Thursday, July 31, 2014

Featured Northwest Georgia Area: Flintstone

Flintstone is a quiet community nestled between Lookout Mountain and Missionary Ridge in the Chattanooga Valley that offers a small town atmosphere and a short commuting distance to Chattanooga.  These factors are influencing the area’s increasing popularity for residents who choose to live in Northwest Georgia. Despite being minutes from downtown through St. Elmo Avenue, the area is still predominantly rural.
Yales Bleachery Co. is a large employer in the area, and adds to the mom and pop novelty of the town. Founded in 1920, the company is still operated by third generation owners.   A small business district lies not far from the state line, which includes a pharmacy, hardware store, gas stations, and schools. The district also contains a selection of family owned restaurants, including a pizzeria that offers delivery. Other big box amenities are a short drive down Hwy 2A. Despite Northwest Georgia’s growing population and development, housing inventory in Flintstone remains low for buyers. 
Roadside view of pastures and mountain vistas surrounding the Chattanooga Valley. Much of the area is forested, with older established homes dotting the fields on the drive into the business district. 

Don’t let the low housing inventory discourage you—the area has a wide range of options. Subdivisions dot the valley, beginning with modestly sized homes in Woodburn Station just off Chattanooga Valley Road, spanning to newer and higher end homes in Turkey Run and Stanford Place. Subdivisions closer to Rossville bordering Mission Ridge Rd. offer a wider range of mid-century starter homes, including Fantasy Hills and Fox Den. If you desire a more private setting, plenty of homes with wooded lots and undeveloped land come on the market, too. Older homes exist in Flintstone closer to the state line, including bungalows similar to those in St. Elmo (often with more scenery and elbow room) and century-old farmhouses closer to High Point. Also, homes with a more rustic atmosphere are an alternative for residents not wanting the fuss of daily drive up and down Lookout Mountain.  Regardless of your choice, many of the homes are complete with breathtaking views of the surrounding vista views and lush greenery surrounding them. 
150 Morse Dr
For Sale in Woodburn Station 
            Northwest Georgia continues to be a popular choice for growing families and Chattanooga natives, partly due to a scenic backdrop and excellent school districts. Flintstone is included in the Walker County School District, and most houses are zoned for Chattanooga Valley Elementary and Middle. FlintstonePre-K & Child Care Center, Inc. has daycare available for infants up to 14 years. The center also offers aftercare and pickup for the area’s elementary and middle schools, and even offers a summer camp.  A recreation center includes four ball fields for community sports and a walking track. In the fall, the track becomes a venue for Valley Fest, which is a church sponsored arts and crafts show at the corner of Chattanooga Valley Road and East Avenue.  Artisans from the entire tri-state area display their work, and some even have a live demonstration to view. Aside from 50+ vendor booths, the event also has a variety of food and family friendly activities, like pony rides and face painting for kids.

            Aside from local events, Flintstone is close to many outdoor activities like hiking trails and golf courses. Other areas of interest include a wedding venue, a locally owned herb company, and Eagle’s Rest, an equestrian facility with a buffalo ranch.  Aside from a variety of homes to choose from, top notch schools, a short drive to Downtown Chattanooga with relatively low traffic, and locally owned businesses throughout, the Chattanooga Valley remains unique in the area for its laid back nature and its friendly small town environment.