Premier Vinings Home on Quiet Cul-De-Sac Street

3884 Fairfax Court is a beautifully curated home situated on a private cul-de-sac in a wonderful neighborhood. Located in Vinings, a premier in-town location close to The Lovett School, Pace Academy, The Westminster School and Atlanta’s high ranked public schools, making it the perfect blend of nature and city-living! Just 5 minutes from the Vinings Jubilee shops and dining center, while also just 5 minutes from Georgia’s popular Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area.

This traditional two-story home is built with the main suite on the ground floor featuring walk-in closets and a rear deck access. Boasting 9+ foot ceilings, a banquet-size dining room, fireside family room, and a main level office or library…the space is limitless! A sunroom opens to a professional caterer’s kitchen with fresh, white cabinetry, granite countertops, Bosch appliances, a wine cooler, and breakfast area.

Upstairs includes three bedrooms with two full baths as well as large bonus rec room which could be converted to a 4th bedroom. The living area flows on to an outdoor terrace, rear deck, & huge landscaped fenced yard with separate stone patio area.

Listed by Stewart Hammond and Ginger Scott – $1,289,999

Luxurious Midtown High-Rise with Stellar City Views

20 10th Street #1604 is an exceptional corner unit featuring a private elevator that opens up to a beautifully renovated foyer, and floor to ceiling windows flooding the rooms with natural light. The property boasts a gourmet kitchen with beautiful granite counters and Viking appliances, along with a spacious primary suite featuring a walk-in closet, jetted tub, and separate shower. A recently updated bonus room could also be used as a private office! With voice enabled smart shades found throughout, this high-rise unit offers the perfect combination of privacy and luxury. Aqua’s incredible amenities include 24/7 concierge service, gated secure parking, rooftop pool, state of the art fitness center, and club room. Conveniently located within walking distance to Piedmont Park, Whole Foods, and restaurants.

Listed by Mackenzie Parker – $645,000

Charming and Updated Buckhead Home

With 10-foot ceilings, hardwoods, and natural light, 3248 W Shadowlawn Ave is the perfect combination of cozy and traditional. With plenty of space for entertaining, including a formal living room, separate dining room, and an additional flex space for the much-desired home office! A sunroom opens to a large wrap-around deck with a fully fenced backyard with loads of privacy.

 The light-filled kitchen boasts French doors, double ovens, Viking range, pantry, and a breakfast room. The spacious master suite includes a walk-in closet, dual vanity, and a refreshing skylight, adding superb natural light. Situated in Buckhead, this home is in a perfect location that is in walking distance to Buckhead Village, Andrews Square, Path 400 and more!

 

Listed by Becky Morris and Melissa Morris Fuller – $675,000

Picture Perfect Home in Peachtree Park

57 Highland Drive is an incredible home located in Peachtree Park. Known for its location in Buckhead and tree-lined streets, Peachtree Park is a close-knit community. Restaurants, entertainment, green space, and shopping are all within walking distance. With updated features and high-end finishes throughout, this 5 bedroom/4 bath home is turn-key. The details are outstanding!

Chef’s kitchen is complete with marble counters, a large island and stainless steel appliances.

French doors lead to a screened-in porch and a newly build deck overlooking the backyard. Perfect for outdoor entertaining!

Retreat into the serene master suite, offering a delightful sitting area and bath with double vanities and steam shower.

Guests will feel at home on the terrace level, with a full bathroom, ample storage space, and an exterior entry to the backyard.

57 Highland Drive

Listed by Leslie Trammell Michael

Charming Ranch in North Buckhead

Introducing 633 Valley Green Drive located in coveted North Buckhead.  With an unbeatable in-town location, close to restaurants, shopping, Chastain Park, and one of Buckhead’s top ranking schools, this recently renovated ranch is a dream. Fresh paint and updated fixtures make this home move-in ready.

The inviting front porch is made for sipping your morning coffee or hanging out with your new neighbors.

The recent shiplap family room addition is open to the newly renovated kitchen, complete with stainless steel appliances and marble countertops. No detail was overlooked!

With three separate living spaces, two fireplaces and a spacious back deck, this home is an entertainer’s dream. Every room in this delightful home is filled with natural light and newly updated features.

 

 

Listed by Kristen Sodemann 

633 Valley Green Drive

Jess Cooke Acknowledges Grandfather, Jesse Hill Jr.

Written by Jessica Cooke Scarborough

One of the reasons I love Atlanta is for its richness in Black History and Black Excellence. Atlantans are literally surrounded by greatness and legends! One such legend is my grandfather, Jesse Hill Jr., a prominent Atlanta businessman, civil rights leader, political activist and change agent who played a part in every major development in the City of Atlanta for over 40 years. I am proud to be his namesake.

