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.
September 27, 2017
When it comes to interior design trends, the Summer of 2017 has been one to remember. Not only has it brought back many design choices from the past, but also paved the way for new trends expected this fall. We understand how important it is for your home to stand out, and we’re here to help provide you with a well-crafted new dream home, inside and out. To make your house truly feel stylish and cozy, we’ve compiled some of Fall’s hottest interior design trends that you can incorporate into your new home’s decor.
With unique texture ideas becoming increasingly popular for designers, there are more and more creative ways to add more character to your home. Recently, wicker baskets and woven textiles have emerged as two of the most popular textiles to incorporate in the home. Decor like this comes at a low cost and can be both practical and beautiful. Use items like woven baskets as a crafty storage piece that also add natural and organic beauty to your home.
Warm Metal Tones
Bronze, rose gold, and other warm metals have been trending this summer, which indicates we can look forward to other warmer metals in the fall. One metal that has already taken the lead is brass. Brass is a beautiful, standout metal that pairs well with a wide variety of furnishings. Lately, it has been used in accents or incorporated with marble countertops to create a unique and glamorous look. With something as timeless as brass, you can’t go wrong when using this elegant metal to decorate your home.
Long before 2017, one design choice that has continued to be popular are white or light colored rooms. The fall season brings a whole palette of earthy tones, and to no surprise, people love to incorporate these colors into their homes. Earth tones compliment wood floors and are also great at making a room feel cozy and warm, perfect for master bedrooms and living rooms.
Lighting the Way
One of the first features many guests will notice when entering your home is the lighting. This fall, you can expect to see an increase in the use of more aesthetic lighting. A custom-looking light fixture shows off your unique design sensibility while making for a great conversation starter. Whether it’s a set of luxury bedside lamps or distinctive kitchen pendants, upgraded light fixtures are sure to brighten up your home’s interior design.
Dream Homes Available
Making good design choices for your home may seem like an obvious concern for new homeowners, but make sure you first choose a builder that can give you everything you desire in a new home. Finding the home of your dreams has never been easier with Sharp Residential. Since 1991, we’ve been building the most beautiful, high-quality homes in North Atlanta. We currently have new homes and home sites available for you to see. Please take a look at our available communities now and contact one of our agents today.
August 31, 2017
This year is a great time to enjoy your Labor Day weekend celebrations by trying these family fun events in the North Atlanta area. Below we’ve shared a few of our local favorite happenings for you to experience. We want to wish everyone a fun and safe Labor Day weekend and while you’re out at these events, of course, you’re invited to drop by any of our premium communities and take a tour of the luxury decorated, model home on display.
Experience the Pig Out
Pig out on September 3rd from 5:00-8:00 p.m. at Palmer Plaza in Oak Steakhouse + Colletta with the whole family! This Labor Day weekend marks the 3rd annual Labor Day Pig Out where you can join chefs Jason Stern and Stuart Rogers for an all you can eat feast. Enjoy lunch and dinner favorites such as brisket, pulled pork, chicken, mac and cheese, corn on the cobb and then end your feast with dozens of dessert options. There’s no better way to wrap up the summer BBQ season than on a full stomach at the Pig Out, which you’ll definitely have by the time it’s over.
Art in the Park
On September 2nd-4th, make sure to stop by Historic Marietta Square where you can help celebrate the 31st anniversary of “Marietta’s Art in the Park”. You can view fine art made by 175 local and national artists at this premier event in Marietta. Often referred to as one of the best fine art shows in metro Atlanta, it serves as a Labor Day tradition for locals and regional visitors to attend. On top of the fine art on display, you’ll also get to have fun browsing the Chalk spot. This street art competition is a favorite for young aspiring artists. Kids of all ages will enjoy the Children’s Art Valley, a free and interactive “make and take” experience the whole family will enjoy. Additionally, the Food Truck Row offers a perfect place to stop and enjoy some great food and more.
Celebrate the End of Summer
On September 3rd, at 5:30 you can say your final goodbye’s to the summer season with the 17th annual end of summer event. Located at Centennial High School this event will have several family friendly activities such as carnival games, giant inflatables, face painting, fireworks at dark, and the annual dancing contest for kids. On top of all the fun activities available you’ll also get to enjoy food from Shane’s Ribshack. Admission for this event is free making it perfect if you’re trying to have some quick Labor Day fun close to home.
Have a Great Holiday Weekend
After working hard during the year it’s nice to have a three day weekend to relax and do whatever you want. At Sharp Residential, we build premium quality communities with resort style amenities, you can enjoy and relax in all year round. Visit our website to browse the new homes and homesites we available now. If you’re interested in learning more, just contact us and schedule an appointment so we can help you discover the luxury home you deserve.
