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Athens, Ga & Surrounding Counties

HOME & LIFESTYLE GUIDE Volume 42, Issue 3

IN THE HEART OF EVER-DESIRABLE FIVE POINTS!

Offered By Brooke Wade

Keller WIlliams Greater Athens

706-224-2261

706-316-2900

RealEstateBook.com

To Advertise Contact Susan Alvarado - 770-364-7491


The Certified Residential Specialist (CRS) is the highest Designation awarded to sales associates in the residential sales field.

Lynn Harder

Nancy Denney

lynn.harder@coldwellbanker.com Coldwell Banker Upchurch Realty

ncdenney@bellsouth.net

Carriage House Realty, Inc

Lynora Sapp

Faye Doster

(706) 224-4525

(706) 540-0626 lynora.sapp@gmail.com The Leaders Real Estate Group, Inc.

FayeDoster@gmail.com Faye Doster Real Estate

Susan Mosley

Carol Bitner

(706) 215-4847 susan@susanmosley.com Athens Elite Real Estate The Council of Residential Specialists is an affiliate of the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS®

(706) 540-4381

706-540-0319

(706) 202-9358

carolbitner47@gmail.com

Keller Williams Greater Athens

CRS is the symbol of excellence in residential real estate. Our members have proven they have the experience, training and commitment to be among the best in their profession. Since 1977 the Council of Residential Specialists has been conferring the CRS Designation to agents to meet its stringent requirements.


Call Us To Get Your Home SOLD SOLD!! 575 N. Harris St Athens, GA 30601

Mable Mitchell

REALTOR®

706-338-6930

mableleake@gmail.com MableMitchell.com GRI, e-Pro, ABR

Yasmine Payne REALTOR®

706-540-6845 yaspay60@gmail.com Circle of Acheivement Certified in Short Sells & Foreclosures

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! D L O S IN TRADITIONS OF BRASELTON $613,000 CALL YASMINE!

ER UNDRACT T CON ADORABLE SPACIOUS HOME ON A VERY LARGE CITY LOT. This home features 3BD/2BA, central heat and air, a beautiful fenced backyard and 4 fireplaces! the home does have. The property is SOLD AS IS. $299,900 Text RBFWTQX to 52187. Call Mable 706-338-6930

GREAT HOME IN NEED OF A LITTLE TLC. This property is located in a very desirable area with new homes all around this property. Home is located on a nice corner lot with just under an acre of land. $160,000 Call Mable 706-338-6930 Text RBGFKWR to 52187 T

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OPEN LARGE LIVING ROOM, spacious dining room, nice space in the kitchen, large den with extra sitting room and and a very spacious laundry with a wall of windows. One spacious bedroom off of the living room the second bedroom is down the hall with the bathroom centrally located between the bedrooms. Possibly room for another bedroom. $145,000 Call Mable 706-338-6930 Text RBFZSQG to 52187

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5BD/5.5BA, 4 side brick, finished basement with 1 bedroom, master on the main, bonus room, large deck, a great back yard and patio great for entertaining! Call before it is gone! $595,900 Text RBDZRHP to 52187 CALL YASMINE 706-540-6845

! D L SO A VERY UNIQUE HOME IN NEED OF A GREAT DEAL OF ATTENTION. The property is located in a very desirable west side neighborhood. This is a one of a kind home with great potential for becoming a charming cottage. This property is located on a very large city lot. Property sold as is. $130,000. Text RBDQHCB to 52187. Call Mable 706-338-6930

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RECENTLY RENOVATED! Tile floors in kitchen, baths and laundry. 3 Bedrooms and 2 Bathrooms. New Paint and New LVT and Carpet floors. New Stainless Steel Appliances.Cozy wood burning fireplace excellent for those cold and rainy days. Property is on a Cul De Sac which gives private and place for kids to play. $165,000 Call Yasmine 706-540-6845

OCONEE COUNTY AND MOVE IN READY!

SOLD GREAT BUILDING LOT IN WINTERVILLE. $35,000 CALL MABLE 706-338-6930

INVESTMENT PROPERTY ON HANCOCK AVENUE. $140,000. Text RBDWDCG to 52187 CALL MABLE 706-338-6930


ON THE COVER

Elegant upgrades, luxurious appointments, and modern charm effortlessly blend together to create this statement home! This all-brick ranch underwent a COMPLETE remodel that is ready to impress! Set on a sprawling .89 acre lot with a remodeled front facade, accented by an open-air, Blue Slate stone porch and offering fine detailing such as; hardwood floors throughout, luxury vinyl flooring in the lower level only, decorative and recessed LED fixtures added throughout, designers choice paint colors, upgraded hardware, new HVAC with 3 separate zones, new GAF 30-year roof, updated electrical service panel, new gutters plus gutter extensions...the list goes on. Welcomed through the double French doors you arrive in the large living room adorned with a masonry fireplace commanding the space. Immediately you will take note of the reconfigured, open design showcased by new double-paned windows setting the rooms aglow. This inspiring concept provides a spacious formal dining room off the living room creating the perfect layout for entertaining or hosting dinner parties. For a more intimate experience, enjoy dinner in the casual dining area featuring a beverage center/serving bar and wine cooler. A culinary dream, the all-new, sparkling kitchen is absolutely exquisite with new custom cabinetry, GE appliance package - 2 stoves, gas cooktop,

