New Serenbe homes offer affordable living shotgun style

Serenbe, an affluent agriculture community in Fulton County, is known for its organic farming and commitment to optimal land use. Photos courtesy of Serenbe

Serenbe, the well-known agri-hood in Chattahoochee Hills, is taking a stab at affordable living. The planned community recently listed six homes at entry-level pricing starting at $340K.

The Mado Modern Shotgun homes are bringing back the shotgun house with a twist by playing off the narrow rectangular style homes that were popular in the South before falling out of favor in the early 1900s.

Of course, this being Serenbe, these one bedroom, one and a half bathroom shotgun homes are Geothermal and EarthCraft certified and feature an energy-efficient layout designed to lower the cost of utilities.

The 900 sq. ft. open floor plans feature living room and kitchen and half-bathroom on the main level with a bedroom and bathroom on the second level. There is also a 400 sq. ft. side yard. Three different floor plans are available with prices topping out at $350K.

The shotgun homes are located in Mado, a section of Serenbe that is currently under construction, and will also feature European-style cottages, senior living, retail and health services.

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DerekGator
DerekGator

$340 K sounds very affordable until you see that it is only 900 square feet.  Most new houses in Atlanta are selling for $100 - $185 per square foot, at $377 per square foot, this has to be one of the most expensive houses in Metro Atlanta per square foot.  Considering the location of Serenbe, it has to be a great planned community to get people to come out there.  They will find someone with more money than sense that wants a 2nd home in the country.

Jimmie Lynn
Jimmie Lynn

$340,000? Really? Guess y'all wanna exclusive not inclusive place.

Chris Person
Chris Person

Since when is 340k "affordable"? GTFOH AJC!!!

Johnny Knight
Johnny Knight

I have a 2 bed 2 bath on 50 acres with a 3 acre pond in Chatt Hills. That price is nutz to live in a shack in a SNOBBY hippy enclave

Austin Gainey
Austin Gainey

its name is too close to Harambe, too soon Serenbe, too soon

Tyler Parks
Tyler Parks

Almost half a million for a 1 bedroom and one bathroom shotgun style house with a tiny yard. "Affordable housing"? Hahahaha what a joke. These people are disconnected from reality if they think this is "affordable"

Kathryn Tucker
Kathryn Tucker

The house I grew up in was in blue ribbon school districts, had three bedrooms, and a two car garage, on a large lot on a cul de sac. Never hit $250,000, MAYBE at the height of the bubble.

Kathryn Tucker
Kathryn Tucker

My thoughts exactly. I've never lived in a house that expensive, and I am from a solid middle-class background.

Tyler Parks
Tyler Parks

Kathryn I currently rent a shotgun style duplex, and it's worth nowhere near the asking price for these. It sold for $120k if I remember correctly, and that's only because of its location these real estate developers are out of their minds

CJohn6290
CJohn6290

This appears to be comment #7, and yes, I read the 6 before writing this one. 
I've personally visited Serenbe, having had the good fortune to stay there (in a rental cabin) for several days actually ... and our visiting-group discussed this community in both pro and con perspectives. 
Yes, it is a relatively costly place to purchase a home and to live (relative to national/state/regional averages, but not so much for many planned communities) ... yes, there is a feeling and fact of some exclusivity (though all intentionally designed/planned communities have this character by the nature of being planned/designed) ... yes, it does have a heavy-hand-designed atmosphere superficially bordering on make-believe (or, on the other hand: ... on the founders' [artists?] pursuit of an ideal, requiring strong, conscious guidance and environmental controls). 
There are many aspects of design and execution that can be fairly criticized by those of us who have different ideas about how a community should come forth from the Earth ... and from the minds of its People; likewise, there are ways that this particular community 'works' very well.
Overall, Serenbe is both an experiment in our human search for developing (and maintaining) communities that can (might) 'work' and be 'sustainable' on many levels -- I doubt thatany of 'our' (dear Readers) communities can claim to be completely successful on all levels, through all time.
Let's work to promote and develop good, successful Communities of Place and Mind ... starting atHome.
PS:  There is a working farm and agricultural activity there -- the "side yards", mentioned in a previous comment, are not for gardening edibles, but do preserve green space.  Read-up on the place before making ill-offered comments.  And, for the record, I have no financial nor other interest in Serenbe (don't even 'know' anyone living there).

Habrams01
Habrams01

To be an affluent agricultural community would mean that they actually farm there.  Don't think they can grow much on the side yards, and it probably would be against the covenants anyway.

Debbie1204
Debbie1204

I agree 900 sq ft for $340k is not affordable, but why start slamming people who live there. No one knows another's circumstances. Don't be so judgmental and jealous of others. It's only six houses. It might be right for someone.

RoadScholar
RoadScholar

@Debbie1204 Because they are jealous their trailer is not as large or as nice! Home envy! Remember different strokes for different folks!

MyLibrarian
MyLibrarian

They are calling $340K affordable?  Really?

typingperson
typingperson

900 sf at Serenebe for $350K. Wow. It's Peachtree City for enlightened, privileged, smug liberals. Many who are able to afford the ridiculous prices because of good government jobs.

Some friends of my parents, 75, just relocated to Serenbe. The husband had a solid, secure federal job with built-in annual raises at CDC for 40++ years. The wife was, of course, a therapist.

She traded in her Lexus for a Prius, btw, to be eco. But decided the Prius was too cramped and went back to the comfy Lexus.

Serenbe makes me want to vomit. Epitome of smug, privileged liberal hypocrites. Crap like this is why people voted for Trump. Not that it will make things better. Will, in fact, make things worse. But the urge is understandable.

RTPIV
RTPIV

Disgusting isn't it? The guy probably studied medicine or got a phd at some snooty school and then expected to have a nice place to live in retirement.