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Gardening Goes Vertical: Workshop near Brookhaven at Lanier Ridge

Brookhaven at Lanier RidgeThe Tower Garden & Seedling Workshop in Cumming is not your average Gardening 101 tutorial, teaching conventional horizontal dirt gardening. Instead, attendees of the workshop will learn how to grow delicious fruits and vegetables using a tower garden, a vertical, dirtless method of gardening that takes up 90 percent less space than traditional dirt gardens, making it ideal for small spaces like decks, balconies and roofs. The Tower Garden & Seedling Workshop will be at the ALT Urban Farms Facility in Cumming on Saturday, Aug. 16 at 10 a.m.

The workshop will teach attendees more about how tower gardens work, explaining what to plant and how and when to harvest the bounty. Cost is $25 per person or $40 per couple, and the ATL Urban Farms Facility is located at 6976 Frix Rd., Cumming, Ga. 30028, just 25 minutes northwest of Brookhaven at Lanier Ridge. If you are not already a resident, feel free to stop by the community on your way to or from the Tower Garden workshop.

Brookhaven at Lanier Ridge has only a few more active adult homes left. Priced from the $280,000s, these elegant and spacious two to three bedroom ranch condominiums include highly desired features like master suites on the main floor, guest retreats with full baths, two-car garages, 500 square-foot bonus rooms, vaulted ceilings and brick and stone facades. Large screened back porches, inviting front porches and optional sun rooms are also available.

This active adult community also offers maintenance free living, community gates and a perimeter fence, as well as a refreshingly beautiful pool, gas grill, outdoor fireplace and clubhouse with exercise center and gourmet kitchen.

Brookhaven at Lanier Ridge is just two miles from Lake Lanier, Georgia’s largest lake, and is convenient to North Point Mall, The Collection at Forsyth and Northside Hospital Forsyth.

For more information about Jim Chapman Communities’ Brookhaven at Lanier Ridge, visit www.jimchapmancommunities.com.

Originally posted on Atlanta Real Estate Forum, Atlanta's best source for Atlanta new homes news.

Jim Chapman Communities’ Brookhaven at Lanier Ridge Perfectly Located for Farmers Market Week

Brookhaven at Lanier RidgeAs the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) celebrates the 15th National Farmers Market Week from Aug. 3 to 9, residents of Jim Chapman Communities’ Brookhaven at Lanier Ridge stand perfectly poised to celebrate the occasion at the many farmers market surrounding their nearly sold out Cumming active adult community.

“Whenever we ask our current residents what drew them to Brookhaven at Lanier Ridge, the vast majority mention its great location in Forsyth County in northern Metro Atlanta,” said Joan Wise, the on-site agent at Brookhaven at Lanier Ridge. “Not only does the area provide world class shopping and entertainment, but residents also mention that the farmers markets in this part of the state are second to none.”

According to the USDA, there are more than 8,000 farmers markets nationwide, with that number growing yearly as more and more Americans experience the superior flavor and community shopping experience available at farmers markets compared to big box grocery stores. USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack was quoted as saying that farmers markets “bring communities together, connecting cities with the farms that support them, and provide Americans across the country with fresh, healthy food.”

More than 10 farmers markets surrounding Brookhaven at Lanier Ridge provide its active adult residents with multitudes of fresh fruits and vegetables. The Cumming Harvest sells locally grown, chemical-free produce to customers and allows Wednesday preorders to be picked up on Saturdays off Colony Park Drive. The Cumming Farmers Market is open Wednesdays and Saturdays from 7 a.m. to noon at the Cumming Fairgrounds, and the Brookwood Farmers Market, a non-profit started by elementary school PTA members, is open every Friday from 4 to 7 p.m. at Brookwood Elementary School. Other nearby markets include the Suwannee Farmers Market, Sprout Springs Library Farmers Market, Dawson County Farmers Market, the historic Downtown Gainesville Market on the Square, Green Acres Farm Market, Berkeley Lakeside Market, Whistle Stop Farmer’s Market in Norcross and many more.

Farmers markets are just one example of what the area around Brookhaven at Lanier Ridge has to offer residents in way of shopping, dining and entertainment. Priced from the $280,000s, the community has drawn so many active adults that now only a few more ranch condominiums remain for sale, and they are going fast!

