I have always wanted a pool. I don’t know why, because I can’t swim. Maybe being land locked in Atlanta is getting to me. I’m a New Yorker- I went to the beach EVERY summer, it was effortless. I went to Coney Island once a week to eat at Nathans and walk in the sand. Now, I have to PLAN trips which as caused me not to go as often.
Imagine my excitement when I obtained my first listing with a pool! I honestly wish I could buy his home myself. -THAT’S HOW EXCITED I AM, when my husband tried to burst my bubble by asking “how will you maintain it”.
He is such a kill joy at times, but it did cause me to do some online research. Here is a site on Youtube that has tons of information on how to care for a pool. It’s easier than you may think if you inherit one that has already been well maintained.
The Westview Community Organization recognized developer Jim Kelly last night at the WCO meeting for his commitment to “context sensitive design in his rehabilitation of historic homes in Westview.” Photos of Jim’s quality work can be seen on the Westview Facebook page. Jim is a resident of West End. Thanks, Jim, for helping to rehabilitate one of Westview’s most valuable assets– its historic homes!
Finally- I see some of the fruits of my labor…and this one was easy. It was as simple as having a motivated buyer untainted by the city prejudice views of many of our SW communities. OK, this is not so easy. My buyer- Larry Carter, currently the President of this emerging community. Larry and I met by referral, shortly after I closed another $25K “gem” in West End back in 2009. Larry not only had cash to buy, he had VISION because he knew his cash was up against investors with even more cash. While everyone was busy snatching up homes in Historic West End and Westview, Larry set his sights on a less desirable area- just 1 block away- Ashview Heights. Larry purchased a home that looked like it would be ready for tear down or a match….even I did not want to go in to show him LOL.. again, he was brave and with vision! Today it would be VERY hard to believe its the SAME home..he’s renovated it himself …slowly, weekly making it’s value triple the purchase price!
Take a peek into Ashview Heights and let’s make YOU my next blog story:
Welcome to Ashview Heights Atlanta’s downtown urban escape. Ashview Heights, a community along Atlanta’s Belt Line, is perfectly nestled between downtown Atlanta,West End, Westview and Atlanta University Center. Ashview Heights is Atlanta’s in town bright star; it offers suburban life in the city. We are a diverse community, ranging from single young professionals, families and seniors. Come get involved! We have the first edible garden on the Belt Line which each member of the community is welcomed to plant and grow their own herbs and vegetables.
Commute free-living! Working downtown? You can come home for your lunch break and be back to work on time. Oh the kids have Parent Teacher Conference? NO problem the local schools are near the heart of the community. M. Agnes Jones Elementary,Kipp Ways Academy,Kipp Strive Academy, Booker T. Washington High School are all less then a mile from our community.
Let’s talk to your future neighbors:
Larry Carter, Ashview Heights Association’s current president: I purchased my home in 2009 for 10,000 dollars. It was the best money I have ever spent! I have a five bedroom three bathroom home that is everything I need and more. I had to do a little work but it was a blank canvas I created my perfect home in the city. There is a sense of community here.
Debra Parker, Active Ashview Heights Association member: My family and I moved to Ashview Heights because we have always wanted to live near downtown. We looked in several neighborhoods surrounding downtown and made the decision to call Ashview Heights home. We love the history as well as the architectural detail of the homes. My kids are having a ball making new friends as well as taking advantage of the great programs that the neighborhood schools have to offer. We look forward to planting roots here for many years to come. We just have one question. Would you like to be our neighbor?
Smaller, versatile space is trumping huge square footage among home buyers, according to the findings of at least one major home builder.
Designers at Beazer Homes are eliminating long hallways to open up plans. They also are scaling back master bedrooms.
“We found some masters were getting deeper, so the distance from the end of the bed to the dresser across from it was often more than five feet–a no man’s land. Instead, we’re tightening it up and putting that [square footage] somewhere else,” says Kent Goff, Beazer’s vice president of planning and design.
Preferred floor plans include a flexible space that can be attached to master to be used as either another bedroom or an office.
“[People] are looking for spaces that can be used in a couple of ways, depending on how they live their lives,” Goff says. “It’s all about usable, functional space, not just bigger rooms anymore.”