Know Your Competition

Check the competition in your neighborhood!
Know Your Atlanta Real Estate Company Competition
Time Your Listing Perfectly
Many industry experts say spring is the best season to list a home, but the truth is, this is a pretty wide time frame. The trick is to look for the sweet spot. For example, you can list your home before the influx of buyers hits during April and May, so your listing appears just as they’re starting their search.

See Your Competition In Person
As a home seller, you need to see for yourself how your home stacks up against the competition. Talk to your agent and ask if there are any homes you can drive by or open houses to attend so you can find out how you can improve your own home.

Look At Properties That Are NOT Selling
Observing properties that are selling can be helpful, but taking a look at properties that are not selling is just as important. Try to figure out why they are not selling at their current price, and see how the properties compare with your home. Doing this will help you avoid committing the same mistake when pricing your home, which can give you an edge over the

Use Great Photos
Nine out of ten buyers start their search online – your listing’s photos play a huge role in attracting potential buyers. Make sure your home is photo-ready before you take pictures. Highlight its best features, and avoid showing any eyesores, such as cluttered garages or outdated bathrooms. If you’re not quite confident with your photography skills, then you may want to consider hiring a professional photographer.

Make Sure Your Home Is Easily Accessible
When you have competition in your neighborhood, being prepared to present your home at any moment can give you a big advantage. Having multiple listings in a certain area means there may be more “impulse house showings.” In case some buyers overlook your listing online, there’s a good chance they’ll spot your “for sale” sign outside once they visit the neighborhood.

Be Creative
In some cases, properties can stay on the market for extended periods of time, even when their sellers aren’t really doing anything wrong. Try to make your listing more dynamic by using different strategies. Use new photos ever few weeks, and rewrite your sales ads every once in a while to keep it fresh. Previous buyers who may have looked at your listing may view it again in case they see a photo that was not there before. In addition, you can try asking people who have visited your home for feedback. Any information they provide can be useful in identifying how your home compares with similar properties they viewed, and if there are any improvements you need to make.

Want more helpful tips for buyers and sellers? Take a look at our Buyers and Sellers guide.





It’s A SELLER’S Market! Should I Downsize NOW?

Downsize Now?

A recent study by Edelman Berland reveals that 33% of homeowners who are contemplating selling their houses in the near future are planning to scale down.

Let’s look at a few reasons why this might make sense for many homeowners, as the majority of the country is currently experiencing a seller’s market.

In a blog, Dave Ramsey, the financial guru, highlighted some of the advantages of selling your current house and downsizing into a smaller home that better serves your current needs.

Ramsey explains three potential financial advantages to downsizing:

1. A smaller home means less space, but it also means less time, stress and money spent on upkeep.

Let’s assume you save $500 a month on your mortgage payment. In 30 years, you could have an additional $1–1.6 million in the bank to get you through your golden years.

2. Use the proceeds from selling your current home to pay cash for a smaller one.

Just imagine what you could do with no mortgage holding you down! If you can’t pay cash, aim for a 15-year fixed rate mortgage and put at least 10–20% down on your new home. Apply the $500 you saved from downsizing to your new monthly payment. At 3% interest, you could pay off a $200,000 mortgage in less than 10.5 years, saving almost $16,000 in the process. also addressed downsizing in a recent article. They suggest that you ask yourself some questions before deciding if downsizing is right for you and your family.

Here are two of their questions followed by their answers (in italics) and some additional information that could help.

Q: What kind of lifestyle do I want after I downsize?
A: “For some folks, it’s a matter of living a simpler life focused on family. Some might want to cross off travel destinations on their bucket lists. Some might want a low-maintenance community with high-end upgrades and social events. Decide what you want to achieve from your move first, and you’ll be able to better narrow down your housing options.”

Comments: Many homeowners are taking the profits from the sales of their current homes and splitting it in order to put down payments on smaller homes in their current locations, as well as on vacation/retirement homes where they plan to live when they retire.This allows them to lock in the home price and mortgage interest rate at today’s values which sense financially as both home prices and interest rates are projected to rise.

