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SERENBE HAMLET The best reason to live here is the life here.

Retail

Seven new retailers open.

Weddings

Agriculture

Investment

Romantic venue offers dramatic backdrops.

Serenbe leading the agrihood trend.

Hollywood drives furnished rental demand.

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WORK THE ROOM Serenbe Hosts Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles Showhouse This Fall

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n 2014, it was Swann Ridge. In 2015, it was on the lake in Grange. And this year, the Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles Serenbe Designer Showhouse takes visitors to the three-bedroom penthouse in Grange’s new Textile Lofts. “This is the third designer showhouse Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles has produced at Serenbe, and the Textile Lofts are a definite departure both in size and aesthetic,” AH&L Editor-in-Chief Elizabeth Ralls told The Editor At Large website. “What ultimately drew us to this project is the way this building lends itself to creativity.”

The building is modeled after a turn-of-the-century textile mill and the penthouse features 16-foot Roman arched windows providing unparalleled birds-eye views of Serenbe Stables, Serenbe Farms and Grange Lake. The space includes three spacious bedrooms, a gourmet kitchen with top-of-the-line appliances and a series of shared and private outdoor living spaces that include a copper spa. Designed by J. Ryan Duffey and built by Morgan Construction, the Textile Lofts pair the textile-mill structure and modern amenities to create the ultimate urban

residential experience in Serenbe. Featuring 15 designers, including Susan Hable Smith, Melanie Davis Design and Steve McKenzie, the showhouse benefits the Art Farm at Serenbe, which sponsors and hosts artist dinners and cocktail events. It is also where The Serenbe Institute’s first two artist cottages live, designed by Rural Studio and programmed by AIR Serenbe. Proceeds from this year’s showhouse will go toward building another artist cottage at The Art Farm.


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THE 2016 DESIGNERS

Melanie Davis Design Bradley Odom, Dixon Rye

Anna Braund Interiors

Michelle Larrabee-Martin & Greg Martin, Kolo Collection with Sunbrella

Steve McKenzie

Lucinda Bray and Tyne Martinez, Floralis Garden Design

Susan Hable Smith, Hable Construction

Kelly Wolf Anthony & Jenn Balcos Wolf Design Group with SWOOX

Nancy Duffey, Scout for The Home

Shane Robuck & Kristen Marooney, Robuck

Ryan Duffey Architect

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Amy Wikman of Bjork Studio with Sunbrella

Tami Ramsay and Krista Nye Schwartz, Cloth & Kind

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Top: The 2015 Showhouse preview party included small bites by Chef Matt Adolfi and Che Marshalls’ second line brass band. Photo by J. Ashley Photography. Photos provided by 2016 Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles Showhouse designers.


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TOP ATLANTA DESIGNERS COME TOGETHER FOR SHOWHOUSE PREVIEW SEPTEMBER 8TH The Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles Serenbe Designer Showhouse opens Friday, September 9th, but you can get a sneak peek of the Textile Lofts Penthouse and meet the designers at the Showhouse Preview Party on Thursday, September 8th at 7pm.

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Public Tours of the designer showhouse are September 9–October 2, Thursday-Saturday 10am-5pm and Sunday Noon-5pm. You can also book a private tour Monday-Wednesday for your group of 10+ guests and receive a 25% discount. Preview Party tickets, $60, and Public Tour tickets, $20, are available online or at the door. For a private group tour, reserve your tickets in advance by contacting kirstin@serenbe.com.Visit serenbeshowhouse.com for a complete list of designers and all Showhouse events. After the 2016 Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles Serenbe Designer Showhouse closes, Serenbe residents will open their homes for the 3rd Annual Serenbe Home Tour. This year’s tour on Sunday, October 9, covers the Grange and Swann Ridge hamlets and benefits AIR Serenbe, the non-profit residency program that provides artists time and space in which to create. Tickets for the Serenbe Home Tour are $35 in advance and $40 at the door, and can be found at serenbe.com/events. 1. The master bedroom of the 2015 Showhouse was designed by Tami Ramsay and Krista Nye Schwartz, Cloth & Kind. 2. The Swann Ridge Bridge, by York Bridge Concepts, connects Swann Ridge, location of the 2014 Showhouse, to the Grange neighborhood. 3. Jason Mitchell, Smith Boyd Interiors, created an inspirational office and den in the low country, French-creole 2015 Showhouse. 4. The living room of the 2014 Showhouse, designed by Melanie Millner of The Design Atelier, looks out on the nestled-in-nature neighborhood inspired by the charming English village of Bibury. Photos by J. Ashley Photography

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Seven New Retailers Put the “Good” in Goods and Services Forage & Flower – The Crossroads The beauty of nature is a large part of the Serenbe lifestyle, and thanks to Forage & Flower, Serenbe’s new botanical design studio, it no longer stops at the front door. Owners Melanie Deyton and Kathryn Davenport, who met while working at The Cloisters on Sea Island, offer fresh-cut flowers and plantings, indoor container plantings like succulent gardens and orchid compositions, outdoor container gardens and flowers for private parties, events and weddings. “We source our flowers from several places, but utilize Serenbe Farms’ organic flowers as often as available,” said Kathryn, who ran her own floral company in Charleston. “We are also in the process of growing – no pun intended – our own flowers to use in the shop. Melanie comes from a gardening background and it’s a real passion of hers. We have a greenhouse going and row of flowers starting to pop up.” Photo by J. Ashley Photography.

