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Atlanta

Your guide to The Big Peach!

Welcome to Atlanta - an ideal blend of the historical and the today. Atlanta is one of the most vibrant cities in the United States, providing something for nearly everyone. This sprawling capital of the state of Georgia prides itself on being a vast cultural and economic center that both chronicles the city's past and moves towards a bright future.


Atlanta is considered to be an "alpha," or world city, meaning that it exerts a substantial impact on commerce, finance, research, education, technology, media, art, and entertainment. This city's economy is quite diverse - with key sectors in logistics, media, IT, and business services. So, there's always a lot happening in Atlanta. Due to the area's temperate year-round climate, and the fact that it sits near the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains, it also lends itself to a plethora of regular activities for the outdoor enthusiast. Loaded with landmarks and natural beauty, there's never a lack of opportunity or things to do. Sporting events, theatres, restaurants, museums, and more - Atlanta has it all. And, both residents and visitors alike have an array of options when it comes to what they want to surround themselves with in terms of potential living options. Atlanta officially has in excess of 240 defined neighborhoods. These include both old and new, conservative and diverse - so regardless of what your ideal taste living optionsmay be, you're sure to find it somewhere in Atlanta.


What to do in Atlanta

There is much to do in Atlanta. This city holds a rich history, and you can begin by visiting one of the many art or history museums, stopping by the CNN Center or the Georgia Aquarium, or going by one of the city's famed music venues such as the Tabernacle or Terminal West. Atlanta also offers a variety of outdoor activities, too, due in large part to its year-round warm temperatures. This can lend itself to hiking or biking in or around the mountains, or a visit to one of the many parks such as Grant Park or Stone Mountain Park.


How to Get Around in Atlanta

Getting around in Atlanta can be somewhat easy - once you get accustomed to it. This can become even easier if you are linked up with the proper map and / or app. Atlanta has several modes of public transport to get you to and from where you need to go. In addition, walking and biking in and around the city are also preferred modes of getting around for many in this area. The Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority, or MARTA, has trains and busses that run to and from many key destinations, such as downtown, the airport, Midtown, Buckhead, and Perimeter Center. There is also bus and / or shuttle service that runs through the Georgia Regional Transportation Authority Xpress, Cobb Community Transit, and Gwinnett County Transit. There is also an Atlanta Streetcar service that runs through different parts of Atlanta. This is actually more of an "experience" than a mode of transport to and from home and work, though. For example, this offers a glimpse into Atlanta history and happenings that have shaped the downtown Atlanta neighborhoods along the streetcar line. Bicycling is a up and coming mode of transport in Atlanta, as well - and it has more than doubled over the past several years. Because of this, the city has been in the process of constructing numerous bike lanes and a bike sharing program on many major roads throughout the area.


What it's like to live in Atlanta

Living in Atlanta can be fun and exciting. There is a great deal of opportunity here - which has continued to bring people into the area for the past couple of decades. Considered to be the main transportation hub of the Southeastern U.S., as well as a media mecca, this area offers employment options in several key industries. The things to do in Atlanta are varied - so no matter what you enjoy, you are sure to find it here. The Apex Museum, Fox Theatre, and Centennial Olympic Park, as well as the Atlanta Botanical Garden can all be taken in. Or, if you'd rather enjoy some music, there is the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. For the sports fan, living in Atlanta can mean cheering on any number of different teams - including the Falcons for football, the Braves for baseball, and the Hawks for basketball. Throughout the year, Atlanta also plays host to many neighborhood festivals, too. these can offer a great way to get out and enjoy the weather, along with a taste of a diverse array of foods and fun. While Atlanta is considered a large city, it also has an abundance of trees - and in fact, it has a reputation of being a "city in a forest" due to having "a canopy of trees" that spreads well into its suburbs. Yet, while it speeds well into the 21st century, Atlanta has also held on to the beauty of its past. Here you will still find many well preserved historical homes that segue in with the newer available options. Whichever you prefer, you can find it here in Atlanta.


