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Driver’s License

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Atlanta Board of REALTORS

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Alpharetta Convention and Visitors Bureau

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Johns Creek Convention and Visitors


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Sandy Springs Hospitality & Tourism

CVB and Welcome Center

visitsandysprings.org (770) 206-1447


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Welcome to North Fulton

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NORTH FULTON COUNTY, your new 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


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.

Photo courtesy of Alpharetta CVB

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 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.

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. Niche.com named

Johns Creek as the second 2017 Best Suburbs to Live in Atlanta Metro

followed by Alpharetta as third, Roswell as fifth and Milton as sixth.. 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.

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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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.


(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.


(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.

Photo courtesy of Sandy Springs

Your place to


A home to rest your head, a

park where you can play, a trail

to stroll, a community that

welcomes you. Johns Creek is

more than roads and buildings,

more than houses of brick and

mortar. This is a city where you

put down roots, where lifelong

friends are made, where you can

watch your family grow.

Recognized nationally for

education and safety, Johns

Creek is home to exciting

community events, exceptional

businesses, and so much more.

Johns Creek has something for

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From the

North Fulton

County Chamber


to North Fulton!

It is an exciting time to be part of the growth of the “Golden

Corridor” and it’s six vibrant and distinct cities – Alpharetta,

Johns Creek, Milton, Mountain Park, Roswell and Sandy

Springs. This year the Greater North Fulton Chamber

celebrates 45 years of innovative leadership for our business

community, and many of the successes in this region can

directly be attributed to the hard work of the GNFCC.

The mission of our Chamber is to be the catalyst for economic

development, business growth and quality of life in North

Fulton, and our new strategic plan allows us to focus on five

core objectives for the continued success of the Chamber

and our region:

1. Provide benefits and opportunities that enhance

member value and engagement

2. Support the growth of the business community and

the region’s economic expansion

3. Enable collaborative talent development that meets

the needs of our workforce and economy

4. Influence and advocate for public policies that

enhance the well-being of the region

5. Align and expand resources to support operational

excellence and efficiency

We are committed to our businesses and our community,

and we are blessed by exceptional volunteer leaders

who work with our professional staff to drive success. I

encourage you to join us by actively participating in the

GNFCC and the community. The returns you will see on

your investment will be transformational.

Kali Boatright

President & CEO

The Greater North Fulton Chamber of Commerce

“Influence that Transforms”


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Big on Business

Top Ten Employers

in North Fulton


Grace Huseth

No matter what your dreams, expertise or career plan, North Fulton

has a variety of jobs for everyone. Here are the top ten employers in

the area you should seek out based on your talents.

1. Caring Touch

Northside Hospital is one of the fastest growing health care

organizations in the Southeast and currently employs more than 8,000

employees including physicians, nurses, allied health professionals,

administrative and support services personnel. In 2016, Forbes named

Northside Hospital to its list of America’s Best Employers in a survey

that polled U.S. employees across all industries.

2. Insurance

3,000 people work at the State Farm Insurance Co. Atlanta Operations

Center. Trustworthiness and customer service is priority with all auto,

home, renters, condo, motorcycle, life and banking insurance. State

Farm has a 2.2 million-square-foot campus at Park Center and is in a

second phase of building a 22-story building expected to be completed

by the end of 2019.

3. Healthcare IT

Nearly 2,500 people work at McKesson’s Alpharetta location in

computer integrated systems design. They assist the healthcare

industry by providing health information technology, medical supplies

and care management tools. McKesson Technology Solutions will be

rebranded as Change Healthcare this year after its merger with Change

Healthcare Holdings. Change Healthcare will offer more software and

analytics, network solutions and technology-based services.

4. Technology Research

Some of the best innovation labs for telecommunications can be found

at 900 North Point in Alpharetta. The top employer at the technology

building, AT&T Data Center, has a team of 2,200 employees ranging

from sales to support. Keep an eye out for AT&T’s latest Enhanced

Control, Orchestration, Management and Policy (ECOMP) platform

which will create opportunities for standardization worldwide,

according to AT&T’s Mazin Gilbert.

5. Communications Culture

The third-largest cable television provider in the United States, Cox

Communications, is headquartered in Sandy Springs. They employ

over 2,000 in cable and other pay television services, while parent

company Cox Enterprises is a provider of voice, video and data

solutions, national and local cable spot and digital media advertising.

6. Business to Business Solutions

ADP LLC National Account Services helps organizations unlock

business potential. Those at ADP are matchmakers of HR, payroll,

talent, time, tax and benefits administration, analytics and compliance

expertise. In early 2017, ADP described itself as the “largest provider

of HR services in North America, Europe, Latin America and the Pacific

Rim”. 2,100 work in ADP’s accounting and payroll services Alpharetta.

7. Pediatric Care

Over 2,000 caring employees work at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta

at Scottish Rite. Located near Sandy Springs and Northside Hospital

on Johnson Ferry Rd, Scottish Rite offers many services including an

emergency department and a comprehensive inpatient rehabilitation

unit. Children’s is ranked among the nation’s top pediatric hospitals in

the U.S. News & World Report 2016-2017 edition of “Best Children’s


8. Finance

Financial software maker Fiserv plans to add 500 jobs in Alpharetta

over the next few years. There are already 2,000 employed in

computer processing and data preparation as part of a company that

is one of the largest providers of information technology services to

the financial services industry. Through a partnership with the INV

Fintech Accelerator, Fiserv serves as a connection point between

financial services startups and thousands of bank and credit union


9. Radiotelephone Communications

Alpharetta economic development chief Peter Tokar said the city is

a tech hub in the metro region. Verizon Wireless has joined the top

tech companies in the area with 2,000 employees ranging in customer

service specialists to innovation center experts creating the latest in

wireless products. Verizon is continually researching faster network

speeds and recently launched a new Fios Gigabit Connection service

to create a service that approaches gigabit speeds.

10. Postal Service

The UPS headquarters complex in Sandy Springs employs nearly 2,000

employees in two seven-story structures. Here they are experts in

organization, specializing in air courier services and delivery logistics.

This location supports Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson Airport which

provides airport-to-airport services for global coverage within one-tothree

or three-to-five days.

Other top employers:

Alcon Laboratories Inc.,..1,700

Emory St Joseph’s


Macy’s Inc. Systems &


General Motors IT

Innovation Center,..........1,300

HP Inc. Data Center,........1,300

Kimberly-Clark Corp.,.....1,300

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First Data Corp.,..............1,200

UPS Supply Chain


Comcast Cable

Communications Inc.,.....1,000

Equifax Inc.,....................1,000

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North Fulton County Schools

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Number of Schools: 35 Elementary, 12 Middle, 11 High, 2 Charter

When moving to a new city, or even just changing neighborhoods,

parents want to know what the schools are like. Metro Atlanta

boasts a wide range of options, from public schools to charters

and a wide range of independent institutions that are committed

to preparing students for college, careers and beyond.

