Alpharetta, Kennesaw and Woodstock Rank Among Best Georgia Cities

downtown Alpharetta GA

A recent ranking of the best cities in Georgia showcased some of the hidden gems in the metro Atlanta real estate market. The list used a variety of criteria to rank cities with a population of 10,000 or more, evaluating everything from cost of living, home prices, and tax rates to climate, local amenities, and commute time. Crime rates and employment rates also went into determining each city’s rank.


So what are the best places to live in Atlanta, and in the state of Georgia? We’re proud to note that three of the top ten cities are communities that we serve here at the Wolfert & Wrenn Real Estate Team with Keller Williams. Read on to learn why you should buy a home in Alpharetta, Kennesaw, or Woodstock!


Coming in at number ten on the list, the Cobb County city of Kennesaw has one of the lowest crime rates of any of the cities that were sampled. It has previously been recognized as one of the best towns for families, and the historical and educational attractions (including Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park) make it a great place to live as well as a popular destination for visitors. See our Kennesaw real estate listings to start searching homes for sale in Kennesaw.


Woodstock, Georgia is a north Atlanta suburb that has been quietly racking up accolades and accomplishments in recent years, from being named one of the most affordable cities in Georgia to becoming a shining example of New Urbanism. In addition to the charming historic downtown, Woodstock boasts affordable homes for sale, lots of great amenities, and good schools, earning it the number eight spot.


Alpharetta came in at number four on the list thanks to its excellent quality of life and high median household income. This city provides the best of both worlds, with suburban amenities and beautiful homes. However, many Alpharetta residents don’t even need to commute into Atlanta, since Alpharetta is a booming tech-industry hub in its own right! The city is home to dozens of major corporations, including AT&T, GE, IBM, Nokia, Philips, and Verizon. Visit our Alpharetta community page to learn more about this north Fulton County city and explore Alpharetta real estate listings.

If you are searching for homes in Cobb County, north Fulton County or Cherokee County, give us a call at 770-656-7551. North Atlanta real estate agents Barry Wolfert and Lisa Wrenn of the Wolfert & Wrenn Real Estate Team with Keller Williams will help you find the perfect place to call home!


Image via Alpharetta CVB

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.

Photo via Wikipedia

Register Now for Spring/Summer Activities in North Atlanta

child with soccer ballThe north Atlanta real estate market has a lot to offer families with children, from excellent local schools to community events and cultural attractions. Another thing Alpharetta, Marietta, Roswell, and other north Fulton and Cobb County communities have in common is an extensive selection of programs and classes offered by their respective parks and recreation departments.

Programs are offered for almost any age, and cover a wide variety of activities, from adult and youth sports leagues, to swimming and golf lessons, to art classes and much more. Registration is open now for many of these art and athletics programs, so find your city and sign up today!


In addition to sports leagues, classes, and summer programs, Marietta also has lots of fun community events, many of which center around historic Marietta Square. Upcoming special events in Marietta include:

  • February 9th:  Daddy Daughter Dance
  • February 11th: Yoga on the Square
  • February 28th: Mardigras 5k/1k Race


Registration recently opened for Alpharetta classes and camps for spring and summer 2014. Priority registration is open now for City of Alpharetta residents and City of Milton residents who participated in the same recreation program during the most recent session. Registration for City of Milton residents starts February 5th, and Open Registration begins on February 12th. Also, check out Wall2Wall sports for a wide variety of camps and activities.


Spring enrollment is open for Roswell activities, and summer and fall activity registration is coming up soon. City of Roswell residents can register for summer/fall 2014 activities on March 24th, and others can register on March 31st. There are lots of exciting activities to choose from, including adult and child lessons and sports leagues, from sand volleyball and stand up paddle boarding to parents’ morning out and family karate.

If you’re still looking for the perfect place to settle down in north Atlanta, call Barry Wolfert & Lisa Wrenn today! We live, work, and play in north Atlanta, so we have the experience and market knowledge to help you find a home you’ll love in a community you’ll love even more.

Photo by Chip Griffin via Flickr CC 2.0


3 Reasons to Buy a Home in Kennesaw, Georgia

things to do in KennesawIf you are looking at homes for sale in Kennesaw and other north Atlanta real estate, you have many great options. We’ve discussed the popularity of Marietta and Roswell real estate, but today we’re going to share some reasons why you should include Kennesaw real estate in your search.

