The City of Atlanta is composed of 25 neighborhood planning units, with 242 neighborhoods officially recognized by the city government. The term “district” in Atlanta is generally used for small areas within the official neighborhoods. If you’re moving to Atlanta, or are currently here and simply want to explore your city, check out these better-known neighborhoods and districts.
Ansley Park was established from 1904 to 1908 as an alternative to Inman Park, and is known today as one of the finest and wealthiest neighborhoods in Atlanta. It was the first Atlanta suburban neighborhood designed for automobiles. Its notable historic buildings include Habersham Memorial Hall, and the First Church of Christ, Scientist building.
Atlantic Station was constructed in the mid-2000’s, as one of the first mixed-use neighborhoods. It’s located near Midtown, and includes many shops, restaurants, and more. It’s home to the first IKEA in the Southeast, and also became large enough to have its own zipcode. Its Central Park was modeled after New York’s version, and is where many concerts are played.
Just north of Buckhead is Brookhaven, a growing area with new businesses and restaurants setting up shop. It’s home to beautiful Oglethorope University, Cinesbistro, (a theatre, bar and restaurant all in one) and much more.
Buckhead is known for its lavish, luxurious estates, and was built around 1911 as a place for the wealthy to build summer homes to escape the city. Tuxedo Park is the epitome of its luxury. The Swan House, which is part of the Atlanta History Center is located in Buckhead.
Its historic district was built on and around where the Rolling Mill was built in 1858, which was destroyed during the Civil War, and replaced by another mill in 1881 that still exists. Wooden houses were built for its employees, through the 1930’s.
Designed by the architect of Central Park in New York, there’s a unique system to the layout of Druid Hills. Nearly all the homes were mansions, some of which are still in existence today, like the Candlers’ Lullwater House, Lullwater Estate, (originally called Rainbow Terrace) and Asa Candler’s Briarcliff Estate. The Druid Hills Golf Club is also there, as well as Emory University.
Grant Park is the fourth largest park in the city at 131 acres, and it encompasses one of Atlanta’s oldest neighborhoods. Many of its buildings were constructed from the late 19th to early 20th century, including its mansions and bungalows. Grant Park features Zoo Atlanta, the Cyclorama, Oakland Cemetery, the Atlanta Stockade, Fort Walker, and what’s left of Lemuel P. Grant’s mansion from 1858, which was mostly destroyed during the Civil War.
The first suburb of Atlanta due to the streetcar being built. Some notable historic buildings include the Ernest Woodruff House, Joel Hurt House, Asa G. Candler House, and the original Trolley Barn. Little Five Points is one of its best-known features, which is teeming with quirky, artsy, and eclectic shops and restaurants like the Vortex and the Porter Beer Bar. The gourmet food hall Krog Street Market is also located there.
The Georgia Aquarium, the World of Coca-Cola, the Civil Rights Museum, the Fox Theatre, the High Museum of Art, Centennial Olympic Park, the Atlanta Botanical Garden, the William Breman Jewish Heritage Museum, Georgia Tech, Savannah College of Art & Design, Piedmont Park, the Varsity, the Capitol, the Margaret Mitchell House, Rhodes Hall, and the Atlanta Biltmore Hotel are all located in the heart of Atlanta.
Old Fourth Ward
Martin Luther King Jr.’s old childhood home is in Old Fourth Ward, as well as the Beltline, which cuts through the middle of it. Sister Louisa’s Church of the Ping Pong Emporium, Two Urban Licks, and Ponce City Market are popular locations here too.
Ormewood Park/Glenwood Park
A sort of sleepy area, with many Craftsman homes from the 1920’s, as well as shotgun style and brick bungalow homes. Ormewood Park is the most historically unscathed of the 45 neighborhoods along the Beltline. Planned community Glenwood Park is one of its newest sections, completed around 2006. It boasts green space, retail and dining options, and a town square, and it sits on the Beltline.
the majority of homes in Virginia Highland were Craftsmen bungalows built between 1909 and 1926. Its Highland Avenue is host to many top restaurants, specialty stores, and nightlife second only to Buckhead.
WestSide is the location of a lot of Atlanta’s Civil War history. In fact, the Norfolk Southern rail lines that cut through WestSide are what General Sherman used when he captured Atlanta. Some of its historic buildings have been restored and converted into some hip locations; several big-name tech companies’ offices are located here (including Facebook), as well as some craft breweries. Some of the restaurants located here include Amelie’s French Bakery, Antico, Bacchanalia, Bartaco, JCT Kitchen, Marcel, Miller Union, Nuevo Laredo Cantina, Octane Coffee, The Optimist, Pauley’s Crepe Bar, and West Egg. Some fun things to do include the Goat Farm Arts Center, King Plow Arts Center, Ormsby’s, Terminal West, Top Golf, and Washington Park.
One of Atlanta’s earliest neighborhoods, from around the 1830’s. It was named after London’s theatre district. The population grew rapidly to 22,000 by 1930. One of the most famous homes in West End is Joel Chandler Harris’, the author of the Uncle Remus Tales. The Hammonds House Museum is located there, which displays African American fine art.