It’s no secret that Atlantans have to deal with traffic on a daily basis. All that stop-and-go congestion makes the thought of leaving the car behind a welcome daydream. For  homeowners moving into the exclusive Forrest Commons enclave in Roswell, the chances are good that such a daydream can be a daily reality.

    Located within a short stroll of the North Fulton city’s historic district, the new community of nine single family properties and 13 townhouses gives residents walking access to the restaurants, art galleries, shops, historic sites and a vibrant cultural arts center that add to Roswell unmatched charm.

    That proximity was a bonus for buyer Tom Wells and his wife, Deborah. The couple sold their home in Peachtree City last year and relocated to Roswell to be closer to their daughter and new grandchild.

    “That was the reason we started looking on this side of town,” said Wells. “Having a first grandbaby was a game changer. We wanted to be able to get to her place in about 20 minutes, and this was really convenient.”

    But it wasn’t until the two began exploring the neighborhood that they discovered how walk able it was.

    “We knew we were close to the heart of town, but didn’t realize how close,” said Wells. “But being able to walk up to the restaurants and shops on Canton Street is a great selling point.”

    The couple selected a three-story townhouse that features a garage, media room and full bath on the entry level. The 3,800-square foot plan also features four full baths and three bedrooms, including two masters – one on the main level and a second upstairs. Getting between the levels keeps them active, said Wells, “but we could put in an elevator in if we wanted to because there’s already a shaft for it.”

    The floor plan also came with elegant finishes and a private rear space that the two enjoy.

    “Everything here is an upgrade,” said Wells. “And we always wanted a bricked-in courtyard. We looked at houses in Atlanta, Brookhaven and Avalon but found that this fit everything we were looking for. We couldn’t ask for a better space.”

    Priced from the low $600,000s to the low $700,000s, Forrest Commons offers home plans with 3,600 to 3,800 square feet on lots that average a quarter-acre. Each design is meticulously finished with a range of standard elements, such as site-finished hardwood floors , three and four bedrooms, and 2-car garages. Granite counter tops are featured in kitchens, butler’s pantries, wet bars and the master bath. Monogram stainless steel appliances, including 48-inch, 6-burner ranges, are part of each kitchen. Single-family plans can accommodate basements and porches, while the townhouses are finished with private, bricked courtyards.

    A few feet from their front doors, homeowners will find a community pavilion with a fireplace, surrounded by a professionally-landscaped park – the perfect place for socializing with new neighbors. The streetscape focuses on the traditional styles that face the green space, with alleyways providing entry to garages in the rear.

    Forrest Commons

    Address: 930 Forrest Street, Roswell

    Price range: Low 600’s to low 700’s

    Number of homes when completed: Nine single family homes and 13 townhouses

    Styles: Traditional

    Square footage: 3,600 to 3,800

    Lot sizes: less than a quarter-acre

    Schools: Roswell North Elementary, Crabapple Middle, Roswell High

    Getting there: From downtown Atlanta, take Ga. 400 north to exit 78, Holcomb Bridge Road west. Left on Warsaw Road to the traffic circle; take the second exit to Norcross Street. Left on Forrest Street, and the community is on the left.

    Contacts:  678-538-3130. Agents Jim Peavey, 404-697-8900, and Paula Burr, 678-571-2776.

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