Atlanta Real Estate and Community News

Jan. 16, 2020

Milton's Manor Golf and Country Club Offers a Paradise for Families

Set in the heart of Milton’s horse country in an exclusive gated community, The Manor Golf & Country Club boasts a luxurious lifestyle of Loudermilk Homes custom built luxury homes that feature a world-class amenity package and an unparalleled country club set around Georgia’s only Tom Watson-designed championship golf course. 

The 18-hole golf course was designed to utilize hardwoods, towering pines, quiet lakes, streams and a variety of elevation changes to create a 7,177-yard, par-72 course that offers the right balance of beauty, challenge and playability. The landing areas are ample but the golf course puts a premium on the approach shot. Golfers must think strategically and execute the proper shots in order to avoid well-placed bunkers and land safely on the large and undulating Bentgrass greens. The Club’s professional golf staff offers an excellent lesson program consisting of private lessons, group clinics and a great junior golf program.

Amenities in addition to the golf course include tennis, an aquatic facility with indoor and outdoor swimming pools, a state of the art fitness facility with onsite personal trainers, full dining room and a robust calendar of events for every member of the family. 

The Manor’s community centerpiece is the Manor Clubhouse, an expansive and comfortable 32,000-square-foot clubhouse that features spectacular views across Lake Manor and the timeless European architecture with rich, old-world details and modern-day comforts.

One of the best family benefits of the Manor is the Kid’s Club, a service offered to Manor Members that choose to utilize the Club while their children have fun in a supervised environment. The Kids’ Club offers a variety of activities for children ages 3-12 that include movies, arts and crafts, theme days, and other activities that allow them to make new friends. Flat rate hourly rates for this service are a mere $7 per child per hour which will be billed to the Member account and members can enjoy Kids’ Club free of charge on Wednesday for Family Night. 

 

Homesites in the Manor range from the high $100s off the golf course to the high $400s for lots directly on the golf course. Completed, move-in ready homes start in the mid $1.5 million dollar range through upwards of $3 million. Loudermilk Homes is the featured home builder at the Manor and customizes each home in the community in unbelievable detail. Home styles range from luxury farmhouse to European masterpiece and brick traditional. Most homes have at least 5 bedrooms and include full terrace levels in addition to the main living spaces. Lot sizes mostly begin at a minimum of one full acre with some ranging upwards of close to 3 acres. 

We love showing our clients around The Manor and would love to give you a backstage tour of remaining homesites and available completed custom homes. Call us today to make an appointment!

Posted in Buying a Home
Dec. 17, 2019

Winfield on the River Offers Seclusion in Johns Creek

Winfield on the River is a small, gated community located along the Chattahoochee River in a quiet, secluded area of Johns Creek. The community offers 77 private estate homes along maple lined streets and according to the Winfield HOA, great care was taken to design a neighborhood that borders a beautiful river and resides across from the Medlock Bridge Chattahoochee River National Park Recreation Area (a United States National Park). 

The community’s recreation area offers a protected natural area and several hiking trails with access to the river. Medlock Bridge Road gives residents easy access to shopping, work and play.  But once you are inside the secluded gates of Winfield, residents are in another world filled with elegant homes and gracious lots overlooking a tranquil river.

Throughout the years the HOA has opted to conserve a majority of the mature landscaping which adds to the overall privacy of each home.  This approach also provides areas for community parks and other recreational amenities. According to the Winfield HOA, the result is a neighborhood of homes framed by trees and natural landscaping that allows privacy when needed.

Winfield offers a common grass and tree area in the middle of the community to provide natural trees and a grassy area as a space to walk and rest. The beauty of the river enhances the tranquility of the neighborhood that has the welcoming feel of a small town while offering conveniences such as shopping, restaurants, and supermarkets less than two miles from a secure, camera-monitored gated entrance.

Winfield’s convenient access to the heart of Johns Creek is also within close proximity to some of the finest public and private schools in Johns Creek. Winfield is zoned for Medlock Bridge Elementary SchoolAutrey Mill Middle School and Johns Creek High School and is a short drive to Wesleyan SchoolPerimeter School and the North Campus of Woodward Academy

Homes in Winfield range from the mid to high $800s to over $1.5 million. Annual HOA dues are $1,900 and include common area and road maintenance. Most homes are over 5,000 square feet in size and sit on nearly .5 acre lots or larger. Many homes in the community were custom built in the early 2000s.

