Due north of Atlanta, Georgia, lies the suburban bedroom community of Alpharetta, a mid-sized city known for its affluent, easy living and many popular attractions and events. Many of the homes of Alpharetta appear to be straight out of a magazine on elegant southern residences, boasting several stories, third or fourth-floor balconies, and fine structural detailing. Still others are attractive, smaller homes that are ideal for those individuals, couples, or families that are just getting started.
The Downtown Alpharetta Historic District, where North Main Street and South Main Street meet, is considered the hub of city activity, and is a revitalized area of historic buildings that are now thriving restaurants, shops, and businesses. If you wish to be located in the heart of retail activity in Alpharetta, the fairly new mixed used development called Avalon is an 86 acre community you may want to check out, since it contains some commercial spaces, a theater, and office spaces within its residences. North Point Mall is one of the main retail complexes in Alpharetta, and there are several communities within close distance of it. The Alpharetta Arboretum and the Alpharetta Farmers Market are two additional points of interest to consider when choosing your neighborhood.
Alpharetta boasts a remarkably diverse economy for its relatively small size. Relying heavily on the industries of retail, business, education, health, technology, entertainment, and leisure and hospitality, Alpharetta is home to several dozen major companies such as IBM, Infor, Nokia, Ipswitch, Radiant Systems, Siemens, Costco Wholesale, and Alltel. The local government and education systems, of course, represent major employers in Alpharetta. However, the top private sector employing industries are McKesson, ADP, LexisNexis, Comcast, UPS, Hewlett-Packard, Verizon Wireless, E-Trade, Cox Communications, and RedPrairie. Festivals and attractions, such as the Alpharetta Brew Moon Fest, the Scarecrow Harvest, the Milton Log Cabin, and the Alpharetta Family Skate Center, both serve to attract visitors and offer jobs to residents.