Sandy Springs, identifiable by the “King and Queen” Concourse Corporate towers that light up its skyline, is the sixth largest municipality in Georgia. Located directly north of the state capital, the city is branded as “Everything you love about Greater Atlanta.”
It’s evident why.
For one, Sandy Springs is a hidden foodie paradise of sorts. There’s a place for every taste: from Mediterranean (e.g. Under the Cork Tree) to Traditional American (e.g. Southern Bistro) to Mexican (e.g. Teela Taqueria) to Italian (e.g. il Giallo Osteria and Bar). Every year, restaurants participate in Savor Sandy Springs Restaurant Week, giving residents and visitors a chance to explore the city’s dining options in a fun way.
Sandy Springs caters to nature lovers, too. In addition to numerous parks, the city is home to three sites of the Chattahoochee National River Recreation Area – creating an ideal setting for kayakers, bikers, hikers and other outdoor explorers.
The arts and culture scene is thriving as well. The Act3 Playhouse and the Abernathy Arts Center are favorites among local residents. The development of City Springs, a new civic and cultural center, will keep the cultural momentum going. The building will feature 5,000 square feet of studio space for performances. It is slated to open in late 2017.
Sandy Springs is certainly in line with its branding: While the city is large enough to accommodate vibrant foodie and arts scenes (staying true to the Atlanta area), it’s isolated just enough for those who want to be one with nature.
Quick hits: Sandy Springs
Population: The city has 101,908 residents, according to 2014 data from the US Census Bureau.
Home values: Sandy Springs home values have increased 5.5% in the last year, with the median home value currently at $446,600, according to the Zillow Home Value Index. The median list price per square foot is $189.
Transportation: The city borders the Buckhead neighborhood of Atlanta, and is accessible by car via I-285. It is also accessible via public transportation with three MARTA stops within the city limits.
Education: Sandy Springs has seven elementary schools, two middle schools and two high schools within its limits. According to the city’s site, residents have access to 41 private schools in the metro area.
Government: Sandy Springs relies on a Public-Private Partnership model to increase efficiency and lower costs. Aside from first responders, the city only has eight public employees on staff. General city services are carried out by private contractors.