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Dog Friendly Restaurants in Atlanta

Thursday, 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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Is Atlanta A Fit City?

Tuesday, 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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Just Listed :: Beautiful Pine Hills Home!

Friday, May 20th, 2016

3107 Towerview Drive NE Flyer front3107 Towerview Drive NE Flyer back

Welcome Home! Nestled in Atlanta’s popular Pine Hills neighborhood, 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. 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 Buckhead and Midtown restaurants and shopping spots! Highly sought after school district includes Sarah Smith Elementary.

Features:
-Open and expanded kitchen features granite countertops, stainless steel appliances, tile backsplash, breakfast bar, and pantry.
-Formal dining room is perfect for entertaining guests and opens to the formal living room with cozy wood-burning fireplace.
-Spacious family room boasts heated floors and tons of natural light with easy access to the back deck.
-Wood plantation shutters are carried throughout the home.
-Master suite is a true retreat including dual closets and a clean and crisp master bathroom with updated fixtures.
-Additional bedrooms are well-sized and bright with generous closet space.
-A hall bathroom has been completely renovated including a beautiful vanity and luxurious soaking tub.
-Finished basement features beautiful exposed stone, multiple living spaces, extra storage, and spa-like bathroom with double vanity, Jacuzzi tub, and separate shower.
-Huge deck is perfect for outdoor enjoyment and entertaining and overlooks a private and serene backyard.
-Large two car garage easily fits vehicles with extra room for storage. Double driveways provide plenty of parking.
-Wonderful neighborhood amenities including membership at Roxboro Valley Swim Club with a well-maintained pool, tennis courts, and playground.
-Convenient location close to interstates, restaurants, and shopping.

 

 

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Just Listed :: Amazing Loft at The Stacks!

Tuesday, April 19th, 2016

170 Boulevard SE #E003 Flyer front170 Boulevard SE #E003 Flyer back

Welcome home! Historic charm meets modern day luxury in this true loft, giving you an amazing intown Atlanta experience. The wide open, renovated floor plan is just what you’ve been looking for. Easy access to Dekalb Avenue, Freedom Parkway, I-85, and I-20 makes virtually all commutes a breeze. Convenient to all of Atlanta’s finest attractions, you will be in the middle of it all including  prestigious shopping, award-winning restaurants, and exciting nightlife. You’ll also be only minutes from the Beltline, Ponce City Market, Krog Street Market, Grant Park, Inman Park, and much more!

Features:

· Exposed brick walls, concrete floors, and a wood beam ceiling are wonderful architectural details carried throughout.

· An updated kitchen features stainless steel appliances, granite countertops, and sleek glass tile backsplash.

· Separate dining area is perfect for entertaining guests or casual meals at home.

· Living room is bright and open with tons of natural light pouring in from a series of  tall windows.

· The bedroom space is well-sized and includes a great office area with built-in speakers and MP3 docking station.

· The large bathroom features modern fixtures and has  access to a spacious walk-in closet.

· Laundry is conveniently located in the unit and provides additional storage space.

· Wonderful community amenities include gated access, a well-maintained pool, gym, and rooftop terrace with stunning city skyline views.

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Just Listed :: Amazing Buckhead Condo at The Park at East Paces!

Thursday, March 31st, 2016

3635 E Paces Circle NE Flyer Front3635 E Paces Circle NE Flyer Back

Welcome home to this wonderful two bedroom, two bathroom condo in the heart of Buckhead. The open floor plan, custom features, and charming character will never go out of style. The close proximity to Peachtree Road, I-85, I-75, and GA400 makes it convenient to and from any direction. You’ll love having easy access to all of your favorite Buckhead restaurants and shopping spots!  You’ll truly be in the middle of it all!

Features:

· Gleaming hardwood floors, tall ceilings, and gorgeous trim work throughout.

· Kitchen features stainless steel appliances, granite countertops, pantry, and island with breakfast bar.

· The living room boasts a cozy gas fireplace and tons of natural light.

· Separate dining area is perfect for entertaining guests or casual meals at home.

· The master suite features a large walk-in closet and spa-like bathroom with double vanity, garden tub, and separate shower.

· Additional bedroom is well-sized and bright with easy access to the hall bathroom.

· Laundry conveniently located in the unit.

· The private balcony provides additional living and lounging space.

· One deeded parking space and storage unit.

· Wonderful community amenities include a salt water pool, dog park, club room, gym facilities, gated entrance, and secure  building access.

· Great location convenient to interstates, Marta, shopping, restaurants, Lenox Square Mall, and Phipps Plaza!

 

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A Mom’s Guide to Selling Your Home

Thursday, March 24th, 2016

mom in car with baby

Sheer anxiety and stress… That’s the feeling most moms of little ones get when it’s time for selling their home! And, I understand completely.

I’ll never forget the first time we put our home on the market with a little one. We lived in a 1950s 1,400 sq. ft. home in Brookhaven! It was as cute as a button yet provided NO storage space. Every time our house would show, I’d load up the dog, the baby, the exersaucer, and the bouncy seat in the back of my Jeep Cherokee and drive around Ashford Park until the agent’s car was gone. Thankfully, it didn’t last long and I learned a great deal from that experience.

