Woodstock GA and Surrounding Areas Homes for Sale – Update by Red Hot Atlanta Homes

August 30, 2010

Hopeful News for Westside Pkwy completion in Alpharetta GA

Finally, there’s promising news for the completion of Westside Pkwy from Old Milton north to Windward Pkwy.  According to Neighbor Newspapers, Wells Fargo recently purchased the property known as Prospect Park from auction in liquidation from bankruptcy proceedings.  The incomplete portion of Westside Pkwy is on the Prospect Park land.   You may know this as you pass on Old Milton Pkwy from GA 400 into downtown Alpharetta and look right and go “What the …?”

The original developer had agreed to build the parkway as part of their development plan approved by Alpharetta but fell into bankruptcy with the recent recession.  The developer, Thomas Enterprises,  had grand plans for upscale shopping, numerous restaurants, an AMC Theatre, a luxury hotel and high-end townhomes projected to start at 1.5M (really???).  However, these plans fell woefully short with the economic downturn, so what you see now is a partially finished parking deck and a rough gravel road which will eventually (hopefully) become the parkway and help relieve some of the traffic on GA 400.

According to Alpharetta city officials, representatives of Wells Fargo recently met with the city’s attorney and staff to begin to learn about the history and background of the proposed development and the city’s concerns.  Alpharetta officials are pushing to have the Parkway land turned over to the city in order to expedite the completion of the Parkway.  While it is unclear whether Wells Fargo will agree to comply with the city’s request, any change to the existing development plan must meet with city council approval, so I’d expect that Wells Fargo will acquiesce in order to grease the wheels for changes they may need to the project due to the current economic climate.

Our hope is that Wells Fargo will quickly develop a plan and find appropriate tenants to make this “gateway” to Alpharetta become an asset instead of an eyesore.

August 27, 2010

*Woodlands – A Great Woodstock GA Neighborhood

Filed under: Woodstock Neighborhood — Tags: , — Kathy and Ben @ 11:08 am

Looking for a Woodstock GA. neighborhood?  You may want to consider the Woodlands community located off Highway 92 just East of Trickum Road.  This master-planned development includes single family homes and townhomes.

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August 25, 2010

Wednesday Weekly Buyer Specials

Time for another edition of our weekly feature– we’ve once again reviewed corporate-owned, lender-owned and foreclosure properties that have come on market in the last seven days in Woodstock, North Fulton and East Cobb County- here are the results:

Woodstock Homes for Sale

North Fulton Homes for Sale

East Cobb Homes for Sale

Our favorite “pick” this week is a Marietta foreclosure in Lost Forrest, a beautiful East Cobb neighborhood.  The home was built in 1997 and has 5 bedrooms and 4 full baths contained in about 3400 sq ft.  Comparable homes in Lost Forrest would sell in the high 300s; this home last sold for $364,500 in 2004.

Remember, as always, that these “deals” aren’t always what they seem– sometimes banks and corporations list their homes at or near market value regardless of their condition, so you always want to make sure you know what other homes have sold for in the neighborhood/area and how the neighborhood/area is trending in value.

August 23, 2010

More Change Coming to Downtown Woodstock GA

More change is coming soon to Downtown Woodstock GAGlassbaker, a maker of handmade glass beads for jewelry sold worldwide is soon moving to the current location of Priest Home Furnishings on Main Street.  According to the Cherokee Tribune, the company, which currently employs eight staff members and 80 artists that make the beads, will be moving into the 24,000 sq ft location and will have a retail storefront to sell merchandise.  According to owner Mary Guay, Billy Peppers of the Downtown Development Authority, “was unbelievably helpful” in coordinating the deal and assisting the company in obtaining a low-interest loan to help the company purchase the building.

Along with the move, Glassbakers will undergo a name change to Woodstock Arts Glass.  Peppers believes that companies like this will bring more artists downtown and “be the next wave of entrepreneurship in our downtown area”.

Interestingly, Glassbaker started after Guay took a took a two-hour class on making glass beads with her future daughter-in-law.  They soon began making beads to sell on eBay before having their products offered by New York jewelry distributor Chamilia.  Now their merchandise is sold world-wide with the company producing thousands of beads per month.

