Suwanee is a small-but-growing town that is located in the northeast section of metro Atlanta. Home to just 8,725 residents, the community offers a rural environment within a short drive of the big city. Nearby unincorporated areas push the population past 20,000, although Suwanee retains its small-town feel.
While Suwanee’s population and business base have exploded in the past 20 years, officials have worked to protect the city’s natural environment and historic areas. Residents also enjoy the city’s affordable housing, low crime rate, and Southern charm.
Suwanee was named for a Shawnee Indian tribe that lived in the region during the late 18th century. Although the town grew throughout the 1800s and early 1900s, it wasn’t incorporated until 1949. Most of the city’s development has occurred in the last few years, and new construction is prevalent throughout the community.
Many historic structures and sites remain in Suwanee, including Victorian homes and regional farms. Although an 1881 fire destroyed several of the city’s original buildings, the Old Town area near Main and Scales streets is encircled by historic houses.
Suwanee is about 35 miles northeast of Downtown Atlanta, just off Highway 403.
The Suwanee real estate market offers condominiums, townhouses, and single-family homes in traditional and contemporary styles. Condos start under $100,000 and range into the millions for multilevel units. Single-family homes start around $100,000 in communities such as Richland and Peachtree Manor. Estate properties offering wooded acreage or golf course frontage can range up to $2 million in communities such as Laurel Springs and Belmore Estates. Land and lots are available for custom home building, and farm and ranch properties are available in outlying areas.
A variety of water-based activities are available on the Chattahoochee River, which runs along the city’s west side, and at Lake Lanier, 15 minutes to the north. The city has several parks and walking paths, and the North Georgia Mountains are just an hour away.
Things to do in Suwanee
- Suwanee Creek Park – Shaded park with disc golf & trails
- George Pierce Park – Expansive area with a recreation center
- Big Splash Interactive Fountain – Water play area for kids
- Sims Lake Park – Serene area for picnicking & recreation
- Suwanee Town Center – City park with splash pad & amphitheater
- PlayTown Suwanee – kids playground
- McGinnis Reserve – Lake and park