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JUNE 10 - JUNE 23, 2016 • VOL. 10— NO. 12


Buckhead Reporter


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Bobby Jones course: A junior golf Mecca? BY COLLIN KELLEY AND JOE EARLE

Katharine Montgomery, co-president of the Collier Hills Civic Association, joins a public discussion regarding renovations to the Bobby Jones Golf Course during a June 3 meeting at E. Rivers Elementary School. PHOTO BY PHIL MOSIER

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OUT & ABOUT The challenge on Buford Highway is harmonizing the dreams of the people who have given Buford Highway its identity and vitality with an ugly, unsafe, underdeveloped, underutilized corridor designed to move cars and trucks. Marian Liou We Love BuHi See COMMENTARY Page 13

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After months of community argument over how best to remake the Bobby Jones Golf Course, city officials have transferred ownership of the historic Buckhead course to the state. Atlanta City Council voted 12-3 after hours of discussion on June 6 to turn over the course to the state of Georgia. State officials promise a $25 million makeover that See CITY. on page 16

‘Mansion party’ shows tensions of Airbnb rentals in neighborhoods BY JOHN RUCH

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A midnight hip hop concert and “mansion party” staged May 19 at a PeachtreeDunwoody Road house quickly became a poster child for problems with short-term rentals in the suburbs. Social media posts showed one guest flashing a pistol, and the See MANSION on page 14

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‘MARTA Menu’ shows what T-SPLOST might buy BY JOHN RUCH

Ultimately, it’s your experience that matters. To be sure, we’re proud of our 28 years of experience in senior living. But, to us, what really matters is your experience at our communities. We do everything with that idea clearly in mind. So, go ahead, enjoy yourself with great social opportunities and amenities. Savor fine dining every day. And feel assured that assisted living services are always available if needed. We invite you to experience The Piedmont for yourself at a complimentary lunch and tour. Please call 404.381.1743 to schedule.

Buckhead could have major public transit improvements on its plate if a MARTA sales tax boost is approved by voters. A new interactive website called “MARTA Menu” lets users see what they might get for the projected $2.5 billion in tax revenue. Created by the advocacy group Citizens for Progressive Transit, “MARTA Menu,” at, is a map that highlights various proposed MARTA projects in Atlanta. Users can create their own map of priority projects and see the price tag add up until it hits the $2.5 billion limit. In Buckhead, that menu includes such entrees as light rail on the BeltLine and Clifton Corridor, and faster bus service on Peachtree Street. MARTA is already funded partly by a 1 percent sales tax in DeKalb and Fulton counties that continues through the year 2057. This year, state legislation allowed city of Atlanta voters to decide on raising that sales tax by up to a half-percent, only within the city and only for MARTA projects largely within city limits. The tax boost, which also could include another half-percent increase for road projects, could appear on the November ballot either this year or in 2017, though officials are pushing for this fall. Atlanta City Council committees are still discussing the idea. MARTA expects a full council vote on a final project list on June 20.


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From left, Robert Collett, Phil Webster and Mark Rowell portray Civil War Union Army soldiers from the 125th Ohio during the Atlanta History Center’s “Military Timeline” event on May 28.

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Richard Born, a World War II navigator on a B-26 airplane, shares stories of his experiences.

Russell Bergmann, dressed as a World War I Doughboy, demonstrates a 1917 Enfield rifle.

B L I N K. G LOW. F L A S H. F L I C K E R. • Members Always Free Creatures of Light: Nature’s Bioluminescence is organized by the American Museum of Natural History, New York (, in collaboration with the Canadian Museum of Nature, Ottawa, Canada, and The Field Museum, Chicago.

World War II singers, the Freedom Belles, from left, Alison Chambers, Renee Cooper and Missy Gossett, perform. BH


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Buckhead residents say they want to see more police officers on their streets BY DYANA BAGBY

Buckhead residents say they want more Atlanta police officers on the streets to deter crime in their neighborhood, including armed robberies and car break-ins. About 50 people gathered June 2 at St. Anne’s Episcopal Church located off Moores Mill Road at a meeting hosted by Atlanta City Councilmember Felicia Moore, featuring several members of the Atlanta Police Department’s command staff. Residents raised questions ranging from how many officers patrol Zone 2, which includes Buckhead, to how many officers are on the police force itself. Several people said they were concerned about a Atlanta City police shortage Councilmember Felicia in Atlanta. Moore hosted a public “We’re very safety meeting at frustrated, esSt. Anne’s Episcopal Church in Buckhead. pecially because of car

break-ins and armed robberies,” said Kevin Price of Ridgewood Heights. Deputy Chief Joseph Spillane said the department has 120 vacancies out of 2,033 officers. Zone 2 has approximately 120 officers, but that includes those on administrative duPHOTOS BY DYANA BAGBY ties and crime scene inAtlanta Police Maj. Van Hobbs, left, and Deputy vestigators, said Major Chief Joseph Spillane answer questions at a June Van Hobbs, Zone 2 com2 public safety meeting in Buckhead. mander. Zone 2 covers gunpoint by a juvenile who fled in a black about 40 square miles and takes in about sedan, according to police reports. 13 of the 78 patrol beats in the city. Spillane said it is hard for APD to reSpillane said the department would cruit officers because the culture is not soon be returning about 78 police officers “pro-police.” Also, he said, it’s hard to retain to beats because Atlanta Public Schools is experienced officers because many are recreating its own police force. cruited by departments in neighboring citHobbs said police try to deter crime ies, including Dunwoody and Brookhaven. through visibility — by pulling someone “I had a lieutenant who was making over to issue a citation or a ticket, the offi$58,000 a year in Atlanta and he went to cer flashes blue lights and lets people know Brookhaven, where he is making $79,000. police are in the area. Robberies are also Younger people are looking for immediate taking precedent over car break-ins, he money and don’t care about better pension said. or benefits,” Spillane said. But residents said they worry that too Hobbs said he was fortunate in Zone 2 few officers are visible in Buckhead and to not have many officers transfer to other that flagrant crimes are being committed. departments, but rather they move to difOn May 9, for example, a man was exerferent specialized units within the APD. cising in a park off Ridgeway Avenue when Moore and other City Council members two men grabbed his backpack containand Mayor Kasim Reed are looking at pay ing a MacBook Pro, iPhone and recording differences compared to surrounding citequipment. The two men ran with the bag, ies, Spillane said. and when the jogger chased them, one of “We have some assurances they will the men pulled a gun and said, “I will shoot look at pay disparities. One reason officers you.” The men escaped in a black car. are leaving is because of the pay,” he said. A few days later, on May 21, a man jog“We do the best we can with the resources ging on Ridgewood Road was robbed at we have.”

