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April/May CONTENTS FEATURES Atlanta Insider’s Guide . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 Metro Atlanta’s Top Neighborhoods . . . . . . . . . . 20

Get the inside track on your new city’s landmarks, important dining experiences, and the five things every resident must do.

Many Atlanta-area schools are teaching students how to become caring members of society, emphasizing the importance of kindness, respect and empathy for others.

Our yearly guide to the area’s best cities, towns and suburbs showcases top-notch communities with great amenities for families, young professionals and empty nesters.

Character Education . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14 Georgia’s Luxury Resorts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 32 These lavish resort destinations offer everything you need to vacation in style, including top-notch dining, accommodations and amenities.

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In Focus . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8

Relocation Guide . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 37

The inside scoop on news, events and happenings around Atlanta.

A comprehensive guide to help you find your way before, during and after your move, including counties, neighborhoods, relocation tips, a map to metro Atlanta and much more.

School Spotlight . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18 Rigorous academics, gender segregation and an inclusive, family environment help Pinecrest Academy mold Christian leaders of tomorrow.

Why I Love Atlanta . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 36 Larry-Douglas Embury, organist in residence at the Fox Theatre, shares his favorite things about the city.

Get caught up on the best exhibitions, theatrical productions, special events and live music across the metro area.

Restaurant Review . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 31 Classic Southern cuisine gets a modern-day makeover at Midtown Hidden Atlanta . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 50 Atlanta’s Empire State South.

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inFOCUS n e w s b i tes fr om a ro un d AT LANTA

Spring Into Whether you’re on the lookout for some high-quality art, itching for a weekend getaway or just want to hear some great music, the Santa Fe Spring Arts Festival has just what you need. This 45th annual event, held April 5-6 in Gainesville, Fla., boasts a tremendous collection of artists, tantalizing food vendors, free children’s activities, live jazz and more, all in the city’s beautiful downtown district. For more information, visit www.springartsfestival.com.

We’re Not Lion to You

Atlanta audiences are treated to wonderful theater productions all year long, but few shows offer the visual spectacle and Oscar-winning score of Disney’s The Lion King. The African savannah comes roaring to vivid life in the touring production of the Broadway smash, which lands at the Fox Theatre April 10-27. And if that weren’t entertainment enough, Green Day’s American Idiot, the hit musical based on the best-selling rock album, storms the Fox May 1-4. For tickets and other information, call 800-278-4447 or visit www.broadwayinatlanta.com.

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They’re All Good Sports

Feeling Hungry? As if you needed further proof that Atlanta’s dining scene is among the best in the nation, three local eateries made GQ magazine’s list of the 25 Best New Restaurants in America for 2014, with two in the top 10. The General Muir, a combination New York-style delicatessen and contemporary restaurant, weighs in at No. 19 (www.thegeneralmuir.com). Gunshow (above), where roaming chefs present dishes for your perusal, landed at No. 7 (www.gunshowatl.com), with Buckhead’s King + Duke hailed at No. 5 as “informal American dining, perfected” (www.kinganddukeatl.com). Congrats to all three for making the cut. 8 | Newcomer Magazine | www.newcomeratlanta.com

Former Atlanta Brave and Atlanta Falcon Brian Jordan stopped by the Youth Sports Expo at Rhodes Jordan Park back in February to show his appreciation for volunteers who donate their time and energy to local Youth Athletic Associations. Jordan (left) and Tina Fleming of Gwinnett County Parks and Recreation (right) honored Wayne Gilreath (center), Cathy Smith, Brian Mearkle and Debra Meadows as 2014 Volunteers of the Year. The event was hosted by Gwinnett County Parks and Rec and Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. Congratulations to all the volunteers!

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infocus Get a rare peak at some of the world’s rarest and most beautiful automobiles designed by the likes of Ferrari, Bugatti, General Motors and Porsche. Dream Cars: Innovative Design, Visionary Ideas pulls into the High Museum of Art on May 21, featuring 17 ahead-of-their-time cars from across Europe and the U.S., showcasing imaginative, experimental designs from the early 1930s through the 21st century through conceptual drawings, scale models and, of course, the cars themselves. The exhibit runs through Sept. 7. For more information, call 404-733-5000 or visit www.high.org.

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PHOTO: Lancia (Bertone) Stratus HF Zero, 1970. Designed by Marcello Gandini. Courtesy XJ Wang Collection. Photo by Michael Furman.

Start Your Engines

A Giant Weekend of Music After a successful launch in 2012, the CounterPoint Music & Arts Festival returns bigger and better this year. This three-day event features a host of acclaimed musical acts, including OutKast, Foster the People, Janelle Monae, Sleigh Bells, and many more, on the sprawling, 5,000-acre Kingston Downs. Camping is available, but we suggest booking a room in nearby Rome, Ga. April 25-27. For tickets and other information, visit www.counterpointfestival.com.

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ATLANTA

INSIDER’S GUIDE Navigate Your New City Like a Local By Rachael Mason

PHOTO: Courtesy of the Atlanta Botanical Garden.

No doubt about it, Atlanta can be an intimidating place. There’s so much to take in that it’s easy to feel like an outsider. To help you navigate like a true local, we’ve broken down what makes our city special: its essential dining experiences, sites that add a little history to your new home, and the five things every true Atlantan has to do. Follow these helpful suggestions, and you’ll be feeling like an Atlanta insider in no time.

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LEFT PAGE: The Atlanta Botanical Garden. CURRENT PAGE (Clockwise from top left): The view from the Sun Dial; Turner Field; Stone Mountain; the Decatur Square.

Five Things You Must Do

Learn Some Southern History

Enjoy the View at the Sun Dial

Standing at the top of Stone Mountain offers an unparalleled view of not just the Atlanta skyline but the entire surrounding area. If you can’t handle hiking the incline, ride to the top in a cable car, but keep in mind that you won’t get “I climbed Stone Mountain” bragging rights. www.stonemountainpark.com.

The metro Atlanta area is rich with history. Learn more about one of the city’s most famous residents at the Martin Luther King Jr. Center. (www.thekingcenter.org). At the Atlanta History Center, check out exhibits highlighting life in the South and explore some historic homes (www. atlantahistorycenter.com). And take in a panoramic painting of a key Civil War battle at the Atlanta Cyclorama (www.atlantacyclorama.org).

Catch a Braves Game at Turner Field

Explore the Outdoors

Located at the top of the Westin Peachtree Plaza, the Sun Dial is a rotating tri-level restaurant that allows for a breathtaking, 360-degree view of downtown Atlanta and beyond. It’s consistently voted one of the most romantic spots in town, making it perfect for date night or special occasions; the restaurant says that on average, one marriage proposal takes place every night. Live jazz adds to the luxurious atmosphere, and the contemporary American cuisine is pretty good, too. www.sundialrestaurant.com.

There’s nothing quite like the experience of attending an Atlanta Braves home game. You don’t even have to be a baseball fan to join in the fun: From the Chop House restaurant to the familyfriendly children’s area, there’s something for everyone. The Braves are slated to move to a new ballpark in 2017, so visit this classic spot while you still can. www.atlantabraves.com.

Take a stroll along the pedestrian-friendly streets of downtown Decatur, known for its beautiful town square and independent boutiques (www. decaturga.com). Admire the remarkable displays of plant life at the Atlanta Botanical Garden (www.atlantabotanicalgarden.org) and spend an afternoon enjoying the city’s favorite green space, Piedmont Park (www.piedmontpark.org).

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Walk Up Stone Mountain

Five Definitive Dining Experiences Enjoy a Frosted Orange at the Varsity The Varsity is Atlanta’s iconic fast-food joint. The flagship location on North Avenue is billed as the world’s largest drive-in restaurant, sitting

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on more than two acres and able to accommodate more than 800 customers at a time. Plus, servers and savvy customers speak their own special lingo. Try the Frosted Orange, a frozen treat that tastes like a Creamsicle, only better. www.thevarsity.com.

The Margaret Mitchell House

Grab a Burger at the Vortex This attitude-heavy restaurant and bar (patrons must be 18 or older) serves up some of the best burgers in town, including the Coronary Bypass, a half-pound sirloin patty topped with a fried egg, three slices of American cheese and four slices of bacon, served with mayo on the side. Two locations. www.thevortexbarandgrill.com

Dine at Bacchanalia

Hit Watershed for Fried Chicken Night When Decatur’s Watershed closed in 2011, metro residents everywhere mourned the loss of its legendary Fried Chicken Night. But the tradition continues each Wednesday at the restaurant’s new home, Watershed on Peachtree. Make sure to get there early, as this popular item can sell out in a hurry. www.watershedrestaurant.com.

Explore Buford Highway

Omni Hotel and Philips Arena, home of the NBA’s Atlanta Hawks. swww.cnn.com/tour.

Ebenezer Baptist Church The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. preached nonviolence at this historic church, which has been operating for 121 years. Today, you can still visit the church on Auburn Avenue and take part in its services. www.historicebenezer.org.

The Gold Dome The Georgia State Capitol shines brightly in the Atlanta skyline due to the gold paneling on

You don’t have to travel around the world to enjoy a wealth of international cuisine. Buford Highway offers a diverse cornucopia of authentic ethnic fare, from Korean barbecue and Vietnamese noodle bowls to Chinese kabobs and Cajun crawfish.

At this historic landmark, you can see the apartment where author Margaret Mitchell wrote Gone With the Wind. The space has been preserved with period furnishings and original architectural features. The remainder of the building and an addition next door serve as a museum dedicated to Mitchell’s work. www.margaretmitchellhouse.com.

The Connector (or Downtown Connector): The stretch of highway where Interstates 85 and 75 overlap. The two highways join south of the city and split off just above the 17th Street exit.

The Perimeter: I-285, which circles the city of Atlanta and is meant to be used as a bypass. This 64-mile loop is the busiest Interstate highway in the metro Atlanta area.

The Big Chicken

ITP: Inside the Perimeter—meaning inside

This giant bird, which adorns a Kentucky Fried Chicken restaurant in neighboring Marietta, won’t teach you anything new about Atlanta, but it’s one of those things you have to see to believe, and is more than worth the drive to the suburbs. www.marietta.com/attractions/the-big-chicken.

the I-285 loop, where the more urban areas are located.

OTP: Outside the Perimeter—or outside the city.

CNN Center

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Margaret Mitchell House

GETTING AROUND ATLANTA

Five Eye-Opening Landmarks

Distinguished by a giant outdoor CNN logo, the cable empire’s world headquarters offers behind-the-scenes tours of several of its newsrooms. The space also includes a number of shops and restaurants and is connected to the

its dome. The Capitol also houses a museum where flags, artwork and other historic artifacts are displayed. www.sos.ga.gov/state_capitol.

The Big Chicken, one of the metro area’s more unique landmarks.

Spaghetti Junction: On the north side of the city, I-85 intersects with I-285 and a handful of smaller roads northeast of Atlanta in DeKalb County. Officially known as the Tom Moreland Interchange, Spaghetti Junction gets it snickname from a tangle of exit ramps and bridges that resembles a plate of pasta.

