Blackwell Manor Now Selling

Home South Communities Blackwell ManorTamra Wade and Partners is excited to announce that Home South Communities is now selling beautiful homes in its Blackwell Manor community. The community is off Mulinax Road just inside the Forsyth county line in Alpharetta.

This intimate collection of just 75 new homes is priced from the $400,000s and allows buyers to take advantage of low Forsyth County property taxes.   Residents will also enjoy the community swimming pool in the warm summer months.  With easy access to Highway 9 and GA 400 Blackwell Manor will help provide a lifestyle of convenience and luxury.

These traditional single-family homes offer 2,800 to 4,000 square feet of living space. There are currently twelve available homes in the community including ranches, master on the main designs, and traditional two story plans on slabs and basements.

The Sterling home design is one of the two available ranch designs. It is a 4 bedroom 3.5 bath home with an open floor plan.  Buyers that love to entertain will love the gourmet kitchen and large island. A covered porch with a stacked stone fireplace provide the perfect spot for outdoor relaxation and the large bonus room on the second floor has a walk-in closet and a full bathroom. In addition to these wonderful features, this home design is appointed with granite countertops, stainless steel appliances, tile in all bathrooms, a steel tub with tile surround in the guest bathrooms, hardwood floors and extensive molding.

The traditional two story plans have 4 and 5 bedrooms with a guest bedroom and full bathroom on the main floor.  The gorgeous chef’s kitchen is perfect for entertaining guests and boasts granite countertops, an oversized island, a tile backsplash and double ovens.   All two story plans feature two story family rooms with the option to add an upstairs loft.  The master suites are spacious with large walk-in closets.  The master baths all include a seamless shower glass door, a separate garden tub and a granite vanity. The homes also include an extensive trim package, large secondary bedrooms, mud lockers, hardwood floors on the main level and outdoor living spaces.

With its convenient location just off Highway 9, Blackwell Manor is close to Fowler Park, the Alpharetta Athletic Club and Lake Lanier. In addition, the community is nestled between downtown Alpharetta, Cumming and Milton.

For more information visit, . To schedule an appointment to visit this great new community, contact Kelly Bennett at 678-230-5313 or Suzanne Springfield 678-438-2481.

5 Amazing Online Resources for Parents Moving to Atlanta

Parents wouldn’t be parents if they didn’t worry about their children. In addition to finding the right school, parents have to find out what the community is like when they want to move. Fortunately, Atlanta has a thriving online community dedicated to making the many opportunities for children accessible to their parents. When you’re considering bringing your child to Atlanta, these 5 resources will show you just how many things there are for them to see, do, and experience in this great city.


1. Red Tricycle


This family calendar site has a variety of options for the children, mainly in the form of adult supervised events. There’s a lot of emphasis on theater and other shows, good for cultivating an appreciation of story telling and the arts from a young age. You can choose the date on the calendar if you want to see what’s going on on a particular date, but you can also browse the editor’s picks. Most of these events are low to mid-cost, $12-$20 per person, though many could be cheaper if you ended up getting a membership to the theater, etc.




This whole site is a great resource for Atlanta residents and people new to the area. After you’re done planning your child’s weekend you can change sections to browse for awesome date ideas with the spouse, but that’s neither here nor there. This easy to navigate website has a lot more emphasis on public and free events, making it a perfect way to balance out the occasionally expensive options you’ll get from other sites. From parades to tree lightings (close to the winter holidays, of course), has many outside, free, or reduced cost events at local museums and other places of educational value.


3. AtlantaWithKid


This is the place to go if you’re trying to bring your child to Atlanta to see it before you move. You can find amazing local deals (such as “Kids eat for .99″ at local restaurants) and attractions not just from Atlanta but from the surrounding area as well. You can find a variety of events that will challenge your child and save you a little cash, so you can turn this into a whole weekend of fun instead of just one day. The only drawback is that you might have to try a few times to search the site; the layout is not ideal. The effort will be well rewarded, however.




