July 15th, 2016

Photo Credit: GIK Acoustics

Celebrity sightings are everywhere these days, and Atlanta is no exception. In fact, Atlanta is quickly becoming the “L.A. of the South” – many television shows and movies are filmed here, and many celebrities fall in love with the city and purchase homes here. Atlanta has a thriving music industry, too, with many artists from the hip-hop, R&B, and gospel world having their albums produced by local record producers, and many of those artists ultimately making Atlanta their homes. Grammy-winning producer, composer, and engineer Khari Cain (aka Needlz) is one of those artists, putting down roots as well as beats in Atlanta. Cain, his wife Mañana, and their children live in Brookhaven, a highly sought-after and booming area in Atlanta with a great walkability factor and a ton of culture. Their fabulous home in Brookhaven’s Ashford Park has just gone on the market, and it is a symphony of elegance, luxury, comfort, and warmth.


Craftsman details and landscaped grounds greet you as you walk up to this picturesque home. Step onto the quintessentially Southern rocking chair front porch, where flower pots and hanging plants add pops of color to the brick backdrop. As you step through the front door, you are immediately enveloped in opulence, and your attention is drawn to the thoughtful details and abundance of natural light. The rich hardwood floors travel the entire three levels of the home and the guest suite. To your left is the magazine-worthy grand living room, and to your right, a chic dining room that can handle a crowd. The homeowners added decorative trim to the dining room walls, adding visual interest and sophistication. Straight ahead is the social center of the home – the family room and kitchen – where you will feel like you have come home. The family room is like no other family room you have seen. The focal point of the room is the custom wall to wall, floor to ceiling brickwork including a fireplace, all created from repurposed brick. A dark stained wood mantel offsets the brick and provides a spot for displaying family photos or art. The family room and kitchen are open to each other, creating one huge space for living and entertaining. An oversized furniture-style island may physically separate the family room from the kitchen, but they are really just one large, open room. This open layout is ideal for entertaining, where conversation can flow without interruption, but is also perfect for everyday life. Parents can keep an eye on kids in the family room while prepping or cooking in the kitchen. Kids can do their homework in the spacious breakfast room or at the breakfast bar under the watchful eye of Mom or Dad. Stainless steel appliances including a Five Star six-burner range are featured in the kitchen as well as granite countertops and a glass tiled backsplash. The island also provides space for staging or serving while entertaining. A walk-in pantry with built-in shelving can hold and store everything your family needs.

For more information and additional photos click here.

Beyond the family room is a wonderful screened-in porch, acting as an extension of the family room and living space. You can entertain, relax, or dine outdoors no matter what the weather is outside. The screened porch looks out onto a grilling deck and lush backyard, which is fenced for privacy for families or pet owners. Trees have been carefully placed to provide complete privacy. A swingset sits above a bed of rubber mulch and overlooks a level grassy area and a patio. You can imagine how many barbeques and parties this backyard has seen, and how many famous friends might have walked these grounds. Speaking of famous folks…


This is where the magic happens! The guest suite has been beautifully transformed into a recording studio where Needlz has produced hits for many talented artists, including Drake, Rita Ora, Lonely Island, and Bruno Mars. Most recently, Needlz produced Jeremih’s single entitled “OUI” – it was the #1 Urban and Rhythmic record this summer. It was also featured in this Apple Commercial: . The guest suite sits above the garage and has its own private entrance, ideal for guests who want to keep a low profile. The guest suite would make a great office for someone who sees clients – they won’t have to walk through your house. The studio suite has hardwood floors, a full bath, a kitchenette, and a walk-in closet, which is currently being used as a recording booth. The soundproofing panels can easily be removed to reveal two windows overlooking the gated driveway. The back side of the guest suite opens to a vaulted deck with a barrel ceiling overlooking the backyard. Some lucky buyer is going to own a piece of Atlanta music history!

For more information and additional photos click here.


Upstairs, an open loft area sits at the top of the hardwood staircase – add a couch, flat screen, and game consoles for a fun game area; add some overstuffed chairs and books and make a reading nook; add some bean bag chairs and pillows and make a space where kids and teens will want to hang out with their friends.