Photos in this article are courtesy of Realtors Jason Aldridge and Pete Frye.

 

Posted in Buying a Home
Dec. 9, 2019

Your Guide to Johns Creek and Alpharetta Christmas Light Displays

One of the best times to check out a neighborhood you’re interested in potentially moving to is during the holiday season. While landscaping may be barren, neighborhood holiday decor gives you an idea of what a neighborhood is like during the most wonderful time of the year. After all, there’s no place like home for the holidays, so why not check out prospective neighborhoods as you enjoy family time together?

We’ve put together some of the best neighborhoods and light displays in the greater Johns Creek Alpharetta area. Let us know which one is your favorite!

Ashebrooke Night of Lights in Cumming - Sunday, December 15

On one amazing night, homeowners in the community of Ashebrooke in Cumming put together their passion and desire to “bring joy, community spirit and lots of lights” to raise money for a good cause. Since 2006, the Ashebrooke Night of Lights has been hosted by neighbors helping a neighbor in need and continues in the same spirit. Each year since its inception, Ashebrooke residents continue to reach out and help a neighbor or local community organization in need. This year the event will benefit two Ashebrooke families in need. Out of the 310+ properties in Ashebrooke, generally 90% participate! According to the organizers, in past years there have been Santa sightings, falling snow, reindeer, bag pipers and a live nativity scene. Plan accordingly: the drive through the neighborhood can take an hour or more. Enter at 5505 Luke Drive Cumming beginning at nightfall on Sunday, December 15.

Emory Hospital in Johns Creek

It's always fun to take a quick detour through Hospital Parkway in Johns Creek to see the gigantic Christmas displays Emory Johns Creek installs each year. Enter at 6325 Hospital Parkway Johns Creek to see the beautiful displays.

Christmas in Castille in Alpharetta (Forsyth County side) - Every Thursday through Sunday until December 25

Tune your radio to 89.9 FM and experience a phenomenal 15 minute light display with over 59,000 twinkling set to a four song playlist. Christmas in Castille is a home in the Castille neighborhood in West Forsyth county in Alpharetta. The Castille neighborhood is typically gated, but the gate will be made open each night for the display, which gives you a great opportunity to check out what makes this neighborhood so great. Hours of operation are 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm every Thursday through Sunday, weather permitting. The home is located at 4220 Tivoli Way Alpharetta.

Hillbrooke Neighborhood in Johns Creek - Nightly until December 25

For over 20 years, the Hillbrooke neighborhood in Johns Creek has come together to put on a beautiful neighborhood light display. Once in the subdivision, follow to the first stop sign and then go right. The entrance in Hillbrooke is located at 1600 Gladewood Drive, Johns Creek.

Pierce Lights in Alpharetta

Julie and Stewart Pierce are two IT professionals who are obsessed with Christmas lights. What started as a hobby became a full blown animated light show in 2014.  Years later, the Pierces now have over 50,000 lights in their yard and 90% RGB and have added music to their show. From the beginning our show has been about celebrating the birth of Jesus, and the Pierces take great joy in seeing folks enjoy their Christmas show. Pierce Lights is located about 1/2 mile from downtown Alpharetta off Academy Street in the Spring Run subdivision at 370 Oak Terrace Alpharetta.

Santa’s Village in Roswell - Nightly through December 31

Featuring Christmas characters, trains and lights, Santa’s Village in Roswell is straight out of the things sugarplum fairies are made of. The lights display includes eight settings, each one with a Christmas scene. Weather permitting, train rides throughout the neighborhood will be provided. Stop by nightly from 6:00 - 9:00 pm at 405 Waverly Hall Drive Roswell.

Posted in Community News
Nov. 25, 2019

Happy Thanksgiving from Robb Realty Group

Did you know before he became a top producing Realtor, Eric Robb was a professional chef? He even studied at the Culinary Institute of America. Growing up in New York around big family gatherings, Eric learned how to cook from his self-taught chef grandfather who worked in the restaurant industry for over 10 years. His grandmother was also a baker who could cook some of the best desserts you could ever imagine. Eric worked in a popular South Florida restaurant chain for years, opening three of their restaurants, before making his way to Johns Creek.