Determining the best choice for your family can be overwhelming,

so do your homework and research on the system’s website


Public schools in North Fulton are part of Fulton County Schools

and the area is home to some of the system’s best schools. The

FCS comprises 59 elementary, 19 middle, 18 high and eight

charter schools and is the fourth-largest system in Georgia in

terms of student enrollment. North Fulton is home to the cities

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

Sandy Springs. The system was the first school system in the

country to receive system-wide accreditation from AdvancEd.

After having boosted overall SAT scores from No. 25 in the state

to No. 2, North Fulton schools consistently perform well, with

Johns Creek’s Northview High School recently earning high

marks with the Georgia Department of Education as the topperforming

public school in metro Atlanta. Governor Nathan

Deal recently announced 22 Forsyth County Elementary schools

will receive 2016 Highest Performing or Greatest Gains school


With so many great schools across the county, North Fulton

students are sure to be prepared for their college and professional

careers. Here is a quick look at just some of the county’s top

schools; for additional information, including zoning, check out

the system’s website (www.fultonschools.org).


Medlock Bridge Elementary

(470) 254-2980 10215 Medlock Bridge Pkwy, Johns Creek

The curriculum for Medlock Bridge’s 700 students focuses on

what Principal Tiffany Hutchens refers to as the four C’s of 21st

century learning: communication, collaboration, creativity and

critical thinking skills.

Dolvin Elementary

(470) 254-7020 10495 Jones Bridge Rd, Alpharetta, GA 30022

Principal Laura Zoll’s vision for Dolvin Elementary includes

creating a 21st century learning experience using technology,

balanced assessment, and community involvement.

Abbotts Hill Elementary

(470) 254-2860 5575 Abbotts Bridge Rd, Johns Creek

Abbotts Hill, in collaboration with the community, is a place that

celebrates and fosters the development of responsible, selfconfident,

and self-reliant students. Students receive hands on

helps with a student-teacher ratio of16:1.

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Webb Bridge Middle

(470) 254-2940 4455 Webb Bridge Rd, Alpharetta

As a Georgia Lighthouse School to Watch, Webb Bridge

consistently meets the national criteria for high-performing

middle schools and can demonstrate measurable gains in

students’ academic success.

Holcomb Bridge Middle

(470) 254-5280 2700 Holcomb Bridge Road, Alpharetta

Not only does Holcomb Bridge Middle excel in academics, but

students stay busy with over 20 clubs ranging from student

council to robotics.

Northwestern Middle

(770) 667-2870 12805 Birmingham Hwy, Alpharetta

Between 2012 and 2013, Northwestern raised its CCRPI score

from 92.4 to 93.9 and it offers school clubs in everything from

cooking and broadcasting to engineering and math.


Northview High

(470) 254-3828 10625 Parsons Rd, Johns Creek

Over eighty clubs, service organizations, and performing

ensembles coupled with a full athletic program support the

Titans’ mission to instill excellence in academics, arts, and

athletics. In addition to its recognition from the state, Northview

also earned a spot on Newsweek’s list of the top high schools

in America for three straight years. It boasts a 94 percent

graduation rate and offers 29 Advanced Placement courses.

Chattahoochee High

(470) 254-7600 5230 Taylor Rd, Johns Creek

The school has earned accolades from Newsweek and Atlanta

magazines and has twice been named a Georgia School of

Excellence. Chattahoochee High School is ranked #300 in the

National Rankings and earned a gold medal. Schools are ranked

based on their performance on state-required tests and how

well they prepare students for college. Ninety-five percent of

its graduates go on to college, earning more than $8 million in


Johns Creek High

(470) 254-2138 5575 State Bridge Rd, Johns Creek

Students at Johns Creek are sure to gain a wide range of collegeand

career-applicable skills with 24 AP classes in subjects like

3-D Design and Language and Composition. Parent involvement

at JCH is high, with its PTSA earning its third consecutive win for

Outstanding Local High School PTSA in Georgia.

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Alfred and Adele Davis Academy



(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


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



(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


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


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



(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


Mount Vernon Presbyterian School



(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


highmeadows.org (770) 993-2940

Established in 1973, High Meadows School is recognized for its excellence in

providing quality education, an innovative curriculum, and emphasis on love

of learning, engagement, and connection. High Meadows School is a private,

non-profit, co-educational, independent, and non-sectarian day school for

students in preschool through eighth grade. Located on more than 40 wooded

acres in Roswell, Georgia, High Meadows has a wide range of backgrounds

and experiences. The school is in the center of a diverse community and its

International Baccalaureate curriculum helps prepare students for the global



Photo courtesy of the city of Sandy Springs

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Come feel the difference at an upcoming open house


Main Campus (JK-8)

4385 Lower Roswell Road, Marietta, GA





4, 2018

9, 2017



10 a.m.


Friday, November 11, 2018 - 9-11 a.m.

Wednesday, January 10, 2018 – 10 a.m.

Thursday, February 1, 2018 – 10 a.m.


North Campus (9-12)

2509 Post Oak Tritt Road, Marietta, GA

Sunday, Sunday, October October 14, 15, 2018 2017 -– 1-3 2 p.m. p.m.

Thursday, November 29, 2018 - 9 - 11 a.m.

Saturday, November 11, 2017 – 9 a.m.

Saturday, January 12, 2018 - 1 -3 p.m.

Wednesday, January 17, 2018 – 9 a.m.

www.MtBethelChristian.org • 770-971-0245 • /MBCAEagles

Why BCA?

Bridgeway Christian Academy (BCA) is a covenant Christian private school

located in Alpharetta, Georgia. At BCA, our students experience a family like

atmosphere where they are nurtured and challenged. We are committed

to providing an education that develops the mind, nurtures the soul, and

shapes the character of every student who attends our school. Our mission

is to provide excellence in Christ-centered education, equipping students to

know, grow, and go.

We would love the opportunity to meet and show you around our school.

Personal tours can be scheduled by appointment with our Director of

Admissions, Melissa Hayes.

School Contact Information:

Main number-770751-1972

Admissions-Melissa Hayes


Upcoming Dates:

Check us out Little Acorns from


April 24th, May 15th, August 14th,

September 18th, and October 16th.