dishwasher, and is all highlighted with gleaming quartz counters. The mudroom is conveniently accessed off the kitchen and provides custom pantry shelving for max storage. Get ready to be impressed with the extra-large, sunroom-designed great room. Bursting with natural light, this extensive space boasts 180’ views of the private rear yard, access to the rear porch, and is complete with an oversized (42”) wood burning fireplace with gas starter. Newly added owners suite addition offers immense space, custom-made, double walk-in closets by Inspire Closets, and a lavish ensuite full bath complete with double vanities, garden tub, and tile-accented shower. Two additional bedroom suites can be found on the main floor with private full baths. The 794+/-sq.ft. terrace level basement with added bedroom and additional 19’ x 19’ space under the sunroom presents great potential for additional living space or rec. room. There is no shortage of storage. This home features a staircase to the floored attic, that also provides an opportunity for future expansion of two bedrooms with a Jack & Jill bath. Private rear porch, oversized, two car garage with new lift system, additional guest parking, all accented with professional landscaping. $950,000

For More Information Text RBGDJBN to 52187 Offered By Brooke Wade

Keller WIlliams Greater Athens

706-224-2261

706-316-2900


Now is the time to sell your home! Inventory is low, interest rates are low & buyers are looking to move Call me for a market analysis and let’s get your home sold for the highest value while the market supports it! TWO HOMES SOLD IN THE GEORGIA CLUB!

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Charming cottage located in the original Village at The Georgia Club

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Exquisite Luxury Home in the Village of the Georgia Club

! D L O S Swim/tennis community in Oconee County! $412,500

! D L O S 20 Acre Farm in Madison County $489,000

Denise Beck

ASSOCIATE BROKER, REALTOR©, GRI, CIRCLE OF HONOR 2020

706-614-1625

denisebeckproperties@gmail.com

706-543-4000

CALL ME TODAY TO SELL YOUR HOME!!!

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ATHENS CLASSIC

P R O P E R T I E S 1690 South Lumpkin, Athens, GA 30606

706.543.3800 athensclassicproperties.com

Matt Presnell 706.207.0447

Hidden away on a quiet cul-de-sac street is an elegant traditional home sited on a 1.96 acre wooded lot, with creek access, in the coveted Tanglebrook neighborhood.

New Interior Paint Hardwood Floors/Plantation Shutters/10 Ft. + Ceilings/ Large Rooms

4 Bedrooms/4.5 Baths 4,477 Main Sq. Ft. 1,764 Finished Terrace Level 1,038 Unfin. Terrace Level Open Concept Family Areas

Owner's Retreat, Main Floor, exceptionally large room, double trey ceiling, whirlpool tub, walkin shower, and custom-made "California" closet

Donna Phillips 706.224.3436

B. Presnell 706.540.0757

Lower Level with Bath, Kitchenette, Wood Stove, Separate Entrance with Private Garage would be an ideal In-Law Suite! Fabulous Two-tiered Deck Spanning the Rear of the Home Formal Living and Dining Rooms

$849,900 | CALL DONNA 706-224-3436 | donna.phillips6476@hotmail.com


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Eleshea Borders (706) 215-5479

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THIS PLANTATION STYLE 4BD/4.5BA HOME with double wrap-around porches on your own private 8+ acres in Oconee County is the dream home you have been waiting for!!! $799,000 CALL ELESHEA (706) 215-5479

COMPLETELY REMODELED 3BD/1BA HOME IN FIVE POINTS! Run fast, this charming updated brick ranch in the heart of Athens won't last long! $250,000 CALL ELESHEA (706) 215-5479

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D SOL TWO PARCELS AT FLATS OF PURITAN MILL APARTMENT complex with a total of 24 units and a land lot. Each apartment is a one bedroom, one bathroom upscale loft apartment. $3,500,000 CALL JAN (706) 548-0372

Protecting YOUR Peace of Mind Chuck Searcy,

Owner 706.202.1155 classicinspect@bellsouth.net www.chisga.com

LARGE LOT IN A CUL DE SAC IN THE DEVELOPED SUBDIVISION OF CARRINGTON PLANTATION. This lot is ready to build your dream home on! CALL ELESHEA (706) 215-5479

THE RETREAT AT CHESTNUT MOUNTAIN A LUXURY CUSTOM HOME COMMUNITY • Beautiful wooded home sites to build your dream home • Great location in Flowery Branch off Hwy 53 between Braselton and Gainesville • Easy access to I-985 and I-85

• Convenient to award-winning NE Georgia Medical Center in Braselton • Architectural Design Guidelines and Covenants • Gated

For more information contact:

Diane Edwards-404-421-2567 (C) Funari Realty- 770-967-9889 (O) www.FunariRealty.com


TOP 5 REASONS

YOU NEED A REALTOR® RATHER THAN AN iBUYER

1. Realtors have market

know-how.