August 23, 2017
Discover your dream home with Summer incentives at Harmony on the Lakes, our breathtakingly beautiful community in Cherokee County. Surrounded by ample green space, this resort style community is well located in Holly Springs, GA and offers the luxury homes that Sharp Residential has become known for in North Atlanta. The homes in this expertly crafted community are built on large home sites that are well in excess of an acre, giving you all the interior and exterior space you need. It’s been said that Harmony on the Lakes has the best overall amenities in Cherokee County if not all of North Atlanta. After you see them in person, we believe you’ll understand why.
Beautiful Home Designs
We have plenty of new home floor plans available for you to choose from including ones from the very popular Avalon and Brighton series. Starting in the low 300’s, the breathtaking Sharp Residential customizable homes being sold in Harmony on the Lakes offer tons of gorgeous features for homebuyers to personally select. Most of our home plans include gourmet kitchens, 2-car garages, 4-5 bedrooms, and personal green space for you and your family.
Upon entering Harmony on the Lakes, you’ll notice the nature oriented design of the community with scenic forested areas surrounding the neighborhood, numerous walking trails throughout, and perhaps the most beautiful feature of the community, Bradshaw Lake. This 38-acre lake sits right in the middle of the neighborhood and serves as a community amenity where you can fish, canoe, kayak, and swim. Nature plays a big role in making this community what it is but on top of that there are also several signature amenities such as swimming pools, eight fully lighted tennis courts, lakeside gazebo, a great lawn overlooking the lake, a fitness room, and an event lounge adding up to give you a wonderful, quiet, and active living experience.
Limited Time Incentives
It is often said that one of the most prevalent features of Harmony on the Lakes has to offer is its distinguished sense of community. When living in this neighborhood, you’ll be actively living your dreams while your neighbors do as well. If you’re interested in purchasing a new home at Harmony on the Lakes then you’ll be happy to know, that for a limited time, pre-sale home buyers can save up to 20,000 towards available options and/or design selections. Harmony on the Lakes proves to be one of the best neighborhoods that North Atlanta has to offer. If you’re looking to find the luxury home you’ve always dreamed of, we invite you to stop by soon and experience Harmony on the Lakes.
July 30, 2017
Moving into a new home before the next school season begins can be an exciting and new experience for families and students. However, if you’re not prepared, the new school year can be harder than it should be. Most of you have probably familiarized yourself with school routines and are well prepared for the upcoming back to school season. So doing the same thing in a new home will be a breeze. With the first week of school being right around the corner, there’s no better time to organize your new Sharp Residential home for all of the papers, school supplies, and projects that will be coming home soon. To make the transition a bit easier we’ve compiled a list of simple and cost effective tips that will make your child’s transition back to school in a new home a little easier.
Maximize Your New Space
If you have recently purchased one of our exceptional homes, there is a ton of space for you to use during the school year. It’s important to keep your new home efficiently organized to avoid clutter. Instead of finding school bags and supplies everywhere, install a set of cubbies for your child to drop their stuff into when they get home. One of the most important things is to make sure they have a familiar and comfortable workplace, luckily several of our floorplans include them. This makes establishing a homework/ home office space much easier for you and your child. Even having a simple designated phone charging area can reap many benefits when it’s time for you and your family to put down your devices and spend quality time together.
New Season, Similar Routines
During the summer, sleep schedules are usually thrown out the window which makes it difficult to adjust to a new one. Consider how old your child is and how much sleep they need to be getting so they can always be well rested and ready to learn. To make the first day back to school easier for them, start getting them up earlier by reeling in bedtime the week before. To make the school mornings easier, help them organize their school stuff (backpacks, lunches, supplies) and pick out clothes to wear the night before.
Explore the Neighborhood Together
As we stated, moving into a new area is typically exciting for most but can be occasionally stressful for some. If your student is a bit nervous, they’ll likely feel more comfortable and begin to enjoy it more as soon as they start exploring around the area with you. When it comes to discovering more about your child’s school and the neighborhoods around it, one of the first things you should learn are the bus routes. Once you know them, you can plan your family’s daily departure schedules accordingly. Also, take the time to visit the new school and meet your child’s teachers to learn more about them and talk about your child’s needs.
Back to School Shopping
We all know how busy stores can be during the back-to-school season. To get everything you need without breaking the bank, look out for back-to-school sales at your local stores so you can quickly get what you need at an affordable price. Setting a budget is a good idea so you don’t end up spending too much money on things they don’t really need until their teacher gives them more specifics. If you would rather avoid the crowd entirely, then you can typically order most supplies online. Not only does this get everything done without having to leave the comfort of your home, you and your family will have more quality time to spend together before school starts. We wish you all the best in your new home and we hope you have a great school year.
