If you’re looking to move to Atlanta, you may not know where to begin. This huge, sprawling city includes a variety of neighborhoods with their own unique flair and individuality. Our Atlanta real estate team has provided a small reference guide for the different boroughs to help you get a better feel for the area.
Once a sleepy part of town, Buckhead is now considered the ritziest neighborhood in the city of Atlanta. Complete with mansions, skyscrapers and designer stores, this area is perfect for people who enjoy the finer things in life.
Originally a mill town, this area is characterized by its colorful shotgun houses originally built for the local factory workers. Just a stone’s throw away, Reynoldstown was one of the first African-American neighborhoods in Atlanta where many former slaves lived. Every year, Cabbagetown hosts the Chomp & Stomp, a popular chili festival.
This tree-lined park includes an affordable nine-hole golf course and a fun retail strip with wonderful restaurants including La Fonda, Fellini’s and The Flying Biscuit Cafe. Featuring a bohemian vibe, this neighborhood also includes the Lake Claire area.
Once considered a bad neighborhood, Capitol View is quickly becoming a thriving community, thanks to the construction of the belt line as well as significant philanthropic investments.
Back in the day, Castleberry Hill was considered a bad part of town. Full of criminals and shady characters, it was formerly known as Snake Nation. Filled with warehouses, artists began converting the property into galleries and live/work spaces. Close to the Atlanta University Center, students enjoy experiencing Castleberry Hill nightlife.
Incorporated in 1847, General Sherman burned downtown Atlanta to the ground during the Civil War. However, the area was rebuilt and thrived until several interstates were constructed in the 1960s, causing people to move to the suburbs. In downtown Atlanta, you’ll find a modern streetcar as well as the Georgia State University campus.
East Atlanta Village
Today, many people flock to the various bars, music venues and restaurants in East Atlanta. However, the surrounding area is rather quiet and attracts many young families.
Conveniently close to public transportation, you can live in Edgewood without having to drive as much. Considered an Atlanta streetcar suburb, many lived in the single-family homes and commuted to downtown via public transportation during the 1920s to 1940s.
Home to a 131-acre park and Zoo Atlanta, Grant Park attracts many young families wishing to raise their children within the city limits. Lined with sprawling Victorian homes and bungalows, the architecture is quite breathtaking.
Inman Park/Little Five Points
The first streetcar suburb was located in Inman Park, which was developed in the 1880s. Housing many Atlanta elite, you can find an impressive array of Victorian mansions along Euclid Avenue. However, the area deteriorated in the 1950s and 1960s before the Inman Park Neighborhood Association brought it back to life.
Little Five Points was once home to an enclave of hippies and counterculture bohemians. With a thriving nightlife, locals enjoy attending shows at the theaters and clubs in the area.
Another original streetcar suburb, Kirkwood attracts many young families who enjoy raising their children in an urban setting. Here, families can walk to the many local restaurants and small businesses lining Hosea Williams Drive.
Home to Atlanta’s beautiful Piedmont Park, this neighborhood features many beautiful older homes built after 1895. With a thriving business district and nightlife, Midtown is incredibly popular with Atlanta’s LGBTQ population. Midtown continues to grow with high rise buildings and condos while the area surrounding Piedmont Park holds on to its historic charm.
Old Fourth Ward
The most famous resident of the Old Fourth Ward was Martin Luther King, Jr, who served as the reverend in the Ebenezer Baptist Church. In recent years, the construction of Beltline and the Ponce City Market has attracted many new residents and tourists as well. Currently, the Ponce City Market also houses Mailchimp’s Atlanta headquarters.
Home to the Carter Center, the Poncey Highlands is a great neighborhood for young professionals, where many local establishments in nearby Virginia Highlands, Little Five Points and Inman Park are all within walking distance.
When Atlanta built a streetcar system in the late 1800s, Eastern Europeans set up camp in the Virginia Highlands. Featuring a variety of boutiques, salons, restaurants and bars, Virginia Highlands houses a bustling nightlife that attracts near Emory University students. With great public schools, the area also attracts families as well.
Both Westview and Adair Park are located in this beautiful urban neighborhood filled with Victorian homes. Located along the southwest section of the Beltline, this neighborhood continues to grow in popularity.
Once strictly an industrial district, the West Side attracts many young professionals with its boutiques, restaurants, breweries, apartments and condos. Home to the King Plow Art Center as well as The Goat Farm, this area attracts many creative types as well as Georgia Tech students.
Nearby Neighborhoods (ITP)
Although these areas aren’t technically a part of Atlanta, they still retain a somewhat urban feel and are all located inside the perimeter of Interstate 285.
Located just a stone’s throw away from Buckhead, this residential area is home to Oglethorpe University. Many families move to Brookhaven because of its suburban feel and closeness to the city.
College Park/Hapeville/East Point
If you travel frequently, you may enjoy the convenience of Hapeville, East Point and College Park to the Hartsfield International Airport. Featuring the 27-acre Porsche headquarters, this area attracts a high volume of business.
Known for its superior school district and downtown area, families flock to this city located just outside of the city of Atlanta. Featuring a variety of restaurants, bars and music venues, Decatur is just as adult-friendly as it is kid-friendly.