Agents have a much better understanding of your market and how it works.

2. Realtors negotiate the details.

Selling your house through an agent is the best way to ensure you keep the equity your home has earned.

3. iBuyer premiums are

nearly twice a Realtor’s commission.

Working with a Realtor makes financial sense and keeps money in your pocket.

4. Realtors get you the

most for your home.

iBuyers buy your property for much less than what it’s actually worth.

5. Build a relationship

with a market expert.

You’ll be connected with a market expert for the next time you need to buy or sell.


Contact One of Our Featured REALTORS® for All of Your Real Estate Needs

Nancy Denney

Kim Laak

Ina Miller

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Coldwell Banker Upchurch Realty

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Greater Athens Properties

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706-255-6278

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706-224-2261

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Keller Williams Greater Athens

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RE/MAX TRU

Greater Athens Properties

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404-307-8728

Carole Queen

Keller Williams Realty Atlanta Partners Queen's Choice Group

678-858-3745

carolesqueen@gmail.com

706-224-3729

Yasmine Payne

Greater Athens Properties

706-540-6845

yaspay60@gmail.com


YO U CAN CA N YYES, ES, YOU SELLL YOUR YOUR HO HOM MEE SEL IN THE T HE WINTE WIN TER R IN Chances are, you’ve heard that the best time to list your home for sale is the spring. And while there is a lot to be said about selling your home in the spring (or even summer or fall), there are many benefits to selling your home right now – in the winter! Believe it or not, this could actually be the right time for you to sell.

If you choose to do so, follow these ideas for making the most out of your winter listing.


Price it right. There might be a smaller pool of prospective buyers in the winter, but you’ll find that the pool is extremely motivated to buy. Someone looking to buy a home during the holidays or middle of winter has a compelling reason to do so and will be ready to move quickly. This makes your pricing strategy critical. Discuss a strategy with your real estate agent to arrive at a price that factors in and attracts fewer, but more serious, buyers.

Make accessibility a priority. If snow and ice is a factor for you in winter, you will need to be diligent about removal. Make sure driveways and walkways are always clear of treacherous ice. Invest in a plow service and stay stocked up on sidewalk salt.

Keep things warm. Nothing will turn buyers off faster in winter than walking into a cold house, so make sure your heating system is operating at full capacity. And make sure that’s the case for every room in the house. If there’s one bedroom that tends to be drafty, now’s the time to find out the cause and resolve the issue.

Provide visuals of your home in summer. One major thing a buyer might not be able to get an accurate picture of in winter is your outdoor space. Provide photos online and in person to prospective buyers that include shots of your backyard, patio, pool, garden, yard, etc., all looking their best in the summer. Your agent could also prepare a slideshow to play at an open house. Doing so gives a buyer a better idea of the home in all seasons and could really seal the deal for wintertime buyers.

Pay attention to holiday decor. A few tasteful and neutral holiday decorations such as glowing white lights, fragrant evergreens and elegant metallic touches can really make your home glow and sparkle. But remember that less is always more – you don’t want to try and sell your home while it’s part of a Tacky Light Tour. And be sure to pack up those decorations as soon as the holidays have passed. Marketing your home with holiday lights on in the middle of January will not play in your favor.

With the help of these tips and your trusted real estate agent, the market for your house will be hot, unlike the weather outside.


Contact Any Women’s Council of REALTORS® Member for Your Real Estate Needs

2021 ATHENS NETWORK GOVERNING BOARD

Annetria “Annie” Kennedy President Hablo Español Coldwell Banker Upchurch Realty

706.248.8702

Marie Armour

President-Elect Keller Williams Greater Athens

Secretary Southern Classic Realtors

Deandra Bailey

Lauren Turner

706.224.2261

404.569.8847

706.357.7063

Brooke Wade

Denise Beck

Laura Beth Caudell

ERA Sunrise Realty

Coldwell Banker Upchurch Realty

706.340.2450

706.614.1625

2019 President Athens Network Coldwell Banker Upchurch Realty

Cindy Karp

Laura Leiden

Angela Clark

Coldwell Banker Upchurch Realty

Cindy Karp Realty

706.255.3943

706.461.7253

678.873.0409

Keller Williams Greater Athens

706.540.4181

Treasurer Synovous

Cheri Cherry

Give Back Real Estate

706.621.0018

Mable Mitchell

Greater Athens Property

706.338.6930

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CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR 2021 GOVERNING BOARD Members are recognized for their professionalism and success in real estate and exemplify the highest standard on industry professionalism

