Recently, Niche.com released its much-anticipated rankings of the Best Colleges in the United States*. While California’s Stanford University snags the top slot in the nation, Atlanta’s well-revered Emory University comes in at #31 in the national rankings and tops the list among Best Colleges in Georgia – followed closely behind by University of Georgia and Georgia Institute of Technology at #2 and #3 respectively. Atlanta-based Acadia Homes & Neighborhoods is proud to be building not just one, but three communities within three miles of the #1 college in Georgia. Whether you’re the parent of children approaching college age, an adult who wishes to return to school for an advanced degree, or an aspiring/current member of the Emory University faculty, you may want to consider home ownership in one of the following Acadia Homes communities.
Nestled in the charming and historic Kirkwood neighborhood of Atlanta – near Virginia-Highland, Little Five Points and Downtown Decatur – Kirkwood Green is undoubtedly the trendiest community in Acadia’s roster. Designed to appeal to professional individuals and young couples who prefer an intown address for easy commutes to work in Downtown Atlanta or in Emory Decatur area, Kirkwood Green also affords its residents access to the eclectic shopping, dining and nightlife scene that is synonymous with the area. Representative of an intimate enclave of 14 detached Earthcents New Home™ townhomes**, Kirkwood Green is now selling from the $400,000’s.
Coming soon to DeKalb County, Townsend at Decatur is an elegant new community boasting 3-story townhomes with luxury appointments and 2-car garages, loads of beautiful greenspace, convenience to Downtown Atlanta, and close proximity to the charming and historic Decatur Square. Homeowners in this community can enjoy countless leisurely strolls to an eclectic array of boutiques, restaurants and pubs on the Square. It’s also home to Eddie’s Attic – an intimate live music venue that has had an impressive list of artists on its stage, such as John Mayer, Sugarland, Justin Bieber, The Black Crows, India.Arie, and The Indigo Girls – just to name a few. Each year, the Decatur Square plays host to special events like Concerts on the Square, Decatur Arts Festival, 4th of July Pied Piper Parade and Fireworks, AJC Decatur Book Festival, Decatur Craft Beer Festival, Wine Tasting Festival… the list goes on and on. Convenience to Emory University and Your DeKalb Farmers Market (an Atlanta Institution since 1977) add to the undeniable appeal of this Earthcents New Home™ community** of homes – priced from the $400,000’s.
Coming soon to the highly desirable North Druid Hills community of Atlanta, this exclusive DeKalb County enclave is representative of 26 luxury townhomes featuring gourmet kitchens, thoughtfully planned living spaces, spacious master suites and upscale appointments. The epitome of “location, location, location”, Townsend at Toco Hills is poised near the intersection of Lavista Road and North Druid Hills Road – a stone’s throw from Clairmont Road, Emory University and the iconic Toco Hills Shopping Center. For those self-proclaimed foodies and fashionistas, future Townsend residents will love the fact that they live within 4 miles of the Decatur Square, 5 miles of Lenox Square and Phipps Plaza, 6 miles of Little Five Points, and 10 miles of Downtown Atlanta. Those who prefer to walk can enjoy daily strolls to Starbucks for their morning coffee and early evening workouts at nearby LA Fitness when they get home from the office or classes at Emory. Upon its launch, homes in this Earthcents New Home™ community** will be priced from the $400,000’s.
To learn more about these DeKalb County communities – and other Acadia Homes’ communities throughout Metro Atlanta, visit us at www.acadiahomes.com.
* According to Niche.com, the Best Colleges list comprises 892 colleges and universities. Rankings are based on 50 statistics and 12 million ratings from 300,000 students. A high ranking indicates that the college is “an elite academic institution that attracts a diverse set of high-achieving students and faculty, the college is affordable, and the students are very happy with their college experience.”
** In the simplest terms, EarthCents is an extensive series of energy efficiency programs designed by Georgia Power to promote the smart use of energy, protect the environment, and ultimately save their customers money. New homebuyers are encouraged to buy an EarthCents New Home for a variety of energy saving features that benefit both the homeowner and the environment.
Atlanta New Home Builder Recognized for Best Interior Merchandising, Sales Center, Promotional Video and Sales Manager of the Year During the 34th Annual OBIE Awards
Atlanta, November 24, 2014 – After four solid years on Atlanta’s competitive housing scene, Acadia Homes & Neighborhoods continues to be recognized as one of city’s rising stars. On the heels of placing at #9 in the Atlanta Business Chronicle’s annual list of Top 20 Home Builders in Atlanta, Acadia Homes has been honored with five OBIEs during the 34th Annual OBIE Awards. Hosted each November by the Sales & Marketing Council of the Greater Atlanta Home Builders Association (GAHBA), this year’s event took place at the Atlanta Marriott Marquis and featured some of the city’s boldest and brightest builders, developers, remodelers, marketers, and real estate professionals. At the end of the evening, the Acadia team went back to their corporate headquarters with an armload full of OBIEs that included:
- Sales Manager of the Year to Acadia Home’s VP of Sales & Marketing, Sam Bass: In addition to lively weekly sales meetings and regular appearances on Atlanta’s Best New Homes TV, Bass directly supervises an astounding 25 communities and 30 salespeople throughout Metro Atlanta. Under his watch in 2013, sales comprised 209 homes – representing more than $58M in total volume of new homes sold.
