Engaged couple Matt Thomas and Robyn Ancil started looking for a home last fall, focusing on Suwanee because of its strong schools for their 5-year-old son, Cole, as well as community amenities.
They found single-family homes with big yards and in good condition were within their budget.
“You could tell a lot of people have been working hard to sell their homes,” said Matt, 32, who works in sales for PTS Screen Printing in Norcross. “People were doing the extra work.”
No. 1: Big basement and yard
The four-bedroom, two-and-a-half-bath home on Azalea Chase Drive in Suwanee’s Ruby Forest neighborhood had a wooded backyard that impressed the couple. The home, built in 1995 and listed for $239,900, also came with a “bunch of fun toys,” such as a remote control for the lighting, shades and fans, Matt said. The roof was new, and there were hardwood floors on the main level, except in the master bathroom. It was in a swim neighborhood, which they preferred. The home also had a basement, screened porch and deck.
No. 2: Central location
The three-bedroom, two-and-a-half bath townhome on Boston Common Street in the Shadowbrook neighborhood had a great location next to the Suwanee Town Center development with restaurants, shops and a park for concerts and events. The townhome, built in 2005 with granite countertops and stainless steel appliances in the kitchen, originally listed for $225,000. Being low-maintenance was a plus, but they weren’t sure about the layout, with two bedrooms upstairs and a third in the basement.
No. 3: Suwanee swim community
The four-bedroom, three-bath home on Misthaven Court in Suwanee’s Morningview neighborhood had been upgraded with a landscaped backyard, granite kitchen countertops, hardwood floors on the main level and new carpeting. Extra touches included a fireplace in the bedroom. The home, built in 1996 and originally listed for $235,000, also had an open floor plan. “We wanted to be able to see each other if one of us was in the kitchen and [the other was in] the living room,” Matt said. Neighborhood amenities included a pool with a waterslide, tennis courts, basketball and volleyball courts, and a playground.
The couple, assisted by Aaron Allen with Keller Williams Realty Premier Atlanta/Buckhead, put offers on Nos. 1 and 3 the same day. The price of No. 3 had dropped, and the sellers accepted their full offer plus closing costs. The couple moved in February and are planning to get married next summer. “We fell in love with [the home], the backyard and all the space,” said Robyn, 27, a second-grade teacher.
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