrounded by large private estates, exclusive neighborhoods, and the Chattahoochee National Forest, this rare listing includes just under 3 acres of pristine, private land with incredible potential.

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Located in an enclave of large estate properties in unincorporated Cobb County, you’ll have easy access to the new Braves Stadium and low Cobb County taxes whether you choose to create your own large estate (the property is zoned to allow horses) or subdivide the lot for up to 3 homes.

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The beautiful Rivers Call neighborhood is a stone’s throw away, as is the Windy Ridge Office Park, so the property offers unparalleled privacy with easy access to work, entertainment, and shopping.

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This rare piece of land is actually two subdivision lots with additional land purchased later covered with mature trees and a beautiful and private natural setting.

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Bring your builders!  There are a house and stables on the site but the property is being sold for land value. Please take a look at the details on my website and give me a call to set up a viewing!

1268 Timberland Drive SE, Marietta, GA 30067

Overview  Lot/Land; 2.96 acres; 4 br house on lot; stables; zoned for horses; sub-dividable for up to 3 homes

 

Schools: Brumby/ East Cobb/Wheeler

List price: $675,000

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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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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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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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SOLD: Tyler Perry’s Atlanta Estate

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Tyler Perry’s estate at 4110 Paces Ferry Road in Atlanta has sold!   This is great news after only being on the public market for a year.  It is by far the most expensive home sold in Atlanta in over a year.  In the past year, the second place went to 2000 Garraux Road which sold at $6M  in August of 2015 , also located by the rear gate of Tyler Perry’s estate.

The home sits majestically overlooking the Chattahoochee River on 17 acres and is 35,000 sq ft. including 7 bedrooms, 11.5 bathrooms, swimming pool, lighted tennis courts, beautifully landscaped grounds, and underground ballroom. You can see it and its parking garage from across the river  on Paces Ferry Drive in Vinings (across from Canoe Restaurant).

4110 Paces Ferry was quietly marketed at a higher price point prior to hitting the public market, but entered the Multiple Listing Service a year ago at $25 million.  It just closed a few days ago for $17.5 million.  Quite a deal for that volume of land in the most prestigious zip code in Atlanta – 30327!  The land alone sold for $9M back in 2005 when Perry bought it.  A two acre lot in this area is now selling for about $1.5M  and a one acre lot is selling for right around a million.  So this land alone could be broken up and sold for over $12M.

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The publicity a home like this generates for a realtor is national and phenomenal and every real estate agent’s dream.  I was able to experience that when I listed Jane Fonda’s loft back in 2004.  From what I’ve heard, this sale was to an out of state buyer and I’m sure that type of publicity surrounding this listing is what helps in generating leads for buyers of this magnitude in Atlanta’s luxury real estate market.

As has been reported publicly, Tyler will be building his new home on 1,000 acres he purchased in Douglas County, Georgia, near where the Tyler Perry Studios campus is located. Congratulations to his agents Josh Reeves and Chase Mizell on a job well done.

 

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UPDATE: Time to register for Atlanta Summer Camps

I have some great updates for that  Atlanta summer camps post I did a couple of months ago!

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Much to the dismay of many families,  Josh Powell Camp announced that they had closed their doors last year.  Then today I read an article that they are open again!  It is available for boys and girls who are rising 1st, 2nd, and 3rd graders.  But since they were closed last year, this year only, they are taking rising 4th graders as well to allow children the full 3 year camp experience.  Chase went all 3 years and has aged out now,  but it truly is an camp experience he enjoyed.  It still has many openings and I think that is due to the belief that it closed down, but here is the weblink to hurry and register your child; they are frequently updating their Facebook page as well for more details.  They pick up at West Paces and Northside and drive the kids out to the country.  They get muddy and hot, but I know nature  boys and girls love it!

I also heard about a few more camps that I want to tell you about for those of you who haven’t finalized your summer camp plans yet. The original post  has  all the updated information is available in one place, but here are some new camp options I wanted to highlight:

  • 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. Check out Field Trips With Sue‘s write up for more details on the camp (and great ideas for kids activities in general).
  • GA Tech Lacrosse Camps focuses on older children looking to really polish their lacrosse skills but has both day and overnight camps for boys and girls ages 8-18

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Atlanta Birthday Parties for Kids

 

I’ve written about planning Chase’s birthday parties a few times over the years; it’s fun to stay on top of what’s available in Atlanta because not only do kids grow up fast, their interests and hobbies change as they get older. I’ve always tried to plan a theme or venue that really reflects who Chase is as a person so I’m always asking friends for recommendations or researching to see what’s new.

Last year, I wrote about Main Event on Cobb Parkway, a great indoor facility with games, laser tag, a rock climbing wall, and even a sports bar for adults. Main Event is still a favorite with Chase’s friends and I think it’s a good option to keep in mind for winter birthdays.

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Another place that seems to be popular no matter the age of your child is LEGOland Discovery Center  at Phipps Plaza. They have DUPLO for toddlers on up to rides for older children and all the LEGOs you could possible want to build with! They even have a LEGO box kids can jump into!

Zip lines, ropes courses, sky bridges for the gravity defying adventurer, Treetop Quest has 3 locations in Dunwoody, Buford, and a new location in Roswell. One of the cool things about this place is that the activities are self guided so once you are trained on the safety equipment, you can go through the course or zipline as many times as you want.

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Paintball is really popular with the older kids (and adults) and can be a really fun group activity. Most paintball facilities will reserve a field for groups of 10 or more on weekdays.

  • Dosser Works Paintball in Atlanta (near Turner Field) has a zombie themed course- perfect for kids who are in the “gory” Halloween costume stage. You can bring your own party food to their picnic area but they also offer concessions like hotdogs and snacks.
  • Classic Paintball in Lithia Springs has 5 fields and an urban course to choose from. They also have picnic areas and pavilions for your birthday party treats.
  •  Georgia Paintball has two fields in Acworth and Dallas Georgia. They have a castle, a western town (called Dodge City) and wooded courses and they offer packages and specials for groups at both locations.
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For the nature lover, Chattahoochee Nature Center in Roswell has birthday party plans that include hiking, animal interaction, and a nighttime planetarium theme. They tailor parties for different age groups and every party package includes a cookie cake. They host a lot of great programs and events including a butterfly festival and a summer camp so they’re a great local resource for nature-loving families.

Members at the Center for Puppetry Arts can book a birthday party with tickets to a show and a party room. You can add a build-you-own puppet workshop to the party package and each guest will have a puppet to take home with them.

I don’t have as much experience with planning parties for girls but my friends with daughters  tell me that their girls are really into their American Girl dolls so the American Girl Boutique & Bistro at North Pointe Mall in Alpharetta might be the perfect spot to celebrate. They even have a doll hair salon!

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Or if your little lady (or gentleman) enjoys a lovely cup of tea and a tower of delicious scones and cakes in elegant surroundings, several of Atlanta’s top hotels offer afternoon high teas:

For the budding artist, the Vinings School of Art right here in Vinings offers several different art class packages for birthday parties. Your child can choose the project they create and instructors will guide the guests through

I also ran across a great list of birthday party ideas for children in Atlanta including Fernbank, the Georgia Aquarium, Young Chef’s Academy and more. Just click on the highlighted words to get taken to their sites.

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Berkshire Hathaway Chairman’s Circle 2015 Gold Agent

Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Georgia Properties is pleased  to announce that Tina Hunsicker has been named as one of the Berkshire Hathaway Chairman’s Circle Gold Agents as a result of nearly $13 million in real estate sales for 2015!

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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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