When you picture suburban Atlanta, Marietta is probably the city that usually comes to mind. Located just northwest of Atlanta, it is home to plenty of history, charming business districts, some of Cobb County’s finest restaurants, and some of the best schools in the state of Georgia. It’s also home to beautiful residences, both old and new, with wooded lots, beautifully-landscaped yards, and fun, tight-knit neighborhoods. Many people who live in Atlanta are flocking to the city to take advantage of all of this on top of a lower cost of living.
Things to Do
Marietta Square is one of the city’s most popular attractions. It’s got adorable boutiques, trendy bistros, historic theaters, art galleries, and green space in the center. Every weekend throughout the year, it hosts the Marietta Square Farmers’ Market which attracts visitors from all over Metro Atlanta with its fresh produce, handmade gifts, flowers, artisan cheeses, fresh milk and meat, local honey, and much more. Whether you’re looking for ball fields and youth sports or aquatic centers and walking trails, Marietta is home to several parks and green spaces. Kennesaw Mountain Battlefield Park attracts both hikers and history buffs with its Civil War markers, walking trails, and storied past. Marietta is also home to Atlanta’s popular Six Flags White Water water park which is a favorite amongst families with young kids who want to beat the heat during those warm Georgia summers.
People often choose Marietta over some of Atlanta’s neighborhoods because of its low property taxes and inexpensive homes. The average home sales in the city tend to be around $350,000, but there are plenty of upscale neighborhoods with home that sell for well into the multi-millions. Some popular neighborhoods in the area are Indian Hills, Sibley Forest, and Atlanta Country Club Estates. Many of the city’s newer subdivisions have their own playgrounds, picnic areas, tennis courts, and swimming pools. There are also some golf communities in the area.
Unlike the rest of Cobb County, students living in the Marietta city limits will attend Marietta City Schools. Those in unincorporated Marietta will attend Cobb County Schools. Some of the schools in both districts have received state and national attention for their excellence in academics. Marietta is also home to several great private schools.
Life in Marietta
Sometimes suburban families feel as if they are missing something by not living closer to the city, but Marietta is the type of place that will help you realize you have everything you need right there in your own backyard. If you do feel the need for a little culture or a night out on the town in the big city, Atlanta is only about 20 minutes away.