March 30, 2018
One of the best places to find fresh herbs, meats, and produce is right in your own backyard. With the arrival of April, we also welcome back local farmers markets. There are several products available for you to purchase at your local farmers market. These include fresh meat and produce, as well as herbs and flowers. Here are a couple farmers markets in Fulton County to check out this spring.
Why Buy Local?
From purchasing produce during its peak season to meeting the people growing the food, there are several reasons to buy local. Buying locally grown and raised food benefits both you and the farmers. You benefit because you get fresh herbs, meats, and produce from people in your community. For instance, produce is typically fresher at a farmers market because it is picked closer to the day of the market. For the farmers, selling locally can also yield higher return because they don’t have to ship the food hundreds of miles away.
Alpharetta Farmers Market
The Alpharetta Farmers Market opens for the season in two weeks on Saturday, April 14. The market is open every Saturday through November from 8:30 am until 1:00 pm. Here you will find more than 25 local vendors. You will enjoy a wide selection of fresh fruits, vegetables, and meats, as well as garden flowers and herbs. There are also a variety of homemade baked goods, homemade sauces or preserves, as well as raw honey.
Roswell Farmers and Artisans Market
Take a trip to the Roswell Farmers and Artisans Market starting on Saturday, April 14 from 8:00 pm to 12:00 pm. The Roswell Farmers and Artisans Market is located behind City Hall. The market offers a wide selection of vendors from local farmers and restaurants to artisans in various trades. Throughout the year, the market is also host to a variety of special events and celebrations.
Tour Nearby Sharp Residential Homes
Spending a day at your local farmers market is a great way to spend time with family, friends, and other people in your community. During your trip to these local Fulton County farmers market, take some time to stop by one of our nearby communities. We have several homes available now in North Fulton County.
March 13, 2018
Find your new home at Liberty Park. This gorgeous townhome community is located minutes from Midtown Atlanta. Since released to market, half of the current inventory has already sold. This gated neighborhood features amenities including a community pool and dog park. If you are a young professional looking for a new home near Midtown, Liberty Park is the perfect place for you.
Come See Our Decorated Model
The townhomes for sale at Liberty Park are available in our Saratoga floor plan. It offers a layout of 3 bedrooms with 3.5 bathrooms. These 3-story craftsman style townhomes are priced from the mid $200’s. Their spacious floor plans are perfect for entertaining guests. The first floor is comprised of a front-entry garage, bedroom, and bathroom. On the second floor, you will find the living room, kitchen, dining room, and half bath. The third floor of these townhomes includes the master bedroom and bathroom, as well as a laundry room and third bedroom and bathroom. Here’s a sneak peek inside a few of the rooms at our decorated model.
More to Explore in Atlanta
While you’re sure to love living in a beautiful home at Liberty Park, you’ll enjoy its location even more. This neighborhood is conveniently located near several Atlanta hotspots. Popular nearby attractions include Atlantic Station and Piedmont Park.
At nearby Atlantic Station, you’ll enjoy having easy access to a variety of shopping retailers. Popular retailers located at Atlantic Station include the Atlanta Falcons Team Store, IKEA, and Z Gallerie. There are also several dining options for you to choose from while you’re there. Be sure to check the calendar frequently for events taking place at the station throughout the year.
When you feel the urge to spend some time outdoors, head to Piedmont Park. The park has more than 200 acres of green space. Here you’ll find plenty of opportunities for sightseeing as well as fitness and exercise. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution named Piedmont Park dog park one of the best dog parks in the city. It’s the perfect spot to enjoy a day outside in the city with your furry friend. If you enjoy shopping for local goods and produce, make sure to stop by the Green Market, which opens at the end of this month. The market will be open every Saturday from 9:00 am – 1:00 pm through mid-December.
Contact Us Today
If convenient in-town living is what you desire, the luxurious townhomes at Liberty Park are perfect for you. To learn more about Liberty Park, view the community page and then contact Krisa Patronis or call (404)500-2893.
