Page 1

SUMMER 2018

The best reason to live here is the life here.

Scavenger Hunt

Comedian Pete Dominick

Page 4

Page 5

The Art Farm leads visitors through Serenbe

Talks to the Trees

Goat Yoga

The latest trend in wellness

Pa g e 1 2

Customize Your New Home J.P. Curran Designs Estate Homes Pa g e 1 4

SOAK UP THE SUMMER SUN Get Outside and Play

S

tep into the preserved forests at Serenbe and the built world fades away. Your senses come alive as you feel the crunch of leaves beneath your feet. Hear birds chirping and see trees swaying with a light breeze. Warmer weather brought the woods back to life, and with it new growth in the form of berries and edible blooms for trail hikers to taste. Summer at Serenbe is all about spending time in nature, and from our Earth Day Celebration and May Day Festival to Farmers Markets and the Fall Showhouse, there plenty of ways to get outside and play! Kids 3-12 have the opportunity to enjoy guided play with Camp Serenbe. As director

Kara Nygren Adler says, Camp Serenbe “teaches kids how to make the most of nature.” The lessons come in the form of outdoor activities such as swimming and canoeing, trail hiking and horseback riding. Older campers take on the REI Adventure or Cooking & Farming Camps, while younger campers interact and feed residents of the Animal Village. Enjoying nature has benefits beyond fun in the sun (or shady woods). According to research from the Children & Nature Network, time in nature can improve children’s physical and mental health, and increased physical activity reduces symptoms of stress, ADHD and autism spectrum disorders. Being outside

Continued on Page 2


makes children generally healthier, happier and smarter. “There’s a health benefit coming out of almost every [Serenbe] household,” Steve noted in a recent Fast Company article. “Whether it’s the kids don’t have asthma and have less allergies, or people have gotten rid of their antidepressants…We’re even having [families] and retirees move here just because of the air quality.” That’s right. Playing outside and its residual benefits aren’t just for kids. After all, the signs at the front of the Serenbe community say, “Children AND Adults at Play!” Go for a

run through the woods or vinyasa through a Goat Yoga session. Want an outdoor activity that’s less physically demanding? Experience art while meandering through the Wildflower Meadow, take in an outdoor play with Serenbe Playhouse or taste fine wines while you dine under the stars on the Inn’s Gainey Garden. No matter the season, something is always happening at Serenbe. Whatever outdoor activity you choose, get outside and play this summer at Serenbe. Check out the Events Calendar for all Serenbe activities at serenbe.com/events.

Above: Children enjoy outdoor play at the Grange Green trampoline and sandbox and camping at The Inn at Serenbe. Opposite: Camp Serenbe gives children the chance to fish and to farm. 2

SUMMER 2018


SUMMER 2018

3


Photo by Stevie Seay

SEEK AND YE SHALL FIND…ART Art Scavenger Hunt Leads Visitors Through Serenbe

T

Photo by Stevie Seay

installing commissioned pieces. Now, the Art Farm wants to help you find all the creative moments that Serenbe has to offer. Grab an Art Scavenger Hunt card and set out on your Serenbe adventure. Each piece of art will be noted on the card with a photo and bio, ready for you to check off once you’ve found its home. Art Scavenger Hunt cards can be found at The Blue-Eyed Daisy, The Inn at Serenbe Guest Services, General Store at Serenbe, Grange Hall and the new Art Farm Studio. For more information on the Art Farm or to download a card, visit artfarmserenbe.com.

Photo by Stevie Seay

he Art Farm is a growing arts complex that provides a place to bring people together in support of the arts. The Art Farm plays host to multiple events and extensive programming throughout the year including Art Over Dinner, Grange Hall Gallery pop-ups, art workshops and talks, because art in everyday life can build a greater understanding of the world. Luckily, the founders of Serenbe believe the same thing. They began creating moments of art amongst the preserved woods of Serenbe before the community had even been realized, and the Serenbe Institute Public Art Committee has continued the tradition by

(Clockwise) Serenbe Playhouse brought in an old school bus for their 2014 performance of Hair. A Serenbe resident drew inspiration from The Inn Labyrinth for their mural on the side of the Blue Eyed Daisy Bakeshop. Serenbe’s iconic sign marking the entrance to the community includes a quote by AJ Downing. Serenbe founder Steve Nygren commissioned “Dance” by Marty Daws for co-founder and wife Marie Nygren on their 30th wedding anniversary. 4

SUMMER 2018


PETE DOMINICK TALKS TO THE TREES Comedian & Radio Host Back For Second Summer

W

hen Pete Dominick was young, he’d walk into the woods near his house in upstate New York, find his special tree and talk to it. “When I was a boy, I didn’t feel safe or secure in many ways,” Pete says. “I called it ‘my place,’ and it happened to be a tree. Eventually I brought a friend with me — just two boys who loved nature.We’d go and listen to the birds. And I still hear those same birds at 42.” Today, Pete’s a stand-up comedian best known as the host of Stand Up! With Pete Dominick, a radio show on SiriusXM Insight121 that covers everything from politics and policy to climate change and conservation. And in many ways, he’s still talking to trees. “Nature is everything,” he says. “At one point in my life, I forgot it. I moved to the city and spent 12 years pursuing my career in comedy. I started a family, moved to the ‘burbs and rediscovered it.” “Everything you need is in nature.The air we breathe, the water we drink.Young people aren’t learning it and adults are forgetting it, as we bury our faces in screens and worry about what our neighbors think about our Facebook posts.” Pete was the keynote speaker at an annual conference for the Children & Nature Network (C&NN) and that’s where he met Steve Nygren and discovered Serenbe. C&NN was founded by Last Child in the Woods author Richard Louv; it’s his global non-profit that puts children back in nature where they belong. As the Board Chair for C&NN, Steve Nygren was so impressed by Pete’s version of thought leadership during the keynote, he invited Pete, his wife and their two daughters to Serenbe last summer. “It’s interesting to see your kids in any different atmosphere, but to see them at Serenbe, and for them to be exposed to the way people live there and the way it’s structured — it brought them a clear happiness they couldn’t articulate or describe,” Pete says. “It seemed they recognized that humans were meant to live more like this — in this type of community of people. Living in sync as much as we can with nature.” The love went both ways, especially after Pete did a public comedy show at the Inn Pavilion and a private Changemaker Dinner that left everyone asking all year how soon he’d be back. And finally there’s an answer. Pete Dominick returns to Serenbe August 15-20, bringing his family and his comedic perspective. In the works, another dinner, public talks and video surprises. Sign up at serenbe.com/events to get on the list to be the first to be know the details.Want a taste of Pete? Head to our YouTube channel to watch his interview with Farmer Matt last year!

