Category: Communities

Fulton County Intown Communities

Ansley Park

0.589 square miles, Population: 2,113, MHHI $84,000;

Ansley Park is an affluent residential neighborhood and the first Atlanta suburban neighborhood designed for automobiles. The neighborhood was completed by 1930 and is 275 acres (1.11 km2) with Ansley Golf Club bordering the community. It is designated a historic district on the National Register of Historic Places.

First developed in 1904 by Edwin P. Ansley, Ansley Park was designed to attract Atlanta’s wealthiest and most prestigious families and was home to the Georgia’s Governor’s mansion for decades.  The Ansley Park Civic Association is an active force in maintaining the neighborhood’s character  and sense of community.

 

Atlantic Station

0.683 square miles, Population: 2,408, MHHI $57,000,

Atlantic Station has it all. The community has a vibrant retail and dining district coupled with office space and attached housing and apartments. Rather than commuting to work, Atlantic Station residents can work two blocks from home and shop around the corner. Visitors from all around the Atlanta metro area shop at over 35 stores such as West Elm and Dillard’s or poke into charming shops like Kilwin’s ice cream shop and Kinnucan’s adventure gear for the outdoors.

Since it’s opening in 2005, Atlantic Station has also served as the go to spot for entertainment. The complex houses Regal Cinemas, the annual Skate the Station ice skating rink and touring acts such as Cirque du Soleil.

 

Buckhead

Population: 200,000, MHHI is $85,000.

Buckhead is a large, prosperous area with upscale residential, retail, dining, entertainment, commercial venue. In addition to one of the most attractive neighborhoods in Atlanta, it is a major financial center.  The area has high rise office buildings, hotels, and condominiums for an urban landscape along Peachtree Road. However, homes in neighborhoods such as West Paces Ferry and Peachtree Park are nestled in Piedmont forests.

 

Cabbagetown

0.141 square miles, Population: 780

Cabbagetown is a neighborhood on the east side of Atlanta and adjacent to historic Oakland Cemetery.  The historic district is listed on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places and is characterized by art and music festivals. Art is managed by the neighborhood’s own Wall Keepers Committee. Stop and check out street art by La Pandilla and Trek Matthews who painted  two murals at the request of their  Living Walls street art organization.

 

Castleberry Hill

Population: 13,303

Listed on the National Register of Historic Places and thriving with retail shops, coffee shops, art galleries, restaurants, apartments and condos, Castleberry Hill is in the midst of a renaissance. The unique urban community has converted early 20th century warehouse buildings to lofts to house a culturally diverse group of Atlantans. The area is in with these old commercial structures being turned into cool lofts.  The proximity to all that Atlanta has to offer in a short walking distance and easy highway and public transportation options are, and will continue to be, major draws to the area.

 

Downtown

4 square miles, Population: 26,700 residents as of 2010

The central business and government district of Atlanta can be found in Downtown Atlanta.  Many Fortune 500 companies can be found near the capital building and its many federal government facilities.  Georgia State University brings top academics as well as sporting, cultural and entertainment. Only in Downtown Atlanta can you see whale sharks at the Georgia Aquarium, the world’s second largest aquarium, and taste every variety of Coca-Cola at The World of Coca-Cola.  Centennial Olympic Park offers the city a 21-acre public park that hosts millions of visitors a year and several events, including a summer popular music concert series and an annual Independence Day concert and fireworks display. Downtown Atlanta is currently undergoing  a transformation with new  condos and lofts, a renovation of historic buildings and is attracting many new residents as a  great place to live, work and play.

Grant Park

Population: 28,000, HHI is under 50,000.

Grant Park is a residential district, known for its Victorian mansions and Craftsman bungalows.  Grant Park itself is a 131-acre green space and recreational area and is the fourth-largest park in the city. Surrounding the showstopper park is walking trails and Zoo Atlanta, which attracts millions of visitors per year. The vibrant community just south of Oakland Cemetery has many festivals, their own farmers market and many dining options. The Grant Park Neighborhood Association represents local residents.

