Painted Horse Winery & Vineyards in Milton, GA

It’s such a special place. Right here in Milton, GA we have the most quaint and family friendly winery. The setting is magnificent – beautiful family estate with rolling hills, mature trees, and majestic horses as the backdrop. And the best part, wine.

Located on Bethany Way and Hopewell, the farm is owned by Pamela Jackson and is well known in our local community as The Farm at Pamelot. Their operation for 25 years includes riding lessons and boarding services, and they also are a perfect spot for hosting birthday parties and events. The Farm is well known for “painting horses” during summer camps and pony parties which lead to the naming this magical place, Painted Horse Winery & Vineyards. It opened in late May 2019 as part of The Farm at Pamelot, making it the first winery in Milton and the first farm winery in all of Fulton County.

You can restock your wine pantry, have a glass of wine by the fire, or enjoy live music from time to time. They are open to the public Thursday – Sunday and also offer live music on their outdoor stage, with proper social distancing measures in place. Their other public events include Lantern Tours, Barrel Tastings and Wine & Cheese Pairings. Perfect for a date night or a fun night out with friends! It is also open for private events, both at the farm and winery, Monday through Friday from 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Local schools have held PTO events and some classes even get together for holiday parties on the grounds.

To plan an evening of fine wine & music, or to get the family together to pet/feed the farm animals and roam acres of land, please visit https://thepaintedhorsewinery.com. You may even get a glimpse of their painted horses…this magical place is a must see!


Milton Honey Stands

Everyone is loving the Milton honey stands that are popping up! The first one was across from The Union restaurant and then another recently came up off of Redd Road. The stands are all honor stands with Venmo as payment or you can find their product downtown at popular Sis and Moon store.  They are selling out quickly and replenishing often- it has been a hit! Especially now, we are all supporting local vendors and trying to keep Milton warm and snuggly as it grows.

What’s the history? The honey making began as a fun pass time in 2015 for Ed and Carter Parsons. Now, they have 20 bee hives at their ‘Milton Honey Farm’ and they have made 75 gallons this year so far.  They sell all raw honey made with no added high fructose corn syrup or any artificial sweeters.  Raw honey is great for so many reasons- see link: 10 Surprising Health Benefits of Honey (healthline.com)

How does it all work? The bees eat nectar from April to mid June but after that, the Parsons feed them sugar and water which the bees make into honey and eat through the winter.

Their family also uses the honey to make hand soaps, lip balm and all kinds of lotions. They also have a facebook page you can order from direct if the stop and venmo is not for you.  I got one this week and it made for a fun ‘pay it forward’ opportunity by being able to pay for the next person/leaving one honey bottle there with a note under saying ‘surprise, someone bought you this honey- Merry Christmas!’. Stop by and do the same.  Cheers to the holidays and one another here in our amazing city of Milton!


2021 Design Trends

We can all agree on one thing…we have all been home a lot in 2020!  I am sure we are all looking forward to turning the page to a great (and hopefully relaxing) 2021.  That said, with much time at home, many people have had remodeling on the mind.  Interior design trends are always changing and you may be wondering which trends are losing their sparkle and which ones are becoming hot.  I have complied a quick list of top design trends that I am hearing of with clients and designer friends for 2021…

