Aerial view of Avalon outdoors theater, grass lawn and fountain in Johns Creek

Johns Creek is a thriving and diverse community located just 25 minutes from Atlanta. While Johns Creek might be one of the youngest cities in Georgia, it gained national attention as a family-friendly and unique place to live. Johns Creek was started as a high-tech office park in 1981 by three Georgia Tech College students. The attention brought in Fortune 500 companies and residents poured in. The city was officially organized in 2006. It is rated the second-best place to live in Georgia and has received many other national recognitions

Johns Creek Demographics

With a population of 84,000, Johns Creek’s cost of living is higher than the U.S. average. The median household income is $108,114 compared to the U.S. median of $53,482. The median home value is well over the country’s at $414,500. The average age of residents is between 35 and 45 and according to the World Population Review, 40.8% of residents received a bachelor’s degree along with 26.9% that hold a masters degree.

The schools in Johns Creek are recognized as some of the best in Georgia. According to U.S. News and World Report, Northview High School and Chattahoochee High School are among the top 10 best schools in Georgia. Other top-rated schools include Alpharetta High School, Johns Creek High School, Hull Middle School, Webb Bridge Middle School, Findley Oaks Elementary, Abbotts Hill Elementary, Barnwell Elementary and River Trail Middle School.

Shopping and Dining

Maverick’s might be known as an epic surf spot off the coast of California, but the taste of the coast is found in Atlanta at Maverick’s Cantina. The menu features colorful cuisine such as Pineapple Habanero Mahi Mahi Tacos, Santa Maria Style Tri-Tip Tacos, Surf and Turf Fajitas, Mango Quinoa Salad, Salsa Verde Chicken Soup, Shrimp Ceviche and house-made Churros. Maverick’s offers Margarita Masters Classes where guests can learn about tequila and even shake up their own cocktails.

Local Expedition Woodfire Grill is a favorite in Johns Creek and the menu is a unique flavor profile with tastes from Asia, Europe and the Americas. The menu features Mediterranean and Southwest Salads, Chinese Chicken, Mini Potstickers, LA Street Corn and Smoked Chicken Wings.

Aerial view of Avalon outdoors theater with ice skating in the winter in Johns Creek
Photo Credit for Avalon images: City of Alpharetta

Avalon shopping center is an outdoor mall with over 70 stores and 28 restaurants. Shopping includes high-end stores and boutiques such as Chanel, Crate and Barrel, Kendra Scott, Lululemon, Nike, Onward Reserve, Peloton, Tesla, West Elm, Williams Sonoma, Free People, Anthropology and Athleta. Dining features tasty favorites: Antico Pizza, Bocado Burger, Café Intermezzo, Farm to Ladle, Goldbergs Fine Foods, Marlow’s Tavern and True Food Kitchen. Entertainment at Avalon includes a movie theater that plays new releases and a new hotel where shoppers can relax at night. Avalon offers office space, townhomes and apartment living in and around the outdoor mall.

Peachtree Corners Town Center is another outdoor mall that offers plenty to do and great dining options. Restaurants include Fire and Stone Italian Pizza Kitchen, Taqueria Tsunami, Firebirds, Lazy Dog, Uncle Jack’s Meat House, Playa Bowls, and for dessert, Gong Cha, Tiff’s Treats and Kremo. The mall has a CMX Cinebistro where guests sit back and watch new release movies on the big screen in luxury seats with restaurant services. Town Center Green at Peachtree Corners is a two-acre event lawn home to live music, movies, community events and plenty of space for children to play.

Guests enjoy authentic Napoletana pizza that is sure to make your tastebuds believe they are in Napoli, Italy at Napoli 1 Pizza. The pizzas are cooked in Italian handcrafted wood-fired ovens and all ingredients are imported fresh from Italy to create their signature artisan pizzas. The menu features every kind of pizza imaginable as well as calzones, fresh salads, desserts and coffee.

Six Bridges Brewery is Johns Creek’s first and only brewery. Founded by a father and son team, the brewery features a dog and family-friendly atmosphere inside the taproom and outside on the patio. Activities include multiple large TVs for sporting events, video games, corn hole, board games and plenty of fresh brews. Weekly events abound including Trivia Tuesdays, live music on the weekends and corn hole tournaments.

Entertainment

The Mark Burkhalter Amphitheater offers an outdoor space for concerts, classes, special events and more. In the summer, the amphitheater offers summer concerts as well as food trucks that serve beer and wine.

Autrey Mill Nature Preserve and Heritage Center is a 46-acre historical preserve wrapped in the forest. Explore over two miles of walking trails with opportunities to see the wildlife throughout the forest. Programs for the whole family include summer camps and monthly events like Johns Creek Clean Up, Feeding Fridays, Spooky Mill and Sunday Socials. Guests can volunteer for environmental service, internships and animal sponsorships.

The Johns Creek Arts Center strives to inspire artistic development through creativity and community involvement. The arts center has a gallery with frequently changing art exhibits from all over the country. Classes for the whole family include adult classes in ceramics, drawing, digital art, oil and acrylic painting, writing and watercolor. Kids’ classes include ceramics, drawing, painting, digital media, writing and weekly summer camps.

The Atlanta Botanical Garden is one of the most treasured attractions in Atlanta. With a world-renowned plant collection, beautiful architectural displays, and spectacular exhibits, it is a beautiful backdrop for any family outing or date night. Various guides are available to ensure that each time you visit is completely different. Guides include family adventure, flying solo, budding romance, floral expectations, fresh art and music and lose yourself. Frequent events like Cocktails in the Garden, SUPERnatural Aerial Art, live concerts, garden playtimes and summer camps are fun ways to network and spend time with friends.

Historic Attractions

Just minutes from Johns Creek in Historic Downtown Roswell is the Smith Plantation. Constructed by one of Roswell’s founding families in 1838, the plantation is preserved and available for tours Tuesday- Sunday. Guided and self-guided tours of the grounds include the cookhouse, barn, carriage house, well, servant’s quarters as well as the main residence.

Also in Historic Downtown Roswell is the Roswell Mill Ruins and Old Mill Park. The ruins of Roswell Manufacturing Company Mill are on the banks of Vickery Creek. It was burned by the Union in 1864 but reconstructed before its final destruction by fire in 1926.  A dammed creek created the waterfall that is now part of a park that guests can enjoy. The park has plenty of trails and historic ruins to visit.

A famous memorial in Johns Creek came about from old folklore sometime in the early 20th century. The Monkey Massacre Memorial is a small collection of monkey statues in a circle around a tree along a walking trail. According to the story, a circus train crashed near Duluth and dozens of escaped monkeys ran into the woods. A local farmer unfamiliar with the creatures set out to hunt and kill every one of them which is now known as the Monkey Massacre. An anonymous artist created the statures to commemorate the monkeys.

Johns Creek is a unique city with plenty for the whole family to do. Learn more information on shopping, dining, entertainment and historic attractions at https://johnscreekga.gov/home.

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