Beauty and charm in a premiere neighborhood

When Adam Ellis graduated from college in 2004 with a marketing degree, he set out to find a job where he could put his skills to use. While searching, his mother, Patti Ellis, encouraged him to get his real estate license. Patti, a realtor since 1976, thought it would be a good way for him to make money until he found a job.


“I went to get my license, and about 2/3 of the way through the class, I was like, ‘huh, I kind of like this,’” said Adam.  So, with his real estate license in hand, he approached his mother about their working together.


She was hesitant at first, but right away she could she he got it. Since then, it’s been Team Ellis all the way. “It’s special working with Adam and I’m grateful for it,” said Patti.


They believe what makes their collaboration so successful is their ability to communicate clearly with each other and with their clients. Also, since they share every aspect of a listing, when one person isn’t available, the other one can assist. This way, they have their clients covered at all times.


“We don’t have assistants who answer our phone calls; we do that. We’re very hands on with our clients,” said Patti.


With the combination of working with each other and as agents of Atlanta Fine Homes in Midtown, they find that they can offer their clients the very best in service. With top notch technology, ongoing education classes and a company that cares about its realtors and clients, Atlanta Fine Homes represent some of the best homes the market has to offer.


One of these is located at 900 Penn Avenue, on one of the most desirable streets in Midtown. With its walkable, family-oriented neighborhood close to both Piedmont Park, which Patti calls the “jewel of the city,” and Peachtree Street, with its multitude of restaurants and shops, it’s a premiere location.


Buyers today though are not just focusing on location, location, location, but also on what homes have to offer. For example, the house at 900 Penn is chock full of extraordinary bonuses.


Since the kitchen is considered the hub of the home and where most people like to hang out, it has to perform multiple functions. Adam mentioned that this particular kitchen was renovated by a local restaurant owner, so it has every conceivable amenity needed for entertaining family and friends. From the eight-burner Viking stove with double ovens, to the double sinks and two dishwashers, it can handle just about any size dinner party. The island, with its butcher block wood counter top, features a large work space. And a really unique aspect of this part of the house is the attached bar area that has the feel of a lounge. Owners can enjoy a “night out” right in their own home.  


Another room that has to meet high expectations is the en suite master bedroom. This one takes up the entire top floor of the home and has a private roof top terrace with a view of the Atlanta skyline. There are also two spacious closets and a storage area. In the master bath, there is luxurious Carrara marble, a huge walk-in shower, and a soaking tub with a view of the skyline.


Adam described the multiple entertaining spaces as incredible. The great room overlooks the private backyard, which is beautifully landscaped with custom lighting and has a heated pool with a hot tub, and an outdoor fireplace. The front of the home features a large, open porch where owners can relax and wave to their neighbors as they stroll by.


Another important and modern feature often requested now is home automation. This home has speakers throughout the inside and outside that can be controlled by smartphone. In addition, the television and pool can also be remotely controlled.


Adam explained that buyer’s expectations have changed greatly over the years due to shows like those featured on HGTV.  So, they really work with sellers to get their property ready, and can even hire a stager to help make the home look its best.


“Kitchen and baths are always the most important spaces in any house. If they are done nicely and updated, that’s a major selling point,” said Patti.


When looking for a real estate agent, Adam and Patti agree that finding someone who is going to be responsive is your number one goal. You also need to feel comfortable with your agent and know you can trust him or her. Another important factor is to find someone who knows the areas and the neighborhoods you’re interested in. This way, the person will be knowledgeable about any changes that have recently taken place, and any changes that may be coming up. For the house on Penn, both Patti and Adam live in the neighborhood, so they can answer just about any question a buyer may pose.


“We are there to get the transaction done while doing the best for our clients. We talk about that all the time, and we make our clients our family,” said Patti.


To find out more about what they can offer, contact Patti at 770-366-4658 and Adam at 770-355-0549, or go to