The Blackburn Family

303590_4191416234066_271301373_n[1] (1)Jamie and Krista Blackburn have made their home in East Atlanta for the last 8 years.  They started their family 5 years ago, and now have two young boys, Hayes and Davis.  Now that the boys are getting older, they are looking for more space and a top notch school district.

“We want our next home to be a place we can spend the next 20 years, raising our family.  Krista and I have a vision of our kids hanging out with neighborhood friends and feeling a strong sense of community”, says Jamie.  “We love our neighbors and all the community events in East Atlanta –we’ve loved living here.  As we make this move to our next home with more space, we also want to think about the schools and a family-oriented community “.

After exploring many neighborhoods, Krista and Jamie have targeted Decatur, Oakhurst and Winnona Park as their favorites.

“Of course the Decatur Schools are great, from elementary through high school.  That’s a big deal for us”, according to Krista.  “But, we also are definitely intown people.  We love that Decatur is a smaller community, but not the suburbs.  It just seems like the perfect fit for our family.”

Jamie and Krista are looking for a city of Decatur home with a minimum of 3 bedrooms and at least 1,300 sq ft.  They are willing to do some cosmetic updates, but would prefer not to purchase a “fixer upper”.  They would like to have a usable yard and some outdoor space, but it doesn’t have to be large.  Some added storage space (basement, attic, garage) would be a big plus.  The most important criteria, though, is a good location — they want to be on a nice street with shops, restaurants and/or parks within walking distance.  Krista and Jamie would certainly sacrifice on the house itself for a great location and lot.

Buyer Qualifications:  

  • Jamie is an arborist with Arborguard Tree Specialists and Krista is a Interior Project Designer with Perkins+Will.
  • The Blackburns are pre-approved with Merrill Lynch Wealth Management/Bank of America for a purchase up to $500,000 with a 20% downpayment.  A pre-approval letter is available upon request.

posted: Apr 14, 2014 | No Responses

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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