Blue Ridge : Georgia

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What Blue Ridge is like for active adults
Blue Ridge is a very small town in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Georgia. It is at the very top of the state on the border near Tennessee, North Carolina, and South Carolina.  The town has about 1200 residents. Blue Ridge is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Georgia.  Lake Blue Ridge, the Toccoa River, the Blue Ridge Mountains, and the southern tip of the Appalachian Trail all draw tourists and  from all over the United States and abroad. Photo of Lake Blue Ridge courtesy of Wikipedia and Skyeberpunk.
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Where to Live & Real Estate Values

The area is busy with new active adult communities (see link at right). From the picture above it is easy to see the attraction. 
In early 2014, homes in Blue Ridge sold with a median price of about $145,000 according to Zillow.com, although the new developments can skew the average sale into the $200's.

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What is special about this retirement community
Lake Blue Ridge or crystal clear Toccoa River.  Blue Ridge Scenic Railway. Outdoor sports like river rafting and hiking. Fantastic scenery. Relaxed lifestyle in the mountains. The town has a busy arts and festival schedule.
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What is not special about this retirement community
Blue Ridge is a very small town and rural - not for big city types
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What kinds of people like retiring here
People who want to live near the mountains in a small town or in an active adult community will probably like it in Blue Ridge. The average age is fairly high at 39. 
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Local economy is driven by
Tourism and retirees
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Climate and Physical Environment
In north Georgia up against the Tennessee border. It is on Lake Blue Ridge in the Blue Ridge Mountains. Average January temperatures are below 40.  Chattanooga is about an hour away and Atlanta just a bit further.
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Restaurants & Cultural Scene
Blue Ridge boasts arts fairs, gallery tours, exhibits, receptions, festivals, classes, concerts and plays produced and sponsored by local organizations. The Blue Ridge Community Theatre is in the renovated Hampton Square building. The Blue Ridge Mountain Association of the Arts sponsors the Blue Ridge Writers Conference, concerts in the park, gallery exhibits and more. The Swan Drive-in Theatre is one of 4 left in Georgia.
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Crime
Crime is below average in Blue Ridge.
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Medical facilities
Fannin Regional Hospital is in Blue Ridge
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Transportation
Chattanooga Airport is the nearest big airport, about 62 miles. Atlanta is 76 miles
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Valuable Links
Blue Ridge Chamber of Commerce
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Facts about BLUE RIDGE
  • State: GA
  • Environment: Rural,Mountain,Lake,Small Town,Outdoor Oriented,
  • City Population: Less than 10,000
  • Median age of Population: 25-44
  • Avg Jan Temperature: 21-40
  • Avg July Temperature: 60-80
  • Median HH Income: 20,001-40,000
  • Average Home Price (MLS): $100,000-$200,000
  • Annual Property Tax on a $200,000 house: Less than 2000
  • Total Crime Index: 81-90 (low)
  • Cost of Living Index: 81-90 (low)
  • Culture Index: 101-110 (slightly above average)
  • State Sales Tax: Yes
  • State Income Tax: Yes
  • Name of the Guide: boomer1

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