Couple seeks first home in Perimeter area, beyond

The Perimeter area was a focal point for Kory and Lindsey Rykman, who have been married 2 1/2 years and renting while she earned her sociology degree from Georgia State University.

When she graduated in December 2009, they decided it was time to buy their first home. Lindsey, 26, and Kory, 27, national sales manager for dental services company 360 Imaging, sought a home with character and space for parents to visit.

“We were very, very excited to begin with. It was something new, it was like, ‘Oh my God, my first house. But then after every day searching for six hours, it got to the point where it was like, are we ever going to find it? It was stressful,” said Lindsey, an Allstate account manager.

She credits their agent, Debbie Shay with Harry Norman, Realtors, for telling them to hang in there as they considered these three homes in Atlanta, Marietta and Alpharetta.

No. 1: Single-family short sale

The four-bedroom, 2 1/2-bath home on North Peak Drive in Alpharetta was one of the single-family homes they considered. The two-story home was built in 1986 and originally listed for $240,000. It offered plenty of room, even with three closets in the master bedroom. The kitchen had custom built-ins and granite countertops. The Rivermont community had a pool, tennis courts, golf and a country club, but the couple had to consider whether Alpharetta was too far out of the city for them.

No. 2: Cobb County two-story

The four-bedroom, 2 1/2-bath home on Lakeridge Drive in Marietta’s Millridge neighborhood immediately impressed the couple. “We went to it and we thought, ‘Oh my God, this house is so nice and it’s so pretty,’” Lindsey said. The living room opened to the family room, and the home also had a screened porch. The home, built in 1981 and originally listed for $249,900, had a partial basement and a two-car garage. But they also wanted to look at townhomes.

No. 3: Traditional townhome

The three-bedroom, 3 1/2-bath red brick townhome on Brantley Road in Atlanta’s Winterchase community was 25 years old, but it had been well maintained. The home, originally listed for $175,000, boasted a finished basement with a bedroom and kitchen area that could serve as an in-law suite. Details such as crown molding and fireplaces in the family room and master bedroom gave the home character, Lindsey said. The neighborhood was just outside the Perimeter with Sandy Springs schools.

The Choice

No. 3. “It just had everything I was looking for,” Lindsey said. “You walk in somewhere and it’s like, this just feels right.” They purchased the home last spring, painting and adding new floors. Soon after moving in, they discovered they were expecting their first child, due in March. “We absolutely love it … it couldn’t have worked out more perfect,” she said. “Now we are completely settled.”