LeahM

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Reviews

3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 4/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 3/5
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"Pretty interesting"

The Mellwood area is located in southwest Atlanta. It is a pretty interesting area. Some parts of this neighborhood are quiet residential areas, while others are hectic retails spaces. This neighborhood is essentially located north of Rue Royal and south of Meadowbrook Forest. Mellwood seems like it is one of those neighborhoods that always has a lot going on. The odd mixture of houses and retail stores, probably yields a bit of crazy traffic.

If you are thinking about living here, there are some nice affordable ranch-style homes in the vicinity. Many of the properties also have nice-sized yards; this is always a great perk for creative gardeners as well as antsy children. This neighborhood is just minutes away from several schools including, Southwest Atlanta Christian Academy, Heritage Preparatory Academy and Therell High School.

Local parks include, Ben Hill Recreation Center and Deerwood Park. The Ben Hill Recreation Center is fairly large and offers plenty of amenities. It has a tennis court, gymnasium, dance room, basketball court, arts and crafts room, baseball fields and so much more. Feel free to swing by and check it out. Just to let you know, there are fees for some of the activities, so be sure to have your payment options nearby.

There is some concern about crime in this area- mainly because this community has gone down a bit. I know that everyone has different “crime meters”. So, I’d say if you really want to know if this neighborhood is right for you, just visit it.
Pros
  • cheap real estate
  • nice green spaces
Cons
  • random retail shops bring a lot of traffic
  • some areas are a little rough
Recommended for
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 4/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 4/5
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"Pleasant little place"

Butner / Tell is a neighborhood that is located in southwest Atlanta. It gets its name from the two intersecting streets nearby, Butner Road and Tell Road Southwest. This is a nice little area, that has a wonderful woodsy feel. It is totally infused with big pine trees, winding hills, and large yards.

This community has plenty of beautiful well-maintained, ranch-style brick homes. The cost of living is pretty reasonable as well, which is just an all around good deal. So many times, there are neighborhoods that have great prices, but the structures might not be as nice. Consider this neighborhood one of the better choices for middle class families.

This place is perfect for nature lovers. There are so many nearby parks to choose from (if you are looking to get out and catch a nice breeze). Tucson Trail Park, Deerwood Park and Ben Hill Recreation Center are just a few green spaces to put on your “to visit” list. This community is also close to several small lakes.

Shoppers might like the fact that Butner / Tell is just minutes away from Greenbriar Mall. This mall is a bit lackluster when compared to malls like Lenox Square, and Phipps Plaza. But... hey, I guess it’s not too bad .

Nearby schools include, Southwest Atlanta Christian Academy, Deerwood Elementary, and Ralph Bunche Middle School (just to name a few). Over all, this is a nice area to check out.
Pros
  • beautiful trees
  • lovely green spaces
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Country Lovers
  • Trendy & Stylish
3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 2/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Parking 4/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 4/5
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"Are you your neighbors keeper?"

The Orchard Knob neighborhood is located in southeast Atlanta. It is situated between Browns Mill Road and Jonesboro Road SE. As for the good stuff, this area is not too far from the Lake Charlotte Nature Preserve. This is great for families and country lovers alike. Nearby schools include, Humphries Elementary School, South Atlanta High School and Kipp Academy. There are a few additional schooling options as well.

Outside of that, there is not too much to say about this little neighborhood. If you drive through Orchard Knob, you’ll notice that not all the neighbors living here share in their part to help make this place as nice as it could be. You’ll see a few nice houses, but, you’ll also notice sporadic abandoned homes and un-kept yards. Oh... and lets not forget, those pesky neighbors who have about two or three broken-down junk cars (or trucks) just sitting smack dab in the middle of their front lawns.

Things like this really irritate me, because it makes the whole neighborhood look bad. I would avoid places like this with the quickness. I mean... maybe you might get lucky enough to find a particular block that has neighbors who really care about the aesthetics of the entire community, but don’t hold your breath.

I guess, it is also fitting to say that property value here is fairly reasonable. I would say that the residents of this neighborhood are most likely working class families and retirees. Sorry to be so harsh folks, but I think this neighborhood could be so much nicer if everyone did their part.
Pros
  • affordable houses
Cons
  • not much to do
  • some neighbors don't take care of their property
Recommended for
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Cost of Living 2/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 3/5
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"Gorgeous"

The Cross Creek community is located in north west Atlanta west of interstate 75. The neighborhood is minutes away from Buckhead, Vinings and Howell Mill but has its very own character and flare. The Cross Creek golf course serves as the center piece of the area featuring gated access for about 900 homes and access to an 18 holes of play. The neighborhood is great for families and young professionals seeking a tight nit community that has retained a lot of its home values.

In addition to the golf course, Cross Creek is a very attractive place because of its proximity to peach tree creek. Peach tree creek is a beautiful water way that is an extension of the Chatahoochee river and give residents a front row view of the local wildlife that this water way supports.

Cross Creek is also not a bad area for down home dining. If you are a fan of fried pickle spears and cat fish burgers, the Cross Creek cafe may be the place for you. Although the homes are a little on the expensive side, if you have the money this area is a great investment because it is highly sought after, safe and beautiful.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Parking 4/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 3/5
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"Weird little houses"

Florida Heights is located on the southwest side of Atlanta. This area is not necessarily a neighborhood that I would consider living in for several reasons. The first thing, is that a lot of the houses in this neighborhood are pretty average to say the most. Most of them are quite small and need a little love. There are some nicer ones, but every now and then you’ll notice several abandoned homes with wild grass growing up all around it.

This brings me to my next concern with this neighborhood. The resale value on many of the houses in this area is really questionable. By this, I mean that you can find houses anywhere from 10K to 180K in close proximity to each other. I guess from one perspective, this is great if you want to buy a nice little affordable home to live in. But, if you are ready to sell, you might not get as much as you’d hope for.

There is not a lot to do here in terms of nightlife and shopping... So, lets move on to something a little brighter now.

On the positive side, this area does have a few local parks that are pretty close-by. Lionel Hampton Park and Anderson Park are both within a 1 mile radius to the Florida Heights neighborhood. This is great because there are playgrounds, picnic areas, and swimming pools just minutes away. Nearby schools include, Peyton Forest Elementary School, Beecher Hills Elementary School and Douglass High School (to name a few).

I would say that most of the people in this neighborhood are working class families, first-time homebuyers, and retired folks. If you are thinking about moving to this area, I would recommend considering several of the other surrounding neighborhoods that might offer nicer housing options.
Pros
  • has some pretty affordable homes
  • nice parks
Cons
  • not much to do
  • questionable resale value
Recommended for
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 4/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 3/5
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"Apartment city living"

Capitol Gateway is a pretty new housing community that is practically located in Downtown, Atlanta. I’m assuming that it gets its name from the fact that it is just minutes away from the Georgia State Capitol building. I’m not sure if I would call this an actual “neighborhood”, per say. I’d say it’s more like a community of apartments and townhouses situated in close proximity to each other.

Contrary to what the other reviewer wrote, there are actually several different floor plans here, out side of just the lonely little one bed room apartments. This community actually offers, one, two and three bed room options for its residents. I only know this because I had a friend in college who lived here, who had the two bed room option. For added convenience, Capitol Gateway is completely MARTA accessible.

This area attracts mostly students and young professionals, who are looking for affordable housing, that is close to school as well as the city. This community has quick access to several popular Atlanta schools including, Georgia State University, Georgia Tech, Spelman College, Morehouse College and Clark Atlanta University.

This area is also less that 1 mile away from Grady Memorial Hospital. This popular hospital is practically a historic landmark. It is the 5th largest public hospital in the US. In addition, it’s the birthplace of many Atlanta locals; including several popular Atlanta rappers.

Underground Atlanta is also about a half a mile away. This little collection of “underground” shops and restaurants attracts Atlanta locals as well as city tourists. Now, I will be honest and say that although parts of this area are nice and newly developed, there are still some areas that are a little sketchy. Enjoy!
Pros
  • close to city attractions
Cons
  • area can get a little rough
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Hipsters
  • Students
  • Trendy & Stylish
4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 4/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 3/5
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"Newer community with lots of promise"

Princeton Lakes is located on the south-side of Atlanta, in what some might consider the Camp Creek area. Rightfully so, it is situated a little ways off of Camp Creek Parkway. It is just minutes away from Interstate 285, which is super convenient for accessing nearby amenities.

There are several popular attractions near this area. The Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport is only a few miles away. This is perfect, if you are a frequent traveler, because you don’t have to stress yourself out about the drive to and from the airport.
This area is a fairly new development, and has plenty of new shops, restaurants and housing options for people in the community to enjoy.

If you are an avid shopper you might want to swing by the Camp Creek Market Place. This shopping center houses stores such as Ross, Lowe’s, Marshall’s, Old Navy and Target. There are also several popular restaurant choices in the vicinity as well. Red Lobster, Ruby Tuesday and Carino's Italian, are just a few places you might opt to choose from. I must admit, that I’m a big Red Lobster fan. I think the cheese bread that that they have, really has a hold on me. So, when I’m in this area, I like to swing by to grab a bite. There is also a nice movie theater nearby.

Housing is still relatively affordable in this area (especially for the amount of space you get). Most of the structures are newer, and were built sometime in the mid 2000’s or sooner. A lot of the subdivisions here have “cookie- cutter” homes that are almost 100% identical to the other homes in close proximity. Sometimes this area gets a bad rep. People like to say that there is a lot of crime here. But, I don’t think there’s more crime here than most other parts of the city. I guess the best way to know is to try it out for yourself.
Pros
  • newer shops & houses
  • nice food choices
Cons
  • lower resale value for houses
  • some areas still need a little work
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Tourists
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Students
  • Trendy & Stylish
3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 3/5
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"Historic living, with lots of potential"

The Washington Park neighborhood conveniently surrounds a park that shares the same name. This historic African American community is located in northwest Atlanta and is not too far from several other historic Atlanta sites. In recent years, this area has been the center of several revitalization initiatives. This community is a part of the the Atlanta BeltLine- a recent development that aims to join several neighborhoods together by using trails and green spaces.
This is great for hikers and bikers who reside nearby.

Investors, and first-time homeowners flock to this area to get affordable pricing on beautiful historic homes. There are also some new condos and townhomes nearby, which draws in young professionals as well as college students that desire to call this community home.

The Atlanta University Center (AUC) is not too far away and consists of a collection of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs); which includes Spelman College, Morehouse College, Clark Atlanta University and Morehouse School of Medicine. These schools are some of the top-ranked institutions for African Americans, seeking to achieve higher education.

There are not a lot of shopping options in this area. So, I would definitely recommend venturing out a bit further if you are an avid shopper. On the other hand, there are a few cool eateries close-by which is always a good thing. If you love good soul food, you might want to try out The Busy Bee Cafe or Paschal's (both are less than 1 mile away). Both restaurant’s have some of the best fried fish and chicken dinners, with sides like greens, mac -n -cheese, and tons of others, you’ll be sure to find something delightful.

Over all, Washington Park has so much potential. I do hope that new developments continue to help make this community into the success that it deserves to be.
Pros
  • beautiful homes
  • great colleges close-by
  • nice restaurants
Cons
  • some areas are a little rough
  • some areas still need a little work
  • houses are a little too close to each other
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Students
  • Country Lovers
  • Trendy & Stylish
4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 3/5
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"Nice Historic Homes"

Oakland city is one of my favorite neighborhoods on the west side of Atlanta. There are so spacious historic homes in this area and the residents really take pride in preserving the history in this community. Located about a half of a mile from the Atlanta University Center, Oakland city is an area that most students from Spelman, Clark Atlanta and Morehouse College are familiar with. Many alumni and current students reside in this community. Despite the the beauty in design of many of the homes here, Oakland City has had its fair share of challenges involving the housing market. For every renovated and occupied home, there still exists many homes that are boarded up and vacant. Despite the resiliency of many of the residents remaining in the community, many more have decided to relocate to areas offering more resources.

The main market place for Oakland City is the West End Mall and Oakland City MARTA station. Along Ralph David Abernathy boulevard, are several local restaurant establishments that have served this community for years. One of my favorite restaurants is Soul Vegetarian Cafe. Soul Veg offers up a unique and flavorful approach to preparing vegetarian meals. Their desert menu isn’t bad either!
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Hipsters
  • Students
3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Cost of Living 2/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 2/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 3/5
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"A positive plus a negative equals..."

Chosewood Park is located on Atlanta’s southeast side. It shares its name with a park that is in the area. This neighborhood is basically a little south of the Peoplestown community. Similar to Peoplestown, Chosewood Park is yet another Atlanta neighborhood that is undergoing several redevelopment initiatives. This is a mixed neighborhood that consists of a conglomerate of renovated houses, abandoned homes (and businesses) and vacant lots. This area attracts developers, first-time homebuyers and panhandlers alike.

I honestly have mixed feelings about this neighborhood. On one end, I’d really like to say that this neighborhood is great for first-time homebuyers, but on the other hand… I’m not so sure. There are a few reasons for this. On the plus side, this area has a nice assortment of colonial homes and bungalows, but there are also some sketchy-looking shabby public housing structures as well. Cost of living is weird too. Some houses are extremely affordable (which I think is appropriate given the condition of this area); while others are grossly over-priced.

Perhaps one of the reasons for overpricing is the fact that this neighborhood is located about 1 mile from the beautiful Grant Park and Zoo Atlanta. This park is one of the city’s most beautiful hidden attractions. It’s the perfect place to take a summer jog because it has plenty of massive trees that provide shade from the blaring sun. Ironically, Chosewood Park is also less than a mile away from the US Prison Bureau... See what I mean.... a positive plus a negative equals...

Outside of taking a visit to the park, there is not much else to do in this area. I mean, there are some new developments not too far away, but this area still needs a lot of work. Hopefully, someday the over-priced homes here will live up to their prices.
Pros
  • close to some really nice green spaces
Cons
  • some areas are a little sketchy
Recommended for
  • Families with kids
2/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 2/5
  • Clean & Green 2/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 2/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 2/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
  • Gym & Fitness 2/5
  • Internet Access 2/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 1/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 2/5
  • Schools 2/5
  • Childcare 2/5
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"Underserved"

Thomasville heights is essentially the site of a former housing project development that was closed down along with many other developments by the Atlanta housing authority. It is located on the south east side of the city accessible by Moreland Avenue and McDonough boulevard.

The area has many older residents who are also home owners that have seen this community undergo little change in the last 25 years. Due to a lack of resources, not much development has taken place in this area. The area still hosts many low income residents despite the city’s demolition of the Thomasville Heights Housing projects. The area seems to be populated with mostly auto repair shops, thrift stores, pawn shops and title loan establishments. Upon visiting Thomasville Heights, you will find mostly locals as many do not venture out to this section of town.

With property values at an all time low, the schools near this community have suffered as well. Thomasville Heights Elementary school was featured in the CRCT cheating scandal probe in 2009. The probe discovered that cheating was widespread at this school. Thomasville heights may not be the most family oriented neighborhood in the Atlanta metro area. I would not suggest moving here do to the poor quality of life here.
Recommended for
  • Hipsters
  • Trendy & Stylish
4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Cost of Living 5/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 2/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 4/5
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"A for effort"

Laurens Valley, Atlanta

Laurens Valley is located in southwest Atlanta. It is situated near two very popular Atlanta streets, Campbellton Rd SW and Cascade Rd. Many of the homes in this area are ranch-style structures that were built during the 1950’s through the 1970’s. This is the perfect middle-class neighborhood for so many reasons. For starters, it has plenty of lovely affordable brick homes, with big yards and large shade trees.

This is a nice neighborhood for nature lovers. Nearby parks include, Adams Park and Cascade Springs Nature Preserve. These beautiful green spaces are perfect for mid-summer hikes and occasional picnics. The Alfred Tup Holmes Golf Course is also nearby, which is such a wonderful added bonus.

Laurens Valley is also an ideal community for families. The neighborhood’s schools include, Renaissance Montessori School, Kimberly Elementary School and Therell High School.