For you moms out there, here are my home selling tips to make showing a home with little ones work…

  1. Rent a storage building! It was my saving grace. Remember that we all survived as children playing with pots, pans and Tupperware. Bring those days back! Our kiddos don’t need 10 buckets of toys to choose from. One will be just fine for a couple of months.
  2. Donate, donate, donate… It’s not just time to remove all the toys that clutter up your home! Get rid of all those appliances you received as wedding gifts you’ve only used once since your big day. You know… that breadmaker that Aunt Sally said you would just love and now you’re gluten free!
  3. Create new habits! If your family doesn’t typically make up the bed every day, now is a great time to start. It only takes 66 days to form a habit. If everyone starts making their bed and putting their clothes away, BOOM! You’ve just accomplished more than listing and selling your home! You’ve transformed a spouse and children that can actually help around the house. That’s a serious win. It shouldn’t all fall on you!
  4. Be flexible! I know, I know… your children nap 2 times a day from 9-11 and 2-4. However, you NEVER know when the right buyer is going to want to see your home. Don’t make them miss it because Susie needs that extra 30 minutes of sleep. Live on the edge for the next month! I bet you’ll find that your little ones can adapt to slight schedules shifts much better than you imagine!

Don’t let the stress of showings with your little ones get you down. Now is the perfect time to sell your home! The last three years have shown the highest home appreciation in U.S. history. And, we’re selling homes in less than 2 weeks on the market on average.

Don’t wait until the market turns and you’re looking at months on the market and less appreciation! Bite the bullet and list today!

Give us a call at 404-419-3619.

Written by Lesley Peters

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Just Listed :: Adorable Condo in Heart of Buckhead!

Thursday, March 17th, 2016

1903 Anjaco Road NW #4 Flyer front1903 Anjaco Road NW #4 Flyer back

Welcome home to this adorable two bedroom, two bathroom condo in the heart of Buckhead. The open floor plan, custom features, and charming character will never go out of style. The close proximity to Peachtree Road, I-85, I-75, and GA400 makes it convenient to and from any direction. You’ll love having easy  access to all of your favorite Buckhead and Midtown restaurants and shopping spots!  You’ll truly be in the middle of it all!

Features:

· Located in a secure access community.

· Kitchen features stainless steel appliances, granite countertops, ample cabinet space, and breakfast bar.

· The main living area is accented by gleaming hardwood floors and includes a nice combination of living and dining area, perfect for entertaining.

· The master bedroom boasts a walk-in closet with custom shelving and spa-like bathroom with double vanity and large walk-in shower.

· Additional bedroom is well-sized and bright with easy access to the hall bathroom.

· Laundry conveniently located in the unit.

· The private balcony provides additional living and lounging space.

· One deeded parking space.

· Great location close to interstates, shopping, restaurants, Piedmont Hospital, and The Beltline!

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Life is a Highway :: The Scoop on ITP vs. OTP

Thursday, March 10th, 2016

I-285 - The PerimeterLife is a Highway, and in Atlanta, that highway is I-285.  I’m pretty sure the letters “ITP” and “OTP” have little to no meaning outside of Atlanta.  However, these three little letters that we say on a daily basis have some of the strongest impact on Atlanta’s real estate and you NEED to know the difference.

When I meet with buyers relocating to Atlanta, the first thing I do is whip out a map and draw a big circle that traces around I-285 – also known as The Perimeter. I then explain that there are essentially two main areas of Atlanta – they are not north, south, east or west, but rather “Inside the Perimeter” and “Outside the Perimeter.” This distinction that probably shouldn’t mean much, actually does, and in a big way.

So what’s the big deal? Well, for one, ITP and OTP aren’t just locations – they are a way of life. Generally speaking, ITP is considered the “cool, hip” area of town. Brookhaven, Buckhead, Midtown, Vinings and Decatur are all ITP, so it makes sense that the area would be seen as very urban, or as one of our buyer’s specialists likes to say, “jivey!” You will find many areas of walkability, attached housing, and an overall city feel.

OTP consists of the major Atlanta suburbs such as Kennesaw, Roswell, Cumming, Alpharetta, Johns Creek, Peachtree Corners, Tucker, Smyrna, etc. Of course, the suburbs of any city are usually known for their more low-key and family centered lifestyles, and that’s no different for Atlanta. The city’s sprawling OTP area is highly sought out for its laid-back feel and great schools.

Another huge difference that one will notice when comparing ITP vs. OTP are the prices and overall value of real estate located either inside or outside of The Perimeter. Homes ITP tend to be more expensive – especially when it comes to price per square footage while homes OTP offer a better value (and usually a larger yard!). However, the payoff comes each morning and afternoon when you make your commute to work. Living OTP and commuting into the city each day via the Perimeter (or any other major interstate in Atlanta) will make you strongly consider purchasing a helicopter to get to the office.

