Rich history. Natural beauty. Fantastic shopping. Culinary delights. Outdoor recreation. Great schools. It’s everything people look for with the upscale suburban lifestyle, and you can find it here, just 22 miles north of downtown Atlanta. This is Roswell.
Built along the banks of the scenic Chattahoochee River, Roswell is steeped in natural beauty and rich history. The founding of Roswell largely revolves around the cotton industry — Georgia’s largest cotton mill at that time was built in the area by the city’s namesake, Roswell King, in the 1830s. The mill’s three largest investing families — the Kings, the Bullochs and the Smiths — each built sprawling plantations in the area, eventually coming to be known as Roswell’s “founding families.” Their original homes have been restored and are now open to the public.
Today, Roswell is one of the state’s largest cities — combining casual country living with modern amenities and urban convenience. Nature lovers enjoy the acres of surrounding green space, while bargain hunters have their pick from some of Georgia’s best shopping destinations just minutes away. With so much to offer, it’s little wonder that this city of 94,000 is one of Atlanta’s most popular suburban communities.
- Population: approx. 94,500
- Elevation: 1180 ft.
- Land Area: 42 square miles
- Public schools: Fulton County School District
- Top employers: Kimberly Clark, North Fulton Regional Hospital, Whole Foods
Living in Roswell
- Southern Trilogy: Historic House Museum Tours—Each of the plantation homes of Roswell’s three “founding families” has been restored and made into a public museum. It’s worth getting the “Southern Trilogy” Pass to tour all three. (While you’re at it, check out Roswell’s list of historical sites and walking tours to catch a glimpse of the town’s history, including the ruins of the Old Roswell Mill along Vickery Creek.
- Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area—Enjoy a plethora of outdoor activities along the scenic Chattahoochee, including nature walks, hiking, fishing, rafting or just enjoying a family picnic.
- Downtown/Historic District—The historic heart of town, the 640-acre historic district offers great shops and restaurants, a cultural arts center and the historic Town Square, featuring festivals and community events throughout the year.
- Roswell Cultural Arts Center—This 600-seat venue in downtown Roswell is home to the Georgia Ensemble Theatre and the Atlanta Wind Symphony, and hosts numerous concerts and special events year-round.
Roswell is a “foodie haven,” hosting an eclectic offering of cuisines from local restaurateurs and respected chains. Here’s just a sampling of what’s available:
- The Mill Kitchen and Bar—Situated near the historic old cotton mill, this Roswell favorite offers an eclectic spin on Southern comfort food in a casual/rustic environment.
- Table & Main—This highly-rated upscale establishment features seasonal Southern fare and a bourbon bar in a restored cottage with garden patio seating.
- Little Alley Steak—Named one of the top 100 steakhouses by Forbes, this fine-dining restaurant set in a converted antique shop offers top-shelf steak and seafood dishes in historic environs.
- Osteria Mattone—This neighborhood destination offers a menu of Roman-themed Italian dishes in both casual and formal settings—a great place for brunch, and afternoon gathering or a dinner date.
- Vin25—This intimate downtown wine bar offers a selection of eclectic dishes and an expansive wine list for an upscale after-work social experience.
Besides the shops in the historic district, the primary local commercial center of Roswell is located in a cluster of shopping centers at the junction of Alpharetta Street and Holcomb Bridge Road. Other nearby shopping destinations include the following:
- North Point Mall—Indoor shopping located in nearby Alpharetta featuring more than 100 retailers, including Macy’s, Dillards, JC Penney and others.
- Avalon—A short distance north to Alpharetta, this multi-use complex of retail, residential and office space includes an expansive directory of retailers including Anthropologie, Gap, J. Jill and more.
- Perimeter Center—An expansive shopping complex a few miles south in Dunwoody, at the junction of GA-400 and the I-285 Perimeter.
- Airports—Nearby general aviation facilities include Peachtree DeKalb Airport, Cherokee County Airport, Stoney Point Field and Cobb County International Airport. The nearest major airport is Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, located about 31 miles south. Known as the world’s busiest airport, Atlanta International hosts dozens of scheduled carriers and 100 million passengers annually.
- Public Transportation—Transportation to Atlanta is available from Roswell via two MARTA bus routes: Route 85 at Roswell/Mansell Road and Route 185 at Alpharetta and Holcomb Bridge Roads.
- Major Roads and Interstates—Main arteries through Roswell include Holcomb Bridge Road, Alpharetta Street, Roswell Road and GA-400, the latter of which is the main connecting artery to the I-285 Perimeter Loop and into Atlanta.
Roswell Real Estate Information
Residences in Roswell consist mostly of single-family homes and some apartment communities, most of which have been built since the population explosion in the 1970s. As an upscale suburban community, Roswell is a bit more affluent than some of its outlying neighbors, as reflected in median home values of around $371,000. Actual home prices range from the mid-$200s for a comfortable townhome to over $5 million for a sprawling estate.
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