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.
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.