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2016’s Most Expensive Homes Sold In Metro Atlanta

A gorgeous luxury Atlanta mansion at night.

When it comes to luxury houses, Atlanta has some of the largest and most unique homes in the southeast. Many of them located on private estates, these mansions offer nearly everything a buyer could desire. From historic properties to celebrity homes, this year we saw a little bit of everything. The only question is... which one is your favorite?

Note: The sale data in this article was obtained from county tax records and the First Multiple Listing Service. The homes shown here were listed and sold by brokerage firms other than the owner of this website. The information presented here is deemed reliable but is not guaranteed.

4110 Paces Ferry Road NW - $17,500,000

An aerial image of the mansion located at 4110 Paces Ferry Road NW.Beds: 7 / Full Baths: 9 / Half Baths: 5
Community: Buckhead (Atlanta)
Sq/Ft: 34,688 (Builder)
Lot Size: 16.99 Acres (Tax Record)
Sale Date: April 29, 2016

A European villa nestled in the heart of Atlanta – this stately 7 bedroom, 9 bath home is a dream. Enter by one of two private, secured entrances; the main drive welcomes you and your guests with gorgeous brick pavers and a fountain.

Custom, double wrought-iron doors lead you into the grand foyer with marble...

Top Atlanta Real Estate Closing Attorneys

Group of Atlanta's top real estate closing attorneys.

About Atlanta Real Estate Closing Attorneys

In Georgia, real estate attorneys conduct all closings and must perform dozens of duties before a real estate transaction can be finalized. This is why choosing a great attorney is very important.

Attorneys charge fees to cover the costs of researching the chain of title, preparing closing documents, performing the closing, and recording the transaction with the county. The cost for a standard residential closing varies, but is typically between $400-$800. This may not include fees for the title search, title insurance, recording fees, transfer fees, taxes, bank charges, etc.

Real Estate Closing F.A.Q.’s

1. Who does the real estate closing attorney represent?
2. What does a real estate closing attorney do?
3. Do I need to be present to close?
4. What is power of attorney?
5. What is the GRECAA?

My List Of Top Atlanta Closing Attorneys

I've put together a list of reputable firms that close thousands of transactions each year and are highly regarded throughout the industry. As a top Atlanta real estate agent, I work closely with attorneys like these and others to ensure the closing goes smoothly. The following is my list of the top real estate closing attorneys serving the Metro Atlanta area:

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Top Atlanta Real Estate Brokerages

Happy couple holding SOLD sign in front of new home.

About Real Estate Brokers In Metro Atlanta

There are thousands of real estate brokers and more than 35,000 active real estate agents in the Metro Atlanta area alone. Brokerages can range in size from independent one-man operations, to large companies with thousands of agents and hundreds of support staff. These residential real estate companies have agents who specialize in all types of property, including: single family homes, condos, townhomes, land, lots, multi-family, investment properties, vacation homes and more.

This article includes the top residential real estate brokers in Atlanta by firm type, including: large brokerages, luxury brokerages, and boutique/specialty brokerages. I've also included a section about brokerage fees and how they work.

The Top Large Real Estate Brokerages

Large real estate firms typically have hundreds of agents and multiple office locations throughout the city. Many of these brokerages have brand affiliations with some of the most well known real estate companies in the nation.

Atlanta Communities

With more than 600 REALTORS® in Georgia, Atlanta Communities is a full service real estate brokerage that covers all of Metro Atlanta. Atlanta Communities specializes in both residential and commercial real estate sales. With five Metro Atlanta office locations, it’s easy to find Atlanta Communities, whether you live in Dunwoody, Midtown, Kennesaw, West Cobb, or Woodstock....

Top Atlanta Real Estate Schools

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Real Estate Education & Training

Real estate is a business that is constantly evolving, therefore, its practitioners must do the same. Whether you’re an agent, appraiser or a broker, education and training is essential to a successful career.

Real estate schools offer courses on everything from basic principals to advanced selling techniques, as well as designations & certifications that allow for specialized training in various aspects of the business. Some schools even offer online versions of their training courses, so those with challenging schedules can still take part.

New Agent Training

Proper education and training are essential because a career in real estate is sink or swim, with most new agents getting out of the business within their first year. For those looking to get started selling real estate, the Georgia Real Estate Commission (GREC) currently requires the completion of a 75 hour pre-license course.

In addition, perspective agents must pass an examination administered by AMP that is approved by the Commission. These are merely the first steps on the path to becoming a top Atlanta real estate agent. For those seeking training with an accredited company, I’ve put together a list of Atlanta’s top real estate schools.

My List Of Top Real Estate Schools In Atlanta

Metro Brokers Academy

Known as the #1 real estate school in Georgia, the Metro Brokers Academy provides both in-class and online training courses. Additional education for agents is also available. ...

Top Local Parks In Brookhaven, GA

An empty park bench overlooking the lake at a Brookhaven park during sunset.

Brookhaven City Parks

One of the most popular cities in Metro Atlanta, Brookhaven provides not only amazing restaurants, shopping, and entertainment, but also a wide array of public parks. Several parks have been brought to the attention of the city council, specifically Brookhaven Park, Ashford Park, Skyland Park, and Georgian Hills Park.

Park regulars cited a desire for walking trails and on-site restrooms in these particular parks; those that voted to convert Brookhaven into a city have been quoted as saying their main focus was park maintenance and improvement, and they’ve wasted no time in beginning the improvement process.

Map Of All Brookhaven Parks

More About Brookhaven's Top Parks

Some of the city's parks simply have benches and a playground; some house sports teams and walking trails and tennis courts. Local residents propose the addition of new amenities including: shaded playgrounds, water fountains, swimming pool renovations, and an increased number of playgrounds.