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Above left, Erika Cassell, left, Jaylin Reid and Sydney Long, right, students at Holy Innocents’ Episcopal School, take a few moments to capture the excitement of their graduation day. Above right, Kasey Rohleder, left, and Josie Barton show their National Honor Society stoles.

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Above, from left, Elayna Harris, Katie Kish and Abbey Wells, students at Dunwoody High School, pose and smile before graduation exercises at North DeKalb Stadium on May 26.

Right, India Steward sports a decorated mortarboard.


Epstein School graduates, left to right, Nadav David, Elijah Medwed, Brandon Sherman and Asher Fitterman, place their hands over their hearts as they sing the National Anthem at their graduation ceremony.


Epstein School eighth graders, back row, Zoe Rosenberg, Galya Fischer, Vanessa Greenstein, and front row, Amy Kowalsky, Maya Kahn, Rayna Fladell and Elaine Berger, perform at their graduation ceremony.


The gallery of photographs of 2016 high school valedictorians and salutatorians published in Reporter Newspapers dated May 27-June 9 included a photograph incorrectly identified as a portrait of Nicholas Isaf, Marist School’s valedictorian. Here is his photograph.

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Right, from left, North Springs Charter High School’s Jaelin Hakim, student body president Seth Hochman, senior class president Margaret Turner and Josh Noormid, smile at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre on May 26. Right, graduate Stephon Avery, left, and valedictorian Sanjay John.

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Saturday, June 18, 8 a.m. Join the Men’s Health & Wellness Center at the ZERO Prostate Cancer Dash4Dad 5K race/1-mile Fun Walk/Kids Superhero Dash. Rain or shine. $30; $35 day of race; children under 12 pre-registration, $15; snooze for dudes, $35. Leashed dogs, strollers welcome. Funds raised go toward prostate cancer testing, research. Register: Home Depot/Costco parking lot, 6400 Peachtree-Dunwoody Rd., Sandy Springs, 30328.

Monday, June 13, 6-7:30 p.m. Learn traditional organic henna art by trained and certified cosmetologist Raj Gill. Class continues on Tuesday, June 14, 6-7:30 p.m. Only sign up if you can attend both. Free. For kids ages 7-17. Open to the first 15 participants. Dunwoody Branch Library, 5339 Chamblee-Dunwoody Rd., Dunwoody 30338. Call 770-512-4640 to register.

GIVE PEAS A CHANCE! Tuesday, June 14, 11 a.m.-12 p.m. Join Cris P. Broccoli, Calcium Callie and Mighty Muscles for a fun-filled learning experience! For ages 3 and up. No registration required. Free. All are welcome. Sandy Springs Branch Library, 395 Mount Vernon Highway, Sandy Springs, 30328. Call 404-303-6130 or email: for details.

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TEEN PHOTOGRAPHY LANTERN PARADE Saturday, June 18, 9 p.m. Sandy Springs hosts its inaugural Lantern Parade, with a theme, “Take It to the River.” Residents carry homemade lanterns down Morgan Falls Road to Overlook Park. Event features live music and performances. Free and open to all. Lanternmaking workshops available June 7-11. North Springs United Methodist Church, 7770 Roswell Rd., Sandy Springs, 30328. For workshop tickets and information, go to:

PLANT PULL Saturday, June 25, 9-11 a.m. The Atlanta Audubon Society seeks volunteers to assist with an invasive plant pull and habitat restoration at The Confluence Park, where the north and south forks of Peachtree Creek meet near Lindbergh. Groups welcome. Clear brush, spread wood chips on trails and more. For details and to sign up, email: or call 678-973-2437. The Confluence, accessed at the terminus of Armand Road off of Lindbergh Drive, 30324.



Wednesday, June 15, 12:30-1:30 p.m. Take your photography to the next level and create photos that catch the eye, are clean and free of distractions, use light best and see a more focused world. Bring camera or smartphone. Free. For middle and high school audiences. Open to the public. Buckhead Branch Library, 269 Buckhead Ave., Atlanta, 30305. Registration requested by emailing: Call 404-814-3500 to find out more.

WEARABLE TECHNOLOGY Thursday, June 16, 10:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Tinkering girls and boys are invited to see how STEM transforms things we wear. Learn garment engineering, circuitry and computer programming, and create circuitry for a tie, vest or skirt. Free. For elementary through high school youth. Open to all, but limited to 25 participants. Reservations required by emailing: Buckhead Branch Library, 269 Buckhead Ave., Atlanta, 30305. Call 404814-3500 with questions.


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Tuesday, June 21, 4-4:30 p.m. Rupee, a golden retriever with Canine Assistance of Georgia, and her owner explains how canine companions can help persons with physical challenges live a full life. Free. The community is welcome. For toddler, preschool and elementary school audiences. Northside Branch Library, 3295 Northside Parkway, Atlanta, 30327. Learn more by emailing:

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Wednesday, June 22, 11 a.m. Get up close and personal with some reptile friends. For ages 3 and up. Free. Open to the public. No registration required. Sandy Springs Branch Library, 395 Mount Vernon Highway, Sandy Springs, 30328. Call 404-303-6130 or email: for additional information.

Tuesday, June 14, 2-4 p.m. Adults, learn how to navigate the digital collections at the Buckhead Branch Library. Find out about Flipster and Zinio, and discover access to eBooks, music and TV shows via Hoopla. Bring your devices. Free and open to the public. For elders, college, high school and middle school audiences. 269 Buckhead Ave., Atlanta, 30305. Email: or call 404814-3500 to find out more.

LIBRARY MINI GOLF Wednesday, June 22, 1-2 p.m. The Buckhead Branch Library’s teen center will have a mini golf course! Putt your way around books, graphic novels and good times. Prizes and snacks for all players. For middle and high school youth. Free. All are invited. 269 Buckhead Ave., Atlanta, 30305. Call 404-814-3500 or email: for further details.



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TITLES @ TWILIGHT Tuesday, June 14, 6:30-7:30 p.m. Heritage Sandy Springs’ adult program, “Titles@Twilight,” promoting local authors with stories of history and the South, continues. Franklin Cox presents, “How to Write from Your Five Senses: Make Your Words Come Alive.” On June 21, Jackie Cooper and Dale Cramer discuss, “Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Writing.” Free and open to the public. In the Garden Room, Williams-Payne House, 6075 Sandy Springs Cir., Sandy Springs, 30328. RSVP by visiting:, emailing: mswindell@ or calling 404-851-9111 x2.


Wednesday, June 22, 2-2:45 p.m. A high-energy, Latininspired dance fitness party for youngsters and their caregivers. For 5-10 years olds. Open to the first 30 participants. Free. No registration required. Bring water bottles and wear comfortable clothing. Park behind the Brookhaven Branch Library and enter at the lower level. 1242 N. Druid Hills Rd., Brookhaven, 30319. Call 404-848-7140 with questions.

