Atlanta neighborhood guide

Published August 1, 2018
Lauren Michael (NMLS ID: 1705573)
by Lauren Michael (NMLS ID: 1705573)

 Downtown Atlanta Skyscrapers in the Evening

There’s no denying it: Atlanta is a hot market. That means if you’re looking to buy, it helps to know what’s out there. First, get pre-approved by a lender to understand your true home buying budget. Then, find an experienced real estate agent and explore the areas you’re considering. Not sure exactly where to start the search? This quick guide to Atlanta neighborhoods will help you find the perfect place to call home.


Brookhaven, Chamblee, Buckhead, Smyrna, Midtown, Old Fourth Ward, Hills Park, Gresham Park

Up-and-coming (with affordable options)

Northern Chamblee, Dunwoody, Doraville, Lake Claire, Briarcliff


Johns Creek, Suwanee, Dunwoody, Oak Grove, Decatur, Smyrna, Vinings, Roswell, Chamblee

For couples

Brookhaven, Decatur, Dunwoody, Buckhead, Midtown, Virginia Highlands, Old Fourth Ward

Starter homes

Doraville, North Chamblee, Gresham Park, Hills Park, Briarcliff


Buckhead (Central Buckhead, East Buckhead/Ridgewood Heights, Lenox/Phipps Mall), Midtown, Dunwoody

Good investments (potential for high resale value)

North Chamblee, Doraville, Briarcliff

Consider expanding your search

Given Atlanta’s sprawl, “drive until you qualify” has long been the adage for homebuyers who want both affordability and proximity to downtown. Driving just 25 minutes northwest of the city to neighborhoods like Marietta, Woodstock, and Canton can open up a range of options for first-time homebuyers.

“People may have an image of sleepy, bedroom communities out in the Atlanta suburbs,” explains Brad N., a Real Estate Professional in Atlanta. “But in neighborhoods like Woodstock, you’ll find a thriving, vibrant community that’s walkable, connected to nature, and boasts a great local restaurant and brewery scene. You’ll also find homes at a variety of price points and styles, from houses to condos to apartments.”

Research the market

Whether you’re looking in the heart of Atlanta or have expanded your search to communities farther out, it’s important to understand local market trends. Those stats can help you determine if a neighborhood is in your budget, how much you should offer in competitive areas, and everything in between. You can get a real-time market profile of neighborhoods you’re considering using the Better Market Report. Just enter the zip code of any area you’re interested in, and you’ll get some quick stats on how its housing market has performed in the past and present.

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