Once a rural town outside Atlanta, Sandy Springs experienced a rush of development and suburbanization through highway advancement in the 1960s. The oldest homes date back to the 1800s. Today, it’s consistently called out by Niche for its amenities, school system and transportation, and it’s the second largest city in the Atlanta area. Home to roughly 100,000 residents, living in Sandy Springs certainly has its perks.
Young professionals and families call Sandy Springs home for its public parks and multiple transportation options. There are seven public elementary schools, two public middle schools and two public high schools. The housing market in Sandy Springs is a mix of midcentury single-family homes, townhouses and apartments. The average sales price for homes is $340,000 at $154 per square foot. Most homes sell for $8,900 less than asking price.
Big-name companies like UPS, First Data and Newell Rubbermaid have offices here. Sandy Spring’s Pill Hill, the site of three area hospitals, is the thriving medical center of the Metro Atlanta area. In 2016, Niche ranked the town as one of the best places in Georgia for millennials, based on the availability of jobs, nightlife, restaurants and affordable housing.
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Sandy Springs puts on some of the best community events and festivals in the Atlanta area. Their Independence Day fireworks, the Sandy Springs Festival and Sandy Springs Lantern Parade are just a few. According to the city’s website, Sandy Springs also boasts 950 acres of parks and 22 miles along the National Parks System-managed Chattahoochee River. Morgan Falls Overlook Park has picnic shelters, playgrounds and kayak launches. Heritage Green is a popular park for concerts and festivals. Look out for painted turtles, an art installation located around the city. And don’t forget to check out Anne Frank in the World, a museum devoted to the heroine’s life.
You’ll also find both Southern and international cuisine, like longtime vegetarian favorite Cafe Sunflower and Five Seasons Brewing pub and restaurant. Art house theaters, live music venues and comedy clubs are also found in this neighborhood.
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Getting Around Town
The majority of residents drive to work, but they also have access to a number of stations, including North Springs and Sandy Springs MARTA train stations, and bus routes. The two major highways that Sandy Springs residents take are Georgia 400 and Interstate 285. Traffic can be stressful for those who commute daily to work, especially around the highways between 4 and 7 p.m. Recent construction and the opening of SunTrust Park have only added to it. Some neighborhoods are more walker-friendly than others, but Roswell Road has sidewalks for pedestrians. The city doesn’t provide trash collection, but residents can contract with private collection services for garbage pick-up. Other amenities include a regional library, major grocery stores, police and fire department.
Sandy Springs has the lifestyle many Atlanta-area residents look for without the high taxes of some suburbs. If you’re ready to call Sandy Springs home, head to Owners.com to search for a house in your price range.
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