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The Top Five Emerging Neighborhoods in Atlanta

The Top Five Emerging Neighborhoods in Atlanta

The City of Atlanta is filled to overflowing with charming old neighborhoods, localities that are enjoying a sudden resurgence of popularity and exciting developing communities that are gaining attention for the first time. Highlight Homes breaks down the Top Five Emerging Neighborhoods located in and around the city or tucked away within the outskirts. As one of Atlanta’s premier custom homebuilders, we welcome the chance to help you realize the home of your dreams in one of the following neighborhoods or the community of your choosing…

West MidtownAtlanta Agent Magazine points to West Midtown as one of the best neighborhoods in which to buy. This area is particularly hot among Millennials and active couples/families drawn to its connectivity/walkability factor and awesome venues like Atlantic Station with a wealth of alluring shops, restaurants and events. Highlight Homes is proud to have our newest project poised within a mile of Atlantic Station – a luxury duplex that’s worth watching!

Sherwood Forest – of course, don’t rule out East Midtown altogether! Sherwood Forest made the top slot at #1 on Niche’s Best Neighborhoods to Live in the Atlanta Area – scoring an overall A+ Niche grade, and #2 on Niche’s Best Neighborhoods to Raise a Family in the Atlanta Area. Homebuyers are likely to love the low crime rates, the great nightlife and access to highly regarded schools.

South Buckhead – Another excellent pick from Atlanta Agent Magazine, South Buckhead is enjoying a sudden resurgence of interest from buyers for many of the same reasons as West Midtown. Affectionately dubbed SOBU, the area begins where Peachtree Road crosses I-85 at the Brookwood interchange and runs north along Peachtree to Peachtree Creek. It’s considered a Mecca for affluent homebuyers seeking access to critically acclaimed dining, upscale shops and an active art scene.

Neighborhoods of Atlanta’s Westside – including West End, Hunter Hills, Princeton Lakes,  Washington Park and Peachtree Heights – According to Redfin and its 2018 list of Hottest Neighborhoods, all eyes are turning west! Pay particular attention to neighborhoods along the West Beltline – including historic West End. Hunter Hills is another one to watch, as is Washington Park – not far from the eateries, cool bars and fun nightlife at Five Points. Peachtree Heights in Southwest Atlanta received a nod from Curbed Atlanta as Atlanta’s hottest neighborhood for 2018. Princeton Lakes is a little further out from center – just west of the Perimeter.

Decatur – Making the cut as one of Redfin’s Most Competitive Neighborhoods in Atlanta at #2 for 2018 and at #1 on Niche’s List of Best Suburbs to Live in Georgia, the City of Decatur continues to reign supreme. An incredible town square that plays host to a jam-packed, year-round calendar of events and is home to an eclectic blend of shops, restaurants and pubs serves as the heart of this city. An incredible school system, excellent parks, fun attractions like the Fernbank Museum of Natural History and high walkability factor make it a great destination for families. It’s proximity to the City of Atlanta simply adds to the allure.

Other neighborhoods to watch include Powder Springs, Smyrna, Chamblee, Tucker and one of Highlight Homes’ personal favorites… Brookhaven! If you are seeking land on which to build a custom home in any of the neighborhoods listed above or in another neighborhood of your own choosing, the team at Highlight Homes excels at land acquisition. We can also design and build the home of your dreams on land you already own. To get started, simply give us a call at 678-873-9234, send us a note at info@highlighthomesga.com or fill out our convenient online contact form. We look forward to hearing from you soon. If you’d like to learn more about Highlight Homes and view our online gallery, please visit www.highlighthomesga.com.

