Kennesaw is a thriving town with a rich history rooted in railroads, Southern traditions and the Civil War. Once known as The Big Shanty, a moniker derived from the cluster of houses (or shanties) built for railroad workers in the area in the 1830s, Kennesaw has become the quintessential American small town. More than just a suburb of Atlanta, this community's blend of down-home charm and contemporary style makes this a truly comfortable hometown environment.
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Home values on the rise! Located 20 miles northwest of Atlanta, with quick access to I-75, it's easy to see why homeowners are drawn to the area. The real estate is a mix of medium-sized single family homes in spacious subdivisions, like the popular Legacy Park and charming apartments in luxury high-rises and complexes along George Busbee Parkway. On average, homeowners have seen an annual appreciation rate of 2.5% since 1990, but home appreciation skyrocketed by 11.92% in the last 12 months. With properties fetching top dollar on the market, it's clear to see that Kennesaw has shed its shanty town reputation.
A slice of American history! During the Civil War, Kennesaw served as a battle site. Today, residents and visitors can tour the 18 miles of nature trails and historic landmarks from battle at Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park. Continue the trip down memory lane downtown with a visit to The Southern Museum of Civil War and Locomotive History, current home to The General--one of the vehicles involved in the Great Locomotive Chase of 1862.
A small town with big amenities! Kennesaw residents don't have to go far to find everything they need. Major retailers and restaurants stretch along both sides of Ernest W. Barrett Parkway, including Town Center at Cobb.
High vacancy rates! With an overall vacancy rate of 8.79%, house hunters have a good chance to find their dream home in their desired Kennesaw neighborhood. Budget conscious renters may try searching for rent to own homes in Kennesaw City Center, an established residential area with older medium-sized homes and apartment complexes. This area has a slightly higher vacancy rate of 13.2%, attributed to the ebb and flow of seasonal renters and its proximity to Kennesaw State University.
Community involvement! Kennesaw is committed to preserving historical heritage and revitalizing its downtown core. The town is doing both by hosting a series of festivals throughout the year. Popular events include the City of Kennesaw's Pigs & Peaches BBQ Festival, held in the fall, and the springtime Kennesaw/Big Shanty Festival, which promotes 250 local and independent vendors, live entertainment and tons of Southern cuisine.
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