The suburbs of North Springs,
the upper communities of Sandy Springs, retain the rare respect of nearing a metropolis while still managing to condense into its own entity of a town. The area’s bragging rights include a railway system for an Atlanta
commute, clean parks and a collectively accommodating atmosphere.
In terms of excitement without the downtown commute or nightlife, expect to be sacrificing some of the glamour scene for small-town events, which, for some, won’t be much of a sacrifice at all. Outdoorsy people can enjoy the region’s public parks and crisp easy-on-the-eyes landscaping, including weekly concerts on the lawn of the Heritage Greens in the summer. Meanwhile, homebodies and go-getters alike can enjoy the increasing wealth of the area, low unemployment rate and successful schools.
Only a few miles out of Atlanta, North Springs provides the opportunity to escape the far-in downtown Atlanta
life while still giving residents the chance to experience its hype. Exit 5C on Interstate 19 lets you off by North Springs High School, and by Exit 6 take a quick jump to the Cherokee Town and Country Club.
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Restaurants & Nightlife
Without an abundance of independent restaurants, North Springs trades quantity for quality. One just has to look a bit harder to find these gems.
Hammocks Trading Company on Roswell Road boasts a casual, fun dining experience, perfect for both lunch and a laid-back date night. Fish and chips, although not usually a stand-out menu choice, draws hungry visitors by the hour. More hearty choices include grilled garlic shrimp, brisket sandwiches, and Scottish salmon. The overlying highlight of the establishment remains its endearing reputation for customer service.
Also on Roswell Road lies the spice of Erawan Organic Thai. Although not for those with a tight budget, an alluring lunch, dinner, and sushi menu draw in customers looking for a quality, healthy and all-natural meal. With organic beef and chicken, organic salads, and organic Thai cuisine, diners feel satisfied sitting before fresh dishes that have an elegant taste to accompany them.
Rusty Nail Pub is where want to head for a burger, a cheap drink and a good time on a weekend night. Try Buckets "O" Beer on Saturday and Sunday nights at $12.50 for five domestic beers. The place may be the opposite of formal, but the returning locals week after week only have good things to say about it.
More prominent nightlife seekers are inevitably drawn to the bustle of one of the largest and most popping cities in the nation: downtown Atlanta. Here one can capitalize on the perks of the slightly increased bustle of nearing a major city. Relatively unblemished and orderly for a city of its size, it remains a populous center of American culture. Not much needs to be said about such an epicenter of excitement.
History & Culture
Spaced-out homes began cropping up in the place that is now North Springs in the early to mid-1800s. The area remained rural, extremely rural, until the Federal-Aid Highway Act of 1956 was passed, sending Interstate 75 diving south into Atlanta from the north and sparking development in nearby regions.
The educational success of the North Springs area lies just above the national average in terms of national test scores. The North Springs High School in particular holds a reputation for a strong proficiency in the arts, including both drama and music. Possibly related, a fun fact remains that the immensely famed pop singer-songwriter Usher attended North Springs High School in the mid-1990s.
Overall, the streets of North Springs supplement its easy-going atmosphere. Despite the sprawled businesses, restaurants, and other destinations, sidewalks are more commonplace than not, encouraging joggers and bikers to take advantage of the warmer days of autumn and spring—just another method to enjoy the euphoric scenery lining the town’s boulevards and avenues.
Rush hour congestion rings true for the busier avenues, but otherwise North Springs holds its own in terms of a stress-free community commute. Detours are easy to find in the rambling web of streets. In terms of getting downtown Atlanta, be prepared for overcrowding. The wide number of lanes, ironically, don’t assist the sheer quantity of vehicles attempting to get in and out of the city, especially during the early evening rush hour.
If necessary, something that can help with the struggle of a downtown commute is the MARTA—Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority—railway. The North Springs station, on the Red Line, protrudes the furthest north of the city, so it seems desolate of people considering the free single-day parking and relatively quick railway transit into the heart of Atlanta. It exits very conveniently directly onto State Route 400.
Taxis are readily available, but make sure to call ahead. For those who use Uber, it's worth noting that they'll be easily covered in the North Springs community and the miles surrounding it to Atlanta and further.
North Springs does maintain a higher cost of living for its amenities, apparent wealth and standard. The average cost of living lingers around 40 percent higher than the national average each year and is only increasing as of 2014. Median rent for a one-bedroom
residence fluctuates around $1,000 for a quality residence, but can run somewhat cheaper or much steeper considering its proximity to the opportunities of Atlanta.
If you're wanting to hang out with some friend at a local pub on Friday night, Tony's Sports Bar and Grill is the ticket at $4 for 24 ounce select draft beers. It's about what you'd expect if you're looking for a deal on a weekend night.
The MARTA system into Atlanta costs $5 for a roundtrip, but you can save with a 30-day pass for $95. Notably, this price far undercuts the price of gas for each individual commute, even considering Georgia’s place just under the national average for gas prices.
North Springs offers some outlet shops, independent businesses, and restaurants. Abernathy Square is located at the south end of the neighborhood, providing a Publix supermarket, Plato's Closet, Serious Tennis, and several banks, specialty stores, and restaurants. Nearby along Mt. Vernon Highway, you'll find shopping plazas with stores like Home Goods, Babies "R" Us, and Office Depot.
The Perimeter Mall, just southeast of the neighborhood, provides upscale department stores Nordstrom, Macy's Von Maur, and Dillard's. It also contains a variety of popular shops like LOFT, Claire's, Game Stop, and American Eagle.
As far as shopping for groceries, a Krogers and two Publix Supermarkets serves as the local hot spots. If you can wait until Saturday morning for even fresher produce, Heritage Sandy Springs Farmers Market happens to be just a few minutes south, every weekend, on Sandy Springs Circle North West.
The true delight of the suburbs alights in the vitalizing green of the area’s scattered parks. Most parks provide open space to toss a football or fly a kite on a windy day. North Community Park and Terramar Park in particular house many opportunities for competitive sports at all ages. For baseball, the North Springs Little League program has consistently competed at the state level.
The clamorous annual Sandy Springs Festival takes place at the gorgeous Heritage Green, an event center surrounded by manicured lawns and tall trees. Fun food, antique shops and exotic local artists run booths beneath the summer sun for two full days in mid-September. Come back to Heritage Green during June and July for weekly local concerts.
Morgan Falls Overlook Park provides a gorgeous lakeside scene with constant renovations and organized landscaping. For canine owners, the park has a small, separate area for dogs. The enclosure isn’t quite as nice as the rest of the park in terms of field quality, but one can find friends for their pups more often than not, weather permitting.