First developed in 1904, Ansley Park was the dream of Edwin P. Ansley who, along with several prominent Atlanta businessmen of the time, purchased a large plot of land north of the city from longtime owner George Washington Collier. Ansley envisioned a new motorcar-oriented suburb of wide, winding streets and green parks designed to attract Atlanta's wealthiest and most prestigious families. In fact, Ansley Park was home to Georgia's Governors Mansion for many decades. Ansley's vision of a gracious, harmonious neighborhood that would be an oasis in the midst of the bustling city of Atlanta lives on today, in great part thanks to the efforts of the Ansley Park Civic Association. Since the 1960s, the Association has been an active force in maintaining the neighborhoods integrity and sense of community. Ansley Park.
Buckhead's only completely enclaved neighborhood, Brookwood Hills enjoys the kind of privacy most urban residents only dream about. The community of 370 homes set on 40 gently rolling acres stretches back from the east side of Peachtree Road from I-85 to Brighton Road at Piedmont Hospital.
Large Mediterranean, Georgian, Colonial and Tudor homes line streets shaded by towering oaks 100 years old. Lush ivy on walls and in beds keeps the area green even in winter. Lots tend to be small, often less than one-half acre, with homes set near the street, but the landscaping is lush and gardens are carefully maintained. Sidewalks and absence of traffic encourage walkers, joggers, bicyclists and impromptu street games.
A place where old Southern money mixes with young socialites, Buckhead is Atlanta's answer to Beverly Hills. This prime financial center boasts some of the city's oldest and stateliest homes, premier shopping malls and a vibrant entertainment district.
Defined as the area between Oakland Cemetery and Memorial Drive, this once dilapidated area is being revitalized. Now home to young families, professionals, artists and students, this former textile town has undergone rapid gentrification at the hands of newcomers and small business owners.
The City of Chamblee, though only 3.5 square miles, offers a dazzling array of business opportunities for the entrepreneur to the Fortune 500 Company. Situated between major interstates, public transportation, airports and rail lines, Chamblee's location provides businesses with some of the easiest access in metro Atlanta. A low tax rate, exemplary public services and an accessible city government has made this the first stop for many of the nation's top development professionals.
With its close proximity to Atlanta's airport, MARTA transit and flavorful restaurants, College Park is one of Atlanta's most active and global-minded suburbs. A city rich with architectural and cultural heritage, College Park has the state's fourth largest urban historic district, and is near some of Atlanta's historically black colleges such as Morehouse and Spellman.
The vibrant streets of downtown Decatur are lined with antique shops, coffee houses, live music and ethnic eateries. The oldest municipality in metro Atlanta, Decatur is where you'll find Emory University, Agnes Scott College and traditional city squares with restaurants and unique shops selling everything from folk art to handmade bags and jewelry.
In the heart of it all, the city's downtown streets have been booming since the 1996 Olympic Games. The skyline is full of landmark buildings that house well-known corporations, like Coca-Cola, Georgia Pacific, AT&T and Turner Broadcasting, and some of the city's major tourist attractions, including Underground Atlanta, the New World of Coca-Cola, Turner Field and the Georgia Aquarium. Downtown is also home to Georgia Tech, Georgia State University and the Castleberry Hill arts district.
The City of Doraville prides itself on its ability to accommodate a growing, diverse population in Metropolitan Atlanta while maintaining its small-town charm and sense of community. While tremendous growth in the area has presented challenges, City leadership and services have consistently met the changing demands.
East Atlanta Village is emerging from dilapidation to become one of the fastest-growing intown neighborhoods. With three major music venues and cuisine options ranging from burritos to vegan and continental, East Atlanta is one of the best-kept secrets in the city, and has gone from being the site of the pivotal Battle of Atlanta, to being an early example of integration in the '60s.
