History, Hospitality and Horses

By Natalie Friedmann

“History, hospitality and horses describes Aiken, South Carolina so perfectly,” says Melissa Major, Broker in Charge at Carolina Real Estate Company. 

Rich in history, Aiken was once a “winter colony” — a retreat for the wealthy when they needed to escape bitter cold winters. It is no surprise that with the area’s perfect climate, pine scented breezes and an abundance of spring water the town once served as a health resort. Wealthy horse enthusiasts soon discovered this quaint town, and after bringing their horses to Aiken for pleasure and training, they quickly fell in love and established luxurious cottage homes and stables - most of which are still standing today. 

“Aiken is one of the country’s most important equestrian centers with facilities for trail riding, fox hunting, hunter-jumper events, race tracks, steeplechasing and polo,” Courtney Conger, Realtor® and owner of Carolina Real Estate Company. The temperate climate allows for year-round training of horses of all disciplines. The largest urban forest in the country, The Hitchcock Woods, is at the heart of Aiken and amid the 2,200 acres are nearly 70 miles of trails that are graced by equestrians, hikers, joggers and even dog walkers. 

At the entrance of The Hitchcock Woods on Laurens Street, SW is a grand Winter Colony residence dating back to 1937. The stately, 7000-square-foot brick home is a true beauty, reminiscent of a European country estate. The home has polished oak floors, high ceilings and many period details throughout. The grounds of the home are breathtaking. "The charming flagstone-floored porch off the living room overlooks a sparkling gunite pool and over 4.5 acres of spectacular lawns shaded by ancient live oaks and pines interspersed with specimen trees imported from Europe and Asia,” says Conger. This incredible historic Aiken estate is offered exclusively by the Carolina Company at $1,799,000 and may be seen by appointment only with the listing agent.

In addition to being a desirable equestrian destination and home to stunning and luxurious, historical estates, Aiken also offers residents the chance to indulge in world class golf and tennis as well as excellent shopping and dining and a variety of cultural activities.

 

Courtney Conger

Carolina Real Estate Company

803.648.8660

www.carolinahorseproperties.com



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Posted on: 5/26/2016 at 11:23 AM
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History, Hospitality and Horses

By Natalie Friedmann

“History, hospitality and horses describes Aiken, South Carolina so perfectly,” says Melissa Major, Broker in Charge at Carolina Real Estate Company. 

Rich in history, Aiken was once a “winter colony” — a retreat for the wealthy when they needed to escape bitter cold winters. It is no surprise that with the area’s perfect climate, pine scented breezes and an abundance of spring water the town once served as a health resort. Wealthy horse enthusiasts soon discovered this quaint town, and after bringing their horses to Aiken for pleasure and training, they quickly fell in love and established luxurious cottage homes and stables - most of which are still standing today. 

“Aiken is one of the country’s most important equestrian centers with facilities for trail riding, fox hunting, hunter-jumper events, race tracks, steeplechasing and polo,” Courtney Conger, Realtor® and owner of Carolina Real Estate Company. The temperate climate allows for year-round training of horses of all disciplines. The largest urban forest in the country, The Hitchcock Woods, is at the heart of Aiken and amid the 2,200 acres are nearly 70 miles of trails that are graced by equestrians, hikers, joggers and even dog walkers. 

At the entrance of The Hitchcock Woods on Laurens Street, SW is a grand Winter Colony residence dating back to 1937. The stately, 7000-square-foot brick home is a true beauty, reminiscent of a European country estate. The home has polished oak floors, high ceilings and many period details throughout. The grounds of the home are breathtaking. "The charming flagstone-floored porch off the living room overlooks a sparkling gunite pool and over 4.5 acres of spectacular lawns shaded by ancient live oaks and pines interspersed with specimen trees imported from Europe and Asia,” says Conger. This incredible historic Aiken estate is offered exclusively by the Carolina Company at $1,799,000 and may be seen by appointment only with the listing agent.

In addition to being a desirable equestrian destination and home to stunning and luxurious, historical estates, Aiken also offers residents the chance to indulge in world class golf and tennis as well as excellent shopping and dining and a variety of cultural activities.

 

Courtney Conger

Carolina Real Estate Company

803.648.8660

www.carolinahorseproperties.com



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Comfort and Luxury in Suburban Atlanta

By Natalie Friedmann

As a major metropolitan area, Atlanta might bring to mind the hustle and bustle of a big city, but the charm of the area spans beyond any of those stereotypes — some would even say one must only look just outside the city lines into the cozy city suburbs.

