Festive Décor, Food + Drink Recipes!

It’s beginning to look like…..that time of year again! With the holidays comes everyone’s favorite decorations. From front door wreaths, table settings to delicious cocktails, we have you covered. Whether your style is lavish or simple these ideas will help you bring the beauty of the season to every corner of your home.

Home Décor

Decorate to impress your guest with tasteful and festive decor. Start with a fun wreath on the front door, add some additional trees to rooms one might not expect to have them in and set a table no one will forget!

Courtsey of: Pink Peonies
Courtesy of: Pink Peonies

 

 

Pottery Barn 

 

RoomForTuesday and JuniperOats

 

The Happy Housie

 

 

Tablescapes

Classic gold is always a safe bet when it comes to table scapes. Add some silver for a great contrast in the decor! Green garnishes on the table and pops of red berries bring the outdoors inside.

Courtesy of Randy Garrett Design

 

RueMag.com

 

Lattelisa

Stock the Bar

During the holidays the booze is flowing, especially with parties in full swing. The key bottles to keep stocked are:

  • Rum
  • Whiskey
  • Gin
  • Tequila

Must have mixers:

  • Eggnog
  • Pomegranate Juice
  • Ginger Beer
  • Pineapple Juice
  • Tonic

Fun holiday garnishes include:

  • Mint
  • Rosemary
  • Orange/Lemon Zest
  • Cinnamon
  • Pomegranate Seeds

Gingerbread White Russian: Vodka, Kahlua, Heavy Cream. Hints of ginger, cinnamon, molasses and vanilla. Rim each glass with cinnamon sugar and add small gingerbread man on top! (Courtesy of Half Baked Harvest)

 

Seasonal Sangria: 2 bottles of Chardonnay, 1/4 cup sugar, 3/4 cup sparkling apple cider, 1/4 cup cranberries, 1 apple chopped, 3 rosemary sprigs

 

Apple Cider: Combine apple cider, cinnamon, star anise + cloves. Bring to boil, remove from heat and allow spices to sit for 10-15 minutes. Strain spices, stir in honey, add whiskey- ENJOY!

 

Spiked Hot Chocolate: 2oz. of semisweet chocolate chips, 6oz. of hot milk, 1 1/2oz. of either Khalua, Bailey’s Irish Cream, Peppermint Schnapps, or Bourbon.

Holiday Treats

Everyone loves a colorful platter! Add your favorite fruits, cookies and dip with some green fir leaves for an added holiday aesthetic. Pound cake and gingerbread cookies are always loved by guests. For the kids cupcakes are a must!

 

 

Gift Wrapping

Adding a special touch to any wrapped present is a must. You can find unique handmade gift paper on Etsy along with whatever bow or ribbon you desire. Adding a piece of nature to the bow gives it a unique look, either a small pine cone, short fir branch or a piece of holly.

 

 

 

 

Glennis Beacham Sells Estate Built in 1925

6 W Andrews is perhaps Buckhead’s best kept secret. Tucked away on a private gated drive sits an estate that was originally built in 1925. Renovations and restorations were made to the original portions of the home along with additions to the great room. Professional landscaping transformed the grounds into a paradise. A stone bridge leads to the 3 car garage with a 2bed/2bath guest suite above. You’ll also find expansive gardens, patios, terraces, lawn areas and a magnificent screen porch. The in ground pool is secluded amongst the gardens and is extremely private. The open floor plan allows for natural light to stream in through the tall iron windows throughout the 8,000+ square foot home.

Owner of Beacham and Company REALTORS®, Glennis began her real estate career in 1982 and has since become one of Atlanta’s most celebrated agents. She started this company to better serve her clients who expect and demand the exacting level of marketing the company provides. She has sold more homes priced $1 million or more than any other agent in Atlanta real estate history. Read more about Glennis here.

Atlanta Holiday Must Do’s – Very Best Events

The holidays are here and Christmas is fast approaching! We have created an entertaining list of Atlanta Christmas events to fill up your calendar this December.

