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Silver Comet Trail to connect with The Atlanta Beltline!

Love using the Silver Comet Trail for walking, running or riding your bike? Ever gone down to the Atlanta Beltline to do the same thing but in “the city”? Well in the future you will be able to go from one trail to the other, thanks to a $6 million dollar donation from the James M. Cox Foundation. The two trails will be connected to make one large trail of 105.2 miles stretching from Annistion, AL to Smyrna, GA to Atlanta, GA.

Check out the awesome article the AJC did on it:

https://www.ajc.com/news/local-govt–politics/cox-gives-million-connect-silver-comet-atlanta/pKMbgS1tDhORwX182Mt3II/?ecmp=cobbco&utm_medium=social&utm_source=cobb_fb#

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The West End Mall is Getting a Major Facelift!

Plans are under way for a $350 million overhaul of the Mall West End and surrounding area. A team of developers that includes the Atlanta Beltline visionary Ryan Gravel, want to take the 12.5 acre property and turn in into a hot new eat, live, play work environment. There will be housing, retail, hotels and more! The development’s hope is to bring new life to the area and connect it to the Westside Trail.

Check out the full article here:

https://atlanta.curbed.com/2019/8/21/20827106/mall-west-end-development-ryan-gravel-atlanta-beltline

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Atlanta Rooftops: there’s still time!

There’s still plenty of time left in the summer season to take advantage of Atlanta’s awesome rooftop scene.  And since it’s later in the season, your chances of catching that perfect breeze versus a humid gust or an unexpected thunderstorm are great.  To help you along on your rooftop circuit – we’ve curated our own list of some of our faves.  If you happen to check them out – lets us know what you thought.

Estrella

Miami meets Mexico with cocktails and small plates above the BeltLine
Upstairs at the Parisian-styled market Bazati, Estrella serves up a Latin-American vibe that’s part Miami nightlife and part Yucatan flavors Wednesday through Sunday. The brilliant white interior, with teal floral floor tiling and woven brown chairs, provides a high-energy brightness that complements the skyline sprouting from Atlanta’s tree canopy and pedestrians strolling the Eastside BeltLine trail below. But it’s easy to let your tastebuds escape ATL for a few moments via the tamarind margarita, pisco sour, Hemingway daiquiri, and Cuba Libre, along with tapas like jicama ceviche with pineapple vinaigrette, fancy venison, or tempura-fried oyster tacos.

The Garden at Community Smith

Small plates, plenty of space and flora, and a view of Midtown
Having existed under several other names over the past few years (most recently as Rooftop 866), The Garden is open from spring to fall, serving small plates from Community Smith’s main menu. The sprawling area, with its flora, fire pit, and fantastic Midtown sightseeing, is much like Drake in 2016 — it has a chill vibe and offers better than average Views.

Wetbar

All-weather rooftop bar with an infinity pool
The panoramic views of Downtown you can see from high above the W Atlanta Downtown hotel’s lobby is enough to draw crowds, but it’s the addition of amazing DJs, from locals like Ree de la Vega to Samantha Ronson, and the fact that WETBAR is ATL’s only all-weather rooftop bar with a zero-edge pool — which seems like it should be spilling out onto Ivan Allen Blvd — gives it the ultimate cool status, particularly if you’re around during summer months.

SkyLounge

Downtown’s best view, with live music on the weekends
As long as The Glenn Hotel’s centrally located roof exists, it’ll remain in the top tier of ATL’s most scenic building-top bars. It’s hard to get a better view of Downtown and beyond than what’s in your frame of vision on the 11th floor. The drink menu includes three wines by the glass (pinot grigio, chardonnay, and pinot noir) and cocktails like the margarita-esque Smoked Roca, with pineapple and a paprika salt rim. It’s also a great place to catch musical performances during their recurring SkyLounge Live weekend shows.

Whiskey Blue

Soak in the skyline in style atop Buckhead’s W Hotel. A glass elevator soars 125 feet to the newly renovated all-weather space with two patios and sweeping views of Atlanta’s skyline. A well-heeled crowd dresses to impress, backlit by Midtown lights, sitting in plush leather couches or vibrant blue sectionals, twinkling strings of light overhead. The bar is modern and sleek, edged in shiny gray subway tiles. A menu of both classic and house cocktails suits the spaces — a GG Manhattan in a leather chair or a Buckhead Spritz while strolling to see Chris Veal’s 66-foot mural. The menu is concise, with pleasers like crispy duck tacos and grass-fed beef sliders.

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Atlanta Home Sales Dipped in May

Re/Max Premier had the chance to speak to the AJC about the pace of sales in the metro Atlanta housing market last month.

Sales seemed to slow in the month of May, despite a spring surge in the number of homes listed for sale, according to the Atlanta Realtors Association.

The dip seemed to signal a decline in buyer interest, since it wasn’t for a lack of choices.

