[Update: Reps inform us that homes at The Nest project are now priced from the mid-$300,000s, in response to “lux finishes of the homes and high demand.”]
Just in time for nippy nights, crinkly leaves, and so much fleece, a planned community of modestly sized modern houses is debuting its model unit—and promoting itself as an eco-friendly, style-forward retreat unlike anything else in North Georgia.
About two hours north of Atlanta, near scenic Blairsville and Young Harris, The Nest at Brannon Ridge Reserve is opening doors this week to its mini model unit. It’s a floorplan, priced from $275,000, with less than 1,100 square feet but windows and exterior features meant to embrace the big outdoors.
Beyond the model, The Nest is offering more than 30 lots, from three-fourths to about 2 acres, buildable in four different layouts designed by Atlanta-based Pattern R+D architecture firm.
“It’s not gated, but it’s a quiet area with not much traffic, so it is very private and serene,” developer Kim Bucciero, of Tiny South, tells Curbed Atlanta. “Every lot will have a mountain view, but we are maintaining and replacing trees to maintain privacy in each one.”
Each option will have approximately enough solar panels included to power the home, with battery storage, and additional arrays available as upgrades. With other materials, the emphasis will been on long-lasting and low-maintenance, to include instant hot water heaters and energy efficient HVAC, per Bucciero.
“It will be one of the first communities in North Georgia and definitely the first in Blairsville with solar in every new home,” she adds.
Marketing is geared at both retirees and Atlanta professionals “looking for a modest getaway retreat,” she says.
“They have shrunk the footprint and brought in some amazing design,” says Will Johnston, MicroLife Institute’s executive director, of the overall concept.
It’s time for a closer look...
The model’s one-level floorplan, dubbed The Finch, is 1,086 square feet with two bedrooms and two bathrooms. Prices start at $275,000, depending on upgrades and lot choice.
The pitch, per marketing materials:
“Tons of windows and glass doors bring the gorgeous views in and make the efficiently designed space feel spacious. The exterior is defined by cedar shiplap siding, timbers, and optional modern panels in a variety of colors chosen by our interior designers.”
On the opposite end, in terms of (still modest) size, is a floorplan called The Starling.
Beginning at $325,000, these plans count three bedrooms and two and a half bathrooms across 1,412 square feet, with an emphasis on views from the living room and second story.
Bucciero provides sneak peeks at the model home, below, which is hosting an open house Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. The address is 500 Brannon Ridge, Young Harris, GA.