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March
30

Neighborhood Eatery and Imbibery

Few places have so rapidly earned the love of local Savannahians like Atlantic. Located at the corner of Victory and Drayton Street, this cozy neighborhood restaurant appeals to residents of Ardsley Park and Historic Downtown Savannah alike.

Large windows add the impression of a large dining space, when in reality the entire is building is quite small. Don't be fooled, though — all of the available space is efficiently used and none is wasted. An excellent example of this are the two outdoor patio areas flanking the building. Small dining tables dominate the main space of the area. A large white marble bar seats about 8 diners, while another bar, with no seats, allow diners to casually lounge with a beverage.

In addition to lovingly curated wine list, the bar boasts an impressive list of craft cocktails, liquors, and local craft beers. Our favorite feature of Atlantic is the wine by the glass selection that changes daily. Owner, and Savannah wine guru, Jason Restivo, always has some interesting picks on the board that you rarely find by the glass. 

Local and seasonal ingredients are the foundation of Atlantic's menu. The menu is ideal for sharing — we usually order several dishes and share, and this night was no exception. We started out with a local cheese plate and the mushroom paté, both of which paired nicely with my "Champagne of the Day" selection and the various reds my dining companions were enjoying.  

ATLANTIC

ATLANTIC

Savannah should not be overlooked for its seafood offerings. And Atlantic delivered with a crab toast that was a thing of beautiful. Simple, with luscious fresh crabmeat and peppers topping Chef Lauren's homemade bread, and seasoned with only a bit of herbs and citrus. Equally simple, yet still incredibly decadent was the five spice pork belly confit with brussels sprouts and roasted grapes.

In fact, the pork belly was so good that we had no reservations in ordering an entreé that also featured pork belly along with scallops. The scallops and pork belly were perfectly cooked and served simply over a pea purée.  We also ordered the beef tenderloin with broccolini and garlic mash. The tenderloin was perfectly cooked and juicy, and its flavor was not at all distracted by the tangy mustard sauce that accompanied it. 

Each dish seemed to taste better than the next, which seems an impossible feat in and of itself. Every wine we sipped paired perfectly with the food. The shareable food, the accessible wine list and pours, incredible value, attentive service, and the atmosphere of community within the space itself truly lend to Atlantic's image as a neighborhood eatery and bar. And one of Savannah's best. 

Atlantic

102 E Victory Dr Savannah, Georgia
(912) 417-8887
 
 
March
25

Charcuterie & Cocktails

This Thursday, the 1540 Room will be hosting their second Charcuterie & Cocktails. Chef Kyle Jacovino and his team are making all the charcuterie using  a hog from Holy City Hogs. The guest bartender for the evening is Tart Johnson. Guests will enjoy two cocktails to accompany a curated charcuterie board.

Formerly the DeSoto Grille, 1540 Room is the newly renovated fine dining restaurant located inside of The DeSoto Hotel exhibiting Southern influence on Italian and Latin cuisine. Accenting ingredients from local farmers and purveyors, the menu changes seasonally to deliver a fresh farm-to-table experience. Executive chef, Kyle Jacovino, brings culinary foresight from his tenure at The Florence and the mentorship of Ryan Smith at Empire State South in Atlanta. Complete with a show kitchen and open dining room, 1540 Room is open Tuesday through Sunday for brunch, lunch, and dinner.

Charcuterie & Cocktails

Thursday, March 1, 2018, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

1540 Room 15 East Liberty St.

Savannah, GA 31401

March
19

Now's the Time!

Luxury Home

If your house no longer fits your needs and you are planning on buying a luxury home, now is a great time to do so! Recently, the Institute for Luxury Home Marketing released its Luxury Market Report which showed that in today's premium home market, buyers are in control.

The inventory of homes for sale in the luxury market far exceeds the number of people searching to purchase these properties in many areas of the country. This means that homes are often staying on the market longer or can be found at a discount.

Those who have a starter or trade-up home to sell will find buyers competing, and often entering bidding wars, to be able to call their house their new home.

The sale of your starter or trade-up house will help you come up with a larger down payment for your new luxury home. Even a 5% down payment on a million-dollar home is $50,000.

But not all who are buying luxury properties have a home to sell first.

A recent Bloomberg article gave some insight into what many millennials are choosing to do:

"A new generation of affluent homebuyers powered by a surge in inherited wealth is driving the luxury-home market, demanding larger spaces and fancier finishes, according to a report heralding 'the rise of the new aristocracy.'"

Bottom Line

The best time to sell anything is when demand is high, and supply is low. If you are currently in a starter or trade-up house that no longer fits your needs and you are looking to step into a luxury home, now's the time to list your house for sale and make your dreams come true.

Contact Cora Bett Thomas Realty Today!

March
15

Choosing Your Home for Retirement

As more and more baby boomers enter retirement age, the question of whether or not to sell their homes and move will become a hot topic. In today's housing market climate, with low available inventory in the starter and trade-up home categories, it makes sense to evaluate your home's ability to adapt to your needs in retirement.

According to the National Association of Exclusive Buyers Agents (NAEBA), there are 7 factors that you should consider when choosing your retirement home.

1. Affordability

"It may be easy enough to purchase your home today but think long-term about your monthly costs. Account for property taxes, insurance, HOA fees, utilities – all the things that will be due whether or not you have a mortgage on the property."

