Welcome to Alpharetta
Lush parkland balances the bevy of commercial offerings in Alpharetta, crafting a city as dynamic as its residents.
Between the commanding outlines of the North Georgia Mountains and the effervescent energy of Atlanta, the city of Alpharetta has a myriad of remarkable retail opportunities and an irresistible small-town appeal despite its bustling size.
Residents and visitors alike are apt to fall in love with the multifaceted charms of Alpharetta, from the elegant Avalon center for shopping to the peaceful suburban neighborhoods. Settled by the first pioneers in the 1830s, Alpharetta was officially incorporated in 1958. The city holds a rich history, one which contributes greatly to its warm, personable spirit.
The residential real estate offerings of Alpharetta are created to suit a variety of lifestyle needs, and many of the most desirable properties are those lining the streets of pristine, mixed-use communities like Avalon and the nearby Halcyon. Single-family townhomes and chic condos within walking distance of world-class retail and dining are abundant in these neighborhoods. Further out and into more rural portions of the city, a great number of impressive estates and country homes await those whose ideal residential lifestyles include plenty of personal space.
What to Love
- Vibrant music scene with concerts from top performers
- Beautiful rural landscapes paired with big-city amenities
- A revered shopping destination for all of Georgia
Bounded by Roswell and Johns Creek to the south, Big Creek and Milton to the North, Alpharetta can be best described as lively — vivacious in every manner of living. The town is brimming with intentionality, crafted as a community meant to embody the best of Southern charm. Residents have access to multiple hubs for entertainment and socialization, from the picturesque Downtown to the iconic music venues. Residents here have access to the Alphaloop, a paved pathway for biking and running that connects to Big Creek Greenway, Downtown Alpharetta, Avalon, and the North Point District.
Dining, Entertainment, & Shopping
The epicenter for luxury shopping and upscale dining in Alpharetta is the Avalon Shopping Center. An 86-acre, mixed-use development where visitors can encounter a premium movie theater, incredible dining, and a blend of high-end boutiques and national retailers, Avalon draws in visitors near and far to its alluring facilities.
The city of Alpharetta is a veritable foodie paradise, and it could take one a lifetime to sample every crave-worthy dish available. Among the top-notch restaurants, South Main Kitchen distinguishes itself with a menu of classic Southern comfort fares heightened with a contemporary, gourmet twist. Smokejack BBQ is a go-to destination for smoked ribs and more award-winning Southern comfort dishes served in a laid-back environment. Downtown, enjoy the amenities of The Hamilton Alpharetta, part of Curio Collection by Hilton. Situated amidst downtown's robust history, The Hamilton is a fantastic place to grab drinks, host conferences, or enjoy a night away.
The interior of Chiringa alone is enough to bring in patrons, decked out with colorful coastal décor meant to match the cheerful take on fresh, health-oriented cuisine. Firebirds Wood Fired Grill is renowned for its expertly-seared steaks, elevated American fare, and inventive happy hour cocktails.
Things to Do
The same mixed-use developments and communities that serve as the main source for all things retail and dining related are also the city’s greatest resources for entertainment. For instance, Downtown Alpharetta — which is also referred to as Alpharetta City Center — is centered around an idyllic green space that hosts many of the town’s best community events.
The Halcyon is a one-stop-shop for stellar dining and retail and makes a perfect date-night spot thanks to the presence of the luxury Cinemax Cinébistro. The Avalon center also contains a high-end movie theater, as well as a steady calendar of wonderful social events.
Music lovers from all over the state — and the country — come for the diverse concerts at Ameris Bank Amphitheater. With 12,000 seats, this state-of-the-art outdoor venue has hosted some of the music industry’s biggest names throughout the year, including those such as Stevie Wonder, Green Day, Dolly Parton, and Keith Urban. Pulling in tens of thousands of visitors, the Taste of Alpharetta event is a spectacular lineup of the town’s finest dining. More than 60 restaurants step up to the plate to dish out the best of Alpharetta, from authentic international cuisine to down-home Southern eats.
Alpharetta is home to a number of excellent schools. Top educational opportunities include:
- Fulton Science Academy Private School, PK & K-12, the #3 best private high school in Georgia
- Alpharetta High School, 9-12, the #3 best public high school in Georgia
Listing information last updated on November 29, 2023 at 1:00 AM EST.