Celebrate National Fitness Month at West Cobb Parks

Kennesaw Mountain trailDid you know that May is National Fitness Month? Whether your preferred exercise is running, hiking, tennis, or biking, you can work up a sweat while enjoying the great outdoors thanks to the many wonderful parks in West Cobb County.

Smyrna, Kennesaw, and Marietta real estate is extremely sought-after for many reasons, but the lush, shaded trails and scenic views of the local park systems sure don’t hurt. If you’re thinking of relocating to West Cobb, check out the list below to discover some of our best parks!

Heritage Park

Located in Smyrna, Heritage Park is a 105-acre nature preserve and home to one of the area’s best running trails, Silver Comet Trail. The 1.7-mile trail combines a soft surface trail with an elevated boardwalk over the wetlands of Nickajack Creek. While this park does not allow biking, runners and walkers will definitely enjoy the views of wetlands, mill ruins, and the historic Concord Covered Bridge.

Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park

The Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park is not just a haven for history buffs! This 2,965 acre park is a popular destination for local runners and hikers, who enjoy 18 miles of well-kept trails.

Laurel Park

Located just minutes from the heart of Marietta, Laurel Park has something for the whole family. Amenities include 13 lighted tennis courts, a one-mile walking path, a playground, a full outdoor basketball court, and a sand volleyball court. Picnic tables, grills, and shuffleboard courts make this a great park for grilling out and enjoying an afternoon in addition to the sports amenities.

Want to make this area your home? If you are looking for a home for sale in Cobb County, contact your local real estate market experts, Barry Wolfert and Lisa Wrenn of the Wolfert & Wrenn Real Estate Team with Keller Williams today!

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Cobb County High Schools Among Nation’s Most Challenging

students working at deskIt’s no secret that Cobb County has many excellent high schools; in fact, the high quality of public education in Cobb County has helped to make it one of the most in-demand real estate markets in Atlanta. Adding to the county’s educational credentials is the announcement that fourteen Cobb County high schools have been included on a list of the most challenging high schools in America!

What does this illustrate about education in Cobb County?

According to the Washington Post, the Most Challenging High Schools ranking uses an index based on the total number of Advanced Placement (AP), International Baccalaureate (IB), and Advanced International Certificate of Education (AICE) tests administered at a school each year, divided by the number of seniors who graduated from that school in May or June.

This “Challenge Index” gives a picture of how many students are taking advanced classes and challenging themselves academically. The list was intentionally not based on the number of students who scored highly in the AP, IB, and AICE tests. Many school districts choose to artificially inflate those numbers by only allowing the top-performing students to take challenging classes, a real shame considering researchers have found that even low-performing students who score 2 (out of 5) on AP tests still performed appreciably better in college than low-performing students who did not take advanced courses in high school.

By allowing all students to challenge themselves academically, Cobb County is encouraging academic excellence and helping prepare its students for the more rigorous coursework they will encounter in college.

Cobb County high school districts

Many north Atlanta buyers base their home searches on school district, with PopeWalton, and Lassiter in particularly high demand. If you are looking for a home in a specific Cobb County school district, contact the Wolfert & Wrenn Real Estate Team today!

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Spring Events in Marietta

Marietta food festival at Glover ParkThe official beginning of spring is just around the corner, but here in Marietta we are already seeing the signs as trees and flowers blossom all over town. Spring is the perfect time of year to head outside and enjoy the weather, and Marietta delivers with a great calendar of events for all ages.

Upcoming Marietta Events

Marietta Square Farmers Market– Shop locally grown and hand made produce, flowers, honey, preserves, baked goods, herbs, plants, dog biscuits, and much more. Get your knives and tools sharpened, relax with some fresh-squeezed lemonade, or learn about a new veggie or grain from the friendly local vendors.

  • Open Saturday year round, 9 am-noon; open Sunday afternoons starting in April
  • Historic Marietta Square

Sope Creek Spring Fever 5K– Participate in a 5k or a 1-mile family fun run to benefit Sope Creek Elementary School! The 1 mile fun run will take place on campus, while the 5K course meanders through portions of Sibley Forest and Old Paper Mill. There will also be a festival with lots of activities for kids.

