Why We Love Living in East Cobb & You Might Too

Introduction to East Cobb

As real estate professionals, we are asked often, why do you “love living in East Cobb?”…and “how did you end up choosing East Cobb?”

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The truth of the matter is we stumbled upon East Cobb accidentally. Shortly after getting engaged, my husband and I started looking for homes. We spent our weekends driving neighborhoods and exploring areas. One day driving home from work, I took a different route home and got lost in an area we had not explored before. The tree-lined streets had a different feel about them; one I hadn’t felt before exploring neighborhoods. The beautiful homes, mature trees and the active residents, many walking their dogs, jogging, etc., captivated me. I drove around for what seemed to be hours, until I came across the first and only “For Sale” sign I could find.

Without ever looking at any other homes in the area, we bought that very home, and we accidentally ended up in East Cobb. That was 19 years ago and it has become home ever since.

We LOVE living in East Cobb for so many reasons. Here are just a few of the reasons why….

Conveniently located and close to ITP activities

One of our favorite things about East Cobb is its location. At the time, my husband was living in town (near Chastain Park) and I was living in Alpharetta. East Cobb was a great compromise because of its proximity to Atlanta while keeping a small town feel. East Cobb borders Fulton County (the same county City of Atlanta is located in), making all inside the perimeter (ITP) activities easily accessible. Just cross over the river and you’re in Sandy Springs, with easy access to Buckhead, Midtown, Downtown and even the airport.

Everything from concerts, professional sporting events, museums, amazing restaurants, cultural arts, etc., are within a short reasonable drive. That made East Cobb even more attractive to us when we realized we wouldn’t lose that convenience. East Cobb also borders the City of Roswell and its lively Historic Downtown with an array of restaurants with outdoor dining, art galleries and unique locally owned shops and boutiques to choose from…not to mention the countless festivals and concerts held throughout the year.

We live just 2 miles from Historic Roswell and love to meet friends for dinner or attend many of the year round events. Some of our favorite events include the Roswell’s Riverside Sounds Concert Series, the annual Arts Festival, Beer Festival and Ice Cream festival, just to name a few. We’ve attended several plays at the Roswell Cultural Arts Center performed by the Georgia Ensemble Theater, and have enjoyed The Nutcracker performance by students of the Roswell Dance Theater.

Something for Everyone

It’s nice to be able to support local theater. With all Roswell has to offer, the most fun we’ve had is at “Alive in Roswell.” Every 3rd Thursday of each month during the spring, summer and fall, Canton Street in, Downtown Historic Roswell, is closed down for an authentic street festival with food trucks, live music, interactive games and entertainment for the whole family. All local businesses on Canton Street participate in the festival, making it a fun and easy way to explore and support all the small locally owned boutiques and shops.

East Cobb is also located within a few miles of Historic Marietta, another well-established Downtown Square with a multitude of entertainment possibilities. The big draw for us there is the weekly Farmer’s Market, which has been named Atlanta #1 Farmer’s Market. Fresh fruits, vegetables, spices and an array of staples are available, all grown by Georgia farmers. If you haven’t been, I highly recommend going. It’s an absolute MUST!

 

Lowest Taxes of Metro Atlanta Counties

Making your money stretch as far as possible is always a good thing and paying less property tax and keeping more of your own money is even better. As a resident of Cobb County for 19 years, we have enjoyed this privilege! Cobb County has the lowest property taxes in Metro Atlanta, compared to the other nine counties (Fulton, Dekalb, Gwinnett, Clayton, Cowetta, Douglas, Fayette and Henry) considered part of Metro Atlanta according to the official tourism website of the State of Georgia.

Why are taxes so low? Taxes are lower because the county is completely debt free, and is considered to be one of the most fiscally responsible county governments in all of Georgia, even when compared to other municipalities on a national level. Cobb County has retained its “aaa” rating by Moody’s for many years. This triple “A” rating and debt free standing extends into the entire Cobb County public school system, which is not easy to do in today’s under-funded public educational systems. This is one of the big advantages of living in East Cobb and what makes Cobb even more desirable.

Outdoor Activities

Our family loves to spend time outdoors. If it’s even a partially nice day, we find activities that take us outdoors. Bordering the Chattahoochee River, East Cobb has a multitude of outdoor activities to choose from. One of the main attractions is the Chattahoochee River Recreation Areas. East Cobb has five Chattahoochee River Recreation Areas, Gold Branch, Cochran Shoals – Sope Creek, Cochran Shoals – Columns Drive, Johnson Ferry North and Johnson Ferry South.

From hiking, biking, fishing, canoeing, rafting to having a picnic near a river overlook or exploring civil-war-era ruins, you can enjoy the outdoors with nature’s amazing backdrop. The natural beauty from the Chattahoochee River is one of the reasons I fell in love with East Cobb the day I drove through it the first time.

