Mableton, the largest unincorporated community in metro Atlanta, is essentially a suburb of the city. It is considered a workingman's town, though the workers are both well-educated and computer literate-topping 95 percent of American cities in the latter. Office, sales and management jobs predominate, with a split between blue- and white-collar workers. Housing is solidly middle ground for cost, with a median price of $165,000. A walk around reveals a variety of wood and brick homes, many with wide lawns and driveways.
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Located 14 miles west of Atlanta, Mableton has benefitted from the extensive growth and expansion of the Greater Atlanta area that began in the mid-60s. Close to 37,000 people have chosen to live in Mableton, generally because it boasts lower home prices than the abutting towns. An hour or so behind the wheel will give you some real estate insight; there are many well-built homes placed on suitable wooded lots spread over 28 neighborhoods and subdivisions. Stroll the streets and you'll find a diverse population that represents many races and cultures. More than 17 percent of residents are immigrants.
The town's education system includes 11 public and two private schools, all of which have a lower teacher-student ratio than most of Georgia's schools. Currently, employment opportunities in Mableton have moved well beyond those of old Atlanta to the jobs expected by those living in a suburb of what now is an international city. While commuting to Atlanta can be tedious, the Xpress transit system offers some relief. During leisure hours, families pack up the picnic basket and head for one of the town's 35 parks. The more athletic have their pick of aquatic centers, golf and disk golf courses, and a gymnastics center. Residents can check out the latest in modern art at Vinings Gallery or boost their karma by joining Go Eat Give, where they can trade a cultural experience for the chance to sponsor a trip abroad. Opportunities abound to play agricultural tourist by visiting farmer's markets, farms and ranches, and local restaurants allow you to savor lamb chops and fresh-from-the-vine heirloom tomatoes. The region also has its own vineyards and microbreweries. Mableton is the right location for those who want a reasonable alternative to the higher property costs of communities closer to Atlanta. Browse our selection of homes for sale in the Mableton area and filter the listings to find your perfect property.