Monday, March 31, 2014

The Orchards Group Celebrates 200th Closing at Cumming Active Adult Community

As the number of baby boomers choosing to sell their current home and move into the home of their dreams increases, active adult builders are feeling the impact in growing demand and rising sales. One of Atlanta’s premier active adult home builders, The Orchards Group, is one of those builders benefiting from the relocating boomers. The Orchards Group recently celebrated the 200th new home closing at The Orchards of Brannon Oak Farm, the builders’ active adult community in South Forsyth.

With a total of 218 homes in the community and 12 of the remaining homes already under contract, buyers have just six opportunities remaining to become a homeowner in this unique community. These six homes include both ranch condominiums and master-on-the-main townhome villas. With varying completion dates that range from now through the summer, buyers have just a short time to make The Orchards of Brannon Oak Farm their new home.

Priced from $299,000 to $320,000, the remaining ranch condominiums at The Orchards of Brannon Oak Farm include a $10,000 buyer’s bonus that can be used towards closing costs, additional upgrades or as a price reduction. The final master-on-the-main townhome villas are priced from $300,000 to $345,000 and include a $15,000 buyer’s bonus.

The Orchards Group is known for providing its residents with outstanding community amenities, events and activities that complement the active adult lifestyle. At The Orchards of Brannon Oak Farm, new home buyers will be able to enjoy the sparkling swimming pool, a community lawn, fire pit and barbecue grill. There is also a grand clubhouse that is home to a fitness center, gentlemen’s den with a fireplace, card and game rooms, a gourmet kitchen and a large covered veranda.

With a convenient location just over a mile away from GA 400 in Cumming, homeowners will be just a short drive away from Lake Lanier, downtown Atlanta and the North Georgia Mountains. Homeowners will also have access to excellent medical care, as the new Northside Hospital Forsyth is just minutes away. For home buyers aged 65 and older, one of the largest advantages of living in Forsyth County comes in the form of tax breaks, as these homeowners do not have to pay the school tax.

For more information on the final South Forsyth active adult homes or home buyer incentives that can be found at The Orchards of Brannon Oak Farm, contact the community sales center by calling 678-513-8879 or visit

Wednesday, March 05, 2014

Cherokee County Active Adult Community Offering Outstanding Incentives

The Orchards of East Cherokee, an active adult community from The Orchards Group, is currently offering outstanding home buyer’s incentives on the remaining homes. With the community being more than 70 percent sold, there are only two single-family homes and several ranch condominiums remaining, so time is running out for home buyers to take advantage of these fantastic deals.

The first single-family home is move-in ready and it features the two bedroom and two bathroom Magnolia plan. Complete with a sunroom, large deck and a full basement, this home is priced at $329,700 and includes a $15,000 home buyer’s bonus that can be used on anything, including finishing the basement or closing costs.

The second single-family home is under construction now and showcases the popular Ascot plan, a two bedroom and two bathroom home with an additional 1,000 square feet of finished basement space and a third bathroom. Located on a private, wooded home site, this final single-family home will be completed by late summer.

The community has several ranch condominium homes still available for home buyers to purchase. Each ranch condominium is priced from the low to mid $200,000s and includes a $10,000 any-way-you-want-it buyer’s bonus. Two of these condominiums are move-in ready now, two will be available within the next 60 days and four more will be complete within the next 120 days.

Residents at The Orchards of East Cherokee will enjoy spending time at the community’s many amenities that include a swimming pool, waterfall plaza and a great clubhouse with a fitness center, media room and kitchen.

Thanks to the community’s prime Cherokee County location, homeowners over the age of 62 will enjoy low tax rates, as they do not have to pay the school tax. The community is also conveniently located between downtown Roswell, Canton, Woodstock and Alpharetta, and it’s just a 10 minute drive to the new Outlet Shoppes at Atlanta.

For more information on the final homes and the home buyer’s incentives being offered at The Orchards of East Cherokee, contact the community sales center by calling 770-345-5409 or visit

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Traton Announces Final Opportunities at Two Metro Atlanta Communities

Following a strong 2013, Traton Homes is excited to announce final opportunities at two of its metro Atlanta communities, Rosewood Park in Paulding County and Great Oaks Estates in Cobb County. With limited opportunities remaining at the single-family home communities, buyers must act fast to call these communities home.

