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February 08, 2013 | Melissa Stocks | Comments 0

Vinings: A City of History and Growth

Just across the Chattahoochee River from Atlanta sits the unincorporated town of Vinings. Located in Cobb County with a population of 18,857, the town has an interesting history. Once called Paces, after Hardy Pace, an early settler of Atlanta, Vinings was a construction site for the railroad. Later, the union army occupied Vinings during Sherman’s Atlanta Campaign. After recovering, Vinings was officially recognized as a community in 1904.

Since then, Vinings has long been a popular shopping and business district. Over the years, commercial development has boomed even more. Now, single-family, townhouse and apartment projects are clustered among high-rise office towers and small retail centers.

According to the Atlanta Journal Constitution’s Homefinder, Vinings’ housing inventory includes 6,916 rentals and 2,863 owned properties. With a median home sale price of $297,000, Trulia has 269 homes for sale. If interested in renting, the online residential real estate site lists 1,742 rentals from $349 to $25,000 per month.

Households are mostly white collar with 44.4 percent having bachelor’s degrees and 21.7 percent having graduate degrees. Most people are between ages 35 to 54 with 11.9 percent having children. These children attend sought after and highly ranked schools, including Teasley Elementary, Campbell Middle and Campbell High.

With easy access to I-285, I-75 and Cobb Parkway, residents have an easy commute to work and recreation.

If searching for things to do in Vinings, here are just some of the many options:

Shopping and Dining

  • Vinings Jubilee. Located in the heart of Vinings at 4300 Paces Ferry Road, Vinings Jubilee is a collection of boutiques, restaurants and unique specialty stores. The center includes Ann Taylor, Banana Republic, LOFT, Sweet Samba, Talbots, Francesca’s Collections, Blowout Hair Salon and J. McLaughlin. There are eight tasty restaurants at Vinings Jubilee including Another Broken Egg Café, Café at Pharr, Cold Stone Creamery, Garrison’s Broiler & Tap, LaPaz, Mellow Mushroom, Noche Tequila & Tapas Bar and SOHO.
  • Vinings Restaurant Week. Highlighting the best local cuisine, Vinings’ first restaurant week took place September 23 to 29. Presented by Vinings Jubilee, participating restaurants included Blackstone Steaks & Seafood, Café Vena at Vinings, Canoe, The Olive Bistro and Social Vinings.
  • Social Vinings. Founded two years ago by culinary experts Chef Paul Albrecht and his son Patrick, Social Vinings is the neighborhood spot for fine dining, hanging out at the bar or having a little bite to eat. Menu items include sushi, sweet potato fries, wild mushroom agnolotti, slow braised short ribs, surf and turf, crispy pear and gorgonzola salad, oyster po boy and Cuban Panini.
  • Cumberland Mall. Home of some of the best shopping, dining and entertainment near Vinings, Cumberland Mall includes department stores, specialty shops and restaurants. Dining options include The Cheesecake Factory, Maggiano’s Little Italy, Starbucks, Stoney River Legendary Steaks and Ted’s Montana Grill.

West Cobb active adult lifestyleEntertainment and Recreation

  • Taylor-Brawner Park. Site of the former Brawner Hospital, Taylor-Brawner Park opened in 2009. The 12-acre park features walking trails, a gazebo, a large playground, a picnic pavilion, adult swings, a seating area for concerts and a fountain. A renovated 100-year-old hospital building is also on the property, and can be rented for meetings and parties.
  • The Vinings Club. A premier social and athletic club, The Vinings Club provides world-class service and understated elegance. Members can dine, exercise and relax all in one spot. Located at 2859 Paces Ferry Rd NW, The Vinings Club includes a cardio center, two racquetball courts, a saline lap pool and delicious breakfast, lunch and dinner from the formal yet comfortable dining room.
  • Silver Comet Trail. Traveling through Cobb, Paulding and Polk counties, the Silver Comet Trail is 61.5 miles long and starts in Smyrna. The trail is perfect for walkers, hikers, bicyclists, rollerbladers, horses and dog walkers.
  • Tower Stage. Located below the clock tower in Vinings Jubilee, Tower Stage holds events and gatherings throughout the year and is the area’s newest meeting place. These include magic shows, jazz concerts, comedy shows, cooking demonstrations and much more.

Historical Attractions

  • The Old Pavilion. One of the earliest surviving structures in Vinings, the Old Pavilion was built in 1874 by the Western & Atlantic Railroad. It encouraged residents to venture out of the city for day trips. Additionally, Atlantans would ride to the Pavilion by train or carriage to visit the cool bluffs of the Chattahoochee and picnic under the building. Now, the building is available for rent for weddings, receptions, parties and other events.
  • The Yarbrough House. Built in 1880 by Samuel Yarbrough for his wife, granddaughter of Hardy Pace, the Yarbrough House has served as a home, teahouse, restaurant and inn. In 1993, Piedmont Hospital purchased the house and gave it to the Vinings Historic Preservation Society. Now, it has been restored to its 1880s original design.
  • The Pace House. This historic house was built with the remains of Hardy Pace’s 17 room antebellum home. The Pace House served as General Sherman’s temporary headquarters where he planned the siege of Atlanta. Today, the home hosts weddings, family reunions and other events.

With amazing places to live, things to do and places to see, Vinings should be one of your top destination and Atlanta home buying spots.

For more information about Vinings’ Cobb County new homes, click here.

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