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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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Featured Home: Newly Renovated Home in East Cobb (Bonnie Johnston)

August 24, 2010
2035 Wenlok Trail

2035 Wenlok Trail

The home at 2035 Wenlok Trail is ready to be moved into.  It has a versatile open floor plan and additional living space in the finished basement.  The community of Stocktons Chase has a swim tennis club that will have you out meeting your new neighbors in no time!

Living Room

Living Room

The main level has a connecting living and dining room that the current owners have expanded into a double living area.  The rooms are very open, wide and spacious. There is a raised stone hearth with wood mantle in the back half of the combined rooms.  The kitchen has been updated with granite countertops and black appliances.  The adjacent breakfast room has a vaulted ceiling and large bay window that looks onto a spectacular back deck. 

Study Nook

Study Nook

Stairs to the second floor rise out of the breakfast nook.  A surprising extra is a work area tucked neatly under the stairs with built-in desk and shelving.  What a wonderful use of space!  Keep your daily life running smoothly with everything right at your fingertips, but not set out in the middle of the room like many kitchen desks!

The four bedrooms are all on the second floor.  The master suite has a tray ceiling and a private bath.  Separate sinks provide plenty of room for your morning routines.  A single step leads to a whirlpool tub that is separate from the master shower.  The room has neutral tile and will work with any décor.

Backyard

Backyard

As mentioned earlier, the outdoor deck is wonderful.  It is large and covers the majority of the back first level of the home.  It is also wide, allowing for seating and dining areas.  Step down off the deck onto stone pavers in a fenced backyard with well-established landscaping.

Lots of opportunities inside and out to turn this home into your own!

Offered at $290,000

2035 Wenlok Trail
Marietta, GA 30066

Four Bedrooms, Two Full and One Half Baths

Please click here for more photos of the home

Bonnie Johnston, Buckhead Office, REALTOR®

Bonnie Johnston, Buckhead Office, REALTOR®

Bonnie Johnston
Atlanta Fine Homes Sotheby’s International Realty
Direct: 404.784.2991
Office: 404.835.9600

Nancy House, Buckhead Office, REALTOR®

Nancy House, Buckhead Office, REALTOR®

Nancy House
Atlanta Fine Homes Sotheby’s International Realty
Direct: 770.310.3445
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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Featured Home: Inman Park Charmer (Carson Matthews)

August 10, 2010
807 Lake Avenue

807 Lake Avenue

A three bedroom bungalow in Inman Park, could you ask for anything more?  Maybe a renovated three bedroom bungalow with garage and off-street parking?  Well here it is at 807 Lake Avenue!

Loving this neighborhood is easy, finding the perfect home may have been harder, but this most certainly is it.  Originally built in 1920, renovations have added conveniences and more charm.  An addition of a master bedroom and upscale bath give even more serenity to a home that will bring endless joy.

Living Room

Living Room

Welcomed by a front porch swing, step inside to a spacious living room with corner fireplace.  Crisp white trim and natural light give a cheerful demeanor to the home.  Go throw a large cased opening into the dining room and you see into the kitchen via an opening in the back wall with bar seating.  A corner fireplace backs up to the one in the front room and you are happy the current owners did not remove the character during renovation.

Kitchen

Kitchen

The kitchen is absolutely beautiful!  Wood countertops and white cabinetry immediately catch your eye.  Between the stainless steel refrigerator and gas stove there is spectacular storage in glass front stacking drawers.  What a great design element to the space.  The opposite wall of upper cabinets has paned glass front doors adding balance to the space.  A farmhouse sink will make you smile as you think about preparing your first meal here!

Patio

Patio

The back den leads to outdoor living.  A wood deck is home to a grilling and dining area while brick pavers set the stage for an outdoor family room, allowing plenty of room for family and friends and still plenty of space for children to play.  The driveway is gated allowing for extra privacy.

Wake up on Saturday morning and walk to your favorite breakfast or coffee place, then come back home and enjoy your Saturday in your new home that you will undoubtedly treasure and enjoy for years to come.

Offered at $425,000

807 Lake Avenue NE
Atlanta, GA 30307

Three Bedrooms and Two Full Baths

Please click here for more photos of this charming home

Carson Matthews, Buckhead Office, REALTOR®

Carson Matthews, Buckhead Office, REALTOR®

Carson Matthews
Atlanta Fine Homes Sotheby’s International Realty
Direct: 678.595.9286
Office: 404.835.9600

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Featured Home: Perfect House in Heart of Morningside (Ellis Team)

August 4, 2010
750 Wildwood Road NE

750 Wildwood Road NE

A perfect house, a perfect street and a perfect neighborhood!  What else could you ask for, maybe for it to be completely renovated and move-in ready?  Well, that has been taken care of!  The 1945 Morningside home has been renovated so well it was featured in Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles. 

The home may appear small from the outside, but you will certainly see otherwise when you step through the charming green front door.  The colors throughout are soothing and gently move you from room-to-room.  The renovation and design is a well-blended mix of classic and contemporary elements. The home can be utilized as a four bedroom home or as a three bedroom with a den.  

Formal Living Room

Formal Living Room

The main level has a large living room, kitchen with separate dining area, two bedrooms and a sunroom that makes a great home office.  The living room has enough space for plenty of seating and the baby grand that the current owners have in the space. There are two bedrooms on the main level and two on the second level.  All the bedrooms are spacious with the master bedroom being somewhat larger with a private bath. 

