Rounding Out The Summer – Can’t Miss Events

School is back in session, which means fall is right around the corner and it is time to mark your calendar for all the best post-summer events in and around Atlanta. Lucky for you, many of those events kick off in September, so you won’t have to wait long to experience some of the year’s most fun, most entertaining, and most thrilling events! Check out a few of our picks for can’t miss events and festivals in the coming months!

Inman Park Restaurant Week | September 23rd – 29th
Known as one of the hottest in-town neighborhoods, the Inman Park culinary scene continues to be a beckoning destination for foodies. Many of the restaurants are located right off of the Atlanta BeltLine Eastside Trail, allowing patrons to easily walk or bike to any of the eateries, as well as dine with a view of the trail. Inman Park Restaurant Week is in its ninth consecutive year and includes 15 of the top restaurants in the Inman Park neighborhood. For more information, visit www.inmanparkrestaurantweek.com

Music Midtown | September 14th – 15th
Atlanta’s largest music festival, held mid-September each year at Piedmont Park, Music Midtown beckons music lovers from a range of genres. Known for its unique lineup (many will remember Elton’s John’s appearance in 2015), this year’s headliners include Travis Scott, Panic! At The Disco, Billie Eilish, and Vampire Weekend. For the full lineup and to purchase tickets, visit www.musicmidtown.com

Dragon Con | August 29th – September 2nd
Attracting over 85,000 people each year, Dragon Con is the nation’s leading multi-media and pop culture convention. Dragon Con brings the latest in science fiction and fantasy gaming, comics, literature, art, music and film. With an incredible array of Dragon Con exhibitors and vendors, attendees will experience an array of today’s most famous names. Dragon Con in Atlanta can be as much of a learning experience as it can be a shopping excursion with workshops of all types. From acting and writing, to Tai Chi and belly dancing, there is something for everyone. For information on Dragon Con, visit www.dragoncon.org

 

The Sleepy Hollow Experience | September 27th – November 3rd
Kicking off the season of All Hallows’ Eve, the Serenbe Playhouse presents the season’s hottest fall fright fest: The Sleepy Hollow Experience. Following five sold out seasons and recognition as one of the ‘Top Five Halloween Plays in the Country’ by American Theatre Magazine, patrons will enjoy a fresh adaptation by Serenbe Playhouse’s Brian Clowdus. This immersive Halloween experience is sure to have heads rolling. Are you afraid of the dark? No Worries! Due to popular request, we are proud to present The Sleepy Hollow Family Experience. Bring the whole family to Tarrytown and experience the retelling of this classic American ghost story in the comfort of daylight. Join the cast at a Fall Festival pre-show and during intermission. Visit www.serenbeplayhouse.com for more information and tickets.

Trend-Setting Smart Home Technology

Home buying just got a little smarter, with Alexa-guided home tours at District Lofts, a modernized collection of expansive lofts overlooking Atlantic Station. Walking through these gorgeous, light-filled lofts, you might be so struck by the 22 ft ceilings and the superior design aesthetics, that you overlook some of finer points of the home. Don’t worry, thanks to Engel & Völkers Atlanta enabling Amazon’s popular virtual assistant, Alexa, you won’t miss those design details, she’s got you covered!

Smart home technology has become an absolute staple for many homeowners in recent years. Here are three more ultra-innovative devices to check out if you are looking to upgrade your home.

Be smart and energy efficient with Phillips Hue Smart Lighting bulbs. The individual bulbs can be controlled within Bluetooth range, but if you want to get the full benefits of this innovative product, you can purchase their controller system aptly named ‘Bridge’ which can connect up to 50 bulbs within your home, controlled through their app, from anywhere.

You may have heard of the smart refrigerator that makes your grocery list a no-brainer, but Samsung has kicked it up a notch with their Family Hub™ smart screen models. Not only do they have three interior cameras, so you can access every possibly angle of your fridge’s contents, from anywhere, you can also stream your favorite music, set lights, hear and speak to someone at your front door, monitor your baby’s room and receive laundry end of cycle notifications.

Want to save on water without having to constantly adjust your sprinkler system on or off, or worry about constantly checking the weather? A smart sprinkler controller is like a smart thermostat for your garden or yard. It optimizes your in-ground irrigation system by auto-adjusting to weather and soil conditions, making a healthy landscape easier while cutting water use. They can adjust to real-time weather conditions and integrates with many smart devices, yet remains simple to use.

