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North Metro Atlanta's Golden Corridor
After settling along the banks of the Chattahoochee River in the 1500´s, the Cherokee Indians called what is now North Fulton the "enchanted land". Today, our communities – Sandy Springs, Roswell, Alpharetta, Mountain Park and Johns Creek – continue to provide an exceptionally enchanting way of life. From busy urban settings to casual, country living, you´ll find the perfect place to call home in North Fulton. There are hundreds of acres of parks and green space in the North Fulton area. World-class golf courses and dozens of tennis courts await willing players. The newest park and entertainment center for the area is the Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre At Encore Park, a regional performing and visual arts complex. Nestled in the 27-acre site is a 2,000-seat multi-use performance hall, a 300-seat black box theater, visual art galleries and a 12,000-seat outdoor amphitheatre. For more information about the Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre At Encore Park, visit their site at www.vzwamp.com. It´s no wonder that greater North Fulton is known today as north Metro Atlanta´s Golden Corridor!
Alpharetta – Pop. 57,571
Alpharetta today is vastly unlike the town it was in 1828 when it was a small collection of merchants and prospectors drawn to the area by the Dahlonega Gold Rush. Alpharetta was chartered in 1857 and designated the county seat of Milton County. Its name derives from the Greek words, “alpha” (first) and “retta” (town).
What began as a tiny rural settlement is now one of the most highly sought-after commercial and residential real estate areas in Georgia. The strong economic thrust, quality of educational and medical facilities, wide array of shopping, dining, and employment opportunities, and a wealth of green space serve to make Alpharetta a premier residential area in metro Atlanta. Today, Georgia’s 12th largest city offers residents and visitors a charming historic district and an impressive selection of championship golf courses. Stroll along the six-mile Greenway or enjoy the myriad of family recreational opportunities at the City of Alpharetta’s Wills Park and Wills Park Equestrian Center, Webb Bridge Park, Windward Soccer Complex, and North Park.
Johns Creek – Pop. 76,728
Johns Creek is the state’s 10th largest city and rests in the heart of the flourishing business district around Johns Creek Technology Park where Highway 141 intersects with McGinnis Ferry Road. Johns Creek is named for a tributary of the Chattahoochee River. Johns Creek officially became a city on December 1, 2006, making it one of the state’s youngest cities.
Award-winning residential neighborhoods, a wide array of boutiques, shopping and dining venues, superb schools, and the proximity to employment in Technology Park – home to some major corporations such as State Farm and CIBA Vision – make this a highly desirable area in which to live, work, and play. In fact, in 2007, Johns Creek was chosen as one of "America's Top 25 Places to Live to Go to School" by the national consumer directory Relocate-America. John’s Creek’s prestigious Atlanta Athletic Club will host the 2011 PGA Championship in August.
Milton – Pop. 30,180
Like Johns Creek, the city of Milton incorporated as a city on Dec.1, 2006. Milton is comprised of approximately 23,000 acres and includes, among others, Birmingham, Crabapple, and Field’s Cross Roads, the crossroads of Providence Road, New Providence Road and Birmingham Highway (GA 372). Milton is a distinctive community that embraces small-town life and heritage while preserving and enhancing the city's charming rural character, and is known for its numerous horse farms.
Mountain Park – Pop. 570
Mountain Park began as a summer retreat for Atlanta’s wealthy residents who wished to escape the bustle of big-city life to an environment of natural beauty and lakeside leisure. When Mountain Park incorporated in July 1927, a grand total of three families lived in the town year round – with one business, a community store called the “The Stand.”
Whimsical names such as The Buzzard’s Roost, Rossier Holler, The Owl’s Nest, Park-Ur-Carcass, Paradise, Buckeye Ridge, Shack-Toe-In, and Nuth-in-Much adorned the cottages and many of today’s residents continue this delightful tradition of naming their homes.
Mountain Park is an officially designated wildlife refuge, protecting birds, animals, and reptiles. A variety of species – some rare, including great blue herons, red tailed hawks, Eastern bluebirds and pileated woodpeckers – reside in this area part or all of the year. Mountain Park is deeply committed to the preservation and celebration of its natural environment.
The city offers a strong sense of community. In 1989, Mountain Park became the first municipality in Georgia to begin a recycling program. The activity of the civic organizations – Mountain Park Civic Club, Mountain Park Mountain Park Volunteer Fire and Rescue – also speaks volumes about the focus and values of this rare and lovely community.
Roswell – Pop: 88,346
Roswell residents enjoy a family-oriented, safe and attractive community that respects the natural environment, protects its historic character and celebrates its culture. A town that is proud of its accomplishments, Roswell has been recognized by local and national publications for the quality of life its residents enjoy.
Roswell ranks as the safest city in Georgia, per City Crime Rankings. Opportunities for active living abound, and people often credit Roswell’s award-winning parks and recreational facilities as one of the reasons they moved here. The city strives for progress with an eye to the future. It is developing plans for future growth and development, preparing for its continued economic success. The 2030 Comprehensive Land Use Plan: “Imagine Roswell 2030,” provides a vision for the future – how Roswell, as a community, wants to grow and mature. The plan includes direction, tools, and strategies so that future economic development reflects shared values and long-term goals for a vibrant, thriving Roswell.
Also this year, the city embarks on its first ever Economic Development Strategic Plan. Economic development is a city priority in these tough economic times. While development is picking up pace, the time is right to prepare a vision of the future and goals that bring the vision to life.
Roswell continues programs that offer incentives and services that enhance the business community. A unique new tax incentive is available to businesses that create at least two jobs in the Roswell Opportunity Zone, where businesses receive the state’s highest job tax credit ($3,500 per job) for five years. The “Find It All, Roswell” program keeps growing, providing support to local merchants with publicity and networking opportunities.
When people come to Roswell to visit, to live, or to build a business, they discover a quality of life and strong sense of community that is rare in suburban Georgia. The city offers unique opportunities for culture, history, activity, and connection that make Roswell where you want to be.
Sandy Springs – Pop. 93,853
The area north of Atlanta known as Sandy Springs was named for actual springs currently protected for their historical significance. The region known as Sandy Springs dates to 400 A.D. and was initially traveled by buffalo, Native Americans, and then British traders, later becoming a major migration trail for Colonial Europeans. The freshwater springs that bubbled from the sandy ground and sustained life for the earliest inhabitants are today located on Sandy Springs Circle. The springs continue to produce 10 gallons of water per minute.
In the Land Lottery of 1825, James Wilbourn of Greene County paid the grant fee of $19 for Land Lot #88. His original Lot #88 is presently partitioned by Abernathy Road to the north, Roswell Road to the east, Mt. Vernon Road to the south, and Brandon Mill to the west. These 202.5 acres are considered the heart of Sandy Springs. Sandy Springs is Georgia’s 6th largest city with a population of nearly 94,000.
Sandy Springs is home to the headquarters of more Fortune 500 companies than anywhere in Georgia, including Atlanta: United Parcel Service, Newell Rubbermaid, and First Data. Global Payments, Inc., Mirant Corp., Spectrum Brands, and Wendy's/Arby's Group, all Fortune 1000 companies, are also headquartered in the city. Sandy Springs is also the second largest city for businesses in the state, only behind Atlanta, with almost 6,000 businesses in the city.