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New Atlanta Luxury Homes Available at Leisure Ridge

Atlanta homes by Traton HomesTraton Homes is increasing the selection of new
Atlanta luxury homes with the addition of new home designs at Leisure Ridge. The community, located in the historic city of Dunwoody, is a neighborhood like no other and is perfect for families.

Residents of Leisure Ridge live in a close-knit community of 20 four-side brick, cedar shake and/or stone homes, with carriage garage doors, architectural roof shingles and sodded lawns with easy access to great shopping, dining, recreation and schools.

In fact, children residing in the community attend Kingsley Elementary, Peachtree Middle and Dunwoody High schools. There are also numerous first-rate private schools to choose from.

The new home designs, priced from the low $500,000s, include two-story and master-on-the-main floor plans featuring gourmet kitchens equipped with stainless steel appliances and granite countertops, hardwood floors, 9 or 10-foot ceilings, media rooms and fabulous owner’s suites. The owner’s suites boast try ceilings, large tiled showers and oil-rubbed bronze fixtures per plan.

Traton Homes has been a top Atlanta home builder for more than 40 years. The builder is dedicated to providing an ‘Altogether More’ experience for its homeowners.

For those interested in visiting or purchasing a home in Leisure Ridge please contact Mike Riley, new homes specialist, at 404-944-9619 or visit Traton Homes’ website at

New Luxury Floor Plan at Community of Richmond New Homes

Boone Homes Tarrington on the JamesYou didn’t think it was possible to add even more luxury to Boone Homes’
Richmond new homes? Think again. The builder just unveiled its newly redesigned Hampworth floor plan at Tarrington on the James, an intimate enclave of maintenance free homes.

This spacious new home design boasts three bedrooms, 3.5 bathrooms and 3,000 square feet with many popular finishes and features such as a formal dining room, a first-floor study or formal living room, designer kitchen with stainless steel appliances, a loft and optional finished game room.

The owner’s suite is conveniently located on the first floor and offers spa-like bath with jetted tub and designer ceramic tile.

To add more luxury to this home, the Richmond home builder added many ENERGY STAR® features including low-e windows, high efficiency HVAC system, conditioned crawl space, upgraded insulation package and the option of adding a tankless gas water heater.

This summer, children at Tarrington on the James will have a blast swimming at the community’s three pools, playing at the 10-acre park and visiting a river front park with walking trails; and this fall they will have the advantage of attending award-winning Midlothian schools including Robious Elementary, Robious Middle and James River High schools.

In addition to
luxury homes in Richmond, adults will enjoy the community’s fitness center and clubhouse, as well as a low maintenance lifestyle with services that include lawn maintenance, seasonal treatment and aerating, irrigation, exterior painting, gutter cleaning, roof maintenance, snow removal and trash service.

For more information, visit the
Boone Homes website.

Luxury Homes Not Immune to Foreclosure

To most people, foreclosures seem like something that can only happen to everyone else. However, some mega-mansion owners have had a reality check as their luxury homes are placed under foreclosure.
CNN Money recently showcased eight homes in located in some of America’s wealthiest communities across the country that are now finding themselves in the middle of the housing crisis.

  • Priced at $18 million, the mansion in Laguna Beach, Calif. has never been occupied and offers impressive ocean views, a 20-car garage and 11 acres of land.
  • A Newport, R.I. mansion located at the city’s high point is a restoration from 1891, and has been listed for $7.9 million.
  • Listed for $6.25 million, the Orono, Minn. looks like a home straight out of the Hamptons, but it located on peaceful Lake Minnetonka.
  • Located at one of the highest points in La Jolla, Calif., this mansion home is now listed for $5.9 million. The home’s highlight is the 3,700 square foot master suite with his and her bathrooms.
  • A 2007 home in Cherry Hills Village, Colo. has an asking price of $4.6 million for its 11,000 plus square feet of living space and serene mountain views.
  • The Monterey, Calif. home is located in Monterra Ranch, the area’s exclusive gated community. This home with plenty of spaces for entertainment is priced at $3.99 million.
  • Atlanta, Ga. boasts a $3.7 million home with 22,000 square feet of space and Mediterranean-style architecture.
  • With spacious bedrooms, a fully equipped chef’s kitchen and waterfall, the $3.5 million home in Palm Desert, Calif.  is a great bargain.