Thursday, June 23, 3:30-4:30 p.m. Discover Henri Matisse and his artwork, then create your own vase and flower drawing based on his style. Learn how to use lines, shapes and angles by using regular and watercolor pencils. Free. Open to the first 20 participants. For adults. Dunwoody Branch Library, 5339 ChambleeDunwoody Rd., Dunwoody, 30338. Call 770512-4640 with questions.


TOUCH A TRUCK Saturday, June 25, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Brookhaven Police and Fire Departments provide a day of fun and learning for the entire family. Hop on a fire truck, get behind the wheel of some heavy equipment, check out police vehicles and get safety tips. Free. The public is invited. Blackburn Park, 3493 Ashford-Dunwoody Rd., Brookhaven, 30319. For more details, email: philip.mitchell@brookhavenga. gov or call 404-637-0512.

LET’S LEARN JOIN PALS Monday, June 13, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Join others at Lunch & Learn programs with topics such as: the Constitution; beautiful geological marvels; Mahjongg; estate planning; a history of the world in six glasses; travel; Bridge; current events; local parks; and gardening. Continues through July 25. Call 770-698-0801 or go to: for course descriptions and fees. Catered lunches available with reservations. Dunwoody Baptist Church, 1445 Mount Vernon Rd., Dunwoody, 30338.

Saturday, June 25, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Are you separated, considering or currently in the process of divorce? Learn how to navigate this process from a legal, financial and emotional perspective, and avoid some of the most common pitfalls. Class limit is 30. For adults. Free. To register, call 770-512-4640. Dunwoody Branch Library, 5339 ChambleeDunwoody Rd., Dunwoody, 30338.

FIXING CLIMATE CHANGE Sunday, June 26, 4-6 p.m. The Atlanta Audubon Society and Dunwoody Nature Center offer a workshop on addressing climate change with Bill Witherspoon, co-author of “Roadside Geology of Georgia.” $5 for AAS or DNC members; $10 for non-members. Register and find out more: 5343 Roberts Dr., Dunwoody, 30338. Call 678-973-2437 withquestions.

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Brush Sushi Izakaya is a Japanese gasmame, nigiri and tropub located in Decatur specializing in omakase. The yakitori. dish that will Gastropub: snacks and plates somewhat keep Brush in bigger than what we think of as tapas, but the running for still smaller than a full entrée and usually top tier dining in meant for sharing. Yakitori: skewers upon this regard is defskewers of grilled chicken parts that are deinitely the snow licious and not very greasy. Also, kushikatcrab chawansu: skewers more heavily seasoned and mushi. Chawanbreaded than yakitori. mushi: a hot or All skewers run from $2.50 to $6, with a cold egg custard. Dining Out chef’s choice mixed plate at $18 to $20. EatBrush’s version Megan Volpert ers new to this type of grilling can stick to arrives steamMegan Volpert lives in wings and thighs, maybe a little pork beling in a gorgeous Decatur, teaches in Roly. More adventurous eaters can hit the clay pot. The swell and writes books heart, neck, cartilage and other items that silky custard is about popular culture. are comparatively rare. You don’t see a lot wonderfully deliof conservationist whole-bird butchering in Atlanta. cate and the snow crab is eviThere are some things on dent throughout. Between the the menu that are gaining in pop of the ikura (salmon cavau rant Re popularity right now. The house iar) and the umami (savory chashu rice with soy-cured yolk taste) of the Shimeji mushand seared pork belly will satisfy folks who rooms, Brush’s snow crab chawanmushi is usually stick to the safety of ramen or fried one of the best ways to spend $9 in Decatur. rice. There’s a Some peonice rice-less ple have compoke (fish salad) plained that it’s of tuna, salmtoo expensive on, avocado and and that Decahouse chili oil tur is already that was thorfull of decent oughly flavorsushi. It’s true ful without gothat this place is ing overboard more expensive into spicy territothan other nearry. For those who by places; save do enjoy more it for date night spicy food, they or when you’ve Rice-less poke, or fish salad. have a yellowtail got visiting injalapeno that I’d put up against Umi’s. While Umi lays a pepper slice right on the fish, Brush does it as a puree that looks just as lovely while thankfully distributing the heat more evenly. With the ramen renaissance in our city, from Nexto to Jinya, Atlanta will need to be increasingly discerning about the broadly competitive field of Asian cuisines. At a minimum, our vocabulary needs to A selection of skewers. get somewhat beyond edalaws to wrangle. Brush will especially please your father-in-law, who notoriously subsists on steak and baked potatoes. This is because Brush is not really a sushi place.


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Quick Bites Alon’s Bakery in Dunwoody will host its 2016 Sip Suds & Summer beer tasting event on Friday, June 17, from 6 to 9 p.m. Guests will be given a souvenir glass and ‘tasting passport’ to sample each beer offering from participating breweries, which include Wild Heaven Craft Beers, Three Taverns Breweries, Creature Comforts Brewing, Terrapin Beer Co. and more. Visit for more information. Asheville, N.C.,-based Tupelo Honey Cafe will bring its scratch-made, reimagined Southern food, craft beer list and cocktail program to Sandy Springs on June 20. The restaurant is located in the new Gateway development, located at 4600 Roswell Road, Building C, Suite 110. For menus and information, visit Budweiser, in partnership with Atlanta-based radio stations ROCK 100.5 and 99X, will host the second annual Bud & Burgers Festival in Brookhaven Park on June 25. The festival will showcase 20 to 25 local restaurants as they compete for the “Best Burger in Atlanta” and a chance to win a share of $10,000 in cash and prizes. Tickets and information are available at Fifth Group Restaurants opened South City Kitchen Buckhead at 3350 Peachtree Road for lunch and dinner. Executive chef Jason Starnes, previously of The Sun Dial, will be cooking up a menu of traditional and contemporary Southern cuisine. For more information, visit The 10th annual Give Me Five Dinner featuring Atlanta’s premier chefs and sommeliers will benefit Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry campaign on Sunday, Aug. 14, at Piedmont Driving Club. Featured chefs will include Chef Chair Jay Yarbrough (Piedmont Driving Club), Christopher Grossman (Atlas Restaurant), James Neale (Rathbun’s), Piero Premoli (Pricci) and Wesley True (The Optimist). Sommeliers include Gil Kulers (Piedmont Driving Club), Clarke Anderson (No. 246), Joon Lim (Rathbun’s), Caleb Hopkins (Atlas Restaurant) and Linda Torres (The Ritz-Carlton, Buckhead). For more information, visit

