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House Envy: Look inside Yo Shin So, a $1.7-million Zen oasis

Complete with four koi ponds, two teahouses, a sculpture garden, and a meditation room, a North Atlanta house named Yo Shin So (“a sunny place in the woods”) is an authentic slice of the Japanese countryside.
Pinewood Forrest

Could Pinewood Forrest be the next Serenbe?

Make no mistake—the team behind Pinewood Forrest, a 234-acre, mixed-use development currently under construction, understands the power of having what will soon be the largest U.S. movie studio outside of Los Angeles directly across the street.

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

House Envy: Newer Virginia-Highland Craftsman boasts a great location and all the amenities

The 5,100-square-foot house, built in 2010, is located near Piedmont Park, Ponce City Market, and the Atlanta Beltline. The home is also steps away from the area’s many restaurants, shops, and galleries, and boasts a sweeping skyline view.
Where to live now

Has intown Atlanta lost affordable housing for good?

While the overall metro area has remained affordable—in the third quarter of 2015, the $178,900 median sales price for a single-family home was lower than all but three of the nation’s 20 largest metros—the cost of housing in much of intown Atlanta has skyrocketed.

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.

It’s going to take more than $45 million* to help Vine City

When it comes to building stuff, Atlanta’s got a great history of public-private partnership. Civic leaders come up with an idea, City Hall irons out the political wrinkles, and then Coke, Delta, the Home Depot, and other hometown companies contribute funding. It’s how Atlanta won the Braves and the Olympics. On the other hand, our track record of taking care of people in the process of building things—large venues in particular—is lousy.
Lakefront Living

Lakefront living: HGTV’s Egypt Sherrod picks three great Atlanta-area neighborhoods on the water

There’s something about living on water that calms the soul, and you don’t have to leave Atlanta to do it. Many metro neighborhoods are built next to private or public reservoirs.
Bald Head Island

Community Snapshot: Bald Head Island

Not far from Wilmington, North Carolina, Bald Head Island is 12,000 acres, with 10,000 set aside for beach, marsh, and maritime forest nature preserves. There are currently 1,200 residences divided into dozens of neighborhoods.

SCADpads transform parking spaces into micro houses

Right now, SCAD Atlanta students and faculty are sleeping in the parking lot of the Atlanta campus’s main building. No, it’s not a dorm crisis or a protest, but an experiment in small living spaces.

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