(Clockwise) Pete Dominick finds a poster promoting his comedy event at the General Store at Serenbe. Pete’s daughters enjoyed their time in the woods watching Serenbe Playhouse’s Robin Hood, attending Camp Serenbe and playing on the Grange Green trampoline.

SUMMER 2018

5


(Above) Russ and Kara Kiefer commissioned artist Tracy Hartley to make the dining table, according to their Atlanta Magazine’s HOME feature. (Opposite, Clockwise) The Kiefer house boasts floor-to-ceiling steel windows from Fine Forge Steel, letting the Kiefers enjoy their large living space while also taking in the sights of preserved forest outside their home.Their kitchen features weathered gray concrete countertops, all Viking appliances and a window dividing the seating area from the main part of the kitchen. 6

SUMMER 2018


A LOT ON THEIR MIND

Why The Kiefer Family Made A Grange-to-Grange Move

R

uss and Kara Kiefer met, got engaged and were married within seven months. “Russ believes in love at first sight,” says Kara. “I believe in love at fourth or fifth sight.” One month before their wedding, in December of 2006, the Midtown condo dwellers drove out to have dinner at The Farmhouse. “I remember saying, ‘This is so cute, but I could never live here because it’s so far from Atlanta,’” Kara says. They returned the following February for a Sunday Supper and wound up spending the night at the Inn, just to see what it felt like to wake up at Serenbe. “And that was the end of that,” Kara says. The Kiefers bought a five-bedroom, four-and-a-half bath cottage in Grange, Serenbe’s second hamlet, that was brand new when the moving van arrived in March of 2008. “We closed on our home the same day that our neighbors, Ann and Tommy Jackson, closed, but we moved in a week before they did,” Kara says. “So we were all alone in the woods in Grange. Going from the noise of the city to the still and quiet of the country was honestly a little eerie. But we loved how at peace we felt when we were at Serenbe, almost like a weight was lifted off our shoulders.” Over the next six years, they added two children, Jacey-Kate and Brooks, along with finishing out their terrace level with a media room and bar, additional full bath, bedroom and a home office space. They loved the house and had no plans to move … until a friend told them about a very special lot opening up within Grange. And that, as Kara says, was the end of that.

The lot is set within the woods on a slope overlooking the stables and the Kiefers wanted the house to look like an old barn with modern additions. The 5-room, fourand-a-half bath space was designed with the idea that the family would use all of the rooms on the upper two floors daily. “It’s really turned out that way,” Kara says. “We used a Murphy bed in our guest room/playroom so that the guest room gets used, even when we don’t have guests.” Special details include solid wood beams and brick from a local mill constructed in the 1800s, a wall of steel windows and doors, a basement bar with multiple screens for gameday viewing and a master bath with a tub and double shower with 6 jets. “Our builders called it, ‘the car wash,’” Kara says. Outside, their 900-square foot back patio has a built-in fire pit and pool. And when they say the views are “pastoral,” they mean it. “The view of the pasture and stables is spectacular and completely changes with the seasons,” she says. “The horses come right up to the fence and visit us, which is fun. It’s also one of the most private lots in the neighborhood, which we have really enjoyed. It’s so close to everything — the trampoline, General Store, etc. — but when the leaves are on the trees, we feel secluded.” Designed by architect Steve Dray and built by Martin Dodson Homes, the Kiefer’s Modern Farmhouse was featured in the Fall 2017 issue of Atlanta Magazine’s HOME. Find or build your custom dream home by visiting SerenbeRealEstate.com or calling a Serenbe Real Estate agent 770.463.9997.

SUMMER 2018

7


Photo by Stevie Seay Photo by Stevie Seay

Photo by Stevie Seay

GOAT YOGA IS HERE

The Latest Trend Supports Physical And Emotional Health

Y

oga. For some the word brings a calming inner peace. For others, it brings anxiety as they imagine the impossible poses yogis perform on their Instagram feeds. Heather Ayers is not a fan of the latter. “Social media has crazy poses and it turns regular people off from the practice,” she says. “Yoga is for the people, it needs to feel warm and open to everyone.” She wants to change the way yoga is portrayed, and she’s starting with Serenbe Yoga. “Yoga isn’t about flexibility or the physical, it’s more about the mental. [At Serenbe Yoga,] We’ll pull physical yen elements and mental meditation elements into the practice. It’s a great way for beginners to get into meditation.” Heather wants to make sure Serenbe Yoga is a part of people’s experience at Serenbe, rather than having “just another yoga class.” She’s incorporating Thai massage techniques, essential oils and meditation methods plus has plans for Full Moon Flow sessions in the Wildflower Meadow, Barefoot Trail Walks and Goat Yoga.

8

Hold up. Does Goat Yoga not fall under the category of “impossible yoga things off Instagram?” “People look at me like I’m crazy and say, ‘What the heck is Goat Yoga?!’” says Heather, who learned about the trend by “being in the yoga world.” She returned to Serenbe from teacher training and when it came up in conversation, she thought “of all places, why does Serenbe NOT have Goat Yoga?” “[Goat Yoga] is about tying emotional support animals with yoga. Goats are sweeter and more social than dogs and are known as the top emotional support animals. After the yoga portion is complete you socialize with the goats, which is what people are drawn to.” says Heather. The five Nigerian Dwarf Goats; Prana, Asana, Mula, Bhanda and Bali; moved to their new home at the Inn at Serenbe Animal Village in April 2018, and Goat Yoga sessions take place in their environment. “There are a lot of rules with Goat Yoga, because we’re in their element not ours,” says Heather. “The goats interact with you while you do yoga. They’re jumping on your back

SUMMER 2018

and curling in your lap, but there’s more to it. You can’t wear jewelry or hair down because they’ll eat it. They may have to use the restroom during class…on your mat. This is the experience. You just have to laugh, relax and not hold yourself back and miss part of it because you’re worried about something.” Goat Yoga Schedule Saturdays, 9am-10:30am & 4-5:30pm Sundays, 9-10:30am & 11-12:30pm Friday Wine Down Goat Yoga – To Be Announced Goat Yoga is for all experience levels, but unfortunately won’t be able to host drop-ins. Check serenbeyoga.com for an up-to-date schedule of Goat Yoga and all other Serenbe Yoga classes. Goat Yoga at Serenbe will be more than a yoga class, it will be a full Serenbe experience. Walk the Inn trail, visit the animals and enjoy lavender lemonade before and after your class. Look for Kids Goat Yoga nights and for Adults Only Goat Yoga nights with wine or cocktail mixes.