Kitchen

Kitchen

The kitchen is a work of art and is an Award-Winning design by Design Galleria.  Clean lines, glass front cabinetry and stainless steel appliances along side large picture windows open the space and captivate.  The kitchen has abundant storage and a built-in bar or beverage station.  There is an eat-at bar that will make cooking and visiting with guests something you will more than look forward to. 

Family Room

Family Room

Frameless showers were utilized in the bathrooms, allowing the custom tile work to take center stage without cumbersome frames to draw the eye away.  Sinks and counters follow the lead of the kitchen design and stay pure to the mixture of classic and contemporary ideals.   The master bath also has a jetted tub that sits in a private alcove.  

The backyard has a large brick patio.  Your imagination can run wild here with all the possible uses for the space.  Additionally, there is off street parking for multiple cars in back.  

What an amazing home.  It is a must see if you are looking in the Morningside area. 

Offered at $675,000 

750 Wildwood Road NE
Atlanta, GA 30324 

Four Bedrooms and Two Full Baths

 Please click here for more photos of this perfect Morningside home

Adam and Patti Ellis, Buckhead Office, REALTOR®

Adam and Patti Ellis, Buckhead Office, REALTOR®

Adam Ellis
Atlanta Fine Homes Sotheby’s International Realty
Direct: 770.355.0549
Office: 404.835.9600

Patti Ellis
Atlanta Fine Homes Sotheby’s International Realty
Direct: 770.366.4658
Office: 404.835.9600

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Featured Home: Wonderful Home in East Cobb (Strama Team)

August 3, 2010
1854 Ebenezer Farm Circle

1854 Ebenezer Farm Circle

Less than five years old and in a wonderful swim/tennis/lake community, the home at 1854 Ebenezer Farm Circle has been priced to sell!  Enjoy the price of a short sale without the hassle of the bank approval process or having to do the work that is typically needed on a short sale property!  It is in wonderful condition inside and out.  

Living Room

Living Room

Hardwood floors shine on the main level and set a lovely stage for dark stained cabinetry and stainless steel appliances in the kitchen.  Granite covers the countertops and a raised bar adding contrasting colors to the space.  The kitchen overlooks a family room and breakfast nook for easy everyday living.

 The master suite is spacious and accommodates king size furniture.  A bay window helps to add additional space for a nice reading area.  The master bath has separate sinks that are divided by a seated vanity space.  Of course a home with this much space has a separate jetted tub and shower, as well as a water closet. 

The master is on the main while you have 4 bedrooms upstairs and another bedroom in the finished terrace level.  The terrace level has a full bath and additional living space.  It would make a wonderful private guest suite or mini-apartment for a college student living at home. 

Off the main level of the house is a back deck and patio area.  With the enjoyable weather Atlanta has year round, you will find many opportunities to use the space.  The backyard also has opportunities for a gorgeous flower garden or possibly the addition of a water feature. 

If you are concerned about schools, the neighborhood is located in East Cobb, where you can take advantage of a great public school system. 

Community Tennis

Community Tennis

Community Pool

Community Pool

Offered at $496,875

1854 Ebenezer Farm Circle
Marietta, GA 30066

Six Bedrooms, Four Full and One Half Baths

Please click here for more photos of this wonderful home

Jack and Doranne Strama, Buckhead Office, REALTOR®

Jack and Doranne Strama, Buckhead Office, REALTOR®

Doranne and Jack Strama
Atlanta Fine Homes Sotheby’s International Realty
Direct: 770.366.4613
Office: 404.835.9600

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Featured Home: Charming Home in Brookwood Hills (Chuck Wood)

August 2, 2010
115 Huntington Road

115 Huntington Road

Brookwood Hills is home to some wonderful houses.  115 Huntington Road is no exception and is your opportunity to move into this fantastic neighborhood.  The home has been well-maintained since being built in 1925.  It is just waiting for you to transform it into your perfect home. 

Living Room

Living Room

There is a roomy living room with a brick fireplace and lots of windows as you enter the house.  Continue through the main level and you find a separate dining room that will seat eight or more and a connecting kitchen and breakfast nook.  The kitchen is very spacious and has two pantries.  The breakfast nook has a gorgeous built-in cabinet with glass front doors on top to showcase glassware or protect prized possessions.  A shelf separates the glass front doors from closed cabinets below.  This is a great addition to the room.  It is easy to imagine a built-in banquet tucked into the corner of the room opposite the cabinet. 

Living Room with Fireplace

Living Room with Fireplace

The three bedroom house has expansion possibilities in the attic and has a partially finished basement with a full bath.  The home will be perfect in size for today and has room to grow with you over the years.  

Breakfast Nook

Breakfast Nook

A bonus of the property is side driveway that leads to a detached two car garage and parking pad in the back of the house.  

Once you visit the neighborhood and see this house you will be excited about your future here.

Three Bedrooms and Three Full Bathrooms
Offered at $520,000

115 Huntington Road, NE
Atlanta, GA 30309

Please click here for more photos of this charming home  

Chuck Wood, Buckhead Office, REALTOR®

Chuck Wood, Buckhead Office, REALTOR®

Chuck Wood
Atlanta Fine Homes Sotheby’s International Realty
Direct: 404.822.8828
Office: 404.835.9600