While native Atlantans will tell you that The Perimeter will always be a major defining line for the city, the truth is that you can actually find the great features of each on either side of the road. Downtown Roswell and Smyrna Market Village certainly capture the “in-town” vibe of live-work-play areas outside The Perimeter and great ITP neighborhoods like Virginia Highlands and Brookhaven offer single-family housing in a very family-friendly atmospheres. Truly, there is something for everyone. And with Atlanta being one of the top 10 relocation destinations in the country, ITP or OTP you can’t go wrong!

Inside or outside the Perimeter, let The Peters Company’s expert agents help you find the perfect place to call home. We would love to be your most trusted source for information on Atlanta real estate, and we’ll even share this important tip: Once you’re on I-285 you’ll eventually get right back where you started, so enjoy the ride!

Written by Jennie Moshure, Lead Buyer Specialist

Whether you are looking to buy ITP or OTP, you can easily find what you need with our easy-to-use map view of properties here!

 

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The 5 W’s of Final Walkthroughs

Tuesday, March 8th, 2016

walkthrough blog picAs The Peters Company’s Transaction Coordinator, one of the topics that I get the most questions about is the Final Walkthrough.  And rightfully so! If you’ve never purchased or sold a home before, the final walkthrough can be a little confusing!

Let’s break it down!

Who: Who attends the final walkthrough? The Buyer and their Agent. Occasionally the Listing Agent will also come to the final walkthrough.

Where: Where is the final walkthrough? At the home being purchased/sold.

Why: Why are we doing a final walkthrough? So the Buyer can make sure the property is in the same condition as when they made their original offer to purchase. Also, if any repairs were negotiated to be completed prior to closing, the Buyer and their Agent will make sure those repairs were all completed. The final walkthrough is especially important when the home has been vacant.

When: When do you do the final walkthrough? Prior to closing. Typically the day before or morning of closing. Even when the Sellers will keep possession after closing (for a pre-determined amount of time) it is still important to do the final walkthrough prior to closing.

What: What should you be checking? Here’s a quick list to get you started:

  • Make sure all debris is removed and that the home is in “broom swept condition”
  • Test the heating and air units
  • Open and close all of the windows
  • Turn on and off all of the light fixtures
  • Run the water in every sink and shower. Check the water pressure and for leaks under the sinks
  • Flush the toilets
  • Open and close all of the doors
  • Test all of the appliances
  • Test garbage disposal and exhaust fans
  • Inspect the repairs (if any) that were to be made
  • Look over the ceilings, walls, and floors

How: Most times final walkthroughs are pretty quick.  Unless there were a crazy amount of repairs, it should only take about 15 – 20 minutes.

Now that you’ve made it through the final walkthrough, congrats! You’re on your way to the closing table! If you are looking to buy or sell this year, let The Peters Company hold your hand every step of the way! Call us today at 404-419-3619!

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Food for Thought: Do Health Food Stores Mean Healthy Home Values?

Thursday, March 3rd, 2016

health food storesAs the New Year rolled around, I’m sure we all put some resolutions in place. If I had to guess as to what one of those goals was for most of us, I would say that it’s to eat healthier! It’s no secret that a home’s proximity to a grocery store (and other shopping/retail/restaurants) can impact its value, but does having a health food store nearby have even bigger implications? A recent study by real estate analysis company, RealtyTrac, compared two of our favorite stores (Trader Joes and Whole Foods) in relation to home values and the results might surprise you. Here’s a breakdown of their findings:


Whole Foods

  • Zip codes with only a Whole Foods (no Trader Joes) experienced a 34% gain in home values.
  • Zip codes with only a Whole Foods (no Trader Joes) have an average home value of $561,840.
  • Zip codes with only a Whole Foods (no Trader Joes) paid average property taxes of $5,382.

Trader Joes

  • Zip codes with only a Trader Joes (no Whole Foods) experiences a 40% gain in home values.
  • Zip codes with only a Trader Joes (no Whole Foods) have an average home value of $592,339.
  • Zip codes with only a Trades Joes (no Whole Foods) paid average property taxes of $8,536.

Yes, you read that correctly. Having a Trader Joes nearby actually has a more positive impact on home values than Whole Foods! Honestly, I would have thought just the opposite when comparing their products, prices, etc. After all, I’m sure some of us look at shopping at Whole Foods as more of a luxury than necessity. While growing home values are definitely a good thing, on the downside those higher values usually bring larger property taxes which we can see in this case. It may also make it less affordable for those who want to purchase a home in that area. There are always two sides to the story! For those of us in Metro Atlanta though, both Trader Joes and Whole Foods stores seem to be popping up all over the place. Hopefully that is good news for all of our home values!

If you’re interested in finding a Metro Atlanta home near one of these popular stores let us know! The Peters Company would be happy to help you make a “healthy” home buying decision in 2016! Give us a call today at 404.419.3619! Now excuse me while I go enjoy a glass of Two Buck Chuck!

Written by Heather Thomas, The Peters Company Listing Coordinator

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