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

January 5, 2011

*Georgia Property Tax Changes for 2011

Congratulations if you purchased a home in 2010.  You may have gotten a decrease in your Georgia property taxes.  The Georgia legislature in 2010 passed a tax reform bill requiring every Georgia county to review 2010 property sales.  If you purchased a home for less money Gerogia Property Tax Changesthan the stated assessed value, your tax bill will based on the 2010 sale price.  If you purchased a home for more money than the stated assessed value, your tax bill will be based on the assessed value.

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November 26, 2010

Santa is Coming to Woodstock, Ga’s Christmas Jubilee and Parade of Lights – Dec. 4

Woodstock, GA.s’ Christmas Jubilee and Parade is coming Dec. 4.  The festivities begin at 5:30pm with the Parade of Lights.  The parade is along Christmas Parade Dec 4 Woodstock GAMain Street beginning at Hwy. 92 and ending at Old Rope Mill Road.  The Christmas Tree Lighting will be held in City Park after the parade along with a visit from the grand ole man – Santa Claus.  Awards for best parade floats and “Citizen of Year” will also be announced.

Before, during and after the parade, there will be food vendors.  In City Park, there will also be Holiday Shopping with special vendors plus photos with Santa in the Gazebo.   Free marshmallow roast with smores will also be available (Be on the look out for me there – Kathy).

Help the Woodstock Jaycees Toy Drive for Woodstock’s less fortunate children.  The Jaycees will be collecting  new unwrapped toys and monetary donations to help Santa.  What a great way to get into the holiday spirit!

October 29, 2010

*Research Schools before Buying a Home

Filed under: Milton, Woodstock — Tags: , , , — Kathy and Ben @ 10:19 am

Prospective homebuyers don’t always think about schools when looking for a home- maybe they don’t have children or they’ve grown up and moved out.  However, we think schools are ALWAYS an important consideration when looking for a home.  Why?  Because the success or failure of schools will, over time, affect whether property values rise or fall.

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October 22, 2010

Woodstock Art and Wine Festival 2010 on Nov 6th & 7th

Downtown Woodstock GA will once again host the Woodstock Art and Wine Festival on November 6th and 7thThis lively 2 day event started in 2009 and will once again feature great art and entertainment.  Add in special kid’s events to the special wine tasting area and you have a fun weekend for the whole family!

The Festival area will be next to Pure Taqueria according to Premier Events, the producers of the event.  According to their website, more than 60 vendors are expected once again.  The wine list for tasting has not yet been posted so check back as we get closer to the event date.

Admission to the 2010 Woodstock Art and Wine Festival is free in the art and entertainment areas; wine tasting wristbands are $20 for adults.  Downtown Woodstock is always a great venue for fun events, so make your plans now!

October 8, 2010

Woodstock GA October Happenings and Events

The city of Woodstock, GA is going to be a busy place in October with several fall events.  It’s time to gather your fall jacket and walking shoes to have a great time.

First on October 14, 15, and 16 is Ghost Tales and TrailsNightly walking tours and storytelling will start at 6:30.  Tickets can be purchased on site at the gazebos in Downtown Woodstock City Park for $11 – Adults, $6 for children 12 and under.  Ticket sales are on a first come, first serve basis with the final tour starting at 9pm.  Paul Boehlert, 2 time Emmy nominee and storyteller leads a fantastic group of storytellers this historic walking tour and storytelling.  Proceeds from the sale of tickets go to Greenprints Alliance and Elm Street Cultural Art Events.  Come see Woodstock in a whole new way.

On October 23, there will be the SOBRA Woodstock Mountain Biking Festival and Grand Opening of “The Avalanche Trail“.  The festival will be at the Olde Rope Mill Park just North of Downtown from 9am to 4pm.  Activities will include group rides, mountain bike demonstrations, music and food.  This event is sponsored in part by the www.GreenprintsAlliance.org

Closing out the month is Halloween with Kids Fest 2010 on Saturday, October 30th.  This event is also at Woodstock City Park from 3pm to 7pm.  Trick or treat activities for the younger goblins and ghouls.  On hand will be a juggler, magician, dj, games, and more  At 6pm there will be a costume contest and candy give-away.  After all the Kids Fest, enjoy dinner with a downtown restaurant or park vendor.

