The town of Alpharetta was chartered by the Georgia Legislature in 1858 to serve as the county seat of newly formed Milton County. During the Great Depression, Milton was merged into Fulton County. The area inside Alpharetta’s current city limits was once a part of the Cherokee Nation and home to numerous Native American families.
Since that time, Alpharetta has grown into a modern city of high-tech companies and successful businesses. In fact, the city was most recently named the sixth fastest growing city in the United States by the U.S. Census Bureau. According to the Atlanta Journal Constitution’s Homefinder, the city has a population of almost 70,000 people. Of this population, most own their homes and have lived in the area for more than five years. With low crime and affluent location, this comes to no surprise.
Interested home buyers can search Trulia for more than 1,400 opportunities. Home prices range from about $50,000 to more than $5,000,000. The median sale price is $281,250. Rental opportunities abound too, and range from $600 to $15,000 a month.
Families with children appreciate the area’s excellent school system. Children attend, among others, Alpharetta Elementary, Holcomb Bridge Middle, Northwestern Middle and Alpharetta High.
Residents of Alpharetta enjoy being close to GA 400, shopping, dining and recreation.
Shopping and Dining
• Village Tavern. Serving great food with the finest and freshest ingredients, Village Tavern offers an array of menu items. These include bruschetta, sweet potato fries, grilled tilapia, ten spiced glazed salmon, filet mignon, fresh fish tacos, grilled meatloaf, blackened chicken alfredo, gourmet burgers, rustic Italian pizzas and homemade desserts.
• Alpine Bakery and Trattoria. With a spectacular menu of Italian cuisine and delicious desserts, Alpine Bakery and Trattoria will become a family favorite. Menu items include caprese salad, stromboli, calzones, New York style pizza, cakes, pies and cookies.
• North Point Mall. The best shopping, dining and entertainment near Atlanta, North Point Mall has a huge directory. Stores include Ann Taylor, Apple, Banana Republic, Brookstone, Coach, J.Crew, The LEGO Store and Pottery Barn.
• Taste of Alpharetta. Coming up Thursday, May 9 in Downtown Alpharetta is the Southeast’s premier dining festival. Attendees will be able to dine samples from more than 60 restaurants and experience culinary competitions, cooking demonstrations and more. Participating restaurants will charge $1 to $3 per food sample.
Entertainment and Recreation
• Alpharetta Arts StreetFest. This weekend, April 13 through 14, Downtown Alpharetta will be hosting one of its most popular events. Nearly 100 artists, musicians and performers from throughout the U.S. will be showcased. Listen to live jazz, roots rock and Celtic music, and see great cultural dancing and more. Admission and parking is free.
• Big Creek Greenway Trail. The trail is approximately eight miles and runs parallel to North Point Parkway. Wildlife such as blue heron, deer, ducks and Canada geese can be observed in this preserved setting.
• Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre. Enjoy performances by today’s leading artists at the Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre. Upcoming concerts include The Avett Brothers with Old Crow Medicine Show, Phish, Barenaked Ladies, Keith Urban, Fall Out Boy and fun.
• Alpharetta Farmers Market. Held on Old Canton Street in Downtown Alpharetta, the market is available from now through October on Saturdays. It offers homegrown fruits and vegetables, all natural meats, fresh flowers and plants and a variety of edible goodies.
• Walk of Memories. Visit the memorial and pay tribute to U.S. veterans, family and friends through a walkway of nearly 8,000 bricks inscribed with the names of Georgians who served our country. Highlights include a WWII M60 tank and a Vietnam-era UH-1 Huey helicopter.
• Mansell House and Gardens. This early 1900s home is perfect for weddings, parties, meetings and more. Tours are available by appointment only. Be sure to call 770-475-4663.
• Alpharetta Historical Society Log Cabin. Built by Future Farmers of America (FFA) students on the site of old Milton High School, the log cabin dates back to the 1930s. It is one of two FFA-constructed log cabins still in use today. It was built using 19th century Southern Appalachian Frontier log structures and includes donated tools and furnishings from the 1800s and early 1900s. The cabin is open for tours by appointment only. Please call 770-475-4663.
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