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Atlanta Real Estate Forum congratulates Rocklyn Homes for winning a Gold OBIE in the Single Family – Attached $199,999 and under category for the Marlin Plan at Longview located in Decatur, which is in DeKalb County. Presented by the Atlanta Sales and Marketing Council, the OBIE Awards are the premier awards given in the Atlanta new home construction industry.

When it comes to certain things in life—like ugly Christmas sweaters for example—less is definitely more. But with the Marlin attached home, Rocklyn Homes has created a product with more of everything a first-time buyer could want, and then some! At 1,467 square feet (1,539 with a $5,000 bump out option), the thoughtfully designed Marlin is a 3-bedroom, 2.5-bath standout.

The exterior—brick, stacked stone and cedar shake accents—blends natural materials and a neutral palette with traditional lines to hint at the warmth and solidity inside. An arched entry way, echoed by interior barrel arches (per plan), is a lavish design detail. Enter the foyer and note the coat closet and powder room to the right; a door to the left leads to the single-car garage. Continue straight into the sparkling kitchen, with 42-inch cabinets and granite countertops with tile backsplash.

Visitors love the elevated, wraparound breakfast bar (or island, per plan). It overlooks the wide-open family room with a 36-inch gas fireplace with remote control. While many builders have done away with a dedicated dining room, Rocklyn Homes says yes to tradition and Sunday supper—even if it’s Chinese takeout—with family and friends around the dining room table.

Follow the stairs to a generous laundry room off the landing. To your right enter the oversized master suite, richly imagined with trey ceilings and elegant recessed lighting. Place a sofa under the expansive window and you’ve got an instant book nook. The huge walk-in closet will delight the most clothes-obsessed buyer. In the master bath, dual vanities, tile floors, garden tub and separate shower are all standard features.

When they enter the second upstairs bedroom, potential buyers instantly start to envision how they’ll decorate this fun, versatile space. Uniquely shaped, it’s nearly as large as the master, opening up all kinds of possibilities for a mini-office, Peloton bike pad or kids’ play space. A third bedroom and bath complete the upstairs.

The Marlin, starting at $159,900, was designed to wow first-time buyers with “who-knew-we-could-afford-all-this” features and value. Blown insulation, fluorescent lighting, Mohawk hardwoods on the first floor and a carriage-style, steel garage door with opener, are just a few examples. Rocklyn Homes’ “It’s on the House” $7,000 buyer bonus makes it hard to justify a monthly rent check.

The Marlin townhome blends hot design with a hot location in Decatur, one of metro Atlanta’s most desirable areas, especially for millennial couples and young families. The city is known for great schools, dining, a small-town vibe and a strong community spirit.

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The Greater Atlanta Home Builders Association’s OBIE Awards celebrates its 38th anniversary in 2018. The awards began in 1980 and have grown throughout the years to include more than 100 building, remodeling, marketing and personal achievement categories. The OBIE Awards are named after the obelisk shape of the actual award given. To see all of this year’s OBIE award winners, visit Make sure to like, share and comment on this story.