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NORTH FULTON COUNTY, your new home.

WELCOME HOME!

At more than 534 square miles, Fulton County is one of the largest counties in Georgia; it is more

than 70 miles from end to end. As the home of Atlanta and many other municipalities, Fulton is also

the most populous county in the state, with close to one million residents. Because the county is so

large, it has evolved into three distinct areas and identities: South Fulton, the City of Atlanta, and

the communities of North Fulton. It is a place rich in history, culture and entertainment, a leader in

business and education and a great place for people of all ages to call home.

The history of Fulton County spans more than 160 years. North Fulton was inhabited primarily by

Cherokee and Creek Indians, who referred to the area as the “enchanted lands” before the land

was ceded to the state in the early 1820s. The population soon began to grow, as people from the

nearby states began to settle in the area. Many were of English, Scottish and Irish heritage. In 1853,

the western half of DeKalb County was renamed Fulton County. Debate continues over whether the

county was named after Robert Fulton, the inventor of the steamboat, or Hamilton Fulton, a surveyor

for the local Western and Atlantic Railroad. The county grew even more in 1932 when it absorbed

neighboring Campbell and Milton counties as a way to save those counties from bankruptcy during the

Great Depression.

Like many parts of Georgia, Fulton County played an important role in the Civil War, as part of Gen.

Sherman’s route from Chattanooga to Atlanta. The North Fulton city of Roswell had a cotton mill—the

hub of the area’s antebellum economy—that was burned by Union troops in 1864. Despite the ravages

of war, Roswell still boasts more historical pre-Civil War buildings than anywhere else in north Georgia.

Barrington Hall and Bulloch Hall have both been listed on the National Register of Historic Places since

the early 1970s.

After the war ended, the entire area began to rebuild, and industry replaced farming as the primary

economic engine. The City of Atlanta is now home to many Fortune 500 companies, including Coca-

Cola, Delta Air Lines and Turner Broadcasting System. In North Fulton, the recent incorporations of

Johns Creek and Sandy Springs have helped forge a new identity for that part of the county. Since the

middle of the 20th century, North Fulton has been building a reputation for being a business-friendly

and tech-savvy community. Sandy Springs has been the headquarters for UPS since the early 1990s and

the office parks of Alpharetta and Johns Creek house many up-and-coming technology firms.

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For many people who are relocating to the area, health care is a big

concern, particularly for baby boomers who are retired or thinking

about retirement. According to realtor.org, the number of Americans

nationwide 65 or older will nearly double between now and 2030, and

the share of the population that is 85 and older will increase by 52

percent. Fortunately, North Fulton is home many of the metro area’s

top-notch hospitals, including the Scottish Rite campus of Children’s

Healthcare of Atlanta, Northside Hospital and Emory St. Joseph’s

Hospital.

No matter their age, North Fulton residents know how to have fun, and

the area’s many entertainment venues draw visitors from all over metro

Atlanta. World-class performing arts venues like the Verizon Wireless

Amphitheatre at Encore Park provide access to some of the region’s best

musical performances.

Fulton County boasts a temperate climate, with hot summers and cool—

but not too cold—winters. Dogwoods, Bradford pears and azaleas burst

into bloom in the spring and stay lush and green throughout the summer

months. Autumn in the area is marked by bright oranges and reds in

the trees.

Only in North Fulton

In the 1960s and 1970s, the population of North Fulton exploded, as

more and more people left the city for the suburbs, and it has been

steadily growing ever since. Now with a population of nearly 350,000,

the communities of North Fulton wield considerable influence in the

metro area. They are known throughout the metro area as home to

great schools and a high quality of life. Many North Fulton residents

have college degrees or higher, which helps to drive up the median

household income to about $90,000, compared to about $50,000 for

the county as a whole.

Education is a priority in North Fulton. Of the 106 schools and learning

centers run by the Fulton County school system, more than 60 of them

are located in North Fulton. These public schools consistently rank high

in both state and national statistics on everything from AP test scores to

scholarship money earned. Students who want to stay local have plenty

of options when it comes to institutes of higher learning, with satellite

campuses for schools like Georgia State University, Georgia Perimeter

College and Gwinnett Technical College scattered throughout the county.

Although only about 20 miles from downtown Atlanta, the communities

of North Fulton have a vibe all their own. The area’s five incorporated

cities—Alpharetta, Johns Creek, Milton, Roswell and Sandy Springs—

strike a solid balance between honoring and preserving their history

and welcoming innovation and change. Many of North Fulton’s

municipalities, including Roswell, have old-fashioned town squares that

host a variety of concerts, parades, festivals, farmers markets and other

events throughout the year.

In addition to their small-town sensibilities, many of North Fulton’s cities

have been recognized for their efforts in everything from keeping residents

healthy to operating strong family businesses. When it comes to quality

of life, the communities of North Fulton come out on top. The Atlanta

Business Chronicle named the city of Milton as having the best quality of

life in the metro area in 2011. Since 2003, the North Fulton Community

Improvement District, which includes the cities of Alpharetta, Roswell and

Milton, has invested more than $16 million in the community providing,

for example, pedestrian access along major roads.

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In addition to these venues, North Fulton has some unique geographical

features that make it stand out from other parts of the metro area.

Residents can run or bike along dozens of trails and parks in the county.

In the Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area, there are 48

unspoiled miles of waterway available for rafting, canoeing, kayaking or

riding in a motor boat. Wildlife such as blue herons make their homes

along the river banks, providing perfect opportunities for bird watching,

and fishermen enjoy casting their lines in the hope that trout, bass and

catfish will bite.

Photo courtesy of Johns Creek

Like many other parts of the Atlanta area, North Fulton County has

myriad restaurants to satisfy every type of craving, with outposts of

nearly every major chain restaurant as well as unique local fare. Diners

can enjoy everything from classic Southern cooking at downtown

Roswell Greenwood’s Restaurant to sophisticated European fare at

Cibo e Beve. The burgeoning immigrant population in North Fulton

means that cuisine from every corner of the world is also easy to find.

While the Atlanta housing market took a hit during the recent economic

downturn, the suburban real estate market has bounced back to healthy

levels in the past year. Housing options in North Fulton run the gamut

from newly constructed single-family homes to condos in historic areas

and apartments near the local colleges and universities. Prices are

historically lower here than within the Atlanta city limits, so buyers can

get more for their money.

Business, culture, education, green space, town squares, easy access to

the city of Atlanta—North Fulton County truly has it all. Residents enjoy

a high quality of life and make the most of the area’s geography, history,

and recreational opportunities. As a place that is both in touch with its

history and looking forward to the future, North Fulton has much to

offer families, young professionals and retirees alike.

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Getting

Around

The communities of North Fulton are easily accessible via Interstate 285

and Georgia 400, which means commuters can easily travel to and from

downtown Atlanta, as well as to some of the other outlying counties. As

of November 2013, drivers on Georgia 400 no longer have to pay a toll,

making it a quick and easy way to get from Buckhead to North Fulton.

The Perimeter area has quickly become one of the area’s busiest business

hubs, making it easy for commuters all over the area to get to work. In

addition to its road systems, the county also has two other unique

transportation options for residents.

MARTA

(Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority)

While most of MARTA’s stops are within the boundaries of the city of

Atlanta, North Fulton also benefits from this bus and rail system. The

Medical Center, Sandy Springs and North Springs rail stations help

commuters access some of the largest businesses in the area, like

Perimeter Mall and Northside Hospital.

Photo courtesy of Sandy Springs

GRTA

(Georgia Regional Transportation Authority)

GRTA was formed by former Gov. Roy Barnes to help address crosscommunity

transportation issues. The authority now operates 13

different Xpress bus routes that service 12 of the metro area’s counties.

These routes accommodate more than 2 million passenger trips each

year and provide access to some of the area’s major employment centers.

Leaders and achievers are attracted to

Johns Creek’s atmosphere of success

and community spirit. Successful companies

from international technology leaders

to innovative startups are attracted to

the community’s pioneering approach.

• Nationally-ranked schools

• Premier municipal services

• Over 300 acres of parks and recreation

with more on the way

• SafeWise’s #2 Safest City in GA 2016

• Niche.com’s #4 Best Suburb to Live in

GA 2016

• Golf, tennis, and swim communities

• Annual arts and cultural events that draw

thousands

• Home of outstanding golf clubs such

as the Atlanta Athletic Club and many

others

www.JohnsCreekGA.gov

Some people aren’t satisfied

with standard fare. They want

more and are willing to work

for it. Johns Creek is the

exception to the everyday.

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A Dynamic Community

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The 6th District

of Georgia

By Rep. Tom Price, M.D.

For 30 years my family and I have had

the joy of calling Roswell, Ga., our home.

For the past eleven years, I have had the

honor of representing our community as

a member of Congress for Georgia’s 6th

Congressional District.

Ranked by Gallup as one of the happiest

and healthiest congressional districts in

the country, the 6th District encompasses

a large portion of northern suburban Atlanta, including portions of

Cobb, Fulton and DeKalb counties. It is comprised of several cities,

from relative newcomers like Sandy Springs, Milton and Johns Creek,

to those approaching their 200th anniversary like Roswell, Alpharetta

and all of unincorporated East Cobb.

The northern Atlanta suburbs are a fairly prosperous and educated

area. It is a productive district with all sorts of great folks who love

their country and want to make certain that government takes a

limited role in their lives.

One of the key aspects of the 6th District that attracts families to our

area is the number of great public and independent schools, both

parochial and non-parochial. Education is something our community

takes very seriously. We want to make certain that our kids have the

highest level of education and the greatest opportunity to be able to

succeed in the future. That is one of the reasons why, as a member

of Congress, I visit our schools often, to talk with young people in our

community and to highlight the extraordinary work being done by our

school administrators and teachers.

Of course, a tremendous amount of credit for the excellence and

success of our schools must go to the moms and dads who rightfully

recognize the importance of a high level of education so that their

children are able to realize their dreams. Everything starts with

education. When my family moved to Roswell back in the early 1980s,

one of the things we focused on was finding the best schools, and it is

one of the reasons we chose to live in this community.

With the growth and economic success of the metro Atlanta area

comes a host of new opportunities and challenges. One issue that our

community has dealt with for some time is the need for improvements

to the area’s transportation system. Whenever we can make the flow

of people and commerce easier within our community and around

our state, the more opportunities we’ll see for more Georgia families

and business.

Consequently, much of our time and energy is spent on bringing

folks together to address our community’s transportation challenges.

Transportation problems don’t stop at city or county lines. It is a

regional issue that requires cooperation across different municipalities

and with different community leaders.

Dealing directly with those challenges is under the purview of local

and state elected officials, but my job includes trying to keep the

federal government from getting in the way and making sure states

have the flexibility they need – in addition to making sure Georgia tax

dollars come home to provide the needed resources.

Because we are growing as a community, we need the infrastructure

to accompany that growth. After all, the 6th District is home to the

headquarters and/or employees of several major companies including

UPS, International Hotel Group, Cox Media Group, Mercedes-Benz,

and First Data. Moreover, we have access to health care that is some of

the highest quality you can find anywhere. Health systems, hospitals,

and physicians in the 6th District are incredibly well-equipped and

well-trained to take care of folks..

In addition to economic opportunities, there are other reasons the

6th District enjoys the reputation it does as a great place to live,

work and play. We have access to beautiful outdoor areas like the

Chattahoochee River and numerous parks and recreation areas.