Fast forward to the present day, Eric has transferred the hard work, determination, grit and discipline he learned in the kitchen over to Real Estate. With Thanksgiving around the corner next week, we thought it would be fun to share a few of our favorite recipes. Let us know which ones you try at your Johns Creek or Alpharetta Thanksgiving feast.

Appetizer from Laura Cason: Bacon Wrapped Dates

If you’re looking for an easy way to wow your guests before the main course, these three-ingredient bacon wrapped dates stuffed with goat cheese are the way to go. 

Ingredients:

  • Two Packs Thin Cut Bacon


  • 32 Medjool Dates - Pits Removed


  • 8 Oz Goat Cheese


  • Toothpicks for Serving



Directions:

  • Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees. 

  • Slice dates lengthwise. 


  • Stuff goat cheese into the cavity of the date and close the sides. 


  • Cut bacon slices in thirds. Wrap each date with a slice of bacon and secure with a toothpick. 


  • Arrange evenly on baking sheet and bake for 15 minutes.


  • Remove dates and use toothpicks to flip the dates. Reinsert the dates and Cook for another 15 minutes. 


  • Remove the dates from the oven and let cool on a paper-towel lined plate for 5 minutes.


  • Serve immediately.



Main Course Side Dish from Errol Danley: Trisha Yearwood's Sweet Potato Souffle

A true Southern side, Errol’s sweet potato souffle adapted from Trisha Yearwood is sure to impress your Southern relatives. Recipe adapted from Georgia Cooking in an Oklahoma Kitchen by Trisha Yearwood.

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup butter (1 stick), at room temperature, plus more to grease pan 
  • 5 medium sweet potatoes 
  • 2 large eggs 
  • 1 cup granulated sugar 
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract 
  • 1/2 cup milk 
  • Pinch of salt 
  • 1 cup finely chopped pecans 
  • 1 cup brown sugar, packed 
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour 
  • 1/4 cup butter (1/2 stick), softened

Directions:

  • For the souffle:
    • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
    • Grease a 2 1/2- quart baking dish with butter.
    • Poke the sweet potatoes with a fork and bake on a foil-covered baking sheet until they are soft, 1 hour.
    • When cool enough to handle, peel the potatoes, place the flesh in a large mixing bowl and mash until very smooth.
    • Add the eggs, sugar, butter, vanilla, milk and salt.
    • Combine well with an electric mixer or hand mixer.
    • Turn the mixture into the baking dish. 
  • For the topping:
    • In a medium bowl, stir together the pecans, brown sugar, flour and butter until thoroughly combined.
    • Spoon the mixture over the sweet potatoes, making an even layer.
    • Bake the casserole until slightly browned, 40 minutes.
    • Let the casserole sit for 5 minutes before serving.

Main Course Side: Paula Deen's Pineapple Casserole from Allyson Rollins

For a recipe the entire family including kids will love, try Paula Deen's Pineapple Casserole, which is Allyson's favorite side.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 6 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups grated sharp cheddar
  • 2 (20-ounce) cans pineapple chunks, drained, and 6 tablespoons pineapple juice reserved
  • 1 cup cracker crumbs (recommended: Ritz)
  • 8 tablespoons (1 stick) butter, melted, plus extra for greasing pan

Directions:

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  • Grease a medium-size casserole dish with butter.
  • In a large bowl, stir together the sugar and flour. Gradually stir in the cheese. Add the drained pineapple chunks, and stir until ingredients are well combined. Pour the mixture into the prepared casserole dish.
  • In another medium bowl, combine the cracker crumbs, melted butter, and reserved pineapple juice, stirring with a rubber spatula until evenly blended. Spread crumb mixture on top of pineapple mixture. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes, or until golden brown.

Dessert: Apple Pie from Eric Robb

Eric wouldn’t dare share his family’s secret recipe, but here is an apple pie recipe that is pretty close to his heavily guarded one. 

