Last weekend I went to a wedding in Bogart Georgia which is located off the Atlanta Hwy just outside Athens. The house where the wedding took place was in a large house that has been turned into a special events facility. Getting outside Metro Atlanta and visiting this place took me take to my Southern roots. I was born in Middle Georgia and went to the University of Georgia in Athens.
This house as you can see from the picture of the front porch was Southern style through and through. Very nice wedding took place there but first we had cocktails on the back patio overlooking the gardens and little court yard areas with small buildings around. Inside had hardwoods floors and nice windows. The house was nice but I think it was the outside which impressed me. I took some more pictures, but I don’t want to be tacky and post someone’s wedding photos so I will stick with these two.
It was a very peaceful setting to have a wedding. The thought occurs about living in a house like this one and how neat that would be.
Maybe if it was in Athens which is one of the most charming towns in Georgia but Bogart is a little remote for me. But I do like those Southern Style homes and wouldn’t mind living in one.
Actually, it is called The Thompson House and Gardens and here is a better picture.
Interesting Georgia Small Towns with Retirement Communities
Retirement communities and small towns go together anywhere and Georgia is no exception.
Maybe it is the idea that folks want to slow down and get out of the rat race. Maybe some folks remember growing up in a small town and would like to return to the days not so complicated by traffic and businesses everywhere. Some want the natural scenery and being close to many outdoors attractions. Some say the land is cheaper for the big track of land to be developed into a large retirement community.
So what are some of the small towns with retirement communities in Georgia?
1. Hoschton, GA – Is home to Village at Deaton Creek, a Del Webb community of over 1,000 homes. By the way a new hospital with 100 beds is under contruction adjacent to this community. The City of Hoschton is a small community located just off Interstate I-85 in Jackson Country in North Georgia. This area where Deaton Creek is located is the convergence of three or four counties and most of the homes are actually located in Hall County but have a Hoschton mailing address. This area is a small community but close enough to be at Mall of Georgia in about 20 minutes. This mixes the advantage of small town living and the convenience of being less that 45 minutes from cities like Athens, Gainesville and Atlanta metro.
2. Gainesville, GA – ia home to Cresswind at Lake Lanier, a wonderful retirement community on Lake Lanier while still in the city of Gainesville, which is the country seat of Hall County. Downtown Gainesville has a mixture of shops and first class restaurants. Also there are like 4 or 5 theaters and playhouses in Gainesville. At the foothills of the North Georgia mountains and easy access to Metro Atlanta from both I-985 and GA 400, Gainesville is a highly rated town for retirement with excellent hospital, shopping, Lake Lanier and more.
Other Georgia towns with nice retirement communities are Griffin, Canton and Greensboro.
Remember in the 60’s and 70’s when mon and pop businesses on main street in most small towns were being driven out of business by big box retailers like Walmart who settled on the outskirts of town on the bypass and near the edge of the freeways and sold at at discounts the Mom and Pops could not match?Â In additional to cheaper prices there was plenty of parking and the newness of it.Â Then after a while the main street of small towns were ghost towns.
Now many of small towns have their main streets and downtown section back in business with more mom and pop businesses like restaurants, clubs, music stories, antique shops, restored move theaters and more. There are town greens, town squares, bandstands, free concerts, art shows and people walking around taking it all in.Â A stroll around on main street of many small towns making you feel good and enjoy their comebacks. Â Â Some housing is even taking place in or near these walkable down towns with lofts being made from old buildings that were hotels or above store fronts or even new construction for people who like living in a walkable community.Â The buy local movement plays right in to these down towns with some having weekly farmers markets and seasonal festivals featuring local craftsman.Â Then there are new communities on the outskirts that try to bring this small town feel to lifestyle with a town square and walking trails, and some retail.
Some downtown in small towns are going beyond and becoming quite trendy and artsy sporting boutiques and tasty unique restaurants.Â Many times local governments have helped bring these downtown back by making improvements including building city centers to get things started.Â I am writing this post tonight after spending the day in Marietta Georgia, strolling around their town square, vising museums, antique shops, having lunch at a nice restaurant, stopping by the visitors center and buying tickets for a future concert on the square.Â Â There were many people strolling around and enjoying the Spring weather and this beautiful small town. It is good to see small towns across America make a come back.
The history of Thomasville is rich and predates the Civil War! Before Florida was opened up, Thomasville was the last train stop. It was visited in those early days for health reasons, thinking the many pines would be beneficial for those with pulmonary afflictions. Others came to hunt on one of the many Plantations that surround Thomasville. Some just came for the social gatherings.
