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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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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

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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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The Aberdeen hosts Grand Opening Celebration

August 5, 2010

On June 23rd over 150 guests gathered to celebrate the opening of  The Aberdeen.   The father-and-son duo Taz and Geoff Anderson of Taz Anderson Realty Company who are the developers of The Aberdeen,a  14-story  luxury residential high-rise in Vinings along with Atlanta Fine Homes Sotheby’s International Realty, who is the exclusive marketing firm for the Aberdeen hosted the event. 

To celebrate the opening, the Shepherd Center was presented with a special contribution and dedicated proceeds from the event’s silent auction to the center’s programs.  

The Shepherd Center co-founders Alana and Harold Shepherd and their son James, was the inspiration for the nationally acclaimed treatment and research center for spinal cord and related injuries and illness and the Medical Director Dr. Don Leslie were honored guests at the Grand Celebration. 

Linda and James Shephard, a co-founder of Shepherd Center and the inspiration for its establishment, with Jenny Pruitt, CEO and David Boehmig, President of Atlanta Fine Homes Sotheby's International Realty and Shepherd Center Medical Director Dr. Don Leslie

Linda and James Shephard, a co-founder of Shepherd Center and the inspiration for its establishment, with Jenny Pruitt, CEO and David Boehmig, President of Atlanta Fine Homes Sotheby's International Realty and Shepherd Center Medical Director Dr. Don LeslieExecutive Director Scott Sikes, Atlanta Fine Homes Sotheby's International Realty's Beverly Ricker, Senoir VP Nancy See, and President David Boehmig and Anne Schwall look on as the Putt Against the Pro Contest on The Aberdeen's private putting green began.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
From Left, Mike Bugg and Ansley Fetz of Atlanta Fine Homes Sotheby's International Realty Skyrise Group, and Shephard Center's Gary Ulicny, President and CEO;Bonnie Hardage, director of major gifts, and Dean Melcher, director of annual gifts

From Left, Mike Bugg and Ansley Fetz of Atlanta Fine Homes Sotheby's International Realty Skyrise Group, and Shephard Center's Gary Ulicny, President and CEO;Bonnie Hardage, director of major gifts, and Dean Melcher, director of annual giftsHonored guests Harold and Alana Shepherd and co-hosts and Aberdeen developer's Geoff and Taz Anderson of Taz Anderson Realty

Shepherd Center Foundation Executive Director Scott Sikes, Atlanta Fine Homes Sotheby's International Realty's Beverly Ricker, Senior VP Nancy See, President David Boehmig and Anne Schwall look on as the Putt against the Pro Contest on The Aberdeen's private putting green began

Shepherd Center Foundation Executive Director Scott Sikes, Atlanta Fine Homes Sotheby's International Realty's Beverly Ricker, Senior VP Nancy See, President David Boehmig and Anne Schwall look on as the Putt against the Pro Contest on The Aberdeen's private putting green began

Honored guests, Harold and Alana Shepherd and co-hosts and Aberdeen devolopers Geoff and Taz Anderson of Taz Anderson Realty.

Honored guests, Harold and Alana Shepherd and co-hosts and Aberdeen devolopers Geoff and Taz Anderson of Taz Anderson Realty.

 

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New SiteSeer3D version provides cutting-edge technology

August 3, 2010

Atlanta Fine Homes Sotheby’s International Realty is thrilled to offer our agents and in turn their clients  an impressive new tool that provides cutting-edge technology in marketing listings in 3D (web, print and video).  The new version of SiteSeer3D provides buyers with a virtual helicopter tour of real estate listings and their neighborhood.

Version 3 significantly expands the capabilities of SiteSeer3D to include:

  • automated tours of listings in 3D
  • 3D video tour generation
  • 3D landscape customization
  • sharing of listings using social media and e-mail

Tour Listings in 3D
Buyers and agents can run a standard property search and preview the results simply by clicking on the “Tour Listings” button.  This new feature virtually flies around each property and includes a slide show of interior and exterior photos for each.  See what this cool tool will do! View an example 3D property tour.

Create 3D Videos
Agents can now share 3D video tours of listings with their clients and use 3D videos to market listings.  Brokerages can put their flat panel displays to better use by marketing their listings in 3D.  Agents and brokers can run a search and request a tour video of the results by simply clicking on the movie camera icon.  3D videos can even be added to websites and posted to YouTube.  View an example 3D video.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Customize your 3D Landscape
Now agents can customize their 3D landscape with information that is important to buyers, but may be difficult to visualize. 

Share Listings with Social Media and Buyers
SiteSeer3D Version 3 makes it easier to share property information and tours using e-mail and social media. Agents can email listing to buyers and post property tours on their favorite social media sites.  Buyers can share homes they are interested in with their trusted network.

These new features were developed as the result of customer input on ways to make SiteSeer3D more powerful and easier to use.

Working with the team at GeoData has been a real pleasure”, stated David Boehmig, President and Founder of Atlanta Fine Homes.  “The software performs as promised and has been a real differentiator for our agents and clients.  Suggestions for enhancing SiteSeer3D are always well received and many have been implemented into Version 3.  It’s like having your own web development team on staff!  We couldn’t be more pleased with SiteSeer3D.”

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St. Regis obtains new financing

July 29, 2010
Jenny Pruitt, CEO and Founder

Jenny Pruitt, CEO and Founder

From Atlanta Business Chronicle

 The developers of the St. Regis Atlanta have obtained new financing from blue chip investment bank Morgan Stanley, a rare sign of confidence in Atlanta’s commercial real estate market.

 The deal replaces $176.5 million in financing from Morgan Stanley Mortgage Capital Holdings. The loan was originated in October 2006 to develop the St. Regis Atlanta, the 16th hotel for the historic chain, which was founded by John Jacob Astor in New York City.

The debt that financed the construction of the St. Regis Atlanta would have come due in October, according to Databank Inc., a firm that tracks real estate transactions in Atlanta.

 The development team behind the St. Regis declined to discuss the Morgan Stanley deal, but partner Kent Levenson said the original debt secured by the 26-story building involved “extremely complex financial structures.”

 The new financing involves an undisclosed investment of new equity into the St. Regis, which includes 53 high-end homes and 151 hotel rooms overlooking West Paces Ferry Road, near the intersection with Peachtree Road.

 The deal was struck despite deep problems facing the country’s luxury residential and hotel sectors amid a slow recovery from the Great Recession.

 Developers have seen real estate prices collapse since the peak, putting their buildings under water. At the same time, much of that financing is coming due amid a much stricter lending climate, forcing borrowers to put significant equity into their projects to refinance, or risk seeing those properties go back to the banks.

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