Buckhead is one of Atlanta’s most prestigious neighborhoods, located
north of Midtown. There are two faces to Buckhead; one is the
residential aspect that has more than 100 private homes valued at over
a million dollars each, sequestered in rolling dogwood and
magnolia-covered hills; the other is its very public nightlife profile.
This is where Atlanta goes to play at night. The bars are open into the
wee hours, the restaurants are plentiful, and the shopping will do
severe damage to your credit cards.
Buckhead is also home to the Governor’s Mansion, the Atlanta
Historical Society, the Historic Swan House and the Atlanta History
Druid Hills is one of the most successful and affluent residential
communities in Atlanta, and is listed on the National Register of
Historic Places. You’ll find it curiously familiar if you have seen the
film Driving Miss Daisy.
Curving, winding roads circle around the Tudor, Georgian and
traditional style two-story homes. Many of these elegant mansions are
situated on large manicured slopes, surrounded by magnolias and
dogwoods. Druid Hills is located close to Emory University and downtown
Atlanta. This is where you’ll find the Fernbank Museum and IMAX
Theater, and Emory Village.
Little Five Points
Named after the Five Points intersection between Moreland, Euclid
and McLendon avenues, Little Five Points is Atlanta’s area of eclectic
dining, shopping and artistic creativity, reminiscent of New York’s
Greenwich Village or Melrose Avenue in Los Angeles. This is the place
to go if you can’t leave town without a tattoo, body piercing or an
evening in an alternative atmosphere.
Just west of Little Five Points is Atlanta’s quintessential example
of restoration. Inman Park, Atlanta’s first planned suburb, was built
in the early 1900s and originally was connected to the downtown area by
trolley cars. The neighborhood was named for Edward H. Inman, original
owner of the Swan House, located at the Atlanta History Center.
Unfortunately, during the mid-1900s the area became depressed and
was virtually abandoned. Many of the once-beautiful homes fell into the
hands of derelicts and transients.
In the early 1970s Inman Park became a center of urban
gentrification and has been restored as one of Atlanta’s premier
residential areas. The streets, lined with shady willow trees, provide
an almost pastoral background to the Victorian-style homes, many with
gazebos and scalloped awnings.
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