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Few Opportunities Remain at Copper Creek and Notting Hill

Atlanta home at Copper CreekOnly a few opportunities remain in the new Ashton Woods Homes communities of Copper Creek and Notting Hill in South Forsyth.

The Wilmington floor plan in Copper Creek is 3,584 square feet with five bedrooms and four baths. A gourmet kitchen with large island overlooks a keeping room with fireplace. Large windows in the two-story family room bring in lovely natural light. The spacious floor plan is a great space for entertaining and is priced at $429,175.

Another desirable option available is the Cambridge plan. Priced at $499,900, this home features 3,606 square feet with lovely tile backsplash in the kitchen and 10-foot ceilings. Located in a gated community, this five bedroom, four bath with a basement home is a must-see! Continue reading

Coming Down to the Wire to Save on Green Home Upgrades

Tax credits for green upgrades expire soonWe are down to the last few days to save on taxes by purchasing energy-efficient upgrades, so don’t delay. The tax experts at the Equifax Finance Blog point out just what it takes to earn the

federal tax credits and offer more great tips, as well!

On December 31, the legislation that gives homeowners a federal tax credit expires so be sure to go out and purchase any energy efficient windows, water heaters, air conditioners, heat pumps and insulation before then. Many cities and states also offer tax credits to homeowners who make energy-efficient home improvements, such as dual-paned windows, solar-powered systems and tankless water heaters. Just like the federal tax credit, you don’t need have everything installed, but you do need to make the purchase before the year ends and let Uncle Sam finance your future energy savings.

These upgrades can make your home both look and feel better, but also save you on month–to-month upkeep and, if you are considering upgrades for putting your home on the market in 2014, can add to your curb appeal. After all, homebuyers love saving money and will value your investment to help them decrease energy costs. Best of all, upgrading now rather than waiting means you get to enjoy the savings, too!

The full article, “

Five Real Estate Tax Tips You Should Know Before 2014” has many more ways you can save on your 2014 taxes, but you better act fast! The Equifax Finance Blog has more information about how to go green and save green, as well as key information on credit scores, retirement planning, budget balancing and much more.

Atlanta Home Builder Caters To Growing Energy-Efficient Buyer Segment

homes for sale in Gwinnett CountyAccording to the latest Profile of Homebuyers and Sellers from the National Association of Realtors, homebuyers are thinking green when it comes to their new home purchase decision. This year’s top priorities for those purchasing a new home included heating and cooling costs, energy-efficient appliances and energy-efficient lighting.

Atlanta home builder Smith Douglas Communities has developed building practices that maximize energy performance for all of its homes. Green features of the builder’s metro Atlanta homes include two-zoned HVAC systems with thermostats for each floor (in two-story homes), low E windows, house wrap, steel insulated high efficiency front and rear doors, 50 gallon electric water heaters and high efficiency insulation.

In addition to building green, Smith Douglas also offers award-winning floor plans designed to meet the needs of today’s buyer. Each home is loaded with features and finishes such as granite countertops and vaulted ceilings in the bedrooms, while also offering buyers the opportunity to customize the plan to include additional layout options. Plus, each Smith Douglas home comes with a 2-10 Home Buyer’s Warranty for added peace of mind.

With more than five communities of Canton and Woodstock GA homes in Cherokee County and another 13 communities of metro Atlanta homes in Forsyth, Gwinnett, Henry and Paulding Counties, homebuyers are sure to find a location convenient to where they live, work and play, an additional key factor among buying decisions.

To learn more about Smith Douglas’ new homes and communities, call 770-485-7086.

Energy Efficient Homes Almost Sold Out in East Cobb

Energy Efficient Homes in AtlantaAshton Woods Homes’ Lassiter Ridge and Mabry Manor communities are almost sold out. Located in East Cobb, find a home convenient to everything!

Only three energy efficient homes in Atlanta remain at Lassiter Ridge. Priced from $599,900, one home features the Cambridge floor plan with 3,606 square feet, six bedrooms, five baths and a full finished basement. Additional features include wide plank hardwoods, guest retreat on the main and a gourmet kitchen. The kitchen boasts a large island, stainless steel appliances, granite countertops, tile backsplash and a butler’s pantry. Also, the owner’s suite on the second level has a sitting room and his and her walk-in closets. Children residing in Lassiter Ridge will attend top ranked schools, such as Lassiter High. Continue reading

Year End Savings at Alderwood

Alderwood family roomAshton Woods Homes is happy to announce year end savings at Alderwood! Located at Roswell and Abernathy Road, purchase an energy-efficient home from this great community and receive $10,000 in FREE design options, a FREE move-in package and $3,500 in closing costs.*

One home, 433 Alderwood Street NW, features the Lenwood floor plan and is priced at $398,514. Interior appointments include a modern fireplace with stone surround, built-in bookshelves, cable railing, maple cabinets, custom island and stainless steel appliances. Upstairs, the master suite has rustic ceiling beams and a mega shower with dual showerheads in the master bath. Continue reading

Buy at Brookleigh Before It’s Too Late

Atlanta home at The Reserve at BrookleighAshton Woods Homes is proud to announce the opening of their Manchester model home at The Reserve at Brookleigh. With their townhomes priced from the mid $300,000s and single-family homes from the mid $500,000s, this community is expected to sell out soon.