Simple and straight forward, focuses on things that parents and children can enjoy together. There’s an emphasis on seeing shows; in fact, one of the easiest to find search options includes selecting which venue you’d like to look at. If you want to find a great, somewhat “big deal” event to dazzle a reluctant child you’ve come to the right site. You can browse events by location, but also by category, so you’re sure to find something for even a reluctant child.


5. AtlantaParent


This is a great resource for any parent in Atlanta. It will allow you to familiarize yourself with what’s on Atlanta parents’ minds before you move there, or put you in touch with the topics of the day. There are advice articles, lists of ideas for holiday fun, and more. You can take their ideas and turn them into funs days at home, or browse their guide to accessible parks and playgrounds so you know where to take your child once you arrive. Either way, keep this site in your back pocket: it’s going to come in handy.

Top 5 Atlanta Farmer’s Markets for Year round Produce

Many people relocating to Atlanta carrying an inaccurate image of the city. Whether they still think of Atlanta as a Gone With the Wind period destination or as the Coke capitol of the world, learning that Atlanta supports many thriving year round farmer’s markets can refresh that inner image so people can see Atlanta for what it really is: vibrant, lively, and growing.


1. Sweet Auburn Curb Market 


This farmer’s market could be every grocery store you ever need, if you want to go to Old Fourth Ward every day. This Monday-Saturday affair is from 8am to 6pm, and carries fresh fruit, gorgeous produce, and amazing varieties of fresh fish. You can even eat at a restaurant while you shop if that’s something you’d enjoy. This staple of the neighborhood attracts hundreds of visitors a day, so try to get there as early as possible for the freshest selections. Parking is free with a validated ticket.

2. Decatur Farmers Market 


This farmer’s market comes with a blog! With a list of vendors that’s updated before every Wednesday and Saturday appearance you know exactly what you’re going to find when you show up. Of course, if you prefer to wander and explore there’s nothing that says you have to check the list. If you know you want something that’s not going to be available, fret not: the website for the market lists a comprehensive list of vendors complete with their websites so you can get your organic produce and other delicious items even on an off day. The parking is metered.

3. Athens Farmers Market 


This market has two days and unique items every week. While it carries pre-made food and some other unconventional items, you can still count on seeing 17 north Georgia vendors every week. You can find this market on Saturdays from 8am until noon and Tuesdays 4pm to 7pm, but the truth is that this delightful market often sells out. You want to be there as close to opening as possible if you want the biggest selection of mouth watering goodies. Free parking is provided to both locations, so turn up ready to shop and enjoy.

4. Farmers Atlanta Road Market 


This farmers market was developed by St. Benedict’s Episcopal Church and is still held at this location. It’s mid-week time slot (Tuesdays, 4pm to 8pm) makes it a big hit with local families and cross-Atlanta farmer’s market experts alike. Though it still boasts artisan food crafters, it also has a good showing of smaller family farms and more local produce than some of the other markets. On average, the food has come less distance to be on your plate tonight, so pop in after school or work to see what this little place has to offer. Neighborhood parking is available.

5. Morningside Farmers Market


Morningside Farmers Market was one of the first to really embrace locally grown food as the next step in organic, good to the Earth eating habits. You can look forward to Saturday mornings spent picking out 100% certified GMO-free organic vegetables, premade sauces and foods, fruits, mushrooms, and locally produced meats. To wed a little showmanship to the food offerings, Morningside features weekly demos from hot chefs in Atlanta, so you can pick up breakfast and show. Neighborhood parking is available, but often fills up fast! Get there early or get ready to walk.  

3 Predicted Atlanta Housing Trends That Panned Out

Predicting the future of housing is a lot like predicting the weather. Even when you have a lot of evidence and a lot of experience reading the signs, it doesn’t always pan out. Back in 2014 a lot of predictions were made about what housing in Atlanta would look like at the end of 2015. As we approach the end of the year, we can see which predictions actually came to pass, and speculate about where they’re going to go in the future.

