1851 Bullard Road, Powder Springs, Georgia 30127
Outside of Atlanta, the Stylish 55+ Community of Bel-Aire Has Single Family Homes, Quiet Lanes, a Neighborhood Garden and a Dog Park
Built by Windsong Properties, the 55+ community of Bel-Aire is tucked away in northwestern Georgia's Powder Springs, about 30 miles from downtown Atlanta. Construction began in 2012 and recently wrapped up.
The community's 167 single family, single level homes are in two separate neighborhoods. Houses in the Hillside Courtyard neighborhood have 1,621 square feet to 2,162 square, two to three bedrooms with two to three baths and an attached garage. In the Parkside neighborhood, the prominent design features 2,072 square feet to 3,141 square feet, three bedrooms, two to four baths, attic storage space, and an attached garage at the rear. All properties sit on a dead-end street, so traffic noise is minimal.
The architectural styles are Craftsman and traditional, with a private courtyard, a covered front porch, dormer windows, a pitched roof, Energy Star appliances and R30 insulation common in both sections. Aging in place features include wide doorways, stepless entryways and roll in showers.
Prices start in the high-$200,000s (current homes for sale are more expensive). Please verify this price with a Realtor as it is bound to change. HOA fees help pay for common grounds landscaping and some exterior maintenance.
The clubhouse has an all purpose room, a well-equipped kitchen and a fitess center filled with state-of-the-art cardio and weight training equipment. Outdoor amenities include a bocce ball court, paved trails, a dog park, and a community garden. The grounds also have a gazebo, short and tall trees and nicely groomed shrubbery.
Powder Springs has a senior center, a cultural arts center, an outdoor pool, trails, and a water park. Bel-Aire residents can also travel to Marietta, just 12 miles down the road, to enjoy its historic square, farmers' market, outdoor concerts, and art walks.
There is no local hospital, but Wellstar Cobb Hospital is just five miles away in Austell and is accredited by the Joint Commission.
Access to Georgia's 61-mile Silver Comet Trail is minutes from Bel-Aire's front door. The nearby Sweetwater Creek State Park offers campsites, yurts, and birdwatching hikes. The Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield has a museum and 22 miles of interpretive trails.
Summer temperatures are in the 80s and 90s, and winter temperatures are in the 30s, 40s and 50s. On average, the area receives 49 inches of rain each year.
Visit tinyurl.com/y7w9rp3g for more information (developer sales page, but sales onsite sales office is now closed). Go to tinyurl.com/y38lx5tv and to tinyurl.com/yat4w5hx to see current listings.
Hernando de Soto of Spain traveled to this area in 1540, but the English had a stake here, too. A general, James Oglethorpe of England, created a haven for English debtors in the area in 1733, and he defeated Spanish invaders in 1742.
Georgia was a Confederate stronghold during the Civil War. It suffered tremendous damage when General Sherman of the Union Army burned Atlanta and then conducted his March to the Sea in 1864, resulting in the capture of Savannah.
The largest in the Southeast, Georgia has seen a lot of growth in the last couple of decades. Atlanta, the capital city, is a transportation center and communications hub, and it is from where goods are distributed to much of the surrounding region.
A leader in paper and board products, Georgia also produces textiles, processed chicken, chemicals and apparel. A few of the important agricultural products are soybeans, cotton, corn, tobacco, peaches and eggs. Georgia also grows more peanuts than any other state. Half of the world supply of turpentine and resins are made from Georgia's pine trees.
Wesleyan College in Macon was the first college in the world chartered to grant degrees to women, and in 1945 Georgia was the first state to lower the legal voting age from 21 to 18.
Major tourist spots include the National Cemetery, Andersonville Prison Park, Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge, the Little White House where President Roosevelt died in 1945 (Warm Springs), the giant Confederate Memorial at Stone Mountain (the largest sculpture in the world), the Cumberland Island National Seashore and Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park.
Population - 10,310,371
Persons 65 years old and over - 13%
High school graduates, persons age 25+ - 85%
Bachelor's degree or higher, persons age 25+ - 29%
Persons of Hispanic or Latino origin - 9%
White persons, not Hispanic - 53%
Median household income - $49,620
Median home value - $148,100
Social Security taxed? No
Source: U.S. Census Bureau
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