Since becoming a city in 2005, Sandy Springs has been voted as the ninth most affluent area in the United States. It has excellent schools, ample business opportunities, and some of the most luxurious homes in suburban Atlanta. Sandy Springs is divided by Interstate 285 that runs through its lower half. Some people believe life above the interstate is much different than the part below the interstate that locals refer to as “the perimeter.”
Things to Do
One difference between being in Sandy Springs inside and outside of 285 is that the outside part has plenty of green space and opportunities to spend time outdoors. The beautiful Chattahoochee River forms the city’s western border, and the Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area is a favorite spot for locals who like to fish, kayak, or enjoy a picnic by the water. Community events are also big here. The family-friendly Sandy Springs Festival is held each year and features games, a 5K and 10K, food, a pet parade, children’s activities, shopping, arts and crafts, and much more. The Sandy Springs Tennis Center features 24 lighted courts and is considered to be one of the top facilities in the country. Sandy Springs outside of 285 has many fine restaurants, too. Some are J Christopher’s, Nori Nori, and Aldo’s Italian Restaurant.
Homes outside of the perimeter tend to be more affordable and are situated in more laid-back, peaceful neighborhoods than those inside 285. Some popular neighborhoods include The Branches, Aberdeen Forest, and Mt. Vernon Walk. There are also some townhomes, condos, and apartments in the city. The average single-family residence can fall anywhere between $150,000 and $10 million, depending on what exactly it is you are looking for.
Sandy Springs students have the opportunity to attend some of Fulton County’s newest and most exciting charter schools, such as Heards Ferry Elementary, Woodland Charter Elementary School, Ridgeview Middle School, and Riverwood High School, which is considered to be one of the best schools in the United States, as well as the second-best high school in Georgia. The Epstein School, St. Jude the Apostle Catholic School, The Galloway School, and Mount Vernon Presbyterian School are all good private schools in the city.
Life in Sandy Springs (Outside of 285)
While many people think of Sandy Springs as just an extension of Atlanta, all they need to do is take a drive north and outside of 285 to see that it can also be quiet and serene like other suburban cities. Major companies like IBM even have headquarters in Sandy Springs, which means professionals can ditch their commutes into the city and spend more time with their families.