July 3, 2017
Freedom is America’s most treasured value and there’s no better day that recognizes this than the 4th of July. On Independence Day, we fill the night sky with fireworks; the smell of barbeque is in the air, and you can’t help but feel the patriotism all around.
At Sharp Residential we think it’s important for our residents to be able to experience this holiday in it’s entirety, so we put together a list of a few events that we hope you’ll be able to attend this year.
Food Fireworks and Fun
This year, celebrate the Fourth of July at Wills Park! Starting at 6 p.m. there will be a live musical performance by the Alpharetta City Band where they will be playing patriotic tunes followed by T James Bond with his performance of Classic Rock. Throughout the event there will be several food vendors that will be serving things such as mediterranean style dishes, firewood pizza, tacos, ice cream, old fashioned lemonade and more! The event concludes with a jaw-dropping fireworks display and is a perfect way to end your Fourth of July celebration.
Make your way to Roswell High School this Fourth of July for the 18th annual Roswell Fireworks Extravaganza. This wonderful Roswell tradition is a great family event that will kick off at 5:30 with giant inflatables, carnival games with prizes and several different food trucks including Big C’s Chicago kitchen, Cattywampus, Yumbii and Aurora Complex. There will also be live musical performances by The 120 East Band and Banks and Shane. The event wraps up with the famed fireworks extravaganza so bring your picnic blankets and chairs to experience the night of a lifetime.
4th of July Parade
What better way to celebrate the Fourth of July than a parade, festival, and fireworks. On Independence Day attend the City of Woodstock’s July 4th Spectacular. Starting at 10 a.m. there will be a parade that goes from the Woodstock Elementary School to Sam’s Club near Highway 92. After the parade you can attend the festival which will have a DJ, great food, arts & crafts, kids activities and more! Finally at dusk, you can watch an amazing fireworks display to perfectly end the night.
Steam engine parade and dance contest
On July 3rd, make your way down to the Cumming Fairgrounds for an Independence Day celebration like no other. Starting at 6:00 P.M. there will be food vendors and children’s activities followed by a dance contest at 8:30 P.M. Finally, at 9:30 P.M. there will be fireworks to watch until 11:00 P.M. Admission and parking is free for this event making it perfect for everyone.
From Sharp Residential, we wish you a very happy and safe Fourth of July.
June 26, 2017
We hope your 2017 has been a year of fun and exciting events so far. The opportunities continue with a great lineup of summer family events near our North Atlanta communities located in Alpharetta, Cumming, Milton, Holly Springs and Woodstock. For those families who have recently moved into one of our communities, we hope these local summer events listed below are a great way to try something new and entertaining with your family.
Music Under the Pines
Make your way to the artists and musicians cottage of Matilda’s for their Music Under the Pines 2017 concert series. From now until August 5th Matilda’s will host musical performances by artists such as Packway Handle Band, Breeze Kings, Mojo Dojo, Jennifer Daniels, Andrea Colburn and more! While you’re there, make it a point to see the beautiful artwork that Matilda’s has collected over the years from the many artists traveling there to share their work.
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Historic Roswell’s Riverside Sounds
One the first Saturday of every month from now until October, the annual tradition continues for the free Roswell Riverside Sounds concert series. Held in Riverside Park at 575 Riverside Road in Roswell, this is another great local music event for residents and homeowners who live in North Atlanta. A variety of food trucks will be on location for each concert starting at 6pm, so you can enjoy some dinner before the show.
Farm Fresh in Alpharetta
The Downtown Alpharetta Farmers Market started with the idea of providing local residents with farm-fresh produce. Ever since this wonderful market began in 2006 it has been a hit among local residents. Every Saturday from mid-April to late October between 8:30 am – 1 pm, head over to this fun, farm fresh market.
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Food Truck Alley Nights
Every Thursday evening from 5 – 9 pm through October 19th, the Alpharetta Convention & Visitors Bureau hosts the popular Food Truck Alley. Make your way down to Old Roswell Street where you can enjoy a variety of 6-8 rotating food trucks plus free music each week! This event is great for new North Atlanta residents who want to enjoy something nearby that’s fun and delicious.
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Ice Cream Crankin’
Bring your family and invite the neighbors for some wholesome family fun for Miss Mary’s Ice Cream Crankin’ in Roswell Square Park. On Sunday, August 27th from 2-4pm you can try a little taste from over 100 flavors of homemade ice cream, handmade by a dedicated community of volunteer “crankers”. There will be top awards by local judges for categories such as best vanilla, best chocolate, best fruit and best of other flavors.
Art in the Park
Be there when art and creativity hit the park in charming downtown Alpharetta. Select Saturdays from May-September of 2017, at the corner of Main Street & Milton Avenue, bring the family and watch as local artists create masterpieces right before your eyes. The artists at this wonderful event represent a number of art mediums such as pottery, woodwork, photography, metal work, glass work and more. Many pieces will be for sale at the event, so any new homeowners looking for unique interior decorations, this may be a good opportunity for you.