- Gold OBIE for Best Interior Merchandising – Detached Model ($299,999 and under) to Sawyer Farms: The exquisitely adorned model home at this Acadia community in Grayson was designed by Tanaya Morgan Williams of Parlay Interiors. Showcasing the highest potential of the popular 3139 square foot Jackson floor plan where space is maximized without appearing cluttered, Williams masterfully illustrates “a step up” without making it appear out of reach. Everything from color palette, to furnishings and finishes, to art and accessories were carefully selected to enhance the home and entice the buyer.
- Silver OBIE for Best Interior Merchandising – Detached Model ($300,000 to $449,999) to Kirkwood Green: Located in Acadia Homes trendiest in-town community, the model home needed to evoke a sense of style and sophistication that would leave an indelible mark on guests. By enlisting the aid of designer Sandy Moon of Focus Design Interiors – whose designs have garnered Acadia OBIE Awards in the past – the home accomplishes that and more. The use of neutral colors with dark trim open up the rooms, while modern stylization offsets the period-influence of homes in the surrounding historic neighborhood in order to appeal to refined younger set.
- Silver OBIE for Best Community Information/Sales Center to Acadia Homes’ new Design Gallery: The entirely innovative and completely immersive Design Gallery – which just opened earlier this year – invites guests to “prepare to be inspired” through a series of interactive stations and imaginatively-displayed vignettes designed to appeal to a wide variety of tastes. While here, home buyers can select everything from paint colors and flooring to countertops and cabinets.
- Silver OBIE for Best Audio-Video/DVD Promotion to the Acadia Homes Feature produced by Hometown Builder Television: The beautifully executed, professionally produced 6 minute video uses a news feature format to showcase Acadia Homes & Neighborhoods as a homebuilder that not only cares about its customers, but also the quality of the homes it builds. In addition to segments that feature CEO Gregg Goldenberg and numerous sweeping product shots, the video also uses testimonials from a variety of home buyers to secure credibility with the viewer – who is likely a prospective home buyer. The video appears on the homepage of AcadiaHomes.com and plays on a continuous loop in Acadia sales centers throughout Metro Atlanta.
“Our work has resonated with the OBIE judges since the first time we entered a project in 2011,” recalled Gregg Goldenberg, President and CEO for Acadia Homes & Neighborhoods. “To date, we have been honored with 15 OBIE Awards in everything from landscape design and interior merchandising to urban revitalization and sales performance. That just goes to show that we are a very well-rounded company. I’m particularly proud of the fact that this year marks our best showing – as we grow our influence throughout Metro Atlanta, so follows the need for a larger trophy case. It is so fulfilling for me and my entire team to be recognized for our efforts by a distinguished panel of our peers. We’d like to thank the Sales & Marketing Council for hosting another stellar event. The fact that they had a packed house speaks volumes about the much-anticipated return of a healthy homebuilding industry in Atlanta.”
About Acadia Homes & Neighborhoods: Founded in 2010 on the principles of integrity, quality and an unyielding devotion to customer satisfaction, Acadia Homes & Neighborhoods is the shared vision of real estate and construction veterans – Gregg Goldenberg and Thomas Olson. Within a handful of years, their award-winning company has secured its position as one of Atlanta’s leading home builders. Their success and mission are singularly tied to the concept that it’s “All About You”… the Atlanta home buyer.
Presented in a wide variety of thoughtfully-inspired designs, homes in Acadia’s single family, active adult and townhome communities range from the low $100,000’s to the $500,000’s. Most recently, Acadia was proud to debut its Capitol Collection – featuring homes at affordable prices in sought after locations priced from the mid $100s to the $200s and the Signature Collection – featuring luxury homes priced from the $500,000’s to the $800,000’s. Beautifully constructed new homes by Acadia are currently available for purchase at The River District in Berkeley Lake; Sawyer Farms in Grayson; The Preserve at North Valley, Hawthorne Manor and Taylor Estates in Milton; Wellstone in Cumming; McKinley Crossing in Gainesville; Riverbrooke in Suwanee; Sherwood Park in Smyrna; Bakers Farms and Liberty Crossing in Braselton; Del Mar Club in Dacula; Kirkwood Green in Historic Kirkwood; Parks at Durham Lakes in Fairburn; Woodland Cove in Alpharetta; Sterling on the Lake in Flowery Branch; Manor Park near the Marietta Square; and Eagles Crest, Reece Farms and Covenant Place in West Cobb. Exciting new Acadia communities in development include Sutton Park in Cobb County, Post Oak Glen in Cumming, Enclave at Wills Park in Alpharetta, Jacobs Farm in Lawrenceville, and Village on Pine in Roswell.
Acadia Homes & Neighborhoods has carved out a very special niche in the Atlanta market as it seeks to inspire families with homes of unsurpassed quality and value delivered by a team of dedicated home building industry veterans. In addition to several awards for customer service excellence from GuildQuality and 2-10 Home Buyers Warranty®, Acadia was named #5 among Atlanta’s Fastest Growing Privately Held Companies by the Atlanta Business Chronicle in 2013 and has placed at #9 and 10 in the publications list of Top 20 Home Builders in Atlanta for the past two years. The new home builder has also received fifteen OBIE Awards from the Greater Atlanta Home Builders Association to date. In 2014, Acadia debuted its innovative Design Gallery – which invites Atlanta home buyers to “Prepare to be Inspired” through a series of Inspiration Zones designed to meet a wide variety of tastes. For more information, call 404-313-9950 or visit www.acadiahomes.com.
