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Helen, GA

Instantly recognizable, Helen is a town in White County, Georgia. Much of its architecture has been modeled after Southern Germany (Bavaria), with colorful, themed buildings. Tourism is the town's major economic industry, and it offers visitors outdoor activities such as trails, river tubing, and camping. Helen, Georgia also hosts Oktoberfest in the fall, as well as numerous other festivals and events.

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Historic windmill and Bavarian buildings on Helen, GA street

Helen Real Estate Statistics

Average Price $513K
Lowest Price $136K
Highest Price $800K
Total Listings 27
Avg. Days On Market 53
Avg. Price/SQFT $230

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The Bavarian-inspired city of Helen is one of the area’s biggest attractions— but also an incredible place to call home year-round. Its town center is built to resemble a picturesque alpine community in the south of Germany, likely drawing inspiration from the likes of Rothenburg ob der Tauber—although at a much smaller scale.

While much of the buildings in downtown Helen have that distinct charm, the real estate market is more diverse. Shops and restaurants (yes—even the exteriors of large chains) have been designed in this particular style, but this doesn’t often extend to homes and condos in the city. Most of the homes for sale are located away from the main road (Main Street), either in quiet, residential areas, or winding around the nearby hills. Traditional or the loosely Bavarian style architecture is found exclusively near the town center or attractions, especially for the resort-style condos and townhomes.

Helen, Georgia often uses German in its street names, as well. These include the use of “strasse” (or “Straße”, which means “street”), “bahn” (which means “train” or “railway”), and “weg” (which means a small street or “path”). Edelweiss Strasse, as an example, is one of Helen’s main roads that leads to the city's waterpark. Of course, you’ll also find street names entirely in English, especially further away from the town center. 

Homes in Helen are typically cabin style or ranch style. Smaller homes tend to be both older and more affordable, although home prices rise closer to city. This real estate is just as sought-after as the mountain properties in the northeast end.

In regards to home interiors, like many of the other Northern Georgia mountain communities, many have leaned into the popular cabin style. This often means exposed beams (and sometimes wood siding), wood flooring, exposed stone or other stone elements, rustic style kitchens, and a fireplace. Homes for sale in Helen do often allow for outdoor entertaining, with porches and/or a deck for homeowners to spend time outside on. Detached homes, which make up the majority of the real estate market, do often have some acreage to them, as well—although this is factored into price. 

Luxury homes in Helen are typically located away from the hustle and bustle of Main Street, and instead are found near the Valhalla Resort in the north. For those searching for gorgeous, traditional or cabin style homes, often with mountain views, then this area is the perfect place to settle down.

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Helen Highlights & Amenities

As Helen’s main industry is tourism, there is much to see and do in this quaint community. The downtown area, which follows Main Street, is home to shops, restaurants, and entertainment. The Heidi Motel greets visitors—a popular attraction for it is shaped like a windmill. Unicoi Hill Park is the city's large green area, which features a playground for the kids and views of Alana Falls.

Other highlights include the public library, the Helen Arts & Heritage Center, and the Helen Welcome Center, the city's gift shop. Helen also offers river tubing down the Chattahoochee River, mini golf, a waterpark, and Oktoberfest events in the autumn. Visitors and residents can also enjoy the outdoor recreation just outside the city, as this region is known specifically for ziplining opportunities, wine tasting at Habersham Winery, and its hiking trails (such as Hardman Farm Heritage Trail, which leads to Hardman Farm Historic Site).

There are several other points of interest around Helen. The Nacoochee Indian Mound, located outside of Sautee Nacoochee. The Unicoi State Park & Lodge is located just next to Valhalla Resort in Helen, and is a popular destination for campers. Smithgall Woods State Park is south of Helen, as is Mount Yonah.

The closest community to Helen is Scorpion Hollow, about 2 miles northwest. To the east is Sautee Nacoochee, and later on Cleveland, if one takes the Unicoi Turnpike.

Helen: Frequently Asked Questions

Q. When is Oktoberfest in Helen, GA?
A. Helen celebrates Oktoberfest from the start of September to the end of October—which is a longer span of time than the festivals in Southern Germany. Highlights include traditional food and drinks, as well as costumes and live music.

Q. How did Helen get its name?
A. The city of Helen was originally known as a logging town, and it was named after the daughter of a railroad official.

Q. Why is Helen modeled after a Bavarian town?
A. Although incorporated in 1913, the city of Helen saw some difficult times. In the late-1960s, the locals decided to revitalize the city by transforming it into a Bavarian escape.

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