Anyone who has battled Atlanta traffic knows it’s a smart move to take accessibility into account when buying a new home. Kent Ouellette and his partner learned the tough realities of the metro area’s gridlock after a year of living in Midtown and commuting to Milton every day.

“We thought he had a reverse commute, but we realized there is no such thing in Atlanta,” said Ouellette. “We were in a highrise in Midtown and not really thinking about buying. We weren’t even actively looking, but when I came across the historic district of Roswell, I was really taken by its charm.”

Ouellette explored the neighborhoods beyond the district’s restaurants and retail zone and discovered Providence, an enclave of single- and multi-family homes within walking distance of Roswell’s core. Within a few days, he took his partner to see it, too, and within a few hours, the two had a property under contract.

“We got a new house in an old town,” said Ouellette. “And because it was new, we didn’t have to work on it or re-do anything. It was a concrete slab when we picked it, which we did because the agent painted a picture for us so we could envision what it would look like.”

The pair agreed on a 3,600-square-foot townhouse with more than enough space to spread out. “Our whole terrace level is empty, and so is our second guest room!” said Ouellette with a laugh.

After selecting their personal preferences in finishes, the two moved into the 3-bedroom, 3.5-bath home that features a private courtyard overlooking the Big Creek Greenway, a biking and walking path that connects Roswell, Alpharetta and Forsyth County. That feature is one of the community’s chief assets. Others include proximity to the historic district, two parks, a dog run area, sidewalks and lawn maintenance.

Each home boasts four sides of brick, a front porch, hardwood floors on the first level,10-foot ceilings on the main floors and 9-foot ceilings upstairs. Kitchens feature granite counter tops, recessed lighting and decorative pendants, and stainless steel sinks and appliances. Granite also extends into the laundry rooms and the bathrooms, where the floors are ceramic tile. The master bath includes a separate soaking tub and a frameless shower.

Prices at Providence start in the low $700,000s, but for Ouellette, his partner’s short commute is priceless.

“It now takes him about 15 minutes to get to Milton, compared to at least an hour and 15 minutes before,” he said. “And that means we have more time to walk down to Roswell and enjoy the historic district.”


Location: 90 Goulding Place, Roswell, 30075

Price range: from the $700,000s

Number of homes when completed: 16

Styles: traditional single- and multi-family homes

Square footage: 3,338 – 3,954

Amenities: close to the Greenway, sidewalks, parks, walking distance to downtown Roswell

Builder: FrontDoor Communities

Schools: Roswell North Elementary, Crabapple Middle, Roswell High

Getting there: From downtown Atlanta, take I-75/I-85 north to Ga. 400 north. Take exit 7B, Ga. 140/Holcomb Bridge Road, and merge onto Holcomb Bridge Road. Turn left on Warsaw Road, and at the traffic circle, continue straight onto Norcross Street. Turn left onto Canton Street; right onto Webb Street; Providence is on the right.

Contacts: 678-516-4222,

Information: Agent Sherrill Malnofski, 678-516-4222;

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