Located just 10 miles northwest of Atlanta at the heart of I-285 and I-75 is beautiful Smyrna, also known as the Jonquil City. Smyrna is home to more than 51,000 Atlantans according to the 2010 Census, and has a booming housing market for both new construction and resale properties.
According to Trulia, the median sales price of Smyrna homes is currently $195,750, which is a 26.3 percent increase from 2011. The number of home sales has also increased 39.5 percent over last year, and there are currently 480 homes for sale. The current median sales price for real estate for sale in Atlanta is $191,550, which means the Smyrna market is a little more expensive, but well worth it for those looking to live close to Atlanta, but with just a little slower pace.
If you’re looking to rent, Trulia currently has more than 200 apartment rentals averaging from $748 for a one bedroom apartment to $1,094 for a three bedroom apartment listed on their site. However, the continued rising costs of renting may make investing in a new home a better decision for many.
The cost of living in Smyrna is on par with the rest of the nation, so residents don’t have to worry about the higher living costs generally associated with larger cities.
The U.S. Census Bureau reports that residents in the 25 to55 age range make up more than 50 percent of the population with an average resident age of 32. Additionally, more than 30 percent of the population has a bachelor’s degree and nearly 20 percent have a graduate or professional degree. These statistics mean that Smyrna is a great place to live if you’re a young professional or a new family!
Children residing within the city attend top ranked Cobb County schools. Other convenient schooling options include Westminster, Atlanta Classical Christian Academy, Covered Bridge Montessori, The Walker School, Pace Academy and Image International Academy.
Some of the most popular events within the city include the annual Jonquil Jog and the spring and fall Jonquil Festivals. The jog, now in its sixth year, is a scenic race benefiting the Campbell High School Educational Foundation. The fall and spring festivals showcase more than 150 arts and crafts vendors from around the country in addition to providing entertainment, festival foods and a children’s section.
Here’s a look at what else Smyrna has to offer:
- Smyrna Market Village. This open air area offers City Hill, the community center, homes, shops, restaurants, open green spaces including the “Village Green” and more perfect for hanging out with friends or family or for restaurants and festivals during the warmer months.
- Atkins Park Tavern. Located within Smyrna Market Village this restaurant enjoys a celebrated history as one of Atlanta’s oldest continuously-licensed taverns.
- West Village. This live, shop, play neighborhood has plenty for everyone to enjoy including a bank, salons, grocery store, dentist, Starbucks, Five Guys, Blue Moon Pizza and McCray’s West Village Tavern.
- Cumberland Mall. This premiere shopping, dining and entertainment destination has plenty to offer including Macys, Express, White House Black Market, The Cheesecake Factory, Maggiano’s Little Italy, P.F. Changs and more.
- Silver Comet Trail. This 61.5 mile long paved trail started at the Mavell Road Trailhead in Smyrna and winds its way through Cobb, Paulding and Polk Counties ending near the Georgia/Alabama state line. Enthusiasts of exercising outdoors will enjoy this trail perfect for running, jogging, biking, rollerblading, horses and dog walking.
- Aline Wolfe Adult Recreation Center. Designed for adults 55 years and older, this facility includes a meeting/game room, arts and craft room and state-of-the-art fitness center.
- Community Center. This building is home to two gyms, fitness equipment and a walking track, and is where many city-sponsored programs and activities are held.
- Sparkles Family Fun Center. Enjoy the place where the fun never stops! Sparkles offers roller skating, a play zone and arcade, and is perfect for parties or special occasions.
- Smyrna Memorial Cemetery. Explore the city’s past at the place where many of Smyrna’s early pioneers along with other residents are buried.
- Smyrna Museum. Located in the heart of Smyrna, this building is a replica of the 1910 Smyrna Train Depot which was demolished in 1959. The museum’s collection, which is free to browse, includes publications, photographs, artifacts, research, oral histories and more.
- Aunt Fanny’s Cabin. Now home to the Smyrna Welcome Center, Aunt Fanny’s was a once world-famous, Southern-themed restaurant.
If you’re looking for a city rich in history, but with modern conveniences and a highly desirable location, Smyrna is the perfect choice for you.
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