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Name & Enrollment

Alpharetta Christian Academy

Grades: PK-5 Enrollment: 344 Year: 1970

Arlington Christian School

Grades: K-12 Enrollments: 225 Year: 1958

Atlanta Girl’s School

Grades: 6-12 Enrollment: 223 Year: 2000

Atlanta International School

Grades: K-12 Enrollment: 1,201 Year: 1984

Atlanta Jewish Academy

Grades: PK-8 Enrollment: 550


Blessed Trinity Catholic High School

Grades: 9-12 Enrollment: 1,022 Year: 2000

Bridgeway Christian Academy

Grades: PK3-8 Enrollment: 166 Year: 1998

Christ the King School

Grades: K-8 Enrollment: 560 Year: 193

Davis Academy

Grades: K-8 Enrollment: 525 Year: 1992

Fellowship Christian School

Grades: K4-12 Enrollment: 809 Year 1986

Fulton Science Academy Private School

Grades: PK-11 Enrollment: 540 Year: 2013

High Meadows School

Grades: PK-8 Enrollment: 390 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: 575 Year: 1953

King’s Ridge Christain School

Grades: PK-12 Enrollment: 855 Year2001

McGinnis Woods Country Day School

Grades: PK-8 Enrollment: 250 Year: 1999

Mill Springs Academy

Grades: 1-12 Enrollment: 351 Year: 1981

Mohammed Schools of Atlanta

Grades: PK-12 Enrollment: 160 Year: 1965

Mount Pisgah Christian School

Grades: PK-12 Enrollment: 680 Year: 1980

Pace Academy

Grades: K-12 Enrollment: 1,105 Year: 1958

Perimeter Christian School

Grades: K-8 Enrollment: 550 Year: 1989

The Lovett School

Grades: K-12 Enrollment: 1,645 Year: 1926

The Ron Clark Academy

Grades: 5-8 Enrollment: 228 Year: 2007

The Swift School

Grades: 1-8 Enrollment: 260 Year: 1998

The Westminster Schools

Grades: PK-12 Enrollment: 1845 Year: 1951

Trinity School Inc

Grades: PK-6 Enrollment: 605 Year: 1951

Woodward Academy North

Grades: PK-6 Enrollment: 285 Year: 1900

Contact Information

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

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

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

(404) 841-3840 Atlanta, GA aischool.org

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

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

(770) 751-1972 Alpharetta, GA bridgewayca.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

(770) 993-2940 Atlanta, GA highmeadows.org

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

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

(678) 904-2811 Atlanta, GA holyspiritprep.org

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

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

(770) 360-1336 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

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.

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


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North Fulton

Health Care

The medical expertise in metropolitan Atlanta is a reflection of the

city’s growth and leadership in innovation. Atlanta hospital systems

bring with them the top medical specialists, giving residents access

to virtually any treatment they need. Whether treatment is an annual

physical or neurosurgery, Atlanta’s hospitals have the latest technology.

North Fulton’s Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta at Scottish Rite is part of

one of the top pediatric hospitals in the country. Emory Saint Joseph’s is

recognized as one of the top specialty-referral hospitals in the Southeast

and ranked the number two hospital in both Georgia and metro Atlanta

in U.S. News & World Report’s 2016-17 Best Hospitals Guide. WellStar

North Fulton Hospital provides many services in addition to being an

accredited cancer program and primary stroke center.

Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta


1001 Johnson Ferry Rd NE, Atlanta 404-785-KIDS (5437)

Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta offers several locations in North Fulton

including radiology, sports medicine and urgent care. Visit choa.org

locations for the location nearest you.

Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta has been 100 percent dedicated to

kids for more than 100 years. A not-for-profit organization, Children’s

is dedicated to making kids better today and healthier tomorrow. Our

specialized care helps children get better faster and live healthier lives.

Managing more than a million patient visits annually at three hospitals

and 28 neighborhood locations, Children’s is the largest healthcare

provider for children in Georgia and one of the largest pediatric clinical

care providers in the country. Children’s offers access to more than

60 pediatric specialties and programs and is ranked among the top

children’s hospitals in the country by U.S. News & World Report. With

generous philanthropic and volunteer support since 1915, Children’s

has impacted the lives of children in Georgia, the United States and

throughout the world. Visit choa.org for more information.

Emory Johns Creek Hospital emoryhealthcare.org/johnscreek

6325 Hospital Parkway, Johns Creek, 30097 678-474-7000

Emory Johns Creek Hospital is a 110-bed acute-care facility located

in the heart of Johns Creek. As part of the Emory Healthcare

Network, we’re committed to providing Johns Creek and surrounding

communities with academic and research based medicine, close

to home. Our team includes more than 900 employees, 482 Emory

faculty, 474 private practice physicians and 78 Emory Specialty

Associate physicians, along with more than 150 volunteers. We offer

a comprehensive range of services including: emergency medicine, 24-

hour Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory, a birth center with Level III

neonatal intensive care, adult intensive care, Winship Cancer Institute

of Emory University, breast imaging with 3-D digital mammography, a

certified bariatric center, advanced cardiac and stroke care, vascular

care, sleep medicine, rehabilitation, surgical services, gastroenterology,

pain center and a wound care center.

Emory Saint Joseph’s

Hospital of Atlanta


5665 Peachtree Dunwoody Rd, Atlanta 678-843-7001

Emory Saint Joseph’s Hospital was founded by the Sisters of Mercy in


1880, and is Atlanta’s longest serving hospital. The 410-bed acute-care

hospital is recognized as one of the leading specialty-referral hospitals

in the Southeast.

Noted especially for cardiac care, Emory Saint Joseph’s provides training

to physicians from around the world in robotic surgery for valve repair

and is a primary location for cardiac rehabilitation.

The hospital is also noted for neurologic, vascular, gastrointestinal,

respiratory, and orthopaedic care, among other specialties, and is

ranked among the top 25 hospitals nationally for joint replacement by

the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. Emory Saint Joseph’s

is a designated location of the Winship Cancer Institute, Georgia’s first

and only comprehensive National Cancer Institute-designated cancer


Emory Saint Joseph’s is the first community hospital in the world to

earn a fifth consecutive Magnet designation for nursing excellence from

the American Nurses Credentialing Center. The hospital is a member of

Emory Healthcare, the largest, most comprehensive health system in


Emory Saint Joseph’s medical staff is comprised of more than 900

physicians and 1,800 staff employees, and the hospital accommodates

more than 120,000 patient visits annually. For more information,

please visit www.emoryhealthcare.org/saint-josephs-hospital-atlanta/


Northside Hospital


1000 Johnson Ferry Rd NE, Atlanta (404) 851-8000

Northside Hospital is one of the most respected and fastest growing

health care organizations in the Southeast and is committed to

balancing clinical excellence with compassionate care. Northside leads

the U.S. in newborn deliveries, diagnoses and treats the most cancer

cases in Georgia, and is among the state’s top providers of surgical

services. More than 2,500 physicians and 15,000 employees serve 2.5

million patient visits each year.

