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.
This list and our “Best Neighborhoods in Atlanta,” “The Best Up and Coming Neighborhoods in Atlanta,” and our “Best Neighborhoods for Families in Atlanta” lists are more in-depth neighborhood guides meant to examine what it’s like living in each of these highlighted areas, with links to popular destinations, as well as available houses for sale and apartments for rent (and by the way of introduction, we’re Bellhops—movers in Atlanta and beyond).
Atlanta lays claim to the ninth largest metro area in the country, with about 6 million people living in the region. The city forms the core of a broader area including adjacent metro areas like Athens, Clarke, and Sandy Springs. And both inside and outside Atlanta, dozens of suburbs offer a homey space close by the city.
That seems to be the greatest appeal to living in the suburbs – finding the easiest access to the city without having to give up your backyard, quiet streets, and a comfortable environment. Each suburb mentioned in this list has been analyzed with all this in mind and is located outside of city limits but within the metropolitan area. We’ve searched Atlanta, and based our selections off of years of experience getting to know the city and all it has to offer.
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Decatur has been growing steadily since the mid-’90s. When Atlanta started to get overcrowded, people moved east and settled down. Located roughly 7 miles from Downtown Atlanta, Decatur provides its patrons with a vintage vibe in the midst of the city. And with plenty of its own bars, shops, and an excellent nightlife scene along the Decatur Square, this hub has become the comfortable home to many Atlantians.
Decatur is the hip hub of Atlanta, and it holds some of the area’s coolest venues and establishments, such as the live music venue, Eddie’s Attic (where John Mayer was discovered) and the brewpub, Twain’s (where Creature Comforts’ brew recipes originated). Many of Decatur’s businesses are locally-owned, and the neighborhood offers its own urban flare, while still being a ways from the tightly-packed downtown.
Decatur has a little bit of everything: festivals, museums, art galleries, colleges, pubs, nearly 57 acres of developed parks, and an excellent school district. So whether you’re a millennial embarking on your career, or you’re settling down to start a family, Decatur is a great place to live. For a taste of some of the neighborhood’s finest drinks and grub, check out Brick Store Pub, Leon’s Full Service, Kimball House, and Three Taverns Brewing.
Sandy Springs lies due north of Atlanta and sits at the intersection of Interstate 285 (the perimeter highway of metro Atlanta) and GA-400. As a plus to locals, Sandy Springs is also located right on the Red Line with two nearby MARTA stations. This location makes travel easy – whether residents are commuting to and from Atlanta or taking weekend trips outside of the city. With a nearly equal spread of ages from under 10 to over 65 years old, Sandy Springs caters to a diverse crowd and is one of the most sought-after places to live in the Atlanta area.
Sandy Springs is a recently popular spot especially for those looking to settle down outside of the city. And residents enjoy their neighborhood-feel while not being too far removed from the hype of the city. It’s this very balance of suburbia and metropolis that makes Sandy Springs a great area to live in.
The neighborhood sits directly next to the Chattahoochee River, offering residents a wealth of water activities as well as several city parks, recreation areas, and youth camps. Sandy Springs is also home to several excellent schools, music venues, comedy clubs, popular shops, and over 300 restaurants. We recommend checking out Bogartz Food Artz and the GA Chapter Room. Also, Heritage Sandy Springs often hosts some great concerts, events, and festivals.
If you had to pick one of these suburbs based on highest growth rate than Alpharetta would be at the top of your list. It’s affordable living, excellent schools, and limitless entertainment is what’s drawing the crowds. Located about 25 miles north of downtown, the homes and properties of Alpharetta have the space to become quite extravagant.
With the establishment of Avalon, a large commercial shopping district with open containers permitted, Alpharetta has skyrocketed in popularity. Lots of green space, plenty of job opportunities, and one-of-a-kind restaurants give it its unique vibe.
While serving as a classic suburbia for those who want to escape the hustle and bustle of Atlanta, Alpharetta offers plenty of options for cuisine and entertainment. We recommend checking out CRÚ Food & Wine Bar and South Main Kitchen. And pursue these dozens of community events for a feel of what Alpharetta residents enjoy on a regular basis.
Before the Atlanta Braves moved to Cobb County, Vinings was just a small blip of a place. But as soon as Suntrust Park and its stadium were built, Vinings became a highly desirable area to live. Vinings is not quite as expensive as some of the other suburbs in the area, and it’s conveniently located between Interstate 75 and Interstate 285. With Atlanta’s population projected to grow at an exorbitant rate, perimeter-dwelling areas like Vinings are becoming more sought after.
Suntrust Park and the Chattahoochee River are the main draws to the area, as these provide its locals with the stadium and a plethora of bars and restaurants. Plus, with plenty of outdoor activities, hiking grounds, and vast natural beauty despite its proximity to the city, Vinings is a great spot for adventure enthusiasts.
Looking for the best of Vinings? Check out the intimate, local hub Heirloom Market BBQ. Or try The El Felix, which serves mouthwatering, saucy Tex-grub with Texas cuisine’s signature Mexican influence. For a breath of fresh air, jog along the scenic, 13-mile Silver Comet Trail. Or catch a show at The Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre.
This neighborhood is like a less upscale Buckhead. With all the fine dining and entertainment options, Brookhaven has a Buckhead feel but offers residential options that are more flexible on the finances. Unlike the other neighborhoods mentioned in this list, Brookhaven is technically inside the Atlanta Perimeter. But its beautiful homes, spaciousness, and amenities give the area it’s comfortable and suburban feel.
This neighborhood serves as a great option for those who want to live near the middle of Atlanta without paying quite as much for the cost of living.
We hope this was helpful, and if you decide to take the plunge, don’t hesitate to reach out to your friends here at Bellhops. As we said, we coordinate local and long distance moving services in Atlanta, and we would love to help.
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