Oakland Cemetery wins the Great Place Award for 2014

Congratulations to our neighborhood gem, the Historic Oakland Cemetery which has been an iconic City of Atlanta public park, cemetery, sculpture garden and wildlife habitat  in addition to also being a celebrated community area since the early 1850’s. 


On Nov. 8, the Atlanta Regional Commission hosted its 16th annual Developments of Excellence Awards ceremony where the Victorian garden cemetery was given the Great Place award for 2014.

Oakland Cemetery was declared the winner for having fulfilled the award’s criteria of representing livability and sustainability as well as serving as a regional model for future growth.

“The Historic Oakland Foundation is grateful for the support it receives from so many individuals, foundations, and corporations as we continue to care for this irreplaceable Atlanta landmark,” said David S. Moore, executive director of the Historic Oakland Foundation. As reported by the Creative Loafing. 

“We are so appreciative of this award and assure the Atlanta Regional Commission that we will continue to work hard, in partnership with the City of Atlanta, to preserve one of Atlanta’s greatest places.”

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Posted by:  Melissa Wakamo

When Melissa Wakamo began her real estate career in 2004, her goal was to focus on her immediate area and get to know her neighbors. "I've had a lot of fun over the years helping my neighbors sell their homes and helping newcomers become a part of our community."

Melissa quickly became one of metro Atlanta's top producing agents and consistently performed in the top 1% of all Atlanta agents. By 2009, Melissa's real estate team had grown to include several agents and support staff, dedicated to providing exceptional service to buyers and sellers in Atlanta's intown neighborhoods.

In 2010, Melissa transitioned Red Robin REALTORS® into an independently owned boutique brokerage. Even in the tough real estate market during that time, Red Robin REALTORS® continued to outperform other small brokerages and was able to help buyers and sellers adapt to the rapid changes in the market.

In 2017, Melissa had the opportunity to merge the Red Robin REALTORS team with another like-minded boutique brokerage, Keller Knapp Realty. The two community-focused organizations bring together more than 100 agents, including 3 of the top 10 agents in metro Atlanta. With offices in Oakhurst, Ormewood Park and Midtown, Keller Knapp Realty and Red Robin REALTORS team are the top boutique real estate firm in Atlanta.

In her role as Managing Broker, Melissa provides agent training, marketing and strategic oversight for the Brokerage, ensuring that the brokerage maintains its focus and commitment to the intown market.

Melissa's active participation in various neighborhood organizations and charitable efforts, as well as her passion for antiques, cooking, and gardening, keep her busy and in touch with the community.

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