Buckhead


North Central Atlanta

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Good For : Shopping, Restaurants, Nightlife, MARTA | Home Cost : $$$$$

Walk Score : 91 Walk Score | 42 Transit Score | 66 Bike Score (go to Walk Score)

 

There are a lot of neighborhoods, over 40 in all, that fall under the umbrella of the well-known area of Atlanta called Buckhead. And while not all of them boast the multi-million dollar estates that Buckhead is famous for, whether you’re in Brookwood Hills, Peachtree Hills, Garden Hills or Tuxedo Park, you’re guaranteed to get a great quality of life and relatively convenient access to a wide range of food and retail options.

As Peachtree Street winds north out of midtown and crosses I-85, it enters the area often referred to as South Buckhead. Although Peachtree Street is lined with restaurants and businesses, the roads that intersect it often quickly lead into deeply wooded neighborhoods with many towering old trees that provide ample shade. Some of the developers who designed these neighborhoods, like Brookwood Hills, planted many of these trees in the 1920s after the areas were cleared for the new communities. Fortunately, throughout much of Buckhead, the canopy cover has been well preserved, and Buckhead’s neighborhoods are full of hidden away parks that have served to provide solace and delight to generations of Atlantans.

Buckhead began as a rural outpost, where a few of the dirt roads that headed north of Atlanta converged. The legend states that a large buck’s head was mounted on the general store, giving the area its name. In the 1920’s and ‘30s, the area’s rolling hills became popular for the construction of large estates by many of Atlanta’s wealthiest families, beginning the area’s reputation as “the Beverly Hills of the South.” By the 1950s, most of the remaining land had been divided into neighborhoods and the corridors along Peachtree and Piedmont Roads become increasingly commercial. The arrival of one the nation’s first malls, Lenox, in 1959, signaled a turning point for Buckhead as it truly became one of Atlanta’s most prominent business districts.

Since the ‘50s Buckhead has thrived, too much by some accounts, with its nightlife scene becoming a cause for concern in the late 1990s. Although regulations were passed to diminish its late night culture, Buckhead never faltered, redeveloping the Buckhead Village area as one of the south’s premier sites for luxury retailers.

With name cache that spreads far beyond the south, Buckhead is a community that aspires to represent a certain degree of success. It shows no sign of slowing its draw for residents who can lay claim to its prestigious pedigree.