Breathtaking mountain views, lakefront homes, and an appealingly quaint ambiance make it easy to fall in love with this North Shore community.

Welcome to Gainesville

Along the northeastern shores of the resplendent Lake Lanier, the peaceful city of Gainesville provides a respite from the hustle and bustle of South Lake. With an adorable downtown that’s blossoming thanks to a huge renovation of “the fourth side of the square,” Gainesville continues to foster a lively community spirit.
Gainesville Real Estate in within the seat of Hall County, and residents will readily tell you of its status as “Poultry Capital of the World” due to its large number of processing plants. Established in the early 19th century, Gainesville has since become recognized for its all-in attitude, charming downtown square, and the only private waterfront country club on Lake Lanier: The Chattahoochee Country Club.
The varied architectural styles of homes in Gainesville mean this enchanting town offers both luxury and practicality — whatever your Lake Lanier lifestyle requires, Gainesville Real Estate can accommodate it. From the new condos popping up downtown to the grand estates just steps from the water, Gainesville impresses from every avenue. While there are plenty of historic and mid-century homes, the bulk of properties in Gainesville are relatively new and come with modern, high-end amenities.

What to Love

  • The invigorating growth of downtown, including mixed-use complex The Renaissance
  • Home to Northeast Georgia Medical Center, one of the best in the Southeast
  • The best gas prices on all of Lake Lanier
  • Less boat traffic and bustle than more southern communities
  • Community docking

Local Lifestyle

The Square — Gainesville’s upbeat pulse — is the place to be for locals and visitors alike when they’re not out on the waters of Lake Lanier. Featuring restaurants, independent shops, a seasonal farmers market, and yearly events, The Square functions as the epicenter for all things social and fun. And for Gainesville residents, community fun is a year-round affair.

Dining, Entertainment, and Shopping

Downtown and the effervescent Gainesville Square contain a bevy of popular restaurants and boutiques. Shop the carefully curated apparel at places like Dress Up and Image Boutique, or find the perfect gift and one-of-a-kind local items at locations such as Upsy Daisy and Purchase Effect.
When in search of the perfect venue for a romantic evening or special occasion, residents often turn to the array of fine dining restaurants on the square. The warm, intimate environment of Scott’s Downtown is topped off with a decadent menu of American eats, while YellowFin is the expert on all things seafood in their rustic-chic venue. Longstreet Cafe is a classic local favorite and a must-try, as is Inman Perk Coffee Shop.
Gainesville Homes for sale at large — both downtown and elsewhere— contains an unparalleled number of foodie-approved restaurants and wonderful shops. Among the most notable are:


  • Recess 
  • Sweet Magnolias
  • Atlas Pizza
  • Avocados
  • Downtown Drafts
  • The Inked Pig
  • ChopBLOCK
  • Hopscotch
  • Luna’s 
  • Diletto Bakery
  • Harvest Kitchen
  • Inn Between Deli
  • 2 Dog
  • Hops Kitchen
  • Zen Ramen and Sushi Burrito



Things to Do

Exploring downtown is an adventure in and of itself, especially thanks to fun amenities such as the free Downtown Getaround shuttle service and the Lunchtime Trolly. Locals have their pick of options for relaxation in and outside of the water, including spots like The Spa on Green Street. For sports enthusiasts, there’s the endless opportunity of Lake Lanier Olympic Park, which has hosted several Olympic events. Laurel Park is brimming with play equipment and sports fields and even includes a summer splash pad and year-round dog park — all on the lake.
On the water, there’s no shortage of entertainment. Head to the marinas of Lake Lanier, and you’ll encounter the area’s hottest hangouts and eateries, such as Skogies Lakefront Restaurant at Gainesville Marina and Pelican Pete’s restaurant by boat at Port Royale Marina. The Chattahoochee Country Club is located on the lake as well, and its amenities include tennis courts, swimming pools, on-site dining, fitness facilities, and golf.
The town frequently hosts events and celebrations in The Square and on Lake Lanier. Several of the most anticipated festivals and events include:
  • Beach Bash
  • Explore Georgia’s Food Truck Friday
  • Jingle Mingle & Christmas on Green Street
  • Dragon Boat Festival


Gainesville is home to several excellent schools. In addition to a highly regarded public school system, Gainesville is also home to Brenau University. Other top educational opportunities include:

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Overview for Gainesville, GA

41,730 people live in Gainesville, where the median age is 32.4 and the average individual income is $30,115. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.


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Demographics and Employment Data for Gainesville, GA

Gainesville has 14,619 households, with an average household size of 2.78. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. Here’s what the people living in Gainesville do for work — and how long it takes them to get there. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. 41,730 people call Gainesville home. The population density is 1,248.46 and the largest age group is Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.


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46.61 / 53.39%

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Schools in Gainesville, GA

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The following schools are within or nearby Gainesville. 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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Fair Street International Baccalaureate World School
PreK - 5th
No rating available
Gainesville Exploration Academy
PreK - 5th
Gainesville Middle School
6th - 8th
Enota Multiple Intelligences Academy
PreK - 5th
8th - 12th
Centennial Arts Academy
PreK - 5th
New Holland Core Knowledge Academy
PreK - 5th
Chicopee Elementary School
PreK - 5th
PreK - 12th
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Gainesville High School
9th - 12th
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Lanier College and Career Academy
9th - 12th
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Around Gainesville, GA

There's plenty to do around Gainesville, 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 Zell's Cottage Bakery, el mana, and Green's Grocery.

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Dining 2.93 miles 5 reviews 5/5 stars
Dining 0.7 miles 6 reviews 5/5 stars
Dining · $ 1.65 miles 12 reviews 5/5 stars
Dining 0.56 miles 5 reviews 5/5 stars
Dining 1.38 miles 12 reviews 4.9/5 stars
Dining 0.81 miles 24 reviews 4.9/5 stars
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