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Moving to a new city is always challenging. And a large part of that challenge is looking for a place to live. There are so many things to consider when weighing your options-house styles, neighborhood safety, quality of schools, the convenience of location-it all can be quite overwhelming (and by way of introduction, we’re Bellhop —Atlanta movers, Kennesaw movers, Alpharetta movers, Marietta movers, and movers throughout the metro area). That’s why we’ve researched the best neighborhoods for families in Atlanta for you, so you don’t have to. You’ve no doubt seen our Atlanta City Guide, which includes a short section on a few of Atlanta’s most popular neighborhoods.
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A Little About Atlanta Neighborhoods
Atlanta lays claim to the ninth-largest metro area in the country, with about 6 million people living in the greater region. The city forms the core of a broader area including adjacent metro areas like Athens, Clarke, and Sandy Springs, and is filled with over 200 neighborhoods. And with a great music scene, professional sports teams, local food, craft beer, and a thriving nightlife, Atlanta’s population is projected to grow at an exorbitant rate.
Even though this area is just outside of the city, you’d never know that you were close to Atlanta. The neighborhood-feel, cleanly-kept main streets, and grassy open lots make this area a little oasis close to the city.
What’s Happening in Alpharetta
Hand’s down, this area’s biggest appeal is that it’s in the best school district in all of Georgia. Academics are a strong point of emphasis for Milton and Alpharetta, and many families have moved here recently pursuing just that.
Like most suburban areas north of the city, Alpharetta area is safe and pristinely kept, and the neighborhoods aren’t as expensive as most areas closer to the city. The area, though, isn’t too far from the city to be inaccessible. Locals often drive the twenty-few miles to downtown for work or entertainment.
Because so many new businesses have opened up here, its population is booming. We’re not the only ones noticing these neighborhood’s appeal. More and more people are leaving the inner-city life to settle down in these neighborhoods. And with the abundance of local dining and shopping options, residents don’t feel the need to leave the area when they want to hit the town.
To experience the best of these areas, shop at the newly established Avalon. And finish off the evening with dinner and drinks at CRÚ Food & Wine Bar.
Schools in Alpharetta
Schools in Alpharetta are a major selling point of the area. According to US News, they rank #12 in Georgia, and #399 in the United States. Top high schools include Chattahoochee High School and Alpharetta High School. Top middle schools include Autrey Mill Middle School and Webb Bridge Middle School, and top elementary schools include Creek View Elementary School and State Bridge Crossing Elementary School.
Homes in Milton and Alpharetta
Beautiful suburban homes line these neighborhood’s historic streets. And condo or luxury apartments are popular as well. The median home sale price in Alpharetta was $525,000 in January, 2023.
Located just above the city’s perimeter, this neighborhood is highly sought after for its great location. Downtown Roswell gives off a pleasant, Southern-town feel, but the area also boasts of bigger amenities, up and coming restaurants, and great family activities.
What’s Happening in Roswell
Roswell has recently added a couple of breweries to its list of local joints, and with new spots like this opening up, locals (including the many parents living in the area) enjoy some options to relax and have a date night out.
Not only is Roswell placed perfectly for people commuting in and out of the city, but it’s also located right by the Chattahoochee River. Families are continually taking advantage of this great spot, spending weekends enjoying all kinds of free outdoor options along the waterside.
Check out the Osteria Mattone and The Mill Kitchen and Bar for some amazing local eats. Or take the whole family the local favorite, Moxie Burger.
Schools in Roswell
Schools in Roswell include Roswell High School, Roswell North Elementary School, and Sweet Apple Elementary School among others. Overall, Roswell schools are ranked very highly, particularly Roswell High School and Denmark High School.
Homes in Roswell
Roswell offers modern-style, contemporary-style, and historical homes. There’s an array of available houses with diverse price-points. The average home value in Roswell was $566,764 in January, 2023, according to Zillow.
For an upscale neighborhood and a breath of nature’s air, look into living in Johns Creek. Located roughly 25 miles north of downtown, many families live in Johns Creek and commute to the city for work. This area has recently gone through a big growth spurt, and it is expected to continue to grow as more people move outside of Atlanta’s perimeter.
