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Lost Forrest: A Place to Call Home
This east Cobb County neighborhood is one of the area's most sought-after communities

Photos: Lindsay Vaughn

Nestled within the four communities that comprise Lake Forrest stands an 1800s farmhouse, a piece of history from the early days in Cobb County. Part of the original Tritt family homestead, it’s a reminder of the rich heritage of East Cobb. Country singer Travis Tritt’s grandmother Nona Tritt was one of the most recent owners.

Today, Lost Forrest, The Grove at Lost Forrest, Lost Forrest Place and The Park at Lost Forrest are among the most sought-after communities in East Cobb. Located in an excellent school district, the community is friendly and welcoming. Amenities include four lighted tennis courts, an inground pool and a clubhouse.

“We were among the first homeowners here 20 years ago,” says Lynda Coffey, who lives in The Place. “Things have really changed; when we first moved in, we had to drive for groceries, shopping, the bank, restaurants, but now I only have to go a couple of miles for everything I need. Everything’s right here.”

It’s easy to meet neighbors at Lost Forrest. Lynda often works in the yard, planting flowers and tending to her landscape. “It’s the perfect time to chat with people walking their dogs,” says the Georgia native who grew up in and around the metro area. “In fact, one of my favorite things is getting to know everyone who lives here.”

Jeff Butler’s parents Joe and Nancy purchased a home in Lost Forrest in 2005. After Joe passed away, then Jeff’s wife died, it was natural for Jeff and his two boys to join households in 2010. “It’s been good for both sides,” Jeff says. “We have great schools, Mom and I can both take care of the boys and getting to I-75 is a breeze for me, especially now that SunTrust Park is open.”

The four communities are joined by a series of sidewalks and trails, connecting schools, shopping, restaurants and other subdivisions. “This is a good, safe area, and it’s a great place to raise a family,” he says. “And it’s just around the corner from the home I grew up in off Holly Springs Road.”

Long-time Lost Forrest residents Patti and Chuck Jannack bought a home in The Place 15 years ago. “It was just three miles from our other house, but when I saw the home in Lost Forrest, I fell in love with it,” Patti says. “We’d been looking for two years and wanted a home with a master on the main floor; it was perfect. And with the pool and clubhouse, it has been very easy to meet people.”

The residents at Lost Forrest often gather for social events, at the pool, the clubhouse or at neighbors’ homes. “The homeowners’ association arranges activities like cookouts and holiday events and it’s always fun to get together. And in the summer, the ice cream truck comes to the pool often and the kids get so excited.”

The Jannacks recently retired to north central Florida where Chuck regularly plays golf and runs the sales business he started in 1993. However, the friendships formed at Lost Forrest will continue. “It was really hard to move because we left so many wonderful friends and neighbors,” Patti says. “We’re still keeping in touch with them and probably always will.”

More about Lost Forrest:

• 177 single family homes located within four communities: Lost Forrest, The Grove at Lost Forrest, Lost Forrest Place and The Park at Lost Forrest

• 4-6 bedrooms, 2.5-5 bathrooms

• 3,100 to 5,800 square feet

• Built between 1995-1998

• Features: open floor plans, irrigation systems, alarm systems, walk-in closets, zoned HVAC, fireplaces, 9-foot ceilings on main level, 2-3 car garages

• Lot size: 1/4 to 1/2 acre

• Closed sales since 2014 range from $405,000 – $575,000

• School zone: Shallowford Falls Elementary, Hightower Trail Middle School and Pope High School