PHOTOS: (Top) Courtesy of the Atlanta History Center; (Bottom): © 2014 Kevin C. Rose/AtlantaPhotos.com

This upscale establishment is the city’s premier fine-dining restaurant. Each night, chefs Anne Quatrano and Clifford Harrison create a different seasonal menu. The five-course meal, which costs $85 per person, includes two small appetizers, an entree, a cheese course and dessert. www.starprovisions.com.


Character Education EDU C ATIO N

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Creating More Than Just Good Students By Daniel Beauregard

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For many parents, a good education means much more than academics. While reading, math and science are all important, having their child learn about such values as kindness, respect and empathy for others is just as important, if not more so. Fortunately, most Atlantaarea public and independent schools incorporate some form of “character education” in their curricula, placing an emphasis on guiding children to become caring, involved members of society.

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n the public school side, the Georgia Department of Education mandates character education as part of its Georgia Quality Core Curriculum Standards, required in elementary, middle and high schools throughout the state. This “character curriculum” focuses on citizenship, respect for others and respect for oneself. The citizenship portion stresses the importance of such values as democracy, respect for authority, equality, justice, liberty, patriotism and respect for the natural environment. Students learn to respect others with an emphasis on altruism, honesty and integrity, and are taught to respect themselves through self-esteem, accountability and a strong work ethic. The Cobb County School District boasts its own focus on character development, with a calendar that emphasizes different character traits including respect, integrity and responsibility, among others. Instead of students receiving a separate lecture on self-respect, that lesson is incorporated into the regular curriculum, across all disciplines, says spokesman Doug Goodwin. That approach is similar to the one taken by the Atlanta International School (AIS), an independent school in Buckhead that uses the framework of the International Baccalaureate (IB) program to instill positive character traits in its students. At the heart of each grade’s IB program are

At the heart of each grade’s IB program are several distinct traits such as communication, open-mindedness and risk-taking.

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several distinct traits such as communication, open-mindedness and risk-taking. At the beginning of each year, teachers work those principles into their lesson plans with an eye to sculpting students into ideal “global citizens” who will use their knowledge to make a difference in the world and in their community. “Every time we sit down to think about what we’re doing with the students, it’s not only the [academic] objectives, but it’s the IB learner program that’s at the heart of what we’re trying to do with our kids,” says Jennifer Weyburn, AIS’ head of middle school. At The Children’s School, an independent school in Midtown Atlanta, guidance counselor Kathy Roberts visits each classroom twice a month to present a 40-minute class on the character trait of the month. Students learn the definition of each word and how to apply the trait in daily life. During each session, Roberts teaches the students tools they can use to manage and communicate each character trait. If the trait of the month is courage, for example, the students practice using tools to conquer their nightmares, try something new, tell their parents that they’ve made a mistake or tell a friend that something is bothering them. Teachers also incorporate the school’s character-building curriculum by having students journal about the traits and write reports on heroeswho exemplify those traits, among other activities.

LEARNING FROM MISTAKES Polly Williams, elementary school principal at The Galloway School in Atlanta, says she’s seen a paradigm shift in education over the years, with

DID YOU KNOW? Georgia devotes the entire month of September to the importance of character. A group of students and teachers at Cobb County’s Durham Middle School wrote their state senator proposing a “Georgia Day” to honor character and good choices. Gov. Nathan Deal extended the idea to a whole month spotlighting state history and the positive character traits of Georgians past and present.

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Learning to respect the viewpoints of others is a key component of character-based education.

more and more schools emphasizing project-based learning and collaborative problem-solving—an approach the Galloway School has employed since it was founded in 1969. Students at The Galloway School are encouraged to come up with their own ideas, and to learn from their mistakes. As a process school rather than an outcome-based school, Galloway encourages its students to take risks, and provides a safe environment for them to do so. “They can learn a lot by trying something,” Williams says, “and perhaps not having the outcome they anticipated, but learning from that.” Students are also encouraged to explore their passions and beliefs, to ask questions and speak out on a regular basis in what Williams calls a “lively, discussion-rich environment.” “It’s coming from them instead of somebody telling them what to think or believe,” she says. “We think that’s incredibly important.”

RESPECTING DIFFERENCES Along with thinking for oneself and learning from failure, learning to respect the viewpoints of others and peacefully resolve disagreements

and differences of opinion is a key component of character-based education. At AIS, says Weyburn, students are taught that different people have different frames of reference. The school exposes students to other cultures and different viewpoints, and teaches them to value others’ opinions, even when they don’t agree with them. Similarly, each classroom at The Children’s School has a “peace table,” says Roberts, where students are taught to sit down and talk out solutions when they have disputes with others. The students are also encouraged to use statements such as “I feel angry when…” to communicate their feelings. “These things teach the core values of respect, responsibility and cooperation,” Roberts says. “All of that has to be part of what you’re using to interact with people to try and develop solutions,” Weyburn says. “Part of our mission

statement [at AIS] says, ‘Others with their differences can also be right.’” In the end, Weyburn says, students who ask questions, think critically and take risks are more likely to develop into lifelong learners. “It’s very well to learn things in the classroom,” she says. “But if you can’t take that knowledge out there into the world and activate it in the messy reality and complex situations that are out there, then what’s the point of learning all of those wonderful academic things?”

FOR MORE INFORMATION • For a look at the Georgia Department of Education’s Quality Core Curriculum materials, including information on its Character Education program, visit www.georgiastandards.org/standards/ pages/qcc.aspx.

• For information on Cobb County’s Character Education program, visit http://www.cobbk12.org/centraloffice/ communications/charactereducation.

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Pinecrest Academy

Stressing Academics, Faith and Service By Cady Schulman

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t Pinecrest Academy in Cumming, Ga., boys and girls are segregated by gender beginning in the fourth grade. That’s because educators at the independent Catholic school, which serves students from pre-K through high school, believe this approach helps children to learn better. “We really do see the value in how girls learn different than boys,” says Catherine Dunn, the school’s chief advancement officer. As an example, Dunn points to a science class in which students were exploring the concept of angles. In each class, groups were given spaghetti, marshmallows and masking tape, and instructed to build the tallest tower they could. The groups in the boys’ classes were given several sets of supplies, and tried several different methods before finding one that worked. The groups in the girls’ classes, meanwhile, each had one set of supplies, and created a plan before beginning construction, completing their towers on the first try. “The difference is [that] girls are planners,” says Dunn. “Boys learn by trial and error.” But the school’s gender-specific approach to education isn’t just based on different learning styles. It also helps students become more involved in their schoolwork. “Girls talk more because they’re not worried about what boys will think, and boys aren’t trying to impress girls,” says Dunn. “It seems to allow more of a concentration on the work rather than on the socialization.” Gender segregation is just one of the elements of the traditional Catholic school education Pinecrest Academy offers. Religion is an integral part of life at the school, with the stated goal of producing “Christian leaders who will transform society.” Students attend mass every day for seven to 10 minutes

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to pray and discuss the virtues they’ve been taught. They also take communion daily, and are required to complete 20 hours of outreach and service each year, in addition to their coursework, in order to graduate. “It’s wrapped around everything we do, having that opportunity for your child to not shut Christ out of their daily life but to bring Him in,” says Dunn. The school also boasts a rigorous college-preparatory curriculum, and has been recognized as one of the top 50 Catholic high schools in the nation on the Cardinal Newman Society’s Catholic High School Honor Roll. In addition, the school offers athletic, musical theater, chorus and band programs, and because of its size, students are able to be more involved in extracurricular activities than they would be at a larger school. “You can be on the football team and be in band,” says Dunn. “If you want to be involved, you can be. We’re such a small school that you can do it all.” Being involved improves the students’ confidence, says Dunn. She points to her own daughter, who transferred from a public high school, where she wasn’t involved in extracurricular activities, to Pinecrest, where she plays three sports. Pinecrest’s smaller size also contributes to a close-knit vibe, with teachers, students and parents all working toward the same goal. In that sense, says Dunn, visitors to Pinecrest can feel as if they’ve stepped into a wholesome, small-town community. “We’re all one big family,” she says. N

The Specifics Grades: Pre-K-12 Student/Teacher Ratio: 14:1 Tuition: $6,052-$14,155 Location: Cumming

Contact: 955 Peachtree Parkway, Cumming, GA 30041 770-888-4477 Web: www.pinecrestacademy.org


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The decision to move to a large metropolitan city like Atlanta is only the beginning of your relocation process. After all, there’s much more to Atlanta than the city itself. There are numerous diverse and distinct neighborhoods inside the city limits, and many more outside—each with its own advantages and appeal. In the pages that follow, we’ve highlighted some of Atlanta’s top cities, towns and communities for families, young professionals and empty nesters. Whatever you’re looking for, Atlanta has a number of perfect spots to choose from. And don’t forget to check out our list of Atlanta’s top 100 neighborhoods, with many more great places to investigate and explore. Duluth

4 GREAT NEIGHBORHOODS FOR FAMILIES

PHOTOS: (Left) Courtesy of the City of Duluth; (Right) CartersvilleBartow County Convention & Visitors Bureau

CARTERSVILLE Cartersville, located less than an hour north of Atlanta, is filled with history. The Etowah Indian Mounds Historic Site is a state park that highlights prehistoric mounds dating back more than 1,000 years. The Booth Western Art Museum celebrates the art and history of the American West, while the Tellus Science Museum delights kids of all ages with such features as an 80-foot apatosaurus and a 120-seat planetarium. Other attractions include Lake Allatoona and Red Top Mountain State Park. Cartersville City Schools is a public school system with five schools serving students from Pre-K through high school. www.visitcartersvillega.org.

DULUTH This Gwinnett County city features a wealth of family-friendly attractions, not least of which is its walkable downtown district filled with charming specialty shops. The 35-acre Southeastern Railway Museum allows visitors

The Booth Western Art Museum in Cartersville.

to ride in historic railroad cabooses and walk among vintage steam locomotives, while the expansive Town Green features a terraced lawn, a fountain and amphitheater. The Duluth Fall Festival, held the last weekend in September, offers live entertainment and more than 350 vendors. Duluth is also home to Gwinnett Place Mall, the Hudgens Center for the Arts, the Red Clay Theatre and the Arena at Gwinnett Center. www.duluthga.net.

SANDY SPRINGS Sandy Springs offers a variety of parks and recreational attractions. Foremost among these is the Chattahoochee River, which offers abundant opportunities for fishing, hiking, canoeing and more. The 4-acre Heritage Green park is a lush gathering space, home of the annual Sandy Springs Festival. The 30-acre Morgan Falls Overlook Park provides scenic riverside views, picnic pavilions, a playground, a hiking trail and a boating dock. The Global Imports Sandy Springs Cycling Challenge features a day of exciting bicycle races through the heart of the city, followed by the Taste of Sandy Springs food festival. www.visitsandysprings.org. u www.newcomeratlanta.com | Newcomer Magazine | 21


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This award-winning community’s abundance of green space (it boasts more than 500 acres of parkland), walkable streets and small-town charm contribute to a high quality of life for its more than 16,000 residents. The downtown area features both the historic Old Town and the vibrant Town Center development, home to the Suwanee SculpTour public art exhibit. The 10-acre Town Center Park hosts concerts and festivals and features an interactive fountain, an amphitheater area and lots of open space. Suwanee is served by Gwinnett County Public Schools, hailed as one of the best school systems in the state. www.suwanee.com.

