On Trend: Wood Accents Are The New Neutral

Transition Between Materials

Wood is an extremely distinguished element when added to an interior space. Bringing comfort, warmth and natural beauty inside is why people love it so much. Wood can be incorporated into just about any style including modern, rustic and vintage. Stacking up birchwood logs into a decorative fireplace or even a working fireplace during the non winter months is a great way to warm up any space. Adding reclaimed beams to high ceilings can make the space feel more intimate. Wooden light fixtures have become a major trend because they easily incorporate into most spaces, are sustainable and offers an organic look.  The highly flexible material pairs beautifully with everything from marble to concrete, to metal and glass.

Kitchen Inspo

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Living Spaces

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Beacham Officially Welcomes Steve Meister

Born in Canada and raised in distinct regions of the United States, including Michigan, New York, Massachusetts and California, Steve Meister has happily called Atlanta home for the past 33 years. He and his wife Nancy live in a circa 1928 home in Garden Hills, where they raised two sons. The historical Buckhead neighborhood continues to be the centerpiece for the family’s activities and charitable and social involvement in Atlanta.

Steve graduated with a degree in industrial design from Michigan State University and cut his teeth in complex corporate environments for Xerox and General Electric before migrating to product design-consulting firms. From there, he earned partner at one of the oldest product design consultancies in the Southeast.  In this role, Steve served as the key liaison between clients and internal development teams and created and negotiated contracts. Providing custom solutions and excellent service to his clients naturally translated to Steve’s real estate career.

He is a past President and board member of the Georgia chapter of the Product Development & Management Association (PDMA) and currently serves on the board of TEDxAtlanta, where he has co-produced their annual event which draws more than 700 attendees. Steve has also served as guest lecturer and design juror at Georgia Institute of Technology, Auburn University, Michigan State University and Rochester Institute of Technology.

Steve joined Beacham and Company, REALTORS to combine his passions for design, architecture, and home construction with creating amazing home investment experiences.  Whether someone is purchasing their first or fifth home, relocating to Atlanta or downsizing, the process can be complex and overwhelming. Steve intuitively applies his business experience, negotiating skills and design expertise in order to identify unique real estate solutions, whether its investment property or a dream home. Steve is the consummate professional, readily solving problems, delivering superior service and exceeding his clients’ expectations.

Keeping it Real Estate: At Home With Jennie

Atlanta born resident, Jennie Wilson, dishes on her past, life at home and why she loves real estate.

6 years ago Jennie joined the SkogstadSodemann Team and began building her network of referrals, vendors and now clients. This year Jennie ventured out on her own and is utilizing her sharp instincts to further elevate her already impressive real estate track record. Jennie’s decision to move back to Atlanta after attending college in D.C. was an easy one after meeting her husband, Jarad, sophomore year. Jennie obtained a law degree while Jarad was busy getting his PhD from Emory University; and soon there was another Wilson, Colin who is now 6. Her second, Emma, is 17 months.

Currently living in Brookhaven, she loves home decorating, finding the best deals in HomeGoods and shopping at Nordstrom + Poppy’s! She’s currently redesigning her kitchen and we got a sneak peek of her backsplash options!

We’ve asked Jennie to share her insights on real estate – living in Atlanta – and why she chose Beacham.

 

 

What sets you apart from other real estate agents?

“I think the fact I work so closely with my clients. I’m very personable and always make myself available to clients during this stressful period of transition. I don’t just close deals, I become friends with most of my ‘clients’ by the end! Never forget, it’s a relationship business.”

What is one piece of advice you would give to a brand-new agent?

“My best advice is work as an assistant for an experienced agent, even if it’s only for a little while. Real estate is comprised of so many moving parts and working for someone who is experienced and successful is invaluable training. Not only do you get hands-on practice, but you also get a glimpse of what you are getting in to; as it can be a lot of crazy!”

Why broker with Beacham?

“I feel like Beacham really strives to take care of their agents. The marketing department is always ready to help and answer any questions I have. They can come up with a personalized marketing plan for anything/everything I need. Photography is HUGE here. So many agents I talk to in the field are astounded we don’t have to pay for it! Because I’m such a personable person I love the vibe in the office and company in general. Beacham just feels like home!”

If you could live on one street in Atlanta, which one would it be?

“I would live on King Road, the houses are gorgeous, the lots are big, close to Chastain Park and it’s very quiet.”

What is something people don’t know about you?

“I really love 80’s hair bands like Def Leppard and Poison!”