Kim Laak

Membership Director Coldwell Banker Upchurch Realty

706.255.6278

Jacki Macker

Chastain, Jenkins, and Leathers

Melinda Cook

Heather Fletcher

706.410.4136

706.296.6365

Membership Director 2020 President Coldwell Banker Upchurch Realty

Kay Norris

706.372.1996

2018 President Athens Network Greater Athens Properties

Carole Queen

Chuck Searcy

Keller Williams Realty Atlanta Partners Queen’s Choice Group

678.858.3745

706.224.3729

Classic Home Inspection Services

706.202.1155

Programs Director Keller Williams Greater Athens Realty

Yasmine Payne

Shannon Pickett

706.540.6845

706.202.3045

Greater Athens Property

Brenda Thompson

Guaranteed Rate®

Mary Claire Wallace

Carriage House Realty, INC

Coldwell Banker Upchurch Realty

706.540.3613

706.988.4988

the Athens Network!


THINGS TO CONSIDER WHEN LOOKING FOR A HOME AFTER YOU RETIRE If you’re approaching retirement age, you may be thinking about relocating. There are many factors to consider before choosing a new home. LOCATION

After you retire, you won’t have to be near your job. You will have the freedom to live practically anywhere you want. Start by figuring out the general region where you would like to retire. Perhaps you want to move to a place with warmer weather or you want to be closer to your children and grandchildren. Maybe you would like to live in an urban area with restaurants, museums, theaters and other forms of entertainment nearby. Perhaps you have spent most of your life in a large city and would like to spend your retirement in a quiet suburban or rural area.

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Before you move far from your current home, think about how you would keep in touch with family and friends. Ask yourself if you would visit often, quickly make friends in your new community or perhaps be lonely.

SET A BUDGET

If you are or will be on a fixed income, make a list of all the expenses you will have in retirement. Include healthcare, groceries, car insurance, gas and other regular monthly costs. That can help you figure out how much you can realistically afford for mortgage payments, private mortgage insurance, homeowners insurance, property taxes, maintenance, repairs and utilities.

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If you want to live in a place that is some distance from your family, factor in costs to visit. Those may include airfare, car rental and possibly a hotel, if your relatives don’t have a guest bedroom.

THINK ABOUT YOUR FUTURE NEEDS

Even if you and your spouse are in good health now, that may change in the future. Look for a house that is on one level and has wide doorways and hallways, as well as a wheelchair-accessible bathroom in case one or both of you has trouble getting around in the future. If the house has outdoor steps, make sure there is room to add a wheelchair ramp, if necessary.

FIGURE OUT WHAT TYPE OF COMMUNITY YOU WANT

You can choose a single-family house in a neighborhood with people of different ages, a condominium or a retirement community. Before you decide to buy a single-family house, think about the amount of maintenance it would require and whether you could handle it yourself or afford to pay someone else to take care of it. You might decide that it would be better to move to a senior community or a condo and pay a monthly maintenance fee. If so, include community fees in your budget. Make sure you understand all the rules and restrictions in a homeowners association, condominium or retirement community before you commit.

DISCUSS YOUR PRIORITIES

Many couples think they are on the same page and then realize that they are miles apart. Don’t assume that you and your spouse have envisioned your retirement in the same way. Sit down and talk about your goals and priorities. Reprinted with permission from RISMedia. ©2021. All rights reserved.

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2405 W. BROAD STREET

706-543-4000

706-543-4000

PERFECT GAMEDAY BASEMENT!

WESTSIDE ATHENS IN GLEN OAKS

MULTI-MILLION DOLLAR LAKEFRONT ESTATE IN BOGART

Fantastic Watkinsville location. Five bed/5.5bath, plus a study, screened porch and finished basement! Desired Oconee schools, lots of space & upgrades! Swim and tennis community. $521,995. Call Tina Lord, 404-558-0286. Text RBGBJCT to 52187

Updates galore! Master up w/ multiple closets. 3 guest beds up. Kitchen and baths updated. Fenced backyard. Great room w/ FP, office, sunroom, screened porch. Text for tour! Jennifer 706.389.9953. Text RBGHPJP to 52187

$1,600,000 Experience luxury and seclusion at Bear Lake, 8.14 acres with unparalleled views that overwhelm the senses and only minutes from downtown Athens. 1,000 feet of shoreline, gorgeous landscaping & various structures, including for storage of water sports equipment, two par-three golf holes and three sand traps, plus a custom-built mini lodge structure. Call Maria at 706-255-5522 Text RBGHPJSto 52187

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IN-TOWN BUNGALOW

UGA GAMEDAY TAILGATE SPOT

Fantastic 22 acres boarded by Bigger Creek. Beautiful land for farming, custom home or future development. Location is convenient to UGA, shops, restaurants & Madison Co. Award Winning School System. The Shupe Team 7062070823. Text RBGHPJTto 52187