Being close to downtown affords 6th District families access to

the city’s museums, amenities and sports teams. Citizens in our

community are also very civic-minded and, as a community, we

come together often to honor and celebrate our national identity

and mark national days of remembrance, including Memorial Day

and Veterans Day.

The 6th District of Georgia is a vibrant, dynamic community full of

hardworking families who value a strong educational foundation and

understand the importance of working together to improve our way

of life.

From the

North Fulton

County Chamber

Welcome

to North Fulton!

Within the Metro Atlanta

community, North Fulton is known

as the ‘Golden Corridor’ thanks

in large part to the vision and

leadership of this Chamber. Many

of the successes North Fulton has

seen over the last 40 years can be directly attributed to the

forward-thinking and innovative leaders of this organization.

Their hard work and dedication have positioned the GNFCC to

be the catalyst for economic development, business growth and

quality of life in North Fulton. This remains our mission today.

This year’s leadership team has set its sights on even greater

accomplishments. The 2015 GNFCC Board, along with our

professional staff and numerous volunteer-led committees, has

established valuable community partnerships and leveraged the

resources that will:

1. Strengthen North Fulton’s economic development

opportunities thorough Progress Partners;

2. Capitalize on the investment in our road network

infrastructure with the help of the North Fulton Community

Improvement District;

3. Expand our technology infrastructure to remain the leader

with cutting edge 21st century high tech infrastructure;

4. Work with technical colleges and institutions of higher

learning to provide for a highly educated quality workforce;

5. Expand our medical resources by collaborating with the

hospitals, healthcare providers and technology companies

inside our footprint on healthcare initiatives; and

6. Support the quality education that makes North Fulton such

an attractive place to live.

It’s exciting to watch the growth of our six vibrant and distinct cities

- Alpharetta, Johns Creek, Milton, Mountain Park, Roswell and

Sandy Springs - we continue to build on the unique opportunities

that make North Fulton THE best place to live, work, play and

stay. I encourage you to be a part of the excitement by actively

participating in the GNFCC and in the community. The returns

you’ll see on your investment will be worthwhile. We are truly

“Greater Together”.

Brandon Beach

President & CEO

The Greater North Fulton Chamber of Commerce

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North Fulton Community Profile

Welcome to

Fulton County

by John H. Eaves; Chairman,

Fulton County Board of

Commissioners

It is with great pride that I welcome

you to north Fulton County.

North Fulton, particularly around

the Georgia 400 corridor, is a

hub of industry, creativity and

economic opportunity that

benefits the entire Atlanta region.

Of the ten Fortune 500 companies

based in Metro Atlanta, three

(First Data Corporation, Newell

Rubbermaid and UPS) call North Fulton home. They along with

so many of the major employers in our area together comprise an

economic engine that fuels not just Georgia, but the entire region.

The roots of so many other major corporate entities are here in

our county. A tasty beverage first brewed by an Atlanta pharmacist

grew into Coca-Cola; an enterprising restaurateur feeding Fulton

County auto assembly line workers started Chick-Fil- A; a small cable

television station that became the leading international information

resource known as CNN; a small regional carrier that blossomed

into the global phenomenon known as Delta Air Lines. Their stories

share several things in common: a world class product, a spirit of

product innovation, and a community that nurtured both – Fulton

County.

Our county is home to Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, the

world’s busiest airport and an incubator of international commerce.

That places our county not just at the crossroads of the South but

within a few hours of anywhere in the world.

Visitors will find a multitude of things to see and do in our area. Some

of those attractions celebrate our region’s rich history. The Martin

Luther King Center for Nonviolent Social Change commemorates the

life’s work and achievements of civil rights icon Dr. Martin Luther

King, Jr. The Margaret Mitchell House brings to life the work of the

literary giant behind Gone with the Wind. Centennial Olympic Park

is a unique entertainment and leisure space, buffered on each side

by several major tourist destinations including the internationally

renowned Georgia Aquarium, CNN Center, and the World of Coca-

Cola. An already great spot to visit is only further bolstered by the

recent additions of the National Center for Civil and Human Rights

and the College Football Hall of Fame.

People are also learning more about what Fulton County has to offer

as a place to live. According to the Atlanta Business Chronicle, Fulton

County added more new residents than any other Metropolitan

Atlanta county last year, with 12,700 new residents making Fulton

County their home. These transplants have discovered what nearly

a million of their neighbors have already figured out – the state’s

most populous county is also a great place to live.

According to the Greater North Fulton Chamber of Commerce,

North Fulton residents have an average income of $108,991 and

a median household income of $86,703. Its population boasts a

unique level of cultural and social diversity.

Fulton County Government maintains an extensive network of

public libraries to serve the educational and enrichment needs of

our residents. Residents can enjoy the natural beauty of our region

at the Chattahoochee Nature Center and at several community parks

scattered throughout the county. Our region is home to a wealth of

cultural and arts organizations including the Woodruff Arts Center.

Our region supports three major league sports franchises which last

year attracted more than 3 and a half million fans. Annually, Verizon

Wireless Amphitheatre at Encore Park, Philips Arena and the Fox

Theatre attract a series of world renowned performing artists. In

2017, those facilities will be joined by a new Atlanta Falcons stadium

(across the street from the Georgia Dome) which will host an MLS

soccer club and more world class events including being one of the

six rotating sites of college football’s national championship.

The region boasts an impressive set of health care options for our

citizens. Grady Memorial Hospital, in downtown Atlanta, is home

to world class trauma unit. Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta’s

multiple campuses provide outstanding care uniquely tailored to

our youngest citizens. Emory Johns Creek Hospital, North Fulton

Hospital, Northside Hospital and St. Joseph’s Hospital have all been

recognized for medical excellence in a wide variety of specialties.

North Fulton County represents a unique opportunity for parents

seeking the best for their children. In U.S. News & World Report’s

most recent rankings, 11 North Fulton County Schools were ranked

in the Top 25 statewide, each with a College Readiness Index well

above the state average. Our county is also home to some of the

nation’s most distinguished institutions of higher learning including

Georgia Tech, Georgia State University and the colleges of the

Atlanta University Center. All of this is proof that success is not a

goal in the Fulton County schools, but a standard that we maintain.

The Development Authority of Fulton County maintains an AAA

Client Services Rating and has a reputation for seeking out new and

innovative business opportunities. The goal is to help grow more

business development that will provide increased job opportunities

for our citizens.

All of these details add up to one basic conclusion; Fulton County is

open for business and welcomes you.

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Courtesy of City of Johns Creek

orth Fulton County is known for many things: top-notch

schools, well-preserved historical sites and great parks. It is

also a hub for many businesses, both large and small. The educated

population base makes it the perfect place to start a business or to

seek a job with one that is already well established. From the IT

giants of Alpharetta to the local shops lining Roswell Square, North

Fulton has it all. Over the past few years, industry leaders such as

State Farm have made moves to increase their presence in the

metro area. In addition to being the hub for some of the world’s

most innovative companies, North Fulton also boasts more than

a few business that employ a large number of county residents,

making it the perfect place to live, work and play. Here is a list of

the 10 largest employers in North Fulton, according to the Greater

North Fulton Chamber of Commerce.

Northside Hospital

Industry: Health care Number of employees: 6,000

More than 6,000 of Northside Hospital’s 10,000 employees work

at the Fulton County facility, which has been open since 1970.

The hospital originally had 250 beds and has subsequently been

expanded to 537. Northside physicians perform more surgical

procedures than any other hospital in Georgia, and for three

years running, Northside has been awarded the J.D. Power and

Associates Distinguished Hospital award for Maternity Services.

AT&T Inc.

Industry: Telecommunications Number of employees: 3,500

AT&T is one of the nation’s largest providers of cable, Internet and

cell phone service. In 2013, the company added many new jobs to

its local operations. Most of these jobs support Project Velocity

IP, a multibillion-dollar investment plan to expand and enhance

AT&T’s national wireless and wired IP broadband networks.

Verizon Wireless

Industry: Telecommunications Number of employees: 3,000

More than just the namesake for one of the area’s best

entertainment venues (Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre at Encore

Park in Alpharetta), the telecommunications giant—which serves

nearly 58 million voice and data customers—also operates a

corporate office in Alpharetta. Employees here support everything

from finance to technology and supply chain logistics.

UPS

Industry: Shipping, logistics Number of employees: 2,880

UPS is one of the largest shipping and logistics companies in the

world, delivering more than 15 million packages a day to more

than 220 countries and territories. With a total employee base of

more than 400,000, UPS is a strong presence in the metro Atlanta

area. UPS was founded in 1907 in Seattle and called several cities

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headquarters to Sandy Springs in 1991.

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ADP

Industry: Business, technology Number of employees: 2,100

ADP provides outsourcing and computer services for many

businesses. It is one of only four companies in the U.S. to earn a

AAA credit rating from both Standard & Poor’s and Moody’s. ADP

serves clients in more than 125 countries around the world, with

90 of those clients being Fortune 500 companies. Since 2012, the

company has earned a spot on Computerworld’s list of the 100

best IT places to work.

Emory Saint Joseph’s Hospital of Atlanta

Industry: Health care Number of employees: 2,100

Saint Joseph’s has been recognized as one of the best facilities in the

nation for hip and knee replacement surgeries, and in March 2014

it was recognized by the American Heart Association/American

Stroke Association for implementing measures to prevent and

treat strokes. Finally, it is the only Atlanta hospital named to J.D.

Power and Associates’ Distinguished Hospital Program for Service

Excellence.

Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta

Industry: Health care Number of employees: 2,055

In addition to being one of the nation’s best health care networks

for children, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta (CHOA) is also a

great place to work. For ten years running, Fortune magazine has

named CHOA to its list of the 100 best companies in the country

to work for. Additionally, due to its flextime hours, telecommuting

options, paid maternity leave and employee assistance programs,

Working Mother magazine named Children’s a Working Mother

100 Best Company—an honor bestowed on only three companies

in Georgia.

Kimberly-Clark

Industry: Health care, consumer products

Number of employees: 1,600

Kimberly-Clark’s Roswell campus sits on 98 acres of private land and

includes a 9-acre lake. Employees benefit from the campus’s health

center, exercise room and indoor pool, among other perks. The site

houses the company’s business sectors and employs scientists,

engineers, finance professionals and sales and operations.

McKesson

Industry: Pharmaceutical, medical supply

Number of employees: 1,500

With a sales figure of more than $122 billion, McKesson is one of

the largest pharmaceutical and medical supply companies in the

country. McKesson has the distinction of being the 18th largest

company in the United States, with a network of more than 37,000

employees. It is one of the many Fortune 500 companies with a

strong presence in the Atlanta area.

Hewlett-Packard

Industry: Technology Number of employees: 1,200

In 2013, the Palo Alto, Calif.-based technology company and No. 1

maker of personal computers added 200 new employees to its 60-

acre Alpharetta office. New positions included customer support

staffers who help customers resolve issues that arise with its

hardware products. The campus also runs an HP education center

where technology professionals can brush up on skills like project

management and security.

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Choosing the

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North Fulton County Schools

fultonschools.org (404) 768 3600

Number of Schools: 32 Elementary, 12 Middle, 11 high

Choosing the right school for your child is one of the greatest challenges

parents face. Being informed of what the different school districts have to

offer students helps make that challenge a little easier for parents. What

North Fulton School District has to offer leaves little wonder as to why it is

one of the top school districts in the state.