To visit from Atlanta, take GA-400 North to exit 14 (Cumming/Buford Hwy). Turn right onto GA-20, and go approximately two miles. Turn left onto Samples Road, and then take an immediate left into the community just past Publix Supermarket.

To learn more about the homes at Brookhaven at Lanier Ridge, call Joan Wise today at 770-780-9095. Also, visit www.JimChapmanCommunities.com.

Originally posted on Atlanta Real Estate Forum, Atlanta's best source for Atlanta new homes news.

Going to the Lake for Fourth of July? Stop by Brookhaven at Lanier Ridge!

Brookhaven at Lanier RidgeIf you’re spending the Fourth of July at one of Georgia’s most popular lakes, then be sure to stop by Jim Chapman Communities’ Brookhaven at Lanier Ridge. Just minutes from Lake Lanier, this active adult community is close to all of the holiday’s festivities, such as:

•    Annual Steam Engine Parade. Held in downtown Cumming, the Parade is led by the mayor and his council, followed by a representation of Forsyth County’s veterans. Then, the steam engines collected by A.G. Thomas, Dr. Jim Mashburn and Dr. Marcus Mashburn are displayed. Behind the engines, antique cars, bands, fire trucks, local business floats and county sports teams travel in celebration.

•    The Red, White & Blue Fourth of July Celebration. Located at LanierWorld, the schedule of events includes:

-Kicks 101.5 Party at Sunset Cove. As you take a splash and slide your way through the park, Kicks will be rocking it out all day long.

-Wylie Street Coyotes Band. From 3 to 7 p.m. on the Big Beach, enjoy the tunes of the Wylie Street Coyotes Band with your toes in the sand.

-Fireworks Extravaganza. At dusk, make your way back to Sunset Cove to enjoy the largest firework display in North Georgia.

In addition to being near Georgia’s favorite attraction, Brookhaven at Lanier Ridge offers maintenance-free ranch condominium homes priced from the $290,000s to $320,000s. Built with all brick and stone construction, interior highlights include vaulted ceilings, gourmet kitchens, spacious living rooms and oversized master suites.

Plus, residents enjoy a variety of amenities that are perfect for celebrating the Fourth of July or any other day! Brookhaven at Lanier Ridge provides a pool, outdoor fireplace and clubhouse with exercise room and kitchen.

So, grab your red, white and blue and visit Brookhaven at Lanier Ridge this weekend! For more information, visit www.jimchapmancommunities.com.

Originally posted on Atlanta Real Estate Forum, Atlanta's best source for Atlanta new homes news.

Residents of Brookhaven at East Cobb Live in the Midst of History

Brookhaven of East Cobb homeJim Chapman Communities’ Brookhaven at East Cobb, mere minutes from historic and well-visited Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park, is ideally located to give active adults the opportunity to explore history this summer during the 150th anniversary celebrations of the Atlanta Campaign and the Battle of Kennesaw Mountain. Brookhaven at East Cobb in Kennesaw is open to active adults ages 55 and better and offers two to three bedroom plans starting in the $249,900s.

The sesquicentennial anniversary, which marks the Union Major General William T. Sherman’s failed frontal assault against the Confederate Army of Tennessee, will be commemorated with battlefield tours, living history demonstrations, an outdoor film and other programs June 26 to 29. For more information about the anniversary celebrations at the park, click here.

Brookhaven at East Cobb residents are also less than ten minutes from downtown Marietta, which is full of Civil War historic landmarks, including the Kennesaw House, a former antebellum hotel where J.J. Andrews and his Federal raiders met right before the Great Locomotive Chase of 1862. The Kennesaw House now houses the Marietta Museum of History and is next to the Marietta Square. Residents can visit the original stolen locomotive (known as the General) from the Great Locomotive Chase at the Southern Museum of Civil War and Locomotive History in Kennesaw.

In addition to its proximity to historical landmarks, Brookhaven at East Cobb also features a beautiful heated pool, an outdoor fireplace and a highly versatile clubhouse with fitness center and gourmet kitchen. The community’s all brick and stone homes offer vaulted ceilings and oversized master suites, as well as optional screened porches and bonus rooms with full baths.

The community is gated with a perimeter security fence and is located near Lake Allatoona, the Chattahoochee River National Recreation Center, the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre, the High Museum of Art, Town Center Mall, the Kennesaw Farmer’s Market and Wellstar Kennestone Hospitals.

