Neighborhood Guide to Atlanta

By: Jo Montgomery

Atlanta is a fresh, vibrant, and welcoming metropolis. Part of what makes it so exceptional is its 243 individual neighborhoods, each with its own personality and distinctive feel. It’s what so many love most about Atlanta – its richness and diversity. From downtown Atlanta buzzing with energy to quaint and eclectic Morningside, each of Atlanta’s neighborhoods offers something singular and appealing. It also explains why Atlanta is also wildly popular with visitors from around the world.

We’re so jazzed about Atlanta, we want to introduce you to some of our favorite neighborhoods. And, with so many to choose from, it was not easy to pick. But we did it! We think we selected some winners for you. But don’t just take our word for it, check these incredible neighborhoods out for yourself.

Neighborhood Guide to Atlanta

Westside

The neighborhood of Westside, just west of Atlanta’s Midtown, is hot hot hot right now. It has grown in popularity and the reasons are easy to see. A delightfully walkable area, it has trendy restaurants, eateries, and boutiques. But at the same time, it‘s steeped in history dating back to the 1880s. And it shows that glorious history off. Many of the area’s restaurants and boutiques are located in masterfully restored factories and warehouses that make you feel as if you’ve stepped back in time. And even though it’s filled with history, Westside has a chic, industrial vibe – from farm-to-table restaurants to art galleries. Also nestled in the mix are trendy new apartments.

Westside is also proud to be home to Atlantic Station, Westside Market, Westside Provisions District, and West Midtown Design District. These treasures are just a few reasons more and more people are deciding to GO WEST.

Cumberland

The neighborhood of Cumberland is very near to the heart of Atlanta’s culture and entertainment, and just about everything else. The Atlanta Opera, Truist Park (home of the Atlanta Braves), and Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historical Park, are literally minutes away.  It also offers lots of everyday fun like excellent dining options, shopping, and green spaces.   All of this explains the draw of this lovely, up-and-coming community.

During the 1990s and early 2000s, Cumberland was primarily a 9-5 commuter neighborhood. Over the past 10 years, it has become a vital community where people not only work and visit but where over 29,000 call home. It’s now an attractive residential option, especially to millennials and Generation Xers – because of its abundant living options, from single-family homes to fresh new apartment communities.  It was a well-kept secret, but the news is out!

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Morningside – Lenox Park 

The neighborhood of Morningside – Lenox Park is a gem in the middle of the city. It’s filled with eclectic homes, large yards, and active neighbors. It even has a few beautiful new apartment communities. This area gets its name from the combination of two neighborhoods; Morningside and Lenox Park. It’s a walkable community with shops and restaurants, a year-round farmers market, nature preserves, and an assortment of neighborhood events. All of this makes this close-knit neighborhood a desirable place to live.

It also has direct access to the iconic Piedmont Park where you can run, bike, walk your dog, or just spend the afternoon soaking up the Atlanta sunshine. Additionally, it has direct access to the Beltline, which is a huge plus. Add its charm, friendly and safe atmosphere, and it checks off every box.

Chastain Park

The serene neighborhood of Chastain Park gets its name from Chastain Memorial Park, the largest public park in Atlanta. The park offers residents of this neighborhood an urban-suburban mix feel. And it’s known for its beautiful architecture, with low-slung mid-century modern homes, as well as Georgian and neoclassical homes. However, with the influx of young professionals, modern apartment communities have sprung up.

Chastain Park has been voted one of the best places to live in Georgia. Most likely because it has so much to offer. And its quaint downtown features a fun and diverse mix of bars, restaurants, coffee shops, and boutiques. There is also an iconic amphitheater in the park that hosts some of the biggest names in music. After shows, concert-goers make their taste buds sing at the celebrated new American bistro, The Chastain. It’s a place where old friends are cherished, and new friends are made.

Brookhaven 

The neighborhood of Brookhaven is both fashionable and family-friendly. It’s a perfect combination of a traditional community with trendy hot spots. It’s also home to Oglethorpe University, which gives it an extra infusion of energy, and an always-fresh outlook. Residents are proud of their community’s safety and love its walkability. It’s considered by many as a “young neighborhood”, making a perfect live/work/shop community its priority. There are even new deluxe apartment communities, adding to the neighborhood’s ease of living.

Brookhaven has a large selection of restaurants and nightlife, yet a laid-back suburban feel prevails. It even hosts lively festivals, like the Brookhaven Arts Festival, that have put this neighborhood on the map. Another feature of this unique neighborhood is the Brookhaven branch of the Peachtree Greenway project. It links into The Beltline, which gives residents access to miles of pedestrian and bike trails and paths throughout the city. And as if you needed another reason to love this neighborhood, the MARTA commuter rail gold line serves Brookhaven, so commuters can easily avoid the Atlanta traffic.

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Old Fourth Ward 

With access to both midtown and downtown Atlanta, the Old Fourth Ward neighborhood is in an incredible location. There is so much going on in this neighborhood, it’s hard to decide where to begin. In addition an abundance of restaurants, exceptional shopping, and endless entertainment venues, there’s a large and lush park in its backyard. For all these reasons, Old Fourth Ward has become one of the hippest neighborhoods in Atlanta, appealing to home buyers and renters alike.

For years, the draw of Old Fourth Ward has been its amazingly rich history. It’s here that you’ll find The Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historic Site, the Ebenezer Baptist Church and the Sweet Auburn Historic District, which is Atlanta’s civil rights home.

Another big plus for the area is its proximity to Freedom Parkway and the Atlanta Beltline – spurring growth and investment in the community. 

Oh, and when you visit, be sure to venture down Edgewood Avenue for bars and other popular spots – you may even come across a hidden speakeasy. 

Midtown

Right smack in the geographic center of Atlanta, beats the heart and soul of the city, the neighborhood of Midtown. It offers all the modern conveniences of city living. A commercial district that has become a fashionable place to live, it touts endless shopping, dining, and recreation all in one place. It also has its share of architecturally impressive and stylish apartment buildings, making it a comfortable and desirable place to live.

This lively neighborhood is also home to Piedmont Park, Juniper Street’s Restaurant Row, Midtown Mile, Colony Square, and Atlantic Station. Whatever you’re looking for, it’s right there.

And while you’re there, be sure to keep your eyes open for the golden production signs that direct the way to the many film locations in Midtown. They always stir up excitement. After all, Midtown is known as the Hollywood of the South.

We hope our neighborhood guide to Atlanta has sparked your interest. We know it’s not a complete list of Atlanta’s neighborhoods, but it is a list of some of the best. Take a day or more, and explore any or all of these warm, friendly, and interesting places. You just may find one that you want to call home.