Category: Home & Real Estate

More trees coming to Sandy Springs yards and streets through new partnership

More trees will be coming to residents’ yards and public streets thanks to a partnership between the city and Trees Atlanta. The partnership, called the NeighborWoods Project, will resume a project already existing in the city, the Front Yard Tree Program, as well as introduce a second program called the Right of Way program. “The NeighborWoods Project with Trees Atlanta is a committed effort by the city to enhance the city’s existing tree canopy and improve neighborhood involvement and sense of ownership in the city’s urban forest,” city spokesperson Sharon Kraun said in a press release. Each program will...

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North end townhomes receive approval from Sandy Springs

A proposal to build 14 townhomes ranging from the high $300,000 to low $400,000 in Sandy Springs’ north end was approved unanimously by the City Council July 16. The project is planned for 1190 and 1194 Hope Road, which runs between Roswell Road and Dunwoody Place. The townhomes were touted by the planning staff and the developer as a way to begin achieving the city’s goal to spur redevelopment in the north end and provide workforce housing, but one resident was doubtful it would be affordable enough. The developer needed a rezoning from residential estate, which requires a 1-acre...

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Atlanta mayor, councilmember seek to regulate ‘party houses’ after Buckhead incidents

Atlanta’s mayor and a Buckhead city councilmember are seeking a new permitting process for commercial “party houses” amid new controversy about large and noisy events at a Garmon Road mansion. City Councilmember J.P. Matzigkeit of Buckhead’s District 8 developed the proposed legislation with Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms and city staff members, and introduced it at the July 1 City Council meeting. The legislation would ban commercially rented “party houses” from residential areas unless residents receive a special permit. “This will allow the city to better enforce our zoning code, as [officials] will be able to more easily determine if...

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A guide to home security camera options

The security camera market is changing, with more options now allowing residents to control and install their own equipment. But the new options also bring more confusion about what is right choice for securing a home. Here’s a guide on how to pick a home security system. Two main companies provide self-installed cameras that can be monitored on a smartphone or other device. Nest’s cameras retail from $200 to $300 each. Ring’s cameras come at a similar price, except for its doorbell camera, which retails for $99. The cameras can be self-installed, but professional installation is recommended for some...

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Sandy Springs Planning Commission recommends approval of north end townhomes

A 14-unit townhome development proposed for Sandy Springs’ north end got approval from the Planning Commission June 25. The board unanimously recommended the City Council approve the rezoning request, which is scheduled to be heard at its July 16 meeting. The townhomes were touted by the planning staff and the developer as a way to begin achieving the city’s goal to spur redevelopment in the north end and provide workforce housing, but one resident was doubtful it would be affordable enough. The project is proposed for 1190 and 1194 Hope Road, which runs between Roswell Road and Dunwoody Place....

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Long-dormant High Street unveils new website, illustrations

The massive $2 billion High Street mixed-use development that developers say is slated to break ground by the end of the year has unveiled a new website and new illustrations that touts the planned project as an “entertainment destination” site. The new website includes an “about” sections that describes the planned project on 42 acres at Perimeter Park Center and Hammond Drive near the Dunwoody MARTA station as a place to “charge your spirit.” “A destination that proves that life at the heart of Atlanta’s Perimeter can hold within it the culture and character of a city and the...

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NPU-B protests front-yard setback issue in Buckhead’s Garden Hills

A proposal to halve the required front-yard space for a new house in Buckhead’s Garden Hills is drawing protests from NPU-B as it heads to a May 9 city hearing. “I think this is a critically important issue” with an effect that could “radically change the character of the neighborhood,” said NPU-B chair Nancy Bliwise at the group’s May 7 meeting. The property is 464 Pinetree Drive, at the intersection with N. Hills Drive. Applicant Joe Prochaska – who did not speak at the NPU meeting – is seeking a variance for a 17.5-foot front-yard setback instead of 35...

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Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation seeks nominations for 2020 ‘Places in Peril’ list

The Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation is accepting nominations for the 2020 edition of “Places in Peril,” its annual list of the 10 most endangered historic resources in the state. Local sites that have appeared on previous “Places in Peril” lists in recent years include the former Oxford, Too bookstore building in Buckhead; the since-demolished Glenridge Hall mansion in Sandy Springs; and Buckhead’s Bobby Jones Golf Course prior to its makeover. The list is intended to highlight endangered resources and boost local preservation efforts. Aside from buildings, the list also can include districts, landscapes, archaeological sites and similar resources....

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Brookhaven lifts ban on residential short-term rentals

Brookhaven homeowners living in single-family residential neighborhoods can now rent out their homes through short-term rental agencies such as Airbnb after the City Council agreed to lift a ban in place since November. The City Council voted unanimously on April 23 to amend its zoning ordinance to allow all homeowners to engage in short term rentals under certain conditions — that homeowners eligible for homestead exemptions can participate in short-term rentals for no more than 180 days a year. The homeowners must obtain a permit from the city’s Community Development Department to do so and any property with more...

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Developer withdraws plans for senior apartments in Lenox Park

Plans to build a senior multiunit residential development in Lenox Park on the Brookhaven/Buckhead border have been erased following backlash from the community opposed to apartments. The Brookhaven Planning Commission had recommended the project be denied after the developer requested a waiver for the city’s new workforce housing mandate. The Brookhaven City Council at its April 23 meeting voted to accept the withdrawal of an application to build a 188 multiunit residential project for people 55 and older at 1035, 1045, 1055 and 1065 Lenox Park Blvd. The withdrawal request was made by a representative from AT&T, owner of...

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14-unit townhome development proposed for Sandy Springs’ north end

A 14-unit townhome project has been proposed for Sandy Springs’ north end. The proposal comes as the city looks into ways to inspire redevelopment in the north end area. The project is proposed for 1190 and 1194 Hope Road, which runs between Roswell Road and Dunwoody Place. The lots, together totaling 1.4 acres, currently have two single-family homes. The developer, identified in planning documents as Callicott Holdings, LLC, is seeking a rezoning to allow it to construct townhomes. The 14 units would be two stories with two-car garages, according to a site plan. Two parking spaces per unit would...

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Real estate news in brief from Reporter Newspapers communities

Gardens for Connoisseurs Tour   Benefiting the Atlanta Botanical Garden, the 35th annual “Gardens for Connoisseurs” tour will feature nine gardens at private homes in Buckhead, Sandy Springs, Decatur and Midtown on May 11-12. A special stop on the tour will be late designer and event co-founder Ryan Gainey’s garden. The self-guided tour will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. rain or shine. Tickets are available at atlantabg.org. Buckhead apartment complex opens New apartment community The Ashley Gables Buckhead at 530 East Paces Ferry Road is officially open. The Ashley is the first apartment complex to offer...

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