Ask almost any Atlantan their opinion about the most desirable part of Atlanta, and Buckhead is most likely to come up. Generally described as the space between I-75, I-85 and the northern I-285 Perimeter Loop, the Buckhead area consists of the northernmost fifth of Atlanta, more than 40 distinct neighborhoods comprising some of the most affluent parts of the city.
In the 1830s, a landowner named Henry Irby set up a store and tavern along what is now Peachtree Boulevard. The community that built up around that tavern was initially called “Irbyville,” but as legend would have it, Irby killed and mounted a large buck head in his establishment. The resulting nickname “Buckhead” stuck — even after a failed attempt to rename the settlement “Atlanta Heights” in the 1890s.
After being officially annexed to Atlanta in 1952, the Buckhead area continued its gradual development, soon incorporating commercial and shopping centers amid its sprawling residential neighborhoods. Today, Buckhead is both a coveted residential destination and a juggernaut for regional commerce, encompassing the very best of all that Atlanta offers.
Buckhead is known for its winding, wooded roads, bustling commercial centers, eclectic art galleries, fabulous shopping and dining, excellent schools, luxury high-rises and sprawling estates. It’s little wonder that Buckhead contains some of the most coveted real estate anywhere in the metro.
- Population: approx. 78,000
- Elevation: 738-1050 ft.
- Public schools: Atlanta Public Schools
- Top industries: Healthcare, Education, Retail
- Comprises 43 neighborhoods
- Highest concentration of boutique stores in the U.S.
Living in Buckhead
- Chastain Park—Atlanta’s largest city park at 268 acres, Chastain Park offers playgrounds, swimming, horse park, a golf course, tennis and an outdoor amphitheatre hosting major music acts.
- Atlanta History Center—An award-winning complex in the heart of Buckhead hosting themed exhibits and a permanent collection.
- LEGOLAND Discovery Center—Located in Phipps Plaza, this destination offers Lego-themed family fun with rides, displays and 4-D films.
- Governor’s Mansion—Located in Tuxedo Park, the Governor’s Mansion offers Public Tours throughout the year, along with numerous special events.
Buckhead is widely known for its food scene, which means there are just too many fantastic restaurants to name them all. The list below should be just enough to get you started.
- Bone’s—One of Atlanta’s most famous and recognized steakhouses.
- Capital Grille—Amazing steaks and upscale fine dining at its best.
- Aria—Hailed as one of Atlanta’s best restaurants, Aria features New American dishes in an elegant setting with separate (and changing) bar and dining room menus. Reservations recommended.
- Chops Lobster Bar—An Atlanta icon, Chops is ranked as one of the top ten steakhouses in the country, serving the finest fair in its historic dark-wood dining room.
- Holeman and Finch Public House—Renowned for its burgers, this famed gastropub offers upscale versions of comfort food along with excellent cocktails.
- Anis Café & Bistro—Enjoy country French dishes with a side of live jazz at this popular Paris-style bistro, complete with outdoor patio.
- Buckhead Diner—This upscale retro style diner serves up high-quality comfort food in an old-school setting.
Buckhead is home to some of the best art galleries and eclectic boutiques found anywhere in the country, and some of the best of them can be found by discovering them along Buckhead’s main roads (Peachtree Rd. and Roswell Rd. are good places to start). However, this area also offers several premiere shopping destinations, including the following.
- Phipps Plaza—Located in the heart of Buckhead, Phipps Plaza is known for upscale retailers like Saks, Nordstrom and Tiffany & Co. set alongside trusted specialty chains, boutique stores, numerous dining options and a theater complex.
- Lenox Square—Home to retailers like Macy’s, Bloomingdales and Nieman Marcus, this elegant shopping destination hosts more than 250 specialty retailers.
- The Shops Buckhead Atlanta—Arguably one of Atlanta’s most notable shopping experiences, this outdoor complex hosts an entire array of designer boutiques and culinary delights on six walkable city blocks along Peachtree Road.
- Airports—Buckhead is approximately 16 miles north of Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport via I-85, a world-class airport hosting millions of passengers a year. Along the eastern edge of Buckhead lives Peachtree Dekalb Airport, a general aviation field.
- Public Transportation—Buckhead is served by the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA) which offers several bus and train stops for getting around the city.
- Major Roads and Interstates—Amid the numerous winding roads in Buckhead, the main north-south artery is Peachtree Road/Peachtree Street, while Paces Ferry Road comprises the east-west artery. Many of the area’s main amenities, shopping and dining destinations can be found along these streets. Georgia-400 also cuts through Buckhead from north to south. Nearby Interstates include I-75 to the west, I-85 to the east and the I-285 Perimeter Loop to the north.
Buckhead Real Estate Information
Buckhead is home to some of the wealthiest real estate in Georgia; however, large estates only form part of the picture. Buckhead’s many neighborhoods offer everything from new construction homes to historic craftsman and bungalows, along with a growing number of luxury high-rise apartments and condominiums. Median home values are around $529,000, with actual prices ranging from cozy apartments available from the mid-$200s all the way to sprawling estates listed in the multiple millions.
- 2000 Paces Ferry
- Chastain Park
- Collier Hills
- Garden Hills
- Glen Errol
- Idlewood Valley
- North Buckhead
- Paces Forest
- Peachtree Battle
- Peachtree Hills
- Peachtree Park
- Pine Hills
- Powers Chase
- Powers Lake
- West Paces Ferry Road
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