843 Lakeside Drive, Blairsville, Georgia 305128
Established 55+ Lakeside Community in Northern Georgia Boasts a Marina, RV Parking and Single Family Homes Snuggled in the Woods
Constructed on the shores of pretty Lake Nottely in rolling northern Georgia, the 55+ community of Lakeside Village is six miles outside of Blairsville. It dates from the 1980s and 1990s and has a slight summer camp feeling about it.
The 100 single family homes are snuggled in the woods and range from just over 1,100 square feet to almost 3,000 square feet. The properties are single story and have two to three bedrooms with an attached one to two car garage. Lakefront views, large patios, and expansive lots are common. Some homes have a boat slip. Upgrades include granite countertops, glassed-in sunrooms, and tiled baths.
Resales start in the mid-$100,000s and top out in the high-$300,000s. HOA fees are approximately $425 per quarter and cover common area maintenance as well as leaf and snow removal. Please verify these prices with a Realtor as they are bound to change.
The well-appointed clubhouse has a multipurpose room and a wood shop with professional-grade equipment. A sitting porch overlooks the lake. There are pickleball, bocce ball, and shuffleboard courts. A boat launch, two docks, a small marina, RV parking, and a swim platform round out community amenities. Neighbors meet for monthly potlucks, paint and wine parties or to walk and bike through the nearby woods.
Blairsville's annual events highlight local mountain culture, music, and crafts. Surrounded by the Chattahoochee National Forest, the town is minutes from the Amicalola Falls State Park where hiking trails range from easy to challenging. Visitors also have access to cottages, campgrounds, and a mountain-top lodge. The park's Maple Restaurant has a reputation for its sweeping views and excellent Sunday brunch. Atlanta and Chattanooga, Tennessee are the closet big cities, both less than two hours away.
Union General Hospital is accredited by the Joint Commission.
Summer temperatures are in the 70s and 80s, and winter temperatures are in the 20s and 30s. On average, the area receives 55 inches of rain and four inches of snow each year.
Visit www.homelakeside.com for more information. Go to tinyurl.com/hvlxbpe to see 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
A New Start
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