Are you ready to buy a home but are struggling to figure out which Atlanta neighborhood matches your lifestyle? With the sprawling metro Atlanta area, there are hundreds of individual communities, each with somethings unique and great to offer. Niche.com published their 2018 list of the Best Suburbs to Buy a House in the Atlanta Area this year. The rankings were based on several factors, including home values, public school ratings, cost of living, home buying age, crime statistic, and much more.
#10 - Holly Springs
A small town with a population of just over 10,000, Holly Springs is just outside the larger cities of Woodstock and Milton. The area scored an A rating overall in the graded categories by Niche and has a median home value of $204,000. It’s a great option for those wanting to be near Atlanta without being in the city limits. With three area parks and the historic train depot, it offers a quaint suburban landscape with an urban backdrop.
#9 – Alpharetta
This could be considered a small city or a large, small town with a population of over 63,000. Alpharetta is a very popular destination for people working in the city of Atlanta but interested in living elsewhere. Just north on Interstate 400, the median income is higher than most other areas on this list, and the median house price reflects that at $344,000. Scoring well in public schools, housing, a place for families, and recreation, is no wonder why is made the list.
#8 – Tyrone
South of the city, this tiny town of only 7,000 has a rich history that dates back to 1800s. They have celebrated their Founder’s Day in a week-long festival for the last 40 years. Potential buyers will find a median home value of $238,000 and plenty of green space. Access to Interstate 85 is roughly three miles away from the city center so suburban life reigns.
#7 – Woodstock
Woodstock is a neighbor to Holly Springs but significantly larger with almost 28,000. Surprisingly, the median home prices are on the lower end for the area and sit at $192,000 for the median home value. The city covers over 12 square miles and has areas that cater to everyone from the music fan to the outdoor enthusiast.
#6 – Suwanee
Rental rates in Suwanee rival those of Atlanta at $1383 monthly so houses are a great option is this northeast suburb. Median home value is currently $251,000 and Niche gave the city an overall A+ grade. With a population of roughly 18,000, the area is in the Gwinnett County School system which is the largest and one of the most highly regarded in the state of Georgia. A city highlight is the Big Splash interactive fountain that uses recycled water and is open 7 days a week.
#5 - Ball Ground
The smallest town on our list with just under 2,000 residents, Ball Ground is about 20 minutes north of Woodstock. Located in Cherokee County, this quaint community boasts low home cost with a median price of $175,000, it’s very own botanical garden, and the Long Swamp Creek running the east border.
#4 - Sugar Hill
Right outside of Suwanee is Sugar Hill. This city incorporated in 1975 and currently has around 21,000 residents but the home prices are significantly lower than its neighbor’s. The median home cost here is only $174,000. Story has it that Sugar Hill was so named for a large sugar spill from a freight wagon incident long ago. Today, the attractions are much more notable from The Bowl amphitheater to the ice rink.
#3 – Braselton
Just east of Sugar Hill, you will find the city of Braselton. Although the population is only 8,400 and it covers 12 square miles, the city stretches over 4 counties. Median home values sit at $252,000. The famous Chateau Elan Golf Club, Winery, and Resort are located in the Braselton so will find year round activities in this quiet, historic town.
#2 - Johns Creek
This is the biggest and most expensive city on the list but Johns Creek is in high demand. With almost 83,000 calling it home, the median home costs have risen to around $349,000. The cost of living here comes with some pretty substantial perks. Johns Creek has of the best public schools in the state and arguably the south, causing families flock to the area. Other community events such as free outdoor fitness classes, young adult bocce ball, and dance nights all make Johns Creek a popular destination for home buyers.
#1 - Mountain Park
A small town west of Alpharetta with 13,500 residents, this city is known for its proximity to Lake Cherful and Lake Garrett. With all the waterfront scenery, it is a picturesque setting for home buyers looking to get away from the hustle and bustle of Atlanta. Median home prices are a value at $168,000 and the 28-mile distance to downtown Atlanta makes it a perfect option for those that need to get away without being too far removed from the action.
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