Moving to Atlanta in 2019?  Here’s What you Need to Know!!

Atlanta is an amazing city with so much to offer.  From sports, to shopping, to the diversity of various neighborhoods throughout, Atlanta is a city worthy of establishing residence in.  Read on for some exciting information about the great city of Atlanta!

First, we’d like to breakdown some of Atlanta’s neighborhoods, to help you get an idea of some of the attributes they have to offer residents.

Buckhead

Buckhead is known for offering a very upscale living experience, in fact, some have compared it to a Beverly Hills.  This neighborhood can further be broken down into over 40 sub-neighborhoods, including, but not limited to: Wildwood, Kingswood, Brookhaven, and Chastain Park.

Buckhead is known for its upscale shopping options, fine dining, beautiful hotels, and art galleries.  This area of Atlanta is also popular with tourists visiting the city. It has a large variety of bars and clubs to satisfy those with a craving for excellent nightlife. 

Some tantalizing eateries in Buckhead include a few of these options.  King + Dukefeatures a lot of meat options, such as duck dishes, with a cool open-fire hearth.  Bangkok Stationserves Thai food in a beautiful patio setting.  Their menu includes dishes such as Chicken Curry, Green Curry, Pad Krapow, Drunken Man Noodle, and much more.  Haven Restaurant and Baris known for amazing brunch in Brookhaven.  It is always very crowded on weekends, so reservations are highly recommended.

This neighborhood is also known for options that outdoor-lovers look for such as Chastain Park where you can find a three-mile walkway for jogging or walking, baseball fields, and a golf course to name a few.

There are a variety of living options here as well, that work both for families, as well as young professionals looking for all that the city has to offer.   There is a mix of single-family homes, studio apartments, as well as condos. Prices can start lower around $150,000, moving upwards into the millions. 

Midtown

If you move south of Buckhead, but stay north of downtown, you’ll find the vibrant neighborhood of Midtown Atlanta.  If you are looking for art and culture to be a part of your living space, Midtown is an excellent option.  Here you’ll find establishments such as The Museum of Design Atlanta, Fox Theater, High Museum of Art, and the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, to name a few.

Midtown is great mix of commercial and residential with a large park in the middle called Piedmont Park.  It is near the Atlanta Botanical Gardens and was recently expanded in 2011. Piedmont Park links several other neighborhoods as well.

Like Buckhead, one can also find plenty of great restaurants and bars to enjoy nightlife here.  A few restaurant options include but are not limited to: Ecco Midtown (continental menu), South City Kitchen (upscale southern food), and Pasta Du Pulcinella (Italian cuisine).

Living wise, Midtown features many great apartment living options, as well as single-family homes for rent or to buy.  For instance, Alexan on 8thoffers studio and one, two, or three-bedroom apartment options.  They also offer move-in rental specials. Other options include residences for sale at the Harper on Piedmont, Tuscany, and Luxe, to name a few.  To tour these buildings or to find out more on layout and prices, please contact Atlanta Area Listings.

Smyrna

Looking to live in the Atlanta Metro area but want more of suburb feel?  Smyrna might be the perfect fit.  This laid-back city is found about 10 miles northwest of Atlanta.  Here you can enjoy all that the area has to offer but living in Smyrna will allow you to avoid some of the traffic naturally found in the city limits.  Smyrna has a lot of offer residents.

Smyrna is known for the Jonquil City Historical Trail, which is a walking tour that one can take to find out about some of the historical sites popular to the community.  During this tour, you can find out about the Pace Family Homestead, Smyrna Memorial Cemetery, a civil war battlefield, Smyrna’s Frist Bank, and much more!  What a great way to really get to know the city and is rich history!

In addition, Smyrna also boats a beautiful downtown area that really encourages its citizens to come together.  Here you can find the 20thCentury Veteran’s Memorial and the Village Green, which is home to the town’s arboretum, library, and community center.  Furthermore, in downtown Smyrna you can find the Market Village, which is a beautiful development of office space, townhomes, and retail space.  All of these come together to make Smyrna a great place with a lot to offer and a lot of potential for future growth.  To find out about more information about Smyrna, please visit their official website athttps://www.smyrnaga.gov/.

