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REX Neighborhood Guide: Atlanta

by Kimberly Fischer
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Atlanta is known for many things: its southern hospitality, diverse musical heritage, and ‘the world’s busiest passenger airport,’ just to name a few. The city also has deep roots in the Civil War and Civil Rights eras, and is one of the most important commercial, financial, and transportation hubs of the southeastern United States. Georgia’s capital and largest city has a ton to offer, spread out across more than 240 officially recognized neighborhoods. Keep reading for a guide to 5 of the most popular neighborhoods in Atlanta.

Midtown

When suburbs flourished in the 1970s and 80s, Midtown started to crumble. That is until the Midtown Alliance business coalition unveiled Blueprint Midtown to revitalize the area in the late 1990s. It now promotes a true urban lifestyle with work, play, and everything in between all at your fingertips. 

Live: You can still find the cozy cottages and stately homes that were present before the neighborhood’s resurrection tucked away on the side streets, but sleek condos and sophisticated lofts have taken over the main roads. 

Explore: Head to Piedmont Park for over 200 acres of lush landscaping and facilities, including the Atlanta Botanical Garden. Here, you’ll find a museum, greenhouse, and nearly every type of flora. Dubbed Atlanta’s “Heart of Arts,” Midtown has no shortage of art museums. Art newbies and connoisseurs alike flock to the High Museum of Art, to admire the incredible permanent and seasonal collections. End your night with a show at Fox Theatre, Peachtree Street’s entertainment center since the 1920s. 

Shop: High street brands, pop ups, and luxury boutiques can be found in the Westside Provisions District.

Dine: For southern hospitality, upscale fare, and bocce ball on the patio, stop by the refined southern eatery, Empire State South. Looking for a drink after? Tucked within the Four Seasons Hotel is the trendy and intimate Bar Margot

Buckhead

In a twist of irony, what’s now one of the most expensive Atlanta neighborhoods was once sold for a shockingly inexpensive price of $650. In the 20th century, the area became a prime place for summer and country homes for some of Atlanta’s wealthiest. Today, it’s referred to as the “Beverly Hills of the South” for its luxury shopping and amenities. 

Live: Expect million-dollar homes with pristine gardens and new, high-end condos and apartments. 

Explore: Charlie Loudermilk Park is a lush oasis amidst the bustling commercial scene. Two centuries ago, it was the spot of the town owner’s general store, the hub of all Buckhead activity. You’ll also want to check out Chastain Memorial Park, Atlanta’s largest city park full of recreational activities, Chastain Arts Center, and an amphitheater.

Shop: If shopping is your cardio of choice, Buckhead is the place for you. Lenox Square is the most recognized shopping destination, but Phipps Plaza and Buckhead Village District are also great places to shop ‘til you drop. 

Dine: Try King + Duke for appetizers to share and grilled meat to devour on your own. Craving Italian food? Select something (or a few things) from the expansive menu at St. Cecilia

Castleberry Hill

This neighborhood, located southwest of downtown, once served as the city’s red-light district and industrial neighborhood for cotton warehouses. It was revamped by the artist community and became a federally recognized historic district in the 1980s. Castleberry Hill now serves as a center of creative life and is a popular filming site, acting as the backdrop for many major motion pictures and TV shows, like The Walking Dead.

Live: Old warehouses have been converted into lofts, inspiring artists with their rustic and industrial charm.

Explore: Be sure to participate in the 2nd Friday Art Stroll, a self-guided tour through the neighborhood with stops to view the work of established and up-and-coming artists. When it’s not the 2nd Friday of the month, stop by Besharat Gallery or Marcia Wood Gallery.

Shop: The neighborhood hosts a Community Farmers Market Monday evenings. Here, you’ll find farm-fresh produce, artisan-made bread, and a whole lot more.

Dine: Enjoy an entree with a side of history at Paschal’s, a meeting place for some of the most notable entertainers, politicians, and business people during the civil rights movement. For an authentic Latin-American experience, dine at No Mas! Cantina, where detailed woodwork and living tropical plants make you feel like you’re on vacation. Escobar is another favorite, popular for its elegant lounging area, alcohol selection, and tapas. 

Old Fourth Ward

This thriving and diverse community is a mix of old and new. What was formerly an industrial area and the birthplace of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. is now a hip and down-to-earth neighborhood that has retained its unique character. 

Live: Homebuyers and renters have a variety of options in Old Fourth Ward, from historic bungalows to one of a kind modern houses. There is also an abundance of apartments, condos, townhomes, and lofts. 

Explore: You can’t come to the neighborhood without visiting the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historic Site and Ebenezer Baptist Church, the civil rights leader’s birthplace and church. You’ll also want to take a stroll or bike ride down the BeltLine, 33 miles of trails and one of Atlanta’s most iconic features.

Shop: Browse Ponce City Market to find an abundance of boutiques selling jewelry, clothes, and accessories, set in an old industrial building.

Dine: Need an afternoon snack? Order a pot of tea and nibble on some pastries at Just Add Honey. At night, delight your senses with fried okra and lamb ribs at Cold Beer.

East Atlanta

After the development of East Atlanta Village in the 1990s, the area just east of downtown became a stomping ground for many young locals. The neighborhood is full of music venues, trendy restaurants, hole-in-the-wall coffee shops, and eclectic boutiques.

Live: Thinking of settling down here? There are plenty of single-family homes, ranging from post-war bungalows to traditional craftsman and new construction.

Explore: Mark your calendar for all the events the neighborhood hosts, including the East Atlanta Strut, Battle of Atlanta Festival, and Brownwood Park Bike Rally. As you wander the streets, you’re bound to notice at least a few murals and public art projects. Use this street art map and see if you can spot all two dozen murals and installations.

Shop: East Atlanta Village has hip retro shops you won’t find anywhere else. Check out Kaboodle Home for locally made and refinished furniture and homeware, or Kiwi Vintage for bohemian clothing finds. 

Dine: Grab a coffee and baked goods at Joe’s East Atlanta Coffee Shop for some morning fuel. We suki suki is a fantastic lunch option for Banh Mi, Pho, and Boba. Then, listen to live alternative music while munching on Irish nachos and a burger at The Earl.

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Article by Megan Kong, REX Homes

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