Even with the economy on extended life support, Forsyth County continues to hold its own when it comes to ritzy real estate. You could say the construction of GA-400 in the early 1990s caused a northbound leak in Buckhead's money dam.
According to the Atlanta Business Chronicle, Forsyth County homes have the highest median value in the state ($275,200 in 2009). While that doesn't sound like an especially impressive number, remember that we're talking median and not average here. Naturally, Forsyth also routinely ranks at the top for the state's highest income. Professionals value GA-400's link to major job centers, the minimal crime, low taxes, good schools, and of course proximity to Lake Lanier.
Here's a look at some of the communities that have made Forsyth an attractive place for Atlanta's executive set to live, play, and golf. Emphasis on the golf.
It's all about the golfing at St. Marlo, which started development in the early 1990s. Even someone who doesn't like hitting the green would be hard pressed to ignore the 200 acre, 18 hole course. Other amenities include a staffed security gate, Junior Olympic sized pool, nine lighted tennis courts, a clubhouse, and an on-site restaurant. Homes in the community have a Duluth address, and children attend Johns Creek Elementary, Riverwatch Middle, and Lambert High Schools.
Prices range from the mid-$400s to $3,000,000.
Laurel Springs was developed toward the end of the 1990s, and it also features an 18 hole golf course. This one was developed by Jack Nicklaus, who's recognized as one of the leading course designers in the world. The community's composed of five different neighborhoods, and some of the amenities include a gated entrance, two swimming pools, and eight lighted tennis courts. Residents in Laurel Springs have a Suwanee address, and fall under the Sharon Elementary, Riverwatch Middle, Lambert High school cluster.
Homes are priced from $400,000 to $900,000.
Polo Golf and CC features the requisite 18 hole golf course and swim and tennis facilities, but you'll also find some extras. As in, the fields of the Atlanta Polo Club, plus walking and biking trails. The first homes were constructed in 1986, with building continuing into the 2000s. The Vickery neighborhood is just across the street, providing a nearby town center with a YMCA and unique shops and restaurants. The community has a Cumming address, with children attending Vickery Creek Elementary and Middle Schools and West Forsyth High School.
Prices range from the low $300s to $700,0000.
Development of Olde Atlanta Club, located in Suwanee next to the Chattahoochee River, began in 1993. Nestled in with the expected stucco Europeans and brick traditional homes is the oldest documented house in Forsyth County, the ca. 1834 Terry-Settle House. It turns out Atlanta developers and historic preservation aren't mortal enemies! The neighborhood also features a beautiful golf course, two swimming pools, and volleyball and basketball courts. Kiddies attend Settle Bridge or Johns Creek Elementary, Riverwatch Middle, and Lambert High Schools.
Homes range in price from the low $300s to $500,000.