Get to know the community

before you buy!!

Just a quick rant, brought on by this ad I saw on craigs list:  ” Willard Avenue in Atlanta, 30310. This property has been rehabbed and is ready for someone to run a business out of it, be it assisted living, rooming house..”

(taking off my Realtor hat)

*sigh* First of all- do you know if the residents will want and need ANOTHER rooming house within this community?   I live here, and I can say with confidence- WE DON’T!!!!  Now, I’m all for helping people, but helping people is NOT the issue or objection.  The bottom line, we have more than enough rooming houses and duplexes in this zip code. We have enough challenges without you coming in creating additional.  Buy one already established and run it- don’t create a new one.  I can direct you to a few for sale.

Frankly, I’m tired of seeing delusional amateur investors come within our community, buy up property, attempt to do crappy renovations (while ripping out all the original character the home had)then place the home on the market for some made-up ‘off the top of my head’ price (people must not do comps for the area) lose it to foreclosure and then the home sits vacant and get vandalized by squatters or other..   If you don’t know by now that this is NOT the market (and zip code) for amateurs to buy and flip in, then you really are in the wrong business.  ATTENTION: YOU WILL NOT BE ABLE TO BUY AND FLIP A HOME IN THIS MARKET AND ZIP CODE WITHIN THE AMOUNT OF TIME MOST HARD MONEY LENDERS GIVE YOU. – oh – P.S. STOP RIPPING OUT THE DETAILS OF THE HOME YOU FOOL! THESE DETAILS SELL HOMES!

I’m also tired of investors who do not live here, nor care about the community that rent the property to  renters who befriend drug dealers, let dealers loiter around, and leave trash everywhere.  Manage your property or hire property managers.  Let the renters know what can and can not be done in a historic community. Check up on your home- is the outside in order?  Or do they have an entire living room ensemble on the porch?  Are they having a bar-b-q on the side walk? Are they hanging clothes to dry on the front porch? Do they have 5 satellite dishes taking over the front lawn? Is the hurbie curbie put away- or is it still in the street 3 days later? Are they throwing away carpet- did they call sanitation for a pickup? Do they know they need to call?  MANAGE YOUR PROPERTY! If need be, factor landscape clean up into the rent too, and get it done- I don’t want your leaves from LAST winter blowing into my yard after I spent my day cleaning! I also do not need your dead tree limbs falling on my car!

What is wrong with you people?  Do you think when you buy, you only impact yourself financially?  Think again! If your property looks like crap next to mines, my value goes down…sorry, I have college educations to think about- I’m NOT having it.

We’re not taking it anymore in the West End  and Westview community …so just a word of advice, although we want you here- come with good intentions.  Be apart of the solution and not the problem. Come out to our meetings. Get to know the residents and your soon- to- be neighbors. Make sure this is the community for you- and your business plans. This will save all of us a lot of headaches- and spare my blog from more rants…. /rant

West End Christmas Party: You’re invited


Check out the above invitation and come out!!! Hope to see you there; you will not believe the surprises Carl and Liz Ness have in store for us. There will be caroling in many languages, Spanish-Swahili- (another I forgot). An out doors Electric Slide Dance Contest!!! (I still have issues doing this- and think this night will be the night I finally learn! LOL) there will also be a few surprise guests, residents from the1930’s !

*Security will be provided curtsy of our council person Cleta Winslow.

This will be a wonderful memorable family/community night.

Public Relations Officer- NPU-T

Hello everyone!

I have recently accepted a role as the Public Relations Officer within the Neighborhood Planning Unit -T. I will need all your help to be successful and make this role effective.
You’ll hear more about this in the near future, but in the mean time I wanted to inform you of some of my duties. I welcome all and any ideas and suggestions.

Public Relations Officer (PRO) – Charged with re-introducing NPU-T to the neighborhoods and promoting the theme of “Building on our strengths in clean, safe, neighborhoods”. Along with the NPU-T Chair, the PRO will help recruit committee members for the committee chairs and advertise their respective projects and activities. In addition to the Community Ambassador and Vice Chair, the PRO is authorized to represent NPU-T in an official manner when necessary.

  • Acts as liaison with neighborhood associations, in partnership with Morehouse RTF
  • Oversees and manages official NPU-T communication channels (i.e. email distribution group, blog, website, etc)
  • Generally promotes NPU-T and its agenda

I’m very excited about this role and the opportunity to create a synergy between our community associations.

We have a lot going for us, within this zone- let’s grab hold and insure we ALL prosper and take part in the many new initiatives being developed and implemented.  No community left behind, no community unrepresented.

    NPU-T Neighborhoods and Bureau of Planning Contact

    Neighborhoods in Neighborhood Planning Unit- Zone T 

    Ashview Heights
    Atlanta University Center
    Harris Chiles
    Just Us
    The Villages at Castleberry Hill
    West End

    Find your Zone at

    Bureau of Planning
    55 Trinity Avenue, Suite 3350
    Atlanta, Georgia 30303

    Tel: 404.330.6145
    Fax: 404.658.7491

    Wendy Scruggs-Murray
    NPU Coordinator
    Tel: 404.330.6899

    The ties that bind us…

    After a long day of homeschooling, real estate transactions, IT recruitment AND being mommy to dancing princesses -literally –Mini Me #2 Mini Me #2

    it was nice to get out and take a stroll up to The Grounds Coffeehouse at the Skylofts. The atmosphere was everything you would expect and want in a growing city neighborhood.

    Great music, comfortable seating, good conversation and best of all- well priced and made warm beverages! My daughters talked about the White Hot Chocolate on the walk home, and how I should have ordered another round ‘to go’ as well. I had a Mocha Latte with whipped cream and chocolate syrup… I almost ordered another when I remembered it was after 7; staying up to watch the walls at midnight was NOT an option.

    The spirit of unity and ‘for the growth of OUR community’ resonated off the owners, Carlos and Tamara. You get a sense that it’s not all about the money for them.. and judging by the way my girls continued to beg me to buy cookies- for them either. (Thank you Tamara for the cookies!)

    While my husband vibes with Carlos on topics ranging from Brooklyn, Redman to the changes in the West End… I was able to capture a mother son moment which made my heart proud. You can tell the two boys, (Harrison 10 and Benny 7) are proud of their parents, paving the way for these future entrepreneurs.

    In all my picture taking, I neglected to capture a clear picture of Benny- who entertained my girls and has been officially deemed “the boy with the coolest cars”lol…. I’ll be sure to take another on my next visit.

    I’m excited about this Coffeehouse, which caters to everyone; families, students, professionals, seniors and anyone in between. Stop in, I know you will agree it is certainly an added benefit to living in the West End.

    The Grounds Coffeehouse @ Skylofts

    898 Oak Street, Atlanta 30310

    Free Wi-Fi

    Art Exhibits

    Open Mic Nights Every Wednesday

    Children’s Reading Hour Saturday morning

    Morning coffee delivery service for Skyloft Tenants