  • Saturday, April 26th, 5 pm
  • Sope Creek Elementary School, Marietta
  • Registration fee: $20 before March 25th, $25 after

Taste of Marietta– This annual food festival draws local residents and visitors alike to Marietta Square, where attendees can try dishes from Cobb County restaurants and catering companies. Each “taste” costs $0.50-$5.00. This event is a perfect way to expand your culinary horizons and find some delicious new restaurants in Marietta!

  • Sunday, April 27th, 11 am-7 pm
  • Historic Marietta Square
  • Free admission

May-Retta Daze– Marietta’s vibrant arts community is on full display during this two-day fine arts and crafts festival. In addition to an artist market featuring local and regional talent, the festival also includes live entertainment and children’s activities.

  • Saturday and Sunday, May 3rd-4th
  • Historic Marietta Square
  • Free admission

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3 Reasons to Buy a House in the City of Marietta

Marietta Square fountain

City of Marietta real estate is a hot commodity with home buyers, and for good reason! This north Atlanta suburb provides residents with everything you could want in a place to live, whether you are single or have a family. Read on to learn 3 reasons to buy a house within the city limits of Marietta from your north Atlanta real estate agents Barry Wolfert & Lisa Wrenn.

Historic Marietta Square

Life in the city of Marietta, Georgia is centered around the historic Marietta Square. Also known as Glover Park, this scenic centerpiece not only provides a pleasant place to stroll or sit, but also functions as the heart of the town. The Square hosts a variety of events like the Marietta Square Farmers’ Market, free lunchtime yoga, community concerts, and much more. The surrounding blocks are home to some of metro Atlanta’s best shops, restaurants, museums, and theaters, creating a vibrant, walkable city center.

Marietta City Schools

Families looking for a great education for their children often choose to buy a home in Marietta thanks to the excellent Marietta City Schools. This school system includes a Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) magnet elementary school, and is one of Georgia’s first Charter School Systems.  Marietta city schools are in a separate school district from those in unincorporated Marietta which are part of the Cobb County School District.

Lowest Taxes in Metro Atlanta

Cobb County has some of the lowest property tax rates in metro Atlanta. In fact, the property taxes are the lowest in any metro Atlanta city with over 10,000 residents.

If you are ready to buy a home in the city of Marietta, contact us today! We are your Marietta real estate team, with the local market knowledge and industry experience to help you successfully sell your home for top dollar.

 

See homes for sale in city of Marietta.

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Graduation Rates Rise at Cobb County Schools

Harrison-High-School-KennesawThe Georgia Department of Education recently released a report on academic success in Georgia, and the results show good news for Cobb County Schools. While Cobb County’s public schools were already well-regarded, the report shows that the Cobb graduation rate has risen to 77%, up one percentage point from the 2012 rate. In contrast, the graduation rate for the State of Georgia is 72 percent, an increase of 2% since last year.

The graduation rates for Cobb County’s top schools are as follows:

  1. Harrison High School in Kennesaw, west Cobb County- 96%
  2. Pope High School in east Cobb County- 92%
  3. Lassiter High School in Marietta, east Cobb County- 91%

In addition to excellent school facilities and teachers, Cobb County students benefit from their involved, educated parents. School board member David Banks points out that east Cobb residents are highly educated, and in many families, both parents are college-educated and hold master’s degrees or doctorates. It’s easy to see that both the residents and educators in this north Atlanta real estate market value education.

If you are interested in buying a house in north Atlanta, contact Barry Wolfert & Lisa Wrenn today. Also be sure to follow us on Facebook to stay up-to-date on the latest local news and listings. As experienced Cobb County real estate agents, we can help you find the right home in the right school district for your kids.

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New Skate Park Opens in Kennesaw

skate park in Kennesaw GAKennesaw real estate is in high demand by families looking to buy a home in north Atlanta, and for good reason. This Cobb County city is loved by residents for its convenient location, historic attractions, and tight-knit community, but now the city has added yet another reason to buy a home in Kennesaw- a state-of-the-art skate park!

Kennesaw’s Swift-Cantrell Park was already a vibrant community gathering space, with 42-acres of walking and bike trails, picnic pavilions, playgrounds, a dog park, and sports fields. With the addition of a brand new skate park, residents have gotten their wish for a safe, fun place for their kids and teens to practice their skateboarding moves.

