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European Elegance in Johns Creek GA

Situated in Olde Taylor Farms, a gated community adjacent to the Chattahoochee River and in one of the top school districts in Georgia, you’ll find the most exquisite property to come to market in years, located at 10707 Polly Taylor Road in Johns Creek.

European elegance in Johns Creek, GA.  Every detail can be found here - from perfectly manicured grounds outside to masterful details inside.  Listed by Rhonda Haran of Atlanta Fine Homes Sotheby's International Realty. Click on the image for more information and additional photos.

European elegance in Johns Creek, GA. Magnificent brick and stone estate with perfectly manicured grounds tucked away in a gated private community.Listed by Rhonda Haran of Atlanta Fine Homes Sotheby’s International Realty. Click on the image for more information and additional photos.

There are six bedrooms, six full baths and three half baths in this home that was built in 2007 and boasts 8,990 square feet of living space.  From the perfectly manicured grounds, to the fine architectural details throughout the home, this property will take your breath away.

The staircase will take your breath away, and just one of many fine architectural details you will find throughout this exquisite property.

The staircase will take your breath away, and just one of many fine architectural details you will find throughout this exquisite property.

Designed by Harrison and Associates. The gourmet kitchen is a chef’s dream with Wolf range, large island, and Subzero fridge.

The heart of the home where you'll find top of the line appliances such as the Wolf range and Subzero fridge.

The heart of the home where you’ll find top of the line appliances such as the Wolf range and Subzero fridge.

The luxurious master bath is simply divine. Heated floors are yet another example of the personal touches throughout this beautiful home.

The luxurious master bath is simply divine. Heated floors are yet another example of the personal touches throughout this beautiful home.

The custom designed wine cellar features an arched doorway, climate control and room for hundreds of your favorite bottles of wine.

The custom designed wine cellar and separate tasting room features an arched doorway, intricate ceiling treatment, climate control and room for hundreds of your favorite bottles of wine.

The pool deck is finished with travertine tile that says cool even in the hot Southern summers.

The pool deck is finished with travertine tile that says cool even in the hot Southern summers.

Offered at $2,395,000

Six bedrooms, six full baths, three half baths

10707 Polly Taylor Road
Johns Creek, GA  30097

For more information about this home, including scheduling an appointment to view it, please contact:

Rhonda Haran
Atlanta Fine Homes Sotheby’s International Realty


30 Day Rezoning Moratorium in Milton

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Milton has imposed a rezoning moratorium because the sheer volume of developer applications is swamping Milton’s Community Development Department, which makes many residents fear the city could lose its pastoral nature.

Council members voted Monday night to stop accepting applications for 30 days on rezonings in the following classifications:
•Community Unit Plan (CUP),
•Neighborhood Unit Plan (NUP),
•Transitional Zone (TR),
•Single-family dwelling (R-2 and R-2A)

“The important thing to realize in all this is that we, as a city council, remain committed to protecting our city from unchecked development,” said Mayor Joe Lockwood. “Instead, we’re actively taking steps to build a proper balance of property rights and community desires.”

Community Development Director Kathy Field said the city’s AG-1 zoning classification allows one home per acre. Developers can build at that density on any property zoned AG-1.

“There are stringent setback requirements in the AG-1 classification,” she said.

Sometimes a 1-acre lot might have topographical or stream problems that mean a home can’t be built on the lot under those requirements. AG-1 allows for a variance of up to 10 percent of the house lots. So in a 50-acre property, up to 5 of those lots could be granted a variance.

If a property has more than 10 percent of its lots with problems, developers have nowhere to go except the CUP classification, which allows up to 100 percent of the setbacks to be given variances.

“There is a concern in the community that’s allowing too much flexibility on the setback requirements,” Field said. The community feels developers and owners of land should have to follow the original setback requirements of AG-1.

“We’ve been inundated with a lot of CUPs, asking for changes to setbacks,” she said.

Field said the perception with the CUPs and other rezonings Milton is ending up with increased density. Developers say they are building the same number of lots at the same density, she said, adding that they are just better lots.

The council in granting the moratorium is letting the Community Development Department to take a step back and look at rezoning ordinances to “see if the zoning is really answering the needs of the community in terms of all the development that is going on.”

Field said the time will be spend making sure the rights of landowners in terms of their development rights are protected as well.