Smyrna is growing with a lot of new homes as options for buyers.  The Enclave at Belmont Commons has properties for sale ranging in prices from $398K-$490K. Smyrna Grove has beautifully constructed single-family homes starting at $384K.  If you’re looking for a new townhome, the Gates at King Springs have options for sale.  Atlanta Area Listings can help you navigate properties for sale in Smyrna!!

Decatur

Like Smyrna, Decatur has a definite advantage of being close to the city but offering a feeling all its own.  You can find Decatur in DeKalb Country about 5 miles northeast of downtown Atlanta.  It is a vibrant town with quite a bit of history embedded in there too!

It began back In Civil War era as a battle site and even before that, Native American trails crossed here.  As the years went on and Atlanta grew as a city, so did Decatur.  Residents of the town can easily access all that Atlanta has to offer by using the mass transit stops located here.

According to Niche, Decatur has been ranked as one of the top places to live in Georgia.  There are some cool things to check out here such as local parks, the Decatur Recreation Center, Dekalb Country Courthouse, Emory University, amazing downtown eateries and more.

Living wise, Decatur has mix of options.  From high end townhomes that have been newly constructed, to older single-family homes that have been refurbished, there is a price range for everyone.  There are quite a few listings for available properties in this community such as 320 Kings HWY, several homes on Maediris Dr, 239 Greenwood Circle, and much, much more. Let Atlanta Area Listings help you find the perfect home.  Visit us at https://atlantaarealistings.com/to view these and any other properties in the community. 

Vinings

Another area that is popular amongst Atlanta residents is Vinings.   It is not officially part of the Buckhead section, but many of the residents of Vinings enjoy amenities that those who live in Buckhead do, and vice versa.  This area is found by traveling just across the Chattahoochee River from the Buckhead sub-neighborhood of Pace. 

Since Vinings is based along the Chattahoochee River, you can find beautiful places to sit and enjoy watching the river, walking trails, such as The Silver Comet Trail which stretches over 12 miles, and Hermi’s Bridge.  The nature-enjoying aspect of Vinings is a large draw for residents in the Atlanta area.

Shopping is another big reason why this neighborhood is a popular one.  Cumberland Mall features over 100 stores for everything one might need including H and M, Macy’s, Sephora, White House Black Market, and more!  Moreover, the Vinings Jubilee is another hot spot that offers a mix of popular shopping options, specialty/boutique shops, businesses, and restaurants.

Like other neighborhoods in and around Atlanta, there are many great living options.  The average home price here is estimated to range from around $350K to $370K.  Condos, apartment and lofts are also among the rental and buying options here.  Atlanta Area Listings can help you with all your living-related questions and inquiries for this area of the city.

East Atlanta

East Atlanta has been gaining popularity over the past few years, especially amongst the millennial group.  This is due to the proximity to all that Atlanta as a whole has to offer, in addition to an overall reasonable cost of living.  This burrow of the city is known for a laid-back, Bohemian lifestyle, that also showcases a lot of amazing street art. It’s a neighborhood where you can find a plethora of indie shops, non-chain eateries, yoga studios and more!

Also, this neighborhood, which is commonly referred to as East Atlanta Village, or EAV for short, offers several fun-filled festivals throughout the year.  The EAV Farmers Market, which is fun for the whole family, is held from March through December (specific dates may vary). In addition to fresh food and produce for sale, there is face painting, music, picnic tables to visit and eat at, and more! 

The East Atlanta Craft Beer Festival is another awesome event that residents look forward to each year.  Those of age can try a variety of different beers, as well as enjoy live music!  The money that is raised from this festival goes back to organizations that help make the EAV a better place to live!

You can’t come to EAV and not try some of the local eateries.  Bansheerecently opened in 2017 and has a menu with food that is locally sourced, as well as offers homemade cocktails such as the Staccato, The Blackest Heart, and more!  There are also several late-night restaurants in this area such as: Seven Bar and Restaurant(3 p.m-2 a.m.), Grant Central Pizza East(11 a.m.-12 a.m.), and Argosy(5 p.m.-2:30 a.m.) to name a few!

Residence wise, EAV offers a lot of options to the right buyer or renter.  Check out options such as the Flats of East Atlanta, Villages of East Lake, and more! Visit https://atlantaarealistings.com/to help with more specific real estate questions or inquires.