MORE GREAT NEIGHBORHOODS FOR FAMILIES Alpharetta, College Park, Decatur, East Point, Fayetteville, Johns Creek, Lilburn, Marietta, Peachtree City, Roswell, Smyrna.

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reational options. Murphey Candler Park features a beautiful lake, a swimming pool, tennis courts and other amenities. The Town Brookhaven development boasts quality restaurants, shops and CineBistro, an upscale movie tavern. Georgia Shakespeare, one of the metro area’s best theater companies, operates out of the Conant Performing Arts Center on the Oglethorpe University campus. The Brookhaven Historic District, also known as Historic Brookhaven, features a private country club surrounded by luxurious homes. www.brookhavenga.gov.

FAYETTEVILLE Fayetteville retains a peaceful, small-town vibe coupled with quick, convenient access to downtown Atlanta and Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport. A mix of affordable housing options adds to the city’s appeal. The historic downtown is anchored by the Old Courthouse Square, which features the state’s oldest courthouse. The Fun Junction USA amusement park, Holliday-Dorsey-Fife House Museum and Fayette Pavilion offer family fun, culture and shopping opportunities, and Southern Ground Amphitheater hosts national music acts and family movie nights. The area is also home to one of the state’s best school systems and Piedmont Fayette Hospital, recognized as one of the nation’s top 100 hospitals by Thomson Reuters. u continued on page 24

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GAINESVILLE Named a top 10 affordable city for retirement by the AARP, Gainesville is roughly an hour’s drive from downtown Atlanta, with a wealth of parks and recreational opportunities. Retirees can tee up at the Chattahoochee Golf Club, take a swim at the Francis Meadows Aquatic Center, and explore the Blue Ridge Mountains and nearby Lake Lanier. The Quinlan Visual Arts Center, Brenau University Galleries and Interactive Neighborhood for Kids offer fun cultural outings for all ages. And the city’s vibrant downtown district is filled with boutiques, restaurants and specialty shops, all in easy walking distance. www.gainesville.org.

PEACHTREE CITY This master-planned community, developed into five distinct villages, has the feel of a vacation resort. Golf carts are a primary means of transportation here, zipping along 90 miles of multi-use paths that are also great for strolling and bicycling. The area’s lake, golf courses, playgrounds, nature areas and sports fields offer numerous recreational opportunities. The Frederick Brown Jr. Amphitheater hosts outdoor concerts, and the city’s regional airport, Falcon Field, hosts an air show each year. The city is also a magnet for film and television productions, and boasts a Southern Hollywood Film Tour that visits popular filming locations used in “The Walking Dead” and other shows. www.peachtree-city.org.

MORE GREAT NEIGHBORHOODS FOR EMPTY-NESTERS Buford, Cumming, Decatur, Duluth, Lawrenceville.

4 GREAT NEIGHBORHOODS FOR YOUNG PROFESSIONALS

Downtown Decatur.

COLLEGE PARK College Park truly presents the best of both worlds for the upward professional who enjoys a little quiet time. Its easy proximity to downtown Atlanta and Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport offers all the convenience of bigcity living, balanced with a relaxing, small-town feel. The airport and the Georgia International Convention Center make this an increasingly desirable destination for business travelers, as well. There’s affordable housing in the Historic College Park neighborhood, and there are numerous attractive dining options. The main campus of Woodward Academy, the largest independent day school in the continental United States, is located here, as well. www.collegeparkga.com.

Decatur boasts many draws for young professionals. Its high-quality restaurant scene features some of the best eateries in the metro area, including the Iberian Pig and Cakes & Ale. Emory University and Agnes Scott College fill the downtown area with college students who mix easily with the families, artists and others who call the city home. The downtown square is convenient to thriving nightlife and entertainment options like Eddie’s Attic, a breeding ground for such nationally known music acts as Sugarland and John Mayer. The Decatur Book Festival, the largest independent book celebration in the country, takes over the square each Labor Day weekend. A MARTA station right off the square offers easy access to the rest of Atlanta. The Fernbank Museum of Natural History is a great date spot, thanks to its popular “Martinis and IMAX” nights. www.decaturga.com.

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The Midtown skyline as seen from Piedmont Park.

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Smyrna’s Market Village.

SMYRNA Approximately 15 minutes northwest of Atlanta, Smyrna enjoys a mix of charming residential neighborhoods, easy access to Interstates 75 and 285, and 33 acres of parks and green space within a mile of its thriving downtown area. The Village Green, the heart of this Cobb County city, features a community center, library, arboretum and adjacent retail, residential and office space. The airy, mixed-use Market Village development is an appealing community of restaurants, shops and services; it also often hosts outdoor concerts and events. The Silver Comet Trail, a popular trail for walking and biking, starts in Smyrna and extends to the Alabama state line. www.smyrnacity.com.

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AWARD-WINNING COMMUNITIES DULUTH • Ranked No. 8 on NewsMax magazine’s list of “Top 25 Cities and Towns With the Best American Values.” • Ranked a “Best Affordable Suburb in Georgia” by BusinessWeek magazine. • Named “One of the Best 100 Cities in America” by Reader’s Digest. GAINESVILLE • One of MarketWatch’s best places to retire in Georgia. • Named one of the top 5 places to retire affordably by the AARP. LILBURN • Ranked No. 5 on Money’s list of “Best Affordable Places to Live.” PEACHTREE CITY • Named to Money’s list of “Best Places to Live” five times in the last decade, twice ranking in the top 10. • One of MarketWatch’s best places to retire in Georgia. SUWANEE • Named to Money’s list of “Best Places to Live” in 2013. • Ranked No. 3 on Kiplinger’s list of “10 Great Cities to Raise Your Children.” • Named one of the nation’s “10 Best Towns for Families” by Family Circle. • Ranked No. 1 in land use, planning and zoning, preservation of natural areas, and availability of affordable, quality child care in the 2013 National Citizen Survey.

PHOTO: Cobb Convention & Visitors Bureau

mixed-use developments like Atlantic Station, as well as the largest concentration of top-notch restaurants in the city, including One Midtown Kitchen, South City Kitchen, Empire State South, the Oceanaire, Park 75, Bacchanalia and more. Piedmont Park, the city’s largest and best-known park, features plenty of recreational activities and hosts a number of outdoor festivals each year, including Music Midtown and the Dogwood Festival. Midtown is also the heart of Atlanta’s arts scene, boasting the Fox Theatre, the Center for Puppetry Arts and the famous Woodruff Arts Center (home of the Alliance Theatre, the High Museum of Art and the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra). www.midtownatlanta.org.


ATLANTA’S TOP 100 NEIGHBORHOODS

Once again, Newcomer presents our annual list of the most popular neighborhoods in metro Atlanta. Popularity is based on a number of factors, including but not limited to home sales.* Note that home sales include single family as well as condos/townhomes, where those are available. KEY TO NEIGHBORHOODS’ DISTINGUISHING CHARACTERISTICS

Neighborhood

Acworth

County

Families/Kid-Friendly (F) Young Professionals (YP)

Homes Avg. days sold 2013 on market

Empty Nesters (EN) New Construction/Newer Homes (NC)

Sale price vs. list price

Average sale price

Classic Architecture/Historic Appeal (HA) Walking Distance to Shopping/Dining (W)

International Draw (I)

Website

Distinguishing Characteristics

F, YP, NC

Cobb

908

62

97%

$199,172

www.acworth.org

Adairsville

Bartow

100

72

98%

$101,633

www.adairsvillega.net

F, EN

Alpharetta

Fulton

1951

54

97%

$337,866

www.alpharetta.ga.us

F, YP, NC YP, W

Downtown Atlanta

Fulton

www.downtownatlanta.com

East Atlanta

Fulton

786

42

98%

$292,509

www.eaca.net

F, YP

Northwest Atlanta

Fulton

811

44

95%

$141,199

www.atlantaga.gov

F, YP

South Atlanta

Fulton

685

64

99%

$141,423

www.atlantaga.gov

F, YP

Southeast Atlanta

Fulton

610

62

97%

$155,577

www.southeastatlanta.org

F, YP

Auburn

Barrow

125

49

100%

$95,923

www.cityofauburn-ga.org

F, W

Austell

Cobb

397

49

99%

$86,524

www.austellga.gov

F, EN F, EN, HA, W

Avondale Estates

DeKalb

89

66

97%

$258,136

www.avondaleestates.org

Ball Ground

Cherokee

174

106

97%

$179,169

ww.cityofballground.com

F, EN

Bethlehem

Barrow

112

47

101%

$96,367

www.bethlehemga.org

F, HA

Braselton

Gwinnett

75

148

93%

$450,589

www.braselton.net

F, EN, NC, HA

DeKalb

44

44

98%

$411,690

www.brookhavenga.gov

F, EN, NC, YP, W

Brookhaven Buckhead

Fulton

2127

36

95%

$523,664

www.buckhead.net

YP, EN, NC, HA, W

Buford

Gwinnett

967

53

98%

$197,192

www.cityofbuford.com

F, EN, NC, HA

Canton

Cherokee

1519

73

97%

$228,565

www.canton-georgia.com

F, HA

Carroll

555

62

95%

$105,244

www.carrollton-ga.gov

F, HA

Carrollton Cartersville

Bartow

474

88

96%

$134,948

www.cityofcartersville.org

F, HA

Chamblee

DeKalb

1133

40

97%

$294,484

www.chambleega.com

F, YP, NC

Clarkston

DeKalb

76

85

96%

$91,638

www.clarkstonga.gov

I

Clermont

Hall

39

99

95%

$178,916

www.clermontga.com

F, EN

College Park Conyers

Fulton

313

66

97%

$90,099

www.collegeparkga.com

F, YP, HA, NC

Rockdale

883

79

97%

$117,267

www.conyersga.com

F, EN, NC

Covington

Newton

996

67

98%

$96,647

www.cityofcovington.org

F, EN, HA

Cumming

Forsyth

2838

68

97%

$261,983

www.cityofcumming.net

F, EN, NC, HA

Dacula

Gwinnett

661

69

98%

$214,305

www.daculaga.gov

F, EN, NC

Dallas

Paulding

1053

59

99%

$116,617

www.cityofdallasga.com

F, EN, NC

Dawsonville

Dawson

280

97

95%

$198,848

www.dawsonville-ga.gov

F, NC

Decatur/Emory

DeKalb

2224

51

96%

$292,004

www.decaturga.com

F, YP, EN, HA, NC, W

Doraville

DeKalb

59

78

97%

$144,736

www.doravillega.us

F, I

Douglasville

Douglas

1095

60

97%

$120,918

www.ci.douglasville.ga.us

F, EN, NC

Duluth

F, EN, NC

Gwinnett

877

52

96%

$233,855

www.duluthga.net

Dunwoody

DeKalb

862

44

97%

$324,983

www.dunwoodyga.gov

F, YP, NC

East Point

Fulton

1085

75

95%

$60,263

www.eastpointcity.org

F, YP, HA, W

Ellenwood

Clayton

151

54

99%

$73,373

www.claytoncountyga.gov

F, NC

Euharlee

Bartow

571

71

97%

$123,526

www.euharlee.com

F, HA

Fairburn

Fulton

424

76

99%

$123,879

www.fairburn.com

F, EN, NC, HA

Fayetteville

Fayette

964

83

97%

$231,035

www.fayetteville-ga.gov

F, EN, H

Hall

423

76

97%

$208,094

www.flowerybranchga.org

F, NC

Forest Park

Clayton

196

48

100%

$38,034

www.forestparkga.org

F, EN

Gainesville

Hall

970

95

95%

$199,082

www.gainesville.org

F, EN, NC

Flowery Branch

Grant Park

Fulton

www.grantpark.org

YP, F, EN, HA, W

Grantville

Coweta

63

74

97%

$92,709

www.grantvillega.org

F, EN

• Data is not available for these neighborhoods/areas.