 

Photo creds: By Brooke Novak from Atlanta, Georgia (midtown/westside) – ATL [light ], CC BY 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=2514492

Press Release: Highlight Homes Kicks off 2018 with Launch of New Commercial Construction Division

Press Release: Highlight Homes Kicks off 2018 with Launch of New Commercial Construction Division

Georgia Home Builder and Luxury Renovation Company Has Been Newly Certified as a Commercial Builder

Atlanta, January 19, 2018 – With a solid history of land development, residential construction and luxury renovations under his work belt, one might believe that Highlight Homes’ founder, Tony Pourhassan, has plenty of projects to keep him busy. A visionary architect and master craftsman, Pourhassan doesn’t merely reserve his creativity to the design and construction of custom homes and whole home renovations throughout Metro Atlanta. He also endeavors to drive his business in exciting new directions. Having survived the housing crash of 2008 that forced many builders across the nation to shutter their doors, Highlight Homes adapted by adding a renovation division in 2009 and a custom construction division in 2014. In 2018, Pourhassan evolves Highlight Homes further by launching a commercial construction division within his Atlanta-based company.

“It just makes sense to grow Highlight Homes in this direction,” said Pourhassan. “As a custom home builder and master renovator, I have the honor of working with many clients who either own their own companies or are on the leadership team of a local corporation. When residential projects come to a close and my clients are clearly pleased with the results, I have often received requests to expand into the commercial realm. I have had the honor of working on a number of commercial projects to date, including a veterinary office, an innovatively combined coffee house and dog wash, and more. As a small business owner, I welcome the opportunity to work with other small business owners to realize their vision of a corporate office, restaurant or retail location. After all, a commercial space should be just as warm and welcoming as a luxury home, while inspiring the people who work there to be creative, innovative and industrious.”

In November 2017, Highlight Homes was certified to design and construct commercial structures of up to five stories. With the debut of his new commercial construction division, Pourhassan and his team plan to place a larger focus on the development of commercial properties throughout 2018.

Some of the commercial structures for which Highlight Homes is certified as a design-build firm include:

  • Churches
  • Educational Facilities
  • Healthcare Facilities
  • Shopping Centers
  • Retail Spaces
  • Restaurants
  • Office Buildings
  • Apartments
  • Senior Living Facilities
  • Warehouses
  • Manufacturing Facilities
  • And More!

To learn more about Highlight Homes, prospective residential and commercial clients, as well as real estate professionals are invited to visit www.highlighthomesga.com.

About Highlight Homes: Highlight Homes, LLC was established in 2005 by builder, developer and architect, Anthony F. Pourhassan. The Atlanta-based company is founded on the core belief in the significance of what they are creating, firmly based in their lasting dedication to the clients they serve, and continually growing as word spreads of their unswerving commitment to quality. Each Highlight Home contractor is fully licensed, registered and insured, and is well prepared to tackle projects of varying size and scope – from a luxury custom estate in one of Atlanta’s trendiest neighborhoods to a cozy, bungalow-inspired home in the sprawling suburbs.

Highlight Homes keeps a steady pace with other leaders in its field through continued education and certification, as well as through affiliations with top-notch professional organizations such as the Greater Atlanta Home Builders Association, Certified Professional Home Builders of Georgia, National Kitchen & Bath Association, and National Association of the Remodeling Industry. Highlight Homes is proud to be a Better Business Bureau accredited business, as well as a certified Earth Craft House Builder, Energy Star Partner, and LEED Certified Home Builder. In response to a growing need in Atlanta, Highlight Homes launched its renovation division in 2009, custom construction division in 2014 and commercial division in 2018.

Celebrate National Home Ownership Month with a Custom Home

“For generations of Americans, owning a home has been an essential element in achieving the American Dream.  Homeownership is often the foundation of security and prosperity for families and communities and an enduring symbol of American freedom.” ~ President Donald J. Trump

welcome home - shutterstock_216379063In his proclamation declaring June 2017 as National Home Ownership Month, the President of the United States reaffirmed the many benefits of home ownership – not just to the family who lives there, but also to the community where they live and the Nation as a whole. Beyond the proclamation, conditions appear to support the concept of increasing the number of home owners. According to the National Home Builders Association/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index (HMI), builder confidence continues to climb – a very good sign in light of the housing market crash less than a decade ago. As a matter of fact, May 2017 marked the second highest HMI on record since the downturn. The HMI is derived from a monthly survey of builders that measures current sales conditions, as well as 6-month projections. Even though single-family new home inventories are at some of their highest levels witnessed since July 2009, spec home builders still struggle to keep up with consumer demand. However, there’s an excellent “work-around” for buyers who seek a beautiful new home but don’t want to contend with low inventories and the hassle of being outbid or beat to the chase by other buyers… a custom home.