What is your favorite season in ATL and why?

“FALL! All of my friends will tell you I am fall crazy. I just love everything about it. Fall clothes are my absolute favorite – jeans, boots and blazers – my uniform. The weather is perfect, not too hot but not too cold. I’m not sweating getting my kids out of the car nor am I freezing running them to get in it. Of course there’s football. I‘d be lying if I said I am a well-read football fan, but growing up in the South it’s hard not to feel the magic of the season here.”

 

If you could have a second home anywhere else in the world, where would it be and why?

“Oh goodness – This is going to sound like a crazy answer, but Georgetown in Washington D.C. My parents are from D.C. and I went to college there as well as grew up visiting. Georgetown is one of my all-time favorite places. The streets are cobblestone. The houses are just gorgeous. They look like townhouses and brownstones you would find in London or New York. You can step out your door and walk to shops, restaurants, even the Potomac river. My first year in college when I didn’t have a car, I would take a 30-minute bus ride down Wisconsin Avenue by myself and walk around all afternoon instead of err studying..”

If you’re interested in working with Jennie, contact her here! 

Rockefeller Foundation Chooses Atlanta in Opportunity Zone Initiative

Last week Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms publicly announced a new federal zone initiative for the City of Atlanta. It is said the city will receive $920,000 in grants to establish and fund a Chief Zone Officer and the placement of two AmeriCorps members to facilitate community involvement. Atlanta is the second city to be chosen in The Rockefeller Foundation’s Opportunity Zone Community Capacity Building Initiative, which launched back in May 2019. This initiative’s main goal help U.S. cities to attract responsible private investment in economically-distressed communities. This will also ensure new investment delivers sustainable benefits for those living in those Opportunity Zones.

Six cities are set to receive these funds and support over the next two years. “Opportunity Zones are an exciting new tool for building economic development in underserved communities. These grants will help guide us as we implement the program to maximize the benefits of job creation and neighborhood improvement in the most vulnerable areas of our city,” said Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms. “I am grateful to the Rockefeller Foundation for this commitment that will help advance equity in our city, as we continue to build One Atlanta, and provide a level playing field for all.”

How It Works

Governors across all 50 states and territories designate low-income census tracts as “Opportunity Zones”. Investors then have the chance to take profits from current holdings and reinvest them in “Opportunity Funds,” which finance commercial and industrial real estate, housing, infrastructure, and current or start-up businesses located in the Opportunity Zones. After several years in the Fund, some of the tax on investors’ initial profits (capital gains) will be forgiven. And, the longer investors leave their money in the Fund, the more capital gains tax will be waived. If held for a decade, the added profit made from the Opportunity Fund investment will not be taxed at all.

Opportunity Zones are a bi-partisan policy innovation that have garnered a lot of attention. The program differs markedly from past tax incentive programs designed to improve low-income communities. It is market-driven, does not require impact reporting, and focuses on equity investments as opposed to traditional programs which focus on debt. And—because there is no cap to the number of Opportunity Funds that can be created nor limit to the total dollars that can be invested, Opportunity Zones have the potential to become the largest community development program in our nation’s history. Still, there’s much uncertainty about how much investment will flow into Opportunity Zones, what those investments will look like, and how they will impact people’s lives.

About the Rockefeller Foundation

The Rockefeller Foundation advances new frontiers of science, data, policy, and innovation to solve global challenges related to health, food, power, and economic mobility. As a science-driven philanthropy focused on building collaborative relationships with partners and grantees, The Rockefeller Foundation seeks to inspire and foster large-scale human impact that promotes the well-being of humanity throughout the world by identifying and accelerating breakthrough solutions, ideas and conversations. For more information, sign up for our newsletter at rockefellerfoundation.org and follow us on Twitter @RockefellerFdn.

Ready to List? 7 Tips to Get Your Home Ready

Are you thinking about putting your house on the market? It can feel quite daunting, so we put together a list of steps you can take to get your home ready and increase your chances of receiving an offer quicker. From decluttering to staging, here are the most important things you can do.

DECLUTTER

This could potentially be the most important step when preparing to list your home. Decluttering your home makes the home appear larger, simple as that. Isn’t that what we all want? Even a large open floor plan can look crammed with too much furniture or décor stuffed into an area. Clutter-free space gives the impression the home has been meticulously maintained which will appeal to buyers. One additional reason for decluttering is it helps buyers imagine themselves living in the space. Presenting the home as a neutral space allows them to visualize what their life would be like living there.

