Big Changes Coming to Hartsfield-Jackson & College Park

Along with being one of the fastest growing cities in the world, Atlanta’s airport, Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport has been the world’s busiest airport since 1998. Just seven miles from the heart of Downtown, Hartsfield-Jackson, partially located in the city of College Park, has undergone some major changes recently, with even bigger ones to come. Naturally, as the city grows and expands, there is an increased need for higher attention to planning and development in and around such busy and bustling areas. Here are some of the big changes coming soon to Hartsfield-Jackson and the surrounding College Park area.

$350 Million Dollar Airport Hotel
Developer Majestic Reality, in partnership with Portman Architects, is moving forward with a 541-key Hilton hotel at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport. The project is also expected to entail 50,000 square feet of meeting space, an office building— which officials say “already is attracting significant pre-leasing interest”—a second hospitality component, and a 1,150-space parking deck. The latest designs, featured in renderings just released by Majestic, upped the amount of guest rooms and meeting space at the hotel and introduced “an iconic, all-glass design that will make an architectural statement to millions of travelers each year,” Stan Conway, Majestic Realty’s executive vice president, said in a prepared statement. Design firm Wimberly Interiors is tasked with outfitting the guest rooms, and the lobby and restaurant space will be spearheaded by TihanyDe sign. Construction is scheduled to wrap in 2022.

College Park Master Plan
The City of College Park has expanded it’s master plan for the 420 acre tract just West of Hartsfield-Jackson. The new plan, with a $700 million dollar budget is slated to include 5 million square feet of class A office space, as many as six hotels, and 758,000 square feet of retail including a premium outlet mall. It would also add a 5k loop running/walking trail and a potential golf-related entertainment venue. Originally dubbed “Airport College Park”, the project has recently been referred to as ‘ATL Airport City’ with plans for a future re-branding. The City of College Park has been working steadily toward capitalizing on it’s proximity to the airport, in addition to the current under-utilized land, while maintaining it’s historic landmarks and structures, to create long term sustainability for the City.

The new master plan aims to retain the feel of an urban environment, maintaining control of the planning and development of the project within the city of College Park. The plan was officially approved by the City of College Park the first of August and will move forward, though there is no date set currently for anticipated completion.

 

 

 

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Atlanta’s Vibrant Arts & Culture Scene

Atlanta is well known for its vibrant art community, and while most are familiar with places such as The High Museum, there is an immense art presence throughout Atlanta, if you know where to look and explore. Take in the colorful and the creative at these hidden gems.

 

The Goat Farm Arts Center

The Goat Farm Arts Center is a visual and performing arts center located in West Midtown. The center is housed in a 19th-century complex of industrial buildings and contains the studio space of over 300 artists. Goat Farm hosts music concerts, traditional and experimental theatrical performances, film screenings, contemporary dance performances, art exhibitions, artist residency programs, and professional ballet and contemporary dance classes. It is also home to resident performance companies gloATL, Saiah Theater, and The Collective Project.

 

 

The BeltLine

Art on the Atlanta BeltLine celebrates the voices, experiences, and values of all Atlantans through the work of hundreds of visual artists, performers, and musicians along the Atlanta BeltLine corridor – touching almost 20 intown communities. Art on the Atlanta BeltLine began in 2010 as a way to encourage people to explore the Atlanta BeltLine in an interim state – after rails were removed, but before concrete was poured. All of the exhibitions and programming are free and open to the public, making art accessible to numerous communities around the Atlanta BeltLine. Participation in the exhibition also showcases the work of established and emerging artists from Atlanta and beyond.

 

MODA

Museum of Design Atlanta (MODA) is the only museum in the Southeast devoted exclusively to the study and celebration of all things design. MODA, (formerly known as the Atlanta International Museum of Art & Design) is a participating member of the Smithsonian Affiliate program, and examines how design affects our daily lives through engaging exhibitions, educational outreach, and special events designed to initiate conversation and community dialogue. MODA regularly features exhibitions highlighting architecture, industrial and product design, interiors and furniture, graphics, fashion and more. In 2003, MODA’s Board of Directors, staff, and community advisers made the collective decision to redefine the Museum’s mission and direction, and the Museum of Design Atlanta was born.

 

Whitespace Gallery

Discretely tucked into an 1893 carriage house behind an Inman Park Victorian, Whitespace Gallery is an inviting, elegant space that feels far from a traditional art gallery. Whitespace spotlights a diverse roster of talent, including many emerging artists. From photography to video to sculpture, the space is known for giving untested artists a shot, and is a true hidden gem in the Atlanta arts community.

 

 

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2019 Home Design Trends, Here to Stay for 2020

Each new year brings a flurry of new home trends, and 2019 was no exception. While often, home trends come and go like the passing of a season, 2019 brought some trends that are surely here to stay, at least for the foreseeable future, but most certainly carrying over into 2020. These fabulous trends feature new decor patterns and ideas along with stylish, timeless pieces which impart a fresh take on classic styles. Whatever your taste, these trending home features and accents are sure to have something that you can incorporate into your home.

 

Natural Elements

While it was certainly trendy in years past to have a statement plant, like a Fiddle Leaf Fig, or small succulents scattered throughout your home, 2019 brought the jungle inside, with a mass injection of plants of all varieties into the home trending scene. Bringing nature in by adding plants throughout the home not only adds a level of earthy, boho chic, it gives an overall boost to health, wellness, and well-being. Plants act as a natural source of oxygen, an air purifier, and even a detoxifier and air purifier. Stick them in some chic decorative pots or even a hanging macrame basket and you have some seriously beautiful decor!

 

Velvet Furnishings

Believe it or not, velvet used to be seen as old fashion and stuffy, and it’s now viewed as a luxurious and comforting decorating medium. This multi-dimensional fabric has already started gaining a lot of attention in 2019, and that is sure to continue into 2020. The most impactful pieces have certainly been the stunning, rich colored sofas in all manor of colors, but we have also seen the trend in headboards, ottomans, and accent decor pieces.

 

 

Copper & Matte Gold Accents

While 2018 brought in rose gold trend, 2019 has been all about copper, matte gold, and bronze accents throughout the home. While copper has always been popular on exterior elements such as lanterns, light fixtures, and roofing elements, 2019 brought it inside. The days of stainless steel as a standard seem to be exiting the scene, and fast. Lending a elevated elegance to sinks, bathroom fixtures, kitchen island pendants, and a host of other accents, these metallic trends are here to stay.

 

 

70’s Chic

This 70’s made a huge comeback in 2019, in fashion and in home design. While the last few years have seen an influx of Mid-Century modern design and decor, the 70’s took that and kicked it up with bold wallpaper, macrame accents galore, wicker & rattan furniture, and of course, velvet furniture.

 

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Engel & Völkers Atlanta Teaming Up With Curbio

Engel & Völkers Atlanta is excited to announce our new collaboration with Curbio!

Did You Know, 71% of home buyers are afraid of buying a home that needs work? Purchasing a home is already a huge financial commitment, and most buyers are looking for updated, renovated, and modernized homes, in order to avoid the need for an additional, often sizable, financial burden.

Enter Curbio.

Curbio is a home renovation platform that allows homeowners to renovate their home before listing, subsequently obtaining the highest price and greatest yield in return on their investment. This allows peace of mind for the seller knowing their home will not only sell at the highest and best price, but also assists in selling the home significantly faster. Curbio has created a convenient, turn-key process by providing homeowners with fast, virtual estimates, as well as a dedicated Project Manager to guide them step-by-step through the renovation process.

With an average of 209% return on investment, why wouldn’t you entrust Curbio to elevate your home value to its absolute highest potential?

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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!
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