How to Settle in a new Emory/Decatur Neighborhood

Family standing by sold sign outside their new white colonial Emory Home

Moving is stressful for most families.  It's hard to leave a familiar community where you have friends, neighbors, your Church, schools and favorite shops and restaurants.

Beyond the pressure of selling a home and preparing for a move, there is generally a reluctance to leave a home that you love, people and places that you know.

Once you have made the move to your new Emory/Decatur location, how do you meet neighbors, make new friends, find the best schools, the best grocery stores and shops, a new Church, running group, exercise paths, dog parks?

Red Schoolhouse

Be Proactive:

  • 1.  Say hello to your neighbors - make an effort to talk to everyone on your street

  • 2.  Join a local Book Club

  • 3.  Invite neighbors for coffee

  • 4.  Walk your dog - explore dog parks and local exercise trails

  • 5.  Attend community events

  • 6. Join a Gym or Fitness Center

  • 7. Get involved with a local Church 

  • 8. Find a Running Group

  • 9. Join a local political group

  • 10. Volunteer at the local school

  • 11.  Volunteer with a local Charity Group


You will soon be fully acclimated to your new Decatur community and enjoying new friends and activities.  

December 4, 2018

Safety Tips for the Holidays

Black open front door with holiday decorations

This is one of the most joyous seasons of the year and you are probably busy making preparations for your family and friends.  But whiile you are preoccupied with activities surrounding the Holiday Season, unscrupulous characters may be targeting your home, stealing packages from your doorstep or mail from your mailbox. Your home could have safety issues you haven't addressed.Homes and schools are also incubators with colds and flu circulating during this period.

Healthy Habits suggested by CDC

  • With cold and flu season in full force, washing your hands often and thoroughly will help prevent the spread of germs.
  • Holiday Stress - trying to accomplish too much during the holidays may cause undue stress  Give yourself mini breaks and reasonable time limits. 
  • Monitor children's safety - keep dangerous toys, food, drink and household items way from children.  Household accidents increase during the holidays. 

Holiday Electrical Safety

  • Overloaded electrical outlets cause many home fires during the holidays.
  • Keep your live tree well-watered - dry trees can be a serious fire hazard.
  • Turn off, unplug and extinguish all decorations/candles, etc. when leaving the house or going to bed

Personal Holiday Safety

  • be aware of your surroundings at all times - walk in well-lighted areas, check your car before entering, hide packages in your car from sight
  • Avoid being distracted by your cellphone or other devices
  • Don't wear expensive jewelry - it makes you a target
  • Let someone know where you are - call a family member or friend 
Packages in front doorway a target for thieves near holidays

Be aware of package thieves around the holidays!

Package Delivery Safety - FEDEX Recommends

  • Consider using an alternative destination like your workplace or a family member, friend or neighbor who is home during the day
  • You can have the package mailed to your nearest FedEx location - they will hold it for you up to 5 days at no charge
  • You can request a signature and the package will not be left unattended without a signature.
  • You can also request a vacation hold up to 14 days on packages.
  • Ask for a call and give instructions on where to leave the package - behind a bush....
  • Schedule a delivery at a date and time or your choice
November 25, 2018

Emory Home for Lease

Red brick tudor house with red front door

502 Durand Drive - Walk to Emory - $2895

Updated Druid Hills Tudor - Walk to Emory & Shopping

3 Bedroom/3 Baths - Living Room with Built-in Bookshelves, Spacious Dining Room, Cozy Den/Library, CustomWhite  Kitchen with Stainless Appliances, Master Bedroom with Vaulted Ceiling & French Doors to Deck, Master Bath with Double Sinks & Jacuzzi Tub, Hardwood Floors, High Ceilings, Screened Porch, Private Yard & Offstreet Parking

Great Schools!  Convenient to Everything!


Gold Living room with white bookshelves

Living Room with Built-in Bookshelves and Door to Screened Porch

Cozy den or library with french doors to patio

Den/Library with French Doors to Patio

Gold Dining Room with French Doors to Living Room

Spacious Dining Room with French Doors to Living Room

Kitchen with white cabinets and black granite counter, stainless appliances

Custom White Kitchen with Stainless Appliances

Grey master bedroom with French Doors to deck

Master Bedroom with French Doors to Deck

Two-level back of house with patio and deck

Private Back Yard - Offstreet Parking