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Decatur Townhomes and Condos - Atlanta, Georgia
February 24th, 2011 5:46 PM

Decatur Townhomes and Condos – Atlanta, Georgia

Here are a few popular Decatur Townhomes and Condos located in Atlanta, Georgia, neighborhoods close to Emory University/CDC.  Convenience is a primary concern for Atlanta homebuyers, and these four complexes are all within a mile or two of major shopping malls, grocery stores, and restaurants. 


  • Brianwood – Close-in community built in 1974, located off LaVista Road in the heart of Sagamore Hills and Oak Grove and just a few miles from Emory University, CDC.  Close to shopping and restaurants. Features 3 and 4 bedroom homes with 2-car garages, plus pool and clubhouse, priced between $200,000 – $250,000.  Schools:  Sagamore Hills Elementary; Shamrock Middle, Druid Hills High School.

red-brick entrance to September Chase

  • September Chase Townhomes, built in 1987 with high-end finishes and garages, located in the center of established neighborhoods like Sagamore Hills, Oak Grove, and Leafmore with an east commute to Emory/CDC, shopping and restaurants.  Price ranges from $269,000 for 4 bedroom/2.5 bath to $215,000 for 2 bedroom/2.5 bath unit.  Located in an excellent school district:  Sagamore Hills Elementary, Shamrock Middle, Druid Hills High School.

signpost on corner of LaVista and Winston Place entrance

  • Winston Place Townhomes, located off LaVista Road near the intersection of Clairmont Road and less than 2 miles to Emory/CDC, in the center desireable Sagamore Hills, Oak Grove and Leafmore communities. Features beautifully landscaped grounds, pool and a strong Homeowners Association.  Price ranges from $230,000 to $240,000 with 2 bedroom/2 bath units and some 4 bedroom/3 bath units, most have 2-car garages.  This is another favorite Decatur Townhome community.

Entrance sign nestled in trees at N. Druid Hills Road

  • Haverhill – A private residential Decatur Townhome and Condo community built in 1976, with 47 attached homes, including 2-3 bedroom townhomes and 2-3 bedroom one-level flats, located off North Druid Hills Road, just South of the Clairmont Road intersection and within 2 miles of Emory/CDC, downtown Decatur, shopping and restaurants.  Haverhill has an active Homeowner’s Association, Annual Community Events, and a great pool area.  Price ranges between $178,500 – $240,000.

For more information about Townhomes and Condos in Decatur and around the Emory University neighborhoods, call Atlanta Decatur Homes.  Follow us to view future articles showcasing Decatur and Atlanta townhome and condo complexes

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Fabulous Druid Hills! 508 Emory Circle Lot – Atlanta

If you would like to build a home in this desirable Druid Hills community, 508 Emory Circle may be the perfect  opportunity!   Historic Druid Hills contains some of the most classically beautiful homes in Atlanta, and vacant lots in Druid Hills are rarely available, particularly lots that  have utilities and sidewalks in place. 

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The area surrounding Emory University is known as Historic Druid Hills, and has a number of distinctive home styles.  Streets around Emory Village, like Lullwater, Springdale and Oxford contain substantial estates with large yards and sweeping driveways.  Streets further East, like 508 Emory Circle, Princeton Way, and Ridgewood Drive include smaller homes in the 1930’s – 1940’s vernacular, as well as newer homes that have been designed to fit into the historic neighborhood.  Most of these neighborhoods are within walking distance to Emory University and Emory Medical Complex on Clifton Road, or they are  near the free Cliff bus system that Emory provides for the area.

The lot at 508 Emory Circle is located in the Druid Hills Historic Preservation area, and any home erected on the site must first be approved by the Historic Preservation Committee.  The Committee is concerned that the scale  of the home be consistent with other homes on the street, and with the appropriateness of the design. 

508 Emory Circle is located approximately a half-mile from Emory University and CDC, just off North Decatur Road, within easy walking distance of a major grocery store, shops, restaurants and  YMCA.  Situated in the Druid Hills Historic District and within the Fernbank Elementary School District,  Emory Circle contains a variety of house styles, mostly 1930's-1940's brick bungalows with sidewalks and friendly neighbors.  Several  new homes  have been built on Emory Circle, and tasteful renovations have been made to other homes on the street.

508 Emory Circle contained a similar 1940's-style bungalow, trim and well-kept, which was damaged in early 2010 so severely by fire that it was not salvageable , and subsequently leveled.   This desirable lot is now available for $269,000.  Utilities are already in place, and a former prospective purchaser has been successful in obtaining Historic Preservation approval for a house plan on this lot.

The Druid Hills community has been popular with employees and students of Emory University, Emory Medical Center, and the Center for Disease Control,( CDC),  for many years.  Residents enjoy the convenience of living close to where they work,the convenience to neighborhood parks,  and the convenience to shopping and restaurants.