WellStar North Fulton Hospital


3000 Hospital Blvd, Roswell (770) 751-2500

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

state designated Level II Trauma Center. Located between Roswell and

Alpharetta in North Fulton County, it was established in 1983 and has

been meeting the medical and healthcare needs of residents of North

Fulton, Forsyth, East Cobb, East Cherokee, and West Gwinnett counties

for more than 30 years. The hospital has a medical staff of more

than 400 affiliated physicians, employs an additional 900 healthcare

professionals, and has an active volunteer staff of more than 200.

WellStar North Fulton Hospital provides a continuum of services

through its centers and programs including neurosciences, women’s

health services, orthopedics, rehabilitation, surgical services,

gastroenterology, and oncology. The hospital is fully accredited and is

also recognized by the American College of Surgeon’s Commission on

Cancer as an Accredited Cancer Program, as well as being certified as a

Primary Stroke Center by the Joint Commission on the Accreditation of

Healthcare Organizations.

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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


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.

The Big Ketch Saltwater Grill

1105 Canton Street, Roswell



The Big Ketch is a local beach house serving fresh sea

food with a gourmet touch. Two great locations good

for lunch and dinner consisting of signature dishes,

rolls, sandwiches, salads and more. There are a

variety of beers, cocktails and wine on the bar menu.

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


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


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


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


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.


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



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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


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.

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.

Azalea Park - Chattahoochee National

Recreation Area

roswellgov.com • (770) 641-3705

This riverside park offers kayaking and fishing,

plus a playground, picnic areas and hiking/

walking trails.

Barrington Hall

barringtonhall.net • (770) 640-3855

Located just off Roswell Square, this 19th century

home features the metro area’s only antebellum


Big Creek Greenway

alpharetta.ga.us • (678)-297-6123

With a12-foot wide concrete path that meanders

approximately 8 miles along Big Creek, the

greenway is ideal for walking, jogging, inline

roller blading, and biking.

Big Creek Park

roswellgov.com • (770) 641-3705

Located in Roswell, Big Creek Park offers a 1-mile

walking trail, 1.3-mile concrete multipurpose

trail and mountain bike trails

Cage Rage

cageragesports.com • (770) 998-7700

Cage Rage offers batting cages, training areas

for baseball, softball, basketball, lacrosse,

football, volleyball, soccer, wrestling, golf and

cheerleading. Group and private instruction are

also available

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.


dynamoswimclub.com • (770) 772-6007

Specializing in competitive swim lessons, meets,

and competitions, Dynamo also offers water

aerobics, basic swim lessons, and multisport


Ed Isakson/Alpharetta Family YMCA

ymcaatlanta.org • (770) 664-1220

Adults enjoy a full fitness center, group fitness

classes, an indoor and outdoor pool, and

childcare while they work out, while children can

enroll in summer camps, swim classes and other


Georgia Ensemble Theater

get.org • (770) 641-1260

Open since 1993, this ensemble is the resident

professional theater at the Roswell Cultural Arts


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


Johns Creek Symphony Orchestra

johnscreeksymphony.org • (678) 748-5802

Comprised of professional musicians from across

the metro area, the symphony is under the

direction of founder J. Wayne Baughman..

Leita Thompson Memorial Park

roswellgov.com • 770-641-3705

Located on Woodstock Rd. in Roswell, this green

space boasts a lake, 2.3-mile jogging trail, dog

park and recreation center with art classes.

Morgan Falls Overlook Park

sandyspringsga.gov • (770) 730-5600

This family-oriented park features an expansive

playground, walking trails, picnic pavilions with

river views, a boat dock/fishing pier, fire pit and

porch swings

Newtown Park

johnscreekga.gov • (678) 512-3200

Newtown Park offers athletic and recreational

options for people of all ages and abilities

including walking trails, baseball/

softball fields, tennis courts, picnic

pavilions, bocce ball courts and more

North Park

alpharetta.ga.us • (678) 297-6130

North Park in Alpharetta has a variety

of amenities, including lighted

tennis courts and softball fields,

multipurpose synthetic turf fields,

picnic pavilions, playgrounds, adult

activity center, arts building and the

Rotary Reflection Garden.

River Pines Golf

riverpinesgolf.com • (770) 442-5960

Located on the banks of the

Chattahoochee River, River Pines

has two golf courses and a variety

of practice facilities for driving,

chipping, pitching and putting.

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

center hosts a variety of events from puppet

shows and dance recitals to corporate meetings.

Roswell Mills and Old Mill Park

georgiatrails.com • (770) 641-3705

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

Roswell Area Park

roswellgov.com • (770) 817-6670

Located in the heart of Roswell, this park features

walking and historic trails, as well as a 50-meter

Olympic-size pool. Other amenities include

sports camps, turf fields, playground, picnic area

and more.

Southern Volleyball Center

southernvolleyball.com • (770) 346-8878

SVC in Alpharetta offers volleyball leagues for

youth and adults, hosts tournaments and offers

court rentals for private matches. There is also

an open gym.!

The Cooler

coolerathletics.com • (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..

Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre at Encore Park

vzwamp.com • (404) 733-5010

This 12,000-seat amphitheater hosts a wide

range of concerts. During the summer months, it

is home to the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra.

Wills Park

willspark.com • (678) 297-6100

Wills Park offers a variety of activities including

walking trails, grass and synthetic turf baseball

fields, T-ball fields, picnic pavilions, playgrounds,

disc golf course, swimming pool, equestrian

arena and dog park. It is also home to the

Alpharetta Community Garden and Alpharetta

Arboretum at Wills Park.

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living spaces at St. George Village.

Well-appointed independent living residences come in a wide range of one- and two-bedroom floor plans,

some with a sunroom or screened porch, plus a choice of lovely design features.

We offer an array of services to assist you with every aspect of the moving process, from selecting

furnishings from your previous home and coordinating the actual move, to helping you select all of the

features that will make your new residence feel just like any dream home.

St. George Village, Roswell’s first senior living Life Plan community, offers an energetic, carefree and independent retirement lifestyle.


11350 Woodstock Road, Roswell, GA 30075

(678) 987-0402 | stgeorgevillage.org

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Making the Choice:

Atlanta’s Thriving Retirement Communities

By Helen K. Kelley

Planning for your retirement can be an exciting time. You want to live

well and enjoy the benefits of all for which you’ve worked so hard, but

making choices about how and where you’ll spend your retirement

years can be a bit daunting.

If you go online and do a Google search for “retirement living,”

you’ll be hit with a barrage of information and options — including

55+ apartment homes, independent living residences, facilities that

specialize in assisted living or memory care, communities that offer

independent living along with a continuum of healthcare and more.

How do you navigate your way through all of the data and websites to

find the solution that’s right for you or your family member?

Do your homework first

You may want to consider making a checklist that includes criteria

that are important to you before evaluating different retirement living

communities. The list might include questions like:

• What types of activities and amenities are available onsite?

• Is the location convenient to people and things that are important to

me, such as family and friends, church, doctors, banks, shopping and


• Are residences available in different sizes and floor plans? Can I

customize my living space?

