We are happy to share with you some insight into some of the communities that we serve. The information is updated quarterly and was last updated 9-1-2020.
On average, the north and northeast Atlanta market is growing in value at a steady pace. Inventory remains low, and the average days on market is still very low in most areas.
2019 Est. Population: 67,213
Size: 27.27 Sq. Mi
Alpharetta, Georgia is located in northern Fulton County. Top private sector employers include Comcast, UPS, Verizon, Cox, E-trade, and LexusNexis. The full list reads like a who’s who of tech companies. The city’s focus is on the tech industry and it shows. 10 companies have graduated from the cities “tech incubator” and are hiring employees in the region. For that reason, it’s a popular community for professional workers and their families. Alpharetta is also home to Avalon and Halcyon; two innovative mixed-use developments that appeal to the environmentally-conscious professional. Alpharetta has really embraced the live/work/play feel and it shows. Currently, the next and new will be 360 Tech Village. A 57-acre development with zoning for office, retail, multifamily, and single-family homes.
Alpharetta has several beautiful parks and events spaces. The Big Creek Greenway features eight miles of paths for walking or biking. Wills Park is a favorite for locals for daily use with typical park amenities, as well as event space and a 50-acre equestrian center.
Alpharetta housing market is still on the rise with the average median price of a single-family home at $450k. Summertime saw a very hot market with the average days to sell a home at 12. However, as the temperature drops, the days on market will likely climb and properties could take as long as 45 days to sell. If this is where you want to be, the best time to home shop here is Oct - Feb.
2019 Est. Population: 12,961
Size: 12.5 Sq Mi
The charming town of Braselton, Ga spans four different counties; Gwinnett, Jackson, Barrow and Hall. Braselton is experiencing a strong population boom that began in 2000. Going from 1,200 residents to its current estimated 11,000+ as of 2018.
Braselton is noted for its Chateau Elan vineyard and Spa as well as some of the nicest fine dining restaurants in the area. In 1989 actress Kim Basinger and other investors bought 85% of the town to turn into a tourist destination, but 5 years later had to sell it. Wonder what she thinks about it now?
Braselton is a very seasonal market. It’s hot in the summer and cool in the winter. Currently, homes are selling in an average of ten days, however, historically in the winter, the market cools to as much as 55 days. Home values are steadily growing over the past five years to a current median of $300k.
2019 Est. Population: 15,522
Size: 17+ Sq Mi
Buford has a long history dating back to the early 1800s. Most of the city of Buford is located in Gwinnett County, with a small amount in Hall. Buford was known as the “leather city” due to its leather production. Today the leather works is gone, but the building is home to the “Tannery Row” artist colony. In addition to the artist colony, Buford is also home to Lake Sidney Lanier and Lake Lanier Islands (including Margaritaville), Mall of Georgia and the Gwinnett Environmental and & Heritage Center.
Buford is unique in the area as it has a self-governed school cluster outside of the Gwinnett county system. Buford city schools are in high demand, as they are among the highest-ranked schools in the state. Buford also has an independent utility management system. Its easy access to major highways make Buford a go-to for commuters.
Buford is large and has a lot of different communities within its boundaries. It’s a hot area because of its easy access. Average days on market fluctuate a lot from spring/summer to fall/winter, but are currently at 15 days, and will probably cool off to about 30 days this winter. The median home price is $300k which makes it a great option for first time home buyers.
2019 Est. Population: 6,547
Size: 6.1 Sq Mi
The city of Cumming is located along Ga- 400 in Forsyth County, Ga. Cumming has a large Aquatic Center and Water Park as well as access to Lake Sidney Lanier. Its fairgrounds host the annual Cumming Country Fair & Festival and a newly started Food Truck Friday event. Cumming's location makes it a desirable choice for people commuting to Alpharetta, Roswell, and the central perimeter area.
Cumming is an interesting community. Of all the communities listed here, they have the most steady value growth. Over the past 5 years, Cumming has seen a $120k average price increase. Some of this growth is due to new construction, with new communities opening from builders like Pulte, DR Horton, and Century. The market is very hot with an average of 5 days on the market and a median price of $350K.
2019 Est. Population: 29,606
Size: 10.2 Sq Mi
Duluth is a city in Gwinnett County 30 miles north of Downtown Atlanta. Downtown Duluth has spent the past 5 years improving their city center to be a true live/work/play community. From trendy restaurants and art galleries to green space for walking and picnics, it has a lot to offer.
The Duluth area is also home to the Infinite Energy Center, Hudgens Center for the Arts and the Red Clay Theater. If you’re a fan of the Netflix Original “Stranger Things” you’ll be amused to note that Gwinnett Place Mall was used as the setting for several episodes of that series. Close to nearby Johns Creek amenities, but with easier access to I-85 it's an ideal location for commuters.
Duluth’s average home value has climbed in the past five years from $200k to $300k. It’s a hot area. Homes this summer have been selling, even with COVID, in about 12 days. Expect the market to slow a bit during fall and winter to 25-30 days. When you consider that the national average is 60 days, our slow time, is still pretty fast.