Convenient Access to Atlanta

Kennesaw is located just 28 miles from downtown Atlanta, with easy access via I-75. It’s one of the best north Atlanta suburbs for those who want to enjoy the best of both worlds- close proximity to the city, with a welcoming, small-town feel.

Kennesaw Parks

Outdoor enthusiasts and families with kids will love living in Kennesaw thanks to the excellent park system. A number of city parks provide playgrounds, jogging trails, dog parks, picnic facilities, sports fields, and recreational green space. There’s even a skate park in the works, and the Parks and Recreation Department offers a great selection of activities for kids and adults.

The City of Kennesaw also owns Smith-Gilbert Gardens, one of metro Atlanta’s best botanical gardens and a popular destination for art and horticulture lovers. The stunning grounds and impressive sculpture collection make this a must-see Kennesaw attraction.

History and Culture

In addition to the plethora of opportunities for fitness and recreation, Kennesaw has plenty of historical and cultural attractions for residents and visitors alike. History buffs will enjoy visiting the Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park, as well as the Southern Museum of Civil War and Locomotive History.

The Art Station- Big Shanty offers art classes for adults and children, as well as a community gallery. Kennesaw State University has a thriving arts department that features art shows, theater and dance, and music performances.

If you are interested in Cobb County real estate, including houses for sale in Kennesaw, 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 Kennesaw homes for sale, head over to my listings page

Photo via the City of Kennesaw

Mark Your Calendar for Summer Events in Roswell

Roswell summer eventIf you are looking at homes for sale in Roswell, you’ll be glad to know that your new place is part of a vibrant and exciting community. There’s always something fun to do here in Roswell, Georgia, but the warm months are especially fun. Take a look at the best summer events coming up in Roswell, and mark your calendar so you don’t miss a thing!

Alive After 5– Taking place the third Thursday of each month in historic downtown Roswell, Alive After 5 is a local institution. Residents head downtown from 5-9 pm to enjoy shopping, dining, music, and activities. The next event is June 20th.

Georgia 400 Hospitality Highway Bike Ride- If you’re looking for active events in Roswell, the Hospitality Highway Bike Ride is a must. GA-400 gets shut down temporarily for the race, so you’ll get to experience it in a whole new way from your bike.

Roswell Riverside Sounds Concert Series- These free outdoor concerts are held monthly at Riverside Park, featuring a wide variety of musical styles. The next event takes place July 6th, with the Latin style Serenata Band.

Flying Colors Butterfly Festival- This festival takes place at one of Roswell’s many cultural attractions, the Chattahoochee Nature Center. There will be live butterfly releases, an interactive butterfly environment, and plenty of crafts and activities for the kids.

These are just a few of the upcoming highlights, so visit the Roswell events page to learn more.

If you are buying a home in historic Roswell, contact me, Barry Wolfert, Associate Broker at Keller Williams Realty Consultants. As an experienced real estate professional, I have the market knowledge and know how to help you navigate the ever-changing metro Atlanta real estate market. 


Photo via Chattahoochee Nature Center on Facebook



Cobb County Happenings – Upcoming Events in Marietta, Kennesaw, Mableton and Powder Springs

Cobb County GovernmentRead about some upcoming events and things to do in and around Cobb County.

Commissioner Lee and Chairman Olens host town hall meeting

District 3 Commissioner Tim Lee will host a joint town hall meeting with Chairman Sam Olens 7 p.m., Thursday, March 5, at Piedmont Church, 570 Piedmont Road, Marietta. Residents are encouraged to attend this meeting and discuss progress made around the county. It is also an excellent time to express ideas and ask questions. For more information, call 770-528-3317. [Read more…]

Atlanta Ranked As One Of The World’s Top Cities

New Global Cities Index Ranks 60 Global Cities
Based on Quality-of-Life Factors

Source: Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce

Atlanta is now recognized as one of the world’s most global cities, according to Foreign Policy magazine.

While New York, London and Paris are still considered the world’s most global cities, the list reveals that top-ranking cities face strong competition from growing global cities such as Beijing, Moscow, Shanghai, [Read more…]