Acadia Homes makes it our mission to place our neighborhoods in scenic, family-friendly, community-focused areas throughout Metro Atlanta. With Labor Day right around the corner, we think it’s the perfect opportunity to check out some great local events AND take a tour of Acadia homes nearby. It will give you a terrific sense of what it might be like for you and your family to live within that community.
Near Acadia’s Kirkwood Green
Hosted in the heart of the charming and historic downtown square, the AJC Decatur Book Festival has become the largest independent book festival in the country. Festival-goers will have an opportunity to rub elbows with authors, attend book signings and author readings, enjoy live music and cooking demonstrations, take part in writing workshops and poetry slams, and so much more. There’s even an interactive children’s area for pint-sized patrons of prose.
Lake Lanier Islands Resort
August 29-September 1
In addition to the holiday weekend’s jam-packed calendar of events – which includes live open air concerts and fireworks after dark, Lanier Islands’ LanierWorld will be offering up its standard brand of fun in the sun with more than a dozen waterslides and attractions, carnival rides, great food, beach volleyball, talented boardwalk entertainers, and stretch of white sandy beach. Even SpongeBob Square Pants & Patrick will be making the trek from Bikini Bottom to LanierWorld for special appearances and photo ops on Saturday, Sunday and Monday.
Temple Kol Emeth in Marietta
1415 Old Canton Road
Near Acadia’s Manor Park
August 31-September 1
In its 5th year, the Nibble and Noshfest features fabulous food, live entertainment and fun for the whole family in the parking lot of East Cobb’s Temple Kol Emeth. Admission is just 2 canned goods per family to benefit MUST Ministry’s effort to feed the hungry in Atlanta. All tastes will be priced by the individual restaurants ranging from $1 to $4 using Noshfest tickets.
Jim R. Miller Park in Marietta
2245 Callaway Road
Hosted by 104.7 The Fish, Celebrate Freedom Atlanta is comprised of a FREE open air concert featuring artists such as Steven Curtis Chapman, Britt Nicole, Hawk Nelson, Jared Wood, JJ Weeks Band, Elle Holcomb, Group 1 Crew, Tenth Avenue North, 10 Steps Back and more. Although tickets are free, they are required for admission and are available at participating Ingles and J Christophers locations, as well as downloadable online through the Atlanta Hawks.
Glover Park at the Historic Marietta Square
Near Acadia’s Manor Park
August 30-September 1
A Marietta Square tradition since 1986, this popular fine art festival features an artist market, children’s art alley, and more. Art displayed will include paintings, photography, pottery, graphic arts, sculptures, jewelry, and woodworking from 175 of the country’s finest artists. Make sure to check out the Chalk Spot – featuring the chalk art intrepretations of talented kindergarteners through seniors in high school. Admission to the festival is FREE!
405 Peachtree Pkwy #105
Cumming, GA 30041
Lace up those sneakers and run for a good cause! The Labor Day 10K will donate a portion of the proceeds to Talk About Curing Autism (TACA), a national non-profit 501c(3) organization. The race day schedule begins bright and early at 6 a.m. for registration, the 5K/10K starts at 7:30, followed by a Fun Run at 9 on closed roads. This Peachtree qualified course on 141/Peachtree Pkwy starts and finishes at Totally Running in Cumming.
Chateau Élan Winery & Resort
The holiday weekend’s festivities at one of North Georgia’s premier destinations is filled with cooking classes, a “Taste of Georgia” wine-food pairing event, Night Golf on the Par 3 course, and an outdoor summer concert featuring your favorite beach tunes from Pieces of Eight. Turn your visit into a staycation with overnight accommodations at the Inn.
One of the BEST indicators that Spring has truly sprung in the South is the abundance of awesome seasonal festivals throughout Atlanta. As a matter of fact, the 12th Annual Kirkwood Spring Fling will be kicking off at 10 a.m. on Saturday, May 17 in Bessie Branham Park at the heart of the Kirkwood neighborhood in Midtown Atlanta. The community-focused event’s festivities will include a 5K race (which begins at 8 a.m. in Downtown Kirkwood), live entertainment, special kids area, artist market, amazing festival food, and BBQ competition. An all day open air concert featuring a lineup of local bands representing everything from jazz and funk to country and rock-n-roll will take place in Bessie Branham Park from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. and in Downtown Kirkwood from 8 to 11 p.m. In between, festival goers can shop the wares at the artists market or sample barbecue to their heart’s content for just $5 a fork.
Another popular element of the Spring Fling is the Tour of Homes – which will take place on both Saturday and Sunday from noon to 6 p.m., and includes visits to local homes that represent the “many different personalities and styles that make up the vivid and unique Kirkwood community”. Tickets for the Tour of Homes are available for purchase online for $20 per person.
