Most Wealthy Atlanta Neighborhoods
For residents and visitors alike, knowing the highlights of a particular city is important for a variety of commercial, social and—of course—culinary reasons. In Atlanta, many of our most famous establishments find a home in Atlanta’s wealthiest neighborhoods, and because of this, wealthy Atlantans take great pride in maintaining their neighborhoods and continuing to attract innovative minds to their beautiful (and often, historic) communities.
As experienced tax law attorneys, The Gartzman Law Firm, P.C. strives to ensure that you can enjoy the best of Atlanta without worry of additional financial burden. To that end, we researched Atlanta’s wealthiest neighborhoods in great detail to provide a resource guide for residents and visitors alike, including a thorough and interactive map of Buckhead’s wealthiest individual communities. By examining everything from median household incomes to individual community highlights, our map and guide will guarantee that you can take advantage of everything that Atlanta has to offer in its wealthy neighborhoods, and feel like a millionaire-for-a-day from any price point.
Richest Atlanta Neighborhoods Mapped
Zip Codes: 30319, 30324, 30326, 30327, 30342, 30305, 30309
Median Household Income: $104,665
Location: Approximately 7 miles north of downtown Atlanta.
Spanning nearly the entire northern fifth of the city, Buckhead consistently ranks as Atlanta’s most affluent neighborhoods. In addition to stunning homes and world-class hotels such as The W, Buckhead also hosts the largest concentration of upscale boutiques in the country. Located diagonally from one another at the intersection of Peachtree and Lenox Roads, the Lenox Square and Phipps Plaza malls are home to many of Buckhead’s 1500+ retail units.
Buckhead also offers a number of unique locales to please residents and tourists alike. Georgia’s Governor’s Mansion can be seen just up the road from the Atlanta History Center, showcasing the political, economic, and cultural history of Georgia and the city of Atlanta. A stop at LEGOLAND makes for a fun-filled afternoon for the family, followed by dinner at Buckhead food highlights Holeman and Finch Public House or Local Three, will certainly make for a “rich” day indeed.
The “Buckhead” neighborhood itself is a collection of 44 smaller neighborhoods, each one with its own unique culture and attitudes. Buckhead houses many of Atlanta’s wealth pockets amongst its residents, and some of the communities highlighted on our map include:
A central neighborhood that boasts a “community mind and quiet atmosphere,” residents here enjoy a family-friendly environment and the plethora of streets ending in cul-de-sacs, despite the traffic that lingers around the main road.
An extremely affluent community dotted with “heavily manicured landscaping and colorful gardens,” residents of the palatial estates and beautiful homes of Mt. Paran – Northside prefer to keep to themselves and seldom host social gatherings with visitors and newer neighbors.
Randall Mill – Randall Mill is a smaller neighborhood in Buckhead, known for being “luxury defined and a juxtaposition of stately peaceful homes amidst the bustling city.” Being located near many Buckhead highlights and I-75 carries many benefits for Randall Mill residents, but unfortunately, traffic times is not one of them.
West Paces Ferry – Northside – For those looking to be in the literal center of everything, West Paces Ferry – Northside is situated in the “Golden Triangle” of Buckhead, is home to the 1950s-esque West Paces Ferry shopping center, and its only true negative is the traffic times that result from being so central to everything in Buckhead.
Tucked away in the forests surrounding Buckhead is Whitewater Creek, a quiet community that is quick to attract any nature lover and walker to its nearly traffic-free streets. Apart from noise from nearby I-75, Whitewater Creek is one of Buckhead’s more idyllic neighborhoods.
Margaret Mitchell – Another of Buckhead’s more family-oriented neighborhoods, Margaret Mitchell is home to a strong neighborhood civic association that ensures residents have access to top-level amenities for parents, children, and socialites alike. While property crimes tend to be a bit higher due to the proximity to West Atlanta, some of the best mid-20th century architecture finds a home in this small less-than-1 sq. mile community.
