Waleska : Georgia

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What it's Like to Retire in Waleska

Waleska is a very small town (under 1,000) in northwest Georgia. It is home to Reinhardt College (800 students) and about 20 miles from Kennesaw State University. The major attraction other than college is nearby Lake Arrowhead. The town itself is not much more than a crossroads.

Photo of Lake Arrowhead courtesy of Wikipedia and NickMason.
 

Where to Retire in Waleska and Home Prices

Lake Arrowhead is a popular resort and gated community on the outskirts of town (see Georgia Active Communities under Cherokee County).
Median home prices in Waleska were a little over $247,400 in mid-2018, according to Zillow, which seems high but probably reflects prices in the active adult communities in the area.

 

What is special about Waleska

Lake Arrowhead is the largest man-made, privately owned lake in Georgia. Reinhardt College is a four-year college affiliated with The United Methodist Church
 

What is not special about Waleska

Living in a small town is not for everyone, and this one does not have much more than a crossroads in the way of amenities or facilities.
 

Who will like retirement in Waleska

People who want the low key life of being in the mountains and near a lake in a very small town will like Waleska. Its politics are very conservative.
 

Local economy is driven by

Tourism and Lake Arrowhead.
 

Climate and Physical Environment

The average July high temperature is 86 and the average January low is 29. The wettest month is March (6+"). Waleska is in north central Georgia.
 

Restaurants & Cultural Scene

Reinhardt College offers some cultural opportunities, restaurants are quite limited. The Funk Heritage Center has an interesting museum on Native Americans and the Trail of Tears diaspora.
 

Crime

Crime in Waleska is slightly lower than the national average.
 

Medical facilities

There are 3 hospital within 20 miles - in Canton, Jasper, and Carterville.
 

Transportation

Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport is about 50 miles away.

 

Valuable Links

Wikipedia for Lake Arrowhead
Georgia retirement guide

 

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