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5/24 2016

Enclave At Briarcliff Opportunity

enclave at briarcliff condominiumThe Enclave at Briarcliff is a hugely popular condominium community, and with good reason.  Location, amenities, location, community, location… it’s one to watch to be sure.  Priced at $144,900, my new listing at The Enclave is the sweetest deal in the complex.  Here’s a couple of reasons why you need to put this one on your radar (or the radar of one you love, work with, or just “know” on Facebook):

  1.  Location–  Five minutes from Emory, Brookhaven, Buckhead, and even closer to 85 and 400.  You’ll be hard pressed to find a condominium community that’s as strategically located as The Enclave.
  2.  Amenities– Resort style living, and then some:  pool, tennis court, fitness center, a 3 acre park, grilling area, gated access, club room and an on site concierge.
  3.  Phenomenal Condition– Hardwood flooring, granite counters, stainless appliances and freshly painted walls.  This one is as “move in ready” as they come.
  4.  Living Poolside– Did I mention that we’re overlooking the pool?  That’s right, your very own Melrose Place, right in off of Briarcliff Road!  Sip coffee on your oversized balcony and enjoy.
  5.  Storage Galore– Unlike many one bedroom condos, this one comes with an extra large, secured storage locker.  Square footage is somewhere between smaller than the Georgia Dome, and larger than my last New York apartment.
  6.  Covered, Secured and Convenient Parking- Reserved parking spot just steps from your front door.  Can’t beat that, ‘specially on a rainy day.
  7.  Rental Permit–  Huge bonus for the investors out there- this one is going to convey with a right to the existing rental permit.

If you’re interested in more information about 1208 Westchester Ridge, please contact me directly.  This is a phenomenal opportunity in one of the best complexes in the area.  It won’t last long.

Posted by Jon at 3:01 pm on May 24, 2016 : 0 comments

Labels : Brookhaven, Buckhead, Condominiums, druid hills, Emory, First time homebuyers, Home Selling

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5/7 2016

The Shortest Stroll To East Atlanta Village

There’s East Atlanta Village, and then there’s East Atlanta.
If you know Atlanta, you know what I’m talking about.  East Atlanta Village is chuck full of coffee shops, great restaurants, arts, music, shopping- it’s an Atlanta gem.   East Atlanta, on the other hand, is a loose connection of neighborhoods that Realtors like me throw around to describe anything within a ten minute drive of the Village.  So, let me clear in describing my new listing at 1325 Newton Ave– it’s most definitely East Atlanta Village,  just a block or two away (and a block from Brownwood Park, to boot!).
Updated stainless kitchen.

Updated stainless kitchen.

Welcome home, y'all.

Welcome home, y’all.

One of my favorite decks ever- it wraps around the back of the house.

One of my favorite decks ever- it wraps around the back of the house.

Hello, ridiculously large yard!

Hello, ridiculously large yard!

Learn more about what makes this place so sweet- straight from the homeowner:
Q.  What makes living in East Atlanta Village so great?
A.  EAV is the best because of the walkability and our amazing neighbors!  Being a block from the village is so convenient (yay no driving); also, Thursdays are my favorite days because the Farmers Market is literally around the corner and there is always a King of Pops and Atomic Ice Cream cart.  As a photographer EAV gives so many options of places to shoot from Brownwood Park (a block away) or the village itself to our backyard. Oh and all the food within walking distance 🙂
Q.  What do you love most about your house?
A.  I would say the back deck but that is a given :). My fave place inside the house is upstairs. Sometimes I just need to get away and having the room & bathroom upstairs really helps me do that! My husband can have his friends over to play video games and I can relax up there with a book. My best friend loves the upstairs and calls it my ‘Narnia’
Q.  You’ve got one of the best yards in the neighborhood, and a magazine-worthy deck.  What will you miss most about it?
A.  So Much–We love that deck!  When we saw that deck we knew that we found the perfect home! The split levels are great because one of us can be chilling on the couch while another makes a conference call on the other side (yes when I Work From Home I do it outside), and I even do photoshoots back there!  We are known for our BBQs, so I’ll miss having all my friends hanging out on the deck and playing frisbee in the yard.
 
