A nod to San Francisco’s Painted Ladies is bound for a bucolic, growing New Urbanist community outside Atlanta.

Serenbe officials have shared with Urbanize Atlanta a first glimpse at the project’s latest residential section to break ground, one that draws inspiration from iconic San Francisco home design and big-porch, Victorian charms found around the South, notably in places like Inman Park and nearby Newnan.

The 40-home community is called Overlook—named for its views across nearby Cedar Creek—and it’s taking shape between existing mixed-use hamlet Mado and a future one called Spela.

Recent aerial of the Overlook site at Serenbe. Courtesy of Serenbe

Courtesy of Serenbe Planning & Design

Twenty-nine of Overlook’s 40 houses will have custom designs, while 11 lots are being made available for people to create “dream homes” from the ground up, per Serenbe officials. Prices for those lots alone are starting at $495,000.

Buying an actual house at Overlook, for now, costs between $789,000 and $1.5 million.

Steve Dray, of Serenbe Planning & Design, said Victorian architecture—a popular Southern vernacular with its gingerbread detailing and functional, wraparound porches—will be incorporated at Overlook “to begin that architectural conversation.” Like another nearby neighborhood called Crossroads, all Overlook homes will be painted white, as opposed to colorful schemes typically associated with Victorian dwellings.

“I thought it important to have neutral exterior tones while introducing the Victorian vernacular [at Overlook],” Serenbe founder Steve Nygren noted in an email.

But Overlook’s aesthetic won’t be all old-school. The Victorian-style residences will be clustered around eight large, modern townhomes, which will aim to provide visual contrast to the district like many of Serenbe’s streets.  

Courtesy of Serenbe Planning & Design

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After erecting its first house in 2004, Serenbe now counts several neighborhoods and north of 700 homes—ranging from industrial-style apartments to distinctive houses priced well north of $2 million—and hundreds of full-time residents in southern Fulton County’s Chattahoochee Hills. It’s located about 35 miles southwest of Atlanta, set among rolling woodlands and pastures.

Another notable aspect of Overlook is that it will mark Serenbe’s first home actually located in Coweta County, which officials say will spell “access to expanded public school options, plus all of the services of the City of Chattahoochee Hills and Serenbe offerings.”

Project reps have promised a site map showing how Overlook will relate to the rest of Serenbe, and we’ll add that to this story when it comes.  


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