Kirkwood

This is an up-and-coming neighborhood that can be found on Atlanta’s east side. It’s a perfect option for the person looking for something new and growing that also offers some history.  The Kirkwood neighborhood has roots going back as far as before the Civil War, as well as it being known for its use of streetcars back in the early 1900’s.

Since the early 2000’s, Kirkwood has been busy growing with salons, spas, coffee shops, bars, and restaurants, for example. Each year, they also host several festivals such as Kirkwood Family Find, which is an egg hunt held around Easter each year.  The B*ATL Eventis scheduled in July, and it celebrates the Civil War history there by showcasing re-enactment events, a 5K, dinners and more!

For the foodie who might be looking at some unique dining options in Atlanta, Kirkwood is an area that cannot be missed. For example, theFlying Biscuit Caféserves amazing breakfast and brunch dishes, such as the High Flyer Breakfast, Smoked Salmon Scramble, and much more!  Le Petit Marcheis a renowned restaurant and market in Kirkwood that is open 8-5 every day. It has a bit of a French flair with a mouth-watering menu of salads, sandwiches, French toast and much more. Check it out for breakfast, brunch, or a later lunch! 

Living in Kirkwood is a nice option for those looking to settle down in Atlanta.  Homes are available for rent or to own.  There are rental and buyers’ options at 190 Kirkwood Rd NE, properties on Clay Street, and much more!  Rental and purchase prices in the Kirkwood area are also affordable overall. Atlanta Area Listings will be able to happily help you with any real estate needs!

Grant Park

We’d like to add Grant Park to the list of amazing neighborhoods that Atlanta has to offer.  Like Kirkwood, it offers a lot of history.  It is the oldest Atlanta city park and is surrounded by beautiful Victorian style homes, as well as the historic Oakland Cemetery.  Grant Park is also the home of the historic St. Paul United Methodist Church.

One of the most popular attractions here is the Zoo Atlanta.  It is open for daily admission and offers yearly memberships.  Here you can see all your favorite zoo animals, as well as experience encounters with giant pandas, elephants and orangutans, listen to zoo keeper talks and much more!

Restaurant options are also aplenty in Grant Park.  Craving a burger?  Visit Grindhouse Killer Burgers and choose from the Hillbilly Style, Cowboy Style, Euro Style burgers, to name a few, as well as hot dogs, sides, chili, shakes and more.  Another tasty option in this neighborhood is Firepit Pizza Tavern.  They offer a fabulous menu of specialty pizzas, salads, soups, craft beers, wine, and more!

Residence wise, Atlanta Area Listings is available to help you find that perfect home, condo or apartment to fit your needs and budget.  Visit us at https://atlantaarealistings.com/.

Safety in Atlanta’s Neighborhoods

If you are going to live in an area, its human nature to question the safety there.  According to niche.com, which a popular site for comparing schools, communities, colleges, and much more, there are many areas in the Atlanta area which have very low crime rates.  We are including 10 of the safest:

  1. Collier Hills North
  2. North Buckhead
  3. Buckhead Forest
  4. Peachtree Heights East
  5. Brookwood Hills
  6. Peachtree Park
  7. Brookwood
  8. Chastain Park
  9. Druid Hills
  10. Buckhead Heights

As always, it is encouraged to talk to the law enforcement of any neighborhood you are considering for specific questions or figures rated to safety, crime, and more. This list is here to help provide a guide of places to check out.

Sports in Atlanta

The sports scene in Atlanta is one that will not disappoint.   Teams in various sports are represented here.  Let’s look at a few of the local teams you’ll be able to follow!

Atlanta BravesSpring is almost here, which means baseball season is right around the corner!  Fans of MLB can follow the Braves, which are set to host their 2019 Season Home Opener on Monday, April 1 against the Chicago Cubs.  The Braves play at SunTrust Park and are a part of the National League East. In fact, The Atlanta Braves won the NL East in 2018 and 2013 and have the most NL East titles overall with 13.

The Braves are managed by Brian Snitker, who was named NL Manager of the Year in 2018.  Tickets can be purchased as single-game options, group tickets, and A-List Memberships. To find out more information about the Atlanta Braves, please visit their official team website at https://www.mlb.com/braves.