Would moving to a complex with homeowner association fees actually be cheaper than having to hire all the contractors you would need to maintain your home, lawn, etc.? Would your taxes go down significantly if you relocated? What is your monthly income going to be like in retirement?

2. Equity

"If you have equity in your current home, you may be able to apply it to the purchase of your next home. Maintaining a healthy amount of home equity gives you a source of emergency funds to tap, via a home equity loan or reverse mortgage."

The equity you have in your current home may be enough to purchase your retirement home with little to no mortgage. Homeowners in the US gained an average of over $14,000 in equity last year.

3. Maintenance

"As we age, our tolerance for cleaning gutters, raking leaves and shoveling snow can go right out the window. A condominium with low-maintenance needs can be a literal lifesaver, if your health or physical abilities decline."

As we mentioned earlier, would a condo with an HOA fee be worth the added peace of mind of not having to do the maintenance work yourself?

4. Security

"Elderly homeowners can be targets for scams or break-ins. Living in a home with security features, such as a manned gate house, resident-only access and a security system can bring peace of mind."

As scary as that thought may be, any additional security and an extra set of eyes looking out for you always adds to peace of mind.

5. Pets

"Renting won't do if the dog can't come too! The companionship of pets can provide emotional and physical benefits."

Evaluate all of your options when it comes to bringing your 'furever' friend with you to a new home. Will there be necessary additional deposits if you are renting or in a condo? Is the backyard fenced in? How far are you from your favorite veterinarian?

6. Mobility

"No one wants to picture themselves in a wheelchair or a walker, but the home layout must be able to accommodate limited mobility."

Sixty is the new 40, right? People are living longer and are more active in retirement, but that doesn't mean that down the road you won't need your home to be more accessible. Installing handrails and making sure your hallways and doorways are wide enough may be a good reason to look for a home that was built to accommodate these needs.

7. Convenience

"Is the new home close to the golf course, or to shopping and dining? Do you have amenities within easy walking distance? This can add to home value!"

How close are you to your children and grandchildren? Would relocating to a new area make visits with family easier or more frequent? Beyond being close to your favorite stores and restaurants, there are a lot of factors to consider.

Bottom Line

When it comes to your forever home, evaluating your current house for its ability to adapt with you as you age can be the first step to guaranteeing your comfort in retirement. If after considering all these factors you find yourself curious about your options, let's get together to evaluate your ability to sell your house in today's market and get you into your dream retirement home!

Contact Cora Bett Thomas Realty Today!

March
5

housing

Just like our clocks this weekend in the majority of the country, the housing market will soon "spring forward!" Similar to tension in a spring, the lack of inventory available for sale in the market right now is what is holding back the market.

Many potential sellers believe that waiting until Spring is in their best interest, and traditionally they would have been right.

Buyer demand has seasonality to it, which usually falls off in the winter months, especially in areas of the country impacted by arctic temperatures and conditions.

That hasn't happened this year.

Demand for housing has remained strong as mortgage rates have remained near historic lows. Even with the recent increase in rates, buyers are still able to lock in an affordable monthly payment. Many more buyers are jumping off the fence and into the market to secure a lower rate.

The National Association of Realtors (NAR) recently reported that the top 10 dates sellers listed their homes in 2017 all fell in April, May, or June.

Those who act quickly and list now could benefit greatly from additional exposure to buyers prior to a flood of more competition coming to market in the next few months.

Bottom Line

If you are planning on selling your home in 2018, let's get together to evaluate the opportunities in our market.

Contact Cora Bett Thomas Realty Today!

March
3

Savannah Pedicab

In 1994, Rusty Browne launched Savannah Pedicab to provide transportation throughout Historic Downtown Savannah. Local Savannahians will tell you that Savannah Pedicab is THE way to get around the Historic Downtown area of Savannah.

In Downtown Savannah, sometimes the distance between Point A and Point B aren't long enough to drive; but the distance may also be just a bit too far to comfortably walk. That's when Savannah Pedicab comes to the rescue.

For those unfamiliar with this mode of transportation, a pedicab is a small two-to-three person taxi operated by a person pedaling. Think of a bicycle crossed with the chariots of old, and you're close to having a pretty accurate picture of a pedicab in your head.

 Taking a pedicab is a great way to take in the sights and sounds of Historic Downtown Savannah. Many pedicab drivers not only know their way around Downtown Savannah and the Historic District, but they also have a vast reserve of knowledge about Savannah's past and present. 

Savannah Pedicab for All

If you have a group of folks looking to get around, don't be daunted. Savannah Pedicab will send pedicabs to your party and transport you all by twos to your destination. Many people use Savannah Pedicab as transportation to and from events.

This favorite mode of transportation is enjoying an ever-increasing demand for events and weddings, and even offers special services for weddings. These services include formally dressed drivers, signs, and white drapes for the cabs. There are even trailers designed especially for the wedding pedicabs so that Savannah Pedicab can serve those in Hilton Head, Palmetto Bluff, and the surrounding areas. 

It's easy enough to find a Savannah Pedicab in the Downtown area if you need one unexpectedly. You can also call ahead to make arrangements as needed. Contact Savannah Pedicabs today, and experience Savannah like a local. 

Savannah Pedicab

(912) 232-7900

Do you want to live in Historic Savannah?

Contact Cora Bett Thomas Realty Today!

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