Fernleaf – Fernleaf offers the best of Buckhead and nearby Midtown, hosting a number of small, mid-century ranch houses on its two-block span. Despite being near the industrial West Side and not boasting impressive architecture on its own, its proximity to hundreds of activities makes it a very attractive, tight-knit community.
Hanover West – A neighborhood of about 100 homes, locals flock to the private swim/tennis club for family-friendly activity amongst impressively social neighbors. Being located on a flood plain, builders have adapted Hanover West’s architecture to combat this environmental setback in a community that “has a real Norman Rockwell feel.”
Also known as “West Peachtree Battle,” Wesley Battle is a three-street neighborhood with less than 250 homes. Feeling somewhat remote from the rest of Buckhead, joggers and walkers can utilize the sidewalks to connect with scenic Peacthree Rd. Other than some road noise from nearby I-75 on its western border, many enjoy Wesley Battle’s network of accessible roads to get to anywhere they need in Atlanta.
Westover Plantation – Home to 280 English traditional town homes, Westover Plantation is “located in Atlanta’s best public school dsitricts and minutes from the Cross Creek Gold Club.” Despite being on Buckhead’s southwest border, many residents enjoy the friendly and respectful nature of their neighbors in their quiet gated community.
Home of many Buckhead landmarks such as the Arthur Blank Family Foundation, Brandon also features the widest variety of housing options across the entire Buckhead neighborhood while also offering “big-city conveniences and private suburban atmosphere.” The neighborhood offers residents the chance to experience the best of Atlanta’s activities and private schools, and other than occasional congestion from the intersection of Buckhead’s major roads and I-75, is a great place to call home for those who like to be in the center of all the fun Buckhead has to offer.
Castlewood – Castlewood is, as the name implies, a wooded neighborhood “fit to accommodate the whole family.” With plenty of amenities and ongoing efforts to improve the neighborhood, the congestion cause by construction on Northside Dr. is one of the only issues residents seem to have within the tree-lined streets and peaceful homes of Castlewood.
According to Wildwood residents, “young families have flocked to Buckhead’s Wildwood neighborhood to live in cute cottages on forested lots.” A lack of outside traffic and an emphasis on an active community life keeps residents engaged and involved once they set down roots in Wildwood. Other than some interstate noise from I-75, residents generally enjoy Wildwood and its abundance of natural scenery, as well as the Beaverbrook Park, the 6.8 acre jewel of the neighborhood.
Chastain Park is not only Atlanta’s largest city park, but it is also home to a vibrant community which boasts sports teams, a swimming pool, a musical amphitheater, an art center, and more—perfect for families and residents of any taste and background! Though the concerts at the amphitheater can be loud sometimes, there is never any shortage of anything to do to help get your mind off of the noise!
Tuxedo Park is one of Buckhead’s more top-shelf neighborhoods, with over a century of historic mansions and landscaping. Named for the sophistication of residents and neighbors, the country-style estates of Tuxedo Park may make socializing with neighbors a challenge (since almost everyone lives behind a gate and up a long driveway!), but the beauty and splendor of Tuxedo Park’s luxurious estates make this near-flawless neighborhood a highlight of Buckhead.
Arden-Habersham – Just around the corner from the Governor’s mansion is the neighborhood of Buckhead’s most elite residents in the Arden-Habersham neighborhood. Home to many of Buckhead’s signature architectural styles, the cut-through traffic that sometimes results from the intersection of major roads is easily overlooked when “the next house is often more impressive than the last!”
(Peachtree Heights Park)– For generations, families that have lived in Peachtree Heights West have stayed here—so long that some families have lived in their homes for 5-6 generations. Since 1980, the neighborhood has been recognized in the National Register of Historic Places, and while some newer residents object to the traffic of Peachtree Road and the “historic” interiors of their stately manors, long-time residents value their community and history more than almost any other group of Atlantans.