 

Inman Park

0.547 square miles, Population: 2,928; MHHI $70,000

Curved streets, large residential lots and verdant parks characterize Inman Park. Established at the start of the 20th century, the community was built upon the land of Atlanta’s Civil War battlefield, two miles east of Downtown.  It was Atlanta’s first planned residential suburb and also Atlanta’s first electric trolley neighborhood. Restoration and preservation of the Victorian houses began in the 1970’s and in 1973 the entire neighborhood was added to the National Register of Historic Places. The historic appearance of the district is regulated by the City of Atlanta.

 

Little Five Points

0.164 square miles, Population: 874;MHHI $75,000

The hippie hood of Little Five Points is characterized by street art, apparel shops, eateries, smoke shops, clothing bazaars, tattoo parlors, a natural food co-op, an indie radio station, independent bookstores, pubs, and last but not least, a 30-foot-tall skull. As a neighborhood, Little Five Points is one of Atlanta’s most walkable neighborhoods, a place to stroll and people watch.

 

Midtown

1.470 square miles, Population: 10,474;MHHI $73,000

Midtown is defined by a concentration of  businesses,  residences, hotels, restaurants, cultural, retail destinations, greenspaces, pedestrian-friendly sidewalks and safe streets. They have a master plan, Blueprint Midtown, and serves as a national model for urban excellence and recently made American Planning Association’s (APA) list of Great Places in America. One of Atlanta’s hottest residential markets, Midtown has 150+ restaurants and shops. Midtown residents often get active at Piedmont Park and the  Atlanta BeltLine Eastside trail.

 

Old Fourth Ward

0.690 square miles; Population: 6,442; MHHI $69,000

Recognized as one of the hottest neighborhoods in America and the 9th best in America, Old Fourth Ward benefits from the Eastside Beltline Trail, the Ponce City Market, and their own Old Fourth Ward Park. It consists of single family residential units and is one of the oldest residential areas in the City.

 

Poncey-Highland

0.455 square miles, Population: 2,666;MHHI $81,000

Named after its location near the intersection of Ponce de Leon Avenue and North Highland Avenue, Poncey-Highland  is home to the Jimmy Carter Presidential Library and Manuel’s Tavern, a local political hangout and one of Atlanta’s oldest taverns. The Carter Center serves as a nonprofit to address democracy building, conflict resolution, human rights, mental health, among many others.

 

Virginia-Highland

2.130 square miles, Population: 14,022; MHHI $110,000

The chic neighborhood of Virginia-Highland near Midtown boasts beautiful 1920s and1930s homes and feels like a small town within the heart of the city. Many of Atlanta’s top restaurants and bars are located along tree-lined Highland Avenue, rivaling other top Atlanta neighborhoods for evening activities.  Friendly, charming vibe with restaurants, bars, trend-setting apparel, local and global art and decor, whimsical and modern decorative accessories, natural linens, gourmet food, and interesting specialty stores can be found within walking distance of Piedmont Park.

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History of South Fulton

During the historic era, the Creek and the Cherokee lived in what is now Fulton County. Their boundary, along the Chattahoochee River, was a cause of dispute. The Creeks, a confederation of tribes which had occupied most of Georgia from 1715 to 1821, lost their territory through a series of treaties. The Creek Red Stick group advocated for war against Europeans and Americans to preserve their culture. When other Creek tribes opposed this idea, the Creek Wars resulted.

The Hillabee tribe of the Creeks moved into the Chattahoochee River basin to avoid involvement with the Red Stick uprising. Their occupation in what is now Fulton County lasted from 1814 to 1821. The two major Creek towns along the Chattahoochee River were Standing Peachtree, located at confluence of Peachtree Creek and the Chattahoochee River, and Sandtown, located south of Utoy Springs, near Buzzards Roost (Sulecauga), an island in the Chattahoochee. Sandtown was occupied by Creeks who had moved, after the Creek War of 1813-1814, from the town of Oktahasasi (Sandtown) on the Tallapoosa River, on the Georgia-Alabama border. Both towns were trading centers between the Creek, Cherokee and the white settlers. Several Indian trading routes crossed through Fulton County. The Sandtown trail ran from the Hightower trail, crossed Buzzard Roost island in the Chattahoochee, and then continued west. The discovery of gold in north Georgia and the need for new lands, led the federal and state governments to negotiate treaties with the Creeks and Cherokees for their lands. The land that is now Fulton County became part of the state of Georgia under several different treaties between the United States and the Creek and Cherokee Nations.

