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Atlanta Neighborhoods


Alpharetta  Ansley Park   Brookhaven    Buckhead   Decatur   Druid Hills Downtown   Grant Park  Little Five Points   Marietta   Midtown    Roswell    Virginia Highlands 

The array of Atlanta Neighborhoods, just beyond the striking skyline and twinkling lights of the city, represent Atlanta's Southern heritage and summon newcomers to experience their uniqueness. Each area has its own diverse culture, history and feel. Explore the areas and discover the perfect location to settle.

Alpharetta

Originally a small country farmland community, Alpharetta has boomed within the last 20 years to become one of Atlanta's up and coming suburbs. Beckoning to those in search of stately developments with aristocratic sounding names, such as Foxworth, Thornhill and Windward. Homes range from elegant subdivisions to homes with acreage. Home to the extravagant Dean Gardens - a private residence that incorporated a 32,000 square foot homage to pink, located just off Old Alabama Road. Crabapple and North Valley are to the West, close to Wills Park, perfect for those interested in the equestrian lifestyle. Only those with major connections can make it past the gate at the Country Club of the South, an Alpharetta planned community that's home to several sports stars, high profile executives and celebrities. Visit some of the old stores on Main Street in the heart of Alpharetta or stop by the Alpharetta Soda Shoppe for your favorite treat. Alpharetta is a successful blend of old and new. A haven for singles, families, young or established professionals wanting a bit of country living with all the amenities that city dwelling has to offer. Easy accessibility to GA. 400, Northpoint Mall and Gwinnett Mall

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Ansley Park

One of Atlanta's most popular neighborhoods, located just north of the downtown convention district. The neighborhood began construction in 1905 as Atlanta's first automobile oriented community and ended as one of Atlanta's premier residential areas. Developer Edwin Ansley patterned the entire neighborhood after the North Druid Hills area. The entire neighborhood is a National Historic District. Noted for spacious, renovated early American homes, with sloping manicured lawns and cobblestone walkways. The Ansley area is probably one of the most enmeshed neighborhoods in Atlanta, and only the brave should venture in without a map. Immense gardens and convenient parks encircle this majestic area creating a wooded oasis in the heart of the city. Easy accessibility to 75 and 85, nightlife attractions and superb restaurants.

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Brookhaven

Originally developed around 1910 as Atlanta's first country club neighborhood, Brookhaven, located on the northern edge of Buckhead is an enclave of large, elegant Tudor, Colonial, Georgian and English cottage homes. Lush landscapes, beautiful arrays of gardens, and meandering streets are indicative of Brookhaven. In the 1980s, this area was placed on the National Register of Historic Places. Solomon Goodwin, the area's first white settler, homesteaded this area in the early 1830s. The Goodwin home and a small graveyard at 3931 Peachtree Road were once a landmark for Federal troops closing in on Atlanta during the Civil War. The home is the oldest extant house in DeKalb County. Home to the elite Capital City Country Club on East Brookhaven and Club Drive; the area surrounding the golf course is a Mecca for walkers, joggers and bike riders. Minutes away from Buckhead's nightlife, the theatre, divine eateries and the shopping experiences of Perimeter Mall, Lenox Square and Phipps Plaza. This neighborhood is a haven for the established and upwardly mobile professional. Easy accessibility to all major expressways and Brookhaven and Lenox Marta stations.

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Buckhead

Originally named Irbyville for the Irby family, owner of most of the land in the area and the local tavern/general store, which was located on the comer of Roswell Road and West Paces Ferry in 1839. The community was named after a "buck's head," when someone shot a buck and hung the head on a tree outside the tavern, thus becoming a popular landmark. The name Buckhead stuck despite numerous attempts to change the name. Buckhead is one of Atlanta's most prestigious neighborhoods, located north of Midtown. This neighborhood is composed of highrises, exclusive townhouses, many Swan House one of a kind Georgian and neoclassical mansions, as well as many uniquely styled homes from the 1950s and 1960s complete with meticulously manicured lawns. Home to the Governor's Mansion, Atlanta Historical Society, the historic Swan House and the Atlanta History Center. Home to Atlanta's hottest nightspots featuring over 100 restaurants and nightclubs, this has long been a young professional's paradise. Easy accessibility to all major expressways and Lenox Marta station.