The story of the Kennesaw skate park is a testament to this metro Atlanta town’s community spirit. The park was funded through 2011 SPLOST funds and private donations, not to mention the hard work of local volunteers and local government workers. Working with a community-formed skate park committee, Kennesaw’s parks and recreation department worked tirelessly to bring the park to life. City workers even built the park’s bathroom and installed plumbing in order to cut costs.

The just-opened park features 30,000 square feet of skatable area, with two large bowls, ledges, and step rails that allow skaters to practice all kinds of tricks. As the only skate park of its kind in Cobb County and one of the largest in the Southeast, the park is expected to draw tourists from throughout the region.

If you are interested in buying a home in Cobb County, call Barry Wolfert and Lisa Wrenn today. We will help you search the best homes for sale in Kennesaw, Georgia and find a great home for your family at a great price! Contact us online and be sure to follow us on Facebook to stay up to date on Cobb County real estate news and community announcements.

Photo via Kennesaw Skate Park on Facebook

Scare Up Some Halloween Fun in Marietta and Kennesaw!

Kennesaw, GA Owl-O-WeenCobb County is one of metro Atlanta’s best residential areas, especially the cities of Marietta and Kennesaw. With historic downtown neighborhoods and lots of community events, it’s no wonder home buyers flock to these Atlanta suburbs. If you are looking for some fun fall activities in north Atlanta, check out these autumn and Halloween events in Cobb County.

Marietta

Tomorrow is Marietta’s Harvest Square Arts & Crafts Festival, which will feature an artists’ market, games, activities, costume contests, and much more. There’s even a pet costume contest for your furry friends!

Of course, no discussion of Atlanta Halloween events would be complete without some zombies! As the home of The Walking Dead, we take our zombies seriously, so you will not want to miss the Marietta Zombie Walk tomorrow. Bring canned goods to benefit local families in need, and stay for a good, old-fashioned monster movie “drive-in” double feature in Glover Park!

The Ghosts of Marietta Walking Tour is an excellent way to get your fix of spooky fun and learn more about Marietta’s interesting history. The tours will take place daily from October 19th through November 2nd.

Kennesaw

If you’re looking for a family-friendly Halloween event in Kennesaw, Owl-O-Ween is unbeatable. This unique Halloween event will take place from 4 to midnight on October 26th at Kennesaw State and will feature hot air balloons, creating a magical atmosphere that attendees of all ages will love. In addition to tethered hot air balloon rides and a balloon glow after dark, the event will feature live music, sporting events, a costume contest, and roving performers ranging from magicians and stilt walkers to fire eaters and contortionists. Tasty treats will be available from local food trucks and vendors at the harvest market, and there will even be local craft beer, wine, “Owler Growlers,” and other “grown up” beverages.

So how will you be celebrating the season in Cobb County? We’d love to hear from you in the comments or on our Facebook page!

If you are looking to buy a home in Marietta or Kennesaw, our Cobb County real estate team can help. Contact Barry Wolfert and Lisa Wrenn today! As experienced north Atlanta real estate agents, we have the local market knowledge and industry experience to help you successfully sell your home for top dollar.
 

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Downtown Marietta Real Estate Development In the Works

residential real estate in downtown MariettaAccording to the Marietta Daily Journal, a new mixed-use development is coming soon to downtown Marietta. The 12-acre site, which lies south of Roswell Street between Wayland and Waterman streets, will house about 11 acres of residential real estate, as well as almost 1 acre of businesses, from shops to restaurants.

The development is set to include 48 detached, single-family homes, as well as over 50 townhomes and a handful of duplexes. The homes will range in size from 2,000 square feet to 3,000+ square feet, and prices are expected to start in the $300,000s, though the homes overlooking downtown or featuring mountain views will reach the upper $400,000s.

Though new development is always a concern for existing residents, homeowners in downtown Marietta have nothing to worry about, according to the development plans. The area’s historic beauty and traditional Southern charm have been taken into account, and the new homes will feature cedar, stucco, brick, and stone elements, in keeping with local architectural styles. Land has been set aside for a possible pool or community garden, and the downtown Marietta location is sure to draw home buyers who want to be a part of the vibrant Marietta Square community.

