Archive for October, 2007

Reminder for Fall

Friday, October 26th, 2007

As the weather cools, it’s a good idea to have your furnace serviced.  Ace from Star Enterprise came out and serviced my home’s furnace for $75 today.  Give him a call if you need your furnace serviced.  He can be reached at 678-388-2820.  Or, click here for more HVAC companies. 

Be careful if you own vacant properties

Tuesday, October 23rd, 2007

Several vacant properties have been broken into recently and the thieves take the copper piping in the home.   Lock up those vacant properties and keep your eye on them!

Most Livable Suburbs – Forbes.com

Monday, October 22nd, 2007

How did they choose the top 3 suburbs for Metro Atlanta?  Every suburb was evaluated based on factors ranging from the quality of schools and the size and price of houses to the safety of the neighborhood and the education level of neighbors. Those that performed the best on all five metrics landed on our list of the three best-value suburbs for each city.

1. Lawrenceville  Median home sale price: $262,891

2. Marietta Median home sale price: $278,954

3. Lilburn   Median home sale price: $280,392

A New Heart for Brookhaven

Tuesday, October 16th, 2007

Sembler creates restaurant, retail ‘village’

Atlanta Business Chronicle – by Rachael Tobin Ramos Staff Writer 

Jeff Fuqua, president of retail developer The Sembler Co., is about to bring urban cuisine to the semi-suburban enclave north of Lenox Square.

For the mixed-use project that has been named Town: Brookhaven, Fuqua hopes to create a Virginia-Highland “north,” he said.

He’s lured nearly a dozen local restaurant concepts to his Brookhaven development, including Ray’s on the River, Nuevo Laredo Cantina, Atkins Park Tavern, Rolling Bones Premium Pit BBQ, San Francisco Coffee Roasting Co., The Real Chow Baby: New American Stir Fry, Genki Noodles and Sushi, Sogno Gelato, Raving Brands’ The Flying Biscuit Café and Moe’s Southwest Grill and Mirko Pasta, from a co-owner of the Figo pasta chain.

“I made the decision about 10 months ago not to align ourselves with national tenants,” said Fuqua. He’s also looking for 10 local fashion retailers, such as Bill Hallman.

The 600,000-square-foot, $500 million project in Brookhaven has been changing in response to the neighbors, said Fuqua. The site is on Peachtree Road, adjacent to Oglethorpe University.

Neighbors urged him to shelve plans for a high-rise, and to consider the local restaurant angle, he said, which he has done.

Brookhaven, a wealthy enclave north of Buckhead, for years had little more than a now-closed Jocks & Jills Sports Grill to satisfy the area’s hungry families, empty nesters and 2,000 Oglethorpe University students.

“There were no local, chef-driven restaurants,” said Fuqua.

Recently, the Jocks & Jills became Hudson Grille by Metrotainment Cafes, and several restaurants, including Valenza, have opened on Dresden Drive.

With construction of Town: Brookhaven, nearly 90,000 square feet of restaurants will change the culinary scene.

Open House this Sunday

Thursday, October 11th, 2007

Come on out this Sunday, October 14th, from 2:00-4:00 pm, to see my newest listing in Brookhaven’s Lynwood Park!  Click here for more info about this beautiful new construction home. 

Ten Cities Ready to Bounce Back

Tuesday, October 9th, 2007

This is a great article.  I’m going to abbreviate most of the information. 

Ten Cities Ready To Bounce Back  By Paul Kaihla, CNNMoney.com

The common thread between all these cities is that they’re relatively affordable.  They missed out on the housing bubble, yet they still enjoy steady employment and income growth.  Five of the ten are state capitals with a hefty public payroll.  With the exception of the 3 Texas cities, the big national builders didn’t make significant incursions into these other markets. 

These underappreciated — but soon-to appreciate – housing markets offer real opportunities to the savvy investor.

1.  Dallas-Ft. Worth

2.  Indianapolis

3.  New Orleans

4.  Atlanta
 Projected median sales prices for single-family homes:
 Q1 2008: $177,750
 Q4 2009: $187,640
 Growth: 5.6 percent

“Hotlanta” boasts one of the highest rates of job growth in so-called creative-class occupations in the country.  Why?  It’s the top destination in America for young professionals, a transportation hub (Atlanta’s airport is the busiest in the world), and a place where most Fortune 500 companies maintain a regional presence.  Projections by researchers at the U.S. Census Bureau and Virginia Tech place Atlanta at the center of a “megapolitan” cluster of urban sprawl that will develop over the next quarter-century, encompassing 7 million people.  This points to another nice real estate play:  As buildable land around the city disappears, downtown neighborhoods on the brink of transformation are ripe for investment.  

5.  Montgomery

6.  Memphis

7.  Mobile

8. Austin

9.  Houston

10.  St. Louis

No Outdoor Water Use

Sunday, October 7th, 2007

On September 28, 2007, the Georgia Environmental Protection Division declared a level four drought response for the northern third of Georgia (which includes all of metropolitan Atlanta) on outdoor water use, which prohibits almost all outdoor residential water use.  Cobb, DeKalb, Fulton, and Gwinnett County have followed the recommendations and have banned outdoor watering until further notice. 

Just Listed Today

Thursday, October 4th, 2007

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Lesley’s Just Listed a Beautiful New Construction Home in  Brookhaven today! The address is 3294 Osborne Road.  This home features 4 bedrooms/4.5 bathrooms, a main level side-entry two car garage, gleaming hardwoods, detailed crown and bead board mouldings, a spectacular kitchen with stainless appliances and granite counters, a master suite with an oversized bath and closets, and a fourth bedroom that would make a wonderful au pair/nanny suite!  A full unfinished basement awaits as your family grows!  Call Lesley today to see this beautiful home!   

Under Contract in 9 Days!

Wednesday, October 3rd, 2007

My listing in The Ivys went under contract today after only 9 days on the market!  For more information about this great home, click here!  Contact me and let me show you why Listings with Lesley Don’t Last Long! 

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