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Decatur


Originally called Dawson's Camp, Decatur, was named for American naval officer Stephen Decatur, who fought in the War of 1812. Decatur was incorporated in 1822, making this the oldest city in DeKalb County. Older brick homes, smaller bungalows and cottage homes are abundant in this area. Renovation of Decatur has been ongoing, giving a facelift to an area that was becoming a bit shopworn. Renovation efforts of Decatur Square preserved the small storefront motifs and provided the feel of a different era, with the center of attention being the old CourtHouse. The square is the gathering place for entertainment, shopping and dining. Host to numerous festivals, town celebrations and neighborhood parties, which provide entertainment for all ages. Local draws include Mick's, Eddie's Attic and the Freight Room, for those that want entertainment without having to travel too far. Decatur's population is diverse, encompassing the young to the more mature, to the college crowds. Home to Agnes Scott College, a prestigious all girls school; and just outside the city limits, Emory University, well known for its Medical and Law schools. Easy accessibility to all major expressways.

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Druid Hills

Druid Hills is one of the most successful and affluent residential communities in Atlanta, and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Home to Callanwolde, built in 1920 for Asa Candler, the founder of Coca-Cola. And 822 Lullwater, the house used in filming "Driving Miss Daisy." Curving, winding roads circle around the Tudor, Georgian and Traditional two story style architecture. Many of Driving Miss Daisy, these elegant mansions, are situated on large gently sloped lots, rolling hills and meadows, surrounded by tall enchanting oaks, magnolias and numerous dogwoods. Druid Hills is located close to Emory University and downtown Atlanta. The Druid Hills Golf Club, Fernbank Museum, IMAX Theatre, and Emory Village are all convenient to the residents, and provide shopping, dining and cultural events. Druid Hills is an interesting combination of older more established families and college students. Accessible to most major expressways.

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Downtown

A busy, thriving business sector during the day, downtown became a virtual ghost town at night. For years, downtown was a place to work, not live, but the greatest boost to downtown was the Summer Olympics and the major revitalization campaigns and efforts, giving downtown its modern transformation. New sculptures, attractice streetlights and landscaping have encouraged downtown migration. The "Downtown Ambassadors" patrol the streets offering security and assistance, affiliated with the police, they keep the area rid of potential harm. Old abandoned buildings, and former downtown businesses, like The William Oliver Building, Metropolitan Building, former Muses department store, King Plow Arts Center, and Fulton Bag and Cottton Mill, now have been utilized and converted into spacious loft apartments. This creative housing has encouraged the young, artistic crowd to dwell in the downtown area, while combining loft space for work and play. The City Plaza apartments are a recent addition to downtown's housing, as is the recently renovated Imperial Hotel, which provides affordable low-income housing. Home to the Atlanta Convention Center, CNN, and the Georgia Dome. Restaurants, nightlife, art and cultural events are all within close proximity. Accessible to most major expressways.

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LittleFive Points

Named after the "five points" intersection between Moreland, Euclid, and McLendon. Little Five Points is Atlanta's example of eclectic dining, shopping and artistic creativity, reminicent of New York's Greenwich Village or Melrose Avenue in Los Angeles. Older homes fill this community, however these homes have not been refurbished. Often a Mecca for bargain hunters who want to find a reasonably priced home and still live in town. Most residents are young trendsetters who are contemptuous of mainstream values. The creative artsy types and the eclectics. Little Five Points offers a vast array of shopping and nightlife activities. Best known for its rows of off beat shops, trendy bars, music stores, vintage clothing, and obscure artwork. Body piercing, or tattooing are prominent in this creative atmospheric neighborhood. "Slacker's Island," a concrete mall outside the Point, is a club that draws numerous alternative bands and is noted for the colorful characters it attracts. Accessible to most major expressways.

