A good retirement location offers higher education; outdoor recreation; great scenery, fitness/wellness centers; health care facilities, jobs, a good place for new businesses.Â It would be nice to have a culture and political climate that is somewhat compatible to yours.Â Available reliable service professionals, a good Publix and Whole Foods nearby would be great.Â Some fine dining restaurants and a major mall within 6 miles.
Well I got a little carried away, but these are some things to consider.
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Reynolds Signature Communities and Linger Longer Homes, the same people who developed the hugely successful Reynolds Plantation on Lake Oconee GA, are the developers of Achasta, a mountain retirement community in Dahlonega.Â Â My wife spotted the ad for the 2009 Southern Living Idea home that is in Achasta, and we took a ride up from Atlanta to give it a tour. The price is only $5 per person and well worth it.Â Besides the Idea House, there are three vacant model homes you can tour as well to see how informal mountain living can be.
The Southern Living Idea House was beautiful as you might expect.Â Designed by Stephen Fuller.Â It was full furnished and decorated.Â We liked the openness of the home.Â The master bedroom is on the main level on this house and all the models we visited.Â The master bedroom, called the retreat, is open to the outside tower deck. Call tower because fo the 15ft high ceilings. The other bedrooms are on the lower terrace (basement) level.Â Both level were very open to the decks outside which were covered, plenty of stone, an outdoor fireplace,Â and nice views of the mountains and natural wooded areas.Â Â The kitchen was really unique in that the whole wall was a retractable sliding door that open to the outside deck.Â Â It seemed your kitchen was outdoors.Â I guess you could have a sliding screen door.Â The family room open up also to the outside deck with a nice seating arrangement around the outdoor fireplace.Â Same on the lower level with access to the lower terrace.Â That openess to the outside was the main unique feature of the home it seems to me.Â It was nice and a feel good experience.Â There was also an inviting living room.Â The house flowed well from room to room. The lower level had two bedrooms, an family room, bath and another room. Â All with high ceiling and nice carpet. There was an upstairs as well with a family type room and again opening up to the outside deck with great views to the mountains.
The Idea House didn’t seem too large but offered many spaces so as not to be crowded.Â The two other model homes we visited were very nice as well.Â I asked the attended the asking price of one of the model and she replied $975,000 with the accessories.Â There were some middle aged couples but most were around my age early sixties.Â There was a large clubhouse and excellent golf coarse in the community.Â Â Achasta is in Dahlonega.Â From Atlanta take GA 400 north to Dahlonega, turn left on Hwy 60 and go about 4.5 miles and you will see Acasta on the right. For the Southern Living Idea House theÂ HOURS:Â Wednesday – Saturday 11 a.m. – 5 p.m., Sunday 1 p.m. – 5 p.m.Â No reservations needed.