Luxury features bursting out

A milestone was reached April 1 as the number of homes on the market in the 20-county Atlanta metro area exceeded 100,000 for the first time, up from about 80,000 a year ago, according to Metro Brokers GMAC (the company displays current numbers on billboards along highways).

To entice buyers as the selling season ramps up, some builders are adding luxury touches in homes and communities and offering some attention-grabbing incentives. Beware: Reading on may spark jealousy.

StoneGrove offers homes in the $700,000s with 8-foot interior doors, site-finished hardwoods, 10-foot ceilings, custom cabinetry, detailed trim work and owner suites with spa bath and coffee bar. The 24-home community by Colonnade Custom Homes, the custom home division of John Wieland Homes and Neighborhoods, is inspired by Georgian, Federal and Tudor architecture.

Prices could reach $1 million or more, depending on the level of customization and features, which could include pools and elevators. Located less than a mile from downtown Roswell, StoneGrove also has a private park. Information: 678-352-9731, .

In Acworth, SilverOak has dining rooms with seating for 10 or more, formal studies, coffered ceilings, built-in bookcases and master bedroom suites with fireplaces and morning kitchens. The neighborhood has homes priced from $675,000 to the $800,000s. The 97-home community by Hawks Development also has a private lake for fishing and nonmotorized boats, a two-story clubhouse overlooking a pool with a kiddie wading area, lighted tennis courts, a sports field, playground and sidewalk. The builders are Summerfield Homes, Haven Properties and Homes by Pete Adley. An ongoing incentive is one year of free lawn maintenance and five years of homeowner association dues. Information: 770-917-8321, .

Barrington Trace is priced from the $400,000s to the $600,000s, with ranch and two-story homes featuring granite countertops, custom kitchen cabinets and extensive tile and hardwoods. The 164-home swim-tennis community is in south Fulton's Cascade area. Developer Jones & Minear Homebuilders is offering a free year's lease on a Mercedes 230 for those who purchase standing inventory, and $20,000 in free upgrades for new construction, plus $7,500 paid in closing costs through a preferred lender, for contracts written by the end of the month. Information: 404-346-1418, .

The 206 condos in Buckhead's Paces 325 offer customizable options in flooring, lighting and backsplashes and 600 paint colors. Other standard features in the studio, one-, two- and three-bedrooms units, which range from the $200,000s to more than $1 million, are granite countertops and oversized garden tubs. A 24-hour concierge, treetop terrace with pool and tennis court, fitness center and clubroom are some of the amenities. Developer European American Realty is paying the first six months of mortgage payments and homeowners association dues for buyers who use a preferred lender. Information: 404-846-8844, .

Rambling Rill in Statham, near Athens, offers 39 homes from the $350,000s to the $400,000s with granite countertops, iron spindles, architectural shingles, hardwood floors and tile baths. Seckinger Homes is offering $2,000 toward closing costs with an approved lender. The conservation subdivision in Oconee County features ranch, two-story and master on the main plans. Information: 770-932-1234, .



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