Family delves into fast-moving market in north Fulton

After the birth of their second child, Noah, in February 2014, Courtney and Jeff Brody decided to buy a home with a basement, but hoped to stay in the north Fulton County area.

“Our first priority was selling our current home. Then we would look for a new home,” said Courtney, 40, a senior human resources professional.

Their Roswell home, which was built in 1959 and had been gutted and renovated, received five offers in a 48-hour period. The house sold for 105 percent of their asking price, in 13 days. The couple, who also have a 4-year-old, Naomi, closed on their old home and rented it from the buyers while searching for their new place. A couple of days before they had to move out, Courtney and Jeff, 40, a compositer at Turner Studios, found their home from one of these choices.

No. 1

Tempting traditional

A four-bedroom, two-and-a-half bath home on Arborwoods Drive in Alpharetta fit their requirement to have a basement, which was partially finished. The Mayfair neighborhood had amenities such as a pool and playground. Some interior updates were needed, though. The home, built in 1985, was listed for $320,000.

No. 2

New listing

A four-bedroom, two-and-a-half bath home on Farewell Lane in Johns Creek offered a finished terrace level and a sunroom. The home boasted a claw-foot tub and tile shower in the master bathroom, granite kitchen countertops, and new carpet and paint. The home, built in 1985 in the Mayfair St. Clair neighborhood, was listed for $374,875.

No. 3

Renovated master and more

A four-bedroom, two-and-a-half bath home on Richards Circle in Alpharetta boasted updates such as granite countertops and porcelain tile in the bathrooms, and a frameless glass shower in the master. The kitchen featured stained cabinets, granite countertops and stainless steel appliances. Home in the Mayfield Place neighborhood, which has a pool and tennis courts, had a bonus room but no basement. The home, built in 1996, was listed for $374,000.

The Choice

No. 2. They pursued No. 3, but were outbid. When the Johns Creek home (No. 2) popped up online, their agent, Angela Miller with Atlanta Fine Homes Sotheby’s International Realty, told them they needed to act fast. They made an offer the day it went on the market, without walking inside. It was 2 miles from their former home.

“It had everything we were looking for. This is exactly the area where we had been hoping to find a home all along,” Courtney said.

They stayed in an apartment for 30 days and moved into the Johns Creek house in September.

“It is wonderful, better than we even realized when we found it,” she said.