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Spacious living in the heart of Decatur (Mary Jo Spence)

August 20, 2010

2470 Vivian Circle

2470 Vivian Circle

How would you like to live in a house that is immaculate and spacious enough for you to delight in being home, but close enough that you could walk to city centre of Decatur to enjoy the renowned shopping, night life and art galleries?  All this and more is found at 2470 Vivian Circle, nestled in a charming gated community.

Dining Room

Dining Room

Upon entering the French door entry, the home features a foyer that is a greeting space for guests and provides privacy for the main living areas.  The two front rooms of the house, the Dining room and the Living room, are flanked by majestic and bright floor to ceiling arched windows that fill the house with sunlight.  The Dining room, sized to entertain twelve or more guests, features grand windows wainscot to distinguish the room with a formal touch.  The Living room is cheerful and versatile which could lend itself to a wonderful home office or additional media space.

Living Room

Living Room

The Den area has gleaming hardwood floors, cozy stack stone fireplace with gas logs, overhead ceiling fan and a door leading to the outside deck.  The Kitchen features stainless steel appliances and clean contemporary lines and as a bonus, overlooks the family living area so entertaining is made more enjoyable as the host doesn’t have to miss a bit of the conversation when preparing for guests.  Food preparation is made simple with an island featuring a sink and fresh Corian countertops. Just off the kitchen there is a bright separate breakfast area that also leads to a full laundry room. 

Master Bedroom

Master Bedroom

You won’t feel a bit cramped in this home- the wide stairwell has a mid-stairwell landing between the main and upper floor affording space for a conversation nook!  The upstairs Master is a true in-town retreat, larger than most, and features a dramatic trey ceiling and two large walk-in closets- one located in the bath area.  The bath features a double vanity and a separate spa soaking tub.  The secondary bedrooms on the upper level all feature hardwood floors, trey ceilings and full closets. 

On the terrace level, there are two additional bedrooms.  At present, one is being used as an office and the other an exercise room, but both have full closets and share a full hall bath.  These rooms would work well as a roommate floor plan.

The outside deck has a screen for privacy.  From the deck, you can access the yard and the two full separate garage bays.  As a welcomed addition, the driveway can accommodate extra cars-a sought after feature for in-town living!

Offered at $425,000 

Five bedrooms, three full and one half baths.

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2470 Vivian Circle
Decatur, GA 30030

Mary Jo Spence, North Atlanta Office, REALTOR®

Mary Jo Spence, North Atlanta Office, REALTOR®

Mary Jo Spence
Atlanta Fine Homes Sotheby’s International Realty


14 Georgia companies on Fortune 500

May 17, 2010

Taken from the Atlanta Business Chronicle

Georgia landed 14 companies on the 2010 Fortune 500 list, one more than it had in 2009 thanks to the relocation of NCR Corp. from Dayton, Ohio, to Duluth, Ga.

Atlanta tied for fourth-most Fortune 500 companies with 10.

Fortune magazine compiles its list of the biggest and best businesses based on 2009 fiscal and calendar year financial performance, focusing on revenue.

The Home Depot Inc. (NYSE: HD) ranked higher than any other Georgia company, but fell four spots to land at 29th with $66.2 billion in revenue. Fortune said the “tight credit, a dormant housing market, and near-double digit unemployment” hurt Home Depot’s revenue. “CEO Frank Blake also is slowing down Home Depot’s expansion plans — the retailer will open only a dozen new stores this year, compared with the hundred-plus it used to add in years past — and focusing on customer service, something its rival Lowe’s is better known for.”

Here’s the complete list of Georgia’s Fortune 500 companies for 2010, their 2009 revenue as reported by Fortune, and their 2010 and 2009 rankings:
United Parcel Service Inc. $45.3 billion, 43 in 2010, 43 in 2009.
The Coca-Cola Co. $31 billion, 72 in 2010, 73 in 2009.
Delta Air Lines Inc. $28.1 billion, 84 in 2010, 111 in 2009.
Coca-Cola Enterprises Inc.$21,6 billion, 113 in 2010, 116 in 2009.
Aflac Inc. $18.3 billion, 130 in 2010, 152 in 2009.
Southern Co. $15.7 billion, 145 in 2010, 149 in 2009.
SunTrust Banks Inc. $10.4 billion, 224 in 2010, 211 in 2009.
Genuine Parts Co. $10 billion, 236 in 2010, 247 in 2009.
First Data Corp., $9.3 billion, 250 in 2010, 295 in 2009.
AGCO Corp. $6.6 billion, 337 in 2010, 306 in 2009.
Newell Rubbermaid Inc. $5.6 billion, 373 in 2010, 387 in 2009.
Mohawk Industries Inc.$5.3 billion, 392 in 2010, 367 in 2009.
NCR Corp. $4.6 billion, 451 in 2010, 446 in 2009.