Fulton County Schools dominated a list of the best schools in Georgia based

on the state’s report card for 2015-2016. Of the 187 top Georgia schools

named by the Governor’s Office of Student Achievement, 23 were in Fulton

County. The results are based on the state’s College and Career Ready

Performance Index. The results of the report can be found on its website:

https://schoolgrades.georgia.gov/

Public Schools in North Fulton are part of the Fulton County School System.

Founded in 1871, the Fulton County School System is one of the largest and

oldest school districts in Georgia. As the fourth largest school system in

the state, Fulton has approximately 96,200 students who attend classes in

59 elementary schools, 19 middle schools, 17 high schools (including two

open campus high schools) and 10 charter organizations. The southern part

of Fulton County is comprised of the cities of Chattahoochee Hills, College

Park, East Point, Fairburn, Hapeville, Palmetto and Union City. The northern

part is home to the cities of Alpharetta, Johns Creek, Milton, Mountain Park,

Roswell and Sandy Springs. With a focus on student achievement and a

commitment to continual improvement, Fulton has earned a reputation as

a premier school system. This long history of excellence is evidenced by

the many state and national honors bestowed on Fulton’s schools, staff and

students.

Fulton has a long history of success as a school district. In 2011, FCS was

named “One of the Top 100 School Districts in Places You Can Afford”

by Money Magazine. In 2012, Fulton County Schools became Georgia’s

largest charter system. The charter strengthens the district’s ability to

provide flexibility in its operations which has proven results of increased

student achievement. Fulton’s SAT scores continue to exceed the state

and national average with an overall score of 1558, compared to 1450 and

1490 respectively. Additionally, eight Fulton schools rank within the top

25 highest-scoring schools in Georgia. According to the College Board,

Fulton has more schools with high SAT performance than any other district

in Georgia. More than half of Fulton’s high schools received Advanced

Placement Honor Awards from the Georgia Department of Education. The

awards are given for high performance in AP courses which are rigorous

college-level learning options for high school students. In addition to this,

more than 90% of elementary students in Fulton County, meet or exceed

the state standard for English/Language Arts.

Fulton County Schools believes families should be allowed to choose the

best educational options for students, given each student’s unique needs.

These choices are offered through a number of initiatives in the district that

provide different opportunities and flexibility to families. The following are

a few of the many choices offered by Fulton County Schools.

Charter schools

Charter schools are independently governed, free standing public schools

that offer parents and students an alternative public education outside

the traditional school system. The Charter has been approved and is held

accountable for meeting the performance based objectives specified in the

Charter contract.

Career and Technical Education

Career and Technical Education at Fulton County Schools aims to engage

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students in cutting-edge, grade appropriate career exploration and

preparation opportunities that set them up to excel in post-secondary

education and productive careers. All Fulton High Schools and many middle

schools offer at least one pathway program and many locations offer several

options.

Magnet Programs

Fulton County Schools offers several magnet programs throughout the

district to provide opportunities for students to explore curriculum focused

on specific areas of study. Programs currently offer studies including

international studies, business, visual & performing arts and math & science.

Virtual School

Fulton Virtual School now offers 20 courses, either as regular course

completion, acceleration, or credit recovery, and more courses are in the

works. The program currently uses adjunct teachers from across the school

system, an administrator and coordinator, and is expanding this year into

middle and elementary school. Fulton students also have the option to

take classes through Georgia Virtual School, which is run by the Georgia

Department of Education. About 1500 Fulton students are enrolled there.

Here are the schools and the categories in which they excelled from this

year’s Governor’s List. The highest performers were those that ranked at or

above the 93rd percentile for their achievement score, while the greatest

gains ranked that way on their progress score. Each ranking is based on

averages over three years.

For more information visit Office of Student Achievement’s website

https://gosa.georgia.gov/

School

Abbotts Hill Elementary School

Alpharetta High School

Autrey Mill Middle School

Cogburn Woods Elementary School

Conley Hills Elementary School

Crabapple Crossing Elem. School

Creek View Elementary School

Dolvin Elementary School

Findley Oaks Elementary School

Heards Ferry Elementary School

Johns Creek High School

KIPP South Fulton Academy School

Lake Windward Elementary School

New Prospect Elementary School

Northview High School

Northwood Elementary School

Ocee Elementary School

River Trail Middle School

Summit Hill Elementary School

Sweet Apple Elementary School

Webb Bridge Middle School

Wilson Creek Elementary School

Woodland Elementary School

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PRIVATE SCHOOL PROFILES

Alfred and Adele Davis Academy

(PreK–8)

davisacademy.org

(770) 671-0085 lower school

(770) 804-9191 middle school

In addition to its challenging academics, students at Davis Academy also learn

values, life skills and a strong background in Judaic studies. As an accredited

Reform Jewish Day School, “Davis Academy strives to create a community in

which children develop a life-long love for learning and commitment to Jewish

life founded on morals, values and ethics, grounded in Torah,” according to

the school’s website. Its focus on 21st century learning, as well as athletics,

extracurricular activities and the fine arts, ensures that students grow to be

confident, motivated and appreciative of the diversity around them.

Bridgeway Christian Academy

(PreK-4–8)

bridgewayca.org (770) 751-1972

This Alpharetta school was founded in 1998 with the mission of providing a

quality, Christ-centered education. BCA’s nurturing environment begins with its

small class sizes: fewer than 20 for PreK-4 through fifth grade, 22 for the middle

school. It is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools

and the Association of Christian Schools International, so parents can be sure

their children are getting a quality education. As well as North Fulton, students

come from Gwinnett, Cherokee and southern Forsyth counties to attend BCA,

and represent more than 80 different churches across the metro area.

The Cottage School (6–12)

cottageschool.org (770) 641-8688

The Cottage School began in 1985 as an after-school tutoring program for

academically frustrated students. While the original “campus” was a one-room

office in a Roswell office park, students now have access to a 23-acre wooded

campus. Its enrollment of only 150 ensures that all students receive the one-onone

attention they need in order to achieve success, and the school has stayed

true to its mission to serve students who were disillusioned or discouraged

with more traditional educational environments. TCS also teaches basic work

and life skills, such as managing a budget, study skills and organizational skills.

Fellowship Christian School

(PreK-4–12)

fellowshipchristianschool.org

(770) 992-4975 elementary school

(770) 993-1650 middle and high school

Fellowship Christian began in 1986 serving students in kindergarten through

eighth grade. The high school was added in 1993 and the Pre-K program in 2007.

Current enrollment across all grades is 834 students, who attend 70 different

churches. Located on a 30-acre campus in Roswell, FCS boasts computer labs,

new playgrounds and an athletic building that includes facilities for baseball,

football, softball, soccer, tennis and track and field. FCS also values the arts,

beginning art and music classes in its Pre-K program and offering performing

arts, yearbook, digital design and web design to its middle school and high

school students.

Greenfield Hebrew Academy

(PreK–8)

ghacademy.org (404) 843-9900

As the first Jewish day school in the U.S. to earn SACS accreditation, Greenfield

has been setting the educational standard in the Atlanta area since 1953.

GHA has also been honored as a National School of Excellence by the Council

for American Private Education. The curriculum includes general studies

in language arts, math, science and social studies, as well as Judaic studies.

Students at GHA consistently excel in regional and statewide competitions, in

everything from science and math to writing.

King’s Ridge Christian School

(PK–12)

kingsridgecs.org (770) 754-5738

Founded in 2001 by the Advancement for Christian Education, King’s Ridge

occupies 80 acres in Alpharetta, and most of its students live within 10 miles

of the campus. Student enrollment is around 855, and the school maintains a

student/teacher ratio of 8-1. King’s Ridge has earned accreditation from SACS,

SAIS and the Georgia Accrediting Commission. Its rigorous academic program

and strong focus on community service (high school students must complete

50 hours of service prior to graduation) mean that students are well prepared

for their college years and professional careers.

Mill Springs Academy (1–12)

millsprings.org (770) 360-1336

Mill Springs focuses on the “whole child” by creating a multidisciplinary

academic plan for each student, based on a variety of evaluations,

communications and observations. This approach is in line with founder

Tweetie L. Moore’s belief that “if a student can’t learn the way we teach …

we should teach the way a student can learn,” a philosophy that is especially

important for its students who have been diagnosed with learning differences

such as dyslexia or attention deficit. In addition to its college-prep focused

curriculum—with 95 percent of students earning college acceptance—the

school also offers a communication arts school for grades seven through 12.

Mount Pisgah Christian School

(PreK–12)

experiencepisgah.org

(678) 893-5320 early school full day

(678) 336-3300 early school half day/lower school

(678) 336-3351 middle school (678) 336-3402 (upper school)

Founded in 1986, Mount. Pisgah educates students from the age of six

weeks through the 12th grade and has a total student population of nearly

700. Its stellar academics are reflected in its class statistics: 100 percent of

recent graduates earned acceptance to a four-year college or university, with

90 percent earning acceptance into their first choice of school. Its students

also score, on average, more than 200 percent higher on the SAT than the

state average. The class of 2015 earned more than $3.3 million in merit-based

scholarships.

Mount Vernon Presbyterian School

(Preschool–12)

mountvernonschool.org

(404) 252-3448 preschool–6 (404) 250-5880 (7–12)

Located on 37 acres in Sandy Springs, Mount Vernon was established in 1972

and has a current enrollment of nearly 900. With 100 percent of its student

having access to a laptop computer, Mount Vernon understands the role of

technology in encouraging creative problem-solving. The school also values

learning outside of the classroom and offers travel opportunities for cultural

arts, college tours, mission trips and internships. Students at Mount Vernon

perform more than 10,000 hours of community service every year.

High Meadows School

(PreK–8)

highmeadows.org (770) 993-2940

Founded in 1973, High Meadows occupies a 40-acre campus in the heart

of Roswell. Student enrollment is approximately 400, and the school is an

International Baccalaureate World School and is also accredited by SACS and

the Southern Association of Independent Schools. High Meadows engages

students in an inquiry-based approach to learning, so that they develop a

strong sense of personal responsibility and respect for other perspectives.

Almost all of High Meadows’ students go on to attend the independent high

school of their choice.