Gault Designs – The Textile Lofts at Grange Steel yourself: This fall, the Textile Lofts at Serenbe will be home to the first showroom for Gault Designs, a designer and manufacturer of inspired industrial décor and furnishings. “We visualize and create unique, modern-raw metal furniture,” says co-owner, co-founder and lead designer Christina Gault.“From wine racks, tables, bar tops, wall art and fixtures, Gault Designs is the only industrial design company fully dedicated to the modern-raw style.” The difference is clear: The company created a clear coat unlike anything else on the market. “It allows for steel’s natural diversity to be exhibited and creates a unique finish for every piece designed. No two pieces are ever the same.” Gault and her husband, Chris, the company’s master machinist, were inspired to visit Serenbe after their photographer, Serenbe’s own Jessica Ashley, mentioned how well their company would fit the community. “We weren’t looking for a retail location, but it felt like this was the right path for our company.” In addition to their manufacturing warehouse in Peachtree City, the Serenbe location of Gault Designs will be “a place to talk with our experts about how you can incorporate a Gault Designs product into your home, office or other space,” she says. Hot Rolled Steel counters designed for a client’s retail shop with Gault Designs’ signature matte coating. Photo by J.Ashley Photography.

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The Ballog - Selborne Much like Serenbe itself, The Ballog is a family business. “My mother, Kathy, is the owner, my sister Lindsay does events and marketing and my sister Shelby created BE Designs, one of the shop’s most popular lines,” says Kelsey Edwards, who manages and buys for the shop. Opened this spring, The Ballog is “a carefully curated shop and artisans market,” Kelsey says. “We feature eclectic, handmade items with an emphasis on local makers and companies that give back to a greater cause.” The shop started as a pop-up market at Serenbe. “Once we opened, we knew we had something special here,” Kelsey says. “It became the perfect place for introducing new artists to residents and visitors of Serenbe.” What’s in a name? More like “who.” “Our grandmother, Mary Ballog, was the daughter of an immigrant family from Eastern Europe and wife of a steel worker. She lived a humble life, but we found an abundance of love, encouragement, optimism and creativity in her home,” Kelsey said. “She painted beautiful works of art but did not pick up a paintbrush until she was 40 years old. Her legacy to us is you can create under any circumstances — and it’s never too late to start.” Photo by J. Ashley Photography.

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SERENBE HAMLET Hills & Hamlets Bookshop – The Textile Lofts at Grange “The best bookstores today — and ever, really — are about the experience of a bookstore,” says Josh Niesse, co-owner of Serenbe’s first independent bookstore, Hills & Hamlets Bookshop. “The magic, serendipity, sense of discovery, creation of community and connection with other readers, book-lovers, dreamers and thinkers.” Josh, who opened Underground Books in Carrollton in 2011 with his wife, Megan Bell, has learned two key things from the experience: “One: We’ve learned how to be a community hub where people enjoy gathering. And two: Creating a unique and memorable atmosphere that actively evokes the magic and serendipity we imagine when we think of the best bookstores we’ve ever experienced, whether first-hand or in fiction,” he says. Coming this fall to the ground floor of the new Textile Lofts building in Grange, Hills & Hamlets will focus on new fiction and non-fiction books in genres including the arts, architecture, design, town planning, agriculture and food, green living and business, spirituality and “indie bookstore staples like literary fiction and books for children and young adults,” Josh says. “We’ll also feature selections of vintage, rare and antiquarian books for which Underground Books has become known.” With the help of Serenbe resident and movie-set designer Peter Clemens, who Josh calls “our secret design-guru-magician,” Hills & Hamlets aims to be “a bookstore that evokes the fantasy novels of our youth combined with what we imagine a 19th-century London bookstore might have felt like, only airier and brighter.” Photo Provided by Serenbe. Combs and Collars - Selborne “I was born and raised in Chattahoochee Hills and live in Palmetto, so it seemed natural to start a business in an area that is home,” says Emily Ewing, owner of Combs and Collars, Serenbe’s first store for pets and the people who love them. Opened last fall, the Selborne store offers high-quality pet food, supplements and treats, plus collars, leashes, bedding, toys for cats and dogs. Their services include grooming, pet walking, pet sitting and the K9 Social Club, their version of doggie day care. Emily, who has more than 16 years’ experience in the veterinary industry, started as a small animal veterinary assistant and became a Registered Veterinary Technician — much like a registered nurse in human medicine — five years ago. Though she speaks highly of her staff groomer, Chynna Davis, Emily’s favorite coworker is Forrest, the rescue Yorkie who comes to work with her every day. Photo: Resident Myra Taylor by Carla Royal Photography. Contact Combs & Collars to set up a photo shoot for your four-legged family member!

Peachtree Bikes – The Crossroads The Silk Sheets cycling route is one of the top rides in the Southeast due to the smooth, rolling hills, fantastic views and minimal traffic – a cyclists dream.With so many people visiting the area to ride, Mike & Elexa Wagaman saw the importance of opening a South Fulton location of their famed Atlanta shop: Peachtree Bikes. Peachtree Bikes offers everything from “bike-related schwag” and “top-gear” equipment to a knowledgeable staff providing a little fun with their professional service. “Peachtree Bikes and Serenbe have a lot in common,” according to owner Elexa. “Both are a little different, and both are happy that way.” Look for group rides and sign up for their Annual Cyclocross at Serenbe on November 13. Photo by J. Ashley Photography.

Chatt Hills Gallery with Typo Market & Chatt Hills Artist Co-op – Selborne The arts are a defining feature of Serenbe, and now there is a gallery to celebrate Serenbe’s own.The Chatt Hills Gallery, formed in June 2016 by photographer Carla Royal, was founded to encourage the work of local artists in all media. The gallery predominantly features members of the newly-formed Chatt Hills Artist Co-op, and artists’ work have flourished already because of their collaboration and the opportunity to exhibit locally. Typo Market, owned by Susan Hartford and operated by her three daughters, will also occupy a portion of The Chatt Hills Gallery’s space. Susan’s girls grew up borrowing office supplies to play and she has always dreamed of creating and running a business with them so Typo Market, offering greeting cards, journals, calendars and more, allows their interests to culminate. In addition to exhibiting their artistic abilities inside the gallery, co-op members are proving the power of community by working together to promote each other’s work and Chatt Hills Gallery itself via promotional campaigns. Artists interested in becoming members contact Judy at heyjwalker@sbcglobal.net. Photo by J. Ashley Photography. Stay Tuned: Yumi Sushi opens in Selborne this fall! For contact information and to learn about all Serenbe retailers, visit serenbe.com/community.

