It's Gainesville, and the Living Is Easy

Gainesville, which is quickly becoming known as the place to live in northeast Georgia.

On Tuesday, June 14, 2011 - 11:16

Combine the peacefulness of living near the Blue Ridge Mountains and Lake Lanier with the convenience of being close to Atlanta, and what do you get?

Gainesville, which is quickly becoming known as the place to live in northeast Georgia. In fact, Men’s Journal magazine named Gainesville as one of the 50 best commuter towns in the country, for such reasons as its proximity to Atlanta and Lake Lanier and cultural attributes and downtown restaurants. After all, Gainesville is about an hour from Atlanta and half that to the mountains.

It is the medical and business hub of the region, yet it lies on the shoreline of one of the most popular recreational lakes in the country. So it’s no wonder that more and more people are realizing they can have the comfort, safety and ease of small-town living combined with proximity to big-city life.

With street names like Serene Shores and Lake Breeze Lane, it’s no surprise that one of the most popular places to live is on the Lake Lanier shoreline. People seek out grand waterfront homes in lake neighborhoods like Cherokee Forrest, Crescent Cove and Harbour Point.

In these places, as the real estate professionals say, you can “live like you are on vacation all year round.” But some folks prefer to be in the thick of things, and for them, downtown Gainesville, with its proximity to offices, restaurants and shopping, provides plenty of exciting housing choices.

From the historic homes along Green Street to the popular Longstreet Hills neighborhood, downtown boasts attractions such as the town square, City Park, Brenau University and the nearby Northeast Georgia Medical Center.

A prime example of the revival of downtown living is the new luxury “active adult” condos of Candler Park, set right in the historic district of downtown Gainesville. It is a neighborhood village of luxury townhomes for the 55-plus demographic.

With a growing Gainesville, the number and types of housing options like these will also continue to grow.