Thursday, January 02, 2014

Cumming Active Adult Community Down to Final Single-Family Home

The Orchards Group, a metro Atlanta active adult builder, has sold all but one remaining single-family home at The Orchards of Brannon Oak Farm in Cumming. Of the 58 single-family homes available, 57 have been sold, leaving the final opportunity for home buyer’s to call the Gallery section of this community home.

Priced at $319,900, the final home at The Orchards of Brannon Oak Farm includes a $15,000 buyer’s bonus that can be used towards closing costs, additional upgrades or as a discount on the price of the home. Showcasing the stunning Magnolia plan, the home includes three bedrooms, three bathrooms, more than 2,300 square feet of living space and luxurious features such as Sienna maple cabinets in the kitchen, upgraded tile, espresso cabinets in the bathrooms and hardwood floors. On the main floor, buyers will find the master bedroom suite, a secondary bedroom and bathroom and a serene screened porch. Upstairs, the home has a third bedroom and bathroom, as well as a bonus room.

Residents at The Orchards of Brannon Oak Farm have an abundance of amenities to choose from that complement the active adult lifestyle. The grand clubhouse includes a fitness center, gourmet kitchen, card and game rooms and a gentleman’s den with a library. There are also multiple outdoor amenities, such as the swimming pool, community lawn, fire pit and barbeque grilling area.

Residents will have plenty of time to enjoy all of the amenities at The Orchards of Brannon Oak Farm thanks to the low-maintenance lifestyle. Regular landscaping including weekly cutting, mulch replacement, chemical treatments and an irrigation system is taken care of by the homeowner’s association.

Buyers will also have the option to purchase from the 12 maintenance-free ranch condominiums and master-on-the-main villas priced from the $270,000s that are still available at The Orchards of Brannon Oak Farm. For more information on any of the final homes, visit or call the sales center at 678-513-8879.

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Active Adult Brunch Club Provides Holiday Meal for Those in Need

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While many of us love spending time with friends and family during the holidays enjoying a delicious meal and exchanging a few presents, there are others in the local community who are not as fortunate. Recently, resident members of the brunch club at The Orchards of Brannon Oak Farm in Forsyth County collected donations to help needy families in their community.

The brunch club was able to collect more than $150 in gift certificates, seven cartons of food and two gift baskets, which they donated to Saint Benedict Church in Johns Creek. The church then distributed those items to families in need, so that they could enjoy a Thanksgiving meal together.

The brunch club isn't the only social club at this Cumming active adult community to give back, many of Brannon Oak Farm's other social clubs and interest groups not only get together to fellowship, but to also use their talents to benefit the community at large.

In addition to a variety of clubs, residents at The Orchards of Brannon Oak Farm benefit from a stellar amenities package and fantastic community events. Amenities available to homeowners of the community include a community lawn, barbecue grill, fire pit, swimming pool and grand clubhouse complete with a fitness center and gathering spaces.

Plus, the surrounding area outside the community is filled with top notch healthcare, shops, restaurants, entertainment venues and recreation, including The Collection at Forsyth, Lake Lanier and Northside Hospital.

After a day filled with activities, residents can come home to a spacious residence. The builder, The Orchards Group, offers buyers five unique floor plans to choose from. All of these homes, which are priced from the mid $270,000s, are complete with at least two bedrooms and bathrooms on the main level, as well as included lawn maintenance.

To learn more about this wonderful, active community, please visit or call 678-513-8879.

Monday, December 09, 2013

Holiday Events Spread Love and Cheer Near Affordable Homes in Atlanta

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The holiday season is one that should be filled with love and cheer. However, for some, the holiday season is simply a reminder of the things they don't have or the people they've lost. This holiday season, the Mall of Georgia is making strides to bring hope and happiness back into the holidays with several seasonal events.
  • The Salvation Army Angel Tree Program: Today through December 14, visitors to the mall can pick up their "angel," purchase the listed items and then return the wrapped present, which will be donated to a local family in need.
  • South Gwinnett Rotary Club Christmas Trees for Charity: Four trees decorated by local charities will be on display through December 24. Be sure to look for a donation box next to each tree in order to help support these organizations.
  • United Hospice Tree of Memories: Those who have lost loved ones are invited to share their favorite memory on a card and place it on the Tree of Memories through December 24.
  • Santa Photo Experience: While you're at the mall, be sure to stop by and have your photo taken with the man in the big red suit!