While you’re in the neighborhood, Acadia Homes & Neighborhoods would like to invite festival goers to a little “tour of homes” of our very own. Our Kirkwood Green community – located at 2137 Wisteria Way NE – has just a handful of opportunities remaining for Atlanta home buyers to be a part of this distinctive intown neighborhood of stylish detached townhomes. Our Neighborhood Sales Manager, Art Hicks, welcomes the chance to take guests on a tour of Kirkwood Green’s impeccably decorated model home – featuring 3 spacious bedrooms, 3.5 bathrooms, gourmet kitchen, welcoming living spaces, private deck and so much more. In addition to terrific community events like the Kirkwood Spring Fling, close proximity to all of the shopping, dining and nightlife that Little 5 Points, Virginia Highland and Downtown Atlanta have to offer adds to the undeniable appeal of this trendy, yet timeless enclave of homes priced from the $300,000’s. To top things off, Acadia Homes & Neighborhoods is very proud of the fact that Kirkwood Green is representative of our FIRST EarthCents New Home Community – for its environmentally sound construction and energy efficiency.
To get to Kirkwood Green from I-75/I-85 South, take the Freedom Parkway Exit and travel East before making a right on Ponce de Leon. Turn right on Clifton Road, left on DeKalb Avenue and follow for approximately 2 miles to a right onto Rocky Ford Road. Turn left onto Wisteria Way. Kirkwood Green will be on your right. If coming from the Spring Fling, Kirkwood Green is located less than a mile from Bessie Branham Park. Simply head east on Delano Drive toward Norwood Avenue NE, then take a right onto Lanes Lane. Take the first left onto Rocky Ford Road, and first right onto Wisteria Way. The model home is located at 2137 Wisteria Way NE. Art looks forward to meeting you!
Atlanta home buyers who are on the hunt for Easter events this weekend may also want to hop on down the bunny trail to a number of Acadia Homes & Neighborhoods communities. Each boasts beautiful homes at excellent prices and awesome holiday festivities nearby. We believe it’s entirely possible and loads of fun when house hunting and egg hunting to go hand-in-hand!
Saturday, April 19, 2014 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Hosted at Jim Miller Park, the Marietta Easter Egg Hunt will feature staggered times by age groups, art activities, live entertainment, inflatables, concessions, visits with the Easter Bunny, Mad Hatter contest and more. Once you’ve had a basketful of festive fun, swing by Acadia’s Manor Park near the Marietta Square. Showcasing gorgeous “cottage” inspired new construction homes priced from the mid-$300,000’s, Manor Park is just a leisurely stroll away from all of the community events, terrific shops, and highly touted restaurants of the historic Marietta Square. Students living in Manor Park are afforded access to the highly regarded Marietta City Schools, which rank in the top 20% of city public school systems nationally.
Saturday, April 19, 2014 beginning at 10 a.m.
Well-known for its strong sense of community, historic Kirkwood will host an Easter Egg Hunt of 7000 eggs on Saturday, April 19 for kids aged 1 to 10. The event will also include games and crafts for half-pint egg hunters. After the basket is filled to overflowing, we invite you to visit Acadia’s Kirkwood Green right around the corner. Comprised of just 14 homesites featuring detached townhome floorplans priced from the $300,000’s, this stylish intown community boasts close proximity to the distinctive shops, world-class dining, and rocking nightlife of Little Five Points, Virginia Highland, and downtown Atlanta.
Saturday, April 19, 2014 beginning at 9:30 a.m.
Northeast Georgia’s sprawling shopping Mecca known as the Mall of Georgia will play host to a staggered Easter Egg Hunt for kids aged infant to 4 and 5 to 10 in the Village on the Saturday morning before Easter. Afterwards, the entire family can shop to their heart’s content and/or catch a movie at the Regal Cinemas upstairs. Before heading home with your spoils, you may want to swing by one of Acadia’s newest communities – Del Mar Club in Dacula. In addition to its natural aesthetic beauty, terrific Gwinnett County schools, award-winning park system, and resort-quality amenities, Del Mar Club also boasts homes from Acadia’s Capitol Collection – priced from the $200,000’s.
Sunday, April 20, 2014 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
The culinary team at Lake Lanier Islands Resort has been cooking up something eggstraordinary for its guests this Easter. In addition to special accommodation packages, the Resort will play host to a delectable and decadent feast with regular appearances by the Easter Bunny. Pint-sized patrons will enjoy opportunities to take part in egg hunts, petting zoo and pony rides. Family photos will also be available in the Legacy Lodge Lobby. Once you’ve gotten your fill of Easter fun by the lake, we invite you to swing by one or both of our communities nearby: Riverbrooke in Suwanee and Wellstone in Cumming. Riverbrooke is a family-friendly, sidewalk community that provides an extraordinary combination of superb location, award-winning schools, imaginative home designs, and community-focused amenities, and Wellstone is a distinctive maintenance-free 55+ Active Adult Community boasting 96 Craftsman-style condominiums with stunning interiors and exteriors to match, exciting resort-style amenities and engaging on-site activities. Homes in Riverbrooke are priced from the $300,000’s (basements included!) and homes in Wellstone are priced from the high $200,000’s.
Sunday, April 20, 2014 from 12:30 to 6 p.m.
