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Aging in the Perfect Place — Peachtree Corners



Retiring in Peachtree Corners
Above: When Bob and Lori Howard decided to downsize, it was important for them to remain in the Peachtree Corners community they love. They searched until they found the right house and renovated it into their retirement home. Photos by Mark McGovern

Once Lori and Bob Howard’s kids moved out, the couple decided they needed to trade in their 5,000-square-foot Peachtree Corners home for a smaller one.

But finding their perfect place wasn’t easy. The Howards had specific requirements: a master bedroom suite on the first floor and a full basement that Bob could finish. And they wanted to stay in Peachtree Corners because they’d lived in the area for decades and really liked it.

“We’ve got a lot of friends here,” Bob Howard said. “We’re involved with a lot of activities here in the city of Peachtree Corners. I particularly like that it’s a mix of residential [neighborhoods] with some more urban areas. It’s just a very nice community.”

A new home for a new phase of life

The Howards looked at houses for sale all over the place. At one point, Lori Howard said, they even dropped fliers in the mailboxes of houses that weren’t on the market but looked like likely prospects, asking that if the owners ever decided to sell, they give the Howards a call. The couple checked out more than 30 homes before they located one that fit the bill. “A first-floor master with a basement was nearly impossible to find,” Lori Howard said.

They finally settled on a house in the Forest Hills subdivision, which Lori Howard describes as “kind of an empty nester community” of cluster homes. The house wasn’t perfect, they said, but it offered nearly everything they needed. “We got this house because it was going to be our retirement home,” Bob Howard said.

Like other retirees who are long-time residents of Peachtree Corners, the Howards plan to stay put as they grow older.

The aging population

Other Peachtree Corners residents appear to be making the same decision. U.S. Census estimates show that while the population of the city has increased by 8 percent to 9 percent over the past five years, the number of residents aged 65 or older has increased by nearly half.

During the five years from 2013 to 1017, the portion of population aged 65 and older increased to about 10 percent from about 7.5 percent, and the city’s median age increased to 36.4 from 35.3, according to the Census. And the city’s Comprehensive Plan predicts that “those aged 55 and above will make up increasingly greater shares of the population” in coming years.
Some older residents say it’s easy to understand why they’ve grown attached to Peachtree Corners.

“This is my community,” said Henry Wischusen, a 66-year-old who grew up near Boston, moved to Gwinnett County in 1979 and then settled in 1993 in the area that later would become Peachtree Corners.

“I am an avid cyclist,” he said. “We have a wonderful bike lane right there on [Ga.] 141. I love the convenience of the stores and the new town center. I love the wooded walks we have, the wild animals. I really like the nature.”

Some retirement options

Wischusen liked living in Peachtree Corners so much that he brought his parents up from their retirement home in Florida when they needed looking after. His father has since died, but his 99-year-old his mother lives nearby in Village Place, one of several assisted living facilities existing or planned in the community.

She moved there when she could no longer get around in his home, he said. “She likes it that her family is available to her,” he said.

Now he and his wife are thinking of bringing her parents to the area. “I am definitely aging in place,” Wischusen said.

So is Paulette Couch. “I do plan to stay,” she said.

When her family moved in 35 years ago, their house was new and the community seemed “really far out” from the city, she said. But they settled in and raised a family there. Now her children and their families live in neighboring communities, she said, and her neighbors on her cul-de-sac haven’t changed.

“I love Peachtree Corners. I love how it’s grown,” the 68-year-old said. “It’s grown into something really wonderful. … I love where I am. This is just a wonderful, wonderful neighborhood.”

The home of their dreams

The Howards seem to agree. It took a bit of work, but they found the house they wanted and remade it to fit their dreams.

For safety, they had state-of-the-art security installed in every window and door, as well as three cameras positioned in the front and back. “The subdivision is known for its strong neighborhood watch organization,” Lori Howard said. “We took this into account when we chose our cluster home with a first-floor master on a full basement.”

Bob Howard, a retired engineer, did much of the renovation work himself. When they were done, they had an additional bathroom, a new deck, a waterfall out back, a remodeled kitchen and a finished basement that included a theater room, a workshop and a bar made with Honduran mahogany that Bob’s dad had collected during World War II, according to Lori Howard.

“We found this house that needed a total renovation,” Lori Howard said. “We’ve renovated everything in this house and it’s fabulous.”
And they plan to stay put and enjoy it. ■

Veteran newspaperman Joe Earle has covered Georgia and Atlanta and its suburbs since the 1980s. Before that, he worked for newspapers in Kansas and South Carolina.

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Free Photo Class: Mastering Manual Mode Workshop



photography workshop
Photo by Markus Spiske temporausch.com from Pexels

Part of a series of workshops offered by the city

Saturday, March 23, 2019, 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Location: Community Chest
310 Technology Parkway (City Hall)
Peachtree Corners, Georgia 30092

This class is going to be 90% workshop, hands-on with several set ups for you to practice with your camera or ours. 

Special Guest Instructor, Ludwig Keck will join the Tytan team and take us through the step-by-step process of mastering manual mode in real world practice. 

We will bring models and props for you to work with and we welcome you to participate both behind and in front of the camera.This is going to be another super fun interactive session. Learn from our special guest, a 70+ year veteran and true Master who is absolutely passionate about photography.

The class is open and free to Peachtree Corners residents or anyone who is employed in the city. 


  • Level: All levels, novice to expert
  • Ages: All ages
  • Class size: Limited to 40
  • Reservations required:  Please send an email to Jim Stone at jstone@tytancreates.com to reserve your seat.
  • Camera – Laptop Requirements:  Not required but welcome

Who should come:  Anyone interested in learning to produce incredible finished images for art, business or personal satisfaction.

Please plan on arriving 10 minutes before the class starts to ensure a good seat — and to avoid interrupting the class once it starts.

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Christ the King Lutheran Church Hosts Easter Eggstravaganza & Annual BBQ Cookoff



Easter at Christ the King 2019

Christ the King Lutheran Church is hosting its annual Easter Eggstravaganza and BBQ Cook-off on Sunday, April 14, 2019 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., rain or shine!

This free family event will have age-divided egg hunts for toddler through 5th grade.  A petting zoo, train rides, face painting, crafts, Easter Bunny pictures, a glow-in-the-dark egg hunt for 4th and 5th graders, and much more will be available.  In addition, the Annual BBQ Cook-off will offer free barbeque samplings with voting for your favorites.  This event will have something fun for all ages! 

Whether you are simply curious or seriously seeking a church to call home, you are always welcome at Christ the King Lutheran Church where we are led by God’s Spirit, and we encourage one another to grow in a life-shaping relationship with Jesus. Christ the King is located at 5575 Peachtree Parkway at the corner of Peachtree Parkway and Spalding Drive; one mile south of The Forum. For more information about Christ the King, please visit www.ctklutheran.org or call 770-449-1211.

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Recap of the Transit Hub Meeting with Gwinnett County Board of Commissioners Charlotte J. Nash



transit hub meeting in Peachtree Corners

Packed house for the MARTA Transit Hub. Gwinnett County Board of Commissioners Chairman Charlotte Nash speaking Thursday, March 14, at Peachtree Corners Baptist Church. The meeting was to clarify confusion over the county’s plan for a proposed transit hub at the intersection of Peachtree Corners Circle and West Jones Bridge Road.

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