A custom home affords its owners with the knowledge that their house has been designed and constructed to fit their family’s unique needs, tastes, personalities and interests. Based in Atlanta, Highlight Homes is strategically positioned to aid in the construction of custom homes in some of the city’s most distinctive and highly sought-after neighborhoods – including Buckhead, Brookhaven, Sandy Springs, Dunwoody, Roswell and beyond. We can even help you locate the ideal lot for your custom home in the perfect area of town to suit your family. To begin YOUR personal celebration of National Home Ownership Month by breaking ground on a custom home crafted by the experts at Highlight Homes, contact us TODAY at 678-873-9234, info@highlighthomesga.com or via our convenient online contact form. To learn more about Highlight Homes, sneak a peek inside our gallery and peruse our current inventory of homes for sale, be sure to visit us at www.highlighthomesga.com.

Celebrate National Home Ownership Month by Breaking Ground on a Custom Home

Celebrate National Home Ownership Month by Breaking Ground on a Custom Home

House and plans shutterstock_138681968June marks National Home Ownership Month – and it’s not too late to get in on the celebration. Launched in 2002 with a proclamation by President George W. Bush, the goal of its commemoration is to inspire more families to achieve the American Dream. What better way to celebrate a month devoted to home ownership and the American Dream than by breaking ground on the custom home of your dreams? A custom home provides the homeowner with a unique opportunity to be intimately involved in all aspects of its realization: from the selection of the ideal site and floor plan, to the incorporation of special elements that prove the perfect fit for your family’s needs and tastes. Custom builders are different from volume builders. They serve as your expert on the ground at your home site, ensuring that the end result matches – and sometimes even exceeds – your vision. The very best custom builders will invite you to be as involved – or removed – from the project as you wish.

Highlight Homes is proud of our standing as a premier custom builder in Atlanta. Our team welcomes the opportunity to partner with you on the realization of the home you’ve always dreamed of owning. Let’s celebrate National Home Ownership Month together! To learn more about the custom construction process, be sure to read: 10 Steps to Making Your Dream Home a Reality. When you’re ready to get started, contact us by calling 678-873-9234, e-mailing us at info@highlighthomesga.com, or filling out our convenient online contact form.  We look forward to hearing from you soon!

Too excited to wait until a custom home is built? Check out the gorgeous homes currently available in our inventory!

Find Your Dream Home in Dunwoody

Find Your Dream Home in Dunwoody

x876eNestled on a tree-lined street in the heart of one of Atlanta’s most sought-after suburbs, the four-sides brick Dunwoody home at 4953 Leisure Drive is an entertainer’s paradise with 5 spacious bedrooms, 4.5 spa-inspired bathrooms, showplace gourmet kitchen, inviting living spaces, full daylight basement, expansive back deck overlooking a private lake, fabulous mudroom, three-car garage and so much more. Priced at an incredible $1,049,000, this 4,239 SF spectacular spec home – elegantly designed, expertly crafted and exclusively YOU by Atlanta’s premier custom home builder, Highlight Homes – is move-in ready.

k753Aspiring chefs are likely to want to spend more time in the fabulous kitchen than anywhere else in the home. Just imagine the recipes one could create on the generously proportioned island. The crisp white cabinetry, pale gray tile backsplash and light granite countertops are offset by rich, hand-rubbed hardwoods, brushed nickel hardware and stainless steel appliances. The adjoining keeping room boasts a soaring cathedral wood ceiling and dramatic floor-to-ceiling fireplace. On warm Spring and Summer evenings, the choice to dine al fresco is an easy one thanks to the proximity of the deck to the kitchen space.