This area is also not too far from Greenbriar Mall. Which can be a good thing depending on how you look at it. Lately the stores in this mall have gone down a bit. Some of the major retailers have moved and left a host of weird random shopping selections to choose from. Lastly, there are several local nightclubs within a 1-mile radius to Laurens Valley- perfect for the younger crowd. Over all, I’d say that this is a pretty nice neighborhood to look into. One of the only downfalls is that property value is down a bit.
Pros
  • low housing costs
Cons
  • could have better shopping options
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Students
  • Country Lovers
  • Trendy & Stylish
4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 4/5
  • Cost of Living 2/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 2/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 3/5
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"Nice and scenic"

Woodfield is a nice Atlanta suburb that is situated between Howell Mill Rd NW and Northside Dr NW. It is located roughly 10 minutes from Buckhead and 12 minutes from Midtown. The community is slated to be a Belt line connected community which will connect Woodfield with many other communities through light rail.

The quiet middle class neighborhood is relatively unknown to most but it is definately one Atlanta’s best kept secret gems. What attracted me most to this area was its proximity to Peach tree creek. Peachtree Creek is a small water way that draws its source from the Chattahoochee river. Although, the creek is not as large as the hooch, its size is ample enough to get the feeling that your home is a river front property. Homes in the woodfield area are also significantly less expensive than properties located in the Hambersham and Peach tree battle areas. This is true partly because the area is mostly over looked due to many would be residents being attracted to living in more prestigous communities like West Paces ferry or the Vinings.

If you are a golf fanatic, you’ll also enjoy Woodfield’s close proximity to Atlanta Memorial Park. The park features Bobby Jones Golf course, considered a local favorite to many Georgians.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Country Lovers
3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 3/5
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"Some of the best bungalows in town"

Westview is an up-and-coming neighborhood that is located in southwest Atlanta. It is only minutes away from Midtown and Downtown. During the past years, recent renovations to this area have attracted a swarm of new residents who call this place home. There are several benefits of living in this area.

Westview has some of Atlanta’s most beautiful historic bungalows. Cost of living is still somewhat affordable. So, if you are considering this area, you better move quick. I’m sure in the next few years, the value of these homes will increase - assuming that this neighborhood keeps the improvements coming.

Another great perk about his neighborhood is that is has a fairly ideal location. It is not too far away from Interstate 20, which means easy access to local city attractions. The Georgia Dome and Turner Field are both roughly only 11 minutes away. This is the perfect combination if you are a sports lover, because you’ve got the Braves and the Falcon’s both at your fingertips.

This area also has quick access to the schools of the Atlanta University Center (AUC), which includes Spelman College, Morehouse College, Clark Atlanta University and Morehouse School of Medicine. Georgia State University and Georgia Tech are also roughly 3 miles away. I would recommend this neighborhood for anyone looking to get a good deal on a quality home. The only downfall is that this area does have a little crime.
Pros
  • nice affordable homes
  • close to several attractions
  • close to several popular colleges
Cons
  • some areas are a little sketchy
  • needs more shopping options
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Hipsters
  • Students
  • Trendy & Stylish
4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 2/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Parking 2/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 3/5
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"For music lovers and free spirits"

Arguably one of the most beautiful in town neighborhoods in Atlanta, Inman Park has been a neighborhood with character and flair for decades. The north east Atlanta community is located west of Moreland avenue and North of Dekalb avenue. Inman Park shares a border of North Highland avenue with Old Fourth Ward. This community is perhaps most famous for its hipster slash bohemian slash alternative neighborhood referred to as “Little Five Points.” Little Five Points is polar opposite to everything that Yuppie Buckhead and North West Atlanta stands for.

There may be the highest concentration of mom and pop record stores in Inman Park than anywhere else in the south east! My favorites are Moods Music and Wax n Facts, two establishments serving the area for years. If you are an Atlanta History buff, Inman Park offers a unique glance into the past with its historic homes along Elizabeth St. and Euclid Ave. dating back to the 1920s and 1930s. Residents in this community are also very active and involved. A long standing community radio station, WRFG 89.3, is located in this community on Austin Ave. This station is unique in that it is totally community funded and has been a supporter of local artists and activists since the 1970s.
Pros
  • great artsy vibe
  • Great access to several major interstates
  • great green spaces
Cons
  • parking sucks
  • Can be pricey
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Tourists
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Hipsters
  • Students
  • Trendy & Stylish
3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 5/5
  • Parking 4/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 4/5
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"If it werent for those boarded-up homes"

Norwood Manor is located on Atlanta’s southeast side. It is a quiet, neighborhood that has some of the cutest little 1940’s homes. Although some of the homes are single family, there are quite a bit of duplexes and triplexes in this community. I would say that the residents in this neighborhood mostly consist of your working class families, first-time home buyers and the elderly. Cost of living is relatively inexpensive here. But, there are occasional properties that have questionably higher resale values.

Norwood Manor is another one of the many Atlanta neighborhoods experiencing redevelopment. Some parts of this neighborhood look fairly nice, but then, there are random abandoned boarded-up homes and uncut vacant lots of land. These eyesores are a big pain, especially for neighbors who are trying their best to maintain their part of the deal. Hey... it takes a village.

Norwood Manor is home to a few local small parks and it is only about 10 minutes away from Grant Park (one of the city’s most beautiful hidden gems). There is honestly not much to do in this area in terms of shopping and eating out. I mean, there are a few local auto parts stores and random food marts around, but who really calls that entertainment?

Nearby schools include, Atlanta Youth Academy, Thomasville Heights Elementary School and Dobbs Elementary School. This area is also less than 2 miles away from the Fulton County Board-Education. Over all, I have mixed feelings about this area, but feel free to test it for yourself, if you are close-by.
Pros
  • relatively inexpensive living
Cons
  • not much to do
  • some areas are a little sketchy
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 2/5
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"Abandoned little ghost town"

After the U.S. military shut its doors in 2005, Fort McPherson’s expansive site remains in limbo as developers make plans to change the face of this site. Located on the south west side of Atlanta, Fort McPherson lies to the south of Cambelton road and to the north of Lakewood parkway. The site sits on a very underdeveloped and under served section of town. It is home to thousands of residents in west Atlanta. Despite having a huge college town that is the Atlanta University Center, this area has only 1 grocery store in a 5 mile radius. Residents near Fort McPherson have to travel between 15 and 20 minutes for access to retail options. The area could be a perfect asset for residents of the West End, Capitol View and East Point.

Today, Fort Mchperson’s plight lies in the hands of a group called the “McPherson Planning Local Redevelopment Authority.” This group is a not for profit organization charged with organizing a new direction for the site. There’s no word on what progress has been made in the last 6 years. I just hope that this opportunity does not turn into another stalemate like so many other development projects around the city of Atlanta.
Pros
  • nearby houses are pretty affordable
Cons
  • not much to do
  • some areas are a little rough
4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Cost of Living 1/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 5/5
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"For fabulous families"

The Mount Paran community is nestled along interstate I-75 in north west Atlanta. The community is considered one of the most affluent areas in the country with many homes valued above 1 million dollars. Mt Paran shares its prestige with several other high profile neighborhoods including; West Paces Ferry, Randall Mill, Kingswood, Westminister and the Vinings. The prominent roadway that travels through this area is Mt. Paran road.

If you love shopping, the Mt. Paran community rests between two of the best retail districts in georgia. To the south, there’s Buckhead which includes Phipps Plaza and many other high end boutique retailers like Hermes Paris. In the north west, Cumberland mall offers the traditional middle class shopping experience. There are numerous public parks with the largest and most popular being Chastain Memorial Park. If you’re new to the Buckhead area, Chastain is a great way to meet local residents while walking your dog or jogging. Most people in this area seem to be health conscious and this is a great way to stay motivated.

Mt. Paran may be out of the price range of most young professionals but I believe it is an excellent community for families. Families tend to stay in this area for generations taking pride and upholding the legacies as years past by.
Pros
  • nice homes
  • Superior private schools
Cons
  • pricey schools & houses
Recommended for
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Country Lovers
4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Parking 1/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 3/5
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"So many cool things to talk about"

This trendy little neighborhood is located on the east-side of Atlanta. It is only about 7 minutes away from Midtown and about 10 minutes away from Downtown, Atlanta. Piedmont Heights is situated off of the Atlanta BeltLine- a newer development of trails and green spaces that connects different neighborhoods together. Although this project has some phases that are completed, it is still under development. Piedmont Heights is so much more than just your average neighborhood. It is one of those cool sort of places that has a little bit of everything going for it.

For starters, this area is close to several of the city’s most attractive green spaces. Piedmont Park and the Atlanta Botanical Garden are wonderful lush nature-infused places to check out if you are in the area. There is also a dog park nearby for pet owners who want to mix and mingle with other pet owners in the city. I must also add, that Piedmont Park is home to several annual city events, including the very popular, AIDS Walk Atlanta. Every year, droves of people come out to put in their 5K to show support to this cause.

There are a few random trendy shops nearby, but if you are looking for a mall-like experience, you are only 2 miles away from Atlantic Station. Atlantic Station is an out-door mall shopping center, that attracts tons of eager spenders to relinquish their dollars at stores like Dillard’s, Express and Target. There are also several nice Thai restaurants in the area, if you are into delicious Asian cuisine. Over all, this is a wonderful area to check out.
Pros
  • beautiful green spaces
  • nice homes
Cons
  • parking sucks
  • housing can get pretty expensive
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Tourists
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Hipsters
  • Students
  • Country Lovers
  • Trendy & Stylish
3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 3/5
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"A work in progress"

If you have ever been to Mechanicsville, you know that this historic little neighborhood could certainly use a little lovin’ and fixin’ up. I mean, don’t get me wrong, there are some nicely redeveloped parts of this neighborhood, but there are also some areas that still need a lot of work. This neighborhood, like many other neighborhoods around this area, has been undergoing redevelopments (gentrification), for quite some time now. I would actually say that Mechanicsville is one of the better neighborhoods to consider around this location, because it seems like a lot has went into making it look as good as it does now.

There are some really nice affordable condos, lofts and homes in this neighborhood. Some of the homes are rehabbed historic homes, while others are completely new. This is especially attractive to investors as well as first-time homebuyers. So, you might be asking yourself “What makes this area so desirable to live in?”. The answer is...location, location, location!

Mechanicville is practically located in Downtown, Atlanta, near Turner Field. Everybody who’s anybody knows that this area is prime real estate. It is about 6 minutes away from Underground Atlanta, and only about 10 minutes away from Midtown. In addition, it is about 1 mile from Georgia State University as well as the Atlanta University Center (AUC). There is so much potential for this neighborhood. I certainly hope that in time this neighborhood rises to its full potential.
Pros
  • affordable living
Cons
  • some areas are a little sketchy
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Hipsters
  • Students
  • Trendy & Stylish
4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 4/5
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"A space for nature lovers"

Randall Mill is an Atlanta neighborhood located in the north west section of the city’s Buckhead community. Randall Mill is surrounded by Kingswood to the east, Tuxedo Park to the west and West Paces Ferry to the south. The homes featured in this neighborhood are designed for the more affluent crowd, with most average sized single family homes no lower than 500k.

Randall Mill, like it’s West Paces Ferry counterpart is an extremely quiet neighborhood. This makes the area suitable for families and the elderly. This area has preserved much of its green space and although some estates here are huge and assuming, the landscape provides natural privacy for its residents. Being the nature lover I am, the most attractive feature of this area is Chastain Park and the Chatahoochee river. Chastain features great running trails and its scenery rivals only Piedmont park for in town Parks. The Chatahoochee river is Atlanta’s life line, as it is the only major body of water in the metro area.

All sorts of wild life rarely seen in the city call this place home. I am so glad that the city does a great job at preserving this amenity for everyone to enjoy.
Pros
  • beautiful green spaces
  • nice homes
Cons
  • costly
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Country Lovers
4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 1/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 3/5
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"The heart of city living"

Sheerwood Forest is a ritzy Atlanta suburb that is located a little north of Ansley Park. It is one of those places where just about everyone would literally love to live. I mean, who wouldn’t want to call a mini-mansion “home” for a day (or two). Cost of living in this affluent neighborhood can get pretty high. Some residents who rest their heads here live in estates priced well over a million bucks.

This neighborhood is close to several of the city’s coolest attractions. Atlantic Station, a really trendy outdoor shopping mall, is essentially only 1 mile away. So, shops like Dillard’s, DSW and Bannana Republic are practically right in your backyard. Another perk is that Atlantic Station is also home to Regal Atlantic Station Stadium 16 & IMAX Movie theater. Moviegoers, feel free to insert applause here_____.

This area is surrounded by some of the most wonderful restaurants in Atlanta. R Thomas Deluxe Grill, Bluefin and Nan Thai Fine Dining are just a few popular choices for hungry shoppers in the area.

Savannah College of Art and Design and The Portfolio Center, are a couple of popular artsy schools that are within a 1 mile radius to the Sheerwood Forest neighborhood. This area is also not too far from Piedmont Hospital and the Shepherd Center. One of the only obvious downfalls about this community is that sometimes traffic gets really bad.
Pros
  • close to everything
  • nice homes
  • plenty of shops & restaurants
Cons
  • cost of living is a bit expensive
  • traffic
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Tourists
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Hipsters
  • Students
  • Trendy & Stylish
4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Cost of Living 5/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 2/5
  • Childcare 3/5
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"Another artsy up-and-coming place"

Reynoldstown is a community in east Atlanta that is emerging as a key stakeholder for the Beltline project. Located along Memorial drive, Reynoldstown borders Cabbagetown and Inman Park. These communities are at the top of my list in Atlanta for in town living. Reynoldstown has a nice selection of lofts that have not yet reached the ginormous asking prices as its counterparts in other gentrified communities in Atlanta. Triumph lofts is a new development that I’m excited about. The condos were converted from an old distribution warehouse and every floor plan I’ve seen hints to a contemporary design.

This area seems to be the perfect case study on the possible solutions for redeveloping antiquated communities. Reynoldstown, like its neighbor, Cabbagetown was once the home of one of Atlanta’s Industrial Park areas. Consisting mostly of families of mill workers, the area experienced a sharp decline as mills and factories shuttered its doors. Developments like the Triumph loft project have effectively converted a long standing eye sore into a work of art that benefits residents. Whether or not you’re a fan of the Belt line project, Reynoldstown hosts a belt line tour that provides new comers and residents of the city the opportunity to tour surrounding communities that will be connected with the proposed project. I learned so much about communities that I’ve never knew existed by taking this tour.
Pros
  • great artsy vibe
  • reasonable cost of living
  • several medical centers nearby
Cons
  • some parts still need a lot of work
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Tourists
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Hipsters
  • Students
  • Trendy & Stylish
3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 2/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 4/5
  • Cost of Living 5/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 2/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 3/5
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"Hopefully better in time"

Mozley Park is located in southwest Atlanta, and is situated between Martin Luther King Jr. Dr SW and Westview Dr SW. It is not too far from Interstate 20, which means that it is relatively close to many of the city's attractions. This neighborhood has definitely gone through its ups and downs. Most of the homes in this area were built around the 1920’s and consist of beautiful large bungalow and Victorian-styled structures. Some of the homes in this neighborhood have been rehabbed, but others still need a bit of work done to help bring this neighborhood up to speed.

There are some good things to say about this area. For starters, the location is relatively ideal. It’s only about 3 miles from Downtown, Atlanta. So, residents of this community basically have the city at their finger tips. In addition, the Georgia Dome is only about 7 minutes away (perfect for the Falcons fan). This neighborhood is also not too far from the Atlanta University Center (AUC). The AUC is home to several prestigious historical black colleges and universities, including Spelman College, Morehouse College, Clark Atlanta University and Morehouse School of Medicine.

Students and locals will find that the cost of living is pretty cheap here, which is a always a good perk. Hopefully, in time, this neighborhood will have new developments to make it as desirable as some other parts of Atlanta.
Pros
  • affordable living
  • close to several attractions
  • close to colleges and universities
Cons
  • needs a lot of work
  • some areas are a little rough
Recommended for
  • Families with kids
  • Students
4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 3/5
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"Hipster approved"

Resident “Hipster” approved, Poncey-Highland is a hip neighborhood on the east side of Atlanta located between Inman Park and Virginia Highland. The area houses about 1800 hundred residents and real estate in the area seems to be on an upward trend. One thing I love about the Poncey Highland area, is that it is home of many historical landmarks in the city of Atlanta.