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1. If the model wearing it has a tattoo, it will not fit me. 2. If she has a navel piercing, I need to go to a different website. 3. If she’s doing a sideways split while balRobin’s Nest ancing on one Robin Conte hand, I refuse Robin Conte is a writer to buy from and mother of four who that company, lives in Dunwoody. She based on princan be contacted at ciple. I scrolled past a pair of leggings that looked like they belonged in the Bodies exhibit and I scrolled past everything camo. I found some “sonar shorties” that looked truly stunning on the model, and after a few fanciful moments imagining that they would look good on me, I realized that they would have the dual effect of creating both muffin top and muffin thighs at the same time. It would be like squeezing the middle of a toothpaste tube. You’ve got to look a certain way before you’ll drop $128.95 on a piece of neon green spandex. If you do look that way, you do drop the cash because those are the rules. If you’re the queen of England, you wear the tiara; if you’ve got the body, you wear the crop top. Those ads showing three women on safari in yoga gear are not geared for the novices among us — they are for those who have advanced to waif wear. Starter workout clothes are made of velour or nylon, and they cover the navel. There is nothing sexy about them, and we like it that way. All of this is to say that I think I’ve plateaued at headbands.

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Opinion / A vision for Buford Highway I’m frequently asked about my viage Buford Highway’s assets to accomAs We Love sion for Buford Highway. plish two things: (1) capture and grow BuHi has demWhat is Buford Highway’s vision for an inchoate sense that Buford Highway onstrated, so itself? is the American Dream writ small, that long as good Sometimes, not often enough, I ask Buford Highway, positioned at the geofood and interthe people living and working on Bugraphical, social and cultural margins esting sights are ford Highway about their vision for Buguaranteed, peoford Highway, though not in preciseple will pay for ly those terms. I ask them where they the novelty of grew up, how they came to the Unitriding their bied States and then to Buford Highway, cycles on the Marian Liou how long they’ve lived or worked in the deadliest road Founder of We Love BuHi area, and which schools their children, in Georgia or if they have children, attend. crowding onto MARTA buses to hear Although the words “vision,” “hope,” experts talk about infrastructure and and “dream” may never come up in pedestrian safety. these conversations, I’m fairly certain By providing individuals with phystheir vision for Buford Highway, the ical experiences that connect them to a place in which they live or work, is a viplace and to each other, We Love BuHi sion that is common to all of us, no mataspires to instill among them a sense of ter where we live or work. We all want personal ownership in the future of Bua safe place to live, a decent job that’s ford Highway. By attracting new cusconvenient to get to, good schools for tomers through non-traditional activiour children, an opportunity for a life ties and marketing channels, We Love of meaning and joy. BuHi hopes to facilitate agency, engageThe challenge on Buford Highway ment and expertise among local busiis harmonizing the dreams of the peoness owners in the processes of comple who have given Buford Highway its munity and economic development. identity and vitality with an ugly, unMy vision for Buford Highway, theresafe, underdeveloped, underutilized fore, is one in which ideas and plans to MARIAN LIOU corridor designed to move cars and make Buford Highway livable, more FOUNDER OF WE LOVE BUHI trucks. The paradox is that these very connected and still affordable comunpromising conditions have enabled prise the communities living and workcontinuous waves of our ing on Buford Highway today. most recently arrived immiMy vision for Buford Highgrants to find housing, jobs, way is one in which “commuand resources among people nity engagement” no longer of similar economic and ethrequires quotation marks. nic backgrounds – in other My vision for Buford Highwords, to thrive. way is one in which inclusion Is it necessary, or even posand equity foremost are built sible, to ensure that the forinto any and all discussions tunes of the immigrants of and decisions about Buford Buford Highway do not fall as Highway. the fortunes of Buford HighFinally, my vision for Buway rise? Can both rise toford Highway recognizes that gether? if Atlanta is the cultural capiWe Love BuHi was foundtal of the New South, then we ed, in part, to frame any serimust learn to celebrate Buous and truly thoughtful disford Highway as the multicussion of Buford Highway’s cultural capital of Atlanta. JOHN RUCH challenges squarely and inI say “learn,” because celWe Love BuHi founder Marian Liou envisions a safe, fun, tentionally within the context ebrating a place and its attractive, livable, inclusive Buford Highway. of its immigrant community, many varied communities to ensure that recommendaisn’t merely holding a festitions and policies established through of the city of Atlanta, is actually an inval once a year. It isn’t one-dimensionlocal and regional decision-making and trinsic and important part of Atlanta al. It is a process that involves bravery, planning, as well as their implementaand of this country’s larger fabric; and vulnerability, a willingness to possibly tion and actual outcomes, fully include (2) catalyze a broad, community-driven say the wrong thing and own up to it, the ideas and dreams of the people who conversation about Buford Highway’s a commitment to forgive, an acknowlhave made Buford Highway what it is challenges. In forming creative placeedgment that all our hopes and dreams today. making collaborations with other soare fundamentally the same, and an We Love BuHi envisions a safe, fun, cial enterprises and grassroots organiempathy borne of that common underattractive, livable, inclusive Buford zations, area nonprofits and neighbors, standing. Highway. What that means in its parWe Love BuHi encourages people to It is an ongoing process that begins ticulars is for us to figure out together. re-examine and imagine what Buford not with a grand vision, but by saying We Love BuHi simply seeks to leverHighway can be. hello.

If Atlanta is the cultural capital of the New South, then we must learn to celebrate Buford Highway as the multicultural capital of Atlanta.

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‘Mansion party’ shows tensions of Airbnb rentals in neighborhoods Continued from page 1 city says the house, rented via, has drawn 20 noise complaints in the past 16 months. But the house’s owner, New York City resident Paul McPherson, who has rented it via Airbnb for three years, paints a more complicated picture. He said the concert “horrified” him, but “slipped through the net” of his careful vetting process through trickery. None of the noise complaints resulted in a citation, he said, and all came from one

neighbor who called in such minor issues as a taxi beeping. His usual guests, he said, are quiet families and such privacy-hungry celebrities as movie star Kevin Costner. “It happens in hotels daily,” McPherson said of guests behaving badly, while acknowledging the effect is different in residential areas. The Buckhead house situation shows some of the tensions emerging as Airbnb and other short-term rentals expand into suburban areas, where regulations vary or are nonexistent or unenforced. The city of Atlanta told Reporter Newspapers ear-


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provides off-duty police patrols and crime watches in the area, said she also learned of the situation from TV news. McGarity talked to one neighbor who is “terrified” and had complained, she said, but “some neighbors didn’t know anything about it.” She declined to identify which neighbor complained, but passed along a request for an interview that elicited no response. McGarity said that she has never heard complaints about Airbnb rentals before and that graduation parties are the big source of event complaints. “Public house parties where they’re charging admission—it’s just astounding,” she said. The city said the police will now write a formal report for any further noise complaints at the property. And Airbnb recently launched a feature that allows neighbors to report complaints on listings. McPherson has taken down the Airbnb listing for now. He said he will reach out to the Security Association to request their attention to the house, especially on weekends. He said he also will invite all neighbors to meet him at a restaurant to work out any issues. He emphasized that even the one neighbor he believes to be making the complaints has been helpful to him in the past. “You can’t have a battle with your neighbor, because they’re your neighbor,” he said.

