Sunday, September 13, 2009

Alpharetta's Wills Park- Busy on Sunday Morning

Steve and I were out for our Sunday morning stroll today, and realized how fortunate we are to live within walking distance of Wills Park, a beautiful green space! As we walked down Rucker Road, we decided to include a stop at the Alpharetta Community Garden to check out the changes from summer to fall crops. The gardens were lush and plots were packed with ripe tomatoes and peppers. A new rail fence has been installed around the garden. Hard to believe that just a few months ago this gorgeous, food-producing spot was just another piece of plain ole' grass! Way to go green, Alpharetta!

As we walked around the path in the park, we came upon a canine agility show in the big arena. All shapes and sizes of dogs and their handlers were getting ready to compete. Then, as we headed back toward Greenmont, we noticed that Rucker Road had been blocked off for something. That something turned out to be the IronKids Triathalon! We cheered the elementary-aged bike riders as they rounded the corner to pedal back toward the finish line. Before we got home, we came across a yard sale and a road-side vegetable stand. I think I heard some baseball game announcing in the background, and, of course, the tennis courts were alive with players, too!

It was all great activity, though- one of the many reasons we love it here. Even though we live in one of the largest cities in the United States, there is a lot of small town feel left in Alpharetta.

Look around your yard and neighborhood this week. I bet you'll find a few things that you are grateful for! I am grateful for Wills Park, a huge, diverse green space in the heart of Alpharetta- a place I won't take for granted anymore.

Thursday, August 6, 2009

Honey, I'm Out By the Pool!

Looking for a super value in a great Alpharetta location? Well, the Alpharetta House Hunter has found a good one for you! This traditional 4-bedroom has been lovingly updated and maintained by the original owner. The kitchen features beautiful cherry cabinets, granite counter tops and a slate floor. In the backyard, you'll find many perennials, a garden space, a huge inground pool AND a fully-operational Tiki Bar! (Your neighbors and friends are going to LOVE you!) Topping it all off is a brand new roof! This is one of the prettiest properties I've seen in a while, and I would love to show it to you, so just give me a call and we'll schedule a time for a private showing. Priced at $310,000.

Remember, if you are a first time home buyer (or haven't owned a home in 3 years), you have until November 30th to qualify for the Federal Tax Credit of $8,000!!
Don't miss this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity! Call me if you have any questions.

To Our Successful House-Hunting!


Monday, July 27, 2009

A Sweet Home in....Alpharetta!

I don't usually write about individual homes in my blog postings, but today I think I will, because I want to tell you all about a sweet little house that I just listed! This house reminds me of the smaller homes that most of us grew up in with its 3 bedrooms, compact size and big, beautiful yard shaded by mature trees.

Located near Alpharetta Elementary, the Library and within walking distance of downtown, 209 Kenneth Drive would be a perfect 1st home, empty-nester downsize or rental property for the savvy investor. Built the old-fashioned way, the house is brick on all four sides and has a big, new deck off the dining room looking out into the private, wooded backyard. Did I mention that there is a full basement underneath it all? You can walk out to the backyard from this level, too!

Come take a look, but don't wait long! Priced at only $169,900, this charming brick home with it's gorgeous yard will go fast.

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Alpharetta- a Georgia Green Community

John Monson of the Alpharetta City Council forwarded the following press release yesterday issued by the Atlanta Regional Commission, and I wanted to share it with you!

The City of Alpharetta has been awarded bronze-level Green Community Certification by the Atlanta Regional Commission. The certification as an ARC Green Community is the result of policies that the City Council adopted earlier this year, along with hard work by our Community Development, Engineering/Public Works and Finance Departments. These efforts have made Alpharetta a recognized leader in environmental stewardship and will have lasting positive impacts on our community. The policies implemented to earn this designation make sound fiscal sense and provide a return on taxpayer dollars in addition to being the right things to do for our environment. Alpharetta is one of only 3 communities in Georgia to earn this designation.

Congratulations to My Sweet Home, Alpharetta! It's a great, GREEN place to live!

Sunday, July 5, 2009

A Good Old-Fashioned 4th of July!

I know I'm prejudiced, but I love my neighbors- and my neighborhood, Greenmont Walk!
Several of the neighbors organized our Second Annual 4th of July Barbecue in the cul de sac, and it was just the perfect way to celebrate the day.
Under the shade of a stately oak tree, friends gathered to share food and fun with a festive, patriotic theme.
Warren did a fabulous job manning the grill, and everyone brought their favorite dish to share. Children played in the safety of the cul de sac and waited excitedly for the sunshine to turn to dusk, so they could light their sparklers. Even Moms and Dads and Grandmas and Grandpas could be seen twirling the brightly lighted magic sticks! Finally, it was time for the Big Fireworks Show to begin. (We are fortunate to be able to watch The Alpharetta Fireworks Display right from our lawn chairs in the cul de sac!) No matter how old we are, when it's time for fireworks, we are all kids again!
Thanks to Warren and Colette, Trey and Jenny and Amy and Tim for organizing such a fun time for everyone. I know the children will remember these special times when families had fun together just hanging around in the backyard!

Saturday, June 20, 2009

Alpharetta Girls Night Out!

Attention Ladies!

While strolling through the Alpharetta Farmer's Market this morning, Carol Anderson-Wood of Colonial Bank, stopped making her delicious fresh-squeezed lemonade long enough to tell me about the upcoming GIRLS NIGHT OUT, scheduled for Thursday evening, June 25th from 4-8 p.m. Lots of downtown shops are participating in the fun, including The Cannery, galerie Boutique, Courture Consigner, Twigs & Lace, Savvy Snoot, Ivy Interiors, Southern Comforts, Monfort's Gallery, and Arbor House Interiors. AND there is a FREE Drawing for a $150.00 gift card!

So, gather up your BFF's and head to downtown Alpharetta on Thursday night!

Hope to see you there!


Thursday, May 21, 2009

Real Estate- It's Always Been a Great Investment

"Real Estate cannot be lost or stolen, nor can it be carried away. Purchased with common sense, paid for in full and managed with reasonable care, it is about the safest investment in the world."

Who said it? Franklin Delano Roosevelt (1882-1945)

It just goes to show that we shouldn't be afraid to buy that house or piece of property, especially now when prices are as low as they've been in a long, long time.

Think about it!

Have a wonderful, fun Memorial Day weekend!