September 20, 2012 — How do you define Southern Style? In architecture, classic Southern style means warm, charming, comfortable and unpretentious. At The Georgia Club, a gated country club community located between Atlanta and Athens, one can still find streets shaded by live oaks, homes graced with colonial front porches, colonnades and Palladian windows, surrounded by colorful flowering gardens behind white picket fences.
Here, golf carts have replaced horse drawn carriages as the preferred method of transportation, but the three hundred year concept of a friendly and walkable town is alive and well.
If you’ve ever been to Charleston or Savannah, you will feel right home at the Georgia Club and recognize the stately columns in Greek Revival and Federalist style of the Village Hall where residents pick up mail, and the antebellum styled clubhouse is a magnet for weddings from all over North Georgia.
Two new Southern Style home models at The Georgia Club are now open in the newly created neighborhood of Charleston Park. The new homes have been priced from $279,000 to encourage a new wave of building within the community, and developers are offering sales incentives such as club memberships.
These bright and open models feature today’s best building materials and energy saving designs and appliances, with floor plans reminiscent of the historic homes of historic Charleston and Savannah. The Charleston Park models have front entries graced with a colonial porch, an open-air garden, and a detached “carriage house” style garage accessed from an alley behind the home.
Throughout The Georgia Club, garages are hidden from main drives, while sidewalks and paths encourage neighbors to meet and enjoy the fresh air of outdoors. Straight lines and symmetry define exterior elevations of one to two story homes. Dormer windows peek out from high pitched roofs. Decorative dentils and eaves, courtyards and arcades provide warmth and charm. Inside, homes are true to the Southern Style with central staircases, wood floors and windows affording cross ventilation.
Great rooms and large, open sunlit kitchens welcome family and friends.
Just like historic Savannah, The Georgia Club has its own village greens and town squares, many with gazebos, and one with a recreational lake. Residents take a golf cart or walk a few steps to pick up the mail, work out at the fitness center, play tennis, or relax at a swimming complex. The community resort pool is half Olympic-sized with an additional lap pool just for adults.
It’s always been a Southern Tradition that family comes first. At the Georgia club, young couples and families mingle with “young at heart” retirees. The club’s amenities have been designed for children and grandchildren to have as much fun as their grandparents. The healthy mix of young and old, keeps the Georgia Club vibrant and alive. Many residents move here to be close to the University of Georgia—where seniors can audit classes for free, and life-long bulldog fans can celebrate game days in Athens.
The Georgia Club is like The South at its best, easily casual and effortlessly graceful.
The Georgia Club
Named one of America’s Top 50 Communities in Which to Retire by Where To Retire
Magazine, The Georgia Club is a privately owned debt-free golf community offering a 27-hole Denis Griffiths championship golf course, swimming, tennis and fitness facilities, and an extensive calendar of events suited for both families and retirees. The community is within minutes of downtown Athens, Georgia and the University of Georgia and less than 40 miles from metro Atlanta. Featuring classic Southern architecture, generous green space and nostalgic streetscapes, homes are priced from the high $200,000s to over $1 million.
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