Ingredients:

  • For the Crust:
    • 3 c. all-purpose flour
    • 1 c. Crisco Shortening, cut into 1/2" pieces
    • 2 tbsp. granulated sugar
    • 1/2 tsp. kosher salt
    • 9 tbsp. ice water (or more, if needed)
  • For the Filling
    • 3 1/2 lb. assorted apples (Granny Smith, cored, peeled, and thinly sliced
    • 2 tbsp. freshly squeezed lemon juice
    • 2/3 c. granulated sugar
    • 2 tbsp. all-purpose flour, plus more for rolling
    • 1 tsp. ground cinnamon
    • 1/2 tsp. pure vanilla extract
    • 1/4 tsp. kosher salt
    • 2 tbsp. butter, cut into small pieces
    • 1 egg beaten with 1 tbsp. water (egg wash)
    • Coarse sugar, for sprinkling

Directions:

1. Make Crust

  • Place flour and butter into freezer for 30 minutes before starting crust process.

  • In a large food processor, pulse flour, sugar, and salt until combined.
  • Add butter and pulse until pea-sized and some slightly larger pieces form.
  • With the machine running, add vinegar, then ice water into feed tube, 1 tablespoon at a time, until dough starts to come together and is moist but not wet and sticky (test by squeezing some with your fingers).
  • Mixture will be crumbly.

  • Turn dough onto a lightly floured surface, form into 2 equal size balls, and flatten into disks (making sure there are no/minimal cracks).

  • Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate until dough is very cold, at least 2 hours or up to overnight.

  • On a lightly floured surface, roll out one disc of dough into a 12” circle. Drape over pie dish and gently press to fit (don’t stretch).
  • Refrigerate 30 minutes or freeze 10 minutes.


2. Make Filling

  • In a large bowl, toss apple slices with lemon juice, sugar, flour, cinnamon, vanilla, and salt until well combined. Transfer apple mixture into the crust-lined pie dish. Dot all over with butter.


3. Assemble and Bake Pie

  • Preheat oven to 425º with a large baking sheet on the middle rack and lightly grease a 9”-x-1.5” pie dish with cooking spray.

  • Roll out second disc of dough into a 12” circle and drape over apple filling, trim edges to 1”, tuck overhang up and over itself, and crimp edges. 

  • Brush with egg wash and make six 2” slots in the center. Sprinkle with coarse sugar.

  • Place pie onto preheated baking sheet and bake 20 minutes, then reduce heat to 375º and bake until golden and bubbly, 40 minutes more. (If edges begin to look dark, cover with foil.)

  • Let cool on a wire rack at least 2 hours before serving.


Dessert: Coca-Cola Cake from Kristine Hoogacker

Nothing is more Georgian for a Thanksgiving dessert more than a classic Coca-Cola cake!

Cake:

  • Mix and Combine:
    • 2 cups plain all-purpose flour
    • 1 teaspoon baking soda
    • 2 cups of sugar
  •  Bring ingredients below to a boil and pour over the above flour mixture:
    • 2 tablespoons cocoa
    • 1 cup Coke
    • 2 sticks of margarine
  • Mix below ingredients with above mixture:
    • 1 1/2 cups mini marshmallows
    • 2 eggs- slightly beaten
    • 1/2 cup buttermilk
    • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • Bake 350 degrees for 4-50 minutes in 19x9x2 greased pan .

Icing:

  • 1 stick margarine
  • 3 Tablespoons cocoa
  • 1/3 cup Coke
    • Mix together and pour over 1 box of confectioner's sugar. Have ready to put on hot cake. 
Posted in Community News
Nov. 20, 2019

Bayard Johns Creek, A New Construction Community with Deep Roots

Bayard is a new construction, gated subdivision in Johns Creek that has become one of the most desired new construction neighborhoods in Johns Creek. It’s a small Ashton Woods developed community set on 58 acres that consists of 61 residential lots and 3 spec homes with approximately 1,200 feet of development frontage along the banks of the Chattahoochee River.