* Information provided by SmartNumbers (770-424-5128, www.smartnumbers.com).

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KEY TO NEIGHBORHOODS’ DISTINGUISHING CHARACTERISTICS

Neighborhood

Families/Kid-Friendly (F) Young Professionals (YP)

County

Homes Avg. days sold 2013 on market

Empty Nesters (EN) New Construction/Newer Homes (NC)

Classic Architecture/Historic Appeal (HA) Walking Distance to Shopping/Dining (W)

International Draw (I)

Sale price vs. list price

Average sale price

Website

Distinguishing Characteristics

Grayson

Gwinnett

205

72

98%

$189,733

www.cityofgrayson.org

F, EN, NC

Griffin

Spalding

582

86

94%

$74,828

www.cityofgriffin.com

F, EN

Hampton

Henry

319

73

98%

$172,265

www.cityofhampton-ga.gov

F, HA

Hapeville

Fulton

18

80

96%

$96,152

www.hapeville.org

F, YP, W, HA

Paulding

270

46

98%

$110,954

www.cityofhiramga.gov

F, EN

Butts

199

88

93%

$93,673

www.cityofjacksonga.com

F, EN, NC

Hiram Jackson Johns Creek Jonesboro Kennesaw

Fulton

573

61

97%

$395,662

www.johnscreekga.gov

F, NC

Clayton

869

51

98%

$74,454

www.jonesboroga.com

F, NC, HA

Cobb

1176

58

98%

$216,347

www.kennesaw-ga.gov

F, EN, NC, HA

Lawrenceville

Gwinnett

2641

53

99%

$144,476

www.lawrencevillega.org

F, EN, W, HA, NC

Lilburn

Gwinnett

651

67

98%

$153,516

www.cityoflilburn.com

F, HA, NC, I

Lithia Springs

Douglas

158

51

98%

$96,078

www.celebratedouglascounty.com

F, EN

Lithonia

DeKalb

863

72

99%

$78,776

www.co.dekalb.ga.us

F,NC

Fulton, DeKalb

www.littlefivepoints.net

YP, W

Little Five Points Locust Grove Loganville Lula

Henry

378

54

97%

$143,071

www.locustgrove-ga.gov

F, HA, NC

Gwinnett

392

54

99%

$143,086

www.loganville-ga.gov

F, NC

Hall

59

85

97%

$87,635

www.hallcounty.org

F, EN

Mableton

Cobb

615

42

99%

$200,089

www.cobbcounty.org

F, EN, NC

Marietta

Cobb

2745

59

97%

$291,100

www.mariettaga.gov

F, YP, HA, NC

McDonough

Henry

1321

61

98%

$154,183

www.mcdonoughga.org

F, HA, EN, NC

Midtown

Fulton

www.midtownatlanta.org

YP, F, W, HA

Milton

Fulton

301

83

96%

$551,227

www.cityofmiltonga.us

F, EN, NC

Monroe

Walton

451

86

95%

$137,608

www.monroega.us

F, EN

Morrow

Clayton

173

53

99%

$61,745

www.cityofmorrow.com

F, EN

Newnan

Coweta

1440

71

97%

$182,102

www.ci.newnan.ga.us

F, HA, EN, NC

Norcross

Gwinnett

812

36

98%

$165,819

www.norcrossga.net

F, NC, HA

Oakwood

Hall

108

42

96%

$102,410

www.cityofoakwood.net

F, EN

Newton

116

64

96%

$139,677

www.oxfordgeorgia.org

F, EN, HA

Oxford Palmetto

Fulton

73

67

97%

$84,130

www.citypalmetto.com

F, EN

Peachtree City

Fayette

614

62

96%

$269,970

www.peachtree-city.org

F, EN, W, NC F, EN, HA, NC

Powder Springs

Cobb

742

66

98%

$184,989

www.cityofpowdersprings.org

Rex

Clayton

177

57

101%

$57,741

www.claytoncountyga.gov

F, EN

Riverdale

Clayton

532

57

99%

$49,959

www.riverdalega.gov

YP, EN, HA

Roswell

Fulton

1459

49

97%

$315,194

www.roswellgov.com

F, YP, EN, HA, NC

Sandy Springs North

Fulton

841

32

96%

$292,342

www.sandyspringsga.org

F, YP, NC

Sandy Springs South

Fulton

433

68

95%

$549,248

www.sandyspringsga.org

F, YP, NC

Senoia

Coweta

289

64

98%

$197,150

www.senoia.com

F, HA, NC

Sharpsburg

Coweta

300

72

97%

$212,068

www.coweta.ga.us

F, EN

Smyrna

Cobb

1288

45

98%

$228,209

www.smyrnacity.com

F, YP, NC

Snellville

F, NC

Gwinnett

956

76

98%

$175,811

www.snellville.org

Stockbridge

Henry

569

65

97%

$102,682

www.cityofstockbridge.com

F, NC

Stone Mountain

DeKalb

885

82

97%

$159,977

www.stonemountaincity.org

F, HA, NC

Sugar Hill

Gwinnett

403

52

98%

$191,755

www.cityofsugarhill.com

F, NC

Suwanee

Gwinnett

833

63

97%

$258,620

www.suwanee.com

F, EN, YP, NC, W

Temple

Carroll

196

61

96%

$84,508

www.templega.us

F

Tucker

DeKalb

341

64

96%

$159,223

www.tuckerga.com

F, NC, HA F, EN, HA

Tyrone

Fayette

116

87

96%

$278,381

www.tyrone.org

Union City

Fulton

259

71

101%

$77,375

www.unioncityga.org

F, EN

Villa Rica

Carroll

381

66

96%

$106,234

www.villarica.org

F, EN, NC

Vinings

Cobb

250

25

98%

$475,938

www.viningsga.org

F, YP, EN, HA

Virginia Highland

Fulton

1737

19

97%

$322,337

www.virginiahighland.com

YP, HA, W

Cherokee

111

118

96%

$195,789

www.cityofwaleska.com

F, HA

Barrow

573

60

98%

$108,713

www.cityofwinder.com

F, EN, HA

Douglas

106

63

96%

$139,269

www.celebratedouglascounty.com

F, EN

Cherokee

1615

53

97%

$196,799

www.woodstockga.gov

F, NC

Waleska Winder Winston Woodstock

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Empire State South

Southern Cuisine Gets a Memorable Makeover by Rachael Mason as an always-changing selection of local and national brews. There’s also an extensive list of wines available by the bottle or by the glass, which changes seasonally. The cocktail list, which changes regularly, offers such concoctions as the Jack on Fire (black tea-infused Armagnac, absinthe, lemon and sparkling red wine) or the Admiral’s Grog (scotch, rum, sherry, vanilla, clove and hot water). For brunch, you’ll want to try the amusingly named Corpse

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ven if you’re not from Georgia, you may have heard of Athens restaurateur Hugh Acheson, or seen his turn as a judge on Top Chef: Texas. The celebrity chef is known for his modern takes on Southern dishes, and his Atlanta outpost is no exception. At Empire State South, which opened in 2010, executive chef Josh Hopkins follows through on Acheson’s mission, expertly tweaking preconceived notions of Southern cuisine. Though the restaurant is located at the high-profile intersection of 10th and Peachtree streets in Midtown (right across from the Margaret Mitchell House), don’t expect to see it from the sidewalk; it’s actually inside the 999 Peachtree building. Enter through an exterior door and you’ll find yourself at the host stand. Come in through the lobby of 999 Peachtree and you’ll be at the coffee counter, open all day long. The restaurant exudes a comfortable, rustic charm, with grainy wood tables, upholstered bench seating and servers in plaid or checked button shirts. Empire State South is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Morning visits are well worth a trip for the can’t-miss buttermilk biscuits, which can be ordered with bacon, breakfast sausage or fried chicken and topped with pimento cheese, pepper jelly or even a scrambled egg, if you’d like. (Weekend brunch offers another chance to enjoy these tasty biscuits.) If it’s on the menu, try the shrimp and grits, made with Georgia shrimp. The No. 1 customer pick on a recent midday menu was the Superfood ($17), a dish of hanger steak, lettuce, lentils with turnips, wheat berries with turmeric and peppers, beets with chow chow and strawberries with ricotta. This popular item changes often. Other notable lunch options include the Empire State South hot dog ($11) with stout mustard, chopped pickles, pickled japalenos and sweet potato chips; charred octopus ($15) served with broccoli, bok choi, blood orange and Carolina Gold rice grits; and the halibut po’ boy ($12) with remoulade, lettuce, capers, fennel and local greens. At dinner, expect to find entrees like Georgia trout ($31) served with morel mushrooms, bok choi, butternut squash and preserved lemon, or stuffed quail ($30) with Andouille sausage, onions, fennel, grits and chow pea vinaigrette. Whether you’re having lunch The or dinner, order the yummy pimento cheese Hours: Breakfast and lunch Mon-Fri; with bacon marmalade as a starter, served in Brunch Sun; Dinner Mon-Sun a small jar. Other starters include catfish sauReservations: Highly recommended sage, roasted strawberries and escarole, veal Phone: 404-541-1105 Parking: Garage sweetbreads and artisan cheeses. Attire: Casual If you’re just stopping by for a drink, you’ll find a range of specialty coffees, as well

ABOVE: The pastry table at Empire State South. LEFT: The dining room exudes a comfortable, rustic charm.

Reviver No. 2, with Blue Coat gin, triple sec, Cocchi Americano Appertivo, lemon juice and absinthe rinse. Enjoy your cocktail in the appealing courtyard that looks out on a bocce court, which sees a lot of use in the evenings. Do keep in mind that if you’re planDETAILS ning to have dinner at Empire State Atmosphere: Rustic chic South, reservations are in order—and Recommendations: Superfood, pimento you’ll want to make them well in adcheese and marmalade, breakfast biscuits. vance, even for lunch. The menu changLocation: 999 Peachtree St. Atlanta, GA 30309 es often, but no matter when you come, Web: www.empirestatesouth.com you’ll always be pleased by what you find here. N www.newcomeratlanta.com | Newcomer Magazine | 31


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Jekyll Island Club Hotel

TOP: (Left) The Together Suite at the Spa at Sea Island; (Right) The lake and gazebo at Chateau Elan Spa. BOTTOM RIGHT: The grounds of the Jekyll Island Club Hotel.