Enjoy a sumptuous feast fit for a king in the stunning Versailles restaurant at world-renowned resort and winery, Chateau Elan. Dine on such delicacies as Lemon and Garlic Leg of Spring Lamb, Sea Salt Crusted Bone-in Prime Rib, Bourbon Glazed Ham, Spice Roasted Cedar Plank Salmon, a wide variety of salads and pastas, and so much more, then pay a visit to Acadia’s Bakers Farm and Liberty Crossing communities just around the corner in Braselton. Bakers Farm is a charming sidewalk community that features resort-style amenities and beautiful homes priced from the high $200,000’s. Liberty Crossing is a family-friendly neighborhood that features floorplans from Acadia’s Capitol Collection showcasing traditional style homes priced from the mid $100,000’s. This highly desirable swim-tennis community also features a pavilion for neighborhood gatherings, play area for little ones and walking trail for health-conscious residents. Both communities offer close proximity to I-85, the sprawling Mall of Georgia and Mulberry Riverwalk – a 60-acre park with 7.5 miles of walking trails along the Mulberry River.
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With St. Patrick’s Day just around the corner, it’s important to note that there are a number of current Acadia homeowners who are already benefitting from a little luck o’ the Irish. They are fortunate enough to live within close proximity of a number of fun and festive holiday celebrations… and you could, too! Join us in raising a pint to these pairings of Acadia communities and nearby St. Pat’s Celebrations:
Limerick Junction Irish Pub: As Virginia Highland’s One and Only Irish Pub, Limerick Junction puts on a St. Patrick’s Day Celebration and Block Party to beat the band. In its 27th year, the Limerick Junction St. Patrick’s Day Celebration on Monday, March 17 features live music, traditional Irish food, and great Irish beers that can be enjoyed in one of two places: inside the pub or behind the pub at the block party for $10 cover charge. The pub opens at noon featuring traditional Irish music and the block party kicks off at 3 p.m. showcasing live music from Galen Crader, The Stoneberrys, Sean Thomason, The Stooge Brothers, Reuben’s Bell and Radiomage. Limerick Junction is located at 822 N. Highland Avenue – just 3 miles from Acadia’s Kirkwood Green community. Boasting stylish homes priced from the $300,000’s, Kirkwood Green offers Acadia’s signature brand of quality craftsmanship and a trendy address in historic Kirkwood that’s close to shopping, dining and nightlife in Decatur, Little Five Points and Virginia Highland.
Olde Blind Dog Irish Pub: This Milton establishment takes St. Patrick’s Day SO seriously that they host “St. Practice Day” every month on the 17th to gear up for the ancient holiday. This year, they will host not just one, but TWO days of celebration – Day #1 on Saturday, March 15 and Day #2 on Monday, March 17. Located at 12650 Crabapple Rd, Olde Blind Dog’s St. Pat’s festivities will include live music, drink specials, authentic Irish fare, and the release of the Pub’s very own beer – created by Monday Night Brewing and named Sassie Lassie Irish Red Ale. Guests are welcome to party indoors or outside, and while it is fashionable to arrive late – those who arrive after 1 p.m. will pay $10 admission to the party. Olde Blind Dog Irish Pub is located within 5 miles of our distinctive Preserve at North Valley community. With only two opportunities remaining to live in Preserve at North Valley, it’s no wonder why we have two other “coming soon” communities – Taylor Estates and Hawthorne Manor – hot on its trail.
Hop Alley Brew Pub: In its inaugural year, this Alpharetta pub – located at 25 South Main Street – is gearing up for its first annual St. Patrick’s Day Party. And to make sure they get it right, they’re spreading the celebration out over two days – Saturday, March 15 and Monday, March 17. Barefoot Geno will be playing live music on Saturday beginning at 9 p.m., and both days will feature food and drink specials on menu items like Irish Car Bombs, Bangers and Mash, Corned Beef Plate, and Irish Soda Bread. Speaking of new, Hop Alley is less than 7 miles from one of Acadia’s newest communities – Woodland Cove. Having just debuted at the end of 2013, there are no completed homes in this neighborhood of single-family floorplans priced from the high $400,000’s. Just think – you could be among the first to choose from 28 slab and basement lots in one of Atlanta’s most sought-after suburbs.
Paddy’s Irish Pub: As a treasured part of the world-renowned Chateau Elan Winery & Resort in Braselton, Paddy’s Irish Pub will play host to a St. Patrick’s Day Celebration on Saturday, March 17. Featuring live music, activities, games, traditional Irish fare and plenty of pints, the party at Paddy’s has the potential to be even more fun when combined with overnight accommodations at the Inn. Within 4 miles of the Resort, Acadia Homes has not just one, but TWO popular Jackson County communities: Bakers Farm and Liberty Crossing. Bakers Farm boasts terrific amenities, spacious lots and craftsman-inspired homes priced from the mid-$200,000’s and Liberty Crossing features a family-friendly amenity center and floorplans from Acadia’s Capitol Collection priced from the $190,000’s.
Lake Lanier Islands Resort: Set on the shores of Lake Sidney Lanier, this famed Georgia destination is a favorite among locals and travelers alike. For St. Patrick’s Day weekend, the Resort will play host to a celebration on Saturday, March 15 that pairs the fabulousness of its Full Moon Parties at Sunset Cove with the traditions of Ireland. The beachfront festivities will include fire breathers, stilt walkers, live music by Haywire, Irish drink specials, beach grills, and fire pits. Guests will also have an opportunity to dine on authentic Irish fare such as Bangers & Mash, Guinness Beef Stew, Dublin Bay Scampi & more. The evening ends with a BANG thanks to a fireworks spectacular over the water. Special St. Patrick’s Day Weekend Packages are available for folks who wish to celebrate staycation-style. Residents of two Acadia communities – Wellstone in Cumming and Riverbrooke in Suwanee – are both located within just 15 miles of the Resort’s front gates. Wellstone is an Active Adult community that boasts world-class amenities and Craftsman-style ranch condominiums priced from the high $200,000’s, and Riverbrooke is a family-friendly community that features homes from Acadia’s Capitol Collection priced from the $300,000’s – basements included!
