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Sustainable Homes No Longer Seen As Just A Fad

August 25, 2010

Carson Matthews, Buckhead Office, REALTOR®

While Atlanta’s housing market remains stuck in low gear, the trend toward certified green or “sustainable” homes has been growing.

More builders are adopting sustainable practices and more buyers are weighing the economic benefit of paying a little extra up front for a house featuring environmentally sound design, construction standards and materials.

“Even if the economy had not gone sour, people are looking at sustainable practices and materials, not just for housing, but for the entire neighborhood,” said Sibet Freides, president of Idea Associates Inc., a marketing and consulting firm with a real estate development focus. Idea Associates clients include Reynolds Signature Communities, The Settings Development Companies LLC and Urban Land Institute.

“You might have some builders who have been in the industry for a long time who are thinking this is a passing fad, but people have bought into the concept of sustainability,” Freides said. “Younger buyers have now come to expect it and I don’t think the industry, as a whole, thinks it’s a fad anymore.”

According to a report by Carson Matthews, a Realtor with Atlanta Fine Homes Sotheby’s International Realty, in the first quarter of 2010, green homes comprised 8.4 percent of the new homes on the market, which compares consistently with the 2009 total of 8.5 percent,

Matthews is a certified EcoBroker and the author of a blog, www.GreenToTheScene.com, which delivers news about green residential building in Atlanta.

In April, Matthews launched the Green MLS Toolkit, a resource that can be used by any Multiple Listing Service to track green activity.

In the first three months of 2010, Matthews reported that the median selling price of a certified green home was $494,000, which is 133.5 percent higher than a conventional new construction home; however, the report shows green homes are fetching more at closing.

“In the first quarter, green houses sold at 98 percent of list, whereas standard new construction homes sold at 92.5 percent,” Matthews said. “In the custom home market, that percentage is much higher.”

“Green building is here to stay,” said Les Stumpff, president of the Greater Atlanta Home Builders Association (GAHBA) and regional manager for Texas-based Standard Renewable Energy, which provides energy audits for homeowners, businesses and government entities.

“There is a growing awareness of how much energy and water and, therefore, money can be saved by owning a home built to some level of green-building standards,” Stumpff said.

Other benefits, such as better indoor air quality and overall comfort, will increasingly propel demand for green homes.

“The housing recession has made it more difficult to adopt building standards that increase new home prices, but builders who were building green in good times will continue to build green as housing starts return,” Stumpff said.

Although they cost a little more, the formula for building green houses is not very complicated, said Matt Hoots, founder and CEO of The Hoots Group Inc., a full-service green contractor, and co-chair of the GAHBA Green Building Council.

Together with the GAHBA, Hoots helped develop the EarthCraft House residential green-building program in partnership with Southface Energy Institute, a nonprofit educational organization dedicated to promoting environmentally sustainable homes.

“You start with a good design,” Hoots said. “You can save 30 [percent] to 40 percent in operating costs right there.”

Every aspect of the design is critical, from sighting the house on the lot to putting windows in the best location to ease the load on the HVAC system and limit the cost of blinds.

“If you only build to the standard energy-efficiency code, you’re almost building an EarthCraft-certified house,” Hoots said. “Unfortunately, a lot of builders build around the code or to barely meet code.”

As materials, utility and appliance manufacturers jump on the sustainable bandwagon, the expense gap between building green and building traditional housing is diminishing — resulting in more reasonable pricing for higher- performing homes, experts say.

Currently, Freides’ clients are building two new showcase green homes, one in The Settings of West Point Lake near LaGrange, and one at Achasta, a golf community near Dahlonega. Both houses are being built by Johnna Barrett of SUSTAIN house, the residential division of Atlanta-based architecture and interior design firm Barrett Design Inc.

“We started with a budget and we’re learning that it doesn’t have to cost that much more to build green,” Freides said.

Among other products, the green houses incorporate a radiant barrier sheathing that reportedly reduces monthly air conditioning bills by 17 percent, green bedding products, and tile and wood components made from recycled materials.

“A lot of this stuff is common sense and people need to be educated about the products and building practices that are available,” Freides said.
Read more: Sustainable homes no longer seen as just a fad – Atlanta Business Chronicle

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August 24, 2010

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Featured Home: Stately Brick Home with Elegant Design (Betsy Akers)

August 23, 2010
Welome to 3633 Tuxedo Road

Welome to 3633 Tuxedo Road

Built in 1990 by Bill Baker this stately brick home boasts an elegant designed and extraordinary craftsmanship. Nestled nicely on 1.32 acres in prestigious Tuxedo Park, you’ll find all that you could ever want inside and out.

