5 Best Places to Live in North Georgia
When you think of North Georgia, you probably think of its sparkling lakes, great fishing, and stunning mountain views. These are all great things about the area and help contribute to the region’s booming tourism industry. But savvy Georgians know that what makes the area so perfect for vacations also makes it a great place to live full time.
Thinking of moving to the Blue Ridge Mountains? We’ve rounded up a list of the best places to live in North Georgia, as well as what makes them so appealing. Check them out below:
1. Blue Ridge
Blue Ridge is a popular choice for those looking to retire in North Georgia. Its low crime rates mean it’s safe option, even for older folks who may not be in close proximity to their families. But while there are many reasons to choose North Georgia for your second home, the area’s recreational potential is what really sets Blue Ridge apart. The town sits right on Lake Blue Ridge and the Toccoa River, which are famously the best fishing spots in North Georgia. Blue Ridge is also home to two breweries, a vineyard and winery, a pick-your-own orchard, and several spectacular waterfalls and hiking trails. Read our previous blog on retiring in North Georgia, or take a look at some of the homes for sale in Blue Rige.
Jasper is another great place to live in North Georgia thanks to its quaint feel. This small town is a close-knit community of friendly locals. With a population of 3,715, this is the ideal North Georgia town for someone who loves becoming friends with their neighbors. Jasper also has one of the lowest crime rates in the area — we’re talking 4.1 times lower than the crime rate in Atlanta:
If this sounds like the North Georgia town for you, check out our homes for sale in Jasper.
If you’re looking for the perfect town to raise a family in North Georgia, you may want to consider Blairsville. This small town (population 731) is steeped in history and offers no end of educational but entertaining field trips. It’s also known for its quality schools — Union County High School in Blairsville is ranked 58th in the state of Georgia. Like what you’ve heard so far? Check out our family-friendly homes for sale in Blairsville.
Hiawassee is one of the hidden gems of North Georgia. Perched on the edge of beautiful Lake Chatuge, its terrain is significantly less hilly than other towns in the Blue Ridge Mountains. Still, it has its fair share of breathtaking mountain views. Those views, combined with one of the lowest median listing prices in the area, make Hiawassee the perfect town for someone who wants to dip their toe into mountain living. See the views for yourself when you tour one of the homes for sale in Hiawassee.
Ellijay comes in last on this list, but don’t dismiss it as not worth considering for your North Georgia home — Gilmer County has one of the lowest costs of living in the region, according to Niche. This makes it ideal for those who need to stick to a tight budget, like young couples, large families, or recent retirees. Ellijay also the epicenter of North Georgia’s agritourism industry — the town is home to seven fruit orchards and three wineries. And every October, it hosts the annual Georgia Apple Festival. If the idea of living here sounds ap-peel-ing to you, check out some of the homes for sale in Ellijay.
Find your new home in North Georgia
Whether you’re looking for a safe town to raise a family or a quiet place to retire, you’re sure to feel at home in North Georgia. Use our MLS search feature to conduct and filter your search, or reach out to us on our contact page to schedule a tour.