Basements Increase Urban Living Spaces

Home owners in crowded cities are digging deep to find space for a subterranean extra bedroom or family room.

Plans have to be carefully drawn by an engineer. “The most dangerous point is when you have the whole basement dug out, and it is supported on dirt,” says builder David Perez. If it rains, the house can collapse, taking a neighbor’s home with it.

The process is also expensive and time consuming – one Washington, D.C. excavation contractor estimates that a 700-square-foot basement excavated three feet down and carefully supported would cost about $44,000 before any finish work is done. But some home owners say it is worthwhile, because there simply isn’t any other way to increase the size of their homes.

Source: The Washington Post, Elizabeth Festa 

PEDS: Fix Atlanta Sidewalks

I must  admit, walking more and now bike riding, has allowed me to notice and empathize with those who are without  a car and those who preference public transportation. Our side walks are JACKED UP!!  Now, I come from a walking city (Brooklyn-NY) but I have never experienced the exhaustion I feel  here, when I walked from West 4th St. to Central Park!  Atlanta’sblocks not only seem VERY LONG- they are sooo hilly!!! Compound this will broken pavers, tree roots and grass- it’s enough to make anyone want to stay home…-and you know I can not stay home in this market! 🙂

With that said, I urge all City of Atlanta Residents to follow the below link  and view the petition, sign if you are in agreement. Thank You!!

http://peds.org/take_action/atlanta-sidewalk-repair/

Suburban Growth: Ending or Taking a Break?

Some housing trend spotters believe that America’s love affair with sprawling suburbs has ended.

“What we’re already seeing is these new, very cheaply made suburbs showing how little resilience they have to economic fluctuations. I see them becoming not only more desperate, I see them becoming potentially nonviable,” says Jeff Speck, an urban planner and co-author of Suburban Nation: The Rise of Sprawl and the Decline of the American Dream.

The growth rate in outer-suburban counties fell to 1.6 percent in the year ending July 2008, down from 2.3 percent two years earlier, according to an analysis of U.S. Census Bureau data by Brookings Institution demographer William Frey.

“I don’t think there’s as much will to build in distant suburbs as there was a generation ago,” says Robert Lang, a director at Virginia Tech’s Metropolitan Institute. “I think it’s not as fashionable.”

But Lang cautions against writing suburbia’s obituary too quickly, pointing out that Americans like big yards and privacy that comes with them. He suggests that development of an economical and convenient transportation option like electric cars could revitalize the suburban dream.

Source: Reuters News, Andy Sullivan (04/10/2009)

My neighborhood.. My neighbors..

.. today I lost something very important. So important, it warranted an email throughout my community for neighbors to help me search for it.  I have never felt so empowered within a community as I do in West End and Westview.   The amount of support, i.e. phone calls, emails, visits i received today was very over whelming…. to know that neighbors left their homes- went into the rain and got in their cars just to search- was heart felt.

 Thank You!!!

I can not stress this enough- if you are looking for a supportive, safe environment to live- you will find it HERE!  Come see what we have to offer.

www.WestviewAtlanta.com  and www.AtlantaWestEnd.com

Atlantans Together Anti-Crime Rally

Ok- did it feel like 26degrees out or what? It was FREEZING!  Although I’m glad we didn’t let that stop us!  It was cold, but my girls and I headed out to represent 🙂  The rally was a success and drew people from all over- Grant Park, College Park.. .. B.T.W. was shining;it was a wonderful way to end the day.

Which NPU- are YOU in?

NPU- Neighborhood Planning Unit.

Click HERE  for a list of Atlanta Neighborhoods and their NPU’s.

What is a Neighborhood Planning Unit?

The City of Atlanta is divided into twenty-five Neighborhood Planning Units or NPUs, which are citizen advisory councils that make recommendations to the Mayor and City Council on zoning, land use, and other planning issues.  The NPU system was established in 1974 to provide an opportunity for citizens to participate actively in the Comprehensive Development Plan, now called the Atlanta Strategic Action Plan, which is the city’s vision for the next five, ten, and fifteen years.  It is also used as a way for citizens to receive information concerning all functions of city government.  The system enables citizens to express ideas and comment on city plans and proposals while assisting the city in developing plans that best meet the needs of their communities

Great Homes in 30310!

512 Peeples, 115K  Details

600 Willard, 135K Details

981 Oak Street 135K- 3bed, 3bath- total renovation! Renovation still in process- photo’s to come but we can tour anytime!  This 1990 2 story traditional home will have Stainless Steel Appliances,  New Hardwoods, Carpet in Bedroom, Spa tub, Granite Counters,Built-in’s and more!

450 Atwood, 75K Details