Posts Tagged ‘Relocation’


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


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.


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


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.