Get away from it all by stepping back into the luxurious past. As the Victorian era faded into the 20th century, some of the country’s wealthiest citizens vacationed in palatial cottages and a magnificent clubhouse on this barrier island off the Georgia coast just south of Savannah. Get a taste of what it might have been like to hobnob with Rockefellers and other famous names during a stay at the Jekyll Island Club Hotel, an iconic island landmark with 56 rooms, a distinctive turret and intricate latticework. Rooms and suites in four restored mansions offer such posh accommodations as porches, fireplaces, spa bathrooms and French doors that open to adjacent lawns. Along with a private beach and dock, the hotel sports an array of recreational options, including nature walks, horseback riding, canoeing, carriage rides and golf. Dining at the club is an attraction all its own; the high teas, Sunday brunch and exquisitely prepared meals will make you feel as if you’re dining at the turn of the last century. 912-635-2600, www.jekyllclub.com.

Built in the style of a classic French chateau nestled in a vineyard, this resort in northeast Georgia offers a variety of escape options. Enjoy elegantly appointed rooms in the main inn, or book a villa for up to six people, complete with gourmet kitchens and rustically designed living areas. The resort’s spa has 14 guest suites designed to foster relaxation, with oversized soaking tubs, glass showers and more. Tour the vineyards, golf, take a swim, attend a wine tasting and dine in one of seven themed restaurants, ranging from classic French and Southern cuisine to Irish pub fare. 678425-0900, www.chateauelan.com.

Sea Island What began in 1928 as an intimate seaside hotel has become the getaway of choice for heads of state from around the world looking for time away from the public eye. This ideal beach getaway off the Georgia coast features natural and manmade amenities without equal. Stay at the Cloister, the 34 | Newcomer Magazine | www.newcomeratlanta.com

Lodge at Sea Island Golf Club or guest cottages, all of which share access to a private beach, three golf courses, tennis and squash courts and nature outings. The island is home to a five-star spa, a hunting preserve, a number of acclaimed restaurants and an array of water sports. It also played host to the G-8 Summit of world leaders in 2004. 800-732-4752, www.seaisland.com.

Reynolds Plantation Part resort, part residential community, Reynolds Plantation is the ideal spot for a luxurious escape. Situated on 10,000 acres around Lake Oconee, less than 90 minutes’ drive from downtown Atlanta, the area boasts such amenities as boating from two marinas, water sports, tennis, nature trails, horseback riding, a luxurious spa, fine dining in six restaurants and five championship golf courses designed by some of the sport’s top players and designers. Guests can choose between condos, private cottages and the Ritz-Carlton Lodge, where the hotel’s dedication to premium pampering is part of the appeal. 706-467-3131, www.reynoldsplantation.com.

PHOTO: (Top left) Courtesy of Sea Island.

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Atlanta WHY I L VE

Larry-Douglas Embury

WHERE AMERICA REUNITED

Fitzgerald,Georgia

Larry-Douglas Embury is organist-in-residence at the Fox Theatre. How long have you lived in Atlanta? I moved to Atlanta on May 17, 2002.

What’s your favorite thing about living in Atlanta? I came to Atlanta and the Fox Theatre because it has the “Mighty Mo,” a 1929 concert pipe organ that is the largest working Möller theatre organ in the world. So the “Mighty Mo” is my favorite thing. I also enjoy the Georgia Aquarium and the fabulous restaurants. You can go several blocks and get a taste of the world.

What’s your favorite neighborhood? My favorite area is Emory/Druid Hills, where they filmed part of the movie Driving Miss Daisy. I live in the area and it has a lot of character and architecture. Plus, it’s only 15 minutes from the Fox, and you can get anywhere in the city quickly.

What’s your favorite weekend activity? 800-386-4642

fitztourism@mchsi.com

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I can’t always do it because of my schedule at the Fox, but I enjoy going to Braves games. I’m originally from California, so the Giants were my team, but now the Braves have become my team. I also enjoy the Falcons. I love football and baseball. Also, during the Coca-Cola Summer Film Festival we have a sing-along, [and] we sing “Take Me Out to the Ballgame” while I play the organ. When we sing that song, the Braves win!


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GETTING STARTED

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THERE Driver’s License

Out-of-state drivers are required to obtain a Georgia driver’s license within 30 days. To obtain your license, you will need to provide the following: 1) Previous driver’s license; 2) Two pieces of identification; 3) An eye exam at the time of issue; 4) A $20 fee (in cash) for a five-year license, or a $35 fee for a 10-year license. Licenses are issued through the Georgia Department of Driver Services at several sites across Atlanta. Call 678-413-8400 or visit www.dds.ga.gov.

Mass Transit

One way to avoid long commutes is to take advantage of the city’s local transit system, Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA). Offering both train and bus service, MARTA is a convenient way to travel to downtown or the airport. The fee for traveling one way is $2.00 including transfers, and payment is even easier now with the Breeze limited-use and extendeduse cards. Weekly and monthly passes can be obtained at discounted rates. For fares, schedule and route information call 404848-5000 or visit www.itsmarta.com.

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Car Tag

MARTA Rail Service

You must register your car within 30 days of residency. Bring with you the following information: 1) Car title, name and address of lienholder, or copy of lease agreement; 2) Current tag registration; 3) Mileage reading of vehicle; 4) Proof of insurance; 5) Emission certificate (if applicable). There is an approximate $20 fee for your tag. In January 2006, the state began charging sales tax


GETTING STARTED on vehicles. Your tag office will provide the amount of sales tax on your vehicle. For information on a specific county, contact the appropriate county’s Tax Commissioner’s Office.

Vehicle Emission Inspection

Vehicles dating from 1985 through 2006 model year must be checked each year for emission standard compliance. Visit a statedesignated inspection station for the service. Call 800-449-2471 or visit www.cleanairforce.com.

Driving Tips

The Georgia DOT provides daily updates of road work, road closings and traffic delays, which are helpful when commuting. Updates can be obtained by calling (toll free) 1-877-694-2511, by dialing 511, or by visiting www.georgia-navigator.com.

NEED TO KNOW Voter Registration

Registration applies to U.S. citizens at least 18 years of age. You have up to 30 days before an election to register. Register at your local Voter Registration Office and most public libraries. Refer to the AT&T directory for locations, or download a registration form at www.sos.georgia.gov.

Making a Phone Call All phone numbers in the metro Atlanta area include the area code plus the sevendigit number. To make a phone call, dial one of the four area codes (404, 770, 678 and 470) and the seven-digit number. In general, 404 is designated for intown areas and 770 for suburbs; the 678 and 470 area codes overlay both areas. Cell phone subscribers can choose from any area code when signing up for service.

Registering for School By law, children must be 5 years old on or before September 1 to enter kindergarten and 6 years old on or before September 1 to enter the first grade. To enroll your child in either kindergarten or first grade, you will need to provide the child’s social security number; a vision, hearing, and dental screening from a family practitioner or local health clinic; and immunization records on Georgia State Form 3231.

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COUNTY INFORMATION EDUCATION pUBLIC schools Bartow County Schools Board of Education: 770-606-5800 Elementary Schools Middle Schools High Schools Career Academy Per-pupil expenditures: School & bus information

Bartow County

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The Booth Western Art Museum ADAIRSVILLE

Avg. SAT Scores Bartow Co. 1440 Georgia 1452 National 1498 pRivate schools Visit our Web site at newcomeratlanta.com for a list of private schools in this county.

UTILITIES & CONTACTS Electricity City of Cartersville 770-387-5631 Georgia Power Company 888-660-5890 Gas Georgia’s natural gas market is deregulated. For a list of providers for this county, visit www.newcomeratlanta.com.

Telephone AT&T Residential 770-382-9743 Water Bartow County Water Department 770-387-5170 Cable TV AT&T 866-271-9724 Comcast 800-266-2278 Hospitals Cartersville Medical Center 770-382-1530 Emory Heart & Vascular Center 404-778-8400

the county seat after nearby Cassville was largely destroyed by Union General William Sherman. Located within the hills of North Georgia, Cartersville boasts several museums, including the Tellus Science Museum, the Booth Western Art Museum, the Rose Lawn Museum and the Bartow History Center. It is also home to the Etowah Indian Mounds Historic Site, featuring prehistoric mounds dating back more than 1,000 years. Natural attractions including Lake Allatoona, Red Top Mountain State Park and the Pine Mountain Trail provide residents with outdoor recreation options and other familyfriendly activities. Today, Cartersville boasts a population of more than 19,000 residents, and has its own school district made up of five schools, from pre-K to high school.

WHITE Originally named Cass County, BARTOW Bartow County was renamed after CARTERSVILLE Colonel Francis S. Bartow in 1861. EMERSON Rich in Native American history, the county was created from part of Cherokee County in 1832. The county saw great devastation during the Civil County www.bartowga.org The first Georgia War, which was especially Neighborhoods www.cityofcartersville.org town to be registered in tragic after the prosperous www.adairsvillega.net the National Register of antebellum period the area had Historic Places, Adairsville enjoyed. Union General William Schools www.bartow.k12.ga.us Sherman burned nearby Cassville, was named after Chief John Median household income: $49,060 the original county seat, to the Adair, a Scottish settler who Median age of residents: 35.6 ground in 1864; the county married a Cherokee Indian Population: 100,661 seat was moved in 1867 to girl. The Western and Sales tax: 7% Cartersville, where it remains. Atlantic Railroad played Chamber of Commerce Though Cassville never a central part in the city’s 770-382-1466, www.cartersvillechamber.com recovered from the war, the growth in the mid-1800s, as Property Taxes county and Cartersville benefited local businesses flourished Per $1,000 of assessed value is: from the area’s natural resources around the depot. SixtyUnincorporated Bartow County, $27.73 and transportation. Mining and five miles from both Atlanta Cartersville, $30.73 agriculture became important and Chattanooga, the city Adairsville, $32.66 parts of the local economy along is perfect for an overnight Tax Commissioner: 770-387-5111 with textiles, corn and cotton. stay, especially at the . Today, the county offers a Currently, the county employs a nearby Barnsley Gardens tight-knit community, with a great sole commissioner form of government, Resort, which offers spa treatments, school system and affordable housing. and is the largest county to have such a gardens, restaurants, golf and In addition to Cartersville, the county government in the state. Georgia is the beautiful English cottages sure to is also home to the cities of Adairsville, only remaining state to allow for sole take your breath away. Kingston, Euharlee and Emerson. commissioner governments. Adairsville is also an antiques Attractions include the Euharlee lover’s dream, with the Georgia Covered Bridge and History Museum, North Antique Mall and the 1902 the Noble Hill-Wheeler Memorial Stock Exchange shop both in the Center, the Civil War Museum in small downtown area. N Kingston, the world’s first Coca Cola outdoor advertisement and abundant For more counties and neighborhood Incorporated in 1850, Cartersville nature trails in such spots as Pine Top information, visit our Web site at is full of history. The city became Mountain and Red Top Mountain. www.newcomeratlanta.com

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Neighborhoods

Cartersville

Adairsville


COUNTY INFORMATION

Cherokee County

EDUCATION public schools Cherokee County Schools Board of Education 770-479-1871

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Photo: Georgia Dept. of Economic Development

County www.cherokeega.com Neighborhoods www.canton-georgia.com www.woodstockga.gov www.cityofballground.com www.hollyspringsga.us www.cityofwaleska.com Schools www.cherokee.k12.ga.us Median household income: $63,518 Median age of residents: 34 Population: 210,529 Sales tax: 6% Chamber of Commerce Cherokee County 770-345-0400, www.cherokeechamber.com Property Taxes Per $1,000 of assessed value is: Unincorporated Cherokee County, $26.80; Incorporated Cherokee County, $24.06. Tax Commissioner: 678-493-6400

Cagle Dairy Farm, Canton

Located northwest of Atlanta, Cherokee County gets its name from the original inhabitants of the area, the Cherokee Indians. The county seat, then called Etowah, was established in 1833 and renamed Canton in 1834. Today, the city is enjoying its greatest economic boom in its history since more than $60 million was invested in residential and commercial development in 1998. Despite developing its own industrial base, Cherokee County remains idyllic and serene. Farming, especially poultry processing, remains a leading industry. Canton and the neighboring community of Woodstock have seen tremendous growth as subdivisions crop up to accommodate newcomers. In fact, nearly 60 percent of the county’s population are commuters. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the median value of homes in 2006 was $194,900. Homes for well over $1 million can be purchased in such neighborhoods as Bradshaw Farms, Bridge Mill and Town Lake Hills. Interstate 575 and Ga. Highway 92 traverse the county, affording residents easy access to Atlanta and the nearby attractions of Town Center Mall, Lake Allatoona and the North Georgia Mountains. Other great places to live,

Ridge Mountains and along the banks of the Etowah River, Canton is prime location for development.

