City Spotlight: Buckhead Known as "The Address of Choice"
Often quoted as home of the richest ZIP code in the nation, Buckhead is a 28-square-mile community made up of 45 neighborhoods that serve as Atlanta’s luxury area. With no shortage of high-end shopping and dining lining the close-knit urban streets of Buckhead, the area has become its own massive live, work, play community in the city’s northern quadrant. Big on business and health care alike, this part of the city is home to big names such as Piedmont Hospital, Novelis, PulteGroup, Spanx, Nymbol Technology, Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Georgia and Kaiser Permanente. As of January 2012, Buckhead had 12,704 mid- and high-rise apartments; and as of this past July, another 8,588 units were announced, under construction and leasing.
Jo Ann Haden-Miller, director of consumer marketing at the Atlanta Convention & Visitors Bureau, says, “Buckhead boasts a wide range of assets which inspire compelling dialogue from both residents and visitors. Gorgeous, expansive neighborhoods showcase beautiful homes, luscious landscaping and a canopy of majestic trees which continue to ‘wow’ all who venture into Buckhead.” Known as the shopping capital of the Southeast, quality goes beyond the area’s famous malls; some of the largest art galleries and antique shops in the city can be found here, as well as one of the city’s gems, the Atlanta History Center. “Buckhead represents style and luxury without being stuffy or elitist,” Haden-Miller says. “Guests and residents alike are always welcomed with genuine grace and Southern hospitality.”
According to Sam Massell, president of the Buckhead Coalition and longtime Buckhead resident, “As a balanced mixed-use community — 1,400 retail units, 300 places serving food and beverages, just under 24-million square feet of office space, 5,300 hotel rooms and more — Buckhead offers the full life to one and all.” While Buckhead has rapidly grown in population since 2000, major new developments and big business innovations have helped further accelerate the area’s success and prominence; we’re seeing Buckhead at its finest. “Over the past quarter-century, Buckhead has had a steady history of successful economic growth, so that on any given date one can take pride in its status,” says Massell.
But Buckhead is more than just mid- and high- rise buildings and shopping meccas — the area also offers close proximity to the Midtown and Downtown neighborhoods via the city’s main artery, Peachtree Road, as well as plenty of recreational opportunities. Alongside the bustling urban nature of Buckhead, residents and visitors alike are never far from diverse land and cityscapes. “We’re proud to have a grand total of 1,000 acres of green space, including Atlanta’s largest park (Chastain’s 320 acres),” says Massell. Other amenities include 52 tennis courts and 36 holes of golf. “The southern section of Buckhead is also emerging as part of the Atlanta BeltLine, which is a wonderful opportunity to easily connect Buckhead to other neighborhoods,” Haden-Miller says. “Several neighborhood parks like Tanyard Creek Park and Duck Pond Park always provide a sense of discovery.”
Like the rest of Atlanta’s signature neighborhoods, Buckhead has its own signature touches that make living in the area unique and fulfilling. “Buckhead’s Peachtree Corridor connects the community to terrific restaurants like Watershed on Peachtree, Restaurant Eugene, Holeman & Finch Public House, La Grotta Ristorante Italiano and Bistro Niko, among others,” Haden-Miller adds. “Buckhead’s charming specialty boutiques and shopping districts like Bennett Street and Miami Circle attract shoppers from all over the country while locals venture out to the Peachtree Road Farmers Market each week. Some of Atlanta’s most iconic events and attractions call Buckhead home as well, like the annual AJC Peachtree Road Race, Macy’s Christmas Tree Lighting and Pink Pig.”
From living and retail developments, expansions, companies relocating and restaurants emerging, there are a multitude of reasons relocators have their eyes on Buckhead as their new Atlanta address. Among these is the much-anticipated Buckhead Atlanta development. “The billion-dollar Buckhead Atlanta mixed-use retail and residential complex is the topic of conversation among developers nationwide,” Massell says. “On a smaller, but also very exacting scale, is the Atlanta Tech Village of tech start-ups in an extensively renovated 103,000 square-foot office building.” Tech Village, along with Georgia Tech, has contributed exponentially to why Atlanta is now being called the New Silicon Valley. Known as the city’s start-up hub, technology businesses find support, office space, events and community to fuel the area’s rise to the nation’s center for tech start-ups.
Spanning six city blocks at the intersection of Peachtree and East Paces Ferry roads, multi-million dollar Buckhead Atlanta is a luxury dining, shopping, entertainment, business and residential district, a project that the city of Atlanta has become increasingly fond of in the past decade. Offering pedestrian-friendly streets, upscale residences and some of the area’s top shops, Buckhead Atlanta’s first restaurant and retail tenants opened their doors this past fall, with new tenants still being revealed. At completion, this project equaled 1.5 million square feet, with more than 370 residences in two high-rise towers. Some of the international retailers that have moved in include Hermes, Brunello Cucinelli, Canali and Etro.
The area is always growing, as up-and-coming projects like the American Spirit Whiskey venue make way for more expansions of area signatures. “The news of the recent expansion and capital campaign completion of the Atlanta History Center (AHC), which will include moving the assets of the Atlanta Cyclorama to a new facility, is absolutely fantastic,” Haden-Miller adds. “Among other new amenities planned by AHC to its Buckhead campus, the 128-year-old oil painting depicting the 1864 Battle of Atlanta will now move into a new 23,000-square-foot building, fully restored. Atlanta History Center’s continued expansion will provide a huge boost to the destination appeal of Buckhead — and Atlanta, of course.” In addition, Buckhead’s Community Improvement District/Liveable Buckhead is opening a 5.2-mile multi-use trail and the Buckhead Heritage Society is working on a master plan, incorporating historic interpretation into the area’s parks and trails.
With gorgeous views of the city skyline and upscale living, this pedestrian-friendly urban district promises much on the horizon, even with so much already established. In Buckhead, Atlantans live large where big business, luxury lifestyles and quality experiences are the true destination.