We have a soft spot for the south, but especially for Atlanta, Georgia, a lush city that is as inviting as it is excitingly modern. With all the charisma of a Southern city, Georgia transplants soak Atlanta’s reputable hospitality, where you get to know your neighbors like your family. The city streets are full of smiling faces, so you’ll get used to waving good morning and saying good night on your daily commute!

That being said, picking the right neighborhood to settle down in Atlanta is important. You could opt for the hustle and bustle of downtown Atlanta, or you could opt for a quieter, family-friendly block just north, south, east, or west of the city center. We’re here to help you navigate your new city. 

Your guide to the best neighborhoods in ATL 

Peachtree Heights

Location: Bordering Buckhead to its left, Peachtree Heights is north of midtown and is an idyllic city suburb. You can choose to live in Peachtree Heights West or Peach Heights East

Perfect for: If you’re less into luxury apartments and crowded streets, and want to rent a single-family home on a quiet street, then Peachtree Heights is right for you. 

Average rent: The average rent for an apartment or a house in Peachtree Heights is $3,500. Houses, of course, will cost you closer to $3,500 in the Atlanta suburbs. 

What makes Peachtree Heights so popular?

Those who move to Peachtree Heights get their pick of historic homes to rent or buy, each with its own perfectly manicured and green lawns. Truly, this is a neighborhood straight out of a postcard. The architecture of each home is distinct, as cottages, Victorian two-stories, and Tudors line each block. Family-friendly, the neighborhood is home to good public schools, charter schools, and private schools.

Things to do in Peachtree Heights:

  • Visit the adorable Duck Pond, a tiny park perfectly preserved for our feathered friends

  • Visit The Atlanta History Center and stunning Swan House, a neo-classical mansion surrounded by 33 acres of gardens, homes, and art exhibitions 

  • Take a long walk through Peachtree Heights West to spot gorgeous and historic mansions, churches, and homes made by some of our nation's most notable architects.  

Buckhead

Location: Next door to Peachtree Heights is residential, bustling Buckhead, including Buckhead Village, and Buckhead North, all east of Peachtree and north of Midtown  

Perfect for: Those want to live in a new-build neighborhood that’s more modern than historic

Average rent: The average rent for a one-bedroom apartment in Buckhead Village is currently $1,815, but renting a house may cost you more.

What makes Buckhead so popular?

Buckhead is basically the fun younger sibling of Peachtree Heights, a community of high rises surrounded by eclectic and upscale eateries like King + Duke, where you cook over an open flame, and incredible shopping at  Lenox Square, a chic mall at the heart of it all. Move to Buckhead and you’ll find luxury apartments, but also spacious condos and townhomes, each modern and sparklingly new. 

Things to do in Buckhead:

  • Locals love the independent art galleries, like Thomas Dean Fine Art, Buckhead Art & Company, and Jackson Fine Art 

  • Treat yourself and the kids (or just yourself) to a trip to Candytopia Atlanta 

  • Hit the PATH400 Greenway Trail, for a 5.2-mile hike through Georgia’s green, luscious forests. 

Midtown

Location: Bordering Piedmont Park, Midtown is a vibrant community, just north of downtown Atlanta and home to Tech Square.

Perfect for: Georgia tech students and graduates, professionals who want to live close to where they work, people passionate about art and theater 

Average rent: The average rent for an apartment in Midtown is $1,935.

An image of the Fox Theatre in Atlanta where renters can see a popular broadway show.

What makes Midtown so popular?

Conveniently located Midtown is a hub for arts and culture in Atlanta, with the Fox Theatre, High Museum of Art, and the Woodruff Arts Center all located in this one neighborhood. Peachtree Street is the spot for buzzy nightlife, with residents in Midtown chasing theater with dinner and drinks at fabulous upscale dining spots. For recent graduates who want a walking commute, remain close to their college friends, and enjoy Atlanta’s nightlife, Midtown is the perfect place as it is right next to Georgia Tech.  