For more information about this active adult community, call Tim Parker at 404-808-5648. Also, visit www.jimchapmancommunities.com.

Originally posted on Atlanta Real Estate Forum, Atlanta's best source for Atlanta new homes news.

Summer Activities near Brookhaven at Lanier Ridge

Brookhaven at Lanier RidgeSummer may not begin until June 21, but tell that to the Georgia weather! Active adults are just itching to jump into summer and all of its wonderful, warm-weather activities, and residents of Brookhaven at Lanier Ridge in Cumming have those activities right at their fingertips!

For those ready to put on their collared shirts and tee it up this summer, Cumming offers a number of beautiful golf courses. Lanier Golf Club is the closest to Lake Lanier and features an 18-hole championship course designed by Joe Lee himself. Windmere Golf Club prides itself on its rolling piedmont greens with scenic views at every hole, and Hampton Golf Club, while its front nine roll with the hills, gives golfers the chance to wind their way through streams on the flatter back nine.

Ready for a new outfit or a fine meal? Check out The Collection at Forsyth, one of Forsyth’s premier shopping and dining destinations. From Coldwater Creek and LOFT to Aria Salon Spa and an adorable chocolate store called The Chocolaterie, The Collection at Forsyth offers pampering of every kind, as well as wonderfully-varied dining options. Scores of people grab their picnic blankets and soccer chairs and catch one of the Thursday evening concerts every week as part of the The Collection’s free summer concert series. The concerts feature such highly popular groups as Last Five Standing, the Lance Price Band, Cole Thannisch and James Patrick Morgan. Plus, all the summer blockbusters will be playing at the 12-auditorium AMC Theater, with its luxurious, loveseat-style rocking chairs. For more information about the shops, restaurants, movies and events at The Collection at Forsyth, click here.

Head over to Georgia’s largest lake to relax and cool off while fishing, picnicking or boating. With 30 percent of its shoreline in Forsyth County, Lake Lanier offers numerous park areas mere minutes away from Brookhaven at Lanier Ridge. Want to leave the shore behind? Check out Shane Watson Guide Service for a guided fishing expedition with rave reviews. Want to simply cruise around? Visit Harbor Landing to rent a boat that is just the right speed.

Up for a little drama? See what is behind the red curtains at the historic Cumming Playhouse. Built in the early 1900s, this Cumming landmark offers plays, musicals and concerts, as well as fine dining at its own backstage restaurant. Shows for the summer include Tarzan, Oklahoma, Spin!, New West Guitar, Bob Russell Singers and Jazz and many more! To find out more about the Cumming Playhouse, click here.

So, whether residents are looking for shopping, golfing, fishing, boating or great entertainment, they can find them all just minutes from Brookhaven at Lanier Ridge. For more information about the active adult homes at Brookhaven at Lanier Ridge, visit www.jimchapmancommunities.com.

Originally posted on Atlanta Real Estate Forum, Atlanta's best source for Atlanta new homes news.

Spring Time Fun near Brookhaven of East Cobb

Brookhaven of East Cobb homeSpring is just around the corner, and there are plenty of activities near Jim Chapman Communities’ Brookhaven of East Cobb that are ideal for enjoying the warm weather.

What better way to celebrate spring than by heading outdoors? Take a short drive to Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park, and hike up the mountain or walk along the gorgeous surrounding trails. If you simply feel like taking in the beauty, then drive to the top of the mountain on a paved path and settle down at the top for a nice picnic. You are bound to enjoy the plentiful views of beautiful land and the Atlanta skyline. Don’t forget sunscreen and a hat!

Another way to enjoy the warmer weather is with the annual Kennesaw/Big Shanty Festival in Downtown Kennesaw on Saturday, April 12 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. with a parade beginning at 9:30 a.m. The Festival features hundreds of crafters, artisans and vendors with unique pieces to offer. Take your time walking around the different booths while enjoying live entertainment and plenty of yummy food. For more information about the Kennesaw/Big Shanty Festival, visit www.kennesawbusiness.org.
Clubhouse at Brookhaven of East Cobb
April showers can bring even more May flowers after you take a gardening class at Smith-Gilbert Gardens in Kennesaw. Explore 3,000 different species of plants as you stroll through the tranquil woodland paths on the Hiram Butler House property or sign up for morning Tai Chi, offered every Wednesday at 11:30 a.m. Discover the beauty of these local botanical gardens, and take advantage of the exceptional Adult Programs.  The Smith-Gilbert Gardens is open Tuesday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., and adult admission is $7.