The oversized master suite will become your retreat. A lighted double trey ceiling looks down onto the bedroom, large enough for a king-sized bed and a sitting area. You won’t believe your eyes when you see the walk-in closet – the homeowners renovated the closet last year and added an organizing system courtesy of California Closets, consisting of drawers, shelves, shoe cubbies, and cabinets. The master bath offers a six foot jetted tub and huge walk-in shower with stone tilework, a frameless glass door and dual shower-heads, plus separate his and hers granite-topped vanities.

In addition to the master suite, there are three secondary bedrooms upstairs, all with walk-in closets. One bedroom has a private full bath, while a Jack & Jill bath with dual sinks connects the other two bedrooms. There’s a hall closet and a conveniently located laundry room, also with it’s own closet. This desirable floorplan, with all the bedrooms located away from the main living area, is really ideal for any family configuration.

The homeowners finished the terrace level last year, bringing the square footage of the home to over 6300 to fit their growing family’s needs. The terrace level was designed with entertainment in mind. A spacious family/media room boasts a wall of built-ins and a space for your flat screen tv, and a wet bar with cabinetry, open shelving, and two beverage coolers sits adjacent – ready for a screening of the newest #1 music video. The terrace level also has a dedicated workout room, two oversized bedrooms, and a full bath. Families will enjoy having this space, but so will those who love to entertain guests who need a little extra privacy.

The Cains were introduced to the home a few years ago while visiting friends who lived in it, and just fell in love with the area.  When the friends were ready to sell, the Cains were ready to buy. Brookhaven is home to friendly residents, tons of places within walking distance, and unparalleled culture. It is with heavy hearts that the family has decided to relocate to another part of the city, especially because renovating what they thought would be their final home was a major labor of love. Whether it was chance, luck, or destiny that originally brought them to Brookhaven to renovate this home, the homeowners know that it’s in the stars for a new family to reap the rewards of their dedication to perfection, and their pursuit to create a little piece of heaven right here in Brookhaven.

For more information and additional photos click here.

Exclusively listed by Kelly Marsh & Associates 404-419-3601, Keller Williams Peachtree Road – 404-419-3500


$5 for a Bag O’ Books in Chamblee

August 4th, 2015


Hello Neighbors!

Here is a note from our Chamblee Library Branch Manager-


The Friends of the Chamblee Library will be hosting their Annual BIG Book Sale this weekend at the Chamblee Library.

Please come out and support YOUR local library. There are thousands of books available at incredible prices!

Dates and times for the sale are as follows:

Thursday, August 6 — 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. (Friends members only; Feel free to join at the door!)
Friday, August 7 — 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. (General Public)
Saturday, August 8 — 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. (General Public)
Monday, August 10 — 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. (General Public; BAG DAY*!)

*Bag Day: Fill a plastic grocery bag for $5; Fill a green “Friends of the Library” tote bag for $15.                                                                                                          Friends totes may be purchased at the Library circulation desk for $3.

For more info contact:

Nez Crosby, Branch Manager
DeKalb County Public Library
Chamblee Branch
4115 Clairmont Rd.
Chamblee, GA 30341
Phone: 770-936-1380

Trash pickup for Brookhaven, Ga 2015

July 20th, 2015

The trash schedule has changed to once a week in the city of Brookhaven,

in Dekalb County, Georgia. The pick up days for all trash, recycling,

and lawn clippings is either Monday or Thursday.

Here is the map so you may locate which day the garbage is picked up at your home:

For more information about your trash, visit the Dekalb County website.

garbage pickup for City of brookhaven


May 8th, 2015




Notices of Assessment are addressed to the owner of the property as of January 1, 2015, and mailed to the  property address. If a home has been sold in the first half of the year, the Notice of Assessment will most likely  be forwarded with the Seller’s mail. Sellers agree, on the 4th page of the HUD, to immediately forward these  notices to Purchasers.
Purchasers should check online to obtain Notice of Assessment information (mail forwarding is unreliable).

