Best Neighborhoods: Atlanta

Best Neighborhoods: Atlanta

We love Atlanta for all of the reasons you do. This cool capital in the heart of the old south has a new city vibe with an incredibly diverse mix of ATLiens, businesses, restaurants and entertainment venues. Atlanta is also home to the Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport and has service to literally everywhere. Not to mention, if you’re a sports fan you can hop on the Braves, Falcons or Bulldogs bandwagons and fit right in with locals. In the past few years Atlanta has seen a budding building expansion which continues to grow, producing new areas of affordable neighborhoods and hip hot spots. Below we’ve covered just four of our favorites, but don’t take our word for it, visit and see all this city has to offer for yourself.

Midtown is home to many of Atlanta’s big entertainment venues. Catch a show at The Fox Theater or spend an afternoon shopping at the outdoor, pavilion style Atlantic Station. If you’re up for a more traditional perspective on the area, visit the High Museum or Margaret Mitchell Museum where Gone With the Wind was penned. Rent in this chic part of the city runs in the mid to upper $1000’s and home prices can be anywhere from $150K for condos or in the $1M range for houses. If you’re looking to move to this area you’re likely to be neighbors to young professionals and couples who work in and close to the area.

Westside boasts some of the hippest and most delicious restaurants in the city like Bar Taco, West Egg and Delia’s. Neighborhoods in this area that you’ll want to look out for if you’re considering putting down roots are Berkeley Park, Blandtown or Howell Station. The Northside Tavern is a top neighborhood pick for local, homegrown blues and is also the perfect spot to have a drink. Average home prices in this area are fairly affordable and fall into the $250,000 price range. This neighborhood is inviting for students and recent college grads who may not be able to afford the more expensive areas, with rent ranging from the $800s to the low $1000s. It’s an area where you can have all the cool for half the cost.

Old 4th Ward is most notable as the birthplace of MLK. It’s a historic enclave with parks like the Old Fourth Ward and Freedom parks which lend themselves to several summer outdoor entertainment options. The Ponce City Market serves a mixed bag of purposes for the community with boutiques, offices, restaurants and living spaces. Hip kidults from all over the city head to this burgeoning area for nightlife at cool spots like Joystick, where you can play your favorite arcade games and sip craft beer. Similar to home prices in the Westside, the ones you’ll find here are also affordable and in the $300,000 range. Rent is slightly steeper coming in around the mid $1000s.

Glenwood Park located in East Atlanta, is the newest of new cool neighborhoods. Other neighborhood names you’ll recognize in this area will be Inman Park, Druid Hills and Cabbagetown. Kevin Gillespie, finalist on the hit show Top Chef, recently opened his restaurant Gunshow in this hood’, which specializes in Brazilian-Chinese fusion food. The Shed at Glenwood and Agave are two other popular eateries that serve local residents. The city’s self proclaimed best karaoke, Mary-oke, can be found here and is the perfect way to tip off a Tuesday night. Spacious, historic homes in this area can be rented in the $1000-$2500 price range and homes for sale in the area are more on par with those in the pricier Midtown area at an average of $500,000.

We couldn’t mention the traffic, because that’s the one downside of the city that you’ll have to consider when visiting or if you’re thinking of moving there. Aside from that, Atlanta continues to top the list of a favorite city for so many of the reasons listed here. Sweeter than a Georgia peach on a Sunday afternoon, Atlanta is a southern city that’s equal parts charming and cool.

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