  1. Get creative with storage. Keeping your office space, or any area of your home, clean and organized will give it a more modern look. Cabinets and built-in shelves are a great way to make room for (& hide) all of your papers, files, and office supplies. You can also hang shelves on the walls above and around your desk or other busy areas to create storage for books and other items that you do not need sitting on your desk. People are buying decorative pieces as well that you would not think used for storage of kid’s home schooling/craft items. These pieces are both functional and add a charm factor/warmth to a room.
  2. Furniture is trending toward multifunctional. This is a great tip for people who do not have a ton of space and people looking to save some on cost. Furniture that serves more than one purpose is a great way to save.
  3. Home materials. Because the current situation in which we live, it has caused people to be more conscious of germs and the materials with which home items are made are being taken into consideration more. For example, non-porous materials that germs and bacteria have a harder time sticking to will make their way into home design. Materials such as laminate, metals, cement, and smoked glass will become increasingly popular, especially in rooms like kitchens where there is a lot of foot traffic.
  4. Bring the outdoors in and the indoors out has been a big one.  These days we crave an outdoor space that is comfortable and inviting. Think of your backyard as you would your indoor space, starting with a floor plan. Outdoor fireplace, firepits and even pizza ovens are on the rise.  Advice on how to make a garden: Want to grow veggies at home? Mark Faunce is here to help (msn.com) Purchase some outdoor rugs for your seating areas. Rugs of different colors allow you to decorate each space differently without the whole yard looking cluttered. Put chairs, tables, plants, and other decorations around each area so your family and guests have a few different places that are welcoming and comfortable. Homes that used to have windows from living to outdoors are now having slider doors added or nanawall type folding doors. This is also amazing for hosting a party or friends. Having a direct view as you come in a home straight through to the backyard via opening doors is the #1 request of clients of mine whether they are buying or building this past year.
  5. Acreage! If you wanted 2 acres before, you now want 10.  Buying and holding acreage is a great idea. The city is growing outward and acreage is at a premium. I believe this will continue and we are not in a current bubble but a new mindset.
  6. More color.  When it comes to the inside of your home, something as simple as choosing a paint color can be a daunting task. As we move into 2021, warmer colors will be on-trend. The cooler whites of ‘Alabaster’ and ‘Simply White’ for many clients are now leaning towards warmer whites like ‘Creamy’ and ‘Divine White’ and ‘Shell White’. For other areas, the warm autumn tones are coming back. Kitchens are not all white, although still the majority are but we are seeing a mix in on the island color to blue or black tones as well as varied countertop materials vs just honed white quartz or marble.
  7. Looking for something different and fun? Mix up the texture on the walls.  Try wallpapered ceilings, dining rooms, bedrooms or baths.  This can add textures and patterns to a room, and mixing textures and patterns is a trend that is set to be hot in 2021 as well. I have recently even seen a few lacquered dining room walls, fabric upholstery walls and some fun living walls of plants.
  8. The ‘Grandmillenial’- would you believe it? Many millennials are liking the floral prints and elegance vs modern.
  9. An increased awareness and desire in craftsmanship.  This goes hand and hand with #8. Grandma would have wanted the thicker moldings and solid built home.  I am seeing trends in this direction, although modern/transitional farmhouse still has a strong place holder.
  10. An infusion in technology is here and growing.  The old systems are quickly being replaced with SMART design technology that knows your needs before you do. It is not just automatic lights and music any more. From temperature testing entryways to voice controlled walls, there are many new options.

No matter what your plans for 2021 are, the hot design trends will be a function of the world we live in. Happy almost 2021!

 


2020 Holiday Activities Around Atlanta

Who can believe the holidays are here already?  I can’t believe it, but so looking forward to it.  2020 has thrown us for a loop but who’s to say we can’t end the year with a little magic and holiday fun! For those families looking for holiday activities, please enjoy and share this fabulous list of “outside” places to visit, “inside” places to visit, and of course some holiday activities to do with your family right at home. Start mapping out your month of cheer and make the most of your final month of 2020. Happy holidays!

Places to Visit and Holiday Activities Outside:

  • Ice Skating at Atlantic Station (timed entrance)
  • Lakeside Lights at Lake Lanier Islands (drive thru 2020)
  • World of Illumination at Whitewater (Drive Thru Lights – new in 2020)
  • Fantasy in Lights at Callaway Gardens – stay in cabin
  • Stone Mountain Park Christmas
  • Blue Ridge Holiday Train Ride – open 2020 at half capacity
  • Drive Through Nativity at High Point Baptist – others listed here: https://365atlantatraveler.com/live-nativity-scene/
  • Atlanta Botanical Gardens Lights (timed tickets and limited entry 2020) – https://buytickets.atlantabg.org/webstore/shop/viewItems.aspx?CG=glhn&C=glhnnon
  • Christmas Light Drive with Hot Cocoa + PJs
    • “I Like Your Lights” printable neighborhood drive (tape on mailboxes of your faves!)
  • Spread Cheer in your Neighborhood “Boo” style – but with a holiday surprise!
  • Take a care package to the fire or police station
  • Jungle Bells at Zoo Atlanta (12/12 2:30-6pm)
  • Avalon Tree Lighting + Fireworks (7pm nightly 11/22-12/1)
  • Christmas in the Country at Southern Belle Farm
  • Country Christmas Nights at Rock Ranch (cancelled 2020)
  • Victorian Holiday and/or Holiday Scavenger Hunt at Oakland Cemetery
  • Nutcracker by Atlanta Ballet (offering Drive In or Streaming experience for 2020)
  • Christkindl Market at Centennial Olympic Park (cancelled 2020)
  • Candlelight Nights at Atlanta History Center (unclear if this is happening)
  • Holiday in the Park at Six Flags (open 2020)

Places to Visit with Holiday Activities Inside:

  • Ritz Lake Oconee Christmas activities (smores, santa, ice skating)
  • Holiday Tea at the Ritz or St Regis (both hosting in 2020)
  • Polar Express Train – Bryson City or Blue Ridge (open in 2020)
  • Madeline’s Christmas at Horizon Theater (a favorite – don’t see info on 2020)
  • Roswell Cultural Arts Winter Puppet Shows (happening in 2020 with spacing)
  • Stan the Lovesick Snowman at Puppetry Arts (open for 2020)
  • Very Grinchy Christmas at Infinite Energy Center (11/20 + 11/21)
  • The Biltmore / Grove Park Inn Gingerbread Houses (Asheville, NC – doing some virtual events)

Things to do at Home (Plan something fun every night to make this season magical for you and your family!):

  • CHOA Christmas Parade (TV only in 2020 – recap of last 40 years. 12/6 1:30pm WBTV)
  • Open new Christmas PJs
  • Open new Christmas Book
  • Open new Ornament
  • Christmas Movie Night (cocoa + popcorn with red + green M&Ms mixed in!)
  • Holiday Ice Cream Flavor Taste Testing
  • Tell the story of the Nativity with figurines
  • Shop for Angel Tree child / Wrap Angel Tree presents (can be same or different days)
  • Bake Christmas Cookies
  • Shop for Sisters / Mom + Dad
  • Make Christmas Cards for Teachers
  • Make Paper Snowflakes with coffee filters
  • Make Gingerbread Houses
  • Make ornaments (peppermints or birdseed – really easy!)
  • Giant color on Gingerbread House from Amazon
  • Make a snow globe
  • Family Christmas Dance Party
  • Hot Cocoa Tea Party
  • FaceTime Christmas Carol to family + friends
  • Christmas Book Story time
  • Random Act of Kindness
  • Cottonball Snowman Art
  • Make your Christmas List
  • Candy Cane Scavenger Hunt (hang all around yard – like an Easter Egg hunt)
  • Make a snow scene out of marshmallows
  • Make a snack basket and card to put out for delivery people
  • Make Handprint Christmas Trees
  • Holiday Scavenger Hunt where they have to solve a riddle at each step

 


Top 3 Recommended New Home Builders in Milton

Residential new construction is booming in in Milton. Today’s new homes offer more benefits than ever before; in terms of technology, energy efficiency, and style. New construction nowadays generally reflects an open design where rooms serve multiple purposes. Many buyers are drawn to new construction because of open floor plans, which encourage a more modern relationship between what was once designated as a family space and a defined separate space to welcome and entertain guests. Buyers are choosing to build or buy new construction because of desirable locations, low maintenance and Home Warranty, and energy efficiencies. And at the end of the day, you are getting exactly what you want for the phase of life that you are in.

I have had the privilege of working with a number of amazing builders across the metro-Atlanta area and want to highlight 3 who specialize in the Milton area:

  • Anker Custom Homes – Anker Custom Homes, founded by Marty Anker, is proud to build custom homes in North Fulton, South Forsyth, Cobb, Gwinnett and Cherokee counties.  They are a premier luxury home builder with communities such as The River Club, Sugarloaf Country Club, The Manor Golf & Country Club, Deerhaven Preserve, Greystone and Meadowood. They are able to provide opportunities to build your dream home in the most desirable locations. They are also able to build custom homes on a homesite or land that you may currently own or may purchase to build your new home.

See more at https://ankercustomhomes.com

  • Capstone Building Group – Steve Laboda has over 30 years of home building experience and is the head of Capstone Building Group. Steve oversees each project personally, and his knowledge is priceless when it comes to foundation, design, layout and efficiency. He has a particular gift for setting a house on a piece of property in which the home and its environment work together, and his creativity and flexibility are a huge asset to the home building process. Steve is also very gifted in turning unwanted elements into desired features.  Capstone Building Group tailors their strategic solutions and creative expertise to each project and focuses on meeting and exceeding the expectations of their clients. Over many years of practice, Capstone has perfected a building process that is precise, timely, enjoyable and educational.

Custom Home Neighborhood in Milton by Capstone Building Group: www.bethanypreservemilton.com

  • Cole Construction – A very well-known Atlanta native, Jason Cole, is the founder of Cole Construction. He began completing higher end renovations and additions to homes in the Buckhead area. His commitment to quality, familiarity with the local area, and consistent positive client feedback were a winning combination and in 2004 he founded his company. Today, he’s still at the helm, specializing in custom home builds and larger renovations, as well as commercial construction. Quality built homes by Cole Construction can be found in the upscale Buckhead community as well as higher end North Fulton neighborhoods. Their core values – honesty, integrity, and transparency – are the backbone to each and every custom project.

See more at http://www.coleconstructionga.com


Highly Anticipated Market District at Crabapple

The pandemic hasn’t slowed the highly anticipated Market District at Crabapple. In fact, all of North Fulton is surging and mixed-use projects are popping up bringing office, restaurant, retail, and residential to the growing and affluent cities that make up this end of Fulton County.