The 1825 Treaty at Indian Springs was negotiated by James Meriwether and Duncan Campbell, as commissioners for the US, with Chief McIntosh. In this treaty, the Creeks ceded all of the land between the Flint River and the treaty line to the east and the Alabama state line to the west and the Chattahoochee river. Out of this land Carroll and Coweta Counties were created. Campbell County was later settled on this land.

Source: Fulton County Department of Environment & Community Development

Old Campbell County

Much of South Fulton consists of the former Campbell County, which joined with Fulton County and Milton County on January 1, 1932 to create Fulton County’s current borders.

Campbell County was created on Dec. 20, 1828 by an act of the Georgia General Assembly (Ga. Laws 1828, p. 56) from portions of Carroll, Coweta, DeKalb, and Fayette counties.

The new county was named for Col. Douglas Campbell, who negotiated with the Creek Nation for the Treaty of Indian Springs. The lands ceded by the Creeks included those that later became Campbell County.

The original Campbell County seat, a settlement known as Campbellton, was situated on the banks of the Chatthoochee River. The Atlanta & LaGrange Railroad bypassed Campbellton and went through a town called Barryville instead. Barryville later became Fairburn and was eventually named the seat of Campbell County. It remained so until Campbell County was merged with Fulton County during the Great Depression.

The Old Campbell County Courthouse still stands in Fairburn. The brick structure, completed in 1872, was the County’s third courthouse. Two older facilities were built in the town of Campbellton, but were later abandoned.

According to the 1930 Census, the last taken before its merger with Fulton County, Campbell County had a population of 9,903, which is smaller than the town of Fairburn today.

Source: Carl Vinson Institute of Government at the University of Georgia

Aviation

South Fulton is the home of Hartsfiled-Jackson Atlanta International Airport. In1909, prior to becoming an airport, it was a large oval track for auto racing named Candler Field, after Asa Candler, the founder of Coca-Cola. By 1923 the racetrack was abandoned. The newly elected alderman, William B. Hartsfield was assigned the task of finding a place to build a new airport proposed by Mayor Walter Sims. The 287-acre Candler Field was perfect. In 1925 the city leases Candler Field, rent free for five years, for air mail service then being given out by the United States Postal Service.

On September 15, 1926, Atlanta aviation history was made when the first air mail flight took off from the city. Passenger service from Atlanta was inaugurated on October 15, 1930 with service to Dallas and Los Angeles by American Airlines. On December 10th a flight to New York was added and on January 1, 1931 service to Florida began.

According to the Geneva-based Airports Council International, the William B. Hartsfield Atlanta International Airport is now (1999) the busiest airport in the world.

Georgia Facts

That President Franklin Delano Roosevelt traveled along what is now Roosevelt Highway on his way between Atlanta and his home in Warm Spring.

Common crops in what is now South Fulton included cotton, watermelons, corn, apples, peaches, wheat, oats, barley and rye.

The Palmetto Cotton Mills was one of the largest employers in Palmetto, and operated from 1880 until 1950.

Fairburn had telephone service in 1905, and electric service starting in 1912.

Almost all of South Fulton had electricity by the 1940s, and running water and telephone service in the 1950s.

In 1941, paved roads in South Fulton included Campbellton Road, Stonewall-Tell Road, Rivertown Road, Roosevelt Hwy. (formerly Jefferson Davis Hwy.), Old National Hwy., Welcome All and part of Hutcheson Ferry Road.

Prior to the construction of railroads and bridges in South Fulton, eleven ferries operated along Campbellton-Redwine Road, including Widow Varner, Campbellton and Pumpkinton ferries.