If you hurry, your new Acadia home could be completed and your family could be all settled in long before next year’s St. Patrick’s Day celebrations. In the event that you plan to make a trip to any of the pubs listed above, be sure to pop by the Acadia community nearby to check us out beforehand. Our friendly Neighborhood Sales Managers look forward to meeting you. And who knows?! That little side trip may just leave you dancing a little jig, and your new Acadia home could prove to be your very own pot of gold at the end of the rainbow!
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This month, Acadia Homes & Neighborhoods is pleased to shine its New Home Spotlight on Homesite #14 at Kirkwood Green in DeKalb County. Representative of a beautiful new detached townhome floorplan for this trendy intown community – the Brunswick – the home comes complete with 4 bedrooms and 2.5 baths. Upon completion, this particular home will be the only two story open floor plan that boasts both a front and back yard. Additional exterior features include a covered deck for al fresco entertaining and a 2-car garage. The spacious interior boasts home a large kitchen with island that opens on to a dining room and family room. The living space is augmented by a fireplace, window seat and numerous designer upgrades. A large study with half bath at the back of the house serves as the ideal home office for professionals who telecommute, but can serve as a flex space – such as a man cave, craft room, or overflow guest room. A trip upstairs leads to three oversized bedrooms, guest bath with double sinks and convenient upper level laundry room. The master suite showcases a trey ceiling to add to the sense of spaciousness, sitting room for relaxing, and large picture windows to let in the morning sun. The spa-inspired master bath features a separate tub, tiled shower, double vanities and oversized walk-in closet.
“This home will offer great light throughout thanks to the incorporation of many windows,” explains Art Hicks, Neighborhood Sales Manager for Kirkwood Green. “As a home in Acadia’s first EarthCents New Home Community, it will feature high quality, energy-efficient construction – which is not only good for the environment, but is also easier on the future home owner’s wallet. This one-of-a-kind home is under construction now and should be ready for that lucky buyer by late Spring 2014. It is currently listed at $429,900 with well over 2400 square feet. Perhaps most exciting is the fact that the homebuyer will be among the first to make this home uniquely their own at Acadia’s new Design Gallery.”
In addition to the Brunswick, Kirkwood Green also presents the 3-story, 3 bedroom/3.5 bath Kirkwood detached townhome floorplan. Lots 2 & 3 feature the Kirkwood floorplan and are move in-ready. Standing inventory homes that are bought and closed in March are part of Acadia’s “March Madness” initiative that features special builder financing available and rates as low as 2.875% through our approved lender.
Homes in Kirkwood Green are priced from the $300,000’s and both slab and basement lots are available. This sought after community is close to Candler Park, The Carter Center, Little Five Points, Virginia Highland, Grant Park, Fernbank Science Center and so much more. an enclave of just 14 homes centered around a cobblestone round-about with park-like setting, Kirkwood Green is also minutes to local restaurants, shops and an exciting nightlife scene. Art welcomes the opportunity to show prospective homebuyers around – beginning with the exquisitely decorated model home. The sales center is open Monday through Sunday from 12 to 6 p.m., or outside regular office hours by appointment. To schedule a personal tour of Kirkwood Green, call 404.304.4483. To get to Kirkwood Green, take I-75/I-85 South to the Freedom Parkway Exit. Go East on Freedom Pkwy and make a right on Ponce de Leon. Turn right on Clifton Road, then left on DeKalb Avenue. Follow for approximately 2 miles to a right onto Rocky Ford Road. Turn left onto Wisteria Way. Kirkwood Green will be on your right. GPS users can use the model home address: 2137 Wisteria Way NE in Atlanta.
As Acadia’s only current intown community, Kirkwood Green is a shoo-in for the Atlanta new home builder’s trendiest neighborhood. In addition to the fact that this eco-friendly EarthCents community features an exclusive number of stylish 3 bedroom, 3 ½ bathroom floorplans specifically tailored for affluent urban professionals – Kirkwood Green is sandwiched between two of Atlanta’s über cool neighborhoods… Little Five Points and Virginia Highland. Not only do these chic hotspots feature an eclectic blend of hip boutiques, funky dining establishments and lively art scene, but they are also exceedingly well-known for their abundance of nightlife – an excellent benefit for adventurous young homebuyers.
Located just 2 miles from Kirkwood Green!
This former WWII-era movie house now serves as a combined theater and nightclub, featuring live entertainment that ranges from indie rock and folk to bluegrass and country. Artists that have played the Playhouse stage include Natasha Bedingfield, Colbie Callait, Gnarls Barkley, Amy Ray, Pete Buck, Todd Rundgren, The BoDeans and more.
With an iconic skull bidding guests welcome, the Vortex lays claim to “Atlanta’s Best Burger” and a rocking nightlife scene that includes an unusual blend of clientele that range from motorcycle enthusiasts to fraternity brothers. In addition to an extensive and imaginative dining menu, the Vortex also offers a full bar featuring everything from single-malt scotches and other spirits to a variety of beers on tap and draft concoctions.
