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House Envy: This Garden Hills gem was designed by the late Brian Bethea Smith

This luxurious 7,000 square-foot home built in 2008 has all the charm of a historic Tudor cottage.
Tiny Houses

Tiny houses—or at least very small ones—are coming to metro Atlanta

“It’s really about intentional living, intentional community, less space, more life,” says Will Johnston, 36, founder and executive director of Tiny House Atlanta, an education and advocacy group, and a consultant to the developer Tiny South. “Less footprint, less stuff.”

Atlanta: Most redneck city in the USA?

Consider, as they say, the source. The same folks over at the Movoto real estate blog who recently decreed Atlanta the most nerdy city in the U.S. have now dubbed us "most redneck."

The redneck-calculation methodology developed by Movoto's Natalie Grigson includes: percentage of high school dropouts; number of gun stores, taxidermists, Walmarts, country music stations, and Western gear vendors; and proximity to a NASCAR track. Also lawn mower repair stores.

Alright, Natalie. We'll concede on most of the findings—especially the guns and dropouts. But did you have to make a Jeff Foxworthy reference? We'd have gone with the Stone Mountain laser show.
Mandarin Oriental penthouse

House Envy: Living the high life—Mandarin Oriental’s penthouse is Atlanta’s priciest

Atlanta's priciest penthouse—a two-level, unfinished unit above the Mandarin Oriental—offers a concierge, housekeeping service, personal drivers, a private elevator, and spectacular views.

These Atlanta homes are made from old shipping containers

While traveling in Europe, Glen Donaldson saw houses crafted from old shipping containers and was intrigued. But back home in Atlanta—where rail lines carry more than a million boxcars a year—he couldn’t find anything similar. So Donaldson located an affordable lot in an area where zoning permitted modern houses, secured an architect, and designed his dream home.

House Envy: This once run-down Craftsman, a block from Piedmont Park, was lovingly restored

This 1925 cottage near Piedmont Park looks small but lives large with the recent addition of a second story.

The best place to live in Georgia is . . . Canton?

While the folks at the real estate blog Movoto.com think Atlanta excels in nerdiness and redneckery, they’ve concocted a new list where, oddly enough, the city doesn’t place at all. Movoto’s “10 Best Places in Georgia” roster doesn’t include the state’s capital.  That’s right; Atlanta evidently doesn’t rate. The most peachy keen of Georgia’s places to live is none other than (drum roll, please) Canton.

Movoto’s explanation: a data-and-statistics-based formula used to identify real estate Utopias by ranking total amenities, crime, tax rates, employment, commute time, and weather (uh, humid). The rankings don’t include access to mass transit, but do include a multifaceted “quality of life” tabulation that assesses the cost of living, median home price, median rent, median household income, and student-to-teacher ratio in public schools.

Movoto’s List of the Best Places in Georgia
Bethany Way

House Envy: Monticello-inspired Milton estate blends classic style with inviting spaces

The CEO of Atlanta’s oldest home-building company built his ultimate dream house in Milton. Now that he and his wife are downsizing empty nesters, that home can be yours—for $6,750,000.
HGTV Dream Home

Atlanta designer Brian Patrick Flynn gives us a sneak peek inside HGTV’s 2017 Dream Home

HGTV is giving away another fully decorated and renovated home, and this year's prize is just a short drive away on St. Simons Island. Atlanta designer Brian Patrick Flynn describes his inspirations for the house.
456 W Paces Ferry Rd

House Envy: Neil Reed’s version of George Washington’s Mount Vernon estate

Iconic Georgia architect Neil Reed created this mansion on 405 acres off West Paces Ferry. Some of the property later became home to the Governor's Mansion.

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