 

It’s truly breathtaking! If you like to spend time outdoors but organized sports are more your thing, there is no lack for that in East Cobb. This was something we loved to do with the kids for many years and still do today. There are several Cobb County Parks & Recreation areas that satisfy a wide range of adult and youth interests.

Parks

East Cobb Park is a passive park founded and partially funded by the residents of East Cobb. The park was created to serve the community as a gathering place. There are several picnic pavilions, an open field, walking trail, and large playground and events are held there throughout the year.

Fullers Park is a sports park with baseball, football and soccer fields. The athletic fields are mostly used by youth sports teams; however, the park does offer an indoor basketball gymnasium providing youth and adult basketball programs. In addition, the park has 4 tennis courts, batting cages, picnic pavilions, playground and several concessions buildings, which are open when the athletic fields are being used.

Terrell Mill Park offers youth and adult tennis programs, youth soccer as well as youth and adult softball programs. The park also features 2 large picnic pavilions and playground.

Sweat Mountain Park offers baseball programs and features 3 baseball fields, 2 practice fields, batting cages as well as 4 tennis courts, picnic pavilion, Dog Park and playground.

Mount Bethel Park is a small baseball park with 1 baseball field, batting cages and a concession building when there are games being played.

Sandy Plains Park has youth softball programs with 4 fields, batting cages and a playground.

Carl Harrison Park is a baseball park with 7 baseball fields, batting cages and 3 playgrounds. Harrison Tennis Center is part of the Carl Harrison Park and has an extensive adult and youth tennis program with 16 tennis courts.

Shaw Park is adjacent to the Northeast Cobb Community Center and is the only park offering multi-purpose courts. It also has 5 baseball fields, batting cages, 4 tennis courts, 2 picnic pavilions and 2 playgrounds.

Other outdoor activities include running clubs, bike clubs, and ALTA tennis teams and of course, golf.

No matter how varied your family interests are, there is truly something for everyone when it comes to spending time outdoors.

Top Rated Schools

One of the things East Cobb is most known for is its excellent schools. Walton, Pope and Lassiter have been nationally ranked year after year in US News & World Report Best High Schools. In 2017 for the State of Georgia, Walton, Lassiter and Pope ranked in the top 25 High Schools for the state. Walton came in at #5, Lassiter at #16 & Pope at #22. In addition, these schools were awarded medals based on college readiness. Walton and Lassiter received the Gold Medal Award while Pope received a Silver Medal Award for college readiness.

Top rated schools does not stop at the high school level. Last year Dickerson Middle School and Dodgen Middle School received the National Blue Ribbon School Recognition. This national distinction has been awarded to most of the East Cobb schools at one time or another. Below is a list of East Cobb schools that have received this national recognition.

2016: Mt. Bethel Elementary School
2013: Tritt Elementary School
2011: Timber Ridge Elementary School
2009: Hightower Trail Middle School
2008: Mabry Middle School
2007: Walton High School
2003: Dickerson Middle School
2001: Shallowford Falls Elementary School
2000: Lassiter High School
1996: Sprayberry High School
1994: Eastvalley Elementary School
1992: McCleskey Middle School
1990: East Cobb Middle School
1988: Murdock Elementary School
1988: Sope Creek Elementary School
1986: Mt. Bethel Elementary School
1984: Walton High School

This is the biggest reason so many home buyers explore East Cobb when looking for a new home North of Atlanta.

Grocery Stores

We love eating organic and gluten free so having great grocery stores is a must for us. We enjoy the many grocery store options available. With six great grocery stores within a two-mile radius, all your family dietary needs can be taken care of easily and conveniently. Whether you are a food enthusiast, love to entertain or bake, or just want to make great meals for the family, you will LOVE the grocery store options in East Cobb. Trader Joe’s, Fresh Market, Sprouts, Whole Foods, Publix and Kroger are all very close in proximity.

So if you’re like me…. and your favorite Brie is sold at Trader Joe’s…. and you like the gluten free cracker options at Whole Foods, it’s not a problem. No more running all over town looking for special ingredients…you can easily make the rounds to pick up your favorites without having to drive far. In addition, to these full service grocery stores, East Cobb has two Wal-Mart grocery stores and a convenient grocery section located in Target, making it easy to pick up a few staples while shopping.

Great Place to Live

East Cobb named Best Place to Live in Georgia in 2016. Saved for last and certainly not least, what we’ve enjoyed most about living in East Cobb are the people. East Cobb is a neighborly and friendly community with active residents. When we stumbled upon East Cobb 19 years ago, we never imagined we would be living here as long as we have. It has been a great place to find roots, raise a family and build lifelong friendships. There is a true sense of community and something for everyone. It’s no surprise that in 2016 Money Magazine named East Cobb Best Place to Live in Georgia. Come explore East Cobb. We know you’ll LOVE it too!

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