Category: Home & Real Estate

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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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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Developer wants to scrap Dresden Drive townhome project

The developer of a proposed townhome project on Brookhaven’s bustling Dresden Drive says it wants to scrap those plans and build only single-family houses after receiving significant blowback from residents living in adjacent neighborhoods. The City Council is slated to take up the request at its April 23 meeting. Harrison Development & Construction was hoping to get a 60-day deferral from the city’s Planning Commission at its April 3 meeting on its proposed project to build eight townhomes and two single-family houses on a less than 1 acre plot at the corner of Dresden Drive and Camille Drive. A...

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Local home sales market nears its peak, agents say

The white-hot housing market in Buckhead and top end Perimeter neighborhoods may be hitting its peak as prices rise above salaries, two experienced local real estate agents say. For now, Brookhaven is the hottest area, especially as long commute times drive some homebuying decisions. “Families are feeling priced out of Buckhead’s new construction and smaller homes,” says John Mason of Harry Norman Realtors’ Dunwoody-based Atlanta Perimeter office. “The Brookhaven market is much stronger than Sandy Springs or Dunwoody.” Kelly Marsh of Brookhaven’s Keller Williams Realty says the housing market has come back to where prices are even a little...

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Brookhaven backs off short-term rental ban

The city of Brookhaven is backing off its ban of short-term rentals, such as Airbnb, in single-family residential neighborhoods, just a few months after implementing the restriction as part of its new zoning code. The Planning Commission at its April 3 meeting voted to recommend allowing short-term rentals in all residential neighborhoods and districts through an annual permitting process. Community Development staff members said the request to do so came from the mayor and City Council. The short-term rentals would only be allowed for owner-occupied houses, according to the zoning code amendment. The recommendation now goes to the City...

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Brookhaven Planning Commission rejects proposed Lenox Park senior apartments project

The Brookhaven Planning Commission is recommending denial of a proposed senior living apartment development in Lenox Park after the developer asked for a waiver on the city’s new workforce housing mandate. The commission voted unanimously at its April 3 meeting to reject a rezoning request by Greystar GP II LLC to rezone four parcels at 1035, 1045, 1055 and 1065 Lenox Park Blvd. for a 188 multiunit residential project for people age 55 and older. The site is currently an approximate 5-acre green space and is zoned for two office buildings. The project is the first proposed development in...

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Buckhead’s Historic Brookwood Hills home tour features mix of old and new

A chance to view four homes located in Buckhead’s historic Brookwood Hills neighborhood takes place this month as part of an exclusive tour that only occurs every other year. The fifth biennial event is the signature fundraiser for the Brookwood Hills Friends group with this year’s proceeds going to Children Healthcare of Atlanta’s recently opened Center for Advanced Pediatrics. The Brookwood Hills Home Tour takes place April 27 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Registration is required to attend and can be made by visiting choa.org/brookwoodhillstour. Tour tickets are $35. The theme for the 2019 tour is “History Reimagined”...

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Dunwoody businesses confront sudden boost in property taxes

A big boost in commercial assessments has led some local Republican leaders to say DeKalb County officials are targeting Dunwoody businesses unfairly. But the county tax assessor says Dunwoody’s properties are simply much more valuable in the current thriving real estate market and noted many commercial properties have not been assessed in as much as a decade. The fever pitch of allegations that DeKalb County discriminated against Dunwoody even led state Rep. Mike Wilensky, a freshman Democrat from Dunwoody, to usher through a bill this session to change the assessment method. “We went to other commissioners and chiefs of...

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Major Perimeter Center grocery, restaurants project returns

A major Perimeter Center project that would include a grocery store and restaurants is back on the table after decades-old zoning conditions nearly sunk the project earlier this year. Branch Ashwood Associates, a division of Branch Properties, recently submitted plans to the city seeking to rezone approximately 10 acres at 4720 Ashford-Dunwoody Road, 1250 Meadow Lane Road and 500-700 Ashwood Parkway to make way for a new commercial development including an anchor grocery store, retail and restaurants. The grocery store is not named, but in documents filed with the city it is described as “a special prototype that will...

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Dunwoody Planning Commission splits on proposed Roberts Drive infill project

A controversial proposal to build nine single-family houses on Roberts Drive across the street from where the new Austin Elementary School is under construction drew a split vote from the Dunwoody Planning Commission at its March 12 meeting. The Planning Commission voted 3-3 on the request from Rock River Realty 2018 LLC to rezone nearly acres at 5318 and 5328 Roberts Drive, behind the Swancy Farmhouse, from R-100 to R-50. The tie vote essentially means no recommendation from the commission, according to city officials. The full City Council will take up the rezoning request in April. The proposed development...

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Chamblee officials say Peachtree Creek Greenway priority, but unsure how it will be built

A one-mile segment in Chamblee of the planned 12-mile long Peachtree Creek Greenway is a crucial link to creating the regional multi-use path now under construction in Brookhaven, say city officials. But questions when the link will be built, and by whom, remain unknown at this time. The Peachtree Creek Greenway nonprofit advocacy group held a March 7 meeting at an office building at Century Center. Century Center is a private office park at the southernmost tip of Chamblee bordering Brookhaven and is where nearly all of Chamblee’s portion of the Greenway would be constructed. But Chamblee City Council...

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Dunwoody, Grubb seal deal on street, bike path projects for Perimeter Center mixed-use development

The city of Dunwoody and Grubb Properties formalized March 11 their agreement for Grubb to fund $275,000 for transportation projects as part of the developer’s planned mixed-use development on Perimeter Center East that includes 900 condominiums. The city recently rezoned the approximately 20 acres at 41, 47 and 53 Perimeter Center East to make way for Grubb’s plans to build the Park at Perimeter Center East project. The project includes building four residential towers up to 14 stories tall on what is now mostly underutilized surface parking lots and tearing down one 5-story office building to make room for...

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