 Atlanta Falcons- Are you a fan of the National Football League?  The Atlanta Falcons have been playing in the city since 1966 and are part of the NFC South Division.  The team plays their home games at Mercedes-Benz Stadium and have been led by head coach Dan Quinn since 2015. The Falcons’ Ticket options include buying for single games, group outing options, club and suite packages, season tickets and more. 

The 2019 season will begin in September, with home games against the Saints, Titans, and Jaguars, to name a few.  Since the NFL is currently in the offseason, the team will be working on signing new players during free agency, with talk that they’ll be acquiring new OL players.  Please check the Falcons’ website to find out more team related information, especially as it gets closer to the team reporting to training camp and getting ready for next fall’s season.  https://www.atlantafalcons.com.

Atlanta Hawks- If you are a follower of the NBA, you will be happy to know that Atlanta houses a team.  The Atlanta Hawks play at State Farm Arena in Atlanta and are part of the Eastern Conference, Southwest Division.  The team’s head coach is Lloyd Pierce and they won a Division Title as recent as 2015.  One of their biggest southeast rivalries is the Orlando Magic. The Hawks regular season is currently underway until playoffs start later in the spring.   If you are looking to purchase tickets for home games or to find out more team related information, please visit their website at https://www.nba.com/hawks.

Atlanta United FC– The city is also host to the Atlanta United, which is a men’s professional soccer team.  Atlanta United plays in the Eastern Conference that is part of the Major League Soccer, or MLS, as it is commonly known.  Atlanta United plays in a conference with 11 other teams such as Orlando City, Chicago, D.C United, Philadelphia and more!  The team has games currently going on with a schedule extending until Fall 2019.  Atlanta United has roster of 29 players and is coached by Frank de Boer.  To find out specific information about purchasing tickets, team info, and other news, please visit https://www.atlutd.com/.

Atlanta Dream– Atlanta is also home to a team representing the WNBA (Women’s National Basketball Association).  The Atlanta Dream was established here in 2008 and plays their home games at McCamish Pavilion.  The Dream is part of the Eastern Conference and their head coach is Nicki Collen.  The WNBA season begins in May, with the Dream’s home opener falling on May 24, 2019 against the Dallas Wings.  Other opponents throughout the season include the Seattle Storm, Indiana Fever, New York Liberty and more!  Single game ticket options are available as well as season tickets, Dream Mini Plans, and other options.  Please visit https://dream.wnba.com/for more team information!

Georgia State Panthers Men’s Basketball-In addition to the professional soccer, baseball, football, and basketball teams found in Atlanta, there are also chances to catch some college hoops.  The Panthers play in the Sunbelt Conference and recently won that conference’s regular season division title. The next stop for the team is to see how winning that title plays out for a bid to the NCAA post-season basketball tournament!

Home games for the team are played at GSU Sports Arena and the Panthers are led by head coach Ron Hunter, who has been in that position since 2011.  Tickets are available for the general public, as well as options for students of Georgia State.  If you’d like to find out more about the team or about purchasing tickets for next season, please visit http://www.georgiastatesports.com/SportSelect.dbml?DB_OEM_ID=12700&SPID=5655&SPSID=53527.

Georgia Tech Yellowjackets Women’s Basketball– The Georgia Tech women’s team also finds it home in Atlanta, playing its home games at McCamish Pavilion.  They are a Division 1 Basketball team that plays in the Atlantic Coast Conference, or the ACC, as it’s more commonly called.  The Yellowjackets recently had 2 players named to the ALL-ACC Academic Team.  Francesca Pan and Kierra Fletcher were recognized for their success in the classroom, in addition to their contributions on the basketball court. This team goes up against some tough opponents in the ACC such as Miami University, UNC, and more.   To find out more about the Georgia Tech women’s basketball program, please go to https://ramblinwreck.com/sports/w-baskbl/.

Atlanta Retail

Like major cities all over the country, retail options are a big draw in the city.  We’ve already mentioned some retail options within certain neighborhoods throughout the city. Let’s look at some more options here in Atlanta.