POP-UP CHRISTMAS BAR ‘MIRACLE’ ON HIGHLAND

November 24- December 31 @ PARISH Enjoy a holiday themed dining experience at PARISH this year. This pop-up bar will feature weekend brunch, hand-crafted cocktails, and festive merchandise!

 

 

THE ST. REGIS ATLANTA’S ASTOR HOLIDAY ICE RINK

November 23- January 6 @ the St. Regis Grab a group of friends and head to the St. Regis for some ice-skating fun.

 

 

CHRISTKINDL MARKET AT ATLANTIC STATION

November 30- December 23 @ Atlantic Station Inspired by the German Christmas Market, Atlantic Station hosts their own version of this bright and cheery holiday experience. Here you’ll find German food and beverages and hand-made crafts to give as gifts.

 

 

CHILDRENS’ CHRISTMAS PARADE

December 1 on Peachtree Street Head out to Peachtree Street on December 1, to watch the floats go by for the Children’s Christmas Parade. All are welcome to watch the Southeast’s largest holidays parade.

 

 

CHRISTMAS WITH ATLANTA SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA

December 8-9 @ Atlanta Symphony Hall Hear the beautiful melodies that remind you of Christmas at the Atlanta Symphony. They are only here for two days, so get tickets while you can! This is a great idea for a holiday date night.

 

 

GARDEN LIGHTS HOLIDAY NIGHTS

November 17- January 6 @ Atlanta Botanical Garden This vibrant setup brings Christmas lights to a whole new level. The Garden features amazing light displays and shows that are sure to wow you.

 

 

WINTER WONDERLAND

November 16- January 6 @ Fernbank Museum of Natural History Fernbank Museum will turn into a gallery of beautifully decorated Christmas trees during this time of year. Take a stroll around and see all the colorful, different trees.

 

SANTA’S FANTASTICAL IMMERSIVE WORLDS

November 16- December 24 @ Perimeter Pointe This imaginative space will make you feel like you are in a real-life Christmas movie. With twelve different “worlds”, this is a great place to bring people of all ages for an unforgettable Christmas experience.

 

 

STONE MOUNTAIN CHRISTMAS

November 10- January 6 @ Stone Mountain Park Featuring nightly parades, train rides, and Christmas light exhibits, Stone Mountain Park remains a favorite holiday tradition for many people. It is a great place to share in the Christmas spirit with friends and family!

 

Our Coziest Winter Home Picks

Fireplaces in any space of your home help create a wonderful ambiance. There is nothing better than cozying up to the fire during the fall and winter months. We have picked out our favorites on the market right now, so grab a cup of tea and get comfy!

1980 W Paces Ferry Road $4,750,000

This Buckhead estate features 7 fireplaces! You can cozy up under the covered terrace off the kitchen, the keeping room, office or the master suite. You have ultimate privacy on this beautifully landscaped 2.8 acre lot close to Westminster, Lovett, Pace, Warren Jackson and Morris Brandon.

4975 Peachtree Dunwoody Road $3,450,000

The epitome of luxury lodge living! Follow the trail down from the main house and you’ll stumble upon the perfect winter escape. This cottage features a floor to ceiling stacked stone fireplace inside plus one on the screen porch. The wood paneling and antler chandelier radiates chalet vibes.

3263 Balley Forrest Drive $3,200,000

Located in The Manor neighborhood of Alpharetta, this home is the pinnacle of luxury living. The keeping room offers a fireplace, built in bookshelves, high vaulted ceilings and natural light streaming through the large windows.

4220 Glen Devon Drive $2,390,000

Completely private lot in Buckhead sitting in the Jackson Elementary School District. The French doors lead to a super cozy outdoor fireside patio space.

 

1225 W Garmon Road $2,000,000

Location, privacy, exclusivity and comfort. Soaring windows complete this seamless indoor/outdoor lifestyle. The living space is open, yet extremely cozy still with the stone, wood accents and treehouse views.