Check out these great featured articles on our Alexa guided tours at District Lofts:

https://magazine.realtor/daily-news/2019/08/13/alexa-tell-me-about-the-kitchen
http://metroatlantaceo.com/news/2019/08/engel-volkers-atlanta-launches-alexa-enabled-model-home-district-lofts/
https://atlanta.citybizlist.com/article/564226/engel-v%C3%B6lkers-atlanta-launches-alexa-enabled-model-home-at-district-lofts
Be sure to head out to Atlantic Station for a chance to experience it for yourself!
Visit www.owndistrictlofts.com for more information

Investing Intelligently – Home Upgrades & Additions That Pay Off

Upgrading, modernizing, and renovating a home can be tricky business. A home purchase is a huge investment and should be considered as just that – an investment. Unfortunately, many homeowners get wrapped up in making a home their dream home by pouring money into expensive, and often impractical upgrades, and never recoup their investment. So which home improvement projects should you invest in, and which should you avoid? Below are three home improvement projects that will give you the best bang for your buck and insure your home value continues to rise.

A Change in Hue
A little paint goes a long way. Not only is it very economical (especially if you do it yourself), but a change in wall color alone can transform the look of a room or exterior, if chosen properly. Not sure what color will work with your space or worried you’ll pick the wrong color? Don’t fear, there are some really great tools out there for making a fool proof decision. Sherwin Williams has a fantastic (and free!) service called ‘Color Snap’ that allows you to upload a photo of your space, drop one of their paint colors in, and watch your room transformed before your eyes. Gone are the days of paint swatch-ing the walls! Visit https://www.sherwin-williams.com/homeowners/color/try-on-colors to check it out!

Add A Bath
If your home only has one bathroom, you can recoup a large chunk of your investment by adding another one. HGTV estimates that you can recoup 80%-130% of whatever you spend adding a bathroom. When it comes to finding room in your house for an extra bathroom, take a look at any extra rooms or underutilized spaces. Consider other spaces, such as closets or areas under the stairs, too. If you want a half-bath you need at least 18 square feet. If you want a full bath, including a stand-up shower, you need at least 30 square feet. If you want a bathtub, make sure you have at least 35 square feet to work with for a bathroom addition.

Reinventing a Room
One of the greatest investments you can put into a home is transforming unused (or underutilized) space. Attics and basements are the perfect places to start. Whether you are planning to sell your home, looking to create more space for a growing family, or even transforming a space to add an income property (think about transforming that backyard shed into an Airbnb), this is a great way to add value to a home. For the handy, much of this can be done yourself. No HVAC? There are some really great options for heating & cooling a small space, and we aren’t talking about those old, bulky window units. Here is a low profile heating & cooling unit from Mitsubishi Electric, for less than $1,000! https://www.mitsubishicomfort.com/node/1098

Phipps Plaza has Completed Demolition on it’s Nobu Mixed-Use Project

Simon, an Indianapolis-based company that owns shopping malls nationwide, July 9 announced the demolition phase of the Phipps Plaza redevelopment project in Buckhead has been completed. The first phase of the construction to transform a portion of the mall from a Belk wing to a mixed-use development has begun.

In November 2017 Simon and Nobu reps announced plans for a mixed-use project that will include a new Nobu Hotel and Nobu Atlanta Restaurant, a 90,000-square-foot Life Time center and a 13-story, 350,000-square-foot Class A office building, One Phipps Plaza, that will include a three-story, lower-level parking deck.

In October the Nobu senior leadership, including legendary actor Robert De Niro, joined Atlanta leaders as the organizations officially broke ground on the project.

Using a construction crew of about 400 workers, the Beck Group is serving as architect and general contractor for the redevelopment, with a phased opening beginning in early 2021. Crucial components of the demolition phase included razing the former Belk building and removing a three-level parking deck.

As part of Simon’s sustainable redevelopment planning, the flattened 18,000 tons of concrete and 200 tons of asphalt from the former parking deck will be repurposed and used for other projects. In addition, the new office building, One Phipps Plaza, is being carefully constructed to meet LEED certification. [READ MORE HERE] Source: Marietta Daily Journal 

Interested in purchasing a condominium or home in Buckhead? We are Atlanta’s foremost expert on an ever-changing market. Let one of our expert advisors guide you through your next home sale or purchase. 

