Below, I have listed a number of neighborhoods where my clients have bought or sold homes. I have written a little description of each (with the help of Wikipedia because there you can find off the wall information that is fun and interesting.) Enjoy!
Developed between 1905 and 1908, this extremely nice neighborhood was the first “suburban” neighborhood of Atlanta to be designed for automobiles rather than streetcars. The long winding roads of Ansley Park take you by local small landscaped parks, beautiful homes, Ansley Golf Course and around Atlanta Botanical Gardens. Pop out on Peachtree or Piedmont and you are close to everything! It is a lovely neighborhood to peruse and is a designated Historic District by the National Register of Historic Places.
Avondale Estates is a small city located in the Decatur area where they boast “diversity in every way, while valuing their traditions and embracing new opportunities”. Avondale has a small town feel –and yet, close to in-town Atlanta. There are some gorgeous homes, some fun restaurants, and some serious cops so don’t speed.
Largely located in “uptown” Atlanta, Buckhead supposedly gets its name from a story of Henry Irby, who had a general store and tavern at what is now the intersection of West Paces Ferry Road and Roswell Road. He killed a large buck deer and placed the head in a prominent location and thus became the area known as “buck-head.” My friend, Courtney, who lived in Chastain Park in Buckhead before moving to Woodstock…also wants you to know that Chastain is the largest park in Atlanta with some 260+ acres of parkland. Buckhead also boasts the North Fulton Golf Course, a fabulous public golf course which is located in the heart of Chastain Park. The park also features Chastain Amphitheater, one of Atlanta’s premiere outdoor venues. Buckhead is a large oasis for many of its residents!
Cabbagetown is a funky little neighborhood consisting of 8 total blocks near the heart of Downtown Atlanta. It surrounds what was once the Fulton Bag and Cotton Mill which began in 1881. The workers who lived in Cabbagetown were mainly from the Appalachian Mountains — and some of the descendents still live there today. The shot-gun houses were built to house the workers and like most mill towns, the streets are narrow as heck. Cabbagetown is home to Carroll Street which boasts great restaurants, bars and shops. It has a lively artist community and the Fulton Bag and Cotton Mill has been made into great lofts and apartments.
Home of the original Flying Biscuit, Candler Park is a great neighborhood surrounding—you guessed it, the actual Candler Park—a 55 acre City of Atlanta Park that includes a 9 hole golf course, tennis courts, a swimming pool, and an athletic field. Candler Park offers residents everything from bungalows to Victorian homes and is a cool in-town neighborhood.
Known for its fabulous warehouse lofts, Castleberry Hill is located close to the Central Business District. This City of Atlanta Landmark District (which preserves the neighborhood in its original form) has become the place for great art crawls and wonderful refurbished old brick warehouses that house true city lofts. You must go to the Art Stroll every 4th Friday of the month.
Located between downtown Atlanta and Stone Mountain, this wonderful little city has so much to offer. Great schools, fabulous homes, and a kickin’ business district—it is certainly a great place to live, work, and play. The City of Decatur has a few different neighborhoods to choose from—including Great Lakes, Glenwood Heights, Winnona Park, and Oakhurst to name a few—and all are extremely popular. The Decatur Square has plenty of amazing restaurants, bars, and shops, and Alison and I enjoy walking Moby and Little Girl around this fine city.
While Downtown has often been known for its businesses, the CNN building, or Centennial Olympic Park, it has slowly but surely started offering Atlantans and all of our guests so much more. We now boast the Civil Rights Museum, the College Football Hall of Fame, The Georgia Aquarium, the World of Coca-Cola and more. Extremely nice condos and lofts have popped all over the downtown area—which includes Five-Points, Fairlie-Poplar and Centennial Hill. Many classy restaurants and bars are open and more and more residents are finding themselves Downtown rather than just in Midtown and Buckhead.
Druid Hills was a planned community in the late 19th century and was developed with the help of some of Atlanta’s leading families, including Coca-Cola founder Asa Candler. It contains many of Atlanta’s historic mansions from the late 19th and early 20th century. The neighborhood was designed by Frederick Law Olmsted (who also co-designed Central Park in NYC) and includes a string of parks along Ponce de Leon Avenue, which was designated as Druid Hills Parks and Parkways and listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1975. Besides having amazing homes and parks, Druid Hills is also home to Atlanta’s Emory University.
East Atlanta Village
The Village—as the locals call it—consists of an array of bars, restaurants, coffee shops, stores, and everything else in between. Located across I-20, this area has seen a massive resurgence in the past few years. Lots of good homes are to be had here! East Atlanta is home to several wonderful events throughout the year including the East Atlanta Beer Festival, East Atlanta Strut and Battle of East Atlanta. The Village also boasts one of the best Farmers Markets around on Thursday evenings from April to December!
East Lake is one of Atlanta’s more historic neighborhoods — and my own neighborhood. Located on east side of the city, East Lake has lots of 1940’s bungalows, cottages, and of course, new construction. Like most of the East Atlanta area, East Lake has enjoyed a major rebirth in recent years. The neighborhood of East Lake is on part of a plantation owned by Civil War Col. Robert A. Alston, whose home, known as Meadow Nook, still stands across from the East Lake Golf Course. This home was built in 1856 for his South Carolina bride, and was occupied, but not destroyed, during the Civil War. It is the second oldest home in Atlanta, and one of the few that Union General Sherman and his troops did not burn. How cool is that?