We love our yard and deck so much we even got married there (why pay for a venue when we have all that space?).  We accommodated 120 people, a tent, tables and chairs, a buffet, 2 bars and a dance floor and to this day our friends say it was the best wedding they’ve ever been to!
Q.  24 hours to binge eat your neighborhood- recommendations?
A.  This is hard as there are so many great places to eat all within walking distance! For a day of amazing binge eating I would go to the Argosy for brunch (and some bloody marys–get the Special BBQ it is to DIE for), grab the best Bahn Mi in Atlanta at We Suki Suki for a snack, hit up the Elder Tree Irish Pub for a pint and to watch the soccer game or trivia, get one of Atlanta’s best burgers at The Earl, grab a Milkshake from Morellis, and finish at The Octopus Bar for some late night food (Anthony Bourdain did and Episode of The Layover there).
Check out the full listing– if you’re interested, give me a holler and we can schedule a showing appointment!

Posted by Jon at 11:42 am on May 7, 2016 : 0 comments

Labels : East Atlanta, Home Selling, The Market

4/28 2016

Exclusive Opportunity To Own At The Artisan

201 West Ponce De Leon Ave_Unit55_Ashley Moore-05_The Artisan is the premier condominium building in Decatur.  Location couldn’t be any better, amenities are best in class, and the quality of finish is top-notch.  Units at The Artisan are always in high demand, especially when they’re as fantastic as my new listing there.  No need to brag on it too much- the condo really sells itself.  Just in case you’re not convinced by a few pictures, just ask the sellers, and they’ll tell you why this place sings…

Q. What makes living in The Artisan so great?

A.  The Artisan is the rare complete package:  a 10/10 walkable location; an engaged, socially-welcoming, diverse community of all ages; and a beautiful, high-quality building.  The management staff provides a personalized, friendly, above-and-beyond level of support.  One can easily alternate between an engaged social experience and the quiet retreat of your home. 

 

Q.  What makes living in Decatur so great?201 West Ponce De Leon Ave_Unit55_Ashley Moore-16_

A.  Decatur is a comprehensive, A+ community experience in so many ways:  award-winning restaurants/chefs; walkable, tree-lined neighborhoods; stores and boutiques offering a stimulating variety of selection; award-winning, nationally-recognized public school system; and grocery/pharmacy retail right out your front door!  Decatur offers the efficiency and responsiveness of the best-run small cities combined with the vibrancy of a large city (almost weekly events on the square).

 

Q. 24 hour eating binge in Decatur- where are you going?IMG_7685HDR

A.  In a community full of great restaurants, this is no simple question.  On an ideal Saturday, we’d walk/run over to the Decatur bi-weekly farmers market (in the church yard across the street) to enjoy a fresh  Belgian waffle; and then as we head to one of the five parks within walking distance of our condo, we would likely stop by the popular Dancing Goats coffee shop for a hot or cold beverage.  Victory Sandwich Bar (or Souper Jenny’s) is one of favorite lunch spots, with spacious indoor and outdoor areas to enjoy their tantalizing gourmet concoctions.  Chai Pani, a hip, street-food style Indian restaurant would be a top contender for dinner (or Farm Burger or Leon’s Full Service), and if we had enough room for dessert, a walk over to the award-winning Jeni’s Splendid Ice Cream on the Square would be a must!  If it were more of a celebratory night, we might treat ourselves to Kevin Gillespie’s (former Top Chef contestant) Revival.  If our sweet-tooth is not completely filled the next morning, we would likely make the trip over to another Decatur stand-out, Revolution Doughnuts.

 

Q. What do you love about your condominium?201 West Ponce De Leon Ave_Unit55_Ashley Moore-22_

A.  It’s tempting to say we’re on the best floor in the building.  Living on the fifth floor, we readily enjoy the common spaces (large, relaxing pool & grill deck with sunset views; large entertaining/study amenities room; and gym/billiards room) as a natural extension of our home.   As the fifth floor is divided in two by the pool/grill deck, there is also plenty of natural light and a regular input of fresh air.   We have loved our light-filled, flexible/open floor plan, and top of the line kitchen in our condo. Over the eight years we have lived here, the flexible, open floor plan has allowed us to adapt to many changing needs.

