Although the city of Atlanta, Georgia was officially founded in 1847, you couldn't tell it by the number of new residents deciding to call it home. A matter of fact, the Atlanta Metro Area was recently named the third fastest growing metro area in all of the United States. How did it get there?
Shortly after hosting the 1996 Summer Olympic Games, Altanta began a transformation to modernize the city; starting with converting the dilapidated freight line loop into the BeltLine: 1300 acres of parks, art and activities for residents and tourists alike. It was an effort that paid off, and paid off BIG. Not only with an influx of new residents, an opening up of jobs, but also in terms of new, exciting opportunities for the city as a whole. For example, Atlanta has shifted to being the “Hollywood of the South,” where plenty of recognizable titles are filmed there.
But more importantly for the move-curious: Atlanta has plenty of opportunity in terms of employment, including a staggering number of businesses from the Fortune 100 list that call Atlanta home. From stalwarts like Coca-Cola and Delta Airlines, to 21st century companies like Cartoon Network's Adult Swim.
But what about Atlanta's neighborhoods? Here's the 411 on the 404 (that's Atlanta's original area code, by the way)!
1. East Point
Located near the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, this neighborhood provides a good opportunity for first time home owners; bungalows and cottages can be found in the area.. Oz Pizza stands out as a local favorite dining spot.
2. West End
This community has a draw for its close proximity to the BeltLine. Among the standard housing fare one might expect, it's also notable for its selection of Queen Anne Victorian Homes. With extensive service from the MARTA Rail , it is connected, yet close enough to trails to really have the best of both worlds. Popular eateries include Lean Draft House and the Elliot Street Deli & Pub. On the entertainment and cultural front, notable writer Joel Chandler Harris's home, the Wren's Nest, is a popular historical destination.
This variety of this neighborhood is key – you can find single-bedroom apartment about as easy as a cul-de-sac nestled large family home. The “Debbie Downer?” It isn't as connected with MARTA as the West End. Actually it's pretty unconnected, to be honest. But it does have the distinction of being close to SunTrust Park: home to the Altanta Braves baseball team. Tacos la Villa is a must-try in the area.
Decatur is unique in a number of ways. One is that it has recovered, in a great resurgence, from it's low-point in property values of the 1960s and 1970s. Long term development in the area has given it quite the boon – landing it as mixed-use area that has made it popular amongst its younger inhabitants due to its energetic nightlife, flourishing festival and art scene, breweries, as well as copious eateries (The Kimball House is a local favorite). Residents of Decatur are proud that it has its own autonomous small town feel, even though it resides entirely within metro Atlanta. And, unlike other neighborhoods, transit to the downtown Atlanta area is easy to come by.
So Atlanta has plenty to offer a new resident – history, baseball, fine art, a chance to see a star from Stranger Things or The Walking Dead... it's got it all! Once you've found your perfect abode in Dogwood City, be sure to give us a call so we can help you get your stuff there (minus the hassle – we recommend you leave that behind)!