Hiawassee : Georgia

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What Hiawassee is like for active adults
Hiawassee is a small town of less than 1,000 bordering Lake Chatuge (Hiawassee Lake is in NC).  The town is very close to the North Carolina and South Carolina borders. It has many activies from boating, hiking, golfing, fishing, community involvement, the list is endless.  There are local arts and crafts festivals, a county fair, gardens, music festivals and weekly music on the square from local talent. If you like to golf, the area has 3 upscale golf courses. The tallest peak in Georgia, Brasstown Bald welcomes hikers, nature lovers and picnics too. Our lake offers 150 miles of shore line, that can be enjoyed to everyone.
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Where to Live & Real Estate Values

We are not aware of any active adult  communities in the area, but we predict they will be coming.
Average home prices were about $160,000 in late 2013.

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What is special about this retirement community
Lake Chatuge is a real plus for the area. Seems like a good retirement area with a laid back lifestyle and many activities.
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What is not special about this retirement community
Hiawassee is a very small town in a pretty remote area.  During the winter the population declines.
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What kinds of people like retiring here
People looking for low-key lifestyle near a lake will like Hiawassee.
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Local economy is driven by
Tourism is the biggest industry.
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Climate and Physical Environment

On the border of Georgia, NC, and SC.The highest peak in Georgia, Brasstown Bald, along with the mountains, valleys and lake.  Protected by the USFS and TVA from the forest to the lake.  The 150 mile shore line of Lake Chatuge (Georgia and North Carolina). The average July high temperature is 84 and the average January low is 25. The wettest month is March (6.4")

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Restaurants & Cultural Scene
The area's community colleges offer continuing education possibilities (North GA Tech and Young Harris College). Fred Hamilton Rhododendron Garden.   Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds
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Crime
Crime is just under the national average in Hiawassee.
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Medical facilities

We have a small hospital in town, in addition to doctor offices (many from Atlanta with sitelite offices here),  several dentists and an eye doctor.  Also there are a few assisted living units, nursing home, and many home health agencies to choose from.  There are two other hospitals near by towns and we are about an hour from Gainesville, and only two from Atlanta, Asheville and Chattanooga.

 

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Facts about HIAWASSEE
  • State: GA
  • Environment: Rural,Lake,Boating Community,Outdoor Oriented,Golf Community,
  • City Population: Less than 10,000
  • Median age of Population: 45-64
  • Avg Jan Temperature: 21-40
  • Avg July Temperature: 60-80
  • Median HH Income: 41,001-60,000
  • Average Home Price (MLS): $100,000-$200,000
  • Annual Property Tax on a $200,000 house: Less than 2000
  • Total Crime Index: 91-100 (slightly below average)
  • Cost of Living Index: 81-90 (low)
  • Culture Index: 81-90 (low)
  • State Sales Tax: Yes
  • State Income Tax: Yes
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