Edgewood and Reynoldstown
These tightknit neighborhoods are located on the East side of the city between Kirkwood and Cabbagetown. Edgewood, until the early 1900’s, was actually in and of itself a small town and Reynoldstown was founded by freed slaves after the Civil War. How about that for education?! Both communities boast shot gun homes, bungalows, and lofts and condos. Easy peasy access to the Beltline which intersects Reynoldstown. These neighborhoods are so close to Downtown and all Atlanta has to offer!
Grant Park is a neighborhood surrounding, you guessed it again—Grant Park, the oldest park in our city. Grant Park is Atlanta’s largest historic neighborhoods and not only has a fabulous park to play in, but also is the home of Atlanta Zoo and the famous Cyclorama.
Home to one of the best (if not the best) neighborhood festivals, Inman Park is a neighborhood that boasts gorgeous and marge refurbished Victorian and Craftsman homes. Inman Park continues to grow and offer more in-town condo and apartment living close to oh so much ATL. The neighborhood also boasts some of the best restaurants in the city, the Eastside Beltline, and the new Krog Street Market.
In the past few years, the “downtown” area of Kirkwood has just blossomed into “the small town in the big city.” Hosting its own post office, fire station, police precinct and public library, the area along Hosea Williams Drive also includes lots of shopping, great bars, coffee shops, and restaurants. It is a wonderful community and the neighborhood is close knit.
Lake Claire sits below Candler Park and not on any lake. In fact, there is not lake to be found here. The name comes from an old intersection of Lakeshore and Claire Drives. A wonderful neighborhood with great homes, and easy access to the Path, parks, and of course, The Flying Biscuit.
Little Five Points
What can I say about Little Five Points? There is the big skull of the Vortex Bar and Grill, there is the Junkman’s Daughter store, and then there are all the bars. There are also a lot of wonderful independent shops—and you are never bored if you go shopping in this area. Never. Always good people watching.
Midtown Atlanta has in the past 10 or so years been a fast-growing community with some serious appreciating land and property values as residents have moved from the burbs back in-town. Midtown offers a fabulous mix of restaurants, museums, shops, and of course plenty of extremely nice condos and homes – all within walking distance to Marta.
Like most in-town Atlanta neighborhoods, these neighborhoods used to have a street car! Don’t we wish we lived back then! Close to Virginia Highland, Ansley Park, and Druid Hills, this gorgeous neighborhood is nestled close to all things Midtown. Our second Keller Knapp office is located in the Morningside/Virginia Highland area and we are thrilled to be in this area. Old growth trees, brick bungalows and many craftsman style homes – as well as traditional foursquare homes- are found in this neighborhood.
Oakhurst is like a little urban Mayberry in the City of Decatur. The original Keller Knapp office is located in an old Sinclair gas station in the business district in Oakhurst, so I am here everyday with the pups. The neighborhood is walkable, friendly, and quiet. We enjoy hanging out at our favorite Mexican, Mescalitos or getting a wonderful pasta dish at Saba. Building has exploded in this area in the past couple of years and many of the older smaller homes have made way to much larger homes. Walk or bike to pretty much any school in the city of Decatur – including Oakhurst Elementary and the 4th and 5th Grade Academy located smack dab in the middle of this neighborhood!
Old 4th Ward
If there is one in-town neighborhood that has seen and continues to see such an amazing resurgence, it is the Old 4th Ward. Home of Martin Luther King Jr. and his family, this historic and wonderfully diverse neighborhood just keeps growing. Close to Inman Park and the Virginia Highlands, there are tons of restaurants and shops and certainly a sense of community abounds here. The East Side Beltline path runs straight through this neighborhood and the Krog Street Market is right around the corner.
The Ormewood Park area — in between Grant Park and East Atlanta — was once the territory of the Creek Indian Nation until around 1825 when the Governor of Georgia began forcing the Creek from their lands. After the Indians were booted out, many residents of Atlanta began constructing Victorian homes in that area – and after World War I, there was a construction boom in Ormewood during which Craftsman style homes, shotgun style homes and small brick bungalows were constructed. Ormewood, like most neighborhoods in Atlanta, has gorgeous old growth trees everywhere.
Freedom Park runs directly through this neighborhood only 2 miles from Downtown and nestled south of Ponce de Leon. Nestled in the middle of great intown neighborhoods, Poncey-Highland is rich in the amenities of urban living such as great restaurants, cool shops and galleries, lively sidewalk activity, great schools, easy access to interstates and transit, and a variety of housing options including historic and new single family homes, condominiums, and apartments. Major growth continues here with the new Ponce City Market.
This amazing neighborhood began as a streetcar community and has seen tremendous growth the past ten years. Packed with bars, restaurants, shops and very close to Piedmont Park, this charming neighborhood is always packed with people, their dogs, and their kids! It is a beautiful historic neighborhood developed in the early 1900’s.