Lawrenceville, Georgia

Lawrenceville is located northeast of Atlanta in Gwinnett County, where it serves as the county seat. Downtown Lawrenceville is a charming mix of shops, restaurants, and businesses that surround the historic Courthouse Square.

The courthouse, which was built in 1885, is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The Gwinnett Historical Society is housed on the second floor, and war memorials are located on the courthouse grounds.

Children in Lawrenceville attend award-winning schools that are part of the Gwinnett County Public Schools. Real estate is affordable and diverse, with condominiums, townhouses, single-family homes, and spacious estates. Lawrenceville is a short commute to Atlanta, and the community offers the best of small-town life and big-city living.

History

Lawrenceville is home to a number of historic sites and buildings. Courthouse Square sits on land purchased in 1821 for $200 by Elisha Winn. The town was first called Crepe Myrtle City for its abundance of flowering trees, but the name was changed to honor James Lawrence, captain of the Chesapeake during the War of 1812, who uttered the famous words: “Don’t give up the ship!”

Location & Population

Lawrenceville is about 32 miles from Atlanta and 34 miles from Hartsfield Airport. The population is 22,397.

Activities

A variety of events are held on the Courthouse Square, including art festivals, Moonlight and Music Concerts, Taste of Gwinnett and the holiday tree lighting ceremony. Discover Mills has more than 200 outlet stores to keep shoppers happy. And children and young-at-heart adults will enjoy parks, creeks and the new ESPN Skatepark.

The Gwinnett History Museum is located just off Courthouse Square. The museum has exhibits on farm life, textiles, religion and the early history of Gwinnett County. Classes are offered in the fine arts of quilting, weaving, spinning and dulcimer playing.

Homes & Pricing

The average home price in Lawrenceville is $170,000, with prices ranging from $85,000 to the multimillions. Housing types include single-family homes, townhomes, residential and commercial units, and investment properties.

Single-family homes are priced from below $100,000 to $6 million and more for large estate properties. Condominiums and townhouses are priced from below $100,000. Single-family homes in Somerset Hills and Village Gate are priced from the low $100,000s, while those in Huntcliff start in the mid-$100,000s. Homes at Turtle Creek are priced from the mid-$200,000s to the low $300,000s. Knollwood Lakes homes start in the mid-$300,000s to $600,000.

Many larger homes include luxury amenities such as acreage, river or creek frontage, wooded lots, fireplaces, professional landscaping and gated security. New construction is available, as are lots and land for custom building.

Education

Lawrenceville has 26 public schools. Students are served by Gwinnett County Public Schools, the largest school system in the state. In addition to 90 elementary, middle and high schools, GCPS has special education and alternative schools, as well as Gwinnett Technical College for post-secondary education. Other nearby colleges and universities include Georgia Tech University and the University of Georgia.