Burnt Hickory Lakes
25 Years Looks Good On Burnt Hickory Lakes!
We’re celebrating 25 years of great living in Burnt Hickory Lakes (BHL), one of west Cobb’s charter executive communities, designed and developed by award-winning Arvida Homes and Neighborhoods, with homes built by local builders and craftsmen and most important, maintained with love by neighbors who’ve nurtured not just homes, but traditions.
We helped build west Cobb...
In 1990, northwest Cobb consisted of large parcels of gently rolling green space dotted with homes, some historic, some built by executives who wanted to escape the traffic and inflated land prices of east Cobb and other parts of Atlanta. Arvida, a Florida-based developer who found great success in Atlanta’s home building boom in the 70’s and ‘80s and already enjoying a reputation for excellence, recognized west Cobb’s beauty and potential would fit right in with their signature style: large lots, plenty of green space and awesome neighborhood amenities, where Atlanta execs (Coca-Cola, IBM, Lockheed, Delta and others) could raise their families and enjoy an active suburban lifestyle, leaving behind the worries of the city for resort-style home time. Even better, Arvida found architects -- like the currently renowned Stephen Fuller -- and builders whose commitment to excellence, not volume, would fit right in with their vision.
This is how our premier neighborhood was born...
The 197 homes, which range from 3,000 to over 5,000 square feet, are situated on mature, wooded sites with sidewalks, with many other neighborhood amenities available to each home owner. In 1990, nearby shopping was primarily the Chevron station at Stilesboro and Mars Hill Roads. Now grocery stores, the regional library, the YMCA, child care, doctors, dentists and other businesses followed, all within one mile of Burnt Hickory Lakes.
We helped build our award winning schools...
Ford Elementary, reached by school bus or a sixty second drive from BHL, enjoys the highest elementary test scores in the county and employs the most experienced educators as well. Ford is a multiple award winner when it comes to STEAM (science, technology, engineering and math), innovative learning gardens that draw admirers from across the region and art and music programs, recognized statewide for creativity. Durham Middle School on Mars Hill prepares students for Harrison High School, recognized as among the top three in Cobb county. BHL families built these schools, have invested in them and are very proud to highlight them here. (And we love our BHL teachers too!)
We put lots of care in our amenities...
Over the years, we’re proud to note BHL can still not only compete, but set the standard for a family community! Neighbors gather almost weekly in fellowship or for social events, whether it’s hosting teens before the cozy fireplace for Hot Chocolate and a Movie, the annual Halloween parade of tiny ghouls, wine tasting with the ladies book club, or breakfast with the philanthropic Men of Mars Hill, the BHL clubhouse is a gem, well loved by old and young alike. From the full kitchen to its spacious entertainment areas, neighbors can overlook the Olympic-sized pool and one of a kind waterfall slide. We’re proud of our longtime, Gold Division swim team, the Hurricanes, where the kids learn all about not just strokes, but teamwork and being invested in their neighborhood. A large outdoor kitchen, lighted tennis courts, basketball, sand volleyball and playground continue to attract west Cobb’s nicest people.
And care in preserving our investments...
But there is even more. Neighbors who love the outdoors enjoy miles of green space, trails, plus two small lakes with docks and picnic areas, all maintained by the mandatory homeowner’s association, which is an active and vital component to the continuing beauty of BHL homes, streets and facilities.
A fantastic value...
Houses don’t stay on the market long in BHL, because people are still looking for a neighborhood that feels like home – where neighbors still share cuttings of their favorite flowers, old guys still jog (when they’re not rebuilding bridges) and kids on bikes are the norm. Just a warning: when pickup high school basketball and spontaneous middle-aged volleyball erupt spontaneously, it can be difficult to walk away.
Come Visit Us...
If you’re looking for a great west Cobb neighborhood, we’re still here after 25 years, just getting better and better.
The BHL Homeowner’s Association Board
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