If you’re looking to buy a mansion in one of these great locations across the nation, now is the time. These bargain prices won’t last long, and interest rates are currently at their all time low. For more information on great foreclosure and luxury homes in the Atlanta real estate market, visit Atlanta Real Estate Forum.

New Earth-Friendly Atlanta Homes Built in Picturesque Location

Woodstock KnollAshton Woods Homes provides green homeowners a chance to enjoy the active lifestyle at their Atlanta new homes in Cherokee County. Priced from the low $200,000s to $500,000s, Woodstock Knoll meets platinum performance standards of the Environment for Living Program with energy efficient measures that can save homeowners up to 42 percent on annual energy use.

“Outdoor lovers can broaden their living spaces with multiple options for outdoor living, including oversized patios, extended porches, outdoor fireplaces, covered porches, screened porches and sunrooms,” said Lori Asche, Woodstock Knoll sales agent for Ashton Woods Homes. “Brick patio pavers can be installed to create a livable, attractive outdoor space. But what really sets Woodstock Knoll apart is our picturesque mountain views, high elevations and the deep woods bordering the community.”

Decorated with traditional columns, arches and niches, Woodstock Knoll homes have kitchens with maple cabinets; granite countertops; fireplaces with marble or slate surrounds; hardwood floors in the foyer, powder room, kitchen and breakfast area; spacious master bedrooms and closets; crown molding and chair railing.

Residents at Woodstock Knoll can enjoy state parks, golf clubs, recreation and aquatic centers, walking and biking trails as well as the community junior Olympic swimming pool with a waterslide, a kiddie pool with a mushroom fountain, tennis courts, tot lot and an amenity center.
Students at Woodstock Knoll attend Woodstock Elementary School, Woodstock Middle School, and Woodstock High School.

To reach the community, take I-75 North to I-575 and take exit 7.  Take GA 92 East for one mile to Main Street/ Canton Highway/GA5/GA754 and turn left. The road turns into Main Street as you drive through downtown Woodstock.  Woodstock Knoll is 1.5 miles on the right.

The model home is open Sunday and Monday from noon to 6 p.m. and Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Turn Your Luxury Home’s Basement from Blah to Bold

Atlanta basement remodeling
Houzz is a leading social media site for all home design enthusiasts. With relevant, engaging articles; product recommendations and helpful social tools, it is more than just high-quality, attractive photos. One of the site’s latest
decorating guides covered 10 ways to make basement upgrades that are sure to “wow!”

  • Be bold. Paint your basement walls a dark, dramatic color to create a unique space.
  • Open shelving along your basement walls provides an option for organized storage. Mix it up by displaying some of your toys, games and household items as decor.
  • Create a sense of separation by installing counter-level bookcases with exposed shelves. Not only will you gain counter and storage space, you’ll also easily divide up the room.
  • If you’re a bookworm or just appreciate literature, dedicate part of your basement to a ceiling filled with floor-to-ceiling shelves.
  • Have a creative streak? Turn your basement into a personal art gallery.
  • Maximize your space by creating an office area under the stairs.
  • Make your basement a complete entertainment zone filled with a flat-screen TV, games, a bar and more.
  • Ready for a workout? Create a physical fitness area with adjacent play zone for the kids.
  • Enjoy a glass of fine wine whenever you want by setting up a cozy, cool wine cellar.
  • If you fancy a game of pool, layer the room with crown moldings, carpeting, wainscoting and your professional pool table.

Hopefully these design ideas give your luxury basement space a little pop of something special. For more Atlanta real estate design trends, visit Atlanta Real Estate Forum.