February 16, 2018
Homes are selling fast at Northpoint Forest, located in the equestrian and highly prestigious community of Milton, GA. Tucked away in a heavily wooded, scenic, and tranquil environment, Northpoint Forest is a community of 34 one-acre plus homesites. Quickly becoming one of the most sought-after neighborhoods in North Fulton County, you’ll enjoy peaceful living with convenient access to restaurants, shopping centers, and attractions throughout metro Atlanta via US-19.
Stunning Home Plans
The Oxford home plan is a 4 bedroom, 3.5 bathroom master on the main model. This gorgeous home has a beautiful owner’s suite with oversized walk-in closet. Other popular features include a chef’s kitchen with stainless steel appliances and flush island countertop, separate formal dining room and breakfast area, and a large 2-story great room with our signature bowed wall of windows.
Our model home, the Rockwell, has recently been released to the market at a new reduced price. The spacious 5 bedroom, 4.5 bathroom floor plan is complemented by a roomy 3 car side-entry garage and a full daylight basement. This home has several luxurious finishes including stone, brick, and hardwood accents throughout the home, sliding barn doors, artisan-style light fixtures, and much more. The stunning master suite has a designated sitting area and spacious walk-in closet featuring a wall of windows.
Rosehill III Plan
The 5 bedroom, 4.5 bathroom Rosehill III home plan currently available is situated on a 1-acre lot. This home has several unique features, including a keeping room off the gourmet kitchen with oversized island. The main floor of this home also boasts a comfortable 2-story great room, formal dining room, and separate living room, as well as a 5th bedroom that is perfect for guests.
Schedule Your Appointment Today
Tours of the available homes at Northpoint Forest are now available by appointment only. If you are interested in more information or would like to schedule an appointment to tour the community, please call our local sales counselor Paula Dicioccio at (470)719-9931 or request more information using the Northpoint Forest contact form. We look forward to hearing from you.
January 26, 2018
Your homes aesthetic is so much more than the decor you choose to adorn your walls or the furniture that fills each room. The architectural and structural components of your home lay the foundation, and in 2018 these elements are also making a statement. Read on and look out for these trends in our Sharp Residential communities across North Atlanta.
If you spend a lot of time in your kitchen, you know the never-ending struggle of not having enough storage space. Luckily, having ample kitchen cabinetry is an emerging trend that we anticipate will stick around for many years to come. Along with having more cabinetry in the kitchen, you can also expect to see more people featuring gray, cream, and wood grain cabinetry as opposed to the traditional white. With a variety of styles and finishes available, you’re sure to find the perfect selection for your new home.
Move aside flat ceilings, and make way for exposed beams, decorative tray ceilings, and beautiful coffered ceilings. From the living room to the dining room, and the study to the bedroom, we are seeing more intricate ceilings being used throughout the home. This beautiful wooden tray ceiling at one of our homes in Northpoint Forest is the perfect example of how a unique twist can change the appeal of the entire room.
As seen in this gorgeous master bathroom in one of our homes at Blue Valley, large tile is quickly becoming one of the most sought-after features for bathrooms. Not only is the larger tile aesthetically pleasing, it is also more functional. With less grout, it is easier to install and maintain.
From exposed brick to stone, concrete, and granite, natural materials have made their way into home interior design, and we don’t expect them to leave anytime soon! Like this gorgeous stone wall in one of the dining rooms of our Northpoint Forest community, natural materials add charm and unique personality to your home that will stand the test of time.
We’re Here to Help
We understand that a lot goes into making design choices for your new home. That’s why we have a team of professionals at our Design Center who can help you through every step of the process to pick out the perfect finishes for every room in your home. Since 1991, we’ve been building homes across North Atlanta to fit our home buyers preferences and lifestyles. Take a look at our available homes or contact us today.