SERENBE IN THE NEWS Modern Luxury

Wall Street Journal

“Seeking a more wholesome community approach through exceptional design, avant-garde environmental regulations and – ahem – sacred geometry, Serenbe is redefining the American neighborhood, one street at a time.” / “Despite the rules and regulations, there’s one unmeasurable thing inherently important to the design of this community: flow.”

A meditation courtyard with a reflecting pool.An open-air yoga studio with silken hammocks. A medicinal garden planted with calming herbs. It may sound like a tour of an ashram, but these are some of the features that mark a trend in luxury real estate: luxury homes that promise to reduce stress.

CityLab “Our retreat to the country was understanding the need to find balance through a relationship to nature, which we weren’t experiencing in the urban center,” said Nygren.

Oyster.com

AARP An emerging trend in residential planning is building around small farms, with approx. 100 developments across the U.S., according to ULI Senior Fellow Ed McMahon. At Serenbe, 3 restaurants, a coffee shop and a grocery store all feature Serenbe Farms produce.

Awarded Best Working Farm Hotel. “The Inn at Serenbe is a charming retreat surrounded by expansive farms and hiking trails in the Georgia countryside. The 27 spacious rooms include a mix of quaint, original units; more contemporary annex rooms; and stand-alone cottages.”

Inhabitat “Almost 15 years since the sustainable community of Serenbe built its first home, the modern-day green utopia is still thriving.”

Martha Stewart “Paying homage to the golden days of “slow living” – before we were digitally wired and constantly on the go – Serenbe also nods to a new way of living for the future.”

At Home Memphis & Mid South “If you’ve ever imagined completely changing your lifestyle, Serenbe, Georgia, is the perfect place to give back-to-nature living a try.”/ “A place where you can pick blueberries while you walk along the hiking paths, stargaze, watch a play, sit around a fire, listen to a lecture or enjoy live music.”

MindBodyGreen “With edible plants dotted throughout family backyards and trampolines embedded into the grass of public parks, the Georgian town served as nearly utopian example of the outdoor exploration and play that Milligan-Toffler says is essential to childhood development – especially in an age when the average child spends 90 percent of their time indoors.”

Organic Spa Magazine “Whether you move in to a pre-build residence or create your own dream home, you’ll enjoy easy access to all this utopia has to offer.”

The Venue Report “Set in the rolling countryside just outside Atlanta, the Inn at Serenbe offers southern serenity at its finest. The accommodations are luxe, with views of beautiful fall foliage surrounds.”

Only In Your State

Modern Luxury’s Jezebel

“Not only will this overnight stay in Georgia allow you to stay local, but it will simultaneously provide you with the feeling as if you skipped town entirely to spend a weekend in the rolling countryside of another country.”

“Tucked away in Palmetto, GA, this wellness-focused staycation spot promises gorgeous rooms, a relaxing pool and plenty of trails for indulging in some R&R with your boo.”

SUMMER 2018

9


Photos by Jonas Jungblut Photography

10

SUMMER 2018

Photos by Jonas Jungblut Photography

Photos by Jonas Jungblut Photography

(Above) Farmers Market guests tried Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Day’s newest scented soaps. Mrs. Meyer’s and Serenbe celebrated Earth Day by planting 300 blooms of the Compassion Flower in a garden at The Inn.The weekend culminated with Danny Seo’s birthday celebration on the Farmhouse Restaurant’s Gainey Garden Lawn. (Opposite) After taking the Green Thumb Pledge, guests were given glass soap pumps and a choice of scent to fill it with.


ROOTED IN GOODNESS Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Day Gives Back On Earth Day

S

erenbe was built around a reverence for nature, so Earth Day is the perfect holiday to celebrate among our preserved green space. And what could be better than celebrating with a Farmers Market and annual Organic Plant Sale? Hosting Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Day pop-up tour at our Earth Day events. Last year for Earth Day, Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Day brought a team to plant herb gardens throughout the community and help re-launch our composting initiative. This year, the maker of aromatherapeutic household cleaners hit the road for their Rooted in Goodness Spring Tour and stopped through Serenbe to clean a few homes as “Random Acts of Cleanliness,” check on last year’s gardens, promote their Green Thumb Pledge Wall and plant the very first Compassion Garden at Serenbe. “For each thumb print on the wall, Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Day donated $1 to our friends at the Arbor Day Foundation, who will plant 10,0000 trees with the funds raised,” said RJ Bishop. After you made your pledge you could get a free refill of scented dish soap or receive a branded Mrs. Meyers glass pump dispenser bottle. Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Day worked with Serenbe’s landscaper designer Liz Scruggs to design the Compassion Garden for The Inn at Serenbe, which includes more than 300 blooms of the Compassion Flower. The flower was specially created by combining a pansy and a viola and is the basis for their limited-edition Compassion scent. The Earth Day Festivities culminated with an Earth Day Birthday Party for mutual good friend, Danny Seo. The Emmy-winning namesake of the NBC show Naturally, Danny Seo has championed our planet and its natural biodiversity from a very young age, fitting for someone born on Earth Day. Danny fell for Serenbe the first time he visited and now Serenbe looks forward to continuing the relationship by building the first Naturally, Danny Seo House.The house is one of the few remaining Mado homes with expansive and direct views to the woods, will feature sustainable aspects including geothermal heating and cooling and will be Earthcraft certified. The home is a 4-bedroom, 4.5-bath, with two-car garage and a terrace level opening out to a landscaped backyard. Building a Naturally house at Serenbe felt like an obvious extension of the brand, and Mrs. Meyer’s will return with Danny as a partner on the house.

In Danny’s words, “A visit to Serenbe may change your life.” Sign up for our e-newsletter at serenbe.com to follow along and receive updates on the opening date of the Naturally, Danny Seo House.

SUMMER 2018

11


GRANGE HALL

SERENBE FARMERS MARKET Local and sustainable growers, artisans and craftsmen.