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4 DIY’s You Can Do This Weekend

Who doesn’t love a good DIY project? Not only are DIY projects budget conscious, it is a great learning experience, and you are able to customize the color, style, and look to fit right into your space. Whether you are a seasoned DIY-er or you have never tackled a home project and are looking for a way to jump in and get your feet wet, this 5 projects (all of which can be done in a day!) are the perfect place to start!

 

Bead Chandelier

This Pottery Barn dupe from The House that Lars Built is a showstopper-and not just because of the cascading wooden beads.

The Pottery Barn version will set you back $800, but this DIY version will only cost you an afternoon and $170. Roll up your sleeves, and check out the  full tutorial here.

   

 

DIY Picture Frame Terrarium

If you are looking for a quick & easy DIY, and need a place to display those beautiful succulents (or countless other things) in your home, look no further. This DIY picture frame Terrarium from Liz Marie is elegant, simple, and customizable with endless possibilities!

All you is a few picture frames, some hot glue, and your imagination to make this stunning accent to for your home! Check out the full tutorial here.

 

DIY Pallet Fire Pit

Summer is a time for late-night bonfires and marshmallow roasting. If building a fire pit has been on your DIY to-do list for a while, wait no longer! DIY pallet fire pits are easy and inexpensive. This DIY, found on 99 Pallets, allows you to create a unique fire pit with firewood storage.

With a few pallets, concrete tiles and a steel pot, you’re ready to roast marshmallows on a cool summer night. Now you’re ready to set the date for your next outdoor BBQ party! Click here for the full tutorial.

 

DIY Campaign Dresser

Why spend thousands on a campaign dresser when you can just dress one up with a few accents from the hardware store for a fraction of the cost?

Check out this DIY from The Beautiful Mess to see how she dramatically changed the look of this IKEA dresser by adding campaign hardware.

Click here for the full tutorial.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Easy and inexpensive projects like these can make a MAJOR impact on your home’s value!

Thinking about selling your home? Get in touch with one of our expert advisors today for more helpful tips on adding value to your home with inexpensive and easy changes and upgrades!

 

 

4th of July Fun In & Around Atlanta

Centennial Olympic Park Fireworks
When: July 4, gates at 7 p.m., fireworks at 9:45 p.m.
Where: Centennial Olympic Park
Cost: Free, $5 for parking
Details: Self-proclaimed as the biggest fireworks show in the Southeast, this event is a local favorite. A variety of food truck options will be available including ANGELFIRE7 BBQ, Atlanta Seafood Company, and Jerkbrothersatl. Make sure you come prepared (and save some money) by purchasing parking in advance online

Stone Mountain Fantastic Fourth Celebration
When: July 1-7
Where: Stone Mountain Park
Cost: Free, $20 for parking
Details: One of the most popular Fourth of July events, the Fantastic Fourth Celebration includes the Lasershow Spectacular and a huge fireworks display. Since this show runs all week long, you can attend even if you have other plans for July 4 itself.

Red, White and Brew at the Georgia Aquarium
When: July 4, 7-10 p.m.
Where: Georgia Aquarium
Cost: $65
Details: Unlimited beer samples, a barbecue menu, and live music all accompanied by views of beluga whales, manta rays, and whale sharks. At the end of the event, guests can go up to the top floor of the aquarium parking garage for a view of the Centennial Olympic Park fireworks show. 21 and older only.

Neighborhood fireworks and festivals

Fireworks in the Fourth Ward
When: July 4, 5-11 p.m., fireworks at sunset
Where: Historic Fourth Ward Park
Cost: Free
Details: This family-friendly event will have live entertainment and food trucks, all accessible via the BeltLine Eastside Trail. Come prepared with blankets and chairs to sit back on the lawn and enjoy the show.

Marietta Square’s Fourth in the Park
When: July 4, 10 a.m.-9:30 p.m., fireworks at 8 p.m.
Where: Marietta Square
Cost: Free
Details: This all-day event starts the party with the Let Freedom Ring Parade, which will feature 2,000 participants from civic organizations, beauty queens, scouts, local businesses, and an estimated 30,000 spectators. The rest of the day will offer plenty of festivities, including live concerts, food, carnival games, and arts and crafts. The finale of the night will be the fireworks show.

