Thursday, February 03, 2005

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Best Places to Live in Atlanta

Dwelly's buddy tj just got a jobby job in the fine city of atlanta. He basically has to pass a drug test and then he is cleared for landing. As he was surfing the internet looking for stations to curl in, i was throwing out options of places to live in atlanta. After heated debate started over which places were the best, i decided i had to write a blog about the best places in the atl.

Now before i go into it, lets get one thing straight. I live in Atlanta. Not Woodstock. Not Conyers. Not Lawrenceville. Not Stone Mountain. just straight atlanta, in the city. I would sooner cut myself than move to the burbs. Or how we snobby intowners refer to it as: OTP - outside the perimeter.

You should only be living in the 'Dank' zone

Anyway now that we have that out of the way, lets discuss the dank zone. Here is one more map- Magellan cut it up one time.

If you read any tourist guide or Zagats, anything that tells you whats hot in a city, i guarantee 75% of the time it will be in one of these areas. Lets highlight some of the best apartments/housing options for each one.

Emory- I clearly try to avoid this area.... too many girls who are just a reminder that you are a fucking old person after you graduate. Decent living options though, very close to decatur. Big apartment complex is Post Briarcliff, which is jewish haven for newcomers to town.

Virginia Highlands - Thats right, a purple star for my area. Everything is within walking distance of bars. The only problem is there are no complexes per se, so you have to find houses with separated floors or a roomie. Some apartment places are dank though-- check out Gables Rock Springs.

Piedmont Park - The best place i have seen so far is madi's penthouse sweet suite. Overlooks the park and is close enough to walk to the highlands. There are several other dank locales around this area, and proximity to piedmont park means lots of dog walking ladies in flip flops and tank tops.

Buckhead - Well i used to live here before the 'hood' got extended into the area. high traffic. high cost of living. low benefits in the social arena-- buckhead is officially one of the worst places to go out in the city. lots of apartments all over the place, but you will be driving everywhere and no one will want to come to you.

Midtown/Downtown - If you love restaurants and clubs, this is definitely the most exciting place to live. Big ups to my man vonGiggler for keeping up a sick pad in the Metropolis. There are great lofts, apartments, condos, etc in this area. most of the area is being revitalized and new buildings are popping up everywhere. some people who work in the financial area can walk or ride a bike to work no problem.

Other Areas the Need a Mention (red dots on map):
Little Five Points- for the alternative ones. if youre from seattle, this is your scene. nice little houses all through this area within close proximity to downtown and highlands.

East ATL - also an up and coming area. Filling in due to mass construction around the area.

Inman Park - All real estate tycoons should be getting their hands on any property they can here


At 2/04/2005 9:45 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Preach on! I used to live in Atlanta and you are exactly dead on with your review of the city and places to be. Enjoy reading your comments. I miss that place and my friends, but my job brought me to the Midwest.

At 2/08/2005 7:54 AM, Blogger Jason Maddox said...

Hang on now... You are forgetting about a real jewel of Atlanta. City of Decatur! As a resident of Decatur, I am in walking distance of multiple bars, restaurants, shops, and parks. The surrounding neighborhoods are also very nice. If you are concerned with schools... City of Decatur schools are among the best public schools in Georgia.

At 2/08/2005 9:25 AM, Blogger shoobie said...

touche! you are a gentleman and a scholar for pointing out my shortcomings. decatur has some of the best spots in the city... twains is the best pool hall.the square is packed with dank restaurants. the best breakfast/brunch can also be found at crescent moon. even your taco mac is bigger than our highlands t mac. you have an actual outlet to MARTA! and of course, outkast mentions you all in a song. sooo... sorry for leaving it off.

At 5/09/2008 1:24 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

chrihey Shobbie!

Just wanted to thank you for creating the blog.. I'm moving to Atlanta soon (from South America of all places), and I've been really stressed out about where I should rent when I get there .. This really helps!

Selfish suggestion: could you post a top 5, of the best areas to live in, in or around Atlanta (pros and cons etc.)?

Can you tell me anything about how much renting an apartment, in a decent area goes for? (hey I'm from South America, so I really have no clue on this one)

Thanks so much,
Christian from Venezuela =)

At 10/05/2008 3:25 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Seriously buckhead...the hood? It's filled with illegal mexicans roaming the streets drunken or looking for work.

At 5/17/2011 12:08 PM, Anonymous Fukakes said...

what about Lithia Springs? How's that area?


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