Woodstock

work and play in Cherokee County include the cities of Ball Ground, Holly Springs and Waleska.

Neighborhoods

Canton Canton was incorporated in 1833 and renamed in 1834 at the request of two founding fathers who had visions that the town might become a silk center similar to what existed in Canton, China. Canton did become famous for its “Canton Denim,” known worldwide for the high-quality denim produced by Canton Cotton Mills. Today, Canton is attracting new industry and residents. As a result, the city is re-investing in its downtown. As part of its “Streetscapes” program, downtown Canton will be restored to its historic look and features a newly designed theater on Main Street. Located at the foothills of the Blue

Twelve miles south of Canton, Woodstock is the fastest-growing city in Cherokee County. With a growth rate of 70 percent over the past 10 years, the city has doubled in size. Residents enjoy easy access to Interstate 575 and Ga. Highway 92, allowing short commutes to Cobb and Fulton counties. While affording convenience to big-city attractions, Woodstock still maintains its small-town appeal. Buildings dating back to 1879 characterize the downtown, where antique and other specialty shops are located. Various golf courses are located in Woodstock, including Arnold Palmer’s Eagle Watch, a course with wooded countryside views that is considered to be one of the top places to play in Atlanta. The 11,860-acre Lake Allatoona provides additional recreation. Woodstock is also convenient to more than 13 state parks. N For more counties and neighborhood information, visit our Web site at www.newcomeratlanta.com

Elementary Schools 22 Middle Schools 7 Intermediate Schools 1 High Schools 6 Alternative 1 Evening 1 Per-pupil expenditures $8,578 School & bus information: 770-720-2112 Avg. SAT Scores Cherokee Co. 1560 Georgia 1460 National 1509 pRivate schools Visit our Web site at newcomeratlanta.com for a list of private schools in this county.

UTILITIES & CONTACTS HOME SERVICES Cobb Energy (Electricity, Security, Telephone and Satellite TV) 770-429-2222 Electricity 706-276-2362 Amicalola EMC Cobb EMC 770-429-2100 Georgia Power 888-660-5890 Sawnee EMC

770-887-2363

Gas Georgia’s natural gas market is deregulated. For a list of providers for this county, visit www.newcomeratlanta.com. Telephone AT&T 888-436-8638 ETC Communications 678-454-1212 TDS Telecom-Nelson 770-735-2000 Ball Ground Windstream 800-501-1754 Water Cherokee County Water Authority City of Ball Ground City of Canton City of Waleska

770-479-1813 770-735-2123 770-704-1500 770-479-2912

City of Woodstock

770-926-8852

Cable TV Charter Communications 888-438-2427 Comcast 404-266-2278 ETC Communications

678-454-1212

Hospitals Northside Hospital-Cherokee 770-720-5100 Wellstar Kennestone Hospital 770-793-5000

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COUNTY INFORMATION EDUCATION

pUBLIC schools Cobb County Schools Board of Education 770-426-3300 Elementary Schools 71 25 Middle Schools High Schools 16 Magnet 6 Charter 6 Special 4 Per-pupil expenditures $8,816 770-422-3500

Elementary Schools 7 Middle Schools 1 1 High Schools Sixth-Grade 1 Magnet 1 Per-pupil expenditures $9,061 School and bus information 678-594-8000 Avg. SAT Scores

Cobb Co. 1534 Marietta City 1514 Georgia 1460 National 1509 pRivate schools Visit our Web site at newcomeratlanta.com for a list of private schools in this county.

UTILITIES & CONTACTS HOME SERVICES Cobb Energy (Electricity, Security, Telephone and Satellite TV) 770-429-2222 ELECTRICITY Acworth Power 770-974-5233 770-429-2100 Cobb EMC Georgia Power 888-660-5890 770-942-6576 GreyStone Power Corp. Marietta Power/ Columbia Energy 770-794-5100 GAS Georgia’s natural gas market is deregulated. For a list of providers for this county, visit www.newcomeratlanta.com. TELEPHONE 888-436-8638 AT&T Comcast 404-266-2278 MCI Worldcom 770-541-7235 Outside Georgia 800-356-3094 WATER Austell Water Cobb County Water Systems Marietta Water Powder Springs Water Smyrna Water

770-944-4300 770-423-1000 770-794-5100 770-943-8000 770-319-5338

CABLE TV Bellsouth Multimedia 770-360-5000 Charter Communications 888-438-2427 Comcast 404-266-2278 HOSPITALS Emory Adventist Hospital 770-434-0710 WellStar Cobb Hospital 770-732-4000 WellStar Kennestone Hospital 770-793-5000 WellStar Windy Hill Hospital 770-644-1000

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Photo: Georgia Dept. of Economic Development

Marietta City Schools Board of Education

Neighborhoods

Kennesaw

One of Family Circle magaCobb County came into zine’s “Ten Best Towns for Famibeing in 1832 when the state lies,” Kennesaw takes pride in its County www.cobbcountyga.gov redistributed land once part small-town atmosphere and boasts Neighborhoods www.austellga.org of the Cherokee Nation. abundant parks and green space, www.mariettaga.gov Named after Thomas exceptional recreational programs www.ci.smyrna.ga.us Welch Cobb, the county and top-notch schools, includ www.kennesaw-ga.gov experienced a devastating ing Kennesaw State University. www.cityofpowdersprings.org Kennesaw’s Historic Downtown setback during the Civil War when most of it was features shopping, dining and atSchools www.cobb.k12.ga.us destroyed during the Battle tractions such as the Smithsonian www.marietta-city.org at Kennesaw Mountain. affiliated Southern Museum of Median household income: $65,123 Today, Cobb County, Civil War and Locomotive History, Median age of residents: 35 located north of Fulton the Smith-Gilbert Arboretum and Population: 698,158 County, is one of the fastnearby Kennesaw Mountain NaSales tax: 6% est-growing counties in the tional Battlefield Park. Chamber of Commerce nation. With a diverse ecoCobb County nomic base that includes 770-980-2000, www.cobbchamber.org Rapidly defining what’s new jobs in the service, retail, Property Taxes and progressive in quality of life aerospace and technology The property tax is $28.75 per $1,000 of assessed and citizen services, Smyrna sectors, Cobb County ofvalue. Tax Commissioner: 770-980-2000 delivers an amazing sense of style fers a quality of life unsurand love of life. The new Market passed in the Southeast. More than $770 million has been spent luxury apartments and condos near Village, home to fabulous restaurants, on transportation improvements in Cumberland Mall, secluded sub- bars and upscale shops and services, recent years, allowing residents easy divisions in East Cobb and horse is the final piece of a master plan for access to Atlanta and the commer- ranches in the northwest corner success. Call it “Main Street USA” or cial districts of Vinings Overlook, of the county. The small towns of “Disneyland,” but don’t overlook its Cumberland Parkway and the pres- Marietta, Vinings, Smyrna and Aus- charm and ability to offer the best in tigious “Platinum Triangle” in the tell still retain their Southern charm fresh, trendy lifestyle options. N Galleria area. amidst urban settings. According to For more counties and neighborhood A variety of housing options the Census Bureau, the median valinformation, visit our Web site at www.newcomeratlanta.com exist in Cobb County, including ue of homes in 2006 was $205,200.

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COUNTY INFORMATION

DeKalb County

Photo: Georgia Dept. of Economic Development

Located east of Fulton County, DeKalb County is the second largest county in the state with a population of about 705,000. DeKalb County contributes to Atlanta’s status as an “ international city” with its businesses and residences representing more than 30 different countries and 120 languages.

Neighborhoods

Decatur The county seat of DeKalb, Decatur is a charming historic city known for its recreation and pedestrian-friendly streets. Its beating heart

The square is also home to some beautiful public art, and hosts numerous festivals, town celebrations and neighborhood events. Decatur is home to a diverse population, attracting young professionals, families, retirees and bright young college students—the city is home to the prestigious women’s university Agnes Scott College, and world-renowned Emory University is just outside the city limits. Older brick homes, smaller bungalows and cottage homes distinguish the community and the surrounding neighborhoods of Avondale Estates, Oakhurst and Candler Park.

Dunwoody

Emory University

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DeKalb County prosCounty www.co.dekalb.ga.us pers in part due to its exNeighborhoods www.decaturga.com cellent transportation sys- www.druidhills.org tem. Five major road ar- www.dunwoodyga.org teries traverse the county: www.candlerpark.org www.stonemountaincity.org Interstates 20, 85, 285, 675 and US Highway 78. www.dekalb.k12.ga.us Schools Hartsfield-Jackson Inter www.csdecatur.net national Airport is only six miles from DeKalb’s Median household income: $51,753 southern border and the Median age of residents: 35 Population: 739,956 DeKalb Peachtree AirSales tax: 7% port, a general aviation field, is reported to be Chamber of Commerce DeKalb County the second busiest air404-378-8000, www.dekalbchamber.org port in Georgia. DeKalb County is also a leader in Property Taxes the biomedical commu- The property tax rate is $41.50 per $1,000 for unincorporated DeKalb County. Tax Commissioner: nity with The Center for 404-298-4000 Disease Control headis the Courthouse Square, which quartered there. The median value of homes in features an eclectic mix of store2006, according to the Census Bu- front boutiques and shops, restaurants and entertainment options. reau, was $190,100.