Be sure to check out the rest of the article in the AJC.

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Celebrate Dad! What to do on Father’s Day

Not sure what to do for Dad on Father’s Day? Are you stressed to make a plan for a special day?  Never fear! Atlanta Parent never fails us with their list of things to do on special occasions!  Check out this list below for some inspiration.  Good luck and Happy Father’s Day!

Dads Get in Free:

Zoo Atlanta

Dads get in free with the purchase of one regular-price adult or child admission. June 16.

Chattahoochee Nature Center

Head to the CNC on Father’s Day – dads and grandfathers get in free. Bring a picnic, enjoy on site programs, walk the Wildlife Walk and the trails. June 16.

College Football Hall of Fame

All dads receive free admission and free chair massages on the field; the first 100 dads will receive a Home Depot gift card. June 16.

Stone Mountain Park

In honor of Father’s Day, receive one free All-Attractions Pass for dad per family with the purchase of one All-Attractions Pass. June 16.

North Georgia Zoo

Dads get free admission with a paid children’s admission. June 14-16.

Medieval Times Dinner and Tournament

Enjoy dinner and jousting at Medieval Times Dinner and Tournament in Lawrenceville. Dads receive a free ticket with the purchase of a full-price ticket. June 3-16.

Festivals and Events:

Rock and Roll Playhouse Father’s Day Celebration

Celebrate Dad with the Music of the Grateful Dead for Kids. Games, rainbow streamers, a giant parachute, and call-and-response songs encourage a love of music and inspire creativity. June 16.

Family Food Fest Atlanta

Enjoy a multicultural Father’s Day food tasting celebration, competition for best dishes, tastings and cooking demonstrations. June 16.

Juneteenth at Atlanta History Center

Commemorate the end of slavery and explore themes of freedom and family history through activities, immersive museum theatre performances and crafts. June 15-16.

Juneteenth Atlanta Parade and Music Festival

This 3-day festival, commemorating the end of slavery and honoring African-American accomplishments, includes live performances, music, children’s activities, fireworks, celebration of fathers and many other events. Saturday’s Black History Parade is a highlight of the weekend. June 14-16.

Sandy Springs Lantern Parade

Bring a lantern and walk in the “Take it to the River” parade, with interactive heron, dragonfly and alligator lanterns and more. June 15.

Treat Dad to a Beer

Visit one of Atlanta’s many breweries, where Dad can sample a locally crafted pilsner, pale ale or lager. Our list of breweries  have family-friendly extras for parents and kids to enjoy.

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What to do on Mother’s Day

Atlanta Parent pulled together an awesome list of THINGS TO DO ON MOTHER’S DAY.

So if you are still trying to figure out your plan, or if you just remembered that this weekend was Mother’s Day, check out their list below for some inspiration!

Moms Get in Free: 

Zoo Atlanta

Visit on Mother’s Day and moms get in free with the purchase of one full price admission (adult or child).

MomVP at College Football Hall of Fame

Moms get free entry with the purchase of a regular-price ticket as well as mimosas, manicures and massages.

Chattahoochee Nature Center

Moms get in free on Mother’s Day. Bring a picnic, enjoy the daily programs or walk the trails.

Second Sundays

Families can enjoy free admission to the High Museum of Art and participate in activities including interactive storytimes, art making workshops, and a tour.

Atlantic Station Tiny House Festival

Tours of more than 20 tiny houses, shipping container and school bus homes, kids’ activities, food trucks and more. Moms get in free on Mother’s Day with the purchase of a regular-price ticket.

Celebrating Moms at North Georgia Zoo

Moms get in free with paid child’s admission on Mother’s Day. “Zoo Mom” tours to learn about being a mom in the animal kingdom.

Festivals and Events:

Flower and Butterfly Festival at The Rock Ranch

Hand-feed butterflies, enjoy the butterfly house and cut your own flowers this Saturday at Rock Ranch, just an hour south of Atlanta.

Chastain Park Arts Festival at Chastain Park

Arts and crafts vendors, children’s area, live music and food. May 11-12.

Cherokee County Indian Festival and Mother’s Day Pow Wow at Boling Park

Indian village and displays, traditional dance competition and drumming. Native Americans from around the country gather for this event. May 11-12.

Dunwoody Art Festival at Dunwoody Village Parkway

Live music, artists, children’s area, arts and crafts, rides, games and more. May 11-12.

Sweet Auburn Springfest at Sweet Auburn Historic District

Live entertainment, children’s area, international food court and more. May 11-12.

Georgia Renaissance Festival

Artist demonstrations, juggling, games, rides, festival foods and more. Through June 2.

Mother’s Day Brunches

Reservations are recommended or required for most restaurants. Call for availability.