Looking for a home in North Atlanta? Downtown Marietta is the place to be, so explore our listings to view homes for sale in Marietta, and contact us, Barry Wolfert and Lisa Wrenn, to get started today! We can help you navigate the local real estate markets in Marietta, Roswell, Kennesaw, and other North Atlanta areas to find a great home at a great price.

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Best Places to Live in Atlanta: Cobb County Real Estate

real estate in historic Kennesaw GA If you are searching homes for sale in north Atlanta, Cobb County real estate should be high on your list. Cobb County is located to the northwest of Atlanta, and contains many of the area’s most sought-after residential areas.

The Cobb County communities of Marietta, Kennesaw, and Smyrna are consistently included on lists of the best places to live in Georgia and in Atlanta. They are all located on I-75, providing a quick commute to downtown Atlanta. Read on to learn more about the local real estate market in Cobb County, Georgia.

Homes for Sale in Marietta

Marietta is the county seat and the largest city in Cobb County. It is located in the middle of the county, less than 20 miles from Atlanta’s business district. However, the real draw to Marietta is the town’s historic Southern ambiance, charming downtown, and community amenities. Homes near historic Marietta are in high demand due to the many restaurants, shops, festivals, and family activities that can be found at Marietta Square, not to mention the area’s excellent schools and relatively low property taxes.

Kennesaw real estate

Kennesaw has been named one of the best towns for families in America, and it’s easy to see why. If you are looking for the best place to raise a family, Kennesaw’s excellent public schools, rich historic surroundings, and vibrant community life can’t be beat. The town hosts great parks and sports fields, outdoor movie screenings and concerts, and historic recreation events. But the best thing about life in Kennesaw is that the area retains its small-town character. You can get just about anywhere in town in 15 minutes, a welcome respite from the congested traffic in other metro Atlanta areas. Visit our listings to browse homes for sale in Kennesaw.

Buying a home in Smyrna

Smyrna is one of the best up-and-coming areas in Atlanta, so homes for sale in Smyrna are getting snapped up quickly. The area has great schools, including a brand new elementary school. It has been considered one of the best places to live in America due to low crime rates, high educational levels, an growing economy.

If you are ready to buy Cobb County real estate, Contact Barry Wolfert and Lisa Wrenn. As experienced Cobb County Realtors, they are familiar with the local real estate market and can help you navigate the entire home buying process to find your ideal home!

Photo via City of Kennesaw

New Smyrna Elementary School Opening Soon

Smyrna Elementary of Cobb County SchoolsSmyrna homeowners and potential buyers are excited to see the opening of a new elementary school. Smyrna Elementary will open its doors to students on August 7th, welcoming local children into a beautiful facility that also happens to be the first LEED certified Cobb County school.

The 143,107 square feet, 2-story school building contains 61 classrooms and instructional spaces, for up to 962 students. Parents and kids alike will be glad to see the many nature-focused features of the school, from a school garden to a natural conservation area complete with walking trail and gazebo. Though locked during the day, the play fields will be accessible to the public during non-school hours. Located near the Windy Hill/Atlanta Road intersection, this state-of-the-art, environmentally friendly new school will certainly be a draw for home buyers interested in homes for sale in Smyrna.

In addition to great schools, Smyrna offers a vibrant, thriving community centered around the revitalized downtown area. Smyrna has done a great job of managing their downtown revitalization, actively recruiting a mix of unique, locally owned businesses and national chains. Plenty of parks and community spaces help foster public participation and community events. Add to that Smyrna’s location just 15 minutes from downtown Atlanta, making it one of the most convenient inner-ring suburbs, and it’s easy to see why homes for sale in Smyrna don’t stay on the market long.

If you are interested in houses for sale near Smyrna Elementary, contact me, Barry Wolfert, today.  As an Associate Broker at Keller Williams Realty Consultants and an experienced Realtor within the North Atlanta real estate market, I can help you find a great home that fits your lifestyle. To see Smyrna homes for sale, head over to my listings page

Photo via Smyrna Elementary