The streets and roads of this county have been trodden by some very famous and notable people threw out its history. Joann Woodward, wife of Paul Newman is from here. Her father was the principal of an all girls’ school here. This is just one of the many well known personalities of our area. Mrs. Jacqueline Kennedy was tucked away here on one of our many plantations for a time, to give her and the children a respite from the public shortly after President Kennedy’s assassination.
Part of the pride of Thomasville is the tremendous participation in restoration of historical homes and the downtown area. Thomasville residents take their preservation of history and restoration seriously. They put their money where some only put their mouth, they simply do it!! The downtown has undergone restoration on a large serious scale. A lot of energy, enthusiasm and dollars are being put into the downtown area. But the rewards are worth it. The result, is a thriving vibrant downtown area that attracts people from miles around.
The homes on Love Street and Warren Ave, near the downtown area, have been dealt a new lease on life over the past eight years. These are now home to many professionals, young and old. It is a place where neighbors stroll the streets with their children, groups of young parents get together for kickball and flag football, and children play together in the green space at the corner.
“We all love the Warren-Love Street neighborhood, because it is so easy to walk to downtown community events, restaurants, and shopping. The city tennis courts and the cultural center are also within short walking distance”. Quote by, Darlone Bailey Kaley
“The neighborhood is special because we all saw the potential to return to a simpler time and way of living, and we were willing to work to make it happen. There are still a few houses waiting to be completed, and we would love to have a few more great neighbors”! Darlone Bailey Kaley– is an owner and resident of a home on Love Street.
Thomasville Landmarks and The Historical Society are places to receive support and encouragement when taking on any of these restoration projects.
You will appreciate the proximity of being close enough to the Gulf Coast for a day trip, within one hour and thirty minutes express route or two to three hours the slow scenic route. Just a tree lined forty minute drive on four lane highways to Tallahassee, Florida for all kinds of shopping, eating and entertainment events. Four hours from Atlanta and North Georgia mountains can be reached in a day. Savannah and east coast is only three hours away.
Thomasville proper is a good balance of a slow southern atmosphere, with a healthy emphasis on culture for arts, writing, music, acting, and athletics. These are all encouraged and nurtured here. If Florida is too crowded for you, try north of the border. “Thomasville; a place apart.”
Thomasville has received mention in several retirement research articles and books.
Retire in Style: 60 Outstanding Places Across the USA and Canada [Paperback] Warren R. Bland PhD (Author)
When you make your list of places to explore for retirement potential, Thomasville should be on your list.
I live in Thomasville Georgia. I’m a “Baby Boomer” of 1951. Check out my blog at Boomersberg.com and leave me a comment OR start a conversation in the forum.
Thomasville Interesting Facts: Thomasville Georgia deems itself the City of Roses and holds an annual Rose Festival. Thomasville features plantations open to the public, a historic downtown, a large farmer’s market, and a 320 year old oak tree at the corner of Monroe and Crawford streets. The population of Thomasville was 18,413 at the 2010 census
Livability is what makes small towns a good place to live and to retire to.
Small Town Sense of Community
Many features makes up what we call livability, but for me it is a sense of community. Big cities and urbanized suburbs have much to offer, but they can’t hold a candle to small towns in offering a sense of community on a personal level. I could give many examples as I have experienced this first hand after moving from a big city urbanized suburbs to a Del Webb Community in a small town two years ago.
I loved living in the suburbs while I was working, but now that I am retired, I like my new small town community and feel a sense of pride in it. Here are reasons we live small town living.
State of Georgia Income Tax – Retirement Income Exclusion for 2020
*Currently in Georgia at age 62 citizens may exempt retirement income from state income tax.
You don’t have to be retired, just have retirement income which is defined as follows.
Taxpayers who are 62 or older, or permanently and totally disabled regardless of age, may be eligible for a retirement income adjustment on their Georgia tax return. Retirement income includes:
Income from pensions and annuities
Net income from rental property
Capital gains income
Income from royalties
Up to $4,000 of earned income
For married couples filing joint returns with both members receiving retirement income, the maximum adjustment for that year may be up to twice the individual exclusion amount. Retirement income exceeding the maximum adjustable amount will be taxed at the normal rate.
For the purposes of this paragraph, retirement income shall include but not be limited to interest income, dividend income, net income from rental property, capital gains income, income from royalties, income from pensions and annuities. Up to $4,000 net business income earned by an individual from any trade or business carried on by such individual, wages, salaries, tips, and other employer compensation, shall be regarded as retirement income.
This is a major benefit for the state of Georgia seniors and anyone considering relocating to Georgia. We applauded the state of Georgia for passage of this benefit for the seniors of Georgia. This will be a boost over the long terms to the retirement communities of GA.
*This is our understanding of the Retirement Income Tax Exclusion for the State of Georgia Income Tax. Please check with your tax professional to verify and see how this effects your personal situation. This is not income tax advise.