The Manchester model home is sure to impress with its 3,084 square feet floor plan and spacious flowing layout. With a gourmet kitchen, formal dining room, built-in bookcases and access to the screened in deck, it’s no wonder people are falling in love with the homes at Brookleigh, but wait there’s more! The master is located on the main floor with a private bath and oversized walk-in closets. Upstairs, visitors will find three large bedrooms and a loft with endless possibilities. Downstairs is a finished basement with a media room and guest retreat. Impress your guests by buying at Brookleigh. Continue reading

Green has Never Been So Chic: Savoy at Brookhaven

Design by Cecconi Simone Inc.Green has never been so chic! Ashton Woods Homes is pleased to announce the opening of two energy-efficient model homes in our newest community, Savoy at Town Brookhaven. Priced from $469,900, these Atlanta new homes were designed by Cecconi Simone Inc., a Toronto-based, full service interior design practice. The grand opening will be held on Saturday, Oct. 5, 2013.

The homes feature the Savoy and Oglethorpe floor plans and both were designed according to their layout and structure. One home will have an eclectic feel, mixing a white and walnut color palette with linens, cottons, reclaimed wood and industrial accents. While the other will have a more traditional feel with rich colors and fabrics such as satin and velvet. Continue reading

Live in Serenity: Provence in South Forsyth

ProvenceAshton Woods Homes’ latest community in South Forsyth is all about serenity. Starting with a setting of rolling hills and beautiful trees to amenities perfect for relaxing, Provence is all you want and more.

Each Atlanta new home at Provence is quality built and energy efficient. One home site will be move-in ready this December. Priced at $404,635, the home features the Brunswick floor plan with 3,007 square feet, five bedrooms and three baths. Interior appointments include a guest suite on the main floor, gourmet kitchen with island, family room with sunroom and two-sided fireplace and a master suite with his and her closets.

After a busy day, chill out by the pool or take a swing on the tennis courts. Don’t worry about your children either, they will attend the highly ranked schools of Shiloh Point Elementary, Piney Grove Middle and South Forsyth High. Continue reading

Energy Efficient Stoney Creek Opening Soon in Woodstock

Stoney CreekAshton Woods Homes’ newest community Stoney Creek opening in August is the perfect place to raise a family. Stoney Creek is only minutes away from Downtown Woodstock, the new Aquatic Center, J.J Biello Park and The Outlet Shoppes of Atlanta. Priced in the low $200,000s, this community is sure to sell out quickly.

Offered in the community will be four very unique floor designs, including the Melrose, Whitmore, Monroe, and Glenwood. Homes will have somewhere around 2,842 to 3,160 square feet and feature four bedrooms with two-and-a-half baths.

The energy-efficient homes are very spacious and there are opportunities for finished basements, third floors and outdoor living. Residents will not only enjoy their home amenities, but also the community cabana, pool and playground located around the charming community clubhouse. Continue reading

Green Atlanta Home Builder Uses Family Farm as Natural Resource

green Atlanta home builderWhen it comes to buying an energy-efficient new home in Atlanta, you want to choose a builder you can trust. Many builders say they can build you a green home, but finding one that actually encompasses earth-friendly qualities in their everyday lives is rare. Brock Built’s dedication to not only building green, but also living green is what makes them stand apart.

In fact, when you purchase a Brock Built home, you can rest assured that all of the natural stone in your new place came from Fox Mountain, which is located on the Brock family farm. The stone is harvested from their property, sifted and carried by dump truck back to Atlanta. Then, their on-site masons hand chisel the stone to make sure every single piece is a unique work of art. Once they are done, the stone is then ready to be used in fireplaces, firepits, home exteriors, landscaping boulders and retaining walls.

In addition to gathering all of their natural stone from the property, the farm is also run completely on solar power. Their solar energy system uses a series of panels to send the energy the home and well require to batteries. And, all of the home’s water is heated through tankless water heaters, which are more efficient in terms of energy and money.

Being committed to an eco-friendly lifestyle is just part of what makes this Atlanta home builder‘s GreenSmart program stand out from others like it. All of their homes are built to high standards for energy efficiency, and they include features such as radiant barrier roofing, spray-on fiberglass insulation, house wrap, high efficiency light bulbs, ENERGY STAR appliances and 14 Seer A/C units.

To learn more about Brock Built’s communities of Atlanta new homes and their GreenSmart program, visit the Brock Built website.