#AskAllise - Fall means Football

With Fall right around the corner, I asked Allise to help us homeowners (and future homeowners) out with the best tips for getting your house ready for Fall & football season, we live in the South after all!

Fall and Winter are the best times to buy! You will get the best price for houses during the months of October-February. So now is the time to buy, buy, buy!!

  • When buying a house make sure you have the correct gas hook up, especially if you like to cookout with a gas grill or stove. Love the front porch gas lanterns?!? Again...you need to check what you have to work with! Some houses have gas, but do not have the correct size pipes. Could cost you all your Fantasy Football earnings. 
  • Parking is always something to consider when buying a house and if you already purchased a house think about how to improve it. It will always increase the value of your home to add any additional parking. As Atlanta continues to grow, so will the value. Some garages and parking spots in big cities like NYC and Chicago can go for well over $50,000...just the garage or parking space!!! Your friends will thank you when they come over to watch the big game too!!
  • Yeah marble is great, but do you really want to worry about your crockpot making a stain or chipping the side counter with a bottle of wine?!? Can you tell I have marble?? LOL. It is beautiful, but the stress is enough for my next house or kitchen renovation to go with something a little more durable. I'm a huge fan of silestone, but granite is a safe bet too. Butcher block is questionable. Also, I have seen something new recently that's called neolith...it's beautiful, looks like marble, but more durable. 

Now that Allise has covered what amenities you will need in your new place, it’s time to host a tailgate for all those big games this season!

For me, I love to bring a healthy option to any potluck, Friendsgiving, or tailgate I attend. That way I know I’ll have at least one safe bet! Here are just a few of my favorites: 

  • Kale Caesar Salad - I’m biased, but this is my favorite salad EVER! You need 3-4 ingredients and can whip up this crowd pleaser in under 20 minutes!  
  • Pumpkin Mac ‘N Cheese - This dish is SUPER easy to make and leaves those who love your standard Mac ‘N Cheese, pleasantly surprised! 
  • Gluten-Free Banana Pudding - If you’re from the South, you know there has to be at least one dessert. This Banana Pudding is the bomb.com, seriously! Plus, it’s gluten free (so no calories...kidding). It’s a labor of love, but well worth the wait! Bring this to the next football viewing party, and you’ll score big with your friends! 

Now that you have the expert tips on how to get your house ready for Fall aka football season and the food you’ll need to have in it, it’s time to get that Paperless Post invite ready! 

If you're in the market to buy a home, Allise is ready to help you find the right one for you! Feel free to send her an email with any questions you may have. 

In the meantime, be sure comment below with any and all housing Q's, or #AskAllise on Twitter! Until next month! 

Kel & Allise


#AskAllise - Under the Radar 'Hoods

It's time for another edition of #AskAllie! And this month Allise and I are tag teaming up on neighborhoods that you might not know about. She will be breaking down the 'hoods and I will tell you about my favorite place(s) to eat in each!

Side note: Who here is a huge Fixer Upper fan(atic)?? Think about finding your own hidden gem in one of these 'hoods and getting to be on the show. OK, dreams can happen here people! But here are some awesome places that Allise loves, which are all super affordable.

ITP (Inside the Perimeter)

1. Underwood Hills - Buckhead meets Westside. Less pricey than its neighbor Collier Hills, but still a great place for anyone who wants to be in a great school district.

Kale Me Kelly Restaurant Rec: This 'hood is know for its mexican scene. Between Nuevo Laredo Cantina, Bone Garden Cantina and La Parrilla Mexican Restaurant -- this could be the perfect new spot for you!

2. Kirkwood - East Atlanta's coziest neighborhood. Less expensive than the uber trendy VaHi and Inman Park, but still safe and walkable. Growing like a weed, so hurry before prices on homes are just as high as the others in Decatur!

Kale Me Kelly Restaurant Rec: Think about walking to some of these spots in your new 'hood: The Spotted Trotter, Ration & Dram, and Sun in my Belly.

3. Keswick Village - Brookhaven's hidden treasure. SHHH Don't tell!! Probably some of my favorite houses in Atlanta. Cottage living at its finest!

Kale Me Kelly Restaurant Rec: Warning if you move to this neighborhood, you may become a regular at Kaleidoscope Bistro & Pub. This is my favorite spot for brunch! Bottomless mimosas and a delicious menu!

4. Whittier Mills - A lot of people don't know about this charming neighborhood. Riverside is an up and coming area and I think it's a great investment...not too mention it has a lot of history and ADORABLE homes!

Kale Me Kelly Restaurant Rec: SOHO Restaurant will be your go-to spot for date night! The atmosphere and dining experience is truly exceptional. You can thank me later!

OTP (Outside the Perimeter)

5. Roswell - If you are an outdoor junkie, this is the place to be. The Chattahootchee River and parks boast everything that you will ever need... Run, Hike, Bike, Kayak, Explore. Downtown Roswell is so accessible and the market is hot, but even though the homes are more affordable they don't stay on the market long...if they go on the market at all!

Kale Me Kelly Restaurant Rec: Table & Main is my absolute favorite in Downtown Roswell. This restored cottage showcases inspired seasonal Southern cuisine, a bourbon bar & a garden patio. The menu is constantly changing, but that's what I love about this spot. They use seasonal ingredients and keep it fresh!

6. Indian Hills - If you are like me and you grew up in Suburbia, USA then you should check out Indian Hills in East Cobb. Better be quick to grab up one of the homes before they are all torn down and all that's left are luxury homes. Easy access to interstates and did I mention it sits on a 27 hole golf course, along with trails, bike paths, and so much more.

Kale Me Kelly Restaurant Rec: Chicken Salad Chick! This one is a throwback for me, because going to Auburn University for a couple of years, Chicken Salad Chick was one of my favorite places to grab lunch, because it's just so dang good. You can order a sandwich or take tubs of their various mixes to-go for a bridal shower or really any occasion!

If you're in the market to buy a home, Allise is ready to help you find the right one for you! Feel free to send her an email with any questions you may have.

In the meantime, be sure comment below with any and all housing Q's, or #AskAllise on Twitter! Until next month! 

Kel & Allise