Historic Brookhaven books in works A pair of books telling the history of Brookhaven, including one about homes in the Historic Brookhaven neighborhood, are preparing for publication. Arcadia Publishing recently agreed to publish a book about Brookhaven in its “Images of America” series, said former Mayor Rebecca Chase Williams, who commissioned the historical research project that led to the book deal. Meanwhile, a coffee-table-style book about homes in Historic Brookhaven, a neighborhood partly in Buckhead, is in the writing and production stage, even as its backers hope to raise more money to add to it. The book is being funded through sponsorships and pre-sales to owners of houses that will be featured in the book. Backers say they have raised $25,000 but are aiming for more. “We have enough funds to do a book,” said Richard Dietrich, a local author and architect who is doing the writing. “But we’re expecting the book to be just bigger and better.” The book focuses on a part of the neighborhood that is listed as an Historic District on the National Register of Historic Places. The area has houses dating between 1910 and 1942. John Ruch BH

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Catherine Spillman, executive director of the Atlanta Memorial Park Conservancy, discusses the Bobby Jones Golf Course at a public meeting on June 3.

Chuck Palmer, chairman of the Bobby Jones Golf Course Foundation and chair of the Georgia Golf Hall of Fame committee, said a museum would be built onsite.

Continued from page 1 will add a golf museum to the site and create what one supporter called “a junior golf Mecca.” In return for the course, the state will turn over to the city a parking facility and another property near Underground Atlanta that the city needs to complete the sale of Underground to a private developer. The developer proposes building housing and shops in place of the little-used, cityowned tourist attraction. Mayor Kasim Reed told council members before the vote that the transaction was the best thing for the city and community. “When this is all said and done, this will be the best golf facility in the region and state of Georgia,” Reed said. Only three council members – Yolanda Adrean, Mary Norwood and Felicia Moore – voted against the transfer. But some supporters of the course continued to question the transfer after it was completed. “I remain disappointed in the result,” said Anthony Smith, president of the Friends of Bobby Jones Golf Course. “Financially, this is a giveaway of a park for a promise and a parking lot.” Debate over the remaking of the golf course, which lies within Atlanta Memorial Park, has drawn hundreds of residents

Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed, who supported the golf course transfer to the state, said the course could become a “real jewel for the community.”

and golfers to public meetings on the renovation of the park originally proposed by the Atlanta Memorial Park Conservancy. On June 3, just days before the council vote, Reed told more than 175 people attending a meeting at E. Rivers Elementary School that state officials’ plans for the course named for the iconic Atlanta golfer would create a “best in class” course and improve the care the course will receive in the future. “This is going to be a golf course forever,” Reed said. “This golf course is going to be maintained in a way the city never could. I think when we get to the other side of this, we’re going to have something that will be a real jewel for the community.” During the two-hour-plus questionand-answer session, Reed said state officials plan to turn the 18-hole course into a reversible nine-hole, public golf course and add a driving range and other practice facilities. The state also will add a “Golf House” that would include a golf hall of fame museum and offices for several golf organizations, said Chuck Palmer, chairman of the Bobby Jones Gold Course Foundation and chair of the Georgia Golf Hall of Fame committee. The complex would be used to promote youth golf and as a home for the Georgia BH

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State University golf team, said Georgia State golf coach Joe Inman. “This is not a back-door attempt to bring in new development into the Buckhead community,” Reed said. “It’s an effort to significantly enhance an asset we have in Buckhead.” Under terms of the deal approved by the council, state officials also will lease back the Bitsy Grant Tennis Center to the city for 20 years, and the city would also get an easement for multi-purpose paths through the park, including PATH and the Atlanta BeltLine. Councilmember Yolanda Adrean said she would keep fighting for the terms demanded by the community and said Reed could expect to see her in his office as the process continued. But Councilmember Kwanza Hall said he was optimistic about the deal. “The state won’t do anything less than stellar at that site,” he said. Still, some residents and supporters of the course weren’t convinced that the deal was the right thing to do. At the E. Rivers meeting, resident Roger Moister argued the proposal seemed to benefit college golfers and not local residents. “We want to leave the golf course 18 holes, save the trees, preserve the green space,” he said. “That’s what our residents want.” Moister also said the proposed deal was moving too fast and with too little public scrutiny. “The state has the city over a barrel on this,” he said. “Somehow, I think the city is being bullied or blackmailed by the state in order to get this golf course.” A number of golfers at the meeting objected to plans to facility as a nine-hole course. But Reed and heads of golf groups supporting the change said the current course wasn’t safe to play and needed to be redesigned to protect golfers and drivers on nearby streets. “We would love as much as anyone to keep 18 holes,” Inman said. “It just can’t be done [here].” At the same time, Palmer and Inman said, the practice facilities will make the Bobby Jones a center for teaching golf to young players. “This will be a junior golf Mecca,” Inman said. Smith, of the Friends of Bobby Jones, wasn’t convinced.

“The Trojan Horse was victorious. Now we are left with a clubhouse that may become a White Elephant,” Smith said in an email. “As for Friends of Bobby Jones Golf Course, Inc., we will re-assess our mission of providing an enjoyable and beautiful golf experience at the historic Bobby Jones Golf Course and Clubhouse. How this will be implemented with construction pending would be the question before us. We will continue until the money is committed, and until the first tree is cut.” PHIL MOSIER

Katharine Montgomery, co-president of the Collier Hills Civic Association, bottom right, speaks with neighbors about the Bobby Jones Golf Course at E. Rivers Elementary School on June 3.