Located in the Grange neighborhood of Serenbe, the event space can accommodate up to 40 guests classroom style and 75 theater style. Grange Hall’s close proximity to our many Guest House accommodations also make it the perfect location to host meetings and events.

Come shop the market on the green. April - November Saturday 9am to 1pm serenbefar ms.co m/ma r k e t

770.463.2610 | Now Booking | serenbeinn.com

THE

S T A Y

OAK

at serenbe

ROOM

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.

Let the historic Inn at Serenbe be the backdrop for your wedding, rehearsal dinner, luncheon or corporate retreat.

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 Wednesday - Sunday and it’s famous fried chicken lunch every Saturday and Sunday.

770.463.2610 | Now Booking | serenbeinn.com

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

12

SUMMER 2018


THE MOST PHOTOGRAPHED SPOT It Isn’t What You Think

I

t isn’t the wildflower meadow. It’s not the pasture, farm or even down by the lake. The most photographed spot at Serenbe is the wastewater treatment plant. That’s right, at least a few times a week, a photographer and a bride or family head halfway down the elevated wooden walkway — with trees and tall grass all around — then stop, smile and shoot. What’s just out of frame is a cutting-edge decentralized wastewater collection, treatment and reuse system that stays true to Serenbe’s water conservation and stewardship beliefs. It’s a big reason why their water consumption is 25 percent lower than the national average. Designed by Biohabits, a conservation planning and ecological restoration firm in Maryland, the system has four components: “The plant is comprised of man-made

constructed wetlands — primarily cattails and bulrush — filtration basins and circulating pumps,” writes Megan Kimble at non-profile online magazine Terrain.org. “Collection tanks collect household wastewater, retain the solids for decomposition and pass on the liquids to the plant for natural treatment. Once treated, some of the water is pumped to a nearby cow pasture and released into the ground through piped sub-surface drip lines.The remaining greywater is pumped throughout the community for use in sub-surface drip irrigation. Translation: This is not your everyday industrial eyesore. That’s hard for some people to wrap their minds around — especially those who make and enforce wastewater treatment laws. “When the plan was finished, I was told I had to put

SUMMER 2018

a chain-link fence around the treatment plan,” says Serenbe Founder Steve Nygren. “I told the agency, there’s nothing toxic about it. Nothing to fall into. ‘No no,’ they told me. ‘You’ve got to put one up.’” Instead, Steve tapped Reed-Hilderbrand, a renowned landscape architecture firm in the Boston area. “I needed it to be beautiful to make a point to the world and it worked,” Steve says. “Our beautiful little wastewater treatment plant has become a model for water conservation and design.” Wait until Fall 2018 for your photo op - The Wastewater Treatment Plant is under construction due to expansion to support all our new homes and residents! Learn more about the sustainable elements of Serenbe at nygrenplacemaking.com or biophiliclife.net.

13


(Above) The back of the Mathis Home features a lap pool and small labyrinth, the latter which Jeny Mathis, Founder of Zoetic, uses for her at-home mindfulness practice. (Opposite) The Grange Estate Homes, designed by J.P. Curran, will sit on lots 185-187 and overlook Grange Lake. 14

SUMMER 2018


L

O

T

1

8

SERENBE LANE CHATTAHOOCHEE HILLS, GA

6

CUSTOMIZE YOUR ESTATE HOME MAY 14, 2018

J.P. Curran Designs New Homes Atop Grange Neighborhood

P

icture it: Gorgeous views of the woods out your back door, with an abundance of natural light and a spacious back yard spilling into preserved forest and nature trails overlooking Grange Lake. Step out your front door and walk only minutes to Hills & Hamlets Bookstore, to pick up wine and cheese at The General Store and your organic CSA share at Serenbe Farms. All of this, plus a home custom designed just for you by J.P. Curran. One of Serenbe’s approved architects and a member of the AIA, J.P.’s first Serenbe project was the low country Grange Lake Estate, featured as the Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles 2015 Designer Showhouse. “Everything grew from that,” says J.P. J.P. started Curran and Company Architects in 2014 after 10 years with Atlanta’s Historical Concepts, and after the Grange Lake Estate was completed, he quickly moved on to designing two residences in Swann Ridge that fit right into an English village, along with nine jewel box European cottages and the Serenbe Swim Club in Mado. He also designed the Mathis Home, recently featured in Wall Street Journal, “Luxury Homes That Promise to Reduce Stress”. J.P.’s classical training and broad exposure to Southern architecture were a natural fit for Serenbe, especially now as he starts his latest project – designing a row of custom estate homes, which will sit at the top of the Grange neighborhood.The three Grange homes are each drawn from one vernacular – choose a shingled lake house, a modern stone estate home, or a luxurious

modern saltbox with high glass walls to take in the expansive treetop views. The first to come out of the ground will be a traditional dark shingled home with white shutters, which brings to mind the lake houses of Michigan and Puget Sound. “We’re developing estate homes at Serenbe with a custom client in mind,” says J.P. “My approach is generally the same on every project; I draw on inspiration from the client, in this case Steve and Garnie Nygren, and then consider the site and its immediate surroundings.” J.P. also likes to work in “built-ins,” like window seats or bookshelves, or he gets creative with the front door as a way to make the homes have a more custom feel. “The smaller places, things you can touch. Those are where you have the opportunity to make a home feel special,” says J.P. “Especially at Serenbe, there are opportunities to be creative in design. Really, everything at Serenbe is custom because Steve and Garnie encourage uniqueness in every home.They have a vision, and they have a good core set of builders that are able to execute on custom designs.” Architecture is less about the home itself and more about building a place to create your best life within those walls. The Grange Estate Homes are available for pre-sale ranging from $1.2 to $1.8 million and are planned for a 2019 completion. Learn more at serenberealestate.com.