January 12, 2018
There’s no need to travel farther than your own backyard to experience one of Sharp Residential’s most luxurious communities. Nestled in the charming community of Cumming, Georgia, LakeHaven is a private conservation community with more than 41% green or open space. Located on a 12-acre fishing and non-motorized boat lake, the community boasts a picturesque backdrop for your new home in Forsyth County.
Stunning Home Designs
Most lots throughout the community are buffered by trails, green space, or the lake, providing endless opportunities for family and friends to enjoy the outdoors. The expertly crafted homes of LakeHaven are from our popular Avalon and Brighton Series. Priced from the high $200’s, currently available homes range in size from 3 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms to 5 bedrooms and 4.5 bathrooms. Most of our floor plans showcase luxurious features for homebuyers including a spacious kitchen with gourmet island, great rooms with our signature bowed wall of windows and fireplace, and a large owner’s suite with relaxing sitting rooms. With 14 available plans, all with custom options in multiple elevations, we can help make your dream home a reality at LakeHaven.
Signature Resort Style Amenities
Besides the timeless and classic architecture of the homes at LakeHaven, your family is sure to fall in love with the community’s extraordinary amenities. You can enjoy fishing, kayaking, canoeing, and much more on the 12-acre lake, which is the focal point of the community. The upscale community clubhouse overlooks the Jr. Olympic pool and lake, and features a spacious clubroom and kitchen, his and hers shower and dressing room, and cozy pavilion area with fireplace. Other amenities include a kiddie pool, tennis courts, and a playground. There is also an expansive trail system with ample green space that runs throughout the neighborhood.
Visit Us Today
If you’re interested in living the Lakehaven lifestyle, now is the perfect time to call and book an appointment. We have a beautiful newly decorated model home that you can walk through while you explore the rest of the community. Come see what life can be like in the stunning community of LakeHaven!
December 18, 2017
Christmas day is quickly approaching, but there’s still plenty of time to get out and enjoy the holiday festivities. And there’s no better way to do that than with some of the best Christmas light shows north of Atlanta. Grab the kids, hop in the car, and take a trip to visit one of these holiday destinations to see familiar landscapes transformed into wintry scenes filled with millions of dazzling lights!
Holiday Season Garden Tours
Visit Barnsley Resort in Adairsville, GA for their Holiday Season Garden Tours. Through December 31st, take a self-guided tour through the historic manor house ruins and its surrounding area are adorned with over one million lights and festive decor. If you plan your visit for December 23, you can also take advantage of their Family Fun Day, where the kids can enjoy an afternoon of activities including:
- Decorating Christmas cookies.
- Making in festive arts and crafts.
- Encountering barnyard animals.
Magical Nights of Lights
For the past 25 years, LanierWorld in Buford, GA has hosted one of the state’s best holiday light shows. This year’s Magical Nights of Lights drive-through light show features the return of the fan-favorite ‘12 Days of Christmas’ display. The show features more than 7 miles filled with millions of lights, including a new 65-foot illuminated Christmas tree. After your journey through the lights, head to the Holiday Village to experience a vast array of holiday activities such as:
- Having a blast on 16 different carnival rides, including a brightly lit ferris wheel.
- Indulging in holiday treats from hot chocolate to roasted marshmallows and smores.
- Shopping for one-of-a-kind holiday gifts at Bucky’s Gift Shop.
- Meeting St. Nick himself at Santa’s Workshop.
Holiday Lights of Hope
The Holiday Lights of Hope display is held each year in Woodstock, GA, benefiting the Anna Crawford Children’s Center. Open through December 23rd, your family can enjoy a wide range of activities including:
- View a spectacular display of more than 1 million LED Christmas lights at Georgia Power Lights of Hope display.
- Navigate your way through a wintry maze of more than 500 feet of Christmas lights in Chick-fil-A’s Christmas Maze.
- Visit Santa’s Village for Home Depot’s children’s workshop, children’s crafts and activities, vendors, and Santa himself!
