If you are about to embark on your career and find that your new job has you relocating to Atlanta, you’re in luck! Atlanta is not only a hugely popular city with young professionals (CareerBliss ranked it the seventh happiest place in the nation for young professionals to live in 2012), it also boasts an eclectic mix of neighborhoods for you to choose from as you begin the process of securing your Atlanta apartment. If you’re not sure where to begin your search, check out our Atlanta Neighborhood Guide for Young Professionals:
Often referred to as Atlanta’s answer to New York’s SoHo and LA’s Melrose Avenue, Virginia-Highland (or just “the Highlands” if you’re super hip) is one of the trendiest neighborhoods in the city. The neighborhood is largely residential, which makes it popular among young professionals looking to separate their home life from the nightlife. The area does, however, have its share of art galleries, quirky boutiques and antique shops. This area is particularly suited to young couples, and on the weekends the Highlands are packed with people in their early- to mid-20s as they explore the area’s concentrated bar scene.
With a skyline that rivals downtown Atlanta, Midtown is a favorite gathering place of young professionals. The neighborhood begins at the Georgia Tech campus and stretches for miles. The area is also home to a large portion of the city’s LGBT community and has long been known for its diversity. Midtown is also a hub of Atlanta nightlife, with high-profile clubs like the Crescent Room and Innuendo being favorites among the under-35 crowd. In the center of it all is Piedmont Park: 180 acres of gorgeous greenery featuring lakes, tennis courts and athletic fields.
Little Five Points
As Atlanta’s funkiest neighborhood, Little Five Points (or “L5P,” as the cool kids call it,) is packed with tattoo parlors, secondhand shops and music venues. L5P is best known for its annual summer street festival, where throngs of music lovers converge to hear the best local bands at popular venues like Star Community Bar. And for the history buffs: Wedged in the northwest corner of all the craziness is the Jimmy Carter Presidential Center and Library, situated on the site of the camp where Gen. William Sherman observed the burning of Atlanta at the end of the Civil War.