• Are my pets welcome?

• Will I have access to healthcare if I need it later?

• Can I afford it?

Once you define the life aspects that matter most to you and prioritize

them, you’ll have a better idea of the retirement lifestyle and type of

community that suit you.

can. Make sure that your or your family member’s needs are going to

be met.”

Atlanta’s “active aging” population

drives the market

Today’s boomers are retiring in record numbers and many are challenging

a number of popular stereotypes about retirement and aging. For

instance, according to the Federal Interagency Forum on Aging-Related

Statistics, the percentage of active seniors has continuously increased

since 1998, and many are seeing the benefits of their activity. A recent

report published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine found

that adults who lead an active lifestyle live up to 5.5 years longer than

those who don’t.

The desire to be more active as they age is also driving many changes

in what boomers demand from retirement communities and the menu

of amenities that those communities offer. In response, metro Atlanta is

home to a virtual explosion or retirement communities that cater to the

desires of this active aging population.

Trending in Georgia’s retirement communities

Ginny Helms, President and CEO of LeadingAge Georgia, a statewide

association serving more than 170 not-for-profit and other missiondriven

organizations that provide housing and services to seniors, says

she has noticed changing trends in how people go about selecting a

retirement community.

“In the past, people were judging by appearances, like how nicely the

lobby was furnished, as an indicator of what the community was like,”

she said. “Today, they’re looking at whether their lives will have purpose

and meaning in a community that feels homelike and has the amenities

they desire.”

Helms says that the people who are the actual decision-makers fall into

two basic groups.

“We’re seeing that people who choose our life plan communities —

communities that offer active independent living with a continuum of

care — are planners who are accustomed to having a good quality of

life. In retirement, they want the same thing,” she explained. “But when

it comes to assisted living, the choice of community is more likely to be

made by a spouse or adult child on behalf of their family member who

needs oversight due to health issues or memory loss.”

Helms adds a word of caution to those who are considering an assisted

living community for themselves or a loved one.

“Many times, these decisions are made in a time of crisis,” she said.

“So go out and do some looking and questioning ahead of time if you

Choice, collaboration and partnerships

St. George Village, a life plan community located in Roswell, offers

a wide range of choices that allow residents to customize their

retirement lifestyle in ways that are the most meaningful and enjoyable

to them. In response to the demand for an energetic, active lifestyle,

the community offers a choice of intellectually stimulating and social

opportunities, from technology classes and bridge groups to discussions

of world affairs and book clubs, along with a fitness center, indoor pool,

scheduled exercise classes like tai chi and yoga, walking trails, raised

bed gardens and other activities.

There is also an open invitation to residents to provide input and

participate in decision-making that promotes changes from which the

entire community benefits.

For example, when Kanwal Raheja moved to St. George Village, he knew

the community did not offer his native Indian cuisine. However, he also

knew that, as a life plan retirement community, St. George Village

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embraces a personcentered


that encourages

residents to actively

participate and

contribute ideas

that are part of

the community’s

continuing evolution.

With that in mind,

Kanwal approached

the culinary staff with

suggestions about

incorporating some

vegetarian dishes

into the daily menus.

Immediately, the

team went to work

on creating some

recipes based on

Kanwal’s suggestions.

Additionally, St.

George Village has

formed partnerships



organizations that make life easier for residents. One such partner is a

senior move management company that helps new residents downsize

and sell their previous homes and then coordinate their entire move to

St. George Village.

“We totally understand how overwhelming the very thought of moving

from a home that you’ve lived in for many years can be. Our goal in

creating this particular partnership was to ensure that our new residents

could experience a stress-free process that would deliver them to a fully

set-up home on moving day,” said Stacy Anthony, Marketing Director.

“When they walk in for the grand tour of their new residence, everything

is already in place, complete with their treasured belongings. They feel

right at home from the minute they arrive!”

As a life plan community and nonprofit entity, St. George Village

offers a choice of entrance plans for independent living residents that

provide a strategy for a secure future. These plans with their refundable

entrance fees ensure predictable monthly service costs for independent

living residents, along with excellent estate protection. Residents also

are assured of priority access to a continuum of healthcare, including

assisted living, memory care and nursing care, if and when needed.

“We believe in living well in retirement — with peace of mind for the

future,” said Anthony.

Family atmosphere, plus

“outside the box thinking”

Somerby Sandy Springs features full-service fine dining, a bistro and

social café for casual dining, library, media lounge, full-service salon/

spa, concierge healthcare, state-of-the-art health and wellness center

and more. The community is well located, with close proximity to

world-class Northside and Emory-Saint Joseph’s hospitals, shopping and

entertainment, and access to major interstates and MARTA.

In addition to its large range of amenities and services, the community

encourages residents to nurture their relationships with their families

and friends and to form new friendships.

“We have a friendly, welcoming atmosphere here, very family-like,”

said Stephanie Long, Director of Sales and Marketing. “We have a

couples group, a ladies group and a men’s group that go out and have

fun together. Our resident council is very active, plus we have resident

ambassadors, who are on hand to welcome new people, ease their

transition and make them feel at home.”

Long says it’s important not only to have first-rate amenities, but also to

create a schedule of activities and events that appeal to a wide range of

interests among residents and prospective residents.

“We’ve had great success in hosting events that bring together our

residents and people who are interested in our community,” she said.

“Our residents are actually our best representatives. They can speak

to what true independent living is all about, as well as the security of

knowing they have the ability to age in place.”

Long and her team practice creative thinking when it comes to planning

special fun occasions — like trivia and comedy nights and a concert

series, which residents’ families are welcome to attend. Often, neighbors

who live near Somerby are invited to attend. A recent “speed dating,”

which brought together 10 men and 10 women ranging in age between

75 and 96, resulted in at least one match.

“It’s that kind of outside the box thinking that sets our community

apart. We like to make life fun,” said Long. “Some of our residents liken

Somerby to a ‘cruise ship’…but without the motion sickness!”

Building for a full continuum of care

Sterling Estates Senior Living Communities take pride in offering

gracious, spacious retirement living. Currently, Sterling Estates has two

locations — one in East Cobb and one in West Cobb — with a third

breaking ground soon in Cumming in Forsyth County. All are built on

substantial acreage with plenty of greenspace and room for extensive

amenities packages that include numerous dining venues, wellness

centers with indoor heated pools and more.

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Pete Green, partner and Director of Development and Marketing/Sales

for Sterling Estates, says that the communities have special appeal for

active older adults who want to make the most of their retirement

years, but also want to secure their future.

“Many of the people who come for a tour to see what our communities

are like are couples and individuals who want to take full advantage of

their independent years. But they’re also planning for the future, when

they might need care,” he said. “Our Sterling Estates Senior Living

Communities provide the opportunity they’re seeking to fully enjoy

retirement living without the hassles of home ownership. Plus, there

is a plan for healthcare if needed later, through our assisted living and

memory care components of living.”