2019 Est. Population: 8,325
Size: 6.3 Sq. Mi
Flowery Branch was established in 1874 and is one of the only historic towns on Lake Lanier. It's close to several marinas including Aqualand. Recent investments into "Old Town" are mirroring other city centers in the desire to create a vibrant live/work/play population with a high walkability score. This is a great community for outdoor enthusiasts with its water access and proximity to the North Georgia Mountains and some wonderful hiking opportunities.
Flowery Branch has had a nice and steady increase in value over the past five years. It’s a small community and while it’s growing rapidly, the market here is a bit calmer. Average days on market is 35 and the average sales price is just shy of $300k.
2019 Est. Population: 84,579
Size: 30.7 Sq. Mi.
Johns Creek is located in Fulton County. Voted #3 in USA Today's Top 50 Best Places to Live in 2017, Johns Creek is home to some fabulous amenities. Six golf clubs, the Chattahoochee River, The Atlanta Athletic Club, Autrey Mill Nature Preserve, and a professional orchestra are just some of the highlights Johns Creek has to offer. Residents enjoy several art and craft festivals throughout the year, some of which draw more than 25,000 attendees. A community for people who like the finer things, they have strict building ordinances that maintain a level of beautification that is impressive and noticeable.
The median price for homes in Johns Creek is almost $400k and the shopping and dining reflect that. Inventory is at a 5 year low, but the average days on market is comparatively high at 25. That's still crazy low compared to 60 days as the national average, which just goes to show that even our slow-moving areas are hot by comparison.
2019 Est. Population: 30,834
Size: 13.4 Sq. Mi.
Lawrenceville is the county seat of Gwinnett and is the second oldest city in the Metro Atlanta Area dating back to 1821. Located 30 miles north of Atlanta, it is a popular choice for families that want to work in the city and live in the suburbs or even country. Downtown Lawrenceville has undergone a massive revitalization and continues to improve with a strong ongoing community plan. Historic Lawrenceville, has the Aurora Theater, fine dining, and several boutique shops. Lawrenceville has communities that are dense and walkable as well as wide open and remote.
Lawrenceville is a large community. Property values and school rankings are tied closely together and vary from one side of town to the other. Currently, homes are selling in less than 10 days on market for an average price of $250k.
2019 Est. Population: 94,763
Size: 42 Sq. Mi
Located in northern Fulton County, Roswell, Georgia is one of the largest communities in our service area and in fact one of the largest cities in our state. However, don’t think it’s all skyscrapers and pavement, Roswell is known for its green space, building controls and overall beautiful look. Roswell is home to almost 100k people. Although Roswell was the birthplace of Jeff Foxworthy, the creator of “Blue Collar Comedy Tour” it is known for its exceptional schools, shopping, culture, and entertainment. Two of Roswell’s largest employers are Kimberly Clark and Harry’s Farmers Market. With more than 900 acres of parkland and three historic house museums, miles of walking trails, and Chattahoochee River access, Roswell is a hot area for new families relocating to the Atlanta area.
Housing inventory is low and has been for years, the current median price for a 3-4 bedroom home is $420k. Properly priced homes sell quickly and for 95-105% of asking price with an average of 12 days on the market.
2019 Est. Population: 24,617
Size: 10.59 Sq. Mi.
The sweet life in Sugar Hill. A catchy phrase that embodies the feel of the community. Between Suwanee and Buford, Sugar Hill is about as far north as you want to move if you plan to work in the city of Atlanta. This community features highly ranked schools and a wide variety of activities to interest people of all ages. The city of Sugar Hill has been working hard to improve its downtown image and the results are everywhere. The Bowl, a venue for concerts and festivals, The Eagle, a charming downtown theater, the splash park, and community garden are just some of the recent projects that make this such an attractive community. Sugar Hill boasts miles of green space and walking trails and city parks that rival Gwinnett's award-winning parks.
Sugar Hill has a very low inventory as does most of this area. The median home price was $150k in 2010 and is now $275k. This is a competitive market. Homes in Sugar Hill are selling in about 5 days at or above the selling price.
2019 Est. Population: 20,907
Size: 10.9 Sq. Mi
Suwanee, just 30 miles north of Atlanta, has won its share of awards. Voted "Top 10 Best Places to Live" by Money Magazine, "Third Best Place to Raise a Family" by Kiplinger, and "Top 10 Best Towns" by Family Circle; it's no wonder that Suwanee is the place to be in the Atlanta suburbs. The Suwanee Green is the heart of the community. With it's live/work/play design, it's a highly desirable location. "The Green" hosts events almost every weekend including: pet shows, marathons, concerts, beer festivals, art festivals, and car shows. Suwanee has amazing parks with miles of walking trails and sports complexes, premium shopping centers, and fabulous dining. There is always something going on in Suwanee.
Housing inventory is low and has been for years, the current median price for a 3-4 bedroom home is $350k. Properly priced homes sell quickly and for 98-105% of asking price with an average of 12 days on the market.