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High-tech trash receptacles headed to Buckhead? BY JOE EARLE

City officials hope to roll out high-tech trash receptacles in Buckhead soon. That’s right: Solar-powered, Wi-Fi-connected collection boxes soon could stand ready to take in shoppers’ trash at about 40 Buckhead locations. Others could be set up in downtown Atlanta. Some could be on the streets as soon as July, city officials said recently. Just don’t call them “garbage cans.” “We never use the ‘g-word,’” joked Don Dixon of the mayor’s office of marketing and partnerships. Instead, they’re called “Bigbellies.” Or, more properly, parts of the Bigbelly smart waste and recycling system. That’s the name used by the Massachussetts-based

company that makes the high-tech trash collection system it brags now operates in 47 countries. Bigbellies’ supporters say the units compact trash, avoiding spillovers and keeping rodents at bay, and then, once the units are full, they text message trash collectors that it’s time for a pickup. That way, the city will be able to better manage its trash collections and save money, Dixon said. Rather than sending garbage trucks out to collect from cans that may be empty, city officials can devise routes that empty only full cans. Plus, “from a sustainability stand-

point, they make a lot of sense,” said Stephanie Stuckey Benfield, director of the mayor’s office of sustainability. “They are solar powered.” City officials say they have met with representatives of the Community Improvement Districts in Buckhead and Downtown Atlanta, and are negotiating to spread the Bigbellies along Peachtree in the area contained within the CIDs. Some members of the Buckhead CID’s board in the past have indicated little interest in Bigbellies be-

cause they offer receptacle-side advertising, which is how the company pays for the system. During the CID board’s June 1 meeting, several members worried the ads would create driving distractions and visual clutter. “This sounds like a whole workaround on the billboard thing,” board member Robin Suggs said. But other CID board members say they see advantages to the Bigbelly system. “I’ve moved 180 degrees,” board member Thad Ellis told other CID board members during the June 1 meeting. “When we first talked about this, I envisioned dumpsters. But it’s tasteful. They’ve won me over. It’s professionally done.” The CID board is to consider in July whether to adopt Bigbellies.

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Amenities, attractions draw home buyers to the mountains BY KATHY DEAN There’s a lot to love about living in the city, but everyone needs a change of scenery from time to time. Luckily for Atlanta residents, some of the most breathtaking scenery in the Southeast is just north of the city, in the foothills of the Appalachians. “Mountain life is appealing because it has a low-key resort feel with lots of amenities and attractions,” said Nathan Fitts, with Nathan Fitts & Team of REMAX Town & Country. “Blue Ridge is just 90 miles from downtown Atlanta, making it a great weekend escape for those looking to get a break from the hustle and bustle of the city.” It’s a perfect fit for those who love the great outdoors, as there are 106,000 acres in the Chattahoochee National Forest offering horseback riding, whitewater rafting, tubing, zip lining, mountain biking trails and hiking trails – including the Benton MacKaye Trail and the beginning of the Appalachian Trail at Springer Mountain. “Some of the best trout fishing waters on the East Coast are in Blue Ridge, which has been designated by the state as ‘The Trout Capital of Georgia,’” Fitts reported. Local mountain trout is a popular dish in many of the region’s eateries, too. The historic downtown Blue Ridge area is full of upscale and specialty restaurants. Other favorite foods that visitors enjoy include barbeque, fried apple pies, biscuits and grits and sausage gravy. “The mountains of north Georgia provide peace, beauty, solitude and outdoor recreation,” said June Slusser, CEO, Coldwell Banker High Country Realty. “Clean air, the night sky filled with stars and a lack of urban noise is what many city dwellers look for. What they find is even greater than their expectations – lively, small downtowns, quaint shops, extraordinary


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restaurants, community theater, the arts and so much more.” Among that “so much more” is the ecotourism opportunities offered at orchards, farms and wineries. Festivals – such as Trout Fest, Wine and Jazz Fest, Big Green Egg Fest, Blues and BBQ, Arts in the Park and Apple Festival – fill the calendar. Of course, visitors still ride the train – The Blue Ridge Scenic Railway – and walk along Main Street while browsing the antique shops, boutiques and galleries. They enjoy stopping for a bite at the cafes while drinking in the small town atmosphere and chatting with the friendly folks who pass by. “Other big draws are the ever-growing Union County Farmer’s Market, as well as new wineries and wedding venues,” Slusser said. “There’s always a crowd heading to Harrah’s Cherokee Valley River Casino in Murphy and more musical events are slated for the Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds in Hiawassee. Expanding and upgraded RV parks bring in more campers, too.” Highlands gives the Atlanta commu-

nity a quick get-away spot with a short 2-2 ½ hour drive. Bill Gilmore, provisional broker, Highlands Cove Realty and Atlanta Realtor with PalmerHouse Properties, noted that the elevation offers a lower temperature of 10 to 15 degrees, and fresh air cleaned by the National Forests awakens the senses. Hikes and views appeal to everyone, with the most popular destination being Whiteside Mountain. “Many Atlantans belong to one of the 12

private golf clubs or play the three public courses,” Gilmore said. “Visitors also love the variety of restaurants and shopping offered in both Highlands and Cashiers, and there are many events that add to special time spent in the mountains.” He suggested stopping at local farmers’ markets that are open summer through fall to stock up on fresh fruit, local cheeses and produce from the region. Visitors should be sure to schedule time for the Highlands 10th annual Culinary Weekend, Nov. 10-13, too. “In October, many Atlanta residents come to see the shadow cast in the valley from Whiteside Mountain,” Gilmore said. “It’s called the Spirit Bear or Bear Shadow and appears just before sunset.” One key to Big Canoe’s attraction is its proximity to Atlanta and the surrounding metro area. It’s only one hour from the high energy of the city, yet once a person passes through the gates and crosses over the covered bridge, they feel a million miles away. “In today’s nonstop, fast-paced world,

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Continued from page 20 time is our most precious gift,” said Katie Wercholuk, marketing director, Big Canoe Company, LLC. “Big Canoe’s convenient yet secluded location means less time spent driving to a mountain retreat and more time spent breathing the clean mountain air, teeing off, casting a line, lounging lakeside, reading a favorite book and sharing moments worth remembering with the ones who matter most.” Sixty percent of the population in Big Canoe, a vibrant, year-round community, is made up of full-time residents. Many commute to work in Atlanta, since Ga. 400



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and other major highways provide easy access. “Big Canoe has the rare mix of community friendship, national park-like beauty and comfortable living with a full set of amenities,” Wercholuk explained. “This combination is uncommon and makes Big Canoe an ideal environment to raise a family, vacation or retire. We provide the sense of well-being and security that many Atlanta residents are after by being a private, gated community.” Within its gates, Big Canoe offers over 20 miles of hiking trails, three waterfalls, three lakes, 2,600-plus families, 50-plus community clubs, 27 holes of golf and more. Resort-style amenities include a fitness center/spa, clubhouse, marina with electric boating and fishing, swim club, racquet club with tennis and pickleball courts, bocce ball, hiking and biking trails and golf. It has its own postal facility, trash/ recycling center, water company, fire and rescue station, chapel and animal rescue. “We’re also close to top area attractions in Blue Ridge, Dawsonville and Dahlonega,” said Wercholuk. “All of the charm of the north Georgia mountains are right at your fingertips when you live in Big Canoe.” City dwellers are looking for fresh air, peace and quiet, and gorgeous mountain views, and Big Canoe has all that and more. Residents can choose to own a million-dollar mountain house with long-range views of the Atlanta skyline or a Southern Living-inspired cottage with views of the golf course. There are many options, and that’s one of the best parts of living there. For anyone interested in learning more, the exclusive Discovery Package is the ideal way to experience life as a Big Canoe resident. Extremely popular since it was launched in May of last year, it offers a 2-night/3-day stay in a private mountain home for just $375. The package includes 18 holes of golf per couple, a $50 voucher toward dining at Sconti Clubhouse, and a private tour of the community and its diverse group of neighborhoods. “We’re finding that city dwellers are becoming more adventure-seeking and are Continued on page 26