Once the Notice of Assessment is mailed, the homeowner has 45 days to file an appeal of the appraised value. If a property is appraised at a value higher than the purchase price, it is in the interest of both Purchasers and Sellers to make sure that an appeal is filed on time. They are each responsible for a portion of the taxes for 2015.

Seller agrees on the 4th page of the HUD to pay additional amounts due for taxes resulting from reassessment.
“If the proration of ad valorem property taxes, assessments or any other fee is made based on estimated amounts prior to receipt of current amounts due, Purchaser and Seller agree to adjust said prorations based on the actual base amount due between them after closing and immediately remit to the other the funds to make said prorations correct. Seller agrees to immediately forward any subsequent bills or notices received to Purchaser and to immediately remit to Purchaser the amounts for any taxes, assessments, penalties, interest or any other fees due, resulting from any assessment, reassessment or rebill, attributed to the time prior to the closing date.”

–   excerpt from “Acknowledgement and Receipt of Settlement Statement” (4th/signature page of HUD)
Below please find information regarding Notices of Assessment for the major Metro-Atlanta Counties:

Gwinnett County – most were mailed April 3, 2015            770-822-7200

Fulton County – expect to mail between May 15-June 15, 2015            404-612-6440

DeKalb County – expect to mail by May 31, 2015 404-371-2471

Cobb County – expect to mail by May 8, 2015                   770-528-3100

Judith Brock Photography

March 17th, 2015

Family Photography: An Anchor

Judith Brock Photography

Our homes play an important role in our upbringing. Many hours are spent decorating, planning, and getting the home “just right.” Atlanta Brookhaven had the opportunity to sit down with Judith Brock of Judith Brock Photography and learn the vital role photography plays in decorating a home.

Q: You’ve said you believe the most important thing in family photography is putting artwork on the walls. Why do you believe that so strongly?

A: Its been clinically proven that children growing up in homes with family photography on the walls have higher rates of self-esteem. Psychologist Judy Weiser says children receive the message “These people have me as part of what they are, that’s why I belong here. This is where I came from”. In a culture that can easily make families feel disconnected from those closest to us, family photography hanging as wall art can be a great anchor.

Q: How do you approach the family photography process?

A: I really listen to the client, discovering what it is in each of their relationships that melts their hearts. Do the moms love a certain look when their toddler is playing quietly? What does it feel like to Dad to come home and have his little ones race up and cling to his legs? During the session, my job is to capture and honor these moments that mean the most to the family.

Q: Great! Then what?

A: Then we walk through their home and determine the best places and products that will perfectly display these connections. During a design consultation, I project their photographs directly onto the wall where their artwork will be displayed, and we choose and order the best size for those dimensions. Whether it’s a canvas , metal, acrylic, or framed photography, it’s a seamless and fun process from start to finish. Everything is approached from a design perspective, custom to their personality and the design of their home. After their artwork is ordered and arrives, I complete the process by hanging it for them. I LOVE the feeling when kids walk by their wall art and squeal and point themselves out. It is such a fulfilling gift to be able to share with my wonderful clients.

Q. Sounds fabulous! Thanks so much for sharing your thoughts. Where can someone see your work and get in touch with you?

My website is and my phone number is 770-374-0593. Thanks so much for letting me share!

The Lack of Combustion Air: A Potentially Deadly Problem

March 11th, 2015

We are excited to share this guest blog post from a trusted inspector, Glen Welch, on the Lack of Combustion Air


I retired with 30 years of service from the natural gas industry at the age of 55 and started Welch Engineering, which is a Real Estate Inspection and Testing Firm. During my career at Atlanta Gas Light Company, as an Engineer and District Manager, I investigated a number of explosions, fires and deaths.

