Welcome to Chattahoochee Hills
When it comes to country living that is not too far from the big city, Chattahoochee Hills has all other cities in the Metro Atlanta area
beat. A relatively new city, it is quickly becoming one of the most sought-after places to live. Much of the area is rural with beautiful homes in all price ranges that sit on large green or wooded lots. You will also find plenty of farmland, rolling hills, forests, and maybe even an empty lot that is the perfect spot to build your dream home. The city’s namesake, the Chattahoochee River, sits along its northwestern border and Interstate 85 is just a few miles to the southeast. Atlanta is just a 30-minute drive from Chattahoochee Hills, but many residents choose to dine, shop, and find entertainment in neighboring Douglas, Carroll, and Coweta Counties. A few businesses are slowly starting up in the Chattahoochee Hills area, as well, but don’t expect too much commercial activity. The city’s goal is to remain as rural as possible while providing residents with the services they need.
History of Chattahoochee Hills, GA
Chattahoochee Hills is one of Metro Atlanta’s newer cities. It was incorporated in 2007 in an effort to keep the area rural and prevent urban sprawl. The majority of the city sits in South Fulton County, but parts of Douglas, Carroll, and Coweta Counties were annexed into the community. Before its incorporation, it was known as Chattahoochee Hill Country, and before that, it was part of a town called Rico. Today, it is made up of over 60,000 acres.
- In 2013, Chattahoochee Hills became the host of the electronic dance music festival called TomorrowWorld. It takes place every year at Bouckaert Farm.
- Population: 2,500.
- Over 14 miles of the Chattahoochee River pass through the city, making it a great place for fishing and boating.
- Chattahoochee Hills has its own charter school that opened for the 2014-2015 school year. It is currently only for grades K-5, but there are plans to extend it out to 8th grade over the next few years.
- Chattahoochee Hills has three parks that serve the community. Hutcheson Ferry Park has a walking trail and picnic tables, Rico Park & Athletic Field is a popular spot for youth sports, and Cochran Mill Park, which was recently renovated, has a wildlife habitat, a playground, campgrounds, picnic shelters, and hiking and horse trails.
The median age of a resident in Chattahoochee Hills is 45 years old. Nearly half of the residents here have resided in the community for five or more years. The average household net worth is around $560,000, and the average median income per household is around $60,000.
Local Attractions & Information
Apart from enjoying the great outdoors, there aren’t too many things to do in Chattahoochee Hills, and that is the way residents prefer it. However, the city is working on growing and attracting a limited number of businesses, restaurants, and entertainment opportunities. Meanwhile, residents can shop, dine, and have a good time just minutes away in cities like Douglasville, Carrollton, and Newnan.
- The Hill – The Hill is located in the Serenbe community and offers fine dining in an upscale, yet inviting space. It opened in 2007 and began winning over patrons with farm-fresh ingredients and friendly service. Sample menu items include smoked salmon, chicken salad, margherita pizza, calamari, steak, and assorted pasta dishes.
- The Farmhouse – Also located in the Serenbe community, The Farmhouse offers old Southern favorites with a refined, modern twist. The menu changes often based on what is in season, but on any given day, you might find smoked pork chops, rabbit, seafood, or risotto.
- Iztaccihuatl Mexican Restaurant – For Mexican cuisine, the residents of Chattahoochee Hills love to visit Iztaccihuatl Mexican Restaurant in nearby Fairburn. The eatery serves hearty portions of authentic Mexican dishes with fresh and homemade ingredients. Some patrons call it one of Metro Atlanta’s best “hidden treasures,” because if you blink, you will miss the small building, but it is worth the search.
- The Beirut – Peachtree City is about 15 miles from Chattahoochee Hills, and many locals love to drive over and eat at delicious restaurants like The Beirut. It’s rare to find such authentic Middle Eastern and Mediterranean cuisine in the suburbs, especially a place that serves such great food, from the gyros to the falafel. The restaurant is small and quiet, making it a perfect place for a date night.
- Blue-Eyed Daisy Bakeshop – Whether you want to enjoy a country breakfast, a sandwich for lunch, or a sweet treat for dessert, Blue-Eye Daisy Bakeshop in Serenbe can provide all three.
- Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport – Chattahoochee Hills is about 25 miles west of Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, the busiest airport in the world. It handles over 2,500 departures and arrivals each day.
- Interstate 85 – Interstate 85 runs along the eastern border of the neighboring city of Palmetto, providing residents of Chattahoochee Hills an easy gateway into Atlanta. The entire interstate runs from Alabama to Virginia.
- Arbor Place Mall – Arbor Place Mall is located about 20 minutes north of Chattahoochee Hills in the city of Douglasville. It is the only mall in Atlanta’s western suburbs and includes over 140 stores and restaurant, as well as a movie theater. Some of the stores there include Macy’s, Dillard’s, Belk, Sears, Hollister, Gymboree, Ulta, Rooms to Go, Old Navy, and Bath & Body Works.
- Carrollton Crossroads – Some residents choose to head west to nearby Carrollton to shop. In the Carrollton Crossroads shopping center and surrounding area you will find stores and restaurants like Publix, Kroger, Home Depot, Staples, Hobby Lobby, Target, Chick-fil-A, Olive Garden, Applebee’s, Ross, and Belk.
- Newnan Crossing and Newnan Pavilion – And some residents prefer to shop in Newnan, which is just south of Chattahoochee Hills. In the Newnan Crossing and Newnan Pavilion area you will find Lowe’s, Home Depot, Walmart, PetSmart, Academy Outdoor + Sports, Red Lobster, Hooters, Texas Roadhouse, Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft, and Ruby Tuesday.
Real Estate Information
If you are looking for acreage, trees, and green space, you are sure to find a home in Chattahoochee Hills that is right for you. The city offers a mixture of styles, but almost all of them have one thing in common: huge yards. You may find a renovated Cape Cod
on five acres, a sprawling modern ranch on its own lake with 50 acres and a horse barn, or something in between.
One unique community within Chattahoochee Hills is Serenbe
. The urban village has around 400 residents and has received national attention for its organic farm, conservation efforts, and plans for light residential and commercial development. Several houses in the community are currently available. The homes in Serenbe are single-family and row homes that forego backyards in favor of common greenspace. Cottage, box, and loft styles make up the majority of real estate.
Average Price of Homes
Variety is the key when it comes to home prices in Chattahoochee Hills. The average price of a home for sale as of May 2015 is around $750,000, but new residents can find homes in the $100,000s all the way up to the multi-millions, depending on what you are looking for.
Entertainment, Nightlife & Things To Do
- Serenbe Playhouse – The Serenbe community in Chattahoochee Hills has its own theater and playhouse. It offers several shows throughout the year, such as A Street Car Named Desire, The Snow Queen, The Secret Garden, and Educational programs for students are also available.
- Chattahoochee Bend State Park – Chattahoochee Bend State Park is located in nearby Newnan, and at nearly 3,000 acres, it’s one of the largest state parks in Georgia. Guests can fish, boat, camp, hike, or have a picnic in the largely untouched park.
- Regal Cinemas Arbor Place 18 & IMAX – After a day of shopping at Arbor Place Mall, you can go see the latest movies at its 18-screen theater. The theater features comfortable stadium seating, a party room, a game room, and IMAX and IMAX 3D.
- Andrews Golf & Country Club – Golf lovers have several clubs and courses to choose from in the Atlanta area, but St. Andrews in nearby Winston is one of quickest drives from Chattahoochee Hills. It features a beautiful Par 72, 6,629-yard course that is overseen by one of the top superintendents in the country. It also features a pro shop and chipping and putting areas.
- Historic Downtown Newnan – Another great way to spend a weekend afternoon is to stroll the streets of Historic Downtown Newnan. You can grab a brochure from the visitor’s center and take a self-guided tour of over 50 historic homes and destinations, many of which were spared from burning during the Civil War. After your walk, stop by one of the locally-owned restaurants in town for lunch or do a little shopping at an antique or art shop.
Most students in Chattahoochee Hills attend schools in the Fulton County School District, including:
- Palmetto Elementary School