Priest Home Furnishings will undoubtably be missed- the company has been a Main Street fixture since 1963.  Herb Priest, the store’s owner, said he and his family is undecided about whether they’ll reopen in another location but will begin reducing prices at the store in order to liquidate their inventory.

In other news affecting Downtown Woodstock, Executive Director Peppers gave an update on the DDA’s Facade Improvement Program.  According to the Tribune, the program involves a matching grant of up to $5000 for downtown businesses to help them update their storefronts.  According to Peppers, about eight business owners have inquired about the grants.  “It’s a great opportunity to invest back into their buildings.”  Peppers stated.   Canton and Waleska in Cherokee County have also started similar programs.

We applaud the continued efforts of DDA and others to continue Woodstock’s progress as a thriving downtown area!

August 18, 2010

Wednesday Weekly Buyer Specials

Filed under: Deals and Steals, North Atlanta — Tags: — Kathy and Ben @ 7:04 pm

Time for our weekly feature– we’ve once again reviewed corporate-owned, lender-owned and foreclosure properties that have come on market in the last seven days in Woodstock, North Fulton and East Cobb County- here are the results:

Woodstock Homes for Sale

North Fulton Homes for Sale

East Cobb Homes for Sale

This week’s favorite “pick” is a Roswell foreclosure and a great buy in Stonegate. This home originally sold for 1.2M and is now on the market at $849,900.  The home sits on about 2 acres in this gated community, has 5 bedrooms, 3 full baths and two half baths.  With a finished basement that boasts a media room and guest suite, the house checks in at just under 5900 sq ft of finished space.

Remember, as always, that these “deals” aren’t always what they seem– sometimes banks and corporations list their homes at or near market value regardless of their condition, so you always want to make sure you know what other homes have sold for in the neighborhood/area and how the neighborhood/area is trending in value.

August 16, 2010

Wonderful Woodstock GA Traditional Home for Sale at the Woodlands

Recently listed this wonderful traditional home for sale in Woodstock GA at the Woodlands. The home has 4 bedrooms and 2.5 baths on a large level lot.  Wood floors throughout the main level and granite counter tops in Kitchen only begin to describe this home.  Priced at $248,000 the property is a great value and in move in condition.  The Woodlands is a fantastic community just East of downtown Woodstock, GA off Highway 92.

Tour this Woodstock GA home now and see how the well thought out floor plan will  accommodate your family and lifestyle.  The ENTRY is flanked by the LIVING ROOM and DINING ROOM.  Each have crown moldings the DINING ROOM also having a trey ceiling and wainscoting.  The 2-Story FAMILY ROOM opens to a large eat-in KITCHEN.  A gas log fireplace and ceiling fan highlight the FAMILY ROOM.  The center island in the KITCHEN includes a breakfast bar and work area.  Other features in the KITCHEN included numerous wood cabinets, custom backsplash, and work station.  A  BUTLER’S PANTRY joins the Kitchen and Dining Room.

Upstairs is the large MASTER BEDROOM with ceiling fan and trey ceiling.  The neutral decor is the perfect choice.  Highlights of the MASTER BATH are dual sinks, tub and shower, and oversized WALK-IN CLOSET.  There are THREE additional BEDROOMS with walk-in CLOSETS upstairs and a HALL BATH.

Off the Kitchen is a LAUNDRY ROOM and POWDER ROOM.  Across the back of the home is a large COVERED PATIO, the perfect place to relax at the end of the day or for kids to play.  The level BACKYARD is ready for you to make your own.

The home is located in The Glens section of Woodlands near all the community activities.  Our clients that live in the Woodlands think is is great neighborhood.  Come see for yourself.

August 13, 2010

Woodstock GA FREE Concert Series Continues August 21

Filed under: Woodstock — Tags: , , — Kathy and Ben @ 7:56 am

Another concert in the Woodstock Summer Concert Series is just around the corner at the City Park in downtown Woodstock.  Mark your calendar now for August 21.  Country star Chuck Wicks will be entertaining.  The concert starts at 7:30 so come early, find a spot, and enjoy this young country star.

