Lake Sidney Lanier

Northern Georgia

Kayak where Olympian’s train, on emerald green Lake Sidney Lanier in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains of Georgia. Stretching across 38,000 acres and 692 miles of shoreline, Lake Sidney Lanier is Georgia's most visited lake, attracting millions of visitors each year, to enjoy long summer days on the beautiful water. Lake Sidney Lanier Georgia hosted the 1996 Summer Olympics which gained the lake national recognition. Holiday Marina and Aqualand Marina on Lake Sidney Lanier Georgia are the two largest freshwater marinas in the world. The best small towns on Lake Lanier hug the lake in addition to well designed master planned communities. The two biggest towns bordering Lake Sidney Lanier are Gainesville on the northeast side and Cumming Georgia on the southwest side.  Here's a quick look at the Lake Lanier area home pricing trend over the last two years:

 

MORE ABOUT GAINESVILLE AND LAKE SIDNEY LANIER:

Gainesville Georgia is nicknamed the Queen City of the Blue Ridge Mountains, The Poultry Capital of the World and The Great Health Resort of the South because of the high quality of life found in the Georgia mountains. The historic downtown Gainesville Square was originally named Mule Camp Springs used as a trading post between early Settlers and the Indians. Today, more than 50 intriguing businesses still surround the city square; delicious restaurants, ice cream shops, antique stores and boutiques. Festivals, music concerts and seasonal events are held year round in the center of town. First time visitors quickly discover the Solar System Walking Tour, after they find the sun globe in Gainesville Square leading them through the Rock Creek Greenway to Lake Sidney Lanier Georgia. 

Lake Sidney Lanier is an Army Corp of Engineers controlled lake with 692 miles of protected shoreline which keeps the lake out of view from the majority of the highways. The lake levels can fluctuate up to 20 feet from the winter months to summer months, depending on drought conditions. There are 10 marinas on this best Georgia lake. Aqualand Marina is the world's largest inland marina and is located on Lake Lanier. The full service marina has more than 2,000 boat slips. Floating community boat docks are more common on Lake Lanier than private boat docks. Lake Lanier neighborhoods reflect Nantucket style homes and traditional Southern architecture. Let us know if you'd like to receive a Gainesville Relocation Package.

If you’re searching for where to retire in Georgia, here are reasons to consider Lake Lanier neighborhoods:

ARTS AND CULTURE:

Brenau University is home to the John S. Burd Center for the Performing Arts, a 350 seat theater and 100 seat recital hall hosting musical performances and classroom education. The Northeast Georgia History Center at Brenau University displays one of the finest art collections in the State of Georgia. The Pearce Auditorium is the primary venue for the Gainesville Symphony Orchestra. Contemporary theatre performances take place at the Pearce Auditorium on campus. Quinlan Visual Arts Center in Gainesville is the largest art center in Northeast Georgia showcasing rotating exhibits by local, regional and internationally known artists. The Arts Council at Smithgall Art Center showcases an extensive array of performing, visual, literary and film arts for audiences across Northeast Georgia, offering families one great art experience after another.

CLIMATE:

At an elevation of 1,249 feet, the climate is mild to warm in the summers with over 200 sunny days. The average temperature December through February is in the 40’s. The average annual snowfall is 1 inch. May through September, the average temperature ranges from mid 60’s to high 70’s. Gainesville Georgia offers four mild seasons. Tornados are Georgia’s biggest weather hazards.

LIFELONG LEARNING CENTERS:

Gainesville Georgia's roots date back to the early 1800's. Brenau University founded in 1878, laid the foundation for exciting cultural and arts events, gaining the city as recognition as a best college town in Georgia. The campus is a private women’s liberal arts university. The Brenau University Learning and Leisure Institute ( BULLI) offers non-credited lifelong learning courses specifically for mature adults. Classes include American History, Music Comprehension, Social Media, Computer Courses, Painting, Calligraphy and more.

Gainesville State College offers degree and non-degree seeking courses along with Lanier Technical College. Georgia offers reduced college tuition costs for persons age 62 and over through a program called Amendment 23.

MEDICAL AND HEALTH CARE:

Northeast Georgia Medical Center has been recognized for providing top cardiac care named number #1 in Georgia and on the list of top 5% cardiac care centers in the nation for six years in a row. The hospital made the 100 Top Hospitals List in 2009. In addition to the main hospital, the North Georgia Health System has three urgent care centers, a substance abuse facility, two outpatient imaging centers, two long term care centers and outpatient clinics. Only one hour north of Atlanta, more best hospitals in Georgia are located just over an hour away.

