I’m New to Atlanta: How Should I Pick a Neighborhood?

The U.S. Census estimated that in 2019, around 284,000 people moved to Georgia, and many of them came to Metro Atlanta. With a booming housing market and job relocation opportunities, Atlanta was one of the fastest-growing cities in the south. The migration continues today for many reasons, and if you’re part of that group, you may have some questions about living in Atlanta. If you’re new to the city, you may be wondering how to pick a neighborhood with so many areas of town to consider. Here are a few ideas to get you started. 


The first step to finding your perfect neighborhood in the Atlanta area is to decide how close you need to be to areas of town or your workplace. For example, if you need to spend time at Emory University for a job or classes, you may choose the Decatur or Druid Hills area. 


Choosing the best schools for your children will also play a big part in your choice of neighborhood. You can search websites like Niche.com to learn more about school districts, private schools, or other resources for education to choose a community that fits your children’s needs. 


Maybe you’re looking for a specific lifestyle, such as access to bars and restaurants or green spaces. For instance, Buckhead is considered lavish and trendy. Summerhill is a diverse and historic neighborhood. East Atlanta is home to several popular bars and clubs and hosts the East Atlanta Strut festival each year. Old Fourth Ward has been recently renovated and is attracting younger homebuyers. Whatever lifestyle you’re looking for, there’s an Atlanta neighborhood to match. 


We think of “amenities” in terms of renting, but you can explore neighborhood amenities from anywhere. For example, do you love a farmers’ market? Morningside hosts a farmers’ market with live entertainment every summer. Atlantic Station has access to mixed-use living, shops, restaurants, and green spaces. Some neighborhoods have a community pool for homeowners. 


If nature is your top priority, several Atlanta neighborhoods offer walking trails or parks. Lullwater Preserve on the campus of Emory University features hiking and biking trails, so an area with access such as North Decatur or Druid Hills may be a great place. There are also many communities along the Atlanta Beltline. 

Popular Neighborhoods

We’ve given you a few teasers to help you make your decision. The next step is to check out some of the Atlanta neighborhoods and talk to a real estate professional to learn more. Some popular neighborhoods around Atlanta include: 

  • Collier Hills
  • Morningside
  • Druid Hills
  • Candler Park
  • Brookwood
  • Virginia Highlands
  • East Atlanta
  • Brookhaven
  • Decatur

And more! 

Do you want to know more about the Atlanta area neighborhoods? 

Maison Atlanta & Co is a full-service real estate company with over 100 years of combined experience buying and selling homes in any market. As a member of Compass, Maison Atlanta and Co has innovation and technology at our fingertips to help our clients meet and exceed their real estate goals and expectations. Call us today.