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Name & Enrollment

Alpharetta Christian Academy

Grades: PK-5 Enrollment: 588 Year: 1970

Arlington Christian School

Grades: K-12 Enrollments: 270 Year: 1958

Atlanta Girl’s School

Grades: 6-12 Enrollment: 223 Year: 2000

Atlanta International School

Grades: K-12 Enrollment: 1113 Year: 1984

Contact Information

(770) 475-5762 Alpharetta, GA alpharettachristianacademy.com

(770) 964-9871 Fairburn, GA arlingtonchristian.org

(404) 845-0900 Atlanta, GA atlantagirlssschool.org

(770) 279-7771 Atlanta, GA aischool.org

Atlanta Jewish Academy

Grades: PK-8 Enrollment: 332

Year:1998

(404) 843-9900 Atlanta, GA ghacademy.org

Blessed Trinity Catholic High School

Grades: 9-12 Enrollment: 970 Year: 2000

Christ the King School

Grades: K-8 Enrollment: 566 Year: 1937

Davis Academy

Grades: K-8 Enrollment: 581 Year: 1992

Fellowship Christian School

Grades: K-12 Enrollment: 750 Year 1986

Fulton Science Academy Private School

Grades: K-8 Enrollment: 360 Year: 2013

High Meadows School

Grades: 3 yr-12 yr Enrollment: 1411 Year: 1959

Holy Innocents’ Episcopal School

Grades: PK-8 Enrollment: 225 Year: 1958

Holy Redeemer Catholic School

Grades: K-8 Enrollment: 509 Year: 1999

Holy Spirit Prepatory School

Grades: PK-12 Enrollment: 782 Year: 1953

King’s Ridge Christain School

Grades: PK-12 Enrollment: 855 Year2001

McGinnis Woods Country Day School

Grades: PK-8 Enrollment: 279 Year: 1999

Mill Springs Academy

Grades: 1-12 Enrollment: 351 Year: 1981

Mohammed Schools of Atlanta

Grades: PK-12 Enrollment: 259 Year: 1965

Mount Pisgah Christian School

Grades: PK-12 Enrollment: 512 Year: 1980

Pace Academy

Grades: K-12 Enrollment: 1083 Year: 1958

Perimeter Christian School

Grades K-12 Enrollment:1083 Year: 1989

The Lovett School

Grades: K-12 Enrollment: 1594 Year: 1926

The Ron Clark Academy

Grades: 5-8 Enrollment: 228 Year: 2007

The Swift School

Grades: PK-12 Enrollment: 240 Year: 1998

The Westminster Schools

Grades: PK-12 Enrollment: 1845 Year: 1951

Trinity School Inc

Grades: PK-6 Enrollment: 643 Year: 1951

Woodward Academy North

Grades: PK-6 Enrollment: 441 Year: 1900

(678) 277-9083 Roswell, GA btcatholic.org

(404) 233-0383 Atlanta, GA christking.org

(770) 379-9372 Atlanta, GA davisacademy.org

(770) 992-4975 Roswell, GA fellowshipchristianschool.org

(678) 366-2555 Alpharetta, GA fultonscienceacademy.org

(404) 255-4026 Atlanta, GA hies.org

(770) 973-8921 Marietta, GA faithmarietta.com/school

(770) 410-4056 Johns Creek, GA hrcatholicschool.org

(404) 252-8008 Atlanta, GA holyspiritprep.org

(770) 754-5738 Alpharetta, GA kingsridgecs.org

(770) 664-7764 Alpharetta, GA mcginniswoods.org

(770) 926-7729 Alpharetta, GA millsprings.org

(404) 378-4219 Atlanta, GA mohammedschools.org

(678) 336-3443 Alpharetta, GA experiencepisgah.org

(404) 262-1345 Atlanta, GA paceacademy.org

(678) 405-2300 Johns Creek, GA perimeterschool.org

(404) 262-3032 Atlanta, GA lovett.org

(678) 651-2100 Atlanta, GA ronclarkacademy.com

(678) 205-4988 Roswell, GA theswiftschool.org

(404) 355-8673 Atlanta, GA westminster.net

(404) 231-8100 Atlanta, GA trinityatl.org

(404) 765-4490 Johns Creek, GA woodward.edu

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HIGHER Education

in North Fulton County

As a leading city in the U.S. for higher education, Atlanta prides

itself on its active student population and 22 institutions of

higher learning. Both traditional and non-traditional students

can take advantage of a wide range of degree and certificate

programs, from the arts and sciences to medicine and law. With

its large concentration of colleges and universities within its

borders, North Fulton County is a great place for students to earn

their degrees, while also taking advantage of the recreational

opportunities the county has to offer.

DeVry University

(Alpharetta campus)

devry.edu (770) 619-360

DeVry University is one of the most widely respected national

and online universities. It is accredited by the Higher Learning

Commission and is also a member of the North Central

Association of Colleges and Schools. With locations all across

the country and flexible scheduling, DeVry can meet the needs

of traditional and non-traditional students alike. The Alpharetta

location offers undergraduate and graduate degrees in a wide

range of programs that help students prepare for their careers

like technical communication, finance, human resource

management and accounting. DeVry’s Alpharetta campus

has spacious classrooms, a research library and a fully wired

computer lab. Students can also take classes at any of the other

metro area locations, or online.

Gwinnett Technical College

(Sandy Springs campus)

risingspirit.edu (877) 527-3504

The state’s third largest technical college, serving over 18,000

students annually in college credit courses, adult education and

continuing education.Gwinnett Tech has been providing careerfocused

education and training for our region for more than 25

years. They offer more than 50 programs – degree, diploma

and certificate options – that you can finish in two years or less.

They are accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and

Schools Commission on Colleges to award the associate degree.

The North Fulton campus is located in Alpharetta. The college

awarded 2,691 technical certificates of credit, and the highest

number of associate degrees (569) in the state. Gwinnett Tech is

one of the nation’s top producers of associate degree graduates

in Computer and Information Sciences.

The Art Institute of Atlanta

artinstitutes.edu/atlanta (770) 394-8300

Atlanta is home to one of the 50 Art Institutes schools located

throughout North America that was founded in 1949. Students

can focus on everything from the culinary arts and interior

design to media arts and fashion design at this Sandy Springs

campus. The 115,000-square-foot facility includes high-tech

computer labs, a video production studio, animation lab, library

and student cafe. Students represent 36 states and 27 countries

for its Bachelor of Fine Arts, Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of

Science, Associate of Arts and diploma programs. Alumni include

local chef Kevin Gillespie, a contestant on “Top Chef,” whose

restaurant Gunshow opened in 2013 to wide critical acclaim.

National Personal Training Institute

(Johns Creek)

nptifitness.com (800) 960-6294

As the oldest and largest personal training school in North

America, the National Personal Training Institute provides

students access to trainers and support staff with a wide range

of experience in body building, weight training and exercise

physiology. Classes are held during the day, evening and on

weekends to accommodate working adults. All students complete

300 hours of classroom instruction and 200 hours of handson

gym time. Upon completion of the program, students earn

the 500-Hour Diploma in Personal Training, which requires no

continuing education courses and does not need to be renewed.

Some students choose to take their diploma further and sit for

the National Academy of Sports Medicine CPT certification.

Sanford-Brown College

(Sandy Springs campus)

sanfordbrown.edu/Atlanta (770) 576-4498

Founded in 1866 to meet the educational needs of adults in

post-Civil War America, the 18 private colleges and schools in

the Sanford-Brown network has educated more than 170,000

alumni. With more than 20 career-focused programs in fields

like health, technology and design, Sanford-Brown has helped

countless people pursue professional success. The Sandy Springs

campus offers degrees in cardiovascular sonography, diagnostic

medical sonography, medical billing, medical assistant and

massage therapy. Given the high concentration of health care

facilities in North Fulton, professionals with these skills are

always in high demand.

Strayer University

(Roswell campus)

strayer.edu (770) 650-3000

Originally founded as Strayer’s Business College in 1892 in

Baltimore, Strayer College has been offering Bachelor of Science

degrees since 1969, master’s degrees since 1987 and online

classes since 1996. The institution earned university status in

1998 and is accredited by the Middle States Commission on

Higher Education, one of the nation’s six regional accrediting

bodies. The Roswell campus offers undergraduate and graduate

programs in accounting, business, education, health services

administration, information systems, and public administration.

Strayer prides itself on providing strong academic and career

support for its students, making it a great option for working

adults.

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The hospital landscape in metropolitan Atlanta is as much a reflection

of the city’s growth as any of the traditional economic indicators. It

wasn’t so long ago that the choice of hospital was driven by where

your doctor had privileges, without concern for geography. Fortunately,

hospital systems now recognize the need to provide residents access

to any treatment they need, from simple procedures to the latest in

medical technology, no matter where they live. The metro area boasts

health care systems that consistently rank as some of the best in the

county in everything from maternity care to cancer treatment.

North Fulton County boasts campuses of some of the metro area’s best

hospitals, like Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta and Northside Hospital.

Often known as the city’s “baby factory,” Northside Hospital ranks

first in the nation for the number of babies delivered at a community

hospital—more than 27,000 in 2010. It is also in the top 5 percent for

the number of robotic surgeries performed. Below is information on

just a few of the outstanding medical facilities located right here in

North Fulton County.

Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta

choa.org

Children’s at Scottish Rite (Perimeter) (404) 785-5252

Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta (CHOA), a not-for-profit organization,

sees half a million patients each year at its three area hospitals and

20 neighborhood locations, including the nationally renowned Marcus

Autism Center. As the pediatric teaching hospital for the Emory

University School of Medicine and the Morehouse School of Medicine,

Children’s values a team approach to care. Children’s Healthcare

of Atlanta and Emory Healthcare recently partnered to launch the

Congenital Heart Center of Georgia, the first such program in the state.

With more than 30 pediatric specialties, CHOA has been ranked one

of the best children’s hospitals by Parents magazine and U.S. News &

World Report. It is also a great place to work, according to Fortune

magazine (for nine years running) and the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Emory Johns Creek Hospital

emoryjohnscreek.com (678) 474-7000

Since its opening in 2007, Emory Johns Creek Hospital (EJCH) has earned

a reputation for its state-of-the-art medical technologies. Jointly owned

by Emory Healthcare and the Hospital Corporation of America, EJCH is

110-bed community hospital that participates in most insurance plans.

The hospital offers a full range of services including 24/7 emergency

care, women’s services, advanced cardiac care, vascular medicine

and surgery and advanced digital imaging. It has a designated Level

III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, and its bariatric surgery center has

been designated a Center of Excellence by the American Society of

Metabolic and Bariatric Surgeons.

WellStar North Fulton Hospital

WellStar.org (770) 751-2500

WellStar North Fulton Hospital is a 202-bed acute-care hospital and has

one of the state’s three designated Level II Trauma Centers. Located

between Roswell and Alpharetta, it was founded in 1983 and has served

patients from North Fulton, Forsyth, East Cobb, East Cherokee and West

Gwinnett counties for more than 30 years. With a staff of more than

400 physicians, it offers a wide range of services including women’s

health, orthopedics, rehabilitation, surgical services, gastroenterology

and oncology. WellStar North Fulton Hospital has been certified as a

Primary Stroke Center by the Joint Commission on the Accreditation

of Healthcare Organizations. It also has a sleep disorders clinic to help

patients address issues such as sleep apnea and insomnia.

Northside Hospital

northside.com (404) 851-8000

Northside Hospital operates three not-for-profit hospitals in Atlanta,

Forsyth County and Cherokee County, along with 15 outpatient centers

and medical office buildings throughout the Atlanta metro area.

Specialties at Northside range from oncology to gynecology, and

everything in between. Two years ago, one of the hospital’s surgeons

performed the state’s first single-incision robotic surgery. In 2010, the

National Cancer Institute named Northside Hospital Cancer one of its

30 National Community Cancer Centers due to its excellence in cancer

care and its role as a leading community hospital. Its maternity and

obstetrical services also rank high, both locally and nationally. For

three years running, Northside has been awarded the J.D. Power and

Associates Distinguished Hospital award for Maternity Services.

Concentra

concentraprimarycare.com/atlanta (678) 916-3600

Since its founding in 1979 by a group of physicians, Concentra has

maintained a commitment to clinical expertise and customer service.

As part of the Humana health care network, Concentra is served by

primary care physicians who have close working relationships with

patients. Concentra’s care focuses on five main areas: occupational

health, physical therapy, health and wellness, urgent care and primary

care. From asthma and diabetic care to routine screenings and exams,

Concentra boasts the largest occupational and urgent care medical

practice in the United States. Nationwide, more than 25,000 patients

are treated in one of the more than 300 walk-in clinics in 40 states.