The Mall of Georgia in Buford is just one of the many local attractions convenient to Smith Douglas Communities' affordable homes in Atlanta at Watermill. Priced from the $180,000s, these two-story homes offer inviting, spacious floor plans with four to six bedrooms, spacious owners suites with sitting areas, gourmet kitchens fit for any chef and much more.

These metro Atlanta homes are located in the award-winning Mill Creek High School district near not only the Mall of Georgia, but also downtown Buford, Hamilton Hill, Chateau √Član, Lake Lanier and Little Mulberry.

With new homes ready now and special incentives on the Atlantahome builder's "perfectly packaged homes," Watermill  could be your perfect new home for the home holidays!

To learn more, call 770-271-5866 or visit the model home at 4317 Water Mill Drive, Buford GA 30519.

Thursday, December 05, 2013

Exceptional Sales Seen in 2013 for Metro Atlanta Active Adult Builder

The year 2013 has been an exceptional year for active adult builder, The Orchards Group. Both of the builder’s metro Atlanta communities have seen an incredible sales pace, with The Orchards of Brannon Oak Farm having an annual rate of 54 homes sold and The Orchards of East Cherokee selling 36 new homes. These sales levels are reminiscent of the pre-recession numbers that were reported by many of the area’s top-selling communities, which provides even more proof that the Atlanta real estate market is on the road to recovery.

The Orchards of East Cherokee, located in Hickory Flat, has seen a monthly sales average of three homes sold. At The Orchards of Brannon Oak Farm in Cumming, monthly sales through October have reached an average of 4.7 new home sales.

“We are very proud to be consistently ranked as one of Atlanta’s strongest builders solely dedicated to the active adult target audience,” said Mitch Block, sales and marketing director for The Orchards Group. “The Orchards Group has typically marketed just two properties at a time, enabling us to keep our subcontractor base consistent, our workload manageable and everyone geared towards delivering an exceptional product with an extraordinary value.”

The Orchards Group is known for providing a unique active adult lifestyle that includes maintenance-free living and resort-style amenities. Each of the communities takes care of regular landscape maintenance, which includes mulch replacement, chemical treatments, weekly cutting and irrigation. Amenities at each community include a grand clubhouse, swimming pool, gourmet kitchen, barbeque grilling area, game rooms and a fitness center. Residents at The Orchards of East Cherokee will also enjoy relaxing on the waterfall sitting plaza, while homeowners at The Orchards of Brannon Oak Farm can spend time on the community lawn or in the gentlemen’s den.

For more information on the new active adult homes available from The Orchards Group, visit Or, contact The Orchards of East Cherokee sales center by calling 770-345-5409 or The Orchards of Brannon Oak Farm sales center at 678-513-8879.

Monday, November 18, 2013

Beautiful Gwinnett County Home Near Top Atlanta Schools

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If you've been searching for a beautiful metro Atlanta home near top Atlanta schools, Smith Douglas Communities has a deal for you! The Atlanta home builder is now selling home site 15 for just $209,900.

This four bedroom, three bathroom two-story home on a basement is a steal! Features of this stunning Gwinnett County home for sale include a gorgeous entryway open to the large family room, gourmet kitchen with granite countertops and upgraded 42-inch cabinets, spacious secondary bedrooms with vaulted ceilings and large closets, oversized master suite with sitting area, second floor laundry room and much more. Plus, for a limited time, buyers will receive $5,000 in closing costs.

Beyers Landing is an ideal, established community of Gwinnett County homes perfect for empty nesters, young families and first-time buyers looking for Atlanta homes priced under 200k. Residents will love the convenience to I-85, Mall of Georgia, Discover Mills, Chateau Elan, the Arena at Gwinnett Center, Little Mulberry River Park, Bogan Park, Reagan Medical Center and additional shopping, dining, entertainment and recreation.

Students residing in the community will attend Mill Creek High, Glen C. Jones Middle and Ivy Creek .
Elementary schools, an added bonus for buyers looking for homes near Atlanta's best schools.

To tour home site 15 or learn more about this community of homes in metro Atlanta, visit the sales center located at 4317 Water Mill Drive, Buford, GA 30519. You can also call 770-271-5866 to speak with an on-site sales agent.

