Often referred to as the Hostess City of the
South, Savannah is rich in architectural splendor, natural beauty
and old-fashioned Southern charm. Since British General James
Oglethorpe landed on the historic bluff above the Savannah River in
1733 to found America’s thirteenth colony, Savannah has
established itself as one of the nation’s most unique cities.
Originally conceived of as a buffer against the Spanish in Florida,
Georgia was an outpost of sorts. With the help of the Native
American leader Tomochichi, General Oglethorpe created a modern city
in the heart of the Georgia wilderness. General Oglethorpe devised
Savannah’s unique city plan, which features an ingenious system of
squares, which are really miniature parks that serve as an
organizing system for the historic district. Houses, churches and
business surround each square. Savannah has 23 distinct squares
across the historic district, each of which has its own charm, style
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Savannah definitely has diversity when
it comes to places in which to live. Settle here and you can have your choice of
surrounding yourself with history, stepping back into small-town America,
enjoying the security and luxury of a gated community or lazing the day away in
a laid-back cottage at the beach. There's all that and more.
SAVANNAH'S NEIGHBORHOODS AND SUBURBS
District-Riverfront, Squares, Parks, Tours, all squares.
of the 2.5-square-mile Landmark Historic District can claim the city's verdant
squares as their front yards. Although the north end of the District is
commercial in character, numerous blocks of the area are solidly residential.
Historic homes in need of restoration are still available. Newcomers will also
find a good selection of restored homes, the result of 40 years of preservation
efforts, and new construction in the form of townhouse condominiums crafted to
blend into the historic atmosphere of the District. A new trend in downtown
housing involves the conversion of space above retail establishments into
apartments and lofts, a situation that's developed along with the city's recent
revitalization of commercial buildings.
Adjacent to the Historic District, this first southward expansion of
the city is attracting more and more folks interested in restoring two- and
three-story frame houses in need of repair. The area becomes more popular in
this regard as the number of restorable houses in the Historic District
Savannah's first suburb, laid
out in 1911, is a mixture of prestigious four- and five-bedroom mansions and
quaint, craftsman-style bungalows situated on tree-lined streets. The Ardsley
Park area -- located in Midtown and loosely bounded by Victory Drive on the
north, Waters Avenue on the east, 55th Street on the south and Bull Street on
the west -- has become one of the city's "hottest" neighborhoods favored by
young professionals and families.
secluded neighborhood in eastside Savannah is similar to Ardsley Park in
character, but it's considerably smaller and hasn't been "discovered" to the
extent that its "big brother" to the southwest has.
SOUTHSIDE-Savannah Mall,Oglethorpe Mall,Business District
Shopping and recreation abound on the Southside, a large area that's
the site of both of Savannah's malls, a multitude of smaller shopping centers
and Bacon Park, whose 500 acres offer residents a variety of activities ranging
from soccer to golf and from swimming to weight training. The Southside is also
residential in character, with neighborhoods featuring everything from
ranch-style homes to patio homes and an abundance of apartment complexes and
condominiums. Two significant neighborhoods are:
Developed starting in the 1960s, Windsor Forest offers home buyers a
wide spectrum of choices in terms of styles and prices.
An area of mostly upscale homes, Georgetown
was one of the fastest-growing parts of the city in the 1990s, but it retains
the feel of being out in the country.
ISLANDS-Oatland,Talahi,Whitemarsh,Wilmington & Tybee Beach
buyers in search of a less-historic but easy-going setting might consider the
islands east and southeast of downtown Savannah. One of these, Tybee, is a
barrier island fronting on the Atlantic Ocean. The others are separated from the
mainland by rivers or tidal creeks, but all of the islands exude the
"getting-away-from-it-all" feeling that comes when you cross a stretch of
tranquil marshland on your way home from work or school.
& Tybee Beach
Directly east of Savannah is where you'll find Tybee
and four inshore islands of varying size -- Oatland, Talahi, Whitemarsh and
Wilmington. Close by is the municipality of Thunderbolt, a fishing village of a
little more than 2,300 residents that typifies the small-town, family-oriented
atmosphere of the area.