Q: Have I built up enough equity in my current home to make a profit?

A: “For most homeowners, the answer is yes. This is if they’ve held on to their properties long enough to have positive equity that will be sizable enough to put a large down payment on their next home.”

Comments: A study by Fannie Mae revealed that only 37% of Americans believe that they have significant equity (20%) in their current home. In actuality, CoreLogic’s latest Equity Report revealed that 78.9% have greater than 20% equity. That equity could enable you to build the life you’ve always dreamt about.

The Bottom Line
If you are debating downsizing your home and want to evaluate the options you currently have, give me a call and I will do a Home Assessment (Free) and we can discuss your options.
Call 404-219-1938 TODAY.


Anita G. Wheeler

Anita has been a Realtor for over 20+ years specializing in Luxury properties, Equestrian, and Unique Properties.  She is focused on providing excellent customer service & unique marketing for each individual property.  Her unique background in both residential and commercial real estate have served her well as has her Certified Master Negotiator Designation.







A ‘BUYER’ In Hand Is Worth Two in the Bush

Put the buyer in your hand,

home-buyer in hand of seller

In today’s highly competitive Sellers market where there are more home Buyers than there are listings for them to purchase, some Sellers may feel like the ball is in their court.


And they would be right when it comes to choosing which offer to accept, the closing date, or even which improvements the Seller is willing to make to the home prior to selling. One thing to remember though is that there is always a line that shouldn’t be crossed.


Interest rates could change, financing might not go through, the Appraisal might not come back at the price that you have agreed to.


These are all always ways that Agents have opportunities to work with Buyers to make sure that the sale still happens.


Some Agents may think that because buyer demand is high right now, that they could choose to make their Buyer jump through hoops.


But what happens if the home Buyer reaches their limit and decides to walk away?


That means a START OVER… weeks, maybe months later… and other Buyers may then wonder what’s wrong with the house that the deal fell through.


Sometimes PERCEPTION is everything!


I recently had my Aunt’s house listed for sale in Austin, Texas (I hired a good local realtor) AND…going in we knew it was a very good market. However, her home was not in the best of shape and realistically it needed a lot of work.


The first real home Buyer that came along made a good offer. Yes, we “might” have gotten a great offer, but sometimes you have to make the call and work with the Buyer that is willing, ready and qualified willing to CLOSE.


The Golden Rule


We were taught from a young age to “treat others as others as you would like to be treated”. This shouldn’t change once you have a home Buyer who seems as though they would do anything to buy a home. Sometimes common sense is more a barometer than anything! It’s all about PERSPECTIVE and a little Golden Rule


home-buyer needs a good realtor


Anita Wheeler is an Associate Broker with Atlanta Fine Homes, Sotheby’s International Realty specializing in the luxury real estate market in Buckhead, Alpharetta, Roswell and North Georgia.  She is a published Author, Business Strategist, Social Media Expert.  You can reach her at 404.219.1938 or her website at



TOP TEN ATLANTA SUBURBS Top Atlanta Real Estate Agent

Check out the suburbs!

atlanta suburbs


Alpharetta doesn’t just have the facts and figures to make the list of top ten Atlanta suburbs. Potential Alpharetta home buyers will have their choice of new construction single family homes and condos.

Convenient shopping at North Point Mall, swimming and walking trails at Wills Park, and dozens of local restaurants, like Bite and Colette French Pastry & Café, are just a few of the amenities Alpharetta residents enjoy.

With a handful of elementary, secondary and high schools with a 10 out of 10 rating, Alpharetta is another one of many great Atlanta suburbs for schools.

Key Stats:

Median household income: $79,385
Unemployment rate: 6.2 percent


Potential Roswell home buyers have a variety housing options to choose from, including new construction condos and single family homes, mid century, historic homes and cottage homes.

Tap into your inner foodie at upscale local restaurants like Table & Main and Osteria Mattone. Outdoor enthusiasts will love exploring Roswell’s numerous parks and trails, from the historic Old Mill Park, to the hiker’s paradise of Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area.

