Vinings, GA: What It's Like to Live Here

This historic community combines a small-town feel with trendy places to eat and shop.
By: Gina Hannah
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Located just west of downtown Atlanta across the Chattahoochee River, historic Vinings, Ga., beckons residents and visitors alike. Tucked between Buckhead's West Paces Ferry section and the city of Smyrna, you'll find a good dose of Southern charm here that has made Vinings a popular place for families to set down roots.

This unincorporated community of just under 10,000 people is tiny in comparison to other parts of the Atlanta metro area, but its community-minded leaders and residents have helped preserve a small-town feel. Despite not having a formally structured local government, Vining residents have established a homeowners association consisting of codes aimed at preserving the neighborhoods' appeal and property values. Children in Vinings are zoned for the highly ranked Cobb County public school system.

Those searching for a home in Vinings will find a wide range of sizes and prices, from one-bedroom condominiums and townhomes for about $100,000 to million-dollar custom homes and estates. For a single-family home, expect to pay more than $500,000.

Originally inhabited by Native Americans, Vinings was acquired by Hardy Pace, a North Carolina entrepreneur who operated several businesses on the river, including the Paces Ferry. The community was eventually named after William H. Vining, who in the late 1830s oversaw the construction of a trestle bridge in the area.

The community has worked to preserve the history of Vinings: The community is home to several historic buildings that are open for tours and events, including the Pace House, the Old Pavilion and the Yarbrough House. Each year, the Vinings Historic Preservation Society hosts Celebration of Preservation, the Vinings Golf Classic, and Vegas in Vinings, all benefitting historic preservation efforts. Families enjoy an ice cream social each July at the Old Pavilion.

In addition to its historic buildings, Vinings' families enjoy many modern amenities, including shopping and dining at Jubilee, a quaint town center with several restaurants, boutiques and specialty stores. The nearby Cobb Energy Performing Arts Center is a premier entertainment venue with world-class performances, including the Radio City Rockettes, the Atlanta Ballet, and the Atlanta Opera.

Residents also have easy access to the Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area, as well as the Silver Comet Trail in Smyrna, a Rails to Trails project that provides a motorcar-free paved trail for bicyclists, walkers, joggers, inline skaters and horseback riders. The trail travels from Smyrna west for about 61 miles to the Georgia/Alabama state line, following the abandoned railroad line once traveled by the Silver Comet Passenger train.

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