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9/18 2014

Why Should I Live In Candler Park?

316 Clifton is the best house currently on the market. Keep reading this post to find out why...

316 Clifton is the best house currently on the market. Keep reading this post to find out why…

To live in Candler Park is to love Candler Park.  It’s just one of those neighborhoods where no one ever wants to leave, and where everyone wants in.  Must be the biscuits.

It’s hard boiling down the reasons to live in a neighborhood in to just a few bullet points, but that’s the task at hand (and let’s face it: you’re likely reading this on your phone anyway), so that’s what’s going to happen:

1. The Park Itself- Candler Park is 55 acres of green goodness. It features a pool, playing fields, tennis courts, playground, and a nine-hole golf course.  It hosts tons of great events ranging from movie nights to beer festivals. 

2.  Pedestrian Friendly-  Unlike much of Atlanta (sigh), you’re actually able to walk places in Candler Park. Of course there’s the park, but there’s also a host of restaurants, bars, shops, pools, parks, churches, yoga studios, trails and other amenities that don’t require residents to start their engines.

3.  Quality Retail and Dining- Living in a walkable neighborhood is one thing- living in a walkable neighborhood where you’ve got incredible options to choose from is a whole other ball game. I’m not going to go through the entire roster, but it’s safe to say when you’ve got Fox Brothers, Candler Park Market,  and the original Flying Biscuit steps from your front door you’ve pretty much got all of your food and beverage bases covered.

4.  A Fantastic Neighborhood School- Parents are ga-ga over Mary Lin Elementary School. Hard to quantify the level of passion, but safe to say that this is one school that’s got super passionate supporters and cheerleaders.  And, of course, it’s within walking distance of every home in the neighborhood.

5.  Great Houses- Craftsmans, Bungalows, New Construction, Moderns… Candler Park has a wide variety of fantastic homes.  And speaking of great houses, now that I’ve begun to answer why you should live in Candler Park, I can begin to answer where you should live in Candler Park:  my new listing at 316 Clifton Road.  Tons of great living space, private back yard and walkable to all of the fantastic amenities listed above.  Awesome house.

You ought to get to know Candler Park better- it’s a fantastic neighborhood, with an active neighborhood association comprised of lovely people.

And you should really get to know my listing at 316 Clifton Road better.  Great house, and undoubtedly the best value in the neighborhood right now.  For more information, and tons of pictures, make your way here.   To chat further or schedule a showing, contact me directly.

Posted by Jon at 4:52 pm on September 18, 2014 : 0 comments

Labels : Candler Park, Home Selling

8/29 2014

Art On The Atlanta BeltLine

Lantern Parade Madness!

Lantern Parade Madness!

The Atlanta BeltLine just released the schedule for their fifth annual Art On The Atlanta BeltLine series.  The party kicks off the evening of September 6th with the legendary Lantern Parade the ensuing three weeks feature a wide variety of art, music, dance all over the BeltLine.  From the release:

More than 100 installations and three performance weekends make this the largest temporary art exhibition in the City of Atlanta. The work of established and emerging artists will line the Atlanta BeltLine corridor through November 15, drawing the public into unique public spaces and reflecting the character of its vibrant neighborhoods. The exhibition kicks off on Saturday, September 6 with the annual Atlanta BeltLine Lantern Parade, featuring the Krewe of the Grateful Gluttons. The event will begin at 7:30 p.m. with tailgating at the intersection of Krog Street and Irwin Street, and will step onto the Eastside Trail at 8:30 p.m.

If you live in Atlanta, love the arts and have a pulse… you have no excuse.  Make it happen, people.

Posted by Jon at 5:49 pm on August 29, 2014 : 0 comments

Labels : Arts and Culture, Atlanta BeltLine

8/22 2014

Why Should I Live In Grant Park?

You want to know why you should live in Grant Park, and I’m going to tell you.  But first, I need to tell you where you should live: my new listing at 493 Robinson Lane.

For starters, let’s get visual:

Curb Appeal For Miles

Curb Appeal For Miles

Wide Open, Sun-Filled Living Space

Wide Open, Sun-Filled Living Space










It’s two blocks from the park, ridiculously cute, and it sits on the deepest lot that you’re going to find in Intown Atlanta.  Two car garage, finished basement to indulge your latest hobby (Pickling!  Soul Cycle! In-Law Suite!  Home Theater!), gigantic back deck, rocking-chair front porch straight out of central casting… oh, did I mention that it’s ridiculously cute?  I like this house folks.  I like it, a lot.    Get your eyes on the full listing, and then give me a holler so that I can set up a personal tour.

Now that you dig the house, let’s dig deeper on the neighborhood.  a 48 acre park, the best farmers market in Atlanta, pedestrian-friendly streets, highly acclaimed charter school, hospitable roof decks, classic architecture, delicious scones, civic-minded neighbors, a Zoo and much, much more.  If you live in Atlanta, you might want to check out this weekend’s Summer Shade Festival in Grant Park- it’s probably the best way to get a sampling of what makes the neighborhood so special.