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WINNING A WEDDING Makes Memories for One Lucky Couple

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nown for creating gorgeous outdoor weddings against nature’s beautiful backdrop, Serenbe now also offers brides- and grooms-to-be an intimate, indoor ceremony and reception location. The Oak Room, completed last July, accommodates up to 75 guests. “This space features plenty of natural light, romantic backdrops of green pastures and magical sunsets,” says Katie Harrison, Event and Conference Manager of The Inn at Serenbe. “The Oak Room opens up to its own front porch where you can savor the fresh air and frame views of the beautiful gardens and landscape.” Katie oversees Serenbe Weddings and event vendors who “ensure that every couple’s special day is executed seamlessly, from site tours and event design to food and beverage and accommodations,” she says. Though she never plays favorites, Katie and her team were “incredibly excited” to help Claire and Jason Dozier, the couple chosen in the “Win A Wedding at Serenbe” contest, which included a ceremony and reception for 50 guests with floral and décor by on-site floral studio Forage & Flower; cocktails and a plated dinner from The Farmhouse; photography by J. Ashley Photography; music by Elegant Bachelors; and a wedding cake by the BlueEyed Daisy Bakeshop. But no one was more excited than Claire, who deserved some good fortune — her parents passed away

recently within months of each other of different forms of cancer. We spoke with her about traditions, old and new. What inspired you to enter the contest? A friend who knew we were undecided on wedding plans shared the information about the contest via Instagram. Though we’d never visited Serenbe, we knew enough to associate it with beauty, intentionality and other great things. And we are just crazy enough to think that getting married with only a month’s notice, with someone else at the reins, sounded pretty good. Something just felt right. What was your reaction to winning? We were on our way out the door to see Captain America. It was May 16th, my dad’s birthday, and I’ve made a tradition of going to a movie on my dad’s birthday because he loved movies, especially a good action flick in the theater. I checked email on my phone and saw Katie’s message: “Congratulations, you’re getting married on June 26th.” We couldn’t believe it and were so excited to call people, but we still went to see the movie. It was actually very sweet that we found out on my dad’s birthday. He was proud of many things I did in my twenties, but I think he was also always hoping (and maybe worrying?) for me to marry a good guy. It felt like a birthday gift for him.

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What was the theme of your entry? Our shared experiences, what we’ve been through and why we were thrilled by the notion of being able to pretty much just show up and get married in such a beautiful and intimate setting. Once we met or spoke with the Serenbe Wedding Team, we felt very known and understood. We had complete trust in them. What are your favorite memories from your wedding day? 1 I loved hearing guests’ reactions as they took in the beauty of Serenbe. They gushed about their rooms and seeing the animals in the fields; about courtyards and spaces around the Inn. The general consensus was, “This place is magical!”

 2 There was something so special about getting married in The Oak Room, under the gorgeously decorated chandeliers, with our families and friends right there around us. Forage & Flower décor made all the difference. 3 Realizing I really was happy and enjoying myself. I turned to Jason during dinner and said, “I really didn’t know if I wanted a (traditional) wedding. But this is the wedding I wanted.” For more information on planning your wedding at Serenbe, visit serenbeinn.com/bridal, email weddings@serenbe.com or call 770.463.2610.

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THE SERENBE INSTITUTE How Far It’s Come

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eveloping an urban, walkable neighborhood in the middle of the woods could be daunting, especially when your goal is to conserve 70% of your 1,000 acres. Add in an arts beneficiary that will hold conservation easements to protect the undeveloped land and some would say impossible. But not Steve Nygren. The arts are part of the core foundation that Serenbe is built on; along with agriculture, education and wellness; because Serenbe’s founders believe surrounding yourself with art makes a well-lived life. From that belief came a desire to ensure art was incorporated in all aspects of the community, and from that desire came The Serenbe Institute for Art, Culture & Environment. The Serenbe Institute is a non-profit acting as an incubator and support system for arts, cultural and environmental programs in Serenbe, Chattahoochee Hills and South Fulton as a whole, according to current Institute Chairwoman Dianne Cohen. Serenbe’s first residents funded Serenbe Institute through transfer fees, and each resident since continues to contribute 1% of home sales or 3% of lot sales to nurturing the arts and providing environmental education and programming at Serenbe. Institute beginnings were small, but moved forward quickly once John Graham came on in 2005 as a consultant to implement Steve Nygren’s vision of the Serenbe Institute. He then moved to the community in 2006 and by 2007 had Serenbe Institute’s

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first incubator program running: The Serenbe Artist-inResidence Program (now AIR Serenbe). Since its inception, The Serenbe Institute has raised more than $1.4 million through property transfer fees for the arts. Today the Institute supports three units: AIR Serenbe, Serenbe Playhouse and Serenbe Film; one incubator program, Chatt Hills Music; and three Institute programs: Serenbe Fellows, Serenbe Environmental and The South Fulton Initiative. Individual programs and The Serenbe Institute have hired staff and continue to grow at a rapid pace. Serenbe Development partnered with The Serenbe Institute to fund a design-build collaboration with Auburn University Rural Studio, resulting in two cottages that were then donated to the Institute to house visiting artists. Serenbe Playhouse, which started as an incubator program with a grant of $20,000 in 2009 and now has a budget of $800,000+, has won several awards including the American Theatre Wing grant from the founder of the Tony Awards. Serenbe Film has partnerships with Atlanta Film, which has held events in Serenbe the past two years, and Sundance, which will be in Serenbe on October 1 as part of their 2016 Short Film Program Tour. Serenbe Fellows has seen esteemed guests such as Chris Lineberger of the Urban Land Institute; Stan Meiburg, Acting Deputy Administrator of the EPA; and Col. Mark ‘Puck’ Mykleby, USMC