Enjoy the Summer!
No matter what fun events you make it out to this season we hope you’ll stop by and see what we the communities we have available with homes ready to be custom built for your family. From all of us at Sharp Residential, we hope you enjoy the Summer!
June 17, 2017
Father’s Day is one of the more important holidays that we celebrate, as it marks the time to respectfully honor our Dads for all they do. During the year, it may be hard for you and your father to stay in touch with all of the things that keep you busy, but on Father’s Day remember to make time for what Dad wants to do. Here’s a list of the fun activities that you and your dad can enjoy together this Father’s Day. No matter what, remember to tell Dad thanks for everything with love.
“Any man can be a father, but it takes someone special to be a Dad.” – A. Geddes
Head to the Course
It’s time to bring out the golf clubs and tee up with Dad! Golf has always been a fun pastime and what better day to do it than today? If you’re currently living in one of our North Atlanta communities you already have access to golf courses such as The Echelon Golf Club in Alpharetta, Woodmont Golf and Country Club in Canton, and The Crooked Creek Club in North Fulton. Of course, there are more golf courses nearby in the North metro area. If your Dad loves golf then it’s definitely something to consider when making plans for Father’s Day. Of course, you could just spend time watching the US Open with him as well, if that’s what he prefers.
King of the Courts
Perhaps your Dad enjoys playing tennis would love to have you join him on the courts. Have fun hitting around with your Dad this Father’s Day. Tennis is a great way for the whole family to have fun while also getting a fun cardio workout. If you wish you had a tennis court near you, we have some lovely homes available in our North Atlanta communities with beautiful tennis courts. Visit Blue Valley, Parkstone, Hearthstone or Harmony On The Lakes to see the courts and other family fun amenities we offer.
“My father didn’t tell me how to live. He lived and let me watch him do it.” – Bud Kelland
Just Relax by the Pool
Maybe your Dad would appreciate some time lounging by the pool. After a long week in the office, there is something very satisfying about enjoying a cool dip while relaxing poolside. We have some resort style pools included as part of our signature amenities in several of our North Atlanta neighborhoods. Visit our communities page today and find out more.
May 27, 2017
Memorial Day weekend plans? We understand that it’s certainly a great time to fire up your grill and enjoy some quality time with family and friends, but don’t forget to respectfully remember why it’s called Memorial Day. This year, you and your family can begin the pre-summer season with several different Memorial Day events and commemorative ceremonies around North Atlanta. Monday is the special day where we, as a nation, honor the sacrifice of America’s fallen soldiers. Remember to greet any and all military service personnel by thanking them for their service. It’s easy to show your support this Memorial Day weekend with Memorial Day ceremonies around the Northern Atlanta area and here are a few of them.
On May 30th from 10:00-11:00 am, the city of Milton is holding its ninth annual Memorial Day ceremony. Speaker Lieutenant General James Helmly, a decorated Vietnam veteran who is also Chief of the Army Reserve, will lead the ceremony. General James Helmly was responsible for the mobilization of 147,000 Army Reserve soldiers in support of the global war on terror and has been inducted into the Infantry Hall of Fame. It’s important to be a part of your community on this very special day and there’s no better way than to attend a Memorial Day ceremony. Stop by our new WestFall community if you’re looking for a wonderful place to buy a new home this Spring or Summer.
The Alpharetta City Hall will hold a Memorial Day tribute on May 29th. Starting at 9:00, the program includes the singing of the national anthem, the Pledge of Allegiance, a Keynote Speaker, Laying of the Wreath, a 21 Gun Salute, and most importantly “Taps” performed by Alpharetta High School junior, Daniel Gelber. New homebuyers should see our established luxury community named Hearthstone while you’re in the area.
Join the American Legion, Marine Corps League, and other local veterans groups to honor those who fight to keep us free. On Memorial Day join local veteran groups for a special service of remembrance in The Park at City Center. There will also be an appearance and performance of the Cobb New Horizons Concert Band which will make this ceremony even more heartfelt and meaningful. We have two communities nearby if you and your family are in the market for a new home. Visit Olde Heritage or Harmony on the Lakes this weekend.
Thankful For Their Sacrifice
Memorial Day is the time for us take a few minutes out of our lives to appreciate and thank our armed forces for everything they do and have done to protect us. If it weren’t for the armed troops protecting the land we hold dear, we wouldn’t be able to provide you and your family with our quality, custom built homes. Whatever you find yourself doing this Memorial Day weekend, we hope you remain safe and happy. From all of us at Sharp Residential, we remain thankful and respectfully honor the lives of those who sacrificed all in their service to America. Thank you!