Written by Riezl Baker, Luxury Lake Oconee Real Estate Group

We have a wonderful community for all ages– one that offers a multitude of amenities and endless activities that build connection and fosters interaction across generations. Over the past years, we have welcomed a new generation of young parents, who gave up the urban life, to strike a balance for a quality of life. They value being close to family and friends, and were drawn to the area for it’s beauty, vibrancy and the safe environment it provides. I recently chatted with friends who made the decision (B.C.-before children) to raise their families in the area, and are making a difference by getting involved and giving back to the community.




Sarah, Justin, Tucker (3) and Baby Avery

The road to Reynolds

Justin’s parents moved to the lake in 2000. He decided to follow his parents after college to pursue his real estate career, and is currently a realtor with Coldwell Banker. Sarah, who is currently Vice President of Business Development for Banksouth, worked at the lake while finishing her degree. They met on a blind date, married in 2013 and decided to make Lake Oconee their home.

What they love about the community

Sarah: “The amenities are amazing, and we feel like we are on vacation everyday. We also wanted our kids to grow up in a safe community/neighborhood where they can ride their bikes and play outside. The school system is one of the best in the state, and we hope our children will be able to take advantage of it.”

Justin: “We were both raised in a large suburb of Atlanta so we love living in a small town. Over the years, more and more young families have moved here, and that makes it even better. We could not think of anywhere else we would want to call home!”


Giving Back

Sarah is the past chairman of the Greene County Chamber of Commerce, and a current board member of the Eatonton Putnam Chamber of Commerce, Greene County Convention & Visitors Bureau and St. Mary’s Good Samaritan Young Professional Advisory Board.

Justin was the 2015 “Dancing with the Stars Champion” , an event that raised money for First Call Pregnancy. He is a Board Member of Ducks Unlimited Morgan County and Lake Oconee Chapter and a National Wildlife and Turkey Federation (NWTF) Chapter Board Member.