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Forsyth County – Deerfield Township Final Phase Approved

Forsyth County approved rezoning last week to complete the final phase of Deerfield Township.  The entire development comprises of 500 acres of mixed-use property and was launched in the 1990’s by Seven Oaks and Orkin.

The $300 million dollar final phase will be 164 acres, and will include more than 400 senior-oriented housing units, 560 multifamily units, 283-single-family housing units, and at least 250,000 square feet of retail and commercial development.  It is expected to take at least five years to complete the project, located west of GA400 at McGinnis Ferry and Strickland Roads.

The Georgia 400 corridor remains attractive for developers as north metro-Atlanta is the home to many corporate headquarters, executives and top performing schools.  Residents of Forsyth County also enjoy lower taxes than Fulton County.

Front Door Communities acquired 158 acres in south Forsyth to start a 400-home project last month; the largest residential land transaction in seven years in metro-Atlanta.

Featured Neighborhood: The Cottages at Daves Creek

This month’s featured neighborhood is The Cottages at Daves Creek. This exclusive community of homes is located in South Forsyth County, approximately one mile south of the intersection of Georgia Highway 20 and Trammel Road, adjacent to the Windermere Golf & Country Club.  In fact, you can even walk to the clubhouse from the front door of your new home.

Homes in the community exhibit unique architecture and feature charming English and Craftsman inspired design.   The homes are built with exceptional materials demonstrating superior quality, craftsmanship and great attention to detail.

In addition to golfing and the clubhouse, amenities include a swimming pool, lighted tennis court, playground, as well as sidewalks and charming streetlights throughout the subdivision.

Inside, the homes have upgrades galore, featuring 10+ foot ceilings on the main level and 9+ foot ceilings on the upper level, hardwood floors throughout, walk in closets, butlers pantry, granite counter tops, stainless appliances, irrigation system, and professional landscaping.   You’ll enjoy ample space for entertaining, including open kitchens with keeping rooms, formal dining rooms and outdoor entertaining areas.

With homes ranging from ranch to two-story master on main, The Cottages at Daves Creek offers something to meet every lifestyle.  Within The Cottages at Daves Creek, families will enjoy the relaxed natural surroundings and central gathering areas as well as the preserved park space along Daves Creek.

Children residing in The Cottages at Daves Creek will attend Daves Creek Elementary, Lakeside Middle and South Forsyth High School.

There are currently two new homes available.   Both are 4 bedroom, 3-1/2 bath, two story homes with the master bedroom on the main floor.   The quality of these homes is good, that the builder even offers a lifetime guarantee on the tile roof.  To see the details on both of these homes, click here.

2415 Bradwardine Court

2415 Bradwardine Court

2395 Bradwardine Court

2395 Bradwardine Court

Please call me if you are interested in viewing this fabulous community.

Marie Dinsmore, Certified Luxury Home Marketing Specialist

The Dinsmore Real Estate Team  | | 770-712-7789

The Dinsmore Team Member Introduction – OCD Cleaners

The Dinsmore Team consists of several local professionals who I trust, and who I know that I can recommend to my clients with the utmost confidence.   My recommendations are a reflection on my service, so I do make certain that the members of my team are above and beyond that of other local service providers.

Having said that, I’d like to introduce you to another member of The Dinsmore “Team”, OCD Cleaners, LLC.  You have to love the company name if you are looking for a cleaning service!

Philadelphia Pledger, Owner, and Staci M. Dongelewic, Manager, of OCD Cleaners are consummate professionals, and will make sure that home is perfect whether buying or selling.   In addition to one-time, move in/move out cleaning, they also offer week, bi-weekly or monthly cleaning schedules, and all of their staff speak English.

If you are preparing to sell your home, you need to make sure that it is shown in its best light – decluttered and above all, clean.  I would strongly recommend that you consider OCD Cleaners for your next house cleaning.