In the northern corner of the county is Dunwoody, a popular neighborhood among established professionals and young, upwardly mobile professionals raising families. It is often referred to as the “tennis set” neighborhood because of its numerous recreational outlets that include Lynwood Park and Recreation Center, as well as Blackburn Park and Tennis Center. Cultural attractions include the Dunwoody Nature Center and the Spruill Gallery. A variety of housing is available in Dunwoody, including apartments, townhomes, ranch-style homes, bungalows and mini-mansions with manicured lawns. Nearby Perimeter Mall provides shopping, dining and family entertainment. With its proximity to all major expressways and North Fulton’s booming business opportunities, Dunwoody is a hotspot for families. N For more counties and neighborhood information, visit our Web site at www.newcomeratlanta.com

EDUCATION pUBLIC schools DeKalb County Schools Board of Education 678-676-1200 Elementary Schools 83 Middle Schools 20 High Schools 20 Per-pupil expenditures $9,896 School & bus information 678-676-1300 City Schools of Decatur Board of Education

404-370-4400

Early Learning 1 Elementary Schools 4 Middle Schools 1 High Schools 1 Per-pupil expenditures $13,444 School & bus information 404-370-8737 Avg. SAT Scores DeKalb Co. 1334 City of Decatur 1577 Georgia 1460 National 1509 pRivate schools Visit our Web site at newcomeratlanta.com for a list of private schools in this county.

UTILITIES & CONTACTS Electricity Georgia Power

404-395-7611

Snapping Shoals EMC

770-786-3484

Walton EMC

770-972-2917

Gas Georgia’s natural gas market is deregulated. For a list of providers for this county, visit www.newcomeratlanta.com. Telephone AT&T

888-436-8638

Bellsouth

404-780-2355 Water

DeKalb County Water System 770-621-7200 Cable TV Charter Communication

877-728-3121

Comcast Cablevision

404-266-2278

Hospitals Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta at Egleston

404-785-6000

DeKalb Medical Center

404-501-1000

Emory University Hospital

404-712-2000

Piedmont Hospital and Medical Care Center

404-605-5000

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COUNTY INFORMATION EDUCATION

pUBLIC schools Fulton County Schools Board of Education 404-768-3600 Elementary Schools 58 Middle Schools 19 High Schools 17 Charter 8 Centers 4 Per-pupil expenditures $9,561 404-802-3500

Elementary Schools 52 14 Middle Schools High Schools 20 Charter 15 Alternative 6 Per-pupil expenditures: $13,069 School & bus information: 404-802-5500 Avg. SAT Scores Fulton Co. 1567 Georgia 1452 National 1498 pRivate schools Visit our Web site at newcomeratlanta.com for a list of private schools in this county.

UTILITIES & CONTACTS Electricity City of College Park 404-669-3759 City of East Point 404-270-7010 City of Fairburn 770-964-3481 City of Palmetto 770-463-3322 Georgia Power 888-660-5890 Gas Georgia’s natural gas market is deregulated. For a list of providers for this county, visit www.newcomeratlanta.com. Telephone AT&T 866-271-9724 Comcast 404-266-2278

Fulton County

Water

404-730-6830

Cable TV Charter Communications 887-906-9121 Comcast 404-266-2278 Hospitals Atlanta Medical Center 404-265-4000 Atlanta VA Medical Center 404-321-6111 Center for the Visually Impaired 404-875-9011 Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta at Hughes Spalding 404-785-9500 Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta at Scottish Rite 404-785-5252 Emory University Hospital Midtown 404-778-2000 Grady Memorial Hospital 404-606-1000 North Fulton Regional Hospital 770-751-2500 Northside Hospital 404-851-8000 Piedmont Hospital 404-605-5000 Shepherd Center 404-352-2020 St. Joseph’s Hospital 678-843-7001

Fulton County serves as the center of the metro Atlanta area. With 90 percent of the city of Atlanta, including the state’s capital building, located within its borders, it sits at the hub of the area’s financial, transportation, retail, communications and cultural services. A number of Fortune 500 companies, including the Coca-Cola Company, Delta Air Lines and UPS, are headquartered here. More than 970,000 people live in Fulton County, drawn by its convenience to Interstates 75, 85 and 285 and Georgia State Route 400. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the median value of homes in the county is $246,200. Fulton is home to many of Atlanta’s signature neighborhoods, including its bustling downtown district. Older neighborhoods like Inman Park, Grant Park, Candler Park and Virginia-Highland offer affordable housing, pedestrianfriendly layouts and plentiful parks and recreational options. Midtown Atlanta is the heart of Atlanta’s cultural scene, with the Woodruff Arts Center (home to the Alliance Theatre, the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and the High Museum of Art) and the historic Fox Theatre, as well as a host of art galleries. Midtown’s Piedmont Park, the city’s most popular green space, hosts many outdoor festivals and concerts.

filled with high-rises, upscale restaurants, the Governor’s Mansion, the historic Swan House and the Atlanta History Center. Buckhead is also an entertainment and dining hotspot. With more than 200 restaurants, bars shops and luxury hotels, the Buckhead area is a magnet for young professionals.

Photo: Georgia Dept. of Economic Development.

Atlanta Public Schools Board of Education

Fulton County

Downtown Atlanta skyline

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Neighborhoods

Buckhead

Buckhead is “where old money lives and new money parties,” according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. With its mixture of mansions and uniquely styled homes, Buckhead is a favorite among architecture and history buffs. Convenient to Georgia 400, Interstate 85 and MARTA, it’s

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Alpharetta

One of metro Atlanta’s most vibrant and affluent cities, Alpharetta is home to approximately 62,000 residents, according to 2012 U.S. Census Bureau estimates. They're drawn to its mix of big-city vitality and small-town charm, as well as its many amenities and affordable housing options. Homes range Median household income: $57,664 from large apartment comMedian age of residents: 34 munities to elegant subPopulation: 977,773 divisions, with a median Sales tax: 7%, Atlanta City: 8% value of $324,300. Chamber of Commerce Alpharetta offers a vaGreater North Fulton riety of parks and outdoor 770-993-8806, www.gnfcc.com Metro Atlanta attractions, including the 404-880-9000, www.metroatlantachamber.com Big Creek Greenway trail. South Fulton Shoppers flock to North 770-964-1984, www.southfultonchamber.com Point Mall for a multiProperty Taxes tude of retail options. The The property tax rate per $1,000 of assessed value is: city’s historic downtown $44.12 for the City of Atlanta; $29.13 for incorporated area boasts an appealing Fulton County; $41.60 for unincorporated Fulton town square surrounded County; $33.75 for Johns Creek; $33.86 for Sandy by restaurants and shops. Springs. Tax Commissioner: 404-613-6100 The Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre hosts big-name The neighborhood also offers numerconcerts each summer. N ous antique stores, art galleries and For more counties and neighborhood mall shopping at Lenox Square and information, visit our Web site at www.newcomeratlanta.com Phipps Plaza.

County www.co.fulton.ga.us Neighborhoods www.alpharetta.ga.us www.buckhead.net www.virginiahighland.com www.eastpointcity.org www.collegeparkga.com www.hapeville.org www.roswellgov.com www.sandyspringsga.org www.fultonschools.org Schools www.atlanta.k12.ga.us


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COUNTY INFORMATION pUBLIC schools Gwinnett County Schools Board of Education: 678-301-6000 Elementary Schools 72 Middle Schools 24 High Schools 20 Alternative 6 Open Campus 1 Per-pupil expenditures: $8,338 City Schools of Buford Board of Education:

770-945-5035

Elementary Schools 1 Middle Schools 1 High Schools 1 Academy 1 Per-pupil expenditures $10,198 Avg. SAT Scores Gwinnett Co. 1526 City of Buford 1455 Georgia 1460 National 1509 pRivate schools Visit our Web site at newcomeratlanta.com for a list of private schools in this county.

UTILITIES & CONTACTS Electricity 770-945-6761 City of Buford City of Lawrenceville 770-963-2414 770-448-2122 City of Norcross Georgia Power 404-395-7611 Jackson EMC 770-963-6166 770-887-2363 Sawnee EMC 770-972-2917 Walton EMC Gas Georgia’s natural gas market is deregulated. For a list of providers for this county, visit www.newcomeratlanta.com.

AT&T

Telephone 888-436-8638

Water Buford 770-889-4600 Dacula 770-963-7451 678-376-6800 Gwinnett City Water Lawrenceville 770-963-2414 770-448-2122 Norcross Cable TV Bellsouth Multimedia 770-360-5000 Charter Communications

888-438-2427

Comcast 404-266-2278 Hospitals Emory Eastside Medical Center

770-736-2400

Joan Glancy Memorial Hospital 678-584-6800 Gwinnett Medical Center

678-312-4321

Gwinnett Women’s Pavilion 678-312-4770 Summit Ridge Center for Behavorial Health 770-822-2200

Gwinnett County

Photo: Georgia Dept. of Economic Development

EDUCATION

Some of Duluth’s neighborhoods include Edgewater Estates, Sweet Bottom Plantation, and Riverbrooke. Affluent estates with antebellum architecture can be found as well as apartment communities, older brick, ranch-style homes and subdivisions. Duluth still retains some of its original small-town businesses, along with chain businesses, many accessible by Ga. 400 and I-85.

Suwanee

Suwanee is named after the Shawnee Indians who settled here Mall of Georgia in the latter part of the 18th century. Following the official founding of Originally part of Georgia’s the city in 1837, Suwanee became Native American territory, Gwinnett a railroad stop along the Southern County was created by the State Railroad route. It remained a small Legislature in 1818 and named after country town well into the ’70s when Button Gwinnett, the third signer of construction of I-85 and U.S. 23 the Declaration of Independence and brought easy access to the region. a former state governor. Since then, Suwanee has exWhile the county was perienced tremendous once largely rural with small growth, from 2,000 resiCounty www.co.gwinnett.ga.us towns, country stores, farms dents in 1990 to more Neighborhoods www.cityofbuford.com and forests, today it is home to than 10,000 today. To www.duluthga.net more than 245 international help manage growth, www.snellville.org companies and 450 high-tech the city has developed www.suwanee.com firms. With an average of 260 a comprehensive developSchools www.bufordcityschools.org new professional and industrial ment plan that promotes www.gwinnett.k12.ga.us companies relocating to the pedestrian-oriented deMedian household income: $64,005 county each year, attracting more velopment and mixedMedian age of residents: 33 than 6,000 new jobs, Gwinnett use zoning. Designated Population: 789,499 County remains in the top 10 a Tree City USA for more Sales tax: 6% ranking for growth nationwide. than 10 years, the city Chamber of Commerce The county supports many is committed to preserving Gwinnett County cultural events, restaurants 27 percent of its land as 770-232-3000, www.gwinnettchamber.org and shopping opportunities, green space. Property Taxes including the Mall of Georgia. Such foresight has The property tax in unincorporated Gwinnett Gwinnett County remains allowed Suwanee to retain County is $31.77 per $1,000 of assessed value. affordable for renters and first-time its old-fashioned charm Tax Commissioner: 770-822-8800. home buyers, many of whom find while providing contemhomes in the communities of Doraville, in Metro Atlanta and is home to porary convenience. Only 35 miles Lawrenceville and Snellville. The median some of the best golf courses and from downtown Atlanta, Suwanee is value of homes in 2006, according to private tennis clubs. There are close to big-city attractions, business numerous parks for recreation and districts and shopping. Many anthe Census Bureau, was $193,100. participatory sports, including tique shops and historic structures, Bunten Road Park and “Shorty” including several Victorian and reHowell Park. Two major malls, gional farm-style homes, are located Gwinnett Place and Northpoint, near downtown Suwanee. N are located near Duluth. The Southeastern Railway Museum, Amidst the pristine setting of which preserves and operates old For more counties and neighborhood Gwinnett County, Duluth has some railroad equipment, is a must-see information, visit our Web site at of the most exclusive neighborhoods for any railroad aficionado. www.newcomeratlanta.com

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upcomingEVENTS

Disney on Ice: 100 Years of Magic, Arena at Gwinnett Center Join Mickey and Minnie Mouse, Goofy, Donald Duck, many Disney princesses and other favorite characters for this celebration featuring moments from The Lion King, Mulan, Finding Nemo and other classic films. May 14-18, 888-929-7849,

Michael Jackson: The Immortal World Tour, Arena at Gwinnett Center

Theater & Concerts

Alabama, Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre

First Fridays, Atlanta Symphony Hall

www.vzwamp.com.

