Posts Tagged ‘Living in Atlanta’


Sunday Sneak Peek: Best neighborhood farmer’s market

June 14, 2010

Welcome to our new weekly blog feature: Sunday Sneak Peek!   Each Sunday we will feature a “Best of Atlanta”-where will explore some well-known and lesser known gems that make our home in Atlanta such a fine city to live in!

When surveying the Atlanta Fine Homes team on the best neighborhood farmer’s market,   Margaret Rodbell, Mike Bugg, Sandra Carey and Jenny Pruitt all raved about the:

Peachtree Road Farmers Market at Cathedral of St. Phillips
2744 Peachtree Road, NW
Atlanta, Georgia 30305
April 10, 2010- December 18, 2010
April – August: 8:30 am to 12:30 pm
Sept. – December: 9 am to 12:30 pm

With a vendor list eight pages long, you are sure to find something sweet, something organic, something fresh and something even for your furry friend here!  Plenty of parking!

Peggy Hibbert , a native Atlantean and agent in the Buckhead office,  had no problem identifying her favorite: “The farmer’s market in Virginia Highland/Morningside is FABULOUS!  It’s been going for a long time, so there are a lot of participants with great quality and diversity of choice.  Of course, the produce is amazing; there is also organic meat, flowers, handmade items, i.e., soap and bath salts, cooking classes, etc.  The restaurant adjacent to the market, Rosebud uses the produce in their menu and when you’re finished browsing the market, you can cross the street to Alon’s, the best French bakery in town and get a cinnamon twist and great coffee.   Just one more reason why people love living in VaHighland/Morningside.”

Adrian Smith loves to shop locally and enjoys the many options that Atlanta offers to buy organically.    She  highly recommends The Piedmont Park Green Market. “They always have live music playing, a wide variety of veggies, cheeses, meats, some dairy products and even doggie treats! There are tons of dogs around (all on leashes of course). They also have handmade jewelry and other custom crafts, all being local! There are even live cooking demonstrations, as well as coffee and delicious morning treats like danishes and such to munch on while you’re shopping. The farmer’s have mostly been the same ones selling there for years. It’s nice to feel like you have a relationship with the people who are growing your food. Then, you can take a walk through Piedmont Park once you’re done shopping. Who doesn’t love that? I don’t think you have to be certified organic to sell food at this market, which is nice because there are so many wonderful farmers that don’t have the money to go through the certification process, but practice growing everything naturally and most of them would be glad for you to come out to the farm and see for yourself.”

For a listing of all Georgia Farmer’s markets check out this site.

Which Farmer’s Market do you love?   Let us know!


Atlanta is the best city for new grads

May 10, 2010

From the Atlanta Business Chronicle

Atlanta is the No. 1 city for new college grads to find affordable apartments.

According to the third annual and “Top 10 Best Cities for Recent College Graduates,” Atlanta is the best place with an average rent price of $723 for a one-bedroom apartment.

Atlanta was followed by Phoenix, Denver, Dallas, Boston, Philadelphia, New York, Cincinnati, Baltimore and Los Angeles.

“Finding an affordable apartment and a good job may determine where to live, but it’s also important to look at cities offering the culture and lifestyle these young adults enjoy,” said Tammy Kotula, spokeswoman, in a statement. “With so many factors to consider, we want to provide new grads with a reliable resource to help them make informed decisions about these important next steps.”


Is Atlanta a “fun” place to live? (Natalie Ransom)

May 1, 2010

Are you having fun yet, Atlanta?

Natalie Ransom, Buckhead Office, REALTOR®

Natalie Ransom, Buckhead Office, REALTOR®

According to a recent study by Atlanta Business Chronicle sister publication, Atlanta is a moderately fun city, ranking 34th out of 100 American cities.

A comprehensive formula was created to evaluate the opportunities for fun in the nation’s 100 largest markets. And according to the study, Atlanta is a great place to shop, but not so fun for those into sports and gambling.

The process began with the collection of federal statistics for 14 relevant types of businesses, from retail stores and restaurants to gambling casinos and golf courses. Each market was graded on both the volume (total number) and the concentration (rate per 100,000 residents) of such businesses.

Results were then grouped in seven broad categories of fun: shopping, food and drink, culture, popular entertainment, gambling, and high-impact and low-impact sports. The best scores went to markets that performed well in a wide array of categories.

Atlanta placed 18th for shopping, 30th for food and drink, 35th for culture, 37th for popular entertainment, 56th for gambling, 40th for high-impact sports and 42nd for low-impact sports.

The top cities for fun, in order, are New York, Chicago, Boston, Miami, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Seattle, Portland (Maine), Philadelphia and Minneapolis.

Click here to see the full interactive list of cities.

Read more: Atlanta a fairly fun city – Atlanta Business Chronicle:


Atlanta Shines for Business (Leigh Massey)

April 1, 2010
Leigh Massey Relocation Director

Leigh Massey Relocation Director

Atlanta has long-since been recognized as a great place to live, in part for our low cost of living.  Now, Atlanta is also among the least expensive cities for business.  KPMG LLP announced a study this week in which Atlanta ranked the second most cost-effective U.S. city for business. 

The study evaluated cities around the world on both cost and non-cost factors.  Competitive business operating costs helped to push Atlanta to the top of the list.  These costs include office leasing, accessibility to transportation, favorable corporate tax rates, and costs of labor and benefits.  Non-cost factors include quality of life, availability of skilled labor, regulatory environment and overall competiveness. 

