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Alpharetta


Originally a small country farmland community, Alpharetta has boomed within the last 20 years to become one of Atlanta's up and coming suburbs. Beckoning to those in search of stately developments with aristocratic sounding names, such as Foxworth, Thornhill and Windward. Foreclosure Homes range from elegant subdivisions to homes with acreage.

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Ansley Park


One of Atlanta's most popular neighborhoods, located just north of the downtown convention district. The neighborhood began construction in 1905 as Atlanta's first automobile oriented community and ended as one of Atlanta's premier residential areas. Developer Edwin Ansley patterned the entire neighborhood after the North Druid Hills area.

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Brookhaven


Originally developed around 1910 as Atlanta's first country club neighborhood, Brookhaven, located on the northern edge of Buckhead is an enclave of large, elegant Tudor, Colonial, Georgian and English cottage homes. Lush landscapes, beautiful arrays of gardens, and meandering streets are indicative of Brookhaven.

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Buckhead


Originally named Irbyville for the Irby family, owner of most of the land in the area and the local tavern/general store, which was located on the comer of Roswell Road and West Paces Ferry in 1839. The community was named after a "buck's head," when someone shot a buck and hung the head on a tree outside the tavern, thus becoming a popular landmark.

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Cabbagetown


Atlanta's oldest industrial settlement was founded in 1885 to support labor for Jacob Elsas' Fulton Bag & Cotton Mill. Today, Cabbagetown is a thriving community of diversity and southern flavor, enjoying a revitalization which is an inspiration to the city.

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Candler Park


Candler Park is located about 5 minutes east of downtown Atlanta and just south of Ponce De Leon Avenue. This National Register of Historic Places neighborhood is one of Atlanta's first suburbs and was founded as Edgewood in 1890. The neighborhood is home to many talented people, great shops, bars, and everything eclectic. Candler Park is a family-friendly neighborhood with a focus on walkability and livability.

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Decatur


Originally called Dawson's Camp, Decatur, was named for American naval officer Stephen Decatur, who fought in the War of 1812. Decatur was incorporated in 1822, making this the oldest city in DeKalb County. Older brick homes, smaller bungalows and cottage homes are abundant in this area. Renovation of Decatur has been ongoing, giving a facelift to an area that was becoming a bit shopworn.

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Downtown


A busy, thriving business sector during the day, downtown became a virtual ghost town at night. For years, downtown was a place to work, not live, but the greatest boost to downtown was the Summer Olympics and the major revitalization campaigns and efforts, giving downtown its modern transformation. New sculptures, attractice streetlights and landscaping have encouraged downtown migration.

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Druid Hills


Druid Hills is one of the most successful and affluent residential communities in Atlanta, and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Home to Callanwolde, built in 1920 for Asa Candler, the founder of Coca-Cola. And 822 Lullwater, the house used in filming "Driving Miss Daisy." Curving, winding roads circle around the Tudor, Georgian and Traditional two story style architecture.

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Dunwoody


Originally a farming community, Dunwoody now includes about 15,000 homeowners.  A significant part of the DeKalb portion of Dunwoody was owned by the Spruill family. Today, Dunwoody is widely regarded as one of Atlanta's most upscale communities.

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Grant Park/East Atlanta


The Grant Park is one of Atlanta's oldest neighborhoods. The district includes a 131-acre green space and recreational area, and the residential neighborhoods surrounding it. The majority of the buildings are residential but the district also includes school buildings, churches, neighborhood commercial clusters and recreational buildings. Rambling Victorian era mansions and small cottages, early 20th-century bungalows and many brick paved sidewalks characterize the Grant Park neighborhood.

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Kirkwood


Governed beginning in 1899 by its own city council and mayor, Kirkwood boasted its own water system, school systems and fire department. Today, Kirkwood is experiencing a renaissance with the development a new shopping district.

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Little Five Points


Named after the "five points" intersection between Moreland, Euclid, and McLendon. Little Five Points is Atlanta's example of eclectic dining, shopping and artistic creativity, reminicent of New York's Greenwich Village or Melrose Avenue in Los Angeles. Older homes fill this community, however these homes have not been refurbished. Often a mecca for bargain hunters who want to find a reasonably priced home and still live in town.

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Marietta


A large community, northwest of Atlanta, which still offers the small town Southern atmosphere in a bustling community. Occupied by Union troops until about 1864, when they joined Sherman in his march to the sea, Marietta withstood the Civil War and prospered. Neighborhoods of 19th century Victorian homes, Antebellum homes, modest bungalows, and ranch type houses encompass all of Marietta. The Square is Marietta's historic area and cultural district, complete with shops, buildings of yesteryear, the Theatre in the Square and the art museum.

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Midtown


Just north of downtown is the city's cultural center and sanctuary for the alternative lifestyle crowd, singles and young professionals. Midtown is aptly named due to its location, being the midpoint between Downtown and Buckhead. This charming area is full of old, refurbished homes, loft and warehouse apartments and condos. Lacking the large rolling lawns and mansions of Buckhead, Midtown has its own special appeal. Atlanta's legendary past is immortalized by the Margaret Mitchell House, home of Atlanta's famous author.

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North Buckhead


North Buckhead is a residential, mixed-use and urban neighborhood inside the City of Atlanta, north of the Lenox Square area.  The area is heavily wooded with many hills and valleys.  It is conveniently located and has easy access to Atlanta's best shopping and to the majority of its finest restaurants.

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Roswell


Roswell has grown from a sleepy town of 30,000 on the outskirts of Atlanta to a bustling city of 84,000. Its a friendly small town charm and our sense of family and community. Roswell is known for its commitment to providing excellent service to its residents, its progressive attitude, and its small-town charm.

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Sandy Springs


Sandy Springs is an unincorporated area of Fulton County, just north of Atlanta, with a population of 90,000.

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Smyrna


The Georgia Municipal Association and Georgia Trend Magazine have named the City of Smyrna one of 10 "Cities of Excellence" in the state. Smyrna received this award for excellence in fiscal management, public safety, infrastructure, citizen participation, cultural activities, community partnerships and downtown viability.  Smyrna has become widely known as a model for redevelopment and serves as an example to other communities.

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Virginia-Highland


Named after its location at the intersection of Virginia and North Highland avenues, this district still remains a popular spot for Atlanta's young professionals. At one time this prime area was in danger of becoming part of a planned highway system, but with the efforts of community leaders and activists, the area revitalized itself to become the urban professionals dream.

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Vinings


Vinings differs from most other communities in its resolve to keep the village’s integrity and uniqueness, making it a world away from uncontrolled urban sprawl. Streets have been widened to accommodate the flow of new residents but in keeping with the philosophy of the community, sidewalks have been added to encourage more pedestrian traffic. While large office buildings, restaurants, service businesses, and other shopping centers have arisen, all have respectfully kept the integrity of Vinings historic significance as have the increasing numbers of elegant homebuilders and condominiums/apartments builders in the area. An historic treasure valued by those who live and work there, Vinings is also a great treat for visitors who discover it.

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