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(Retired) and Former Special Strategic Assistant to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Chatt Hills Music, Serenbe Environmental and The South Fulton Initiative are all new programs that will further advance the Institute’s mission. All of these have allowed Serenbe to enjoy more than 200 days of arts per year in the community, and it’s only the beginning. The Serenbe Institute Board of Directors accepts proposals and reviews programs annually. Programs begin as incubators and, ideally, evolve into full units with their own operating boards and full autonomy. Dianne Cohen is excited for what the future will bring Serenbe Institute because of the immense success to date. “Programs at The Institute have been created by individuals with passion in virtually every case,” she said. “A young graduate student, Brian Clowdus, with stars in his eyes and a burning desire to create a regional theatre. Artists and Serenbe residents Tom Swanston and Gail Foster envisioning an artist residency program in their backyard. Julie Klappas, a New York transplant who wanted to bring films and filmmakers to Serenbe. Ron Simblist, a resident who has spent his life seeking ways to expose music to a larger group of people. It has been the individual who has started us down each road, and every day we look into the future to search for the next opportunity, the next visionary, the next passion that is a fit for the Serenbe Institute.”


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Laila Biali entertains and impresses at Chatt Hills Music concert. Auburn University Rural Studio partnered with Serenbe Development to build artist cottages at The Art Farm at Serenbe. Brian Clowdus and Serenbe resident Stephanie Walsh cheer on the star of Serenbe Playhouse’s Of Mice & Men, Charlotte the puppy. Children’s book creators Oliver Jeffers and Sam Winston lead children in an artist activity at the Serenbe Farmers & Artisans Market. Opposite page: The Shadowboxers, who will play Music Midtown this year, have been wowing Serenbe crowds since Chatt Hills Music hosted them in 2014. Cars and Golf Carts drive in to Serenbe Film’s annual Drive-In Move Night. Sarah Kay, AIR Serenbe former artist-in-residence, delivers beautiful spoken-word performance. The cast of Serenbe Playhouse’s Miss Saigon included a live Huey Helicopter from Vietnam, which landed at each performance. The Atlanta Film Festival partnered with Serenbe Film in 2015 and 2016 to bring screenwriters to Serenbe for screening and a writer’s retreat. All photos by J. Ashley Photography, except The Shadowboxers by Carla Royal Photography and Miss Saigon by BreeAnne Clowdus.

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EXPLORE TODAY Groups and individual rides for up to 8 guests. Add on a private picnic lunch at the waterfall.

STEP OFF THE TREADMILL OF LIFE The Inn at Serenbe The Inn offers complimentary country breakfast, afternoon tea and evening sweets for all guests. While staying, you can enjoy miles of hiking trails, horseback riding, evening bonfires, feeding our farm animals, a hayride or a farm tour, along with spa services and shopping in the Serenbe community.

Visit serenbeinn.com for more information and to book your stay. 770.463.2610

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Visit The Inn’s on-site restaurant, The Farmhouse, for lunch or dinner and enjoy cocktails on the distinctly southern wrap-around porch. The Farmhouse is open for dinner Thursday - Sunday and it’s famous fried chicken lunch every Saturday and Sunday.

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e know that farmers grow food and somehow that food gets to our tables. People eat fruits and vegetables, and theoretically understand where they come from: The Grocery Store (only kidding). In reality, however, most of us have no idea which orchard our apple came from or how far our carrots had to travel to make it to our plates. And most of us don’t know why we should care about such a thing, which is no laughing matter. Enter “the agrihood.” Gone are the days of fences keeping neighbors at bay and homes backing up onto golf-course greens. The new trend, according to Urban Land Institute researcher Ed McMahon who was recently quoted on CBS Sunday Morning and in The New York Times, is to integrate farms and agriculture into the community as wellness amenities. “[Placemakers] have figured out that unlike a golf course, which costs millions to build and…maintain, [farms] can provide green space that actually earns a profit.” “But what does this mean for me and my family” you might ask? Living at Serenbe, you can walk to your sidewalk and pick blueberries for a pie. Maybe you wander out your back yard and see your farmer harvesting shares of his bounty, which you take home without those vegetables ever seeing the inside of a car. Or, hang out Saturday mornings with your neighbors at the farmers market…that you walked 10 minutes through preserved forest to enjoy. Serenbe is leading the way in mindful community development centered around agriculture and wellness. Founder Steve Nygren grew up on a farm in Colorado and came from a long line of farmers, so it was only natural when he envisioned Serenbe that he would center the community around farming, local food and edible landscaping. “Our family has always valued fresh food and knowing where it comes from. We came from the restaurant industry, always had a kitchen garden at home and know how a great meal can bring people together,” said Steve. “When visioning Serenbe, we knew food and agriculture had to be key aspects of building the community and encouraging healthy residents.” And Serenbe’s organic farm is growing more than just vegetables in the fields. Young farmers are trained at Serenbe Farms and encouraged to use what they’ve learned about

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the organic-growing process in future farming jobs. Past Serenbe Farmers worked at Anne Quatrano’s Summerland Farm, Cumberland Island, Martha’s Vineyard and the original farmers have their own farm in the North Georgia Mountains. Serenbe Farms’ current Farm Manager is a 4th-generation farmer from Wisconsin who moved here to continue the family tradition with his wife and two young children.

