The settlement of Serenbe is found in the heart of Chattahoochee Hill Country about 25 miles southwest of the Atlanta airport and about 35 miles from downtown Atlanta. According to their website (www.serenbecommunity.com), this 40,000 acres of rural Georgia is about the size of Napa Valley in California, and is one of the last undeveloped stretches of land in the Atlanta area. The founders of Serenbe realized that there was a short window of opportunity to create a community in a new and better way. They used their largely untouched 900 acres to create an example–clustering development, preserving large tracts of open space and fostering a high level of design execution.
Development commenced in 2004 and by April 2009 there were about 100 residences and some commercial space in place. The non-residential uses are mostly art galleries, small specialty shops and restaurants. The Inn at Serenbe is also on the property. The Urban Land Institute sponsored a tour of Serenbe on April 22, 2009. About 50 photos taken during that tour are posted at http://bit.ly/EXWAF .