Weekend Adventures :: Escape the City

June 28th, 2016

Portrait of couple of hikers in the countryside at summer

Ready to escape the city for a quick get-away? If you live ITP (Inside the perimeter) you are so close to some of Georgia’s greatest hidden treasures. Why travel far when you can hop on 85 North and be at a bed and breakfast on lake lanier, wine tasting or hiking in the great Georgia Mountains? Only an hour away.

Adventure Seekers::

If you are itching to get out into nature and not sure where to go, here are some great options.

 

Rent a boat on Lake Lanier::

Did you know you can rent your own boat, jet ski etc? Click here for a great company I recommend. You can check out different restaurants along the lake and even stop by the Lake Lanier Water Park for the kids. My all time favorite restaurant is Fish Tails. They have a great patio overlooking the marina and live bands.

Go hiking, fishing, biking or camping::

There are so many options to explore here. I will name two of my favorite. Fort Yargo State Park is located in my hometown, Winder, Georgia. The park offers a 260 acre lake, over 20 miles of hiking, running and biking trails, disc golf, tennis courts, basketball courts and playgrounds. This is a great day trip or overnight camping trip. If you want to go even further north, check out Tallulah Gorge State Park. The gorge has six cascading falls that you can hike to.

Indoor Gold and Gem Mining::

On a rainy day, you can go gold panning, gemstone mining and take a tour of a mine. Great activity for the kids. They will have a great time finding treasures and learning. Check out Consolidated Gold Mine in Dahlonega, GA.

Relaxing Weekend::

If you need a vacation and need to unwind, here are some relaxing and rejuvenating places to visit.

Wine Tasting and resort::

At Chateau Elan you can enjoy the spa, a round of golf, wine tasting and an amazing hotel. They offer a variety of dining options. They range from casual to intimate fine dining. My personal favorite is the spa. (Guys, if you are looking for a romantic getaway for your wife, this is the best option!)

Bed and Breakfast::

There are numerous options for Bed and Breakfast. A great website to use is BedandBreakfast.com. If you want to combine bed and breakfast near a winery, check out Wolf Mountain Vineyards and find a place in Dahlonega. Lake Lanier Islands also offers a variety of accommodations. They have a lodge, private villas, lake houses, and campgrounds. When looking for fun and unique places to stay, I personally use Airbnb.com.

Eat at the Dillard House::

If you are looking for comfort food, you have to check out the Dillard House. If you are looking for a family style lunch/dinner with generous portions of southern food, this is a must. This is an easy day trip. It is located very close to other wineries. They also offer accommodations.

As you can see, Georgia has several options so close to home. Please let me know if you ever have any questions at all or would like more recommendations for getaways in Northeast Georgia. Residing in the Northeast part of Atlanta, I can point you in the right direction. Give us a call at 404-419-3619!

Written by Amy Wade, Buyer Specialist, The Peters Company

 

 

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Dog Friendly Restaurants in Atlanta

June 23rd, 2016

BirdieWe recently welcomed a new addition to the Peters family, a 20 lb bird dog/beagle mix we rescued from our favorite animal rescue organization, Angels Among Us. We call her Byrdie because she reminds us of a bird dog and has shown tendencies to point at birds, mice, snakes, you name it. Although I really didn’t want a second puppy dog, Birdie has quickly become a formidable member of the fam.

Lesley and I work quite a bit so we end up going out to dinner a fair amount. Byrdie, like most puppies, suffers from a little separation anxiety. She hates it when we leave. Luckily in Atlanta, we have a host of great restaurants that we can take our four legged friends to.  Here are a few of our favorite outdoor dog friendly restaurant options in the metro Atlanta area:

 

Floataway Cafe -1123 Zonolite Rd NE, Atlanta, GA, US 30306, (404) 892-1414

The Floataway Cafe is one of the most expensive meals I’ve ever had in Atlanta. For a gourmet meal on the patio with your dog, you will be hard pressed to find finer dining than at Floataway. By the way, this is the sister restaurant to Bachanalia, which is widely considered the finest restaurant in the city.

4th and Swift – 621 N Ave NE, Atlanta, GA, US 30308, (678) 904-0160

This is a great Old 4th Ward “new American” foodie spot. Your dog will love the great heated patio and the amazing craft cocktails even better! Much like Floataway, you’re going to dine well here.

