Equestrian Luxury Living City Spotlight: Gainesville Georgia

August 21, 2013

Located 50 miles northeast of Atlanta and 35 miles northwest of Athens, Gainesville, GA is part of the “Golden Triangle of North Atlanta”, is one of the southeast region’s most affluent cities, and is the trade, medical, educational, equestrian, industrial, retail, cultural and recreational hub of Northeast Georgia. With a population of roughly 30,000, Gainesville is the 19th largest city in the state and while it’s far from a small town, it’s still small enough to give it that “hometown” feel that’s so hard to come by in modern life. Supply of luxury real estate in the Golden Triangle is limited, resulting in a soaring demand and rising prices. In terms of affluence, the total assessed value of taxable property in the city topped $4.6 billion in 2012.

For lovers of all things equestrian, and especially for those who make their living in the field, the greater Gainesville area offers an almost unending array of horse-related events, amenities and services. The Georgia International Horse Park, the site of all equestrian events in the ’96 Atlanta Olympics, is just a 90-minute drive away and still houses countless events year-round in Dressage, Breeding Shows, and Hunter/Jumper Shows like the Atlanta Fall Classic. And, in Gainesville proper you’ll find the training centers of Holly Valley Equestrian Center, Heaven’s Gait, Hillmar Farm and Avalon Farm. In fact, within North Atlanta’s “Golden Triangle”, you’ll find dozens of services for horse trainers, horse vets, tack shops, trailer equipment and repair companies, riding apparel stores, and more – including Gainesville’s Horse Pro Trailers and The Horse and the Hound Tack Shop. The Tack Tavern, Atlanta Saddlery, Classic Feed & Saddlery are also within a stone’s throw in nearby Athens and Alpharetta.

Lake Lanier at River Forks Park by Mike Gonzalez Creative Commons Attribution Share-Alike 3.0 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:River_Forks_Park.jpg

Bordered by Lake Lanier and the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, the landscape alone is breathtaking. Much of Gainesville is heavily wooded, with miles of hiking and riding trails, and the city rests in a subtropical climate with mild winters and hot summers. Tourism is big business in Gainesville and the 38,000 acre recreational Lake Lanier attracts some 10 million visitors annually. Lake Lanier Olympic Center at Clarks Bridge Park was the site of the rowing, canoe and kayak venue for the 1996 Olympic Games and attracts local and regional visitors who attend boating events there several times a year.

Add in a thriving and diversified economy built on a stable mix of medical centers, farms and product distribution centers – it’s no wonder why Gainesville’s daytime population more than triples during business hours. By night, downtown is a restaurant and entertainment haven, brimming with a vibrant energy. Gainesville, Georgia is home to the Northeast Georgia Medical Center, which houses the Ronnie Greene Heart Center. The Gainesville Symphony Orchestra and The Gainesville Theater Alliance and Gainesville Ballet Company also all make their homes here.

Hall County, of which Gainesville is the seat, is a growing metropolis of the horse industry. Not only do Gainesville and the County manage many public stables and riding trails, there are countless equine estates across the area. Perhaps one of the most exciting among them is the 2008 built Clarks Bridge Equestrian Ranch being offered for Absolute Auction on August 29th by Luxury Real Estate Auction Company, Supreme Auctions, selling with no reserve. Bordered on three sides by Lake Lanier and boasting 64 sprawling acres, a state-of-the-art barn and stables, a main Manor home, separate guest cottage and so much more, this absolute auction event offers a rare opportunity for the buyer to own at their price. To learn more about this property, the Gainesville area, or to see additional properties for sale in the region, contact Supreme Auctions at 866-929-2243.

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