The site of Cochran Mill Park was used by B.W. Cochran in 1909 to operate Palmetto’s first electric light system (the mill belonged to his father).

Fairburn once operated its own 10-mile streetcar line from 1911 to 1927, connecting residents between Fairburn and College Park with the Atlanta Railway and Electric Co.

Source: Fulton County Department of Environment & Community Development

Political Boundaries

Fulton County was created from the western half of DeKalb County in 1853. This occurred when, during the 1840s, that county’s seat of Decatur refused to allow a railroad terminal to be built due to noise concerns. A new point was selected a few miles west, and was later incorporated as Terminus. The town was renamed twice; first as Marthasville, and finally as Atlanta.

The name is often assumed to be in honor of inventor Robert Fulton, who (among many other inventions) built a steamboat in 1807. This assumption is likely because this steam engine was the predecessor to the steam locomotives which built Atlanta. However, some research now indicates that it may have been in honor of Hamilton Fulton, a surveyor for the Western and Atlantic Railroad. Nonetheless the County itself claims to be named after Robert Fulton.

At the beginning of 1932, Milton County to the north and Campbell County to the southwest became part of Fulton County, to save money during the Great Depression. This gave the county its current awkward and long shape along 70 miles or 113 kilometers of the Chattahoochee River.

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Gwinnet County

Gwinnet County

gwinnettcounty.com (770) 822-8000
County Population: 808,167 County Seat: Lawrenceville
Median Household Income: $63,076 Median Home Price: $190,100
Square Miles: 430.38 Millage Rate: 11.78
Municipalities: Auburn, Berkeley Lake, Braselton, Buford, Dacula, Duluth, Grayson, Lawrenceville, Lilburn, Loganville, Peachtree Corners, Norcross, Rest Haven, Snellville, Sugar Hill, Suwanee
As a part of metro Atlanta, Gwinnett County provides suburban living close to the city. This area is one of the fastest growing regions in Georgia. The county offers quality shopping, fine dining, and many beautiful parks. Sports entertainment is frequent in Gwinnett County as the minor-league affiliate of the MLB Atlanta Braves play home games in the county. Gwinnett County is the future home of Atlanta Media Campus & Studios, a 5-millionsquare-foot complex that will feature six soundstages, classrooms, offices, and multifamily housing. Gwinnett County is ideal for those wanting to be surrounded by the conveniences of city life without being overwhelmed by
living in downtown Atlanta.

Auburncityofauburn-ga.org (770) 963-4002 • Pop. 7,000
Auburn is a relatively small community that strives to focus on the individual residents while it expands progressively. The city has a good school system, medical offices, a veterinary office, multiple active  service organizations, a public library system, a museum, and excellent police and fire departments. James Shackelford Memorial Park is a beautiful recreation area with the Appalachee River and Sandy Creek running alongside it. The park offers a camping area, walking trails, and several pavilions. The J.D. Withers building provides a nice space for small events.

Berkely Lakeberkeley-lake.com (770) 368-9484 • Pop. 1,707
Developed in the late 1940s, Berkeley Lake’s 700-acre lake properties were primarily used as summer retreats. As permanent residents moved in, area leaders sought to protect and control development, and the city was incorporated in 1956. Strict ordinances and zoning have kept the integrity and intent of the area intact.

Braseltonbraselton.net (706) 654-3915 • Pop. 7,900
The world-class Chateau Elan Winery and Resort is a major attraction in Braselton. Over half a million visitors flock to the winery each year and enjoy the Chateau Elan golf and residential community. Easy access to I-85 makes the area a great attraction for employment, and it also provides residents with many entertainment opportunities. Some of the corporate businesses in the region are PetCo, Tractor Supply, SafeLite, Whole Foods, Home Depot, Dayton Superior, and Haverty Furniture’s Southeast Distribution Center.

