Snellville is located just 22 miles from the Atlanta metroplex. Its 15,351 residents enjoy Snellville’s small-town feel and close proximity to the big city. The neighboring town of Grayson, which is home to just 765 residents, offers an even smaller community for those seeking peace and solitude.
Snellville sits in southeast Gwinnett County, which offers an active business climate and a strong school system. The city’s community spirit shines in day-to-day life as well as annual events such as the Snellville Days Festival and Parade, which is held each May.
British immigrants Thomas Snell and James Sawyer were the first settlers of the Cates District in southeast Gwinnett County. The partners opened the Snell and Sawyer Dry Goods Store in a community they called New London. Residents began to call the new town Snellville, and by 1882, the name stuck.
The Snellville Post Office opened in 1885, with Sawyer as the first postmaster. Eventually, Snell and Sawyer’s partnership dissolved, and each man opened his own mercantile. Today, Sawyer is only remembered by a select few historians, while Snell’s name lives on in the town he co-founded.
Location & Population
Snellville is about 30 miles east of Atlanta. World-famous Stone Mountain is less than 10 miles away.
Housing & Pricing
Single-family homes in Snellville begin in the low $100,000s and run as high as $660,000 in subdivisions such as Sunderland, Parkwood Ridge, Innsbrook, Madison Farms, Havenstone and Waterford Township. Estate homes list in the $800,000s and up in areas like Lochwalde and Brookwood Manor. Condominiums and townhouses range from $85,000 to $175,000 in areas like Kings Gate and Parks Crossing. Land and lots are also available, many with waterfront locations.
In Grayson, single-family properties start in the mid-$100,000s and range to more than $500,000 in subdivisions such as Graystone North, Haynes Creek Trace, Pinehurst Trace, and North Forke Plantation. Lakefront homes start at $220,000 in Grayson’s Waterton subdivision. Prestigious estate homes list as high as $1.3 million in Wilshire. The golf course frontage starts at $185,000 in the Country Club of Gwinnett. There are a few condominiums and townhouses to choose from starting at $125,000 and climbing as high as $650,000.
Gwinnett County has the largest Parent-Teacher Association in the nation. The school system has won numerous state and national awards, and it has 13 National Schools of Excellence. There are 13 public schools in Snellville, and students consistently score higher than average on state standardized tests.
The Gwinnett University Center offers degrees in a wide range of careers. Other nearby colleges and universities include Georgia State University, the University of Georgia, Georgia Tech, Emory University and the Atlanta College of Art.