Earlier this year, Scott and Patti Dixon decided it was time to downsize. With their children grown and starting families of their own, they wanted to buy a home that fit their lifestyle now. Moving from their 4,100-square-foot home to their 2,500-square-foot home where they now live in Cumming took a lot of organizing, but it made sense for them.

» Photos: Charming Cumming craftsman perfect for two empty-nesters

“We decided that we should buy a house just for us as a couple,” said Scott, “a home we could make our own.”

They also knew that a house that was smaller, closer to neighbors and closer to the street would be easier to “lock and leave” when they wanted to travel. The neighborhood in which they found these qualities also fit the atmosphere and lifestyle they were looking for.

“It’s the most charming neighborhood I’ve ever lived in,” said Scott. “We’re big fans of New Urbanism kinds of developments, where you have homes on small lots close to the street, in a walkable community with lots of front porches.”

With walkability, close shopping and dining, narrow streets that calm traffic and lots of greenspace and parks, Vickery Village offered everything the Dixons were looking for.

“It’s a very welcoming community,” said Patti.


Residents: Scott and Patti Runfola Dixon and their dog, Rocco. Scott is retired, and Patti is the owner of PCR Services Inc.

Location: Cumming

Size: 2,500 square feet with three bedrooms and three bathrooms

Year built: 2014

Year bought: 2019

Builder: John Wieland Homes

Renovations: Painting throughout, new bathroom countertops and sinks, new lighting, new storage space in the master bathroom, new landscaping

Project consultants: Premier Surfaces for the counters and sinks. Lindsay Lanier was the buyer’s agent with Harry Norman Realtors.

Architectural style: Craftsman

Favorite architectural elements: Open bottom floor, large windows in the living area, shaded front porch, back patio.

Interior design style: Transitional

Favorite outdoor features: Large bluestone patio, with new landscaping by Scott Dixon.

Resources: Furniture and decor from Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams, Macy’s, Summer Classics Home Atlanta, Pottery Barn, Pike Nurseries, Beverly Hall, Wayfair, ADAC, Hobby Lobby, Scott Antique Markets, HomeGoods, Sugarboo & Co. and Overstock.com. Master closet organization system by The Container Store. Master bathroom counters and sinks from Premier Surfaces.

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