My favorites by far are the Clermont Lounge and Plaza Theater. The Plaza Theater features many non-commercial films by local and indie film makers. It’s a great place to catch the latest plays and film adaptations as well. The Clermont Lounge, is considered to be Atlanta’s freaky hidden gem. Part odd ball strip club and part dive bar, anything imaginable can go down at the lounge after 1 am. This place is an awesome night cap after bar hopping with friends. The dancers are nationally known and have served this establishment for decades! Character isn’t the only thing that’s been preserved over the years here. Drink prices remain extremely low compared to other clubs in the neighboring Virginia Highland areas.

As you can see, Ponce-Highland is a very lively area. This community is one of a handful of authentic metro Atlanta neighborhoods that still has its own character. This is a must visit!
Pros
  • always something fun to do
Cons
  • cost of living can get pricey
  • Traffic
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Tourists
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Hipsters
  • Students
  • Trendy & Stylish
5/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 4/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 4/5
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"A lovely place to call home"

Castlewood is situated between Northside Drive and Howell Mill Road and is located in the Buckhead area. This is a really nice well-established suburb that is not too far from everything that the city has to offer. Nearby attractions include several high-end shopping boutiques and restaurants. Castlewood is also shockingly close to Lenox Square Mall as well as the illustrious Phipps Plaza.

This neighborhood has some of the most beautiful mini-mansions in town. There is a nice variety of 1950’s estates that give the area an older sophisticated sort of feeling. There are also some newer homes in the area, that were built to have a similar style. Castlewood is perfect for the well-established crowd.

There are several nearby parks to explore. In fact, Piedmont Park is only about 4 miles away. Another nearby amenity is the Bobby Jones Golf Course, which is a favorite spot for golfers to hang out.

Families are especially attracted to locate in Castlewood because there are several prestigious private schools and well-known public schools that share this community. Pace Academy, the Atlanta Girls School, Morris Brandon Elementary School and St Anne's Episcopal School, are just a few choices to pick from if you have children and reside here. Kids will also delight in neighborhood’s local playgrounds.
Pros
  • beautiful trees
  • close to several shopping centers
Cons
  • pricey
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Country Lovers
  • Trendy & Stylish
5/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 2/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 2/5
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"Such a lovely gem"

You guessed it right, the Chattahoochee area surrounds the Chattahoochee River. This is personally one of my favorite areas to visit, especially in the spring and summertime. This green space is home to the Chattahoochee National Recreation Area; which includes several different parks, rivers and trails. My personal favorite is the Island Ford. Not too long ago, I was visiting this place a good 2 to 3 times a week, and those $3 park fees really started to stack up. I had a nice collection of those little papers with the holes punched out (that verified the different days that I had visited) stashed around my car. Eventually, I ended up purchasing the annual pass for only $25, which really helped me save a bit.

This is the perfect area for hiking because you get to see so much nature along the way. Hiking paths trail though wooded patches and stream along-side the “Hooch” to give you a one-of-a-kind experience. On many occasions, you’ll see families of geese floating on the river. You might also see fly fishers, fully suited, waving their lines about- trying to see what they can catch.

This area is really nice for dog owners as well. On any given day, you’ll see people out jogging with their pets close-by. Parents will also be attracted to the Chattahoochee, because kids just love playing in the river, collecting rocks. If you are in Atlanta, you have to check out this area. I can’t tell you how many friends I have, who have never been to this place. There’s no excuse to miss out on something so beautiful. So, get out... and enjoy!
Pros
  • beautiful parks
  • great nature
Cons
  • parking fees can add up
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Tourists
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Hipsters
  • Students
  • Country Lovers
  • Trendy & Stylish
  • Beach Lovers
4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 4/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 4/5
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"Parks Galore"

The Springlake neighborhood is situated between Northside Dr NW and Howell Mill Rd NW on the westside of Atlanta’s Buckhead community. Midtown is only about 3.5 miles away, while Downtown Atlanta is about 6 miles away. So, you can basically access local shopping centers, restaurants, and nightlife in just minutes. Springlake is a nice middle class Atlanta neighborhood with well-maintained small to mid-sized homes.

If you are looking to get out to enjoy some fresh air and get a bit of exercise, this neighborhood is close to several beautiful parks. Ellsworth Park , Atlanta Memorial Park and Tanyard Creek Park are just a few of the many options that you can choose from. There is also a tennis center as well as a golf course nearby.

There are quite a few well-known schools that are in the surrounding communities, including the Suzuki School, Morris Brandon Elementary School and the Atlanta International School.
This is the perfect neighborhood for established families, retirees and young professionals. The only thing that I do not too much care for, is that a lot of homes in Springlake are “stacked” a little closely together. There are some homes with bigger yards that have more space (in between the homes), but don’t hold your breath.
Pros
  • beautiful trees
  • nice homes
Cons
  • cost of living is a bit expensive
  • some houses are a little too close
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Country Lovers
  • Trendy & Stylish
4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 4/5
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"Perfect for preppy families"

Fernleaf is a cute little neighborhood located about 14 minutes away from Downtown, Atlanta. It is situated between Defoors Ferry Rd NW and Marietta Blvd NW. Fernleaf is an ideal, super nice middle class Atlanta neighborhood, with nice sized houses and large yards. It seems like the perfect place for families looking to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city (but still be relatively close enough to everything).

Piedmont hospital is only about 3 miles away. Plus, there are two nearby parks, Crest Lawn Memorial Park and Coronet Way Park (a smaller playground park). I must also clarify, that Crest Lawn Memorial Park is not your traditional park. It’s actually a historic Atlanta gravesite that played a part in the Battle of Atlanta, during the Civil War. On a more upbeat note, the area is also in close proximity to two golf courses; Cross Creek Golf Club and the Bobby Jones Golf Course. This is the perfect outlet if you enjoy golfing on beautiful hills surrounded by lush nature. If you’re lucky, you might even spot some ducks or geese when the whether is nice out.

This neighborhood is especially close to several prestigious Atlanta schools ( Pace Academy, The Westminster Schools and the Atlanta Girls’ School). If you are considering sending your little one to any of these schools, you better be financially prepared to fork out about 20K. Housing in this neighborhood reflects the schools, and can get pretty expensive as well. All and all, this is a great neighborhood if you can afford to live here.
Pros
  • beautiful homes
  • close to several shopping centers
Cons
  • homes can be pricey
  • schools are pricey
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Country Lovers
  • Trendy & Stylish
5/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 4/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 4/5
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"Fancy little suburb"

Brandon is a fancy Atlanta suburb that is practically located in the Buckhead area. The neighborhood is nestled between two popular streets, Howell Mill Road and Moores Mill Road. Brandon, like many other similar Buckhead neighborhoods, enjoys the luxury of being close to several shopping boutiques and up-scale restaurants. Lenox Square Mall is only about 12 minutes away, while Phipps Plaza is about 14 minutes from the area.

This neighborhood is home to some of the most beautiful estates in the Atlanta area. Here, you will find gorgeous 1950’s historic single family homes, as well as newer (1990’s and up) mini-mansions all mixed together. This area is perfect for the well-established crowd.

Brandon is a wonderful place for families to live. Several prestigious private schools and top-notch public schools share this community including Atlanta Girls School, Morris Brandon Elementary School and St Anne's Episcopal School. In addition, there are some nearby parks with playgrounds. Parents will also enjoy the added perk of the Bobby Jones Golf Course as it is pretty close.

There are a few family practices and pediatrics facilities close-by. But, of course... what would a fancy neighborhood like this be like without your ever-popular plastic surgery centers? Over all, this is a nice up-scale neighborhood to consider if you are looking to experience all that suburban living has to offer.
Pros
  • nice homes
  • close to several shopping centers
Cons
  • cost of living is a bit expensive
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Country Lovers
  • Trendy & Stylish
3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 2/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 2/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 2/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 3/5
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"Where is Westside Park?"

If you’ve ever been to the West End are or the Atlanta University Center, you should be very familiar with the Hunter Hills neighborhood. Hunter Hills is located on the west side of downtown Atlanta situated in between West Lake and Washington Park. Visitors can access Hunter hills either by Simpson Road or Martin Luther King Jr. Dr. The area was established in the 1940s and 50s and has been comprised of mostly African Americans since then. Hunter Hills neighbors the AUC which is currently comprised of Morehouse, Spelman, Morris Brown and Clark Atlanta. The Atlanta University Center educates some 10,000 or more students each year, many of whom reside in the Hunter Hill area. Location wise, this community is moments away from the downtown and midtown areas.

Like many of its west side counterparts, Hunter Hills experienced an economic decline that has last some 30 years now. Since then, it has been a slow process for this community to redevelop and stabilize. In 2005 the city embarked on plans to create a park that would be larger than Atlanta’s Piedmont park. That park, Westside Park, would be a major landmark for the yet to be completed beltway project. As of 2011, there has been no word to the status of this project although residents are eagerly awaiting some form of progress.
Pros
  • cheap real estate
  • great schools nearby
  • Great access to several major interstates
Cons
  • needs a lot of work
  • can be a little rough
Recommended for
  • Families with kids
  • Students
3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Parking 4/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 4/5
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"Some nice parts... some not so nice parts"

Located on the southwest side of Atlanta is a tiny suburb called Harland Terrace. Martin Luther King Jr. Dr SW and Peyton Rd SW are two popular streets that run through this neighborhood. The area is only about 6 miles away from Downtown, Atlanta and it is somewhat MARTA accessible. It is mostly comprised of midsized homes that are surrounded by beautiful large evergreen trees. This neighborhood is pretty close to Interstate 20. So, you are basically minutes away from city attractions like shopping and dining.

Isabel Gates Webster Park and Columbia Gates Park are two local parks that are situated close-by. There are several schools that are in the vicinity. They include Peyton Forest Elementary, Douglass High, West Manor School, Worthy’s Christian Academy and a host of others. Hightower Station Shopping Center and Westridge Shopping Center are both within a 1 mile radius to this neighborhood. But, don’t set your hopes too high. Both centers are a bit below mall grade quality and mostly consists of random apparel shops, beauty supply marts and the occasional cell phone store.

Over all, I would say that the houses are pretty nice in this neighborhood, but as soon as you venture out of your driveway and lurk down the street, the area gets a little sketchy.
Pros
  • beautiful trees
Cons
  • some areas are a little sketchy
Recommended for
  • Families with kids
3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 2/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 3/5
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"Historic Atlanta neighborhood"

Sweet Auburn was perhaps the heart of “Old Atlanta.” When I say old Atlanta, I am referring to a period in history starting during the early 20th century and ending during the early 1960s. It was during this period, where the African American community in Atlanta thrived.

The neighborhood is located on the north east, near the center of downtown Atlanta.. Its borders are Boulevard to the east, Freedom parkway to the north, Interstate 85 to the west and Edgewood avenue to the south. I love this area of the city because it is rich in not only Atlanta history but also American history. Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site is located on John Wesley Dobbs Avenue. On Auburn avenue, you can visit Ebenezer Baptist Church, the place where the King family worshiped. This area is the location of the famed annual Sweet Auburn festival, a street festival that takes place during the spring season. I’ve visited the Sweet Auburn fest for many years and one cannot ignore the impoverished reality of many of the residents of this neighborhood. This area, like so many of its inner city counterpart experienced a sharp decline starting in the 1970 when many middle class residents relocated to other communities outside of Sweet Auburn. This past year I have seen much improvement to this area with new shops and restaurants. This gives me hope that one day this neighborhood will return to its state of glory.
Pros
  • has nice activities to do in the summer
Cons
  • some areas are a little sketchy
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Tourists
  • Students
3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Parking 4/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 4/5
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"A lot going on"

Rosedale Heights is a neighborhood located on the south east side Atlanta. The community lies along Cleveland avenue and Jonesboro road. Jonesboro road connects Forest Park with Lakewood . The Rosedale Heights area is a mostly rural and suburban although Marta does provide bus service to many areas in this community.

Unlike many other predominately African American communities, Rosedale Heights is in close proximity to to a golf course. The Browns Mill public golf course offers residents of Atlanta extremely reasonable rates to play golf. Most residents attend either South Atlanta high school or George high School. The nearest institutes of higher learning are the Atlanta Technical College and Atlanta Metropolitan College. If you are looking for fine dining and entertainment, you may be disappointed about the amenities that Rosedale Heights and other areas on the south side have have to offer. The closest place to enjoy entertainment is Aaron’s Amphitheatre formally known as Lakewood Amphitheatre. I’m not really a fan of this section of metropolitan Atlanta. There’s too much traffic with no place to go. Interstate I-75 is a nightmare in the morning rush hours as well as in the evening as travelers rush to Hartsfield airport to catch a flight.
Pros
  • close to everything
Cons
  • bad traffic
Recommended for
  • Families with kids
4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 2/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Parking 4/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 4/5
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"Everybody loves trees"

Peyton Forest is a small neighborhood located in southwest Atlanta. The area is essentially a nice middle class Atlanta suburb. The neighborhood is surrounded by beautiful large shade trees, which gives it a nice nature-like sort of feeling. Interstate 20 is not too far away, which means that you are minutes away from city shopping and dining. In addition, this neighborhood only about 15 minutes or so away from Downtown Atlanta, so that you can easily access to the big city popular attractions.

I would actually consider living here because I just love the houses in this neighborhood. I mean, who doesn’t love large affordable houses with big yards? Many of the houses are nice sturdy brick homes that were built around the 1980’s and have been nicely maintained. Nearby Schools include Peyton Forest Elementary, Douglass High, West Manor School and Worthy’s Christian Academy.

There are also several parks nearby, should you feel the need to explore around a bit. The only downfall about this neighborhood, is that there are some less desirable areas nearby. There are also not many shopping options or nightlife to entertain the younger crowd. I might recommend this area for families looking to get a good deal on houses, and possibly even retired individuals that don’t mind living tucked away from the city.
Pros
  • lovely shade trees
Cons
  • not much to do
  • some areas are a little rough
Recommended for
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 2/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Parking 4/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 4/5
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"Tucked away, like a well-kept secret"

Chalet Woods is a small neighborhood located in southwest Atlanta. I am assuming that it gets its name from the fact that it is surrounded by so many beautiful large evergreen trees that accent the area. This neighborhood is quietly tucked away like a well-kept secret. It has a really wonderful location. Close-by is Interstate 20, which means that you are minutes away from city shopping and dining. It is only a little over 5 miles away from Downtown, Atlanta, so that you can easily access other local popular attractions.

Most of the homes in Chalet Woods are lovely single home brick houses. They are adorned with large yards and appear to have been well-maintained throughout the years (my speculations as an outsider looking in). I would say that this really seems like it would be a nice place for middle class families that want to live close to the city but still get that country feeling.

Nearby Schools include Peyton Forest Elementary, Douglass High, Beecher Hills Elementary and Worthy’s Christian Academy. There are also several parks nearby with playgrounds. The only cons that I can think of is that there are some surrounding areas that aren’t as nice as Chalet Woods, and there are not many shopping options (or nightlife for that matter).
Pros
  • beautiful green spaces
  • nice homes
Cons
  • not many shopping options
  • some not so nice parts
Recommended for
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Parking 4/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 2/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 4/5
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"Lonely little place"

Rue Royal is a neighborhood located in the south west section of Atlanta out side of the perimeter. (interstate 285). The community stands between Cambellton road and Green Briar Parkway. This area typically has a high concentration of the working class and low income individuals. Theft and break-ins are common here as many residents have moved away. According to crime reports, larceny is the number one crime for this area.

