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Talk about diversity. Atlanta is home to almost half a million people, and there’s room for everybody. If you are planning on moving to Atlanta, there are plenty of great neighborhoods that will fit your style, as well as your need for schools, culture, employment and more. Let’s do a quick tour of the most popular Atlanta neighborhoods so you can start getting to know your new city.
There are plenty of great neighborhoods that will fit your style, as well as your need for schools, culture, employment and more.
If you’re looking for upscale shopping, dining, and entertainment, head directly to Buckhead. It is one of the most affluent spots in Atlanta, and is a magnet for the young professionals drawn to the area. Buckhead is easy to get to because it’s centrally located just north of Midtown. Buckhead also boasts the city’s best shopping at The Shops Buckhead Atlanta, Lenox Square and Phipps Plaza. Affectionately called the Beverly Hills of the South, Buckhead is definitely perfect if you long for luxury.
If you landed new digs in Virginia-Highland, hang on to it because vacancies are few and far between. Locals know this neighborhood as VaHi and it’s where you want to see and be seen with local personalities, visiting celebrities and just about every woke person in Atlanta. The Virginia-Highland neighborhood is actually four separate little villages connected by walkways. Streets filled with bungalow houses give VaHi most of its charm but locals flock here, especially on weekends, for new twists on old food favorites, the coolest cocktails and fierce java hits.
If you’re a young professional in Atlanta and you’re not living in Buckhead, chances are you’re putting down roots in Midtown. This neighborhood is the cultural hot spot for the city, and it naturally draws artists, actors, writers and other right-brainers. Boutiques, national stores, restaurants, and entertainment venues dot the Midtown Mile running through the center of the neighborhood making shopping and dining a real treat any day of the week.
Those who love history and like to get a real feel of a place fall in love with Inman Park, Atlanta’s first suburb built on a streetcar line. The streetcar has long been replaced by the MARTA line for residents and visitors who can’t get enough of the neighborhood’s historic ambiance. You just know that Victorian novels were inspired by the stately homes and well-established tree-lined streets. Inman Park is another one of those renaissance neighborhoods that make Atlanta so alluring due to its commitment to historic preservation and dedication to art and green spaces. Head over to the Krog Street Tunnel to check out local graffiti art and snap some insta-worthy pics.
No, Druid Hills is not a shoot location for Outlander. It’s actually one of Atlanta’s most prestigious neighborhoods. Like Inman Park, it was developed as another streetcar suburb. Stately homes stand elegantly, situated on some of the most manicured lawns in the city. Your Druid Hills neighbors are likely to be some of Atlanta’s elite, including public officials, corporate executives, and civic leaders. The neighborhood is also home to the main campus of Emory University and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Even the restaurant names in Druid Hills whisper of days gone by and a simpler, more elegant lifestyle. Wisteria Restaurant offers skillet-fried chicken aside an extensive wine list, and Rosebud is famous for its Friday brunch with American cuisine with Southern flair.
Kirkwood is the perfect family neighborhood, and it’s considered completely appropriate for residents to fall in love with its small-town feel. Kirkwood is well situated for business and travel, though, sitting next to major freeways, an international airport and universities such as Georgia Tech, Georgia University and Emory University. Kirkwood has a kitschy side too and draws all types of artists and creators for community events like the Spring Fling and Wine Stroll. Kirkwood is a friendly community and you’ll feel at home as soon as you arrive.
Everything you hear about southern manners certainly holds true in Atlanta. Whether it’s a casserole or cocktails, you’re sure to get a proper Georgia welcome as soon as your new neighbors know you’re here.