Tour the Beltline!!! — For FREE :)

Did you know that the Atlanta Beltline Partnership offers free tours of the 22-mile Beltline path on Fridays and Saturdays??  I took this tour about 3 years ago and am planning on doing it again soon.  The guided bus tour starts at the Inman Park Marta station and follows the path while pointing out major Beltline stops and points of interest along the route.   For me, one of the highlights of the tour was a stop at the Bellwood Quarry on the West End.  Yes, you read correctly, Bellwood Quarry!  I had lived in Atlanta 16 years when I took the tour and know idea that we had a quarry and especially an active one.  The quarry will eventually become one of the new parks that will be created along the route.

For more information, check out:  http://beltline.org/GetInvolved/TourtheBeltLine/tabid/1746/Default.aspx

Keep Atlanta Beautiful’s Ongoing Recycling Program

On the second Saturday of every month Keep Atlanta Beautiful hosts a recycling event at their Community Recycling center located at 320 Irwin St. Atlanta, GA 30312.  They will be accepting electronics, paper for shredding, latex paint and styrofoam.  While most items are accepted free of charge, there is a small fee for latex paint ($2/qt or gal) and for  TVs ($10) and must be paid in cash.

For more information, visit http://www.keepatlantabeautiful.org/

Virginia-Highland makes list of “best kept secret” neighborhoods!

In an article from Inman News that identifies the hottest markets for out-of-area house hunters, Virginia-Highland has been named of one of the “best kept secret” neighborhoods in the country, according to Trulia.  Trulia identified the zip codes in different cities that were searched the most by locals over non-locals.  In Atlanta, that would be 30306!  Other notable neighborhoods around the country include Key Biscayne in Miami, Logan Circle in Washington DC and West Town/Wicker Park in Chicago.  Not bad Va-Hi, not bad!

http://www.inman.com/news/2012/02/8/10-hottest-markets-out-area-house-hunters

What’s hot and not in Home Styles this year.

Whether you’re a fan of Modern design or prefer an old-school Craftsman, it’s always interesting to see what’s trending around the country.  We’re very lucky in Atlanta to have such diversity in our neighborhoods’ architectural styles, especially in the fusion of old and new.

What’s hot and not in home styles this year – Yahoo! Real Estate.

Kitchens: The heart of the home & Key for selling your house.

The architect Frank Lloyd Wright felt that a house, as a home for a family, was an almost sacred place with the heat of a fire at its heart (typically in the family room).  Our lives and our homes have drastically changed since Mr. Wright was designing houses.  Today, we spend the majority of our time in the kitchen.  Whether we’re preparing/eating meals,  paying bills, doing homework or just hanging out; the kitchen’s where it’s at!  The life of the house or the party is always in the kitchen.  Subsequently, it has become the heart of our homes.  And, our hearts need to be paid special attention to.  Clients always ask me where they should prioritize their renovation dollars and my answer is always:  The kitchen (bathrooms, too, but, that’ll be a different post!).

Check out this great article: http://realtytimes.com/rtpages/20120124_kitchens.htm#.TzAPvLes-lA.twitter

City of Atlanta Breaks Ground on Downtown Streetcar Line

The City of Atlanta broke ground this week on the new Downtown Streetcar Line which will run from Centennial Olympic Park to the  King Center and will eventually connect to the Atlanta Beltline.  For more information check out the article from the AJC http://www.ajc.com/news/atlanta/streetcar-work-begins-total-1326751.html

IRS Energy Credits | How To Collect 2011 Tax Energy Credits?

If you made improvements to your home in 2011, you may be eligible for tax credits from the IRS!

IRS Energy Credits | How To Collect 2011 Tax Energy Credits?.