Market District at Crabapple, along with many others, reflect a demand for the walkable, urban feel with dining and shopping, all in a mixed-use environment. You know, the live, work, play mentality that so many love – rural meets urban! This development is driven by the area’s affluence and ever growing population.

Both Milton and Crabapple are getting looks from in town consumers, restaurants and shop owners. Similar demographics across both areas and the trend of people moving to the suburbs make this development a sweet spot and highly desirable.

Located in the center of downtown Crabapple in Milton, Market District at Crabapple is under construction on the east side of Birmingham Highway and just south of Crabapple Crossing Elementary School. Super easy walk and close proximity to popular restaurants like Milton’s, Olde Blind Dog, Cans, Peace Love & Pizza, Vintage, Campania, and the community centric “Green” in Crabapple Market close to Milton City Hall. Buildings 1 and 2 set to be complete by the end of 2020 and total buildout will likely take 3-4 years. This unique development boasts high-end residential units with restaurants and retail.

This project will include office and restaurant space, a food hall including a mezzanine and 42 condo units, in which 80% of those units are specifically targeting the active adult 55+ demographic. These luxury residences are close to everything you know and love, while also enjoying the convenience of one-level living. The single level residences have new, innovative floor plans and are tastefully appointed. Partners include companies like Bosch, Marvin, and Moen – unparalleled value. Pricing for these residences range from the $500’s-900’s. Delivery/move-in dates proposed for Summer 2021.

Right now the development has a locally owned Starbucks and a jazz bar/speakeasy under contract in buildings 1 and 2. There are still commercial and residential opportunities within these first two buildings.

It is clear that Crabapple is making its mark and developments like Market District will continue to make this a gem of an area! We are looking forward to hearing more about the businesses who choose to make Crabapple their home!


13432 Hipworth Way Milton, GA 30004

UNDER CONTRACT: Buyer and Seller Side of 13432 Hipworth Road (sold off market)

Incredible! Nestled on Lake Haven’s 8 acre Lake with custom pool, sport court, outdoor kitchen, covered/uncovered spaces. Inside is breathtaking with designer touches everywhere, two story impressive foyers with open staircase to the upper and lower, gourmet chef’s kitchen, fireside keeping room, family room, additional large play room/office, covered and screened fireplace patio, 1st floor guest suite and two mud rooms. Upstairs boasts huge Master with sitting area, spa-like bath, additional 3 rooms have their own bath, loft room for play or teen lounge. Basement is amazing with bright living spaces flowing out to the pool area, billiards room, custom marble bar and 2 additional bedrooms with full large bath.  Automated /Smart home. Welcome home! 


2020 Kicking off in High Gear

The 2020 real estate market is already in full swing and it’s only January 5th! 2019 was a time of low rates, low supply (in most areas and price points) and high demand. My guess is that rates stay the same or even slightly lower this year. No one has a crystal ball but, in talking with my favorite mortgage brokers, this is the common thought. This should also help buyers choose homes in early spring, vs waiting. In years that rates are great, buyers are nervous that rates will increase and want to take advantage of locking in early. You have to be under contract to lock your rate, so this will be a motivating factor when looking in early Jan-Feb.

There is a major lack of inventory at entry level pricing in all areas based on varying factors including the cost of build materials and land and the uptick of millennial buyers (1980-1988 birth date) getting out there and buying homes. They are the largest group buying nationally at a rate of 37% of 2019 sales. They typically want walkability (to shopping and schools), smaller homes and clean/modern vibe. They are internet savvy so online presence is key to marketing with millennial buyers.

Our office was buzzing this past week with new contracts and home staging dates. It was this way last year and the one prior so let’s hope it’s another positive year. Cheers to 2020!



Thompson Hotel coming to Buckhead

A new, mid-priced hotel is under development in Buckhead Village. Two Atlanta developers, Loudermilk Companies and Regent Partners LLC, are pairing up to open a 10 story hotel with around 200 rooms at 415 East Paces Ferry Road near the Shops at Buckhead. The hotel will be designed by Atlanta-based Rule Joy Trammell + Rubio LLC and managed by the Thompson Hotel collection of Denver-based Two Roads Hospitality, LLC whose other locations can be found in Manhattan, Nashville, Chicago, Seattle, and Toronto. Slated to break ground sometime in 2019 with a predicted opening date in early 2021, the hotel will feature a rooftop chef-driven restaurant and bar as well as around 6,000 square feet of meeting space. The building will be constructed on the site that is currently home to State Bank & Trust Co. on East Paces Ferry Road.