Historic Downtown Roswell is a pedestrian friendly dining and shopping center, and local events like the farmers’ market and free live music at Roswell Riverside Sounds are a great way to get to know your neighbors.

Key Stats:

Total amenities: 6,230
Median household income: $79,385


Tucker home buyers have their pick of historic and new construction single-family homes, and modern condos.

It’s hard to be bored as a Tucker resident, with thousands of amenities in your backyard. Local pub and music venue MoonShadow Tavern is the perfect spot for a night out, and foodies will love trying the numerous local restaurants, from Papi’s Cuban & Caribbean Grill to French restaurant, Technique.

Tucker also has a local Farmers Market and First Thursday Food Truck Market. Henderson Park’s wooded trails, man made lake, and playground are the perfect place for families to spend a sunny Sunday afternoon together.

Key Stats:

Total amenities: 4,165


Decatur has a bustling downtown with plenty of shops and restaurants. Events like the Decatur Arts Festival and Concerts on the Square bring the community together. If you have kids or want to raise a family in the future, Decatur has a variety of great schools.

Like with Dunwoody and Sandy Springs, Decatur’s residents spend an average of 24 minutes getting to work, the shortest of any other Atlanta suburbs we looked at. That means you’ll spend less time on the road (or on MARTA) and more time doing things that matter to you.

Key Stats:

Median home price: $340,300
High school graduation rate: 94 percent
Average commute time: 24 minutes


Duluth offers plenty of amenities, including boutique shopping, local dining, and arts and entertainment, and a wide selection of modern condos and single-family houses.

Historic downtown Duluth is always full of activity and events. Fridays-N-Duluth brings the community together with food and entertainment, and the Summer Stage Concert series brings live music to the Duluth Town Green. Art enthusiasts will love Barefoot in the City, the Duluth art festival that lasts eight days.

Several Duluth public schools received a Great Schools rating of 10, 9, or 8, making Duluth one of the best Atlanta suburbs for schools.

Key Stats:

Total amenities: 3,865
Unemployment rate: 7.5 percent


Luxury condos and single family homes on large lots are common choices for Dunwoody home buyers.

Local restaurants like the E. 48th Street Market deli and chic wine bar Seasons 52 are sure to please foodies. Outdoor enthusiasts will enjoy exploring the scenic Dunwoody Nature Center, which hosts live music events in the summer.

Dunwoody residents can also sleep in a few extra minutes each morning, since the average commute time among residents is 24 minutes.

Key Stats:

Average commute time: 24 minutes
Median home price: $367,800


The quiet residential community of Tyrone earns a spot on our list of Atlanta suburbs with a low crime rate, high household income, and great local amenities. Potential Tyrone home buyers will find plenty of four to five bedroom single family homes on large lots.

Local restaurant, Downtown Grill, is the perfect spot for a special occasion or night out. Cool off during the Georgia summers at the Tyrone Public Library, or keep your kids busy with a summer reading program.

Key Stats:

Median household income: $88,406
Total crimes per 100k: 1,486


Sandy Springs offers home buyers a ton of options, such as charming cottage style homes, traditional brick houses, and condos in gated communities with plenty of amenities.

Yearly events like The Sandy Springs Festival and The Annual Chattahoochee River Summer Splash ensure that you’ll never run out of things to do. Nature lovers will enjoy taking hikes in one of the area’s parks, like the Big Trees Forest Preserve.

Sandy Springs also is home to three hospitals, so you can breathe a little easier knowing healthcare is just a short trip away.

Key Stats:

Median home price: $426,800
Average commute time: 24 minutes


Kennesaw earns the ninth spot on our list for a low crime rate and a good standard of living. Home buyers will get more bang for their buck here, since the median home price is lower than many of the other Atlanta suburbs we looked at.

History buffs and nature lovers alike will be drawn to nearby Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park, which has about 17 miles of hiking trails.