SUMMER 2018

15


LEARNING TO LEARN Serenbe’s Montessori School Evolves, Now Includes Acton Academy

L

earn to be. Learn to do. Learn to learn. This is the philosophy behind Acton Academy, the school taking the place of The Children’s House at Serenbe this fall. It’ll be a place where students are “young learners.” Where teachers are “guides.” Where the mission is to “inspire each child and parent who enters our doors to find a calling that will change the world.” The Children’s House at Serenbe has served the community well since it began in 2009. It started in a resident’s basement and has grown into a safe, supportive and inspiring environment for Serenbe’s youngest generation and nearby children. The primary Montessori curriculum will remain for children ages 3 to 6.The transition to Acton Academy will benefit children ages 7 to 11, traditionally grades 1 - 4. There will be two separate classrooms, also called communities, and they’ll remain under one roof. According to Board Chair and Serenbe resident John Mattis, whose son will attend in the fall, Acton Academy doesn’t rely on the hierarchy of teacher and student. “The guides remain in Socratic mode all the time,” John says. “They don’t provide answers to the questions, but provide questions that lead students to discover answers on their own. That way, the children learn to learn, which parlays into learning to do. “Instead of being spoon-fed information and digesting it, we’ll train them to look to themselves to discover and learn how to learn. This creates self-reliance and grit — the ability to see when something needs to be done and knowing how to do it yourself without relying on others.” And if they fail, that’s just fine. “It’s a safe environment to fail early, fail often and view failure as an opportunity to learn, not an opportunity to quit,” John says. “Wouldn’t it be nice if failing didn’t mean failure?”

16

At the beginning of the school year, each child comes in with their parent to set goals and objectives for the year. “As a parent, you have to believe your child has the ability to change the world and empower them to pursue paths of interest,” says Malin Roghelia, board member and current head of school. “That’s the only way true learning can occur.” As they work through goals, their performance and accomplishments are tracked. “The core skills like reading, writing and arithmetic are all covered in daily curriculum,” John says. “Each young learner must achieve mastery before they can move on. At Acton, they have the ability to move at their own pace, whether that’s fast or slow.” “The guide is there to support them and provide the framework so each young learner can move forward,” Malin says. “The child sets their own path and is accountable to go down that path.The peer structure in the classroom — plus the goals they set with their parents — help them to get there. Young learners at Acton Academy take on “quests,” or hands-on projects that span six weeks, to master problem solving skills in the modern world. This is where Serenbe’s countless assets reveal themselves to kids in new ways. “If they have a science quest involving food, they can go to the farm and talk to farmers. They can plant a vegetable as a seed, go back to water and harvest it, set up a booth at the Farmers Market and sell it. That way they can understand where food comes from and the business and economics involved in selling a real life product,” Malin says. “It’s where they live and part of their education.” The Acton Academy is located in Grange near The General Store, opens this August for children ages 3-4th grade with plans to expand through high school in the future. For more information, tours and to apply visit actonacademyatserenbe.com.

SUMMER 2018


Photo by Stevie Seay

SUMMER ON THE PATIO Nothing Says Summer Like Ice Cream, A Cold Drink and The Hill

E

Photo by Stevie Seay

njoy a cold drink or a meal inside or al fresco on the new black and white bistro chairs and café tables on The Hill’s revamped patio. Awnings were also added to keep guests shaded from the sun or protected during those pop-up summer showers. Taste your way through all the major wine regions when you try one of the 30+ wines on the new, expanded wine list.The Hill’s signature cocktails are made with premium spirits, freshly-squeezed juices and house-crafted mixers, and the beer menu now includes more local craft brews. The culinary menu has a renewed focus on sustainable and local growers including Banner Butter, Joyce Farms and trout from North Georgia. The Hill’s dishes also include organic vegetables from Serenbe Farms, and produce and flavors shift to reflect the seasons. Ice Cream is also a draw, and this summer’s menu will feature the “espresso” flavor. Come on in for three scoops - 2 just didn’t seem like enough for The Hill! - or make it home home. Stop by Tuesday-Sunday for lunch or dinner and the Weekend Brunch every Saturday and Sunday 11am-3pm, or pick up fresh baked goods and breakfast pastries – made in-house – available at Serenbe Farmers Market on Saturday mornings from 9 am to 1 pm. The Hill Restaurant is located in the center of Selborne and offers lunch, dinner and weekend brunch with a carefully selected wine, beer and cocktail menu. Call 770.463.6040 or visit thehillatserenbe.com for hours and to make a reservation.

ESPRESSO ICE CREAM

Photo by Stevie Seay

Nothing says summer like ice cream, and The Hill Restaurant has the best ice cream around.The perfect end to a meal, or even just to cool you off on a hot afternoon.

12 Egg Yolks 6 Cups Sugar 6 Cups Milk 2 Cups Cream ½ Cup Coffee Grounds 1 Pinch Salt

SUMMER 2018

In a mixing bowl, add the egg yolks and sugar and mix until thick and glossy. Set aside. In a heavy saucepan add milk, cream and coffee grounds. Bring to a boil, then temper into yolks and sugar. Return to stove and cook until the mixture covers the back of the spoon. Add salt, strain and let cool. Churn in an ice cream maker, then serve.

17


2 0 1 8

SERENBE

JUNE + JULY

DESIGNER SHOWHOUSE presented by Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles

R WEEK AGES 3-12 • $225-$395 PE

M M-F•9AM-3PM

FOR MORE INFORMATION, VISIT CAMPSERENBE.COM OR EMAIL INFO@CAMPSERENBE.COM. PLAN A FAMILY GETAWAY TO THE COUNTRY www.serenbeinn.com • (770) 463-2610

Accommodations at the Inn at Serenbe Includes a Full Country Breakfast Sunday - Friday: $745

Tours: SEPTEMBER 14 - OCTOBER 7, 2018 Preview Party: SEPTEMBER 13 The 5th Annual Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles Serenbe Designer Showhouse is the Selborne Estate Home, a 5 Bedroom, 4.5 bath home complete with 3 car garage, gym, rec room, theatre and pool. The Estate will feature some of the top interior designers curated by Editor-in-Chief Elizabeth Ralls including Meredith McBrearty as lead designer selecting all finishes.