3221 E Wood Valley Road $1,995,000

Stunning Frank Neely designed home with fabulous details throughout including leaded glass windows, custom mill work and steel doors. The formal living room boasts wood paneling and a marble fireplace.

511 Pine Tree Drive $1,699,900

Garden Hills home with custom details throughout. The living room features high vaulted beamed ceilings and a floor to ceiling stacked stone fireplace. Perfect place to gather around during the winter months!

4035 Tuxedo Road $1,690,000

Sophistication in Tuxedo Park! Home is flooded with natural light and two story windows throughout and the formal living room has rustic beams and doors leading out to the side patio.

30 Northwood Avenue $1,549,000

This like new home sits in the coveted Brookwood Hills neighborhood and the street is lined with beautiful oak trees! There is a large screened porch designed with a fireplace and eating area that is perfect for entertaining.

115 E Wesley Road $1,299,000

In the heart of the city but feels like a private retreat. The rooftop terrace is the ultimate football viewing area with a modern stone fire pit table! Located in the coveted Garden Hills neighborhood.

 

 

 

Featured Listing: Private Spitzmiller Norris Retreat on 6.8+/- acres

Stunning custom built home by Spitzmiller and Norris sitting on 6.8+/- acres inside the perimeter! The landscaping was done by Graham Pittman and it features a pond, pasture and guest cottage! The main house offers a master on main, 11 foot ceilings, 6 fireplaces, shiplap wooden walls, cedar shingle roof and a three car garage! The terrace level boasts a recreation room, theater, pool room guest suite and covered porch overlooking the infinity pool. The guest cottage is the ultimate retreat with wood paneled walls, floor to ceiling stacked stone fireplaces inside and one on the screened porch! This home is truly a haven for relaxation!

Infinity pool overlooking the pasture

6.8+/- acres

Dining room featuring a fireplace

Large kitchen island with stunning tile backsplash

Custom all white cabinets

Shiplap, built-in bookshelves and stacked stone fireplace in the keeping room

Bright and airy master bedroom

Soaking tub and large master bathroom

8 bed bunk room perfect for sleepovers

Stunning views from the back yard

What are Millennial Buyers Looking For?

Given the rising rent in Atlanta, it’s no surprise millennials are now one of the most active buying groups out there. According to the National Association of Realtors, millennials accounted for 36% of all home purchases nationwide in 2017. So what exactly are millennial buyers in the market for? Communities with an emphasis on walkability are at the top of their lists along with being close to public transportation. Many are turning their noses up at the oversized homes of their parents generation and instead are seeking affordability and flexibility.

The popular styles of homes begin with Pre-WWII, such as Victorians, Queen Annes and craftsman bungalows. Mid-Century modern are a favorite, boasting the sleek 50’s style with geometric shapes and open floor plans. The traditional brick cottage style and Mediterranean also fair well among this crowd.

 

What about the interior?

It’s undeniable that millennials have a unique living style. They are preferring rustic decor paired with modern touches, all while keeping a minimalist design. Lovers of bold finishes, pops of color and combining reclaimed wood with natural palates. Tiles are back on kitchen backsplashes, bathroom floors and even in the laundry room. Instead of shelling out a ton of money on custom kitchen cabinets, open shelf storage has become increasingly popular. Pendant lights are on the rise with preference of decorative lighting over functional lighting. Take a look below for some highlighted trends!

 

Millennial Home Trends 

Shelves Instead of Cabinets

Art Deco/Pendant Light Fixtures

Pops of Color

 

Modern Feel

 

Tile

Outdoor Entertaining Space

 

 

Bobby Jones Re-Opens with Reversible Design

After years of planning and neighborhood debates, Bobby Jones Golf Course will be opening its grass again to Atlanta golfers on November 5th, 2018. The foundation transformed the course in 2018 featuring a revolutionary new reversible golf course design.  This reversible course was designed by Bob Cupp, who has designed more than 80 golf courses both abroad and in the U.S. The design itself is revolutionary, featuring multiple tees and large double greens. This is one of the only two reversible courses of its kind in the country. The course offers different options regarding the directions of play. Depending on the day, select weekends and occasions the course showcases a reversible 18 hole experience. This course is challenging but expected to be thoroughly enjoyed by all players.

