In-Town

Ansley Park is considered to be one of many Historic Districts in Atlanta and is an early twentieth century suburban residential district that was developed in four phases between 1904 and 1913. It is located north of downtown Atlanta and west of Piedmont Park, between Piedmont Avenue and Peachtree Street. Completed by 1930, the neighborhood encompasses approximately 275 acres and includes single-family residences, apartments, and a church. It features a curvilinear arrangement of streets, numerous parks, and a wide range of eclectic and period architectural styles.  In fact, Ansley Park was home to Georgia’s Governor’s Mansion for many decades.  The principal parks of the district are Winn Park and McClatchy Park. Both wind their ways through major parts of the suburb so that no residential lot is more than a ten minute walk away.  The Ansley Park golf course is situated along the banks of Clear Creek within the neighborhood.  Today, Ansley Park continues to be a middle- to upper-class neighborhood in Midtown Atlanta.

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The newly developed Atlantic Station is an exciting new concept for Atlanta. Using the concept of a Live, Work and Play dynamic, Atlantic Station has become a national model for smart growth and sustainable development. This 138-acre, master-planned community, which is essentially a city-within-a-city, sits upon the former Atlantic Steel Company, which is located in the northwest section of the Midtown area. A once-polluted steel site, Atlantic Station is now a thriving community of middle and upper-income housing, world-class restaurants and retailers and office space. Atlantic Station is built upon the principals of quality construction, energy conservation and environmental sustainability. The Atlantic Station project begun in 1997, and is now being overseen by Jacoby Development and AIG Global Real Estate Investment Corporation. The project is estimated at $2 billion. At completion, the redevelopment is ultimately projected to include 15,000,000 square feet of retail, office, residential and hotel space as well as 11 acres of public parks. In fact, its size encouraged the U.S. Postal Service to award the neighborhood its own ZIP code which is known as 30363.

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Brookhaven is an unincorporated city located on the western edge of DeKalb County, Georgia, United States, adjoining Sandy Springs and Buckhead. Originally home to Creek Indians, John L. Evins began a large plantation in the area now known as Brookhaven in the early 1800’s.  Brookhaven is west of Chamblee, north of Buford Highway and south of I-285. Aside from portions in Atlanta, it is a community within the North Atlanta CDP. While Brookhaven is bisected by Peachtree Road, the historic part of the community is located north of the road, and stretches to Windsor Parkway on the north, Peachtree-Dunwoody Road on the west, and Mabry Road on the east. Brookhaven is home to two golf courses, the Capital City Club (listed on the National Register of Historic Places) and Peachtree Golf Club. Historically, there were modest neighborhoods surrounding the historic estates near the Capital City Club, particularly south of Peachtree Road. Brookhaven is less than two miles from Lenox Square Mall and Phipps Plaza, located in Atlanta’s Buckhead district and two of the most affluent shopping centers in the United States. Today the area is still more than thriving despite the recent economic downturn.

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Buckhead, which comprises the northern one-fifth of Atlanta, is sometimes promoted as the “Beverly Hills of the South” in reference to Beverly Hills, California, an area to which it is often compared. Many local celebrities and the families of early Atlantans make their homes in the wooded estates scattered throughout this beautiful neighborhood. Buckhead could be characterized as mostly suburban in character, with a highly urbanized center with many high-rises centered along Peachtree Rd and GA-400. Buckhead comprises most of the Atlanta North-end neighborhoods between Interstate 85 and Interstate 75 along with several large neighborhoods to the West of I-75. According to Forbes Magazine, Buckhead was home to the ninth-wealthiest zip code in the nation in 2004 with a household income in excess of $341,000 per year and is known as the wealthiest of Atlanta’s neighborhoods. Home to the Georgia Governor’s Mansion, the area’s real estate market is also the most expensive in the state of Georgia with an average home value in 2005 of approximately $761,000. Being a luxurious community where old money meets new money Buckhead is unique in so many ways. From top rated schools to some of Atlanta’s most expensive real estate, Buckhead is truly a gem of the south. Today the area is still thriving despite the recent economicdownturn.

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Cabbagetown is a historic neighborhood located in downtown Atlanta, Georgia. Cabbagetown developed around the Fulton Cotton and Bag Mill and has a strong Appalachian heritage. During the 80′s and 90′s Cabbagetown became home to many artists and musicians. During the 90′s Cabbagetown, along with the rest of in-town Atlanta, experienced a re-newed interest in in-town living and restoration of the older homes. Today Cabbagetown is home to a wonderful mix of families, singles, young couples, artists, corporate executives, independent businesses, and several churches all within a six block area.Candler ParkCandler Park is a wonderful neighborhood with beautiful 1920s Craftsman bungalow homes, excellent parks, and a fun business district located on Atlanta’s east side near Emory University. The majority of homes in the neighborhood have been renovated and many are true showplaces. Candler Park is a neighborhood with a true sense of community where neighbors know one another and socialize. It is also one of the few neighborhoods in the city that has basically everything you need from its own business district to wonderful recreation venues, and easy accessibility to MARTA rail. It’s also just minutes from just about everything else you might want including Emory University, Downtown Atlanta, Midtown’s arts venues, Virginia-Highland, and the interstates.