Appointments are not required, and the payment procedure, whether

you are self-paying or using insurance, has been drastically simplified.

Emory Saint Joseph’s Hospital of Atlanta

emoryhealthcare.org/saint-josephs-hospital-atlanta (678) 843-7001

Saint Joseph’s hospital has the distinction of being Atlanta’s oldest

hospital. Founded in 1880 by the Sisters of Mercy, Saint Joseph’s is now

a 410-bed acute-care facility. Its staff of 750 physicians works around the

clock to provide the best patient care. The facility recently received its

fifth Magnet designation from the American Nurses Credentialing Center,

making it one of three hospitals to receive five consecutive designations.

Saint Joseph’s has also been recognized as one of the best facilities in

the nation for hip and knee replacement surgeries, and in March 2014

it was recognized by the American Heart Association/American Stroke

Association for implementing measures to prevent and treat strokes.

Finally, it is the only Atlanta hospital named to J.D. Power and Associates’

Distinguished Hospital Program for Service Excellence.

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Welcome to Atlanta!

On behalf of the

Georgia Restaurant

Association (GRA), I

would like to welcome

you to Atlanta.

Whether it is for a

rehearsal dinner, a 90th

birthday celebration or

a college graduation

party, restaurants know

how to set the table for

any occasion. Restaurants provide a gathering place

and create a sense of community, while fostering

social relationships, memories and just fulfilling the

need for connection. Restaurateurs strive to create

memorable dining experiences with relentless

planning, attention to detail and commitment to

service.

The restaurant industry is

a very special and unique

industry. In this digital world

that we are living in today, we

cannot go out to eat online.

Restaurants still require

a need for face-to-face

interaction, both internally as

an employer and externally

as a patron.

Now more than ever,

Americans are dining outside

of their homes. Restaurants

constitute a particularly large

and growing share of our

economy and it is important

to promote dining out

locally so that our economy

continues to thrive. When

supporting local businesses,

there is an opportunity to

preserve local character and

prosperity. It creates a sense

of community well-being.

Dining locally will keep the

dollars at home and continue

to support the businesses in

the area. Restaurants tend to

combine our neighbors in a

web of economic and social

relationships.

The GRA’s mission is to serve

as the voice for Georgia’s

Proud to

be part of

growth in

North Futon

since 1989!

restaurants in advocacy, education and awareness.

The GRA is sanctioned by the National Restaurant

Association to operate Georgia’s only not-for-profit

representing the state’s foodservice industry. The

GRA serves as the unified voice for over 17,000

foodservice and drinking places in the state of

Georgia with total sales in excess of $17.1 billion

which provides more than 438,900 jobs. From large

chains to state-ups, the GRA helps make Georgia a

better place for restaurants to do business and helps

make restaurants better for Georgia.

So as we work to set the table for our restaurant

members, let your local restaurants set the table.

Enjoy the dining destinations in your community and

remember to dine out and dine often.

Sincerely,

Karen Bremer

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Dining Out in North Fulton

Photo credit : Jay Hatfield

Over the past few years, the Atlanta metro area has

become a foodie paradise. Chef-driven concepts are

taking center stage and using locally grown seasonal

ingredients, which means diners can find any type of

cuisine they may desire, from comfort food at the local

diner to a wide range of ethnic cuisine and established

chain restaurants. To celebrate the best and brightest,

many of North Fulton’s cities have their own restaurant

weeks throughout the year, where diners can sample

some of the area’s best food from a fixed-price menu.

Here are just a few of North Fulton’s best culinary options:

5 Seasons Brewing Company

5600 Roswell Road (The Prado), Sandy Springs

5seasonsbrewing.com • (404) 255-5911

5 Seasons has three locations across Atlanta and

brews more than 70,000 gallons of beer each year.

Locally sourced ingredients come together to create

unique dishes like rabbit enchiladas and goat cheese

cheesecake.

Altobeli’s Italian Restaurant & Piano Bar

3000 Old Alabama Road, Johns Creek

altobelis.com • (770) 664-8055

This restaurant and piano bar has been serving

authentic Italian food since 1988. Altobeli’s features

live music Tuesday through Sunday.

Atlantic Seafood Company

2345 Mansell Road, Alpharetta

atlanticseafoodco.com • (770) 640-0488

For more than 10 years, the Atlantic Seafood

Company has been flying in fresh foods every day to

be prepared by its master fish cutters and chefs. From

prawns and tuna to sushi and shellfish, the menu will

not disappoint.

Bistro VG

70 West Crossville Road, Roswell

www.sedgwickrestaurantgroup.com/bistroVG.html

(770) 993-1156

This European-style bistro serves small plates and

classic French dishes in a relaxed environment.

Bite Bistro & Bar

11500 Webb Bridge Way, Ste A9, Alpharetta

biteatl.com • (770) 754-5500

Owner and chef Leif Johnson started Bite as a catering

company based in Dunwoody before expanding it

into a restaurant. The menu features Latin, Asian and

Southern flavors.

Cibo e Beve

4969 Roswell Road, Sandy Springs

ciboatlanta.com • (404) 250-8988

Translating as “Eat and Drink,” Cibo e Beve pays

homage to classic Italian dishes like fresh pasta and

pizza.

Erawan Organic Thai

7537 Roswell Road, Sandy Springs

besterawan.com • (770) 399-3033

For more than 10 years, diners have flocked to the

area’s only Thai restaurant that uses all organic

ingredients in everything from curries and stir-fry to

wine and beer. Be sure to sample the wild rice.

Greenwood’s Restaurant

1087 Green St., Roswell

greenwoodsongreenstreet.com • (770) 992 -5383

One of the best restaurants in the metro area for oldfashioned

Southern comfort food, Greenwood’s has

been open since 1986 and uses fresh local ingredients.

Milton’s Cuisine & Cocktails

800 Mayfield Road, Milton

miltonscuisine.com • (770) 817-0161

Occupying a 150-year-old farmhouse and a 1930s

cottage, this classic restaurant in the heart of the

Crabapple Historic District features a bar, patio and

fireplace.

Osteria Mattone

1095 Canton St., Roswell

osteriamattone.com • (678) 878-3378

Owner and Roswell native Ryan Pernice opened

Canton Street’s only Italian restaurant after an

extensive eating tour of Italy with his business partner

and the restaurant’s executive chef Ted Lahey.

Ray’s on the Creek

1700 Mansell Road, Alpharetta

raysrestaurants.com/raysonthecreek • (770) 649-0064

A recently renovated interior designed by renowned

architects ai3 and a revamped menu that features

small plates, fresh seafood and specialties like veal

meatloaf, Ray’s is one of Alpharetta’s best restaurants.

Rumi’s Kitchen

6112 Roswell Road, Atlanta

rumiskitchen.com • (404) 477-2100

Rumi’s is a mainstay on Atlanta magazine’s list of

best local restaurants. Flavors and dishes like saffron,

kebabs and freshly baked bread bring the authentic

Persian cuisine to life.

Sage Woodfire Tavern

11405 Haynes Bridge Road, Alpharetta

(770) 569-9199

4505 Ashford Dunwoody Road, Sandy Springs

(770) 804-8880

sagewoodfiretavern.com

The phrase “chic yet casual” accurately describes

the two locations of this local favorite, which feature

American cuisine with global influences.

Salt Factory

952 Canton St., Roswell

(770) 998-4850

102 South Main St., Alpharetta

(770) 752-1888

fhfoodtradinggroup.com

This upscale gastropub features a menu full of comfort

food cooked with local and organic ingredients and

a beer menu of more than 50 different brews. The

Alpharetta location also has a bocce ball court.

Satay House

281 S Main St., Alpharetta

satayhouseatlanta.com • (770) 663-8666

While Atlanta’s Buford Highway is widely known

as the best place to find authentic ethnic cuisine,

Satay House brings some of the area’s best Thai and

Malaysian dishes to Alpharetta.

Spice Brick Oven Kitchen

10800 Haynes Bridge Road, Alpharetta

spicebrickovenkitchen.com • (770) 777-0778

Live music, an inviting patio and a laid-back

atmosphere accompany a tapas and hand-crafted

pizza menu.

Table & Main

1028 Canton St., Roswell

tableandmain.com • (678) 869-5178

Earning accolades on everything from its fried chicken

(Zagat) and shrimp and grits (Atlanta magazine)

to its location and interior (HGTV’s FrontDoor, “6

Restaurants That Were Once Private Homes”), Table

& Main is a great addition to Roswell’s dining scene.

Trattoria 141

9810 Medlock Bridge Road, Suite A, Johns Creek

trattoria141.com • (770) 497-0021

Executive chef Marc Sublette made a name for himself

at some of Atlanta’s most prestigious restaurants.

His passion for Italian cuisine shines through at this

boutique neighborhood restaurant.

Wildflour

5815 Windward Parkway, Suite 210, Alpharetta

wildflouratlanta.com • (678) 822-9453

This family-owned cafe serves breakfast and lunch

and many of its dishes feature its delicious homemade

bread.

photo courtesy of the city of Sandy Springs

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Don’t Forget

to Have Some Fun!

North Fulton County has a wealth of

entertainment options for families. Explore

everything from symphony performances

and arts festivals to museum exhibitions

and hiking trails. Below are just some of the

family attractions North Fulton has to offer,

along with websites for more information.

Abernathy Arts Center

fultonarts.org • (404) 612-5780

AAC is the county’s oldest neighborhood arts

center and offers day and evening classes for

both children and adults.

Andretti Indoor Karting and Games

andrettikarting.com • (770) 992-5688

Enjoy go-karts, food and games at this facility

named after racing legend Mario Andretti.

Autrey Mill Nature Preserve & Heritage Center

autreymill.org • (678) 366-3511

The preserve includes 46 acres of ravine forest

as well as 2 miles of walking trails and a Heritage

Village that recreates life in the 19th century.

Barrington Hall

barringtonhall.net • (770) 640-3855

Located just off Roswell Square, this 19th

century home features the metro area’s only

antebellum garden.

Bulloch Hall

bullochhall.org • (770) 992-1731

This antebellum home is best known as the

location of the marriage of Mittie Bulloch

and Theodore Roosevelt, the parents of

future U.S. President Teddy Roosevelt.

Chattahoochee

Nature Center

chattnaturecenter.org

(770) 992-2055

The metro area’s

largest nature center

features a butterfly

garden, native plant garden and a green room

garden in addition to children’s programming

and hiking trails.

Chukkar Farm Polo Club

chukkarfarmpoloclub.com • (770) 664-1733

This family-run business boasts 173 acres of

pastures and woods and hosts polo events

throughout the year.

Georgia Ensemble Theater

get.org • (770) 641-1260

Open since 1993, this ensemble is the resident

professional theater at the Roswell Cultural Arts

Center.

Heritage Green

heritagesandysprings.org • (404) 851-9111

This sprawling complex includes gardens, a

nature walk and an entertainment lawn, as well

as the Williams-Payne House, which houses the

Heritage Sandy Springs Museum.

Johns Creek Arts Center

johnscreekarts.org • (770) 623-8448

This nonprofit arts center’s mission is to

“inspire artistic development for youth and

adults by embracing community and corporate

relationships that stimulate creative growth and

opportunity.”

Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre courtesy of alpharettacvb

Johns Creek Symphony Orchestra

johnscreeksymphony.org • (678) 748-5802

Comprising professional musicians from across

the metro area, the symphony is under the

direction of founder J. Wayne Baughman.

