Explore Blue Ridge, GA
By Kim Southern- "Sold" with Southern Hospitality, Greetings from the North Georgia Mountains!
(Century 21 In the Mountains)
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Looking for something different to do in Blue Ridge? Try geocaching! Geocaching is a sort of high tech outdoor treasure hunt where you use a GPS in place of a treasure map. Now, you won't find a gold-filled treasure chest in the cache, but you will find fun and goodies hidden within each one. Plus, you will find the beauty and grandeur of the North Georgia mountains along the way! The Fannin County Chamber of Commerce has hidden five geocaches in Blue Ridge. Simply enter the coordinates of each into your GPS, and you're off! The Welcome Wow (N 34° 52.508’ W084° 17.950’) hint: you’re sure to feel welcome when you step in the doors. This is the place to start all your tours. Outdoors, Onward and Upward (N 34° 51.836’ W084° 19.630’) hint: surrounded by all that you need in the woods, ask w...
By Kim Southern- "Sold" with Southern Hospitality, Greetings from the North Georgia Mountains!
(Century 21 In the Mountains)
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The Obama administration has announced a new short-sale program aimed at alleviating some of the roadblocks that now impede the process, which will hopefully inject some life into the nation's ailing real estate market.   According to a New York Times article, the program -- that will take effect on April 5 -- will help some of the five million households who are currently behind on their mortgages by compelling lenders to accept a short-sale arrangement in lieu of foreclosure. A short-sale can occur when a lender agrees to take less for a property than the amount owed on the mortgage, thereby avoiding foreclosure.The program will not help everyone; those who have a second or third mortgage on their properties may have the subordinate lenders block the sale. But for those with only one ...
By Kim Southern- "Sold" with Southern Hospitality, Greetings from the North Georgia Mountains!
(Century 21 In the Mountains)
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"Never have children, only grandchildren." - Gore Vidal  More and more retirees are calling the beautiful mountains of North Georgia home. The lovely laid-back atmosphere and natural beauty of the area, combined with the multitude of activities available, make the mountains the perfect location for retirement. Grandparents will soon find that grandchildren feel the same way about the mountains...they LOVE them!  The ability to do the things they usually can't do at home -- fish, kayak, raft, hike, go to the drive-in -- with the extra added attraction of being able to do it with Grandma and Grandpa, makes a trip to the mountains a wonderful experience for the grandbabies.Making your mountain home welcoming to the grandchildren is an easy proposition according to this article from The New...
By Kim Southern- "Sold" with Southern Hospitality, Greetings from the North Georgia Mountains!
(Century 21 In the Mountains)
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An analysis of Fannin County home sale data for January showed some positive signs. Although the number of closings was down from December of 2009 (30 in January compared to 40 in December), the median sale price was up substantially ($247,500 in January vs. $200,000 in December). Sales were also up from January 2009 numbers - there were 20 closings in January of 2009 versus 30 in January of 2010. The percentage of the market comprised of foreclosures continues its upward climb: 35% of the closings in January of 2009 were foreclosures; 37.5% in December of 2009; 40% in January 2010. The existing inventory of homes for sale continues to reflect a saturated market -- one that tilts in favor of buyers. If current rates of sales hold steady, we are probably still a few years away from a bal...
By Kim Southern- "Sold" with Southern Hospitality, Greetings from the North Georgia Mountains!
(Century 21 In the Mountains)
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We bought our cabin in the beautiful North Georgia mountains in the dead of winter. When we came up from Atlanta on the weekends during the cold months, we busied ourselves on the inside of the cabin making it our cozy nest. Once Spring arrived, we welcomed the opportunity to start digging and planting. We planted what we thought were hardy varieties of plants, and for a few months - as we came up weekend to weekend - we were delighted to see the progress that our 'babies' were making.  Come May, we sank a pretty penny into buying hanging baskets of ferns and planting container gardens stuffed with showy annuals. And for the first few weekends, a splendid riot of color greeted us when the cabin came into view. Then came the Summer months. Our hanging baskets were the first to go. Colorl...
By Lisa Ippisch
(ERA-The Real Estate Connection)
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Blue Ridge Lake Real Estate - Blue Ridge GA.  This is a 3,300 acre lake with a picturesque mountain and lake combination.  About 80 percent of the lake's shoreline is a part of Chattahoochee Nation Forest and is managed by Forest Service. Blue Ridge Lake is located in Blue Ridge GA.  Blue Ridge GA is one of the first mountain communities you would come across when heading north up from Florida which makes it a very popular destination for people coming from Florida.  Being about 93 miles North of Atlanta it is also a nice weekend getaway for those in the city.   There is a large second home market here. Blue Ridge is a quaint little town nestled in the Blue Ridge mountains.  It is a great place to get away from the hustle and bustle and just get back to the simpler things in life.      ...
