6 Atlanta Hotspots for New Residents to Enjoy Dining, music and nightlife provide a fun way for relocators to get acquainted with the city
Whether you live north, south, east or west of Downtown Atlanta, or right in the heart of the city, residents and visitors alike have access to an abundance of options when it comes to where they want to live, work and play.
“Ultimately, when you choose Atlanta, you actually don’t have to choose just one part of the city,” says Kate Atwood, vice president of ChooseATL. “Your options here are limitless and that is what makes this city the best place to call home.”
ChooseATL is a regional initiative focused on telling a comprehensive story about Atlanta to attract and retain top talent and intentionally grow the region’s prosperity in the global economy. To join the movement, lead by the Metro Atlanta Chamber, visit chooseatl.com or connect via social media on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Snapchat and LinkedIn; and check out what people are saying about Atlanta by using #ChooseATL on Twitter and Instagram.
“Metro Atlanta offers a unique culture and highly ranked quality of life even outside the city center,” Atwood adds. “Foodies flock to Downtown Roswell for the diverse selection of local restaurants, and film and theater lovers can experience productions right in their own backyard at The Strand Theatre and Young Actors Playhouse in the Marietta Square.”
Learn more about just a handful of metro Atlanta’s hopping hotspots below and get excited about exploring your new city.
Ponce City Market
Ponce City Market is a historic mixed-use community hub focused on artisanal food, fashion, residential lofts and office space. Developed by real estate investment and management company Jamestown, Ponce City Market combines 259 residential flats with approximately 550,000 square feet of Class-A loft office space and 300,000 square feet of retail and restaurants, including Dancing Goats Coffee Bar and the recently opened Binders Art Supplies, Suzuki School and Georgia General Assembly, as well as a Central Food Hall.
The food features Anne Quatrano’s Dub’s Fish Camp, Botiwalla from the owners of Chai Pani, Linton Hopkins’ H&F Burger and Sean Brock’s Minero, among others. National anchor retail tenants include The Frye Company and West Elm.
The evolution of Ponce City Market focuses on preserving the building’s historic character and enhancing its connection to the surrounding community. Ponce City Market also boasts a pedestrian bridge, which links the interior courtyard and public market directly to the area’s popular Atlanta BeltLine, a multi-use trail that links city parks, neighborhoods, retail space and restaurants. A portion of the parking fee at Ponce City Market is donated to “Light the Line,” the fundraising campaign to bring pedestrian lighting to the BeltLine.
Opened in 2005 as a national example for sustainable mixed-use communities, Atlantic Station was transformed from an abandoned industrial site into a thriving entertainment district at the heart of Atlanta’s vibrant Midtown. It is is home to some of Atlanta’s most popular restaurants and retailers, such as H&M and Dillard’s, and leading employers like Wells Fargo, Ogilvy & Mather and BB&T.
Atlantic Station each year hosts dozens of community gatherings, charity walks and neighborhood forums, including Tot Spot, Wellness Wednesday, Improv in the Park and Movies in Central Park that provide fun and free entertainment for the whole family. The Walk to End Alzheimer’s and other events at Atlantic Station have raised more than $50 million for Atlanta charities since 2005. For the last four years, Atlantic Station has also hosted the BB&T Atlanta Open, a tennis tournament that annually draws approximately 30,000 people to the area for seven days of competitive tennis, featuring some of the best male tennis players around the world.
Located in the heart of Cobb County just northwest of Atlanta, the Marietta Square is filled with theaters, international restaurants and watering holes, plus museums, antique shops, boutiques and galleries, all anchored by Glover Park. The charming historic district, with a rich history that dates back to 1834 when the Georgia General Assembly first recognized the community, is full of fun for all ages.
Visitors and residents are welcome to enjoy a number of activities, including touring the Marietta-Cobb Museum of Art, Museum History Museum or Marietta Gone With the Wind Museum; participating in a lantern-led walking ghost tour of the Square; taking a ride on the Historic Marietta Trolley; or even checking out a guided food tour of all the savory eateries that call the Square home.
Annual events also keep the Marietta Square busy year-round. Annually, the Glover Park Concert Series kicks off in April and runs through the fall, there’s an array of art walks, festivals and even home tours, in addition to a Fourth of July event that draws tens of thousands of visitors each year to celebrate the birth of the United States.
Town Brookhaven is a state-of-the-art, mixed-use development in Brookhaven, a city established just four years ago in DeKalb County, and is conveniently situated on Peachtree Road, north of Lenox Square Mall and Phipps Plaza and adjacent to historic Oglethorpe University.
The project, which tenants began moving into in 2010, is approximately 460,000 square feet of anchors, shops, services and restaurants, including Lucky’s Burger & Brew, The Flying Biscuit Cafe, Harken Health, Collage Boutique, Costco, LA Fitness, Big Peach Running Co. and much more.
Town Brookhaven also has more than 950 luxury residential apartments. The center is an innovative, intensely landscaped, pedestrian-friendly urban village built for convenience and accessibility. It is a smart-growth project that creates a sense of community while being respectful of the environment and surrounding neighborhoods.
The spirit of the West End’s earliest days is reflected in a strong sense of community and enthusiastic resident involvement. Atlanta’s West End is a vibrant community known for the diversity of its residents who represent many different economic, cultural, ethnic and religious backgrounds.
Named 2015 Atlanta Curbed Cup Champion and No. 1 Hottest Neighborhood in Atlanta by Redfin, West End is a unique urban community that brings together the perfect mix of Southern hospitality, old-fashioned neighborliness, a strong historic identity and the conveniences associated with in-town living. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places and one of Atlanta’s designated Historic Districts, West End is amidst a renaissance. Homes in the West End are historic and represent a variety of turn-of-the-century architectural styles, and resident homeowners are proudly restoring these houses to their original glory.
West End also boasts extensive mature tree cover, numerous City of Atlanta parks and more than a mile-long stretch of the Atlanta BeltLine Westside Trail. Cost of living is affordable compared to similar historic neighborhoods across Atlanta, and the commercial district affords tremendous growth potential for new and existing businesses.
Whether relocators are seeking a pedestrian and bike friendly community along the Atlanta BeltLine, or a neighborhood convenient to major thoroughfares and public transportation, West End has it all.
Once a sleepy farming village, today’s Woodstock is a vibrant and diverse community recently named one of the “Top 50 Best Places to Live” by Money Magazine.
Shoppers can escape with clothing boutiques, antiques, an independent book store, jewelry, art and unique gift items at more than 30 local shops in downtown and much more at the 100-plus shops at the closest outlet mall to Atlanta, The Outlet Shoppes at Atlanta.
Gather with family and friends at one of Woodstock’s restaurants offering a wide range of foods, including farm-to-table, seafood, Italian and Mexican cuisine, cupcakes and pies, burgers and hotdogs, and even a food truck-themed restaurant.
Refresh your spirit with a visit to one of Woodstock’s attractions like award-winning Reformation Brewery, the historic Dixie Speedway, Elm Street Cultural Arts Village, Greenprints Trail System and the charming and convenient Downtown Woodstock Trolley.
On Nov. 12, the city will welcome multi-platinum country music star and Woodstock resident Mark Wills for a grand opening concert at North Georgia’s newest outdoor music venue, the Amphitheater in the Park at City Center. This new state-of-the-art venue features multiple grass terraces and a large main lawn accommodating audiences over 7,500.