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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.

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Living Near Top Schools May be More Affordable than Buyers Think

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

Home-Sale Price

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. 

 To connect with RE/MAX Georgia via Facebook, please visit www.facebook.com/remaxofga/.

 To connect with RE/MAX Georgia via Twitter, please visit twitter.com/Remixing.

To connect with RE/MAX Georgia via Pinterest, please visit www.pinterest.com/remaxofgeorgia.

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Where is the affordable housing in Atlanta according to RE/MAX?

As metro Atlanta home prices rise steadily higher, that push has produced an equal and opposite worry: people with modest incomes might be priced out of the market. Sales prices of metro Atlanta homes have been steadily climbing since 2012 – the core five counties of the region have seen a 21 percent rise during the past three years, according to Re/Max Georgia.

That brought the median price to $254,900 – that means, well over half the homes sold are now far out of reach for households with the region’s median income of about $63,000. But people with limited means shouldn’t forget the flip side of the equation, said Jenni Bonura, president and chief executive of Atlanta-based Harry Norman Realtors: many homes are still within reach.

“There are definitely opportunities,” she said. “I think it comes down to, what do you want as an individual?”

CHECK OUT THE FULL ARTICLE

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Restaurants: Top 100

Three of the nation’s top 100 restaurants area in Atlanta, according to the reservation service OpenTable. The list, which is in alphabetical order includes Bones, La Grotto, and UMI. This list of 100 Best Restaurants in America reflects the combined opinions of more than 12 million restaurants reviews submitted by openTable diners for more than 26,000 restaurants in all 50 States including Washington DC. Stop by and see why Atlanta remains a great place to relocate for affordable living and also amazing restaurants!

Check out these delicious menus:

http://umiatlanta.com/menu/

http://lagrottaatlanta.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/La-Grotta-Menu.pdf

http://www.bonesrestaurant.com/menus/?m=dinner

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Path 400

Nick Huston, of Sandy Springs (pictured above),  jogs on the Path 400 trail along Ga. 400 in Buckhead. Sandy Springs has scheduled two public meetings Oct. 25 to provide information about extending the trail from Loridans Drive to the Ga. 400/I-285 interchange. HYOSUB SHIN / HSHIN@AJC.COM

PATH400 is quickly becoming Buckhead’s favorite spot to get outdoors. Whether you’re looking for a great place to take your little companion for a walk or a new trail to work into your exercise routine, PATH400 is perfect for you. The GA 400 corridor is being transformed into PATH400, a 5.2-mile multiuse trail that will unify and improve the community, and that also forms the backbone of a visionary plan for increasing parks and greenspace in Buckhead. This gives the Beltline a bit of competition for North Atlanta residents! Come on out and play!

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It’s official: Atlanta will gain 744 acres in 2018

Emory and CDC annexation marks largest expansion of the city in more than six decades.

On Jan. 1, Atlanta will celebrate more than just a new year, as the city marks its largest footprint expansion in more than six decades.

According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the Atlanta City Council has paved the way for the annexation of Emory University and the CDC campus along Clifton Road, with a unanimous vote.

The 744-acre expansion has been in the works for more than a year, requiring lengthy negotiations (and a cash payout) to DeKalb County.

The move means the city’s population will instantly grow by more than 2,000 residents. But the impact is much greater than that.

Annexation paves the way for a long-planned MARTA expansion along Clifton Road. By joining the City of Atlanta, the corridor will now be eligible to receive funding as part of last year’s vote to expand MARTA within city limits.

It’s unclear when a Clifton Road light rail line could come to fruition, but the proverbial foundation for physical tracks will be laid in just a few weeks.

Link to Original Article HERE.