There are also great parks within the city, Swift-Cantrell Park and Adams Park, where the city’s Parks and Recreation department offers a number of activities, especially for families.

Key Stats:

Median home price: $168,800
Total crimes per 100k: 1,716


Rounding out our top 10 is the affluent city of Johns Creek. This community had the highest high school graduation rate in the area (96 percent) and was the safest Atlanta suburb we looked at.

If you’re raising a family, Johns Creek has some of the best schools in the Atlanta area, including Northview High School and Chattahoochee High School.

Golfers will be pleased to know that there are six golf courses in Johns Creek, including the Atlanta Athletic Club, which hosted the 2011 PGA Championship.

Key Stats:

Median home price: $336,000

Total crimes per 100k: 780

Median income: $109,553


(This article is from information gathered from Movoto)  This would probably NOT be my list of Best Suburbs in Atlanta, but I will let you know next week what my top ten would be!!





How to Mess Up Your Future Home Sale

Repairs and replacements add value to your home.

How to Mess Up Your Future Home Sale
When you’re busy living each day to the fullest, sometimes it’s hard to muster up the energy to plan for what’s down the road. But as every homeowner from the beginning of time has had cause to find out, what you do or don’t do today is going to reverberate well into the future.

That little crack/squeak/leak you’re living with now, those planned upgrades you keep postponing, that blah front yard– these may not seem urgent at the moment. Keep ignoring them, however, and they’ll cause plenty of headaches later on once you decide to sell your home.

Here are the things homeowners are not doing to prepare their homes for sale in the future.

#1: They don’t have a home maintenance schedule.

You know that saying “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure”? Many homeowners don’t seem to remember it – or at least they don’t apply it to their homes. And then they get shocked when they have to deal with serious water damage or find their attics overrun with squirrels.

Repairs and replacements add value to your home.
You don’t want to be that guy – and you definitely don’t want his repair bills. You want to be the smart, sensible person who takes time to come up with a home maintenance checklist (or, heck, downloads one online), puts those to-dos on a calendar, and actually gets them done.

Some tasks, like cleaning out your garbage disposal, need to be done at least once a month. Others, like testing your smoke detectors, can be done every quarter. You’ll want to give your house a thorough deep clean every 6 months or so, and there are some tasks that are best done in the spring and some in the fall.

If keeping track of all this sounds like a chore, no worries, there are apps for that! Check out apps like BrightNest, Upkeep, and HomeZada, or you can just put it all on a Google calendar.

#2: They don’t get a home inspection done.

If you know you’re probably going to be putting your home on the market sometime in the future (like in a year or so), then you don’t want to be blindsided by repairs. Even if you’ve been thoroughly conscientious about home maintenance, it still pays to have a home inspector examine your property – and better have them do it now so you’ll know what repairs need to be made and so that you have enough time to make them.

Although it’s an additional expense, not phoning a home inspector can cost you more in the future. There may be serious issues waiting in the dark to spring out at you. A home inspection can bring them to light and catching these early will save you money in the long run.

Magnifying Glass over Luxury House

#3: They ignore minor repairs.

Small repairs are easy to get out of the way, but some folks tend to put them off. As a result, what was once a minor issue often balloons into a bigger one that willcost more to fix. Be kind to your future self (and wallet) – pay attention to anything that needs repair, however small or minor it is.

You don’t even need to wait until an issue that requires fixinghas manifested itself. Watch out for any symptoms of disrepair or house foundation problems, such as cracks in walls or floors, jammed doors, and windows that won’t close completely. By identifying such potential problems, you can save thousands of dollars and make sure the structural integrity of your home won’t compromise a future sale.

You can read more about home foundation problems here.

#4: They don’t make updates.

Repairs and replacements add value to your home.
Just because everythingin your home seems to be working fine doesn’t mean you should leave it as is. You don’t want your home looking old and dated, this can hurt your chances of attracting home buyers once you decide to sell your home.