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Chastain Park is one of the oldest and largest parks in the city of Atlanta.  The surrounding neighborhood is truly one of Atlanta’s most beautiful areas. Chastain Park offers extravagant amenities including a horse park, golf course, neighborhood swimming pool, fitness center and lastly, the incredible Chastain Park Amphitheatre. This venue has been annually voted one of the top outdoor venues in the country. Nothing compares to packing a gourmet picnic basket and sitting under the stars while enjoying a live concert. Whether it’s the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra or the hottest new pop star, Chastain Park Amphitheatre as well as the surrounding neighborhood is a classic. The in-town location makes the real estate in this area highly desirable and convenient

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It used to be the streets of downtown became deserted and dark after 7 p.m. Then came the 1996 Olympics and the revitalization of the area. Since then the draw of the live/work/play lifestyle has drawn residents to numerous downtown residential developments. Comprised of the Castleberry Hill, Centennial Hill, Centennial Place, Fairlie-Poplar, SoNo and Sweet Auburn neighborhoods, downtown offers everything from the nation’s first public housing project at Centennial Place to killer skyline views, with shops and restaurants at practically every doorstep. Downtown residents are minutes away from museums, the new World of Coca-Cola, the Georgia Aquarium, and lots more. Castleberry Hill, the city’s most complete warehouse district, is thriving with lofts, restaurants and art galleries popping up on every corner.

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Located approximately three miles east of Atlanta, East Atlanta Village is a diverse and friendly neighborhood with the traditional village like feeling. It offers matchless shops, services, and restaurants in a mini downtown setting. East Atlanta is one of in-town’s hottest real estate markets and was called “the best kept secret in Atlanta” by the Washington Post. East Atlanta regularly has Victorians, craftsmen’s, post-war homes, and new construction. Traveling to East Atlanta Village is no chore either because it is only a five minute ride down I-20 east. The in-town location makes the real estate in this area highly desirable and convenient.

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East Lake is one of Atlanta’s more historic neighborhoods. Located on the trendy but family oriented east side, East Lake is conveniently located 4.5 miles from downtown Atlanta. With its 1910 to 1940′s bungalows, cottages and convenience to local eateries, shops and transit MARTA, East Lake has enjoyed a rebirth in recent years. In more recent history, East Lake Golf Club has been restored to its former glory and is now permanent home to the annual PGA Tour Championship, which attracts top golfers from around the world. There is a state-of-the art YMCA, Drew Charter School, the Charlie Yates Golf Course, an 18 hole executive golf course (rated one of the 10 best in the US by a leading golf magazine), and new commercial development. Many of the old homes have been renovated and rebuilt, and East Lake is once again one of Atlanta’s most desirable intown neighborhoods. Make a home at East Lake, and enjoy the small town feel of a neighborhood without giving up the benefits of intown city life.

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Grant Park is also the in-town neighborhood surrounding Grant Park, and is Atlanta’s largest historic neighborhood. It includes the 88 acres or 35 hectares of Oakland Cemetery (established 1850), where Margaret Mitchell, Bobby Jones, 25 former mayors of Atlanta, six former governors of Georgia, and many Civil War dead are buried. It also includes the Atlanta Stockade, Fort Walker, and the Grant Mansion for which the area was named. The Grant Park Neighborhood Association represents local residents. The in-town location makes the real estate in this area highly desirable and convenient.

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Located just east of Downtown Atlanta, Inman Park was Atlanta’s first planned “suburb”.  Developed by Joel Hurt in 1887, the original 138 acre neighborhood was the first naturalistic suburb plan south of the Mason-Dixon line.  The centerpiece of the neighborhood was ten-acre Springvale Park, designed by Frederick Law Olmsted.  Inman Park is noted for its annual Spring Festival, which features the largest street market in the city, a tour of the neighborhoods’ historic homes and a colorful parade. The in-town location makes the real estate in this area highly desirable and convenient.

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Just south of “the Highlands” lies a neighborhood with more attitude per square acre than perhaps the rest of the city combined. Geographically named Little Five Points, this mixture of secondhand shops sprang up around the corner from where Euclid and McLendon Avenues converge on busy Moreland Avenue. Since the designation “Five Points” was long-ago granted to the downtown train station where the five main MARTA lines come together, the five points formed by this busy east-side intersection assumed the nickname Little Five Points, or more easily put, L5P.  Touching on the old neighborhoods of Inman Park and Candler Park, much of the real estate in L5P is surprisingly priced well beyond the range of the young rebels that flock to its commercial district. Many nicely-restored bungalows and even post-Civil War era homes line the peaceful streets nearby, including a good number of respectable bed-and-breakfasts. Today L5P is a diverse and very unique neighborhood that has somehow managed to hold on through the thick and thin of the economy.