The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra’s concert series, held on the first Friday of each month, continues with Brahms’ Symphony No. 4 in April and Dvorak’s “New World Symphony” in May. April 4 and May 2, 404-733-5000, www.atlantasymphony.org.

The legendary country band performs on its All American Tour. April 27, 800-745-3000,

Hairspray Junior, Eastside Christian School Enjoy a performance of this family-friendly version of the classic Broadway production based on the John Waters film. May 2-3, 770-971-2332, www.eastsidechristianschool.com.

PHOTO: OSA Images/©2011 Cirque-Jackson I.P., LLC

www.gwinnettcenter.com.

Atlanta Ballet: MAYhem, Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre The Atlanta Ballet closes its current season with the world premieres of “Three” from Artistic Director John McFall and “The Exile” by Choreographer in Residence Helen Pickett, and the return of Jorma Elo’s “1st Flash.” May 16-18, 404-892-3303, www.atlantaballet.com.

Exhibits & Events Encourage Young Writers Week, Interactive Neighborhood for Kids Aspiring young writers are invited to create their very own books to write down all of their creative thoughts and ideas at this fun, handson interactive museum. April 1-4, 770-536-1900, www.inkfun.org.

Food Truck Fridays, Town Center Park Enjoy a variety of delicious options from local food trucks and live music on the first Friday of each month (except July) through October.

1001 Nights: A Love Story About Loving Stories, Center for Puppetry Arts

Lisa Kelly: The Voice of Ireland, Frederick Brown Jr. Amphitheater

Broadway songwriter Robert Lopez (Avenue Q, The Book of Mormon), The Flying Carpet theater company and the Center for Puppetry Arts team up to present the ultimate “family puppet musical.” Through April 6, 404-873-3391,

The Irish singer, a founding member of the band Celtic Woman, performs. May 10, 770-631-0630,

Hogtown Craft Beer Festival, Kanapaha Botanical Gardens

www.amphitheater.org.

Enjoy craft beer produced by brewers from Florida, the Southeast and beyond, as well as food pairings, home-brewing demonstrations, seminars and more at this annual event in Gainesville, Fla. April 5, www.hogtownbeerfest.com/beerfest.

www.puppet.org.

Atlanta Ballet: Hamlet, Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre Enjoy a breathtaking new spin on William Shakespeare’s tormented Danish prince, with contemporary choreography and staging and a mesmerizing score by Philip Glass, as performed by the Atlanta Ballet Orchestra. April 11-13, 404-

Michael Jackson: The Immortal World Tour, Arena at Gwinnett Center This popular Cirque du Soleil production pays tribute to the King of Pop with a one-of-a-kind spectacle that combines acrobatics, dazzling choreography, spellbinding visuals and the timeless music of Michael Jackson. May 10-11, 888-929-7849, www.gwinnettcenter.com. Suwanee Farmers Market, Town Center

April 4-Oct. 3, www.suwanee.com.

3rd Annual Spring Art Market, Rome Civic Center Peruse works by local jewelry artisans, photographers, woodworkers, potters, painters and much more at this indoor and outdoor arts and crafts festival in Rome, Ga. April 11-12,

892-3303, www.atlantaballet.com.

www.romeartmarket.com.

The Barber of Seville, Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre

Go West!, High Museum of Art

The Atlanta Opera presents this time-honored classic about barber Figaro’s efforts to romance the beautiful Rosina. Sung in Italian, with projected English translations. April 26 & 29, May 2 & 4,

This exhibit features objects and major works of art showcasing the exploration and settlement of the American West, including posters, photos and other artwork created for Buffalo Bill Cody’s Wild West show, firearms and much more.

404-881-8885, www.atlantaopera.com.

Through April 13, 404-733-5000, www.high.org.

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Frida and Diego: Passion, Politics, and Painting, High Museum of Art


Today’s West!, Booth Western Art Museum This exhibition showcases masterworks of the last 50 years from the collection of the Buffalo Bill Center of the West in Cody, Wyo. This is a special two-part exhibit in conjunction with the High Museum of Art, which features historical pieces from the Center. Through April 13, 770-3871300, www.boothmuseum.org.

Suwanee’s Super Incredible Day, Town Center Park Family groups and teams of two participate in a variety of fast-paced mental and physical challenges in the fun competition based on the Great Urban Race. The race begins at 3 p.m., followed by music from Eagles tribute band On the Border at 7 p.m. April 19, www.suwanee.com.

is open Saturday mornings through Oct. 4 and Tuesday evenings through Aug. 5. May 3-Oct. 4,

Barefoot in the Park, Duluth Town Green This 10th annual fine artist market features live entertainment, wine tastings, a beer garden and much more. May 10-11, www.barefootinthepark.org.

Arts in the Park, Town Center Park Enjoy an artist market, entertainment, a chalk walk competition, food vendors and more at this fifth annual arts festival in Suwanee. May 17, www.suwaneeartsinthepark.com.

Rome River Jam, Coosa Valley Fairgrounds

Fayette County Earth Day Festival, Fayetteville Courthouse Square

The popular Northwest Georgia concert series in Rome, Ga., returns, featuring country music artists Cole Swindell and Jon Pardi, as well as other special guests. May 24, www.romeriverjam.com.

Enjoy live entertainment, food, children’s activities, a green market and educational presentations and exhibits at this free annual celebration.

Braves Game on the Green, Town Center Park

April 26, 770-833-4015, www.fayettecoearthday.org.

World War II Heritage Days, Falcon Field This event hosted by the Commemorative Air Force features re-enactors, WWII vehicles, vintage aircraft and exhibits for a “living history” experience for the entire family, held at the Dixie Wing Historical Airpower Facility at Falcon Field in Peachtree City. April 26-27, 678-364-1100,

Watch the Atlanta Braves take on the Miami Marlins in this special game away from their usual Turner Field home. May 31, www.suwanee.com.

Fridays N Duluth, Duluth Festival Center & Amphitheatre

770-476-3434, www.duluthga.net.

Civil War Comes Alive!, Booth Western Art Museum

Suwanee SculpTour, Suwanee

This exhibit offers an unmatched view of the human body and how it works, with more than 200 actual bodies and specimens. Ongoing,

Show your mom how much you love her by creating a beautiful card just in time for Mother’s Day. May 5-9, 770-536-1900, www.inkfun.org.

Suwanee Farmers Market, Town Center Browse and purchase local produce, honey, jams, salsa, baked goods and more. The market

GONE WITH THE WIND M U S E U M

Scarlett on the Square

75th Anniversary Special Event June 6-8 Get your hoop skirts ready! Tickets on sale March 15th GIFT SHOP, FACILITY RENTALS ANNUAL EVENTS

March 2015, www.suwanee.com.

Art and the Animal, Booth Western Art Museum

Mother’s Day Craft Week, Interactive Neighborhood for Kids

MARIETTA

Downtown Suwanee’s walkable, outdoor public art experience returns with 15 new sculptures created by artists from across the country. Through

Bodies the Exhibition, Atlantic Station

770-387-1300, www.boothmuseum.org.

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770-794-5145 www.gwtwmarietta.com

770-387-1300, www.boothmuseum.org.

Browse flatwork and sculptures of animals selected to tour museums across the country by the Society of Animal Artists. May 3-Sept. 7,

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10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., Closed Sunday

Enjoy movies, children’s activities, concerts and more at this free weekly event for all ages in downtown Duluth. Fridays through October,

www.wwiidays.org.

This event, co-hosted by the Booth and the Bartow History Museum, brings the Civil War to life. Enjoy displays and presentations on weapons, music, food and much more. May 3,

GONE WITH THE WIND COLLECTION

www.suwanee.com.

404-496-4274, www.bodiestheexhibition.com.

Fox Theatre Tours, Fox Theatre Take a guided tour of this historic venue, including the orchestra pit, the Egyptian Ballroom and the “Mighty Mo” organ. Ongoing, 855-285-8499, www.foxtheatre.org.

Inside CNN Studio Tour, CNN Center Get a rare, behind-the-scenes look at the world’s first and most famous 24-hour news network. Watch the CNN newsroom in action and have your picture taken reading the day’s news. Ongoing, 404-827-2300, www.cnn.com/tour.

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Nightlife With Substance at the Woodruff Arts Center

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PHOTO: Joseph McFadden

Soundstage Lounge

tlanta residents have a new option for unwinding after a long work week. On the first Friday of each month, commuters can opt to sit out the afternoon traffic and enjoy a relaxing, happy hour-style atmosphere at soundstage lounge, a pop-up nightlife and performance venue. Located in the Woodruff Arts Center’s Memorial Arts Building, soundstage provides AtBy Sheila Cosgrove and Muriel Vega lanta residents with a comfortable, cabaret-style spot overlooking bustling Peachtree Street. The lounge also offers food, drinks, live music and entertainment, including improv comedy and spoken-word productions performed by members of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra (ASO), the Alliance Theatre and other organizations. Billed as “nightlife with substance,” the lounge is a joint partnership between the ASO and the Alliance Theatre. The goal is to offer Atlantans an oasis where they can relax, mingle and enjoy free entertainment—and perhaps be enticed to take in a concert or theatrical production. “It’s a great alternative to sitting in rush hour traffic,” says ASO cellist Jennifer Humphreys. Soundstage runs in conjunction with First Fridays, a monthly happy-hour concert series that offers one-hour performances by the ASO at Symphony Hall, which is also located in the Woodruff Arts Center. Visitors can enjoy Brahms’ Symphony No. 4 on April 4 and Dvorak’s “New World Symphony” on May 2. The award-winning Alliance Theatre is also located in the complex, allowing visitors convenient access to some of the best musical and theatrical performances the city has to offer. (Maurice Hines Is Tappin’ Through Life, a revue featuring the tap-dancing Broadway legend, runs at the Alliance from April 2 to May 4.) Guests don’t need to purchase a ticket to a Symphony Hall or Alliance Theatre event to enjoy soundstage; admission is free and open to the public. (Admission to the ASO’s First Fridays concert is $25.) Drinks and small plates are available for purchase. In addition, the full-service bar remains open from 5 p.m. until midnight. Live performances start at 8 p.m. and also last until midnight. Soundstage takes place on the first Friday of each month and runs through May. For more information, including a schedule of events, visit www.sound-stage.org.


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