Only a 30-day moratorium is allowed as an emergency. But the city will spend the next 30 days advertising for a longer moratorium that could last several months.

“I think this is being driven by the consideration that there’s an awful lot of development going on in all of those subdivisions that have been previously left vacated because of the economic downturn. Those lots are being built up and new subdivision are coming in as well,” she said.

“The community is concerned about losing viewsheds, losing the pastoral look of the city of Milton. I think the council has heard that, and this is part of that response,” Field said.

Source: Alpharetta/Milton Patch

Baby it’s COLD outside!


Homebuilders in the South often do not consider the threat of freezing weather and thus place water pipes in vulnerable locations. Houses built on slab foundations, common in the South, frequently have water pipes running through the attic, an especially vulnerable location. In addition, Southern homeowners experience relatively few severe cold spells, so they don’t consider freezing a problem and don’t bother checking the condition or location of pipes in their homes.

In the North, by contrast, homebuilders know freezing is a threat, and they usually do not place water pipes in unheated portions of a building or outside of insulated areas. Southern homeowners should be aware that pipes in attics, crawl spaces and outside walls are all subject to freezing and bursting. If these pipes don’t have insulation or heat to protect them, a strong overnight freeze can cause trouble.

Homeowners in the South need to be alert to the danger of freezing and bursting water pipes when the outdoor temperature threatens to drop to 20° F. That’s the temperature at which ice is likely to start forming in water pipes located in an unheated portion of a house. Once ice forms into a blockage in a pipe, continued growth of ice in the pipe can lead to excessive water pressure. It’s pressure of the water that has no place to go when ice builds that causes the pipe to burst, rather than ice pushing against the wall of a pipe. Although 20°F is well below the freezing temperature of water, two factors make this the critical outdoor temperature:

1. The temperature of an unheated portion of a house is almost always at least a few degrees above the outdoor temperature. For example, an insulated attic may be at 37 or 38° F when the outdoor temperature is 32° F.

2. Water “supercools” several degrees below freezing before any ice begins to form. In research tests at the University of Illinois, water pipes placed in an unheated, insulated attic consistently started forming ice when the outdoor temperature dipped just below 20°F.

The 20° F threshold is primarily for homes in the South and other areas where freezing may occur only a handful of times each season.  There are several precautions homeowners in the South can take when the temperature is expected to dip into the low 20s:

  • Seal all openings where cold air can get at unprotected water pipes. It’s especially important to keep cold wind away from pipes, which speeds up the freezing process.
  • Leave cabinet doors open under the kitchen and bathroom sinks to allow warmer room air to circulate around pipes.
  • Let faucets drip slowly to keep water flowing through pipes that are vulnerable to freezing. Ice might still form in the pipes, but an open faucet allows water to escape before the pressure builds to where a pipe can burst. If the dripping stops, it may mean that ice is blocking the pipe; keep the faucet open, since the pipe still needs pressure relief.
  • Pipes in attics and crawl spaces should be protected with insulation or heat. Pipe insulation is available in fiberglass or foam sleeves. Home centers and hardware stores have sleeves providing 1/8 to 5/8 inches of insulation; specialty dealers have products that provide up to 2 inches of insulation. The extra thickness is worth the price and can save a pipe that would freeze with less insulation.
  • Heating cables and tapes are effective in freeze protection. Select a heating cable with the UL label and a built-in thermostat that turns the heat on when needed (without a thermostat, the cable has to be plugged in each time and might be forgotten). Follow the manufacturer’s instructions closely.
  • Exterior pipes should be drained or enclosed in 2″ fiberglass insulation sleeves.
  • Pipes leading to the exterior should be shut off and drained at the start of the winter. If these exterior faucets do not have a shut-off valve inside the house, have one installed by a plumber.

Source: Institute for Business and Home Safety.

2014 Housing Market Predictions

Crystal ball

Making predictions in what is still a somewhat volatile housing market can be tricky. That being said, we are going to give you what we believe will be the five biggest headlines for housing in 2014.

Home Sales Will Surge

Many housing pundits are calling for home sales to do slightly better in 2014 than they did in 2013. To the contrary, we strongly believe that home sales will skyrocket with increases of 10-15% in 2014.

Supply Will Struggle to Keep Up with Demand

With a dramatic increase in demand, it will be up to real estate professionals and builders to make sure there is the necessary inventory to satisfy this demand. This will be a challenge for much of the year.