 

PAINTING

If your interior walls have bold or vibrant colors, consider painting them over with a neutral color. Some people cannot look past paint colors. For example, if a room is painted deep red or dark blue, some people may have difficulty imagining what the room would look like with a neutral color. Neutral colors can also open up a small space! Any smudges or peeling paint might make buyers think you haven’t taken good care of the property.

 

LANDSCAPE REVAMP

Curb appeal is the buyers first impression. An attractive and well maintained yard can add value to your home in an instant. Touching up the pine straw spaces and mulch enhances the contrast of the surrounding trees and plants making everything pop. If your grass is looking glum add some seed and set up a sprinkler; sod is a more expensive alternative. Shaping up shrubs, changing out dingy container plants on the porch and adding a pop of color with perennials can all enhance the overall look as well. Plus it makes the listing photos look even more appealing online.

STAGE THE HOME

Most sellers have mixed feelings about staging their home. They believe their home is beautiful the way it is, but that is because it is their own personal home. The National Association of Realtors says 83% of buyers’ agents said that a staged home makes it easier for their clients to visualize the potential of a property, while more than half of sellers agents believed that staging a home reduced the amount of time it stays on market. If you’re home has been sitting on the market for a while, reach out to a staging company, it might make the difference!

 

UPDATE APPLIANCES & HARDWARE

New appliances can turn your kitchen from drab to fab real quick. Gas stoves are preferred so if you currently have electric top look into some other options. Stainless steel is perceived as more luxurious and can impact the look and price of your home. Swapping out sink handles, door knobs and even switch plates throughout the home will give it a simple refresh.

 

DEEP CLEAN

Hiring a professional cleaner before any potential buyers walk through your door is a great idea. They can truly make an already clean house sparkle. If you do it yourself it can be a lot of work, but if you’re on a budget then check out this detailed room-by-room cleaning checklist.

 

RECONSIDER CARPET

Tearing out carpet and replacing with hardwoods can definitely increase the value of your home. Buyers usually always prefer hardwoods and in the case of wanting carpet it is always more appealing for the potential buyer to be able to choose their own and cover up the hardwood with their own style. Hardwoods are now seen as an ‘upgrade’ and with area carpets sometimes it’s harder for buyers to see past them, just like bold paint colors.

 

 

 

 

Beacham & Company Welcomes Eric Jan!

A native of Nassau County, New York, Eric moved to Atlanta to attend Georgia Tech in 1997.  He started as an Architecture major, transferring to the Building Construction program, where he earned his Bachelor of Science in Building Construction.

Eric worked at Delta Air Lines, both full-time and part-time while completing his degree at Georgia Tech. He served as a police officer in the Georgia Tech Police Department and runs a firearms training / security consulting company. Eric joined Beacham and Company, REALTORS®  so he can utilize his building and construction background and love for homes with his clients in the Atlanta market.

Eric has lived in Atlanta for nearly 22 years and has had the opportunity to watch Atlanta’s growth after the Summer Olympic Games. He still enjoys Atlanta’s beautiful homes, rich in history and momentum. Eric’s professionalism, honesty and knowledge of metro Atlanta’s geography, school districts and communities make him a valuable asset to his clients.

Eric currently lives in Buckhead with his wife Junko, a Delta Air Lines flight attendant, and son Christian. Christian attends Sutton Middle School and plays soccer at SSA Northside. A big kid at heart, Eric loves planes, trains, automobiles – and guns. During his free time, Eric enjoys spending time at the beach and traveling the world with his family.

Whimsical Terrace in St. Regis Set to Open Soon

It feels like it has been under construction forever, but the highly anticipated Atlas Tavern is finally set to open mid to end September 2019, according to an inside source. Atlas restaurant is located inside the St. Regis and the terrace has been under renovation for the past year. The renovation cost was upwards of $2,650,000.

This new oasis will provide guests with an ‘enchanting’ garden experience featuring a vaulted glass ceiling, steel overhead enclosure, sliding glass windows, plants galore and captivating chandeliers. The tavern menu includes a variety of small plates with a southern twist. This tapas style dining experience is meant to be enjoyed at your own pace.

Beacham Donates $22,650 to Make-A-Wish®

During the second quarter of 2019, Beacham & Company, REALTORS® agents and staff raised funds for Make-A-Wish® Georgia, donating a total of $22,650 to the non-profit between April 1st and June 30th.

