Riverside Sandy Springs

The Riverside community of Sandy Springs might possibly be the largest HOA run community in Sandy Springs.  This fabulous neighborhood originated in the late 1960’s with homes originally selling for less than $50,000!  Nowadays, your average range of homes is from $400,000 – $1,000,000!

Riverside is known as THE swim tennis community in Sandy Springs, with an amazing swim team and ALTA team.  The clubhouse is also a great place to host parties and neighborhood events.  Riverside is a family friendly neighborhood with many children riding bikes and parent’s strolling the streets.  Riverside feeds into the sought after public school system of Heards Ferry, Ridgeview and Riverwood High school.  Many families move here to reap the benefits of all 3 public schools.

If you are looking to go the private school route, it is a quick drive to Holy Innocents Episcopal School, Marist School, Holy Spirit, The Epstein School, Galloway, and Mount Vernon Presbyterian.  Being just 5 minutes from the interstate, you’re truly close to it all!  You are minutes from all your shopping needs with Whole Foods, Target, Publix, and so much more.   Excellent dining choices like Hearth, Flying Biscuit, 5 Season’s Brewery, Enzo, Brooklyn Café and the list goes on!

Whether your goal is to find a home to renovate and refurbish or an immaculately restored home, Riverside should be top on your real estate list.

West Village Brookfield Park

If you live in the Smyrna Vinings area then you know the West Village – it has become somewhat of a landmark for those of us residing in “Sminings.”  The West Village is a fabulous live, shop, play community.  People come from all over to enjoy their coffee at Starbucks, pizza at Blue Moon or family night at MacCray’s Tavern.  However, amongst the luckiest Smyrna Vinings residents are probably the ones living right in the West Village.  The West Village began new construction in 2006 with many different phases coming together year after year.   Buyers can have their choice from a condo or townhome or single family home.

Quite a few builders have helped make The West Village community what is today: Lennar Homes, Monte Hewett, Pulte Homes and Ashton Woods to name a few.  One of the last new construction phases was built by Ashton Woods Homes, one of Atlanta’s premier builders.  Ashton Woods Homes has come into the West Village and offered a fabulous product of craftsman style energy efficient homes.  Lennar Homes also provided fabulous product with inviting outdoor living areas.  Monte Hewett was one of the original builders and their attention to detail and quality far surpassed the competition.  The West Village offers all the luxury of the live, shop, play feel while still enjoying a private yard and a sparkling swimming pool!

Ashton Woods Homes and Monte Hewett homes were built energy efficient. What exactly does this mean to you?  Radiant Barrier Roofs, Double Pane, Vinyl – Low-E Windows, Fresh Air Ventilation System, Combustion Safety, Low VOC Paints and Carpet, Pressure Balancing, Dow House Wraps, and so much more. Ashton Woods Homes is recognized by the Deptartment of Energy for the energy efficient homes they build. Ashton Woods is part of Power House Green through Environments for Living.

Next time you are enjoying a burger at Five Guys Burgers be sure to swing through the residential part of the West Village!  Affordable homes with access to a swimming pool, work-out facility, club house and all the live, shop, play attraction of the West Village!

Wakefield Estates – Smyrna Vinings

This week we thought we would highlight Wakefield Estates. A wonderful community right off of South Atlanta Rd, just south of the Paces Ferry intersection. Wakefield Estates first broke ground in Smyrna in 2006 (yes, during the boom!). Wilmont Williams was the builder and the new construction homes were starting in the mid $600k’s. They had a craftsman style flair with all the upgrades and amenities the current buyer wanted! Wilmont Williams was selling rapidly at first, being one of the only new construction neighborhoods that offered a swimming pool, buyers couldn’t get there fast enough.

Of course, the craftsman style, new construction, and swimming pool could only go so far once the housing bust occurred. Out went Wilmont Williams and in came Traton Homes! One of the few big name builders that was surviving during the “hard times.” Traton Homes had/has a great model, which is to provide a new construction product that has everything the buyer wants at a price they can’t pass up. I think Traton Homes was in Wakefield Estates for only 30 days before they sold everything out!

Fast-forward to the present and Wakefield Estates is still one of the most sought after communities in Smyrna. The craftsman style is still very popular AND truth be told, Wakefield Estates is still one of the few subdivisions to boast a swimming pool in Smyrna! Prices had dropped into the $300k’s at one point; however, the average is probably the mid $400k’s now and rising everyday.