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. Continue reading “Small Town Livability”
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.
I have been surprised that the prices on many new homes in active adult communities have not dropped that much. Same for resales.Â But there may be a opportunity for a deal on homes being finished at Seaons on Lake Lanier in Gainesville Georgia north of Atlanta.
Seasons on Lake Lanier in on beautiful lake lanier in North Georgia was started by Levitt & Sons as developer.Â My wife and I went up and previewed this community on July 6, 2007. See our blog post.Â Then Levitt & Sons the developer went bankrupt.
That was then this is now.Â We spoke with a on site person who says 30 homes that were presales are being finished.Â I saw thatÂ John Wieland doing so of the building. The homes are being finished as ordered originally and will contain the extras like hardwood floors, paint colors, etc as ordered.Â However these homes are offered at true saving of $30 to $60 thousand off the original Levitt & Sons price.Â So if you find a home that has what you want or can live with, then you may get a very good price.
The plan is at the first of the year to select a developer to pick up Seasons at Lake Lake and continue the built off of 700 plus homes and the amenities.Â At that time prices could go up.Â This may be worth checking out if you are currently in the market for a home in an active adult community.Â Their web site is seasonsonlakelanier.com.