Buford was named after A.S. Buford, a U.S. Army colonel, and railroad president. In its early years, Buford was one of the state’s top leather producers. You can learn more about the town’s past at the Lanier Museum of Natural History, which focuses on the preservation of Northern Georgia’s natural history. The museum features a variety of animals and plant life, and educational classes and programs are offered for children and adults alike.
Many tourists come to the Buford area to enjoy the Lake Lanier Islands Beach and Water Park. The beach offers 38,000 acres of clean sand and clear water, and the water park has water slides, a wave pool, and several rides. The Kiddie Lagoon and Water Wiggles are perfect for the little ones, and the Equestrian Center at Lake Lanier Islands offers guided tours and pony rides.
The region’s mild year-round climate is also perfect for Georgia’s favorite pastime: golf! Northern Georgia and the greater Atlanta area are home to several golf courses that offer beautiful greens and tranquil scenery.
Buford is about 40 miles northeast of Atlanta in Gwinnett County.
Homes & House Values
Buford offers new home communities, commercial properties, vacant land and acreage, single-family homes, and multifamily homes. Single-family homes start about $80,000 for a two-bedroom, one-bathroom ranch. There are also several options for those wanting to build their own home, ranch or farm. A home with three-bedrooms, two-and-a-half baths, and a swimming pool on five acres of woods would cost around $520,000.