While Roswell is currently Georgia’s seventh-largest city, it was once just a farming community named after Roswell King, a plantation owner and cotton producer. Settled in the 1800s, the city soon brought in other wealthy landowners like Barrington King and Archibald Smith who opened their own grand homes, many of which still stand. Today, residents living in Roswell get to enjoy a thriving dining and nightlife scene, especially around historic Canton Street.
If you’re looking to live in suburban Atlanta, Roswell may be the ideal location for you. The average sales price is $330,000, but homes typically sell for an average of $7,000 less than their list prices. In this area, the average price per square foot is $142. Here you’ll find a range of different types of houses, such as newly built single-family homes, townhouses and apartments.
Roswell is especially popular with young professionals and young families, and the community as a whole is tight-knit. The major employers in Roswell are Kimberly-Clark Corporation, the local hospital and the city of Roswell. Many residents also commute to Atlanta for work. Roswell has nine elementary schools, three middle schools, three high schools, a charter school and a dozen private schools.
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The Atlanta Journal-Constitution has defined Roswell as one of the country’s “coolest suburbs,” noting the city’s passion for community and its celebration of diversity. On any given weekend, countless activities take place in this area. During the summer, the top local events include the Roswell Memorial Day Ceremony and the Roswell Annual Fireworks Extravaganza on July 4. On the third Thursday evening of every month from April through October, families can attend Alive in Roswell, a beloved free seasonal event.
Locals and visitors can learn about the area’s history at Barrington Hall, Bulloch Hall (the former home of President Theodore Roosevelt’s mother) and the Archibald Smith Plantation Home. The Chattahoochee Nature Recreational Center and Roswell City Parks provide residents with ample opportunities to take in the great outdoors, whether they choose to do so by foot, bike or even boat.
You’ll be hard-pressed to find a bad restaurant while living in Roswell. Roux on Canton offers Southern comfort food, while Little Alley Steak is a classic steakhouse in a cozy setting. Swallow at the Hollow, which serves delicious barbecue cuisine, is another local favorite. You can also head over to Gate City Brewing, Roswell’s first craft brewery, which is located right off of Canton Street.
Now for some of the nitty-gritty details that matter to residents: Garbage and sanitation are available from the city for a fee, while fire and police services are provided through the city and Fulton County. Local parks are managed by the city.
Getting Around Town
Historic Roswell is the most pedestrian-friendly area of the city, but it’s becoming increasingly accessible for bikers, as well. The area is also served by public transportation: There are two bus routes that leave from North Springs MARTA station and continue on to Mansell Road and Holcomb Bridge Road. Traffic can be difficult, especially in the area around Georgia 400. Parking can be hard to find in downtown Roswell, but there is street parking and a few lots available. Some of these lots charge a fee during busy nights. As an added bonus, ride-sharing apps have service in Roswell.
Roswell provides small-town charm while still being close to thriving Atlanta. 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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