“When visioning Serenbe, we knew food and agriculture had to be key aspects of building the community and encouraging healthy residents.” What started as only a handful of developments centered around farms has evolved into a movement with hundreds of communities now being built with farm-to-table amenities in mind. Serenbe continues to lead the way for the agrihood concept. Beyond building a working organic farm, weekly farmers market and a successful CSA program, Serenbe also hosts more than 50 culinary classes a year, monthly pop-up dinners and farm-to-table restaurants that all source from local farms including their own, Serenbe Farms.

Serenbe is leading the way in mindfully developing a community centered around Serenbe Farms. Their weekly CSA offers a share of their certified-organic produce to members April-December. The Annual Spring Plant Sale is one of Serenbe Farms biggest fundraisers and aids in spring planting for summer and fall veggies. Serenbe Farms’ organic vegetables, herbs and flowers can be found Saturdays through November, 9am-1pm, at Serenbe Farmers & Artists Market in Selborne. Photos by J. Ashley Photography.

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Things To Do When You Stay at The Inn at Serenbe serenbeinn.com

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AFTERNOON TEA Included in your stay as an Inn guest is an afternoon Southern-style tea, set in the Main House daily, 4 – 5pm.

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R OPES COURSE Great for team building activities and wedding parties. Speak with Guest Services for more details about our Serenbe Challenge Course.

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S E R E N B E FA R M S Take a 1 hour tour of Serenbe Farms on Saturday at 1:30pm for $8 per person. For reservations or to schedule private group tours, please contact tour@serenbefarms.com

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LA BYRINTH Walk the stone labyrinth by the lake – complimentary during your stay.

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TR A IL RIDES Experience Serenbe on Horseback. Our skilled staff and gentle horses ensures you to have a comfortable and relaxed ride, allowing you to enjoy the beautiful scenery at Serenbe. 678.333.2989 | serenbetrailriding.com

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Hayrides and Animal Feeds are offered daily at 10am for Inn guests. Appointments may be scheduled on the weekends for hayrides at 1pm or 2pm.

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The Spa at Serenbe offers a range of services including massages, facials, peels, reflexology, and make up consultations. The spa specializes in offering a comprehensive whole person approach to care. 770.463.0880 | spaatserenbe.com

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B I K E & G O L F C A R T R E N TA L S The Inn offers bicycles and golf carts to rent per day for Inn guests. Reserve at Guest Services. Rentals are based on a first come, first serve basis.

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BONFIRE Our fully stocked bonfire is located near the Lake Pavilion, complimentary for Inn guests. S’more packets are available for purchase at Guest Services.

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D I N N E R AT T H E FA R M H O U S E Join us for dinner at the critically acclaimed Farmhouse Restaurant and enjoy seasonal cuisine of locally grown ingredients. Happy Hour from 4 – 6 Daily. 770.463.2622 | serenbefarmhouse.com

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FEEDING THE ANIMALS Animal Food is available in Guest Services for Purchase.

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W E E K E N D WA L K I N G TO U R O F THE COMMUNIT Y Check Serenbe Events Calendar for day + time.

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erenbe has been a leader and model for sustainable development and wellbeing since plans began in the early 2000’s. With the development of their newest neighborhood Mado, the 10-year-old, multi-generational community will be able to further expand their cultural and wellness offerings to include something for everyone: A destination hotel and spa, a resort-style pool, a fitness center, yoga and Pilates studio. There will also be commercial opportunities such as a juice bar/tea house, medical offices and early childhood education and care including an elementary school campus. “We believe living well at all ages is about living in harmony with nature and finding your place in a community,” said Steve Nygren. “We work every day to create a sense of place for those who want to grow, live and thrive.” European-style plazas will flow seamlessly into the natural, preserved woods. Mixed-use lofts and live/work units will include stores and retail experiences that act as vibrant icons within the community. Eastern and Western medical offices and services will provide business opportunities for start-ups and mid-size firms. There is a rising need for wellness-focused facilities that cater to older adults, and Mado

plans to meet that need by creating a pocket neighborhood of 16 cottages that are designed for Adults 55+. These cottages integrate progressive and thoughtful design features into every home, including front doors leading to a medicinal garden with outdoor rooms. Owners will also have access to a professionally-managed, fully-furnished Garden Club House, complete with gourmet kitchen, expansive living and dining rooms and two guest suites for visitors. “We build with the hope to eliminate the term “retirement communities,” said Garnie Nygren. “Our country’s current healthcare model of separating our elders into nursing homes is unsustainable, and studies reveal baby boomers want to age in multi-generational communities.” Take a virtual tour of Mado at serenbe.com, then make an appointment with Serenbe Real Estate to walk the lots and explore multiple housing options from primary, secondary and investment options.

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Images: Garden Cottages. Opposite: Anders Square. Renderings courtesy of Serenbe

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LIGHTS, CAMERA, INVESTMENT Georgia’s Film Industry Makes Second Homes at Serenbe an Oscar-worthy Idea

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ehind California and New York, Georgia is the No. 3 filming location in the United States. Between summer blockbusters like Captain America: Civil War and cult TV series like The Walking Dead, the film industry spent $2 billion in the Peach State in the 2016 fiscal year on 245 projects. And when film crews scout out long-term accommodations for cast and crew, Serenbe stands out for its setting and selection. It’s not only the film and TV industry driving demand; Serenbe regularly receives inquiries for short- and long-term rentals. Hollywood is capitalizing on Georgia’s film-friendly tax credit system, and wise investors are capitalizing on Serenbe’s selection of properties and the benefits that come with them. Serenbe partners with Atlanta-based interior design firms to offer full furnishing of any investment property. Starting at approximately $15,000, two bedrooms can be furnished to become a second-home hideaway or rental property, including linens, décor and flatware. The management side can be turnkey as well. “The Inn at Serenbe’s Rental Program offers exclusive advantages to owners looking to rent out their property,” says Sarah Hennessey, Manager. “These advantages include our Guest Services staff, housekeeping and maintenance team; online reservations system and full-time conference services focused on increasing year-round executive occupancy via corporate and group business at Serenbe.” For a one-time set-up fee and per-rental revenue share, the Rental Program keeps investment properties stocked with guest supplies … and guests themselves. Serenbe’s Grange Hillside townhomes harken back to Bruges, Belgium. Interiors by Milk & Honey Home, as seen in Rue Magazine, features three different investment properties. Photos by J. Ashley Photography

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We chose a few of our favorite wedding images from the past year (or so). The historic Inn at Serenbe has been a memorable backdrop for over 17 years. Our first wedding was even featured in Martha Stewart Weddings.

