Lesly Gregory
towns near atlanta

The city of Atlanta is so much more than the bustling downtown area. It actually sprawls out pretty far in all directions, although you won't have to go far to find quaint, Southern towns rooted in history, lakefront living or stylish town squares with unique shops and local restaurants.

Jump on any of the major highways crisscrossing Atlanta, drive less than an hour and you'll hit one of these 10 towns where you should considering living.

To the North

1. Suwanee


Photo courtesy of Terraces at Suwanee Gateway

This progressive city combines green space with boutique shops and restaurants. A true mix of activity, you can visit Old Town to view historic homes and commercial buildings which date back to the 1870s before trekking along the city's Greenway which extends into four miles of woods and wetlands.

Average rent for a one-bedroom property in Suwanee is $1,385.

2. Cumming


Catering to those looking to live an active, outdoorsy lifestyle, Cumming provides access to 963 acres of hiking, climbing and more at the Sawnee Mountain Preserve, along with fishing, boating and swimming at Lake Lanier. Historic covered bridges and local fairgrounds make this a picturesque and active community.

Average rent for a one-bedroom property in Cumming is $1,272.

3. Cartersville


Cartersville offers a little bit of everything being close to Allatoona Lake and Red Top Mountain State Park. What really makes this town stand out, though, are the museums. Nestled within, you'll find the Smithsonian Affiliates Booth Western Art Museum, the Tellus Science Museum and a variety of museums focused on Native American culture and local history.

Average rent for a one-bedroom property in Cartersville is $848.


To the South

4. Peachtree City

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More than 100 miles of paved golf cart paths line the city, providing access to a wide variety of local activities, scenic views and shopping. Peachtree City has grown into an attractive spot for films, too, having hosted movie productions like Sweet Home Alabama and Spider Man Homecoming. Pinewood Studios, where many of the recent Marvel movies were filmed, is also just a few miles away.

Average rent for a one-bedroom property in Peachtree City is $1,064.

5. McDonough


Situated near the Atlanta Motor Speedway, a world-class NASCAR race track, McDonough is a great town to consider if you prefer to see your car races live. Historic McDonough Square sits in the center of town and serves as a hub for activity with festivals and entertainment year-round, in addition to a variety of shops and restaurants. For a unique experience, the annual Geranium Drop takes place on New Year's Eve.

Average rent for a one-bedroom property in McDonough is $981.

6. Newnan


Known as the "City of Homes," Newnan has six separate historic districts with more than 40 recognized historic structures throughout — from beautiful homes to functional commercial buildings. In the style of Antebellum and Victorian architecture, these homes give the town a sense of history and culture. The newly established Chattahoochee Bend State Park adds an outdoorsy element, with 12 miles of wooded trails to peruse.

Average rent for a one-bedroom property in Newnan is $1,038.

To the East

7. Buford


With an in-town artist colony, the creative vibe here is strong. Mixing upscale shops and restaurants with free outdoor movies and concerts and ticketed plays and events, there is something for everyone.

Buford also boasts one of the best school districts in Georgia, making it a family-friendly town worth checking out.

Average rent for a one-bedroom property in Buford is $1,035.

8. Snellville


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Sandwiched between Atlanta and Athens, Snellville has a small-town charm that stems from a variety of shops, restaurants, festivals and events, along with a regular Farmer's Market. Its proximity to Stone Mountain Park, provides you with opportunities to hike in the warm weather and tube down snowy slopes in the winter.

Average rent for a one-bedroom property in Snellville is $1,004.

To the West

9. Carrollton


Photo courtesy of Mayfair at Carrollton

Containing the Guinness-certified longest zip line in the world, Carrollton is a great city for active people looking for more than hiking trails to beckon them outside. Beside the Screaming Eagle, the town has a disc golf course ranked the best in Georgia and the Georgia Greenbelt, the longest closed-loop bike trail in the state.

Average rent for a one-bedroom property in Carrollton is $923.

10. Villa Rica

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This “City of Gold" is the home of the first gold rush in Georgia. Walk the trails miners took on their way to pan for gold and gems in one of the fastest growing cities around Atlanta. Visit the oldest commercial structure in West Georgia, Wick's Tavern along with local wineries and a natural preserve.

Average rent for a one-bedroom property in Villa Rica is $937

No matter which direction you travel from Atlanta's busy city center, less than an hour away are hidden gems with affordable housing, quaint and cozy communities, rich history and plenty to do and see. You don't have to live in Atlanta to experience Atlanta.

The current rent information included in this article is based on March 2019 multifamily rental property inventory on ApartmentGuide.com and Rent.com and is used for illustrative purposes only. The data contained herein does not constitute financial advice or a pricing guarantee for any apartment.



About The Author

Lesly Gregory

Lesly Gregory has over 15 years of marketing experience, ranging from community management to blogging to creating marketing collateral for a variety of industries. A graduate of Boston University, Lesly holds a B.S. in Journalism. She currently lives in Atlanta with her husband, two young children, three cats and assorted fish.