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Luxury Richmond New Home Available at Haywood Village

Good things might come to those who wait, but you can have the luxury home of your dreams immediately thanks to Boone Homes! An artisan home in the Haywood Village at Charter Colony enclave is available for immediate move-in. This
Richmond new home is a single-family floor plan that is both functional and luxurious.

Priced at $459,950, the home spans 3,200 square feet and features five bedrooms and three-and-a-half bathrooms. The floor plan offers buyers a spacious family room with a gas log fireplace, a breakfast area, a designer kitchen with granite countertops, hardwood floors on the first floor, a first-floor study and a backyard with full sod and irrigation.

In addition to Haywood Village’s beautiful
Richmond real estate, residents enjoy luxurious amenities including tennis courts, pools, walking trails, a playground and a multi-purpose field. Located close to the YMCA and other parks, residents have many recreation options. Children in the community attend J.B. Watkins Elementary School, Midlothian Middle and Midlothian High Schools.

For more information about the artisan home available for immediate move-in at Haywood Village at Charter Colony, visit the
Boone Homes website or call Chris Parks at 804-218-7760.

Atlanta’s Boomer Population is Growing

grandparentsEstimates from the Atlanta Regional Commission are that one out of every five Atlanta residents will be over the age of 60 by 2030. As this large generation approaches retirement age, many are looking to downsize their homes in exchange for something that requires less maintenance. A recent joint study by the 50+ Housing Council and the MetLife Mature Market Institute reveals that 55+ buyers are more practical than ever, caring less about the design and appearance of homes and more about proximity to friends, family and work. In today’s market, the focus is more on utility as opposed to amenity. Some of the features they want include open floorplans, storage rooms, large garages and low to no maintenance homes.

What does all of this mean for Atlanta real estate? Well, Atlanta home buyers are fortunate to be in a market with many home builders entrenched in building homes for the 50+ buyer. A quick browse through the recent posts in the Active Adult Communities category on Atlanta Real Estate Forum quickly reveals a variety of builders and housing choices.

Soleil Laurel Canyon offers residents the opportunity to participate in more than 50 social clubs and regularly scheduled activities that range from Friday night movies to arts and crafts classes, cooking demonstrations and wine tastings. Exceptional recreational amenities include a 28,000 sq. ft. clubhouse with a heated indoor saline pool, billiards parlor, gourmet teaching kitchen, fitness center and aerobics studio, library, card rooms and an arts and crafts studio. Outdoor amenities include a performing arts center, outdoor amphitheatre, outdoor lagoon-style pool, six clay tennis courts, full-time tennis pro, walking trails and greenhouse. To learn more call 678-880-3071 or visit

Jim Chapman Communities builds elegant, yet affordable one-level ranch communities in Douglas, Cobb, Gwinnett, North Fulton and Forsyth Counties. Planning and delivering extraordinary communities designed for the active adult lifestyle, Jim Chapman Communities offer Well-Earned Elegance for today’s active adults. For more information, call 770-319-7474 or visit

Cresswind on Lake Lanier has a variety of two and three-bedroom ranch-style floorplans inside a private, gated community. A three-story clubhouse offers several amenities and activities like arts and crafts, billiards, aerobics, a demonstration kitchen and a ballroom. The community also has indoor and outdoor pools, a tennis campus and extensive walking trails. Visit or call 770-532-4926 for more information.

The Orchards Group builds active adult retirement communities for empty nesters, retirees and seniors. The interiors of each home are spacious and free flowing. From oversized doorways and bathrooms to step-less entryways, each home is designed to making each homeowner’s life easier. And with an exclusive activities program and gracious amenities, life at an Orchards neighborhood can also be fun. For more information, call 678-795-0200 or visit

Windsong Properties builds active adult ranch home communities in Cherokee and Paulding Counties. These single-level homes offer low maintenance exteriors and landscaping, leaving residents more time to enjoy life. Homes are also fully accessible thanks to no-step doorways, lever handles and other amenities. For more information, call 770-516-3409 or visit

Sterling Offers Austin Luxury Real Estate in Thriving City

What do you look for when shopping around for luxury real estate? Of course you think about new home features, schools and lifestyle. But, most importantly you think about the location of your new home. You may look at the stability of the community or the town’s economy. Buyers of
Austin luxury real estate will be glad to know that, while other U.S. cities are feeling the negative effects of the current economic situation, Austin, Texas is thriving.

Recently, the U.S. Census Bureau released that the population in Austin is up 20.4 percent since 2000 and the Bureau of Economic Analysis reports that Austin’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) is $78.4 billion. Plus, Austin’s unemployment rate is under the national average according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Adding to the stability of Austin’s economy are the amazing cultural offerings that the city boasts including a unique local art and music scene, amazing history, picturesque landscapes and custom luxury homes.

Austin, Texas sounds like an amazing place, right? If you’re ready to call Austin your home, then visit Sterling Custom Homes to start designing the luxury home of your dreams.

For more than 20 years, the
Austin home builders have been known for their distinctive floor plans and luxury home features.

You can find Sterling’s homes at many communities throughout the Austin area including Spanish Oaks, River Place, Mirador Drive, Barton Creek, Seven Oaks, Caslano, Rough Hollow, Village of the Hills, Lakeway and Escavera at Flintrock Falls.

For more information about
Sterling Custom Homes, visit the website.

Sterling Pours Attention into Driveways

Sterling Custom Homes is pouring attention into the way it pours driveways in its
Austin luxury real estate. As a part of its commitment to continuously improve its home building process, the Austin home builder has come up with a new application for driveway construction that adds a nice finishing touch any buyer is sure to appreciate.

“So many times it doesn’t cost any more to implement a change like the driveway/garage apron improvement,” said Vick Pope, vice president of construction at Sterling Custom Homes. “It only requires the desire to constantly improve, and the mindset that never accepts things as the way they’ve always been done.”

Traditional methods that other builders use involve pouring the driveway material up only to the exterior edge of the garage apron. This leaves an unsightly joint between the two, further highlighted by the differences in materials and finishes. This joint is even seen when the garage door is closed.

Austin home builder Sterling Custom Homes, however, has eliminated the problem with a little thought into how the driveway is put in place. Buyers can now have a driveway that appears to seamlessly flow into the garage. In the new process, the foundation is dropped at the garage apron to allow a finished layer of driveway material to end where the garage door meets the concrete. The seam cannot be seen from the exterior.

Sterling Custom Homes is known for demonstrating this kind of dedication to detail in their home building. For more information, visit the
Sterling Custom Homes website.

Acadia Announces New Builder Neighborhood Referral Program

Atlanta new homes builderAcadia Homes & Neighborhoods is excited to introduce its new Builder Neighborhood Referral Program. Anyone who refers a homebuyer to one of Acadia’s 11 metro
Atlanta new home communities will receive a $1,500 check from the builder once the home has closed.

“Acadia Homes & Neighborhoods has launched this new referral program to give our current homeowners, as well as others, just one more reason to tell their friends about our communities,” says Sam Bass, the Acadia Homes & Neighborhoods sales manager. “At Acadia we understand that personal referrals have a strong influence on buyers.”