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Bogart

Bogart is right at the edge of the western border of Athens, with part of it overlapping Athens’ city boundaries. Most of Bogart is considered part of Oconee County, though part of it edges into Athens-Clarke County. It’s about a 15-minute drive to Athens or Watkinsville, or an hour drive to Atlanta. Residences here include custom construction on wide-open farmland, where you can build your dream property, as well as subdivisions with community pools, tennis courts, and playgrounds. Bogart straddles two counties, two cities, and in effect, two lifestyles, offering a mix of rural acreage and urban convenience. There’s some shopping and dining in Bogart proper, but it’s easy to head to either Athens or Watkinsville for a night out. That’s not to say Bogart doesn’t boast some local favorites, including an outpost of Stripling’s General Store, famous for its sausage and jerky.

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Living in Oconee County

Oconee County is right next to Athens and consists of bucolic small towns that feel like they’re out in the country but have the convenience of being just a quick drive into the city. If you want to travel to Atlanta, it’s about a 60-to-90-minute drive, making Oconee County a plausible commuter community, especially for those with hybrid schedules. Oconee has a long agricultural history, and rural farmland continues to make up a substantial part of the region. Several farms are open for pick-your-own berry season in the spring and corn mazes and pumpkin patches in the fall. Of course, with such abundant local produce, Oconee has great farmers markets—one in Watkinsville and one in Bishop—with an ever-changing selection of seasonal fruits and vegetables. There’s also an extensive art scene in Watkinsville, an excellent library system, plenty of antique shopping, and a variety of sophisticated restaurants.