New Listing in Glen Abbey

Glen Abbey Gem--New Listing
Beautiful three sided brick, three car garage home set on a lovely, level lot in one of the best locations in Alpharetta. Bright, open plan with warm neutral colors, gleaming hardwoods, updated granite/stainless kitchen, sunroom, spacious secondary bedrooms and a fully finished terrace level offering a full bath and bedroom plus plenty of flex spaces. You’ll love the amazing amenities within walking distance which include eleven lighted tennis courts, upscale clubhouse, Jr. Olympic pool, basketball courts and more. Nothing beats the Glen Abbey location, lifestyle and activities.

Sedgwick Gallery to open in downtown Alpharetta

ALPHARETTA, Ga. — A fine art gallery is going to be celebrating its grand opening Nov. 15 – 17.

The Sedgwick Gallery, a fine art gallery located in historic downtown Alpharetta, is opening at 61 Roswell Street.

Located in one of the city's oldest homes, built in 1856, the Skelton-Teasly House provides a backdrop to showcase exquisite works of art and adds to the cultural experience of downtown Alpharetta.

"We think it signifies the perfect time and place for fine art," said Ryan Sedgwick, gallery manager.

Sedgwick Gallery will highlight the works of 20th century Masters including Peter Max, whose pop art has inspired Americans for decades; early French modernist Marc Chagall, whose work can be found on the ceiling of the Paris Opera House; American expressionist painter LeRoy Neiman, renowned for his brilliantly colored paintings and inspired screen prints of musicians and athletes; and Salvador Dal', the world famous Spanish surrealist.

The gallery also includes distinctly American works by Thomas Kinkade; Tarkay, the Austrian-born Israeli painter and watercolorist; and fellow Israeli master printer Amram Ebgi.

The gallery features custom commissioned and framed oil paintings perfect for decorating any home as well as rotating features with established local artists.

"I have conducted hundreds of charitable art auctions nationally, and believe it is an opportune time to bring that kind of excitement to my hometown," said Scott Sedgwick, gallery owner.

From 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., Friday, Nov. 15 and Saturday, Nov. 16, as well as from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 17, complimentary drinks and hors d'oeuvres will be served. For more information, call 404-281-9998 or visit

Corner Bakery Cafe opens in Alpharetta

ALPHARETTA, Ga. – Corner Bakery Cafe is ready to "feed the day" with a new cafe that opened Monday, Oct. 28 in Alpharetta. Residents are invited to check out the brand new location at 10920 Haynes Bridge Road, near the North Point Mall.

This is the first Corner Bakery Cafe in Alpharetta and the ninth in the Atlanta metropolitan area, including three that just opened at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport.

"Alpharetta presents the perfect type of neighborhood for our growth in the Atlanta region," said Corner Bakery Cafe Regional Director Bruce Kaiser. "It's a family-friendly town that also has a strong local business community, providing us a great opportunity to introduce our warm atmosphere and great-tasting, freshly made food."

Corner Bakery Cafe is a fast-casual restaurant serving breakfast, lunch and dinner. The made-to-order food is delivered fresh to the table.

Founded on a philosophy of creating a place to relax and gather with family and friends, Corner Bakery Cafe offers a casual atmosphere featuring innovative, seasonal menu options ranging from hot breakfasts and signature panini to handcrafted salads, sandwiches and mouthwatering sweets. Corner Bakery Cafe delivers a premier bakery cafe experience in the hearts of neighborhoods across the country.

"Atlanta is a prime area for the development of our brand, and Alpharetta is the perfect community to continue that growth," said Chief Executive Officer Mike Hislop. "We are sure our inviting ambiance and made-to-order food will be well-received by our new neighbors."


Many homeowners have been sitting idly, biding their time for the right moment to buy a larger, more upgraded home. Until very recently, move-up buying seemed impossible since home prices were declining and home sales were slow. The market has transitioned where the values in North Atlanta are steadily improving and homes are selling in less time. So, now move-up buyers are faced with the possibility of a quick sale on their own home, but have nowhere to land without using temporary housing. There are ways to buy first and sell your current home later. Strong buyers with good credit and assets may qualify to buy their new home, using a first and second mortgage.  Later, in their preferred timeframe, they would be able to sell the original home - ultimately using the proceeds to eliminate that second mortgage. There are even lending options called renovation loans for buying fixer-uppers without having to sacrifice a lot cash. A new gourmet kitchen, luxury master bath or a needed addition are all possible utilizing this product. Sounds complicated but, it is not with the right Realtor® and lender team in place and it can make long-term financial sense as well. Some of the higher price points are still a bit soft in certain areas, offering buyers good values. And, as market values continue to appreciate, the greater basis of a higher priced home, provides opportunities for enhanced gains once that home sells years down the road. Of course, it is not a guarantee but, worth consideration. The first step is to contact an experienced, licensed Realtor® who can connect you with a qualified lending professional. Working together, you can establish your home value, loan amount qualification, target communities for purchase and expected prices. Next, the fun part begins…finding your dream home!

Eve Jones


A little known fact: the first three weeks are the most critical when selling your home. Why is that? Because new listings initially generate a lot of excitement among agents and buyers. There are many buyers out there waiting for the right home to magically appear on the market. And, agents are checking the multiple listing service “hot sheets” (new listings) every day. With all this attention, you had better be ready! There’s a saying in our business, “real estate is a beauty contest”. I’d like to add to that, “and, beauty is only skin deep”. Yes, your home should be clean, clutter-free and hopefully, updated but, beneath the surface are some of the most important features of a home; mechanical/HVAC systems, roof, structural integrity, siding and trim condition, hot water heaters, windows etc. This is the non-sexy stuff that, if left to chance, can kill a deal. Many of the homes in North Fulton are advancing to 20+ years in age and require maintenance and systems replacements. Some sellers mistake replacing an 18 year old HVAC unit or replacing/painting wood rot for an “upgrade”. These are not upgrades. They are simply maintenance (and, the joys of home ownership!). Buyers do not want to fix your problems that should have been addressed long ago. Here’s where a full-service Realtor can really earn his/her commission on the front-end of a sale by finding an inspector who can help you identify issues before you get all those agents and buyers excited about your home! And, that agent will have reliable contractors to do the repairs. This is the “putting the horse before the cart” approach to selling and the thing that may keep the buyer “in-love” with your home all the way to the closing table.