Less than twenty-five miles north of Atlanta, Alpharetta is a city of about 54,000 residents. Located in the foothills of the southern Appalachians, Alpharetta has a mild climate with lows of 29 °F in January and highs of 88 °F in July.
Ranging from large equestrian estates to condos close to town, Alpharetta real estate is set in family-oriented neighborhoods and lush, green surroundings that promote active lifestyles.
It is easy to see why Alpharetta was ranked #1 by Forbes on the list of America's 25 best places to live. Alpharetta offers over 150 dining options from cafes to fine dining, 23 hotels, and 300 attractions within a 50-mile radius. There is no question that Alpharetta real estate is a good investment.
Alpharetta residents love to play and have fun. Festivals such as Alpharetta Arts Street Fest, Old Soldiers Day Parade and Race, Taste of Alpharetta, Scarecrow Harvest, and the Alpharetta Tree Lighting Ceremony occur throughout the year. Alpharetta also hosts events such as the USTA Southern Sectional, Tour de Georgia, IronKids Alpharetta, ITU World Cup Duathlon Championships, and the AARP Triathlon.
Additional Alpharetta activities and attractions include; geocaching; shopping at Queen of Hearts and the North Point Mall; and the Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre at Encore Park, a 12,000 seat venue that provides music performers with an exceptional backdrop to perform in front of.
Equestrian activities at the Chukkar Farm & Polo Club, the Foxcroft Farm, Willow South, and Wills Park Equestrian Center are popular. Many people also enjoy Adventure Skydiving, Paintball Atlanta, and Scuba Diving at Sea Adventures.
Alpharetta students can attend one of five elementary schools, three middle schools, three high schools, or three charter schools.
Alpharetta has become renowned as a sports destination and for its award-winning parks and recreational facilities.
Alpharetta's six unique parks offer trails or walking paths, pavilions, playgrounds, arboretums, disc golf courses, lighted tennis courts, and fields for softball, football, soccer, and baseball. North Park offers an Adult Activity Center and an Arts Building. Rock Mill Environmental Park features a unique, green roof pavilion and an outdoor classroom. Wills Park is a 110 acre, multi-use park near the downtown center and features a Wacky World playground and a disc golf course. Union Hill Park offers two hockey rinks, one of which is covered.
Over a dozen trails in Alpharetta range in length from 200 yards to 8 miles. The trails are used for walking, rock climbing, biking, skating, launching canoes and kayaks from, nature viewing, rollerblading, and mountain biking. Big Creek Greenway is a wide, eight-mile path through forested areas and wetlands that is used by walkers, bikers, roller bladders, and cyclists.