Several of the fires and deaths were the result of a lack of Combustion Air needed for natural gas appliances to burn properly. The code requires 50 cubic feet of air per 1,000 BTUs of natural gas used in the room where the appliances are located. Most of the time this becomes a problem when rooms are finished in a basement. It can also occur in an attic when it is encapsulated with foam. Many times the required permit/county inspection has not been obtained and the work was done by a non-licensed contractor. The original basement probably had plenty of combustion air, but now that rooms have been added, the area with the natural gas appliances (which I usually call a Utility Closet) is now a confined space and the need for Combustion Air has not been considered.

Lack of Combustion Air can result in a fire and/or death.  In the normal natural gas combustion process the byproducts of combustion are heat, water vapor and carbon dioxide (CO2). Incomplete combustion of natural gas, due to the lack of required  Combustion Air, produces carbon and carbon monoxide (CO), which can be deadly. Carbon (commonly called soot) can build up in the flue, block the exhaust, cause flame roll-out and burn the house down — and we all know that carbon monoxide gas can cause injury/death.

As you will commonly see in my inspection reports, I usually calculate how much combustion air is needed and try to explain the problem.  Many times the BuildFax Report I provide tells the true story (that no permits were issued). The customer indicates in the disclosure statement that everything was done to code, but I’m telling you the real story and possibly saving someone’s life down the road.

Example:  The finished rooms in a basement has left a utility closet with a solid door and the utility closet  is 10’ x 10’  with a  9’ ceiling. Multiplying equals 900 cubic feet of air that can be used for combustion. The original unfinished basement was 26’ x 30’ x 9’ which  equals 7,020 cubic feet of combustion air available.  If the furnace uses 100,000 Btus per hour and the water heater uses 40,000 Btus per hour we have a total need of 140,000 appliance Btus per hour in the room. Multiplying 50 cubic feet x 140 equals 7000 cubic feet of combustion air needed for the proper/safe combustion of the natural gas appliances according to the fuel gas code. —– What did the unlicensed/non-permitted basement room finishing do?  It left only 900 cubic feet of combustion air per hour in the utility closet and the appliances need 7000 cubic feet of air per hour. Note that the original unfinished basement had 7,020 cubic feet (26 x 30 x 9) of combustion air for the furnace and water heater, which was just barely enough.

The lack of Combustion Air is a potential deadly problem.

I know this information is more than you needed or wanted to know, but please take away the potential seriousness of the problem.

Thank you for using Welch Engineering for your inspection services.


lack of combustion air

Glenn C Welch, Esq., PE.

President and General Counsel

Welch Engineering, LLC

1345 Bridgemill Avenue

Canton GA 30114

cell 404-514-4519

fax 770-345-2209

Sarah Cyrus Home:A Market Place of Consignments

March 6th, 2015


We are excited to share an exclusive offering from Sarah Cyrus Home!

Congrats! You’ve just bought your new home in one of Atlanta’s most sought after neighborhoods, Brookhaven! Now it’s time to decide what you will take with you.

Sarah Cyrus Home is the design enthusiast’s destination to buy and sell fine home furnishings. Located in the heart of Atlanta’s Westside Design District, the constantly evolving showroom offers a quality selection of one-of-a-kind designer finds.

Whether you are buying or selling, Sarah Cyrus Home is your one-stop-shop to turn your house into a home!

Mention this article and receive 20% off your in-store purchase.

1194 Huff Road N.W. Atlanta, GA 30318

Monday – Saturday 10 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. |

(404) 481-5881


Photo Published by: Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles | Photography: David Christensen

Photo Published by: Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles | Photography: David Christensen

About Sarah Cyrus Home: Located in the heart of Atlanta’s West Midtown Design District, Sarah Cyrus Home is the Westside’s premiere destination to buy and sell timeless furniture and accessories. Bringing the best of Atlanta’s design industry to discerning shoppers, our 6,500 square foot showroom combines modern, vintage, traditional and new designer brand names at a fraction of the retail price. We receive new arrivals every week, you never know what you’ll find!

With over 30-years of combined experience working with the Southeast’s most notable designers and showrooms, our team curates an ever-changing selection. Our dedication to an up-to-date online inventory offers a 24/7 shopping experience for our customers and a 24/7 selling opportunity for our consignors.

