Clayton county looks a lot different than it did a decade ago. We spoke to the AJC on what’s happening and what buyer & sellers can expect.
Clayton county looks a lot different than it did a decade ago. We spoke to the AJC on what’s happening and what buyer & sellers can expect.
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 with the purchase of one regular-price adult or child admission. June 16.
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.
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.
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.
Dads get free admission with a paid children’s admission. June 14-16.
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.
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.
Enjoy a multicultural Father’s Day food tasting celebration, competition for best dishes, tastings and cooking demonstrations. June 16.
Commemorate the end of slavery and explore themes of freedom and family history through activities, immersive museum theatre performances and crafts. June 15-16.
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.
Bring a lantern and walk in the “Take it to the River” parade, with interactive heron, dragonfly and alligator lanterns and more. June 15.
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.
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!
Visit on Mother’s Day and moms get in free with the purchase of one full price admission (adult or child).
Moms get free entry with the purchase of a regular-price ticket as well as mimosas, manicures and massages.
Moms get in free on Mother’s Day. Bring a picnic, enjoy the daily programs or walk the trails.
Families can enjoy free admission to the High Museum of Art and participate in activities including interactive storytimes, art making workshops, and a tour.
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.
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.
Hand-feed butterflies, enjoy the butterfly house and cut your own flowers this Saturday at Rock Ranch, just an hour south of Atlanta.
Arts and crafts vendors, children’s area, live music and food. May 11-12.
Indian village and displays, traditional dance competition and drumming. Native Americans from around the country gather for this event. May 11-12.
Live music, artists, children’s area, arts and crafts, rides, games and more. May 11-12.
Live entertainment, children’s area, international food court and more. May 11-12.
Artist demonstrations, juggling, games, rides, festival foods and more. Through June 2.
Reservations are recommended or required for most restaurants. Call for availability.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
In the spirit of Earth Day, we thought we’d highlight a community right in our backyard that honors nature and personifies sustainability.
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!
Happy Spring! What better time to introduce two new communities than on the first day of a new season?
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:
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:
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)
Jake Mendelson really likes his apartment in Chamblee, a nice place near the Brookhaven line that is close to stores and restaurants and just a 10-minute drive to work. He’s a renter because he wants to be, not because he needs to be.
The 24-year-old investment expert isn’t philosophically opposed to owning. He just doesn’t want to be locked into a mortgage if his life takes a turn out of town.
The need for flexibility is only one of the reasons behind a growing number of people in metro Atlanta who find renting places to live more appealing than buying, even though they have good paying jobs.
A study by the Atlanta Regional Commission shows that, in the past decade, the number of renter households with incomes of at least $75,000 has surged from 69,000 to 181,000, outpacing population growth. In that time, the share of renters with income of $75,000 or more jumped from 12 percent to nearly 23 percent.
“Historically, we’ve always assume that, once people got the means to buy a house, they would buy one,” said Mike Carnathan, manager of research and analytics at the ARC. “That is no longer the case.”
A generation or two ago, renting in metro Atlanta was generally for those who were new to town or who simply couldn’t afford to buy. New homes were plentiful and — especially if you were willing to drive a little — affordable.
What has changed?
For starters, there was the burst of the housing bubble and a painful recession. Metro Atlanta saw an estimated quarter-million foreclosuresand double-digit unemployment. Many people had to dig out of deep financial holes, and they remember.
“Atlanta was ground zero for the foreclosure crisis, and it wasn’t that long ago,” said Dan Forsman, president and CEO of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices in Georgia. “Some people got stung. They think, if I experienced a loss previously, I just won’t do it again.”
But “there is no one single explanation,” Carnathan said.
Demographics are also part of the story, explained Chris Salviati, economist for Apartment List, a national online catalog of rentals.
At one end of the working-age spectrum, millennials are still finding their ways into careers and not yet having children. At the other, boomers are retiring, downsizing and looking to live in a place close to their leisure activities.
“Both have reasons to rent rather than own,” Salviati said. “That is something that’s true of both generations.”
Even the millennials with good jobs — like Mendelson — don’t make long-term assumptions, he said “The days are gone when you would work at one company for 30 years,” Salviati said. “You want to keep your options open, so you can be flexible geographically.”
For some, though, it does boil down to affordability.
While Atlanta rents have climbed, the increase is nothing like the hike in home prices.
Many people with solid incomes have debts — student loans, credit cards — that make it especially hard to put together the down-payment for a home.
Moreover, in the first years after the housing crash, few new homes were built. Even now, despite the growth in population, construction is less than half of what it was at the peak of the boom. Inventory – that is, the supply of homes listed for sale – is limited, so home prices have risen dramatically.
Many unable to buy homes in the areas they want to live are choosing to rent.
Investors add to the market’s momentum. They see the chance to make money – so they scoop up homes and rent them out, figuring at some point to sell them at a healthy profit, said Torrence Ford, an Atlanta broker for Re/Max.
“About 50 percent of my business has turned to investors. They are taking advantage … and they are creating cash flow.”
Adding to the demand for rentals is the burgeoning film industry, he said. “People come in and need rentals for the short-term, for six months or less.” Brad Dillman, chief economist for Atlanta-based Cortland Partners. (Contributed) (The Atlanta Journal-Constitution)
In the past year, average rents in the region were up 1.5 percent, according to Apartment List. In contrast, the price of a home has climbed 8.4 percent, according to Re/Max of Georgia.