What’s Happening in Johns Creek
One of Johns Creek’s most well-known and leading amenity is the Atlanta Athletic Club. Local families enjoy this club’s golf courses, dining experiences, fitness facilities, and family activities. Additionally, Johns Creek is home to a number of exceptional schools. The area is safe, and it offers several outdoor recreational areas and parks, making it feel like its own suburbia.
As if it wasn’t gaining attention enough, Johns Creek was voted third by USA Today in their ranking of the country’s 50 best places to live. With one of the best-educated populations, and access to one of the highest concentrations of restaurants, recreational centers, and movie theaters in the country, this area is truly prosperous.
Schools in Johns Creek
Schools near Johns Creek include Findley Oaks Elementary School, Woodward North, and Johns Creek High School, among others. Johns Creek High School is ranked 8/10 according to Great Schools, and #18 in the state of Georgia.
Homes in Johns Creek
The big, beautiful homes in Johns Creek lean toward the pricier side, with a median sale price of $580,000 in January, 2023, up from $472,000 in January, 2021. The housing market is listed as ‘somewhat competitive’ according to Redfin.
Suwanee has mastered that ‘small town in a big city’ vibe. With exceptionally welcoming residents and lots of young families, this area has gained popularity in the last few decades. Located roughly 30 miles northeast of downtown, this mini-city is full of friendly families wanting some access to the city, but enough space to spread out.
What’s Happening in Suwanee
Though Suwanee isn’t as walkable as other suburbs around Atlanta, the area draws a crowd with its family-friendly activities, regular community events, welcoming feel, and green spaces. Butted up against the Chattahoochee River, locals enjoy a plethora of outdoor activities, including kayaking along 48 miles of river, mountain biking on hilly trails, or fishing for Rainbow and Brown Trout.
Some of Suwanee’s best attractions include the Suwanee Beer Festival – the largest beer festival in the state of Georgia. The Suwanee Greenway Trail offers some of the best scenic running spots in the city. This boardwalk-style trail passes through the wetlands and stretches over 6 miles. Suwanee is also home to some unique local restaurants, like Sugo and grace 17.20.
Schools in Suwanee
Schools in this neighborhood include Parsons Elementary School, Riverwatch Middle School, and Lambert High School, among others. Schools in general are very high quality – Lambert High School is ranked 9/10, according to Public School Review, and Riverwatch Middle School is considered one of the best middle schools in Georgia.
Homes in Suwanee
Homes in Suwanee had a median sale price of $506,000 in January, 2023, up 5% against the year prior. This is against a median sale price of $336,000 in the state of Georgia as a whole.
When Decatur started getting too ‘hip’ for families, they packed up and moved east to Tucker. And while Decatur lies just inside the perimeter, Tucker lies just outside it, making it much more affordable but with nearly the same commute into the city. The area appeals to a diverse age range. But the Dekalb County’s school district, which is considered one of the best in the area, acts as a strong push for younger families to move here.
What’s Happening in Tucker
With its recent growth, Tucker has added a few amenities, like Tucker Brewing Company and Bell Street Burritos. An influx has hit the area of young families looking to escape the skyscraper zone and seeking out a strong education for their kids and plenty of room to grow. This mini-city also offers a wealth of history and character, being one of the largest and oldest unincorporated communities in the state.
Residents enjoy perusing the regular Farmers Market open on Thursdays from April to December between 4 and 8 p.m. The Northlake Mall offers shopping experiences for locals and visitors alike. And regular outdoor events held on Main Street bring neighbors together and build Tucker’s community closeness.
Schools in Tucker
Schools in this neighborhood include Livsey Elementary School, Brockett Elementary School, and Tucker Middle School and Tucker High School among others. Tucker High School received a B- grade from Niche.com, ranked #244 for high schools for STEM in Georgia.
Homes in Tucker
Tucker, GA homes are relatively affordable compared to other suburbs in the Atlanta area. Median home sale prices were $387,000 in August, 2022, up from $360,000 in August, 2021.
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There you have it: the best neighborhoods for families in Atlanta!
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