Like many other south west Atlanta communities, Rue Royal is in close proximity to several public parks. To the south, there’s Deerwood park, to the north west there’s Ben Hill Recreation Center. Ben Hill Rec center offers a great alternative to area youth to enjoy sports and other activities. Most residents attend either Therell high school or Tri-Cities high school and the nearest institutes of higher learning are Atlanta Christian College and the Atlanta University Center. There are two places that are attractions to the residents of Rue Royal. The closest place to enjoy entertainment would have to be Green Briar Mall. The second attraction is Hartfield-Jackson Airport. I would not suggest this area as an option for people seeking a place to reside. Rue Royal is very much the same place it has been for the last two decades with little change. Unfortunately, there’s not enough residents there truly interested in turning things around.
Pros
  • low cost of living
Cons
  • some areas are a little sketchy
Recommended for
  • Families with kids
3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 2/5
  • Clean & Green 2/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Parking 4/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 1/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 4/5
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"Not too much to say here"

Center Hill is a neighborhood located in northwest section of Atlanta. The community stands between Donald Lee Hollowell Highway and Hamilton E. Holmes Drive. Donald Lee Hollowell was once known as Bankhead Highway, the famed Atlanta community. This area typically has a high concentration of unemployment, poverty and crime. Theft and break-ins are common here as many residents have moved away. According to crime reports, larceny is the number one crime for this area.

Like many other Atlanta communities, Center Hill is in close proximity to several public parks. To the south, there’s Anderson park, to the north there’s Center Hill Park. Most residents attend either Douglas High School or Benjamin E Mays high School and the nearest institutes of higher learning are Georgia Tech and the Atlanta University Center. Center Hill doesn’t really have a character of its own in regards to restaurants and happenings. The closest place to enjoy entertainment would have to be the Georgia dome for Falcon games or into the Midtown area. I would not suggest this area as an option for people seeking a place to reside. Center Hill has all of the trappings and ingredients that make it the destructive place that it is today. Unfortunately there’s not enough residents there truly interested in turning things around.
Cons
  • high crime
  • not too much to do
4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Parking 4/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 4/5
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"So many perks"

The Horseshoe Community is a newer residential neighborhood, that is essentially one of the many neighborhoods situated in what some might call the "Cascade" area. It is located in southwest Atlanta directly off of Cascade Rd, and is not too far from Dunwoody. An added perk, is that this community is just minutes away from Downtown Atlanta. Although the neighborhood appears to be a little average, there are several popular nearby attractions that are sure to keep you busy if you find yourself in this area.

If you need to get out to do some shopping, you might want to check out the shopping centers located in the Cascade or Dunwoody areas. Cascade Crossing, Cascade Corners and Perimeter West Shopping Center have a nice mixture of stores to choose from. There are also plenty of restaurants that surround the shopping centers.

Most of the homes in this community are newer properties that were primarily built between 2004 to 2009. You might occasionally find a few houses that are slightly older or newer. Property value is relatively inexpensive if you are looking to relocate here anytime soon. Although many of the houses are newer structures, they are reminiscent of beautiful older brick homes (like the ones that are located in more established neighborhoods throughout Atlanta). This is is beautiful place with lot of nature as well. I definitely recommend checking this neighborhood out.
Pros
  • nice homes
  • close to several shopping centers
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Students
  • Country Lovers
3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 2/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Parking 4/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 4/5
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"Average living at best"

Deerwood Atlanta is one of those average little neighborhoods, with nothing special to see. So, if you happen to be looking for excitement in some shape or form, you will most likely have to travel outside of this neighborhood to find it. It’s average residential living at its best. Deerwood is located in southwest Atlanta. It is in relatively close proximity to the Ben Hills neighborhood.

Many of the houses in this neighborhood are single family homes that were most likely built between the 1960’s through the 1980’s. Cost of living is pretty inexpensive. This mostly attracts middle class working families to this live in this area. There are several really nice charter schools in the vicinity, if you are looking to relocate here. Just a few nearby schools include Deerwood Elementary, Southwest Atlanta Christian Academy and Heritage Preparatory Academy.

Not too far from this neighborhood, you will find Deerwood Park and N. Camp Creek Parkway Nature Preserve. This is a nice perk if you are looking to explore the local neighborhood parks. Although there is not much to do immediately in this area, shopping stores in the Cascade area, and Greenbriar Mall are pretty close-by. There is not much of a nightlife or anything like that here. But, there are a few decent restaurants located by the shopping centers.
Pros
  • great prices for homebuyers
Cons
  • not much to do
Recommended for
  • Families with kids
3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Parking 4/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 4/5
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"Moviegoers heaven"

Woodland Hills is a community located in south east Atlanta, GA. Recently there has been much confusion about the location of Woodland Hills. Dekalb County has seen the emergence of a neighborhood called WH located between Lavista road and Briarcliff road. The Woodland Hills I am referring to however, is the community located below Ormewood Park bordering Moreland avenue. Moreland Avenue is a famous street in Atlanta that stretches from Fort Gillem in Conley, Georgia to the highlands.

Woodland Hills lies in the “No Mans land” portion of Moreland. A far cry from the lively atmosphere of this street in Little Five points, Woodland’s retail attractions are numerous beauty supplies, title loan businesses and auto repair shops. If you are into finding bargains on clothes and furniture, Woodland has several thrift stores including a Value village that has great prices. Every weekend this community also hosts an outdoor flea market that showcases dozens of vendors. The flea market is a great way to meet local residents and to make friends. By far my absolute favorite feature of the Woodland Hills community has to be its drive in movie theatre. To my knowledge, the Starlight drive is the only drive in movie theatre in Atlanta. Admission provides access to enjoy a double header movies show on various outdoor screens. This is by far the greatest deal there is for moviegoers.
Pros
  • great theatre
Cons
  • not much to do
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Tourists
  • Students
3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Parking 4/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 4/5
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"Beautiful, but something is missing"

Carver Hills is a neighborhood located on the westside of Atlanta. It is pretty much public transportation accessible, and is only about 6 miles away from Downtown Atlanta. Carver Hills is one of those neighborhoods that you almost love, but then you realize that there is something missing. What I mean is that the neighborhood is extremely beautiful, with lush Georgia hills, big yards and beautiful trees. It’s enough to make you consider locating here. But... the issue with this neighborhood is that the homes do not coincide with these beautiful surroundings.

Carver Hills has a lot of tiny little homes that look a bit run down. Perhaps the homes are nicer on the inside. But, from the outside, this neighborhood looks like it could use a dainty makeover. I guess the good thing is that pricing isn’t really bad if you are considering moving here.

There is not too much to get into in this area as for as shopping options. But, there are some pretty cool restaurants close-by. Johny’s New York Style Pizza, Nuevo Laredo Cantina and Hottie Hawg's Smokin' BBQ are all awesome dining choices for tourist as well as residents. In fact, Hottie Hawg's Smokin' BBQ won “1st Place Brisket” in the 2011 Atlanta BBQ Festival. So, I would say if you visit this restaurant, that you should give the brisket a try. Enjoy!
Pros
  • beautiful trees
  • nice green spaces
  • affordable living
Cons
  • not many shopping options
  • houses could use a makeover
Recommended for
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Country Lovers
3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Parking 4/5
  • Cost of Living 5/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 2/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 4/5
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"Buyers market"

Carey Park is located on the westside of Atlanta. It is public transportation accessible if you're curious to know. This neighborhood is practically an extension of the Bankhead area. Like similar neighborhoods in Bankhead, this all too often means lower income residents, foreclosures, abandoned property and crime. The neighborhood is home to an actual park, from which it gets its name “Carey Park”. Nearby streets include Donald Lee Hollowell Pkwy and James Jackson Pkwy. It is also not too far from Georgia Tech, Georgia State University and the Atlanta University Center.

Housing is undoubtedly cheap because the neighborhood is not in the bests of conditions. So, you can literally purchase a home for 20k or less. But, realistically who would want to move into this area? I’m sure within time the neighborhood might get better (that’s a might not a guarantee). But who knows exactly how long you will be waiting for that to happen.

The area is also not too far away from Bowen Homes, a government project that was demolished recently. All in all, this is not an area that I would be interested in living in. Another reason is that there is also not much to do in the nearby vicinity, outside of shopping at auto parts stores or pawn shops. Maybe in the future the area might be nicer, but for now it is a bit of a gamble. If you have the money to buy low, and the patience to wait for better times, go for it. If not, you might do better looking into a different Atlanta neighborhood.
Pros
  • not too far from everything
Cons
  • not much to do
  • some parts need a lot of work
4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 4/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 4/5
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"So much nature"

Westover Plantation is a quiet community located a short drive north of downtown Atlanta. Situated between Moores Mill road and Defoors Ferry road, Westover is the quintessential middle class neighborhood. Perhaps, the amenity that I love the most about this area is its proximity to the Chattahoochee River. Westover Plantation practically sits on the “Hooch” and during the summer months this is a favorite location for nature lovers to kayak, fly fish, hike or even feed local geese. Houses in this area are practically hidden due to Atlanta’s measures to preserve nature in this area. Entering Westover feels as if you are entering some distant lake front community.

Cross Creek golf course is also located near Westover. Golf lovers can enjoy an afternoon of a round of golf at this affordable public course. The Westover Plantation community has more family oriented areas than some of its Buckhead counterparts. It is close enough to the city to enjoy its lively night light, and yet far away enough to escape the night time sounds. This appears to be true the further Northwest you travel. After all, Westover Plantation is the last stop in Buckhead before the Vinings! If you can afford real estate in this area, I would suggest moving here. This place has the perfect balance of city life.
Pros
  • lots of nature
  • beautiful homes
Cons
  • homes can be pricey
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Country Lovers
3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Parking 4/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 4/5
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"Needs a little TLC"

Located in Metro Atlanta’s south east region, Benteen Park has been a community in transition for the last 10 - 15 years. Benteen Park is a community member of S.A.N.D. or South Atlantans for Neighborhood Development which is an organization that seeks to raise awareness and capital to transform impoverished communities on the south side of the city. Since taking on several redevelopment projects, Benteen has seen significant property value improvements and neighborhood cohesion. Although the city over the past 5 years has significantly reduced the appearance of poverty (shutting down public housing), Boulevard remains an old relic of the past with its crime.

This is, in my opinion the achilles heel of Benteen Park and other south east atlanta neighborhoods. With crime on the rise again, many residents simply don’t have much faith in the police providing protection in this city. Besides the bad, Benteen Park is prime location for those that enjoy in town living. A few blocks north of the neighborhood, is Grant Park. Grant Park is a neat location because it contains a lot of history dating back to the Civil War and it also houses Zoo Atlanta. It’s the perfect place for a inexpensive date.
Pros
  • great prices for homebuyers
Cons
  • some areas are a little sketchy
4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 3/5
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"Beautiful in so many ways"

Chastain Park is home to one of the most beautiful concert venues that I have ever been to. The Chastain Park Amphitheater is a wonderful open spaced arena, that attracts concert goers from all over town. The first time that I ever visited this venue was a few months ago for the Jill Scott concert. Being outside underneath the open sky, really created a one-of-a-kind ambiance that intertwined into the mood of hearing the live music play. The sound wasn’t so good though; but, I’m not sure if it had anything to do with the fact that I was sitting pretty far away from the stage.

One of the added bonuses to seeing a concert here, is that you can save on the costs of food and drinks if you decide to bring your own snacks. You heard right... you can basically come with your own picnic and its totally cool; nobody is going to come up to you and and stop you from chomping into a peanut butter and jelly sandwich. There is only one thing that I am curious about, and that is the whether. When I came here to see my concert, the whether was fairly nice. But, what if it starts to rain? Do you get your money back if you get stormed on? Who knows. All I know is that this is a beautiful area.

The homes nearby are beautiful as well, with lots of land to enjoy the outdoors. In addition, Chastain Memorial Park is a lovely park with flowing hills and plenty of nature to enjoy. All in all I would recommend that everyone visit this area at least once, if you are in Atlanta. The only drawback is that traffic can get crazy on the nights with exceptionally popular performances. Outside of that, the area is mostly very peaceful.
Pros
  • beautiful green spaces
Cons
  • nobody likes to pay for parking
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Tourists
  • Country Lovers
3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 4/5
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"On the come up"

Peopletown Atlanta is an interesting area; I’m not quite sure where to start. Peopletown is located about 2.5 miles from Downtown Atlanta. In the nearby vicinity, you can find the oh so infamous US Prison Bureau. I guess that is one of the things that this neighborhood is most known for. But, fear not, there are brand new shops (mostly eateries) popping up on this side of town, which makes for an interesting experience if you should find yourself nearby.

Bullpen Rib House, Six Feet Under Pub & Fishhouse and Harold's Barbecue are all really great restaurant choices if you are looking for something yummy within a 2 mile radius. There are also several additional nearby attractions which make this area more than a prison town.

The Atlanta Zoo, Grant Park and Turner Field are just minutes away. This is great if you enjoy getting out to exercise. It’s also awesome if you are a big fan of the Atlanta Braves. This neighborhood has some newer apartments as well as a host of beautiful Victorian homes. The area is not completely redeveloped and it is still going through a bit of transition. Cost of living is relatively affordable. But, there are occasional houses that are a bit overpriced given the current state of this neighborhood.
Pros
  • nice restaurants nearby
Cons
  • not many shopping options
Recommended for
  • Singles
  • Students
4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Parking 4/5
  • Cost of Living 2/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 4/5
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"My dream neighborhood"

The Arguably the most exclusive community in Metro Atlanta, West Paces Ferry is the epitome of “rich history.” In Atlanta’s early days, this area was a vibrant epicenter of trade and commerce for settlers wishing to strike it rich during the gold rush. The name is derived from Harvey Pace, an early Atlanta pioneer who operated a ferry service along the Chattahoochee river.

Today, the West Paces Ferry community is considered by most to consist of homes and businesses located a long West Paces Ferry Rd. This road spans from the center of Buckhead Village to Interstate I-75 in Cobb County. The area features some of the finest estates in the city including the governor’s mansion. The area serves as a urban oasis featuring vast green space and significantly limited city noise in comparison to the Buckhead community. This neighborhood is very community oriented. Matters concerning neighbors are generally brought forth to the Paces Civic Association. West Paces Ferry is also home some of Georgia’s top independent and religious private schools. Paces Academy, Atlanta Christian school and the Westminster School produce well rounded and well respected future business leaders. WPF offers the best of both worlds for residents seeking the benefits of accessing a large metropolitan city, as well as a tight nit community of individual working together for the common good.
Pros
  • beautiful mansions
Cons
  • way too pricey for your average joe
Recommended for
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Country Lovers
3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 4/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 4/5
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"Way too much going on here"

Baker’s Ferry is the stretch of land along Baker’s Ferry road from Fulton Industrial boulevard to Martin Luther King Jr. Drive. The Baker’s Ferry Area borders Wisteria Gardens and Adamsville to the North and Boulder Park to the south. This neighborhood has two public parks; Herbert Greene and Utoy Boulder Park. Many Atlanta natives are born at the troubled Southwest Atlanta Hospital located near Baker’s Ferry. The hospital is most known to have closed twice in a span of three years!

Baker’s Ferry, like much of its Fulton Industrial neighbors is filled with many industrial parks and truck stops. I cannot count the number of sleazy motels and sex shops along Fulton Industrial catering to the horny trucker market! Is it me or it it pretty ironic that Atlanta’s main amusement park, Six Flags is also located in this area. On any evening after 6pm you can find an array of hookers looking to pick up truckers along this strip. It is safe to say that you should reconsider settling in a community like this. Outside of the criminal element, many others have taken a clue and have abandoned this area as well to settle in cities inside of Cobb county.
Pros
  • not too far from Six Flags
Cons
  • surrounding stores don't compliment the area
Recommended for
  • Tourists
3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Cost of Living 5/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 4/5
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"Maybe good for investors... maybe?"

Bankhead-Bolden is not exactly the Bankhead that you might be thinking of. It’s actually about 5 miles away from the Bankhead that you may have heard about in countless Atlanta rap songs. Nearby streets include Fulton Industrial Blvd and Donald Lee Hollowell Pkwy. If you are familiar with this area, you probably already know that there is not too much of a difference between Bankhead-Bolden and Bankhead.