1. More Suburban Single Family Dwellings


The biggest hit for predictions was the continued rise of suburban single family dwellings. This is because it’s a twofold correct prediction: the building of suburban single family dwellings is half, but the other half is that single families are staying out of the deep city centers and urban environments where possible.


The construction of new, single family homes has increased over 2015. More and more people are choosing to keep their family in the Atlanta suburbs, and it’s not hard to see why. With many public school options, more space for their families, and newer homes, businesses, and other perks to living outside of the dense urban networks the families who can afford it are enjoying the perks of steering clear of the deep urban areas.


That doesn’t mean that people aren’t getting into the urban hearts of Atlanta, because they are. It just shows that when a single family unit can afford it, they’re going to opt for the white picket fences. Urban Atlanta is being revitalized in two different ways.

2. Accelerated Gentrification


Urban Atlanta hasn’t been different from other urban areas: areas with lower income suffered, creating a spiral into lower property values and increased poverty, crime, and other issues. However, with construction of single family dwellings in the suburbs, people and families that didn’t fit that description have started to move into lower income neighborhoods. The rents (or purchasing price) for apartments and homes are much lower. When more and more people with greater incomes enter the neighborhood, it’s transformed. More specialty stores move in, and lower income people move out as the rents gradually increase.


People are split on the impact of gentrification. Many see it as a purely good thing. The truth is that some older neighborhoods lose the things that made them unique, and people who lived there when things were more desperate no longer have their homes. It’s a mixed bag, but good or bad it’s all coming to Atlanta. More and more higher income people are choosing walkable neighborhoods and urban areas to call home, and the city is changing to reflect that.

3. Older City Centers Get New Life


Gentrification isn’t the only way that older Atlanta areas get more love. Mixed purpose land and buildings are attracting more permanent residents, leading to more vibrant communities. Unlike gentrification, where price is the main attraction, the walkable and diverse area is what primarily drives people to move to and stay in older areas of the city. This denser population does lead to more advantages as the areas have the income to support more shops, restaurants, and professionals. 

5 Best Public Schools in Atlanta

One thing that many parents worry about when they move is how they’re going to send their children to school. Atlanta public schools can be a mixed bag; some are fantastic, and some are still improving. What’s truly impressive is that 5 schools have earned a perfect 10/10 rating from real estate site Zillow, showing that great schools in Atlanta aren’t actually that hard to find. Here are the 5 public schools with perfect ratings in Atlanta.


1. Early College High School at Carver


This school prepares students for college by actually letting them take college courses for credit. Instead of going through the trouble of doing AP and then maybe getting credit for it, students are empowered to learn directly.


This school is a triumph in that it has 0 students who have “limited English proficiency” in a school where 78% qualify for reduced cost school lunches. Overcoming poverty has been a difficult act, but the teachers and principal of Carver have shown dedication and hard work. It’s been paying off in test scores as well. Their lowest average score of Math, Social Studies, English, and Science is a 94%–which is staggeringly higher than the 68% Atlanta average. Bravo, Carver!

2. Brandon Elementary School


With over 1,000 students, Brandon Elementary is a huge world for children to make friends in, explore, and learn. The environment can seem intimidating for parents who want to know that their child is getting the best teaching and most attention that they can. At Brandon Elementary School, they actually will. Despite the huge population of students, the student to teacher ratio is just 13:1. Children enjoy smaller class sizes in addition to extra circulars to improve their experience. They can even start learning French!


The writing assessment shows that Brandon Elementary’s 93% score beats out the Atlanta average of 77% and the state average of 80%. Good work, Brandon Elementary School!

3. Morningside Elementary School


A much smaller school than Brandon Elementary School, Morningside has a 12:1 ratio of students to teachers, and 750+ students. At this school students can enjoy Spanish classes, band, and art classes focusing on drawing and painting. Additionally, Morningside has a very high review based on parents: a very solid 4/5, with several parents mentioning that an influx of people moving to Morningside so their children can attend the school was causing them mixed feelings. 12:1 caused a slight rise in their class size, but they understood why someone would want to move to let their child attention Morningside Elementary. Fantastic performance, Morningside!