L070Surprisingly sophisticated touches can be found throughout the home – from the living room with its built-in bookcase with glass doors and coffered ceiling, to the magnificent oval-shaped double trey and wall of windows in the master bedroom. The master bathroom is truly special – giving off an air of Old Hollywood, with its soaking tub, tile plank flooring, his and her vanities and glass and tile shower stall. Even the secondary bedrooms have the feel of slightly smaller master suites with incredible attached bathrooms, walk-in closets, trey ceiling and more.

n01-236aWhile the overall feel of the home – from the gray shake siding, taupe board-and-batten shutters, double oak front doors and pale brick exterior to the luxurious yet completely livable interior – is overwhelmingly classic, it’s perfectly suited for today’s modern family. At the top of the stairs on the second floor is a striking tech center with built-in bookshelves, drawers and double desks – the ideal space for a homework station or home office. The home also comes equipped with “smart” technology for interior climate control – which isn’t merely cool and convenient, but could equate to some significant cost savings on utility bills.

LR346Children who live in this home can attend Kingsley Elementary, Peachtree Middle and Dunwoody High Schools – or the highly reputable Marist School, which was just ranked #9 out of the Top 100 Private High Schools in Georgia by Niche Rankings. #25 – Brandon Hall – is also located nearby. The entire family will enjoy the surrounding City of Dunwoody – with its convenience to I-285, Perimeter Mall, world-class dining, wonderful parks and terrific community events. To learn more about this distinctive Dunwoody home, please contact our real estate representatives at Keller Williams First Atlanta Realty – Melanie and Tyler Pourhassan. Melanie can be reached via e-mail at melaniehp@kw.com or by phone at 678-873-9232, and Tyler can be reached via e-mail at apourhassan@kw.com or by phone at 678-833-2051. They would be happy to schedule a tour of the home with you.

For more information about new construction homes, custom homes and luxury renovations by Highlight Homes – please visit www.highlighthomesga.com.

2016 Pantone Color(s) of the Year: Rose Quartz and Serenity

2016 Pantone Color(s) of the Year: Rose Quartz and Serenity

Pantone press_coy2016For the first time EVER, Pantone – THE authority on color for the fashion and design industries has named not just one, but TWO colors as its Color of the Year. Exploring color’s softer side, Pantone has designated a blending of Rose Quartz (PANTONE 13-1520) and Serenity (PANTONE 15-3919) to reflect the public’s growing desire for balance and well-being.

“Joined together, Rose Quartz and Serenity demonstrate an inherent balance between a warmer embracing rose tone and the cooler tranquil blue, reflecting connection and wellness as well as a soothing sense of order and peace,” explained Pantone Color Institute Executive Director, Leatrice Eiseman, on the company’s website.

According to Pantone’s Color of the Year web page: “Rose Quartz is a persuasive yet gentle tone that conveys compassion and a sense of composure. Serenity is weightless and airy, like the expanse of the blue sky above us, bringing feelings of respite and relaxation even in turbulent times.”

For homeowners who swear by color psychology and the use of certain colors to lend a sense of balance to their world, this will no doubt come as good news. Atlanta-based Highlight Homes is happy to help its renovation and custom home clients incorporate these lovely new Colors of the Year in their homes. When used in conjunction with other hot trends such as crisp, white kitchens, reflective surfaces and “Old Hollywood”-inspired mirrored and metallic home accessories, both shades could lend to an elegant and sophisticated look. When used for Interiors, the Pantone press release announcing the Color of the Year suggests that “the pairing of Serenity and Rose Quartz bring a feeling of calm and relaxation into the home environment. Like a serene sunset, Rose Quartz encourages reflection on one’s surroundings while Serenity, a transcendent blue, provides a naturally connected sense of space.”

Pantone believes that both colors serve as a distinctive choice for rugs and upholstery, as well as paint and decorative accessories, such as solid and patterned fabrics, throws, pillows, bedding, kitchen items, tableware, and home accessories like candles, decorative bowls, vases and florals. Either would serve as a striking addition to any room as an accent wall or a painted door and trim.

