According to the United States Census Bureau, Alpharetta has a total area of 27.3 square miles (70.7 km2), of which 26.9 square miles (69.7 km2) is land and 0.39 square miles (1.0 km2), or 1.37%, is water.
The history of Alpharetta dates back to the 1830’s, when settlers and pioneers traveled to the area seeking the promise of community in land ownership, raising families and fertile farmland. From its humble beginnings as a trading post, the community found prosperity and the City of Alpharetta was established on December 11, 1858; later becoming the seat of government for Milton County. Milton County merged with Fulton County in 1932 during the Great Depression to ensure continuation of services and future prosperity.
Alpharetta remained a small, largely agrarian community through the early 1980’s, but shortly thereafter the city blossomed into one of the most prosperous communities in the United States. The community that had a population of only 3,000 in 1980 today is home to more than 65,000 residents and sees its population swell to more than 100,000 each workday. Alpharetta is now Georgia’s 12th most populous city, boasts some of the best schools in the United States, and is known far and wide as the Technology City of the South due to the large number of tech-focused companies that call Alpharetta home.
Alpharetta is served by the Fulton County School System.
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PARKS AND ATTRACTIONS
Alpharetta hosts many cultural events, races, parades, festivals, art shows, concerts and more. Can’t miss events include the Taste of Alpharetta where visitors can sample incredible food from dozens of local eateries, the Annual Christmas Tree Lighting, the Alpharetta Arts Streetfest and the Wire and Wood Songwriter’s Festival, a free celebration of music and songwriting.
Many love to explore the small-town, historic charm of downtown Alpharetta. The area boasts an eclectic mix of eateries, shops and galleries and serves as a hub for music, art and street festivals throughout the year.
Avalon is a fairly new development in the heart of Alpharetta and right off Hwy 400 and is more than just a place to shop, see a movie and eat. This upscale destination feels more like a town hang-out, with streetlights, sidewalks, fountains and a central park space that can house musicians or convert to a picturesque skating rink during the holiday season. It’s home to residents, rental houses and a full-service hotel (coming in Phase II). Avalon is a hub of local culture and activity that delivers the luxury of the modern South.
Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre is set on 45 acres of wooded land in providing a unique setting for music lovers. It’s a beautiful, park-like atmosphere for concertgoers to enjoy music surrounded by large heritage trees, plants and flowers. It seats 7,000 under a distinctive fan-shaped roof and another 5,000 on the lawn, under the stars.
Wills Park is Alpharetta’s largest park with baseball fields, tennis courts, a swimming pool, a dog park, disc golf course, pavilions, playgrounds, a recreation center, a special event venue and an adjoining 50-acre Equestrian Center. The park has a full calendar of events and instructional programs throughout the year.
The Big Creek Greenway is a beautiful linear conservation park featuring a 12-foot wide, 8-mile long concrete path that meanders through the woods along Big Creek, parallel to North Point Parkway, from Windward Parkway at Marconi Drive on the north end to Mansell Road on the south end. Home to blue heron, deer, ducks and Canadian geese, the greenway offers a serene escape from city life. It’s the perfect setting for walking, jogging, inline rollerblading and mountain biking.
If you are interested in purchasing, selling, investing, or just getting more information about Alpharetta real estate, please don’t hesitate to contact us. We look forward to serving you with all of your real estate needs.
The Meridian Group
*Information and data compiled from various sources via Google Search