A jewel along the southern end of Lake Lanier with a regionally acclaimed shopping center and a nationally adored resort park.

Welcome to Buford

An effortlessly cool downtown acts as the heartbeat of Buford, a south-end Lake Lanier town that’s equal part trendy and historic. Century-old buildings now house art galleries, independent boutiques, and foodie-approved cafes, and on weekends the arbored streets are bustling with happy-go-lucky residents connecting with their community.
Under an hour from Atlanta, Buford real estate is ideal for commuters and professionals, though it still carries a city-like swagger of its own that’s completely unique from ATL. Buford was incorporated in 1872, and since then, it has exploded into a destination city of resorts, shopping, and Lake Lanier fun.
Regal custom new builds are all the rage in Buford, though the city is one of the most architecturally diverse places on the lake. Buford homes for sale features private wooded plots and lush, immaculate lawns provide a suburban/rural feel despite the city’s many amenities and attractions. Ranches, traditional farmhouses, single-family homes, and sweeping modern abodes are all possible within the residential real estate market of Buford.

What to Love

  • Easy access to ATL via 985 and 85
  • Incredible educational opportunities within the Buford City School District
  • Resorts and marinas, including Lake Lanier Islands and Holiday Marina

Local Lifestyle

While spots like the Holiday Marina have been graced by the presence of big-name athletes and celebrities, including Elton John, for years, the town has never lost its down-to-earth attitude. Buford manages to retain an unending amount of Southern hospitality and charm, even as it serves as one of the area’s hottest retail and commercial destinations.

Dining, Entertainment, and Shopping

There’s no place better for shopping in Buford than the Mall of Georgia — just one of the city’s many alluring features. Among the top retail destinations in the entire Southeast US, the Mall of Georgia is packed with nearly 200 stores, including Apple, Coach, Lush, and Pottery Barn. Another popular spot is The Exchange, the county’s brand-new mixed-use commercial epicenter that offers entertainment activities like go-karting and Top Golf along with a bevy of stores and great eats.
Buford is a cornucopia of local, independent boutiques, quirky shops, and restaurants, such as Painted Tree Buford. Recognized across the country for its inventory of both home goods and fashion, Painted Tree is a shopper’s paradise on those days when you need a little bit of everything.
Sperata is Buford’s premier fine dining establishment, serving globally inspired American and European cuisine pioneered by renowned executive chef Christopher Hope. Rico’s World Kitchen offers a more relaxed vibe — its light, airy venue makes the perfect background for the array of global comfort dishes. American food with Southern flair isn’t center stage at 37 Main Buford, but it certainly could be. While patrons come for the live concerts and great beer, they stay for the classic pub fare elevated to gourmet status.

Things to Do

Perhaps Buford’s most signature attraction, the Lake Lanier Islands, is a one-of-a-kind destination boasting a jaw-dropping number of amenities. Year-round entertainment is possible at the resort’s multi-faceted facilities, including but not limited to: The Margaritaville at Lanier Islands Water Park; a 1,200-acre beach and shoreline; a lush, masterfully planned 18-hole golf course; a world-class spa; hiking trails; and a seasonal winter snow-tubing island. During the warmer months, the events and live shows are non-stop at Margaritaville at Lake Lanier Islands.
Buford is also home to Coolray Field, a 10,427-seat minor league baseball park in unincorporated Gwinnett County, Georgia. The field serves as the home field for the Gwinnett Stripers, the Triple-A affiliate of the Atlanta Braves.

Schools in Buford

Buford is home to several excellent schools, and the Buford City School District contains several of the best-ranked schools in the state. Top educational opportunities include:

Overview for Buford, GA

16,811 people live in Buford, where the median age is 36.3 and the average individual income is $25,502. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.


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Demographics and Employment Data for Buford, GA

Buford has 4,998 households, with an average household size of 3.33. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. Here’s what the people living in Buford do for work — and how long it takes them to get there. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. 16,811 people call Buford home. The population density is 927.11 and the largest age group is Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.


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48.76 / 51.24%

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Schools in Buford, GA

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The following schools are within or nearby Buford. The rating and statistics can serve as a starting point to make baseline comparisons on the right schools for your family. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.
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9th - 12th
Buford Elementary School
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Buford Senior Academy
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Buford Middle School
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Around Buford, GA

There's plenty to do around Buford, including shopping, dining, nightlife, parks, and more. Data provided by Walk Score and Yelp.

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Points of Interest

Explore popular things to do in the area, including Heavenly Bakes, Okiboru Ramen & Tsukemen, and HobbyTown.

Name Category Distance Reviews
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Dining 4.54 miles 5 reviews 5/5 stars
Dining 3.62 miles 6 reviews 5/5 stars
Shopping 1.76 miles 5 reviews 5/5 stars
Active 1.14 miles 6 reviews 5/5 stars
Active 2.36 miles 8 reviews 5/5 stars
Active 2.06 miles 5 reviews 5/5 stars
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