Neighbor’s Pub – 752-C N Highland Ave NE, Atlanta, GA, US 30306, (404) 872-5440

In my single days, this was the place to be in Virginia Highlands. Neighbor’s always has great, cold beer on tap with casual pub fare. Your dog belongs here with you, and they have one of the best patios in all of Atlanta.

Kaleidoscope – 1410 Dresden Drive, Suite 100, Atlanta, GA, US 30319, (404) 474-9600

I can’t tell you about my favorites without mentioning K-Pub. This is our family’s go-to spot for a great, casual dinner in our own Brookhaven neighborhood.  We walk here, and they have a killer patio. Your pup will have lots of friends here.

If you are dog folks like us, you can rest easy in Atlanta and have fun with your pet as well as enjoy some of the best food around! The Peters Company wants to help you and your furry friend find a home so give us a call today at 404-419-3619.

Written by Andy Peters

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Just Listed :: Furnished Condo in Brookhaven’s Villa Sonoma!

June 22nd, 2016

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Welcome home! Nestled in the popular Villa Sonoma community, this condo is just what you’ve been looking for. The open floor plan, custom features, and charming character will never go out of style. Being close to I-285 and GA400 makes virtually all commutes a breeze. You’ll also have easy access to the other highways, byways, and activities that make this location such a well loved destination! Being in this booming area also means you can enjoy many nearby restaurants and shopping spots! This condo is truly in pristine, barely lived in condition as the current owners have used it primarily as a second home!

Features:

· Kitchen features stainless steel appliances, granite counters, pantry, and breakfast bar.

· Natural light pours into the spacious living room.

· Tall ceilings and gleaming hardwood floors.

· Bedroom is well-sized and bright.

· Bathroom has a vanity with stone countertop, large garden tub, and spacious walk-in closet.

· Laundry conveniently located in the unit.

· Wonderful community amenities include secure access, a well-maintained pool, clubhouse, gym facilities, and walking trails.

· One deeded parking space (#208).

· Unit comes fully furnished.

· Brand new HVAC in unit.

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Just Listed :: Wonderful Contemporary Near Downtown Roswell!

June 16th, 2016

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Welcome Home! Located on a quiet street in one of Roswell’s most popular neighborhoods, this home is just what you’ve been looking for. The flowing floor plan, custom  features, and  charming character will never go out of style. Easy access to GA400, I-285, and Roswell Road makes virtually all commutes a breeze. You’ll also enjoy being only minutes from many restaurants and shopping spots in nearby downtown Roswell! Outdoor enthusiasts will love being close to multiple parks and the Chattahoochee River!

Features:

  • Kitchen features ample cabinet space, stainless steel appliances, granite counters, pantry, breakfast area, and     office nook.
  • Formal dining room is perfect for entertaining guests or hosting holiday gatherings.
  • Spacious living room boasts a vaulted ceiling and cozy gas starter fireplace.
  • Master suite is a true retreat including a vaulted ceiling and huge walk-in closet.
  • Master bathroom has a double vanity, jetted tub, and separate  shower.
  • Additional bedrooms are well-sized and bright.
  • Finished basement provides tons of additional living and lounging space and has a half bathroom.
  • Two car garage easily fits vehicles and has a work shop with extra storage.
  • The back deck is perfect for outdoor enjoyment and entertaining.
  • Wonderful location convenient to shopping, restaurants, parks, and more.
  • Fresh exterior paint!
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Time for a Family Beach Home?

June 16th, 2016

Mary Kay Andrew Beach Town signSummer rolls around and I start reading the latest Mary Kay Andrews beach novel and dreaming of spending my summer on the beach with my children like one of those wealthy characters in her books. Then, I wake up! I have a job and no family beach home! So, I just keep reading and wishing and hoping…

Does that sound like you? Have you always dreamed of your very own beach home? Well, I have! And, guess what? Owning a beach house can be more than just summer enjoyment for your family – it can be an excellent investment decision.

You know by now that I’m a real estate junkie! So, for fun – I’m always searching for second homes on the cheap! And, in my research, I’ve found that many beach homes could actually give me a pretty sweet ROI annually (even if I do use it personally a few months each year).