Of course, you could just buy 493 Robinson and get to enjoy the spoils of the ‘hood on a daily basis….

Posted by Jon at 8:50 pm on August 22, 2014 : 0 comments

Labels : Grant Park, Home Selling

7/8 2014

How Much Do Schools Factor Into Home Prices?

If these kids were zoned for Decatur High School, their homes might be worth 50% more...

If these kids were zoned for Decatur High School, their homes might be worth 50% more…

Last year, a study commissioned by Redfin found that home buyers were paying an average of $50 per square foot more for “top-rated” schools.  I’m not sure that their methodology or sample group really apply to what I see every day in Atlanta, but it definitely got me thinking: If I were to take the same house, put it on a truck and move it from an “average” Atlanta school to a “top rated” school… what would the price difference look like?  Low and behold, I found such a house.

The City of Decatur recently annexed a few streets, meaning that homeowners who had previously been zoned for Dekalb County Schools have been granted golden tickets into Decatur’s highly respected school system.   There is a home currently on market – priced with the City of Decatur “school premium” – that was also on the market earlier this year when it was zoned for a Dekalb County school that shall remain nameless.

Previous list price: $265,000.  Current list price: $400,000.

For those of you scoring at home, that’s a price increase of $135,000- nearly 50%.  Granted, these are both just list prices- neither assigns a true value to this property, only one particular seller’s expectation of value.  Still, it’s a pretty jaw dropping price increase and given how robust Decatur’s housing market has been over the last few years, I’m not sure that the seller is too far off from what it will eventually sell for.

“Schools, schools, schools” might just be giving “location, location, location” a run for its money…

Posted by Jon at 3:52 pm on July 8, 2014 : 0 comments

Labels : Decatur, Home Selling

6/30 2014

Hidden Curb Appeal

When I’m listing a home for sale, I’m very conscientious of curb appeal.   First impressions matter, and homes with strong curb appeal  have a significant leg up on their competition. I was out for a walk recently and came across a home for sale that was somewhat curb appeal “challenged”:

bamboo house

There is a home back there- it’s just obscured by a small field of bamboo.  Personally, I think it’s a pretty cool look and a unique front yard… but from a buyer’s perspective, it’s a tough sell.  It actually reminds me of one of those ’90’s “Magic Eye” posters, the type that you’d stare at for hours in an attempt to find a dolphin hidden in a field of jelly beans. Hopefully, there’s a greater reward behind the bamboo.

Posted by Jon at 7:06 pm on June 30, 2014 : 0 comments

Labels : Architecture, GreenLife

6/4 2014

Perfect Intown Townhouse: It Smells Like Pie

If Gene Wilder (aka Willy Wonka himself) could choose one "snozzberry-worthy" townhouse, it'd be this one...

If Gene Wilder (aka Willy Wonka himself) could choose one “snozzberry-worthy” townhouse, it’d be this one…

My new townhome listing at Carlyle Park in Edgewood feels more like a house than it does an attached townhouse.  Tons and tons of living space, lots of natural light and luxe-finishes throughout- it checks all the boxes that you know of, and several that you haven’t even considered.

A few questions and answers to help you get a better idea of what makes this place so sweet…

Q. Favorite places to eat within five minutes of your place?

A.  We love to pick up coffee and biscuits from Flying Biscuit Cafe and then walk around Candler Park or stop to people watch. And don’t forget Fox Bros BBQ — this is the heart of the south — killer BBQ and save room for the banana pudding.

Q. The one thing that I’ll miss most about my townhouse at Carlyle Park is…

A.  We love the neighborhood feel. Though we live in the middle of a big city, the layout of the complex, the friendly neighbors and the lush landscaping makes it feel like a little escape. BUT I have to say it’s also extremely convenient to everything — love that the Edgewood retail district is a quick bike ride, walk or car ride away — for groceries, a burger at Five Guys or pick up something at Target.
Q. Residents of Carlyle Park enjoy one of the greatest neighborhood amenities in the history of Atlanta real estate:

A. It always seems to smell like fresh baked pie. What’s the deal? I wish I could bottle the smell of Edward’s Pie Factory, which is located a few blocks away from our town home. Who knew “homemade” pie smell could drift so far — it makes me feel like I live in Candy Land. But don’t try to eat the house or lick the wall paper (the snozzberries taste like snozzberries).

Check out the full listing, including lots of pretty pictures.

Posted by Jon at 1:30 am on June 4, 2014 : 0 comments

Labels : Edgewood, Home Selling

6/2 2014

When Bad Things Happen To Good Houses

morningside tear down house

When I first came upon this tear-down-in-progress, the phrase “When Bad Things Happen To Good Houses”.  Upon reflection, I thought that the inverse might be more appropriate: “When Good Things Happen To Bad Houses” popped in to my mind.

I’m not really sure which applies.