Keep your home up-to-date with upgrades that will increase its comfort, functionality, and value. You can start with minor, do-it-yourself projects such as repainting the interior and exterior walls or changing outdoor lamps and door knobs. You can also go big and renovate key areas in your home, such as the kitchen and the master bathroom. Convert unfinished basements into a guest room or an entertainment hub. Add another room!

According to the folks at Consumer Reports, the improvements that have a significant impact on a home’s sale price are:

  • Kitchen updates
  • Energy-efficient upgrades
  • Updated home systems
  • High-quality, neutral paint
  • Additional outdoor space
  • Smart devices, like a programmable thermostat




10 TIPS For Selling YOUR Home

Are you thinking about selling your home? Whether it’s a “SELLER’S” market or a” BUYER’S” market you want to be prepared to give your home it’s best chance of selling quickly! Here are 10 things that you can do to help sell your home.


  1. Stage the interior as well as the exterior of your home. Both the interior and exterior of your home need to be considered and completed. (Declutter & Staging inside is next). The exterior may need fresh paint, immaculate landscaping and particular attention to the back of the house as the front! (Outdoor Furniture and a nice outdoor setting!)


  1. Declutter and Stage. Declutter means DECLUTTER. Pack up all your tchotchkes, personal pictures, “smalls” (which means any knick-knack’s laying around). Clean out the closets and start packing, donating or giving away. Put it all in a nice small area in the garage for an estate sale after you get a contract…but get it out of the house! Then you will want to stage every room. That means nothing on the counters in the kitchen and in the bathrooms…or at least minimal. You want the “buyers” to imagine the house as theirs …so simplify.


  1. Get real about pricing. REALLY. The truth is that everyone wants top dollar for their house, it is just human nature. What you want to do is be educated about the comparable sales in your area, which obviously affect the fair market value of your home. Ask your broker to get you a list of two or three similar homes in your area that have recently sold and consider pricing 10% below when you set your pricing. Of course, this is totally dependent on your market, days on the market and overall picture. The main point is that you want to be realistic. Consider getting a “pre-appraisal” so you have a professional appraiser that actually has access to all the sales in your market and can give you a totally non-biased number. (Remember that whomever you may sell to most likely will have a requirement by their mortgage company for an appraisal anyway!)


  1. Get active and understand the competition. Attend open houses in your area and do a reality check of exactly what it is that you are up against so you can work with your broker on a game plan to get your home sold. You may see something that you realize you need to change about your home to be competitive.


  1. Open Access to your home. The saying “homes don’t sell unless they are shown” is absolutely true so you want to do everything you can to make your home as accessible as possible. It’s okay to ask for two hours’ notice (if you have to), but keep in mind that the more limited you are the more chance you are taking on getting the home shown. Best rule: BE FLEXIBLE.


  1. Be ahead with condition. Consider having an inspection as soon as you list your home so you can get as many repairs done ahead of time. Also, you can have a termite inspection. You will have peace of mind and know exactly what you are dealing with instead of surprises coming later in the process. Go through your home and take care of any little nicks or scratches on walls and doors. You may want to consider some re-painting, particularly if you have some less than neutral colors. (Fresh paint in a home makes a HUGE difference!)


  1. Great Photographs. Be absolutely sure that your agent is having a professional photographer take pictures of your home and there should be at least 15 pictures. (Most FMLS sites allow at least 25 pictures). Ask to see some pictures or brochures of other homes the agent has listed or sold. Remember these pictures are what is going to be seen “ON-LINE” and 92% of house hunters are checking out listings on-line and viewed.


  1. Listen to your agent. Find an agent that you trust and who is a professional and follow their advice. Ask questions, be knowledgeable, but know that you need to rely on a professional realtor!

A Social Media Savvy Real Estate Agent

A Social Media Savvy Real Estate Agent

How important is an agent’s social media savvy in a home sale or purchase? Very.

More and more people are turning to the Internet to look for a home or to sell their property. And they’re not just on the usual real estate sites, they’re on social media. So what are the benefits of having a social media savvy agent and how can it affect your home-buying or home-selling experience? Let’s find out.