Park Tavern

Dine on eggs Benedict, a biscuit bar, blackened salmon and more during a brunch buffet overlooking Piedmont Park. Mother’s Day Bubbles option includes all-you-can-sip champagne and mimosas. Reservation times between 10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Reservations recommended. 500 10th St. NE, Atlanta. 404-249-0001. Adults, $34.95 ($44.95 with Bubbles option); children, $14.95; ages 6 and younger, free.

Swan Coach House

Dine in a converted carriage house while enjoying a special mom’s day three-course meal from 10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Reservations required. Reservation times between 10:30-2 p.m. 3130 Slaton Dr. NW, Atlanta. 404-261-0636, Ext. 1. Adults, $50; ages 12 and younger, $25.

Ray’s on the River

Enjoy Mother’s Day breakfast and dinner buffets from 9 a.m.- 8 p.m. Call for reserved seating. 6700 Powers Ferry Rd. NW, Sandy Springs. 770-955-1187. Adults, $55; ages 5-10, $27.50.

Sweet Auburn Barbecue

A full Sunday brunch is served from 11 a.m.-3 p.m., with menu items including waffles, BBQ, grits bowls and more. Moms will receive free peach cobbler with ice cream. 656 N. Highland Ave. NE, Atlanta. 678-515-3550. Order from regular brunch menu.

TWO Urban Licks

Complimentary photo booth, live music and brunch from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Mother’s Day dinner served from 6 p.m.-10 p.m. 820 Ralph McGill Blvd. Atlanta. 404-522-4622. Order from regular menus.

The Brasserie at PARISH

Mother’s Day brunch from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. and complimentary photo booth. Dinner from 5:30-9 p.m. N. Highland Ave., Atlanta. 404-681-4434. Order from regular menu.

The Shed at Glenwood

A special Mother’s Day brunch from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. features traditional favorites, shrimp and grits, and more. 475 Bill Kennedy Way SE., Atlanta. 404-835-4363. Adults, $35; children, $15.

STK Steakhouse

Enjoy live music and a special Mother’s Day brunch with classic menu items, raw bar and a dessert “playground.” from 10:30 a.m.-3 p.m. 1075 Peachtree St. NE., Atlanta. 404-793-0144. Adults, $79; children, $22.

Dantanna’s

Moms can enjoy a special brunch menu and bottomless mimosas in the Buckhead and Midtown locations.   3400 Around Lenox Rd. NE #304, Atlanta and 1 CNN Center #269, Atlanta. 404-705-8873. Order from regular brunch menu.

Hampton and Hudson

The May 12 brunch at Hampton and Hudson includes croque madame, English pea and smoked salmon omelette, and New York cheesecake. Moms will receive a half-price entree with purchase of a full-price entree. Reservations recommended.  299 N. Highland Ave., Atlanta.  404-948-2123. Order from regular brunch menu.

Local Three

The Mother’s Day brunch menu includes seasonal breakfast and lunch favorites. A photographer will be available for family photos. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. 3290 Northside Pkwy., Atlanta. 404-968-2700. Brunch: Adults, $39.93; ages 6-12, $19.93; ages 5 and younger, free.

Brezza Cucina

In honor of Mother’s Day, Chef Andrew Cacioppo will present a four-course, family-style brunch menu.  Reservations times between 11 a.m.-3 p.m.  675 Ponce de Leon Ave., Atlanta. 404-724-9700. Brunch: $45 per person.

Haven

Moms and their families can enjoy a special Mother’s Day prix-fixe menu. 10:30-2:30.  1441 Dresden Dr. NE, Suite 160, Brookhaven. 404-969-0700.  Brunch: $24 per person; additional menu items may be purchased separately.

Punch Bowl Social

A special brunch menu features dishes such as Sausage and Egg Panini, Cast Iron Chile Frittata and a “Momosa” bar with sparkling wine and juices.  Kids can enjoy free arcade games and a Kids Buffet. 875 Battery Ave. SE, Atlanta. 470-443-1443.  Order from regular brunch menu.

Valenza

Valenza will feature a special Mother’s Day prix-fixe menu. 10:30-2:30.  1441 Dresden Dr. NE, Suite 100, Brookhaven. 404-969-3233.  Brunch: $26 per person; additional menu items may be purchased separately.

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Serenbe: An Eco-Friendly Community Outside of Atlanta Celebrates Nature and Sustainability (Article: Dwell)

In the spirit of Earth Day, we thought we’d highlight a community right in our backyard that honors nature and personifies sustainability.

Serenbe was formed around the values of nature, passion, creativity, and community.
An article published in DWELL highlights the community and describes it as:

Consisting of four small villages, Serenbe is an eco-friendly community that sits just 45 minutes outside of Atlanta. Established in the mid-2000s by founder Steve Nygren and his family, it’s set amid acres of preserved forests, nature trails, and rolling meadows, and employs New Urbanism planning principles to create an innovative way of thinking about sustainability and community living. 

