Monthly Archives: September 2011

Atlanta New Homes in Walking Distance to Fun

Atlanta new homesAshton Woods Homes knows that buyers searching for Atlanta new homes want value and convenience in addition to beautiful new homes. That’s why two of it’s communities are mere walking distance to shopping, dining, entertainment and more.

In Smyrna, Brookfield Park at West Village is a true live/work/play community. Restaurants include Blue Moon Pizza, Crepe Revolution, Five Guys Burgers, Lime Taqueria and more. Businesses at West Village include an organic grocer, boutiques, dentist office, gym and salons to name a few. West Village received the Development of Excellence Award from the Atlanta Regional Commission.

Woodstock Knoll is walking distance to downtown Woodstock, accessible by wide sidewalks the entire way. A wide variety of restaurants are located downtown, from Hot Dog Heaven for a quick lunch to fine Italian dining at Ipp’s. Cafés, a pizzeria, gourmet Mexican and more round out the offerings. Salons, boutiques, a bicycle shop, bookstore, yoga studio, painting studio and more provide entertainment and shopping venues for Woodstock Knoll residents.

Woodstock Knoll and Brookfield Park at West Village offer single-family energy-efficient homes. Homes at Woodstock Knoll are priced from the low $200,000s to $500,000s and homes in Brookfield Park at West Village are priced from the high $200,000s.

For more information on these walkable communities, visit the Ashton Woods Homes website.

Think Before You Throw Away

recycle old itemsIf your house seems a bit more cluttered than usual, you might be temped to throw out items you don’t use. However, you may be throwing away money as well. Instead of breaking out the garbage bins, why not have a yard sale? Not only will it be a source of extra income, but it will also be a great way to “recycle” used items.

Equifax Finance Blog writer Mechel Glass shares some tips in her article

Need Extra Cash? Host a Yard Sale.

First, you need to pick a date for the yard sale. Some last for the entire weekend while others are a one-day affair. Once you select the date, make sure and get any necessary approval from your homeowner’s association or local government. Also, some neighborhoods designate a specific weekend or two each year for yard sales and do not allow yard sales at any other time.

Second, try and recruit neighbors to help. Turning your yard sale into a multi-family yard sale can increase traffic and allow for greater advertising.

Third, be sure and promote your yard sale heavily. You can check your local newspaper for yard-sale specific ads. Online sites like Craigslist.org or garagesalesource.com have resources to help with advertising. Be sure to be descriptive about some of the key items you have – baby items, collectibles, furniture, etc. If there are many families taking part in the sale, use terms like “multi-family” or “neighborhood sale” to help let buyers know.

To ensure that your yard sale is a success, be sure and read Glass’ full article.

Help the Planet Move Into a Greener Direction

Saturday, September 24 is Moving Planet Day. What will be your mode of moving?

Moving Planet is a day in which the entire world is asked to make a call for climate action and move beyond fossil fuels.

On that day, people are urged to bike, skate, march, run or walk to send out the message that our climate needs help.

There will be groups moving around national capitals, state houses and city halls, and others hosting their own Moving Planet Day events.

One such organization will be taking participants on a bike tour of metro Chicago real estate that promotes sustainability to the neighborhoods of suburban Oak Park.

You might know that Oak Park, Illinois, was the city in which the greatest architect of the 20th century, Frank Lloyd Wright, spent the first 20 years of his career.

But did you know that the term “organic architecture” — the practice of building a structure to unite seamlessly with the nature around it — is a term that was coined by Wright? The practice is widely used in green building today.

While Wright’s Oak Park home and studio are not on Saturday’s tour, the event is sure to inspire all homeowners to add green initiatives to their own abodes.

To learn more about the Oak Park bike tour or Moving Planet Day, please check out our story at ChicagolandRealEstateForum.com.

Happy moving!

Atlanta New Homes from Ashton Woods Selling Fast

Atlanta new homesHome buyers are flocking to purchase energy-efficient Atlanta new homes in Ashton Woods’ townhome community The Battery on Paces Ferry, with 15 homes sold in just two months. Five homes were sold in July and 10 were sold in August.

While presales are available, Ashton Woods Homes is building showcase homes in anticipation of more home buyers desiring a quick move-in. One home – the Logan – is already underway and is scheduled to be complete in October. Two Providence plans will soon be under construction for January delivery, and a Brighton plan will be build for February completion.

Each townhome at The Battery on Paces Ferry has traditional elevations with brick construction and detailed entry systems. Homes also come standard with two-car garages that include sheetrock finishes. Each townhome is energy-efficient, saving home buyers up to 45 percent on utility bills.

The Battery on Paces Ferry community provides elegant homes in the historic Vinings area that are priced from the low $300,000s. Homebuyers can choose from several unique floorplans that range in size from 2,246 to 3,031 square feet and offer up to three bedrooms and two-and-a-half baths.

For more information on this popular community, visit the Ashton Woods Homes website.