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

 

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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.

 

 

 

 

Sellers, don’t get buried in the avalanche of listings coming off the market

Avalanche!

The number of for sale listings in Atlanta that have either expired or were withdrawn in the last 45 days has seemingly snowballed. Although withdrawals and expireds are typical toward the end of the year, it is counter intuitive given December is one of the best months for real estate closings. Whether it’s for tax purposes or relocation or the other many reasons people move, December can be a BUSY month for real estate. In fact, if the number of residential real estate closings in any given year is divided by 12, there is a good chance it equals the number of closings in December.

Why do agents and sellers take homes off the market in December? Many sellers don’t want their houses available for showing in the time running up to the holidays. Some get discouraged by slower-than-spring market traffic. However, showings are generally of better quality in December and January because nosy neighbors and tire-kickers are distracted by the holidays. Showings are fewer, but of better quality.

The attached chart from the National Association of Realtors illustrates “The Sweet Spot” in the real estate market that occurs every year when homes for sale inventory craters, creating the least competitive environment for sellers any given year. Listings that haven’t sold in the current year come off the market with then intent of going back on the market in the spring. The problem is that those sellers face competition with completely new inventory in the spring which puts further downward pressure on home values.

Beacham & Company, REALTORS has already exceeded its’ 2017 sales as of October. The 12 year-old firm has already enjoyed its best year ever in 2018 as closings are up nearly 20 percent.

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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!

 

Featured Listing: Luxurious Living in Alpharetta

Nestled in the Alpharetta subdivision, The Manor, this lavish home features 6 bedrooms, a spacious kitchen, 4 fireplaces, and a pool with waterfall features. The interior is delicately detailed with barrel-rolled ceilings, built-in bookcases, floor-to-ceiling windows, and a spiraled staircase. This state-of-the-art kitchen includes two dishwashers, a Wolf double-oven, a breakfast bar, and a built-in booth.  Its unique driveway design wraps around the attached garage, giving a great deal of  privacy and space. The terrace level features a fitness center, full bar, movie theatre seating 9 and a snack bar. The covered veranda and backyard overlook the Manor Golf Course!

Listed by: Troy Stowe

See More: https://beacham.com/listings/fmls-6088585-3263-balley-forrest-drive-alpharetta-georgia-30004/

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.

 

 

 

October marks another sales record for Beacham

Beacham & Company, REALTORS set a record for sales in October with nearly $50 million in closed dollar volume. The firm also surpassed its number of sales for all of 2017. Beacham has now set all-time sales records in nine out of 10 months in 2018 and in every year of its existence.

Overall, the local housing market was down in October with 6,822 sales versus 6,962 in October 2017 which represents a decline of two percent. Year-to-date, Atlanta home sales in Cobb, DeKalb, Forsyth, Fulton and Gwinnett are up two percent due to gains in the first half of the year. Sales growth for homes of more than $1 million slowed in October to 8.8 percent but remain up 19.1 percent year-to-date.

The slowdown in home sales has led to a 7.7 percent in U.S. housing inventory year-over-year according to a recent Inman News article, while price reductions are up 15 percent from a year ago – both good signs for buyers. However, slowing new home construction due to soaring lot prices and labor shortages are working in seller’s favor. Robust new construction helps to keep resale prices in check. House flips are a growth opportunity for Millennial buyers and investors alike.

Look for more analysis on the current state of the Atlanta real estate market later this month in the fall issue of The Beacham Insider. To receive your copy, email [email protected]

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Beacham & Company, REALTORS was founded in 2006 by Glennis Beacham, one of Atlanta’s most celebrated real estate agents. The firm has 100 agents who average $7 million in sales per agent – more than any other Atlanta real estate firm. In 2017, closed $600 million in home sales.

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

 

 

Troy Stowe of Beacham and Company REALTORS® Sells $4 Million Gated Estate in Atlanta

Troy Stowe with Beacham and Company REALTORS® represented the seller of 3236 Bally Forest Drive in Alpharetta selling for $4 million. This estate is the pinnacle of luxury sitting on a private gated 4+/- acres in the Manor Golf and Country Club neighborhood. This neighborhood features the only Tom Watson designed 18 hole golf course in Georgia, and offers an indoor and outdoor swimming pool, fitness center, dining spot and a lengthy calendar of events for every member of the family. 3236 Bally Forest is the epitome of resort style living right in your backyard.

Boasting a cool 16,500 square feet, this home features a paneled study with a floor to ceiling window streaming in natural light. The custom chef’s kitchen has wrap around bar seating on the massive marble island with views into the family room. The breakfast area is coated in shiplap with a mini chandelier and farmhouse bench seating. High vaulted ceilings are found in the family room with a tall stone fireplace and another wall of windows. The master bath features a reflective coated soaking tub and a stunning cut-out painted ceiling. Outside you’ll find a covered veranda + fireplace overlooking the infinity edge pool and waterfall. This is an amazing summer home with the pool house equipped with a kitchen, full bath and surround sound system! Other amenities include intricate landscaping, a vineyard, in law suite and 5 car garage.

Troy is known for being one of the most successful agents in Atlanta real estate specializing in the luxury housing market. Troy provides the ultimate VIP treatment for his clients which is what sets him apart from his competitors. Also currently holding another Atlanta record for selling a 50,000 square foot home dubbed “Le Reve” which sold for $12 million. Because of these accomplishments, Troy has also been featured on several HGTV Million Dollar Rooms.