Our streamlined 3-step process makes selling your high-end pieces easy and effortless. We are committed to providing a superior level of service and attention to every customer and consigner.

Helpful Information for Homestead Exemption

March 5th, 2015

Homestead Exemption 2015

Homestead Exemption

It’s that time of year: Tax Season. During this time of preparation for filing our taxes, we wanted to remind you to file for Homestead Exemption, which will save you money on property taxes. New homeowners can receive Homestead Exemption on their primary residence, as of January 1, 2015. This is not automatic – you have to file! Most counties post the Homestead Exemption Application forms online.​ Click the link below for your county:​
Gwinnett County
DeKalb County
Fulton County
Cobb County
The deadline for filing is April 1, 2015 in order to receive the Tax Exemption starting this year.  It’s easy, and you only have to file for Homestead Exemption one time. The exemption (tax reduction) will remain on your property until there is a change in ownership. To complete the application, there are several items you must include. These items include the tax parcel ID number, the recorded deed book and page number of your vesting deed  which shows the transfer of the property into your name. Your closing attorney sent this information approximately 6 weeks after closing. The Tax Commissioner’s office can furnish the forms for the application and answer any questions. ​​It is always a good idea to contact your Tax Commissioner’s Office after you file your form to verify receipt and to confirm it is correct.
Please feel free to call us if you have any questions! ​

Kelly Marsh & Associates
804 Town Blvd Ste. A2040
Brookhaven, GA 30319
(404) 419- 3601

And remember, the greatest complement you can give our team is to provide us with a referral. Who do you know needing help buying, selling, or investing in real estate?

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Atlanta Spring Festivals

February 24th, 2015

Upcoming Atlanta Spring Festivals 2015

Are these freezing temperatures giving you the blues? Are the winter doldrums getting you down? If you are like us, you’re dreaming of warm sunshine and longer days. To help you cope until the sun decides to come out to stay, here is a list of Atlanta Spring Festivals you can look forward to. Go ahead and mark you calendars for these – you won’t want to miss out. Whatever tickles your fancy, there is something for everyone.


Source: Jules F

Source: Jules F


Atlanta Film Festival

March 20-29, 2015 – The Atlanta Film Festival (ATLFF) is an Academy Award qualifying, international film festival held in Atlanta, Georgia. Started in 1976 and occurring every Spring, the festival shows a diverse range of independent films, including genre films such as horror and sci-fi.

St. Patrick’s Day Parade

March 14, 2014 Noon – 1:30 PM – The St. Patrick’s Day parade is Atlanta’s longest running event, dating back to 1858. It’s a fun, family friendly event on a day when “everyone is Irish.”

Brookhaven Cherry Blossom Festival

March 27-29, 2015 Blackburn Park, Brookhaven –This 3-day celebration of Brookhaven, GA and its blooms will include musical performances, an arts and crafts market, children’s village, 5K Run-Walk / 1K Walk, pet parade and more.”



Atlanta Dogwood Festival

April 10-12, 2015 Piedmont Park – The 79th Annual Atlanta Dogwood Festival is a free event taking place at Piedmont Park. The festivals features music, artists, yummy food vendors, competitions, exhibitions, and more!

Georgia Renaissance Festival

30th Anniversary Season: APRIL 18 – JUNE 7, 2015 – “The Georgia Renaissance Festival is an interactive art and entertainment festival held each spring combining outdoor theater, circus-style entertainment, and an arts and craft marketplace, all set inside our recreated 16th-Century European village.” This event is located in Fairburn Georgia and parking is free. Visit their website for more information.

Inman Park Festival

April 25 – 26, 2015 Noon – 6PM – Coined Atlanta’s Best Street Festival, the Inman Park Festival features live music, kids activities, a Tour of Homes, dance festival, parade and much more. The festival began in the early 1970’s and is said to be the best people watching you can find.

Sweetwater 420 Fest

April 17-19, 2015 Centennial  Park – What goes better  together than live music and good beer? Not much. This festival features performances by artists like Snoop Dogg, Slightly Stoopid, Cold War Kids, Cage the Elephant and many, many more. There is a 5K, SweetWater Experience, artists, food, and of course, beer.