Where to find apartments in Atlanta

There are many neighborhoods in Atlanta - both in the downtown area, as well as in the surrounding suburbs - in which to locate the ideal apartment to rent . However, before you set out to find the perfect one, it is always a good idea to first conduct some research. When you secure an apartment renal in Atlanta, it is typically required that you put down a security deposit, as well as the first month's rent. This will also usually need to be accompanied by proof by your employer that you have steady income, and that your income is well above the amount that you will need for your rent. In addition, you will also generally need your employer to prove that your income is stable. Also, it is usually required that you provide proof of a good credit history, as well as one or two credit references. In terms of finding that perfect apartment in Atlanta, you will want to first determine just what type of attractions you want to be close to. For instance, is it important that you be near a park, downtown, or your employer? Also, do you want to be in close proximity to public transportation? Once you have nailed down your ideal location, there are also other items that you should think about as well. For example, do you want to have other "conveniences" such as a washer and dryer in your apartment unit, or are you willing to pay a bit less in rent and instead go to a laundromat. You will also want to consider other factors, too, like whether you would want to have amenities such as a garage and / or a workout facility onsite. While they, too, may cost you more in rent, they could cost less in overall expenses - and save you time in your weekly schedule in the long-run. After you've come up with your short list, you will then be ready to begin looking for your ideal 1,2 or 3-bedroom apartment unit.


Neighborhoods in Atlanta

Westside


The Westside, near Georgia Tech University, offers a wide range of rental options to choose from - properties from 8-bedroom giants to one-room lofts - so you can just about choose any bell or whistle here. The area also provides a nice array of shops and restaurants. And, the prices are quite reasonable, making this an affordable locale for students, singles, and young professionals who may be just starting out. The Westside is also considered to be a trendy area - which has quickly taken on a popularity of its own. This neighborhood - known by many as the "Design District" - is home to many home goods and design shops, including Ikea.

Atlantic Station


Atlantic Station may actually be considered more of a Midtown locale. Here, you can actually get by pretty well without owning a vehicle. There are a wide variety of different options to choose from in terms of rentals. There is also plenty of room to explore in this area.

Grant Park


The Grant Park area offers some older, quaint homes on tree-lined streets - including many rental duplexes. The locale is a reminder of old Atlanta charm, with much historic detailing. Residents can often be found enjoying the local park, as well as many cute restaurants and cafes.

Old Fourth Ward (O4W)


Old Fourth Ward provides a variety of local activity for residents and visitors alike - including the Historic Fourth Ward Park and the Ponce City Market. While you'll find a great deal of demand in this area, many nice rentals can still be found at affordable prices.

Midtown


For those who love the hustle and bustle of city life, Midtown could offer the ideal living accommodations. This area was once known as the "heart of the arts" in Atlanta - and for very good reason. It is near the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, as well as the High Museum of Art. It is also close to top-notch restaurants and bars, so residents can enjoy this extremely walkable city - while at the same time taking in fresh air at the green space in nearby Piedmont Park.

Glenwood Park / Ormewood Park


The Glenwood Park and Ormewood Park area has primarily consisted of older construction in the past - although over the past decade or so, some newer options have been coming into the picture. This area can be a great place for young professionals, as well as young families, as it is near to the relatively new Atlanta Charter Middle School. There are a number of nice dining options here too, such as the Little Azio Italian restaurant and Spoon. There are also an array of other shops and cafes, such as an ice creamery and coffee house. Residents here can also enjoy a nice amount of green space for walking, jogging, or just simply taking in some fresh air after a long day.

Buckhead


Buckhead has long been the place in Atlanta to "see and be seen." Here, you will find a great area that is filled with high-end shops and restaurants. There are also some choice nightlife locations here, especially if you are into the cocktail and after-hours scene.

Eastside


The Eastside is considered to be one of Atlanta's most vibrant areas. This locale has grown by leaps and bounds lately - primarily because it tends to offer something for just about everyone. There are many hot spots to check out here - especially if you are a history lover.

Piedmont Heights


This area, located on the eastern side of downtown Atlanta, is known for its historical nature. It offers many outdoor strip mall shops, as well as restaurants and cafes, to serve its residents and visitors.
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Brookhaven


Just a tad north of Buckhead, Brookhaven provides a nice array of businesses, restaurants, and shops. This is also the location of Oglethorpe University, so you are apt to see a wide range of cultural displays and modern art here. Also, residents and visitors of Brookhaven can enjoy Cinebistro, a unique type of movie theatre, bar, and restaurant that's all rolled into one.

Druid Hills


The Druid Hills area is known for its charm and grace - and because of that, there are actually tours that run through this neighborhood that offer a view of the homes, as well as additional information.

Emory


For those who want to be near the Atlanta city proper, yet separate yourself from the hustle, bustle, and noise, then Emory may offer you the perfect solution. Here, home of Emory University, you can take a nice, quiet stroll on the University's campus - which offers acres of serene green space. You will also find the Lullwater Park nearby as well, which includes both a lake and a suspension bridge for its visitors to enjoy.

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