Check out the full article on DWELL and be sure to check out Serenbe.  Whether you are interested in purchasing your next home or just want an escape from the noise – all five of your senses are in for a treat!

Happy Earth Day!

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New Season – New Communities!

Happy Spring! What better time to introduce two new communities than on the first day of a new season?

HAWTHORNE at THE VILLAGES of EAST POINT

These open concept floor plans feature granite countertops, stainless steel appliances and spacious owner suites.

Commuting is a breeze. Enjoy a stress free Downtown Atlanta/Midtown drive that is less than 10 minutes from your doorstep, plus Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport and Camp Creek Marketplace are only a stones throw away. Best of all, Hawthorne at The Villages of East Point offers amenities that include pool and cabana, playground, green space and pet area. Value, location and lifestyle, now is the time to make your move to Hawthorne at The Villages of East Point.

WHAT WE LIKE:

  • Under 205k
  • Obie award winning builder
  • No Rental restrictions
  • Close to city and airport
  • Close to Tyler Perry Studio development

ASHBROOKE from ROCKLYN HOMES

Rocklyn Homes is a family owned company that prides itself on producing every home as they would their very own. Rocklyn Homes was created with a unique vision and passion to build a beautiful, well-constructed home at a reasonable price, and blend spacious interiors with an aesthetically pleasing exterior.  The Ashbrooke is a townhome community with 2 and 3 story award winning floor plans with options like: Gourmet Kitchen with Island, Hardwoods on 1st Floor, Oak Treads on Stairs, Master Suite with Sitting Area and much more.  Theres a June – August timeline for buyers to get in now and make selections!

WHAT WE LIKE:

  • Under 250k
  • Designer finishes
  • Over 25 units sold in 2019 thus far
  • Close to Decatur / Stone Mountain/ Tucker and you can get downtown in 20 minutes
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The best, most affordable suburbs for Atlanta millennials, according to Thrillist

You don’t have to live ITP (inside the Perimeter) to enjoy millennial living in Atlanta.

In fact, according to food, travel and entertainment media site Thrillist, metro Atlanta’s smaller towns offer low-cost living, a diverse palette for foodies and lots for folks looking for some culture or a vibrant nightlife.

In partnership with the National Association of Realtors, site analysts sought to highlight the five best suburbs in nine different cities — Atlanta being one of them — “perfect for young urbanites who may be looking to buy a home.”

“Once nicknamed Terminus, since the city acted as the ending point of a railroad stretching north to Tennessee, Atlanta has surely come a long way from its beginnings as a sleepy southern city,” Thrillist writer Nneka Okona wrote in the special Atlanta feature. “Today, its suburbs are bursting with character and offer a draw away from the hustle and bustle of the downtown areas. More greenery. More space to live. Lower cost of living. A chance to build true community.”

As metro Atlanta, which is currently experiencing the third-largest population gain in the country, continues to grow, millennials looking to put down roots may want to consider a move to Smyrna, a Cobb County city less than 30 minutes from the hustle and bustle of Atlanta.

The “Jonquil City” features 33 acres of parks and green space and a lively restaurant and bar scene and, as the moniker suggests, several blossoming jonquil flowers during the spring and summer months.

DeKalb County’s Avondale Estates/Scottsdale came in second on the list of nine suburbs for a variety of reasons, including its local eateries, the popular Your DeKalb Farmers Market and outdoor PATH trail.

The up-and-coming suburb of Brookhaven, another DeKalb city, also earned the honors. Home to sprawling parks like Blackburn Park and Murphey Candler Park, the neighborhood is the perfect place for nature lovers.

Gwinnett’s Duluth suburb, situated about 30 miles northeast of Atlanta, came in fourth in Thrillist’s list. This neighborhood is best known for its tight-knit immigrant community and global eateries.

And last but definitely not least: Roswell. The North Fulton town oozes historic charm. With the Alive in Roswell street festival, the family-friendly Chattahoochee Nature Center, it’s a prime spot for young adults.

But these five neighborhoods aren’t the only Atlanta suburbs that have received some well-deserved recognition for being attractive options for millennials.

Niche.com recently ranked the metro’s suburbs using factors such as access to bars, restaurants, cost of living, crime, safety and more and lited DeKalb’s North Druid Hills the 10th best suburb for millennials in America. Others of note: Vinings, North Decatur, Sandy Springs, Dunwoody, Decatur and Peachtree Corners. Both Brookhaven and Smyrna also made Niche.com’s list.

The five best Atlanta suburbs for millennials, according to Thrillist:

Smyrna (Cobb County)
Avondale Estates/Scottsdale (DeKalb County)
Brookhaven (DeKalb County)
Duluth (Gwinnett County)
Roswell (North Fulton)

See article on AJC.com.