For Buyers: Streamline Your Home Search

An agent who’s active on social media and already has an established network knows how to find properties that suit your criteria and can provide more nuanced information than your real estate website of choice.

They’re part of a wider network that allows for the smoother flow of information – this not only includes the latest property listings in the area, but also the latest updates on new developments, whether or not some homeowners in a particular neighborhood are thinking about selling, and so on.

Social Media Savvy
They can make the whole home search process go faster and smoother. Take online property listings, for example. These typically come with a set of information, and some sellers just don’t provide the proper information you need to know about the property.

While the basics are given – the size of the lot, number of bedrooms and bathrooms, the location of the property – what’s there is often not enough for you to make a decision about whether or not a home should be on your shortlist. With your knowledgeable agent by your side, you can weed out the “bad” listings, discover homes that you may have overlooked, and save yourself a lot of time.

For Sellers: Reach a Wider Audience

Millennials now make up the largest group of recent home buyers in the country – in 2015, 35 percent of buyers were millennials. This is a tech savvy bunch of people. They’re at home on the Internet, they do their networking on social media, and they appreciate frequent follow-ups and personal customer service.

You need a real estate agent who understands this demographic so they can reach them on the right platforms and make sure your home is being marketed as it should.

Social Media Savvy Agent
Posting your listing on a real estate website is not enough these days – you have to know your competition and make your listing distinctive so that it will stand out from the crowd. This is where your seller’s agent, who needs to be proficient in social media, comes in.

A seller’s agent with a background in social media will not rely solely on traditional marketing methods like flyers and lawn signs. They know how to create internet and social media marketing campaigns with vivid imagery targeted towards the right buyers. They know how to entice prospective home buyers to check out your property online and commit to seeing it in real life.

Sellers’ agents with their own social networking accounts (such as in Facebook or Twitter) are also able to keep in touch with potential buyers. And if they’ve already built a following online, then you can only benefit from the unbeatable exposure that their wide network will provide.

Social Media Expert
If you’re looking for a social media expert and strategist, you don’t need to look far. Get in touch with me today to get started!



5 Reasons to Hire a Real Estate Professional When Buying and Selling a Home

Professional Real Estate Agent

Professional Real Estate Agent

5 Reasons You NEED a Real Estate Professional in your corner haven’t changed, but rather have been strengthened, due to the projections of higher mortgage interest rates & home prices as the market continues to pick up steam. Whether you are buying or selling a home, it can be quite an adventurous journey; you need an experienced Real Estate Professional to lead you to your ultimate goal. In this world of instant gratification and internet searches, many sellers think that they can For Sale by Owner or FSBO. (Don’t fall for that myth!)

1. PAPERWORK is important!
Let your agent take over the paperwork and save you time and money! Each state has different regulations regarding the contracts required for a successful sale, and these regulations are constantly changing. A true Real Estate Professional is an expert in their market and can guide you through the stacks of paperwork necessary to make your dream a reality.

2. YOU have found your dream home, now what?
According to the Orlando Regional REALTOR Association, there are over 230 possible actions that need to take place during every successful real estate transaction. Don’t you want someone who is a professional to guide you through the numerous actions necessary to get your home sold or the purchase of a new home?

3. Want a PROFESSIONAL negotiator?
So maybe you’re not convinced that you need an agent to sell your home. However, after looking at the list of parties that you need to be prepared to negotiate with, you’ll realize the value in selecting a Real Estate Professional. Let’s go one step further and say a Certified Professional Negotiator. (CNE…Certified Negotiation Professional). From the buyer (who wants the best deal possible), to the home inspection companies, to the appraiser, there are at least 11 different people that you will have to be knowledgeable with and answer to, during the process. A professional negotiation expert is on your side to negotiate in YOUR best interest!

4. What is the home you’re buying/selling really worth?
It is important for your home to be priced correctly from the start to attract the right buyers and shorten the time that it’s on the market. You need someone who is not emotionally connected to your home to give you the truth as to your home’s value. According to the National Association of REALTORS, “the typical FSBO home sold for $185,000 compared to $245,000 among agent-assisted home sales.” WOW…that is a big difference. Get the most out of your transaction by hiring a professional.

