I along with my wife, kids and grandkids, were born in these mountains and hills and I am thrilled to call them HOME! It would be my pleasure to help you find the perfect piece of property, whether a small or a large tract of land, or maybe a cabin or mountain Dream Home. After 45 years of helping folks find that piece of the North Georgia Mountains that they have longed for, I believe no other agent can offer you the expertise and singularly focused effort that I can give you in your pursuit of this dream. Although located in Talking Rock, my listings cover all of North Georgia. Hunting land, creek front property, mountain bike trails or just a little cottage in town I have access to it all. Come see me soon!!

Talking Rock, in Pickens County, is nestled at the base of the Blue Ridge Mountains. It is served by State Highways 5, 108, 53, 136, 382, 369, and Interstate 575, only 60 miles north of Atlanta.

Indians were the first residents of the area and were known to have mined both marble and quartz at least 5,000 years ago. Legendary accounts are given about the naming of Talking Rock. One story is of an unusual echo that was supposed to come from a nearby rock cliff.

Another story tells about a rock with which some of the Cherokees played a trick on one another. Pickens County, created in 1853, was named after General Andrew Pickens, a Revolutionary War hero. By the early 1900s, local marble quarries were in operation under the direction of Colonel Sam Tate. From Henry Fitzsimmons' marble discovery through Colonel Tate's day and to the present time, marble continues to play an important role in the economic status of the county.


An abundance of local talent makes for a lively local arts community in Pickens County. The Marble Festival features an outstanding marble sculpture show and competition. The Marble Valley Historical Society is dedicated to raising funds for preserving the area's rich history. Other cultural and artistic organizations include the Tater Patch Players, the Sassafras Literary Exchange, the Sharptop Mountain Arts and Crafts Association and more.

Pickens County offers an outstanding public school system, premier vocational-technical college and 4-year liberal arts college. The Pickens County School System pioneered the first Head Start program in the United States and offers 3 elementary schools, 2 middle schools and a high school. The Appalachian Technical College, Reinhardt College, North Georgia College and State University also serve area needs.

Mountainside Medical Center provides prime healthcare services. It also has an emergency room, Intensive Care Unit, Women's Services, surgical suites and more.

Pickens County offers numerous opportunities for fishing, sports, boating, hiking, camping and horseback riding. The mountains in the county mark the beginning of the Appalachians, the oldest mountain range in the world. Hikers will find some of the best trails in the world right here. Resort communities provide recreational amenities and include 18-hole golf courses, tennis, swimming and more. Carters Lake, Lake Allatoona and Lake Lanier are nearby and Fort Mountain State Park is tucked away in the Chattahoochee National Forest.

We feel like we've hardly touched on the many things that make this a great community to live, retire or grow up in. This is one of those "must-see" areas of the United States that words cannot fully describe. Stop by our United Country office today and take a look around. We know that you'll love it here.


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Ken helped me sell an unusual home and land and did it quickly for top dollar. He is a real pro at serving his clients effectively.

- John Pool

It was a pleasure working with and getting to know Ken while we searched for a property matching a set of difficult requirements. Ken was excellent at providing the services and qualities we expected to receive-experience, local knowledge, research of the details, familiarity with other brokers, scheduling viewings and contacts with the many service providers like surveyors, contractors and closing attorneys. But Ken ended up being more than that. Combining experience with ethics, Ken went beyond , helping us with potential hazards that were out of sight, like when a seller's agent brushed up the facts a little too much, or when the history surrounding the property as told by the seller's agents, did not quite gel, or when the missing information was a little too convenient. Ken was quick to recognize all of it and helped us navigate the rough path that became inevitable. Hard-working, professional, and exceedingly ethical, even when it may have meant that a sale was less likely, Ken stuck with us for more than a year until we found the right property, and avoided the wrong ones.

- Rick Marucci