Our lake home: Reynolds Plantation

The Suh family escapes to laid-back Lake Oconee on the weekends
Reynolds Plantation
Photograph courtesy of Reynolds Plantation

As a cardiologist, David Suh works long days—and, when he’s on call, even longer weekends. But family is a priority for him and his wife, Amy, and they decided a getaway with close proximity to their home in Peachtree Corners would be the best way to carve out quality time with their two young children, Parker and Zander.

Though Lake Lanier is nearby, the Suhs felt it was too much of a party scene. Instead they settled on Lake Oconee. Fortunately, the couple were able to catch a dip in property prices, so they bought a nearly one-acre lakefront lot and built their six-bedroom dream home. (The developer recently opened a series of model homes, its first in five years—a sign the resort is on a healthy rebound.)

“Everybody is so friendly at the lake,” says Amy. “It’s a different vibe. It’s like once you cross over the water, everything slows down.”

The Suhs also enjoy the growing number of young families here. An award-winning charter school has attracted more full-time residents. “It’s definitely become a younger environment,” says Amy. “When we first started looking, there were a lot of ‘gray hairs,’ as they call themselves.”

Most weekends, you’ll find the Suhs at the lake—grilling, hanging out on their Wakesetter, or riding it over to the Ritz-Carlton for dinner with friends.

This article originally appeared in the Summer issue of Atlanta Magazine’s HOME.