Green says that many Sterling Estates residents come from outside

Atlanta and Georgia.

“In general, about 40 percent of our residents have come from outside

the greater Atlanta area,” he said. “Many of those who live in our

independent living cottages and garden and apartment homes have

moved from other cities and states to be close to their children and


The two Cobb County communities currently offer independent and

assisted living, with day care programs for people who need memory

care and access to third party home health and physical therapy

providers. The West Cobb location will break ground this month on a

dedicated memory care community adjacent to its other residences.

“We can plan for this kind of expansion because our communities are

located on large acreages,” said Green. “We build to provide a full

continuum of care because our residents find true value in it. They

want that peace of mind, knowing they will not have to move again.”

About the organizations featured in this article

LeadingAge Georgia represents not-for-profit and other missiondriven

organizations that are dedicated to providing quality housing,

health care and community-based services to older Georgians.

LeadingAge Georgia members offer the full array of aging services

in Georgia: adult day services, home and community-based

services, senior retirement housing, assisted living communities,

life plan communities, nursing homes and hospice care.

For more information, visit leadingagegeorgia.org

Located on 20 landscaped acres in historic Roswell, Ga.,

St. George Village offers an energetic, carefree and independent

retirement lifestyle, enhanced by an unrivaled slate of first-class

amenities, activities and cultural offerings. The community is

owned by Catholic Continuing Care Retirement Communities,

Inc. and managed by Wesley Woods Senior Living, Inc.,

which is affiliated with world-renowned Emory Healthcare.

For more information, visit stgeorgevillage.org

Somerby Sandy Springs is one of Somerby’s eight senior living

communities located in Georgia and Alabama. The 200-unit

community features 128 independent living apartments, 48

assisted living apartments and 24 memory care units on more

than six acres of land in Sandy Springs. Somerby’s approach

to retirement living is embodied by its core values: purposefilled,

joyful, resourceful, inspired, honest and people-centered.

For more information, visit somerbyseniorliving.com

Offering independent and assisted living along with memory

care, Sterling Estates Communities are located in East

Cobb and West Cobb, with a third location breaking ground

soon in Forsyth County. Residences come in the forms of

distinctive cottages, garden homes and apartments, with

amenities like luxurious common areas, club-style wellness

centers and exceptional dining venues. Sterling Communities

uphold the values of service, faith and dependability.

For more information, visit sterlingestates.com

Glossary of Retirement Community Terms

Independent Living: These communities commonly provide

apartments, but some also offer cottages, condominiums and

single-family homes. Residents include seniors who do not

require assistance with daily activities or 24/7 skilled nursing,

but may benefit from convenient services, senior-friendly

surroundings and the increased social opportunities that

independent senior living communities offer.

Assisted Living: This type of community provides housing for

those who may need help with daily life activities, but do not

need skilled nursing care. The level of assistance varies among

communities and may include help with bathing, dressing,

meals, medication management and housekeeping.

Memory Care: This is a form of long-term skilled nursing that

specifically caters to patients with Alzheimer’s disease, dementia

and other types of memory problems. Memory care units

provide 24-hour supervised care within a separate, secure wing

or floor of a residential facility.

Life Plan Community: Often referred to as Continuing Care

Retirement Community, Life Plan offers independent living with

a continuum of healthcare on a single campus. There is a focus

on providing an active, engaging lifestyle for all residents, from

those who live independently to those who require assistance

with daily life tasks, memory care or skilled nursing care.

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Active Adults


Their Best


Grace Huseth

People don’t “retire” anymore. They reinvent themselves, reshape

their lives and return to what they were first passionate about.

Here are a few communities in Atlanta where 55+ residents

actively enjoy their encore stage of life with the comradery of


Unlike retirement communities, these neighborhoods offer

complete subdivisions of homes. The homes are the perfect mix

of downsizing while attaining a dream home. For instance, many

homes have master suites on the main level, yet have the luxury

feel of granite countertops in the kitchen. Here you can focus

more energy on the things you love.

Lake Arrowhead

Amidst the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains and just

40 minutes north of Atlanta’s I-285, Lake Arrowhead offers

amenities for active adults with natural beauty.

The centerpiece of this waterfront community is, of course, a

beautiful 540-acre lake. The lake is one of the largest privately

owned man-made lakes in Georgia and also ranked one of the

cleanest in the state. Pontoon boating, canoeing, kayaking, row

boating, and small craft sailing are all popular ways to enjoy lakelife

to the fullest and boat rental concession is offered on site.

New home designs in Sanctuary Cove, located at the north end

of the lake, are now available. Lake Arrowhead’s homes are

defined by thoughtful architectural details and offer open floor

plans, stunning features and expansive outdoor living areas,

meticulously designed to complement the natural surroundings.

The 28-lot neighborhood is extraordinary, offering breathtaking

views and individual deep water docks.

2419 Lake Arrowhead Drive, Waleska, GA, 30183

Windsong Properties

Windsong Properties offer West Cobb an exclusive 55+ community

with the feel of country living. The homes have master suites on

the main level, a flexible, open great room, accessibility features,

and a private courtyard retreat. Professionally maintained

landscaping gives you time to get to know your new neighbors

or simply relax.

The nature of North Georgia is best seen at nearby Kennesaw

Mountain Historic Battlefield, known for hiking and birdwatching

along 18 miles of trails and self-guided tours. If shopping and

dining is more your thing, historic Marietta Square in Glover Park

offers shops, restaurants and entertainment and hosts concerts,

festivals, and celebrations throughout the year.

Windsong’s Bel-Aire community is nestled in a quiet alcove in

West Cobb The traditional, craftsman style homes have brick

accents and a classic rocking chair front porch. Bel-Aire is close

to the Silver Comet Trail, a 61-mile walking and biking trail

system yet the community also has its own private clubhouse

with fitness area for gathering with friends.

1851 Bullard Road, Powder Springs, GA 30127

Conveniently located on Stilesboro Road in desirable Kennesaw

is Windsong’s second property, Serenade. This community offers

distinctive two- and three-bedroom plans with accessibility

features and a flexible living space to use as your life demands.

3510 Stilesboro Road, Kennesaw, GA 30152

Linton & Main is an Intimate enclave of only 10 homes.

A little different from our traditional communities as there are 7

detached two story homes and 3 townhomes

They offer a master on the main plan and a two story that is

elevator capable. Featuring private courtyard retreats, open

floorplans, second floor balconies. Professional maintained

lawns providing the low maintenance livestyle. 2 Blocks from

the Woodstock City Center so homeowners can stroll down for

shopping, dining and entertainment.