The area is a mixture of industrial warehouses and abandoned homes. First and foremost, I must say that I typically only recommend areas like this for investors and business owners. The reason being is that the property is super cheap. If you are looking to relocate here (as a resident), don’t bother anytime soon. Maybe wait until more investors start paying attention to this neighborhood a little more. Property value is extremely low and there is also some crime here.

There is also not too much to get into outside of visiting local auto parts, and supply stores. So, I would definitely not recommend this place for the younger crowd. You’d probably get bored to death. I guess a good thing about this area is that it is only about 10 miles away from Downtown Atlanta, which means easy access to other parts of the city as well.
Pros
  • cheap real estate
Cons
  • not much to do
4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 3/5
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"A historic neighborhood of schools"

The Atlanta University Center (AUC) gets its name from housing the largest collective of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). It’s made up of four different schools: Morehouse College (all men’s school), Spelman College (all women’s institution), Clark Atlanta University, and Morehouse School of Medicine. The four schools are relatively close in walking distance and are nestled between two different neighborhoods, West End and Vine City (these are also the names of the two corresponding public transportation train stations nearby).
Public transportation is just a step away for students without vehicles. The Marta trains make stops at most popular shopping centers including: Perimeter Mall, Lenox Mall, and Lindbergh Plaza. The transit system also makes it easy for accessing the Georgia Dome, Midtown, Civic Center, and the Hartsfield International Airport. Although there is not much of a nightlife scene in the AUC, several local clubs send charter buses to bus the students to local parties.
If you are considering studying at any of these prestigious top-ranking colleges, take your pick. A unique perk is that most of the AUC’s schools give students the opportunity to “cross-register” when taking courses. This means that you can be enrolled in one institution and register to take classes at a fellow AUC school without any worries.
Other perks include affordable housing as well as a close-knit community environment. The AUC is a great place for students and professors alike. It is definitely a one-of-a-kind experience.
Pros
  • historic institutions of higher learning
Cons
  • the surrounding area could be a lot safer for students
Recommended for
  • Students
3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 4/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 4/5
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"Affordable housing options"

Ashley Courts is a neighborhood on the south west side of Atlanta known as the SWATS. The name Ashley Courts is a bit misleading because this area has always been referred to as Kimberly courts based off of the apartment complex that is located there. The community is located on Kimberly road which intersects with Cascade Rd.

Ashley Courts is near an affluent African American community called Cascade. About 1 mile north, residents can enjoy Landon’s restaurant and winery. The Cascade corridor area is a glimmer of hope for southwest Atlanta where small business owners are firmly planting their roots to make this a more desirable area. This area may be ideal for a student that attends the Atlanta University Center (Clark Atlanta, Spelman, & Morehouse) It is only about 6 miles away from those campuses and rent may be a little less expensive with roommates.

As I have said many times before, the west and southwest portions of Atlanta are generally less desirable areas. The last remnants of development faded away way almost a decade ago and much of this area has become a ghost town. Although you maybe able to find great inexpensive deals on real estate, you will most likely commute to other regions for business and leisure.
Pros
  • close to everything
Cons
  • not much nightlife
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Retirees
  • Students
4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 2/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 3/5
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"Cool nightlife"

Virgina-Highlands is one of my favorite little areas to hang out (especially in the summer). This neighborhood is essentially located where the two streets Virginia Avenue and North Highland Avenue intersect, creating “Virginia-Highland”. Up and down the streets, you will find restaurants, boutiques and fun bars. The homes in this area are older country homes with lots of space inside. This attracts many professionals and small families. There are also several nice apartments in walking distance (for the younger crowd).

Lets talk food! Virginia-Highlands has several really great restaurants that are the talk of the town. If you are ever close-by, you might want to try Fontaine’s Oyster House or Murphy’s. I like to rotate between these two places when I’m in the area and feel the need to treat myself. After dinner, you absolutely have to try Paolo's Gelato Italiano & Desserts. They have tons of gelato flavors to try. I think the flavors rotate too, so you do not have to worry about getting tired of the same choices.

The nightlife in this area is pretty vivid as well. Local bars bring out young professionals and college students in droves. The only thing I do not like about this area, is that street parking is really bad. On weekends it can sometimes get ridiculous. So, bring a little patience with you when you stop by.
Pros
  • cool nightlife
  • great restaurants
Cons
  • parking sucks
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Tourists
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Hipsters
  • Students
  • Trendy & Stylish
3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Parking 4/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 4/5
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"Affordable living and ...."

Arlington Estates is a small subdivision community located along Campbellton Rd on the south side of Atlanta. The neighborhood borders Ben Hill, Greenbriar and Camp Creek Communities. Like many of its neighboring communities, Arlington Estates features inexpensive real estate and a lack of amenities for its residents. The Highlight of activities for this area is the Greenbriar shoping mall. This mall is one of the oldest in Atlanta and has had very little renovations since its opening in the late 1960s. In many ways, the community of Arlington Estates is a reflection of this neglect. Many of the homes have lost their value and have since become rental properties. There are not many young professionals and young homeowners in this area because of the lack of employment options.

The only positive perk that I can describe for this area is its proximity to Hartsfield-Jackson International airport. Arlington Estates is located about 2 miles away from one of the busiest airports in the country. Outside of this fact, I cannot find any other reason why anyone would want to settle in this area. It stands as a relic to the days when Atlanta over developed residential areas and neglected building the type of of infrastructure required to sustain them.
Pros
  • affordable living
Cons
  • not much to do
Recommended for
  • Families with kids
4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 4/5
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"Quiet and tucked away, but close to everything"

Collier Hills North lies north of the Collier Hills and Ardmore neighborhoods. The area is not too far from Interstate 20. In addition, it is only about 8 minutes away from Buckhead, and about 7 minutes away from midtown. It is essentially an extension of Collier Hills, a post civil war community that has quite a few tid bits of war infused history. There is a lot of nice stuff to say about this area.

For starters, this neighborhood has been well-maintained though out the years. Property value has definitely withstood the test of time (which is great being that many of the houses were built in the 1940’s).There are several nearby parks and community gardens. If you are in the area, you might want to check out Tanyard Creek Park and Howard Park. The Bobby Jones golf course is also in this area, along with a close-by tennis court.

I would recommend this area for the young, old and in between. Although there is not much to do in the immediate area, Atlantic Station is practically 1 mile away. This gives residents easy access to Dillard's, Banana Republic and Target (just to name a few). There are also a ton of restaurants in the Atlantic Station area as well.
Pros
  • close to several popular shops
Cons
  • cost of living is a bit expensive
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Retirees
  • Country Lovers
4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Parking 4/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 4/5
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"Historic Atlanta suburb"

Collier Heights is a historic neighborhood located in southwest Atlanta. It is just minutes away from Interstate 20 (making it easily accessible to local attractions) . The neighborhood has quite a bit of rich history; as it was built during the civil rights era, and was home to many middle-class African Americana's who sought suburban living during that time. Collier Heights has delighted in being the resting place for residents such as Cynthia McKenny (former US Congresswoman), Martin Luther King Sr., and a host of other well-established African Americans.

The houses in this area are just beautiful. Most of them are fairly large and have spacious yards, with lovely shade trees. Some of the housing structures are rather unique, unlike many other popular “cookie-cutter” Atlanta neighborhoods. There are several community gardens and parks nearby, including the recently revitalized Collier Heights Park. This park is the first park in the state of Georgia to have a completed LifeTrail fitness course. The trail has several fitness stations that are geared toward promoting fitness and healthy living for the neighborhoods senior citizens.

The Collier Heights neighborhood has certainly gone through its ups and downs, and there have been several developmental initiatives set in place to help bring Collier Heights back to life. There is a lot of community pride and effort that goes into neighborhood revitalization. Residents of this neighborhood should be commended for their continued dedicated.
Pros
  • nice homes
  • lots of redevelopment initiatives
  • big yards
Cons
  • some areas need a little work
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Students
  • Country Lovers
3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Parking 4/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 3/5
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"Great location... but not much else"

English Avenue is perhaps one of the most notorious neighborhoods in Atlanta. When reciting to most residents that have lived in this city over 10 years, thoughts of prostitution, drugs and violence come to mind. Once a hub for lumber, steel and metal manufacturing, English avenue is a shell of its former self with mostly boarded and abandoned homes and extreme poverty.

The community is located at the intersection between Northside Drive and Donald Lee Hollowell Drive (formerly known as Bankhead highway) Imagine on one side, the center of Atlanta’s economic power houses; Coca Cola, Philips Arena, Georgia Dome, World Congress Center and Centennial Park, while across the street a community that looks like it is facing demolition. Perhaps the height of turmoil for this community occurred with the killing of 92 year old grandmother Kathryn Johnson by Atlanta police officers. The police planned a drug raid and identified the wrong house as a target for their sting operation. This incident occurred in 2006 and has somewhat galvanized the city of Atlanta. Progress is slow, but several non-profits have emerged such as Friends of English Avenue, that seek to initiate redevelopment projects in the area. Plans have been made to rehab vacant houses and provide them for free for police officers.
Pros
  • close to major landmarks
  • super affordable
Cons
  • high crime
  • some parts need a lot of work
3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Parking 4/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 3/5
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"Not much night life"

Located in Southwest Atlanta, Ben Hill Pines borders unincorporated Fulton county. Major roads and interstates that are featured in this community are Campbelton road and interstate 285. Perhaps the the most notable landmark in Ben Hill Pines is Greenbriar Mall. Greenbriar Mall was once the epicenter of economic activity for this area. This mall was the site of the first Mall Chic-f-ale restaurant in 1967.

Since the late 70s though, The Greenbriar Mall area has experienced much decline. Most major retailers have either relocated or are barely keeping their doors open. This area of Ben Hill now consist mainly of fast food restaurants, beauty supply stores and a host of other vacant former retail establishments.

Much of Ben Hill Pines’s development has actually shifted to its southern section closer to the Camp Creek exit on I-285. This area is known as Camp Creek Market place. The Camp Creek Market place hosts an array of national retail and restaurant chains and small businesses. The area also has an expanding office park area that hosts a distribution center for Dick’s sporting goods. This development has improved the lifestyle of the residents of the area. Many middle class families that once lived closer to Atlanta have relocated to this community to take advantage of the many real estate developments in this area.
Cons
  • not much to do
Recommended for
  • Families with kids
4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Parking 4/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 3/5
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"Not too bad"

Amal Heights is a community located about 5 miles south of Atlanta along interstate I-75. The area lies along historic Pryor road. Amal Heights’ residential area consists of mainly a subdivision that looks as if the houses were built during the 80s. If you are a concert goer,
this neighborhood will be attractive because it is located near Lakewood amphitheatre, now known as Aaron’s Amphitheatre. Aaron’s Amphitheatre is an outdoor concert venue that has a capacity of around eighteen thousand guests.

Besides Aarons, Amal Heights really does not have a lot going for it. There are not many restaurant choices in the area outside typical fast food establishments and a few soul food spots. If you are a fan of public transportation, there are several MARTA bus stops in this community. In regard to education choices, Amal Heights is located near Atlanta Technical College and Atlanta Metropolitan College. These colleges offer technical certifications and other programs that are great affordable options for those that are not interested in four year universities. South side of Atlanta needs drastic improvements if it wants to attract younger residents. The area now consists mostly of an aging population. New businesses should take advantage of the cheap land prices and close proximity to Atlanta’s airport.
Pros
  • close to the airport
Cons
  • needs more shopping choices
Recommended for
  • Retirees
  • Students
4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Parking 4/5
  • Cost of Living 5/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 3/5
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"Affordable historic homes"

The Polar Rock neighborhood is a tiny neighborhood located in Southwest Atlanta. It is not too far from the West End. The area is pretty small stretching over approximately .5 square miles in total. It is just minutes from Interstate 75/85. Nearby streets are Lakewood Ave SW and Pryor Rd SW. Polar Rock is essentially, yet another Atlanta neighborhood that is in transition.

Many of the homes are larger historic structures that were built in around the 1930’s. A lot of developments have recently poured into renovations to bring this neighborhood back to life. I would actually say this is one of the better neighborhoods in this area. Eager first-time home buyers might consider Polar Rock an option, because cost of living is super affordable. Houses in this neighborhood are currently going anywhere from around $20K to about 60K. So, you don’t have to worry about breaking the bank.

This neighborhood is Marta accessible, which is great if you don’t mind catching public transportation. Atlanta Metropolitan College and Atlanta Technical College are close-by (only about 1 mile away). The Atlanta University Center (AUC) is not too far either. The restaurants in this area are pretty average, and include a Wendy’s, Captain D’s, and Burger King along with a couple of nice diners. The only drawback to this area is that it isn’t the the most safe option.
Pros
  • beautiful homes
Cons
  • some areas are not so safe
Recommended for
  • Students
  • Country Lovers
4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Parking 4/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 3/5
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"Beautiful country homes"

Sylvan Hills is an up-and-coming neighborhood located in Southwest Atlanta (not too far from the West End area). It is only about 15 minutes from Midtown, and about 12 minutes from Downtown Atlanta. It is just minutes away from Interstate 75/85. This gives people residing here easy access to several local attractions.

The Sylvan Hills neighborhood is comprised of beautiful older country-style homes that were mostly built after World War II, in the early 1950’s through the late 1960’s. Some of the houses in this area have been well taken care of; while others have been a little neglected.
Several reconstructive initiatives have gone forth, making this area pretty desirable for investors as well as homebuyers. I would say that this neighborhood might be a perfect option for first-time homebuyers because cost of living in fairly reasonable (which is awesome because many of the homes are pretty large). In addition, this neighborhood is especially attractive because it is in fairly close proximity to the Grant Park neighborhood.

Sylvan Hills is accessible by public transportation, and nearby attractions include Perkerson Park and Sylvan Circle Playlot. Atlanta Metropolitan College and Atlanta Technical College are both within a 1 mile radius of this neighborhood. In addition the Atlanta University Center (AUC) is only minutes away. This occasionally attracts local students to rent affordable rehab houses in the area.
Pros
  • beautiful trees
  • nice homes
  • close to several popular colleges
Cons
  • some parts still need a lot of work
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Students
  • Country Lovers
3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Parking 4/5
  • Cost of Living 5/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 3/5
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"Investors Paradise"

The Dixie Hills neighborhood spans across a little under a 1 square mile radius. It is located in West Atlanta, not too far from the Bankhead area. It is only about 5 miles from Downtown Atlanta, and about 8 miles away from Midtown. Nearby streets include Martin Luther King Jr. Dr. SW, Simpson Rd NW and West Lake Ave NW. There is no need to beat around the bush about this neighborhood. This area is in pretty bad shape.

If you are driving through Dixie Hills, you will notice plenty of abandoned apartments, houses and businesses. Most of these structures are boarded up with wood planks covering the windows and doors. The area is predominately home to lower income Atlanta natives. But, many of the residents have relocated elsewhere, and the area looks somewhat of a ghost town. There is not much nightlife or day activity going on here at all.

Nearby stores include random auto parts shops, package (liquor) stores, and the occasional mom and pop food mart. Anderson Park and Verbena Street Playlot are two parks located in this area. This neighborhood is MARTA (public transportation) accessible and cost of living is pretty cheap. This makes Dixie Hills attractive to occasional investors. But, quite honestly, there is a lot of work that needs to be done to get this neighborhood up to par.
Pros
  • cheap real estate
Cons
  • needs a lot of work
  • some parts are not well- kept
3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Parking 4/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 3/5
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"Needs a lot of work"

Located on Atlanta’s west side, Almond Park is a little known community just north of Donald Lee Hollowell parkway, formally known as Bankhead Hwy. Hollywood road runs through the center of Almond Park.