Elegant Living Room

Elegant Living Room

Lush lawns, majestic mature trees and shrubs greet you upon your arrival home. A double entry door and beautiful columns flanked by French doors welcome you in. The grand foyer features gleaming hardwood floors, flows nicely into a stunning living room offering a columned entry, fireplace with custom mantle and exquisite chandler lighting. A wall of French doors leading to the patio allow for ample natural light to fill this space, rendering a sophisticated yet comfortable atmosphere.

A spacious dining room with hardwoods, crown molding, custom door casings and fireplace with mantle proves perfect for any dinning occasion large or small.  The family room showcases a light and bright space with fireplace, tiled floors, rustic wooded beamed ceiling, built in shelves and cabinets great for your entertainment components and dual sets of French doors. Gathering here with family and friends will be a must.

Gourmet Kitchen

Gourmet Kitchen

A renovated kitchen opens from the family room and is separated by a lovely breakfast bar. The kitchen hosts marble counter tops, stainless steel appliances, work station, cooktop island with stainless hood and walk-in pantry. The same tile that graces the great room flows seamlessly into the kitchen. This area is sure to be the entertaining hub of the home with its open and airy layout. The breakfast area will take your breath away with its three walls of windows overlooking the yard. Sit here and enjoy breakfast with the family or relax while drinking your morning coffee.

Romantic Master Suite

Romantic Master Suite

When the day is done, a master suite fit for a king or queen waits on the main level. Here style and elegance combine with neutral wall tones, crown molding and excellent lighting. Relish in direct outdoor access through French doors and a sumptuous spa like master bath with double vanity and soothing soaking tub.

This home also offers an indoor sport court, exercise room, media room, Ping-Pong room that opens to the pool and wine cellar all for your enjoyment. The main texture is an indoor sports court.

Gorgeous Backyard with In-Ground Pool

Gorgeous Backyard with In-Ground Pool

Out back a sparkling in ground pool and spa surrounded by cherry blossom trees and wooded backdrop sets a captivating scene. The covered patio overlooks the pool and provides plenty of entertaining space.

Don’t miss your opportunity to call this exquisite home yours. Call today to schedule your private viewing!

Offered at $4,450,000

3633 Tuxedo Road
Atlanta, GA 30305

Five Bedrooms, Eight Full Baths and Two Half Baths
Please click here for more photos of this incredible estate 

 
 
 

Betsy Akers, Buckhead Office, REALTOR®

Betsy Akers, Buckhead Office, REALTOR®

Betsy Akers
Atlanta Fine Homes Sotheby’s International Realty
Direct: 404.372.8144
Office: 404.835.9600

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Atlanta Best Bet: What’s going on in Atlanta this weekend

August 19, 2010

Folk Fest 2010

Friday, Aug 20 5:00p to 10:00p
at North Atlanta Trade Center, Norcross, GA

The 17th Annual Folk Fest is The World’s Greatest Folk Art Show and Sale featuring the best in Self-Taught Art, Southern Folk Pottery, Outsider Art and Antique and Anonymous Folk Art. 100 Galleries from all across the country fill the giant 85,000 square foot facility at the North Atlanta Trade Center.  http://www.slotinfolkart.com/

City of Kennesaw’s Pigs & Peaches BBQ Festival

Friday, Aug 20 5:00p to 11:00p

The event features a non-sanctioned Backyard BBQ, Anything Butt & Peach Dessert Contest, as well as a Kansas City Barbeque Society sanctioned Professional Contest, which is recognized as a Georgia State Championship Barbeque Cookoff. Over $14,000 in cash and prizes will be awarded to contest winners.  http://www.facebook.com/PigsAndPeaches

 

BBQ, Blues & Bluegrass Festival

Saturday, Aug 21 4:00p to 10:00p
at Harmony Park, Decatur, GA

Live music, BBQ and special children’s area.

Price: 21 and over $10, 11 to 20: $5, under 10 free
Age Suitability: All Ages
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Featured Home: Wonderful Townhome in Midtown (Amy Santrock)

August 18, 2010

Undoubtedly you have seen the building on 10th Street between State and Tumlin Streets.  The location is an ideal one, within walking distance to Georgia Tech, Atlantic Station and so much else that Midtown has to offer.  You most likely have no idea the quality and beauty that you will find inside the building that was built in 2003.

Kitchen

Kitchen

A corner unit has become available and it is nothing short of fabulous.  Three levels with a drive under garage below the main floor.  Impeccably decorated and appointed with upgraded finishes.  Gorgeous color accents throughout showcase this well-planned layout.  On the main level you have a large family room with fireplace and built-in cabinetry on one end.  The kitchen has stainless steel appliances, modern cabinetry and a bar area.  The bar almost appears to be floating, supported on one end by a half column.  The design and geometrical lines keep the area open and unencumbered.

