Having lived in Athens for 35 years (in almost all the intown neighborhoods), Michael’s passions for housing are varied and have evolved over the years. “I’ve always felt an emotional connection to the older, historic homes and unique properties like churches, warehouses, and schools. So, helping people buy and sell such unique properties has always been gratifying; I can’t imagine a more satisfying way to spend time working. I’ve been fortunate that my enthusiasm for these properties has also allowed me the privilege to creatively restore some amazing structures over the years. I’ve undertaken these restorations with close friends, who in my estimation are some of the finest craftspeople in the area; it’s hard to put into words just how pleasurable and rewarding this path of experience has been. Along the way, I’ve been privileged to be associated with some truly amazing properties and people. I feel quite blessed.”
Recently, a number of these crafts folk, and some new acquaintances (some very talented folks who I think will be the next generation of sentient and quality, local builders) made along the way, have begun to build new homes, with an inclination toward building classic structures which incorporate ‘green elements’. It’s been exciting to see historic-style homes being built, which are not only energy efficient, but that are being built with a growing interest in awareness of their potential impact on the environment.
“Our world is clearly changing. Joining CJ&L offers an opportunity to be an agent of that change. It offers an opportunity to blend my passion for historic and unique structures with a movement toward greater environmental awareness. I’m eager to see what this next leg of the journey will bring.”
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