Cedar Crest Village
25 Cedarcrest Village Court, Acworth, Georgia 30101
Small 55+ Community of Cedar Crest Village in Northern Georgia Has Attached, English Cottage Style Homes with a First Floor Master Bedroom
Located in the rolling foothills north of Atlanta and Marietta in northwestern Georgia, Acworth sits along the banks of two lakes, Lake Allatoona and Lake Acworth. The city is the setting for Cedar Crest Village, a 55+ community that started in the late-2000s. Constuction continues today. At build out, the Village should include 104 attached residences.
Cedar Crest dwellings were inspired by the classic English cottage. The construction is brick and frame with low maintenance batton board, cement siding and stone exteriors. Each home has about 1,800 to 2,250 square feet of living space that includes two to three bedrooms, two to three baths, a second floor loft, stainless steel fixtures, a chef's kitchen, a home studio and a great room with a stone fireplace. The master suite is on the first floor. Nine to ten foot tall trey ceilings, walk in closets and an attached two car garage are standard. Each dwelling also has a fenced backyard, a garden area, an irrigation system and a patio.
Home prices start in the high-$200,000s. HOA fees run about $150 to $235 per month and take care of landscaping, lawn maintenance and community streets. Please verify these prices with a Realtor as they may change.
Cedar Crest's clubhouse is still in the planning stages. Upon completion, the building should include a catering kitchen, a game room, and a meeting hall where neighbors can relax, socialize and plan community events. The Village also sits across from the Bentwater Golf Course.
Although 12,000-acre Lake Allatoona was built as a reservoir, it is open for fishing, boating and water skiing. Its Red Top Mountain State Park has hiking trails as well as lakeside cottages and yurts. Lake Acworth is considerably smaller than Lake Allatoona but is known for its fishing, with largemouth bass, redear sunfish and black crappie in good supply.
Cedar Crest homeowners are also close to Kennesaw State University. The school's continuing education program has classes for people looking at a second career and for those who merely want to enrich their lives.
Acworth does not have a hospital of its own, but Wellstar Kennestone Hospital is just nine miles away in Marietta and is accredited by the Joint Commission.
Summers in this area have temperatures in the 80s and 90s. Winters have temperautres in the 30s, 40s and 50s. The elevation is 950 feet above sea level, and the average annual rainfall is 52 inches. A couple inches of snow fall each year.
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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
Why Would Someone Age 55+ Retire in an All Ages Development?
While communities designed for people age 55 or better have a lot of benefits, not everyone wants to retire in a development where most of the residents are the same age and often of the same socioeconomic background. All ages community by law cannot discriminate based on age so they nearly always have a wide range of residents, from families and single professionals to empty nesters and often retirees. Many older all ages neighborhoods are organic, that is having grown over time and never having been "master planned." These usually do not have amenities such as a pool, tennis courts, etc. But more and more new all ages communities are master planned, gated, with covenants and HOA fees. Retirees often prefer these to 55+ communities because they allow more interaction with people from more cross sections of the country.
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