Crabapple is one of the oldest communities in Fulton County. It is located 28 miles north of downtown Atlanta and centered at the crossroads of highways 140 and 372, a location known as “the Silos area.” A land rich with history, the city’s name derives from a crabapple tree that was near the original townsite. Now, the area known as Crabapple is split between three cities — Milton, Roswell and Alpharetta.
A community decorated with small-town charm, Crabapple welcomes everyone into its arms and invites visitors to enjoy its many festivities and local attractions.
With 46,742 residents, the area consists mainly of white-collar workers with the majority holding a bachelor’s degree or higher. Crabapple is easily accessible to GA400 making commuting to the perimeter, midtown or downtown for work an option for residents.
The average household income is $122,764 and the median house value is $333,900. With pricey listings, prospective homeowners can find spacious homes, townhouses and condos available on Realtor.
Realtor shows multiple listings in the area perfect for large families. With lush backyards, these properties provide room for excited animals and growing children.
With a large family population, Crabapple is near top-ranked Fulton County schools like Crabapple Crossing Elementary, Northwestern Middle and Milton High, The Goddard School of Alpharetta and Crabapple Montessori School. Private schools in the area include King’s Ridge Christian School, Mill Springs Academy, Chandler Academy and St. Francis High School.
Of the 46,742 residents, the average age is 36 years old. Many residents enjoy the city’s quiet nature and look forward to retiring in the community where they have already made life-long friends. With low rates, luxury homes and the convenience of nearby cities, it is no wonder that most individuals and families choose to live in Crabapple for many years.
Shopping and Dining
Order a hot plate of fried pickles, chicken pot pie, Cajun pasta, chicken parmesan or the fish and chips at The Crabapple Tavern and walk away wishing for more. With a relaxed setting and craft beer available, sit down and relax at this local tavern.
Nestled in Crabapple’s historic district, Milton’s Cuisine and Cocktails features contemporary new southern cuisine with fresh, local ingredients. Milton’s even has an acre of vegetables and herbs just steps from the back door on a private farm. Cuisine includes southern fried chicken breast, sesame-crusted mountain trout, fried green tomatoes and sweet potato shrimp fritters.
Visit Crabapple’s legendary Alpine Bakery and Trattoria which serves cheesy plates and sugary sweets. The restaurant is committed to serving customers the freshest ingredients along with whimsical desserts. Pick from the delicious dessert menu from choices like a chocolate mousse cake, carrot cake, German chocolate cake, chocolate swiss roll and a strawberry swiss roll. Other menu offers include a New York-style pizza, Stromboli, calzones and much more.
Shop and dine at the North Point Mall, located in Alpharetta. The mall features some of the best shopping, entertainment and dining options around. The directory includes Ann Taylor, Brookstone, Coach, H & M, PacSun, Macy’s and Yankee Candle. Grab a bite at The Cheesecake Factory, Cinnabon, Moe’s Southwest Grill or Farmer’s Basket.
The Crabapple Market is a staple of the small community where everyone shops til’ they drop. With an old-fashioned marketplace atmosphere, shoppers can browse through local antique and gift shops. Finish the day with a nice cold drink at the Olde Blind Dog Irish Pub and pick from the various beers on draft.
Lori’s Gifts delivers the best gift shop experience. The shop sells jewelry, make-up, healthcare retail and lotions. So, grab souvenirs before leaving the city!
Entertainment and Recreation
Crabapple Fest is one of the most well-known events within Crabapple. An annual antique and art festival, the tradition began in 1969 and has continued to this day. During the festival, local art vendors and shops create a bustling street market for residents looking for an early holiday gift or a special something for themselves.
Hike Big Creek Greenway’s 12-foot-wide trails that wind through its thick forest. The concrete trail is approximately eight miles long along Big Creek, parallel to North Point Parkway. It is the ideal place for walking, jogging, inline rollerblading and biking. Just keep an eye out for local wildlife like blue herons, deer ducks and Canadian geese.
Drive to the Alpharetta YMCA for an outdoor pool with a big slide, exercise classes, basketball and volleyball courts and tons of other recreational sports. The leadership center offers teens a place to safely socialize under supervision, with concerts and other scheduled social events.
Wills Park offers swimming, horseback riding, baseball, tennis, frisbee golf, dog park, playgrounds, walking trails, concerts, rodeos, dog shows, basketball courts and a recreation center. One of the most popular parks in North Fulton, this large park provides enough space for families to spread out and relax underneath the trees’ canopy.
Take a stroll down historic Crabapple. The small group of buildings are the oldest in the area, predating Roswell by some 20 years and Alpharetta by many more. The buildings’ architecture and interiors are stunningly reminiscent of a time before.
Vickery Creek Trail features a historic covered bridge and the ruins of a Civil War-era mill. The five-mile adventure is full of shade and scenic views with a spillway waterway in the Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area.
The Mansell House and Gardens is an adaptive reuse project of Crabapple’s historical society. Located near Wills Park, the structure ties both past and present together. The location is also a great place for wedding ceremonies, reception, rehearsals, showers and birthdays parties. The property offers shade from the Georgia sun and plenty of outdoor seating.
Visit Bulloch Hall, a Civil War-era home that housed one of Roswell’s first settlers. Book a tour and walk through the Greek Revival home that lasts around 30 minutes. Enjoy the property’s beautiful grounds and outbuildings while visiting the various exhibits to learn more about Bulloch Hall’s history.
Crabapple is constantly growing with modern conveniences, yet still keeps up its historical buildings and heritage.
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