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February 21st, 2011 2:48 PM

I want to be a Gazelle, but I’m a Giraffe

A new book is being published on March 1, by Stefan Swanepoel, an established real estate expert, entitled Surviving Your Serengeti  that contrasts human survival skills with those of wild animals in the Serengeti.  In the first few chapters, Swanepoel details how the Wildebeest endures and flourishes in a competitive environment where obtaining food, shelter and water are critical.


Our patterns of survival are developed slowly, rather like rats in a maze looking for food, bumbling from one dead-end to another until a way opens.  Initially, most of us are nourished and cared for by loving parents, who teach us some of the techniques that serve as survival mechanisms in today’s complex society.  From there, our survival depends on how well we adapt to the struggles and adversity we face as we become adults, breadwinners, and parents.  We are deeply affected by events that overtake us, a sick child, loss of a job, relationships gone wrong. 

Getting through life is full of roadblocks, messy with doors that close to opportunities and windows that may not open.  Successfully navigating the setbacks and disappointments that we face, prepare us to handle the next hurdle as it comes along.  It gives us the confidence and strength to keep trying again and again. Family and friends offer a welcome support system when the worst happens and help you endure whatever you must face.  The knowledge that you’ve survived a previous setback will strengthen your resolve to survive again.

Dani Shapiro writes in her book, Devotion, “we are always adapting to new circumstances.  We think we’ve found an answer that we can carry with us for our whole lives – and then it turns out that the questions themselves have changed”.  She continues with, “the whole world is a lesson – and the lesson keeps changing”.

Heinrich Heine once wrote:  We know only that our entire existence is forced into new paths and disrupted, that new circumstances, new joys and new sorrows await us, and that the unknown has its uncanny attractions, alluring and at the same time anguishing.


Will you survive your Serengeti?  Take the popular quiz, What Animal Am I?  

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February 18th, 2011 7:03 AM

For Atlanta Children–Of All Ages

Someone sent me a list about How to Stay Young that included the following advice:

  • Keep only Cheerful friends
  • Keep Learning
  • Laugh Often
  • Cherish Your Health
  • Tell the People You Love that you Love them – at every opportunity
  • Play with Your Children


Popular Places to Entertain Children in Atlanta

  1. The Center for Puppetry Arts -a unique and magical experience for children and adults to explore the wonder and art of Puppetry.  Check out the Jim Henson Exhibit and the Create a Puppet Workshops.


  1. Fernbank Museum of Natural History -  enjoy this opportunity to explore the story of Georgia Natural History with 16 galleries, plus theaters and dioramas, including the IMAX theater.  Fernbank has many interesting exhibitions that explain the history of some of the largest dinosaurs ever found, which includes several  full-scale dinosaur replicas.


  1. The Georgia Aquarium – View a wide diversity of sea creatures, including whale sharks, manta rays, and Beluga Whales, at this modern Aquarium which contains the world’s largest 6.3 million gallon Aquarium Exhibit. 


  1. Stone Mountain Park – one of the largest examples of granite in the Southeast covers 585 acres and offers a wide variety of activities, which include a scenic 1940’s railway locomotive that circles 5 miles around the base of the mountain and a Swiss cable-car ride that affords a fantastic view of the famous Confederate Memorial Carving.  The carving on the side of the mountain encompasses 3 acres and memorializes Jefferson Davis, Robert E. Lee, and “Stonewall” Jackson.  There are picnic grounds, grist mills, walking trails and paddle boats, as well as regular annual events like The Yellow Daisy Festival.


  1. Zoo Atlanta – one of the oldest cultural institutions in Atlanta and home to the Giant Pandas, where LunLun’s latest cub was recently named “Po”.  Visit the Asian Forest to see the largest collection of Orangutans in North American, the Petting Zoo to see pigs, goats and sheep, the African Rain Forest Exhibit to see Gorillas, and the African Plains Exhibit to see Giraffes, Zebra, Lions and Elephants.

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Housing: Clean Out the Spiders and Throw Out the Junk!

Setting the Stage to Sell your Home

Realtors love clean houses!  Homes that are neat, tastefully decorated and clutter-free are dream properties.  A well-tended yard, clean windows,  and trimmed shrubs showcase your home and form the first opinion a Buyer makes about your property.  You know what they say about first impressions – you never get a second chance to make one.  Homes that are well-presented generally sell faster and for higher prices than homes that have been neglected. 

Making your home more appealing to Buyers is more important than ever.  You are competing with a much larger real estate inventory today and you need to pull out all the bells and whistles to make your place shine. 