Brookhaven of East Cobb is an ideal active adult community that offers access to great spring time celebrations! Enjoy the weather and love where you live. For more information about the active adult homes at Brookhaven of East Cobb, visit www.jimchapmancommunities.com.

Originally posted on Atlanta Real Estate Forum, Atlanta's best source for Atlanta new homes news.

Soar to New Heights at the Harvest Balloon Festival at Sterling on the Lake

hot air balloons at sterling on the lakeThe Springs at Sterling on the Lake invites residents and visitors to come experience the many colors of fall with splendid hot air balloons floating serenely above the Village Green. The fourth annual Harvest Balloon Festival is back on Saturday, Oct. 19 from 1 p.m. until 8 p.m., and this year’s event promises to be even bigger and better than the last.

Attendees will get to play games, carve pumpkins, go on hay rides, get their faces painted, hear live music and see the awe-inspiring balloon glow that happens over the Village Green on Saturday evening. There will even be food vendors and carnival sweets, so be sure to bring your appetite. In addition, there will be a limited number of balloon rides available on Sunday morning, and attendees will also have the opportunity to soar above the community on tethered balloon rides Saturday evening and Sunday morning.

Harvest Balloon FestivalThe Harvest Balloon Festival will donate money raised from parking fees, purchases and balloon rides to two very worthy local charities, the Hall County Animal Shelter and Challenged Child and Friends, an organization that serves children with disabilities through educational, therapeutic, nursing and family counseling services.

Admission is free and parking is $5 per car for the Harvest Balloon Festival. Parking will be offsite this year. To reach the offsite parking location, take I-85N and merge onto I-985N. Take exit 12, Spouts Spring Road, and turn right. Go two miles and pass the Sterling on the Lake community. Turn left into Flowery Branch High School. Shuttles will run all afternoon to and from the festival.

For more information on The Springs at Sterling on the Lake community, visit www.JimChapmanCommunities.com.

Originally posted on Atlanta Real Estate Forum, Atlanta's best source for Atlanta new homes news.

Resident Activities Abound at The Springs at Sterling on the Lake

harvest balloon festival at sterling on the lakeAre you an empty nester looking for the perfect home in a friendly community? Would you love to live somewhere that made it easier to meet your neighbors and feel part of the community? Then you need to experience the lifestyle that awaits at The Springs at Sterling on the Lake!

The Springs, an age-targeted neighborhood, is located within the master-planned community of Sterling on the Lake. Known for their outstanding amenities, Sterling on the Lake also offers an unparalleled lifestyle that enhances the life of every resident through community activities and events.

Coming up soon is the community-favorite Harvest Balloon Festival that will be held Saturday, October 19 from 1 p.m. until 8 p.m. You can experience the magical sight of hot air balloons floating gracefully above Sterling on the Lake, with their colors shining bright by day and the soft light of their fires glowing by night. The festival will feature hay rides, family games, carnival-style activities, pumpkin carving and painting, face painting, live music and performances, an evening balloon glow and so much more. There will even be food vendors and carnival sweets, so make sure to bring your appetite.

For those residents that are now empty nesters, the Sterling on the Lake Empty Nesters group offers a great opportunity for residents to meet and have a great time. The group has regular lunch dates, goes hiking and visits local attractions. A group even just returned home from a road trip to Branson, Missouri!

hot air balloons at sterling on the lakeNot only does The Springs at Sterling on the Lake have a great resident life group, they also have amazing homes. Featuring ranch and one-and-a-half story floor plans, the homes are priced from the $230,000s and range from 1,800 to 3,300 square feet of living space. The homes include luxury standard features, such as upgraded cabinetry, granite countertops, hardwood floors, an irrigation system and architectural shingles. Many of the home designs also offer optional outdoor living space like fireplaces and screened porches, as well as finished basements, three-car garages and spacious loft areas.

For more information on the fabulous lifestyle offered by owning a new home at The Springs at Sterling on the Lake, contact sales agent Suzanne Spivey at 404-310-4038 or visit www.JimChapmanCommunities.com.