ON THE FARM QUALITY TIME WITH NATURE-FUNGROPES COURSE ANIMAL FEEDING-HAYRIDES-FISHIN URE AND MORE! HIKING-CANOEING-CRAFTS-ADVENT OOKING-FARMING PLUS (AGES 8-12) HORSEBACK-ART-COGA REI ADVENTURE-Y

Proceeds benefit the Art Farm with a mission to bring art into everyday life. TICKETS ON SALE NOW SERENBESHOWHOUSE.COM

SERENBE

REAL

ESTATE

Your real estate experts on everything Serenbe

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

BUILD

INVEST

LEASE

OWN

We encourage you to experience the Serenbe lifestyle. Stop in the real estate office to pick up a community map, check for open houses or tour available homes wherever you see an OPEN sign. Real Estate Office 9055 Selborne Lane 770.463.9997 realestate@serenbe.com OPEN DAILY

Visit us online at serenberealestate.com

serenbetrailriding.com

18

SUMMER 2018


IT’S A BERRY GOOD IDEA Creating a Food Forest in Mado

T

here’s no shortage of places to get local food at Serenbe.You can get mixed greens with citrus vinaigrette at The Farmhouse, a BLT on sourdough from the Blue Eyed Daisy and seasonal fruits and vegetables at the Farmers’ Market and Serenbe Farms. But if you live in Mado, you can just snag a few persimmons from the food forest. Themed around health and wellness, Serenbe’s third hamlet has its own medicinal and edible garden and this food forest is the first one to be built among a growing trend to get closer to nature. “Not an orchard, not a community garden, but something with a natural aesthetic,” says landscape architect and University of Georgia professor Alfie Vick. “The difference between the food forest at Serenbe and the natural environment outside of it is that everything in the food forest is either medicinal or edible.” Vick’s expertise is in native plants and Cherokee ethnobotany, or the cultural use and significance of plants and how they’re used as medicine by indigenous cultures. Three years ago, Serenbe Founder Steve Nygren asked Vick to design the courtyards and greenspaces that run through

Anders Walk, an enclave of Mado, and he wanted to include a plan for a central town garden. I came up with an idea to make it a food forest and showcase the greenspace of the area, but I had an ulterior motive as well,” Vick says. “Everything planted there is native to the Southeast. And as residents notice the cycles and build confidence in knowing what time of year plants bloom, and what the fruits look like, I hope they’ll start to notice those same plants along the trails when they take a walk in the woods. I want the food forest to build awareness and confidence in all the edible resources available in the world around us.” Planting took place in the Fall of 2017, so what’s there now isn’t mature enough to bear fruit just yet. But soon enough, residents will be able to enjoy berry-producing trees like mulberry and serviceberry, “a native tree with white flowers and almost blueberry-looking fruits that are delicious,” says Vick. Edible landscaping isn’t new to Serenbe — where kids love eating blueberries right off the bush at crosswalks in Grange — but Mado’s food forest takes things to the next level.Vick included oak and hickory trees, which he says are

edible with the right preparation. He also included Ginseng, St. John’s Wort and Angelica among other herbs and shrubs. Each of these plants are popular herbal remedies and can restore and enhance wellbeing from boosting energy, to reducing stress and promoting relaxation. “Now that the food forest is growing and filling in, I’m working on a field guide for residents, so they can connect photos of plants with what they see in the garden, so they know what’s edible,”Vick says. “In the future, I’ll be working with Serenbe’s environmental committee to organize workshops where we can talk about things like harvesting acorns to make acorn flour.” The possibilities are limitless in one of the first food forests in the Southeast. “It’s a marriage between the interest in urban agriculture/community gardens, combined with an interest in biophilia, or the desire to reconnect or have contact with nature,” Vick says. “Food forests bring those two things together and create public greenspaces that allow people to forage in a safe, controlled way.” Learn more about the food forest when you take a monthly tour of Mado, register at serenbe.com/events.

Text

HERB GARDEN Text

SITTING AREA

SHADE TREE

Text

Text

FRUIT TREE

Text

NATIVE MEDICINAL MEADOW

SUMMER 2018

Text

SITTING GRAPE ARBOR AREA

(Clockwise) Aerial views show the geometric design of the Anders Court Medicinal Garden, while the aerial rendering shows future plans of how the garden will look when in full bloom. Blueberries are already blooming in the medicinal garden. Edible landscaping doesn’t stop at the garden, blueberry bushes and other plants line the streets in other neighborhoods. 19


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

1

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

2

2

YOGA CLASSES Choose from a range of yoga practices and floor pilates at the studio located in the community. Outdoor yoga options also available. serenbeyoga.com

3 3

S E R E N B E FA R M S Take a 1 hour tour of Serenbe Farms on Saturdays at 1:30pm for $10 per person. For reservations or to schedule private group tours, please contact tour@serenbefarms.com

1

4

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

5

TRAIL 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. serenbetrailriding.com

6

4

H AY R I D E

7

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.

7

8

S PA S E R V I C E S

5

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

8

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.

6

9

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.

10 9

10

11

12

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

11

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

12

W E E K E N D WA L K I N G TO U R O F THE COMMUNIT Y Saturdays 10:30am. Check Serenbe Events Calendar for location.

20

SUMMER 2018


u

WEDDINGS

w

The historic Inn at Serenbe has been a memorable wedding backdrop for more than 18 years, and we are sharing a few of our favorite images of those priceless moments. Our first wedding was even featured in Martha Stewart Weddings.

v

y

x

{ z

Photo credits: u Komich Photography v Jihan Cerda Photography w Jihan Cerda Photography x Haley Dawn Photography y Harwell Photography z Harwell Photography { J Ashley Photography SUMMER 2018

21


UPCOMING EVENTS 9

21-23

Wine Tasting 4pm, General Store, $

Peter Pan, Serenbe Playhouse 11am, Mado, $

Goat Yoga 9:15am & 11:15am, Inn Animal Village, $

10

23 Goat Yoga 9:15am, Inn Animal Village, $

Goat Yoga 9:15am & 11:15am, Inn Animal Village, $

Farmers Market 9am-1pm, Selborne Green

JUNE

Peter Pan, Serenbe Playhouse 2pm, Mado, $

History of Serenbe Tour 9:30am, Meet at Inn Guest Services

1-2

11-15

Peter Pan, Serenbe Playhouse 11am, Mado, $

Camp Serenbe: General, Yoga & Horseback Riding 9am-3pm, Inn at Serenbe, $

1-3 The Vertical – Terminus Modern Ballet Theatre 8pm, Deer Hollow at Serenbe, $

2 Farmers Market 9am-1pm, Selborne Green Goat Yoga 9:15am, Inn Animal Village, $

Climb Out of the Darkness Walk 10am, Grange Lake Farm Tour 1:30pm, Serenbe Farms, $

