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I’ve heard several weird factors from Uber drivers. But this was a new one. 

“Are you positive?” she questioned, questioning my vacation spot as I hopped into her vehicle at Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson airport one evening very last drop. “I’ve been driving Uber to and from the airport for 5 yrs now, and I’ve only taken someone south 2 times.” North is the town good and Atlanta’s limitless suburban expanse. South is deep region. The crickets get louder and the sidewalks vanish.

Tucked into Georgia’s distant Chattahoochee Hills, a mere thirty miles from one of America’s greatest urban centers, is Serenbe (pronounced “saren-be”), a 750-resident, one,four hundred-acre “agrihood” founded in the early 2000s. Billed as a premium-living paradise—in its own literature and in Architectural Digest and O, the Oprah Magazine, amongst others—it allows residents to hook up with nature though surrounded by award-winning architecture. When I arrived, an employee handed me the keys to my lodging and an electrical golfing cart to use for the duration of my 5-day stay. But just after a pause she reconsidered. “Maybe I really should push you,” she mentioned, skeptical of my potential to navigate to my short-term property in the darkish. We drove by a rustic-chic farmhouse restaurant and down a winding region highway, past a stylized rusted-metal signpost exhibiting the quote “All attractiveness is an outward expression of inward good.” I found the language pretentious, self-contented, and totally irresistible. However, I felt a obscure sense of worry rising in as we drove as a result of the darkened woods: The place was the award-winning architecture?

Just as my issues started to peak, we attained Serenbe’s residential area, a fully formed, cleverly constructed local community like anything out of a Narnian fantasy. At present divided into a few significant “hamlets,” the growth is a whimsical hodgepodge of additional than three hundred minimalist-present day houses, townhouses, cottages, and farmhouses. We handed a basic retail store, a florist, a large-finish bike-maintenance store, a university, and a playhouse ahead of achieving my two-bed room townhome in the hamlet of Grange. The one,five hundred-sq.-foot lodging was almost a few situations the dimension of my New York condominium and had the ambiance of a premium Airbnb, with classy decor, a library of self-enable publications, and Serenbe-branded glass h2o bottles. I stepped out on to the again deck overlooking a wooded expanse and was met with silence even Serenbe’s dense neighborhoods are totally free from the sounds of site visitors and commerce. A lot of residents have electrical motor vehicles, and Serenbe rents out golfing carts like mine to guests in an effort to lower sound air pollution. Even throughout the occupied day and evening hrs, you can hear a pin fall.