Take a look at the full listing, or, contact me directly to set up your own showing.

Posted by Jon at 3:31 pm on April 28, 2016 : 0 comments

Labels : Condominiums, Decatur, Home Selling

4/8 2016

Flipping Virgins Casting In Atlanta

Thinking about flipping your first house?  Love watching HGTV, and think that you’re finally ready for your closeup?  Nervous about investing a small fortune in a speculative home rehabilitation and don’t mind cameras filming you as you stress out over money, bickering with your partner and whether or not you’ll win big or crap out?  The folks over at Flipping Virgins want to hear from you!

flipping virgins atlanta

To be eligible you must:

• Be looking to flip a house for the first time (ideal combined budgets start at $100,000 for house and renovation)

• Be looking to flip a house in the Metro Atlanta area now and August

• Be outgoing, energetic and opinionated.  Dullards need not apply.

• Be in need of expert design and construction help

• Have financingand/or money.  You’ve got to pay to play, folks.

• Be available for up to 8 days of filming (weekdays included, staggered over a 12 week period)

• Be enthusiastic about working with show experts.

• Must be 21 years of age or older

For more information, visit: https://flippingvirgins.castingcrane.com/

Posted by Jon at 10:31 am on April 8, 2016 : 0 comments

Labels : Current Events, First time homebuyers, Home Buying, Home Selling

3/28 2016

An Amazing Atlanta Phife Dawg Tribute

One time Atlanta resident Malik “Phife Dawg” Taylor passed away last week.  He was one of the founding members of A Tribe Called Quest, arguably one of the most influential hip hop groups of all time.  Phife’s contributions to music and pop culture can’t be emphasized enough, and his loss leaves the world of music a much sadder place.

While this is primarily a real estate blog, I couldn’t help but share the fantastic tribute put together by Mark Arum and the morning traffic crew at WSB.  It’s a fittingly clever tribute to one of the cleverest wordsmiths of our time…

Posted by Jon at 3:06 pm on March 28, 2016 : 0 comments

Labels : Current Events

3/7 2016

City of Decatur Steal of a Deal

923 S Candler Street main pixOne of the most interesting (and loaded) words in the real estate lexicon is “affordable”. In New York’s SOHO neighborhood, the median home sales price is $2.2 million, leading one to believe that a loft in this neighborhood priced at $1 million would appear to be very affordable. This is, of course, insane. And true.

Atlanta is not New York, but like all real estate markets, we too struggle with defining what is and isn’t “affordable”. I’m not going to wade in to the subjectivity of the semantics, but what I can tell you is that our new listing at 923 S. Candler is VERY WELL PRICED. Insanely well priced. Why? Find me another house priced at $399,900 that can boast the following:

  • Completely renovated in 2012
  • 4 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms
  • Gigantic, flat lot
  • Perfect blend of contemporary and classic finishes
  • Zoned for top-ranked Decatur Public Schools (Winnona Park Elementary, Renfroe Middle, Decatur High School)

Really a fantastic, happy house. Plenty of details on the listing page, and of course, don’t hesitate to contact us if you’d like to set up a showing.

Posted by Jon at 10:21 am on March 7, 2016 : 0 comments

Labels : Decatur

1/25 2016

File For Homestead Exemption

Homestead Exemption is your chance to gain massive property tax savings on your home. If you purchased your home in 2015, and you’re actually living in said house, you need to file for your Homestead Exemption today.

In Georgia, you’re entitled to the exemption if you have owned the home and it was your legal residence as of January 1 of the taxable year. You only need file for the exemption one time- once filed for, it’s valid for as long as you own your home.

If you miss your deadline, you don’t get a “do-over” or forgiveness. You literally have to wait another year before you can take advantage of the exemption, which will likely save you thousands of dollars.  So, if you want to procrastinate going to the gym or reading War and Peace have at… so long as you’re not putting off Homestead Exemption filing until it’s too late.

