Jim Haverland

GA License Number: 277037

PalmerHouse Properties
5755 North Point Parkway Suite 16 Alpharetta GA 30022

No Real Estate Agent can be intimate with the entire Atlanta Metro Area Real Estate Market!

In my case, I've chosen to focus on the area of "North Atlanta" Outside The Perimeter. There is also the area designated as ITP, or Inside the Perimeter.

If you are unfamiliar with the Atlanta Area, or what the Perimeter is, let's go back a little.......

Georgia is the largest state east of the Mississippi River. It consists of  the Appalachian mountains in the North, the foothills of the Appalachians just north of Atlanta, the Piedmont Plateau south of Atlanta, and the Coastal Plains in the Southeast.
Atlanta is the largest City in the state, significant enough to have hosted the 1996 Olympic Games and home to the busiest airport in the world. 2/3 of the way up the state, it offers the benefits of the mountains directly to the North, and large recreational lakes which are ideal for sailing, boating, fishing and swimming.

Business flourishes in Atlanta because of the International Airport, and 3 Major Interstates cutting through the city. I-85 heads Northeast to the East Coast and Northeast. It also goes directly through Atlanta where it connects with I-65 in Montgomery, Alabama. I-20 goes east-west through the city to Augusta and to the Southeast Coast of South Carolina in the east, and goes West, nearly to El Paso. I-75 Goes Southeast into Florida and North as far as Detroit and into Canada. 

 An arbitrary designation of "North Georgia" begins somewhere south
of Atlanta and then extends northward to the borders of Tennesee, North Carolina and South Carolina.

Within North Georgia, which covers about a quarter of the state, are highly forested areas, major cities, the foothills to the mountains, the mountains (Brasstown Bald is the highest mountain in Georgia at nearly 4,800 feet), multiple golf courses, multiple lakes, and even a ski center at Sky Valley. North Georgia is for the outdoor lifestyle.

Major Lakes  include Lake Lanier and Lake Allatoona, both of which are less than an hour from downtown Atlanta, plus Nottely Lake and Lake Hiawassee near the North Carolina border.

Additional cities in North Georgia, but not part of the Atlanta Metro Area nor considered to be cummutable to Atlanta, include Dalton, the "Carpet Capitol of the World", Rome, Gainesville (next to Lake Lanier), Cumming (also next to Lake Lanier), and Helen (a VERY quaint Bavarian-style town).


"North Atlanta" is also an arbitrary designation, but generally refers to that area Eastof I-75 and West of I-85, fanning out northward from the City of Atlanta and north as far as the suburbs are still considered to be "Suburbs".

"The Perimeter" is the unofficial name of the Interstate, I-285, that encircles Atlanta, generally about 10 miles (more and/or less) from Downtown Atlanta.

The reality is, you live either "Inside the Perimeter (ITP)" or you live "Outside the Perimeter" (OTP).

If you live "Inside the Perimeter" the perception is that you are more of a "City" person and perhaps (from the insiders' view) are more sophisticated. North Atlanta - ITP has some exquisite older neighborhoods with mansions, and on the other hand, with Buckhead, Midtown Atlanta and even Downtown Atlanta, the night-life is incomparable, the number of wonderful restaurants is overwhelming, and the crowd is younger.

If you live "Outside the Perimeter" you are a suburbanite. However, it doesn't really mean you're not sophisticated. In fact, if good public schools are an important factor in determining where you choose to live, then Outside the Perimeter, in North Atlanta, is where you want to be - with the best public school systems in the state. If you are in Alpharetta or Milton, you're in equestrian country. You are nearer to the lakes and the hiking trails. There are some of the most gorgeous subdivisions where all the homes look like they are the cover for Southern Living magazine. There are subdivisions where you can't see the homes but all are over an acre and cost $1 Million or much more.

                       This is the area I have chosen to work, live, and play. North Atlanta - OTP!

"North Atlanta - Outside the Perimeter"

The Counties included in the yellow territory are the Eastern part of Cobb County (known as "East Cobb"), the Southeastern part of Cherokee County (mostly Woodstock, with a little of Canton and a small touch of Alpharetta in the most eastern part of SE Cherokee), and the most Northern part of Fulton County.

It is specifically within that area where I am most intimate and knowledgeable and which I monitor daily: East Cobb, Woodstock, Canton (the southeastern part of Cherokee County), and the cities of Alpharetta, Roswell, and Milton (all in North Fulton County).

To find out more about each of the areas within North Atlanta - OTP, and to search homes within those areas, click the appropriate city below.

East Cobb (Known for the finest schools)
Woodstock (Significantly lower priced homes than East Cobb, but more property and better value)
North Fulton and its 3 key cities:
       Alpharetta (Great schools, homes in all price ranges, great dining, still equestrian country)
       Milton (Incorporated as a city in 2006, and carved out of Alpharetta, it's the same as Alpharetta)
       Roswell (With a great historic downtown, it's Periennally ranked as one of the top 100 cities in the U.S. )