On Saturday, October 30 in the evening hours, Woodstock Police will be distributing candy in local neighborhoods.

September 22, 2010

Wednesday Weekly Buyer Specials

Filed under: Deals and Steals, Woodstock — Tags: — Kathy and Ben @ 9:18 pm

Time for another edition of our new 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 foreclosure in Woodstock at Bradshaw Park– this home was built in 2007, has 4 bedrooms, 2 full baths, one half bath, granite countertops in the kitchen and is on an unfinished basement.

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.

September 20, 2010

*Come to Woodstock GA for a fun Active Adult Lifestyle

For more aThe Willows Woodstock GA Active Adult Communitynd more of us, the Golden Years no longer means just sitting in your rocking chair or in front of the TV.  Many of us, and if you’re not us, your parents are(!) want to continue our active lifestyles but with less of the “honey-do” tasks such as mowing the lawn or painting the house.  So if you’re considering a lifestyle change, look no further than Woodstock, GA.

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September 17, 2010

Woodstock GA FREE Concert – Sat, Sept. 18

The 2010 Woodstock Summer Concert Series comes to a finale Saturday, Sept. 18 with the Swinging Medillions in the Downtown Park at 7:30 pm.  It should be a great concert with a fantastic band.  Known as “The Party Band of the South”,  this group has been around since the 60s touring throughout the South.  Their most noted recording “Double Shot ( of My Babys Love)” was a million seller in 1966.    There could not be a better way to spend a Saturday evening then listening to this band. 

Before the concert at 7:30, there will shag lessons starting at 6:00pm in front of the stage.  If you never learned the Classic Carolina Shag come learn from Dewitt Hinson, North Carolina Shag Hall of Fame inductee.

On a personal note, this is group I listened to on the radio will cruising in the car on hot summer evenings and attended their events way back in the 60s.  It’s great knowing they are still appreciated and good music lives forever…Kathy

September 13, 2010

Etowah High School in Woodstock achieves Elite Honor

Filed under: North Atlanta, Woodstock — Tags: , — Kathy and Ben @ 9:27 am

Congratulations to Etowah High School in Woodstock GA. According to the Cherokee Tribune, Etowah HS is joins a select group of only 254 public schools nationally to be selected as a National Blue Ribbon School in 2010.

The US Department of Education awards public and private elementary, middle and high schools for either achieving at very high levels or for  making significant progress towards closing the achievement gap among disadvantaged or minority students.  Etowah High School was chosen for the award for high achievement on standardized state assessment tests.

The national Blue Ribbon award program started in 1992- Etowah HS is the second high school in Cherokee County to receive the award following Sequoyah HS in 2005.  Only six public schools statewide made the list this year and only one other high school in GA was picked for this elite honor.

Way to go Etowah High School!

September 2, 2010

Have a Safe and Happy Labor Day Weekend

Filed under: Milton, Woodstock — Tags: — Kathy and Ben @ 8:23 am

As the end of summer arrives and fall begins, have a safe and happy Labor Day.  Below is a brief history of Labor Day according to Wikipedia.

The first Labor Day in the United States was celebrated on September 5, 1882 in New York City. In the aftermath of the deaths of a number of workers at the hands of the U.S. military and U.S. Marshals during the 1894 Pullman Strike, President Grover Cleveland put reconciliation with Labor as a top political priority. Fearing further conflict, legislation making Labor Day a national holiday was rushed through Congress unanimously and signed into law a mere six days after the end of the strike. Cleveland was also concerned that aligning an American labor holiday with existing international May Day celebrations would stir up negative emotions linked to the Haymarket Affair.  By the 20th century, all 50 U.S. states have made Labor Day a state holiday.

The form for the celebration of Labor Day was outlined in the first proposal of the holiday: A street parade to exhibit to the public “the strength and esprit de corps of the trade and labor organizations,” followed by a festival for the workers and their families. This became the pattern for Labor Day celebrations. Speeches by prominent men and women were introduced later, as more emphasis was placed upon the economic and civil significance of the holiday. Still later, by a resolution of the American Federation of Labor convention of 1909, the Sunday preceding Labor Day was adopted as Labor Sunday and dedicated to the spiritual and educational aspects of the labor movement.

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