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Loring Heights is the buffer zone between Midtown and Buckhead, tucked away just a few blocks west of Peachtree near the Brookwood split. Previously known as a first-house neighborhood for working couples or employees of the Atlantic Steel plant, this intown neighborhood draws residents who are renovating to stay put when they have children. Many of the homes date to World War II but have little resemblance to the original two- and three-bedroom bungalows. Over the years, the bungalows have been renovated into much larger homes whose values have risen sharply in response to the intown housing demand. With the feel of a small village, the community is convenient, hidden and beautiful. You would never know you were in the middle of Atlantic Station, Northside Drive and I-75. The active homeowners association, Loring Heights Community Network, plans parties for Halloween and Christmas as well as play dates, family social events and moms’ nights out. It also works to ensure that high-quality development and infrastructure improvements go in around the neighborhood without destroying its integrity. Loring Heights borders on the north of the new Atlantic Station development, providing neighborhood residents pedestrian access to shopping, dining and entertainment.

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Second only to Buckhead, Midtown is the largest financial district in the city of Atlanta, Georgia. The area of Midtown is unofficially situated between the commercial and financial districts of Downtown and SoNo to the south and the affluent residential and commercial district of Buckhead to the north. This area measures approximately four square miles and has a resident population of 30,000 as stated by the Midtown Alliance Organization which oversees the wellbeing and development of the area.

Today Midtown is doing better than ever. Throughout the last decade this area has experienced incredible growth in the community with appreciating land and property values because in this urban setting land is a precious commodity. Recently residents have begun to return to the city following decades of suburban retreat from the city center, Midtown Atlanta offers an attractive mix of amenities and attractions, as well as proximity to downtown offices and destinations. The recent construction and opening of the Seventeenth Street Bridge over the Downtown Connector has reconnected Midtown with the west-side of the city. It connects Midtown to a new multi-billion dollar mixed-use development, called Atlantic Station, on the former site of the Atlantic Steel company, which is the site of new housing, office, and retail space. If you are searching for the truly urban feel of inner city living then Midtown will be right up your alley.

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The Morningside/Lenox Park community continues to thrive in the northeast corner of Atlanta. Just east of Ansley Park, west of Druid Hills, and North of the Highlands, Morningside is a phenomenal neighborhood to invest in real estate, raise a family or both.  Residents in the 1960s fought off the state DOT, which wanted to raze the neighborhood to build a highway. That legacy of strong civic spirit and involvement lives on today. People can be found gathering at the shopping center, Highland Walk, for everything from weekly trivia to the Morningside Organic Farmers Market on Saturday mornings when the weather gets warm. Known for good schools, real estate in Morningside can be pricey, but the homes are gorgeous and always well-maintained in this friendly community.

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The Old Fourth Ward is a community rich in diverse culture and history.  The Old Fourth Ward is also rich in historic architecture boasting many beautifully restored Victorian and Craftsman style homes and commercial properties as well. This area played a significant part in both Atlanta and America’s history, namely as the place where Martin Luther King, Jr. was born and preached. The Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial is one of the most visited national parks in the United States. The Old Fourth Ward is located just east of downtown Atlanta, east of I-75 and north of Ralph McGill Blvd. The history and in-town location makes the real estate in this area highly desirable and convenient.

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Poncey-Highland is a neighborhood on the east side of Atlanta, Georgia, located south of Virginia-Highland . This Atlanta neighborhood was established between 1905 and 1930, and is bordered by Little Five Points to the east, the Old Fourth Ward and Midtown Atlanta to the west, Inman Park to the south, and Virginia Highland to the north at Virginia Avenue. Dating back to the early 20th century, the Poncey-Highland neighborhood features a number of landmarks, such as the Ford Motor Company Assembly Plant, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Others include the twenty-four hour Majestic Diner and the Plaza Theater, which has entertained Poncey-Highland moviegoers since 1939. Another of Poncey-Highland’s highlights, Manuel’s Tavern, is the site where Jimmy Carter announced his candidacy for governor in 1970. Poncey-Highland is home of the Jimmy Carter Presidential Library, established in 1982. Atlanta’s Freedom Park, one of the nation’s largest public green spaces, also passes through the area. The Virginia-Highlands, a popular retail and entertainment district, is nearby. The history and in-town location makes the real estate in this area highly desirable and convenient.

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Arguably the city’s most quiet yet sought-after address, the largely residential Virginia-Highland area has been called Atlanta’s answer to New York’s SoHo and Los Angeles’ Melrose Avenue. In the 1920s it was constructed to accommodate lower to middle income residents.  The two-bedroom bungalows that pepper this tree-lined corner of the near east side now fetch a quarter-of-a-million dollars and more.  Virginia-Highlands, or more commonly referred to as “the Highlands,” centers on the intersection of its namesake avenues, Virginia and North Highland, and concentrates its activity around three main hubs. Most points are within easy walking distance of the Jimmy Carter Center in Inman Park, Emory University in Druid Hills, and Piedmont Park in Midtown. For the past fifty  years, the prevailing atmosphere has gone from staunch middle class to economically-depressed to an avant-garde reclamation phase to a solid enclave of the in-town upwardly-mobile. Today, young professional couples live alongside the older entrenched crowd that smartly held onto their once slumping yet now-booming properties.

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