The renovation came about because players were beginning to feel ‘cramped’. There were about 5 holes where players were being hit by stray balls. Not all member of the public were initially on board as the plans shifted from minor upgrades to a full on massive reconstruction project. Another issue was land conservancy. The foundation ended up avoiding possible legal action from a conservative advocacy group by agreeing to save more trees and plants during the renovation. In 2016 the Atlanta City Council agreed by a 12-3 vote to give the course to the state as part of a deal that will help with the sale of Underground Atlanta to a private developer, and so the construction began.

It first opened in 1932 as the first public golf course in Atlanta as a tribute to Bob Jones. Robert Tyre “Bobby” Jones, Jr. was arguably Atlanta’s most famous athlete and this course was built in response to the overwhelming interest in the game. The course was originally part of Peachtree Memorial Park and commemorated the 1864 Civil War battle site.

 

There is a new driving range for the first time in Bobby Jones Golf history featuring great grass tees, the highest quality Bridgestone range balls, short game practice area and a large putting green. A redeveloped Bitsy Grant Tennis Center and a paved PATH Foundation walking trail along the perimeter of the entire area can also be found. Meanwhile, construction for the 23,000 square foot clubhouse will begin soon. This will replace the one that is currently being subleased and transform into a music hall and meeting space.

Location of the new hard courts

Area of the original clay courts

 

Featured Listing: Elegant Alpharetta Estate

This Alpharetta estate boasts stunning curb appeal all while sitting on 1+ acres! This home has been fully remodeled and features unique architectural details throughout including the impressive foyer and floating curved staircase plus rear stairs. The high ceilings and array of windows bring in a ton of natural light. The open floor plan makes for easy family living with views from the gourmet kitchen into the vaulted family room. The kitchen has a lot of counter space, Wolf appliances, subzero warming drawers, built-in refrigerators, freezer drawers and a wine unit! The backyard is an oasis with the tranquil koi pond, fountains, organic garden, batting cage and saltwater pool! This home has it ALL!

Floating staircase in foyer

Spacious gourmet kitchen with everything you’ll need

High ceilings and tall stacked stone fireplace in the family room

Marble bathtub in the master bathroom

Backyard oasis with saltwater pool and spa

 

See more on this listing: https://beacham.com/listings/fmls-6090584-1265-hopewell-crest-alpharetta-georgia-30004/

Listed by: Dustin Kimberley 

Last Quarterly Charity of 2018 Announced!

This past Tuesday at our weekly sales meeting, Carla Phillips, the Volunteer and Income Manager at Our House attended as we announced the kickoff of our 4th quarter charity. Carla spoke about the shelter and its good works. Our House is an organization that hosts homeless families in two shelters in Atlanta: Downtown and Decatur. In addition to these 18-room shelters, they also have two early childhood education facilities for homeless children. One of the unique aspects of the organization is that it aims to keep families together. Other shelters have restrictions on who may stay, but Our House allows the families to stay together regardless of age or gender. Further, to be allowed into an Our House shelter, families must have a newborn child. During a family’s 6-month stay, they are taught practical life skill and coached on how to get a job. The Our House staff helps to find permanent housing and jobs for their residents during the 6-month period, too. The education facilities are unique in the fact that they allow both children residing outside and inside the shelter to attend. Our House recognizes that finding childcare can be expensive and stressful for some families living below the poverty line. “There are many ways to benefit the Our House residents”, Carla said, one being the volunteer opportunities like reading school books to children, or preparing and sharing a weekend meal with residents. Others include sponsoring a family for Christmas and donating money to help house residents.