Beautiful newly renovated starter home or investment property just minutes to downtown Athens & UGA. 3br/1 ba brick ranch has new large kitchen & sits on a beautiful lot w/ oak trees & mature landscape. Shupe Team 7062070823. Text RBGDBKS to 52187

Tailgate Station is UGA’s “tailgate country club.” With heating/cooling, indoor/outdoor, live bands, and a great community of other Dawg fans, Tailgate Station offers you the best gameday experience. The Shupe Team 7072070823. Text RBGHPJYto 52187

EUROPEAN ESTATE IN THE COUNTRY

MOVE-IN READY IN LANTERN WALK

OAK GROVE COTTAGE

Exquisite Estate, 5BR, 4.5BA, 2 kitchens, library, dining rm, Master on Main; game rm, bar, theatre, pool, tennis court, lake; fenced;gated; minime house. Call or text Bonnie 706-540-1263, or Linda 404-405-3729‬. Text RBFSPFH to 52187

3BR/2.5BA, Open floor plan w/ new interior paint. Hardiplank siding & 2-year old roof. Master suite, 2 BR & full BA upstairs. HOA fees include trash pickup, yard maintenance, & rec area. $195,000. Scott Nichols 706-202-2232.

Give me a call about this lovely 2500 sq foot 3 bedroom 2.5 bath cottage in Oak Grove. New Paint, SS appliances, Fenced in yard, Corner lot. Office/Study Porch and Patio. Nathan 706-540-0550. Text RBGHPKC to 52187

LUXURY IN NORMALTOWN

TIME FOR YOUR SELECTIONS!

ELEGANCE AND GRACE

Open living space w/ designer finishes. Owner’s suite & additional bedroom/bath on the main. 3 bedrooms & 2 full baths upstairs. Rustic beams, nickel gap accents, gas cook top, screened porch & deck. Jennifer 706.389.9953. Text RBGHPKD to 52187

This 5 bed/4 bath JW York Home can be ready within 60 days of your selections. Over 3000 square feet of luxury awaits you. Screened in porch, irrigation system, attached 2 car garage...Jennifer 706.389.9953. Text RBGHPKF to 52187

This grand Five Points home welcomes with 5 bedrooms, 5 baths and over 5000 sqft on 1.29 acres. Basement with private entrance.Two of the bedrooms are on the main. Call Deanna W. 706-255-7266. Text RBGBJBQ to 52187

FIVE POINTS NEW CONSTRUCTION!

ENTERTAINERS DELIGHT

OCONEE MINI-ESTATE ON WATER!

Meticulously crafted 5BR/3.5BA home boastscustom upgrades & outdoor entertaining spaces. Only a short sewalk stroll from the hub of Five Points & award-winning Barrow Elementary. Angela 706-255-3943 OR Jane 706-296-0994. Text RBGBJCG to 52187

Beautiful custom built home has nicely appointed details. This home host 3 bedroom, 3 bath and 2 half baths. Enter the foyer to a large great room, formal dining, master on main, office on main.Call Deanna W. 706-255-7266. Text RBGDBKG to 52187

Magnificent main residence, 3-car garage with bonus room and bath, additional shop/studio/event space all nestled on scenic Big Robinson Creek. Angela 706-255-3943, Jane 706-296-0994. Text RBFYFMX to 52187


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Located in the Heart of Five Points. Just minutes to shops, restaurants, Memorial Park, Birchmore Trail and so much more. This is a great home to enjoy the Five Point lifestyle and entertain on the deck, a must see. Deanna W. 706-2557266 or Barbara D. 706-207-3877 Text RBGFVKQ to 52187

Are you looking for a large tract of land with multiple potential homesites? Hardwoods, pasture, two working pulled houses. Just off 441? Call me today. Nathan 706540-0550. Text RBFVYBQ to 52187

Gorgeous Custom Built Estate Home on 2 acres! 5br/4ba ~ Steam Shower, Stone Tub, Chef’s Kitchen and so much more! Min. to Athens & UGA, Award Winning Schools! www.shupeteam.com or Kim Shupe 706-207-0823. Text RBGHPKY to 52187

1 ACRE WOODED RESIDENTIAL LOT

FIVE MINUTES TO DOWNTOWN AND UGA

RENOVATED IN FIVE POINTS

Bring your own builder and ideas for your new home. Lot is in a desirable growing Monroe Community. Lots of Hardwoods. Close to Hwy 78 and downtown Monroe. Call Vicki Patterson 404.925.1676. Text RBGFVKN to 52187

Estate property located in an ideal location. 5 bedrooms, finished basement, sunroom, extra 3 car garage, tennis court, and so much more. Call Alicia Appling 706-2025033. Text RBGHPLCto 52187

Jared York reno, beautiful kitchen, 3 bdrms, 2.5 baths, open floor plan, study, all hardwood flrs, screen porch, lovely brick patio with outdoor fireplace, 1 car garage, new landscaping, Laura Wilfong 706-540-8991. Text RBGDBKWto 52187

GORGEOUS 35 + ACRES $7,800/AC.

