Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park

Where is it? If traffic is clear, then you’re looking at a 35-minute drive from Downtown. if it’s not clear, pack a lunch.

Is the drive worth it? If you’re looking to buy a home in the burbs, yes. A couple years ago, real estate blog Commercial Café named Kennesaw the best commuter town in Georgia for affordability, school quality, crime rate, and amenities.

What’s the history? Known as Big Shanty during the Civil War, the Great Locomotive Chase – where Union soldiers stole a Confederate engine and wreaked havoc along the line during the pursuit – has been immortalized in history and even a Disney movie. The town is now best known for being the home of top tier Kennesaw State University, which has become one of the top research colleges in the country.

What’s with that gun law? Kennesaw passed a law – and made headlines – in 1982 requiring every head of household in the city to own a firearm. The law also says that those who conscientiously object to guns are exempt. Kennesaw’s move 40 years ago this year inspired similar laws in cities across the country. 

A home recently for sale in Kennesaw.

What about the mountain? Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park was established in 1917 to commemorate the Civil War battle that took place there. Since then, it’s become a favorite spot for hiking, horseback riding, birding, and picnics.

How much are homes? Single-family homes are selling from the high $200s to mid $300s. There are also some high-end, estate-style homes that are selling in the high $800s to $1 million.

Collin Kelley

Collin Kelley has been the editor of Atlanta Intown for two decades and has been a journalist and freelance writer for 35 years. He’s also an award-winning poet and novelist.