An elegant guest/pool house set back from the main house with fabulous garden views and steeped in privacy.
I recently remodeled the space, trying to create the kind of atmosphere and amenities that I would like while traveling. You will find robes in the closet for your use while visiting, as well as soaps, shampoo, conditioner and body lotion. The kitchen is well equipped for cooking. Unlike a hotel, the provided snacks are free. It is quiet and private and includes off-street, gated parking.
Once you arrive, you will find a gate remote for your home to allow you to pull your car into the back. The backyard is yours to share, including the pool, fire pit and gas grill. Plenty of fresh herbs grow in my garden, so help yourself. It is our yard, though, so you may see us out there weeding, gardening or playing with the dogs, as well as taking an occasional dip in the pool.
Looking for a good restaurant recommendation? Want to know fun things to do on a Saturday afternoon? Don't hesitate to ask. Whole Foods is down the street and offers home delivery if you feel like cooking. With the many restaurant delivery services now available, you can easily order out, too.
- Currently, we have a three-month advance booking window. If you are interested in booking something further out, feel free to contact me and I will see if I can accommodate your request.
- As of yet, we only have laundry in the main house available. Please don't hesitate to ask if you need to use the washer and dryer.
- The house has two "smart" TVs for streaming your favorite shows and movies, but there is no cable or satellite. There also is a digital antenna for accessing local channels in the living room.
- We are hesitant to allow young children because the pool is right outside the carriage house.
- Smoking is permitted outside and we request you use the provided ashtrays.
- Well-behaved dogs will be considered with an additional fee. We have our own dogs and chickens, so not all dogs will be suitable.
- You are welcome to have guests, dinner parties, etc. just remember we live in a quiet neighborhood and to keep the volume subdued.
- Quiet time after 10 pm on weeknights and 11pm on weekends. We like our neighbors and want them to continue to like us.
- If the pool is open, swim at your own risk. There are no lifeguards on duty.
- No overnight house guests that are not listed on the rental agreement without prior approval.
- There are steps leading up to the carriage house, so it is not handicap accessible.
- Please do not bring any firearms onto the property. I respect your 2nd Amendment rights, please respect my rights as the home owner.
- Be a good neighbor.
As you will be able to tell from our property, I am an avid gardener. Nature is my sanctuary and I have worked to create a natural oasis in the heart of Druid Hills, a historic neighborhood designed by Frederick Law Olmsted. I have tried to remain faithful to his vision, while also striving to create a wildlife sanctuary. Ask me for a tour of my gardens and I will be happy to show the many native species I have planted and why they are so important to our ecosystem. We also are home to four laying hens, as well as a pond full of fish, turtles and frogs. We regularly spot Eastern Bluebirds, many species of woodpeckers (including an occasional Pileated Woodpecker), countless songbirds, hawks and a Great Blue Heron who sometimes tries to grab lunch in the pond. It is easy to forget that you are a short walking or biking distance to Emory University, the CDC and the amenities of in-town Atlanta. Come on in the main house and you will meet our gerbils Whiskers and Scarlett, our Senegal Parrot Jane, and Owen, our Miniature Australian Shepherd puppy.
When not gardening, I am either driving my two teenagers around town or simply driving them crazy. Isn't that the primary job of a mother? My husband and I also have a twenty-year old son who has fledged the proverbial nest.
About a year ago I began designing original needlepoint canvases for wholesale to the trade only. You can check out my work at Judy Keenan NeedleArts online. Before children, I worked mostly as a writer and editor, so one day I will finish that half-written novel that I carry around in my back pocket.
As much as I love gardening, my husband Andrew is a fly-fishing nut, so if that is your thing, he will gladly let you know where to go on the Chattahoochee to catch and release trout.
Atlanta has been our home for nearly 18 years. Andrew and I are both from the Midwest (Michigan and Ohio, respectively), we met in D.C. and also have lived in Detroit and the Bay Area. Andrew moved all over the country before we met. I aways said that I'd go with him anywhere, but when the kids reached school age I would dig in my heels, so here we are. He is one of the few people you will meet who has both a BFA in Painting and an MBA in Finance.
One of my favorite things about Atlanta is that they never ask you "Is Pepsi OK?" when you order a Coke. (Disclaimer: neither of us work for Coke and nobody paid me to write that.) This is a friendly neighborhood with sidewalks and tall trees and folks walking their dogs and stopping to chat. My husband and I care deeply about the environment, each other and our children. We hope that you will let our carriage house become your private sanctuary and our backyard our shared garden.