Alpharetta has transitioned from a sleepy community of horse pastures to a traffic-clogged outpost of affluence in record time.

Avondale Estates

Artsy beer-loving types populate this picturesque small town just east of Decatur.


The rapidly developing enclave is filling up with big-box amenities interspersed with a handful of local businesses.


Atlanta’s other skyline, Buckhead is a culture clash of progress and tradition with swanky high-rises and neighborhood charm.

Buford Highway

A mecca for delicious, exotic, cheap food, and adventurous shopping opportunities


A charmingly dense and notoriously artsy enclave

Candler Park

A mellow, tight-knit residential community next door to Little Five Points


Stretching from the West End southwest to I-285, the Cascade corridor is the historic habitat of Atlanta’s black power elite.

Castleberry Hill

Castleberry Hill is ground zero for creatives on the come-up.


Chamblee’s heart lies in the Antiques Row of its historic business district.


A post-hipster nesting place meets an international melting pot.

College Park/East Point/Hapeville

Renovated storefronts and modern restaurants are beginning to resurface without sacrificing the small-town feel.


Progressive enclave of quaint homes, great restaurants, a walkable downtown, and residents who are protective of their communities.


Downtown Atlanta boasts history, density, and — if the city doesn’t turn its back on the area — seemingly unlimited potential.

Druid Hills/Emory

A kind of middle ground to the landscaped estates of Buckhead and the casual atmosphere of Decatur


At the outermost ring of Atlanta suburbia, Duluth is a place of odd juxtapositions.


Despite Dunwoody’s rep as a wealthy and somewhat stiff suburb, it also spawned members of Deerhunter, the Black Lips, and more.

East Atlanta/Ormewood Park

Dingy bars, decent shops and restaurants, and plenty of hipsters

Grant Park

This leafy neighborhood boasts one of Atlanta’s grandest parks.

Inman Park

Where members of the city’s creative class go when they hit the big time. Inman Park offers a front row seat to the Beltline boom.


This one-time railroad town has blossomed with subdivisions, strip malls, and students thanks to Kennesaw State University.


A fascinating hodgepodge of restored two-story homes, old rooming houses, and quaint bungalows surrounds a blossoming downtown.

Little Five Points

Atlanta’s answer to Haight-Ashbury with the best record shopping, coffee sipping, and people watching anywhere inside the Perimeter.


Anchored by a charming town square with impressive historic sites, the city remains a diamond in the roughs of suburbia.


The once-seedy neighborhood has been transformed into a transit-connected, walkable community with high-rises and shops.


Like many of metro Atlanta's historic towns that have now been engulfed by suburban sprawl, Norcross was once a railroad hub.

Old Fourth Ward

The historic neighborhood of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., Old Fourth Ward has become a bustling nightlife district.


A small neighborhood with a lot going on, from movies at the deco-chic Plaza Theatre to drinks at political haunt Manuel’s Tavern.


More than most metro ’burbs, Roswell represents a jumble of old Southern charm and new immigrant flavor.

Sandy Springs

Its active community organizations and selection of locally owned restaurants keeps Sandy Spring's suburban homogeneity in check.


Smyrna and Vinings have grown into notable destinations, thanks in part to newer home developments and upscale shopping and dining.

Stone Mountain

Exceptional thrift store shopping and one giant mound of granite.

Toco Hills/Sage Hill

An older neighborhood composed largely of ranch houses on sleepy, winding subdivision streets.


Decent dive bars and hidden-gem restaurants


A walkable ’hood with restaurants, boutiques, and bars. To the north, Morningside remains a dreamy and pricey family destination.

West End/Atlanta University Center

The West End also runneth over with culture and the largest conglomerate of historically black colleges and universities in the nation.


The Westside serves a hefty platter of top-tier dining, arts, and nightlife destinations for the city at large.