Each of Serenbe’s four hamlets have complementary commercial centers focused on the elements of a well-lived life: arts for inspiration, agriculture for nourishment, health for wellbeing and education for awareness.
Fresh food is another of Serenbe’s natural assets, with a 25-acre organic farm, seasonal Saturday Farmer’s Market, thriving CSA program and edible landscaping, including blueberry bushes along paths and sidewalks.
Year-round cultural events include outdoor theater from Serenbe Playhouse, culinary workshops and festivals, music events, films and lectures, boutique shopping, art galleries, a spa and trail riding, plus a robust Artist in Residence program featuring dinners and talks. Serenbe is a place you can enjoy for a meal, a weekend or call home for a lifetime.
Serenbe founders Steve and Marie Nygren believe that if you want to change the world, start in your own backyard. The couple discovered the property now known as Serenbe on a weekend outing to introduce their children to the Georgia countryside in 1991. Weekend visits for Marie, Steve and their young daughters transformed their lives, and three years later they sold their Atlanta home and relocated full-time to Serenbe.
The vision for the community of Serenbe was born in an effort to protect the beautiful rural land just outside of Atlanta known as Chattahoochee Hill Country. The first house at Serenbe was built in 2004 and today the community is home to over 700 residents. Serenbe has won numerous awards including the Urban Land Institute Inaugural Sustainability Award, the Atlanta Regional Commission “Development of Excellence“ and EarthCraft named Serenbe the “Development of the Year.”
They say that if you want to change the world, you should start in your own backyard. If that’s so, then Serenbe is quite a beginning.
Long before there were boutiques, outdoor plays, or a Saturday morning farmer's market full of local vendors, there were people who believed in the difference between what was and what would come. Lights, streets and homes transformed the forest, but the day someone showed up was the day we became a community.
In celebration of our 10-year anniversary, we honored our neighbors - the people who've made Serenbe what it is today. In a series of videos and images taken by professional photographer, and resident, Greg Newington, we captured tales of the paths that brought them here and the magic that made them stay.
'I wanted to move to a place where chance was on my side'
'I never imagined that there would be more going on than I could absorb'
'I had this feeling I was connected to this community'
'if a prayer were a place, it would be Serenbe'
'We're all in this together'
'It's like you're on vacation 24/7'
'It's a pretty amazing place'
'We didn't realize how important the aspect of community was to us'
'Here you end up thinking a lot more about what you're doing and why'
'The hardest part about living here is saying no'
'I didn't expect to make such good friends at this point in my life.'
'I felt more connected in six weeks here than in six years in my previous neighborhood'
'I have 1052 more friends' since moving to Serenbe
'I didn't know how lost I was until I got here'
'Early on we knew this was going to be a special place'
'This is the first place I've ever lived where I can't wait to get home.'
'I wake up every morning and say how lucky I am'
'An oatmeal raisin cookie' changed everything
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