| Oct 08, 2014
Atlanta isn’t just a city—it’s a huge, sprawling region with hundreds of neighborhoods and suburbs. There are 242 neighborhoods within the city itself, with hundreds more spread out through the region. In fact, more than half of the “metro Atlanta” area lives outside of the city limits, making their homes in both incorporated and unincorporated suburbs. This is great news for anyone who wants to work in Atlanta without living in the urban center—but it also means that finding the best suburbs in Atlanta could take some time.
Here are a few of the more popular and up-and-coming areas that reside in and around the downtown center.
> Alpharetta: This Atlanta suburb is located to the north of the city, and is ideal for those who enjoy the outdoors. Known for its parks, equestrian centers, and great trails for biking and jogging, this is an area where families are encouraged to be healthy and active. It also has the home prices to match, with the average somewhere in the $300,000 region.
> Buckhead Village: Located within the city proper, Buckhead Village (or Buckhead) is considered one of the best neighborhoods for urban living and walkability. Homes here tend to be much more urban (think condos and apartments), though there are a few mansions to break things up. Life here is defined by the access to hundreds of restaurants, clubs, and shops nearby.
> Castleberry Hill: Just south of the main downtown center, Castleberry Hill is one of the more historic neighborhoods in the area. The condos and lofts are popular among artists and young professionals on their way to the top.
> East Atlanta: As the name suggests, East Atlanta can be found on the east side of the city, near Georgia State University. One of the first areas to recover after the decimation of the Civil War, this area is filled with history and older homes, including fifties bungalows, candy-colored Victorians, and Craftsman homes. Although East Atlanta contains several different neighborhoods worth checking out, one of the more popular is the artsy, youth-oriented East Atlanta Village (EAV).
> Flowery Branch: The name of this suburb outside of Atlanta might conjure up images of parks and tree-lined streets, but it’s most famous as the training site of the Atlanta Falcons. Still, the name fits, and you’ll find a small-town feeling with good public schools and low home prices for young families.
> Johns Creek: For affluent living with access to local country clubs, golf courses, and Blue Ribbon schools, you’ll want to explore an area like Johns Creek.
> Kennesaw: One of the most historic suburbs you’ll find outside Atlanta, Kennesaw is home to a state university and several museums highlighting its role in the Civil War. The city was selected by Family Circle magazine as one of the 10 Best Towns for Families.
> Mariettta: Marietta is one of the largest Atlanta suburbs, although its distance so far north of the city makes it less than ideal for daily commuters. However, if you want access to the city but would prefer to live in a smaller city of under 60,000 residents, Marietta offers affordable real estate and a charming backdrop.
Because Atlanta is so large and so diverse, it’s always a good idea to see these neighborhoods and suburbs for yourself before you purchase a home. It’s also smart to hire a local real estate agent who can help you navigate your choices so you find the perfect place to call your own.
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