In fact, last year, I found an amazing home on one of my favorite beaches in Florida where the mortgage, taxes, and insurance each year could be paid by the annual rental income! Yep, you got that right! So, my only out of pocket expense would be my down payment! And, heck… if I decided I wanted to sell out in 10 years, the appreciation and rental income alone would prove better than me playing the stock market!

If you’re wondering, we didn’t buy that beach home. We were late to the punch- it sold before we could make a move! So, I’m still reading those sappy romance novels and hoping that I will have a beach home of my own one day. Hopefully, though, our beach home will prove to be a little less drama-filled than Mary Kay Andrews novels!

If you’ve been thinking of buying a beach home of your very own, we can help! We have connections with real estate agents all across the country and would love nothing more than to make an introduction.

In a cottage by the sea is where I’d like to be. Sound like you too? Give us a call today! 404-419-3619

Written by Lesley Peters

 

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Just Listed :: Updated Ranch in Brookhaven’s Drew Valley!

June 15th, 2016

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Welcome Home! This home, nestled on a large corner lot in Brookhaven’s popular Drew Valley  neighborhood, is just what you’ve been looking for!    Originally built in 1954, this great home takes what’s old, restores it, and makes it so much better thanks to a series of wonderful updates. The flowing floor plan and charming  character will never go out of style. The close proximity to Peachtree Road, I-85, and GA400 makes it convenient to and from any direction. You’ll also enjoy being close to all of your favorite Brookhaven hot spots including Town Brookhaven and the ever so popular Village Place Brookhaven!

Features:

  • The updated kitchen features ample cabinet space, granite counters, stainless steel appliances, pantry, and a breakfast bar.
  • Separate dining area is perfect for entertaining guests or casual meals at home.
  • Spacious living room boasts neutral colors, plenty of natural light, and a vaulted exposed beam ceiling.
  • All bedrooms are well-sized and bright.
  • The updated bathroom features a double vanity and large garden tub.
  • Gleaming hardwood floors are carried throughout.
  • Large laundry room has a sink and provides extra storage.
  • The deck, screened-in porch, and patio are ideal for outdoor enjoyment and entertaining.
  • Convenient location close to interstates, restaurants, and shopping.
  • New roof!
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Just Listed :: Gorgeous Traditional in Alpharetta’s Windward!

June 9th, 2016

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A great place to call home! Nestled on a quiet cul-de-sac street in the popular Windward Community, this Executive home offers three levels of living at its finest. The open floor plan, custom features, and charming character will never go out of style. You will love being close to everything with easy access to the highways, byways, shopping, and restaurants surrounding this incredibly desirable community. Highly sought after area schools include Creek View Elementary, Webb Bridge Middle, and Alpharetta High! Amazing amenities includes The Windward Lake Club with swimming, tennis, and lake/marina access as well as Golf Club of Georgia which is perfect for golf enthusiasts.

Features:

· Greeted by a two story foyer and gleaming hardwood floors, this home is inviting and open.

· No detail was missed in the gourmet kitchen which features granite countertops, an oversized peninsula with breakfast bar, walk-in pantry, breakfast room, and office nook.

· The formal dining room is perfect for entertaining guests and can accommodate furniture of any size.

· The spacious family room is complete with a soaring ceiling, built-in bookcases, gas fireplace, and a wall of windows that natural light pours through.

· The formal living room would be perfect as a home office or study and provides additional living space.

· A bedroom and full bathroom on the main level are ideal for guests.

· The luxurious master suite is a true retreat including a multi-tiered trey ceiling, sitting area, and cozy fireplace.

· The spa-like master bathroom features dual vanities, jetted tub, separate shower, and oversized walk-in closet.

· Additional upstairs bedrooms are well-sized and bright with attached bathrooms.

· The finished terrace level features additional living space with built-in bookcases, bonus room, full bathroom, and an unfinished area that provides tons of storage.

· A three car garage easily fits your vehicles along with providing extra storage space.

· A large deck and patio lead out to the wonderful backyard overlooking the 18th Fairway.

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Is Atlanta A Fit City?

June 7th, 2016

Tpicture of a fitness classIn a 2015 study by the ACSM American Fitness Index, Atlanta (and surrounding areas) ranked 14th out of 50 cities. Not too shabby! Some of the areas we excelled in were: more park playgrounds, golf courses, recreation centers, swimming pools and tennis courts per capita.  We do, however, have some room for improvement. Atlanta has a high percentage of obese people, lower levels of physical education classes offered, and a lower percentage of people meeting the CDC aerobic activity guidelines.