Make-A-Wish® Georgia will use the money raised to ‘grant wishes’ to children facing critical illnesses. Since the chapter’s inception in 1995, it has impacted a staggering 8,000 young lives, granting once-in-a-lifetime opportunities and experiences to “wish kids” and their families. Childhood illnesses can be heartbreaking and daunting for children and their families to endure; the mission of Make-A-Wish® Georgia is to bring light to these situations that seem unbearably dark, and to provide each child with a reason to keep fighting.

For some wish kids, this may look like a “wish to go” (for example, to Disney World). For others, it could be a “wish to have” (a treehouse, a puppy…), a “wish to meet” (perhaps their favorite athlete, actor, or singer), or even a “wish to be” (i.e. an astronaut for a day).

Make-A-Wish® Georgia was chosen as this quarter’s Beacham Gives Back beneficiary in part due to a matching opportunity which was presented by the organization’s national chapter. Because Beacham & Company, REALTORS® agents and staff raised more than $20,000, the Make-A-Wish® national chapter matched Beacham’s contribution 2-1, resulting in an astounding total of $67,950 entering Make-A-Wish® Georgia’s coffers!

This September, Beacham & Company, REALTORS® agents and staff will have the exciting opportunity to actually meet one of the children whose wishes their donations made possible, and to participate in a “wish reveal,” during which the child will learn that their wish is going to be granted. Stay tuned for more at that time – we can’t wait!

If you would like to submit a charity for consideration, you can email us at [email protected]. Please keep in mind, that 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.

3835 Club Dr. SOLD|Highest EVER in Brookhaven

This Atlanta estate designed by architect TS Adams sits on Historic Brookhaven’s most coveted road, Club Drive. 3835 Club Drive is privately nestled on a large, private lot with front lawn featuring pristine landscaping that oozes curb appeal. The entrance to the home offers an immediate feel of luxury with the numerous hand selected light fixtures, intricate molding and dark stained hardwoods. Floor to ceiling iron windows and doors offers seamless indoor-outdoor living. The gourmet kitchen designed by Design Galleria offers the best marble countertops, great natural light and the wooden beams on the ceiling creates a warm atmosphere. Built with an LA vibe, there is simply nothing else like it.

The master bedroom on the main has a vaulted beamed ceiling and an iron window sunroom overlooking the breathtaking backyard. Luxury doesn’t even come close to defining the master bath with the standalone soaking tub, floor to ceiling fogged window, wood burning fireplace, separate vanities and his/her closets. All of the secondary bedrooms upstairs have designer finishes and full upscale baths as well. The upper and main portions of the house both include outdoor covered porches overlooking the pool and gardens.

The defining space and holy grail of the home is the backyard. It mirrors a private retreat with the in-ground pool, fountains, pool house, guesthouse and outdoor bar a-joining with the full kitchen. The outdoor covered patio serves as a perfect gathering and entertaining space for events and celebrations! The property is fully fenced and gated for ultimate privacy, all right in heart of Brookhaven.

Listed by: Linda Williams, see more here. 

Nobu Groundbreaking Underway at Phipps Plaza

With the increased demand for luxury real estate in Buckhead, construction has been booming, there’s no doubt about it. Fortune 500 companies are flocking to Atlanta, more specifically tech startups. In addition, we have become the “Hollywood of the South” for movie and TV production ever since previous governor, Sonny Perdue, signed a ‘generous’ tax inventive for film production. Atlanta has since served as a music production hub for decades, but now Hollywood actors and actresses are also beginning to make this city their home. Atlanta is rapidly solidifying its place as an elite city.

Further defining Atlanta as a luxurious location is the opening of a Nobu hotel and restaurant in Phipps Plaza. Nobu Hotels is parterning with Simon Property Group to create and launch the hotel and restaurant in this already mixed-use development. Phipps is a conglomeration of couture designer store brands with delectable eateries to match. It’s hard to imagine a more sophisticated center, but the introduction of Nobu will create an even more lavish destination. Nobu is a luxury Japanese brand whose hotels and restaurants can be found in places like London, Malibu, Ibiza, and New York City. It’s almost a status symbol for the top notch cities of the world – and now Atlanta is joining the ranks. This Phipps Plaza expansion will also include a brand new Life Time® Athletic and a 12-story Class A office building with three-story lower level parking garage.

The first phase is set to open beginning of Summer 2021.

Renderings courtesy Nobu Hotels

 

Renderings courtesy Nobu Hotels