Interest Rates Will Increase Significantly

Most experts are calling for an increase in mortgage interest rates in 2014. However, we believe the increase will be more dramatic than is being projected. We believe rates will be closer to 6% than 5% by year’s end.

Consumers Will Demand More from Real Estate Professionals

Home search will become a given to the real estate consumer in 2014. In order to differentiate themselves from other agents, real estate professionals will need to bring strong, meaningful content to the table in all their offerings

Go Mobile or Go Home

Any content strategy the industry contemplates must have a mobile component. All information will be accessed 24/7 in every conceivable environment. The professionals who understand and act on this will dominate 2014.


My 2 minutes and 38 seconds of fame

For just a few minutes last night, I was really cool in the eyes of my 10 year old.  For those of you with boys this age, you know what a huge accomplishment this can be!

I was excited to have the opportunity to feature one of our beautiful listings on 11Alive News.

Click here to see the video of 2985 N. Manor Bridge Road on 11 Alive News’ Open House Series:


Click here to see the video that was aired on 11 Alive of my listing at 2985 N. Manor Bridge Drive in Milton.

Click here to see the video that was aired on 11 Alive of my listing at 2985 N. Manor Bridge Drive in Milton.

It was alot of fun filming and provided a unique opportunity for marketing for our client.

Thank you Melissa Long and 11Alive for a great piece!

Click here to learn more about this Milton estate home for sale, on my website including more images and information.

What Does Warren Buffet Think About Buying A Home?


Warren Buffet is seen by many as the greatest investor of our time. When he speaks, people listen. Like anyone else in his position of influence, he is criticized by some for using his bullhorn to promote his own business agendas at times. That makes it very interesting when we occasionally learn of how he privately advises those closest to him.

Such a situation occurred this week. Debbie Bosanek, Warren Buffet’s secretary of 37 years, recently purchased a second home in Surprise, Arizona.

In an article in the Omaha World Herald, Mrs. Bosanek discussed her reasons for purchasing a second home and the personal advice she received from Mr. Buffet.

“I just thought it was time to buy a home. Warren tells me that it will be the best opportunity in my lifetime. Mortgage rates are low and prices have dropped dramatically…I share Warren’s view about the future of America, and we believe that our country will do just fine. I’m happy to make this investment.”

The greatest investor of the last century privately has told the people closest to him that buying a home right now will be the best opportunity in [their] lifetime”.

That’s good enough for us. How about you?




Never Underestimate the Power of a Positive Attitude


The results of surrounding yourself with individuals who face each day with a positive outlook on life can be truly remarkable.   Anthony Robbins once said, “The quality of your life is largely determined by those you spend your time with.  Choose your friends well.”   I was reminded of this yesterday.  I had the pleasure of spending the morning with my colleagues being inspired by Matthew Ferrara, the real estate industry’s go to expert on using the latest technologies to strategically grow your business.

As I looked around the room and listened to the interactions during Matt’s presentation, it occurred to me how fortunate I am to not only do what I love every day, but to also have the privilege of working with people who continually inspire me.   

Let’s face it…the economy has made the last few years extremely challenging for everyone.  However, as I sat I in that room yesterday, it struck me how the “vibe” was very different from what you get tuning into the mainstream media each day.  Here sat people who decided some time ago that  despite the challenges, they would forge ahead and not give up.  And the results of that attitude are paying off.  Our company opened 2 new offices last year and grew our production by over 40%!  Our #1 agent in our Buckhead office and his team sold over $38m in real estate last year.  The #1 agent in our North Atlanta office, realtor extraordinaire and mom of two young children, sold over $15m.  Another friend and colleague, who entered the real estate business just before the crash, came in as #2 in our office in 2011. 

These are just a few examples of individuals who forge ahead every day with a positive attitude, working hard to serve each client with the highest level of expertise and professionalism.  In this new era of short sales, foreclosures, and bad appraisals, every transaction takes hard work and lots and lots of tenacity.  It’s never easy, but in the end always rewarding.  I am so proud to be a part of a  team that embraces that level of commitment. 

The theme of our recent Sotheby’s International Realty conference was “Singing in the Rain”.  I guess when the sun starts shining again, we’ll have the “Moves Like Jagger”!