Moving to Atlanta

Atlanta Relocation Guide

So, you’re moving to Atlanta? Welcome! It can be intimidating to move to a new city. Atlanta is a large metro area with lots of options for where to live. This article will include a few helpful tips on how to choose where to live in Atlanta.

The only thing better than visiting Atlanta is living here! With a booming economy, great weather, and an unparalleled lifestyle, it’s easy to see why so many people call Atlanta home. Not only are all four major sports teams at your fingertips, but there are also more than 8,000 restaurants to choose from with everything from international fare to down-home southern cooking. Our neighborhoods range from unique and eclectic with tree-lined streets to expansive mansions in suburban life. Our upbeat nightlife is definitely on the cutting edge and both mountains and the ocean are only a day trip away. Thanks to the busiest airport in the world, Hartsfield Atlanta International Airport, 80 percent of the United States is within two hours of the city. As you will be able to see from the rest of David Wolfe’s web site, there are many more reasons why 3.4 million people call Atlanta home.

Whether you’re in the mood for a musical or a visit to the symphony, Atlanta’s rich history and exciting cultural offerings entertain every visitor and keep locals coming back for more. Atlanta rivals any city in America when it comes to offering world-class cultural amenities. Visitors can choose from top exhibits at galleries and museums, stunning theatrical performances, music and dance, well-known historical places, and educational family attractions.

Moving to Atlanta: City or Suburbs?

Atlanta is a sprawling city with lots of suburbs and lots of traffic. One of the first decisions you’ll want to make is if you want to live intown or in the suburbs. If you’ve already found a job in Atlanta, that will probably help you make your decision.

Atlanta is known for long commutes, so this will be a big factor in deciding where you want to live. Some other factors may include access to public transportation, school districts and the type of neighborhood you want to live in.

Public Transportation in Atlanta

In and around Downtown Atlanta, the main provider of public transportation is Marta. Marta has both a rail system and a bus system to get you around town. The Marta rail system runs north, south, east and west – with the lines originating from Five Points Station in the heart of Downtown. In many areas, you can drive to the station and park for free if you aren’t within walking distance.

Some of the neighborhoods and suburbs with easy access to Marta trains include:

  • North Atlanta: Dunwoody, Sandy Springs and the general Perimeter Mall area, Brookhaven, Buckhead (near Lenox Mall), Chamblee, Doraville
  • Intown: Downtown, Midtown, Grant Park, Inman Park, Candler Park, Edgewood, East Lake
  • East Atlanta: Decatur, Avondale Estates, parts of Stone Mountain
  • South Atlanta: Lakewood, East Point, Capitol View, College Park

This is not an exhaustive list, but includes some of the more popular Atlanta neighborhoods with easy access to Marta train stations.

Business Hubs in Atlanta

Atlanta has a few major business hubs where you’ll find a large cluster of offices. These areas areas are Downtown, Midtown, Buckhead, Dunwoody/Perimeter and Alpharetta. If you are still looking for a job in Atlanta, you may want to keep these areas in mind because it is likely that your office will be located in one of these business hubs.

Popular Atlanta Suburbs

The Atlanta area enjoys a relatively low cost of living, and many people find that they can stretch their dollar even further by living in the suburbs instead of downtown. The Atlanta suburbs offer large, family-friendly homes. Many communities also have amenities like swimming pools and tennis courts. Some residents also feel that living in the suburbs is a safer option for raising a family.

Some of the popular suburbs in the Atlanta area include Dunwoody/Sandy Springs, Alpharetta, Roswell, Marietta, Kennesaw, Chamblee, Norcross, Decatur, Peachtree City and Fayetteville.

Living Intown

Living intown in Atlanta is becoming a more popular option, particularly with rising gas prices and long commute times. Some advantages of living in the city in Atlanta include easy access to public transportation, proximity to cultural activities and attractions, a variety of restaurants and bars and close-knit communities with walkable town squares.

Popular Atlanta neighborhoods for singles include Buckhead, Midtown, East Atlanta, Old Fourth Ward, Downtown, West Midtown/Home Park and Little Five Points. These neighborhoods offer vibrant nightlife and lots of activities.

Some popular intown neighborhoods for families include Decatur/Oakhurst, Candler Park, Inman Park, Morningside, Peachtree Hills, Collier Hills, Buckhead and Brookhaven. These neighborhoods offer proximity to Atlanta’s many attractions and also boast some of the best schools within the city. They tend to offer single family homes with yards, as opposed to apartments and condominiums found in some other neighborhoods.

Main Attractions

At first glance, Atlanta can be a little overwhelming with its tall skyscrapers and bumper to bumper traffic.  But scratch the surface and you’ll find plenty that entertains: Explore one of the city’s historical sites, hop on a bike and cruise a park, expand your culinary horizons or get a culture fix.  Whatever your taste, Atlanta has it!  Whether your living in Alpharetta, Dunwoody, Lawrenceville, Midtown, Buckhead, Grant Park, Virginia Highlands, or wherever else you hang your hat…no matter where you are, there’s always something fun and new around the corner.

CNN Center
Get a peek inside Ted Turner’s empire and a behind-the-scenes look at how the news gets made.  While you’re there, be sure to check out Philips Arena and Centennial Olympic Park, both within walking distance.  And don’t miss the Coca-Cola museum!  There you’ll be able to taste Coke products from around the world

High Museum of Art
If you only make one culture stop while you’re in town, make it here. From Renaissance masterpieces to some wild and crazy Pop Art, offerings at the High are sure to please the art lover in you.  There are constantly some great special event galleries offered at the High Museum.

Martin Luther King, Jr. Center
For a true Atlanta experience, visit the King Center. The site of King’s birth home and final resting place, the area is a jumping-off point to explore the neighborhood where the Civil Rights movement was born.

Stone Mountain Park
Welcome to the world’s largest slab of exposed granite. Folks with a hankering for the outdoors flock to the park for hiking, golfing, biking and boating.  Looking for a neat place to watch 4th of July Fireworks?  This is the place to be!  You’ll be amazed at the great light show.

The Varsity
Hit the Varsity on the way to a Braves game for a glorified steak, a hotdog, and an order of rings. Sure, the food’s greasy (and I do mean GREASY), but this piece of fast-food Americana is not to be missed.  Ask any of the patrons at The Varsity about the story behind the success, it’s pretty cool.

Getting Here

You’ve landed at the world’s busiest airport, but don’t stress out. Just hop in a cab and relax. Taxi from the airport to downtown: $20; to Buckhead: $40. Get some help to tackle Hartsfield:

Getting Around

If you’re driving, expect traffic. There’s no escaping it.  Or, try MARTA.  It won’t get you everywhere, but it does have stops near the major attractions. Get maps and schedules:

Best Time to Visit

Atlanta’s a year-round destination, with mostly moderate weather. Big annual events:

  • King Holiday
  • Braves Opening Day
  • Dogwood Festival
  • Music Midtown
  • Peachtree Road Race
  • Pride Festival

Family Time

Bringing the kids? You’ll find plenty of family-friendly stuff to do, both indoors and out. Some fun destinations:

  • Zoo Atlanta
  • Fernbank Museum
  • Six Flags
  • Center for Puppetry Arts
  • White Water