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New Homes for Sale in Athens


Athens is a college town in northeast Georgia, located just 70 miles outside of downtown Atlanta. It's known for its historic home museums, Antebellum architecture, live music events and local craft breweries. The town boasts a mixed economy with career opportunities in tourism, manufacturing, retail, education and health care.

In Athens, LGI Homes is committed to style, value and service. Our new homes include a structural warranty, integrated technology and interior and exterior upgrades at no extra cost. Visit us in Athens to learn why thousands of families decide to make LGI Homes their home builder each year. 

Small Town, Big Living

  • #1 'The 30 Most Charming Small-Town Downtowns in America' (HGTV, 2022)
  • #6 'The Best Small Places for Business and Careers (Forbes, 2019) 
  • #32 'The 2020 Top 100 Best Places to Live in America' (Livability) 
  • Ranked on 'The 16 Best College Football Towns in the Nation' (247Sports, 2021) 
  • Home to the University of Georgia, one of the oldest public universities in the country 
  • Major attractions include the downtown area, Athens Institute for Contemporary Art, Sanford Stadium, Georgia Museum of Art, the T.R.R. Cobb House and Bear Hollow Zoo 
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Frequently Asked Questions

Continue reading for answers to frequently asked questions about our homes, community and the area.


In which county is Athens located?

Athens is in Clarke County, Georgia, and is the county seat.


How are Athens and Clarke County unique?

The city and county are unique in that Athens and Clarke County were consolidated into a single entity, Athens-Clarke County, making it a unified city-county. This consolidation occurred in 1991, becoming Georgia's second consolidated city county. The unification made the city and county governments become one entity.


What is Athens known for?

Athens is known for its music scene, home to bands like REM and The B-52s. It is also known for the University of Georgia, its flagship public university, and its football team, the Georgia Bulldogs. Athens is a cultural hub with a rich history and is often called the "Classic City." It has a vibrant and energetic atmosphere and has earned recognition as one of the top college towns in the country.


How far is Athens from Atlanta?

The distance between Athens and Atlanta is approximately 75 miles by car, and it takes about 1 hour and 20 minutes to drive.


What are the benefits of buying a new construction home from LGI Homes in Athens?

Buying a new construction home from LGI Homes in Athens is beneficial because every LGI residence is a quick move-in home. Our new construction homes offer unmatched value and include an attractive suite of designer upgrades at no extra cost. Homebuyers enjoy quality construction and a structural warranty, providing peace of mind for homebuyers.


How has the Athens real estate market changed over the last three years?

According to, the median price of homes sold in Athens has increased by $112,250 from September 2020 to August 2023. During that same period, the median days homes were on the market fluctuated from a low of 20 days in May 2022 to a high of 66 days in December 2022, indicating that throughout the last three years, homes sold quickly in Athens, GA.


What are the top attractions to visit in Athens?

Athens offers a rich blend of attractions and historical sites. The University of Georgia, the state's flagship university, is a hub of education and art, housing the Georgia Museum of Art. Downtown Athens is known for its lively arts scene and unique shops. At the same time, The State Botanical Garden of Georgia provides serene natural landscapes. The city hosts legendary live music venues, including the 40 Watt Club and the Georgia Theatre. Sanford Stadium is a must-visit for football fans.


Is Athens a walkable city?

Athens is considered a walkable city, particularly in the historic downtown district. The downtown area is designed with pedestrians in mind, offering wide sidewalks, pedestrian-friendly streets, and easy access to shops, restaurants and cultural attractions. However, as you venture further from the downtown core, cars may be required for day-to-day errands.

Who are the top employers in Athens aside from the University of Georgia?

Athens has several top employers aside from the University of Georgia. These include Athens Regional Health System, Pilgrim's Pride, Zax LLC, St. Mary's Health Care System, Power Partners, Inc., Island Apparel and Caterpillar Inc. The Clarke County School District and the Athens-Clarke County Unified Government are top public employers.

Are there any new four-bed homes available in the $300s in Athens?

Yes, four-bedroom Athens new homes are available in the $300s. LGI Homes offers spacious and modern four-bedroom homes in this price range. These homes are designed with quality and value in mind, providing an excellent opportunity for families looking for affordable and comfortable living in Athens.

Does Athens have any unique historical features?

Yes, Athens has a unique historical feature known as the double-barreled cannon. This artifact in downtown Athens represents an experimental weapon from the Civil War era. The city is also home to the University of Georgia, recognized as the first state-chartered university in the United States. Chartered in 1785, it set a precedent for public higher education in the country.

What is the weather like in Athens?

Athens experiences a humid subtropical climate with four distinct seasons. Summers are hot and humid, with temperatures reaching the upper 80s to low 90s°F. At the same time, winters are mild, with highs in the 50s°F—fall and spring offer comfortable temperatures, ranging from the 60s to 80s°F. Athens receives an average annual rainfall of around 49 inches (124 cm), contributing to the lush and green surroundings.

How far is Athens from the Appalachian Mountains?

Athens is located approximately 50 to 70 miles from the southern foothills of the Appalachian Mountains, depending on the specific destination within the mountain range. The distance makes it a feasible day trip for those exploring everything the Appalachian Mountains offer. The drive typically takes around 1.5 to 2 hours.

What features are in LGI Homes' CompleteHome package?

LGI Homes' CompleteHome™ package includes various features and upgrades that enhance style, improve energy efficiency and add value. An incomplete list of these features includes energy-efficient Whirlpool® appliances, a chef-ready kitchen, dual pane windows, upgraded flooring and integrated technology. Remember to ask an LGI home representative about the upgrades available in the home you want when you tour the residence.

What cities are near Athens with a population greater than 200,000?

Large cities near Athens include Atlanta, GA (61 miles), Charlotte, NC (169 miles), Birmingham, AL (200 miles), Nashville, TN (249 miles), Greensboro, NC (252 miles), Jacksonville, FL (268 miles), Lexington-Fayette, KY (290 miles), Durham, NC (292 miles), Raleigh, NC (299 miles) and Louisville, KY (328 miles) according to travelmath.