4. Jackson Elementary School


Jackson Elementary School is changing the game by focusing on computer arts as an extracurricular activity. As technology becomes more and more important to our daily lives, the 950 students at Jackson are sure to have a great grounding in tech from an early age. It’s far from the only option, however: band, chorus, and art (focusing on drawing and painting) are all options for students who attend this elementary school.


All these options show in the test scores, as well: a healthy 96% score in the middle grades writing assessment beats out the 80% state average and trounces the 77% Atlanta average, showing why Jackson Elementary School is a school on top. Good job, Jackson!

5. Charles R. Drew Charter School


More and more people are picking a public charter school like Drew because it offers so much to students who might otherwise have so little. 68% of students get reduced school lunch prices. Even so, this school holds a 95% in the middle grades writing assessment and offers many more options than a standard elementary school. Students can pick extracurricular activities like dance and computer arts, a myriad of sports, and choose between Spanish and French when it comes time to learn another language. Amazing, Charles R. Drew!

Chafin Communities Wins Gold OBIE for Willow Leaf

B21-101Atlanta Real Estate Forum congratulates Chafin Communities for winning a Gold OBIE in the $299,999 and Under  Best Building Design – Detached Model category for Willow Leaf in Gwinnett County. Presented by the Atlanta Sales and Marketing Council, the OBIE Awards are the premier awards given in the Atlanta new home construction industry.

The Hawthorn plan at Willow Leaf is a great representation of value and quality, and it has become the most popular floor plan with an incredible use of space. The interior design displays a neutral color pallet, along with trendy options at an affordable price.  Some special features include coffered ceilings, a loft option and a covered porch. This model home generates nine to 10 visits per week, and has helped achieve more than 44 sales in the community’s first year.

For more information, visit or call 770-598-5931.

The Greater Atlanta Home Builders Association’s OBIE Awards celebrates its 35th anniversary in 2015. The awards began in 1980 and have grown throughout the years to include more than 100 building, remodeling, marketing and personal achievement categories. The OBIE Awards are named after the obelisk shape of the actual award given. To see all of this year’s OBIE award winners, visit

Premier Residential Offers New Custom Homes in Cumming

Premier Residential is now offering stunning new luxury estate homes at its Benefield community in Cumming. This exclusive community is located in the popular Forsyth County area and will feature four homes that sit on one-acre plus lots.

Priced starting from the $500,000s, these beautiful homes offer the best in design, style and architecture. Two plans are currently being offered at Benefield– The Candelaria and The Waverly Carriage. The homes in the community will feature premium interior and exterior details and decorative appointments, which include brick and stone exterior finishes, visually captivating architectural details and large outdoor living spaces. Some of these will include: open and covered deck spaces with outdoor fireplaces. Inside the homes, visitors will find beautiful hardwood floors, plenty of windows to let in natural light, large walk-in closets, mudrooms, open living spaces and large bathrooms. Every detail has been designed and executed to impress, from Gourmet kitchens equipped with the best in kitchen design to family rooms with custom built-ins.

There are currently two homes under construction in the community that are expected to be completed in January 2016. Details on those homes are below:

2285 Benefield Road – Premier Residential’s Candelaria plan is represented beautifully in this four bedroom, three-and-a-half bathroom home with a basement. Priced at $590,000, the exterior of this home is finished with beautiful three-side brick detail. A signature angled keeping room flows effortlessly into the kitchen and morning room with more than enough room for the entire family. The elegant family room is accented with a coffered ceiling and an impressive fireplace. The second floor master suite includes a spa-style bathroom and a huge walk-in closet. An additional four bedrooms, a media room and an optional exercise room off the master complete the layout of the second floor.

2295 Benefield Road – The Waverly floor plan is showcased in this home which includes five bedrooms and four bathrooms. Priced at $650,000, this two-story custom home sits on more than one-acre of land and includes a beautiful first floor layout, which has the master-on-the-main. The breathtaking keeping room features grand architectural details, which add even more luxury. Three secondary bedrooms are included on the second floor along with a loft space.