If you have ever been to the area commonly referred to as Bankhead, you can picture the state that this community is in. In 2008 and 2009, many of the housing projects on this side of town were demolished. Almond Park’s public housing project, Hollywood Courts met a similar fate in 2009. This development house nearly 200 families and since its destruction, many have since relocated to other cities. There’s no word on what the city or county has in store for this area. Little investment and development has been made for this area over the years. The residents of this community face high unemployment and extreme poverty. Healthy food options are also scare as residents have no large supermarket to grocery shopping. They mainly rely on convenience stores and discount meat markets to grocery shop. This area is truly an eye soar despite its close vicinity to wealthy institutions like Georgia Tech. I would not recommend residing in Almond Park. This community has a long way to go in order to attract progressive residents
Pros
  • close to everything
Cons
  • some parts are not so safe
JaosnO
JaosnO Hi Leah, I notice you wrote this in 2011. What has happened in the area since then. Has the low income housing moved back or has the city kept it out?
Jan 08, 2016
HannahG1
HannahG1 I'm wondering that too.. Found a nice house on Gun Club Road but the price seems too good too be true.
Apr 10, 2016
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4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Cost of Living 2/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 3/5
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"Cute little boutiques and restaurants"

South Tuxedo Park is a lively fun area that is located in the heart of Buckhead. Nearby streets include West Paces Ferry, Roswell Rd, and Peachtree Rd NE. Unlike its close relative, Tuxedo Park (which is mostly residential), South Tuxedo Park consists of mostly boutiques and restaurants. It is a hip little hang out spot for youngsters (or the young at heart). I especially like the boutiques in this area. Most of them are located in adorable little houses, instead of the traditional shopping center.

If you are in the area, you might want to check out Coast Seafood and Raw Bar. Their Shrimp and Grits is just scrumptious. Plus, the restaurant has a beautiful serene ambiance (especially in the summer time -if you choose to sit outside). If you are visiting on the weekend, you might want to call in your reservation, because there definitely might be a little wait.

Speaking of which... although I do like this area, traffic can get a little congested on weekends. If you’ve got lots of patience, then it really isn’t that big of a deal. But if not, you should try visiting during the typical week day (when things are slowed down a bit).
Pros
  • lots of cute shopping boutiques
  • great restaurants
Cons
  • bad traffic
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Tourists
  • Students
4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Parking 4/5
  • Cost of Living 2/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 3/5
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"Fancy Buckhead living at its best"

Collier Hills is yet another fancy Buckhead neighborhood that is just perfect for the more established crowd. It is located between Peachtree St and Northside Dr, slightly off of Collier Rd. It is also pretty close to a few other popular locations. Midtown is only about 8 minutes away, while Downtown Atlanta is about 10 minutes away. This means that you can easily access local shopping centers, restaurants, and nightlife in no time.

This neighborhood has some of the most beautiful 1940’s brick homes. Most of the the houses retain their value, because the people that live here take great pride in this community. If you enjoy biking or hiking, you will just love the Atlanta Memorial Park and Tanyard Creek park (just to name a few). There are also playgrounds, as well as picnic areas, and a golf course in close proximity. This is a wonderful hang out spot for families looking to engage anxious kids to play about and experience the great outdoors.

In addition, this neighborhood is not too far from two of the most prestigious Atlanta art schools. Savannah College of Art and Design, and the artsy Portfolio Center are both within a 1 mile radius of the Collier Hills neighborhood. This attracts some students to live in the area as well (but cost of living can get pretty expensive).
Pros
  • Great art schools nearby
Cons
  • Pricey
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Hipsters
  • Students
4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Parking 4/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 3/5
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"A little bit of this... a little bit of that"

Adair Park is a revitalized community on the west side of Atlanta. This neighborhood lies adjacent to Metropolitan Parkway and appears to be a bright spot for an area that could use brighter days. Adair Park is accessible from downtown Atlanta by Interstate I-20 and lies minutes south of the Atlanta University Center which houses Morehouse, Spelman and Clark Atlanta University. An area known for its poverty and crime, Adair Park is slowly emerging as a close knit, progressive community. Pending the completion of the Beltline Project, Adair Park seeks to grow even more significantly with access to additional transportation opportunities.

If you’re a Atlanta Braves fan, Adair Park is walking and biking distance from Turner Hill. The downside of this area is that outside of its close proximity to downtown Atlanta and renovated homes and parks, the area does not have a strong shopping options. The retail center for west Atlanta has been The mall at West End for years. Unfortunately, this mall and the surrounding areas only offer up low cost apparel shops and sneaker stores. Soul Vegetarian restaurant, however is a local favorite that offers a pleasant variety from the numerous fast food establishments. Adair Park in five years may be an awesome place to settle as Atlanta transforms.
Pros
  • up-and coming community
Cons
  • some areas are a bit rough
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Hipsters
  • Students
4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Cost of Living 2/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 4/5
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"Fancy living at its best"

Argonne Forest is nestled between the Northside Dr. and the prestigious West Paces Ferry Rd. This lovely well-maintained neighborhood is essentially located in Buckhead, about 4 minutes from the illustrious Tuxedo Park. So, you can bet, that the cost of living can get pretty expensive. Houses in this neighborhood average about 900 K. Which, I guess, is not too bad … if you can afford it. If you are looking for less costly options, fear not. The Argonne Forest area is not too far away from some of the nicest condos and apartments in Atlanta.

Lenox Square Mall and Phipps Plaza are only minutes away. This is an awesome perk, if you love to shop. You can enjoy the of luxury of stores such FENDI, Louis Vuitton, Tiffany & Co, and a host of others. This location will also put you in close proximity to fabulous restaurants and a vibrant nightlife. Which is great for the younger crowd.

This neighborhood is a good choice for families as well. Parents are especially attracted to this neighborhood because there are several prestigious schools nearby. The Heiskell School, Atlanta Girls School and Pace Academy are all within a 1 mile radius to the Argonne Forest neighborhood. Over all, this neighborhood caters to the more established (young, old, and in between). It is a nice place to check out if you are in Atlanta.
Pros
  • easily access Buckhead shopping & nightlife
  • quality schools
Cons
  • cost of living is a bit expensive
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 3/5
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"Perfect for young professionals"

Ansley Park is a quiet community tucked away in Atlanta’s Midtown region just north of Piedmont Park. I always enjoyed this community because of the preservation of green space as well as it’s locale.

This region features beautiful historic homes that capture the essence of Atlanta from the 1930s 40s and 50s. Ansley Golf Club, the area’s private golf course adds to the scenic urban feel. Most of the residents in this community seem to be middle aged ranging from late 30s to well over 70 +. This factor makes the area very conservative as it does not feature many night clubs of pubs. Ansley Mall Shopping Center is a must visit in order to get a feel for the residents of this area. Although the shopping center seems to date as far back as the 70s, the shops here still compliment the interest of the residents of Ansley Park. I especially love the running store Phidippides. If you like to take an occasional jog/stroll through Piedmont park, this store has an awesome staff that can help you find the running shoes that are perfect for you. Ansley Park is the perfect community for young professionals or students who still have a love affair with Atlanta but need a quiet, more serene neighborhood
Pros
  • nice & quiet
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Students
4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Parking 2/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 3/5
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"Some parts are really nice"

Downtown Atlanta stretches from the city’s North Avenue which borders midtown, south to the interstate 85 connector and Memorial Drive. In my opinion, Atlanta’s downtown area can be divided truly into three regions; upper, middle and lower.

The upper region truly captures the essence of downtown. Beginning with Georgia Tech’s Bobby Dodd’s stadium for yellow jacket games and ending with a trip to Centennial Olympic park, The World of Coke or the Georgia Aquarium, there’s plenty of fun activities. There’s always happenings going on in these areas including lots of bars and night clubs for residents and tourists.

The mid region of downtown is really centered on Peachtree St. and Andrew Young Blvd. The famous Sun Dial restaurant is located in this area and truly is the only real attraction to this area. Besides this, tourist are only entertained by a large Hooter’s bar, city lights and their hotel accommodations.

Things only get worst heading south on Peachtree street into the lower regions of downtown. Below the campus of Georgia State University and the five points MARTA station consists large levels of homelessness and the poor. The the shuttered up windows of small store fronts and department stores only hint to an era (where downtown was a center hub for what defined Atlanta. Now, most consider their town center’s to be the the shopping center or mall located closest to their homes. It’s such a same Atlanta has lost such a core peace of its identity in the downtown community.
Pros
  • in the middle of everything
Cons
  • some areas are a little sketchy
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Tourists
  • Students
4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Parking 4/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 4/5
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"Nature lovers rejoice"

The Ardmore neighborhood surrounds Ardmore Park (off of Collier) and is only about 11 minutes away from Downtown Atlanta. It is also extremely close to several other popular locations. Buckhead is only about 8 minutes away, while Midtown is about 7 minutes away. The neighborhood expands to about 4 square blocks in total. This gives it a nice close-knit kind of feeling.

Nature lovers will be in total paradise. There are plenty of large trees and parks nearby. The Atlanta Memorial Park and Tanyard Creek Park are just two options if you are looking for local playgrounds, walking trails and even biking trails. This essentially makes this neighborhood great for families with children. Pet owners might also take a liking to the Ardmore area. There are some really nice older houses. Most of the houses were built in the 1940’s and have been well maintained. Because the area has been well taken care of, property value is sustained, which is great for home owners to know. There are also nice condos and apartments close-by if you are looking for something a little smaller.

There are a couple of medical facilities not too far away. The Shepherd Center and Piedmont Hospital are both less than 1 mile away. So, if you are a medical care professional, you might definitely want to consider Ardmore because of its great location.
Pros
  • nice trees & parks
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Cost of Living 5/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 3/5
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"Not much to see... :("

The Joyland neighborhood is located in southeast Atlanta in close proximity to highways I-75 and I-85. There is not much to see in the Joyland neighborhood today. But it does have quite a bit of rich history. In the early 1920’s it was predominately an African American neighborhood that housed one of the few rare Joyland (African American) amusement parks that existed nation-wide during this time. In the past years, it has definitely gone down considerably. Shabby abandoned homes and old boarded up businesses adorn the area in a familiar fashion. Ironically, it’s actually a little sad that it didn’t live up to it’s name. The neighborhood is now a haven for panhandlers and lower income families struggling to make ends meet.

Foreclosures and quick sells, are evidence that the people in this area have fallen on hard-times. This has opened up opportunities for investors to come in and buy the land for cheap. It is still prime real estate and has easy access to several parts of the city. Atlanta Technical College and Atlanta Metropolitan College are schools that are located within a 1 mile radius to this neighborhood. The Atlanta University is also fairly close being only 4 miles away. This occasionally attracts students to live in this neighborhood who are looking for super affordable housing. Some rehab houses in the area have undergone redevelopment and may be an affordable option.
Pros
  • not too far from local attractions
Cons
  • doesn't live up to its exciting name
3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Parking 4/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 3/5
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"Close to a shopping mall, but not much else going on"

Tampa Park is a tiny community that stretches from Stone road to Fairburn road in South West Atlanta. This is a predominately African American community that sits in the Middle of Ben Hill and is accessible from interstate 285. The area is basically an abandoned Sub division development project that turned south when the real estate industry tanked.

The area shares the same amenities as Ben Hill and it is located near Greenbriar mall and shopping center. This area has experienced a sharp decline since the early 90s. Most residents have moved either to other areas in Atlanta, or further south, closer to the Camp Creek shopping district.

Residents have a choice of at least two High Schools in the community. Therrell High, an Atlanta public school has expanded its facilities to focus on STEMS, or science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Therrell also has designed its curriculum to focus on Law and Health sciences.

Tampa park is a place that I rarely visit. I’m not sure if the residents in this area actually consider it a true neighborhood. It’s abandoned/stalled developments are a real eye soar that seems to plague a significant amount of Southwest Atlanta. This is not a place I would call home.
Pros
  • close to several shopping centers
Cons
  • not much to do
  • some areas are not well- kept
3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 4/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 3/5
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"Newer shops could make this area perfect for students"

I first heard about Blandtown from my days as an art student at Georgia State University. I depleted my remaining supply of resin and needed to find an art store with a wide selection and affordable prices. A friend referred me to Sam Flax, an art store most popular in New York’s midtown community. I was surprised and excited that Blandtown had its very own Sam Flax store located on Northside Drive. Since then, I visited this community numerous times for to shop for supplies. It saddened me to find out that Sam Flax decided to relocate their location from Blandtown to the Brookwood area in June 2011.

Besides the store, Blandtown can be described as a former Industrial Park like community. All along Northside drive in this area there are new and old office parks, distribution centers and auto service businesses. Slowly, developers are bring mixed use concepts to this area as many Georgia Tech and Atlanta University Center (Morehouse, Clark Atlanta, Spelman) students seek areas in close proximity to Howell mill and Atlantic Station. Cool restaurant concepts like Flip Burger also have made the Blandtown community their home offering residents and other patrons a boutique approach to the hamburger and fries experience. There are some really cool loft/condo properties in this area as well. If you’re the artsy and hip urban dweller, Blandtown is an area that is quietly gaining notoriety.
Pros
  • new businesses are slowly coming
Cons
  • my favorite art store moved away
Recommended for
  • Students
3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Parking 4/5
  • Cost of Living 5/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 3/5
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"Every neighborhood has potential"

Adamsville is located 6 miles south west of downtown Atlanta. Major highways accessing this community are I-285 and interstate I-20, while Martin Luther King Jr. drive connects the neighborhood with downtown Atlanta. The area is predominately African American and like may other neighborhoods on the west side of Atlanta, Adamsville does not have many amenities and resources. Cascade skating rink (today know as Golden Glide) has been the area’s most popular attraction since the 1970s.

Roller skating is a very popular past time for many native Atlantans. In fact, this past time is so popular that the 2006 film “ATL” starring rapper T.I. was filmed in the Adamsville skating rink. Much of the film documents what life is like in this community. It is an excellent source for those seeking additional information about the culture there.

Georgia’s theme park six flags is about five miles away from Adamsville in Mabelton GA. If you ever find yourself lucky enough to live in this community, you will spend a lot of summers at this park because there isn’t much else to do. I wish that more resources were invested in this community. Better housing and amenities would make this neighborhood ideal because of its proximity to Downtown Atlanta.
Pros
  • close to Downtown
Cons
  • needs a lot of work
3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Parking 4/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 3/5
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"This area could use a few new shops"

English Park is located off of Bolton Road closely to where Donald Lee Hollowell Pkwy and Fulton Industrial Blvd intersect. This Atlanta neighborhood is less than 4 miles away from Interstate 285 South, which means quick access to nearby popular attractions.

There really does not appear to be a lot going on in this neighborhood. It looks really quiet, old and a little rural. I’m not sure if this would be a good place for the younger crowd. If you are looking for a social scene, or vibrant nightlife, you probably won’t find it here. This place seems like it might attract lower to middle income retirees and small families. Alfred Blalock Elementary School, Coretta Scott King Young Women’s Academy and Imhotep Center of Education are schools that are located close to English Park.

There are no major shopping malls directly in the vicinity. There are basically a few random mom and pop shops that are scattered around nearby. Most of these stores are auto parts and repair shops, and lower-end food marts. There are several nice restaurants within a two mile radius. Hottie Hawg’s Smokin’ BBQ and the Pizza Bar are two of the more popular dining choices that get rave reviews. This neighborhood isn’t dreadfully horrid, but it could use a few newer shops to help pep it up a bit.
Cons
  • not much to do
Recommended for
  • Families with kids
4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Parking 4/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 4/5
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"Perfect place for cozy little families"

Underwood Hills is a nice quaint Atlanta community. Although it is quietly tucked away, it is only minutes away from Buckhead, and Downtown Atlanta. Here you will find hilly landscapes, with beautiful large shady trees that are just perfect in the summer. Nature lovers will be in paradise here. This is an ideal place for families to live. So, you should definitely check it out if you have children and are considering relocating to Georgia. There are several parks nearby (including Underwood Hills Park), with fun playgrounds that kids will be sure to enjoy. Kids will also have fun at the Mighty Jumps Indoor Party and Play Center, which is located close-by. Parents will especially like the local tennis courts, picnic areas, and golf courts in this neighborhood.