Island-Marinas,riverfront,Wilmington Island Club
The largest of the
several inshore islands east of Savannah, this area is mainly residential in
nature and is dotted with heavily forested neighborhoods, parks and recreational
Located 18 miles from Savannah, this
small seaside island is graced by a wide, 3-mile long beach that draws sun
lovers and water-sports enthusiasts from throughout Georgia and the rest of the
Southeast. While Tybee is a resort replete with a full complement of
restaurants, modern hotels and motels, luxurious condominiums and quaint rental
cottages, it's also a residential area whose offerings range from historic homes
on the Officers' Row of a one-time military post to classic beach-style abodes
-- some beautifully restored. Tybee, home to about 3,400 year-round residents,
is an independent municipality providing its own city services. Among focal
points are the south-end pier and pavilion -- which is much-enjoyed by fishermen
and folks strolling above the ocean and listening to live-band music; and the
Fort Screven area on the island's north end, which is the site of the Tybee
Lighthouse and an intriguing museum.
This community of spacious homes and
manicured yards is about 20 minutes from downtown Savannah.
One of Savannah's most picturesque neighborhoods, Isle of Hope
exudes the look of the Old South. Beautiful old cottages adorned with white
picket fences line narrow streets and overlook the Herb and Skidaway rivers.
Bluff Drive, which rambles along the Skidaway under moss-strewn oaks, is one of
the area's most alluring street.
Skidaway Island-The Landings
The residential jewel of Skidaway is The Landings, a large gated
community that's the site of upscale homes featuring a variety of styles --
Southern Lowcountry, Colonial, Federal and traditional ranch -- set on
beautifully landscaped grounds. The Landings is a retirees' paradise, with its
two deep-water marinas, six private 18-hole golf courses, 34 tennis courts,
fitness center and four clubhouses.
Much of the Savannah area's industry is
concentrated in west Chatham, and it's also the site of four municipalities and
Southbridge and Savannah Quarters -- two fast-growing golf communities. The
towns of the area -- Bloomingdale, Garden City, Pooler and Port Wentworth -- are
well-established residential areas that serve as home to much of the workforce
of the industries located there. These municipalities are known for their
independence and volunteer spirit, and for a general absence of property taxes.
Government planners expect West Chatham to experience a boom in residential
growth in the next few years, with home building focused on Pooler, the Godley
Station area and the Berwick area.
of 2,665 is conveniently located near both the Savannah/Hilton Head
International Airport and the city's port. Residents enjoy a country lifestyle
and a small-town ambience.
Standing amid a
variety of industrial developments, Garden City is the county's second-largest
municipality, with a population of more than 11,200. The number of residents
grew greatly after an annexation that occurred in the summer of 1998.
With more than 6,200
residents, Pooler is a fast-growing, family-oriented town with affordable homes
and a wealth of recreational opportunities.
This town of 3,276 -- home of the flag-waving "Stand Up For America Day"
celebration each May -- captures the essence of small-town USA.
The homes at this planned
community just off Interstate Highway 16 feature beautiful landscaping and
architecture that's traditionally Southern. The development covers 1,100 acres
and offers residents the pleasures of a golf club and a tennis and swim club.
BRYAN COUNTY-Richmond Hill,Ft. Stewart
county south and southwest of Savannah offers a unique blend of piney woods and
marshland. The fastest-developing part of Bryan County -- and one of the most
rapidly growing in the nation -- is near the coast. It's Richmond Hill, a
bustling bedroom community that was once the winter quarters of famed
industrialist Henry Ford.
Richmond Hill-The Ford Plantation
Twenty miles south of Savannah lies Richmond Hill. It is one of two
incorporated cities in Bryan County and has been one of the fastest-growing
communities in the nation. Richmond Hill offers a number of new housing
developments, schools and opportunities for recreation and shopping. Its
proximity to I-95 and I-16 makes it a popular choice for commuters.
Bryan County's first incorporated city, Pembroke, has served as the
county seat since 1935. It is a charming town offering peaceful county living
and an upscale golf-course community.
offers home buyers a choice of residential areas with different characters --
on-the-go Rincon, quaint Guyton, and Springfield, the county seat.
Beginning to resemble a bedroom community of the
magnitude of Richmond Hill, is mushrooming as the Savannah area gradually
spreads west. However, all three municipalities retain their country-style
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