OCD Cleaners, LLC – Description of Services

OCD Cleaners is an up and coming business currently servicing the Atlanta area. “Where perfection is our standard” is our company motto. OCD Cleaners believes that every job big or small should be treated with the same attention to detail. Finding the time to clean after a long day or with the demands of work and life is tough. Luckily OCD Cleaners is here to help.

OCD Cleaners is a professional cleaning service with customized cleaning programs to meet the needs of our clients at competitive prices. We are a full service commercial and residential cleaning company that is licensed, insured and bonded.

We specialize in residential and commercial cleaning, and provide quality services that exceed our clients expectations. We embrace our clients with a professional customer support team and highly competitive cleaning experts.

We clean your house or office from top to bottom. We will clean your bathrooms, bedrooms, kitchen, and common areas. We will vacuum, dust and disinfect, enhance and maintain the appearance in all rooms of your home.

We hope to hear from you soon!

The Atlanta Magazine Features Five Star Real Estate Agent, Marie Dinsmore

five star4 I hope you will be able to view the August issue of The Atlanta Magazine.   Helping home buyers and sellers is my passion, and I am so thankful to my clients for receiving recognition as one of the 2013 Atlanta Five Star Real Estate Agents Award.

This honor is extremely meaningful to me, as the final list of 2013 winners is a very select group, representing less than 2% of real estate agents in the area, and the professionals represented do not pay a fee to be included.

I am truly blessed to be doing what I love to do every day, and to be surrounded by such a professional group of people who make up The Dinsmore Real Estate Team.

five star 3Here is an excerpt from the magazine article:

“The Five Star Professional research team contacted thousands of recent home buyers, as well as other consumers.” “Five Star Professional surveyed Atlanta area residents who purchased a home priced at more than $150,000 within a 12-month period (November 2011 to November 2012).  The final list of 2013 winners is a very select group, and represents less than 2% of real estate agents in the area.”

You can find more detailed information on the 2013 Five Star Real Estate Agent research methodology by clicking here.

fivestar6If I can be assistance to you, your family or neighbors, please let me know. Referrals are the heartbeat of my business, and I look forward to years of continued service.

Marie Dinsmore, Certified Luxury Home Marketing Specialist

The Dinsmore Real Estate Team  | | 770-712-7789

Forsyth County Amends Residential Zoning Categories

Forsyth County recently amended its Unified Development Code to allow smaller lots in the RES3 zoning category.  RES3-zoned properties must now be developed with minimum 2,000 sq. ft. homes, but the Board of Commissioners approved the reduction of minimum lot sizes in this zoning category from 14,500 sq. ft. to 10,000 sq. ft.  The Board maintained RES3’s maximum density of 2.5 units per acre.

In its effort to make the RES3 zoning category more attractive, Forsyth County also made development of the RES4 category more difficult.  The Commission increased minimum RES4 lot sizes from 6,000 sq. ft. to 8,000 sq. ft., and decreased the maximum density from 4.0 units per acre, to 3.5 units per acre.

RES4 zoning applications filed prior to July 18th’s code amendments may continue under the prior code, though our firm is already experiencing pressure to increase RES4 lot sizes to at least 8,000 sq. ft.

Please contact Ethan Underwood with Lipscomb, Johnson, Sleister, Dailey & Smith, LLP  at 770-887-7761 if you have any questions regarding these code changes.

Community Resources


2019 Welcome Services

The Dinsmore Team has created this handy guide for both Buyers and Sellers. The guide lists trusted service providers that we use personally and professionally. The providers listed service the Forsyth and North Fulton County areas.

2014 Complete Guide to Moving

This 20-Page Guide will be your comprehensive source for selling your home and planning your move. It includes tips for getting ready to sell, planning your move, packing and transitioning into your new home.

2014 Home Owners Tip Guide

This 20-Page Guide will help you develop an annual maintenance schedule for your home's systems and appliances to help you avoid bigger problems by taking care of them while they are small. It's also a great resource for trouble shooting malfunctions on your own, saving you time and money.


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