The couple kept the Marietta location when they purchased their new home.
“We enjoy being within walking distance of the (Marietta) Square. We still had the Marietta location but the living was different,” Jane Manning stated.
The major benefit gained in townhome living is that outside maintenance of the gated community is taken care of by the homeowners association.
“We were soon to be empty nesters and wanted something with less maintenance,” she said.
“When I went home to the other house every day after work, there was something to be done. This one you come in, kick off your shoes and just enjoy it,” Manning said.
The couple was attracted to the layout of the five-floor townhome in the neighborhood established in 2004. They purchased the model home in January 2011. The 4000-plus square foot home with its four bedrooms, 4 ½ baths and two rooftop terraces offers ample domestic and private space for the blended family that includes their seven children, Will and Marielle Manning and Alex, Benjamin and Grace Hornyak and Ryan Abbe and Drew Abbe.
“We have lots of hangout space,” said Manning, noting that two of the children live at home, but at any given time they could all be at the house.
“When everyone is home we have enough space where everyone can be together or be apart. These units are so big, we have plenty of space,” said Manning, an Assistant Cobb County Solicitor who has lived in Marietta since 1985. She moved to Atlanta from Michigan to attend Emory Law School. Hornyak grew up in Wisconsin and came to Marietta via Texas for work. He is a senior business manager for AT&T.
The rooftop terraces off the sunroom on the fifth floor are a favorite part of the home. One rooftop terrace has a view of downtown during the winter and the other side has a view of the National Cemetery. During summer months, trees shade the upper floors.
“(The house) is like living in a tree house. All you see is trees,” Manning said.
The couple enjoys outdoor living entertaining on the terraces with a fire pit and grill. Hornyak, who has a green thumb, maintains vegetation on the rooftop terraces including herbs, tomatoes, a peach tree and lemon tree.
“We can still do a lot of gardening. It’s four weekends a year buckling down and doing the hard part. The rest of the time you just enjoy it. We still have the outdoor living that we enjoy,” she said.
“We didn’t give up the things we love. We didn’t give up space. We gave up maintenance. We didn’t give up our outdoor living,” Manning said.