The Our House Shelter in Atlanta, Georgia is our last quarterly charity of 2018. Formerly known as the Genesis Shelter, Our House strives to help homeless families stay together, grow in personal development, and take the steps toward bettering their lives. Carla so aptly explained that “Homelessness is not who they are, it’s just the situation that they are in”. As the largest percentage of homeless people in Atlanta consists of families, Our House is doing their job to help eliminate some of this right here in our city. This organization is truly striving to help those in need by giving people a second chance.

 

Last year Beacham’s charitable initiative made a donation of $25,536 to Our House women’s shelter. This was the single largest charitable donation in the company’s history and according to Our House the donation funded four families with infants for 6 months at the shelter. Thanks to Rachel Farmer, Beacham Gives Back is believed to be the first charitable giving program of its kind by an Atlanta real estate company. We are humbled to participate in this effort alongside Our House Atlanta Shelter for our last quarter of the year!

If you would like to submit a charity for consideration, you can email us at [email protected]. Please keep in mind that charities must be approved by our agents and should give away a vast majority of the money they raise to the causes they support. If you know a Beacham agent, we encourage you to contact them directly about participation in this program.

How can 10% down on a home result in no PMI?

The challenges faced when buying a home are increasing lately with interest rates on the rise. Interest rates can make a significant difference in how much your home will cost you. Many people strive to put down 20% as that is the threshold for eliminating private mortgage insurance. While this has become a well-known benchmark, many homebuyers do not understand the benefits of a larger down payment to help lower interest rates even further. On the flip side, there are advantages with certain loan programs where you can put down as little as 3% versus the commonly advised 20% down payment. While interest rates are extremely important, there are other advantages for homebuyers who can afford to offer more money upfront.

Read on for good reasons why you should consider making a substantial down payment and when it makes sense to consider less.

Lower Interest Rates

Given market conditions, there is an opportunity for a rate to be lower by putting 25% versus 20% down. Lenders typically will offer a better interest rate when the loan to value ratio is lower. When the down payment is higher, the ratio is lower. This lowers the lender’s risk. This is especially true with condominiums, as the interest rate does get better as the pricing adjustments go down. A lower rate saves the homebuyer a significant amount of money over time.

Borrower Credit Profile

One of the best indicators of creditworthiness and showing a lender strong fiscal responsibility is the ability to afford a large down payment. You are more likely to get approved for a mortgage with more money down. As well, it puts you in a better position if there are multiple offers competing with yours.

Lower Monthly Payments

A larger down payment does not just lower your interest rate but helps with your mortgage as well. This equates to a smaller mortgage amount, which means lower monthly payments. More money in your pocket can help with any updates your new home might need and in the long run fewer dollars of interest paid over time.

Eliminates Need for Mortgage Insurance

Lenders will typically require that homebuyers take out private mortgage insurance (PMI) with down payments less than 20% of the home price. PMI is a protection on behalf of the lender if you are unable to make your mortgage payments. This cost can be eliminated by putting more money down on a house.

When Not To Make a Large Down Payment

A jumbo loan has a very specific meaning in the mortgage world. It refers to a loan larger than a conforming limit that Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac can purchase debt from a lender. Jumbo loans are now available with as little as 10% on a loan amount of $453,100. These homebuyers typically have excellent credit and sufficient income to make the mortgage payment but do not have the 20% available for a down payment. PMI is not mandatory on jumbo loans; however, other restrictions may apply depending on the lender and loan circumstances. A trusted lender can walk you through each loan product to determine which one best suits your circumstances.

Planning for a down payment is an important part of the home buying process. The more information you have from a trusted Realtor and lender the better you and your finances will fare.

 

 

Debbie Bennett
Licensed Mortgage Advisor NMLS 250085
Georgia Residential Mortgage Licensee
C: 404-216-3988
E: [email protected]
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