If you are a country music fan, you will know Wicks got his start on the reality show “Nashville” in 2007.  Signed by RCA, his debut single was “Stealing Cinderella”.  He has had several Top 40 songs since then including “All I Ever Wanted” and “Man of the House”.

Wicks grew up in Smyrna, Delaware on the families’ potato farm.  Baseball was his first love.  Wicks played collegiate ball at Florida Southern.  During college, music became is dominate love.  Moving to Nashville, Wicks honed is craft and wrote songs.

You may recognize the name or face also from the reality show “Dancing With the Stars” where Wicks danced with then girlfriend, Julianne Hough.

Pack the picnic basket and cooler, find the lawn chairs, and come enjoy another great free Woodstock GA concert.

August 11, 2010

Wednesday Weekly Buyer Specials

Time for another edition of our weekly feature– we’ve once again reviewed corporate-owned, lender-owned and foreclosure properties that have come on market in the last seven days in Woodstock, North Fulton and East Cobb County- here are the results:

Woodstock Homes for Sale

North Fulton Homes for Sale

East Cobb Homes for Sale

Our favorite “pick” this week is a corporate-owned home (with a hopefully poorly taken photo) in Roswell at Litchfield Hundred- the home was built in 1998 and is on just over an acre of land.  It has 5 bedrooms, 4 full baths and 2 half baths plus a finished basement.  The home most recently sold for $590,000 in 2005 and is now for sale at $485,000.

Remember, as always, that these “deals” aren’t always what they seem– sometimes banks and corporations list their homes at or near market value regardless of their condition, so you always want to make sure you know what other homes have sold for in the neighborhood/area and how the neighborhood/area is trending in value.

August 9, 2010

New Home Construction – East Cobb/Marietta GA

In the last week, I have seen construction in two new neighborhoods of East Cobb.  The first Wigley Estates is off Wigley Road at Jims Road, North of Sandy Plains Road.  The is a small community where 3 or 4 homes were built before the downturn.  Now there is active construction – grading , framing, etc.  Traton Homes is completing this community and prices will start in the $400s.   This is a small community located in Lassiter High School.

The second neighborhood is on Jamerson Road between Trickum Road and Canton Road.  This appears to be a single street of homes being built as an ongoing section of Tanglewood, a David Pearson Community. At this location there is grading.

Builders continue to build in existing new construction neighborhoods throughout Marietta, GA  and surrounding areas.  Many are offering incentives such as free upgrades and buy downs on mortgage interest rates.  It is great to see construction in East Cobb again.

August 6, 2010

Little Things to Update Your Home…Selling Your Home

Have you lived in your home for over five years?  Have you painted?  Have you replaced a light fixture?  If you have not started to update your home, now is the time.  Over a five-year period colors, hardware finishes and preferred floor coverings will all change.  If you consistently replace items as you live in your home, when the time comes to sell, you will be ready.  Additionally, you will enjoy the fruits of your labor.

In the kitchen, look at the finish of the hardware.  Do you still have brass pulls on the drawers and cabinets?  Stop by a hardware store and see all the wonderful finishes that are now available.  On to appliances, almond will not be found in a store today.  Flooring, there are unbelievable textures, finishes and styles on the market.  Many are very reasonably priced.

In the bedrooms, when was the last time you replaced a bedcover…meaning bedspread, quilt, duvet?  In the next Sunday’s newspaper check, out the Macy’s circular.  Does your bed-covers look like the ad? If not. now is the time to update.  How about a new lamp to go with the bed-covers?

First impressions are extremely important, so think about your foyer.  Does it need a new rug?  What’s the finish on the light?  Are the flowers faded in the arrangement on the entrance table?  Start checking out the end of the season arrangements available in many stores.

Remember, baths sell houses and spa baths are in.  Plush linens and new bathroom hardware are a great way to get that spa feel.  Add some fashionable art as a finishing touch.

We are not suggesting re-doing your home, its ongoing replacing items in your home to give your home a current look and feel.   Sometime in the future you will want to sell your home.  If you have not done some updating over time, you may need to do many of these items to ask and receive top dollar for your home.

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