By Donna Yates, Blue Ridge Mountains
(BHGRE - Metro Brokers)
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North Georgia Mountains, Blue Ridge Real Estate, River Ridge Partners LLC, Commerical Properties     Coldwell Banker High Country Realty  Blue Ridge, Georgia   Donna Yates, Realtor   PRESS ANNOUNCEMENT JUST RELEASED TODAY! PRESS RELEASE February 10, 2010 For Immediate Release Contact: Donna Yates, Georgia Realtor 706-633-0644 cell Coldwell Banker High Country Realty706-632-7311 office   BLUE RIDGE, GEORGIA   Announcement by River Ridge Partners LLC.  Property on the corner of Hwy. 515 and Industrial in Blue Ridge have negotiated a contract with a well capitalized commercial developer for the construction of 110,000 square feet of retail space.  I believe they also have a contract with an anchor for the space.  The project will reportedly create 150 jobs for Fannin County.  They hope to ...
By Kim Southern- "Sold" with Southern Hospitality, Greetings from the North Georgia Mountains!
(Century 21 In the Mountains)
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  From November 23, 2009 Holiday Art Show and Sale To December 19, 2009 Blue Ridge Art Association From December 11, 2009 Winter Wine Highway To December 13, 2009 Young Harris to Dahlonega From December 11, 2009 Swan Drive-In Theater To December 13, 2009 Blue Ridge Georgia From December 11, 2009 The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus To December 13, 2009 Blue Ridge Community Theater From December 11, 2009 Christmas Village To December 12, 2009 Between the bridges on the riverfront in McCaysville December 11, 2009 Season of Light / The Rollins Planetarium Young Harris College December 12, 2009 Santa Village Night Train Downtown Historic Blue Ridge Train Depot From December 12, 2009 Santa Train To December 13, 2009 Blue Ridge Scenic Railroad From December 18, 2009 The Life and Adventures ...
By Donna Yates, Blue Ridge Mountains
(BHGRE - Metro Brokers)
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North Georgia | Blue Ridge Mountains | Light Up Blue Ridge | Christmas Celebration   'Tis the season...It's that time of year again and ho,ho,ho, oh,oh,oh what fun this is!!  Light Up Blue Ridge.  Santa and Mrs. Claus will make their entrance into town on our old fashioned train (Blue Ridge Scenic Railroad) and then make the rounds along the downtown streets of Blue Ridge in his sleigh pulled by beautiful reindeer.  This is an old fashioned, small town celebration that will warm your heart and make you tingle inside with excitement.  You can't help but catch the Christmas spirit.  Great family fun, come one, come all - everyone is welcome.  Food, music, decorations, photos, and shop owners will have their shops open so you can pick up a special gift or two! Donna Yates, Georgia RealtorC...
By Kim Southern- "Sold" with Southern Hospitality, Greetings from the North Georgia Mountains!
(Century 21 In the Mountains)
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Make sure you're strapped in tight! Home sales in Fannin County continue their wild roller coaster ride. October 2009 residential sales figures are in, and both number of units sold and median prices are up over last October. This is a break from the trend we saw last month, when the number of sales was up, but prices were down from September 2008.There were 35 residential sales in Fannin County last month, compared with 22 in October '08. The median price this October was $186,000, almost $26,000 up over last October's $160,450. An analysis of foreclosure data yields some interesting results: Out of the 35 residential sales last month, 13 (37%) were foreclosures, versus 2 (9%) of last year's sales. The median sale price for foreclosures was $130,000, the median sale for non-foreclosure...
By Kim Southern- "Sold" with Southern Hospitality, Greetings from the North Georgia Mountains!
(Century 21 In the Mountains)
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  From November 06, 2009 Live Theater / A Christmas Carol To November 08, 2009 Blue Ridge Community Theater From November 06, 2009 Artist Studio Tour To November 07, 2009 The Martyn House 912 Flat Branch Road, Ellijay Georgia November 07, 2009 Rivers Alive Gazebo, Fire Station 13 on Aska Road / Ron Henry Horseshoe Bend Park in McCaysville November 10, 2009 Winter Pickn' Ann's Pickin Parlor 50 Kingstown Street From November 13, 2009 Live Theater / A Christmas Carol To November 15, 2009 Blue Ridge Community Theater November 14, 2009 Veterans Day Parade / Blue Ridge Downtown Historic District of Blue Ridge November 17, 2009 Winter Pickn' Ann's Pickin Parlor 50 Kingstown Street From November 20, 2009 Live Theater / A Christmas Carol To November 22, 2009 Blue Ridge Community Theater November...
By Kim Southern- "Sold" with Southern Hospitality, Greetings from the North Georgia Mountains!
(Century 21 In the Mountains)
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They say a picture paints a thousand words...Here are the beautiful flowers we received as a gesture of appreciation from two of our incredible customers after a closing we had last week.  The cards read: "Kim, You are the best!" and "Dawn, You made this happen for us!" It was such a lovely surprise to get these roses. We don't do this for the glory (God knows!!), but it is so heartwarming to 'feel the love' like this! Thanks Jim & Maria! We are so happy to have helped make your dream come true! 
By Kim Southern- "Sold" with Southern Hospitality, Greetings from the North Georgia Mountains!
