Romantic Valentine’s Day Dinner Around West Cobb

West Cobb is home to several amazing restaurants, and some of them are offering special menus for Valentine’s Day. Yes, you could visit one of the many chain restaurants. But Valentine’s Day is about an evening with the one special person, so why not celebrate at one unique local restaurant? If you are looking for an evening out and a Romantic Valentine’s Dinner without driving into Atlanta, make reservations today for Wednesday night!

  • Capers

    1635 Old Highway 41
    Suite 403
    Kennesaw GA 30152
    Hours: 11am-10pm
    Reservations: Suggested
    In 2004, this restaurant was housed in a historic home in downtown Kennesaw. As word of the restaurant spread, they outgrew that space and moved to their current location at the intersection of Old Highway 41 and Barrett Parkway. You can choose from casual dining like burgers to the entree selections including New Zealand lamp lollipops, Crispy Brick Duck and Steak. And like it’s sister restaurant, Fish Thyme, the appetizers, salads and desserts will not disappoint.

  • Dogwood Terrace

    4975 North Main Street
    Acworth GA 3010
    Hours: 5:00pm-9:00pm
    Reservations: Required
    Dogwood Terrace will be offering a sp Price Fixe menu  on Valentine’s Day, as well as live entertainment. This quaint restaurant has been the winner of several Taste of Acworth awards. I have eaten here several times, and never been disappointed.

  • Elevation Chophouse

    1723 McCollum Parkway
    Kennesaw, GA 30144
    Hours: 4:30pm-10:00pm
    Reservations: Suggested
    This top rated local steakhouse can be found at the McCollum Airport just off of McCollum Parkway and Old Highway 41. They are offering a Price Fixe menu for Valentine’s Day including a selection of Appetizers, Entrees and Desserts. Specially priced bottled wines are also being offered.

  • Fish Thyme

    North Main Street
    Acworth GA 30101
    Hours: 5:00pm-10:00pm
    Reservations: Suggested
    Fish Thyme is another of my local favorites, from their Bruschetta appetizer to seafood entrees to their incredible desserts like their Toasted Strawberry Pound Cake – definitely enough for at least 2! Their Brie Salad is a treat! And you may want more than two side dishes with your meal, since it is hard to make a decision.

  • Fusco’s Via Roma

    4815A S Main St
    Acworth GA 30101
    Hours: 11:00am-9:45pm
    Reservations: Suggested
    This downtown restaurant is reminiscent of a Tuscan Trattoria, with its atmosphere and aromas. They are offering a special Price Fixe menu for Valentine’s Day including appetizer, salad, entree and dessert.
  • Magnolia Thomas

    108 Arnold Mill Rd.
    Woodstock, GA 30188
    Hours: 5:00pm-10:00pm
    Reservations: Suggested
    Located in Historic Downtown Woodstock, this restaurant offers award winning Southern cuisine and the ambiance of it’s home-like atmosphere. They are offering their Price Fixe Valentine’s Day menu again this year with an assortment of Appetizers, Entree and Dessert.

  • Old Vinings Inn

    3011 Paces Mill Road SE
    Atlanta, GA 30339
    Hours: 5:00pm-9:00pm
    Reservations: Suggested
    Nestled in an old house, the Old Vinings Inn has an historical past serving as a post office, a general store, and more, but since 1993 it has been an a restaurant and event location. This award winning restaurant provides a Southern dining experience! They will be offering an a la carte Valentine’s Day menu from Feb 9-14, as well as their traditional Sunday brunch.

  • Tuscany

    250 Cinema View
    Woodstock GA 30189
    Hours: 5:00pm-9:00pm
    Reservations: Suggested
    This contemporary Tuscan restaurant offers Award winning Italian food from Appetizers to Oven Baked Pizzas to Pastas and House Specialties, I don’t think you will be disappointed. This restaurant has been named Best of the Best several years in a row by Townlaker Magazine.

Should You Buy a New or Existing Home?

Maybe your dream home has the intricate details that you usually find only in older construction – wainscoting and crown molding in the interior, the front porch with a swing, an older tree shading the backyard, and the white picket fence or do you prefer new home construction?

Or maybe your dream home has all the conveniences of modern living – open floor plan in the living and dining spaces, large windows, connected, “smart” appliances and security systems, and minimalist design elements.

Whether you go for a brand new construction or an existing home, both types of properties have their pros and cons when it comes to purchasing. What type of home is right for you will depend on which factors are most important for your lifestyle.


Build your dream home with new construction

If you’re making a home purchase that’s still in the pre-construction phase, you may be able to customize many of the details. Many home builders will give you the option to add design elements that will give you the exact dream home you desire. If it’s a new subdivision, you may even be able to pick which lot you like best.

