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How do you get the benefits of city life, without the cramped spaces, high costs and craziness of urban life? You choose to live in the suburbs. And if Atlanta is the big city you’re moving to – lucky you! Metro Atlanta is made up of 13 counties, ranging from quiet country towns to xxx neighborhoods. It can be really hard to choose between all of the options. Plus you need to get all the details about housing options, neighborhood safety, quality of local schools, amenities, cost of living – it all can be quite overwhelming.
Fret not! We’ve done the research for you. You might want to start by reading our Atlanta City Guide, which includes a short section on a few of Atlanta’s most popular neighborhoods. The article below provides an in-depth look at what it’s like to live in select Atlanta suburbs.
What makes us experts in Atlanta? We’re Bellhop —Atlanta movers, Kennesaw movers, Alpharetta movers, Marietta movers, and movers throughout the metro area). If you want to move to/from anywhere in the great state of Georgia, we’re here to help. And that starts with sharing what we know, as local movers, about the best places in Atlanta to live, work and play.
A Little About Atlanta and its Suburbs
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.
Atlanta’s suburbs are among the most beautiful in the country. If you choose to live in any of the neighborhoods we highlight below, you’ll escape the hustle and bustle of downtown, while still having easy access to the city. We’ve selected suburbs that are outside of city limits but still within the metropolitan area. And we didn’t just blindly choose from a map, we also based our selections off of years of experience getting to know the Atlanta metro area and all it has to offer. Below is out list of the best suburbs in Atlanta.
Just east of the Atlanta Beltline, a 22-mile outdoor space circling the city’s neighborhoods, Decatur is both cozy and hip. You can drive to the city in 20 minutes or so (depending on traffic, of course), and it is connected to The Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA) system, a network of buses and trains. This suburb is a favorite of young professionals and families. Decatur Square – ranked number #2 on 2021 USA TODAY’s 10 Best Readers’ Choice travel awards for Best Public Square – is packed with interesting restaurants, clubs, and unique shops. Hint: the Square is home to some surprising public art, keep your eyes down to spot “Secret Doors Decatur,” and/or look up to view art installed on light poles.
What’s Happening in Decatur
Decatur 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 is also home to Agnes Scott College and minutes from Stone Mountain Park – a popular attraction for locals and tourists.
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.
Schools in Decatur
Schools in this neighborhood include Decatur High School, Glenwood Elementary School, and Oakhurst Elementary School among others.
Homes in Decatur
Decatur offers many bungalow-style homes, though there are plenty of houses and apartments available in different styles and at different prices. The median home value in Decatur is $384,300, according to Redfin. Average rent is $950.
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.
What’s Happening in Sandy Springs
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.
Schools in Sandy Springs
Schools in this neighborhood include Mount Vernon Presbyterian School, Heards Ferry Elementary School, and Riverwood International Charter School, among others.
Homes in Sandy Springs
You’ll be sure to find a home that fits your needs in Sandy Springs. From fixer-upper deals to luxe condos to multi-million dollar mansions, Sandy Springs has plenty to offer. Median price of a home here is $525K.
If you had to pick one of these suburbs based on growth rate than Alpharetta would be at the top of your list. Located about 25 miles north of downtown, its excellent schools, safe communities, beauty and amenities have made this suburb super-popular. It’s a competitive housing market, with few bargains to be found, but it’s ideal for young professionals, families and retirees.
What’s Happening in Alpharetta
Alpharetta is known for its exceptional live music scene. From raucous rock and roll to country and blues, jazz and funk, Alpharetta is your go-to for hot music in cool venues such as Matilda’s Music Under the Pines, the Velvet Note and Roaring Social.
You can shop till you drop at Avalon, a large commercial shopping district featuring 250 shops (national chains and local offerings) within a five-mile radius. Hungry? We recommend checking out Citizen Soul, Farm to Ladle and Smokejack BBQ.
Schools in Alpharetta
Schools in this neighborhood include Lake Windward Elementary School, Webb Bridge Middle School, and Alpharetta Elementary School among others.
Homes in Alpharetta
Beautiful suburban homes line Alpharetta’s historic streets. The median price of a home in Alpharetta is $575K, and the average rent is $1350.
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 areas like Vinings are becoming more sought after but it’s still affordable- the median price of a home here is currently $352K.
What’s Happening in Vinings
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.
Schools in Vinings
Schools in this neighborhood include Vinings School of Art, Lovett School, and Teasley Elementary School, among others.
This neighborhood could be described as Buckhead’s more casual cousin. 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 a comfortable and suburban feel. Median price for a home here is $663K.
What’s Happening in Brookhaven
Brookhaven blends neighborhood comfort with city life. The Lenox Square Mall, Atlanta Tech Village, two country clubs, and parks all nearby keep its residents entertained and content.
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.
Check out one of Brookhaven’s local-favorite eateries, Haven. The Cinebistro is a theatre, bar, and restaurant all in one. And the nearby Murphey Candler Park features trails, a pool, and a picturesque lake.
Schools in Brookhaven
Schools in this neighborhood include Ashford Park Elementary School, Woodward Elementary School, and Kittredge Magnet School, among others.
There you have it: the best Atlanta suburbs!
We hope this guide to the best suburbs in Atlanta was helpful, and if you decide to take the plunge, don’t hesitate to reach out to us at Bellhop. We’ll make your move to any of Atlanta’s suburbs as stress-free and easy as possible. And if you need to move quickly? We also provide last minute moving services in Atlanta!
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