The Vickery development in Forsyth County was built to be different. This becomes apparent as soon as you turn into the community off Post Road. Instead of a highly landscaped monument sign and a street view full of garages and grass, you're greeted with what looks like a town square, Vickery Village. This is no mirage my friend. The Village may not have been developed piecemeal as more traditional downtowns, but it serves the same purpose for visitors and residents of the neighborhood around it. Here you can wine, dine, pick up the dry cleaning or visit the dentist, or just hang out with neighbors in the common area. Are will still in suburban Atlanta?
Vickery is different because it was designed as a New Urbanist community. Among other things, this means there's an emphasis on walkability, sustainability, and a mix of uses and building types. Cars travel slower on the narrow streets, and large lawns full of needy grass are banished. Kids aren't stranded because they can't drive; they actually have destinations that are within walking/biking distance. The 214 acre project was the brainchild of Forsyth County residents Pam Sessions of Hedgewood Properties, who envisioned creating a more livable (and beautiful) option for those who prefer the suburbs but desire a higher degree of convenience and sociability.
The aforementioned village area contains a nice variety of shops, eateries, services, and office space, not to mention above-store housing. Vickery boasts an on-site YMCA which offers great facilities and a wide array of programs intended to keep the family fit and entertained. Also convenient are Vickery Creek Elementary and Middle Schools, located just outside the entrance to the development. Integrated into Vickery are over 75 acres of walking trails and neighborhood parks, in addition to the community pool, tennis courts, and playground.
The homes in Vickery were designed in a multitude of styles, most of them historically influenced and unified by their wood shake roofs. Options range from condos to townhomes to single family homes in a range of sizes, each one possessing the quality and unique character that have become a Hedgewood signature. Unlike other developments where different product is clustered into isolated areas, Vickery intermingles housing types for variety. Hedgewood was visionary in ensuring that each home in the neighborhood was built to EarthCraft standards. This means the construction is not only green and more energy efficient, but also a healthier environment in which to live owing to better air quality. After a bit of a hiatus due to the housing market crash, new homes are being built in Vickery by t-Olive Properties. They will maintain the neighborhood aesthetic but will be a bit smaller.
Vickery is located in Cumming, Georgia and is about 30 miles up GA-400 from Buckhead. The Mall of Georgia and Northpoint Mall are the nearest large scale shopping districts. Popular Lake Lanier is also nearby, as is the Windward Business District in Alpharetta. Prices range from $159,900 for a two bedroom condo to around $1M for the largest homes.
Once you visit, you may never want to leave. That's by design.