Milton offers village feel for active buyers



The homeowner: The city of Milton has blossomed since it was approved for incorporation by voters in July 2006. Buyers' choices range from rural estate properties in what’s known as “horse country” to single-family homes and townhomes close to shopping and dining in the historic Crabapple area. Koho Smith, a buyer in John Wieland Homes & Neighborhood’s Braeburn neighborhood who previously owned a restaurant in Buckhead, said eateries such as Milton’s, Olde Blind Dog Irish Pub and CANS Taqueria are helping create a thriving area similar to what intown residents enjoy. “(Milton has) something I guess people want living inside the Perimeter. Living in that area, you will still have access to a lot of restaurants in walking distance and options,” she said. The five-bedroom, five-bath home in Braeburn gave her proximity to community amenities like dining and strong schools. The area’s schools have gotten national attention, with Newsweek naming Milton High School one of America’s Best High Schools in 2010. “It’s just great with the top public schools being in walking distance,” said Smith, who has a 2-year-old son. The Milton area has a variety of new developments with single-family homes and townhomes, including Crabapple Station by Acadia Homes & Neighborhoods, which has homes from the mid $300,000s, and Braeburn, which has townhomes from the mid-$300,000s and single-family homes in the $500,000s.

About the community


County: Fulton

Price range: Mid $200,000s to more than $3 million

Taxes: Varies, depending on factors including lot size and house size. For example, taxes were $11,984 on a home that recently sold for $1.1 million, $8,244 on a home with a sale price of $484,900 and $4,336 for a home with a sale price of $469,900.

Styles: Traditional, ranch, cottage-style, European

Schools: Crabapple Crossing Elementary, Birmingham Falls Elementary or Cogburn Woods Elementary, Hopewell Middle or Northwestern Middle, Milton High

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Getting there

Take Ga. 400 north to Exit 10 (Old Milton Parkway) and turn left, traveling west. Old Milton becomes Rucker Road. Turn right on Broadwell Road, and you will be in the Milton area.

For sale right now

$1.4 million: 870 Crabapple Hill, Milton 30004. A seven-bedroom, six-full and two-half bath home on more than 3 acres built in 2008 in the Crabapple Estates neighborhood with a finished basement and five fireplaces.

$249,000: 13460 Hopewell Road, Milton 30004. A three-bedroom, two-bath remodeled ranch built in 1965 with a finished basement and a screened-in porch.

Community information provided by Merrel Hattink with Dorsey Alston Realtors and Michelle Miralles with Keller Williams Realty First Atlanta.

Housing trends in ZIP code 30004

Sales of new homes: 152, down 23 percent

Sales of existing homes: 508, down 16 percent

Median price of new homes: $340,000, down 6 percent

Median price of existing homes: $295,000, down 3.5 percent

Source: AJC’s Metro Home Sales Report, 2009 data