Filing for Homestead Exemption is easy- here’s how:

  • For everything you ever wanted to know about the Homestead Exemption in Cobb County, click here. The filing deadline is April 1.
  • For everything you ever wanted to know about the Homestead Exemption in DeKalb County/City of Decatur, click here. The filing deadline is April 1.
  • For everything you ever wanted to know about the Homestead Exemption in Fulton County/City of Atlanta, click here. The filing deadline is April 1.
  • For everything you ever wanted to know about the Homestead Exemption in Gwinnett County, click here. The filing deadline is April 1.

Posted by Jon at 11:53 am on January 25, 2016 : 0 comments

Labels : Taxes

12/16 2015

Entertainer’s Dream, Just OTP In Smyrna

Some homes are  practical.  They’re perfectly fine, providing necessary purpose and little else.  When I say this, of course, I’m being fairly broad.  I’m talking about everything from the simple “it’s a roof above our heads” to “it’s got enough bedrooms, a garage, and the extra bathroom that we really needed.”  In other words, you might as well cue the sad trombone sounder.

And then, there are homes like my new listing at 3712 Paces Park Circle.  This house has the practical stuff covered with one hand tied behind its back:  5br, 4ba, ridiculously good location, open floorplan and tons of storage.  It’s also blessed with natural good looks- which I think we can all agree isn’t a bad thing when it comes to real estate.  But it’s the “bells and whistles” that put this baby over the top.

I’ll be brief, so that the pictures can do the talking:  Brazilian Cherry flooring, full finished basement with two separate bonus/bedrooms, second full kitchen, walk in wine cellar, outdoor living room, a garage that could play a star role in “Monster Garage” and a newly landscaped backyard (starring a fire pit).

It’s practical, it’s pretty, and it’s got the extras that’ll make you smile.  If you- or anyone you know- is in the market,  contact me to set up a showing.

Massive basement features full kitchen, wine cellar and more.

Massive basement features full kitchen, wine cellar and more.

Best back yard in town.

Best back yard in town.

Covered, outdoor living area.

Covered, outdoor living area.

Chef's kitchen: a true beauty.

Chef’s kitchen: a true beauty.

Posted by Jon at 7:57 pm on December 16, 2015 : 0 comments

Labels : Home Buying, Home Selling, Smyrna

11/17 2015

The Best View Of Atlanta Is At Viewpoint

The best view of Atlanta can be found from the upper floors of Viewpoint, one of Midtown’s top buildings.  Don’t agree?  I submit to you Exhibits A and B, pictures from my new two bedroom listing at Viewpoint, located on the 27th floor:

viewpoint deck view

viewpoint living room view

Almost impossible to find a view in Midtown these days that’s not encumbered by a construction crane or another building, so I was pretty blown away when I first saw my client’s northern facing view.   It’s the kind of place that literally doesn’t need artwork- the city skyline is the piece de resistance here.

A few more reasons why this condo rules:

  1.  Two Deeded Parking Spots-  Why force your guests to street park, or pay for shelter in your garage?  Two parking spots in an Atlanta condominium building is akin to showing up to Willy Wonka’s with a Golden Ticket.
  2. Superior Building Amenities-  I remember the first time I slinked into one of the over sized theater chairs in the movie theater at Viewpoint.  I felt a serious pang of jealousy course through my veins.   Between the resort style pool, massive fitness center, theater, conference room and outdoor entertaining area, residents at Viewpoint enjoy hotel living, year around (minus the questionable “hotel blanket”, of course).
  3. Bonus Room-  This unit is listed as a two bedroom, but the second room is really best suited as an office or den.  The bonus room is really stellar space, perfect for anyone who feels just a little cramped in a one bedroom condominium.
  4. The Heart of Midtown- Whether you’re looking forward to life down the street from Piedmont Park or just a few blocks from jumping onto The Connector, its hard to beat Viewpoint’s location at the corner of Peachtree and Sixth.
  5. Downstairs, The Art of Touch– The best massage studio in Atlanta is located on the second floor of Viewpoint.  This is the place, folks.  Fantastic massages, reasonable prices… and if you purchase my new listing, a most convenient amenity.

Come see for yourself:  855 Peachtree St. #2708.  Contact me directly to schedule your showing, or, just have your people call my people.

Posted by Jon at 10:17 am on November 17, 2015 : 0 comments

Labels : Condominiums, Home Selling, Midtown