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Marietta

A large community, northwest of Atlanta, which still offers the small town Southern atmosphere in a bustling community. Occupied by Union troops until about 1864, when they joined Sherman in his march to the sea, Marietta withstood the Civil War and prospered. Neighborhoods of 19th century Victorian homes, Antebellum homes, modest bungalows, and ranch type houses encompass all of Marietta. The Square is Marietta's historic area and cultural district, complete with shops, buildings of yesteryear, the Theatre in the Square and the art museum. Marietta has grown tremendously in the last 30 years, encouraging newcomers into the area Big Chicken with numerous restaurants, shopping, easy accessibility to downtown, and excellent values in housing to first time buyers. Marietta gained notoriety recently for its "pro-family" resolutions, denouncing alternative lifestyles. Home to the Big Chicken, a well known landmark. Convenient to Cumberland, Galleria and Town Center Malls. Easy accessibility to 75, 20 and 285.

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Midtown



Just north of downtown is the city's cultural center and sanctuary for the alternative lifestyle crowd, singles and young professionals. Midtown is aptly named due to its location, being the midpoint between Downtown and Buckhead. This charming area is full of old, refurbished homes, loft and warehouse apartments and condos. Lacking the large rolling lawns and mansions of Buckhead, Midtown has its own special appeal. Atlanta's legendary past is immortalized by the Margaret Mitchell House, home of Atlanta's famous author. Also convenient to the area is the High Museum of Art, and Woodruff Arts Center (Atlanta High Museum Symphony and the Alliance Theater). Piedmont Park offers a gathering place, and weekends find crowds of joggers, bikers and rollerbladers. During the spring and summer months, visitors and locals alike attend various festivals and concerts hosted by the park. Convenient to both amenities of Downtown and Buckhead, Midtowners want for nothing. Accessible to all major expressways and the Marta rail system.

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Roswell



Like Buckhead, Roswell was developed in 1839. Roswell is a historic area known for older antebellum homes and its historic founders' cemeteries. Named after Roswell King, a well to do planter from Georgia, Roswell initially started as a cotton mill on the banks of the Chattahoochee River. The community eventually developed around the mill. It wasn't long before large Tudor, Georgian, Colonial, and sprawling mansions with lovely gardens began to line parts of the Chattahoochee River. Roswell is another premier residential area comparable to Buckhead. All the conveniences of a large city, Roswell offers shopping, antique boutiques, a delightful historic section in the Roswell Square and nearby Canton Street. Festivals, equestrian events and an active community embrace the new arrivals in Roswell. The Historic Roswell Convention and Visitors Bureau offers self guided tours and information for those interested in learning more about the area. Accessible to 285 and GA. 400.

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Virginia Highlands

Named after its location at the intersection of Virginia and North Highland avenues, this district still remains a popular spot for Atlanta's young professionals. At one time this prime area was in danger of becoming part of a planned highway system, but with the efforts of community leaders and activists, the area revitalized itself to become the urban professionals dream. This eclectic neighborhood is a mix of older homes, smaller bungalows, and homes divided into apartment living. Noted for its renovations of 60 to 80 year old homes as well as its 50 year old shopping district, with family owned, one of a kind ethnic eateries. Once an affordable place to live, it has recently become a bit pricey. The neighborhood has its own unique charm and drawing power. The streets are lined with a variation of blues and jazz clubs, unique boutiques and retail stores. The perfect place to go for a day of shopping or leisurely stroll. It has also become the second most popular nightlife destination in Atlanta, after Buckhead. Most residents enjoy the ability to walk to their favorite stores or eateries, since parking is generally scarce on the weekends. Accessible to most major expressways.

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