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Try These Labor Day Weekend Celebrations

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.


Hurry for Summer Incentives at Harmony on the Lakes

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.

Stellar Amenities

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.

Back to school tip for students in new homes

Back to School Tips – Students in New Homes

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.

Happy Independence Day from Sharp Residential

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.


Fireworks Extravaganza

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.

Summer Family Events Near North Atlanta Communities

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.

See live music under the pines Roswell

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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.

awesome alpahretta food truck alley

image credit via Awesome Alpharetta

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!

Have Father's Day Fun - Remember It's Dad's Choice

Have Father’s Day Fun – Remember It’s Dad’s Choice!

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. 


Memorial Day Weekend – Remember Their Sacrifice

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.

Milton Memorial Day Ceremony

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.

Alpharetta Memorial Day Tribute

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.

Woodstock Memorial Day Ceremony

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!


Happy Mother’s Day – A History of Honors

Mother’s Day is Sunday and we want to celebrate all the mothers in our communities by sharing a few things about how this wonderful holiday began, plus what it means to us. Mothers and motherly figures are often considered the most important people in each of our lives. The Mother’s Day we know today is very different than how and why it originally began. We wanted to share a few thoughts because we feel it’s important for everyone to know the history of this loving holiday.

Mother’s Day Beginnings

Making sure that all Moms get a break on their day to show much they are appreciated is what the current goal of Mother’s Day is currently all about, but that’s not how it started. While Mother’s Day is celebrated in different ways around the world, here in the United States, we have two women to thank for the Mother’s Day we know and love today. In 1870 Julia Ward Howe saw the brutal, harsh realities of post-Civil War America and wished to unify a nation of grieving mothers. She pleaded for women around the world to come together and recognize the things they have in common with her Mother’s Day Proclamation.

Mother’s Day For Her

Then in the early 1900’s Anna Jarvis picked up where Mrs. Howe left off by pushing for what has become the modern version of Mother’s Day. When Anna Jarvis was younger her mother told her about how she wished for a day to recognize all the hard work mothers do around the world. Upon her mother’s death in 1905 Anna Jarvis wanted to make her mother’s wish a reality and during the anniversaries of her mother’s death she would give out carnations, her mother’s favorite flower. She gained support from a Philadelphia philanthropist named John Wanamaker and in 1910 they were able to make West Virginia the first state to officially recognize Mother’s Day. Four years later Anna Jarvis was able to convince the US Congress to officially recognize the second Sunday in May, as the national holiday of known as Mother’s Day.

Different Visions, Honorable Goals

Julia Ward Howe and Anna Jarvis had different visions for a Mother’s day. Julia Ward Howe wished for a day where all mothers would be recognized for the hard work they do while Anna Jarvis wanted people to appreciate the best mother they’ve ever known. Both of these visionary women worked hard to make this holiday a reality and it’s important for us to not only appreciate all mothers but also to applaud the effort of these two women. Keep the American tradition of Mother’s Day alive by the simple gesture of giving a carnation to your Mother or the maternal figure in your life.

Happy Mothers Day - history and traditions

Thank You Mom

We hope that you get to spend this Sunday with your Mom. Remember to tell her how much she means to you on her special day. From all of us at Sharp Residential, we want to say thanks to all of our Moms and wish every one of them a Happy Mother’s Day.

dream Dream homes available in Milton

Dream Homes Available in Milton at Blue Valley

Discover the dream homes available in Milton at Blue Valley and you will want to start living in this neighborhood’s beautiful surroundings. Well located in the upper north Fulton County above Alpharetta, this gated community offers larger homesites and stately home designs. Several of the homesites available will reside on over an acre+ of land. Blue Valley is part of the equestrian corridor unique to the area and is also close to downtown Alpharetta. You’ll certainly enjoy easy access to all the popular shopping and restaurant options available in this beautiful area of North Fulton county.

dream homes available in Milton at Blue Valley

Deluxe Designs & Details

Starting from the 600’s, the stunning Sharp Residential customizable homes being sold in Blue Valley deliver loads of luxurious features for new homebuyers to personally select. The variety of designs found in the deluxe homes of Blue Valley showcase fabulous gourmet kitchens, great rooms with majestic windows and fireplaces, stunning Owner Suites on the main floor that include relaxing sitting rooms. There are 10 different floorplans to choose from all with custom options available to make your dream home plans come true.

