Cresswind at Lake Lanier is a beautiful retreat in Gainesville, GA.

Cresswind at Lake Lanier is a beautiful retreat in Gainesville, GA.

Looking for a tranquil, lakeside retirement in a resort-style setting? Look no further than Cresswind at Lake Lanier, which is located 50 miles northeast of Atlanta.

Groundbreaking took place in 2007 and the community is still expanding with a plan to reach 934 single-family homes. In addition to modern, luxury homes, the community has an expansive list of private amenities, centered around the Club at Cresswind, a 36,000 square-foot clubhouse. Besides the clubhouse, residents have access to tennis, bocce, and pickleball courts, as well as a fishing lake with boat slips. Cresswind at Lake Lanier’s location in Gainesville means homeowners are surrounded by a variety of shops and restaurants while still being near the big-city attractions of Atlanta.


The developers of the community are The Kolter Group and Levitt & Sons and they’ve done their part in making Cresswind at Lake Lanier a premier 55+ community in Georgia. Each builder has provided four different collections to the community, each with several floor plans.

The Kolter Group collections include Gaines, Willow, Hall, and Lanier. These collections have homes starting in the mid $200s and that go up to the low $500s. The Gaines Collection has six different floor plans, each ranging in size from 1,346 to 1,969 square feet, they feature two or three bedrooms, two bathrooms, and two-car garages. The Willow Collection has two floor plans ranging from 1,594 to 1,668 square feet, each featuring two bedrooms, two bathrooms, and two-car garages. The Hall Collection has four different floor plans ranging in size from 2,128 to 2,547 square feet with two to four bedrooms, two-and-a-half bathrooms, and two-car garages.

The biggest collection from Kolter Group is the Lanier Collection, which has two floor plans that offer 2,839 and 2,964 square feet. They include three or four bedrooms, two-and-a-half or three-and-a-half bathrooms, and two-car garages. Levitt & Sons’ seasonally themed collections are Winter, Spring, Summer, and Autumn. Home prices start in the low $300s and max out in the mid $600s. Active adults looking to downsize love the Winter Series, which ranges in size from 1,275 to 1,739 square feet, includes two bedrooms, two bathrooms, and two-car garages. The Spring Series has four floor plans ranging in size from 1,852 to 2,078 square feet, and they include two or three bedrooms, two bathrooms, and two-car garages. There are four floor plans in the Summer Series, which range in size from 2,057 to 2,215 square feet and include two or three bedrooms, two bathrooms, and two-car garages. The largest series from Levitt & Sons is the Autumn Series, which has three floor plans ranging in size from 2,540 to 2,727 square feet. It features two to four bedrooms, two-and-a-half or three bathrooms, and two-car garages.


Apart from these luxurious homes, Cresswind at Lake Lanier hosts a large variety of indoor and outdoor amenities. The Club at Cresswind is a 36,000 square-foot facility that features a fitness center, aerobics and dance studio, indoor pool and spa, and a sauna. Residents can learn new crafts in the hobby room and art room, or mingle with neighbors in the Sydney Lounge, billiards and game room, or card room. The clubhouse also features a library, learning center, and demonstration kitchen. The resort-style amenities don’t end there.

Outdoors, residents have a lagoon-style pool, kitchen, fireplace, terrace, and amphitheater. To stay active there are eight tennis courts, two bocce ball courts, two pickleball courts, horseshoe pits, and miles of walking trails. One of the most unique and popular aspects of Cresswind at Lake Lanier is its two outdoor eating and drinking spots. Friday night is great fun at the Overlook Pavilion and Cabana Bar as well as the Marina Gazebo and Grill. Residents can also take advantage of the community’s lakeside location by using the private docks to spend the day fishing or relaxing on a boat.

Social Life & Attractions

Homeowners loved the long and diversified list of social clubs, community events, classes, and leagues in Cresswind at Lake Lanier. Clubs at the community include arts and crafts, book club, cooking club, garden club, theater club, and many more. There’s also a pottery group, grill and ale group, and basketball group. Leagues and sports residents can join include pickleball, tennis, bowling league, and billiards.

Set on the shores of Lake Lanier, nearly half of this lovely community has been designated a wildlife sanctuary by the National Audubon Society. Most of the homesites at Cresswind at Lake Lanier offer wooded views, and the area's moderate climate makes it easy to spend time outdoors year-round. Conveniently located only 45 minutes from Atlanta, Cresswind at Lake Lanier residents can easily travel into the city where they can enjoy many shopping, dining, and cultural attractions. Closer to home, the Blue Ridge Mountains provide natural beauty and outdoor recreations. The community is also only minutes from the Georgia Mall and Chateau Elan Winery and Golf Resort. 

With an incredible variety of amenities and lifestyle choices, modern homes, and an active community, Cresswind at Lake Lanier is a perfect 55+ community for those looking for an active adult community just outside of Atlanta.