Bufordcityofbuford.com (770) 945-6761 • Pop. 1,3000
Originally a railway depot between Atlanta and Charlotte, the present-day city of Buford represents far more than just a rail stop. The Buford Dam not only powers the state, but also provides a great source of recreation with Lake Lanier Islands. The friendliness of this small town welcomes new residents and weekend visitors perusing the many shops, restaurants, and galleries along Main Street Buford. The Mall of Georgia in Buford is the largest enclosed shopping mall in Georgia and attracts visitors from all over the state and Southeast. Recreational opportunities are abundant in the area, and they include swimming, skiing, camping, boating, fishing, and hiking. More than 10 universities are within a 50-mile radius, and an independent city school system controls elementary, middle, and high schools.

Daculadaculaga.gov (770) 963-7451 • Pop. 4,600
Those wanting big-city access and small-town living are finding Dacula offers the perfect opportunity. Explosive growth along the Highway 316 corridors has led many new residents to the area. Convenience to the regional air services at Briscoe Field provides additional transportation options for the busy executive. This residential community has built many subdivisions in recent years to accommodate the growing number of residents in the area.

Duluth duluthga.net (770)-476-3434 Population 28,000
A culturally diverse and vibrant community, Duluth is a place where families and businesses can thrive. Now the third largest city in Gwinnett County, it offers everything to truly capture the spirit of good living. With sidewalks and bikeways that connect all areas of the city, celebrations such as the Barefoot in the Park Fine Arts Festival, Duluth Fall Festival, concerts, dining delights, and multiple entertainment and shopping venues, Duluth is a prosperous community with small-town sensibilities. Designated a Tree City USA, Duluth’s residents and leaders work constantly to develop and preserve the area’s green spaces and expand its many parks. With easy access to Atlanta, Duluth offers the best of big-city amenities and small-town ambiance. It was named a Top 10 City for Best American Values by NewsMax magazine.

Graysoncityofgrayson.org (770) 963-8017 • Pop. 2,700
A growing area of the county, the city of Grayson has numerous city parks and an annual Grayson Day festival. This city is living up to its slogan-”A Great Place to Live!” Tribble Mill Park provides Grayson residents with 700 acres of recreation, including two lakes, trails, biking, fishing, and horseback riding. The Grayson Arts and History Center preserves the history of the city, showcases local artists’ work, and holds many cultural events throughout the year.

Lawrenceville lawrencevillega.org (770) 963-2414 • Pop. 29,000
The city’s vision statement reads: Home to leading edge education, health care, and government, where history and strong neighborhoods meet. Lawrenceville’s estimated median household income in 2011 was $42,064. The city has a total area of 13.1 square miles. The second oldest city in the Atlanta area, Lawrenceville leads the area in innovation and growth. As the county seat, the city also has a vibrant and charming historic downtown that hosts numerous festivals and events throughout the year. Shopping, arts, and concerts are part of the everyday fabric of this community. The city’s original town square has remained the center of downtown. Several nearby springs make the downtown area a great attraction.

Lilburncityoflilburn.com (770) 921-2210 • Pop. 13,500
For Atlantans, Lilburn may best be recognized as the city “just over the Gwinnett County line.” To those who live here, Lilburn is a quaint and friendly “small-town” city with a multicultural flair. It is home to a 32,000-square foot Hindu temple built in 2007. The main route of transportation in the area is Highway 29, and the railroad also travels through the Old Town area of the city. A greenway was recently built in the heart of town and is always a popular spot for walking and biking. Lilburn is 25 miles from downtown Atlanta. Money Magazine ranked it No. 5 on the “Best Affordable Places to Live in America”.Their new Downtown Development Authority is creating a new identity for the City.

Norcrossnorcrossga.net (770) 448-2122 • Pop. 12,200
Gwinnett’s second oldest city, Norcross was incorporated in 1870. Preserving the city’s charm and downtown district are priorities for citizens wishing to share the architecture and atmosphere with generations to come. The 112- acre Historic District is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Convenience to metro Atlanta and award-winning schools has kept families coming to the area. The city prides itself in its strong community atmosphere and family values. Many early craftsman cottages have been restored and offer a warm sense of escape from the hustle of the city.families coming to the area. The city prides itself in its strong community atmosphere and family values. Many early craftsman cottages have been restored and they offer a warm sense of escape from the hustle of the city.

