The Retreat at Sterling on the Lake
7004 Lake Sterling Blvd., Flowery Branch, Georgia 30542
North of Bustling Atlanta, Georgia, The Retreat is a Stylish New 55+ Single Family Home Neighborhood in a Larger Lakeside Development
About 45 minutes north of Atlanta in northern Georgia, the master-planned community of Sterling on the Lake spreads along the pretty banks of Lake Sterling. Construction began in 2004, continues today and when completed should yield 2,000 homes. Within Sterling Lake's borders, The Retreat is a stylish new gated 55+ neighborhood built by David Weekly Homes.
The Retreat has 12 floor plans with 1,697 square feet, two bedrooms and two baths to 2,436 square feet, three bedrooms and three baths. Each home is 1.5 stories with an attached two or three car garage, a front porch and brick and vinyl siding. Landscape and lawn maintenance are part of the homeowner package.
Prices in The Retreat begin in the low-$300,000s, while properties in other areas of Sterling on the Lake begin in the mid- to-high- $200,000s. Please verify these prices with a Realtor as they are bound to change over time.
The main clubhouse, to which Retreat homeowners have access, is called The Lakeside Lodge and sits close to the water. It has a catering kitchen, a library, a gathering room, a bocce ball court, a zero-entry outdoor pool, a 27-seat movie theater, a 24-hour fitness center, an infinity pool, a waterfall, and a water slide. The Retreat residents also have access to their own smaller clubhouse with a pool. Trails help connect neighborhoods and amenities.
The Village Green is home to a summer concert series, the community's Harvest Balloon Festival and a winter bazaar. The dock has kayaks, canoes, and fishing boats. An on-site pro facilitates games and lessons at three tennis centers. A full-time activities director helps plan fitness classes and a variety of other activities, some just for The Retreat residents.
Flowery Branch has a small but colorful downtown. Nearby Gainesville hosts a branch of the Atlanta Botanical Gardens and has a theater alliance with a full season of drama and musicals. The Quinlan Visual Arts Center holds classes in painting, knitting, and photography.
Northeast Georgia Medical Center is accredited by the Joint Commission.
Summer temperatures are in the 80s and 90s, and winter temperatures are in the 30s and 40s. On average, the area receives 60 inches of rain and two inches of snow per year.
Visit https://www.sterlingonthelake.com/homes/55plus-living for more information.
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
Moving to a new place for retirement, whether it be a planned community in your current town or to an entirely new metropolis, it is the beginning of a new chapter and full of possibilities. It takes a certain amount of courage to leave what is familiar for the unknown, but the rewards are usually worth it. Most people who make the move are looking for the same things, including solid health care facilities, a comfortable climate (which may mean different things to different people), chances to become involved in the new community, access to cultural and recreational amenities and an opportunity to make new friends. While some people dread retirement, savvy people know it can be the beginning of something great!
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