Roswell Cultural Art Center

roswellcac.com • (770) 594-6232

Featuring a 600-seat theatre as well as meeting

rooms, exhibits halls and a research library, the

art center hosts events from puppet shows to

corporate meetings.

Roswell Mills and Old Mill Park

georgiatrails.com

Visitors to this historic site can see the remains

of Roswell’s cotton mills, and tours tell the story

of the “Lost Workers of Roswell,” who were

charged with treason and sent north during the

Civil War.

Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre at Encore Park

vzwamp.com • (404) 733-5010

Open since 2008, this 12,000-seat amphitheatre

hosts a wide range of concerts and, during

the summer months, is home to the Atlanta

Symphony Orchestra.

Get Out and Play!

North Fulton is home to a multitude of parks, playgrounds, gardens and other green spaces. There are even dog parks for

your four-legged friends to run around off-leash. This list is far from exhaustive, as it doesn’t take into account many of the

neighborhood parks, pocket parks and passive spaces scattered throughout the county. Keep in mind that some of these parks

are run by the county parks and recreation department, while others are run by the city in which they are located. For more

information, visit fultoncountyga.gov.

ALPHARETTA

Big Creek Greenway

Five access points in Alpharetta (Alpharetta

YMCA; Haynes Bridge Road; North Point Mall;

Kimball Bridge Road; Marconi Drive)

Info: 8-mile concrete trail

Cogburn Road Park

12825 Cogburn Road

Info: 2 picnic pavilions; playground; walking

trails; arboretum

North Park

13450 Cogburn Road

Info: 7 lighted tennis courts; 2 multipurpose

synthetic turf fields; 8 lighted softball fields; 2

picnic pavilions; 2 playgrounds; adult activity

center; arts building; Rotary Reflection Garden;

walking trail

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Providence Park

13440 Providence Park Drive

Info: Park center building; pavilion; hiking

trails; outdoor amphitheater; grills; picnic

tables; overnight campsites; lake; creeks/

wetlands; rappelling and rock climbing areas;

rock climbing cliff; climbing walls; high ropes

challenge course

Union Hill Park

1590 Little Pine Trail

Info: 2 outdoor roller hockey rinks (1 covered);

concession stand

Webb Bridge Park

4780 Webb Bridge Road

Info: 2 grass soccer fields; multipurpose

synthetic turf field; 4 baseball fields; 4 tennis

courts; walking trail; arboretum; concession

stands; 3 picnic pavilions; playground

photo courtesy of Johns Creek

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Wills Park

Old Milton Parkway (west of Georgia 400 and

west of Highway 9)

Info: 7 grass baseball fields; synthetic turf

baseball field; 2 T-ball fields; 5 picnic pavilions;

3 playgrounds; disc golf course; 6 lighted

tennis courts; 1.8-mile walking trail; Alpharetta

Community Garden; Alpharetta Arboretum at

Wills Park

JOHNS CREEK

Autrey Mill Nature Preserve & Heritage

Center

9770 Autrey Mill Road

Info: 46 acres; visitor’s center; Heritage Village

with historic buildings; replica Native American

dwellings; farm museum; picnic pavilions;

2 miles of nature trails; wildlife and animal

displays

Newtown Park

3150 Old Alabama Road

Info: 46 acres; lake; 2 miles of walking/

jogging trails; 3 multipurpose athletic fields;

2 basketball courts; 3 softball/baseball

fields; 6 tennis courts; 13 picnic pavilions;

2 playgrounds; community clubhouse;

community garden; dog park; active adult

center

Ocee Park

10900 Buice Road

Info: 37 acres; walking/jogging track; 2

basketball courts; batting cages; 8 lighted

softball/baseball fields; T-ball field; 2 hard

tennis courts; 2 sand volleyball courts; 4 picnic

pavilions; 2 playgrounds

Shakerag Park

10945 Rogers Circle

Info: 66 acres; walking/jogging track; 3.8-

acre lake; 3 multipurpose athletic fields;

playground; 3 picnic pavilions; community

room

ROSWELL

Azalea Park - Chattahoochee National

Recreation Area

203 Azalea Drive

Info: 10.2-mile walking trail

Big Creek Park

1600 Old Alabama Road

Info: 1-mile walking trail; 1.3-mile concrete

multipurpose trail; mountain bike trails

Don White Memorial Park

925 Riverside Road

Info: 2 sand volleyball courts; picnic pavilion;

outdoor exercise equipment; fishing dock;

access to Roswell River Walk

East Roswell Park

9000 Fouts Road

Info: 1.4-mile walking trail; playground; disc

golf; tennis courts

Garrard Landing Park

8000 Holcomb Bridge

Info: 0.6-mile walking trail; playground

Grimes Bridge Park

830 Grimes Bridge Road

Info: Soccer fields; football fields

Hembree Park

850 Hembree Road

Info: 1-mile walking trail; tennis courts; batting

cages; recreation center; baseball fields

Leita Thompson Memorial Park

1200 Woodstock Road

Info: 2.3-mile walking trail; dog park

Riverside Park

575 Riverside Road

Info: 23 acres; picnic tables; grills; playground;

open field; trail system; concession stand;

sprayground

Roswell Area Park

10495 Woodstock Road

Info: 1.6-mile walking trail; 7.4-mile historic

trail; playground; picnic tables

Sloan Street Park

75 Sloan Street

Info: Playground

Sweet Apple Park

11850 Crabapple Road

Info: 1.1-mile walking trail;

multipurpose fields

Waller Park

250 Oak Street

Info: Recreation center;

playground; baseball field;

outdoor soccer field; picnic

area; Hog Waller Creek;

access to Historic Roswell

Trail System

SANDY SPRINGS

Abernathy Park

254 Johnson Ferry Road

Info: Tennis courts;

playground; picnic tables;

arts center

Allen Park

5900 Lake Forest Drive at

Allen Road

Info: Playground;

multipurpose court; walking

trail; basketball court

Hammond Park

705 Hammond Drive at

Glenridge

Info: Multipurpose building;

gym; game room; soccer

field; lighted tennis courts;

basketball courts; picnic

pavilions; playground

photo courtesy of Sandy Springs

Heritage Green

6075 Sandy Springs Circle

Info: Williams-Payne House; bandstand;

walking trail; boardwalk

John Ripley Forbes Big Trees Forest Preserve

7645 Roswell Road

Info: Nature trails; tree; plant and wildlife

sanctuary

Morgan Falls Overlook Park

200 Morgan Falls Road

Info: Picnic pavilions; playground; boat dock/

fishing pier; hiking trail (less than 1 mile); fire

pit; porch swings

Ridgeview Park

5200 South Trimble Road

Info: Nature trails; picnic pavilion; playground

photo courtesy of Johns Creek

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Sports in

Getting

Around

North Fulton

Ocee Park

10945 State Bridge Road, Suite 401-PMB 145, Johns Creek

oceepark.com

With nine youth T-ball and baseball leagues and adult coed leagues as

well, the whole family can get their fix of the American pastime here.

River Pines Golf

4775 Old Alabama Road, Johns Creek (770) 442-5960

Located on the banks of the Chattahoochee River, River Pines boasts two

courses and a variety of practice facilities for driving, chipping, pitching,

and putting.

Courtesy of the city of Sandy Springs

In addition to the many parks and recreational facilities around the county,

North Fulton also has myriad other ways for residents to stay active. From

adult and children’s organized sports leagues run by the county Department

of Parks and Recreation to chain fitness gyms and the country’s largest

recreational tennis league, the options are limitless.

Alpharetta

y.

Ed Isakson/Alpharetta Family YMCA

3655 Preston Ridge Road, Alpharetta (770) 664-1220

Enjoy summer camps, a swimming pool, workout facility and a variety

of fitness classes and other family-friendly activities.

Golf Club of Georgia

1 Golf Club Drive, Alpharetta (770) 664-8644

Founded in 1990, this club has hosted a wide range of tournaments

and events, including the Senior PGA Tour’s Nationwide Championship.

Seaventures

2880 Holcomb Bridge Road, No. 136, Alpharetta (770) 992-3772

Prep for swim team, host a pool party, or get your scuba certification

(including fun “mission-based” scuba lessons for kids!).

The Cooler

10800 Davis Drive, Alpharetta (770) 649-6600

For the Mighty Duck in everyone, The Cooler sports two ice arenas for

hockey and figure skating, as well as a roller arena for roller hockey.

Dynamo

5075 Abbotts Bridge Road, Johns Creek (770) 772-6007

Specializing in competitive swim lessons, meets, and competitions,

Dynamo also offers water aerobics, basic swim lessons, and multisport

training.

Newtown Park

3000 Old Alabama Road, Suite 104, Johns Creek (678) 297-2662

Newtown Park is your one-stop sport spot with youth leagues for soccer,

flag football, baseball, softball, lacrosse, tennis, and basketball.

Photo courtesy of Alpharetta Convention & Visitors Bureau

Milton

Courtesy of the city of Sandy Springs

Atlanta National Golf Club

350 Tournament Players Drive, Milton (770) 442-8801

Membership at this private club also includes access to White Columns

Country Club and The Manor Golf & Country Club.

Stars Sports Complex

14295 Birmingham Highway, Milton (678) 366-9008

Stars boasts one indoor and six outdoor fields for adult soccer, youth

leagues for various age ranges, and indoor winter lacrosse.

Mountain Park

Fishing in Mountain Park:

mountainparkgov.com/recreation/seasonal-fishing-and-boating-permits

Enjoy the unique beauty of Mountain Park’s two lakes with a season or

day pass for fishing and boating (catch and release only ... remember,

Mountain Park is a wildlife refuge!)

Roswell

Cage Rage

11005 Alpharetta Highway, Roswell (770) 998-7700

A convenient facility for the youth of North Fulton to practice, develop skills

and have fun, Cage Rage offers batting cages, training areas for baseball,

softball, basketball, lacrosse, football, volleyball, soccer, wrestling, golf

and cheerleading. Group and private instruction is available as well.

Southern Volleyball Center

11415 Old Roswell Road, Roswell (770) 346-8878

SVC offers leagues for youths and adults, hosts tournaments and offers

court rentals for private matches -- plus an open gym!

Wall2Wall Sports

170 Cox Road, Roswell (770) 674-1774

Four artificial turf fields and one full-sized natural grass field for youth and

adult soccer, lacrosse, flag/arena football, dodgeball, kickball, and various

fitness programs really is “wall to wall.”