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Are the Mountains Calling You? Ellijay, GA 5BR/5BA/4HB $1,250,000 Exquisite Mountain Home on 8.2 acres exceeds all expectations of space, design, custom features, privacy, and offers year-round Mountain views. In gated community and borders USFS. Five ensuite BRs + 4 powder rooms. An outdoor fireplace AND a 6 car garage. So many more features and benefits make this a very special property. A MUST SEE! MLS 256584 Call Mark Reeves 706.455.2418

Morganton, GA 5BR/4.5BA $699,000 Amazing Barna Log home atop mtn ridge (3000’ elevation) and bordering USFS. All custom with upscale finishes & fixtures, floor to ceiling FP, heart pine floors, chef’s kitchen, 3 zone HVAC, spa with steam room, screen porch, oversized carport. Year round long range views. 1+ acre lot. 25 min to Blue Ridge – 45 to new Murphy Casino. This one has it ALL! MLS 253109 Call Mark Reeves 706.455.2418

Ellijay, GA 3BR/3BA $490,000 Upscale Adirondack style mountain home on 1.1 acre beside the Ellijay River. Master suite on main, open kitchen overlooking keeping room with FP. Lodge style living room with FP and French doors to screened outdoor living room with 3rd massive fireplace. Words & pictures can’t do it justice. You MUST come experience mountain living here. MLS 255208 Call Mark Reeves 706.455.2418

Epworth, GA 4BR/2BA $288,500 Spacious weekender on 1.3 flat acres with 280 feet on Fightingtown Creek. Fly fish, tube & kayak from your yard. True master on the main, cozy stone fireplace in the open concept living/dining/kitchen. Partial, unfinished basement for storage & workshop. Decks galore AND a covered rocking chair front porch. 20 minutes to Blue Ridge and Ocoee River Gorge. MLS 257760 Call Mark Reeves 706.455.2418

Morganton, GA 7BR/4.5BA $1,649,900 6000 SF luxury Mtn. Estate on 126+ acres. Craftsman style home with 2500’ creek frontage, 3 car garage, pasture, spring fed trout pond, studio apt., hiking trails, much, much more! MLS 256320 Call Teresa Bidez 706.455.2911

Blue Ridge, GA 5BR/5.5BA $789,900 Ridges Over the Lake - Custom Built Craftsman style Lodge on 1.5 ac. overlooks impressive Mtn View & Lake Blue Ridge. Rustic elegance thruout. 2 stunning masonry rocked FPs. 2 car garage. MLS 256079 Call Donna O’Neal 770.356.9034

Cherry Log, GA 3BR/3BA $424,800 Prow front log sided home on 3.6 ac. with year round Mtn views. Tons of upgrades and special features. Huge open great room, chef’s kitchen, large master, gated, paved road access. WOW! MLS 256850 Call Mark Engeldow 706.633.3988

Mineral Bluff, GA 4BR/3BA $345,000 Gorgeous home with 2 acres on private lake and access to the Toccoa River. Screen porch overlooks lake, master on main, basement with BR/BA, living room, 2nd kitchen. MLS 253670 Call Kimberly Bruner 706.455.5703

Blairsville, GA 3BR/3BA $315,000 Elegant 2856SF country home on 6 acres with year round Mtn views. Quality reconstruction of 1916 home, high end amenities, 3 stone FPs, huge master and much more. MLS 257587 Call Linda Bowen-Hughes 706.897.2956

Morganton, GA 4BR/3BA $314,900 Ideal Mtn home on 1+ ac with year round Mtn view. No steep roads! Two bedrooms on main and real master suite upstairs with living room & screen porch. MLS 257382 Call Kimberly Bruner 706.455.5703

Blairsville, GA 3BR/2.5BA $275,000 Spacious mountain home – long range views! Top of the line renovation – new fixtures, flooring, granite. Two decks. Upscale area with paved roads – easy access. MLS 252731 Call Linda Bowen-Hughes 706.897.2956

Blairsville, GA 3BR/3BA $194,500 Spacious 2 story cabin on 1.9 ac features main floor master, kitchen, great room, rock FP, loft suite with sitting area, large decks, garage. Gentle, usable acreage. MLS 257491 Call Linda Bowen-Hughes 706.897.2956

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MOUNTAIN EVENTS & ACTIVITIES If you’re thinking of moving to the north Georgia mountains and wondering what there is to do besides admire the view, check out this list of eclectic events happening this summer and fall.

Appalachian Wine & Jazz Festival The annual Appalachian Wine & Jazz Festival will be held at the Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds in Hiawassee on June 11-12 with two days of wine, jazz, food and artists. Vis-




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Blairsville Scottish Festival Bagpipes, drums, games and food will bring the Scottish Highlands to Blairsville on June 11-12. Admission is $10 for one day or $15 for both days. Children 12 and under get in free. Visit for details.

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Georgia Wine Country Festival Three Sisters Vineyards in Dahlonega is marking 15 years by hosting this festival every weekend in June. A garden showcasing wineries from around the state will be featured along with food trucks, jazz and more. Visit for details.

Simply Homegrown Farmers Market This big market is open Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Clayton Municipal Complex in Rabun County. Veggies, herbs, handmade goods and more can be found in the stalls. Visit for a list of vendors and information.

Rabun County Music Festival The annual music extravaganza returns to the Rearden Theatre on the campus of the Rabun Gap-Nacoochee School in Rabun County. The lineup includes: Atlanta Symphony Orchestra (June 19); Paul Byrom (July 10); Antsy McClain and the Troubs (July 17); Married to Broadway (July 31); and Emile Pandolfi (Aug. 14). Tickets and details at rabunmusicfestival. com.

