For 12 years, Scott and Heather Markle poured their personalities into a renovated ’60s-style split level. More than a decade of major and minor projects turned the house into a home that reflected the couple’s personal preferences.

“We’d pretty much redone the entire house, and it was the way we wanted it, but it also involved a lot of upkeep,” said Scott Markle. “We were looking to downsize and simplify.”

But the pair also wanted a place that reflected their tastes. Buying a new home at Seven Norcross provided the opportunity to have a hands-on involvement with the building process, allowing them to make distinctive choices and changes along the way.

“Coming from a house we had put so much into, what really sold us was that we were able to customize it,” said Heather Markle. “This wasn’t our first rodeo, and we’re very particular about things. For instance, none of the tile selections worked for us. We got the builder to let us go to the showroom and pick our own stuff, and now we have distinctive tile along a whole wall in our kitchen and in the master bath.”

The couple also took the opportunity to upgrade wherever they could. “We did natural hardwoods throughout and had them stained,” said Heather Markle. “All our counter tops are Cambria (natural stone), and the appliances are all Samsung. Now the house feels a lot like us.”

The 3-level, 2,000-square-foot townhouse offered an attractive open design on the main floor, anchored by a cozy fireplace and French doors on either end that provide light and air. They turned the lower terrace level into a den. Outside their door, the community offers a pool, cabana, playground, fire pit and seven parks.

Along with the floor plan, the Markles were taken with the neighborhood’s location – within a 5-minute walk of the historic center of Norcross. The district of shops, restaurants and businesses also features a park that hosts a variety of year-round events.

“A friend who lives on the Norcross square kept telling us to check out the area, and when we finally drove up there in January, we saw these homes,” recalled Scott Markle. “We went back that afternoon and ended up buying a home just like the model. We love the area; it’s like a new Decatur.”


Seven Norcross

Location: 6076 Gaines Street, Norcross

Price range: from the low $300,000s to $400,000s

Styles: 2- and 3-story traditional townhouses

Square footage: 2,300 to 3,244

Amenities: swimming pool, cabana, fire pit, playground, seven parks

Schools: Stripling Elementary, Summerour Middle, Norcross High

Getting there: From downtown, take I-285 to Peachtree Industrial Boulevard; right on Holcomb Bridge Road; right on W. Peachtree Street; Seven Norcross is on the left.

Information: 404-931-9475,

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