Georgia No. 7 for business

May 14, 2010

Taken from Atlanta Business Chronicle

The Peach State remains among the best states in which to do buisness.

Chief Executive magazine on Thursday ranked Georgia the seventh-best state for business, down from No. 4 in 2009.

To get its annual rankings, the magazine surveyed more than 660 CEOs to rate states based on a range of criteria that included taxation, regulation, workforce quality, education and living quality. Click here to see the complete list of each state ranked by each category.

Chief Executive magazine’s top 10 states for business, in order, are Texas, North Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, Nevada, Florida, Georgia, Colorado, Utah and South Carolina.


Atlanta is the #7 moving destination according to U-Haul (Leslie Ransom)

April 6, 2010

Leslie Ransom, Buckhead Office Founding Member, REALTOR®

Leslie Ransom, Buckhead Office Founding Member, REALTOR®

Submitted by Leslie Ransom of Atlanta Fine Homes Sotheby’s International Realty. Taken from the Atlanta Business Chronicle

Atlanta dropped from No. 1 but remains a top 10 destination city, according to U-Haul International Inc.’s annual migration trend report for 2009.

The Big Peach ranked seventh after being ranked the top destination the year prior.

The No. 1 destination for relocating Americans is now Houston, followed by Las Vegas; Chicago; San Antonio, Texas; Orlando, Fla.; and Austin, Texas. After Atlanta are Sacramento, Calif.; Kansas City, Mo.; and Denver.

The moving company said its rankings show destinations for movers traveling more than 50 miles and includes every city regardless of size. However, the data is not stated as a percentage of population and is not reflective of overall growth, U-Haul said.

The report was compiled from more than 1 million U-Haul truck transactions last year.


More reasons to bet on Atlanta (Natalie Ransom)

March 31, 2010


Natalie Ransom, Buckhead Office Founding Member, REALTOR®

Natalie Ransom, Buckhead Office Founding Member, REALTOR®

Submitted by Natalie Ransom of Atlanta Fine Homes Sotheby’s International Realty. Taken from the Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Over the past 25 years, metro Atlanta has consistently been about the fastest-growing major metro area in America. OK, I know Las Vegas snuck into the top spot a couple of times on a percentage basis, but there was no one there to begin with, so it doesn’t count.

But the real estate meltdown, coupled with the recession, has been unkind to our region. Most areas have seen prices drop, and demand is still only a fraction of what it was before the fall of 2007. A glut of bank-owned homes clogs our market, and a seemingly endless inventory of high-end new construction is still not selling.

That’s why I was pleased to read “Betting On Atlanta” in a recent edition of the New York Times “Economix Blog.”

Written by Harvard economist Edward L. Glaeser, the article paints Atlanta emerging as a “mighty metropolitan economy” and goes on to review our history, as non-natives often are inclined to do.

He explains that a rich history of educational institutions, our proximity to cotton and the rise of Coca-Cola contributed to Atlanta’s rise. He also cites low cost of land for development.

But he discounts those as major factors in the years ahead.

Instead, Glaeser points to three areas that will lead Atlanta back to the top of the economic hill:

● Atlanta is the dominant city in the Southeast, with no 
real rivals in the region. The fact that large cities continue to thrive is a “remarkable fact” of our age, and he believes we will benefit from it.

● The Atlanta metro area also benefits from a business-friendly political environment that draws new corporate citizens.

● And finally, he points to Atlanta’s highly skilled population. In the city itself, 43 percent of adults have college degrees. The author sees the percentage of workers with college degrees as a “powerful predictor of urban growth.”

He concludes that Atlanta will once again rise from its own ashes, as Northerners are prone to say.

While I agree with all of the reasons presented above, I might offer one powerful benefit of living in Atlanta that is often overlooked, and that is the “true cost of living.”

It’s called “cost efficiency,” and it’s the median income of a town divided by the cost of living there. In other words, how well can you live based on how much you are likely to get paid?

A study of these numbers in Kiplinger Magazine reveals an eye-opening statistic:

Of America’s 50 largest cities, the Atlanta metro area ranks first in “cost effectiveness.” In other words, it pays to live in Atlanta, where higher income and lower cost of living translate into a better quality of life.

Glaeser concludes with this gem:

“Smart money never bets against the ability of a huge concentration of smart people to weather an economic storm. Don’t count Atlanta out.”

 John Adams is an author, broadcaster and investor. He answers real estate questions on radio station WGKA (920am) every Saturday at noon.