- Take a walk through rows of trees decorated by local families and businesses in the Christmas Forest.
- Watch live Musical Performances.
Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays
As you’re out enjoying all of the holiday festivities around the area this time of year, be sure to take a moment to visit one of our communities in North Georgia. From our family at Sharp Residential to yours, we wish you a very Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!
December 7, 2017
Nestled in the equestrian corridor of Milton, Georgia, Blue Valley is distinguished by its expertly crafted homes and resort quality amenities. From the downtown area to nearby Crabapple and Alpharetta, there are plenty of places for your family to dine, shop, and enjoy local attractions. If you’re searching for a home in North Fulton County, the community of Blue Valley is the perfect place to find your new home.
Expertly Designed Floor Plans
The homes offered in Blue Valley are located on estate-sized lots with several unique floor plans ranging from 4 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms to 5 bedrooms and 4.5 bathrooms. With multiple elevations available for each floor plan, you’re sure to find a home that will fit your family’s needs.
The Highcroft III floor plan is a beautiful 2-story, single-family home with 5 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms. In each Highcroft III home, you’ll find our signature bowed wall of windows, a catwalk on the second story, a covered deck off of the master suite, and a charming front porch that varies depending on the elevation you choose.
Barrington I & II
The Barrington I floor plan offers residents 4 bedrooms and 4.5 bathrooms, while the Barrington II has 5 bedrooms and 4 bathrooms. Both the Barrington I and II floor plans offer similar features including a vaulted study, our signature grand wall of windows, and a two-story great room. If you’re currently looking for a large single-family home, you’ll want to consider these spacious floorplans.
Not only is the Rosebriar the largest floorplan we offer at Blue Valley, it also features ten different elevations for you to choose from. This outstanding 2-story floorplan offers residents 5 bedrooms and 4.5 bathrooms. Its notable features include a deck off of the keeping room, a walk-in pantry, and our signature bowed wall of windows.
More to Enjoy in Milton
From hiking trails to rock climbing cliffs and ball fields to playgrounds, there are several parks in Milton for you and your family to enjoy. Looking ahead, you can expect further development in the downtown area as the City of Milton passed the Downtown Milton Placemaking Plan earlier this year. The plan is intended to enhance the downtown with new parks, trails, developments, and streetscapes.
Visit Blue Valley Today
If you’re looking for a new home in Milton, come visit us at Blue Valley. To learn more about the community, contact our local agents at 678-366-2408.
November 17, 2017
Thanksgiving is almost here which means it’s time to finalize your holiday menu plans. We know you likely have cooking the turkey sorted out already, so we wanted to offer you a few distinctive options you can add to this year’s meal. Consider making any of the three delicious recipes below for your dinner guests to enjoy. We hope you have a great holiday surrounded by family and friends in your home this Thanksgiving.
Honey Butter Pumpkin Dinner Rolls
A holiday dinner isn’t complete without delicious dinner rolls. To add an autumn twist to your Thanksgiving dinner, these pumpkin spice infused dinner rolls are sure to leave a lasting impression on your guests. In comparison to your turkey and side dishes, these dinner rolls won’t take too long and are relatively easy to put together. Out of everything you’re going to be cooking on Thanksgiving, these pumpkin spice dinner rolls will stand out with their distinctively delicious aroma.
