Our October Newsletter

This month we look into the Serenbe community just outside Atlanta, including photos from our recent tour and comments/thoughts from a
Midtown/Serenbe family. And, as always, we have all the good stuff, including upcoming events, featured listings and DIY tips (with personal experiences from Dawn herself).
At Environs, we value you, your time & your business and look forward to being able to stay in touch with each of you! Have a Great Day.
— The Environs Team
Serenbe: Celebrating Life’s Beauty
At the beginning of October, Dawn and friends were able to get an exclusive tour of the Serenbe community from Steve Nygren, one of the founders.  We decided to follow up our little excursion with a look into the development and even talked to a family who divide their time between Midtown and Serenbe.

A quick look at Serenbe from an outsider and insider’s point of view

Did you miss the Garden Lights last year too??
garden lights
Even if you went, you can never enjoy the Atlanta Botanical Gardens “Garden Lights, Holiday Nights” event quite enough… Avoid the mad rush and go in November – the 7th annual electrical extravaganza has a new high-tech feature too.  It runs Nov 11-Jan 7.
It’s time for a transformation in Downtown
Atlanta’s Centennial Olympic Park, built for the Olympic Games for the 1996 Summer Olympics, is getting a face lift! Earlier this year the park closed to events (after July 4th) to do some expansions and renovations. And now they have released renderings for the next phase of development, bringing this Atlanta park into the modern era!

You can view the proposed renderings at Curbed Atlanta here.

Atlanta apartment developers may face mandate
Members of the Atlanta city council are considering a new ordinance that would require developers to reserve 15% of their apartments for households with “moderate incomes” in some Westside communities, as well as along the Beltline.

Follow this link to watch the video on the Atlanta Business Chronicle’s website

1711 Barnesdale Way
Mid-Century Modern home in Sherwood Forest!

Incredible mid-century modern home nestled in the quiet Atlanta neighborhood of Sherwood Forest.
This special property was beautifully restored to it’s former glory by the current (and second) owner. Originally custom built by the Downing family with an enclosed pool in mind, the plans went through several stages before this floor plan was finalized.
With very few square walls, the house centers around the courtyard pool that has an opaque roof supported by aluminum beams to prevent rusting.
Another unique architectural feature is the stairless interior, although the bedrooms are a half-story above the entry level. An AJC article in 1952, just after the home’s completion, describes the unique ramp feature and the varying reasons that each of the 6 family members enjoyed it.
4 beds, 3.5 baths, 3,257 sq.ft on an almost 20,000 sq.ft lot.  Check out this property with a lot more information, photos and virtual tour at the website:
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A kitchen renovation that made us think
In this smile-worthy blog post, Dawn shares her experience of an ongoing kitchen rehab at her ownhouse.  Included also are illuminating lessons learned for when you start your next renovation project.  See photos of the project before and during – and next month you can see the finished product!
Grand Designs: Fascinating show now on Netflix

One of our favorite shows from Britain is Grand Designs and two of its seasons are on Netflix!
Strangely attractive presenter Kevin McCloud follows some of Britain’s most ambitious self-building projects, as intrepid individuals attempt to design and construct the home of their dreams.
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