Taste of East Point

April 25, 2015 2PM-9PM– Come get a taste of the South Metro Area at the Taste of East Point. Enjoy the areas best food, art and music – and this year’s special custom car show.



Atlanta Caribbean Carnival

May 23, 2015 12PM-3PM The Atlanta Caribbean Carnival has been bringing a better understanding of Caribbean culture to Atlanta since 1987. Promoting diversity and art education, the festival hosts talented musicians and exhibits.

Shaky Knees Musical Festival

May 8-10, 2015 Central Park  Get your tickets for the Shaky Knees Music Festival today! Headline artists include WILCO, The Avett Brothers, The Strokes, Ryan Adams, and many more! This is one of Atlanta’s premier music events of the year.

Atlanta Food and Wine Festival

May 28-31, 2015 Midtown Atlanta– The Atlanta Food and Wine Festival began in 2010 with a mission to spotlight Southern fare from Texas to D.C. With tasting tents, cooking classes, amazing chefs and even a Sunday brunch, you will leave with happy hearts and full bellies. Be sure to check our their website for ticket information.

Buckhead Spring Arts and Crafts Festival

May 9-10, 2015 Chastain Park-This year’s festival brings approximately 185 artists and artisans. Free to attend, this event is rated one of the top in the city. Don’t miss on the opportunity for some new art or custom jewelry.

Atlanta Jazz Festival

May 22-24, 2015 Piedmont Park– One of the largest free jazz festivals in the country, the Atlanta Jazz Festival features jazz from all over the world. Late night jazz, youth competitions, educational workshops, Marta concerts, and the neighborhood jazz series are just a few of the events taking place. Stay tuned for the headliners and who will be on each stage.

Decatur Arts Festival

May 23-24, 2015 Downtown Decatur– Stay tuned for more information about this year’s festival.

Sweet Auburn Springfest

May 8-10, 2015 Historic Auburn Avenue District –Celebrating 31 years, the festival exists to restore the once prominent area back to it’s glory days. Come out for lots of food and fun – even a zip line!


The Trouble with Taxes

February 6th, 2015

The Trouble with Taxes: New Construction

Guest Post from Lee A. Cohen, Neel, Robinson & Stafford, LLC

Trouble with Taxes

We are fortunate to have a guest post from our friend Lee A. Cohen from Neel, Robinson & Stafford, LLC. Lee shares important facts on how to avoid trouble with taxes.

A buyer should be aware of two primary property tax concerns when purchasing a newly constructed home:

1. The tax proration between the buyer and seller on the settlement statement:

Q: What does the buyer need to know?

A: The buyer needs to know if the proration is based on unimproved property (land only) or improved property (completed home).

Why does it matter?

It matters because the buyer may either owe additional money to the seller or be due additional money from the seller once the taxes are assessed for the year.

FYI- Whether a property is assessed as improved or unimproved typically depends on the stage of construction at the beginning of the year.


2. The monthly property tax escrow amount:

Q:  What does the buyer need to know?

A:  The buyer needs to know the total amount the lender is using for the annual taxes.

Why does it matter? 

It matters because the buyer will be responsible for any shortage in their escrow account when the taxes come due.  In most cases, the lender will calculate the monthly escrow amount using 1% to 1.5% of the purchase price.  If the property is assessed on improved property and the estimated taxes were too low it will result in an escrow shortage.  Some lenders will only escrow based on the prior year taxes, which were most likely assessed on unimproved property.  This could result in an extreme shortage in the escrow account and the buyer’s monthly payment will increase substantially once the property is assessed with the completed home.


Written By:

Lee Cohen

Lee A. Cohen
Neel, Robinson & Stafford, LLC
5555 Glenridge Connector
Suite 400
Atlanta, Georgia 30342
Direct 404.705.7992
Main 404.459.9600

If you have any questions regarding this information or have any other real estate needs, please give your  friends at Kelly Marsh & Associates a call 404.419.3601