Whatever the reasons, the trend is national.
The rate of home ownership overall in the United States dropped from nearly 70 percent in 2005 to 62.9 percent, according to the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis. If the rate were still at that higher level, there would be 6.18 million more homeowners nationally and 202,500 more homeowners in Georgia.
“A lot of people who would have been homeowners before are not owners today,” Brad Dillman, chief economist for Atlanta-based Cortland Partners, an investment firm that owns and manages more than 45,000 apartment homes.
Still, the trajectory need not go on indefinitely — not if the millennials’ personal finances continue to improve.
“The home ownership rate for people under the age of 35 has actually been increasing, even if the rate is still very low,” Dillman said. “A lot of people are skipping the entry-level home phase and then, when they buy, they will go to their ‘forever’ home. I am personally an example of that.”
And some day, Mendelson expects he will be a homeowner, as well.
“I would definitely want a typical single-family home at some point,” he said. “But I’m not sure where I’m going to be in three to five years.”
Metro Atlanta housing, the big picture
Total housing unit: 2,062,798
Total rental units: 797,952
Source: Atlanta Regional Commission
Number of rental households in metro Atlanta by income:
Less than $20,000: 177,853
$20,000 to $34,999: 153,765
$35,000 to $49,999: 129,332
$50,000 to $74,999: 156,304
$75,000 or more: 180,698
Source: Atlanta Regional Commission
Number of renter households earning $75,000 or more
Share of all renters with incomes of $75,000 or more
2007: 12 percent
2016: 23 percent
Source: Atlanta Regional Commission
By Michael E. Kanell, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
To view the article at The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, click HERE.
Atlanta (Aug. 28, 2018) – According to the real-estate experts at RE/MAX Georgia, purchasing a home in a quality school district is almost always near the top of buyer wish lists. In addition to the promise of a good education, homes located near well-rated schools tend to increase in value over time, making it a solid investment.
RE/MAX is not alone in this assessment. The 2018 National Association of Realtors Profile of Home Buyers and Sellers found that 40 percent of buyers aged 37 and younger rank school quality as a factor influencing their home-buying decisions. Also, a recent realtor.com survey of people who closed on a home this year found that 73 percent said buying in a good school district was “important” in their search.
Even for homebuyers without young children, school quality should be a consideration. Great schools often mean great neighborhoods, according to RE/MAX. Often there’s a correlation between high-performing school districts and safer communities, better shopping and transportation and great public amenities like parks. All of these factors increase the desirability of the neighborhood, which translates to higher home values and a better deal for the buyer when it’s time to sell.
But, what exactly does it take to purchase a home near a top school? RE/MAX Georgia recently examined the latest rankings from Niche to determine the best school districts in the Atlanta area. RE/MAX Georgia then analyzed the current median home sale price for each of these communities. The following are the findings according to their ranking:
|Niche Ranking||School District||City||July Median
|1||Buford City Schools||Buford, Ga.||$298,800|
|2||Forsyth County Schools||Cumming, Ga.||$354,611|
|3||Decatur City Schools||Decatur, Ga.||$262,500|
|4||Bremen City Schools||Bremen, Ga.||$154,000|
|5||Fayette County Public Schools||Fayetteville, Ga||$439,835|
|6||Carrollton City Schools||Carrollton, Ga.||$148,200|
|7||Cobb County Schools||Marietta, Ga.||$328,500|
|8||Cartersville City Schools||Cartersville, Ga.||$192,900|
|9||Cherokee County Schools||Canton, Ga.||$301,250|
|10||Gwinnett County Public Schools||Lawrenceville, Ga.||$238,000|
“The good news for buyers is that buying a home in a top district doesn’t have to break your budget. There are a wide variety of price points available,” said John Rainey, vice president, RE/MAX Georgia. “Buyers need to think long-term about their purchase and homes near good schools tend to hold their value, even in times when the housing market is slower.”
About RE/MAX Georgia
A leader in Georgia real estate, RE/MAX Georgia knows the local markets – from Metro Atlanta, Northeast Georgia and Augusta to Savannah, Albany and Columbus. With more than 1,300 sales associates and 100 offices throughout the state, RE/MAX Georgia has helped thousands of Georgia families with their home buying and selling needs. For more information, visit www.remax-georgia.com.
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According to literally every doctor and just common sense, getting enough sleep is one of the most important things you can to for your health. The NIH says that inadequate sleep can lead to obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure, cardio vascular disease, and depression. It’s also important for safety, which is why there is a significant uptick in accidents and heart attacks on the Monday after daylight savings. So what does that have to do with houses? Turns out, your bedroom has a major impact on how well you sleep. Here is how you can optimize it.
Besides just being a place where you spend some time, your home and how you design it has a huge impact on your health. It’s up to you to decide whether that impact is going to be positive or negative.
We are happy to welcome Vondala Lyles, a new agent, to the PREMIER family. We asked Vondala a number of questions to get to know her a bit better. Now you can get to know her too! Check out Vondala’s answers.
Have more questions? Reach out to Vondala today and get to know more about her!