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New Year, New Lifestyle: Should You Move to Savannah in 2024?

As we enter another fresh 12 months (Happy New Year!), it’s natural to be reflective about what is and isn’t serving us in our lives. Whether or not you like to make resolutions, January can be a wonderful time to lend some extra thought to your lifestyle. Are you happy with how you feel? Do most days bring you joy? Is there any change you could make to improve upon the answers to those questions? Now is as good a time as ever to sit down with a cup of coffee or tea and be mindful in this way. And if the answer to the latter question proves to be, “I could move somewhere that better supports the lifestyle I wish I had,” well … we’ve got you covered. We’re going to help you decide if you should move to Savannah in 2024, because our hometown does accommodate a few lifestyle elements popular among many. Let’s talk about it!

 

Walkability Abounds

Walkable Savannah

Photography Courtesy of Explore Georgia

If you’ve come to the realization that you want to live somewhere with greater walkability, a move to Savannah might be in store for you. Not only does our riverfront offer a scenic place to get your steps in or take your dog on a lovely walk. The city as a whole is also known for its walkable nature. The Hostess City’s downtown areas invite you to walk from coffee shop to boutique to restaurant. Additionally, the City Square-based design offers plenty of spots to rest, and the gorgeous tree cover makes a long stroll quite pleasant. Add to all of that our temperate climate, and you’ve got one of the most walkable cities in the U.S. In fact, Walk Score rated it a 99 out of 100 and deemed it a “Walker’s Paradise.”

Whether you seek a more walkable city for the fresh air, the exercise, or both, Savannah could be the solution to this particular resolution.

 

Move to Savannah for the Food

Plant Riverside Dining

Photography Courtesy of Plant Riverside

Sometimes, the shifts we desire for a new year have more to do with being in the present and enjoying life to the fullest than self-improvement. If you’ve been on the work grind for decades, you might need some fun more than you need to set a new goal. For many, that comes in the form of food. It can soothe and relax us, it brings us together with friends and family, it connects us to cultures other than our own, it stokes curiosity—food is such an important aspect of a fulfilling lifestyle!

If you want to explore a thriving foodie scene, a move to Savannah will be a game changer for you. From historic classics like The Olde Pink House to exciting new spots like Casa Guava Cuban Café, which just opened last month, Savannah has a robust roster of delicious eateries. If you aren’t sure where to start, we’d have to recommend our friends over at Plant Riverside. From tap houses to rooftop lounges to world-class seafood and barbecue, they’ve got a little something of everything over there. Stop on by!

 

Nature in Every Direction

Photographer in Nature

Photography by David Bartus

As resolutions go, we can hardly think of a better one than the intention to spend more time in nature. This is an aspect of lifestyle that can better one’s physical and mental health in so many ways. If you want to get outside more in 2024, this is another reason to move to Savannah! What makes the Hostess City unique in this respect is its proximity to so many different microclimates. Within the city, tree canopy and famous gardens delight. Just outside of the city, deep Southern forests may prove exciting for all of you hikers and bird-watchers. But that’s not all. A 30-minute drive will have you dipping toes in the sand at Tybee Island, and a day’s journey brings you to the mountains.

Essentially, the only thing Savannah can’t offer is the desert! Other than that, any naturescape you seek—and tons of wildlife varieties—are nearby.

 

Art Lovers Will Thrive in Savannah

Jepson Center

Photography Courtesy of Visit Savannah

Ah, yes, the Savannah art scene. It is truly unparalleled. With a long history of stunning architecture, creative landscaping, and port travel, our city has always been bustling with innovation and ideas. But with the establishment of SCAD in the late 1970s, it gained status as a destination for those who love the arts. Telfair Museums’ Jepson Center and the many galleries of Savannah City Market top the list of today’s artistic destinations. If you’re looking to explore this side of Savannah further, Visit Savannah has a great roundup of the current artsy events through March 2024.

All in all, a move to Savannah offers so much potential. If walkability, great food, surrounding nature, a creative community, or all of the above are on your list of lifestyle goals, we think our city might just be your new haven.

 

To explore more about what makes Savannah such a great place to live, check out the interview our very own Heather Booth conducted with Bert Brantley of the Savannah Area Chamber of Commerce, where the latter shares his thoughts on our fabulous lifestyle.

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