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Three Cobb County Homes Remain at Oakwood Creek

For home buyers looking to purchase a spacious home in a prime metro Atlanta location, time is running out at Traton Homes’ Oakwood community in Kennesaw. Located in the top-rated Harrison High School district, these final homes are sure to sell quickly.

The final three homes at Oakwood Creek feature popular home designs including the Chatfield, Knollwood and Melford.

Priced at $383,500, the Chatfield is the last remaining basement home and is also the only master-on-the-main floor plan of the three. Additional highlights of the open interiors include a gourmet kitchen with large island and granite countertops, a cozy hearth room, large family room with fireplace and deep coffered ceiling, formal dining room and hardwood floors throughout most of the main level. This beautiful four bedroom/three-and-a-half bathroom is move-in ready.

Homeowners at The Orchards Take Charge of their Lifestyle

Residents at two metro Atlanta active adult communities are actively taking a part in creating the ultimate lifestyle for themselves and their neighbors. The Orchards of Brannon Oak Farm and The Orchards of East Cherokee, both active adult communities from The Orchards Group, feature an abundance of amenities and activities for their residents to enjoy. However, many of the events and activities at these two communities are organized and run by the homeowners, even though some of the events are sponsored by The Orchards Group.

The residents of each of these communities have taken responsibility for their lifestyle, and they have become more personally involved with the community and their neighbors. Often, the resident-planned activities prove to be more successful than those planned by an onsite activities director.

At The Orchards Group’s Hickory Flat community, The Orchards of East Cherokee, residents have been particularly active in scheduling events and activities over the past year. For example, as more homeowners have continued to move into the community, the monthly Meet and Greet dinner has expanded to being held three times per month.

“Each new homeowner that moves into our communities brings a different interest or hobby,” said Mitch Block, sales and marketing director for The Orchards Group. “Because of this, we are seeing a growing use of the clubhouse, which is exactly the intention. Hopefully, we will continue to see residents create new groups, such as card groups or even movie groups.”

Residents at The Orchards Group have also started groups that include a men’s coffee gathering, ladies lunch outing, Saturday night themed party, book club, game day and a craft club.

To experience the unique active adult lifestyle that can be found at The Orchards Group communities, contact The Orchards of East Cherokee at 770-345-5409 or The Orchards of Brannon Oak Farm at 678-513-8879. Or, visit

Friday, October 25, 2013

Pre-Construction Pricing on Forsyth County Homes for Sale

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Smith Douglas Communities, one of Atlanta's fastest growing home builders, is at it again with a new community of Forsyth County homes for sale at Ansley at Pilgrim Mill in Cumming. Right now, buyers can take advantage of pre-construction pricing which makes these Atlanta new homes even more affordable!

Buyers in this community of metro Atlanta new homes will enjoy three distinct plans each with the option to add a basement. The Manchester offers three bedrooms and two-and-a-half bathrooms in 1,748 square feet from just $154,900. This plan includes an open first floor with a large great room open to the kitchen with eat-in breakfast nook and a second floor with a laundry room and large owner's suite. The Hartwell is slightly larger with 2,092 square feet, three bedrooms and two-and-a-half bathrooms from $165,900. Features of this home include the option to add a fourth bedroom, a large first floor living area with enough space for a family room and dining room, a second floor loft and a master suite with trey ceiling and walk-in closet. The final and largest plan, the Carrington, is priced from $165,900 with three bedrooms, two-and-a-half bathrooms in 2,137 square feet. This home's design calls for a family room that is open to the dining room, which then opens up to the kitchen, as well as a spacious master suite with separate shower and tub, walk-in closet and trey ceiling. Homebuyers can add even more living space to these designs by choosing the basement options of each of these plans.

In addition to an affordable Atlanta home, residents of this community enjoy an excellent amenity package including lighted tennis courts, a community pool with cabana, tot lot and much more.

Ansley at Pilgrim Mill's metro Atlanta new homes are conveniently located off of GA 400 just minutes from the Blue Ridge Mountains, Lake Lanier, downtown Cumming, The Collection at Forsyth and Sawnee Mountain Preserve.

The community's youngest residents will attend award-winning schools including Chattahoochee Elementary, Otwell Middle and Forsyth Central High.

To learn more about these homes for sale in Forsyth County from Smith Douglas Communities, please call 678-780-8361.