Pantone recommends the following shades to complement Rose Quartz and Serenity: Grays such as Pantone 14-0000 Silver Gray, 18-3906 Volcanic Glass, 14-0216 Lint, 17-0613 Vetiver, 18-5204 Granite Gray, 11-4201 Cloud Dancer and 15-4702 Puritan Gray; Browns such as Pantone 19-0810 Major Brown, 18-1112 Walnut, 13-1012 Frosted Almond, 18-1108 Fallen Rock, 18-1235 Russet, 15-1218 Semolina and 16-0906 Simply Taupe; Bright pastels such as 16-2107 Orchid Haze, 15-1520 Blooming Dahlia, 16-3521 Lupine, 12-5406 Opal Blue, 18-3211 Grapeade, and 13-1125 Peach Quartz – among others.

To learn more about Rose Quartz, Serenity and Pantone’s suggested color palettes, visit the Color of the Year announcement page online.

About Pantone and the Pantone Color Institute: Pantone LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of X-Rite, Incorporated, is the global color authority and provider of professional color standards for the design industries. Pantone products have encouraged colorful exploration and expressions of creativity from inspiration to implementation for more than 50 years.

Image Credit: Pantone LLC Virtual Press Room

Building a Digital Dream Book

Building a Digital Dream Book

Dream book shutterstock_327497225 (sm)Over the course of the last few years, Highlight Homes has recommended to our renovation and custom home clients that they build a “dream book” to share with us. In addition to paint swatches and lists of elements they hope to incorporate into their design – such as a window seat with storage, butler’s pantry just off the formal dining room or upstairs laundry room they’ve always wanted – we often suggest that they clip photos out of magazines to give us the best idea of the look and feel they hope to achieve. These dream books serve as a tangible “go to” resource that we can look to throughout all stages of design and construction. However, given the fact that it is now 2016 and the digital age is in full swing, we’d like to add a wrinkle to the dog-eared Dream Book binder of yesteryear in favor of a more modern approach… the Digital Dream Book.

Step 1… Pop Open Pinterest: If you don’t already have one, open a Pinterest account. Depending on the size of your project, you can either build a board filled with images or several boards dedicated to various rooms of the home, as well as the exterior.  Once you’ve opened your account and created your boards, it’s time to start building!

Step 2… Become a Shutterbug: Inspiration can come from some of the most unusual places. Use your smartphone to snap photos of elements that speak to you at friends’ houses, but also look at the architecture of commercial locations, at your natural surroundings, everywhere! Upload photos to Pinterest and be sure to add comments with regard to WHY that image spoke to you.

Step 3… Explore the Digital Landscape: Architectural and interior design magazine websites are terrific places to look for images that speak to you. Don’t overlook appliance, paint and flooring manufacturers.

Again, inspiration can come from the most unusual places, so don’t rule anything out as you look for those images that will help convey what you hold in your imagination. Pin the pictures that hold special meaning and be sure to add comments with regard to WHY that image spoke to you.

Step 4… Share Your Boards with Highlight Homes: Once you’re satisfied with the sense of home you’re trying to convey, share the link to your board/boards with the team at Highlight Homes. We can use it to develop a more accurate quote and design so that your reality will actually exceed your dream (book).

To learn more about Highlight Homes and our extensive list of services, we encourage you to visit www.highlighthomesga.com.