Exterior Attention

  • Lawn:  Your yard should be neatly mowed, raked and edged
  • Trees/Shrubs:  Pruned and shaped
  • Flowers:  Window boxes or pots with seasonal flowers add interest
  • Yard Clutter:  No bicycles or toys
  • Sidewalks/Driveways:   Swept and washed
  • Painting:  Repaint or touch-up as necessary
  • Doors/windows:  Doors and windows should be in good working order.  Clean and paint doors if necessary, wash all windows and replace any broken or cracked panes.
  • Roofs/Gutters/Downspouts:  Check for loose or missing shingles.  Clean out gutters and downspouts

Interior Attention

  • Appearance:  Check for peeling paint, and consider replacing unusual or bold colors with neutral tones.  Clean all carpeting and area rugs,  linoleum, tile and wooden floors.  You may want to consider refinishing your hardwood floors if they are worn and dingy.
  • Aroma:  Leave the impression you want to make – a clean-smelling home, free from pet odors, cooking, smoke, etc. that may affect potential buyers.
  • Bathrooms and Kitchen:  Spotless, sparkling – stem to stern
  • Clutter:  Organize closets and leave the floors and shelves as clear as possible;  Basement and attic should be cleaned and organized; Garage cleared, swept and washed with tools, garden equipment, bicycles appropriately stored. 
  • Decorating:  Arrange your rooms to appear more spacious, remove excess furniture from rooms that are too crowded, clear off surfaces and store some of your knick-knacks. 



You’ve worked diligently to prepare your home and it’s shining like a new penny!  Your Realtor will love it, and so will the Buyers!

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Let’s Review Your Home Buyer Tax Credit

In an effort to stimulate the economy and the housing market, our government gave us some very nice tax breaks last year for purchasing a home before May 1, 2010.  This gift from Uncle Sam allowed many first time homebuyers, and individuals who had not owned a home in 3 years to take advantage of a very lucrative tax break of up to $8,000 for first time homeowners, or up to $6,500 for those that had previously owned a home and lived in it for at least five consecutive years.

If you purchased a home in 2010, you may be eligible for the Home Buyer Tax Credit.

To claim your tax credit on your 2011 tax returns, follow the rules:

  • You must have signed a contract to purchase your primary residence before May 1, 2010
  • If you closed on your home prior to September 30, 2010, you should qualify for the credit, as long as your original contract stated that the purchase was to be completed by June 30, 2010.  Congress amended the original date because many buyers were involved with short sale or foreclosure transactions, which were slower than normal sales to close.
  • The first time home buyer credit is worth 10% of the purchase price of your home, up to a maximum of $8,000.
  • Buyers who had previously owned a home for at least 5 consecutive years of the last 8 years are eligible for a credit up to 10% of the purchase price, or a maximum of $6,500.
  • The purchase price for both credits is limited to homes purchased for less than $800,000.
  • Full credit is available to taxpayers with a modified adjusted gross income of up to $125,000, or $225,000 for joint filers.

Check with your tax accountant for more detailed information about the tax credits that may be available to you.


It could take longer to receive your refund, as the IRS is requiring more documentation to prove you purchased your home within the appropriate time period, and are requiring that you file your tax return by mail.  Here are some documents you may need:

  1. A copy of your Closing Statement or HUD-1.  If you don’t have a copy, call Your Realtor, who can provide a copy for you.
  2. If you owned a home previously, you will need copies of documents showing you lived in the residence for 5 consecutive years during the past 8 years.  You can use mortgage interest statements, tax records or homeowner’s insurance statements.

For addtional information, see the USA Today article by Sandra Block, titled “Can You Get Home Buyer Credit”.

As always, talk with the experts, your Lender, your CPA, and Your Realtor, for more detailed information.

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Atlanta Elementary Schools – In Crisis Mode

Many DeKalb County School are currently being evaluated for closure.  The DeKalb County School Board is considering a Re-districting Proposal which could close 12 elementary schools in DeKalb County.  Public input workshops are ongoing and approval of the re-districting and school consolidation recommendations should be accomplished by March 7, 2011.


Home Values are affected by the quality of neighborhood schools

When Homebuyers are looking for a home, most Buyers put the quality of the local schools high on their “must have” list.  Even Buyers who don’t have children demand good schools as a primary consideration for the home they purchase.  Consequently, in neighborhoods where schools are well-run and provide exemplary education, property values tend to remain stronger, even in depressed markets. 


Emory Area elementary schools

The neighborhood elementary schools located near Emory University and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) are considered to be some of the best in the County, with consistently high test scores and awards for excellence in education.

However, the recent decision by the DeKalb County School Board to close 12 elementary schools in the County has stirred neighborhood groups to unite in anger and opened a hornet’s nest of controversy.  With overcrowing in some schools and decreased attendance in others, the ultimate decision on which schools to close will be difficult, as no decision will please all parents.

Fernbank Elementary is one of the highest ranked elementary schools in DeKalb County, founded in 1959 by a group of Emory University families and serving as a neighborhood school for children in the proximity of Emory University and CDC.  Fernbank Elementary is located in the heart of historic Druid Hills and sits across the street from the Fernbank Science Museum and Planetarium.  Fernbank is well known  for its excellent academic record.

Medlock Elementary is also located within the Emory Area and has served as a leader in educating children from the County’s diverse population and the surrounding community of over 900 homes.  Medlock also maintains a successful Special Needs Program for 3 and 4-year olds.  Medlock has been named by DeKalb County as one of the possible 12 schools slated to close in a difficult re-districting decision.

Oak Grove Elementary is another high-performing elementary school with numerous awards for outstanding achievement in education, located on Oak Grove Road within the Emory Area.

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