Welcome to my drive around Sandy Springs, GA
Some days, when I’m not traveling as the Passport King, I drive around my new city.
When most people mention Atlanta, we are talking affectionately talking about “Metro Atlanta”
Metro Atlanta includes the Midtown Atlanta area PLUS the surrounding Suburbs.
Today I did an extensive drive around Sandy Springs.
While getting my inspirational vitamin from Les Brown, I filmed some driving video footage in Sandy Springs.
You can get a good idea of what you would be getting into if you decided to make this your home.
I make these Moving to Atlanta videos for the kind of people who have the gall to take a leap of faith and believe in trying something new.
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Now let’s drive around and Discover!
Where is Sandy Springs?
To get to this Sandy Springs you have to go about 8 minutes North of Midtown Metro Atlanta.
The area includes the whole top left of the I-285 North.
Sandy Springs is still in Fulton County.
The I-285 is a circular interstate that surrounds Atlanta.
Sandy Springs sits in between the cities of Marietta and Norcross.
To get here, you can drive the Georgia 400 North from Midtown or the I-285 in either direction.
If you make it into Alpharetta, you’ve traveled too far North.
Is Sandy Springs Nice?
Yes, Sandy Springs is very nice.
It’s a city that sits right over Buckhead, which is 1 of the richest areas in Metro Atlanta.
In Sandy Springs you may hear about the King and Queen Buildings as a landmark.
According to VisitSandySprings.org:
“while big city excitement is only minutes away, we are surrounded by more than 950 acres of parks and natural areas.
So, experience the best of the modern South.
Enjoy the big city one moment and the warm hospitality of the hundreds of independently-owned restaurants and shops the next.”
What is there to do in Sandy Springs?
There is entertainment for the entire family.
- Abernathy Greenway Park which was sub-named the Playable Art Park by Atlanta Magazine speaks to anyone who lives and breathes art and the outdoors.
- Act 3 Productions is a black box theatre that would have you believe Broadway isn’t the place to find potential Tony Award winners.
- Battle and Brew is a Hybrid restaurant where patrons can play “game night” trivia games while eating burgers and drinking beer.
- Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area gives you the country outdoors feeling.
- City Springs Theatre Company.
- Mastermind Escape games.
How much does it cost to live in Sandy Springs?
If you just look around or meet any of its residents you will feel like everyone in Sandy Springs is rich beyond belief.
In 2021, the median household income of Sandy Springs households was $86,548.
The median income of the rest of Atlanta was $69,000 that same year
However, even 4.0 percent of Sandy Springs households were living in poverty.
I believe I passed some of their houses on my drive around the city.
There is a lot of room for people in the middle of the spectrum.
There are low-income apartment complexes and gated million-dollar mansions only a few miles from each other.
This is typical in all of metro Atlanta.
What are the Demographics of Sandy Springs GA
20% of the residents of Sandy Springs are black.
Whites make up 60% while Hispanics are 11%
What is the Crime Rate in City?
A lot of people don’t realize this, but the crime rate of the entire country is lower than it has been in decades.
And it’s on a steady decline.
The availability of Camera Phones would have you swearing things are getting worse.
Not to mention, News channels that stay relevant by covering bad news, sensationalize crime for higher ratings.
But the truth is, crime is down, and in Sandy Springs, it’s even 29% lower than in the rest of Georgia.
You will be looking at 1,900 crimes for every 100 thousand residents.
In other words, you are very safe in this city unless you are the cause of turmoil.
How are the Schools in City
A complete list of the schools can be found at https://www.sandyspringsga.gov/schools
You will have Charter schools like North Springs and Riverwood International to choose from
The Public Middle Schools are Ridgeview and Sandy Springs Middle School.
There are 7 major Public Elementary Schools which are all Fulton County Schools.
Depending on where you stay, your child could end up in:
- Dunwoody Springs
- Heards Ferry Elementary
- Woodland Elementary
- Spalding Drive Elementary
- Lake Forest Elementary
- Ison Springs
- High Point Elementary
68% of all kids who attended these schools achieved a Bachelor’s or Better Education.
They most studies the Physical and Related Sciences fields.
The Sandy Springs drop-out rate data included kids from Athens, Clarke County, and Atlanta but it was still only 10%
How far is Sandy Springs from the Atlanta Airport?
Metro Atlanta can sometimes be the fastest city I’ve ever traveled.
You can literally get from the Northern Suburbs to the Southern suburbs in less than an hour.
I’ve been able to leave home, make it to the airport, check in, and catch my flight to the Caribbean in about 2 hours
but then there’s Atlanta Rush Hour…
Rush hour usually lasts from maybe 5:30 am to 9 am in the mornings and 4:30 pm to 8:00 pm in the evenings with Fridays being the worst.
The Answer to the question of how long it will take to get to the airport can be VERY different at different times of the day.
The honest answer is 3 hours during rush hour and 45 minutes at other times.
6 hours if you are brave enough to try to get down there on a Friday at 6 pm.
Is this city a good place to live?
If you are looking for hometown/country living, Sandy Springs may not be for you.
However, if you are a mover and shaker who doesn’t mind a noisy city with lots of traffic, this place rocks with its big city-like amenities.
There are tons of offices where you could find your dream job.
IBM, AT&T, Wells Fargo, Statefarm, Remax, Ceridian, and Emory healthcare are all located and usually hiring in this area of Metro Atlanta.
I have an older video on youtube that included parts of Sandy Springs as well as Buckhead and Brookhaven.
Check it out when you get a chance.
When you are ready to Buy, Sell or Rent your home in Atlanta or the Metro Surrounding areas (The Suburbs of Atlanta) Contact Sturgis Realty.
Tell them Roklan from Passport Kings sent you.