Total Time 1 hour 45 minutes
1/3 cup milk
2 Tbsp. unsalted butter
1 large egg
1/2 cup pumpkin puree
2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour (bread flour may be substituted)
2 1/4 tsp. instant dry yeast (one 1/4-ounce packet)
1 Tbsp. granulated sugar
1 Tbsp. pumpkin pie spice
1 Tbsp. ground nutmeg
1/2 tsp. salt, optional and to taste
Butternut Squash Vegducken with Mushroom-Cranberry Stuffing
If you’re looking for a dish that is delicious and loaded with countless health benefits, try this turducken inspired, butternut squash vegducken recipe. This can easily serve as an entree for your vegetarian guests or as a savory side dish for everyone else. This healthy recipe may become the unexpected highlight of your Thanksgiving dinner with its stunningly delicious flavor. For best results, be sure you’ve made all the necessary preparations before you begin assembling this layered recipe
Prep time: 30-45 minutes
Total time: 3 hours 30 minutes
1/2 cup raw pumpkin seeds (pepitas)
1 (8″-long) sweet potato (about 1 pound)
1 (6″-long) parsnip, peeled (about 2 ounces)
1 (9″-long) butternut squash (about 4 1/2 pounds)
4 garlic cloves
1 tsp. thyme leaves
1 tsp. paprika
6 Tbsp. olive oil, divided
1 Tbsp. plus 1 teaspoon kosher salt, plus more
16 oz cremini mushrooms, coarsely chopped, divided
2 large eggs
1 cup finely grated Parmesan
1/2 cup fresh breadcrumbs
1/3 cup dried cranberries
6 Tbsp. coarsely chopped parsley, divided
1/2 tsp. freshly ground black pepper, divided, plus more
2 shallots, quartered
2 bay leaves
4 cups homemade or store-bought low-sodium vegetable broth
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1/2 cup dry white wine
Flaky sea salt
Spicy Green Bean Casserole
Every Thanksgiving dinner needs a zesty casserole recipe, and with this spicy green bean casserole, you’ll leave all your guests wanting seconds and thirds. This recipe is delicious and simple enough that you may already have most of the ingredients in your kitchen.
Prep time: 20 minutes
Total time: 1 hour
5 Tbsp. unsalted butter
1 Tbsp. vegetable oil
1 cup panko breadcrumbs
2 Tbsp. slivered almonds
12 oz. cremini and/or shiitake mushrooms, sliced
1 medium onion, thinly sliced (1/2 cup)
1 tsp. minced fresh serrano or jalapeno peppers*
4 cloves garlic, minced
1 tsp. plus 1 tablespoon kosher salt
2 Tbsp. all-purpose flour
1 tsp. ground chipotle chile pepper
½ tsp. ground white pepper
¼ tsp. ground nutmeg
1 bay leaf
1 cup chicken stock or broth
1 cup half-and-half or light cream
1 lb. fresh haricot verts (French string beans), rinsed, trimmed, and halved
Thanksgiving is a time when we give thanks from our hearts for the good things in our lives. At Sharp Residential, we’re thankful for our friends and families and also that we get to build beautiful new dream homes for wonderful families every day. From everyone on our team, we hope you have a wonderful and Happy Thanksgiving!
November 4, 2017
North Georgia is a wonderful place to live and visit because of its jaw-dropping scenery, endless outdoor space, and easy access to some of the best state parks Georgia has to offer. During autumn, the vast green landscape that we’re used to transforms into a stunning array of red, yellow and orange leaves. Whether you live in Atlanta or the countryside, you can enjoy the gorgeous trees bursting with color this fall. Here’s a list of some of the best locations for you and your family to experience the colors of the season.
Amicalola Falls State Park
Amicalola Falls has become a popular destination for many locals and tourists alike because of its 829 acres of captivating North Georgia wilderness. At this state park, you’ll find a 729-foot waterfall, zip line adventures, guided nature tours, climbing walls, a GPS scavenger hunt, and much more. There are several ways to camp throughout the park including 24 wooded campsites, RV accommodation sites, and the park’s Adventure Lodge. During your stay at Amicalola Falls State Park, make sure to watch the sun rise over the hundreds of acres of color changing trees.
Red Top Mountain State Park
Situated on the border of Bartow, Cherokee, and Cobb County, Red Top Mountain is a great location to visit during the fall season. Best known for the 12,000–acre Lake Allatoona, Red Top Mountain is a must-see destination for boat enthusiasts. There are also plenty of options for both the beginner and experienced hiker with Red Top’s fifteen miles of scenic hiking trails. Recently Red Top Mountain State Park has been a popular filming location for Netflix’s series Ozarks, as well as a large list of major motion pictures.
