If you hop on Georgia 400 and head about 20 to 30 minutes north of Atlanta, you will find yourself in the affluent suburb of Alpharetta. The city of about 58,000 people offers world-class shopping, fine country club living, excellent schools, and exciting outdoor activities. It is a great place to raise a family, and with hubs for companies like McKesson, LexisNexis, Hewlett-Packard, and Comcast in the city, it’s also a great place to work.
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One of the largest shopping malls in the nation is located in Alpharetta. North Point Mall is home to 1.3 million square feet of retail space and nearly 200 stores like Macy’s, Dillard’s, Sears, Apple and H&M. It also features an American Girl Boutique that attracts families with young children from all over Metro Atlanta. The retail space surrounding North Point Mall is home to a movie theater, several stores, and restaurants. The city even has its own 12,000-seat concert venue. Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre at Encore Park hosts the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, free summer movies, and some of the top pop, rock, and country acts in the world. Golf is another reason why many people choose to move to Alpharetta. Atlanta National Golf Club, the Country Club of the South, and the Golf Club of Georgia all have popular courses here.
The average home in Alpharetta sold for just under $400,000 in 2013, but many homes in the area reach into the multi-millions. While gated country clubs are plentiful, you can also find some smaller family-oriented subdivisions, townhomes, apartments, and single homes on pastures or multiple acres. Popular neighborhoods in Alpharetta include Glen Abbey, Kimball Estates, Kimball Farms, Nesbit Lakes, Six Hills, and The Falls of Autry Mill.
Alpharetta is a great place for families. Whether they attend private or public institutions, students will receive their education from some of the top schools in the state. King’s Ridge, St. Francis, and The Lionheart School are three of the private schools located here. Fulton County Public Schools in the city include Chattahoochee High School, Northview High School, Creek View Elementary School, Haynes Bridge Middle School, and Holcomb Bridge Middle School. Alpharetta also has its own charter school, Amana Academy.
Life in Alpharetta
Alpharetta has plenty to offer its residents. Families love the schools and safe neighborhoods, while professionals love the proximity to Atlanta and golfing opportunities. Some people even choose to skip the commute and work in the city’s booming commercial area. As for entertainment, there is much to do in Alpharetta, but since it’s only half an hour away from Atlanta and less than an hour from Georgia’s famous Lake Sidney Lanier and the North Georgia Mountains, residents can always find a way to spend a weekend.