North Buckhead – North Buckhead is Atlanta’s 4th most populous neighborhood, and has a seasonal Block Parties (also known as “flings”) keep neighbors entertained and engaged with one another and the spirit of their community. Traffic congestion can be heavy due to the abundance of shopping options and major roadways near North Buckhead, but the variety of houses and luxury shopping outlets brings all of the convenience and amenity of big-city life to the quaint, forested core of this Atlanta neighborhood.
Brookhaven is as historic as it is beautiful, boasting the Capital City Club—the oldest member’s only club in Atlanta—and its surrounding properties as the jewels of this Buckhead neighborhood. While its proximity to the Phipps and Lenox malls can bring forth a lot of unwanted traffic, living in Historic Brookhaven offers some of Atlanta’s most stunning architectural fixtures spanning from the early 1900s to the present.
Zip Codes: 30324, 30306
Median Household Income: $102,100
Location: Approximately 4 miles northeast of downtown Atlanta.
Nestled between Ansley Park and Druid Hills just northeast of downtown Atlanta, Morningside/Lenox Park itself is known as one of Atlanta’s “walkable neighborhoods,” and a stroll through the town’s tree-lined streets or the Morningside Nature Preserve truly showcases the care and pride taken to maintain this image. Home to a number of restaurants such as Alon’s Bakery and Rosebud, food-lovers will rejoice at the abundance of tantalizing options available to them along
Nature and urban life find harmony in Morningside/Lenox Park, and local highlights are no exception to this. Since 1995, the Morningside Farmer’s Market has operated every Saturday from 8AM-11:30AM to bring residents organic produce, meats, flowers, breads, foods and artisan crafts. Across the street from the market is The Family Dog, a restaurant that serves farm-fresh food and delicious cocktails from “3PM to Late” each day of the week, along with brunch on the weekends. Morningside/Lenox Park’s annual Celebration of Summer also provides a fun, free activity for families during the month of May.
Just off of Piedmont Avenue and Monroe Drive, the nearby Ansley Mall (and adjoining Ansley Square) also feature a number of LGBT-friendly bars and restaurants, making this area of the Morningside/Lenox Park neighborhood a nightlife hotspot for Atlanta’s LGBT community.
Zip Codes: 30306, 30324
Median Household Income: $90,008
Location: Approximately 3 miles northeast of downtown Atlanta.
Just south of Morningside/Lenox Park is the neighborhood of Virginia-Highland, or “VaHi” to its inhabitants, is a historical district that attracts Atlantans and tourists from across the country to see the marriage of bungalow houses and modern architecture. Like its neighbor, Virginia-Highland also boasts an “urban-natural harmony” feel in the form of tree-lined streets and a network of parks and arboretums.
Virginia-Highland is home to some of Atlanta’s largest and most-known festivals, including the Taste of the Highlands food festival in May, Summerfest in June, and the Virginia-Highland Tour of Homes in December. In addition to these events, everyday festivities can usually be found at Virginia-Highland’s many food and bar options, including longstanding local watering hole Moe and Joe’s Tavern, Atkins Park Tavern (Atlanta’s oldest continuously licensed tavern), Tapas and live music at Loca Luna, and provincial European dining at Babette’s Café.
Zip Codes: 30307
Median Household Income: $83,606
Location: Approximately 3 miles east of downtown Atlanta
Surrounding Candler Park is a small neighborhood that shares the same name, located on the east side of Atlanta just south of Druid Hills. Candler Park connects to the nearby Freedom Park, one of the largest parks in the city, where the Jimmy Carter Presidential Library & Museum can be found along the Freedom Park Trail to the west, ending near the entrance of the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historic Site to the southwest.
Candler Park itself offers 55 acres of green space and includes a nine-hole golf course, tennis courts, a basketball course, a swimming pool and a playground. The abundance of natural space in Candler Park is perfect for planning a picnic, and the neighborhood offers activities such as the “Flick-Nic” in Candler Park during the spring and summer months, as well as festivals like the Candler Park Music & Food Festival. The largest festival celebrated in Candler Park is the annual Fall Festival, which showcases local art, music, and food from around the neighborhood.