Serenbe Playhouse – Serenbe Safari Camp: Lion King Inspired 9am-3pm, $

108 Sun Salutations 3pm, The Inn Labyrinth

Camp Serenbe 9am-3pm, Inn at Serenbe, $

Wine Tasting 4pm, General Store, $

14-16

24

Peter Pan, Serenbe Playhouse 11am, Mado, $

Goat Yoga 9:15am & 11:15am, Inn Animal Village, $

Wellbeing Tour: Future of Serenbe 10:30am, Meet at Selborne Green

Peter Pan, Serenbe Playhouse 2pm, Mado, $

Farm Tour 1:30pm, Serenbe Farms, $

Right Off The Farm Cooking Class 2pm, Grange Hall, $

16

3

Farmers Market 9am-1pm, Selborne Green

Wine Tasting 4pm, General Store, $

J U LY

1 Goat Yoga 9:15am & 11:15am, Inn Animal Village, $ Peter Pan, Serenbe Playhouse 2pm, Mado, $

4

Peter Pan, Serenbe Playhouse 11am, Mado, $

7 Farmers Market 9am-1pm, Selborne Green

Goat Yoga 9:15am, Inn Animal Village, $

Goat Yoga 9:15am, Inn Animal Village, $

4-8

Architecture + Thoughtful Design Tour 9:30am, Meet at Selborne Green

Art Over Dinner with Kari Pei 6pm, Art Farm, $

Camp Serenbe: General & Horseback Riding 9am-3pm, Inn at Serenbe, $

Farm Tour 1:30pm, Serenbe Farms, $

Art Farm Art Camp, Ages 5-7 9am-3pm, Art Farm Studio, $

Farm Tour 1:30pm, Serenbe Farms, $

Wine Tasting 4pm, General Store, $

Camp Serenbe: Engineering & Horseback Riding 9am-3pm, Inn at Serenbe, $

Wine Tasting 4pm, General Store, $

Serenbe Playhouse – Pirates Of The Serenbe-an Camp: Pirates of the Caribbean-Inspired 9am-3pm, $

Goat Yoga 9:15am & 11:15am, Inn Animal Village, $

Serenbe Playhouse – How Far You’ll Go Camp: Moana-Inspired 9am-3pm, $

7-9 Peter Pan, Serenbe Playhouse 11am, Mado, $

Goat Yoga 9:15am & 11:15am, Inn Animal Village, $

9 Farmers Market: Chef Demo with Brian Moll 9am-1pm, Selborne Green

Peter Pan, Serenbe Playhouse 2pm, Mado, $

Trails Tour 9:30am, Meet at Selborne Green Farm Tour 1:30pm, Serenbe Farms, $

25-29

17

Wellness Sunday with Zoetic 10:30am, Inn at Serenbe, $

Goat Yoga 9:15am, Inn Animal Village, $

22

Farm Tour 1:30pm, Serenbe Farms, $

5-7

Reading & Book Signing with author Mary Alice Monroe 5:30pm, Grange Hall, $

Peter Pan, Serenbe Playhouse 2pm, Mado, $

Wellbeing Tour: Future of Serenbe 9:30am, Meet at Selborne Green

Chatt Hills 4th of July Parade 10am, Selborne

Wine Tasting 4pm, General Store, $

Goat Yoga 9:15am & 11:15am, Inn Animal Village, $

30 Goat Yoga 9:15am, Inn Animal Village, $

28-30 Peter Pan, Serenbe Playhouse 11am, Mado, $

18-22

29

Camp Serenbe: General, Cooking & Farming and Horseback Riding 9am-3pm, Inn at Serenbe, $

Chatt Hills Gallery Opening 5pm-7pm, Selborne

Serenbe Playhouse – Off To Neverland Camp: Peter Pan-Inspired 9am-3pm, $

Farmers Market – Red, White & Blueberry Festival 9am-1pm, Selborne Green

30

SUMMER 2018

Trails Tour 9:30am, Meet at Selborne Green

8

Peter Pan, Serenbe Playhouse 2pm, Mado, $

9-13 Art Farm Art Camp, Ages 8-12 9am-3pm, Art Farm Studio, $ Camp Serenbe: General and Horseback Riding 9am-3pm, Inn at Serenbe, $ Serenbe Playhouse – Disney’s The Little Mermaid Jr. Camp 9am-3pm, $


UPCOMING EVENTS 10-11

21

4

Adult Camp: Mindful Living 10am-2pm, Inn at Serenbe, $

Eliot Bronson Band 8pm, Grange Hall, $

Farmers Market 9am-1pm, Selborne Green

11-15

22

Titanic, Serenbe Playhouse 8pm, Inn at Serenbe, $

Goat Yoga 9:15am & 11:15am, Inn Animal Village, $

12-14 Peter Pan, Serenbe Playhouse 11am, Mado, $

14 Farmers Market 9am-1pm, Selborne Green Goat Yoga 9:15am, Inn Animal Village, $ Architecture + Thoughtful Design Tour 9:30am, Meet at Selborne Green Farm Tour 1:30pm, Serenbe Farms, $ Wine Tasting 4pm, General Store, $

15 Goat Yoga 9:15am & 11:15am, Inn Animal Village, $ Peter Pan, Serenbe Playhouse 2pm, Mado, $ Right Off The Farm Cooking Class 2pm, Grange Hall, $

Peter Pan, Serenbe Playhouse 2pm, Mado, $

25-29 Titanic, Serenbe Playhouse 8pm, Inn at Serenbe, $

26-28

21

History of Serenbe Tour 9:30am, Meet at Inn Guest Services Goat Yoga 9:15am, Inn Animal Village, $ Farm Tour 1:30pm, Serenbe Farms, $ Wine Tasting 4pm, General Store, $

Will Kimbrough Concert 8pm, Grange Hall, $

5

19 Goat Yoga 9:15am & 11:15am, Inn Animal Village, $ Wellness Sunday with Zoetic 10:30am, Inn at Serenbe, $

Goat Yoga 9:15am & 11:15am, Inn Animal Village, $

Peter Pan, Serenbe Playhouse 2pm, Mado, $

Peter Pan, Serenbe Playhouse 2pm, Mado, $

Art Over Dinner: Art + Atlanta + Activism with Shanequa Gay, Meredith Kool and William Massey 6pm, Art Farm, $