  • Lenox Square:  This mall is owned by Simon and features three large department stores as the mall’s anchor: Bloomindale’s, Macy’s and Neiman Marcus.  Lenox Square has a large selection of stores for everyone needs including the Gap, J.Crew, Coach, Adidas, Clarks, Club Monaco, Abercrombie and Fitch, Burberry and everything in between!
  • Lenox Square also features food stops and restaurants to satisfy many different cravings. A few options include but are not limited to: Rise Pies (handcrafted pizza), Five Guys (burgers), Starbucks, Amorino (gelato), The Cheesecake Factory and more!
  • Galleria Specialty Shops- This shopping/eating location can be found inside the Cobb Galleria Center.  It features some specialty shops such as the following: Anna’s Place (casual and work clothes for women), Design Faze Boutique (handcrafted bags, jewelry, some apparel), Men’s Gallery (specializing in men’s suits and alterations) and others.   Consumers can also find some restaurants such as China Sun Express, Subway and more.  The Galleria shops also house places that sell home furnishings as well as services such as Upscale Barber Shop, Hair Europa and more!  To find out about this retail location in full, please visit https://www.galleriaspecialtyshops.com
  • The Battery Atlanta– Battery ATL is an amazing way to not only shop, eat and socialize, but to also enjoy the nice weather Atlanta has to offer much of the year.The Battery features unique stores such as Baseballism (baseball related clothes and merchandise), Select Shades (sunglasses), Archer Paper Goods, and more!  
  • TheBattery ATL also has a plethora of special events such as Yoga, a farmer’s market, a cornhole league, concerts and more. This cool destination offers yummy eateries such as The El Felix (Tex-Mex cuisine), Cru Wine Bar (wine and cheeses and snacks), C. Ellet’s Steakhouse, and more. For a complete list of shops, restaurants and events offered at the Battery, please visit https://batteryatl.com/

While there isn’t enough time to list and discuss every retail option throughout Atlanta, note there are a plethora of options- whether you’re looking for your classic mall, outdoor market, or upscale shops, there is something for everyone here.

Dining Out in Atlanta

A city that has a plethora of dining options is a good thing, and that is what you’ll find in Atlanta.  We’d like to highlight a few places to check out here.

  1. Buford Highway- This Highway is a popular and well-traveled throughway in the city, and is home a long row of great restaurants.  We’d like to highlight a couple for you.  Of course, once you come down to Atlanta, you’ll have to try them all!
  • La Casona Columbian Restaurant– Located in Doraville, Georgia, this establishment offers Arapas, homemade empanadas, fresh guava juice, and other Columbian dishes. P      atrons here point out that that the food is very affordable and portions are large!
  • Havana Sandwich Shophas been up and running on Buford Hwy since 1976.  The Benedit family, who owns this eatery, first brought in Cuban food as a dining-out option in Atlanta.  This yummy restaurant serves Cuban sandwiches, empanadas, plates, and much more. Prices are great too!     
  • Other options along Buford highway include establishments such as Harmony Vegetarian, Sushi Hayakawa, El Rey del Taco, La Pastorcita and much, much more!  
  1. Krog St. Market- This cool food market/food hall is a must try in Atlanta.  It is built into an old Warehouse that can be traced back to 1889. Krog St. Market has been rated by Zagat and has been featured on the Travel Channel as well.  It has an inviting vibe that makes it a popular destination for food and drink. Some of the options here include the following: 
  •           Gu’s Dumpling’s– Szechuan food
  • The Little Tart Bakeshop– homemade pastries that feature local, organic ingredients
  • Superica– Tex-Mex cuisine  
  • Richards’ Southern Friedfried chicken with a flair
  • Many more options here for dining, as well as some retail and special events such as wine and beer tastings.
  • Visit  http://krogstreetmarket.com/  for more information
  1. Other dining options in Atlanta can be found by visiting sites such as yelp.com,https://www.atlanta.net/dining/downtown-restaurants/, and much more!  The city will hit any and all cuisine you’re craving!

 Business Overview for Atlanta

Atlanta and its metro area are thriving with large companies employing thousands of people in the area.  Atlanta is a popular place for companies and businesses to set up camp for several reasons.  First off, Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport is one of the busiest in the world, allowing for a lot of business travel in and out of the city.  Also, Georgia has one of the lowest corporate tax rates in the country of around 6%, which is a huge draw for large and small businesses alike.