RECREATIONAL SPORTS:

There are 23 parks and 76 boat ramps on Lake Sidney Lanier and dozens of more parks in the region. As one of Georgia’s best lakes, water sports include fishing, boating or toodling around on a pontoon boat. There are more than 100 small islands to explore on Lake Lanier. Popular events on the lake include Sailing Regattas, Poker Runs and holiday celebrations. Sailing clubs include the Lake Lanier Sailing Club, Barefoot Sailing Club, University Yacht Club and Atlanta Inland Sailing Club. Striped Bass, Walleye, Yellow Perch and Catfish are fish species caught on the lake. Land lubbers have the option of adventuring off on hiking trails, horse trails or spending the day on the links at one of several Lake Lanier public golf courses. The Laurel Ridge Trail is a 4 mile hiking trail leading to spectacular views of Buford Dam, Lake Lanier and the Chattahoochee River. March through October, racing competitions take place at the Lanier National Speedway, a NASCAR-sanctioned short track.

SHOPPING AND DINING:

North Georgia Premium Outlets is northern Georgia’s best brand label shopping mall. More than 140 outlet stores such as Ann Taylor, Coach, Saks Fifth Avenue and Williams Sonoma are located at the mall. Big box stores such as Wal-Mart, Lowes and Home Depot are easily accessible in Gainesville. The Lakeshore Mall is where you’ll find JC Penny, Belk, Sears and more specialty stores. 

According to Yelp, there are more than 180 restaurants in the Gainesville area and many are highly rated. Our favorites include Scott’s on the Square in historic downtown. Whether you prefer a casual pub or fine dining at Scott’s on the Square, Gainesville Georgia has plenty of delicious restaurants to choose from. 

HOME AFFORDABILITY AND TAXES:

Lake Lanier home prices average in the $150k’s and lots for sale average $13k. The region is located in Hall County and Forsyth. The 2012 estimated property tax millage rate is $ .00966 per $100. If you live within the city limits of Gainesville, there is an additional estimated city tax of $.0011 per $100. Visit our library to find help and learn how to calculate property taxes in Gainesville Georgia. The crime index in 2011 per City-Data.com was 309.80, slightly above the national average. If you're searching for where to retire in Georgia, we find a number of Lake Lanier neighborhoods of interest in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains.

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Population:
35,000
Real Estate Taxes:
0.010%
Sales Tax:
7.00%
State Income Tax:
6.00%
Crime Index:
309.80

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Area Information

Airports:
  • Lee Gilmer Memorial Airport
  • Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport ( ATL )
Arts and Culture:
  • Brenau University Galleries
  • Gainesville Theatre Alliance
  • Gainesville Symphony Orchestra
  • Georgia Mountains Theatre
  • Quinlan Visual Arts Center
  • INK ( Interactive Children's Museum )
Colleges and Universities:
  • Gainesville State University - enrollment 6,000
  • Brenau University - enrollment 2,500
  • Lake Lanier Technical College - enrollment 1,400
  • Riverside Military Academy - 400
Events and Festivals:
  • Gala Art Auction - March
  • Spring Chicken Festival - April
  • Blue Sky Concerts - May
  • Brenau Barbecue Championship - May
  • Butterfly Release - May
  • Summer MusicFest - June
  • Art in the Square - September
  • Taste of Gainesville - September
  • Blue Sky Concerts - October
  • Trick or Treat on the Square - October
  • Jingle Mingle - November
  • Mingle with Kringle - December
Hospital/Healthcare:
  • Northeast Georgia Medical Center - Top 100 Hospital
Shopping and Retail:
  • Lakeshore Mall
  • North Georgia Premium Outlets
  • Green Street Brenau Historic District
Sports:
  • Brenau University Tigers
  • Lake Lanier Copperheads - Boys Baseball
  • Lanier Lakers - Boys Basketball
  • Lake Lanier Rowing Club
State and National Parks:
  • Amicalola Falls State Park
  • Black Rock Mountain
Top Employers:
  • North Georgia Health Systems - employs 4,000
  • Fieldale Farms - employs 2,400
  • Pilgrim's Pride Poultry Company - employs 1,600
  • Hall County School System - employs 1,400
  • Wal-Mart - employs 1,000
  • Kubota Manufacturing - employs 600
  • Liberty Mutual Insurance - employs 600
  • The Longstreet Clinic - employs 400
  • Lake Lanier Islands - employs 300
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