101 Linton Street, Woodstock, Georgia 30188

Jim Chapman Communities

Jim Chapman was personally named one of the TOP 100 most

influential people in Atlanta’s competitive housing industry by

the Atlanta Business Chronicle. He has created a number of active

adult communities strategically crafted with wider doorways,

zero-step entries, and masters with elevator access. His current

top five communities are…

The Cottages at Horseshoe Bend in Roswell offers 19 new

homes, all with master suites on the main level. The proximity of

the community to the Chattahoochee River makes The Cottages

perfect for nature lovers.

2415 Steeplechase Lane, Roswell, GA 30076

Casually elegant, spacious and well-appointed, two story homes

in Boxwood at Vinings have brick and cedar exteriors with

beautifully landscaped and hardscaped grounds. Two of the floor

plans feature a master on main and the third has an option

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for an elevator. Screened-in, covered rear patios have a vented

fireplace, hearth and mantle for cozy nights.

2075 Cooper Lake Dr. SE, Smyrna, GA 30080

Nestledown Farm in Cumming is a private, gated active adult

community located just minutes from Downtown Cumming.

This community is convenient to shopping and restaurants,

Northside Forsyth Hopsital and Sawnee Mountain Preserve, 963

acres of scenic passive space and hiking trails that visibly links to

the summit of the Blue Ridge Mountain Range.

1510 Sawnee Dr, Cumming, GA 30040

Just east of the Outlet Shoppes in Woodstock is Sweet Briar

Farms. The three and four bedroom detached single-family

homes have two-car attached garage with covered entry, porch

and rear patios.

301 Sweetbriar Circle, Woodstock, GA 30188

The Overlook at Old Atlanta located in South Forsyth County,

is conveniently close to Atlanta as well as Lake Lanier and the

north Georgia mountains. The gated community features 130

homes, including 56 detached single-family homes with three

or four bedrooms each, plus 74 attached villas with three

bedrooms each.

5801 Old Atlanta Rd, Suwanee, GA 30024

“After living here for more than a year, I am happy and pleased

that I am here. Jim Chapman and his staff have been exceptionally

nice and have taken excellent care of me. As a widow, it is a

blessing for me to live in senior adult gated community that

takes care of maintenance and yard work,” said resident Mary


Sterling on the Lake

Sterling on the Lake is a vibrant community in Flowery Branch. The

Springs, a single-level living, low-maintenance neighborhood

within Sterling on the Lake, is ideal for active adults who want

to connect with their neighbors. Residents have endless options

to stroll the trails near protected open space and private lakes

or meet up in one of the many empty nester clubs, such as the

lively ROMEOs (Retired Old Men Eating Out) or yoga groups. A

full-time activities director keeps the community active with

year-round activities and events including chili cook-offs, fishing

tournaments and live jazz nights.

Each October, the community hosts the Sterling on the Lake

Harvest Balloon Festival. The festival is filled with fun fall activities

such as pumpkin painting, balloon rides, music and food. You

can experience floating with a tethered hot air balloon ride or

book a full flight over Flowery Branch.

Two popular communities at Sterling on the Lake include The

Cove and The Preserve. The Cove is a neighborhood of homes

with views of the lake, craftsman style kitchens and large living

areas. The Preserve is a larger estate, which features one-acre

home sites and allow for each resident to apply their own

personal touches with the help of Cook Residential and Millcreek


All of the amenities in Sterling on the Lake serve to bring

neighbors together and foster lasting bonds within the

community. Residents like Neil Catapono share warm feelings

about living here: “Love the community as a whole: The people,

comradery, caring and friendships. Sterling attracts a very

genuine group of people. The staff makes us feel like they want

us to be happy and make it a great place to live. There is a great

sense of community and it is a magical place to call home. The

only place we have ever found that is as harmonious with us as

empty nesters and families. It gave us a sense of belonging.”

7004 Lake Sterling Blvd., Flowery Branch, GA 30542

Cresswind at Lake Lanier

Cresswind at Lake Lanier was recently named “Best Active

Senior Community” in Atlanta Best Self Magazine’s “Best of 2016”

contest. The gated, active-adult community located in Gainesville

hugs the shore of beautiful Lake Lanier. The community offers a

variety of two and three bedroom ranch-style floor plans (some

with basements) to fit any lifestyle. These models were available

in four series that ranged from 1,275 to 2,640 square feet.

For 2017, dozens clubs have been approved by Cresswind

ranging from photography and watercolor painting to fishing

and model railroads. The diversity includes bowling, bridge,




Ranch Style Homes from the $200s - $400s

Single level living with open floorplans,

stylish interior appointments and comfortable

outdoor living areas.




Luxury Lakeside Living - Homes $300s - $800s

New 28-lot neighborhood featuring breathtaking

views and offering individual deep water docks.

This beautiful master planned mountain, lake,

golfing community is just 40 minutes from

Atlanta, convenient to nearby Canton and

minutes from the new, state-of-the-art Northside

Cherokee Hospital. The vast list of amenities is

much too long to list here and includes eight

miles of walking/hiking trails, pickleball,

championship golf and a crystal clear 540-acre

lake surrounded by picturesque mountain views.

For the full list of amenities and much more

information, visit www.lakearrowheadga.com.

2419 Lake Arrowhead Drive | Waleska, GA 30183



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cooking classes, theater, garden Samba, kayaking, pickleball,

and yes, a wine tasting club. Resident Gary Hulion said, “All I can

say is “WOW” If this is retirement, then sign me up! For those of

you have not yet experienced the thrill of dancing or singing

the night away, come on out, have fun, be with your friends and

neighbors. You will not regret it; even better things are yet to


Cresswind Landing, the on-property boathouse including slip

ownership and day dock opportunities, is an incredible amenity

for the residents of Cresswind at Lake Lanier to enjoy the

sparkling lake.

Only 45 minutes from Atlanta and a short drive from north Fulton

county, Cresswind is also minutes from Chateau Elan Winery and

Golf Resort, the Blue Ridge Mountains, Mall of Georgia, Road

Atlanta and more.

3007 Scarlet Oak Lane, Gainesville, GA 30504

style homes in Village Green at East Cobb. In 2017, we have 7

opportunities remaining in our 2nd phase.. Longleaf Woodstock

has 86 homes in Cherokee County Is 50% sold, clubhouse and

pool were just finished and we look forward to many Meet &

Greets in the new clubhouse. Our 3rd community located in

Kennesaw is Battle Park with 71 homes. We are breaking ground

on the clubhouse and pool and looking forward to a busy spring.

As the first residents of Longleaf, we have had the pleasure of

watching the vision for this community continue to blossom.

Our search for an active adult community with lower taxes and

attractive amenities was our original reason for downsizing and

relocating to Longleaf. After one year, we are thrilled with our

decision! We love the quality of workmanship, the open floor

plan concept and the fact that it is practically maintenance free.