Originally posted on Atlanta Real Estate Forum, Atlanta's best source for Atlanta new homes news.

Find Something New For Your Active Adult Home at The Market at Duluth

Brookhaven at Sugarloaf bedroomAre you looking for a place like none other around? Want to go to a market where truly anything can be found? According to Duluth’s event page, The Market at Duluth is just that. The Market, located at the Duluth Festival Center and Amphitheater, is open tomorrow, Thursday, Sept. 12 and will run through Saturday, Oct. 12. Tomorrow’s hours will be from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. After finding something new, like a refurbished dresser or homemade quilt, come tour Jim Chapman Communities’ active adult homes at Brookhaven at Sugarloaf.

Minutes from The Market at Duluth, Brookhaven at Sugarloaf is priced from $250,000 and features two and three bedroom floor plans. Homes have all brick and stone construction with inviting front porches, vaulted ceilings and oversized master suites.

The community is fully gated and offers a variety of fun amenities. These include a crystal-clear pool, outdoor fireplace and clubhouse with exercise room and kitchen.

As the number one active adult community for three years running, Brookhaven at Sugarloaf only has a few opportunities left.

One home under construction, home site 1902, is priced at $269,500 and has three bedrooms and three full baths. Featuring the Oxford floor plan, the home features an open grand entrance into the family room with high vaulted ceilings, a gourmet kitchen with roman arch and stainless steel appliances, hardwood floors throughout the living space and a screened in patio off the sunroom. The home is a must-see!

To visit, call Debbie Jones, the on-site agent, at 770-418-9875. For more information, go to www.jimchapmancommunities.com.

Originally posted on Atlanta Real Estate Forum, Atlanta's best source for Atlanta new homes news.

Sparks are Flying near Brookhaven at Sugarloaf

Brookhaven at SugarloafThe Fourth of July is a holiday based around celebrating freedom with family and friends. Jim Chapman Communities has the perfect place for you to do just that! Brookhaven at Sugarloaf in Duluth is a spectacular community that is bursting with excitement over the construction of new homes.

The desirable active adult community features two and three bedroom floor plans and all-brick and stone construction with inviting front porches. The homes are roomy and provide vaulted ceilings and oversized master suites.

Currently under construction is a beautiful three bedroom and three full bath condominium. Priced at $256,900, home site 2003 features the popular Abbey floor plan, which has three finished bonus rooms over a two car garage and full screened in patio. Homeowners will be able to select their dream carpet, cabinets and hardwood floors.

Along with the construction of the Abbey floor plan is the builder’s most popular Westminister Supermaster II plan. Priced at $286,000 with three bedrooms and three full baths, this gorgeous home provides an open floor plan with master suite and a spa bathroom, sunroom, breakfast nook, 16-foot ceiling and cherry gourmet cabinets. The Nottaway Hickory hand scraped dark hardwood floors in the living area are immaculate, and the stainless steel whirlpool appliances provide homeowner’s with the top luxury appliance items on the market.

If you are visiting the lovely community of Brookhaven at Sugarloaf during the week of the Fourth, be sure to check out the events going on nearby:

•    Prelude 2013. Tonight, Prelude 2013, a free event on the lawn of the Lawrenceville Historic Courthouse, will feature a performance of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s South Pacific by Aurora Theatre followed by fireworks. Lawn seating begins at 5:30 p.m., and the performance begins at 7:30 p.m.

•    Duluth Celebrates America. Also tonight, head to Scott Hudgens Park for another free event. Beginning at 5 p.m., festivities include live entertainment, food vendors, fireworks display, the music of America’s 116th Army bands and more.

•    The Mall of Georgia Fabulous Fourth. Tomorrow night at the Mall of Georgia, hear bands like the Vintage Boogie Band, The Brent Gafford Band and the Woody’s. All will be playing until the 9:15 p.m. fireworks show. Afterwards, a showing of Playing for Keeps (PG 13) will be playing.

Jim Chapman Communities is excited to celebrate the Fourth of July and to show you and your family around Brookhaven at Sugarloaf. For more information on this community, contact Debbie Jones at 770-418-9875. Also, visit www.JimChapmanCommunities.com.

Originally posted on Atlanta Real Estate Forum, Atlanta's best source for Atlanta new homes news.

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