$549,900 NEW IN NORMALTOWN

$514,900 NEW IN NORMALTOWN

12 minutes from downtown Athens. Balanced pasture/ wood. It Cannot be subdivided. Add land available. Call Maria Cardarelli for info. 706-255-5522 Conservation use rural land. Build your home, Harvest, etc. Maria 706-2555522. Text RBGFVKV to 52187

Luxurious open plan! 4 beds/3 baths, master & hardwoods on main. Kitchen w/quartz counters, stainless appliances, pantry w/barn doors, screened porch, brick patio, 2 car garage w/ electric car charger. Jennifer 706.389.9953. Text RBGHPLV to 52187

Luxurious, low maintenance new construction in Normaltown. 4 beds/2.5 baths ready for your selections! Can be ready withing 60 days of contract. HOA takes care of lawn maintenance. Jennifer 706.389.9953. Text RBGHPLW to 52187

$504,900 LUXURY IN NORMALTOWN

EAST ATHENS COMMERCIAL PROPERT

ESCAPE THE HUSTLE AND BUSTLE

New JW York construction! 4 beds/2.5 baths, gourmet kitchen w/quartz counters, stainless appliances, gas cook top, pantry w/barn doors. Outside features a screened porch, brick patio & 2 car garage. Jennifer 706.389.99532. Text RBGHPLY to 52187

Put your business here! All hardwood floors. Large parking in back of the business. 3 rooms to be used for office space, 1 bathroom, large greeting area. Could be rezoned for residential. Marlena Bhatia 706-338-2733. Text RBGBJBR to 52187

This private 6 acres offers room to roam. Custom built home in South Oconee. 3 bedroom and 2 bathrooms upstairs on a complete finished basement with another bed and bath and large flex space. Marlena Bhatia 706-3382733. Text RBGBJBT to 52187

HISTORIC MILL LOFT LIVING

$450,000 IN VILLAGE PARK

LUXURY IN JENNINGS MILL

Enjoy the history and design of Whitehall Mills. Loft living is uncompilable, come see for yourself.This 2 bedroom, 2 bathroom loft is flooded with natural light and original wood flooring. Marlena Bhatia 706-338-2733. Text RBGBJBS to 52187

Open great room, kitchen & formal dining room. Master on main. 2 beds and a full bath upstairs, along with a loft/ office space. Up to $5k in seller paid closing costs w/ preferred lender and attorney. Jennifer 706.389.9953. Text RBGDBKF to 52187

Stunning 5 Bed/3 Bath/ 2 Half Bath all brick home is move in ready and one of a kind. Never on the market and the best lot in Jennings Mill! Call Jordan 706-202-3742 or Johnny 706-540-3112 for showings. Text RBGHPMF to 52187


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706-543-4000

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BUYING A NEW HOME House hunting can be fun in the beginning. But now it seems like it’s dragging on. You’re exhausted. It seems like the search will never end and each home you view isn’t how you envisioned it. Whatever the reason: there aren’t enough bedrooms, or the home just isn’t your style. Face it—It’s tough to say you’re going to spend big bucks for a place that you just aren’t 100 percent in love with.

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However, there is another option. You can always build. Building a new home offers an array of options. You can customize it the way you like and plan it to your exact specifications. It gives you the freedom to make it yours‚—as opposed to building off someone else’s choices and ideas. Need some more convincing? Here other top reasons why you should build your new home: You get to choose the neighborhood. Maybe you saw the perfect home, but the neighborhood was anything but ideal. It’s all about location, location, location! For some, location is even more important than what’s inside the home itself. When you build your own home, you get to choose the neighborhood. The options are endless, which means you’ll get both the house you like and the ideal neighborhood you want.

Newer energy-efficient systems will save you money. When it comes to older homes, water and electrical systems often aren’t up to par with the newest technology. Things like air conditioning, heat and water end up costing way more in an older home. In a new home, you can select the most energy efficient systems. This will help you save money on those monthly bills and in the long run.

You create the house layout. Again, it’s all about customization. When building a new home, you get to set things to your exact specifications. Do you want an open-concept home? You got it. Do you have a vision about how the kitchen will be set up? Voice it. Building a new home means you can pick and choose when it comes to the layout of the house and floor plans.

It’s brand new, meaning no repairs are needed - at least not anytime soon. Older homes frequently come with their fair share of repairs and necessary upgrades. With all the maintenance, suddenly owning a home can feel like a part-time job. When you build a new home, everything is new. You likely won’t have to pay for repairs or renovations for years to come. This means you’ll be able to sit back and relax and enjoy your new digs!

You get to select flooring, paint colors, and more! Building a new home means customization! It can be fun, and it can also help you feel like you have more ownership over your home. You become more immersed in the building and design process, which can, help you understand your home more and allow you to create a space you truly love.