5. Are you REALLY updated on the latest market trends?
There is so much information out there on the news and the internet about home sales, prices, and mortgage rates; how do you know what’s going on specifically in your area? Who do you turn to in order to competitively price your home correctly at the beginning of the selling process? How do you know what to offer on your dream home without paying too much, or offending the seller with a lowball offer?

Dave Ramsey, the financial guru, advises:

“When getting help with money, whether it’s insurance, real estate or investments, you should always look for someone with the heart of a teacher, not the heart of a salesman.”

Hiring an agent who has their finger on the pulse of the market will make your buying or selling experience an educated one. You need someone who is going to tell you the truth, not just what they think you want to hear. You wouldn’t replace the engine in your car without a trusted mechanic. Why would you make one of the most important financial decisions of your life without hiring a Real Estate Professional?

If you are considering Selling or Buying a home in 2017…give me a call for a FREE consultation.  We can work together to make your DREAM HOME a reality!

 Anita Wheeler, Atlanta Fine Homes, Sotheby’s

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Atlanta’s best restaurants for foodies

Atlanta is home to a wonderful selection of restaurants that are sure to tickle the taste buds and satisfy the cravings of any foodie. You’ll discover an enticing mix of fine dining restaurants, trendy hot spots, and affordable eateries guaranteed to provide a truly unforgettable dining experience.

Here’s a list of some of Atlanta’s must-visit restaurants:

Madre + Mason

560 Dutch Valley Rd NE, Atlanta, GA

Madre + Mason’s menu features traditional Latin cuisine with a Southern twist. The restaurant’s concoctions are sure to dazzle any diner, with combinations that include duck and waffles, tacos with roasted brisket and sweet potato shiitake, and many more.

Brezza Cucina

675 Ponce de Leon Ave, Atlanta, GA

If it’s pizza you’re craving for, you should definitely head to Brezza Cucina. Their pizzas are made with the finest and freshest ingredients, and are available in classic Italian varieties reinvented with different cheese, vegetable, and seafood combinations. Their flavorful creations are topped with out-of-the-box ingredients such as buttermilk cheddar, spicy shrimp, scallions, short rib, balsamic, onion jam, and more.

Home Grown

968 Memorial Dr SE, Atlanta, GA

A local Reynoldstown favorite for years, Home Grown serves delicious diner-style comfort food perfect for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. Their Comfy Chicken Biscuit has been voted one of the best dishes to enjoy in the entire state of Georgia, and for very good reason – the mouthwatering dish features crispy, juicy fried chicken sluiced with creamy sausage gravy and placed on top of a buttery biscuit.


130 Clairemont Ave, Decatur, GA

This is Asian fusion at its finest. Located in downtown Decatur, Makan is a Chinese and Korean-inspired restaurant offering a fine chef-driven menu in a comfortable, well-designed setting.

Their menu items are made from traditional Chinese and Korean recipes with a modern twist. Their ramen is absolutely to die for, and is best enjoyed with their pork buns infused with a Southern charm.

The Mercantile

1660 Dekalb Ave NE, Atlanta, GA

Located in Candler Park, this wonderful deli offers gourmet cuisine, prepared meals, and build-your-own sandwiches, along with an impressive wine selection. The deli also features a delicious selection of homemade salads, daily soup specials, roasted chicken, and family-style casseroles.

Fat Matt’s Rib Shack

1811 Piedmont Ave NE, Atlanta, GA

Open since 1990, the award-winning Fat Matt’s Rib Shack offers delicious, mouthwatering BBQ and live blues performances in a comfortable, family-friendly setting. Their expertly prepared, slow cooked fall-off-the-bone ribs is perfectly complemented by their homemade BBQ sauce, and is best enjoyed with their must-have side dishes like their mac and cheese and rum baked beans.


