Atlanta neighborhood guide

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

 Downtown Atlanta Skyscrapers in the Evening

Thereโ€™s no denying it: Atlanta is a hot market. That means if youโ€™re looking to buy, it helps to know whatโ€™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 youโ€™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 Atlantaโ€™s sprawl, โ€œdrive until you qualifyโ€ 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.

โ€œPeople may have an image of sleepy, bedroom communities out in the Atlanta suburbs,โ€ explains Brad N., a Real Estate Professional in Atlanta. โ€œBut in neighborhoods like Woodstock, youโ€™ll find a thriving, vibrant community thatโ€™s walkable, connected to nature, and boasts a great local restaurant and brewery scene. Youโ€™ll also find homes at a variety of price points and styles, from houses to condos to apartments.โ€

Research the market

Whether youโ€™re looking in the heart of Atlanta or have expanded your search to communities farther out, itโ€™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 youโ€™re considering using the Better Market Report. Just enter the zip code of any area youโ€™re interested in, and youโ€™ll get some quick stats on how its housing market has performed in the past and present.

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