Offering up grub and suds in the heart of Little Five Points, Porter Beer Bar features an extensive menu of over 800 beers, as well as a full cocktail menu and many unique wine, whiskey and liqueur options.
Combining sports, spirits and scrumptious fare, the Brewhouse Café plays host to a weekly schedule that includes team trivia nights, live music, and weekend brunches.
Now located in Little 5, the famed Dad’s Garage Theatre Company brings its unique brand of comedy, improv competitions and scripted plays to the 7 Stages Theatre. Beer and wine are served during the shows.
This iconic live music venue features a full bar and jam-packed schedule of DJ and live band performances on the main stage upstairs and lounge downstairs, as well as amateur comedy nights.
Located less than 4 miles from Kirkwood Green!
As Atlanta’s oldest continuously licensed tavern, Atkins Park owes its success to the patronage of its neighbors since 1922. What began as a friendly neighborhood delicatessen is now a swank restaurant offering upscale comfort cuisine that serves as a favorite spot for late-night drinks with the locals.
Touting the tagline “It Ain’t Easy Being Sleazy”, Blind Willie’s has the distinction of being Atlanta’s premier blues club. Patrons can enjoy Cajun food, drinks, and an ever-revolving list of live entertainment.
Featuring patios, food, cocktails and live music – Dark Horse has been a favorite hangout since it opened its doors in 1990. Hosting an event? You may want to consider their party rooms for rent.
This craft beer and sports bar plays host to regular events like trivia nights, texas hold ‘em, sports watching parties and more.
As Virginia Highland’s One and Only Irish Pub, Limerick Junction offers a mix of traditional Irish menu items, Emerald Isle-themed shooters, and live entertainment nightly.
If you’re in the mood for a margarita, look no further than the Original El Taco – a Virginia Highland taqueria that seeks to add some spice to your life.
If you lived in Acadia’s Kirkwood Green, you could be a stone’s throw of each of the hotspots listed above and so much more! Schedule a tour of available homes in Kirkwood Green by calling 404.304.4483. After your visit, leave time to explore the surrounding area to see all that this distinctive intown Acadia new home community has to offer.
To kick the New Year off in style, Acadia Homes & Neighborhoods would like to shine the spotlight on Art Hicks – Neighborhood Sales Manager for one of our trendiest neighborhoods to date, Kirkwood Green in DeKalb County.
“Art Hicks is an ideal Sales Manager for Kirkwood Green,” insists Sam Bass, VP of Sales & Marketing for Acadia Homes & Neighborhoods. “In addition to a wealth of experience with this market, he has the dynamic personality to connect with our prospects and get them happily involved in our neighborhood and surrounding community. Kirkwood Green is poised in such a great location, as it is convenient to so many points of interests that the city of Atlanta, Midtown and Decatur have to offer.”
Art – an Atlanta native and son of a former local developer – feels that it was his destiny to pursue a career in real estate. After studying the performing arts and spending some time in New York, he found a natural fit for his theatrical passion in sales. Art believes that – much like the theater – the sales process is exciting for everyone involved: Buyer, Seller and Agents. He takes great pride helping someone buy their dream home and skillfully guiding them through every step along the way. He particularly loves the fact that every sale is different and he is afforded an opportunity to learn something new from every transaction.
In the years since making the move from New York back to Atlanta, Art has enjoyed watching his beloved hometown turn into a vibrant and diverse city with a major emphasis on community. During the course of his colorful career, he has been involved in a wide variety of projects including high-rises such as The Phoenix on Peachtree and Sovereign, town homes such as The Brownstones at Habersham in Buckhead and Lafayette Square in Sandy Springs, and midrise condos at Vinings Main. As an onsite agent, he makes sure the expectations of both the Buyer and the Seller are exceeded, and has received a number of accolades over the years – including New Agent of the Year, a number of leadership awards, and his induction into the Multi-Million Dollar Club. He was drawn to Acadia Homes & Neighborhoods in 2012 because of their growing (and glowing) reputation as a quality builder.
“Acadia builds a great home and stands behind what they build,” says Art. “They are easy to work for, are very supportive of their team members, and welcome their input. As for my neighborhood, Kirkwood Green is in the heart of the ‘intown oasis’ of Lake Claire and historic Kirkwood – a 100 year old neighborhood with a strong sense of community that embraces the best of tradition and innovation. Since we first launched this Acadia community nearly a year ago, the surrounding community has embraced Kirkwood Green and is hoping for our continued success. The most common responses I receive from buyers are ‘WOW this place is so nice’ and ‘It looks so much bigger once you are inside.’ They appreciate the attention to detail and the layout is intelligently planned.”
Kirkwood Green represents Acadia’s first EarthCents New Home community. In addition to eco-friendly measures, homes in Kirkwood Green reflect Charleston Row House-inspired designs featuring three stories comprised of 3- and 4-bedrooms, 3.5-bathrooms, private decks and open living spaces. Priced from the mid $300,000’s, homes in Kirkwood Green boast spacious owner’s suites, 2-car garages, mudroom, office space, and more. The DeKalb County community also features beautiful landscaping throughout and a cobblestone round-about surrounding a park-like setting with benches at the heart of the 14-home enclave. A nominal monthly fee assures residents a carefree, maintenance-free lifestyle. Kirkwood Green’s intown address provides homeowners with easy access to some of Atlanta’s most exciting destinations – including Little Five Points, Virginia Highlands, and the Decatur Square, among others. The neighborhood is also minutes away from local world-class restaurants and an eclectic array of shops.
