Today, Alpharetta is a popular historic suburb of Atlanta. Named the third best on Niche’s list of 2017 Best Suburbs to Live in Georgia, Alpharetta has something to offer everyone. The town is home to award-winning restaurants, premier shopping, top-notch schools and a range of housing options to choose from. With all these perks at your front door, it’s easy to see the advantages of living in Alpharetta.
Houses go for an average sales price of $338,500 and sell for $7,000 less than the listing price. There’s an average price of $138 per square foot. You’ll find both single-family homes and town homes, along with apartments above developments like Avalon. It’s a young town, with the majority of the population aged 25 to 44, according to Grow Alpharetta. This youthful energy makes it a popular spot for young professionals and families.
Proclaimed as the Technology City of the South, Alpharetta is home to a variety of tech-based companies, including Hewlett-Packard, LexisNexis and Verizon Business Services. Other companies based here include Intercontinental Hotel Group, Cox Communications and NCR Corporation.
Alpharetta was named the top Atlanta suburb by HomeSnacks based on factors like low crime rates, education spending per student and home values. SafeWise also named Alpharetta as one of the 20 safest cities in Georgia, citing a relatively low crime rate based on the size of the population.
There’s also a large number of public elementary schools, along with middle schools, high schools and private schools. Three colleges and universities also have branches in Alpharetta, so you have no shortage of education options.
Community events are what make living in Alpharetta so great. The Taste of Alpharetta, Alpharetta Brew Moon Fest and Scarecrow Harvest are among annual events this suburb has to offer. The Alpharetta Farmers Market is an ideal place to shop for local produce. The city also has its own attractions, including the Alpharetta Arboretum and historic homes kept up by the city. Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre hosts national acts like Dave Matthews Band and Rod Stewart.
Shopaholics will enjoy the independent boutiques and flagship stores of Avalon and North Point Mall. American Girl has its own location in Alpharetta, selling their dolls and serving all ages in their cafe. Topgolf is another favorite activity — check out the very first Topgolf location in the state if you’re ever interested in a night out doing something in between miniature golf and extreme sports.
Foodies will find great options in the city as well. Some of Atlanta’s best chefs have opened outposts in the northern suburb, including chef Ford Fry’s restaurant The El Felix and chef Michael Perez’s Colletta. The funky flavors at Da Vinci’s Donuts are also a favorite. Jekyll Brewing is a craft brewery located in Alpharetta.
Getting Around Town
Alpharetta is connected via GA-400, which can cause heavy traffic, especially during rush hour in the morning and afternoon. Some parts of Alpharetta, including the shopping centers and downtown Alpharetta, are walkable, but be aware that others are not. Some buses run to Windward Parkway, but further bus connections must be made to access the MARTA train stations. So if you don’t own a car, it might be time to invest in a bike for getting around town.
Alpharetta Big Creek Greenway is one of the area’s green spaces with paved trails for walking and biking. Wills Park is another, with baseball fields, tennis courts, a swimming pool, a dog park, disc golf course, pavilions, playgrounds, a recreation center, a special event venue and an adjoining 50-acre Equestrian Center.
There’s no shortage of things to keep residents living in Alpharetta busy, even after the workday is over. If you’re ready to call this suburb home, head to Owners.com to search for a house in your price range.
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