"Due to the vast expanse of companies headquartered in Atlanta, the city and surrounding areas receive quite a bit of real estate traffic from the northeast due to corporate relocation,” says Ed Short, REALTOR® with Better Homes and Gardens® Real Estate Metro Brokers, specializing in the north metro Atlanta area. The area has much to offer its residents from fine dining and various happenings at the renowned Fox Theatre to the nearby mountains and picturesque Lake Lanier.

In addition to the amenities, the north metro Atlanta area boasts some luxurious properties—one of which is located at 13210 Owens Way in Milton, Ga. This beautiful estate is located on 1.66 acres. The elegant brick and stone exterior sets the tone for the equally elegant interior, which offers a sprawling open floor plan. The grand, two-story foyer offers inviting, warm hardwood floors.

Beyond the foyer is a banquet-sized formal dining room and professional chef’s kitchen. There is a keeping room off the kitchen with coffered ceiling, built-in bookcases and stacked stone fireplace. A guest bedroom with a private, full bath is on the main level. 

The master retreat is breathtaking with a trey ceiling, morning bar with refrigerator and sitting room with fireplace and built-in bookcase. The en suite master bathroom exudes a spa-like atmosphere.
A main attraction of this property is the finished, walk-out terrace level complete with full bath, two bonus rooms, stacked stone fireplace and a full wet bar. There is a patio off the terrace level with an outdoor fireplace and a brick paved deck off the master bedroom, both of which overlook the private, wooded yard. This property is listed with Ed Short for $1.45 million. 

Ed Short

Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Metro Brokers

ed.short@metrobrokers.com

Office: 404-843-2500 

Cell: 404-918-2500




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Posted on: 5/26/2016 at 10:49 AM
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Atlanta's Southern Comforts

By Stephanie Cavanaugh

Ask about Atlanta and the accolades tumble. "We enjoy a temperate climate," says realtor Shawn Hollenkamp with Better Homes and GardensTM Real Estate Metro Brokers. "There's no true winter and snow's a rarity.  There's rich culture, historic homes, thirty-plus public and private golf courses. There's Lake Lanier and Lake Altoona for swimming, boating and skiing. Festivals? You name it there's something going on at all times; football and baseball and tennis and theater downtown; and Six Flags amusement park.    Low property and state taxes..." 

Hollenkamp, a top one percent agent and certified relocation specialist with Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Metro Brokers, specializes in the "northern arc" of Atlanta, including Fulton, Cherokee, and Cobb counties. Each, he says, has "a different flavor."

Fulton makes up much of Atlanta itself. North Atlanta, he says, "is very affluent, a mix of equestrian estates and country club communities, with homes above $500,000. Closer to downtown prices quickly rise and buyers can find condos and homes at various price points." 

Cherokee County is more up and coming, with very nice new communities but a lot of undeveloped land. It's proximity to major employment centers makes it very attractive to home buyers.

Affluent Cobb County, on the outskirts of Atlanta, is "a touch of country in the city, with city amenities, top schools, and many homesteads with multiple acres." 

A traditional two story rebuild home in the Cobb County town of Smyrna, located in the Forest Hill Subdivision for example, features five bedrooms, 3.5 baths, and basement.  The 3,500 square foot home priced at $599,000 sits on one third of an acre and is walking distance to the Smyrna Market and park and minutes to the new Braves Stadium.

Atlanta's homes may be splendid, and the activities vast, but what Hollenkamp likes best are the people, "They aren't in such a big hurry. There's a real southern charm."

 

Shawn Hollenkamp

Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Metro Brokers

 Office: 404.843.2500

Cell: 770.337.6496

shawn.hollenkam@metrobrokers.com



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Posted on: 5/24/2016 at 12:08 PM
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Gwinnett County, Georgia

From the booming streets of downtown Atlanta to the lush wilderness of the Chattahoochee National Forest, few states have the ability to cater to the lifestyles of both city dwellers and nature enthusiasts quite like Georgia.

Some desire a combination of these two lifestyles, and nowhere are they so seamlessly united as in Gwinnett County. The area encompasses six cities, all within close proximity of both serene, natural landscapes and the metropolitan city of Atlanta. Thanks to this highly coveted location, Gwinnett County has become known as “Atlanta’s Playground.”

