If you’re looking to be near the “Hostess City of the South” but prefer a quieter atmosphere, Savannah’s suburbs have a lot to offer. Still rich in history and landscape, explore beach towns, family centric communities, wonderful schools and recreation to boot.
Rincon means ‘corner’ in Spanish and it’s one of the most special little corners in the state. It’s the largest city in Effingham County at 9,843 people, but it’s a quiet community built for families. Almost 40% of all residents are a part of a family household. There are several types of homes including gated residential communities, single family homes, contemporary houses, duplexes and more. The median home value is $158,600 and the average income is $62,203. They have tennis courts, an 18-hole golf course, swimming pools, nature trails and several parks that keep the locals active. Just 30 minutes away from historic Savannah, this community offers city access without the daily hustle and bustle.
Who doesn’t want to live on the beach? Just a 30-minute drive from Savannah, Tybee Island offers the perfect beach escape for those who still want to live close to the city. In fact, many vacationers end up permanently moving into a beach house once they discover the town. The Island has a reputation for being quirky and its residents embrace the laid-back vibe. “Tybee Time” is a real thing so allow yourself to slow down and embrace the beautiful nature of the coast. The cost of living is higher than the national average, with the median home cost at $389,600. However, when it comes to attire, locals warn visitors not to judge a book by its cover. Residents are too busy enjoying popular activities like walking on the beach, taking the boat out and riding bikes to care about respectable outfits. Whether you choose a small cottage or several thousand-square foot beach house, be prepared for the unique culture of Tybee Island.
Richmond Hill is often called one of the best kept secrets of Georgia’s coastal communities. Only 20 minutes south of Savannah, many prefer the slow pace of Richmond Hill. And who can blame them with an average temperature of 78 degrees year-round and no average snowfall? It’s also frequently voted one of the 50 safest cities in the state.
The atmosphere is quaint and easy to fall in love with. In fact, Henry and Clara Ford decided to make Richmond Hill their winter home in 1925 after just one visit. The city is full of rich Civil War era history and 1930’s architecture. You can also enjoy the active art gallery, boutique and restaurant scenes.
Residents love the recreational adventures of Ogeechee River and waterways that lead to the Ocean. There are several opportunities to enjoy fishing, kayaking, boating and more. The population of around 12,000 enjoys low property taxes and an excellent school system. The average household income sits at $64,381 and the median home price is $232,600.
Pooler is growing in popularity as a top suburb of Savannah. It was recently ranked the 2nd happiest city in Georgia by onlyinyourstate.com, beating Rincon (#10) and Richmond Hill (#4). Locals feel safe and enjoy low crime rates. The population is at 23,133 and continues to increase. Recent and future job growth is above the national average. Less than a 20-minute drive from Savanah, Pooler touts itself as a great place to live, work and play. The average household income is $68,787 with the median home price at $188,400.