“Kirkwood Green is in an exciting neighborhood surrounded by shopping, restaurants, local amenities and a vibrant nightlife,” says Art. “It’s great to be working in an area of such excellent potential. I live in town and am proud to represent this urban neighborhood. I feel it’s a terrific place to live and work. As for the Earth Cents aspect at Kirkwood Green, it’s really a no brainer for home buyers. Everyone wants a more efficient home these days. As an added plus for environmentally concerned residents, Kirkwood is a community where you will find many people using convenient mass transit or biking to work.”
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When not on-site at Kirkwood Green meeting prospective home owners, Art can be found at the theater or any number of fundraisers about town. He is a passionate supporter of the Arts, contributes regularly to the Shepherd Spinal Center, and has been involved in a number of community projects such as the Atlanta Food Bank. To meet Art face-to-face, home buyers are encouraged to schedule a tour of available slab and basement homes and home sites by calling 404-304-4483. To learn more about Kirkwood Green and other Acadia Homes & Neighborhoods’ communities throughout Metro Atlanta, interested parties are welcome to visit www.acadiahomes.com.
At Acadia Homes & Neighborhoods, we believe the difference between liking your house and LOVING your home can be found in the combination of several factors. First, is the home itself. With Acadia’s dedication to quality construction and long list of recognitions for customer satisfaction, we know you won’t be disappointed. Second is the neighborhood where the home is located. Whether you select one of our communities that showcases walking trails and resort-quality amenities or one that boasts access to terrific dining, shopping and recreation nearby, we believe you’ll love the neighborhood where you live every bit as much as you love your home. And lastly, is the community that surrounds the Acadia neighborhood where you live. We take many factors into account before we ever break ground on the first home – access to major highways and interstates for an easy commute, access to great schools for families concerned with the caliber of educational offerings, and access to community centered events.
This New Years Eve, there are several outstanding celebrations near Acadia communities throughout Metro Atlanta. Attendance at events like these are invaluable at providing our future homeowners with a taste of what life could be like if they lived within that community. We invite you to attend one of the following events either before or after you tour the Acadia neighborhood nearby for a little confetti-covered inspiration. Cheers and Happy New Year from all of us at Acadia Homes & Neighborhoods!
A stone’s throw from two popular Jackson County communities – Liberty Crossing and Bakers Farm, the world-class Chateau Elan Winery & Resort offers a wealth of open air concerts, festivals, holiday celebrations in addition to wine tours and tastings, golf, spa, dining and more. This New Years Eve, Chateau Elan is offering not one but THREE unique and romantic experiences to ring in the New Year. Guests can choose from the Speakeasy New Years Eve Party hosted in the Winery, the Great Gatsby New Years Eve Gala hosted in the Inn, or the Romantic Spa New Years Eve Package hosted in the luxurious Chateau Elan Spa.
Lake Lanier Islands Resort
Not far from the main streets that run through the Acadia communities of Riverbrooke, Wellstone and Parkside Village, Lake Lanier Islands Resort beckons lake lovers year-round with a jam-packed calendar of events, white sandy beaches, LanierWorld boardwalk experience, waterslides, fishing, ziplining, horseback riding and more. This New Years Eve, the resort is offering a special package that includes luxurious overnight accommodations, admission to the renowned Magical Nights of Lights, Reception and Four-Course Dinner, Party with live entertainment by FORTE playing your favorite 70s & 80s dance hits, Champagne Toast at midnight, and Breakfast on New Year’s Day.
Located within 2 miles of Acadia’s intown neighborhood for über cool urban dwellers – Kirkwood Green, the Variety Playhouse features a regular rotation of headliners and cover bands. This New Years Eve, they play host to a celebration that includes a rocking live performance by Drivin’ N’ Cryin’ – the Southern Rock band responsible for such hits as Fly Me Courageous, Turn it Up or Turn it Off, and Honeysuckle Blue. The evening will also include a performance by Ed Roland & The Sweet Tea Project. Doors open at 8 p.m. and the music kicks off at 9 p.m.
Smyrna Community Center
Home buyers considering a new home in West Cobb’s Sherwood Park might want to check out the family-friendly Noon Years Eve celebration at the Smyrna Community Center. Featuring a GIANT dance party for kids with tunes spun by Radio Disney, the event will also include great games, cool contests and prizes for pint-sized partiers. Running from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., the highlight of the event will be the balloon drop at noon!
Earl Smith Strand Theatre
Within walking distance of one of Acadia’s newest communities – Manor Park near the Marietta Square – the historic Strand Theatre welcomes Rolling Stones tribute band, the Jagged Stones, for a New Years Eve Concert to remember. The show will include such Stones classics as “Jumpin’ Jack Flash”, “Satisfaction”, “Start Me Up”, and “Brown Sugar.” The opening act for the evening is The Big Chicken Beatles Band. All of the fun kicks off at 9 p.m.
Have a Happy and Safe New Years Eve!