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Texas A&M Hosts Semester Away at Serenbe

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t Texas A&M University, undergraduate students in the College of Architecture are required to intern or study outside Texas for one semester. Their choices include Tuscany, Barcelona and — thanks to professor Phill Tabb — Serenbe. Tabb, who is the master land planner for Serenbe, brought a group of students to Serenbe to study thoughtful design and architecture for the first time last fall. “Steve Nygren and I began talking about this ten years ago,” he says. “The idea of a university-level study program was interesting to both of us and we thought it would be a rich experience for students to actually live within a sustainable, environmentally oriented community.”

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This fall, Tabb will bring a second group of students for 12 weeks between the end of August and Thanksgiving. “Everyone stays in the community for the entire semester,” he says. “All classes are delivered here, which involves 12 credit hours of work in three courses.” Every Sunday night, Tabb and his students have dinner together to discuss the coming week’s activities. They have design studio three afternoons a week; a Theory of Placemaking class twice a week; and a drawing and painting class on Tuesday afternoons. “Other times are for community walks, site visits and etceteras in support of their experience at Serenbe,” Tabb says.“They have enjoyed going to Serenbe Playhouse shows,

Photo courtesy of Serenbe: Aerial view of The Crossroads and Tabb Way, named for Phill Tabb

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taking cooking classes at the Bosch Experience Center and participating in community potlucks.The weekends are for quick trips to Atlanta, school work or hanging out in the community.” Tabb also takes his students on two field trips during the semester, “the first to Charleston and Savannah and the other to Seaside, Florida, and Rural Studio in Alabama,” he says. “In addition, we have about four organized day trips to Atlanta. The students thoroughly enjoy their time here and especially love the community.”

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SERENBE HAMLET

UPCOMING EVENTS 11

Wine Tasting, 3:30pm, General Store, $

Sept 15 - 18

1 Wellbeing Tour: Explore Mado & learn about the future of Serenbe 10:30am, Selborne Green, FREE

Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles Designer Showhouse Tours 10am-5pm, The Textile Lofts, $

ArtsATL Art Collecting Panel & Conversation 3pm, The Textile Lofts, FREE/RSVP

SEPTEMBER

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Wine Tasting, 3:30pm, General Store, $

1

Farmers & Artisans Market: Max & Maggie 9am-1pm, Selborne Green, FREE

Chatt Hills Artists Co-Op Exhibit Opening 7pm, Chatt Hills Gallery, FREE

3 Farmers & Artisans Market: Capo3 + Barktown Dog Rescue 9am-1pm, Selborne Green, FREE Wellbeing Tour: Explore Mado & learn about the future of Serenbe 10:30am, Selborne Green, FREE Serenbe Farms Tour 1:30pm, Serenbe Farms, $

4 Chatt Hills Music presents The Orange Constant 4pm, Selborne Green, $ “cloth field” Preview Performance with Robert Spano & glo, 7pm, Inn Open Air Pavilion, $

8 Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles Designer Showhouse Preview Party 7pm, The Textile Lofts, $

9

Serenbe Fellows: The Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund with Dr. Tara Stoinski, President & CEO 5:30pm, Bosch Experience Center, FREE

Outdoor Yoga with Zoetic 9am, Serenbe Stables, $ Mindfulness Retreat with Dr. Helen Vantine, 10am, The Inn, $

AIR Serenbe Spoken Word: Gentlemen Bosses 8pm, The Inn, $

Ray Day 2pm, The Inn, FREE with Invitation

Serenbe Farms Tour 1:30pm, Serenbe Farms, $

Ford Fry Chefs Cooking Class: Superica Cooking Class with Sheldon Wolfe 2pm, Bosch Experience Center, $

Living with Art: A Conversation with ArtsATL 2pm, Bosch Experience Center, FREE/ RSVP

29 & 30 Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles Designer Showhouse Closing Weekend 10am-5pm, The Textile Lofts, $

Wine Tasting, 3:30pm, General Store, $

Serenbe Playhouse presents The Sleepy Hollow Experience 8pm Thurs-Sun; 10:30pm Fri & Sat, Horseman’s Meadow, $

Wine Tasting 3:30pm, General Store, $

30

Art Over Dinner: The Giving Keys 6pm, The Art Farm, $

Southern Chef Series with Steven Satterfield: Cooking in Marie Nygren’s Kitchen 4pm, Nygren Townhome, $

Chatt Hills Music presents Annalise Emerick 8pm, Serenbe Residence, $

OCTOBER

10

History of Serenbe Tour 10:30am, The Inn, FREE

Sept 22 - 25

Wine Tasting, 3:30pm, General Store, $

Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles Designer Showhouse Tours 10am-5pm, The Textile Lofts, $

Wholesome Wave’s 4th Annual Southern Chefs Potluck 3pm, The Inn, $

2 Plant Powered Cooking Class with Chef Matt Adolfi 2pm, Bosch Experience Center, $

6-9 Serenbe Playhouse presents The Sleepy Hollow Experience 8pm Thurs-Sun; 10:30pm Fri & Sat, Horseman’s Meadow, $

