If you’re looking to purchase a home in the southeast, look no further than Gainesville, Georgia. Gainesville achieved national recognition in 1996 as a host to Olympic athletes competing in canoeing and rowing events on Lake Lanier. Since then, the attention has only grown, and not only is it now seen as one of the top five places to retire in Georgia, it has been called one of the 50 best places in the United States to live. Let’s take a look at everything Gainesville has to offer, and why, with the help of a good realtor, buying property in Gainesville is a great decision.
Location, Location, Location.
If you know anything about real estate, you know the old saying. And Gainesville’s location is second to none in Georgia.
1. Lake Lanier
Right on the northeast shore of Lake Lanier, Georgia’s most active and beautiful body of water, both thrilling beachside water parks and serene wooded nature trails are right in your own backyard. The lake is full of activity, whether you’re looking for a quiet afternoon, a day full of family fun, or a delicious night out. Check out my blog “Top Ten Things To Do On Lake Lanier Before You Buy” to get an idea of everything this area has to offer!
Head south, and Gainesville is just 51 miles away from Atlanta. This means big concerts and shows, attractions like the Georgia Aquarium and the Coca Cola Museum, and of course, the most active international airport in the world, are only a short drive from home.
3. Nearby Towns
And at less than 30 miles from Athens, Dahlonega, Buford, Alpharetta, and Cumming, the location of Gainesville is central to everything you could want in North Georgia.
Small Town Vibe, Big City Style
Despite its convenient proximity to Atlanta, many in Gainesville never feel the need to take the trip. Gainesville offers a relaxed, small town feel with its local shops and restaurants and friendly, neighborhood residents going about their daily routines. But there is also a bustling arts scene, an excellent hospital system, and a vibrant downtown area like you’d expect from a big city.
4. Theatre and Dance
The Gainesville Theatre Alliance has been entertaining audiences for 40 years, and in their 2019-2020 season delivered high quality, big name productions like Pippin, Legally Blonde The Musical, and The Arabian Nights. The Gainesville Ballet hosts a school for aspiring dancers, and presents shows like The Nutcracker and The Wizard of Oz. No need to travel far for impressive performance. Gainesville has it all!
5. Visual Art
The Quinlan Visual Arts Center invites guests to see stunning works of art and attend beautiful galas. While the Brenau University Galleries offer an inspirational look at the works of current and former students, as welling as touring exhibitions.
Northeast Georgia Medical Center is ranked the #4 best hospital in Georgia (and the top ranked hospital outside Atlanta). Quality care is provided across the board, but notably NGMC hosts the Ronnie Green Heart Center, which has been ranked as one of the top cardiovascular hospitals in the country.
These are just a few of the reasons that, whether you’re purchasing a home for your family to thrive, looking to invest in multiple properties, or hunting for that perfect place to retire, Gainesville, GA is a great place to live. I love helping househunters find their dream homes in Gainesville and the area surrounding Lake Lanier, where I have lived since 1993. As a top performing agent since 2002 and a Lake Lanier Specialist, I have the knowledge and skills you need to find your perfect home for the perfect price. Contact me today and let’s get started on finding your dream home – it could be on the market right now!