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Neighborhood Spotlight: Roswell

Neighborhood Spotlight: Roswell

North of the Perimeter and about eight miles north of our new headquarters lies Roswell, which has twice earned the distinction of “Best Place to Live in Metro Atlanta” by Atlanta Magazine. It was also ranked a top-three town among Frommer’s best places to raise a family. The relatively short distance to the office makes Roswell attractive, and so does the real estate market; while Roswell can be pricey in some areas, the median home sale price is $310,000. But location and reasonable real estate prices are by no means the area’s only benefits. Roswell is also known for good schools and abundant green spaces, including 18 parks totaling 890 acres. 

You can see a map of parks here and explore park activities here. You may also want to check out the many outdoor trails and river attractions here.

 Walking trails in Roswell ( Flickr )

Walking trails in Roswell ( Flickr )

In fact, you can actually experience the Chattahoochee River up close and personal if you’re interested in joining Atlanta Row, Roswell’s own rowing club.

Among the area’s prime outdoor areas is the Chattahoochee Nature Center, which features 127 acres of native wildlife and native plants and gardens. This includes a butterfly garden, bog garden, river boardwalk, woodland trails, and the Discovery Center. The Center is a private nonprofit and is known for its work housing and nursing injured wildlife for eventual release. Here’s a short video about the Center. 

With so many parks, it’s not surprising that Roswell claims the title of Georgia’s first bicycle-friendly city, a distinction awarded by the League of American Bicyclists. The nonprofit Bike Roswell is dedicated to this recreational pastime and transportation alternative, and promotes biking through events such as the Thursday Ride Night, a group ride from spring through fall that offers different rides weekly, organized by distance, speed, and terrain.

Historic Roswell has a lot to see and do, with an impressive number of historic sites. The town is home to several beautiful historic homes, such as Barrington Hall, Bullock Hall and Smith Plantation

You can see the number of sites in the historic district here on the Roswell’s visitor center’s walking tour map. Roswell’s Historic District, however, isn’t just about the past. Canton Street, in particular, offers lots of beautiful shops and a wide range of restaurants set along its charming historic street. The District is also known for its Alive After 5 event that takes place on the 3rd Thursday of each month from April through October (5-9pm) on the streets of Historic Roswell. To make the visit easy and pleasant, a free trolley runs from Magnolia Street through the District, connecting to convenient parking. 

Roswell also has plenty of cultural events and activities and does draw-in the crowds on weekends. The Roswell Cultural Arts Center hosts numerous events, including plays, musical theater productions, puppet shows, jazz and classical music. Among the center’s offerings are performances by the Georgia Ensemble Theatre, which produces a five-play series as well as Theater for Youth productions each year. You can also catch concerts given by Atlanta’s Ludwig Symphony Orchestra at the Roswell Cultural Arts Center. And if that leaves you wanting more, the Atlanta Baroque Orchestra performs an annual series of concerts at Roswell Presbyterian Church.

Prefer your music outdoors? Then you’ll want to try the Riverside Sounds Concert Series, which brings Roswell residents free outdoor concerts each month, May through October, in Riverside Park. 

The Riverside Sounds Concert Series is just one of the many events sponsored by the City of Roswell that makes it not only a beautiful place to live but a vibrant community to be a part of. Among the events are the Roswell Roots Festival in February, which celebrates Black History month; Movies at Riverside Park, which screens free films on a giant screen May through September; and the Annual Lighting of the Square, an annual tradition that kicks off the holiday season. For an extensive calendar of Roswell events, see this events listing.

To learn more about the area’s homes, schools, and more, you can check out Trulia’s profile for Roswell.

For the area’s dining favorites, see what Urban Spoon has to say about Roswell. For kid-friendly activities in the area, click here.

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