East Point’s Salute to the Red, White, and Blue
When: July 4, 3-11 p.m., fireworks at 9:30 p.m.
Where: East Point City Hall
Cost: Free
Details: Boasting “South Fulton County’s largest pryo digital fireworks”—meaning they’re synced to a musical score—make sure you show up early to tour the vendor market, watch musical performances, and dine on smoked meats, fried fish, Italian ice, and funnel cakes.

Restaurant specials

3rd of July Cookout and Fireworks at the SweetWater Brewery
When: July 3, 4:20-10 p.m.
Where: SweetWater Brewery
Cost: Free
Details: If you want to kickstart your Fourth fun on Wednesday, this event has live bands on the patio, grilled food from a Big Green Egg, and a charity cornhole tournament benefiting the Chattahoochee Riverkeeper—all before the night ends with a fireworks show over the brewery. For $75 VIP tickets, enjoy a buffet, four beer tokens and rooftop access for the fireworks show.

Plant Based BBQ at Grass Vegan Eatery
When: July 4, 1-4 p.m.
Where: The Wing Bar in Decatur
Cost: Entrees $8-$10
Details: Vegans may have trouble finding a good meal among the grilled, smoked, and barbecue meat on July 4—but not this year. Before heading off to a fireworks show, enjoy a vegan and gluten-free menu where no entree is more then $10. Try the pulled Carolina jackfruit sandwich with a fried green tomato or the burnt ends sandwich with a Coca Cola BBQ glaze and a burnt sugar peach cobbler for dessert. No tickets required.

Bar Mercado’s Fourth of July Menu
When: July 4, noon-3 p.m.
Where: Krog Street Market
Cost: $17.76
Details: The Spanish tapas restaurant is featuring a special prix fixe menu at $17.76 so you’ll be ready walk out onto the BeltLine and find a fireworks show in the city. Order three tapas from three choice sets and enjoy a churros and chocolate dish for dessert. Reservations are recommended and tickets can be purchased online in advance.

AJC Peachtree Road Race

PHOTOGRAPH BY PAUL WARD

Sports and outdoors

Peachtree Road Race
When: July 4, 6:25 a.m.-noon
Where: Peachtree Road near Lenox Square Mall
Cost: Free to spectate
Details: The world’s largest 10k is turning 50 this year. With an expected 60,000 participants and 150,000 spectators, the event will start with wheelchair races at 6:25 a.m. and continue through noon—in time to enjoy the rest of the city’s fireworks and festivities.

Braves v. Phillies at Suntrust Park
When: July 4, 7:20 p.m.
Where: Suntrust Park Stadium
Cost: $45-$175
Details: Celebrate the Fourth the traditional way with the American favorites of baseball, hot dogs, and fireworks as the Braves face off against Philadelphia. Stick around after the game for a fireworks display.

Rooftop Bash at Ponce City Market
When: July 4, 5-11 p.m.
Where: Ponce City Market
Cost: $30 for adults, $15 for kids 4-12
Details: Pull out your favorite red, white, and blue outfit and enjoy an evening of live music and barbecue from Skyline Park, Nine Mile Station, RFD Social, and Rooftop Terrace. Stick around until sunset when the Fireworks in the Fourth Ward will be right in view, alongside a panorama of the Atlanta skyline.

Stranger Things
Deviate from the traditional Fourth of July festivities to celebrate another major event: the release of Stranger Things season three. All eight episodes of this Georgia-filmed favorite will hit Netflix on July 4.

Stranger Things 3 Viewing Party
When: July 4, 5-8 p.m.
Where: Mother Bar + Kitchen
Cost: Free
Details: Come in cosplay for special discounts and enjoy Stranger Things-themed bingo before watching the first two episodes of the new season with other fans.

Stranger Things Trivia
When: July 3, 7-9 p.m.
Where: Guac y Margys
Cost: $20
Details: If you have plans the night of the Fourth but still want to gear up in anticipation of the release of Stranger Things, come join your fellow fans at Guac y Margys for themed trivia. This 21 and older-only event will include tacos and themed drinks for your team of one to six people.

Roast of Stranger Things
When: July 3, 8-10 p.m.
Where: Highland Inn Ballroom Lounge
Cost: $15
Details: For comedy buffs and Stranger Things fans, this 18 and older event is the perfect combination. Atlanta-based comics will portray—and roast—fan-favorite characters (sorry Barb).

Source: Atlanta Magazine