With its affordable taxes, proximity to major interstates, club

house, pool and wonderful neighbors and numerous community

gatherings, who could ask for anything more?

John and Sue Kranyecz, Longleaf, Woodstock, Georgia.

14295 Highway 92, Suite 109, Woodstock, Georgia 30188

Sterling Estates

Sterling Estates Senior Living Communities are active

senior living communities with a variety of housing

options with services and amenities that are designed

to promote healthy aging.

Longleaf Communities

Look through the branches, way up high, and you may spot a

Longleaf Pine, a magnificent tree that towers as high as 120 feet

and can live for over 500 years. The tree serves as one of the most

ecologically important tree species in the Atlanta region and

famously nurtures a diverse ecosystem.

Longleaf communities doesn’t fall far from their namesake

tree. The active adult communities in Marietta, West Cobb and

Woodstock plan to thrive in the Atlanta metro area with the same

strength by nurturing a neighborly network of homes. Longleaf

homes are designed with flexible floor plans, first floor bedrooms

and bathrooms, contemporary kitchens and two car garagesplus

all exterior maintenance and landscaping provided!

Longleaf communities started in Marietta with 69 English cottage

Residents may choose from independent living

residences that include cottages, garden homes and

apartments or the large main residences that provide

both independent living and assisted living help

when needed. Sterling Estates of West Cobb is slated

to open a separate memory care residence on their

campus in the first half of 2019. All Sterling residents

have personal emergency transponders to notify

staff in case of an emergency, 24/7 nursing care

and nearby access to two major hospitals in Cobb

County. Additionally, third party therapy companies,

health care professionals and doctors are available

to treat residents on-site at both Sterling Estates


The “’Living a Sterling Life” motto is all about

promoting a whole-person wellness lifestyle of active

engagement concentrating on physical, mental, social

and spiritual wellness. They have a large Wellness

center with an indoor heated saline pool and exercise

programs tailored to individual needs; a variety of

dining venues that promote nutritious and healthy

eating; a wide range of social and intellectually

stimulating activities, including multiple resident

centered activity clubs, a large resident communal

garden, bocce ball, off campus trips and much more.

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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.


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


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.


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?


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.


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.

Photos courtesy Kandrac-Kole and photographer Emily Followill.











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Cities in North Fulton

Fulton County Population: 1,014,932 County Seat: Atlanta

Median Household Income: $60,291 Median Home Price: $274,700

Square Miles: 526.64 Millage Rate: 10.45

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

Roswell and Sandy Springs



(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

Photo courtesy of Alpharetta CVB

natural spring that became

a trading post for nearby 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. They recently opened their beautiful new City Hall. 63.3 percent of

Alpharetta’s residents own a bachelor’s degree or higher, which is nearly 35

percent above the national average for young adults. The public high schools

boast a combined graduation rate of 95.5 percent, and with an average ACT

score of 23.8 and 65 percent of students participating in AP courses. 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. They have over 600 technology

companies. Alpharetta is a shopper’s paradise with NorthPoint Mall and Avalon,

its surrounding neighborhoods also house many major retailers. Avalon, a new

mixed-use development from North American Properties, which owns the

Atlantic Station development in Midtown Atlanta, has attracted retailers like

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

some of the area’s best chefs. 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.


Johns Creek

johnscreekga.gov (678) 512-3200

Johns Creek occupies 32.5 square miles in Northeast Fulton County. Sixty-three

percent of the adults have a college degree or better, and the median home

value in Johns Creek is $372,000. It is the tenth largest city in Georgia. The city


Photo courtesy of Johns Creek

Photo courtesy of Milton

was originally a “sacred place” for tribal meetings between the rival Cherokee

and Creek native American Indian tribes. State-of-the-art public and private

schools are located in Johns Creek, which are consistently ranked among the

tops in the state, and regularly receive national recognition for academic

excellence. High schoolers in Johns Creek have the highest average test scores

in the state of Georgia. The city is also consistently ranked as the safest in the

state and among the safest in the nation. Alcon, State Farm Insurance, Macy’s

Technology Systems, Saia, Inc., and Ebix each maintain a large corporate

presence in Johns Creek. The city also includes world-class health care options

between the highly acclaimed Emory Johns Creek Hospital campus and other

health care providers. The Autrey Mill Nature Preserve and Heritage Center

offers 46 acres of Georgia woodlands in addition to three other beautiful city

parks in the area. The city is in the process of building out five new parks,

which will more than double its parks and recreation acreage. Additionally,

the city is bordered by the Chattahoochee River, and includes three National

Park Recreation Areas. For arts and entertainment, the Johns Creek Symphony

Orchestra, which is a fully professional orchestra, is a major attraction, along

with the Johns Creek Arts Center. Connected by four major interstates and

MARTA, the region’s only transit rail system, Fulton County is the state’s largest

county in terms of population, real estate and economic activity. With 15

unique cities, including the great City of Atlanta; the State Capitol and major

attractions; Fulton County is the political and lifestyle epicenter for Georgia and

the Southeast. Living in Fulton County offers easy access to the region’s best,

from arts and culture events, to premiere sports and entertainment facilities,

to a wide variety of local and international cuisine and shopping. Visit the

nationally recognized Atlanta Beltline; the new home of the Atlanta Falcons,

Mercedes-Benz Stadium; Alpharetta’s luxury lifestyle center, Avalon; and

Fulton’s many vibrant downtown main streets from Roswell to College Park.

Outside of Atlanta, Fulton County provides high-quality living experiences with

a more suburban feel and a wide range of single and multifamily residential

options. Recreational choices are abundant, with thousands of acres of parks

and green space. From north to south, Fulton County is a community that

offers a little bit of everything, no matter your lifestyle preference.



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

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

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


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!


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.


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 103,000. Sandy Springs is the second largest city in the

metropolitan Atlanta area and is the sixth largest city in the state. Their new

City Hall opens this year.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. More than 5,500

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businesses currently call Sandy Springs home.

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. Sandy Springs boasts nationally recognized

public schools and world-class private schools.


Georgia Power

(888) 660-5890


Greystone Power Corp

(770) 942-6576


Sawnee EMC

(770) 887-2363



Atlanta Gas Light

(877) 427-4321


Gas South

(877) 472-4932


Georgia Natural Gas

(877) 850-6200



Infinite Energy Company

(877) 342-5434


SCANA Energy

(877) 467-2262


True Natural Gas

(877) 746-4362


Walton EMC Natural Gas

(770) 267-2505


Water and Sewer

Fulton County Water

& Sewer Billing


(404) 730-6830




(866) 922-0069

Fulton County Office

of Broadcast and Cable


(404) 612-8394




(888) 695-3398

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

Emory Johns Creek Hospital

(678) 474-7000

6325 Hospital Pkwy

Johns Creek, GA 30097

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