541 Edgewood Ave, Atlanta, GA

Staplehouse is a subsidiary of The Giving Kitchen, a non-profit organization assisting Atlanta’s restaurant community. Located in Atlanta’s Old 4th Ward, the restaurant features a regularly updated menu consisting of dishes made with quality local and regional ingredients. The place is very popular for their selection of delicious meat dishes, fresh produce, and irresistible desserts.

Staplehouse offers several dining options: a la carte service, a reservations-only five-course tasting, and bar seating for walk-in customers.

Summer in Milton & Alpharetta

Looking for events and destinations to check out in the Milton/Alpharetta area this summer? Here are some fun events and places to go to so you can make the most out of your summer:

Kidz Bop 2016 Life of the Party Tour

Friday, August 19, 2016
Show starts at 7:30pm
Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre, Encore Park, Alpharetta, GA

Take your kids to the Kidz Bop 2016 Life of the Party Tour, a fun, family-friendly concert headlined by Ashlynn Chong, Sela Hack, Grant Knoche, and Matt Martinez.

Kidz Bop is the top music brand for kids, with over 16 million albums sold since its debut in 2001. They are known for featuring hits that are “sung by kids for kids.”

The Kidz Bop Life of the Party Tour started this spring, and is scheduled to hit more than 50 cities throughout the country before the end of the year.

To view the complete tour schedule and get ticket information, visit [Link].

Family Skate Night

Sunday, August 21, 2016
6pm to 8pm
Ed Isakson/Alpharetta Family YMCA
3655 Preston Ridge Road

Bring the entire family to the Ed Isakson/Alpharetta Family YMCA for Family Skate Night! Strap on a pair of skates and enjoy two hours of non-stop skating as the entire gymnasium will be turned into a roller skating rink for the event.

Members can join the fun for $8, and non-members can get in for $13. For more information, visit the venue’s website here [Link:].

Vegetable Gardening Workshop

Wednesday, August 24, 2016
7pm to 8:30pm
Alpharetta Department of Public Works
1790 Hembree Road, Alpharetta, GA

Hosted by the City of Alpharetta and the Alpharetta Natural Resources Commission, the Vegetable Gardening Workshop teaches sustainable gardening techniques, seeding and transplanting, preparing your garden for winter, and more.

This free workshop is perfect for anyone who has or would like to have their own vegetable garden, as autumn is nearly here, bringing ideal growing conditions for cool-season crops such as kale, lettuce, and spinach.

You can register by calling 678-297-6200.

Alpharetta Art in the Park

Saturdays, August 27 and September 24, 2016
9am to 4pm
Main Street and Milton Avenue, Alpharetta, GA

Drop by downtown Alpharetta and see some of our talented local artists as they showcase their masterpieces at this outdoor artists market.

Take a look at a large selection of artwork made using different media – watercolor, oil, photography, woodwork, metal work, mosaics, pottery, and so much more.

For more information, visit the Alpharetta Art in the Park Facebook page

R.A.D. Women’s Self-Defense Course

August 14, 21, and 28, 2016
1:30pm to 5:30pm
Milton City Hall

The R.A.D. (Rape Aggression Defense)
Self-Defense Course is a special course designed to train women in order to help them recognize, avoid, and resist violent situations. The course teaches self-defense techniques that are effective against different levels of aggression.

There will also be an optional hands-on simulation for those who would like to practice some of the techniques shown during the course.

The course is open for participants aged 13 and up. Students under 15 must be accompanied by a parent. To register, call 678-242-2505 or email

Outdoor activities in Milton’s parks

Summer is definitely the perfect time to enjoy fun, outdoor recreational activities. It’s a good thing Milton is home to many superb parks excellent for almost any type of outdoor activity. Whether you’re into sports, rock climbing, horseback riding, biking, jogging, or simply relaxing under a canopy of trees, the scenic parks of Milton are sure to offer an unforgettable outdoor experience.

Some of the parks you can visit include:

• Bell Memorial Park
• Birmingham Park
• Freedom Park
• Friendship Community Park
• Providence Park