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Benefits of Living Near Atlanta, Athens, and Augusta

Friday, Dec 28, 2018  |  admin  |  Lake Living


Here at Harbor Club, we are so fortunate to have easy access to Lake Oconee–Georgia’s second largest lake–amazing golf, shopping, dining, and more. There are other benefits of our location though. Harbor Club is conveniently located midway between Atlanta and Augusta and is just 40 minutes south of Athens. It’s proximity to those cities puts us within arms-reach of all the best that Georgia has to offer — such as top employers, educational institutions, professional sports, arts, and culture. 


As the renowned capital of Georgia, Atlanta’s big-city lights and atmosphere are just over an hour’s drive from Harbor Club. You can easily take in a Braves game, visit the World of Coca-Cola, Georgia Aquarium, Atlanta History Center, Centennial Olympic Park, or CNN.

Top employers

Corporate operations play a significant role in sAtlanta’s economy, as it has the third largest number of Fortune 500 companies in the nation. It also hosts the global headquarters of corporations like The Coca-Cola Company, Home Depot, Delta Air Lines, AT&T, Chick-fil-A, and UPS. In fact, more than 75% of Fortune 1000 companies conduct business operations in Atlanta, and Delta is the largest employer. Atlanta now has a rapidly growing information technology sector, as well as a burgeoning film and television production industry, so no matter your professional expertise, there are ample opportunities.


Atlanta is one of few U.S. cities with permanent, professional, and resident companies in all of the major performing arts. These include opera (Atlanta Opera), ballet (Atlanta Ballet), orchestra (Atlanta Symphony Orchestra), and theater (the Alliance Theatre). Atlanta also attracts many Broadway acts, concerts, shows, and exhibitions on tour.


Atlanta is home to professional franchises for four major sports: the Atlanta Braves (Major League Baseball,) the Atlanta Hawks (National Basketball Association,) the Atlanta Falcons (National Football League,) and the Atlanta United FC (Major League Soccer.)

Atlanta is also home to the brand new, world-class Mercedes Benz stadium, where the upcoming MLS Cup, Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl, and Super Bowl LIII will be played. The MLS Cup is particularly exciting because our home team, Atlanta United, will be facing off against the Portland Timbers. That MLS Cup is the league’s most important trophy and it could potentially be our new team’s first.

Top schools

Georgia Institute of Technology, Georgia State University, and Emory University are all excellent educational institutions. Whether you are going to school yourself, or have kids that are attending, it’s nice to have so many top-notch schools so close to home.


Hartsfield–Jackson Atlanta International Airport continues to be the world’s busiest. It’s an asset for anyone who travels for work or pleasure, as it offers service to over 150 U.S. destinations and more than 75 international destinations in 50 countries. No matter where you want to go, you can easily start your journey at ATL.


Home to UGA, the flagship public university, and the State Botanical Garden of Georgia, Athens is a short 40-minute drive from Harbor Club. Often referred to as “The Classic City of the South,” this scenic college town offers a charming mixture of Antebellum architecture, contemporary art, and a vibrant nightlife.

Top employers

With over 34,000 students in attendance, UGA is the top employer in Athens, but there are other prominent employers such as Athens Regional Medical Center, St Mary’s Health Care System, and Caterpillar. Athens is also home to burgeoning technology companies such as Docebo, Roundsphere, and Cogent Education. Other more established technology companies such as Partner Software, Peachtree Medical Billing, and Digital Insight are based in Athens too. Beyond tech, there are several pharmaceutical manufacturing and biotechnology companies such as Merial and Janssen Pharmaceuticals. Independent publisher Hill Street Press is even headquartered in Athens.


Famous bands such as R.E.M., The B-52s, Widespread Panic, and the Indigo Girls all came from Athens. On the opposite side of the spectrum, The Athens Symphony Orchestra is greatly favored too. No matter what musical tastes you have, the music scene in Athens can satisfy them.


Augusta is the second largest and oldest city in Georgia. It has beautiful tree-lined streets, majestic antebellum mansions, and a famous Riverwalk that offers pedestrian access to the Savannah River. It’s also home to the highly acclaimed Augusta National Golf Course.

Top employers

In 2016, it was announced that the new National Cyber Security Headquarters would be based in Augusta, bringing as many as 10,000 cybersecurity specialists to the Fort Gordon area. Thus, the U.S. Army Cyber Center of Excellence and Fort Gordon are the top employers in the area. Other include Augusta University and EZ GO (golf carts and utility vehicles.)

Top attraction

The Masters tournament at Augusta National is one of the most prestigious in the world of golf. The best amateur and pro golfers in the world come to Augusta during the first full week of April each year to play. The course was ranked in 2009 as the third best golf course in the world by Golf Magazine. The grounds of Augusta National are known for being pristine with beautiful azaleas in bloom. Lucky for us, our community is conveniently located halfway between Atlanta and Augusta. To get you in the spirit of the tournament, we offer excellent Masters Week golf specials at our award-winning, Weiskopf-Morrish designed course.


Being located close to Atlanta, Athens, and Augusta certainly has its advantages. As a Southern Living-Inspired Community, we are fortunate to have access to all that these cities have to offer. Combined with Greensboro’s many assets, you can understand why we are enthusiastic about our ability to truly live, work, and play here. Why not come see for yourself? Let’s start planning your visit today.