|Posted on July 22, 2011 at 11:35 AM|
Last week I found myself in an older part of Atlanta, near Grant Park. It had been awhile since I had visited, 1998, I was pregnant with my first child. I remember it because my husband and I were celebrating our Wedding Anniversary. We had gotten off at the wrong Marta exit so he proceeded to tell me we were taking the scenic route to Zoo Atlanta (pregnant and on foot). On our scenic route, I remember the area being run down, sparse and showing signs of wear.
This visit was quite different. Number one, I was in my own car and I had my GPS with me...no 'scenic route'. I was a little early for my appointment so I decided to check out the area again, as I had done the week before at the consultation. (I try to get a feel for the types of homes, amenities and infrastructure of each area I stage.) Secondly, I realized there was a major change. This area had undergone revitalization! There were trendy restaurants and shops nearby on Memorial Avenue by Oakland Cemetery, well-kept yards and mid-day activity. I went in the other direction and visited the local green spaces. If it were not for my appointment, I may have walked down to the zoo.
Once the furniture arrived, we started staging this historical and beautiful home. I noticed people walking up and down the street. There were couples holding hands, a young family pushing a stroller and single guys walking their dogs. The neighbors next door, an older couple who has lived in the area for 30 years, welcomed me with excitement. I had met them before and they were glad I had won the staging bid. They knew the staging would bring in a really good buyer.
Finally we took a lunch break around 2 pm. My associate stager and I knew where to go. We walked one block to the corner and had a delicious and freshly made calzone in the local pizzeria. The ingredients were hot and flowed with the melted cheeses, the ice water quenched our thirst. It was a relaxing time. We enjoyed chatting with the waitress and local residents. It was a great feeling and a warming sense of community.
A bit of time past and the staging was complete. This updated older home is beautiful and ready for a buyer..a buyer who has a love for being near the big city but far enough away to enjoy the life in his/her own front yard. Swinging on the front porch on a quiet evening, listening to the chirping of cicada and sipping an ice cold glass of tea...or maybe gathered around a big table with family and friends, windows open, soft music, enjoying fellowship and fun. The options are endless. Whoever this buyer is, I admit, I am a bit envious. I know they are going to fall in love - in love with the address, the amenities in the area and with Atlanta.
Thanks Vanya for the opportunity to stage 411 Glenwood Ave, SE!
Written by Amy F. Powers
Categories: Staging Stories