Atlanta, GA

10 of Metro Atlanta’s Most Vibrant City Centers

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The suburbs of Atlanta are getting more and more urban touches with each passing day. The metro residents always prefer proximity to walkable city centers. However, they are flocking in great numbers to resurrected historic towns such as Alpharetta and Hapeville. Also, they are choosing newly invented places such as Trilith and Serenbe. Let us explore the 10 new communities with newly vibrant downtowns.

1. Apharetta

The key attractions there are Upscale seafood house Lapeer and a homegrown Jekyll Brewing. There is also a 9,000 square feet entertainment hub called Roaring Social that is inspired by speakeasy and expected to join the attraction points at the forthcoming Hamilton Hotel. If you are looking for housing types options within a short walk of Alpharetta’s core, you will mostly find newly constructed establishments.

2. Hapeville

People love it for points of attraction, such as John R. Lewis Memorial Park on King Arnold Street. You will also appreciate a skate park at the Tom E. Morris Sports Complex. The downtown pedestrian bridge is colorfully reconceptualized with 360-degree views by artists Micah and Whitney Stansell.

If you are looking for residences there, end up being in a cottage built in the first half of the 20th century. You can also choose a craftsman-style offering, less than 20 years in age.

3. LaGrange

Key attractions of this place are:

  • Sweetland Amphitheatre (1831)
  • LaGrange College (The Oldest Private College of Georgia)
  • Great Wolf Lodge
  • Award-winning Wild Leap Brew Co. at downtown’s southern end
  • Picturesque Fountain
  • Beltline-like Multiuse Trail Stretching for 26 Miles

The housing types of this place include 1990s-era infill to brick traditional estates, designed by hallowed Atlanta architectural firm Ivey and Crook.

4. Lawrenceville

The arts and cultural center of Lawrenceville has created quite a buzz recently. It is expected to open this spring and will accommodate a 500-seat mainstage room and Aurora Theatre, the second-largest performing arts space of the state.

Following Roswell and Duluth, Lawrenceville has adopted an open-container ordinance in 2019. The ordinance allows drinks to be carried in plastic cups within a limited zone.

5. Marietta

It is one of the largest suburbs of Atlanta. It has almost fifty restaurants and thirty-five retailers, comprising a record shop, upscale women’s clothing, six museums, three theatres, and a range of art galleries. The commercial activities further expand outwardly down several side streets.

6. Norcross

Key attractions at Norcross are:

  • Lillian Webb Park with Splashpad and Tiered Greenspaces
  • The Rectory, a Restored Building from the early 1900s, currently housing the non-profit Lionheart Theatre
  • Refreshment Centers such as Cuban, Paizanos, and the Iron Horse Tavern

7. Serenbe

The main places of attractions at Serenbe are five restaurants, including the Blue Eyed Daisy bakeshop. The housing types there are eclectic. Besides, more than thirty independent business set-ups consider Serenbe as their home. These businesses further comprise six new retailers that opened in 2020.

8. Stone Mountain

There the key attraction is a PATH trail that links downtown Atlanta with Stone Mountain Park. This place attracts a lot of cyclists. The main spots for refreshment there are the Village Corner German Restaurant that has been serving schnitzel and in-house pilsner since 1974, and the cozy Sweet Potato Café.

9. Trilith

It is located across from the second-largest purpose-built movie studio in the nation. The studio is the home to many Avengers Productions. Trilith is a planned community spanning over a 235-acre area. It further aims to have 6,000 residents with time.

10. Woodstock

A grant from the Atlanta Regional Commission’s Livable Centers Initiative has transformed the sleepy central Woodstock into a busy destination. You will be glad to know that $950 million investment has been already materialized in and around the downtown core.

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