Research key to good fit (Lisa Bennett)

March 10, 2010

Lisa Bennett, REALTOR®, Buckhead Office

Lisa Bennett, REALTOR®, Buckhead Office

By Lori Johnston of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Submitted by Lisa Bennett

Mike and Jasmine Jones moved from Detroit to Georgia in August 2008 for Mike’s job and rented in Newnan while looking for a home to buy.

They took time to learn about the communities in metro Atlanta, getting serious in December 2009 when the tax rebate was extended.

The Joneses worked with Lisa Bennett of Atlanta Fine Homes Sotheby’s International Realty to find a home that fit their desires.

They were used to homes with basements in Michigan and sought one for the extra recreational space. They also wanted room for a home office for Jasmine, who telecommutes in the health care industry. The couple, who are in their early 30s, also wanted closer proximity to shopping and restaurants in the city.

 Choice No. 1: Renovation with character $369,000

The home on Lamplighter Lane in Marietta’s Fox Hills neighborhood had an open floor plan. The home was built in 1972 but has been remodeled, including the kitchen and a new roof. The four-bedroom, 31/2-bath home also had a home office on the main floor. An advantage of the lot was that it sat back off the street. “It was one of those older subdivisions where they didn’t put the homes right next to each other,” Jasmine said. But the lot wasn’t level in the back, and they would have had to invest in finishing the basement.

Choice No. 2: Impressive kitchen $325,000

The home office in this residence on Brookcrest Drive in Marietta’s Millbrook Farm neighborhood overlooked its wooded lot. The five-bedroom, three-bath home built in 1980 had been expanded to include a keeping room with a fireplace in the kitchen, which had vaulted ceilings. “It would have been a very, very comfortable place to cook in and just kind of chill,” she said. But the basement didn’t have the large recreation area that Mike desired, and they preferred a more flat lot.

 Choice No. 3: A true master suite $327,500

The backyard in this home on Indian Hills Drive in Marietta’s Indian Hills Country Club had a level, fenced-in yard and a screened porch. The basement was finished, and the kitchen of this home, built in 1974, was remodeled with granite counter tops and new appliances. The master had a sitting room with a stacked stone fireplace and recessed lighting. They finished the area over the garage, she said. “You really got a bedroom and a true sitting area. It really gives you the feel of a true master suite.”

 The choice

No. 3: They waited about a week to put a contract on the Indian Hills home. In their previous purchase in Michigan, it was new construction where they were negotiating with a builder, so it was a different experience to negotiate with a seller who was emotionally invested in the home, Jasmine said.

 “When we first put the initial offer in, we really kind of researched those comps [comparative sale prices] to figure out what we really thought the house was worth,” she said. “It really makes it important for you to kind of really stop and evaluate the current market when you’re putting your offer in and doing the negotiating.”

 The seller countered twice to finalize the sales price, and they also agreed to a few small improvements before the Joneses closed on the home in February.


Atlanta homes for sale on iPhones and Blackberry phones

December 10, 2009

Finding homes for sale in Atlanta just got easier. Using the latest mobile phone app from Atlanta Fine Homes Sotheby’s International Realty, you can search for homes for sale anywhere in Atlanta on a phone that offers wireless internet service or GPS capabilities. 

Mobile Real Estate Application for Smart Phones

Text AFH to 87778 or click here to download the free application to your iPhone or Blackberry (primarily).

This means now you can search from your car, a coffee shop, and even as a passenger while in driving.  Simply download the free application for your iPhone or Blackberry and within a minute or two, a GPS map will show your location and will list all the available homes in that specific area.  As your location changes, so do the available homes.   

You can view multiple pictures, find out prices, square footage, interior and exterior features, number of bedrooms and baths, etc.  You can even press a “Call to See” button and, while you’re being connected with the listing agent, the agent is simultaneously being sent an email with the information about the listing about which you are calling.  All this information is available to you instantly, any time of day, with the touch of a button on your SmartPhone.

Atlanta Fine Homes Sotheby’s International Realty has the exclusive offering for this hand-held search for homes for sale in Atlanta.  Primarily designed for Blackberry and iPhones, data is pulled directly from FMLS.  Our downloadable app will find properties using a GPS-enabled phone or via the wireless connection on any phone.

Visit our website at, and download the mobile real estate application to use this free and valuable service. 

Or you can simply text AFH to 87778 to get started immediately. 

Let us know what you think.  Atlanta Fine Homes Sotheby’s International Realty is interested in finding out how you are using this great new service and how it is making your home search easier!     

If you have any questions, please give us a call at 404.835.9600.