Holiday Estates is a neighborhood that you could miss if you weren't looking. As you drive towards the neighborhood, you might think you are headed in the wrong direction because you appear to be entering a commercial area. However, just beyond the stores on the outskirts, there are neighborhoods tucked between some creeks that feed the Middle Oconee River. You might be surprised to find how peaceful and quiet these neighborhoods are when they are located so close to a major access point for Athens.
The Atlanta Highway (Hwy. 78) is this access point, and just across the highway, you'll find the entrance to the 10-Loop (or Athens Bypass as the locals call it). Jump on the Atlanta Highway heading East to go straight into town where it is only 5.5 miles to the UGA Arch. Or, you can travel West to pick up Hwy. 316 into Atlanta. As a third alternative, you could stay on what is known as the "old" Atlanta Highway to access the smaller towns of Bogart, Statham, Winder, Auburn and Dacula.
Far from being a disadvantage, homeowners in Holiday Estates have said they LOVE the proximity of the shopping. In fact, the entrance to one of the malls in Athens (the Georgia Square Mall) is just a matter of yards from an entrance to the neighborhood. There you will find a variety of popular small retail stores, department stores and restaurants. And, all up and down the Atlanta Highway, you find almost any type of store or restaurant you can imagine including those delicious Krispy Kreme donuts!
Dates & Styles
The majority of the homes in Holiday Estates were built in the 1960's and 1970's. However, many of those homes have be updated, remodeled or completely renovated since that time. And finding a home in such a great location that is already updated (or can be) is a real bonus. As with any neighborhood, there are a variety of styles to be found; however, traditional brick homes are predominant here. Large yards are the norm, because most, if not all, of the homes utilize septic systems which means there is no additional sewage charge on your water bill. Homes are served by city water.