Somerset History: Somerset was established in 1970

“Why Somerset? Because your family will appreciate the tranquility and privacy of a homesite surrounded by natural beauty while still offering all the recreational facilities and everyday conveniences necessary for your lifestyle.”

So begins the original sales brochure distributed by George Latham Builder, Inc., developer of the Somerset Subdivision. The description still seems fitting. Originally, there were 141 homes in Somerset. Today it includes 324 properties, with architecturally diverse and attractive homes.

The original subdivision already included the pool and tennis facilities, as well as our beloved Turtle Lake. Some years later the Somerset Homeowners’ Association approved a capital campaign to raise the funds to build the Clubhouse. Through the generosity of the dedicated Somerset residents, the Somerset Clubhouse opened in 2003. Originally, the only access to Somerset was from Shadowlawn Road at the Somerset Trace entrance. Later, as the development expanded, Cobb County opened the entrance from Lower Roswell Road at West Somerset Court. In 2019 SHOA purchased an empty lot on Somerset Trace, borderingTurtle Lake. The purpose of the lot purchase was threefold:

    1. Provide easy access to the lake for dredging and other maintenance activities;
    2. Become a venue for special celebrations like the Fourth of July fireworks display and sports events
    3. Provide a recreational park for the general use of the residents.

Plans are under consideration for a parking lot and for playground equipment. Somerset recently conducted another major capital campaign, this one to finance both a critical Turtle Lake dredging project and to finance the necessary repair, renovation, and maintenance of the agingSomerset pool. Both of these, pool and lake, are very important Somerset amenities, contributing both to life in our community and to the value of our properties

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