Southeast Discovery Cites 3 Factors That Make Lake Oconee, Georgia a Top Choice for Retirement Relocation

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Lake Oconee Area Offers Important Quality Amenities Baby Boomer Retirees and Others Seeking Relocation Are Searching For

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Today's buyers – both Baby Boomers as well as a younger demographic – are finding the Lake Oconee area, and communities such as Reynolds Plantation, to be an ideal fit for what they are looking for.

In Lake Oconee, Georgia, the presence of an award-winning hospital, a top-rated charter school, and a planned adult living community are beginning to attract newcomers to the area outside the usual demographic of retirees, second home owners and vacationers. An increase in primary families moving into Lake Oconee and the nearby master-planned community of Reynolds Plantation have been attracted by St. Mary's Good Samaritan Hospital, Lake Oconee Academy, and The Glen at Lake Oconee Village, an adult living community currently in the final planning stages for development at the entrance of Reynolds Plantation.

“We have many clients who are looking for a lake community that offers other amenities such as golf, clubhouse, fitness center, walking trails and social activities but they do not want to feel remote. Most lakes are not near larger cities, so this can be a challenge. As Lake Oconee Village continues to evolve with many daily conveniences as well as attributes such as quality health care provided by St Mary’s Good Samaritan Hospital, today's buyers – both Baby Boomers as well as a younger demographic – are finding this area, and communities such as Reynolds Plantation, to be an ideal fit for what they are looking for,” said Marian Schaffer, Principal and Founder of Southeast Discovery, a company that helps buyers actively looking for a retirement or second home in the Southeast find the right area and community to call home.

St. Mary's Good Samaritan Hospital was named 2014 Small Hospital of the Year by the Georgia Alliance of Community Hospitals at its 31st Annual Conference on October 16. Recognized for its growth and investment of $48 million in the health of the greater Greene County area, the hospital has directly improved the health of the community and benefitted the greater Greene County area by playing an important role in attracting other health care business.

Lake Oconee Academy (LOA), four minutes from the community of Reynolds Plantation, has been rated the top charter school in the state by the Georgia Charter School Association. Founded in 2007, Lake Oconee Academy scored a 496.4 out of a perfect score of 500, outperforming the ranking metrics in Reading, English, Language Arts, Math and Social Studies.

The Glen at Lake Oconee Village, a senior living lifestyle community, is proposed to be developed in two or more phases, the first being the construction of approximately 100 senior apartments consisting of a mixture of assisted living and memory care units. Amenities under consideration for inclusion in Phase One include dining, a wellness center, business center, library, lounge, in-house activities with an on-site director, and day spa services. The first phase is expected to begin construction in late 2014. Life Care Services, the fourth-largest manager and marketer of senior housing in the country, is slated to be the manager for operations at The Glen at Lake Oconee Village.

“Here at Southeast Discovery, we are excited with the quality of planned commercial growth we see taking place at Lake Oconee. This lake community, an hour east of Atlanta, is a sound choice for Baby Boomers who want a high quality of life without the worry of being too far from health care. Families who want to leave the urban and suburban sprawl can do so knowing they'll be able to provide a quality education for their children. Thirdly, both Baby Boomers and couples raising their family can have elderly parents and relatives move to Lake Oconee to be nearby knowing they will receive quality continuing care,” said Schaffer.

About Southeast Discovery
Since 2004, Southeast Discovery has been a trusted resource for candid information and insight on communities, developments, and general real estate in the Southeast. Through its highly-ranked web portal, newsletter and blog and its one-on-one work with clients, Southeast Discovery helps buyers actively looking for a retirement or second home in the Southeast navigate the process of identifying the right area and community for their needs. To learn more, visit http://www.southeastdiscovery.com/.

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