Atlanta – the sprawling city we all know and love. As one of the fastest growing metro areas in the country, it’s no longer our little secret. Thousands of people are flocking to the city every year and the rate of growth is on track to keep pace for years to come.
One of the best parts about living in Atlanta is getting to experience the unique flavor that each part of the city brings. But with so much to see and do, how can one possibly choose a place to put down roots? We’re breaking down the pros and cons of three of the most sought after Atlanta neighborhoods to help you make the best decision for you and your family.
Side note: we are only covering neighborhoods ITP. If you don’t know what that means, start here.
Located along the northern interior of the 285, Buckhead is a 28-square-mile stretch of 45 of the most prestigious neighborhoods in the city. This uptown district features high rise office buildings, trendy restaurants, and private single-family homes, tucked away in the woods.
Pros: Often referred to as the shopping capital of the Southeast, Buckhead is home to Lenox Square, Phipps Plaza, The Shops Buckhead, Shops Around Lenox, and more. With award-winning public school system and historic residential charm, Buckhead is a great neighborhood for families.
Cons: As one of the most affluent Atlanta neighborhoods, locking down affordable living can be a serious challenge. Most of Buckhead is located in Fulton County, known for notoriously high property tax rates.
Median Listing Price: $574,000
Midtown Atlanta is nestled just southeast of the 75/85 split. When you think of the classic Atlanta skyline, you’re probably thinking of Midtown. Home to iconic landmarks like Bank of America Plaza, 1180 Peachtree, and One Atlantic Center, Midtown has an undeniable “cool” factor.
Pros: Midtown residents enjoy close proximity to cultural activities like The Fox Theatre, High Museum of Art, Woodruff Arts Center Center for Puppetry Arts, and Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. Midtown is also home to several popular festivals and the lovely Piedmont Park.
Cons: Traffic. Midtown is known for its congestion, especially during peak commute hours.
Median Listing Price: $335,000
Grant Park is one of Atlanta’s oldest neighborhoods, located just east of where I-85 meets I-20. Situated around the 131-acre green space of Grant Park, residents enjoy easy access to some of the coolest pockets of Atlanta. With no shortage of green space, walking trails, and Victorian-era architecture, this gorgeous urban neighborhood certainly earned its postcard-worthy status.
Pros: Grant Park offers an enviable lifestyle for its residents with close proximity to the Memorial Drive Corridor (home to many of Atlanta’s award-winning restaurants and bars like Gunshow, Agave Restaurant, and Ria’s Bluebird), easy access to Atlanta’s major highways, and a quiet oasis in the heart of the city. It’s also known for affordable housing, making it a popular residential area for young professionals and families. Learn more about this flourishing neighborhood right here.
Cons: Rental costs can be sky high thanks to the desirable location. Median rental cost is $1,690 per month, compared to Atlanta’s average of $1,341 per month. The good news? You can OWN your own Burnett Grant Park condo starting from the low 200s.
Median Listing Price: $445,000
So, which neighborhood is the best for you? Our recommendation would be to take a stroll through each (possibly stop into a local restaurant for brunch) and decide for yourself. If you would like more information about living in Grant Park, give us a call. If you haven’t already noticed, we’re big fans.