With 2016 almost half over, how are your “New Year’s Resolutions” coming? If fitness was one of your goals (like mine!) you might find yourself starting to slack on your goals or maybe you gave up a long time ago! I urge you to not give up so easily! Re-energize and refresh your workouts by trying something new.

Yoga :: If you have never tried yoga or maybe gave it a ½ effort try one time, go give it another try. Not only is yoga good for the physical body, it can help you mentally and emotionally as well. Infinity Yoga has studios in Brookhaven, Dunwoody, and now in Old 4th Ward and offers a new student special of 30 days for $30.  You can’t beat it.

Crossfit :: I understand that many people are afraid of crossfit and I’ll agree it’s not for everyone. But everyone can do it. Finding a crossfit gym that suits you, is just like shopping for a new car.  You must test drive them.  Not every gym is the same and you just have to find the one that feels right for you.  The workouts can all be scaled to everyone’s fitness levels, ensuring you are getting a great workout, but not over doing it.  With workouts always changing in/out aspects of gymnastics, weightlifting, cardio, and plyometrics, I promise you’ll never get bored! Most crossfit gyms will allow you to try a class for free, but call to double check before you go.  For more information about crossfit and a full list of Atlanta area gyms, click

Running :: Running isn’t my favorite thing, so I run “intervals”. Intervals are periods of time or distances that are ran faster (sprint) and then you return to your normal running pace.  You repeat this throughout your entire run.  I often change my intervals to keep them exciting.  For example: If I was running on the treadmill, I might run 3 min at a normal pace, then sprint for 1 min and repeat.  Or I might run a specific distance at speed 5, then speed 6, then speed 7, back to speed 5 and repeat.  Before you know it, your 3 miles (or whatever you’re running that day!) will be over! Looking for friends to run with? Check out The Atlanta Track Club.

If you’re looking for an area of town to live in that makes being fit and healthy super easy, call The Peters Company today at 404-419-3619.

Written by Katelyn Sheffield, The Peters Company Transaction Coordinator

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The Peters Company official YETI® COOLER contest rules:

June 1st, 2016

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May The Best Selfie Win!
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Whether you are around the globe or just around town this summer, keep your drinks cool with our snazzy koozie and make sure to take a selfie.

Get creative, funny, inspirational or whatever floats your boat… the BEST entry wins!

(Entries can be posted on instagram, facebook or twitter)

1. Must use both hashtags to qualify.

2. Must like/follow us on at least one of our platforms:

Facebook: The Peters Company
Twitter: @thepetersco
Instagram: thepeterscompany

3. Must be able to pick up your YETI® cooler at our Brookhaven office.

4. No offensive pictures allowed!

5. No entry limits!

Contest begins May 27th and ends August 31, 2016. Winner will be posted on our Facebook page Thursday, September 2nd, just in time for Labor Day!

If you haven’t received your official Peters Company Contest Koozie contact kimber@thepeterscompany.com with your name and address an we’ll get it right out to you!

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Just Listed :: Updated Condo in Smyrna’s Country Park!

May 27th, 2016

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Welcome home! Country Park is a wonderful community in the incredibly popular and fast growing Smyrna area of Cobb County. The open floor plan, custom features, and charming character of this condo will never go out of style. The close proximity to I-285 and I-75 makes it convenient to and from any direction. You’ll also have easy access to the other highways, byways, and activities that make this location such a well-loved destination. You will certainly enjoy being only minutes to Smyrna Market Village, Vinings shopping, several city parks, and SunTrust Field (future home of the Braves).

Features:
-New hardwood floors and custom wood blinds are carried throughout.
-Kitchen features ample cabinet and counter space with a pass-through to the living room.
-The spacious living room boasts beautiful built-in bookcases and a cozy gas starter fireplace.
-Separate dining area is perfect for entertaining guests or casual meals at home.
-A sunroom is light and bright and would be ideal as a home office.
-The master suite features dual walk-in closets and an updated master bathroom.
-Second master bedroom creates a perfect roommate floor plan and has a large walk-in closet and attached bathroom.
-Laundry conveniently located in the unit.
-The deck provides great outdoor space.
-Wonderful community amenities include a well-maintained pool and tennis courts.
-Great location convenient to interstates, shopping, and restaurants.

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