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Atlanta Then & Now

November 23, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

I’ve enjoyed digging in to the history of my home and was lucky enough to meet the son of the man who built my house in 1932. Hearing stories of the history of my home was such a treat and we were happy to get answers to some questions that we had not been able to figure out. Post renovation we invited the family back so they could see the home. I know they were thrilled to see the love that we were putting into their former family home.

Speaking of history, I just came across a must read for Atlantans, just published a really interesting article on Atlanta comparing the city in the years 1871 & 2011. It gives side by side depictions of then and now. Any Atlanta resident is sure to find it an interesting read.

– Mindy


5 Weekend Getaways from Atlanta

July 5, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

I just got back from spending the weekend in Savannah.  I love Savannah and typically visit a couple times per year. That got me thinking, what other must-visits are there for Atlanta based folks. These are all within about a half days drive of Atlanta.

  1. Savannah, GA – home to the largest National Historic Landmark District in the country.  Spanish moss on low growing oaks, parks galore, haunted stories at every turn and amazing walkability, Savannah never fails to impress. Don’t miss: A visit to Bonaventure cemetery
  2. Smoky Mountain National Park , NC/TN – I am big fan of our National Park system, this is the 1st one I ever visited as a kid. Highlights include – miles and miles of hiking trails, streams and cooler temperatures. Don’t miss: seeing the Elk in Cataloochee Valley
  3. Asheville, NC – Another walkable city fill of yummy places to eat. If you love craft beer this place is a must visit with local brewers around every corner.  Don’t miss: the River Arts District
  4. Cloudland Canyon State Park, GA – located in the Northeast corner of Georgia people are always surprised by the canyon views at Cloudland. Hike the rim trail or down into the gorge. Don’t miss: the 2 mile waterfalls trail
  5. The Forgotten Coast, FL – Located on the panhandle of Florida, it is hard for me to pick one just city. Couple the cleanest, whitest beaches you can find almost anywhere with fresh shrimp and oysters right off the boat. Highlights: For Beaches: St Joe Peninsula and Saint George Island. To get a taste of  “Old” Florida: Appalachicola. Don’t miss: Oysters on the half shell and peel and eat shrimp at the Indian Pass Raw Bar.

photo: taken by Mindy in Smoky Mountain National Park


Interactive Crime Map

June 27, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Trulia recently launched a beta version of crime maps. They use a heatmap to track crimes and it makes for some very interesting reading.

I think this is a great tool for potential home buyers. The stats seem to run 30-45 days behind but the heat colors are indicative of patterns and typically that is what my buyers are interested in seeing.

It is interactive and you can zoom in and see details about the crimes listed. I hope they take this further and make it searchable. Right now it just shows city of Atlanta of DeKalb County. I live in a zip code that covers 2 counties and would love the option to be able to search by zipcode or search by map.

Not surprising is that the commercial areas in our neighborhoods are mostly red zones. The Edge Retail District just south of Little Five Points had a shockingly high number. Seeing that red blob is a good reminder to stay alert when I am in that parking lot.

I was surprised to see that a neighbor just around the block from me was broken into earlier this year!

Check it out at:


Chilling Tornado Footage

April 28, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

There was a lot of hype in Atlanta yesterday about the impending storms. While on all sides of the city there was lots of damage, the city emerged pretty much unscathed. Here at the Roost, we did get a call from a tenant that had a tree fall across their driveway and they could not get out. I myself felt a little anxiety about the potential wrath of the storm. After the tree on my house last week, I think I will probably feel that for a while to come.

While we were lucky, not everyone was. Alabama was devasated with a record number of tornadoes. Check out this chilling footage from Ringgold GA.

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