Homes in the Bayard subdivision range from  $660K - to over a million and 3,257 - 4,055 sq. ft and buyers can choose from 12 floorplans. Each floorplan has a minimum of 4 bedrooms and includes a three car garage. Bayard is zoned for some of the best public schools in Johns Creek (State Bridge Crossing ES, Autrey Mill MS and Johns Creek HS) and is a short drive from some of the finest private schools in North Fulton (Wesleyan, Perimeter School, Providence Christian Academy, Woodward Academy North Campus).

What makes the location Bayard sits on even more interesting is the interesting backstory of the property that many Johns Creek residents are familiar with. Bayard sits on what was the Dean Gardens property, which once held the title of being the largest private residence in all of Georgia. At one time it was also said the Deans Garden estate was the highest priced home in the entire United States. 

According to the Dean Gardens Memoriam Facebook page, The 42,000 square foot Neoclassical mansion was built from 1988 to 1992 by entrepreneur Larry Dean and wife, Lynda, as a private sanctuary for their large family. The project reportedly cost upwards of $25,000,000 with an additional $1,000,000 annually in upkeep.

Dean imported antique fountains from Italy, installed more than 1 million pounds of imported stone for the hardscaping, and over 1 million plants. The estate was known for its formal gardens, which was partially modelled after Victoria, British Columbia’s famed Butchart Gardens. The manicured grounds included a 2 acre lake, wedding chapel, private amphitheatre, an 18-hole par-72 golf course, caretaker’s house, gardener’s cottage and helipad.

According to Wikipedia, the inside of the mansion was a so called "Liberace-meets-Napoleon” design, which included pink themes, a Moroccan theater, 24-karat-gold sinks, a Hawaiian art gallery, a 1950s-style dance hall, French Empire-style furniture, 13 fireplaces and a 24-seat dining room with a wall-sized aquarium called the Predator Tank.

Shortly after construction finished in 1992, the home was put up for sale for $40,000,000. The estate languished on the market for nearly two decades and at one time there was even a rumor that Michael Jackson once visited to possibly purchase the home. 

According to PriceyPads.com, after numerous price reductions, the 58 acre property sold in mid-2010 for $7,600,000 to filmmaker Tyler Perry. At the time of the sale, the rumor was that Perry would be demolishing the home to make way for a new eco-friendly mansion, but instead the estate was left abandoned for several years before he sold it to Lennar Homes to develop a 70 home subdivision. Lennar Homes began demolition in 2014 and finished in 2015, spending close to $13,000,000 prepping the property. Construction began on the new development and was quickly halted before Lennar Homes abandoned the project. Finally, it sold once more to Ashton Woods for $14,300,000 and Ashton Woods developed what is now known as the Bayard community.

We have represented numerous buyers in the community and as of today, there are six quick move in homes and sixteen homesites remaining for purchase in the subdivision. Our team leader Eric Robb lives less than a mile away from Bayard and would love to give you a tour if you’re curious about learning more about the historic property.

Photos in this article are courtesy of Ashton Woods and the "Don't Demolish Dean Gardens" Facebook page.

Posted in Buying a Home
Oct. 16, 2019

Family Friendly Halloween Activities Around Johns Creek

If you’re looking for family-friendly, not so scary Halloween experiences, check out these wide variety of Halloween events within our local communities of Alpharetta, Johns Creek and Duluth. These events offer great opportunities to get involved in your local community and celebrate Halloween in a fun way. Let us know which ones you plan to go to in the next few weeks.

Johns Creek Police Department Trunk or Treat

The Johns Creek Police Department is hosting its annual Trunk or Treat event on Wednesday, October 23 from 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. at their Headquarters. Last year the event brought thousands of children, so this year is sure to not disappoint. The event will include activities for children, treats, refreshments and, of course, candy. Be sure to dress your little ones in their best costumes! JCPD Trunk or Treat is a free event.

Duluth’s Howl on the Green 

On Friday, October 25 the city of Duluth will host their annual Halloween event, Howl on the Green on the city’s town green beginning at 6:00 p.m. Bring your kids, friends and furry pets for a night filled of fun, sweet treats, great food and out-of-this-world entertainment. The event includes a variety of free activities including a haunted hay ride, crafts, inflatables, trick or treating, costume contest. After dark, Howl on the Green turns into fright  with dancing werewolves, a twisted fairytale show with fire dancers and aerialists. Howl on the Green is a free event.