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Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles Designer Showhouse Closing Weekend 10am-5pm, The Textile Lofts, $

Farmers & Artisans Market: Chef Demo + Threadbare Skivvies 9am-1pm, Selborne Green, FREE

Serenbe Playhouse presents The Sleepy Hollow Experience 8pm Thurs-Sun; 10:30pm Fri & Sat, Horseman’s Meadow, $

Bread & Jam Making Class 11am, Bosch Experience Center, $

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Art Over Dinner: Arts to End Slavery with BelovedAtlanta 6pm, The Art Farm, $

Serenbe Farms Tour 1:30pm, Serenbe Farms, $

11

Serenbe Film presents Sundance Film Festival Shorts 6pm, The Inn, $

18

Farmers & Artisans Market: Chef Demo 9am-1pm, Selborne Green, FREE

Plant Powered Cooking Class with Chef Matt Adolfi 2pm, Bosch Experience Center, $

Chatt Hills Artists Co-Op Exhibit Chatt Hills Gallery, FREE

Essentials of Cooking Class with Chef Jonathan Kallini of Bacchanalia: 2pm, Bosch Experience Center, $

Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles Designer Showhouse Tours 10am - 5pm, Textile Lofts $

Chatt Hills Music presents Eliot Bronson Trio 8pm, The Inn, $

Serenbe Farms Tour 1:30pm, Serenbe Farms, $

Wine Tasting 3:30pm, General Store, $

Sept 9 - 11

Bread & Jam Making Class 11am, Bosch Experience Center, $

CityHunt Scavenger Hunt + Annual Fall Festival, 1pm, Serenbe Stables, $

25

Serenbe Trails Walking Tour 10:30am, Selborne Green, FREE

Gault Designs Grand Opening 10am - 6pm, The Textile Lofts, FREE

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24 Serenbe Farms Tour 1:30pm, Serenbe Farms, $

Farmers & Artisans Market: Chef Demo + Capo3 9am-1pm, Selborne Green

Serenbe Farms Tour 1:30pm, Serenbe Farms, $

9 AIR presents the Serenbe Home Tour 1pm-4pm, Grange & Swann Ridge, $ Wine Tasting 3:30pm, General Store, $

24

Southern Chef Series with Kevin Rathbun 4pm, Nygren Townhome, $

Guided Birding Walk with Atlanta Audubon Society 8am, The Blue Eyed Daisy, $

Chatt Hills Music presents Sarah McQuaid 8pm, The Art Farm, $

Farmers & Artisans Market: Pretend Sweethearts 9am-1pm, Selborne Green, FREE Architecture + Thoughtful Design Tour, 10:30am, Selborne Green, FREE

Bamboo Juice Cleanse + Yoga Day 9am, $

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SERENBE HAMLET

UPCOMING EVENTS

3 Portraits with Santa Claus 1-4pm, The Inn Pavilion, $

13 - 16

27 - 30

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4

Serenbe Playhouse presents The Sleepy Hollow Experience 8pm Thurs-Sun; 10:30pm Fri & Sat, Horseman’s Meadow, $

Serenbe Playhouse presents The Sleepy Hollow Experience 8pm Thurs-Sun; 10:30pm Fri & Sat, Horseman’s Meadow, $

Ford Fry Chefs Cooking Class: Bar Margot Cooking Class with Robert Gerstenecker 2pm, Bosch Experience Center

Lunch & Portraits with Santa Claus 11am-1pm, The Farmhouse Restaurant, $

15

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Guided Birding Walk with Atlanta Audubon Society 8am, The Blue Eyed Daisy, $

Farmers & Artisans Market: Dog & Child Costume Contest + Michael Chesin 9am-1pm, Selborne Green

Farmers & Artisans Market: Max & Maggie 9am-1pm, Selborne Green, FREE

History of Serenbe Tour 10:30am, Selborne Green, FREE

Serenbe Farms Tour 1:30pm, Serenbe Farms, $

16

Southern Chef Series with Kevin Gillespie, 4pm, Nygren Townhome, $

8-11 Serenbe Playhouse presents The Snow Queen 8pm Thurs-Sun, 6pm Sat & Sun, Grange Natural Playground, $

Serenbe Farms Tour 1:30pm, Serenbe Farms, $

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Chatt Hills Music presents Barefoot Movement Holiday Concert 8pm, The Inn, $

Wine Tasting 3:30pm, General Store, $

Wine Tasting, 3:30pm, General Store, $

Wine Tasting, 3:30pm, General Store, $ Art Over Dinner: Political Cartoons with Wiley Miller, Non Sequitur 6pm, The Art Farm, $

20-23 Serenbe Playhouse presents The Sleepy Hollow Experience 8pm Thurs-Sun; 10:30pm Fri & Sat, Horseman’s Meadow, $

Harvest Celebration Pop-Up Dinner, Serenbe Foods 6:30pm, Surprise Location, $

19 FINAL 2016 Farmers & Artisans Market 9am-1pm, Selborne Green, FREE

NOVEMBER

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3-6 Serenbe Playhouse presents The Sleepy Hollow Experience 8pm Thurs-Sun; 10:30pm Fri & Sat, Horseman’s Meadow, $

Serenbe Farms Tour 1:30pm, Serenbe Farms, $

20

Farmers & Artisans Market: Tae Kwon Do + Threadbare Skivvies 9am-1pm, Selborne Green, FREE

Thanksgiving Foods Cooking Class with Chef Matt Adolfi 2pm, Bosch Experience Center, $ Wine Tasting, 3:30pm, General Store, $

17

Art Over Dinner: Atlanta Symphony Orchestra 6pm, The Art Farm, $ Thanksgiving Break Camp Serenbe Multiple Days, The Inn, $