Georgia Mountain Fair This year’s fair is July 15-23 at the Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds in Hiawassee. Rides, live music, food and much more draw thousands of visitors each year. Can’t make the summer event? The Georgia Mountain Fall Festival is Oct. 7-15. See all the events happening this summer at the fairgrounds at

Blue Ridge Blues and BBQ Music Festival The annual festival will be held in the downtown Blue Ridge City Park on Sept. 17 from noon to 9 p.m. There will be barbeque, live music, craft beer, fun stuff for the kids and more. Find more information at facebook. com/BlueRidgeBluesandBBQ.

Georgia Apple Festival The annual event is held over two weekends – Oct. 8-9 and Oct. 15-16 – in Ellijay. There will be more than 300 vendors, an antique car show, a parade and plenty of apples. Visit for information.


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highly desired, one of Big Canoe’s most sought-after spots is Wildcat, a mountain ridge neighborhood with a private reserve. Nearly half of the 700-acre area is set aside for usable green space, including 12 miles of walking paths and trails. Home sites share spectacular views of the neighboring mountains, wildflower meadows and lush forests. Wercholuk said that other frequent requests include a master bedroom on the

interested in an outdoor lifestyle, Wercholuk reported. “With our unique Jeep Trail, 22 miles of award-winning hiking/biking trails, three outdoor dog parks, three waterfalls, three lakes and scenic mountain landscapes, they have it all. In fact, we won 2015 Hiking Community of the Year from Bliss Awards-Real Estate Scorecard.” Since neighborhoods with trails and locations that promote outdoor living are

main level, open floor plans, four-season rooms, such as covered screened porches with fireplaces and grilling areas, and longrange mountain views and water views. Slusser agreed that log and cottage style homes on a lake or with long-range mountain views are in the greatest demand. Many homebuyers are seeking a home off the grid, as well as tiny homes. “Smart home technology is becoming a necessary feature for the out-of-town buyer,” she






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added. “Locks, security systems and thermostats that can all be controlled from a smartphone are increasingly important.” Intown living is in big demand, too. She has a list of buyers looking to purchase a loft- or cottage-type dwelling within walking distance to the quaint downtown areas. Gilmore has also noticed that intown living is popular. “It’s nice to put away the car and walk to town or the grocery store. Close proximity to town, spectacular views, and lakefront or golf community properties tick most of the boxes for location,” he said. Cashiers has a new development in the construction phase which will be the first in-town eight-cottage community, just two blocks from the crossroads. Highlands’ new construction is increasing in-town, and there are many resale homes and condos in the area at prices ranging from $300,000 to $6 million-plus. Real estate has always been robust on the plateau, and the area is known for its expensive homes, so affordability is not something folks often look for, Gilmore stated. He quickly added that there are still homes and townhomes for every budget. Communities like Sapphire and Whispering Lake offer great values starting in the $300,000s. Many homes are sold fully furnished, allowing new residents to move right in and enjoy their mountain homes. “Lots of homeowners can’t make it to the mountains every weekend, so they rent their homes using VRBO or one of the many rental management companies. It’s a great way to utilize your home and capture some funds for expenses,” he explained. “Clients in this area are typically very nice families that respect and care for others’ property.” With all the interest in the Blue Ridge, some new developments have gained in popularity. The Heights at Cashes Valley offers elevated rustic living and is one of the most upscale communities in the area, according to Fitts.

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“The prices per square foot in the community have yielded higher returns than anywhere in the county,” he said. “The homes are architecturally designed using many natural materials, including rough sawn wood, natural poplar bark siding, live edge siding, board and batten, cedar shake, and lots of natural stone accents and columns.” A few other Blue Ridge communities with new construction include Shepherds Ridge and Little Creek Overlook, located in the popular Aska Adventure Area. Necowa Cove is a community that offers lakefront living as well as properties with panoramic views along miles of Lake Blue Ridge with layered mountains in the distance. “For lake lovers and those who en-

joy boating, water skiing, stand up paddle boarding and jet skiing, this community is perfect,” noted Fitts. The homes overlooking the lake are in the $400,000-$600,000 range and the lakefront homes range from $1 million to $1.5 million. Leading builders Big South Builders and Watkins Home Builders are responsible for many of the newly designed homes in the area. Fitts added that the trend for Atlanta residents purchasing in the mountains has transitioned from the log cabin look to more of a modern rustic design. “This term in the north Georgia mountains simply means that the homes offer rustic charm and warmth with the modern amenities that most city folks are used to.” Other requested design features are a

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On May 15, in the evening, a woman said she was in the parking lot about to get out of her vehicle when she was robbed by a male suspect. She said the suspect snatched her cellphone from her hand. He then pointed an object at her, which she believed to be a gun, and demanded she hand him her money. The suspect then grabbed the victim’s green purse and was picked up by a dark blue fourdoor sedan driven by a male suspect. „„2700 block of Ridgewood Rd. NW –

On May 15, in the evening, a man said he was jogging in the area when a black sedan with a paper tag approached him. The jogger said the front passenger got out of the vehicle, pointed a black handgun at the jogger and said, “Give me your

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man told police he received a call from the alarm company that his basement sensor had been tripped. He said that when he arrived on scene he saw his basement door was kicked in. No items were discovered missing from the home. The victim’s dog may have scared off the intruder.

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Chin Chin Chinese Restaurant


3887 Peachtree Road, Buckhead/Brookhaven And Other Locations

404-816-2229 |

2009 Best Chinese-The Sunday Paper 2001-2002 Best Chinese by Atlanta Jewish Times readers 1998-2012 Best Chinese by Creative Loafing “Mouth-watering Chin Chin spices things up.” –The Atlanta Journal Constitution “Most Memorable Meal” –Where Atlanta Magazine - 21/2 stars–Knife & Fork



Dan Sasser loves coming and going as he pleases. That’s just one of many reasons he chose Canterbury Court to be his home. “I left a tenured position so I could live wherever I wanted. Then I retired at 60 and was working part time when I discovered Canterbury Court. I thought, ‘How wonderful it would be to live there.’” When he decided to move to Canterbury Court, he chose a studio apartment, which he says “is more than big enough for me.” The maintenance-free lifestyle also lets him keep a second home in Florida and take frequent road trips. Dan says people are “missing the boat” by not moving to a retirement community sooner. “Here you have several restaurant options, all kinds of activities and excursions, a theater with daily showings, a heated pool and wellness center, 11 acres of beautiful gardens ... it’s like being on a permanent vacation!”

Authentic Japanese dishes, noodles & sakes.

hospitality, fine foods & warm decor

Open for both Lunch & Dinner

404.252.7998 • 5920 Roswell Rd. Sandy Springs, GA Restaurant closed on Sunday & Monday BH

3750 Peachtree Road, N.E. Atlanta, Georgia 30319 Canterbury Court is Atlanta’s first and foremost continuing care retirement community, non-profit, and committed to welcoming all people.

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6-10-2016 Buckhead Reporter  
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