Murphey Candler Park

Murphey Candler Park softball and football fields in Brookhaven, GA.One of the largest parks in Brookhaven, Murphey Candler Park provides a well-rounded experience for every visitor. A large swimming pool is a community...

Top Fortune 500 Companies In Atlanta

Downtown Atlanta skyline with the Coca-Cola building & headquarters of other fortune 500 companies.

The Business Hub Of The Southeast

For many years, Atlanta has been a southern hub of business and commerce. So much so that numerous Fortune 500 companies have decided to call Atlanta home. From startups & tech companies to large & small businesses alike, many are flocking to Atlanta every day due to the city’s educated labor supply, moderate climate and international travel hub.

In addition, Atlanta’s housing market makes relocating employees more affordable, especially when coming from other large cities like New York, Boston and Los Angeles.

The Home Depot

Orange and white Home Depot logo, small.Founded in 1978 by four Atlanta businessmen, including Arthur Blank and Bernard Marcus, The Home Depot is a widely-known home improvement store that is based in Cobb County, Georgia. The chain grew quickly, going from two original stores in 1979 to multiple stores in all 50 states, plus Puerto Rico, the US Virgin Islands, Guam, all provinces in Canada, and Mexico.

Stores run about 105,000 square feet in size; some stores are now offering fuel centers to its customers, as well. Several brands are offered exclusively at Home Depot, including Behr, Chem-Dry, and Homelite.

In addition to a wide array of home improvement items, The Home Depot also holds a vested interest in philanthropy and community improvement. The Home Depot Foundation,...

Hartsfield-Jackson International - The World’s Busiest Airport

A Delta flight leaving the runway of Hartsfield-Jackson with Atlanta skyline in the background.

History Of The Atlanta Airport

April of 1925 saw the first rumblings of an Atlanta airport. Originally an abandoned racetrack, the 287 acres soon became a working airport and was named Candler Field, after the old owner’s family and Coca-Cola founder Asa Candler.

During its formative years, Hartsfield-Jackson was visited by Charles Lindbergh and his Spirit of St. Louis, saw Delta Air Lines’ first flight, and in 1948, more than 1 million travelers passed through its doors.

Becoming The Busiest Airport In The World

In 1957, Hartsfield-Jackson became the busiest airport in the country; 2 million travelers passed through that year. Also that year, between 12pm and 2pm each day, Atlanta’s airport became the busiest in the world. In 1971, William B. Hartsfield died and the airport was officially renamed to William B. Hartsfield Atlanta Airport.

Several months later, however, international flights began and the name was changed again to William B. Hartsfield Atlanta International Airport. In 1999, Hartsfield-Jackson officially becomes the World’s Busiest Airport after seeing 73.5 million travelers in 1998.

Expansion & Growth

Throughout the late 70s and 80s, construction was a constant occurrence, whether on terminals or fields, parking lots or towers. The number of yearly travelers was growing exponentially, and the airport struggled to keep up. June of 1988 saw MARTA’s line extended into the airport itself, making travel easier for Atlanta’s citizens.

In 1996, the Atrium was completed as part of the Hartsfield Improvement Program,...

Top Atlanta Real Estate Developers

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Development Companies Serving Metro Atlanta

The top Atlanta real estate developers mentioned in today's article are responsible for creating some of the city's most recognizable developments, such as: Atlantic Station, Lindbergh City Center, the new Braves stadium mixed-use project, countless office/business parks and more.

Taking massive projects like these from an idea to a completed project requires a strong team that can manage all aspects of the development process. Because of its complexity, real estate development requires vision, knowledge, experience, capital, a great team, and sometimes, a little luck. Continue reading to learn more about the top real estate developers in Atlanta.

Carter (www.CarterUSA.com)

With more than 50 years of experience, Carter prides itself on creating value and results for its partners. One of the top real estate investment groups in Atlanta, Carter has invested more than $875 million in assets since 2005. Not only that, Carter co-sponsors two REITs with a focus on single tenant, net leased properties.

Their investment strategy includes a mix of private equity, institutional equity, and bank financing, a winning combination in the real estate world. With options to invest, develop, or seek advice, Carter will remain at the forefront of Atlanta real estate for years to come.

Carter has no specific focus, but...

The Brookhaven Country Club

Aerial view of the Brookhaven Country Club and golf course.

One of the focal points of historic Brookhaven is the Brookhaven Country Club. Part of the Capital City Country Club, it is one of the oldest private clubs in the south. The Capital City Country Club, with three locations, offers its members the finest in recreation, dining, and amenities, as well as the honor of being a selected member. The club itself was founded in 1883 just after the Civil War; the Brookhaven, GA location was instituted in 1911 and has since been included on the National Register of Historic Places.

Club Amenities

The Brookhaven Country Club has some of the finest amenities in the area, including the top destinations for golf and tennis. The club has been featured in many local publications and is widely known as one of the most prestigious private clubs in the Atlanta area. With a wide array of outstanding amenities, the Brookhaven Country Club truly offers something for everyone.

18 Hole Golf Course

The 18 hole par 72 golf course at the Brookhaven Country Club offers a newly renovated & redesigned layout with challenging features and amazing views of the city skyline. From the luxurious locker rooms and clubhouse to the perfectly manicured greens, this course offers an unparalleled experience for those lucky enough to play it.

Originally designed and constructed in 1911, this gorgeous private course offers top-notch year round play for club members. Measuring 6,597 yards from the longest tees, the course has a slope rating of 141 and a 72.4 USGA rating. The course features eight...