Average sales price (2016): $471,403 / $269,240
Average sales price for all of metro Atlanta (2016): $320,070
The term “North Fulton” refers to the area of Fulton County north of I-285. North Fulton was still a sleepy, mostly rural area 30 years ago but as a result of GA 400 opening in the 1970s, economic development boomed. Today, North Fulton is the prime relocation destination for many public and private companies moving headquarters and office operations to metro Atlanta. The area is home to perhaps the largest concentration of top-performing public schools in the state – 31 in all. North Fulton and neighboring Forsyth County to the north are also a golfer’s paradise, with more than two dozen public and private golf courses. Many of those golf courses are within prestigious country clubs such as St. Ives, St. Marlo, and Country of the South. The area is also home to many horse farms, with the Milton area retaining much of the county’s rural tradition.
Average sales price (2016): $448,945 / $256,394
Alpharetta traces its history to the time of the resettlement of the Cherokee Indian Nation in the 1830’s. Farmers and merchants who were the fortunate winners of land lotteries developed the first permanent settlement in the area known as New Prospect Campground. In 1858 the town was chartered and became the seat of newly formed Milton County. The name Alpharetta comes from the Greek words “alpha” meaning first and “retta” meaning town. Over the next 75 years, Milton County lacked significant growth due to lack of railroad access and the onset of the Great Depression in the early 1930’s. Milton County avoided bankruptcy by merging with Fulton County, and as a result, the first county roads were paved.1 Most of the Alpharetta you see today however is the result of the development of 2,950 acres for the Windward community beginning in the early 1980s. This master-planned community of approximately 2,400 homes features a 197-acre lake, sports complexes, an acclaimed golf course and a large office component, which is home to many public and private companies.
Average sales price (2016): $503,013 / $221,687
Located near upscale Perimeter Mall and the Perimeter Business District, which the Atlanta Business Chronicle recently called “the city center of Atlanta,” Dunwoody began to take off in the 1970s following the completion of I-285. The construction of the Williamsburg style Dunwoody Village was the first of several upscale shopping areas in the south part of town. Today, the community is home to Dunwoody Country Club and Golf Course and is served by two of the highest achieving elementary schools in the state, Austin Elementary and Vanderlyn Elementary. A new school, Dunwoody Elementary, opened in 2009.
Average sales price (2016): $735,590 / $329,056
The town of Milton was created from an area of unincorporated Fulton County in 2006. Long renowned for horse farms and its bucolic rural countryside, the area has grown in recent years through the addition of upscale neighborhoods such as Alpharetta County Club, Trophy Club of Atlanta, and White Columns Country Club. Milton boasts excellent schools, many of them newly-constructed in just the last several years. Areas within the town of Milton include the quaint historic district of Crabapple and the villages of Birmingham and Hopewell.
Average sales price (2016): $437,922 / $287,478
Like Alpharetta to the north, Roswell was home to the Cherokee Indian tribe until the 1830s. About the same time, gold was discovered in north Georgia, and the ensuing mining rush prompted a man named Roswell King of Darien, Georgia to investigate the area. Traveling on horseback, Mr. King followed Indian trails to the Chattahoochee River near what is now Roswell. The vast forests and the rushing waters of Vickery Creek inspired him to construct various mills, which were incorporated as The Roswell Manufacturing Company in 1838. Mr. King offered homesites and investment opportunities to his friends and associates from coastal Georgia, and a community was built. Mr. King’s associates constructed magnificent homes along with cottages and apartments for mill workers, a general store, a church, and an educational academy for the children. Originally chartered in 1854 and part of Cobb County, Roswell was ceded to Fulton County to facilitate the merger of Milton County into Fulton County in the 1930s.2 The mill operations remained active until 1975, when Roswell became popular as a bedroom community for Atlanta. Much of the town’s original charm remains within Historic Roswell which is home to boutique shops and upscale restaurants.
SANDY SPRINGS (A-9)
Average sales price (2016): $690,866 / $207,648
Named for a spring that is still in existence today, the recently formed city of Sandy Springs (2005) is comprised of diverse neighborhoods, many with popular swim and tennis clubs. Residential development began in earnest in the 1950s, and commercial development took off in the 1970s following the completion of I-285 (1969). In recent years, architects and builders have flocked to the area to build mansions on the area’s sprawling lots. The city’s main shopping district is located along Roswell Road between I-285 and Abernathy Road.
SOUTH FORSYTH COUNTY (F-3)
Average sales price (2016): $398,391 / $237,611
Forsyth County was created in 1832 from a partition of former Cherokee Indian lands, it was named for Virginia native John Forsyth, who was Governor of Georgia from 1827-1829 and Secretary of State under Presidents Andrew Jackson and Martin Van Buren. The county is home to Lake Sidney Lanier, a reservoir created by the completion of the Buford Dam on the Chattahoochee River in 1956. The lake is named for 19th century musician and poet Sidney Lanier, a Macon, Georgia native who penned “The Song of the Chattahoochee.” In 2008, Forsyth County was named the 13th most wealthy county in the nation by Forbes.com and the wealthiest in the state of Georgia, with much of the wealth concentrated in the southern part of the county.3 The county consistently ranks as one of the fastest growing in the country as many new residents move to such upscale communities as Chattahoochee River Club, Laurel Springs, Polo Golf and Country Club, St. Marlo Country Club, Windermere, and Vickery.
1 | City of Alpharetta (www.alpharetta.ga.us) based upon research by Anne Rogers Ferguson
2 | Historic Roswell Convention and Visitors Bureau (www.visitroswellga.com)
3 | Wikipedia (www.wikipedia.com)
* The above information, including the map, may contain errors and omissions. The map is not to scale. Average sales prices based on sales of single family detached homes only. Source: FMLS