Make It a Home Sweet Home Kind of Holiday

Make It a Home Sweet Home Kind of Holiday

Give the Gift of a Custom Home or Whole Home Renovation This Holiday Season

Home Sweet Home shutterstock_302367035It’s not unusual for a family to fall out of love with their home. They may still love their neighbors, the area, the schools and that cute little bistro down the street, but their home may have lost its luster over the years. An easy fix in that situation may involve a whole home renovation or some remodeling projects in key areas of the home that the family uses most – or not at all, prompting the need to create more useable spaces. On the other hand, some families may feel no ties to their home or community whatsoever, indicating the need for a move to a home and community they will love for years and years to come – a home of their own imagining… a custom home. It just so happens that award-winning Atlanta-based Highlight Homes excels in both of these arenas and has for the last ten years. We welcome the opportunity to add your current or brand new custom home to our growing list of favorite projects EVER!  As a matter of fact, NOW is the perfect time to transform years of dreaming a into a beautiful reality by making this a “home sweet home” kind of holiday!

Highlight Homes’ founder – Tony Pourhassan – invites you to call him to schedule a meeting to discuss your vision, hopes and dreams for a custom home or whole home renovation. In the event that you are ready to sign a contract, Highlight Homes can develop a special “gift” for you to place under the tree to surprise your family on Christmas morning. Imagine the looks on their faces when you reveal to them your plans to fully renovate your home or build a custom home from the ground up. Highlight Homes can even connect you with a skilled real estate professional in the sale of your current home and the acquisition of land for your new home. What are you waiting for?  To get started, call 678-873-9234, e-mail info@highlighthomesga.com or fill out our convenient online contact form. To view our gallery of work  and learn more about Highlight Homes – including our full list of services, please visit www.highlighthomesga.com.

Ten Steps to Making Your Dream Home a Reality

  1. dream house shutterstock_321489179Contact Highlight Homes:  Step #1 is as easy as picking up the phone or reaching out over the internet. Simply contact Highlight Homes by calling 678-873-9234, e-mailing info@highlighthomesga.com, or filling out our convenient online contact form. We will schedule a meeting to discuss your wants and needs, as well as budgetary restrictions.
  2. Choosing Your Home Site:  If you already own land on which to begin construction of your new custom home, the exciting design phase can begin immediately. In the event that you haven’t found your ideal home site, Highlight Homes can help you find the perfect lot on which to begin building your home.
  3. Building Your Dream Book: While we begin our quest for your new home site, you can begin putting together a special scrapbook of many of the elements you wish to incorporate in your dream home. Pour through home décor magazines, search the internet, draw your own renderings, snap photos of other homes around town, etc…
  4. Meeting with the Architect: Once we’ve found the perfect lot, a Highlight Homes’ architect will schedule another meeting to sit down with you to look through your scrapbook, learn about your family, and develop a strong sense of what you are hoping for from your new home.
  5. Designing Your Home: The architect will then take this knowledge back to his drafting table to develop truly distinctive house plans custom made to fit your family. From mom’s wish to have a laundry room upstairs, to dad’s wish to have a home office with built-in bookcases, to each child’s wish to have spaces that feel all their own – your family’s “wishlist” is our command.
  6. Approval of Blueprints and Estimate: When you approve of the blueprints for your custom home, an estimate of construction costs will be developed and – once approved – construction can begin. Our talented team of designers and builders will work closely with you throughout every step of your custom home project to make sure your visions and wishes are being met.
  7. Acquisition of Permits and Inspections: Highlight Homes will take care of the acquisition of the necessary permits and the execution of inspections so that the construction phase goes smoothly from start to finish.
  8. Construction Phase: Depending on the size and scope of your custom home, once the permits are obtained the construction phase could take anywhere from 6 to 12 months to complete. We have a solid reputation for finishing on-time and on-budget, and – more importantly – for exceeding expectations in every project we undertake. All along the way, you will have direct access to Highlight Homes through our client portal where you can check the timeline and issue any requested change orders.
  9. Final Walk-through: A Highlight Homes’ construction supervisor will accompany you through your new home to complete a punch list of any remaining items that need to be addressed within seven days of closing. Highlight Homes also extends a 2-10 warranty on your home from the moment the sale closes.
  10. Closing and Moving Day: Once the purchase of your home has been completed, you and your family can begin moving into the home of your dreams and start making memories right away.

Highlight Homes welcomes the opportunity to become your family’s custom homebuilder.  We look forward to hearing from you soon!