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Very rare opportunity to own this beautiful parcel with a natural spring flowing all year round that feeds the 2.5 acre pond and multiple options for homesites. It is in excellent shape for hunting and fishing with trails that can be used for horses, dirt bikes or 4-wheelers throughout the property.

The last lot in this beautiful equestrian neighborhood with community riding trails & access to the Middle Oconee River. Addional 1.5 acre parcel available.

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OCONEE COUNTY / $1,500,000 / 30 ACRES Commercial potential with over 1900+ feet of U.S. Highway 78 frontage (22, 200 vehicles per day on Highway 78). Easy access to Hwy 316 and convenient to Highway 53. STEPHEN J. SMITH MARLENA BHATIA (706) 248-8175 (706) 338-2733 Coldwell Banker Upchurch Realty | (706) 543-4000

OCONEE COUNTY / $3,429,400 / 171.4 ACRES This property is ideal for large estate lot subdivision with award winning schools & golf courses nearby. Can be subdivided up to 5 times with minimum lot size of 25 acres. STEPHEN J. SMITH MARLENA BHATIA (706) 248-8175 (706) 338-2733 Coldwell Banker Upchurch Realty | (706) 543-4000

OCONEE COUNTY / 17+ TO 12 ACRE LOTS Build your dream home on a private historic lot in Allison Creek Plantation Track 5 / $199,630 / 17.16 ACRES Track 3 / $142,800 / 12.08 ACRES SOLD! Track 2 / $142,800 / 12 ACRES STEPHEN J. SMITH (706) 248-8175 Coldwell Banker Upchurch Realty | (706) 543-4000

JACKSON COUNTY / $559,000 / 50+ ACRES This is the one you have been waiting for. 50.58 acres, a pond and a fixer upper home. The 50 acres could be split into 3 parcels. STEPHEN J. SMITH (706) 248-8175 Coldwell Banker Upchurch Realty | (706) 543-4000

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Even when everything goes according to plan, moving is pretty much guaranteed to be a stressful process. If something gets lost or damaged, however, it’s only going to get worse. That’s why it’s important to make sure that certain luxury items are insured before they’re packed and transported to your new home. While homeowners insurance will usually cover you in the event of a break-in or natural disaster, such as a fire or hurricane, you could still be liable for anything that happens while moving. Moving companies, on the other hand, can be held liable to replace or fix a damaged item if you purchase full-value protection, though you’re not guaranteed to receive full compensation because you’re usually only covered up to a certain amount. For items of extraordinary value, which are defined as being worth more than $100 per pound, it can be a good idea to purchase separate insurance to cover you while moving. Here are a few items that luxury homeowners frequently opt to add coverage to.

JEWELRY

ARTWORK AND ANTIQUES

TECHNOLOGY

For a valuable art collection, it’s quite common to purchase property insurance in addition to your homeowners policy. Even if you’ve already done this, though, you’ll want to check and see if it covers moving, as it’s entirely possible that damage that occurs in the back of a truck is not included.

A state-of-the-art home entertainment setup, complete with an ultra-high-definition television and high-fidelity audio system, can easily set you back tens of thousands of dollars. These items are far from indestructible, but they are replaceable. With insurance, you can enjoy peace of mind should anything happen en route to your new abode.

Perhaps the easiest item to “mysteriously disappear,” it’s always important to take proper precautions with your jewelry collection when moving. Be sure to have highvalue pieces appraised beforehand and, for items that are truly irreplaceable, you may want to hire a special jewelry shipping service, or carry it with you.

WINE All it takes is a bump in the road or a slam on the brakes, and a rare bottle of wine could be lost to the move. Hopefully, you won’t find yourself unpacking any winesoaked boxes at your new home, but, given the fragile nature, it’s smart to insure a valuable collection.

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SHOULD YO U B U Y A V A C AT I O N HOME? S I G N S YO U SHOULD

Many people opt for buying a second home or a vacation home. Before you start your search, you’ll need to make sure you can commit to buying that vacation home. Here are some signs that you can pull it off:

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1. YOU CAN AFFORD IT.

3. YOU DID YOUR RESEARCH.

You don’t want to buy a home that will leave you over your head in debt, but if your finances allow you to comfortably afford it, go ahead. Keep in mind, you’ll need to pay utility bills, maintenance fees and insurance premiums. And depending on the neighborhood, there might be homeowner’s association fees too.

When visiting an area that you’re considering for a future home, enjoy yourself, but also take the time to understand what the surrounding area also has to offer. Also, be sure to visit during different parts of the year, so that you can get a feel for what it’s like to live there during different seasons. And if you plan to retire in this vacation home, make sure there are things like hospitals, doctors, and other amenities nearby.

A quick checklist can help you determine whether you have the funds to support the purchase: • Do you have emergency savings (at least three to six months’ worth of take-home pay)? • Can you make a 20 percent down payment? • Have you put away enough money for retirement? • Have you calculated the potential return on your investment?