Jesse Hill Jr. was born in St. Louis, Missouri in 1926 with business and service in his blood. He grew up assisting his mother who was active with their local Urban League and his grandfather who sold wood and coal in the winter and ice and watermelons in the summer. Jesse received his Bachelor of Science in mathematics and physics from Lincoln University and his Masters of Business Administration from the University of Michigan, becoming one of their first African American MBA graduates. At the completion of his studies, Hill moved to Atlanta becoming an actuary with Atlanta Life Insurance Company making him only the second African American actuary in the entire country.

Professionally, Hill rose steadily through the corporate ranks of Atlanta Life and in 1973 Hill became Atlanta Life’s third President, Chief Executive Officer and the Chairman of the Board.  Simultaneously, Hill became the first president outside of the family of founder Alonzo Herndon, another legend in #BlackHistory and in life.  Hill went on to hold this position for over 20 years setting record breaking growth in total assets, revenues, profits and shareholder value and Hill’s professional and civil rights activities were always closely intertwined.

Under Hill’s leadership, Atlanta Life quietly underwrote finances for civil rights initiatives throughout Atlanta and the South, including providing bail money to release demonstrators arrested in sit-ins and other protests.  Hill and Atlanta Life Insurance Company are also credited for increasing African American access to affordable mortgage financing in the South.

Soon after his arrival to Atlanta in 1949, Hill quickly became acquainted with most of the key leaders of the time through the Hungry Club which held its meetings at the Butler Street YMCA where Hill first resided and which was then the only forum for black and white leaders to collectively engage in serious dialogue on contemporary issues.  As Chair of virtually every major voter registration drive in the black community during the 1960s registering over 50,000 new black voters, Hill also founded and chaired the All Citizens Registration Committee, a precursor to a political organization that has since nurtured the careers of Atlanta’s last four mayors.  And though Hill never held a political office, he had an ear to nearly every high ranking politician in Georgia from President Jimmy Carter to city council members and everyone in between.

Hill founded The Atlanta Inquirer, the weekly newspaper that became the voice of the civil rights movement in Atlanta.  And in 1960 along with other young black leaders of the time, Hill produced a survey of Atlanta’s black population entitled “A Second Look: The Negro Citizen in Atlanta” which challenged the predominant belief in Atlanta’s white community that Atlanta was a model for racial harmony in the South.  Hill was also a key player in the integration of Georgia colleges and universities namely the University of Georgia.

Hill achieved a laundry lists of first for African Americans.  In 1977 he was elected president of the Atlanta Chamber of Commerce and became the first African American to hold such a position in any major U.S. city.  An integral figure in bringing public transit to Atlanta, Hill was appointed the first chair of MARTA Board of Directors and first African American to serve on the Board of Regents for the University System of Georgia.  He was also elected as the first black member of the Board of Directors of the Commerce Club, and was the first African American receipt of the Ivan Allen Jr. Prize for Progress and Service.  Hill served on a number of corporate boards including Delta Air Lines, SunTrust, Comsat, Knight-Ridder, Morse Shoes, National Service Industries, and Rich’s, often as the first minority member.

Hill served as Chairman of the Board of Directors for the Martin Luther King, Jr. Center for Non-Violent Social Change for over 15 years and also chaired the local NAACP, and was also a key player in bringing the 1996 Olympic Games to the City of Atlanta and subsequently served as a member of the Board of Directors for the 1996 Olympic Games. He had a knack for bringing the city’s white leaders and black leaders together at one table to transform Atlanta from a mid-sized southern city to the large international city we think of today.

My grandfather left his earthly body and transitioned to heaven on December 17, 2012 but his legacy is all around Atlanta!  Whether taking Marta to a game, running through Harts-field Jackson International Airport, or riding down I-75/85 and passing the exit for Jesse Hill Jr. Drive in the heart of downtown, I am reminded of the words of another Black History leader and family friend, “Nothing good and nothing of importance happened in this town that Jesse wasn’t somehow involved in.”

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Jessica Cooke Scarborough, Esq. is a third generation Atlantan and an Ivy League educated attorney who completed her Bachelor of Arts, Cum Laude, from the University of Pennsylvania and her Juris Doctor from the University of Virginia School of Law.  Following law school, Jess practiced at one of Atlanta’s largest and most well respected law firms.  In more than five years of legal practice, Jess represented developers, lenders, borrowers, asset managers, and financial institutions in a wide array of real estate, finance, lending and securitization issues. Jess became an agent with Beacham & Company in 2014 and has been one of the firm’s most consistent producers. She and her husband, Jae, have two daughters and live in Smyrna.

The Peak Time to List is — NOW

The 2020 real estate market started off strong, flattened a bit during spring, then exploded in summer and fall. Economist predictions are hinting this winter we will continue to experience record activity. Atlanta is currently sitting in the top ten list of cities whose market is expected recover the fastest. Atlanta is also expected to see one of the country’s steepest rises in home prices according to a 2021 housing forecast; projections showing a 6.7% growth, compared to a 5.7% national increase.

As we continue to navigate through this extremely competitive Atlanta market, we asked a few of our agents to provide one tip to potential buyers & sellers…

Westside Quarry Park is Delayed, Again.