5

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Farmers & Artisans Market: Trail Race Vendors 9am-12:30pm, Selborne Green, FREE

Small Business Saturday – Shop Local 11am-7pm, Serenbe Shops, FREE

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Serenbe Farms Tour 1:30pm, Serenbe Farms, $

Wine Tasting, 3:30pm, General Store, $

The Ballog presents A Photography Walk at Serenbe, Atlanta Celebrates Photography Festival 4pm-7pm, Serenbe Shops, FREE

Serenbe Playhouse presents The Sleepy Hollow Experience 8pm Thurs-Sun; 10:30pm Fri & Sat, Horseman’s Meadow, $

23 Ford Fry Chefs Cooking Class: No.246 Cooking Class with Drew Belline, 2pm, Bosch Experience Center $

26 - 27

12

Portraits with Santa Claus 1pm-4pm, The Inn, $

Guided Birding Walk with Atlanta Audubon Society 8am, The Blue Eyed Daisy, $

18

Wine Tasting, 3:30pm, General Store, $ Christmas Break - Camp Serenbe, Multiple Days, The Inn, $

20-23 Serenbe Playhouse presents The Snow Queen 8pm Thurs-Sun, 6pm Sat & Sun, Grange Natural Playground, $

24 Christmas Eve Supper 5pm, The Farmhouse Restaurant, $

25

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Christmas Day Lunch & Supper 11:30am-3pm, 5pm-9pm, The Farmhouse Restaurant, $

DECEMBER

Event listings accurate as of printing. For up-to-date listings, tickets or to RSVP, visit serenbe.com/events

Wine Tasting, 3:30pm, General Store, $ $ = Ticketed Event

Mindfulness Retreat with Dr. Helen Vantine, 10am, The Inn, $

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Serenbe Trails Tour 10:30am, Selborne Green, $

Wine Tasting, 3:30pm, General Store, $ Chef Christopher Kostow In The Garden, Intimate Dinner presented by Lexus 5pm, The Inn, $

Thanksgiving Day Lunch & Supper 11:30-3pm, 5pm-9pm, The Farmhouse Restaurant, $

26

Serenbe Farms Tour 1:30pm, Serenbe Farms, $

15-18 Serenbe Playhouse presents The Snow Queen 8pm Thurs-Sun, 6pm Sat & Sun, Grange Natural Playground, $

Serenbe Fall Trail Race 5K & 15K 9am, Selborne Green, $

Wellbeing Tour: Explore Mado & learn about the future of Serenbe 10:30am, Selborne Green, FREE

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Wine Tasting, 3:30pm, General Store, $

Architecture + Thoughtful Design Tour 10:30am, Selborne Green, $

Chatt Hills Artists Co-Op Exhibit Chatt Hills Gallery, FREE

“Reading the Serenbe Landscape” with Alfie Vick, UGA Environmental Committee & Serenbe Institute 9am, Bosch Experience Center, $

Pumpkin Carving 10am, Selborne Green, $

Wine Tasting, 3:30pm, General Store, $

Holiday Food Gifts & Jam Making 11am, Bosch Experience Center, $

Serenbe Playhouse presents The Snow Queen 8pm Thurs-Sun, 6pm Sat & Sun, Grange Natural Playground, $

3

Serenbe Farms Tour 1:30pm, Serenbe Farms, $

27

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Legal Aspects of Advance Care Planning with Cynthia Welsh 7pm Community Center, FREE

Peachtree Bikes Cyclocross Peachtree Bikes, $

Annual Holiday Bazaar 10am-5pm, The Inn Pavilion, $ Acree Graham Macam & Natalie Nelson Book Signing 12pm, The Ballog, FREE FALL 2016

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SERENBE REAL ESTATE Make Your Dream of Living at Serenbe a Reality

L348, 131 Ray Way $479,900

L407, 446 Anders South $439,000

L335, 276 Mado Lane $599,900

Scandinavian inspired townhome provides sophisticated urban living in the center of Mado, located steps from the resort-style pool opening May 2017. The home features 2 bedrooms, 2.5 baths, an unfinished basement and a private back deck.

The Anders Garden Cottages are designed to integrate progressive and thoughtful features into each home. This cottage is one of only 16 in the first age-restricted pocket neighborhood of Adults 55+. Each 2 bedroom, 2 bath home faces a first of its kind, medicinal garden with multiple outdoor rooms.

Enter this charming home through a beautiful stained-wood front door to find a generously appointed open-plan living room. This home has 3 bedrooms, 3.5 baths with master on main and intimate patio off the family room.

L383, 11220 Serenbe Lane $663,900

L385, 11240 Serenbe Lane $685,000

L306, 11207 Serenbe Lane $389,000

Minimalist styling and clean lines dictate the architecture in this standout Mado home. Natural wood, a bronze metal roof and black iron front door are distinct features on this 4 bedroom, 3.5 bath custom home.

One of the first offerings in the new neighborhood, this white stucco single-family home sits on the main street of Mado and backs up to the woods, connected to the nature trail network. The home features 3 bedroom, 3 baths with bonus room that can be used as an office or guest bedroom, sits on an unfinished basement perfect for expansion.

Entry-level pricing at Serenbe for this charming 2 bedroom, 2 bath red brick home with a wood shake roof. Enjoy single story living with private back garden. Only three of these cottages are offered in Mado.

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Whether you are in the market for a weekend retreat or year-round home, Serenbe offers single-family homes, townhouses, live-works, condos and apartments. Or choose a wooded lot and build your dream home. Explore these architectural floor plans and pick your finishes or choose a move-in-ready home today.

For a complete listing of all Serenbe properties visit SerenbeRealEstate.com or stop in the office located at 9055 Selborne Lane, just up the street from the Blue Eyed Daisy Bakeshop. *All prices and plans are subject to change.

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