Coming from Pennsylvania, I have never been exposed to communities or subdivision. You won’t find a subdivision with a community pool or playground where I am from. We don’t have homeowner’s associations or covenants. We simply have homes of all different shapes and sizes on streets. So it was a little overwhelming for me when we first moved to Georgia. The most overwhelming was Savannah. Savannah is a beautiful area filled with history and different styles. Finding your way around and where you want to live can be a difficult task. So, I thought I would try to break down different places for different styles of people.
The laid back and easy going person will do well on the islands or beach area. People there like to take their time, enjoy life, and are pleasantly happy. They have great views and wonderful scenery all around. While driving there, you feel like you have been transported to an exotic island as you follow palm tree lined roads. People that love beaches for a backyard have found the right place on the islands. Even if you can’t afford to have the beach in your backyard, there are plenty of homes will get you close. Most of the homes are the bungalow style up on stilts to help prevent flooding inside your home. The only drawback would be springbreak and college students. But that is only a temporary bother.
The history fanatic will be in heaven in the historic district of Savannah. Traveling down roads with Oak trees covered in Spanish moss in the centers, the old Victorian houses seem to tell you a story if you are listening. The past meets the present here. There are many different styles of old buildings around the squares. Almost all the squares were the originals from the town plan in 1733. The boundaries of the Savannah Historic District are the Savannah River,East Broad Street,Gwinnett Street, and Martin Luther King, Jr Boulevard.There are tours available and lots to look at. Some of the most notable buildings are Owens-Thomas House built in 1818 on Oglethorpe square, the Edmund Molyneux Mansion built around 1917 on Bull Street, Spencer Woodbridge House built in 1795 on Habersham Street, and the Greene House built in 1853 on Madison square.
For people that like love city living, there is the downtown Savannah area. It is close to shops, restaurants, malls, and everything Savannah has to offer. Some places still have the old cobblestone roads. The homes are older and close to one another. This is also a great place for someone looking to invest. The Savannah College of Art and Design, Savannah Technical College, Savannah State University, South College, and Armstrong Atlantic State University create great opportunities for rental incomes. Most of these homes are the old cinder block or brick bungalow style homes. There are some single and double story homes and duplexes as well.
If you like being close to everything without being in the center, the Southside is for you. The Southside consists of many different communities south of Hunter Army Airfield and continuing west. Windsor Forest is an older community that has simple ranches to more spacious homes in the older sections. It is close to Armstrong Atlantic State University, which makes it ideal for university staff. There is a 9 hole golf course located in the center as well. Coffee Bluff is a newer than Windsor Forest and has “low country” one and two story homes. It is located near two rivers, which allows water access, boating, and scenic views. There is a marina located here. Georgetown was the first planned community and was built in the 1970’s. They have there own elementary and middle schools. It also has “low country” style homes in single or double stories. Also with the addition of the Southwest Bypass, the area is great for commuters. Vernonburg/Beaulieu has been separated from Savannah since 1742. It was chartered as a township in 1866. The community has original plantation homes that have become communities.There are less than 250 people living in the secluded and somewhat private area. The Southside, as a whole, is great for commuters, university staff, and military personnel. The Savannah Mall is around ten minutes away along with all kinds of shops and eateries.
People that want to be farther from the city in newer homes and communities have a place in the Savannah area too. There are many places that are growing rapidly outside the city but are still within 30 to 45 minutes. Richmond Hill in Bryan County is a great place. It is growing everyday. However, there are still places with lots of land for those that love to have room. It is convenient to both Hunter Army Airfield and to Fort Stewart. West Chatham County is another great option. It consists of Pooler, Port Wentworth, and part of Bloomingdale. It is impossible to drive anywhere without seeing something being built here. A new elementary and middle school will be on the way in Pooler. The growth is this area is impressive. There are plenty of new communities that offer different amenities, so be sure to look around. There is something for everyone out here. If you want a more country feel, Effingham County is for you. Although South Effingham has experienced and will be experiencing a lot of growth, there are still some areas untouched. A benefit of the growth was new schools. You can also find new communities here as well along with places with acreage.
Basically, the Savannah area has something to fit everyone. It’s only a matter of finding it.