If you are looking for affluent uptown living, look no further than Buckhead. Like its vibrant neighbor to the south, Midtown, Buckhead has a lot to offer starting with its location. Comprising the northernmost one-fifth of the city inside the perimeter, Buckhead occupies the slice of pie formed by I-75 on the east and I-85 on the west. The area is bisected by GA-400 and connected to the rest of the city and affluent northern suburbs via three MARTA stations.
Buckhead is a premier center of urban commerce and finance anchored by class A high-rise office buildings, upmarket hotels, and retail districts that include iconic luxury brands like Ritz-Carlton, Waldorf-Astoria, Neiman-Marcus, Tiffany, Dior, Louboutin, and Hermes. Peppered among the luxe towers and haute couture, you’ll also find a deeply-rooted eclectic mix of fine boutiques, established restaurants, upscale bars, art galleries, theaters, and antique shops that have served Atlanta society for decades.
Buckhead’s high profile commercial scene is supported by some of the wealthiest residential communities in the Southeast. Westernmost Buckhead zip code 30327 was ranked 2nd wealthiest zip code in the Southeast (behind Palm Beach, FL 33480) in 2011 by the Gadberry Group. The same group reported an average household income of over $280,000 and average household net worth of over $1.3M. The Robb Report consistently ranks Buckhead as one of the Top 10 Most Affluent Communities in the Country. Buckhead is home to the governor’s mansion on West Paces Ferry and numerous notable celebrities, athletes, politicians, foreign dignitaries, heirs/heiresses, and business leaders. From luxury high-rise penthouses to expansive gated estates, Atlanta’s most prestigious addresses are in Buckhead.
Buckhead was not always shiny towers and haute couture, however. In the late 1800’s the area now known as Buckhead was a rural vacation spot for wealthy Atlantans. It gets its name from a legend that prominent local landowner, Henry Irby, killed a large buck and displayed the head for everyone to admire. Prior to this nickname, the area was known simply as Irbyville. Buckhead remained predominantly country estates until after World War I, when many wealthy Atlantans began building lavish estates along the rolling hills that would become Peachtree Road. Construction continued unhindered through the Great Depression. Beginning in the 1940s, working class neighborhoods in the area were razed to make way for shopping centers. The community was annexed by Atlanta in 1952 and 1956 saw the development of Lenox Square, one of first shopping malls in the country. Office development soon followed quickly turning what was once a quiet country retreat into what is now one of the most densely populated urban centers in the Southeast.
Featuring traditional luxury single-family homes with smartly landscaped yards set amidst a lush wooded backdrop, the Chastain Park Neighborhood in Buckhead is as beautiful as its namesake, Atlanta’s largest - and arguably most scenic - city park. Completed in 1945, 268-acre Chastain Memorial Park is named for Fulton County Commissioner Troy Green Chastain who directed the construction until his death in 1944. The park is bisected by Nancy Creek, a tributary of the Chattahoochee, and now features three miles of walking trails, playgrounds, tennis courts, an 18-hole top-rated public golf course, Olympic-sized swimming pool, arts center, softball diamond, horse park, and an outdoor amphitheater.. The park is the focal point of social activity year-round catering to an active community with competitive sporting events and cultural activities including art classes, festivals, and musical performances. The open-air Amphitheater seats approximately 7,000 and hosts performances in the summer months by the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and other top entertainers with noted performances including Frank Sinatra, Aretha Franklin, Ray Charles, and Johnny Cash just to name a few.
Conveniently located in the center of Buckhead, Chastain Park is bordered by Sandy Springs to the north, Northside Drive to the west, and Tuxedo Park to the south offering residents easy access to fine dining, shopping, and entertainment. Top ranked Jackson elementary school and premier private schools in the area including Pace Academy, Westminster, Marist, and The Lovett School attract many families with school-age children to the neighborhood. Easy interstate access and proximity to a number of class-A office buildings including the Concourse and the King and Queen make this a popular neighborhood for professionals and executives.
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