From Duluth to Sewanee, each of Gwinnett County’s cities offers its own unique, small town atmosphere complete with local art, theater and dining. Thanks to the mild seasons and short cold spells, there’s never a bad time to explore the surrounding nature sights as well, with nearby Stone Mountain and Lanier Island ranking among the most popular destinations.

Marcelle Smith, a Gwinnett County resident and Realtor at Better Homes and Gardens Metro Brokers, has spent many years turning visitors into happy residents. Marcelle specializes in distinctive lifestyle communities, offering her clients everything they need from real estate, mortgage and insurance to closing services. If you would like a home on the lake, golf course, close to one of the great parks, along with the great Georgia schools, Marcelle can help you find that perfect home for you.

It’s rare to find one area that makes it so convenient to enjoy these distinct lifestyle options. Whether it’s the small town charm, big city access or Georgia’s stunning natural landscapes, Gwinnett County residents truly do have it all. 

Better Homes and Gardents Metro Brokers

Marcelle Smith

Office: 404.843.2500

Cell: 678.665.4864

marcelle.smith@metrobrokers.com

www.metrobrokers.com



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Posted on: 5/24/2016 at 11:41 AM
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Champion Views of the Blue Ridge Mountains- Champion Hills, North Carolina

This extraordinary home is proudly sited on over 6 acres, with captivating long range southern views of the Blue Ridge Mountains.  Lovingly planned with great attention to detail and built by master craftsmen. Embellished with numerous, one of a kind architectural elements from the Great Gatsby’s of Atlanta.

It has the features you would expect from a home of this caliber including, an in-law suite and elevator that provides easy access to all 3 levels. This home has the feel of an era of elegance, yet has all of the state of the art amenities we’ve come to enjoy today.  The outdoor spaces are equally delightful with several decks, covered porches and a beautiful water feature.  


Champion Hills is an established, memberowned, debt free, friendly community, eight minutes from downtown Hendersonville, NC. We have the proud distinction of being Tom Fazio’s Summer Home golf course, ranked #6 in the state. Conveniently located near Asheville, Charlotte and Greenville, SC. 


Come enjoy mountain living at its finest, and see why Champion Hills is the best kept secret! MLS# HNCM560453   Offered at $4,450,000.


Beverly-Hanks & Associates
Sherry Woods and Mary Kay Buhrke
800.633.5122
championhills@beverly-hanks.com
www.championhills.com


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Posted on: 5/24/2016 at 11:38 AM
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Florida's Ultimate Gulf Front Home- Rosemary Beach

There are but two homes in the Rosemary Beach® community that occupy lots 115 feet wide and are directly on the Gulf of Mexico. Known as, "Founders Lots"  these are the first properties to be built in this magnificent, neo-traditional planned community, which rose from the sands of the Emerald Coast of Florida twenty years ago.

Of the pair, the extraordinary compound designed by Bobby McAlpine and known as Beluga holds pride of place. "It's the ultimate Gulf front home, setting the standard for future construction," says Linda Miller, broker at Rosemary Beach Realty. "When you walk into this oasis it's like you're on the beach," says Miller. With its rare elevation, there are direct, unobstructed gulf views from the first floor. The beach can be seen from every room. From the second floor gazebo the gulf views are panoramic, a fifty mile vista to the east and west.

Completely renovated in 2011, the 4,520 square foot home has an expansive great room with a gas fireplace, pickled wood floors and robin's egg blue ceilings of Pecky Cypress. This fabulous space opens to a marble dining bar, which seats eight and a gourmet kitchen with appliances from Bosch and Subzero.  Step out from here to a sublimely peaceful and private waterfront courtyard with jetted pool flanked by outdoor relaxation and dining areas.  

The five bedroom, six bath retreat offers first floor guest suites with private entrances onto the courtyard. Additionally, the home offers a completely separate carriage house with two-car parking below and a fully equipped one-bedroom apartment above. 

On the quieter, eastern side of town, you can walk to Main Street for dinner, but once inside the gates it's private. "Urban living -- but not," says Miller. "You can enjoy the convenience and synergy of downtown life, with total seclusion a few blocks away." 

"It was named Beluga for the finest caviar," says Miller. One might also call it a whale of a wonderful retreat.

Rosemary Beach Realty

Linda Miller

850.974.8885

linda@thesmileof30a.com

www.rosemarybeachrealty.com


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Posted on: 5/24/2016 at 9:22 AM
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