The residents in this area seem to really take pride in their community. The land is always well-manicured and the houses are extremely well-kept. Underwood Hills has a really cozy feeling to it. If you move to this area, you might want to take part in the Underwood Hills Neighborhood Association. This will be a great way to get to know your neighbors, while also staying involved in the neighborhood improvement initiatives that are going on.
Pros
  • big shade trees
  • nice parks for kids
Recommended for
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Parking 4/5
  • Cost of Living 5/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 3/5
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"Affordable living for families"

Venetian Hills, is about 2 miles away from the Cascade Road area. It is also a little under 3 miles from Campbellton Road. It is a somewhat quite average-looking Atlanta neighborhood. Many of the houses in this area are smaller and seem to cater to working class families looking to find an affordable place to live.

If you are looking to experience the outdoors, look no further, Barbara McCoy Park has 8.5 acres of land for you and your pet to explore. Not to mention, it is only minutes away. An additional landmark that is is the historic Fort McPherson military base, which is about 4 miles from Downtown Atlanta.

There are several schools in close proximity to the Venetian Hills area- if you are a parent considering your options. Venetian Hills Elementary, International Preparatory Institute and Renaissance Montessori School are just a few.

There are not a lot of shopping options located directly in this neighborhood, but the Cascade Crossing shopping center is only about 20 minutes away. In this neighborhood you will mostly find beauty supply stores, random food marts, salons and the occasional package store. There is also not much of a social scene or nightlife either.
Pros
  • close to several shopping centers
Cons
  • not much nightlife
Recommended for
  • Families with kids
5/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Parking 4/5
  • Cost of Living 1/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 3/5
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"Everyone secretly wishes they could live here"

Tuxedo Park is essentially one of the most luxurious neighborhoods in all of Buckhead. It is located just minutes away from I-75 and is definitely the place to be if you are wealthy enough to afford to live here. Although there are a few lower priced homes around the $500,000 area, you will notice that many of the homes are priced for those who can easily afford to spend $3 million dollars or so without any hesitations. Tuxedo Road, Woodhaven Road NW and the prestigious West Paces Ferry Road, are just a few popular streets in the area.

This neighborhood’s elaborate estates, with acres of lush green land, give it a distinct unforgettable atmosphere. Even if you cannot afford to live here, you should still take a drive through it, just to make yourself feel ritzy all over. Although the Tuxedo Park is mostly a residential area, it is surprisingly close to the social scene in Buckhead. Lenox Mall and Phipps Plaza are only about 8 minutes away, which is great if you are a shopaholic.

There are a plethora of upscale dining options to choose from if you are in the area. The Cheesecake Factory and the Atlanta Fish Market are two of my favorites; they are just minutes away from Tuxedo Park. All in all, this seems like the perfect place to live (if there is such a thing).
Pros
  • has some the biggest homes in Atlanta
Cons
  • very expensive (but nice to look at)
Recommended for
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 3/5
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"A great place for aspiring engineers"

Georgia Tech (or GT as some call it), is short for Georgia Technical Institute. It is famous for producing some of the nation's top engineers. It is a rather popular prestigious university that occupies a lot of the Midtown area. There are also parts of the campus that extend into other neighborhoods as well. There are plenty of local restaurants and hang out spots that cater to the students who eb and flow through this high trafficked community. If you are near the campus, you must certainly checkout Rockey Mountain Pizza, The Varsity and Jimmy John’s.

While there are some parts of the area that are nicer and newer, there are still parts of Georgia Tech that are a little rough. In recent news, there have been several muggings that have taken place that affected GT students. Most of which, happened very late at night. So, I would say the area is pretty safe during the day. If you are near GT, you should be fine as long as you travel in large groups- vs roaming the streets alone at odd times of the evening.

Georgia Tech is completely MARTA-friendly, which is a good thing if you don’t mind catching public transportation. If you are a student commuting in the area, GT has several student transportation services including the Stinger Buses, Tech Trolley, Midnight Rambler and the after hours Stingerette. One downside about this area is that traffic can get a little congested during games.
Pros
  • close to everything
Cons
  • parts of the neighborhood can get a bit rough
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Tourists
  • Students
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4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Parking 4/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 3/5
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"Nice established neighborhood"

The Wyngate neighborhood in Atlanta (not to be confused with West Wyngate, GA) is quietly tucked away, but it is still relatively close for accessing the city. It’s only about 6 minutes from Buckhead, and about 12 minutes from Midtown. The area is home to several nice parks including Woodward Way Park and Sibley Park. One of the most beautiful things about this neighborhood is that there are lots of beautiful old shade trees. This is extremely refreshing if you choose to take a mid-afternoon jog or go biking, because you won’t have to worry about being scorched in the summer time.

This area might be a great option for families, because it has plenty of lovely established homes with larger yards for kids to play in. The pricing range can get a little expensive because there are some mini-mansions along the way. By expensive, I mean well over the 1 million dollar marker. I suppose in theory, that isn’t too bad... considering this area is practically an extension of Buckhead. In addition, Wyngate has quick access to several Buckhead prestigious schools to choose from, to help get your little one off on the right start. Christ the King School and the Atlanta International School are two excellent choices (to name a few), if you are looking for quality private school education that is just minutes away. Over all, this is a nice area to check out.
Pros
  • beautiful trees
Cons
  • homes can be pricey
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Parking 4/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 3/5
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"A community being redeveloped"

Boulevard Heights is a community located 1 miles south east of Zoo Atlanta. This neighborhood lies between well known Atlanta streets; Moreland avenue and Boulevard Avenue. This area is primarily low income, consisting of many older homes and low income housing developments. Despite its current state and reputation, there is a movement to revitalize and redevelop this community.

Boulevard heights is a part of S.A.N.D. which stands for South Atlantans for Neighborhood Development. SAND is a community neighborhood coalition that has joined forces to collaborate on ideas to redevelop South Atlanta. Considering this area’s close proximity to Grant park and Zoo Atlanta, this area could use additional small businesses and real estate development to make the area more inviting to potential residents.

In addition to its challenging location, Boulevard Heights also shares education woes as Atlanta Public schools undergoes a transition due to a 2011 cheating scandal. Despite challenges this community has a lot of potential.

If you are one that enjoys green space and public parks, BOHO is walking distance to four public parks including; Grant, Boulavard Crossing, Benteen and Chosewood Parks. Grant park is a major local attraction that features new and emerging restaurants and small shops for residents to enjoy.
Pros
  • has potential for improvement
Cons
  • some parts are a little rough
Recommended for
  • Singles
3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 4/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 3/5
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"A little boring at times"

Ben Hill Acres is one of those neighborhoods that was really popular and up-and coming at one time. Unfortunately now, there is not much happening here, and it has become somewhat of a boring place to be. It is located a little north of the Ben Hill Recreational Center. It is relatively close to two popular interstates, Campbelton road and interstate 285. Just minutes away from is Greenbriar Mall, this area was once a high trafficked happening spot in the 1970's and 1980's.

Today, as a result of the declining economy, it is a bit of a ghost town. Foot traffic does pick up a little more at night, but during the day, it's just plain weird. It's one of those places, where most major retailers have moved out, and several odd unheard of shops have come in to take their places.

Along with the shops that have left this area, many of the people who called this place "home", have relocated to rest their heads else-wear in recent years. It's always sad when a good neighborhood goes south. But, there is hope. Some new developments have made there way to the area. Possibly in time, this neighborhood might be a bit more popular.
Pros
  • neighborhood has lots of potential
Cons
  • a little boring
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Students
3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Parking 4/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 3/5
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"This area has gone down a little"

Located in Southwest Atlanta, Ben Hill borders unincorporated Fulton county. Major roads and interstates that are featured in this community are Campbelton road and interstate 285. Perhaps the the most notable landmark in Ben Hill is Greenbriar Mall. Greenbriar Mall was once the epicenter of economic activity for this area. This mall was the site of the first Mall Chick-fil-A restaurant in 1967.

Since the late 70s though, The Greenbriar Mall area has experienced much decline. Most major retailers have either relocated or are barely keeping their doors open. This area of Ben Hill now consist mainly of fast food restaurants, beauty supply stores and a host of other vacant former retail establishments.

Much of Ben Hill’s development has actually shifted to its southern section closer to the Camp Creek exit on I-285. This area is known as Camp Creek Market place. The Camp Creek Market place hosts an array of national retail and restaurant chains and small businesses. The area also has an expanding office park area that hosts a distribution center for Dick’s sporting goods. This development has improved the lifestyle of the residents of the area. Many middle class families that once lived closer to Atlanta have relocated to this community to take advantage of the many real estate developments in this area.
Pros
  • not too far from shopping centers
Cons
  • the area has gone down a bit
Recommended for
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Students
4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 3/5
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"Perfect for students, young professionals and families"

1 mile north of Buckhead lies the quiet and quaint Brookhaven community. As a young professional, Brookhaven is considered the resting place for ex-bar hopping yuppies who can no longer balance long nights at the bar getting wasted while preparing for Monday morning 9 am conference calls.

Major landmarks in this community are historic private college Oglethorpe University and Brookhaven Country club. Most of the social scene is centered around the Dresden Rd and Peachtree Rd intersections. This spot area features a large complex that houses Pub 71, Mellow Mushroom and Hudson Grille. If you are into a more laid back bar scene, this area will be your town center. I lived at the Post Glen apartments for a year and by the greatest amenity that Brookhaven has to offer is its close proximity to a CLEAN and SAFE Marta train station. The Brookhaven Marta station is the perfect place to easily access Downtown Atlanta (Braves Games, Concerts etc) while being able to safely travel back late at night and not have to worry about criminal and homeless panhandling.

This neighborhood has seen significant development in the past 3 years as more and more professionals seek a more affordable and laid back alternative to the Buckhead community. I rate this community 4 stars out of 5.
Pros
  • perfect for students
  • affordable apartment options
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Students
4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 3/5
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"On the rise + great nightlife"

Commonly known as little brother to Atlanta’s popular Little Five Points community, East Atlanta is boldly emerging as the city’s latest hip scene with a character all its own. Located just four miles east of downtown Atlanta, East Atlanta Village houses numerous bars, art galleries, restaurants and lounges that create a very vibrant and diverse nightlife. From Monday through Sunday, diverse music fans regularly enjoy acoustic sets by indie bands, underground hip hop acts and popular sets by local dubstep/electro djs.

During the day, adventure does not stop! One of my favorite and one of the only authentic Farmer’s market in Metro Atlanta is located in EAV. A few years ago, an old Ace Hardware store was converted into a weekly farmer’s market. From May to November, the East Atlanta Farmer’s Market hosts a community garden and live stock showcases on Thursday evenings. Another unique gem about this neighborhood is Bound to be Read bookstore. If you are a fan of rare, hard to find used books, Bound to be Read offers an unique experience compared to Amazon and major book retailers.

All in All, I rate the East Atlanta community 4 out of 5 stars. Despite its growing popularity, EAV is still a place where Atlantans can escape overcrowding and poor parking.
Pros
  • great nightlife
Cons
  • sometimes it's a little vacant during the day
Recommended for
  • Singles
  • Tourists
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Hipsters
  • Students
  • Trendy & Stylish
3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Parking 4/5
  • Cost of Living 5/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 3/5
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"Older neighborhood with lots of potential"

Vine City is only about 7 minutes from downtown Atlanta. It is one of those neighborhoods that has a lot of potential, but still needs a lot of work completed to improve it. The neighborhood expands within close proximity to the Atlanta University Center, as well as parts of Georgia Tech. Nearby, you will find the Georgia Dome, which hosts plenty of Falcons games, as well as the Honda Battle of the Bands competition. This brings sporadic bursts of traffic from tourists and students looking to have a good time. Public transportation is in walking distance, just look for the Vine City MARTA (train) station.

This neighborhood has had its ups and downs. It is made up of a combination of rehabilitated homes, mixed with vacant structures. Most of the homes are older, very large, and have a lot of potential. This place seems like it would be nice if you were looking to get a good deal on property. The only downside is that the neighborhood has been in transition for quite some years now. Although it is improving, the rate is really slow. It seems as if it might take a while (and a lot of money) to get the neighborhood back on its feet.
Pros
  • great prices for homebuyers
  • Near Clark Atlanta & Georgia Dome
Cons
  • needs a lot of work
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Students
4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 2/5
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"Great coffee & hang-out spots"

Marietta Street, not to be confused with the City of Marietta, runs through Downtown Atlanta as well as several other popular Atlanta neighborhoods. Although it is an older area with large commercial buildings, new coffee shops, art galleries and boutiques now make this location a great hangout spot.

This area is really popular for people who are working downtown, as well as for students living close-by. Georgia State University and Georgia Tech are not too far away. This makes Marietta Street the perfect place to meet up with friends and have a good time. Octane Coffee Bar & Lounge, Spoon and Toscano & Sons Italian Market (known for their great paninis), are just a few of the restaurants that you might want to visit if you find yourself driving down Marietta Street.

The only downside is that parking can get a little crazy on busy nights. If you choose alternative traveling methods, public transportation is in walking distance. The Five Points MARTA (train) station is not too far away, which makes commuting a breeze.

The large industrial-style buildings in this area create a unique environment for residents. Lofts are one of the most popular living options if you are considering relocating here. With high ceilings, wide spaces and huge windows you are sure to enjoy coming home just as much as being away.
Pros
  • beautiful lofts in the area
  • nice nightlife
Cons
  • some areas are a little sketchy
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Tourists
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Students
  • Trendy & Stylish
4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 2/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 2/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 2/5
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"A tiny slice of New York"

Midtown is like a tiny slice of New York. There is always some type of event going on, sirens blaring and people hustling and bustling about. Having actually lived in Midtown before, I know the pros and cons of this unique neighborhood.

Let’s start with the pros. Midtown is the perfect place location-wise. It is right smack dab in the center of everything. It’s only about 4 miles from downtown Atlanta, as well as Buckhead. It is completely accessible if you are using public transportation; just get off at the Midtown MARTA (train) station. There are plenty of things to do if you are in this area. A few cool places you can check out are the: Fox Theatre, High Museum, Center for Puppetry Arts and the Breman Jewish Museum. Not to mention, there are a plethora of restaurants to explore. The Melting Pot, Vortex, Mu Lan Chinese Restaurant and Mediterranean Grill, are just a few dining options. There is also a really nifty salad bar (Dressed Salads), where you can go to build your own salad any way that you want.

Midtown is home to several popular festivals including: Music Midtown, Atlanta Food & Wine Festival and Pride. This brings much diversity to the area. Many of the residents are young trendy professionals. Cost of living can get a little on the pricey side, but it’s worth it -especially if you are lucky enough to get a skyline view (believe me I’ve experienced it). The only con to living in this area is that the constant traffic can become annoying after a while. I lived close to the Fox Theatre, and every night that there was a show, parking became increasingly difficult to find. On many occasions I had to use paid parking options (which is just awful if you are a resident). Midtown, is great for visitors, but can become a little hectic if you live in the area.
Pros
  • always something fun to do
  • perfect for pet owners
  • Gay friendly
  • Great restaurants
Cons
  • bad traffic & horrible parking
  • housing can be expensive
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Tourists
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Hipsters
  • Students
  • Trendy & Stylish
3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 5/5
  • Parking 4/5
  • Cost of Living 5/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 3/5
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"Great for investors & first-time homebuyers"

The Pittsburgh neighborhood is located just minutes away from Interstate 20, and is a little less than 3 miles from Downtown Atlanta. It is yet another area that is going through gentrification. So, there is an odd mixture of vacant homes and newly renovated rehab houses all conglomerated together. As with similar areas, this neighborhood is great for investors and young first-time homebuyers who are looking to take advantage of a good deal.
There are many larger historic homes in Pittsburgh. Although the houses do have a lot of potential, many of them also require a lot of work. Housing prices are sometimes as low as $15,000, and can get as high as $400,000. In recent years, this has caused property taxes to increase dramatically, which has drove out many of the poorer residents.

