We teamed up with Atlanta-based photographer Jeremiah Cowan to create portraits of the people who live here in Serenbe and document their stories. With over 600 residents in the community, these are just a few members of our expanding community.


The Bacot Family

When did you move to Serenbe?

Eliza Bacot: We  contracted on our home in 2013, around the time my son William was born. We officially moved in 2014.

How did you hear about Serenbe originally?

Eliza Bacot: I had been thinking of the organic south, and wanted to *create a blog about where people could find local food in the surrounding metro area. I had heard of Serenbe Farms, and I told Benton (Eliza’s Husband) that we should go down there for the day, go visit the farm, and that can be my first blog post! We came to do a farm tour, and coincidentally Serenbe was having a big block party the same day. The whole street was blocked off and they had wine, food, music, and I was like… wow, this is a real neighborhood, this is kind of amazing! We had been living in Decatur and really never saw ourselves leaving the city. We spent our whole day just exploring and by dinnertime we stepped out of the car to eat at The Farmhouse, I looked at my husband and said “I know you are going to think I’m crazy… but I think we should move here.” I literally started crying! That night by total chance we met Karen Reed at dinner, who happens to be a real estate agent here. Sure enough – we had a contract on a house within 6 weeks.

*Visit Eliza's Blog Here


The Gailey Family

How did you hear about Serenbe?

Kathy Gailey: I sold a house here as a Remax agent and then told my husband about it. I brought him, we met Garnie, and totally fell in love with it.

What made you fall in love with it?

Alan Gailey: I would say… I guess just the community. Kathy swayed me. I actually wanted to go out, get acreage, and basically get everybody away from me because that’s more my natural style. [laughs] I really have enjoyed the community around here.

Where did you move from and when?

Kathy: Peachtree City, 6 months ago! We were the first residents in Serenbe's new neighborhood called Mado.



The McClure FAMILY

How did you hear about Serenbe?

Blair: We had been coming down here to eat at the restaurants quite a bit, and on a whim, we decided we wanted to live here.

When did you start boarding your horses here?

Blair: We moved our horses here probably two or three months after moving here.

What made you want to live here?

Andy: First, the food. We also wanted an environment with a safe community where we could raise our child.

Blair: That’s one of the reasons we love it so much. Our son can run free, and we can also have our horses here. Take those things and top them with the genuine sense of community here, and we were in.


The Ross Family

When did you decide to move to Serenbe?

Lorrie: We moved to Serenbe in September of 2015. Actually, Darryl and I did not decide to move to Serenbe… Edyn decided we were going to move to Serenbe. We came to the Inn just for a weekend and had a wonderful visit. After returning home, we were driving to dance camp and Edyn said “Mama, when are we going back to Serenbe?” and I said “I don’t know, did you like it there? We can go back for a visit sometime.” and she replied “Oh no, we are not going to visit… we are going to live there! I’m going to go to the school and we are going to live there.”

I just had this feeling of, well, sometimes kids pick up on more than adults do, so Darryl and I came back with his best friend who was a realtor. The first house we walked into is the house we live in now, and that was it.

Edyn, why did you like Serenbe so much?

Edyn: I liked it a LOT. I like that everything is green. All the people because they are all very friendly. Both the trampolines – there’s two. Not much of driving, we get to walk everywhere. And my school! 

Lorrie: She goes to the Children’s House at Serenbe.

How did you all hear about Serenbe?

Darryl: I have been in the Atlanta area off and on for 25 years. Maybe a year or two after Serenbe was founded I had read some of the press and came to do a drive-through with a friend. It was still very new and there were not as much developed, but we thought it was a great idea. Years later, we were back in Atlanta and we were starting to look at different neighborhoods and I saw an advertisement for The Snow Queen (a Serenbe Playhouse production) and I thought, “Oh yeah! That small little thing I saw on the other side of town, I’ll file that in my memories for something later.” Low and behold, we were thinking of planning a weekend trip, remembered there was an Inn, and went to see what it was all about.

Lorrie: We had just moved back from Santa Barbara, so I didn’t know a thing. I looked Serenbe up, learned about the animal village, all of the walkability – it looked great.

Darryl: That first time we came it was rainy mayhem, like not a lick of sunshine, but we still had the best weekend. We saw a Chatt Hills Music performance at a neighbor’s house. Edyn came with us and the next day people were saying ‘Oh hey, Edyn!’ on the street – people here are so nice.  


Jamie Sichel

When did you move to Serenbe?

I moved to Serenbe in January of 2017.

What made you want to move here?

I found myself in a new living situation, my boyfriend of a long time moved out and I was looking to do something I couldn’t have done before with my newfound freedom. As a freelance illustrator, I need to be somewhere inspiring or I’m never going to make this work. I was doing some research into Artist Residency programs and remembered that there was a program here at the Art Farm, AIR Serenbe. The residencies offered are about a month at a time, and I was interested in something much longer so I was a bit disappointed. Then it kind of dawned on me... I can actually just live here. I signed a lease shortly thereafter.

How did you hear about Serenbe?

I’ve known about it for a while and it was on HGTV a while ago with the Green House here. I sort of forgot because I moved around, and when I came back I was glad I remembered Serenbe. I came down pretty much the next week.

What makes Serenbe so special?

Besides how beautiful it is… the community. Even the first day I visited I met my best friends who I hang out with every week. We get dinner and lunch together, it’s awesome. I was really sick a few weeks ago and even my parents, who don’t live super far, were not worried because they know I have a village here. People are close, and I had about three people visit me a day to make sure I was alright.

See some of Jamie's work.