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Afternoon at Serenbe


Serenbe is a 900 acre eclectic community southwest of Atlanta, Georgia. The surrounding area is known as Chattahoochee Hill Country and incorporates portions of four counties. Development in this 40,000 acre area emphasizes smart growth, also known as sustainable living. Curious about this secluded area, we decided to check it out yesterday. From our home it was a 45 minute drive. The last five minutes were on a long, winding lane through fenced livestock pastures.

We started our exploration of Serenbe with a delicious brunch at The Hil. Later, we spoke to some friendly residents who invited us to walk the nature trail (not a public area) and gave us a map and brief orientation. For a short stretch the trail borders a pasture, but unfortunately no horses were present. The round-trip hike took us about two hours and provided some interesting sights and much-needed exercise.

The homes at Serenbe are mostly upscale and each has a custom design. Greenspace includes vast wooded and pasture areas, stables, a lake, and organic gardens. We are looking forward to the Saturday Produce Market next spring when strawberries are available.

We enjoyed the brief glimpse of the Serenbe lifestyle. When we return, we plan to visit the interesting shops and bakery we missed during this visit.


Author: Karen Chandler

Metal clay jewelry, nature photography, and digital scrapbooking are Karen's passions. She is mostly self-taught, enjoying the learning process as much as producing her works of art. Karen's jewelry features fine silver, copper, and bronze. She sculpts and refines metal clay, then kiln fires her pieces and polishes them to perfection. The process allows for exciting interpretations of symbols, shapes, textures, and combinations of metals. A long time user of Photoshop, Karen loves to create digital layouts with her photos. Her layouts and albums are a diary of sorts; documenting milestones, recording happy times, and celebrating her love of nature.

8 thoughts on “Afternoon at Serenbe

  1. Very nice set of pictures Karen, my favorite is the calico cat shot. That photo is great!

  2. A fascinating place, Karen. Also a great collection of photos. The bird house collection caught my eye. 🙂

  3. I look forward to hearing more about this place when you return. Smart Growth is a hot topic here in Boise, these days. With the economy is such a slump it is hard to get something like this off the ground because developers can’t get as much commercial bang for the buck as they would in denser developments.

    • Thank you for your comment and yes, I will write more when possible. On the way to our destination at Serenbe, it was interesting (and kind of sad) to see that many acres had been somewhat developed (for example fire hydrants had been installed many miles from residential or commercial structures). Clearly they were preparing for development years ago, but it did not go forward.

  4. Very beautiful place, and great photos. 🙂