Currently, there are several initiates in place to help rebuild this area. The Pittsburgh Community Improvement Association (PCIA) and the Sustainable Neighborhood Development Strategies, Inc. are just a few. These programs strategically work at redeveloping the area to bring in more residents, and well as business owners.
Crime has declined a bit due to the reconstruction, but some parts are still a little rough. Honestly, there is not much to do in Pittsburgh. Fear not, if you enjoy hanging out, it is only about 14 minutes away from Midtown, and about 20 minutes away from Buckhead. This isn’t too bad of a drive… or, if you feel up to it, you can easily access public transportation.
Pros
  • discounted prices on property
Cons
  • some areas are a bit rough
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Retirees
  • Students
4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Parking 4/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 3/5
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"Newer neighborhood, with possibly more to offer in time"

I always know when I’m in the Briar Glen area because most of the streets’ names begin with “Briar”. So… if you are ever in a neighborhood, and you notice street signs that read: “Briar Trail”, “Briar Ridge Way” or “Briar Glen Lane”, you have successfully reached Briar Glen.

The Briar Glen area has easy access to 285, and is not too far from the Hartsfield- Jackson International Airport. It is in close proximity to Cascade Road, Camp Creek Marketplace and Greenbriar Mall. This is great if you need to make a quick run to Old Navy, Target, or Marshalls. Dining options include: Red Lobster, Longhorn Steakhouse, Ruby Tuesday and a host of others. The area has a lot of newer apartments and retail shops. There are also several local parks nearby if you need to take a stroll to get a fresh breath of air. This makes it especially attractive to college students who want something nice, but don’t want to live too close to campus.

Mostly locals, students, and young professionals populate the Briar Glen area. The cost of living is pretty reasonable because there a are so many apartment complexes that have popped up over the past few years. Aspiring homeowners might also delight in knowing that prices are pretty reasonable in the housing market as well. This is a nice up-and-coming neighborhood that is definitely worth a visit.
Pros
  • newer shopping & living options
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Retirees
  • Students
  • Trendy & Stylish
4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Parking 4/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 4/5
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"Nice for families"

Cascade Road is a road in southwest Atlanta. This street, like most other streets, streams through several different neighborhoods. I personally think this this area is pretty nice, and has a lot of potential. The best time to check out Cascade Road is in the summer, when all the land looks so lush and green. The brick houses in this area are really nice, which adds a quiet homely feeling to it. There are a lot of newer spacious homes in this area. By newer, I mean 1980’s to the early 2000’s.

One of the advantages of living near Cascade Road is that many of the homes are built with a lot of land surrounding them. This means huge backyards, which is a big deal if you know that so many Atlanta homes don’t provide this luxury. This is perfect for families who have children that want to play outside; or adults who have a green thumb, and need space for gardening. The only downside is that when summer comes, cutting the grass may become rather tedious. Another perk for families is that there are quality Montessori, and charter schools not too far away.

A few years ago, there was not much to do here. But, most recently, new businesses seem to be popping up left and right. There are new shopping centers, like Cascade Crossing, which includes cafes, retail shops, and novelty stores. There is also a Publix in the area, which is perfect for quick grocery runs.
Pros
  • nice for families
  • huge yards
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Tourists
  • Students
  • Country Lovers
3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
  • Gym & Fitness 2/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 5/5
  • Parking 4/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 3/5
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"A place for workers & business owners"

Atlanta Industrial Park is located in Fulton County, and is not too far from far from I-285. It gets it’s name from a street called Atlanta Industrial Parkway. Fulton Industrial Blvd and Donald Lee Hollowell Pkwy are two popular streets in the area. Atlanta Industrial Park is a totally fitting name being that the area is comprised of mostly commercial property such as: distribution centers, supply chains, and old storage warehouses. If you are driving through Atlanta Industrial Park, you will certainly notice that large cement buildings, wide manicured lawns, and occasional metal fences, dominate the scenery with a sort of grungy appearance.

This seems like it would be an ok place to work (if you live nearby). There are virtually so many warehouses, I’m not really sure if there is much else to do other than go to work. Larger business owners might find this to be a nice place to relocate their headquarters, because the building options are so spacious. There is still a bit of undeveloped land in this area, so it doesn’t appear to be too over crowed with warehouses.

I would say that there isn’t much nightlife here, or fun things to do period. It’s actually sort of like a ghost town. I definitely only recommend this place for workers and business owners.
Pros
  • great for business owners & job hunters
Cons
  • ghost town
  • not much to do in the immediate area
Recommended for
  • Professionals
4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 2/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 3/5
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"Possibly the Next Big Thing?"

Lindbergh is a pleasant up-and-coming area. It is completely accessible if you are traveling by public transportation. Just stop at the Lindbergh (train) Station and you are there. Fitting enough, this area is home to the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA) headquarters.

If you are looking to do some shopping, the Lindbergh Plaza has quite a few options. There is a Target, Home Depot, and Best Buy. This is perfect to assist with basic living purchases, as well as spur of the moment electronic indulgences. There is also another shopping center right across the street that has a Marshalls, Ross, and Michaels Arts & Crafts store (for the more creative spirit). Tucked back around the corner, you can find Miami Circle, a neat shopping center mostly comprised of antique stores.

If you are hungry, you definitely want to check out Lindbergh City Center. This new hang out spot harbors a host of yummy restaurants. There is a Chili’s, Taco Mac, and Five Guy’s in the area. There was a Bobby G’s. But, sadly it shut it’s doors a while ago. There are also a couple of options for nightlife. Wet Willie’s and Tongue & Groove are pretty cool places if you are looking to hang out with friends and grab a drink. The only downside to the Lindbergh City Center is that parking is really interesting. If you can manage to find street parking, consider yourself lucky. Most visitors will have to park in the parking deck. When this place was brand new, parking was completely free. But, now you have to grab a paper ticket and get it validated from the restaurant that you visit. If you fail to get your ticket validated, or lose it, be prepared to pay a couple of dollars.

This area is great for students and young professionals. Older couples might also enjoy the vibe at Miami Circle. There are several apartments in walking distance. In addition, there are plenty of live-work spaces for small business owners (perfect if you don’t mind living above where you work). This could possibly be the next big thing.
Pros
  • plenty of newer shops & restaurants
  • MARTA
Cons
  • sometimes a little vacant during weekdays
  • parking sucks
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Tourists
  • Students
  • Trendy & Stylish
4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Cost of Living 5/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 2/5
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"Upscale Shopping at its Finest"

The Lenox area is located in Buckhead. There are several luxurious malls, shopping centers, and restaurants that make this one of the most popular hot spots in Atlanta. For starters, if you are an avid shopper, you will absolutely love Lenox Square Mall and Phipps Plaza. Lenox Square Mall (or just Lenox Mall, as some call it) is like your average everyday mall, mixed with a sprinkle of luxury. Some of the popular shops in Lenox Mall include: Gap, J. Crew, Express, and Foot Locker. If you are looking to spend bigger money, you’ll most likely want to swing by: FENDI, David Yurman and Louis Vuitton.

On the other hand, Phipps Plaza is pure extravagance. Containing mostly top of the line luxury stores, including: Tiffany & Co., Gucci, Versace and Barneys New York CO-OP. If you are looking to catch a great movie, fear not, Phipps Plaza has an AMC theatre to quench the thirst of anxious moviegoers.

If you are in the area and need a bite to eat, you can choose between the food court options, or check out Maggiano’s. They serve some of the best Italian dishes, and their Chicken Parmesan is to die for.
There are a few apartments and condos nearby, if you are considering living in this area. But, you better believe that cost is high for the small amount of space you’d get. Plus, traffic is almost always congested, which might be annoying if you get stuck in rush hour. If you do not want to drive, this area is MARTA (public transportation) accessible. The Lenox train station is right across the street from the mall. This is a great area to visit if you are in town!
Pros
  • great for shoppers
Cons
  • bad traffic
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Retirees
  • Tourists
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Hipsters
  • Students
  • Trendy & Stylish
5/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Parking 4/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 3/5
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"Great for Families"

The Grant Park neighborhood is quite lovely indeed. If you are ever in this area, you will most definitely have to take a stroll through Grant Park. The park is located off of Cherokee Avenue and is also the home of the Atlanta Zoo, as well as the Atlanta Cyclorama & Civil War Museum.

The best time to visit Grant Park is in the summer. On hot days, you can take refuge under huge trees and enjoy the lush scenery, while also getting some really good exercise. There is also a playground and a swimming pool; this is perfect if you have children (or are a kid at heart). Sometimes, if you are lucky, you might have the pleasure of running into local art vendors or live musicians.

The park is also a great place for dog owners. It is reminiscent of Piedmont Park, but it has way better parking, and is usually a lot less crowded. Oddly enough, Grant Park does not get as much publicity.
This neighborhood has some of the most beautiful homes in Atlanta. Most of the homes are older and very spacious. This community definitely appeals to the older, more established crowd. It also seems like a great place to live if you have children. Check it out!
Pros
  • great for pet owners
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Tourists
  • Hipsters
  • Students
  • Country Lovers
  • Trendy & Stylish
4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 3/5
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"Artsy...Historic...Up-and-Coming"

The historic Castleberry Hills area is a quaint up-and-coming neighborhood. It is located just minutes away from the Atlanta University Center (AUC), and provides a nice place for students to hang out. The area is moreover comprised of a mixture of art aficionados, college students, urban music lovers, small business owners, and young professionals. To reflect this eclectic audience, there are a variety of art galleries, unique shopping boutiques, and restaurants in close proximity.

Although there is not much activity here during the typical weekday, at night (and on weekends), the restaurant scene comes to life and is a great hang out spot. Slice is a tasty pizza joint that occasionally has a live dj, which adds a nice ambiance. There are also several other restaurant-style lounges such as: M Bar, Cloud IX Restaurant and Lounge, 255 Tapas Lounge, and Pearl Restaurant and Lounge.

Art aficionados and music lovers will delight in several local art galleries, as well as a vibrant tattoo shop called City of Ink. Local hip-hop celebrities and hipsters occasional swing through the area if they are in need of a creative colorful tattoo. The building structures in this area are artsy in their own right. Many are older foundations that look quite plain on the outside, but have high ceilings and lovely exposed bricks on the inside.
This is a great place for small business owners because the property value is not as overpriced as similar more modern neighborhoods (like Buckhead). Some of the buildings actually provide cozy live-work spaces- so you can go straight from working to relaxing in your lofty haven. This is a great place to swing through if you are in the area.
Pros
  • Nice art galleries
  • Great hang out for students
Cons
  • Not much going on during week days
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Tourists
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Hipsters
  • Students
  • Trendy & Stylish
3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Parking 4/5
  • Cost of Living 5/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 3/5
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"Great for Investors & Small Business Owners"

Bankhead, not to be confused with Buckhead, is located on the Westside of Atlanta (just a little ways away from Georgia Tech). It is completely MARTA accessible. In all honesty, it is quite an interesting neighborhood to the extent that there are shabby housing projects and mini-mansions all located in very close proximity to each other. If you listen to hip-hop, you may have heard this neighborhood mentioned in several local rapper’s songs. Yes, the area is a little rough, but there are some nice things to say about Bankhead.

There are currently some re-developments taking place, which includes plans of demolition and re-building the area. New businesses and new homes are slowly but surely popping up throughout this area (hence, more middle to upper-class families are moving in). Bankhead Highway, has been re-named Donald Lee Hollowell Parkway. These are all signs that the area is trying to improve. If you are a developer, you might want to check out this place while prices are still relatively affordable.

Bankhead’s residents vary just as much as the housing options do. Here, you will find a range from low incomers to high-classed established families. Over all, this place is great for business owners and residents looking for opportunities to invest in affordable real estate.
Pros
  • affordable living
  • close proximity to major interstates
Cons
  • neighborhood can be a little sketchy
Recommended for
  • Retirees
4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • Cost of Living 2/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 3/5
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"Plenty of Fun & Shopping"

Atlantic Station is a fairly new development that was recently completed in 2005. It consists of commercial and residential spaces that were intended to attract young professionals looking to reside and have fun simultaneously. In theory, the concept sounds amazing, but high prices combined with the monotony of seeing the same exact stores every single day, may drive some potential residents to relocate elsewhere.

On the other hand, Atlantic Station is great for occasional visits to DSW, H&M, and Dillard's. It’s also awesome for sporadic lunches with friends if you like California Pizza Kitchen, Which Wich, or the Cheesecake Bistro. It has a playful feel to it because it is not a typical mall or shopping center. It's more like an exciting outdoor mall. In the last few years, Atlantic Station has also added tents for street vendors; which gives it a really social vibe.

Parking can be a task. The parking deck is nice, but if you plan on shopping for a long time, you might get charged parking fees. If you choose to avoid the traffic, public transportation will take you to and from this shopping center. In addition, Buckhead and Midtown are close by if you want a change of scenery.

Lastly, if you ever visit Atlantic Station, you have to stop by Dialog in the Dark. It is a life- changing exhibit. You are essentially given a walking stick and led through a series of obstacles in total darkness. Someone who is actually blind guides each group. It really gives you a new perspective. Enjoy!
Pros
  • nice variety of shops
  • still relatively new and clean
Cons
  • housing can get pricey
Recommended for
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Tourists
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Hipsters
  • Students
  • Trendy & Stylish
3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Parking 4/5
  • Cost of Living 5/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 3/5
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"Historically Diverse College Town"

The West End area is rather unique in its own right. It is located off of the south side of Interstate 20, and is home to four prominent historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs). This school hub is comprised of Spelman College, Morehouse College, Clark Atlanta University, and Morehouse School of Medicine. The school collective is also sometimes referred to as the Atlanta University Center (AUC).

There are a plethora of really inexpensive living options that cater directly to the needs of students who want to reside in close proximity. Residents can easily sift through choices of affordable apartments, luxury townhomes, and spacious lofts. There are also opportunities to rent or buy larger historic homes (many of which were built during the early 1920’s through the late 1950's), for great prices. If you are a real estate investor who is looking to build your portfolio or a first-time homebuyer, this is a nice neighborhood to check out.

There are several nearby places to visit if you are in the West End area. The West End Performing Arts Center Black Box Theatre offers a creative performing arts outlet for community members and visiting professionals alike. The Mall West End is a small mall that is in walking distance close enough for students and local residents to shop, or just hang out. There are several Caribbean and soul food restaurants that serve up some really awesome dishes. Not to mention, MARTA, public transportation, is easily accessible within walking distance. Downtown Atlanta is only about 5 minutes away for drivers in the area who are ready to explore the city.

There are some concerns about safety in the West End. However, most crime seems to happen late at night (which is really not uncommon for most inner cities). So, as long as you are not out extremely late at night, walking completely alone, there is nothing to stress out about. It is truly a nice neighborhood that has a lot of potential.
Pros
  • great artsy vibe
  • available and affordable housing
  • great for students
  • great little restaurants
Cons
  • some areas are a little rough
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Hipsters
  • Students
  • Trendy & Stylish
4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 3/5
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"Where the College Student Meets the Professional"

The Druid Hills area is certainly one of the most delightful neighborhoods in all of Atlanta. It’s the perfect intersection between college students and working professionals. Emory Hospital and Emory University are both located in this area. The hospital attracts healthcare professionals to reside nearby. Similarly, Emory University draws in residents that are students, faculty, and staff members.

Interestingly enough, this does not make the surrounding environment your typical college town. There is an office park (located off of Executive Park Drive) in close proximity, which allures esteemed working professionals to this area as well. The office park is currently undergoing a few renovations and demolitions, which does present a bit of an eyesore. But, because it is tucked away between several side streets, it is not immediately noticeable if you are just passing by.

There are a variety of housing options that correlate to the needs of the diverse residents of Druid Hills. If you are an established professional, looking to relocate, you will find that this neighborhood has quite a bit of older homes in the mid to upper price range. On the opposite end of the spectrum, if you are a college student, you will find that there are several really nice affordable apartments to choose from.
In addition, there are numerous nearby amenities that make this neighborhood even more amazing. If you love to exercise, you can seek membership at the rather nice (but expensive) Athletic Club Northeast. Tara Cinemas, a local neighborhood theatre, is a great place for catching hard to find independent films. There are also countless restaurants for dining out. All in all, Druid Hills is an awesome place to check out if you are thinking about coming to Atlanta.
Pros
  • great community for all ages
  • affordable apartments
Cons
  • can be a bit pricey for homebuyers
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Students
  • Trendy & Stylish

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