The highly anticipated transformation of Atlanta’s infamous Bellwood Quarry, into what will be the city’s largest green-space, has been delayed yet again. The most recent council vote marks the third extension of an initial six-month moratorium, first established in February. The ordinance specifically states the halt of rezoning applications, building permits, or any special use permits associated with development. The Atlanta City Council says the ban is necessary while they work closely with surrounding neighborhoods (Grove Park, Howell Knight Station, Bankhead) to ensure equitable growth, and in an effort to stem gentrification. Now, with COVID-19 wreaking havoc, the local government is grappling with other issues in response to the global health crisis, which is likely to result in further delays.

With an insurmountable increase of public and private investments occurring since the park plans were publicly announced, promise after promise from city officials say the new multi-million dollar park would benefit the area — but a coalition of residents argue the park is only destroying the community. As more developers enter the area, the residents face housing affordability issues and rising property taxes.

Atlantans are patiently waiting on a response from city officials on how they plan to allow development to continue; in a manner that is both fair to current residents, and those looking to invest.

*photo courtesy of westsidepark-atl.com

Holiday Lights Location Guide

ATLANTA FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS

165 16th Street NW Atlanta, GA 30363

Sun – Thur : $25 per car | Fr – Sat : $35 per car

Dec 4th – Jan 18th | 6pm – 11pm

LIGHTS OF LIFE

1269 Barclay Cir SE Marietta, GA 30060

$10 per car

Nov 26th – Dec 31st

Sun – Thur : 6pm – 9pm | Fri – Sat : 6pm – 10pm

CHRISTMAS ON BOLINGBROOK DRIVE

4151 Bolingbrook Drive Marietta, GA 30062

Free

Nov 27th – Dec 31st | 6pm – 10pm

CHRISTMAS COMES ALIVE

4385 Lower Roswell Rd Marietta, GA 30068

Free

Dec 11th – 13th | 6pm – 10pm

SANTA’S VILLAGE

405 Waverly Hall Dr Roswell, GA 30075

Free

Nov 27th – Dec 31st | 6pm – 9pm

RILEY’S ROCKIN CHRISTMAS LIGHTS

2008 Palladium Drive Kennesaw, GA

Free

Dec 1st – Dec 31st | 6pm – 10pm

CALUMET WEST CHRISTMAS HOUSE

1010 Token Way Kennesaw, GA

Free

Dec 4th – Jan 3rd | 5:30pm – 10pm

DRIVE THRU BETHLEHEM EXPERIENCE

6659 Bells Ferry Rd Woodstock, GA 30189

Free

Dec 11th – 13th | 6pm – 9pm

HOLIDAY LIGHTS OF HOPE

6688 Bells Ferry Rd Woodstock, GA 30189

$10 per adult (14 & under free)

Dec 3rd – 23rd

Sun – Thur : 6pm – 9pm | Fri – Sat : 6pm – 10pm

CHRISTMAS LIGHT SHOW

550 Molly Lane Woodstock, Ga 30189

Free

Dec 5th – 24th | 6pm – 10pm

WINTER WONDERLAND TRAIN RIDE

1881 Stockmar Rd Villa Rica, GA 30180

$12 per person

Dec 2nd – 23rd | 6pm – 9pm

HOLLY SPRINGS LIGHTS

2632 Holly Springs Parkway Holly Springs, GA 30115

Free

Dec 5th – 31st | 6pm – 11pm

WOODRUFF FAMILY CHRISTMAS LIGHTS

5268 Seamus Way Powder Springs, GA 30127

Free

Dec 1st – Jan 1st | 6pm – 11pm

DULUTH’S CHRISTMAS HOUSE

2929 Mockingbird Circle Duluth, GA 30096

Free

Dec 4th – 31st | 6pm – 10pm

SMOOT FAMILY CHRISTMAS LIGHT SHOW

3699 Autumn View Dr NW Acworth, GA 30101

Free

Dec 2nd – 26th | 6pm – 9pm

Exquisite Private Estate in Heards Ferry

Introducing 310 Heards Ferry Road, a breathtaking private estate in an ideal Sandy Springs location near Chastain Park. Upon entry, experience the exquisite grand foyer with spiraling double staircase, voluminous ceilings with custom finishes and incredible floor-to-ceiling windows in nearly every living space. Dine luxuriously in the chef’s kitchen with top-grade appliances and rich cabinetry, and in the formal dining room that accommodates over twelve guests.

Tackle your to-do list in the office, complete with paneling and tray ceilings. It’s ideal for working remotely. The owner’s suite is located on the main level with a relaxing sitting area, master bath with enormous spa tub and a frameless shower. All secondary bedrooms boast unique architectural detail and offer private baths and walk-in closets.

The terrace level is second-to-none, featuring a full entertainment bar and lounge area, fitness center, theatre room, and outstanding resort-style pool and cabana

Listed by Jess Cooke Scarborough $2,850,000