The City of East Point offers the amenities of a large city with the safety, convenience, friendliness and charm of a small town. One of the best values for in-town living, East Point has great restaurants, wonderful businesses, and a growing job market making it a great place to work, live and play!
Just outside the downtown area, historic Grant Park is home to some of Atlanta's biggest attractions, including Zoo Atlanta, the Cyclorama and the park that bears its name. This newly revived district is full of Craftsman bungalows and century-old neighborhoods. Located on the rail line, Grant Park flourished until the 1950s, when many of the neighborhood's middle and upper class residents sought more distant suburbs, only to return more than 50 years later.
During the Battle of Atlanta, the land which later became Inman Park was the center of many skirmishes. After the Civil War, Inman Park became Atlanta's first planned community and one of the nation's first garden suburbs. It was conceived and developed in the 1880s by entrepreneur Joel Hurt, who believed people, should live in a country like atmosphere convenient to the central business district. To achieve this goal, he insisted on large lots, curving streets and open park areas throughout the neighborhood. In 1889 he sold, at auction, land lots upon which gracious Victorian mansions were built. In the center of the new community Hurt set aside ten acres for Crystal Lake and Springvale Park, whose spacious grounds were landscaped with rare trees and shrubs, many of which were new varieties to Atlanta. Never short of innovations, Hurt also formed one of the nation's first streetcar systems to provide 'rapid transit' from Inman Park to downtown. The trolley route terminated at the Trolley Barn, which still stands today on Edgewood Avenue, just one block from the neighborhood's new MARTA station. Inman Park was an immediate success, and many of Atlanta's most prominent citizens took up residence in the community. Families picnicked in beautiful Springvale Park and took leisurely strolls around Crystal Lake. Churches were active, and a strong community spirit prevailed. Those were sunny days for Inman Park. It was not only a good place to live; it was the place to live.
In the style of New York City's Greenwich Village, Little Five Points is filled with the sights and sounds of bohemian life. Little Five Points has a rich blend of independently owned shops, art houses, concert venues and edgy theaters. The streets of 'Little Five' are always bubbling with students attending concerts at the Variety Playhouse and shop owners setting up creative window displays.
No other Atlanta neighborhood has experienced the kind of revitalization that has graced Midtown. Defined as the area between Ralph McGill Boulevard and Peachtree Street, Midtown is a mix of historic neighborhoods and modern skyscrapers, as well as an exciting fusion of cultural treasures like the High Museum of Art, the Atlanta Botanical Garden, the Fabulous Fox Theatre and former president Jimmy Carter's humanitarian Carter Center.
Ask a group of Morningside Lenox Park residents what they love about our neighborhood and you're likely to get a variety of answers. The great restaurants and shops. The excellent schools. The farmers' market. The beautiful parks. The proximity to so many of Atlanta's prime attractions. All of these things and many more link each of us to our wonderful neighborhood.
Historically African American neighborhood on the east side of Atlanta's Downtown, the O4W is famous as the birth place of Dr. Martin Luther King as well as the location of Ebenezer Baptist Church and the Sweet Auburn District. Please have a look around the website for information about one of the city's oldest and most exciting neighborhoods. Currently the neighborhood is experiencing an intense period of renaissance and rebirth. The O4W is a diverse, urban, residential community located at the heart of Atlanta's intown neighborhoods.
This mile and a half stretch of Auburn Avenue is home to many historic buildings, including the birthplace of Martin Luther King, Jr., a pillar of the Civil Rights Movement. The area was named Sweet Auburn because of the freedom, prosperity and property ownership that many black Atlantans were tasting for the first time in the 1940s. The area is also home to the King Center, the Sweet Auburn Curb Market and new mixed-use developments.
More like a European village than a subsection of Atlanta, the Highlands is home to an eclectic group of artisans and artists, students and young families. Named after the intersection of Virginia and Highland avenues, the area was developed in the early 1900s. Today it consists of six distinct commercial villages where lively bistros, art galleries and specialty shops abound.