(Century 21 In the Mountains)
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The rain that fell Saturday evening did little to dampen the spirits of the hundreds of kids who visited downtown Blue Ridge's Halloween Safe-Zone. Witches and goblins, princesses and fairies shared Main Street as they Trick-or-Treated their way among all the shops. A spook-tacular time was had by all! 
By Kim Southern- "Sold" with Southern Hospitality, Greetings from the North Georgia Mountains!
(Century 21 In the Mountains)
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A view from my father's deck in Ellijay overlooking a pasture and the lovely mountains of North Georgia. Visit my Website to find out more about the beautiful Mountains of North Georgia and the great home-buying opportunities that await you right now! Or, call me at 404-435-6470.
By Kim Southern- "Sold" with Southern Hospitality, Greetings from the North Georgia Mountains!
(Century 21 In the Mountains)
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You may not have heard of E.B. Reece...yet. But, trust me, you will. On Friday, the Gilmer Arts and Heritage Association (GAHA) hosted an evening with E.B., where, in a cozy intimate space, she performed songs from her new Nashville-produced CD, "Big Time Stuff." With the voice of an angel -- a face to match -- and a personality that lights up the room, E.B. enchanted the audience with her lovely performance. The self-described "small town girl," a mere 19-years old, grew up in Ellijay. Her songs -- most of which she writes herself -- reflect an innocent sensibility shaded with humor, love, and angst. E.B.'s talent shimmers off of her like the spotlight off her long, blond hair and her determination to make it in the music business is palpable.  Make no mistake, this "small town girl" i...
By Kim Southern- "Sold" with Southern Hospitality, Greetings from the North Georgia Mountains!
(Century 21 In the Mountains)
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The Atlanta Journal-Constitution has a great piece today on The Martyn House in Ellijay, about a 20-minute drive from Blue Ridge. It brought to mind the wonderful time I recently had at one of their amazing farm-to-table meals. The hosts -- Joann Adams and Rick Lucas -- couldn't have been more warm and welcoming, the food more divine, or the surroundings more enchanting. I went on a balmy summer evening, and shared a table under the stars with about 50 other folks, a varied group that included local artists, gallery owners, civic leaders...and me (I could make out the whispers, "Who invited HER???"). Our food was cooked in front of us over a fire, and the menu included foods grown in the local community or in Georgia. We feasted on butternut squash soup, mixed greens, shrimp & grits, a...
By Kim Southern- "Sold" with Southern Hospitality, Greetings from the North Georgia Mountains!
(Century 21 In the Mountains)
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I recently negotiated a contract for a beautiful home just outside of Blue Ridge. The home sits astride a small pristine lake surrounded by mountains and shared with only three other homes. Not only is the setting gorgeous, the house itself -- a luxurious 6-bedroom, 4.5-bath home -- is well-appointed and has been meticulously maintained. Our buyers are a wonderful couple from Atlanta who are buying the home initially as a second-home, with plans to eventually retire here. They are positively giddy about the house -- they love everything about it and can't wait to call it their own. The entire contract process has been going along swimmingly. The price negotiations went well, we were able to arrive at a fair price. The inspection turned up only minor issues that the sellers have been mor...
By Kim Southern- "Sold" with Southern Hospitality, Greetings from the North Georgia Mountains!
(Century 21 In the Mountains)
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On a chilly, gray day, I welcomed the opportunity to step into Cowan's Book Nook. As warm and inviting as it's name, Book Nook celebrated it's grand opening on Friday. Owners Barry and Melinda Cowan -- who also operate Cowan's Book Nook in Ellijay -- recognized the need for a top-notch bookstore in Blue Ridge. A great addition to the town's thriving downtown area, the shop is full of a large selection of books including fiction, non-fiction, and best-sellers. The store also features an impressive array of children's and Christian books. The space is light and airy, with sitting areas so that after you've browsed and chosen a book from the shelf, you can sit and relax and leaf through your selection.  On hand to help celebrate the grand opening was cartoonist Don "Duck" Edwing. His carto...
By Kim Southern- "Sold" with Southern Hospitality, Greetings from the North Georgia Mountains!
(Century 21 In the Mountains)
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Oh, the simple pleasures of living in the North Georgia mountains. I came across this actual legal description for a property today: BEGINNING at the old house place, running southwest to a large Beech tree, continuing the same direction to the top of the mountain and a White Oak tree; thence northwest following high ground to the Stephens property line; thence following the Stephens property line due North to the corner; thence northeast to the branch; thence down branch to ford of branch; thence southeast, following an old road to the starting point, containing 30 acres, more or less
By Kim Southern- "Sold" with Southern Hospitality, Greetings from the North Georgia Mountains!
(Century 21 In the Mountains)
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A fellow agent e-mailed this to me today. The video, entitled "How to Buy a Bank Owned Home," is sure to bring a laugh -- perhaps a pained one -- but a laugh, nonetheless. I think we can all relate...no matter which "part" we play.   Enjoy!       

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