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Renter's Guide to Alpharetta
“Awesome” Alpharetta, GA is a safe, upscale suburban city that compliments the appeal of metro-Atlanta. Located in North Fulton County, Alpharetta espouses strong family values, solid schools, outstanding cultural events, encouraging job growth and loads of green spaces.
Alpharetta has grown by 36% since 2000. By 2014, the city boasted more than 63,000 residents and occupied 21.4 square miles, including 5 dynamic shopping centers and many gourmet eateries. From Alpharetta to Atlanta is only 26.5 miles. Savannah, GA is 274.5 miles away and NYC is 869.4 miles from Alpharetta.
The Alpharetta weather is comfortable with 218 sunny days per year. Alpharetta receives about 53 inches of rain and 2 inches of snow annually. Bring a winter jacket because January Alpharetta temperatures can touch 28 degrees, a sharp contrast from summer temps in the high 80s.
Cost of Living in Alpharetta, GA
The cost of living in Alpharetta is 27% higher than the national average. With average one-way commute times of 25 minutes, 81% of city residents drive their cars to work. Only 1% of Alpharetta residents use public transportation, where one-way fares run $2.50. An Alpharetta taxi costs $2.00 plus $1.99 for each additional mile.
The cost of dining in Alpharetta is surprisingly reasonable. A meal at an inexpensive restaurant costs $12.00. A full three-course dinner for two at a mid-range restaurant only costs $40.00, significantly lower than in Atlanta. A one-pint draught of domestic beer costs $2.75 and regular cappuccino runs $3.60.
Utility costs in Alpharetta GA are also reasonable. Cost of electric, water, heat and trash removal for a typical 915 sq. ft. apartment average $134.44 per month. Internet service costs another $44.50 per month, lower than most US cities.
Living in Alpharetta, GA
Alpharetta earned the tag “Awesome Alpharetta” by meeting the needs of its well-to-do population. Alpharetta ranks as the second most desirable city in Georgia and 267th most desirable in the US. New residents are often surprised by Alpharetta’s friendly southern hospitality.
The city’s crime rate, that’s an impressive 44% lower than the state average, contributes to a strong demand for homes and apartments for rent in Alpharetta. Alpharetta residents relish fine dining in a friendly social scene. Traffic to Atlanta can be bothersome.
Things to do in Alpharetta
The City of Alpharetta’s commitment to picturesque parks is noticeable. Dog-lovers flock to Willis Park while recreational areas and playgrounds dot Webb Bridge Park. Rock Mill Park is known for its scenic cycling trails. The Alpharetta Recreation Center is in top shape and always ready to serve.
Alpharetta Community Garden, Brooke Street Park Arboretum, Cogburn Park Arboretum, Webb Bridge Park Arboretum and Wills Park Arboretum are among the best arboretums in Georgia.
Downtown Alpharetta features intimate shopping destinations, replete with chef-driven restaurants and locally-owned boutiques. Avalon Alpharetta Mall occupies 86-acres and is the largest of five prominent shopping areas.
Chefs rule Alpharetta restaurants where culinary diversity reigns supreme. Nahm Thai Cuisine, Casa Nuova Italian Restaurant, Pappadeaux Seafood Kitchen, Pampa Steakhouse, Village Tavern Alpharetta and Smokejack are among the best restaurants in Alpharetta. Pizza Alpharetta GA still makes a fun family evening.
Quiet Alpharetta comes alive at night. Velvet Note is known for its quality jazz music, while Yates Sports Pub caters to sports fans. The Hut Village Tavern is a popular watering hole—as is Hop Alley, known as an Independent Brewery Paradise.
Visitors love Downtown Alpharetta, walking or jogging in parks, listening to jazz or spending time at the beautifully maintained Manor Golf & Country Club. It would not be Saturday in Alpharetta without the renowned Alpharetta Farmers’ Market, the “Best Saturday Morning Excursion.”
The Red Raiders are a perennial Alpharetta football power but for MLB, NHL, NFL or NBA fans, Atlanta is down the road.
Historic Downtown Alpharetta GA sets the tone for this enchanting city that sports upscale shopping, more than 750 acres of splendid parks and five arboretums. Alpharetta ACT1 Theater is an award-winning community theater and the 12,000-seat Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre was winner of Downbeat Magazine’s “Best Jazz Venue Worldwide” and is home to the stupendous Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. No less than 23 Alpharetta hotels welcome tourists and business visitors.
Cashin’s Sculpture Garden on Chukkar Farm Polo Club makes for a fun day while the John Creek Children’s Museum entertains visitors of all ages. Marietta Fire Museum has memorabilia dating back to the early 1800’s.
Alpharetta has a proud history of cultural, sporting and musical events. The Alpharetta Women and Kids Expo, the Downtown Alpharetta Fall Festival @ Camp Big Creek Pavilion, the European Market on Milton Street and Ventures Fall Festival Hunter/Jumper Horse Show are examples of the city’s engaging annual events.
Employment and Economy
The Alpharetta economy is solid with unemployment at 5.20% and near-term expected job growth of 1.77%. Economists estimate 38.30% job growth over the next ten years.
The largest section of Alpharetta employees, close to 30% work in management, business or finance. A further 24.07% of local jobs are in sales, office and/or administrative support. Alpharetta’s strong health industry offers 472 physicians per 100,000 residents—211 more than the average rate per US city.
Jobs in Alpharetta are spread across six major sectors: software development, hospitality, healthcare, retail, media and manufacturing. Top employers include software and tech companies LexisNexis, ADP, Scientific Games, McKesson and Adex Corp. Halyard Health, Jackson Healthcare, Siemens and Mattel also have significant employee presences in Alpharetta.
Education in Alpharetta
Students at Alpharetta’s four high schools have a 19% higher graduation rate than the state average. More than 95,000 students matriculate in the Fulton County School System, 4th largest in Georgia. Alpharetta spends a hefty $13,443 per student per year and offers a favorable student–teacher ratio of 14:1.
More than 17% of graduating students earn a Masters’ Degree and 42% of Alpharetta’s high school graduates earn a four-year degree.
Alpharetta elementary schools are excellent and include prominent Birmingham Falls Elementary School. Alpharetta High School, Fulton Science Academy and Independence Alternative School offer students surprising diversity.
Alpharetta is home to several colleges and universities, the largest of which is Kennesaw State University with more than 24,000 students. Chattahoochee Technical College is a two-year technical school with 11,600 students and Gwinnett Technical College is another two-year college with about 6,600 students.
Tips for Renting in Alpharetta
Disagreements between landlords and tenants in Alpharetta center around state security deposit limits and returns. Tenants should read their lease to ensure that security deposits policy complies with state laws and are returned within 30 days of lease termination.
Tenants and landlords should use a landlord-tenant checklist to identify conditions of the premises prior to move-in. This list can then be checked against another list compiled at the conclusion of the lease. This simple step can facilitate the rightful return of security deposit upon lease termination.
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