Meet Savannah, a historic city with a revered past, a vibrant present and an exciting future. Savannah, Est. 1733, brims with an atmosphere and charm fostered by residents who have cherished and preserved its past. Their love of history is embodied in the beautifully restored homes, churches and public buildings that grace the city’s unique, tree-filled squares and that affection has given rise to a tourism industry that’s boomed dramatically since the mid-1990s.
Energized by the upsurge in tourism and other positive economic factors, Savannah is in the enviable position of being able to use its past to enhance its present and future. The city’s Historic Landmark District is in the midst of a commercial revitalization that’s spreading to the midtown Victorian District and spilling over into the eastside islands, the fast-growing Southside and the industrialized areas west of Savannah.
Today nearly 300,000 people call the Savannah area their home. Many have been drawn here because of the opportunities for future growth. The economy here is based mainly on ports, manufacturing, tourism and the military. Savannah continues to maintain steady growth and is the heart beat of a prospering Georgia economy providing opportunities to families looking for a community with a future, economic stability and a stellar quality of life. We welcome you to become a part of our community, enjoy the family-friendly lifestyle, the great outdoors and to be a part of a growing community and region
Many residents of the 2.5-square-mile Historic Landmark District can claim the city’s verdant squares as their front yards. Although the north end of the District is commercial in character, numerous blocks of the area are solidly residential. Historic homes in need of restoration are still available. Newcomers will also find a good selection of restored homes, the result of 50 years of preservation efforts, and new construction in the form of townhouse condominiums crafted to blend into the historic atmosphere of the District.
Adjacent to the Historic District, this first southward expansion of the city is attracting more and more folks interested in restoring two- and three-story frame houses in need of repair. The area becomes more popular in this regard as the number of restorable houses in the Historic District shrinks.
Savannah’s first suburb, laid out in 1910, is a mixture of prestigious four- and five-bedroom mansions and quaint, craftsman-style bungalows situated on tree-lined streets. The Ardsley Park area — located in Midtown — has become one of the city’s “hottest” neighborhoods, favored by young professionals and families.
This secluded neighborhood in eastside Savannah is similar to Ardsley Park in character, but it’s considerably smaller and hasn’t been “discovered” to the extent that its “big brother” to the southwest has.
Located just east of Savannah’s city limits, Thunderbolt is an historic maritime town and the site of docks used by shrimp fishermen. Originally incorporated as Warsaw in 1856, Thunderbolt owes its current name to the legend of a lightning strike that created a freshwater spring along the Wilmington River bluff. A number of luxury condominium developments with breathtaking views have sprung up along the riverfront.
Home buyers in search of a less-historic but easy-going setting might consider the islands east and southeast of downtown Savannah. One of these, Tybee, is a barrier island fronting on the Atlantic Ocean. The others are separated from the mainland by rivers or tidal creeks, but all of the islands exude the “getting-away-from-it-all” feeling that comes when you cross a stretch of tranquil marshland on your way home from work or school.
West Chatham County
Much of the Savannah area’s industry is concentrated in west Chatham, and it’s also the site of four municipalities and Southbridge and Savannah Quarters — two fast-growing golf communities. The towns of the area — Bloomingdale, Garden City, Pooler and Port Wentworth — are well-established residential areas that serve as home to much of the work force of the industries located there.
This county south and southwest of Savannah offers a unique blend of piney woods and marshland. The fastest-developing part of Bryan is near the coast. It’s Richmond Hill, a bustling bedroom community that was once the winter quarters of famed industrialist Henry Ford.
Fast-developing Effingham offers home buyers a choice of residential areas with different characters — on-the-go Rincon, quaint Guyton, and Springfield, the county seat. Rincon, beginning to resemble a bedroom community of the magnitude of Richmond Hill, is mushrooming as the Savannah area gradually spreads west. However, all three municipalities retain their country-style atmosphere.