If you chose to forego picnicking in the park, Candler Park also sports diversity in its dining options to fit anyone’s palate. Local favorites such as Talat Market, Gato, and Palacsinta provide Thai, Tex-Mex, and Hungarian fare to residents and visitors alike. A quick stop at the legendary Fox Brothers Bar-B-Q can also help satiate the hunger of those seeking to partake in traditional Southern comfort food and barbecue.
Zip Codes: 30308
Median Household Income: $81,650
Location: Approximately 2.2 miles north of downtown Atlanta.
Midtown is, as implied, situated between downtown Atlanta to the south and the Buckhead neighborhood to the north. Perhaps the most striking feature about Midtown is that it is known as Atlanta’s “Heart of the Arts.” At every corner, art, history, and culture find a home amongst the beautiful parks and trails of Piedmont Park and the neighborhood’s two historic districts, the Fox Theatre Historic District and the Historic Midtown District.
Atlanta’s art and culture scene truly comes to life in Midtown, home to the Atlanta Botanical Garden and the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. Other local highlights include the Center for Puppetry Arts, the High Museum of Art, and the Museum of Design Atlanta (MODA), all of which guarantee a memorable and unique visit during each trip.
A quick stop into one of Midtown’s many food staples—including Nan and Empire State South—can provide enough energy to fully experience what Midtown has to offer. Besides art, Midtown boasts other activities that include bowling at Midtown Bowl or exploring the town’s plentiful nightlife options.
Zip Code: 30307, 30316
Median Household Income: $76,449
Location: Approximately 2.5 miles east of downtown Atlanta.
Inman Park is the first planned suburb of Atlanta, dating back to the 1880s, and the diversity in housing options make a walk through the neighborhood like a walk through Atlanta’s history. Home to shotgun houses, early-20th century bungalows, and Victorian mansions, Inman Park’s diversity in housing can be explored during the Tour of Homes, the centerpiece of Inman Park’s annual end-of-April Festival that attracts tens of thousands of residents and visitors alike to Georgia’s largest all-volunteer celebration.
Inman Park hosts some of Atlanta’s most sought-after and well-known dining establishments, including Wisteria, Sotto Sotto, and BoccaLupo. The Krog Street Market, an otherwise unassuming warehouse, showcases some Atlanta’s hottest and unique culinary boutiques. A quick stroll down the restaurant-filled Edgewood or Highland Avenues also shows promising food options such as The North Highland Pub and Fritti.
Aside from food, Inman Park is also home to many of Atlanta’s green spaces, including the Esther Peachy Lefevre Park on the border of the Inman Park and Cabbagetown neighborhoods, and the incomparable Springvale Park near the neighborhood’s MARTA stop. The Variety Playhouse theatre is one of Atlanta’s premiere music and concert venues and offers year-round entertainment, from local shows to worldwide tours of big-name artists and musicians.
Zip Codes: 30306, 30307
Median Household Income: $65,920
Location: Approximately 2.8 miles northeast of downtown Atlanta.
Besides the Jimmy Carter Presidential Library & Museum, Poncey-Highland is home to some of Atlanta’s most historic buildings including the Ford Motor Company Assembly Plant, which showcases the commercial and industrial architectural design characteristic of early-20th century Atlanta. Poncey-Highland also features the iconic Briarcliff Plaza, Atlanta’s first shopping center with an outdoor parking lot, and houses the Plaza Theatre, Atlanta’s oldest continually operating movie theatre. The theatre can be spotted from a distance by its Art Deco marquee.
Poncey-Highland features a number of bars and points-of-interest for the historically inclined. The long-operating Manuel’s Tavern is known as “a broad cross-section of American culture rubbing elbows at the bar, discussing the news item of the day, arguing the merits of a sports team, or espousing the idea of the century.” Videodrome, one of Atlanta’s few independently owned-and-operated DVD rental stores, harkens memories of early 2000s rental shops among the aisles of its impressive collection of digital media in the era of video streaming.
