East Cobb County has been one of Atlanta's most desirable suburbs since the 1970s. It's home to an affluent, educated population, the county's largest percentage of children under 17, and some of the best schools in the state. For proof of its staying power, consider that East Cobb home prices have held steady during the recession. Also, it's one of the few areas seeing new construction. The Indian Hills subdivision helped kickstart the area's development, and it's still a highly coveted neighborhood in the unofficial center of East Cobb.
Tom Cousins started construction in Indian Hills in 1969. The nearby intersection of Roswell and Johnson Ferry Roads (East Cobb's main crossroads) was home to only a country grocery store and a few gas pumps, which is an astounding visual image compared to today's bustling thoroughfares. In fact, Cousins had to construct a sewage plant for Indian Hills because there weren't any such lines in the area at that time. Little did anyone know that one day East Cobb would be considered a "close-in" suburb for Atlanta commuters.
As one of the largest subdivisions in Cobb County, Indian Hills offers up a wide range of prices and styles for buyers. There's even a townhome community, Pinecrest at Indian Hills, that features homes priced below $200,000. Most of the neighborhood is comprised of single family dwellings that sit on minimum 1/2 acre lots and are surrounded by mature foilage. The most common styles are variations on the ranch, Cape Cod/Colonial, and contemporary themes. For the older homes, expect to pay anywhere from $250,000 to $500,000 depending on condition, siting, and school district.
Around 2005, teardowns and gut renovations became a huge trend in East Cobb, due to the scarcity of undeveloped land and the desirability of the school districts. Indian Hills was, and remains, a popular spot for this kind of redevelopment, and the new larger, European inspired homes regularly list for more than $1,000,000.
Indian Hills offers an attractive list of amenities for residents. Some homes overlook the 27 hole golf course and pro shop, and a $4,000,000 renovation in 2003 updated the Indian Hills Country Club. The Club is home to a full service restaurant and lounge, and it's a popular spot for hosting events. There are 6 hard tennis courts and 2 clay tennis courts. Also, the three pools are varied; one being Junior-Olympic sized, another adult only, and one for the kids with fun water features.
Approximately 2/3 of Indian Hills is districted for the East Side Elementary, Dickerson Middle, Walton High cluster, while the remaining portion feeds into the East Valley, East Cobb, and Wheeler group. Part of the attraction of Indian Hills is the wealth of shopping, restaurants, and services centered on the nearby intersection of Roswell and Johnson Ferry Road. One of East Cobb's largest shopping centers, Merchant's Walk, recently underwent a $27 million that added new businesses and freshened up the aesthetics. Most notably, there's an entirely new Whole Foods (!), Pinkberry (!), and a renovation/expansion of the plaza's movie theater that installed all digital projectors. Another convenient shopping mecca is the Avenue East Cobb. The Avenue features a variety upscale businesses in a carefully designed, pedestrian centered setting. Here you can find Pottery Barn, Williams Sonoma, JCrew, and Ann Taylor, among other offerings. Should you desire some old-fashioned scenery, Indian Hills is situated between Marietta Square to the west and Historic Roswell to the east. East Cobb Park is just outside the main Indian Hills entrance, and the Chattahoochee River National Recreational Area offers plenty of reasons to get outside. And should you ever need to leave East Cobb (heaven forbid), its location within the boundaries of I-75, I-285, and GA-400 makes for a range of commuting options.