Very early in the building process, you may have more room to customize. For example, if the walls aren’t complete, you may be able to add extra outlets in each of the rooms or custom wiring for surround sound in the media room. Perhaps you could move the laundry room to the top floor instead of the basement. You might be able to get a separate mudroom entrance.

Later in the building process, you may be able to add marble countertops, an island, and custom cabinets in the kitchen. Your master bathroom could be upgraded with a steam shower, spa tub, and European fixtures. You will want to check with the builder to understand which features are included, and which ones are extra.

New homes save money with fewer repairs and more efficiency

Once your home is complete, all you’ll need to do is move in. New appliances will be under warranty for a few years if they need repairs, and will likely work well for several years without needing fixes. Often, new construction is under a builder’s warranty, so any repairs needed in the first year should be covered.

New homes often contain energy efficient and green appliances, like high-efficiency stoves, refrigerators, washing machines, heaters, or air conditioning units. These energy-saving appliances, along with good insulation and energy-efficient windows, will help you save money on monthly utility bills.

New homes also often use new building materials that require less maintenance — for example, using composite siding instead of wood, which doesn’t need annual repainting. You won’t need to spend as much to maintain your new home.

If you customized it during pre-construction, you won’t need to spend any money on renovations or upgrades for several more years. You can just enjoy it and not worry about saving for major home repairs.

What you need to do to make a good new home purchase

Before you put in your offer, do some research on the builder. Do they have a good reputation? What else have they built? Did their other new properties have issues such as poor construction or unfinished details?

You like the model home, but will you like where it’s situated? After you look at the home itself, come back to the neighborhood to see what it’s like at different times of the day. Walk around during the day and in the evening, and see how you like the area.

Brand new communities usually attract similar types of buyers—urban professionals, couples, or young families, for example. These will be your neighbors, so you’ll want to make sure that you want to be part of this new, homogeneous community.

You may also need to be flexible with your move-in date. Builders will only be able to let you move in if they can meet their construction schedule. If the wiring is delayed, the walls can’t be finished. And because there are so many construction tasks that are dependent on the completion of prior tasks, schedules tend to slip.

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Get more variety and established neighborhoods with an existing home

Existing homes are those that have generally been built and lived in between the 1920’s and 1970’s. With existing homes, you will get more variety in home styles, as different types of construction have gone in and out of style throughout the decades. Within one neighborhood, you may be able to find a mix of different styles like Victorian, modern Tudor cottages, tract style, ranch or split-ranch, or contemporary homes.

Existing homes are situated in established neighborhoods, which may have more amenities nearby that a new home in a brand new subdivision may not have. Your new neighborhood may have restaurants, cafes, and boutiques within walking distance.

You might also have access to more supermarkets, dry cleaners, discount stores, and gas stations nearby. An established neighborhood might have a nice park, running path, or playground for the kids to enjoy. You might also be closer to a library or the post office.

Resale homes can be a less expensive purchase

If you’re considering a resale home, you may be able to get into a beautiful, unique property at a lower purchase price than a new home.

There are many more resale homes available than there are new homes — according to the National Association of Homebuilders, about 10 times as many. With such a large pool to buy from, the market for resales can be more competitive. You may have more room to negotiate the  selling price of the home. With a brand-new construction, you won’t likely be able to have the same kind of negotiating power.

Before putting a home on the market, sellers often make home renovations or remodel parts of their homes to make them more attractive to buyers and to be able to potentially increase the list price. If the resale home has a brand new, modern kitchen, an updated bathroom, or even a new roof or upgraded windows, you could end up getting a home that’s comparable to new construction without having to pay the potential more expensive new-home list price.

Existing homes have already been inspected at least once on the last sale, so you will know about any potential structural problems or repairs that have been made on the home. Knowing the track record on your potential home will help you avoid purchase mistakes—you’re much less likely to end up with a property that has a rotting roof, dangerous electrical wiring, or a crumbling foundation. With a new home, you could end up with incomplete construction or major issues that you didn’t know about because they weren’t yet documented.

What you need to do to make a good resale purchase

Before you go too far down the road to a purchase, you can protect your purchase by first having the home inspected. A good home inspector will document all flaws, no matter how small they appear. If the inspector finds any major problems, like foundation cracks or leaky roofs, you may be able to counter offer and get the seller to either fix it or reduce the selling price.

Even if the inspection doesn’t uncover any major issues, you will need to expect the unexpected. Older homes will eventually need replacement appliances, a new air conditioning unit, or a plumbing repair. As long as you know that before you buy a resale home, you can plan for surprise repairs.

With an older home, you may want to eventually remodel parts of it. Will you be happy living in your house while you’re doing major work on the living room or the kitchen? If you know that it would disrupt your lifestyle too much, you may want to consider whether you really want to buy an older property.

Whether you choose to buy a new home or an existing home, the best way to get started is to speak with your trusted real estate professional. We will have access to both new properties and resale homes that may fit your goals, and will know which neighborhoods will serve your needs.