In addition to enjoying low Forsyth County taxes, residents of this community will send their children to top-rated schools that include, Daves Creek Elementary, Lakeside Middle and South Forsyth High. A number of shopping, dining and entertainment options are convenient to the community and the Sawnee Mountain Preserve, a 963-acre park with hiking trails and beautiful nature views is a short drive away.

For more information on the homes available at Benefield, please contact the builder at 1-855-770-4663 or visit

New construction activity at Nesbit Landing and Nesbit Reserve

Come to visit Nesbit Landing and Nesbit Ferry this Fall and see the new construction activity.  We are in the process of framing one of the houses and clearing lots for three more permitted homes in Nesbit Landing.  Nesbit Ferry starts are not far behind. They are in the permitting process with Sandy Springs. Come Now to make all selections for your home!

All of the houses will have basements, 3 car garages with a carriage entry, outdoor living with covered porches all with Fireplaces ready for Plasma TV installation.  Interiors will have extensive hardwoods,coffered ceilings,loft and spacious bedrooms each with access to a bath.

Large breakfast areas, open to both kitchen and supersize family room complete with built-ins and stone Everyone falls in love with the gourmet kitchen with custom cabinets, granite counters and stainless appliances.

If you want to live in Sandy Springs in a location that is close to everything, we are the best in town for new homes that are sure to please the most discriminating tastes.

Stunning New Homes Priced from the Mid 700’s to High 800’s. Call Roberta Hanson at 770-231-1387 today for an appointment to see what this fall will bring! 



Tamra Wade & Partners Aligns with Core Homebuilders

The relationship between a home builder and its real estate partner is multi-faceted and integral to the success of both parties involved. This is why Tamra Wade & Partners and Core Homebuilders have partnered together to bring a customer-centered real estate experience and beautifully constructed homes to the Atlanta home buyer. Tamra Wade & Partners brings to the table years of Atlanta real estate knowledge, exemplary customer service and 24-hour assistance. In addition, Core Homebuilders doesn’t just build homes; the company is committed to responsibly constructing homes that are beautiful, long lasting, comfortable and efficient for buyers.

Tamra Wade & Partners represents six of Core Homebuilders’ communities in the Atlanta metro area. Not only are these communities located in highly sought after areas of the city where the Atlanta real estate market is flourishing, but the homes within them are beautifully constructed and include many of the in-demand features that the discerning Atlanta home buyer looks for.

Brookwood Village at Evermore is a Core Homebuilders community in Snellville. With single-family homes priced from the $200,000s, parents in the community love being able to send their children to top-rated Gwinnett county schools. The area is full of beautiful, lush parks such as, T. W. Briscoe Park and Stone Mountain. Brookwood Village currently has a number of homes available for sale, and these homes include features such as stainless steel kitchen appliances, open floor plans, master-on-the-main configurations and more. For additional information on Brookwood Village at Evermore, contact Jennifer Murphy at 770-630-6567.

Cool Springs is a Core Homebuilders community located in Cumming. Selling single-family homes priced from the $400,000s, this luxury community offers executive homes that sit on majestic mountain lots of up to one acre in size. Amenities include a park, a children’s playground, a swimming pool, a tennis court and more. In addition, the community offers parents access to Forsyth County schools for their children such as Coal Mountain Elementary, North Forsyth Middle and North Forsyth High Schools. For more information on Cool Springs, contact Magda Gomez at 678-521-3030.

Lake Forest is a Core Homebuilders community in Cumming offering single-family homes priced from the $400,000s. The custom home community is situated in a scenic tree-filled area with beautiful views of Sawnee Mountain. In addition to a 100-acre lake, homes at Lake Forest feature large and luxurious floor plans filled with standard options that will impress. Amenities include a clubhouse, walking trails, a swimming pool, a tennis court and volleyball courts. There is just one lot remaining, so interested buyers should act fast! For more information, contact Magda Gomez at 678-521-3030.