Several companies realized the benefits of Atlanta last year and moved either all or part of their operations to our city: NCR, First Data, CBeyond, and Dedreon Corporation, just to name a few.  Atlanta is well poised for a bright future as it continues to be an ideal home not only for its citizens but also for its businesses. 

Source: Competitive Alternatives study, KPMG LLP


Atlanta the sixth-best singles city

July 30, 2009
Natalie Ransom, Realtor & Founding Partner

Natalie Ransom, Realtor & Founding Partner

Submitted by Natalie Ransom, REALTOR®

Atlanta fell from being the best place in America to be a single guy or gal last year to the sixth-best in 2009, according to

“Atlanta’s got a lot going for it, from the low cost of living — the average one-bedroom apartment costs between $500 and $700 — to cultural events in Piedmont Park as well as a vibrant music scene,” the magazine noted.

The list, which debuted in 2001, annually ranks 40 of the largest U.S. cities by several factors including “coolness,” cost of living, culture, job growth, online dating participation, nightlife and ratio of singles to the total population of the metro area. Data came from the research firm Harris Interactive (NASDAQ: HPOL), the U.S. Census Bureau, AOL CityGuide and Moody’s.

Atlanta landed in first place for cost of living, third for projected job growth from 2009-2014, 17th for coolness, 25th for culture, fifth for online dating, 20th for nightlife and 19th for ratio of singles to the total population of the metro area.

How ranked the best cities for singles:

To generate our list, we ranked 40 of the largest continental U.S. metropolitan statistical areas in seven different categories: coolness, cost of living alone, culture, job growth, online dating participation, nightlife and the ratio of singles to the entire population of the metro. Each metro was assigned a ranking of 1 to 40 in each category, based on quantitative data, and all categories were weighted equally. The ranks were then totaled to determine the final rankings.

A metropolitan statistical area (MSA) is a geographic entity defined by the U.S. Office of Management and Budget for use by federal agencies in collecting, tabulating and publishing federal statistics. The rankings for each measured category appear below; for a complete explanation of the methodology, click here.


Rank City Living Cost Job Growth 2009-2014 Coolness Culture Online Dating Nightlife Singles
1 New York City 22 37 1 4 1 4 3
2 Boston 12 34 9 2 5 11 2
3 Chicago 14 17 8 15 3 12 12
4 Seattle 23 8 4 13 5 8 20
5 Washington D.C. 20 12 7 9 3 28 8
6 Atlanta 1 3 17 25 5 20 19
7 San Francisco 16 27 3 19 5 19 4
8 Los Angeles 18 29 11 30 2 16 1
9 Milwaukee 9 38 29 7 14 2 11
10 Philadelphia 33 25 23 6 5 13 5

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Georgians see stimulus plan as jobs bill

January 26, 2009

David Boehmig, President/Founder

David Boehmig, President Founder

Submitted by David Boehmig, President/Founder.

Article taken from Atlanta Business Chronicle – by Dave Williams Staff Writer

President Barack Obama’s economic stimulus plan would get more roads repaired in Georgia, more houses sold and more solar panels installed.

But in a state saddled with an unemployment rate of 7.5 percent, the highest in more than 25 years, the stimulus package making its way through the Democratic Congress is really about more jobs.

“It would put a lot of people back to work,” said Mike Kenn, president of Georgians for Better Transportation, a lobbying group for companies in the transportation industry, including highway contractors. “It would be a real quick shot in the arm.”

That economic boost can’t come soon enough for Georgia. First-time unemployment claims filed by out-of-work Georgians soared by 174 percent last month compared with December 2007, a statistic state Commissioner of Labor Michael Thurmond described as “stunning and sobering.”

Since the housing slump has been a major contributor to the recession, real estate professionals are hopeful that tax credits for home buyers will be a key component of the stimulus package.

Georgia lawmakers already are poised to take up legislation that would offer housing tax credits at the state level, but the federal government could bring far more resources to the table.

“Housing can help lead the country out of the current economic crisis,” said David Boehmig, president of Atlanta Fine Homes Sotheby’s International Realty.

To read the article in its entirety from the Atlanta Business Chronicle, please click here.


Decatur Highlights, Part One

January 21, 2009
Frank Wynne Founding Partner

Frank Wynne Founding Partner

I live in Decatur and much of my business is within the 30030 zip code.  What many of my clients like about Decatur, Georgia is that it feels like a small town.  They are right.  Decatur, Georgia is a small town (under 20,000 people).  This small city is run by neighbors who are held to their word by a very involved, outspoken and rather quick to the polls, townspeople.  What is unique is that the City of Decatur is located, inside the Perimeter making Decatur well within the major metropolitan area of Atlanta, Georgia, one of the nation’s largest metropolitan areas.  Therefore, the City of Decatur offers the best of both worlds.  The delight of small town atmosphere coupled with sophistication of a major urban community.

The Atlanta Journal Constitution printed a quote regarding Decatur a few years ago that went something like “Decatur… where Mayberry Meets Berkeley”   And it seems to be true, Decatur does possess a liberal flavor,  bumper stickers declare:  “Decatur: A bright Blue spot in a very Red state.” A college town: The Emory University campus to the West, the Columbia Seminary campus to the East and Agnes Scott College campus in the heart of Decatur, the community is anchored in education.
While none of these academic institutions is particularly liberal, the student and professor presence and the academic overtone most likely due to the academic influence within the city fosters an environment of acceptance and creativity that is more embraced today than ever.