Midtown gets its name from its central location between Downtown and Buckhead. This diverse neighborhood is full of older homes, newer condominiums, lofts, and warehouse apartments. While Midtown lacks the lush lawns and mansions of Buckhead, the vibrant community has its own charm and appeal.
Midtown is nestled just north of Downtown and south of the Buckhead and is a top destination for culture, fine restaurants and nightlife. It is also home to Atlanta’s Piedmont Park. In recent years, West Midtown, an area on the outskirts of town bordering Buckhead, has grown tremendously with the addition of Atlantic Station and a flourishing art and culture district.
The dividing line between Midtown and Downtown is not strictly defined, but busy Ponce de Leon Avenue could fill the bill. Midtown stretches from the Georgia Tech campus on its western edge, north toward Buckhead and east into the Virginia-Highlands area.
Midtown’s skyline gleams with high-rises and offices for IBM, BellSouth, and other corporate giants. Visitors have their choices of new hotels, such as the Four Seasons and Sheraton Colony Square, or old favorites like the Georgian Terrace Hotel, which hosted the 1939 cast party for the classic “Gone With the Wind.”
Atlanta’s history comes alive in the Margaret Mitchell House, where the famed author wrote her classic, “Gone With the Wind.” Midtown is also home to the High Museum of Art, the Woodruff Arts Center, the Atlanta High Museum Symphony and the Alliance Theater.
Piedmont Park is a 180-acre gathering spot bordered by Piedmont Avenue, 10th Street and Monroe Drive. Each weekend, the park is crowded with joggers, bikers and rollerbladers. And in spring and summer, a variety of festivals and concerts are held in the park. Piedmont Park has lakes, tennis courts and several athletic fields, and The Atlanta Botanical Gardens is located on the north side of the park.
Peachtree Road is home to the Fabulous Fox Theater, where “Gone With the Wind” premiered in 1939. The restored theater now features plays, opera, concerts and movies.
Midtown is packed with nightclubs, ethnic eateries and exciting entertainment venues. The neighborhood is also located near all the amenities in Downtown and Buckhead, including trendy shops, popular restaurants, and historic locales.