One of the nation’s undisputed best places to call home
Perfectly positioned between the city of Atlanta and the North Georgia Mountains, Alpharetta is arguably the best place in America to grow up. Named as the #1 best suburb to raise a family by Niche, Alpharetta has also claimed coveted titles such as the fastest-growing city in Georgia and the number-one position on Forbes’ list of America’s 25 Best Places to Move.
First chartered as an official city in 1858, Alpharetta is now home to a high number of technology companies, offering well-paying jobs in vital, modern industries. Close proximity to major freeways makes it easy to make it to downtown Atlanta, just 25 miles away. Today, Alpharetta is known for its flourishing downtown, wonderful schools, low crime rates, and sprawling estates which Georgia’s high society calls home.
The winner of several awards, acclamations, and coveted titles, Alpharetta guarantees an exceptional standard of living, access to wonderful schools, friendly neighbors, beautiful scenery, and a plethora of entertainment options. Chef-driven eateries, serving a wide variety of cuisine, family run shops and boutiques, and local events like ice skating at Avalon in the Winter, art exhibits, and community movie nights are just some of the frequently enjoyed key aspects of life. Several modern luxuries such as golf courses and spas are also favorite ways to get out of the house and enjoy more quiet and relaxing days.
Heavenly southern comforts and more exotic flavors can be discovered without having to stray too far from home. Luxury shopping, delectable desserts, and spa days await within this opulent retreat just north of the city.
A gourmet southern menu with global influence is served at Citizen Soul. Posh fried chicken, pimiento cheese fritters, short ribs, and a juicy pork chop are a few of their top-selling classic creations with upscale additions. Classy nights out are celebrated at Oak Steakhouse, offering views of the open kitchen to patrons. Locally sourced beef is served alongside steakhouse staples like crab cakes, a classic wedge salad, and homemade carrot cake.
More exotic flavors are found at Rumi’s Kitchen, a contemporary Persian restaurant. Chilean sea bass, lamb kabobs, and sliders seasoned with tantalizing flavors are accompanied by a colorful cocktail menu and baklava for dessert. Other flavors from around the globe can be sampled at Alpharetta’s Food Truck Alley. Once a month, locals flock to Old Roswell Street for live music and a variety of cuisine including Vietnamese sandwiches, New England-style lobster rolls, Mexican plates, and more.
Da Vinci’s Donuts is much more than just your standard doughnut. Serving a unique cake doughnut and hot, fresh coffee, Da Vinci’s has been creating gourmet doughnuts for Alpharetta and the surrounding community for years. Other sweet tooth cravings can be resolved with a visit to Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams. Located within the Avalon shopping center, Jeni’s is a neighborhood favorite for their unique flavors such as brandied banana brûlée, skillet cinnamon roll, and dairy-free Texas sheet cake.
Avalon is Alpharetta’s heart in many ways. Nearly 90 acres, the luxe space consists of 500,000 square feet of retail, a movie theater, office space, a luxury hotel, and an enclave of luxury residential homes. In addition to top-of-the-line name brands such as Chanel, Lululemon, and Apple, Avalon hosts annual events for visitors such as ice skating, Luck of Avalon, several GNO’s each year and special date nights out.
Fraught with natural beauty and mature trees, locals enjoy spending leisure time in one of Alpharetta’s several parks or preserves. The Big Creek Greenway is one option, consisting of eight miles of trails running along Big Creek. Locals spend Saturday mornings between April and November at the notable Alpharetta Farmers’ Market picking out fresh, seasonal produce from local farmers. Flowers, herbs, local cuts of meat, and homemade jams and jellies are a few of the other offerings.
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