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Best of Gwinnett 2008: Livin” the Dream

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Did you know that more than 757,000 people now call Gwinnett home? In fact, our county is one of the fastest growing in the country, and our population has more than doubled since 1990. All that growth has brought plenty of choices when it comes to living arrangements. From apartments to custom-built houses, there”s a living option to suit every lifestyle and budget in Gwinnett. Our readers” certainly weren”t shy when it came to telling us about their favorites.

Best Homebuilder
Whether you want a master on main, or your very own man cave, Gwinnettians have several picks when it comes to homebuilders. Bowen Family Homes, Richardson Housing Group, Harcrest Homes and John Wieland Homes and Neighborhoods are all making those dreams come true. Our readers also liked Touchstone Homes and Brayson Homes.

Best Realtor
A savvy realtor is critical when buying or selling a home. After all, isn”t the move enough stress? When it”s time to buy or sell your house, our readers recommend using RE/MAX (Mike Cato and Leslie Kiewert), Winfield Realty Group, RE/MAX Greater Atlanta (Darlene Phillips), Prudential Georgia Realty (Sheila Stevens), Keller Williams Realty (Atlanta Partners) or RE/MAX Five Star (Dawn P. Gober).

Best Interior Decorator
Looking to update your living room or home office? These designers are known for creating fabulous, one-of-a-kind rooms. From modern to contemporary, and everything in between, Sikes and Davis Interiors & Fine Furniture, Nouveauté/Angela Cain Interiors, Ambiance Interiors and Office Creations have your space covered.

Best Furniture Store
Where”s the best place in Gwinnett to furnish that dream house you got yourself into? Our readers recommend Havertys Furniture, Brownlee”s Furniture, American Signature Furniture, Ikea and Ethan Allen. It”s amazing how just the right furniture or accessories can completely change the look and feel of any room.

Best Landscaping Firm
Want to make your lawn the talk of the neighborhood? Hire one of these landscape firms, and you”ll be well on your way. Our readers suggest Georgian Landscape Design, Allsouth Landscape Group Inc., Russell Landscape Group Inc., Premier Outdoor Environments and Unlimited Landscaping.

Best Home Services and Maintenance
If you”re a homeowner, you probably already know to expect the unexpected. When little things go wrong, it”s nice to have a few "friends," like Allgood Pest Solutions, Allgood Plumbing, Mister Sparky, Ackerman Security Systems and Shumate Mechanical Services who can solve problems in a jiffy.

Best Neighborhood
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