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Featured Neighborhood: Creekstone Point (Cumming, GA)

Creekstone Point

“Relaxation, serenity and seclusion: They’re all at home in Creekstone Point.” – SR Homes

Active adult communities are becoming increasingly popular, especially in suburban Atlanta. Suburban lifestyle with proximity to a major city and airport make this an attractive option for those heading into retirement but looking to travel, be near family and enjoy amenities.

I have more than a decade experience selling homes in the northern suburbs of Atlanta and I’m happy to report on new and exciting opportunities. Allow me to introduce you to Creekstone Point, a new 55-plus community in South Forsyth Co.

Pre-sale opportunities began at Creekstone July 8.

The neighborhood features ranch-style, master-on-main homes, a clubhouse and gym. The community is gated and, according to Creekstone Point, “built for luxury.” Conveniently located off 141 near GA-400, this community is less than an hour from downtown. New shopping and entertainment venues have also popped up in the area, adding to the convenience.

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Address: 1860 Old Alpharetta Rd, 30041
Website: http://www.srhomes.com/creekstone-point


Marie Dinsmore
The Dinsmore Team
www.DinsmoreTeam.com
770-712-7789

 

Featured Neighborhood: Cheswyck in Cumming, GA

5658837_1These stunning, five-plus bedroom homes by D.R. Horton are located in Cumming, GA and feature resort-style amenities, including lighted tennis courts, a luxurious club house, community lake, and a large pool with five lanes.

Each homesite boasts professional landscaping with either wooded, lake, or greenspace views and include interior trim packages, five-inch hardwood floors, and an abundance of crown molding.  Basements are also an option—along with cul-de-sac lots—which complement the luxury of upscale interiors that feature full oak staircases with iron spindles, coffered ceilings, and large walk-in closets.

5658837_22For buyers particularly interested in homes featuring beautiful kitchens, Cheswyck homes include gourmet kitchens with granite countertops, ceramic tile backsplashes, stainless steel appliances, double wall ovens, and gas cooktops.

SCHOOLS:

Shiloh Point Elementary     PK-5th

Piney Grove Middle     6th-8th

South Forsyth High     9th-12th

14906380-150416If you’d like to learn more or would like to schedule a showing, I’d love to help you.  Please feel free to contact me.

Marie Dinsmore | The Dinsmore Team | www.DinsmoreTeam.com | 770-712-7789

Tips for Purchasing a Luxury Home

khIf you’ve worked hard for years in an effort to accrue a certain income level, at some point, you’re likely to want to invest your hard-earned money into a home that you and your family can truly enjoy.  Whether it’s a modern high-rise condo or a sprawling golf course estate, there are a few items that should be considered before purchasing a luxury home.

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Featured Neighborhood: The Hampshires in Milton, GA

13811526-141028If you’re looking for an established swim & tennis community with spacious wooded acreage and rolling landscapes, The Hampshires, by Peachtree Residential Properties, is a true gem.  With 60 homesites boasting houses ranging from 3318 to 4383-square feet, each home includes a basement and has a two-car side-entry garage and tandem third car garage.

Starting in the 600’s, each home is built with three sides brick and sits upon lots that range from one to three acres.  Standard features include expansive kitchen islands with beautiful 13811550-141028granite countertops, upscale stainless steel appliances, crown molding, and stunning hardwoods which complement each home’s light, open floor plan.

Located near superior Northwest and Fulton schools: Birmingham Falls Elementary, Hopewell Middle, and Cambridge High School, this community has close access GA-400 and is just a short drive from The Avalon, The Collection at Forsyth, and Northpoint Mall.

13811552-141028Voted one of the top five safest places to live in Georgia for 2015, Milton was also named the best overall city in Georgia and is actually considered the 9th best city in the Southeast.

If you’d like to know more about this truly beautiful community or would like to schedule a visit, please contact me for more information.  While new communities usually have their own agents on site, it’s important to have the backing of a Realtor who is there to look out for your best interests, rather than the builder’s.

Marie Dinsmore | The Dinsmore Team | www.DinsmoreTeam.com | 770-712-7789

Simple Updates to Bring Your 1970s Home into this Century

before-and-after-photos_005Whether you’re looking to move in the next few years or at some unknown point down the road, if you own an older home, it can be challenging to think about entering a housing market that is frequently flooded with new builds.  While there’s something to be said for the quality and integrity of older building materials, as well as the character that comes with etched woodwork and crown molding, if your home was built in the 60s or 70s, chances are good that it’s missing that old-time charm anyway.

What you will find, however, are things like wood paneling, dark flooring, dim lighting, and an abundance of popcorn ceilings.  In essence, things tend to feel a bit tight.  Therefore, if you’re looking to bring a home that’s 40 to 50-years-old into this century, a few tweaks can make a great deal of difference.

GET RID OF DARK PANELING

Homes in this era tend to have lower ceilings which, combined with darker wall coverings, often make people feel as if they’re living in a cave.  To really make things feel open and light, one of the first considerations should involve removing the dark paneling.  While this process definitely requires a bit of effort, it will be well worth it in the end.  If you’re extremely handy or have experience with this type of renovation, it’s certainly a project that can be done without professional help; however, depending upon the condition of your walls beneath the paneling, additional assistance may be required.

If you don’t have the time or money to remove the paneling all-together, consider painting over it with a light color.

BRING IN THE LIGHT

Since low ceilings tend to restrict the amount of light that comes into your home, a great remedy involves the installation of a few skylights.  While this is another project that you may be able to do on your own, it’s probably wise to hire the services of a professional.  Not only can they help make sure the installation is done right—you certainly don’t want rain leaking in—they can help you select the right type of skylights for your home, as well as your budget.

ADDING WINDOWS

Although replacing your existing windows may go a long way towards making your home feel a bit more modern, especially if they’ve become drafty over the years, part of allowing more light into your space may simply involve adding additional windows to certain rooms.

Clearly, this is generally a job for a professional, especially if you’re planning on adding windows or expanding existing ones.  Anytime you mess with your walls, it’s important to have a solid understanding of where your structural supports are, so making sure this project is done correctly is pretty important.

REPLACE YOUR FLOORING

Whether you’re dealing with carpeting, tile, or wood flooring, you’ll add more appeal to your home by replacing any dark flooring with lighter alternatives.  Consider swapping dark carpeting with lighter, more muted tones (e.g. beige, grey, off-white, etc.) and refinish any dark-stained wood with a lighter stain.  If you have an abundance of dated vinyl flooring, you may want to opt for a pale colored tile instead.

SAY GOODBYE TO THE POPCORN CEILINGS

Most homes built during the 60s and 70s have popcorn ceilings, which have a tendency to cause shadows and trap dust.  With that, no matter how well you renovate the rest of your home, they will always scream, “I was built in 1973!”  Therefore, updating your ceilings is wise investment and is something that doesn’t necessarily require the services of a professional painter.  Most people are entirely capable of doing it themselves; however, aside from being messy, it requires the use of certain tools that you simply may not have at home.

For tips on updating the curb appeal of your outdated home, stay tuned for next week’s blog.  As always, if you would like advice or want to know what types of home changes will give you the best bang for your buck, please contact me.  I’m always here to help.

Marie Dinsmore | The Dinsmore Team | www.DinsmoreTeam.com | 770-712-7789

Community Resources

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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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