Things to do in Midtown:

  • A place that serves breakfast all day is the only brunch option that matters.  Hit up Flying Biscuit Café near Piedmont Park to get a truly healing plate of scrambled eggs and a biscuit. 

  • Piedmont Park has a three acre off-leash dog park, which is about to elevate your afternoon walk. 

  • See live music at one of Atlanta’s exhilarating clubs like Domaine 

Old Fourth Ward

Location: Just east of downtown and close to Peachtree Street, Old Fourth Ward is one of the oldest and most historically rich neighborhoods in Atlanta. 

Perfect for: Young professionals who want to live close to the Atlanta Beltline and have good access to MARTA, Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority, the primary source of public transportation in Atlanta. Commuting is easy from the Old Fourth Ward.

An image of Ponce City Market, a food hall in Atlanta Georgia

Average rent: The average rent for an apartment around this area is currently $1,840 

What makes the Old Fourth Ward so popular?

The historic Old Fourth Ward is one of the most historic neighborhoods in Atlanta, as it is the birthplace of Martin Luther King Jr, and the Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site is located there. While visitors and locals alike get to enjoy and reflect on Atlanta’s rich history, residents in the Old Fourth Ward also have access to Historic Fourth Ward Park, a seven-acre new green space with a skate park and the Atlanta Beltline. 

Things to do in Old Fourth Ward:

  • Take a self-guided tour of Sweet Auburn, an avenue in Old Fourth Ward that integral to the civil rights movement

  • Find yourself a hidden speakeasy, like to the easy to access Edgewood Speakeasy, or go on a harder hunt to locate one of the many others in Old Fourth Ward

  • Hit up the Ponce City Market’s Farmers Market on the weekends for fresh produce, or get a cocktail on their rooftop in the evening. 

Virginia Highlands 

Location: Just east of Midtown and north of Old Fourth Ward, the Virginia Highlands shares Piedmont Park with Midtown, and is considered one of the best Atlanta neighborhoods for bars, coffee shops, and boutiques, all of our favorite local businesses. 

Perfect for: Relocators who want to engage in community, advocacy, and city preservation groups

Average rent: The average rent for an apartment around this area is currently $1,500.

What makes the Virginia Highlands so popular?

The Virginia Highlands neighborhood simply buzzes with energy, where movie theaters, art galleries, restaurants, and bars are as easy to get to as grocery stores and gas stations. Everything is within walking distance. Renters here can either tour wonderful apartment buildings or source a unique single-family home, as craftsman bungalows and colonial revivals are popular in this neighborhood. 

Things to do in Virginia Highlands:

Inman Park

Location: Located just south of Old Fourth Ward, Inman Park is a delightful garden “suburb” ideally situated close to trendy Cabbagetown and Edgewood.  

Perfect for: Those who want to live in an old-timey small town in a big, modern city 

Average rent: The average rent for an apartment around this area is $2,144.

What makes Inman Park so popular?

Inman Park is one of the most popular neighborhoods in Atlanta for families and professionals, as it is a combination of well-restored historic homes and green spaces. While it might seem rather austere, foodies love Inman Park, and its annual three-day foodie and art festival, as well as the Krog Street Market, one of the city’s premier food markets. These events and restaurants make Inman Park a prime scene for culinary enthusiasts.  

Things to do in Inman Park:

How to save money when you move to Atlanta

Moving across the country, or even just down the street, takes time and energy, and the logistics are tricky, especially when you’re not exactly liquid.

If you’re pinching pennies to make it to Atlanta, consider looking for an apartment or house that doesn’t require you to pay a security deposit. All you have to do is ask your future landlord or property manager if they offer Rhino during the virtual or in-person tour. They’ll know what you’re talking about. Or if you’re just getting started on your apartment search, you can contact our support team. Provide the zip code where you intend to move, and our team will send some information to start your search. 

Happy hunting!

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KT Heins-Nagamoto

KT Heins-Nagamoto is a senior brand writer at Rhino. They advocate for security deposit alternatives and renter rights in everything they write.