Vogel State Park
Vogel State Park has been a popular location for hikers and adventurers alike for generations thanks to the Civilian Conservation Corps and when the fall season hits, it’s easy to see why. The park lies at the foot of Blood Mountain in the Chattahoochee National Forest, connected to the Chattahoochee and Apalachicola Rivers. There is a 22-acre lake located at the foot of the mountain for non-motorized boats. The park also features several nature trails for you to spend a day exploring. This is a must-visit location during the fall because of the rolling blanket of colors it provides us with during this season.
Fort Mountain State Park
Fort Mountain State Park has a little something for everyone with several hiking trails of varying difficulty, blueberry thickets, a large lake, and a mountain overlook. After spending some time on the overlook of the mountain, make sure to visit the two most important historical landmarks of this park — the stone Fire Tower built by Civilian Conservation Corps and the mysterious 855-foot-long wall that’s believed to have been built by natives around 400 A.D. People with a keen eye will be able to find the hidden heart stone in the wall, making it a perfect couples activity.
Tallulah Gorge State Park
Tallulah Gorge has been named one of the most beautiful and spectacular canyons in the Eastern United States and is the perfect spot for you to see the vast array of colors that come with the fall season. Tallulah Gorge is a surprisingly deep 1000–foot canyon that can be viewed in two adventurous ways. You can either choose to hike down into the canyon or seek a thrill by walking across the suspended bridge that connects both sides of the canyon.
Cloudland Canyon State Park
Cloudland Canyon is one of the largest and most scenic state parks Georgia has to offer. In this stunning state park, you’ll find thousand foot deep canyons, gorgeous sandstone cliff faces, natural caves, waterfalls, easy-intermediate hiking trails and much more. When you make your way to this one of a kind nature experience, you’ll find several lookout points along the park’s trails to view the sea of colorful leaves.
Visit A Nearby Community!
During the autumn season, Georgia will never be short of scenery to explore. We hope that you’re able to get out and enjoy everything Mother Nature offers. Take some time before or after your fall adventures and stop by one of our communities to see the beautiful homes we have to offer.
October 10, 2017
We are proud to announce that LakeHaven, our new and beautiful conservation community located in Forsyth County, has opened a gorgeous, new decorated model home. LakeHaven was built with a focus on preserving nature’s beauty which is shown through the beautiful green space scattered throughout the neighborhood. When visiting our model home, don’t forget to give yourself extra time to see the rest of the surrounding area so you really get a feel for what it’s like to live the LakeHaven lifestyle. The homes available now are selling well so stop in soon if you’re looking for a new home in Cumming. now is the perfect time to come out and tour our new decorated model home.
New Decorated Model Preview
The new decorated model home in LakeHaven is from our very popular Brighton Series of floorplans and showcases our attention to detail and dedication to bringing you the home of your dreams. With features such as our signature bowed wall of windows, spacious family areas, beautiful bedrooms, and gourmet kitchens we’re sure you’ll find something you love in this home.
Live the LakeHaven Lifestyle
The neighborhood of LakeHaven is designed so homeowners can experience plenty of stunning green space in and around the neighborhood. On top of several acres of relaxing nature areas, we also offer several active amenities for you to enjoy such as a junior Olympic swimming pool, tennis courts, a children’s playground, and walking paths throughout the community. In the center of the neighborhood lies the grand 12-acre LakeHaven lifestyle centerpiece which allows most of the homes in the community to have outstanding lakeside views.
Book an Appointment Today
The newly decorated model home is open and ready to tour. If you’re interested, now is the perfect time to call and book an appointment. While you’re there, take some time to tour the rest of the community to see what your life can be like in the beautiful and stunning community of LakeHaven.