River Springs is a Core Homebuilders community in Dacula offering homes priced from the $270,000s. Located on the Alcovy River, the community offers single-family homes that provide the peace and quiet of suburban living while giving residents access to local shopping, dining and entertainment options. Children in River Springs will attend Gwinnett County Schools including Harbins Elementary, McConnell Middle and Archer High Schools. This community offers custom-built homes with unbelievable standard features, and amenities include a large clubhouse, a swimming pool with a waterslide, tennis courts, basketball courts, soccer fields and a children’s playground. For more information on River Springs, contact Kelly Peterson at 770-630-6567.

Sterling on the Lake is a large master-planned community situated on Cooper Lake. Core Homebuilders offers single-family homes priced from the $400,000s in this community filled with opportunities for residents to explore nature just outside their doorsteps. Trails and parks abound at Sterling on the Lake, and more than 180 acres of open space provide the perfect atmosphere to maximize time spent outdoors. In addition to the lake, trails and parks, residents enjoy a large Village Center, a clubhouse, library, fitness center, tennis courts, swimming pools with water slides, movie theater,  several playgrounds, community dock and much more. For information on these beautiful lake homes, contact Chris Hancock at 404-720-4132.

Tilson Forrest is a community that will be coming soon to Decatur! This exciting new offering from Core Homebuilders will include single-family homes priced from the high $200,000s. Touting 20 Craftsman-style homes that promise to be “green to the core,” the location of this community in the heart of Atlanta, just off Tilson Road in the charming Decatur area, is sure to cause much interest among home buyers. The two and three-story homes in Tilson Forrest will include driveways that lead to the rear of the home, which will increase curb appeal, and outdoor living options such as covered decks and patios that will make spending time outdoors irresistible. Now available for purchase at pre-sale prices, contact Bruce Quinn at 843-415-1633 to get in at these low prices!

To see additional community information on these exciting Core Homebuilder’s developments around Atlanta, visit

Fall Sales Spectacular at Meadows at Mill Creek

Meadows Mill Creek Model_03Take advantage of special savings on move-in ready homes! At Meadows at Mill Creek, Home South Communities is offering $10,000 Any Way You Want It on all of our inventory homes when you use our preferred lender!! Inventory homes include slab and basement lots, ranch floor plan with bonus room, master on the main floor plan, upstairs loft/bonus room, outdoor fireplaces, covered porches, and level back yards…homes that are suitable for all types of families!

Starting in the mid $300’s, Meadows at Mill Creek offers buyers the opportunity to own a sophisticated, Craftsman style home with excellent craftsmanship and distinctive character and style. Proudly showcasing the best in quality and value while exemplifying the beauty and soul of Southern tradition, Home South Communities not only offers the very latest in home design trends, energy-efficiency, and craftsmanship but they also offer a 2/10 Home Warranty to protect this important investment. 

In addition to the quiet lifestyle, Meadows at Mill Creek has an excellent location. Commuters are about 3 miles to interstates I-85 and I- 985 and Route 20, Buford Hwy, and Peachtree Industrial Boulevard are nearby. Just minutes from the Mall of Georgia with is enjoyable collection of dining, shopping, and entertainment, residents appreciate the proximity to everything! Also, for those looking for outdoor fun, Lake Lanier Islands Waterpark and resort is a very short drive and children can also enjoy spending time at nearby Bogan Park & Aquatic Center or watching the Gwinnett Braves play at Coolray Field. Hamilton Mill Golf Club, Chateau Elan Winery and Resort, and the North Georgia Mountains are all also just a few minutes away.

Stop by today and tour our model home….Meadows at Mill Creek is a welcoming neighborhood and children living in Meadows at Mill Creek will attend Patrick Elementary, Glenn C. Jones Middle and “sought after” Mill Creek High.

For more information please contact onsite agents Jennifer Salama at 678-296-3893 or Christy Alarcon at 954-661-4261.