4. YOU HAVE A PLAN. Buying a seasonal home can be worth it if you have a plan in place. If you plan on renting the house out on Airbnb or Vacation Rental by Owner (VRBO), look at what similar houses are renting for. Then you can plan accordingly to determine how much income the property might bring in.

• Does it fit in with your long-term investment strategy and financial goals? 2. YOU PAID ATTENTION TO THE MARKET. If you keep track of changes in sales prices in your desired market, you’ll be able to time your purchase carefully. Pay attention to seasonal demand as well – if you wait until the winter to buy that beach house, you might get a better deal.

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LUXURY LIVING AMELIA LOCATION LOCATION LOCATION! One of the highest spots on Amelia Island. 1 mile to beach and 1 mile to historic downtown Fernandina Beach. The property is one of only nine that borders the truly unique and fabled Fernandina Lighthouse. Rear views extend out to the Egan's Creek Greenway and Fort Clinch State Park. 3BR/3BAThe central living room boast an impressive 2 story Coquina fireplace and plenty of natural light $675,000 MLS:93514

John Holbrook 904-415-0171 A RARE GEM IN KINGSLEY CREEK! This immaculate 4BR/3.5BA home includes flex room & an upstairs bonus room. This two-story home has downstairs owner's suite & three bedrooms upstairs. The downstairs has highly durable waterproof Shaw EVP flooring. The kitchen boasts highly desirable Aristokraft cabinetry w/ oil rubbed bronze pulls, granite countertops w/ large deep basin sink, extended W/I panty, & recessed/pendant lighting. The kitchen has double convection gas oven. $479,000 MLS:93611

Mathew Spyker 904 930 3260 OCEANFRONT AMELIA ISLAND This renovated floor plan was expertly designed by an interior designer who believes beauty should always come after maximum functionality is achieved. Fresh, New, Open and MOVE-IN ready. This elevated home takes advantage of beach views in every direction. Open the newly installed French Doors and take advantage of that ocean breeze on your cozy porch overlooking pristine quiet beaches. $1,240,000 MLS:93353

Tiffany Shaw 904 335 0583 MARSH LAKES The homes are situated around a 20+ acre natural spring fed lake. Most of the homes in Marsh Lakes are customer built; this is not a cookie cutter subdivision. And, in my opinion, this home is one of the five most distinctive in Marsh Lakes. the view in the rear, as you can see, is spectacular and the front of the home is a very well balanced arrangement of four gables. With the circular driveway the home feels like an English estate. $739,000 MLS:91465

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4167 S FLETCHER AVENUE 3BR/3BA home located in one of the islands most unique settings on Amelia, in a beautiful hammock of windswept oaks covering 1 acre +/-. Access and frontage on S. Fletcher Ave. The home is being offered AS IS with many possibilities to create a secluded estate. There is a deeded shared beach access on the beach side of S. Fletcher Ave. $975,000 MLS:#90934 Text RBFRZNP to 52187

95176 SANDPIPER LOOP The Villas of Ocean Dunes, oceanfront patio home, walk to The Ritz Carlton hotel. Only 4 fee simple owned homes are designed with the living area, dining room, kitchen and master suite in the main part of the oceanfront home. Separated by a small courtyard are the 2 guest BR's and 2 BA's. 2 car garage with storage. Use as residence or income producing rental. $824,900 MLS:#80781 Text RBCFYDL to 52187

96519 MCARTHUR ESTATES Drive Fantastic historic location to build your dream home in McArthur Estates. Located off a dedicated canopy preservation road on southern Amelia Island. Beautiful gated entrance to this small neighborhood of only 15 homesites. Convenient to golf courses, clubs, beaches of Amelia Island. Bring your own builder and design the perfect estate home overlooking a wooded preservation area. $349,900 MLS:93337 Text RBGFCTL to 52187

3240 S FLETCHER AVENUE 220 Oceanfront furnished 3BR/2BA location on the 2nd floor overlooking the private pier, pool and pristine beaches of Amelia Island. Large open kitchen with upgraded counters and stainless steel appliances overlooking the oversize living area and dining area. Spectacular views from the dining and living area, spacious balcony Oceanfront master bedroom suite offers upgraded master bath. 2 guest bedrooms. $539,000 MLS:93523 Text RBGGDVF to 52187

96056 GLENWOOD Road Deepwater Estate with custom home, 3BR/3.5BA nestled on 3.05 acres with 137' of river frontage on Lanceford Creek. This ideal location offers easy access to the ICW and St. Mary's Inlet/Atlantic Ocean. The private dock has recently accommodated a deep draft 60' sailboat. The main home has 2BR/2.5BA and the garage apartment/guest suite has 1BR/1BA. In the main home the master suite is located on the 2nd floor with a 2nd floor guest suite and sauna. $1,149,000 MLS:93233 Text RBGDWVQ to 52187

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