Right before Christmas, their agent, Kay Stevens with Re/Max Lake Oconee, called to say she found a home foreclosure she wanted them to see.
“We jumped in the car the Monday before Christmas,” Shannon said. They made an offer that week.
Their home: A four-bedroom, three-bath home built in 1989 on a half acre in Eatonton's Martin Oaks. The lot has a gentle slope to the lake.
“With the kids, we wanted something that had a good play area where we could see the water easily from the house,” Shannon said. “It didn’t have too far of a walk to be lugging stuff back and forth.”
Inside, the home had a rustic feel with an open layout. The home was in pretty good condition, the couple said, but because of its age, they took a preventative step and replaced the heating and air conditioning unit and the roof. The couple is working with Charleston, S.C.-based interior designer Hollis Erickson with Roberts-Erickson Design to help furnish and decorate the home, which has a cedar exterior and a back deck.
The negotiations: It took 11 days for them to hear from the bank, while they were expecting a 24- or 48-hour turnaround. They credit Stevens for being able to help them navigate the process.
How far from their home: 1 hour, 15 minutes from Ansley Park.
What they see it being for their family: A nature retreat for their boys, who also include Will, 6, and Hayes, 3.
“We saw it as a place that’s very wholesome, that will help bring all of us together when we’re out there, spending time on the water together, a place that’s good for building memories,” Shannon said.
Lake Oconee, a Georgia Power-owned lake in central Georgia, spans 18,971 acres and has 374 miles of shoreline.
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Re/Max Lake Oconee
Take I-20 east to Exit 114 toward Madison/Eatonton.
Turn right onto U.S. 441/U.S. 129/Ga. 24, and follow it
about 11 miles, then turn left onto Harmony Road. Turn left onto Greensboro Road/Lake Oconee Parkway/Ga. 44. Turn right onto Lakeview Drive. Turn right onto Lakeview Estates Drive. Turn right onto Lakeview Estates Lane. Lakeview Estates Lane becomes Martin Oaks Boulevard, which takes you into the neighborhood.
$409,500: 328 W. River Bend Drive, Eatonton 31024. A two-bedroom, two-bath lakefront home with a screened porch and dock with a boat lift and seawall.
$450,000: 154 Lake Forest
Drive, Eatonton 31024. Four-bedroom, three-bath lakefront home with a dock, two boat lifts and a ski lift.
$378,500: 293 Arrowhead Trail, Eatonton 31024. A three-bedroom, two-bath home with, new heating and cooling system, roof and water heater.
$475,000: 324 W. River Bend Drive, Eatonton 31024. A five-bedroom, three-bath lakefront home and guest house with a screened porch and dock .
Community information provided by Kay Stevens with Re/Max Lake Oconee.