How I Spent My Summer Vacation - Lake Burton GA

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How I Spent My Summer Vacation


Real estate agents don’t like to leave town - something always happens when they do. In fact, my husband likes to say that I should leave more often since I always seem to get new business when I’m gone.


But there is one get-away I never want to miss - visiting with good friends at their lake house inLake Burton, Georgia Lake Burton, Georgia.


Yes, I never heard of it either until I went there. Lake Burton is the largest of several lakes that were originally the Tallulah River. The original town of Burton is now buried underwater. Our friends lived in Atlanta for many years and Lake Burton (nearest town is Clayton) is a popular vacation spot for the well-to-do in Atlanta.


Homes on Lake Burton are not that different from homes in Winnetka or the North Shore - magnificent and pricey. Originally, there were only small cabins on these lots but in the past 20 years they have been torn down with much larger homes going in (just like the North Shore.) Prices range from $300,000 for an old cabin off the lake to over $20 million. Notable folks that live there part time are Nick Saban (University of Alabama football coach,) country star Alan Jackson, and a renter named Julie Roberts.


Lake Burton, GeorgiaThe lake is located in the very northeast portion of George near the North Carolina border in the Blue Ridge mountains. There are several quaint towns nearby with good antiquing, tons of hiking paths including the Appalachian Trail, and some really good restaurants.






But I love going for the serenity and laziness I can allow myself to indulge in. Basking on the dock for hours (with sunscreen and umbrella, of course) is a fine way to unwind. Plus we can go boating, kayaking, paddle boarding, and treat ourselves to wine as the day winds down. No plans or schedules or places we have to be.




When the weather in the Chicago area dips to where it seems impossible to live, I whip out these photos and videos and feel the warmth of the

sun on my body all over again.


Lake Burton, GA


 Lake Burton, GA




Lake Burton, GA


Lake Burton GA

Lake Burton, GA

Lake Burton, GA

(Our friend's house above with the boat house on the water. The home has huge lakefront access and a handy tram that goes up and down the hill)





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Susan Haughton
Long and Foster REALTORS (703) 470-4545 - Alexandria, VA
Susan & Mindy Team...Honesty. Integrity. Results.

We lived north of Atlanta for a few years and were always amazed at the beauty of the north Georgia mountains as well as the many lakes and resort areas. Totally different world from Atlanta and one we truly enjoyed.  You captured the area beautifully. 

Sep 06, 2018 03:57 PM #1
Tammy Lankford,
Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 - Eatonton, GA
Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville

My lake is about as far south east of Atlanta as Lake Burton is north of Atlanta.  And our prices are much cheaper.  You'll have to let me know when you will be visiting and we'll drive up and say hi.

Sep 06, 2018 08:17 PM #2
Anna Banana Kruchten CRS CRB, Phoenix Broker
HomeSmart Real Estate BR030809000 - Phoenix, AZ

Margaret that sounds like a lovely place to enjoy any time of the year! I feel more relaxed just seeing your photos. I grew up on a lake in MN and I miss it - just not the cold winters!

Sep 07, 2018 02:30 PM #3
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Good afternoon Margaret - that certainly is a beautiful area.  The entire  Blue Ridge mountains are beautiful. 

Sep 10, 2018 10:48 AM #4
Debe Maxwell, CRS | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

Hi Margaret! What a fun summer vacation - you're at my zen spot, for sure! I'll bet Tammy Lankford, has hiking trails in her area as well...and less expensive sounds good to me too!

Sep 19, 2018 04:48 PM #5
Tammy Lankford,
Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 - Eatonton, GA
Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville

Yes m'am.  I'll have to write a post about some of the trails around here and tag you in it.  

Sep 20, 2018 06:24 AM #6
Gene Mundt, IL/WI Mortgage Originator - FHA/VA/Conv/Jumbo/Portfolio/Refi
NMLS #216987, IL Lic. 031.0006220, WI Licensed. APMC NMLS #175656 - New Lenox, IL
708.921.6331 - 40+ yrs experience

Mention the Blue Ridge Mountain area ... and I'm interested, Margaret Goss. We fell in love with that entire mountainous area and the beautiful views when our son attended college out that way.  Glad you had an opportunity to kick back and relax ... AND gain some new biz at the same time ...


Sep 20, 2018 02:22 PM #7
Inna Ivchenko
Barcode Properties - Encino, CA
Realtor® • Green • GRI • HAFA • PSC Calabasas CA

Any vacation anywhere in the world with a person or people who share your interests is awesome:) Looks like you had a great time! 

Oct 20, 2018 01:08 AM #8
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