Home Sweet Home
Moving to a new city is an exciting time. Relocating offers an opportunity for a new— and better—life. It’s no wonder that so many are attracted to the Metro Atlanta area. It is home to many vibrant communities—distinctive cities, towns and neighborhoods, each with its own unique appeal. Finding the right community will require some research, so be sure to determine what factors are important. For example, do you want to be close to work; live in a family-friendly community with quality schools nearby; live in a newer home or one with a rich history; or be within walking distance of shops and restaurants?
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Celebrating more than 150 years, Alpharetta offers world-class shopping and entertainment, exceptional dining, award-winning parks and numerous housing options. The Big Creek Greenway, a wide, paved path winding through wooded wetlands for more than six miles, is the ideal setting for a hike or bike ride. The city is also home to the Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre at Encore Park, a 12,000-seat outdoor concert venue.
Ansley Park/Druid Hills
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Some of the finest examples of period architecture can be found in these neighborhoods. Developer Edwin P. Ansley modeled his Ansley Park on park designs by famed architect Frederick Law Olmsted. The neighborhood, featuring wide winding streets, backs up to Midtown and offers a suburban lifestyle in the heart of the city. Druid Hills, designed by Olmsted, is surrounded by parks and is next door to Emory University.
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This compact, walkable community for living, working and shopping boasts various housing options, from urban lofts to single-family homes to luxury condominium developments such as The Atlantic. Attractions like The Millennium Gate, a 74-foot monument that houses a 12,000-square-foot museum and resembles arches like the Arch of Titus in Rome and the St. Denis Arch in Paris, make this a distinctive neighborhood for intown living.
$666,891 / F, EN, HA
Developed as Atlanta’s first country club neighborhood, Brookhaven features wide winding streets, sweeping lawns and large elegant Tudor-, Colonial-, English- and Georgian-style cottage homes. The Capital City Country Club golf course is the heart of Brookhaven. The neighborhood is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
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With more than 100 restaurants, several shopping venues and more than 20 attractions within a four-square-mile area, Downtown offers its residents an exciting lifestyle. There are always new developments being added to the area, including W Atlanta Downtown, a hotel-condo hybrid featuring 237 hotel suites and 76 luxury residences that opened its doors in late January. Downtown residents are within walking distance of Centennial Olympic Park, Philips Arena, the State Capitol, Georgia Aquarium, the NEW World of Coca-Cola and much more.
$364,863 / F, EN, NC
Duluth was named a Tree City in 1989 for its dedication to preserving green space. Its historic downtown features boutiques, cafes and even an old-fashioned soda shop. The town hosts numerous events throughout the year, including its Flicks on the Bricks family film festival and its Summer Stage Concert Series. Duluth offers residential developments that are perfect for growing families, such as Bowen Family Homes’ Ashmore, as well as a variety of public and private school options.
$453,550 / F, YP, NC
A variety of education options are available in Dunwoody, and the winding streets and wooded lots provide a beautiful setting in which to raise a family. The very popular Perimeter Mall area is attracting young singles as well, and developments such as Gramercy Townhomes, featuring up to three bedrooms and three and a half baths, are great for almost any home buyer, including singles, young couples and families.
$160,002 / F, EN, NC, HA
Fairburn offers a rich cultural heritage, along with its small-town atmosphere and rich history. Phase one of the $10-million Fairburn Educational Campus was completed last year, and future phases will add an additional two 18,200-square-foot classroom buildings to the complex. A residential development of note is the master-planned, arts-inspired community Le Jardin, which features 930 homes, sculpture gardens and the first-ever replica of Monet’s Water Garden.
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Grant Park is characterized by Victorian-era mansions, small cottages and early-20th- century bungalows. Brick-paved sidewalks line the streets. It is Atlanta’s largest historic neighborhood, built around Atlanta’s oldest city park. Residents enjoy local dive Ria’s Bluebird, which was featured recently on Food Network’s The Hungry Detective, and popular pub and fishhouse Six Feet Under, as well as their very own Zoo Atlanta, Oakland Cemetery, and Atlanta Cyclorama.
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Golf carts are the primary mode of transportation in this planned community, and a 90-mile network of multi-use paths makes it easy and ideal to take the carts everywhere. “The Fred”—a 2,000-seat amphitheatre—Lake Peachtree and Flat Creek Golf Course are just a few of the attractions that help this Fayette County city grow in popularity every year and thus live up to its slogan: “Plan to Stay.”
$371,376 / F, YP, EN, HA, NC
The city of Roswell has it all—from fine restaurants to great theater to some of Georgia’s best schools. Built on what the Cherokee Indians called “Enchanted Land,” this former mill town has retained its quaint Old South historic district and three notable homes—Barrington Hall, Bulloch Hall and Smith Plantation—which are now open for tours. But Roswell is also a modern and welcoming Fulton County suburb, with world-class shopping, several parks and trails along the Chattahoochee River and new homes for families of any size.
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In the past few years, Sandy Springs has gone from a neighborhood of Atlanta to a booming independent Fulton County city that is home to a number of Fortune 500 companies and thousands of happy families. Easily recognizable by its skyline, which includes the “King” and “Queen” towers of the Concourse at Landmark Center, Sandy Springs offers countless high-end shopping and dining options. Chastain Park Amphitheatre, which has attracted big-name performers since 1973, makes Sandy Springs an entertainment hub as well.
$302,793 / F, YP, NC
Smyrna, the small town at the center of it all, is only minutes from Atlanta, Cobb Galleria Centre and Six Flags Over Georgia, but offers plenty of its own attractions, too. The “Jonquil City” is perfect for families, with its beautiful parks, great Cobb County schools and charming old-fashioned downtown, the Village Green. Several mixed-use communities, such as the homes and shops of West Village, and recent green space initiatives add to Smyrna’s family-friendly appeal. (For more information about Smyrna, turn to page 14.)
$542,417; F, YP, EN, NC, HA
With its prime location and affordable new housing, Vinings is a hot neighborhood for people from all walks of life. A Cobb County city with an Atlanta address, Vinings is both sophisticated and comfortable, featuring sleek condominium towers, beautiful single-family homes and plenty of places to eat and shop. Cumberland Mall and the state-of-the-art Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre are just a few minutes away, and the views of the Atlanta skyline are breathtaking.
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The Greenwich Village of Atlanta, Virginia-Highland has long appealed to the city’s trendiest residents, which is evidenced by its ever-growing number of nightclubs, galleries and boutiques. Homes range from renovated turn-of-the-century houses to exclusive gated communities, all within walking distance from popular shops and restaurants. Virginia-Highland has a reputation for being a musicians’ haven, and the melodies of local bands permeate all corners of the neighborhood, especially during its annual Summerfest, one of the Southeast’s best art festivals.
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Woodstock, the fastest-growing city in Cherokee County, is truly “where modern amenities meet old Southern charm,” as locals say. Historic Olde Towne pays a continual tribute to Woodstock’s pioneers through vintage shops, constant restoration and good old-fashioned Southern hospitality. From summertime demolition derbies at the Dixie Speedway to the lighting of the City Park Christmas Tree in December, Woodstock residents are always finding ways to stay happy; of course, all of those beautiful new homes and excellent schools don’t hurt, either..