Finding Your Serenity

Secluded in Chattahoochee Hill Country, just southwest of Atlanta, you’ll find an urban anomaly. Serenbe is a 1,200- acre community that re-imagines a holistic approach to living well. It’s Southern hospitality, with a sustainable twist.

The name “Serenbe,” created by co-founder Marie Nygren, derives from the phrase “be serene.” Surrounded by miles of idyllic landscape that harmoniously integrates with the local community, it’s easy to understand how Serenbe is as much a state of mind as a geographical location.

The pastoral fields and canopied forests grow undisturbed in an act of quiet rebellion. Serenbe was born out of a reaction to the rapid urban development at the expense of the natural environment. Decades ago, when Steve Nygren, co-founder, noticed bulldozers encroaching on the countryside, he fought the zoning laws to protect the land from a future of strip malls, chain stores, and subdivisions. He succeeded and the first home in the Serenbe community broke ground in 2004.

Today, more than 600 residents call Serenbe home and 70 percent of its land remains untouched. While the land is integral to Serenbe’s identity, its spirit is forged out of the connections people make with each other and the natural environment.

Residents live in subcommunities called “hamlets,” each with a distinct style and intention. The Selborne hamlet fosters art and inspiration; Mado focuses on health for wellbeing; and Grange is centered on agriculture for nourishment.

 

Expansive porches adorn most houses, encouraging residents to lounge and chat outside. Fifteen miles of winding trails connect the property, making it possible for residents to walk to pick up mail, go grocery shopping at the Farmers Market, or drop off their kids at the Montessori school. Berries and other edible plants line the paths so residents can snack while they stroll. Being outside in nature and communing with neighbors is all part of Serenbe’s biophilic experience.

Serenbe has earned titles like, “utopia,” “new urbanism,” and “agrihood.” But local General Store owner and Serenbe resident Nadine Bratti simply calls her home “the city in the country,” for it’s a city-like convenience coupled with small-town community.

 

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