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The crystal clear waters of Lake Blue Ridge, combined with the majority of the lake being in the Chattahoochee National Forest, and therefore uninhabitable, creates one of the most picturesque mountain lakes in the country. Of the almost 65 miles of shoreline, only about 25% is developed, so the natural beauty will remain untouched by man-made structures. Beautiful blue mountains surround the aquamarine waters and create a breathtaking backdrop for all of the many water sports made possible by the pristine lake.
The 3,290 acre lake was created in 1939, when Blue Ridge Dam was constructed on the Toccoa River by the Toccoa Electric Power Company, in order to produce power for the area. Today, the lake is partially surrounded with campsites, several boat ramps, a marina, public swimming areas and a few home sites. Luckily for everyone who values this unique lake, it’s so easy to always find a spot on the lake to be totally secluded and entirely at peace. The dam has a picnic and viewing area, and just below the dam is a launch area for canoes, so you can fish in the Toccoa River, which is one of the best trout fishing spots in the region, or just float around and be thankful for the beauty that surrounds you.
Those who reside along a beautiful lakefront property will understand the simple pleasures of having direct access to the water. Hobbies of these residents typically include boating, fishing, and water sports such as tubing, waterskiing, jet skiing, canoeing, and kayaking. Lake Blue Ridge provides residents with ample opportunity to partake in all these activities and then some.
Living along Lake Blue Ridge means you also have easy access to the vibrant, artistic downtown core of Blue Ridge. This small yet active town is known for its wonderful art scene, boasting of local art galleries and community theater. The craft breweries that can be found in the area features live music on the weekends and excellent pub fare to be enjoyed.
Some of the main art galleries include High County Art Gallery and Turning Leaf Fine Art Gallery. Perhaps one of the most popular galleries is the Blue Ridge Mountain Arts Association’s Art Center located within the historic Fannin County Courthouse. Built in 1937, the courthouse has been converted into a trendy art gallery featuring rotating exhibits, making sure that visitors can tour the gallery repeatedly and examine constantly changing artworks created by local artists.
Blue Ridge is also home to several antique malls and collectable stores. Ain’t What It Used To Be is an excellent example of one of these unique vendors. The store features repurposed and upcycled furniture, eclectic artwork, and unique goods hand-crafted by local artists. Blue Ridge Antique Mall and Consignment is another excellent option for vintage and antique collectables. The store is well organized, clean, and is home to friendly and helpful staff.
Baugh House is owned by the Fannin County Heritage Foundation. Built in 1890 by James Baugh and his brothers, this historical home has since been converted into a Heritage Museum open to the public. This intriguing museum allows visitors to get a glimpse of life in Georgia in the 1800s.
Another way to enjoy the beautiful scenery of Northern Georgia is the Blue Ridge City Park. Located in the heart of Downtown Blue Ridge, the park is a popular place for quiet picnics, large community gatherings, and exciting festivals hosted by the town.
Blue Ridge is one of the most well-known towns in the North Georgia Mountains, and the secluded Lake Blue Ridge real estate is some of the most coveted real estate in the town. With the close proximity to the thriving, artistic downtown core, this tranquil area is perfect for homebuyers who wish to enjoy quiet mountain life without being too isolated from society and entertainment options. Blue Ridge is home to various attractions and events year-round and the locals living along the lake have full access to those incredible events.
The real estate market of Lake Blue Ridge contains a highly sought after selection of listings. Waterfront properties tend to have a high turnover rate, meaning the homes sell fast, so potential residents need to keep an eye on the market and confidently go after their dream homes. The average cost of real estate in the Lake Blue Ridge community is approximately $687,000, though homes can be found anywhere from as little as $185,000 to as much as $3,200,000.
Open lots can also be found in and around the Lake Blue Ridge region. With over 60 miles of shoreline, there is plenty of space for those wishing to achieve their dream of designing a custom home or cottage along the beautiful lakefront shores. Starting at approximately $36,900 and costing as much as $149,900, the diverse listings allow all budgets to consider these coveted plots.
The majority of housing styles in the Lake Blue Ridge area consists of single-family homes. This includes everything from quaint little cabins in the woods to massive waterfront estates right on top of the water. The houses in the area are a perfect mix of old and new with rustic, old-fashioned cottages as well as modern, custom-made homes. The residents of Lake Blue Ridge include both permanent residents as well as part-time, summer vacationers.
Lake Blue Ridge is a beautiful and relaxing place to call home, but sometimes you just need a change of scenery or a day trip to a town with a few more attractions. Fortunately, the community is well within reach of dozens of charming and exciting North Georgian towns. With access to major roadways, the commute to these diverse towns is a smooth one.
Blairsville is a charming little town with a population of just over 600 people. The small town may not have the most thriving population, but it sure has plenty to keep visitors entertained. There are plenty of unique restaurants to try out, including the famous Grandaddy Mimm’s Distillery, which offers not only tasty snacks but also a unique brand of moonshine as well as vodka. Blairsville can be found just 19 miles from Lake Blue Ridge along US-76 East.
If the residents of Lake Blue Ridge are looking to explore more of Georgia’s delightful lakes, the beautiful Nottely Lake is just 15 miles east of the town. This gorgeous lake is one of the most popular destinations in North Georgia and provides ample opportunity for various outdoor excursions including camping and cottaging, boating activities including water skiing, fishing opportunities, and beautiful beaches. Blue Ridge residents can access this stunning neck of the woods by way of US-76 East.
Suches is yet another small, yet interesting town found in North Georgia. Known for the scenic hiking trails and walking paths throughout the mountains and along the beautiful Woody Lake, Suches is the perfect destination for those looking to commune with nature and enjoy the great outdoors. The Appalachian Trail cuts right through this quaint town between Woody Gap, bringing plenty of travellers through the community. Lake Blue Ridge locals can get to Suches by heading down GA-60 South for approximately 27 miles.
Ellijay is a slightly larger rural community located in Gilmer County. With a population of just over 1,100 people, Ellijay is actually the county seat of Gilmer County. This intriguing town is often known as the “Apple Capital of Georgia” due to the annual Georgia Apple Festival that the town plays host to every October. For Lake Blue Ridge residents who wish to partake in this awesome festival or just want to explore Ellijay as a town, they can take US-76 West for about 23 miles.
Lake Blue Ridge is the perfect getaway from the hustle and bustle of more urban living. Permanent residents who are lucky enough to call this fabulous location home can enjoy the year-round sights and sounds of the tranquil mountain and lake surroundings. Those who are looking for a second home to enjoy during the warm summer months would be hard-pressed to find a more beautiful location than this charming community. Homes and land with views of this gorgeous lake aren’t exactly abundant, but you can count on your Century 21 agents to have the premier listings you are looking for. Contact us today, we will be happy to get to know you, and begin the adventure of finding your little piece of Heaven in these majestic hills.