One of Atlanta's charms is the incredible diversity of its neighborhoods. The same holds true for the suburbs and exurb communities that surround this booming Southern metropolis. From Alpharetta north of the city to Serenbe south of Atlanta, there are a remarkable variety of experiences to have, from suburban to rural to everything in between. Visitors looking for a little respite from a city-center experience but the experiential pleasures of a dense, busy hub of restaurants, shops and a new hotel can stay in the 86-acre Avalon community in Alpharetta, a relatively new 86-acre development that functions as a self-contained city 30 miles north of Midtown Atlanta. Use it as your home base as you venture out each day to activities or events in the city, or use it as a good launching point for exploring the Georgia or North Carolina mountains if a jaunt into the beautiful regional landscape is more your speed.
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Don't leave Richmond without a stop at the cute-as-hell Charm School Social Club ice cream shop where you can get non-GMO, grass-fed cow-sourced ice cream in an array of flavors (birthday cake, strawberry shortcake, lime cherry-ade, lavender ice, Thai iced tea), sundaes topped with Virginia peanuts and even vegan ice cream The interior is a Wes Anderson-worthy rhapsody of old-school graphics, local art and more style than a human can bear. Just go.
With a new baby girl in the family, Chip and his team were charged with the important job of making sure that the Howells' princess has the perfect palace. Chip and his team added complimentary colors, such as pink and purple, as well as multiple patterns and textures to make this place sugar and spice and everything nice for this baby girl. The luxurious crib and additional toy storage is a must have to help make the nursery clean and inviting.
Part of Sandy Springs' cultural renaissance, this 14-acre $229 million combination city hall and performing arts center is being posited as a jewel in the city's arts crown. Visitors can enjoy a black box theater, an 1,100 seat auditorium and a lineup of lectures, music and performances as well as a city green with outdoor concerts and performances. Even cuter, City Springs boasts a very Southern "porch" entrance complete with rocking chairs, not something you see at a city hall in every city. A mixed-use development of apartments, restaurants and boutiques rings City Springs for plenty of pre- and post-concert offerings including another location of the French-style patisserie Cafe Vendome.
Daybed With City View
Curl up and enjoy a good book or take in the city views from this living room's daybed.
Urban living feels ultra-glamorous in this five-story townhouse located on New York City's posh Upper East Side. The home comes with five bedrooms, five bathrooms and fun perks like a charming garden patio and a roof deck.
The dark hardwood flooring provides this bright and open kitchen with a strong foundation. The tall white cabinetry wall compliments the stainless steel appliances and highlights the amazing city views.
The owners of this tin roof chicken coop wanted to create a home for their chickens and guest houses for visiting bluebirds: "We read that bluebirds like to have 15 to 20 feet of open space in front of their nesting houses. When we built the coop, we left the posts tall on the back side. My parents brought me the 'See Rock City' house, which I was thrilled to have because it's a great nod to my happy Southern childhood spent hiking and camping with my family. The Rock City birdhouse lets guests know we want them to be relaxed and happy in our garden."
The owners said landscaping was a key factor in the positioning of the coop. "We thought about the placement for several weeks. It made sense to be on the far side of the garden because it's tall and creates a separation between our yard and the street that runs behind our next-door neighbors' yard. It works as a privacy screen and looks like a charming shed or rustic playhouse. The screens across the front of the structure came from my grandparents' house when it was torn down. The major drawback to our design is the lack of a human door, which makes spring cleaning the coop no easy task."
This new bedroom located on the second floor at the back of the home was previously the second floor bathroom and laundry area. The space has been transformed into a unique L-shaped bedroom with new wood floors, a large closet, bright wall colors, and an accent wall with a night city scene as wallpaper.