23-25 25

Goat Yoga 9:15am, Inn Animal Village, $

8-12

Wellbeing Tour: Future of Serenbe 9:30am, Meet at Selborne Green

Titanic, Serenbe Playhouse 8pm, Inn at Serenbe, $

9-11 Peter Pan, Serenbe Playhouse 11am, Mado, $

11 Farmers Market 9am-1pm, Selborne Green Farm Tour 1:30pm, Serenbe Farms, $

Goat Yoga 9:15am, Inn Animal Village, $

Wine Tasting 4pm, General Store, $

Architecture + Thoughtful Design Tour 9:30am, Meet at Selborne Green

18-22

Farmers Market 9am-1pm, Selborne Green

Wine Tasting 4pm, General Store, $

Peter Pan, Serenbe Playhouse 11am, Mado, $

29

Peter Pan, Serenbe Playhouse 11am, Mado, $

Wine Tasting 4pm, General Store, $

28

Goat Yoga 9:15am & 11:15am, Inn Animal Village, $

19-21

Farm Tour 1:30pm, Serenbe Farms, $

Farmers Market 9am-1pm, Selborne Green

Adult Camp: Taste of Yoga 10am-2pm, Inn at Serenbe, $

Titanic, Serenbe Playhouse 8pm, Inn at Serenbe, $

Farm Tour 1:30pm, Serenbe Farms, $

Peter Pan, Serenbe Playhouse 11am, Mado, $

16-20

17-18

Trails Tour 9:30am, Meet at Selborne Green

23-27

Camp Serenbe: General, Cooking & Farming and Horseback Riding 9am-3pm, Inn at Serenbe, $ Serenbe Playhouse – Disney’s The Little Mermaid Jr. Camp 9am-3pm, $

History of Serenbe Tour 9:30am, Meet at Inn Guest Services

Art Over Dinner: Didi Dunphy, in partnership with Whitespace Gallery 6pm, Art Farm, $

Camp Serenbe: General, Engineering & Horseback Riding 9am-3pm, Inn at Serenbe, $

18

Goat Yoga 9:15am, Inn Animal Village, $

Farm Tour 1:30pm, Serenbe Farms, $

Wellness Sunday with Zoetic 10:30am, Inn at Serenbe, $

12

Peter Pan, Serenbe Playhouse 2pm, Mado, $

Goat Yoga 9:15am & 11:15am, Inn Animal Village, $

30-31 Adult Camp: Nature Immersive 10am-2pm, Inn at Serenbe, $

1-5 Titanic, Serenbe Playhouse 8pm, Inn at Serenbe, $

2-4 Peter Pan, Serenbe Playhouse 11am, Mado, $

Goat Yoga 9:15am, Inn Animal Village, $ Wellbeing Tour: Future of Serenbe 10:30am, Meet at Selborne Green Farm Tour 1:30pm, Serenbe Farms, $ Wine Tasting 4pm, General Store, $

26 Goat Yoga 9:15am & 11:15am, Inn Animal Village, $ Peter Pan, Serenbe Playhouse 2pm, Mado, $

Wine Tasting 4pm, General Store, $

29

AUGUST

Farmers Market 9am-1pm, Selborne Green

Peter Pan, Serenbe Playhouse 11am, Mado, $

16-18 Peter Pan, Serenbe Playhouse 11am, Mado, $

18 Farmers Market 9am-1pm, Selborne Green Goat Yoga 9:15am, Inn Animal Village, $

SUMMER 2018

$ = Ticketed Event Event listings accurate as of printing. For up-to-date listings, tickets or to RSVP, visit serenbe.com/events Sign up at serenbe.com for weekly Serenbe e-newsletters featuring Events, Inn Specials, Serenbe Farms and Serenbe Real Estate, and never miss an issue of The Serenbe Hamlet! Get social with @Serenbe on Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest & Facebook to stay up to date on all happenings at Serenbe. The Hamlet, Serenbe Publishing Editor-in-Chief: Monica Olsen Managing Editor: Janet Marie Gunnels, Photography Editor: Quinn Nygren, Editorial Contributors: Danny Bonvissuto, Art Director: Judy Walker, Contributing Photographers: J. Ashley Photography unless noted. Advertising Inquires: Quinn Nygren. Contact The Hamlet at thehamlet@serenbe.com

23


SERENBE REAL ESTATE

L408, 438 Anders South $439,000

L339, 260 Mado Lane $599,900

L426, Serenbe Lane $599,000

Step out the front door of your Anders Garden Cottage and into the outdoor rooms and walking paths surrounding the Medicinal Garden. The 2-bedroom, 2-bathroom home connects to an expansive community trail system, and each home has rear parking and a private courtyard.

The Modern Scandinavian-style Farmhouse is steps away from trails connecting you to the Waterfall and other gorgeous views of the preserved forest. Spend summer days on the expansive front porch and summer nights entertaining in the open kitchen, dining and living area. The home has a white exterior with a silver tin metal roof, and 4 bedrooms with 3.5 bathrooms.

Inspired by classic red barns, this building will provide a 2-bedroom, 2-bathroom residence above and front-facing retail space on the ground floor. The live/work homes by Minerva Homes boast 10’ ceilings in the residential areas (taller in commercial areas) and are steps away from One Mado building.

L55, Q Loop $1,490,000

L296, 11159 Serenbe Lane $449,000

L386, 11250 Serenbe Lane $729,900

Steps away from art galleries, retail and dining, enjoy being in the middle of it all in this Selborne Estate lot. On the outside of the home is white stucco siding, a cedar shake roof and an abundance of windows lining the back of the house so you’re able to look out into woods. Inside you’ll find 4 large bedrooms, 4.5 bathrooms and several patios and porches.

This modern Scandinavian Row House plays on the traditional vernacular with the addition of interior courtyards. Enjoy the geothermal home with 2-bedrooms, 2-bathrooms and large, light-filled living spaces located in Mado. Steps from the new Swim Club, Food Forest and One Mado commercial building filled with wellness services.

With simple Scandinavian architectural details, handsome stucco exterior and a standing seam roof, this cottage is the definition of curb appeal. On the main level you’ll find an open entertaining space opening to a large, screened back porch as well as the master bedroom with its own covered porch. Two more bedrooms, each with its own full bath are on the upper level, while the terrace level includes a garage, full bath and enough indoor and outdoor space for another bedroom.

Make Your Dream of Living at Serenbe a Reality 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 architectural floor plans and pick your finishes or choose a move-in-ready home today. All homes are EarthCraft certified for sustainability with geothermal technology for heating and cooling. For a complete listing of all Serenbe properties visit SerenbeRealEstate.com, call 770.463.9997 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.

Serenbe Hamlet: Summer 2018  
Serenbe Hamlet: Summer 2018  
Advertisement