See the dream homes available in Milton at Blue Valley

Attractive Amenities

Expertly designed floor plans, custom options, and large homesites aren’t the only appealing points this neighborhood provides new homebuyers. Living in Blue Valley also presents homeowners the daily opportunity to experience the resort quality amenities found here. Such as a junior Olympic-sized pool, pristine tennis courts, community sidewalks and plenty of green space throughout, plus the two community lakes which surround the area and provide relaxing scenic views. 

Resort quality Sharp amenities

Visit Today, See More

Blue Valley delivers one of North Fulton County’s top residential new home communities so if you’re looking to find the luxury home of your dreams, we invite you to stop by today for a visit. See and learn more about the well-designed floor plans available, plus the charming scenery and high-quality amenities that these new homes for sale in Milton offer homebuyers. Contact us at 770-518-4896 or visit our website for more information.


Fun Filled Spring Events to Enjoy in Atlanta

Fun Filled Spring Events to Enjoy This Season

Blooming flowers, beautiful weather, chirping birds and a radiant shining sun aren’t all that spring has to offer. For residents in our North Atlanta communities, the season also brings some of Atlanta’s most fun filled Spring events to attend and enjoy. At Sharp Residential, we want to make sure our new home buyers don’t miss a beat as the beauty of the Spring season arrives, so here are some of our favorite local spring events to attend during the new season.

Roswell Azalea Fest

The month-long Roswell Azalea Festival is a Spring event definitely something to put on your to-do list this season. During the month of April, every day has a different event starting with an Art exhibit on the first and ending with the Azalea Festival Gala on the 30th. The Festival ends with an entertaining dance line performed by the Briefcase Brigade followed by a silent auction, dinner, and dancing, honoring of the Chattahoochee Nature center for their 40 years of environmental service.

81st Atlanta Dogwood Festival

When the Atlanta Dogwood Festival first started it was about making Atlanta known on an International scale and to this day the Festival brings people from all around the world! Atlanta’s dogwood festival has been the most popular spring event in Atlanta for 81 years! On April 7th – 9th, make your way down to Piedmont Park to celebrate the blooming of Georgia’s beautiful Dogwood trees. With things like live musical performances, several places to eat, and an artist market there’s something here for everyone to enjoy.

Taste of Forsyth

The City of Cumming presents the Taste of Forsyth. This free admission, rain or shine event will take place on April 15th at the Cumming Fairgrounds with things like food tasting, live music, a kids zone and a massive easter egg hunt with over 30,000 eggs to find. From 11 am to 5 pm the Cumming Fairgrounds will have everything a family could ask for on the day before Easter.

Sandy Springs Artsapalooza

Get a feel for what it’s like to be an artist in Atlanta at the Sandy Springs Artsapalooza. On April 15th and 16th enjoy artists from hundreds of different disciplines ready to show off their hard work. The festival will have over 150 arts and crafts participants, live music, interactive art stations and a children’s play area making this a perfect weekend getaway for families.

Alpharetta Farmers Market

Starting April 16th, the 2017 Alpharetta Farmers Market will be a great place to go for local farm fresh produce in North Atlanta. Since 2006 the Alpharetta Farmers market has been known for the makers of edible home goods, artisans, and southern food + veggie vendors. Local raw honey, homemade jellies, and yummy desserts are just some things that you’ll find yourself enjoying while attending this event. So make your way to their downtown Alpharetta location to support all of your local farmers and artisans.

Atlanta fun filled spring events - Roswell Cycling Festival

Roswell Cycling Festival

End the month of April with the week long Roswell Cycling Festival. From April 22-30 you can enjoy several bike riding events through beautiful Roswell. After your riding adventures, enjoy after parties and beer tastings. There will also be kids riding and racing for kids ages 6+

Taste of Alpharetta

For the food lovers and connoisseurs, make plans now to feed your inner gourmet in one food filled night with more than 50 different restaurants. On May 4th, 2017, Downtown Alpharetta hosts the 27th Annual Taste of Alpharetta which delivers a sample showcase of delicious appetizers, desserts, and entrees from the amazing restaurants participating. Enjoy culinary demonstrations, culinary competitions, live music performances, and a fun zone for the kids. Admission is free and food tickets start at just $.50 a piece. Participating restaurants will charge between $1-3 per sample and with prices like that who can say “No”.