Q: What did you remember about the house?
A: I remembered the backyard, and the yard in general, being very beautiful, with a lot of the really gorgeous trees that I really have loved this neighborhood for. There is plenty of space in the backyard. Someday my goal is to have a pool in the backyard. It’s part of my American dream.
Q: Was it difficult to buy a home while living in another city?
A: I had a very busy schedule up there in Boston. I did fly down to Atlanta a few times, but then there were a lot of other things that were able to be done over the phone and faxing and email. I was expecting that to be more difficult than it was. It wasn’t as hard as I thought.
Q: What changes have you made to the home?
A: We have taken some walls down and redone some flooring.
Q: What’s something fun you’ve done in one of the rooms?
A: Down in the basement we’ve converted that into a real Middle Eastern sort of tea room. We’ve traveled a lot to Israel and the Middle East and found some really wonderful Persian rugs and artifacts from there. It’s really fun to have this kind of hidden area of the house for relaxing, and it seems like an adventure and a different world when you’re down there.
Q: What is it like to have this home?
A: It’s like a dream come true. The moment that my mom called me, I remember exactly. I was in the car and headed up to a weekend in Vermont with some friends. It was kind of out of the blue that this came up. I knew the moment that she called that I just had a great feeling about it.
At a Glance
Dr. Wendy Gray’s home in Sandy Springs, built in the late 1960s, has four bedrooms, four-and-a-half baths, and about 4,500 square feet. She was assisted by Rachel Callihan with Harry Norman, Realtors, in the October 2010 purchase (she moved in during October 2011). Single-family homes in the area are listed in the $200,000s-$400,000s.