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Atlanta Real Estate Market

CITY UNITS SOLD DAYS ON

MARKET

AVERAGE

SALES PRICE

(770) 971-2332

(770) 975-0252

CHEROKEE COUNTY

Acworth 337 62 $190,730

Alpharetta 41 81 $562,579

Ball Ground 190 68 $228,835

Canton 1,544 66 $260,106

Holly Springs 8, 27 $205,221

Roswell 11 69 $300,218

Waleska 108 79 $236,439

White 16 82 $252,394

Woodstock 1,693 47 $232,806

COBB COUNTY

Acworth 820 46 $220,568

Austell 332 55 $108,674

Kennesaw 1,263 45 $223,425

Mableton 555 53 $224,375

Marietta 3,631 45 $274,446

Powder Springs 687 53 $202,601

Roswell 182 35 $369,900

Smyrna 1,121 45 $251,616

Vinings 427 49 $299,884

FORSYTH COUNTY

Alpharetta 327 38 $296,915

Ball Ground 22 70 $283,907

Cumming 2,854 59 $308,038

Dawsonville 27 57 $236,390

Duluth 50 63 $788,574

Gainesville 218 80 $271,062

Suwanee 382 53 $415,194

FULTON COUNTY

Alpharetta 1,696 44 $350,772

Buckhead 1,862 57 $560,188

Duluth 74 63 $392,926

Dunwoody 210 59 $449,180

Johns Creek 522 42 $435,426

Milton 268 69 $639,442

NW Atlanta 1,058 58 $192,713

Roswell 1,242 45 $346,422

Sandy Springs 1,108 53 $385,953

Virginia Highlands 1,096 41 $373,030

GWINNETT COUNTY

Auburn 41 55 $215,673

Berkeley 24 46 $435,010

Bethlehem 28 48 $195,227

Braselton 63 74 $405,483

Buford 780 51 $228,336

Dacula 561 58 $236,337

Duluth 775 46 $247,816

Grayson 241 72 $240,679

Hoschton 59 56 $290,759

Lawrenceville 2,339 47 $174,946

Lilburn 627 55 $191,288

Loganville 414 52 $168,233

Norcross 608 48 $168,000

Peachtree Corners 182 42 $324,182

Snellville 877 55 $174,381

Stone Mountain 125 49 $153,197

Sugar Hill 367 48 $215,147

Suwanee 735 42 $303,006

Tucker 102 42 $199,589

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Now for the Fun Part!

By Lisa Mowry

After months of finding your new

house, it’s time to figure out the

right decorating and remodeling

projects to make it wonderful.

Is there anything more intimidating than an empty house? The

possibilities are enormous, but nobody wants to spend money

on the wrong priorities—or last year’s trends. We’ve asked the

experts to help homebuyers get started on making their new home

everything it can be.

Remodeling

Dale Contant, president-elect of the National Association of the Remodeling

Industry and owner of Atlanta Design & Build (atlantadesignbuild.com), offers

his expertise:

Which areas of the house do homebuyers typically approach you to remodel

as a top priority for them?

Contant: Kitchens and master bathrooms are by far the most popular

for every size house. Baby-boomers want any older home they’ve

purchased to have fresh kitchen and bathrooms, floors and paint.

As far as other projects: basements are another key area to update, as well

as other bathrooms in the house.

Do you recommend that homeowners try to do as much as possible before

moving in?

Contant: It makes for a good transition to have the floors refinished or carpeted,

new paint, and any areas that desperately need updating to be done prior to

moving in. It’s a lot harder to do with furniture in place and living through the

mess; if you remodel before you move in, there’s less inconvenience and it can

be done faster.

What are some trends you’re seeing in kitchens and baths these days?

Kitchens: We’re seeing that homeowners are removing walls and making an

open floor plan. They seem to prefer a larger, single level island rather than the

multi-level ones from past years, with stone or quartz countertops. We also see

more upgrades in appliances than from previous years, and the popularity of

farmhouse sinks.

Master bathrooms: Bathrooms these days are featuring a much larger shower,

often with a “curbless entry,” large format tile, heated tile floors, and frameless

showers. We are also adding more freestanding soaking tubs, and linen

cabinets.

What about outdoor areas...do you see that as a popular area of the house

for Atlantans to remodel or upgrade?

Contant: With such a great spring, summer, fall and even winter in Atlanta, we

can use the exterior areas of our home year-round. What we’re seeing a lot of:

screen porches with fireplaces and TVs, fancy decks, hot tub areas, outdoor

kitchens, waterfalls and serene landscape features, fire pits, and exterior

fireplaces—all sorts of ways to link the outdoors and indoors.

This built-on screened porch has it all: stone fireplace, vaulted ceiling, and wiring for an outdoor

TV—plus an adjacent deck to get a little sun. Photos courtesy of Atlanta Design & Build;

photos by Brian Reeves of Perfect Day Photos.

Decorating

Joann Kandrac and Kelly Kole make up Kandrac & Kole Interior Design (kandrackole.com),

voted one of Atlanta’s top interior design firms by the Atlanta

Business Chronicle. They are frequently featured in magazines such as Better

Homes & Gardens. Their thoughts on decorating with a plan:

What are some of the first steps homeowners should take to go about

decorating their new house?

Kelly Kole: Having just gone thru this process myself (after living in a house

for 18 years) I would advise homeowners to begin the process by ruthlessly

purging. Only keep the things that are of quality and that you love; sell or

donate the others. Once you are dealing with an inventory of only the items you

really love, start thinking about how they can be reused in different rooms. It’s

fun to give new life to a piece of art, a table or chair by putting it in an entirely

new space. I took photographs and measurements of my remaining inventory

and then started to assign pieces to rooms. Once I did this, I knew where I

needed to fill in pieces.

Do you have any general guidelines to help people start the process, such as

identifying favorite colors?

Joann Kandrac: I know some designers say to start with the rug, others choose

fabrics, others have a different set of factors. One of my favorite ground rules

is to select a palette based on a favorite piece of art. If you had a piece of art

in the family room in a previous house, maybe now it will work in the master

bedroom, for instance. Take the opportunity to reinvent your existing pieces in

different parts of your new home.

What do you think are some exciting trends and opportunities in these areas

of the house?

Foyer:

Joann: This is a place you can make a tremendous visual impact and one good

way to do that is with wallpaper. It is making a big comeback and a foyer is

a perfect place to incorporate it. Another opportunity in this area is to have

fun with the flooring. Examples might be to mix marble and wood in the same

room, or use flooring in a chevron or brick-style pattern.

Living room:

Joann: Make this room a true room to live in; gone are the days of the “too

nice to sit on” furniture and the museum-like furnishings. Make this room

comfortable and cohesive to family time, not a room that is only “for show.”

Dining room:

Kelly: Formal dining rooms are not as common as they once were. Some

homeowners are turning their dining room into a more multi-functional space

– such as also a library, music room, or craft room. For those homeowners who

still want a dining room, we are seeing a trend toward a more casual area. One

way to accomplish this is by using a mix of seating options. We are designing

these spaces with a mix of wood and upholstered chairs, benches and banquets

(like a small sofa made to cozy up to a dining table). Also, a large interesting

chandelier can transform a dining room. Most chandeliers we see in clients’

homes are too small.

Family room/TV room:

Kelly: Our clients are busy families, so the fabric choices we make are very

important. We are selecting Sunbrella and Crypton fabrics in many of our

projects. These fabrics are traditionally known for their indoor/outdoor

qualities but the patterns, colors and softness have come a long way. They are

durable and easy to clean, which appeals to everybody. We are also designing

family rooms that appeal to everybody in the family—such as a quiet reading

corner, a small desk to work at, a pub table for games, or a large, deep sofa for

curling up in front of a movie.

Kitchen:

Joann: Incorporating bold and oversized light fixtures can update your kitchen

in a big way. Storage is another game changer for functionality in a kitchen.

In terms of cabinetry, it’s handy to incorporate trash/recycling pullouts, rollout

drawers, spice pullouts and even special storage for dog bowls/food.

Powder room:

Joann: This is the space where company can close the door and really take it all

in. Even though this is probably the smallest room in the house, it can have the

most impact. The use of a graphic wall covering or an intense paint color for

the ceiling is one clever way. Painting this room a dark color is also a great way

to add drama and it does NOT make the room look smaller.

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Master bedroom:

Kelly: Normally the last room that our clients decorate, the master bedroom

is really one of the most important spaces for homebuyers. We are enjoying

designing with “smart furniture” these days-- bedside tables that have a built

in night light under the table, hidden drawers for iphones/ipads to charge, or

headboards that have a hidden panel with an LED reading light. We are also

layering windows with custom linen panels but then using a black out cellular

shade underneath--a big hit with the teenagers!

Home office:

Kelly: With technology becoming smaller and more efficient, a home office

can be a light-filled corner of a room, a renovated closet, or a portion of a

laundry room or butlers pantry. We are also seeing trends towards wellness

and ergonomics in the office - standing desks, adjustable smart chairs (where

you can adjust the height, the lumbar and the arms) and LED lighting that is

easy on the eyes.

They gave the dining room a new look with slipcovered chairs and a more casual light fixture

with some size to it (the previous one was wimpy).

Photos courtesy Kandrac-Kole and photographer Emily Followill.

“We were able to use about 40% of this Atlanta family’s previous things for their new house,”

says Kelly Kole. To upgrade the family room, they painted the built-ins a soothing gray, and

livened up an existing sectional with new pillows and rug in colorful hues.

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Senior Living

in Atlanta

By Gwyn Herbein

Relocation can happen to anyone, at any time, for any reason. Maybe

your dream job just opened up in another state, or you want to be

closer to your extended family. Whatever the reason, there are often

other considerations that have to be made beyond what neighborhood

to live in and where to send the kids to school. Members of the socalled

“sandwich generation”—which refers to those who are caring for

or supporting both their older parents and their children—are having to

strike a delicate balance. In 2013, the Pew Research Center found that

47 percent of adults in the 40s and 50s have both a parent age 65 and

older and are either raising a young family or financially supporting a

child over the age of 18.

Relocation can often mean finding a suitable place for an aging

parent to live, or planning for the “what ifs” if a person’s health or

ability to live independently changes. Companies like Arbor, Brookdale,

Peregrine, Insignia and others operate facilities and resources to help

families find the best fit for their loved ones.

Beginning the process

Today’s senior living facilities go to great lengths to understand the

needs of their residents, which goes far beyond their medical history

and current medications list. “Our [sales people are] trained in how

to discover who the person is, what is this legacy and life story of the

individual who is coming to us,” explains Shirley Paulk, R.N., senior vice

president of sales and marketing at the Arbor Company. The company

operates nine facilities in Georgia, including several in the metro Atlanta

area like Decatur, East Cobb, Alpharetta and Johns Creek.

“It’s not one size fits all; it’s a very customized approach we have

for each individual,” says Paulk. That could mean an adult child coming

with their parent, or an older couple who may be beginning to realize

they are no longer comfortable living alone in their home. After the

initial consultation, Arbor’s senior care counselors make home visits

to further understand the personal priorities of the resident and what

material items they may want to bring with them to help preserve their

memories even while they make new ones. “Our job is to help people

see it’s just a bend in the road, a new intersection, rather than the end

of the road,” says Paulk. That even includes additional counseling in the

case of complicated family dynamics.

Each family also has a different dynamic when it comes to making

decisions. Sterling Estates, which operates facilities in East and West

Cobb, has counselors on staff to guide seniors and their adult children

through the process. “Furthermore, our websites have a wealth of

educational information to help with the decision making process,”

says Pete Green, partner at Sterling Estates’ development division, HCC

Senior Living Group. The online information speaks to those who know

exactly what type of facility they need as well as those who are just

beginning the process and may be overwhelmed by the options.

Finding a home

One of the many decisions that must be made is what type of living is

right for the resident, even within a facility. Arbor offers independent

living, assisted living and memory care. Within the memory care

neighborhoods, there are two levels: Bridges, which Paulk describes

as being for those in the early stages of cognitive impairment. “It’s a

smaller and more intimate setting. By keeping that type of resident

together, we can get creative in how we do our programming,” she says.

Evergreen is a secured neighborhood for those with more progressive

dementia, and both neighborhoods are served by staff specially trained

for dementia care.

