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Berkeley Lake Community Information

The best kept secret in Atlanta real estate is located just 20 miles north of downtown Atlanta. The city of Berkeley Lake is a small town with residents from all walks of life. We are friendly, neighborly, hard working, life loving, people who are enjoying this great world weíve been given. Berkeley Lake feels like you are on vacation every day. There is something calming about water.

On our 88 acre, spring fed lake, you can fish, boat (5 mph only), swim (clean water), kayak, paddle board, or just sit on a dock and watch the water & sunset!

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Berkeley Lake Community Highlights

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  • History of the City of Berkeley Lake:

    The majority of lands in the city limits (the 700-acre Berkeley Lake Properties) was developed by Frank Coggins in the late 1940s. The dam, constructed in 1948, is one of the largest earthen dams in the state. The city's namesake, Lake Berkeley (88 acres), was named after Mr. Coggins' Berkeley Blue Granite Quarries in Elberton, Georgia. In 1950, the Berkeley Lake Estates "subdivision," which included five reserved Free Pass and Repass tracts (FPR) and the residential and fishing lots around the lake, was laid out. In 1952, Calvin and Kate Parsons, along with John and Dorothy Bagwell, purchased the Berkeley Realty and Investment Company and its 700-acre property.

    For many years, Lake Berkeley was primarily a summer retreat, with an assortment of fishing cottages mingling with a slowly growing number of permanent homes. The health of the lake was guarded by a small, but tenacious, core of residents, each lending their expertise and time.

    Creation of the Municipality:

    In 1953, some 25 property owners met and formed the Lake Berkeley Civic Association. Besides zoning and developmental control, there were important needs such as electricity, telephones, and "an all-year road" around the lake. This need for benefits that an incorporated city could help secure brought about the creation of our charter, which was approved by the General Assembly of Georgia on March 6, 1956. A new municipality to be known as the City of Berkeley Lake was created in Gwinnett County, Georgia.

    Over the years since the city's incorporation, a number of ordinances have been passed to protect the character and tranquility of our community. In addition, a comprehensive Master Plan for future land use and growth was developed and adopted.

    New Subdivisions:

    Since 1994, five new subdivisions have been added to nearly complete the development of all the land within the city limits. Only two tracts of over 10 acres remain. In November of 1996, residents supported a referendum for the issuance of a bond to be used to purchase one of those tracts, approximately 63 acres of undeveloped forest land. This property, which provides both buffer and greenspace, was acquired by the city in December 1996.

    Our predecessors faced some tough challenges and succeeded in protecting the environment and integrity of this city. By the continued foresight, planning commitment, and involvement of our citizens, Berkeley Lake will continue to stand out as a worthy example to other communities, and we preserve and enjoy the lifestyle we searched for and found here.

    Berkeley Lake is home to 2,061 people and is a rural community. The median household income is $113,138.

    72% of residents of Berkeley Lake are married and 43% are families with children. Half the residents in Berkeley Lake commute just 30 minutes or less to work, with 26% of residents holding white collar jobs and 74% residents holding blue collar jobs.

    The median age of homes is 7 years. In Berkeley Lake, 79% of homes are owned, 16% are rented, and 5% are not occupied. Last year, 72 Berkeley Lake properties were sold and the median sale price of a home was $359,747.
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    http://www.realtor.com/local/schools/duluth-middle-school_0718587461

    http://www.realtor.com/local/schools/berkeley-lake-elementary-school_0718587961

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  • Gwinnett County is known for its fantastic location and great amenities! For any specific questions please click on The Gwinnett County Tax Commissionerís Website

    GWINNETT COUNTY PROPERTY TAX (EXAMPLE):

    Mathematics of Property Tax Example (Gwinnett):

    To determine the amount of your property taxes, several values are needed. These values are the Fair Market Value (FMV), Assessed Value (ASV), and the Millage Rate. The Millage Rate is defined as dollars per $1,000.00 of assessed value. For 2006, the Millage Rate for Gwinnett County has been set at $32.27 per $1000.00 or the decimal equivalent of .03227.

    Fair Market Value (F.M.V.) X 40% = Assessed Value

    Assessed Value X Millage = Tax

    Millage is usually expressed as dollars per $1,000.00 of Assessed Value

    Example: In 2006, Gwinnett County's millage rate is set at .03227. If your property has a FMV of $500,000, the ASV would be 40% or $200,000. Multiply the ASV of $200,000 by the millage rate of .03227 to determine your property taxes. In this example, property taxes would be $6,454.00

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