Finally, the Highland Inn stands proudly as one of Atlanta’s few independently owned hotels left in operation. Since 1927, the hotel has served countless guests seeking lodging arrangements in Atlanta, and those looking to host an event in the heart of Poncey-Highland area need look no further than the basement of the Highland Inn in the Highland Ballroom Lounge. Here, vintage charm and retro fixtures set the stage for a beautiful private event venue fit for any sort of celebration for residents and visitors alike.
Zip Codes: 30316, 30312
Median Household Income: $64,004
Location: Approximately 3.6 miles southeast of downtown Atlanta.
A quaint neighborhood bordering Grant Park, Ormewood Park is one of Atlanta’s smaller community that makes up for what it lacks in size with what it has in its boundless spirit. The Ormewood Park Makers Festival celebrates the art, food, and culture of Ormewood Park in the heart of the neighborhood. In 2017, Ormewood Park hosted its first “Winterfest,” the Yuletide-themed counterpart to the summery Makers Festival.
Food highlights of Ormwood Park include Vickery’s Bar & Grill, Spoon Eastside, and Gunshow. A quick walk to the west of Ormewood Park leads to Grant Park, Atlanta’s oldest city park. The Atlanta Zoo can be found here, as well as the Oakland Cemetery. Grant Park hosts a number of Atlanta’s larger and more-visited festivals throughout the year, including the Summer Shade Arts & Music Festival and the Halloween Lantern Parade.
Zip Codes: 30322, 30306, 30307
Median Household Income: $59,088
Location: Approximately 4.3 miles northeast of downtown Atlanta.
Home to Emory Village and Emory University’s central campus, Druid Hills has long attracted Atlantans and visitors alike to its lush gardens and acres-long properties. Historically, Druid Hills’ residents have been amongst the most community-oriented of Atlantans, and the plethora of activities showcases the passion that residents have in maintaining this community; for instance, the Druid Hills Tour of Homes and Gardens is celebrating its 50th anniversary this April, in which visitors can tour many of Druid Hills’ most iconic estates from throughout its history.
Natural spaces are numerous and well-maintained in Druid Hills, and include Emory University’s Woolford B. Baker Woodland and the Fernbank Forest, home to Atlanta’s Natural History Museum. The Lullwater Conversation Garden can be found just west of the Druid Hills Golf Club, an 18-hole course found in the heart of the neighborhood. Druid Hills is also home to the Georgia Aquarium, the largest aquarium in the world from 2005-2012. The Jim Cherry Memorial Planetarium also offers visitors the chance to view the cosmos in its 70-foot dome at the Fernbank Science Center.
Local food and entertainment favorites such as Blind Willie’s, Cameli’s Gourmet Pizza Joint, The Painted Pin or the Callanwolde Fine Arts Center are a great way to end a spent in day in Druid Hills the same way that it started: at the heart of a strong and proud community.
Zip Codes: 30316, 30317, 30312
Median Household Income: $54,264
Location: Approximately 2 miles southeast of downtown Atlanta.
Sharing a border with the Oakland Cemetery, Cabbagetown has evolved from a decaying mill town to a flourishing artists’ haven in the span of a generation, and has made Cabbagetown a popular destination for younger residents and visitors. Linking the Cabbagetown and Inman Park neighborhoods is the Krog Street Tunnel, lined from top to bottom with street art that captures the spirit of Atlanta’s cultural history in a unique and colorful fashion. Cabbagetown is also home to the Cabbagetown District surrounding the site of the Fulton Bag and Cotton Mill, around which Cabbagetown was founded.
The small Cabbagetown Park is located in the heart of Cabbagetown for those looking to explore another of Atlanta’s hidden green spaces to picnic and see a movie on the first and third Friday of each month, or perhaps to experience the annual Chomp & Stomp Festival, a celebration of chili cooking and bluegrass music that draws thousands each year. Art is at the heart of many of Cabbagetown’s activities, and since its beginning, the Forward Warrior mural festival has helped many of Cabbagetown’s artists find success among the Atlanta art scene.
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