Peachtree Cornerscityofpeachtreecornersga.com
(678) 691-1200 • Pop. 35,000
The city was incorporated in 2012. In the late 1960s, businessman Paul Duke pitched the idea of creating Peachtree Corners, a planned community to be constructed in the area that was once known as Pinckneyville. Duke envisioned a place where people could live, work, and play in the same quality-controlled environment, thus diminishing the need for long commutes. In 1967, Duke initiated the planning of the office component of Peachtree Corners, Technology Park/Atlanta, a campus of low-rise buildings that would house low-pollution, high-technology industries to employ, among others, engineer graduates from Georgia Tech. The median household income is $59,000, and it is 17 square miles. The Chattahoochee River flows in close proximity to many beautiful neighborhoods and parks. Canoeing, hiking, swimming, and biking are everyday activities as temperatures are moderate most of the year. The Forum is at the heart of the city and a sought-out destination for dining and shopping.

Snellvillesnellville.org (770) 985-3500 • Pop. 19,000
Located along the Highway 78 corridor, the city of Snellville provides easy access to the outdoor activities at Stone Mountain Park going in one direction and Athens in the other for University of Georgia football. Snellville is known for southern hospitality. The city contains many restaurants,
shops, churches, cultural events, schools, and recreational opportunities. The entertainment needs of residents and visitors alike can be met in or around Snellville. The area has grown from a quaint farming community into a successful and attractive city.

Sugar Hillcityofsugarhill.com (770) 945-6716 • Pop. 20,000
Sugar Hill was a Georgia Militia District for some time before becoming chartered as an official city in 1939. Expanded city parks, sidewalks, and citizen action led to Sugar Hill’s designation as a Community of Pride. Consistently scoring well above state and national scores, area schools are a major draw for newcomers to the area.

Suwaneesuwanee.com (770) 945-8996 • Pop. 16,000
A highly educated and skilled workforce is the reason businesses and new residents are relocating to Suwanee. Easy access to major employment, shopping, and entertainment centers are other factors in the growth experienced in this city. Median household value is $266,100. The population has doubled since 2000. Suwanee has won many awards, including the title of one of the country’s best small communities and Voice of the People Awards for Excellence in three different categories (code enforcement, overall city services, and parks) from the International City/County Management Association and National Research Center (2013). Kiplinger.com rates the city as the #3 place in the U.S. to raise children, and Money Magazine rates the Suwanee as among the top 50 best places to live in the U.S. In 2013, Family Circle magazine rated the city as among the 10 best towns for families. The area has over 500 acres of beautiful parks, entertaining events, and high-quality developments. The Gwinnett County School System is the largest public school system in Georgia, and it serves the youth of the city with very fine schools.

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Suwanee

Suwaneesuwanee.com (770) 945-8996 • Pop. 16,000
A highly educated and skilled workforce is the reason businesses and new residents are relocating to Suwanee. Easy access to major employment, shopping, and entertainment centers are other factors in the growth experienced in this city. Median household value is $266,100. The population has doubled since 2000. Suwanee has won many awards, including the title of one of the country’s best small communities and Voice of the People Awards for Excellence in three different categories (code enforcement, overall city services, and parks) from the International City/County Management Association and National Research Center (2013). Kiplinger.com rates the city as the #3 place in the U.S. to raise children, and Money Magazine rates the Suwanee as among the top 50 best places to live in the U.S. In 2013, Family Circle magazine rated the city as among the 10 best towns for families. The area has over 500 acres of beautiful parks, entertaining events, and high-quality developments. The Gwinnett County School System is the largest public school system in Georgia, and it serves the youth of the city with very fine schools.

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Sugar Hill

Sugar Hillcityofsugarhill.com (770) 945-6716 • Pop. 20,000
Sugar Hill was a Georgia Militia District for some time before becoming chartered as an official city in 1939. Expanded city parks, sidewalks, and citizen action led to Sugar Hill’s designation as a Community of Pride. Consistently scoring well above state and national scores, area schools are a major draw for newcomers to the area.

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