Formerly a small farming town, the city of Alpharetta rapidly transformed after GA 400 extended into the area, allowing for a quick commute into the metro Atlanta area. The city is now recognized as an affluent North Atlanta suburb and one of the fastest growing cities in the country. Corporations such as Siemens, IBM, Nortel, Nokia and many others are proud to call the area home. Alpharetta real estate is now one of the hottest markets in Georgia for both residents and businesses. It’s the perfect place to live, work and play. The area is only about a 30-minute drive away from the city of Atlanta and all it has to offer, along with neighboring communities such as Dunwoody, Sandy Springs and Cobb County. However, Alpharetta has a lot to offer residents in terms of shopping, restaurants and recreation. The North Point Mall retail district offers residents a variety of shopping and restaurant options. In addition, the upcoming Avalon mixed-used development will expand these options even further. The Verizon Wireless Amphitheater plays host to numerous concerts and other events throughout the year, and Wills Park is a large recreational center that offers numerous activities for residents.