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Hunting for Houses in Virginia-Highland, Atlanta

Originally developed in the early 1900s as a “streetcar suburb” of a then-much-smaller Atlanta, the neighborhood of Virginia-Highland, today, is one of the most popular and coveted Intown neighborhoods in the metro area. “VaHi” (as the locals call it) consists of four commercial “villages” surrounded mainly by shady streets and gorgeous bungalows. Add to this combination a close proximity to Piedmont Park and a year-round calendar of events, and you have an incredibly appealing sense of community with eclectic shopping, fine dining and park space. Plus, with the recent addition of access to the emerging Atlanta BeltLine, one of Atlanta’s most walkable neighborhoods just became even more so. Needless to say, vacant homes in VaHi are a commodity given the […]

How Mixed-Use Developments Are Shaping Atlanta’s Future

If you have lived in or near Atlanta for any length of time, you have perhaps observed the change. For the past decade or so, our cityscape has been dotted with an increasing number of mixed-use developments — buildings and complexes combining residential, retail, office, recreational and sometimes cultural uses in one building or locale. From High Street in Dunwoody to Ponce City Market in Old Fourth Ward to the string of many other complexes springing up along the developing Atlanta BeltLine, mixed-use developments are becoming an integral part of Atlanta’s landscape, providing a blend of urban convenience and luxury living that attracts thousands of businesses and residents alike. Mixed-use buildings aren’t a new concept: in fact, in a way, […]

Why Emerging Affluents Choose to Buy Homes in Midtown, Atlanta

As young adults in their 20s and early 30s (commonly called millennials”) continue to be a dominating force in the real estate market these days, we’re seeing a growing number of these emerging affluents choosing to buy homes in Midtown, Atlanta. Between this area’s convenience, walkability and upscale urban appeal, Midtown has recently become a “hotspot” for up-and-coming young professionals looking to further their careers, start families, etc. What is it about this neighborhood that is attracting these emerging affluents? We’re taking a look at a few of the key factors driving this trend. The draw of a city lifestyle While recent research has shown an increasing number of the millennial generation gravitating toward the suburbs, the fact remains that […]

Why People Are Buzzing About Smyrna, Georgia Real Estate

Located just northwest of Atlanta about a half-hour’s drive from Downtown, the suburb of Smyrna, Georgia has been experiencing a recent surge in popularity as more Atlanta-metro home buyers have been flocking to the area looking for their next home. What is fueling this newfound interest in this city of 56,000, and why are people now buzzing about Smyrna, Georgia real estate? Let’s look at a few factors driving the market right now. More home for the money While home values are on the rise all over the metro, Smyrna has re-emerged as a haven of affordability, at least for now. With homes in nearby areas like Vinings and Buckhead typically exceeding the $1 million mark, Smyrna enjoys median home […]

5 Tips for Buying Atlanta Condos

Given the rise in popularity of the Intown “urban” lifestyle — especially among emerging affluent young adults — it should come as no surprise that luxury Atlanta condos have been experiencing a surge in recent years. From smaller boutique complexes featuring rooftop living to soaring high-rises with breathtaking views, a luxury condo for many people represents city living at its finest. And yet, owning a condo is not quite the same as owning a single-family home. There are significant differences in what your dollar buys, how your home maintains its value and what extra living costs you should expect. While these are neither good nor bad compared to owning a house, it’s important to know, and embrace, these differences so […]