While tourism to Alpharetta is a considerable source of revenue for Alpharetta, residents of this beautiful city often find visitors eventually become their neighbors after a short stay. And why not? Alpharetta offers over 100 restaurants that provide an amazing array of cuisines that span the comforting “down home, Southern cooking” to ethnic dishes. The city’s modern shopping centers include everything from large chain retail stores to those smaller little specialty shops where unique gifts become lifelong treasures. Alpharetta’s public parks are hugely popular among residents who regularly picnic, play ball or visit the Alpharetta Arboretum in Wills Park or take to the saddle at the Wills Park Equestrian Center. Golfers delight at the opportunity to play at an exceptional selection of championship courses in the Alpharetta area, too.
Throughout the year, events and festivals fill the social calendar of Alpharetta residents and further bond the community spirit. During the annual Arts Streetfest in April, Alpharetta’s downtown streets are closed to cars and filled with the work of local and national artists while the sounds of live music and the smell of great food fills the air. The next month, Alpharetta’s taste buds are really given a delight when the Taste of Alpharetta welcomes over 70,000 “foodies” to sample an array of appealing entrees, appetizers and desserts. The Old Milton County Fair, held at the old Milton High School in September, showcases those timeless events like pie-eating contests, carnival rides, bluegrass music, barbeques, fresh produce and crafts. Additional annual events include The Old Soldier’s Day Parade, July 4th fireworks, the Mayor’s Challenge 5k-10k road race and the Heritage Festival. Alpharetta’s residents often take their out-of-town visitors to the historic Smith Plantation, built in 1845, which is still fully furnished with all of the belongings of the original owners.
When they are not enjoying the pristine Georgia countryside or attending a local event, Alpharetta students receive an excellent education through the Fulton County school system. Consistently ranked as one of the highest in the entire country, Alpharetta public school students received SAT scores averaging 1658 in comparison to the 1495 national average and ACT score averages at 23.6 compared to 21.2 for the nation. In 2008, Alpharetta High School was the regional winner of the Governor’s Challenge Cup for SAT achievement. Additionally, over 95 percent of Alpharetta residents have a high school diploma and 63 percent have graduated from college. Students and adults have ample employment opportunities in Alpharetta, as the city has 106,000 people working at 3,600 different businesses in the city even though there are only 65,000 full-time residents. And with is convenient location to the Interstate and highway, Atlanta’s job opportunities make the easy commute worth the trip. To search properties by school click here
Families love Alpharetta and represent nearly 65 percent of the city’s population who appreciate the quality lifestyle that is without the problems often associated with comparably sized cities. Houses for sale in the Alpharetta real estate market
are eclectic and are located in established neighborhoods and new developments. Ranging from the perfect affordable home for the first time buyer, new townhomes near downtown, Alpharetta luxury homes
on multi-acre lots, and even homes in master-planned communities with amenities like golfing privileges, swimming pools and tennis courts. No matter where you buy a home in the Alpharetta real estate market, you and your family are sure to find welcoming neighbors, successful businesses and great schools among one of the Atlanta Metropolitan Area’s best places to live, work and play.