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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

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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

10/15 2015

Toco Hill House Renovation Opportunity

Our listing at 1172 Empire Road in Toco Hill is going to provide one lucky home buyer with a special opportunity. The bones are solid, and its numbers are tight: Five bedrooms, four bathrooms, three finished levels, two awesome yards (pretty front, deep, flat and private back) and one fantastic, dead end street. The house doesn’t need the Property Brothers to provide vision, unexpected surprises, or the tearing down of walls: it’s laid out exactly how it should be.

So, what does it need?

While the house is certainly move-in ready, what it really needs is a buyer that’s looking to put his/her finishing touches in place. A new kitchen, new master bathroom, refinished floors, painting throughout… the modern touches that will not only provide one lucky duck with a sensational new home, but will also build in equity from day one.  You can choose to go with the bare minimum, or opt for going all the way by building out the whole shebang, down to the home theater room.

1172 Empire exterior 1172 Empire kitchebn 1172 Empire kitchen 2

It’s a unique opportunity, especially considering that so much of the housing stock in the immediate area is comprised of ranches, an area where many buyers are forced to compromise on overall home size, bedroom count, and in many cases a functionally obsolete floor plan.  That’s not the case at 1172 Empire.  Give us a call, and we’ll set up a private showing so that you can start planning your renovations…

Posted by Jon at 9:12 am on October 15, 2015 : 0 comments

Labels : Toco Hill

10/2 2015

BeltLine Etiquette

Know how you can tell that the Atlanta BeltLine has really made it?  They just announced their very own etiquette mascot, Eddy Cat.  I’m not making this up- check out the picture below, he really exists!

beltline etiquette

Anyone who has spent any time on the BeltLine knows that not everyone has figured out how to play nicely with others.  Litterbugs, aggressive cyclists, groups of walkers who fan out across the entire trail and my personal favorite (to loathe), dog owners who refuse to pick up after their pups.  The BeltLine is essentially a microcosm for how we treat public places in general, which means that only a cute (and witty) animated cat can help us help ourselves.

All kidding aside, it’s a smart campaign that should make this Atlanta treasure that much better.  From the release:

This fall, volunteers will once again be called to help with the etiquette campaign by holding signs on the trail and engaging Atlanta BeltLine users. Expect to see Eddy Cat’s tips toll out on social media within the coming weeks.

The Eddy Cat character was illustrated by local artist and animator Alston Jones. Messaging was a collaborative effort by ABI and Dad’s Garage Theater Company. Eddy Cat can be reached via eddy.cat@atlbeltline.org or on Twitter@beltlineeddycat and will respond to trail etiquette inquiries via the new “Ask Eddy Cat” column on the Atlanta BeltLine blog

And, because I’m a Realtor, this post would not complete without me telling you that I’ve created a page that shows all active homes for sale on the Atlanta BeltLine, updated every fifteen minutes.

 

Posted by Jon at 8:16 am on October 2, 2015 : 0 comments

Labels : Atlanta BeltLine