Atlanta is home to many large companies, such as Delta Airlines Inc, which has its headquarters in Atlanta.  This company employs thousands in the area, from jobs working directly on the planes, to jobs that focus more on the business aspects of the airline, such as financial and business analysts.  In fact, over the next 3 years, Delta plans on adding thousands more employees in various positions.

Another large company that is headquartered in Atlanta is Home Depot.  With stores all over the country, this home improvement store, as of the end of 2016, was the biggest company in Georgia, based on revenue. By 2018, Home Depot as a whole was estimated to be making around $100 billion in revenue.

In addition to Home Depot and Delta Airlines, another Fortune 500 company that has chosen Atlanta as its headquarters is the United Parcel Service, or UPS, which are the letters most of us know and recognize the company by.  UPS is led by CEO David P. Abney, who has been in the lead there since 2014.  UPS is a popular company to work for as it allows for full, part time work, as well as seasonal work opportunities as delivery and parcel drivers. UPS has hundreds of jobs in Atlanta for other areas of the company as well such as Technology Manager, Forecast Analyst, Data Scientist and much more.

While it’s impossible to discuss every large company in the Atlanta area, other companies that are housed here include, but are not limited to: Coca-Cola, First Data Corporation, Pulte Group Inc, NCR Corporation, Global Payments Inc, Carter’s Inc, and many more Fortune 500 and Fortune 1000 companies.

In 2019, the job market is expected to stay strong.  It is estimated that around 68,000 new jobs will become available over the course of the year in various industries.  It is also important to note that the unemployment rate in Atlanta is very low, around 3%.  Another newsworthy piece is that a deal for a new downtown development that will include hotels, retail, office towers, residences and more was recently approved by the city.  This deal is estimated to be around $5 billion, with money coming from subsidies, investments and more. 

 2019 Real Estate Trends for Atlanta

If you are seriously considering, or already in the planning stages of, a move to the Atlanta metro area, 2019 will be good year to do so.  It seems that overall the economy has been taking a turn for the better and the Atlanta housing market is remaining steady, with home prices increasing, but staying at around a 5-8% projected increase for 2019.  Several factors go into looking at trends for real estate.

Job opportunities can play into the growth of an area.  If there are a lot of jobs available and housing is available in average or greater than average abundance, and it’s overall affordable, that will bring more people into the city. This proves to be in effect in the Atlanta metro area.  We mentioned that around 68K jobs in the Atlanta area will pop up in multiple industries.  This job growth is expected in all 14 areas that are considered to be part of the Atlanta metro area.

A hot spot for new housing developments will be Midtown Atlanta, which we talked about earlier in this post.  Reports from some housing related sites show that in this Atlanta neighborhood, over 2,400 new condos and apartments are set to open in 2019.  In fact, Rentcafe, which looks at rental trends, such as growth, demand and more, show that the Atlanta neighborhoods of Norcross and Chamblee are in high demand and have seen great increases in rental traffic.  If you would like more information about buying a condo or home in these and other places in the Atlanta metro area, Atlanta Area Listings is your go to- https://atlantaarealistings.com/.

 More Housing/New Development Info for 2019

New homes and developments continue to be on the rise in the upcoming year.  One such development is the amazing new Reverie on Cumberland, which is a gated community found close to downtown Vinings.  This development offers modernly styled homes, lofts and townhomes with amenities such a pool, proximity to Sun Trust park, and shopping and dining locations close by in Vinings. 

Another Atlanta area to find some beautiful newly constructed homes is Decatur.  There is a price range meeting the needs and wants of all different ranges.  A few addresses for sale in Decatur include, but are not limited to:

  • 619 2ndAve
  • 2966 Pangborn Road
  • 3037 Wilson Road
  • 2935 Battlecrest Drive
  • 3268 Shoals Park Drive

Other Atlanta areas seeing good growth in regards to new homes for sale include East Cobb (Havenridge, Edenton, Everleigh), and Cherokee (Larkspur and Manor North for single-family homes).  There are thousands of housing options all over the city and surrounding areas.

Atlanta Area Listings will help you find the perfect home for you and/or your family’s needs.  Visit us at https://atlantaarealistings.com/.

 

In closing, Atlanta is a highly-growing area!  If you’re looking for a city with a lot of great neighborhoods, places to eat and shop, potential for employment, a city with sports and much more, Atlanta is the place to be!