Georgia's on My Mind for Retirement

In 2016, Georgia is poised to become the lowest cost of living state in the Southeast for retirement. In 2012, Georgia begins phasing out all state income tax on retirement income. Retirement income below $130,000 for joint filers and $65,000 for individuals will be state income tax free by 2016. Georgia residents have another tax benefit called Property Assessment Freeze. This freezes the assessed value of your home at the time of permanent residence limiting your real estate taxes. Real estate taxes in northern Georgia are already low.

One of our favorite best mountain towns in Georgia is Dahlonega, named Best Value Retirement City by U.S. News and World Report. Georgia offers far more than peaches, peanuts and onions. Floridian's discovered the natural treasures of the cooler Blue Ridge Mountains decades ago and have been staking their claim in Dahlonega GA real estate developments like award winning Big Canoe - Best Georgia Community of the Year. Vogel State Park & Amicalola Falls State Park are Georgia’s most visited state parks in northern Georgia. Amicalola Falls is the tallest waterfall in the Southeast, cascading 729 feet.

The best mountain towns in Georgia are home to beautiful master planned communities. Lake Lanier is where you'll find Cresswind, the lake itself on the list of Top 10 Fishing Lakes in northern Georgia. Lake Burton Club is a high elevation Georgia mountain golf community just south of the North Carolina state line in the Blue Ridge Mountains. Achasta Golf Club is Georgia mountain golf community and Montaluce Vineyard both offer Dahlonega GA real estate. Big Canoe is closest to Amicalola Falls.

Next month on September 25th, Georgia’s premier cycling event departs from Dahlonega Georgia, called the Six Gap Century & Three Gap Fifty. The fittest bicyclists will challenge 11,200 feet of vertical climbing over the 104 mile scenic course. Dahlonega is surrounded by vineyards, organic farms and gold. Dahlonega is America's first gold rush city. The Blue Ridge Mountains are becoming more and more a reflection of Italy’s wine country. After spending time in northern Georgia, we wonder who wouldn’t want to retire in this low cost of living best moutain town Georgia?

If you'd prefer warmer weather and like to see red, southeast of Dahlonega is Athens Georgia is home to the University of Georgia Bulldogs. To us, the best college town of Athens is one of the hippest musically infused towns in the Southeast and is consistently named on the list of Best Cities to Retire in Georgia. During football season, it is hard not to see red where ever you are in Athens because red is the Georgia Bulldogs team color. Athens Georgia is below the Snow Belt making it ideal for year round golf course living at The Georgia Club in Athens. Or if Georgia lake communities better suit you, it's hard to beat Reynolds Plantation on Lake Oconee.

Atlanta is only about an hour west of Athens and is where you can find world class medical care, important to retirees. Getting away from the big cities and breathing in the mountain air of Georgia will immediately transform you. When you compare the cost of living, don’t rule out best mountain towns in Georgia for retirement to save you money and improve your quality of life living near Amicalola Falls. Let us know if you would like a list of the Dahlonega GA real estate developments, delicious restaurants, historical hotels and fun things to do in the area. Reach out to us and say 'hello' at info@realestatescorecard.com.

Whether it's the best college towns or best mountain towns in Georgia which interest you, Georgia is on our mind for retirement...

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