Senior living facilities are also prepared to take on the health

challenges that come with aging, regardless of whether they happen

slowly or quickly. Arbor facilities constantly communicate with the

family and the resident’s primary health care provider when a sudden

medical change occurs.

Sterling Estates provides a continuum of housing options so that

residents can seamlessly transition to other types of housing when

their health needs change. “Our Sterling Estates communities have

independent residences that are cottages, garden homes and/or

apartments. Additionally, our large Main Residences allows for either

independent living or assisted living,” explains Green. “Furthermore,

couples don’t need to separate when one spouse ages more rapidly.”

All Sterling residents have personal emergency transponders to notify

staff in case of an emergency, 24/7 nursing care and are near two major

hospitals in Cobb. “Third party therapy companies, other health care

professionals and doctors are available to treat residents on-site,” adds

Green.

Living the life

Once a family has made the decision to move a loved one into a senior

living facility, the focus turns to making the transition as seamless as

possible. Before moving to an Arbor facility, families are visited by an

engagement counselor who takes the time to learn whether the resident

is a person who enjoys quiet time for reading, or a social butterfly. “We

believe in deep connections, and taking what we learn about them

and connecting them to others,” says Paulk. The information gathered

by the engagement counselor helps inform everything from at which

dining table the resident will eat meals to who their neighbors will be.

Financial counselors are also available to help residents untangle the

many intricacies of life insurance, veterans’ benefits and other financial

assets that will help pay for care.

After the boxes are unpacked, residents are then encouraged to

engage in a wide range of activities offered by the facilities. “There are

so many daily opportunities to engage within and outside our immediate

neighborhoods that foster mental stimulation and enjoyment,” says

Green, all of which are part of the “Living a Sterling Life” motto. “’Living

a Sterling Life’ is all about promoting and engaging in a healthy lifestyle

through nutritious and enjoyable meal plans, exercise tailored to

individual needs and providing socialization engagement opportunities

for our residents that they otherwise don’t have by living alone,” explains

Green. “Our overriding goal is providing our residents the programs and

services necessary to remain active and as independent as possible.”

Arbor offers art and music studios, rehab and fitness facilities, as well as

a beauty salon and libraries.

No matter their current or future health needs, metro area seniors

and their families can rest assured that there is a facility that is a

good fit. From the beginning of the research process through difficult

conversations and decisions, today’s senior living facilities are there

every step of the way.

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Cities in North Fulton

Fulton County Population: 977,773 County Seat: Atlanta

Median Household Income: $57,582 Median Home Price: $250,300

Square Miles: 526.64 Millage Rate: 10.281

North Fulton Municipalities: Johns Creek, Milton, Mountain Park,

Roswell, Sandy Springs

Alpharetta

alpharetta.ga.us

(678) 297-6000

Like many cities in the metro

area, Alpharetta sprang out

of settlements that emerged

after the Cherokee Indians

were forcibly removed from

Georgia in the 1830s. First

known as the New Prospect

Camp Ground, present-day

Alpharetta is located near a

natural spring that became

a trading post for nearby

Photo courtesy of Alpharetta CVB

settlers. Alpharetta was chartered in 1858 and until 1931 was the county

seat of Milton County, which merged with Fulton County in order to avoid

bankruptcy during the Great Depression.

The city has changed a lot in the past 84 years. With an area of 21.4 square miles,

it is one of the largest—and wealthiest—municipalities in North Fulton County.

Known as “The Technology City of the South,” Alpharetta is home to countless

office parks and IT centers. It is also a hub for many well- known businesses

like ADP, LexisNexis, Comcast and E-Trade, among others. Alpharetta is a

shopper’s paradise, with NorthPoint Mall and its surrounding neighborhoods

housing many major retailers. Avalon, a new mixed-use development from

North American Properties, which owns the Atlantic Station development in

Midtown Atlanta, is scheduled to be opened later this year. With retailers like

Whole Foods, J. Crew and Road Runner Sports confirmed and dining concepts

from some of the area’s best chefs, the development is sure to up the ante on

shopping and dining in the area. Festivals and musical performances abound

both in the historic downtown area and at Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre at

Encore Park, the summer home of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra.

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Johns Creek

johnscreekga.gov (678) 512-3200

One of the newer municipalities in North Fulton, Johns Creek was incorporated

in 2006. It has quickly earned a reputation as a business-friendly and affluent

community. While it shares similar history to many of the area’s other cities,

first as a trading post in Cherokee Territory, then as a community in what used

to be Milton County, Johns Creek has set itself apart. Initially conceived as a

planned community and the second campus of a technology business park

founded by two Georgia Tech graduates, the 1,700 acres of rural land soon

grew to house more than 200 businesses and more than 11,000 people across

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6 million square feet of office, retail and industrial space. Money magazine

ranked the city the 13th highest-earning city in the U.S. It has a total population

of more than 76,000 people, and its schools, which are part of the Fulton

County system, are some of the best in the metro area. Johns Creek boasts

three National Blue Ribbon Schools: Chattahoochee High School, River Trail

Middle School and Dolvin Elementary. Additionally, Northview High School has

been awarded the Governor’s Cup for earning the state’s highest SAT scores

three times.

In addition to a strong educational base, Johns Creek also has many cultural and

entertainment options for both residents and visitors. It is home to five public

golf facilities and one private one. The renowned Atlanta Athletic Club hosted

the 2011 PGA Championship. Festivals, farmers markets and its location on the

banks of the Chattahoochee River make Johns Creek a great place to live.

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Photo courtesy of Milton

Milton

cityofmiltonga.us (678) 252-2400

Incorporated in 2006, the city of Milton is named after Revolutionary War hero

John Milton. Milton also served as Georgia’s Secretary of State from 1777 until

1799. The city wasted no time in catching up with some of its neighbors and

has already been recognized locally and nationally for its accomplishments.

In 2011, the Atlanta Business Chronicle ranked Milton as having the best

quality of life in the metro area. The same year, Milton was awarded the No.

9 spot in the South for quality of life by The Business Journals. Metrics for this

survey of more than 1,100 cities across the region included the percentage of

workers who either walk to work or telecommute (13.4 percent), adults with

advanced degrees (20.4 percent) and the homeownership rate (81 percent).

Its population of more than 33,000 residents also boasts a median household

income of about $99,000 per year. Milton also came in at No. 3 on home

security firm SafeWise’s list of the 50 safest cities in Georgia. For recreation,

Milton has partnered with Alpharetta for use of local parks.

Business has also thrived in Milton. In 2013, the city founded its economic

development department in an effort to meet goals set out in its strategic

plan. Considering the strides the city has made in the eight years since its

incorporation, the future looks bright for Milton and its residents.

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Mountain Park

mountainparkgov.com 770-993-4231

Bordered on three sides by Roswell and extending into Cherokee County by less

than 1,000 feet, Mountain Park, GA is the smallest of North Fulton’s cities with a

total area of less than a square mile and a population of only 547. Incorporated

in 1927, Mountain Park was originally a summer getaway for some of Atlanta’s

more elite citizens, with only three families living as permanent residents

including the mayor, who ran a small shop called “The Stand.”

While it has grown since then, Mountain Park remains an idyllic change of pace

for the Atlanta area. The city is zoned as a wildlife refuge, and many official

clubs are dedicated to maintaining its unique natural beauty, including the

Watershed Preservation Society, the Mountain Park Organic community garden

project, and the Green and Beautiful Program. The Arbor Day Foundation,

USDA Forest Service and Association of State Foresters recently awarded the

city the distinction of Tree City USA, which recognizes urban and community

forestry programs across the US. If you want the jobs of the Atlanta area but the

peace and quiet of a lakeside cabin, Mountain Park is an ideal spot, but hurry

-- at the time of this writing, there are only 10 houses for sale!

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Roswell

roswellgov.com (770) 641-3727

Unlike many of North Fulton’s communities, Roswell was founded in the early

19th century. The city is named after its founder, Roswell King, who built

what became the largest cotton mill in North Georgia. The city was officially

incorporated in 1854. By the time the Civil War started, the cotton mill

employed more than 400 people, many of whom were sent north when the

mill was destroyed by Gen. Sherman’s troops. During the Great Depression,

when much of the area’s agricultural industry was lagging, Roswell was

ceded from Cobb County to become part of Fulton at the same time that

neighboring Milton County was being absorbed by Fulton.

Roswell is now the eighth largest city in Georgia with a population close to

90,000, after having experienced extensive growth over the past 20 years.

Due to its outstanding quality of life, the city has twice been voted one of

the best places in the metro area to live by Atlanta magazine. Additionally,

Frommer’s ranked Roswell No. 3 on its list of the best places to raise a family.

Part of that can be attributed to its 13 parks, which comprise more than 900

acres of active and passive green space. Residents also have access to the

Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area, which is part of the National

Park System. Roswell boasts a quaint downtown square full of eclectic shops

and some of the metro area’s best restaurants.

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Smith Plantation photo credit to the Roswell Convention and Visitors Bureau.

king and queen fireworks Sandy Springs Credit Jeff Inman

Sandy Springs

sandyspringsga.org (770) 730-5600

Located just outside the I-285 Perimeter and easily accessible via Georgia

400, Sandy Springs was incorporated in 2006 and now has a population

of more than 94,000. While Perimeter Mall, one of the area’s premier

shopping destinations, falls within the borders of the city of Dunwoody, the

surrounding business district belongs to Sandy Springs. Northside Hospital,

Saint Joseph’s Hospital and the Scottish Rite campus of Children’s Healthcare

of Atlanta also fall within Sandy Springs’ borders. These are also some of the

largest employers in the city. Sandy Springs has the distinction of being the

home of UPS, one of the world’s most recognizable brands.

Recreation opportunities abound in Sandy Springs, which has 12 parks

and several annual outdoor festivals and events. Heritage Sandy Springs, a

nonprofit that seeks to preserve and promote the history of Sandy Springs,

sponsors the annual Sandy Springs Festival and also runs Heritage Green,

which includes the Williams-Payne House and Museum. Tennis magazine

recently called The Sandy Springs Tennis Center, which has 24 lighted courts,

“one of the finest public facilities in the country.” Over the past few years,

Sandy Springs has implemented many projects to increase green space,

make the city more pedestrian friendly and decrease dependence on fossil

fuels. The Atlanta Regional Commission recently honored Sandy Springs

for its efforts to use solar energy and propane auto gas for many of its fire

stations and police vehicles.

Power

Georgia Power

888-660-5890

georgiapower.com

Greystone Power Corp

(770) 942-6576

greystonepower.com

Sawnee EMC

(770) 887-2363

sawnee.com

Gas

Atlanta Gas Light

(877) 427-4321

atlantagaslight.com

Gas South

(877) 472-4932

gas-south.com

Georgia Natural Gas

(877) 850-6200

onlygng.com

Infinite Energy Company

(877) 342-5434

infiniteenergy.com

SCANA Energy

(877) 467-2262

scanaenergy.com

True Natural Gas

(877) 746-4362

truenaturalgas.com

Walton EMC Natural Gas

(770) 267-2505

waltonemcnaturalgas.com

Water and Sewer

Fulton County Water

& Sewer Billing

fultoncountyga.gov

(404) 730-6830

Cable

Comcast

comcast.com

866-922-0069

Fulton County Office

of Broadcast and Cable

www.fultoncountyga.gov

(404)-612-8394

Telephone

AT&T

att.com

(888) 695-3398

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