Living Room

Living Room

Beautiful hardwoods provide continuity throughout the majority of the home, while color is used to accentuate room division on the main level.  The two full baths both have tile flooring.  The half bath has a stunning tiled wall behind the clear glass sink basin.  Soft contemporary  touches like this can be found throughout.

Master Bedroom

Master Bedroom

Also, you get to enjoy three levels of outdoor living. There are two balconies and a magnificent rooftop terrace!  See sweeping views of the Atlanta skyline as you have a casual dinner party or just sit down for a moment of calm as you take in one of the many reasons you love Atlanta.

Offered at $315,000

401 10th Street NW
Atlanta, GA 30318

Two Bedrooms, Two Full and One Half Baths

Please click here for more photos of this townhome

Amy Santrock, Buckhead Office, REALTOR®

Amy Santrock, Buckhead Office, REALTOR®

Amy Santrock
Atlanta Fine Homes Sotheby’s International Realty
Direct: 404.427.6301
Office: 404.835.9600

Carman Pope, Buckhead Office, REALTOR®

Carman Pope, Buckhead Office, REALTOR®

Carmen Pope
Atlanta Fine Homes Sotheby’s International Realty
Direct: 404.625.4134
Office: 404.835.9600

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St. Regis will host Celebrity Chef tour

August 18, 2010

Join Celebrity Chefs Kelly Liken, Kenny Gilbert and Chef Host Johnathan Jerusalmy in September for a premiere evening at the St. Regis’ Paces 88 American Bistro. The evening will include a reception, dinner prepared by the chefs and a unique opportunity to interact with the chefs.

In the heart of Atlanta’s prestigious Buckhead community, Eighty-Eighty West Paces Ferry undeniably leads the list of the city’s most exclusive addresses The Residences at The St. Regis Atlanta, located on the top fifteen floors of the building, inspires a luxury lifestyle that is inspired by the magnificent views and extraordinary standards of urban living that simply cannot be found elsewhere.

For information on the Residences at St. Regis please contact:
Ansley Fetz
Marketing Specialist, Atlanta Fine Homes
Tel: 404.580.4950
Email: ansley@atlantafinehomes.com

Ticket info: 720.201.1853 or go online: www.celebritycheftour.com

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Luxury Gated Townhomes – Phase One Closeout Sale

August 16, 2010
Turnberry Gates Luxury Gated Townhomes

Turnberry Gates Luxury Gated Townhomes

Turnbury Gates is a stunning, private, gated enclave of 82 luxurious residences and select homes with golf course views that is currently in the Phase One Closeout Sale with units reduced up to $100,000. Boasting a beautifully landscaped pool, spectacular pavilion, stone fireplace and exclusive open-air entertaining area, Turnbury Gates was developed with an intimate yet captivating site plan in mind. This exclusive location affords easy access to it all; shopping, dining, entertainment and nightlife in Buckhead and Brookhaven; Lenox, Phipps and Perimeter Malls; Emory University and premier medical facilities including Northside Hospital, St. Joseph’s Hospital and Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta.

Outdoor Fireplace

Outdoor Fireplace

Inspiring architecture truly creates a charming feel throughout Turnbury Gates. Beautiful covered porches with standing seam metal roofs pepper the community’s board and batten siding, cedar shingle and brick exteriors for a darling atmosphere.

Kitchen

Kitchen

Each unit’s custom interior imparts the best of the best. Coffered and wainscoting ceilings are featured in the Great Rooms along with cozy stone surround fireplaces. Wide plank hardwood floors gleam throughout the main levels. Designer carpet selections cover both the terrace level and each bedroom. Ten foot ceilings on both the main and upper levels are complete with detailed trim for a rich ambience. The Chef’s kitchen is sweeping with must have items such as granite countertops with under mount sinks, under cabinet lighting, custom cabinetry throughout and stainless appliances.

Master Bedroom

Master Bedroom

Featuring a large walk-in closet, spa inspired master bath with walk-in shower and soaking tub with stone deck and granite or travertine vanity counters, the master suite is a perfectly luxurious retreat. The custom interiors are finished with Delta plumbing fixtures in oil rubbed bronze finish and designer paint colors throughout.

Living Room

Living Room

With two and three bedroom plans now available starting at $269,000, Turnbury Gates is certainly the place to be for all things luxury and charming in Atlanta. These units will not last at the greatly reduced prices.

Debbie Pille and Charles Gerrick

Debbie Pille and Charles Gerrick

Charles Gerrick & Debbie Pille

#1 Agents Companywide 2009, Small Team

Debbie Cell: 404.668.3465
Charles Cell: 404.218.8993
Office: 404.237.5000