Aria is one of the biggest new developments in Sandy Springs, constructed in the past five years (and still partly underway) on three separate pieces of the former Glenridge family estate and farms. It consists of hundreds of townhomes, single-family detached houses and condos, all built in the Arts and Crafts style of 1800s England, with an air of medieval manor houses. Pools and clubhouses are standard amenities.
The three sections have distinctive atmospheres. Aria North, on the former Glenridge Hall summer-home estate, is atop a wooded hill, with some great views and a roughly 12-acre public park under construction. Aria Village is a denser, mixed-use site — including some businesses and an apartment building erected by a different developer — with a prestigious location next door to Mercedes-Benz USA’s North American headquarters. (UPS and Inspire Brands are among other major corporations whose headquarters are Aria neighbors.) Aria West is more of a traditional subdivision built on cul-de-sacs.
Aria is spread across three separate properties centered on the intersection of Abernathy Road and Glenridge Drive. All have great access to major transportation routes, with Ga. 400 just to the east and the Sandy Springs MARTA Station, a stop on the Red Line train, within walking distance (under a mile). The City-run Sandy Springs Tennis Center is just down the street, and the major shopping, dining and entertainment centers of City Springs and Perimeter Center are about a mile away.
Convenient access to transportation, shopping and employment centers is a strong suit of Aria. City plans for multiuse trails could make the area even more accessible in the future. The architecture is handsome, distinctive and often customizable, yet the housing also has been among the most accessible high-end new construction the city, with initial price points starting in the $300,000s. (Current prices hover in the $500,000s to $1.1 million.) The addition of a new public park will be an attractive amenity for everyone in the area.
Rush-hour traffic can be a beast on Glenridge and at both ends of this stretch of Abernathy. Construction on Ga. 400 and I-285 will add to the headaches for over a decade, as GDOT finishes a rebuild of the interchange and then starts a new project to add toll lanes to both highways. This will be a pain for everyone in Sandy Springs, but Aria residents have no back-road routes to avoid it.
Noise levels from traffic, businesses and neighbors will vary widely depending on where you are in Aria. Aria Village is the busiest and most crowded, while Aria North offers the most seclusion and quiet.