Trick or Treat at Avalon

Local businesses within Avalon in Alpharetta are handing out candy and treats to children on Saturday, October 26 from 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. When you arrive, stop by the Concierge desk to pick up your Trick or Treat map and then stop by the retailers who are handing out candy. When you’ve collected all your candy, don’t forget to drop off your completed map back at the Concierge desk to be entered into to with an Avalon family fun prize package. Trick or Treat Avalon is a free event.

Spooky Mill at Autrey Mill Nature Preserve

Held on Friday, October 25 and Saturday October 26 from 6-9:00 pm, Spooky Mill is an evening event at Autrey Mill Nature Preserve designed to spook and delight through a series of stations. The stations include a bounce house, craft stations, haunted house, haunted trail, mad scientist and more.

The event is set up carnival style with tickets for sale, each station costs a certain number of tickets. If you wanted to participate in all of the stations once you would need 12 tickets at $1 a piece. In addition, Jr. Spooky Mill for preschoolers will be held on Sunday, October 27 from 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. 

Posted in Community News
Oct. 9, 2019

Spruce Up Your Johns Creek Home with Easy Fall Decor Ideas

It finally feels like fall outside here in Johns Creek and you may be feeling inspired to match your home decor with the fall weather. Here are five inexpensive ways that will up your autumn style in your Johns Creek home without breaking the budget.

Brighten Up Your Lighting
A metal lantern can take a corner of your home or the front porch from dark to enchanting and a simple fall candle can instantly make a room more cozy. Check out these lantern options from Target and Amazon. Go with a classic wrought iron black lantern for a traditional look or spruce things up with a jeweled, gold-toned lantern to mimic the seasons changing. Keep an eye on the Bath and Body Works candle sales for a large variety of fall scents.

Stack Crates and Hay Bales
Add height to your porch pumpkins and fall plants by painting and stacking a few wooden crates and mix-matching them with hay bales. Accessorize with a wide variety of mums kale, gourds, pumpkins and even fall leaves. Costco has mums for $9 each this time of year and pumpkins can be found at Aldi for less than $3 each. Check out Home Depot for inexpensive kale, hay bales and gourds.

Personalize With a Letter Board
A fun inexpensive way to spruce up your kitchen or mantle is to add a letter board with a fun fall quote that is personalized to your family. The best part of this idea is that you can reuse your letter board for every holiday here on out! Check out Amazon, Target and Letterfolk for a variety of letter boards.

Emphasize Coziness
It’s incredible what adding a new throw blanket and pillows can do to a room. Check out Target and Home goods for inexpensive furniture accessories. To go outside the box color wise and choose to white and silver mixed with navy blues and burnt oranges for a unique fall look.

Add a Wreath to Your Doors (inside and out!)
A cotton wreath is one of my favorite things to add to the front door at the start of fall. I also like to add faux boxwood wreaths on some of my doors inside my home for an extra touch of coziness. Find a tutorial on how to make your own cotton wreath here, or check out Target and Michael’s for inexpensive wreaths here and here

Posted in Selling Your Home
Oct. 2, 2019

Fall Into Fun At Alpharetta Scarecrow Harvest

Even though it doesn't feel like it outside, Fall is here! We've rounded up our top three events to attend in and around Johns Creek this weekend.

Alpharetta International Night Market: October 4-6

 

Join the largest and most diverse night market in the United States at North Point Mall in Alpharetta this Friday through Sunday. With more than 75 nationalities represented in Metro Atlanta, this event showcases one of the greatest international communities in the world. Visitors will enjoy delicious food from all over the world, exciting cultural performances, a fun and festive Kids Zone, a huge retail/shopping area, a cooking demonstration tent, a full bar, an educational International Village. Tickets range from $8 for a one day pass to $16 to a weekend pass. VIP taste tent options are also available.

Alpharetta Scarecrow Harvest: October 5

Travel+Leisure recently rated Scarecrow Harvest as the best fall festival in Georgia. This free, family festival features over 100 lifesize scarecrows created by members of the local community and are displayed throughout downtown Alpharetta. The event begins at 10:00 a.m. and lasts through 2:00 p.m. At 12:00 p.m. awards are given for most creative, best personality, best-constructed scarecrows. Join in on the free family entertainment that includes a DJ, games of crow-cornhole, quirky face painting, food trucks, historical demos, artsy activities, stimulating story-telling and engaging inflatables. This event takes place in Brooke Street Park directly across from our office in Liberty Hall, so make sure you check out our beautiful building while you're in the area.