I do know this:  the buyer of this Morningside home secured the privilege of tearing it down for $410,000.  They purchased it almost a year ago- if they were closing on it today, they’d probably be paying an additional $50,000 for the opportunity.

They’ll build something big on it- probably 5 bedrooms with a basement.  Even without much of a backyard, they’ll list it for $1.3 million. Once the eventual buyer is finished with upgrades, they’ll end up buying it for an additional $50,000.

The intown housing market- particularly in areas where residents feel confident about their public schools- is quite healthy.

Posted by Jon at 6:34 pm on June 2, 2014 : 0 comments

Labels : Morningside

5/27 2014

A Rare Bird: A House In Heards Ferry Elementary District For Less Than $400,000

FRONTVIEW Underwood Sandy SpringsMy listing at 282 Underwood Drive in Sandy Springs is special, and not just because of its long list of positive physical attributes.  Sure, it sits on a beautiful lot- a bubbling brook runs through the front yard- and it’s located in the bucolic Mountaire Park subdivision, zoned for the highly acclaimed Heards Ferry Elementary School.  It features a basement home office, an upgraded “real” master bathroom (if you’ve spent any time in mid-century ranches, you know what I’m talking about) and plenty of lovely interior space.  These are all lovely features that check the right boxes… but they’re not what make this home so special.   At $375,000, it’s all about price.

There are currently 164 homes for sale zoned for Heards Ferry Elementary.  My listing at 282 Underwood is one of only five that are listed under $400,000.  While it might be a tad dramatic to refer to a sub-$400,000 home in this particular area as an endangered species, whenever your sub-group only comprises 3% of the total market inventory, you’re a pretty rare bird.

For more information on this home, check out the full listing.

Posted by Jon at 3:33 pm on May 27, 2014 : 0 comments

Labels : Home Selling, Sandy Springs

4/4 2014

An Exclusive Opportunity To Live At The Artisan In Decatur

artisan decaturThe Artisan in Decatur is one of my favorite condominium buildings in metro Atlanta.  Central Decatur location, spacious floor plans, well appointed interiors, tons of on-site amenities, building concierge- it’s just a fantastic building.  My new listing at The Artisan ups the ante even further: it’s a rare  three bedroom condo- and a corner unit to boot!

I could blather and bloviate endlessly about why you should buy this condominium.  You know that.  Instead, I’m going to turn the microphone over to the owner, who can give you a much better idea as to why The Artisan rules…


Q. What makes living in The Artisan so great?

A.  The Artisan is a wonderful community – full of people who love living in downtown Decatur. Everyone is always out and about – walking to restaurants, dance classes, concerts in the square…taking full advantage of all the city has to offer. There is a closeness among residents – evidenced by drinks on Friday nights on the pool deck, watching fireworks on the 4th of July together, impromptu snow day ‘picnics’ in the amenities room…And of course, the ease of condo living can’t be beat.


Q. What makes living in Decatur so great?

A.  Decatur, what’s not to like?  This is a highly functioning, well-run city, full of progressive, urban-oriented people who love to be out in the streets. It has a small-town feel with all the good things a city has to offer: Great restaurants and bars, independent stores and coffee shops, parks and pools for all ages, amazing school district, walkable and bike-friendly downtown and neighborhoods, festivals throughout the year from jazz to books, races and other activities, wonderful public services and support, MARTA train station access to downtown and airport, near to Emory, Agnes Scott, and CDC, several weekly farmers markets (and the massive international farmers market), trails for biking and for hiking, community gardens, and so much more…we could go on endlessly!


Q. 24 hour eating binge in Decatur- where are you going?

A.  Wow…Well, we’d start off at Dancing Goats, of course, for a caffeine injection. Then to Revolution Doughnuts for a sweet treat. Or maybe a hearty breakfast at Thumbs Up (or both!). Lunch would either be at Souper Jenny’s new location on West Ponce or at Victory Sandwich bar. Dinner is a toss up between Leon’s, Raging Burrito or Chai Pani. After dinner drinks at Paper Plane or Kimball House. A late night treat…at the new Butter and Cream opening soon!


Q. What do you love about your condominium?

A. It’s bright and light-filled, with beautiful floors and high ceilings. We love the kitchen and the open-floor plan. It’s well-designed, with everything on one level – so convenient. We are only moving two blocks away and will visit our friends here often!


Posted by Jon at 1:43 pm on April 4, 2014 : 0 comments

Labels : Decatur, Home Selling

3/31 2014

Where Do Atlantans Migrate From?

As anyone who has spent more than five minutes in Atlanta might know, most of us aren’t from Atlanta originally.  The population of the metro area has doubled in the last thirty years- pretty ridiculous growth all around.  Ever wonder where everyone is coming from?  The folks at Spokeo have put together a pretty cool table, based on out-of-state mobile phone numbers that have been matched to local addresses:


Chicago… who knew?

Posted by Jon at 6:16 pm on March 31, 2014 : 0 comments

Labels : Current Events