Johns Creek Orchestra Concert: October 5

If you’re looking for a more low key relaxing Fall activity, check out the final free concert of the Newtown Park Concert Series featuring the Johns Creek Symphony Orchestra. Doors open at 6 p.m. Concerts begin at 7 p.m. The concert will take place at Mark Burkhalter Amphitheater in Johns Creek's Newtown Park with food trucks on site and beer and wine available for purchase. To make your evening out even more special you can reserve a table of 8 seats under the Ampitheater online here.

Posted in Community News
Sept. 25, 2019

Award-winning Duluth Fall Festival Offers Something for Everyone

Arguably one of the best festivals in the Southeast, the Duluth Fall Festival will be held this weekend on September 26-29 in Duluth. The event kicks off with the Festival Carnival on Thursday and Friday evening and the Festival officially begins with a Community Parade on Saturday morning at 10:00 am. Each year the award-winning festival hosts over 250 arts and crafts booths, 50 food vendors, three stages of entertainers, a 5K road race, Worship on the Green and a Carnival to make this award winning event a fun experience for attendees.

The Carnival is open from 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. on Thursday and Friday and 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Ticket prices vary per ride with the cost of a single ticket being $1.25 and $20.00 for an unlimited ride wristband. 

The Community Parade begins at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday morning and showcases local schools, fire trucks, antique cars, dance classes and entertainers. Bring a bag so you can carry home all the candy you collect as a bystander! Streets close by 9:45 a.m. so come early. 

The Festival Booths are open from 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Saturday and 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Sunday. In addition to the many vendors, there is a Man’s Corner that offers a “lace-free” zone offering products different than a typical arts and crafts show and a place for visitors to catch up on the latest football scores.

On Sunday, the Donut Dash 5K kicks off at 8:00 a.m. and the cost is $35 if you register before race day and $45 on race day. Each participant will receive coffee and a donut from Dunkin Donuts and all proceeds benefit Wellroot Family Services, whose mission is to help children and families experiencing foster care throughout Georgia.

After the 5K on Sunday, the festival will host Worship on the Green, which is a community worship service led by staff, musicians and members of Duluth First United Methodist.

An important point to note is parking at the Festival is very limited. For a better parking experience, the Duluth Fall Festival recommends that you park offsite, at one of the designated shuttle lots, and take the free shuttle to the Festival. Shuttles run every 15 minutes, except during the Parade on Saturday from 9:45 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

The three shuttle lots are located at Chattahoochee Elementary School (Green Lot), Mason Elementary School (Blue Lot) and Duluth Middle School (Yellow Lot). 

 

Posted in Community News
Sept. 18, 2019

Have a Doggone Fun Time at Johns Creek Pup-A-Palooza

If you live in Johns Creek, you’re likely familiar with the award-winning Newtown Dog Park. What you may not know is that every year the city of Johns Creeks hosts a Pup-A-Palooza for furry friends across the Atlanta area.

On Saturday, September 21 from 11:00 am - 1:00 pm at the Mark Burkhalter Ampitheater at Newtown Park, the City of Johns Creek invites you and your furry friend to partake the 2019 Pup-A-Palooza. There will be a Best Dressed Dog and Best Dog Trick contest as well as live music. There will even be a caricature artist, so you can take home a custom photo of you and Fido.

Newtown Dog Park officially opened in 2011 after local resident Pat McNeely won a national contest sponsored by Beneful Dog Food. Since its opening, it has won multiple awards, most recently winning the Best Dog Park in Atlanta by Access Atlanta. The Johns Creek dog park sits on one acre and features artificial turf, sprinklers, water drinking stations, a walking trail and a separate area for small and large dogs. It’s open from 8:00 am - 9:00 pm each day except for Wednesdays, when the park is closed from 8:00 am to 10:00 am for weekly maintenance.

Posted in Community News