It’s hard to assign one word that perfectly describes Buckhead. ‘Regal’ would be a good term to use to consider the sprawling, densely forested estates that line Tuxedo Road and West Paces Ferry. ‘Cosmopolitan,’ too, would be an apt descriptor for the unparalleled shopping opportunities and exceptional restaurants that are clustered in the center of this neighborhood. How about ‘lavish:’ that would lend itself to the towers of glass and steel that house some of the city's most prominent businesses and affluent citizens. In fact, ‘affluent’ almost hits the nail on the head. Almost.
Los Angeles has Beverly Hills. New York City has the Upper East Side. Chicago has the Gold Coast. Atlanta has Buckhead. Got it. Let’s settle on ‘rich.’
If you’ve heard anything about Buckhead (and at this point, you probably have), you know that it’s the area of the city that’s sparkling, spit-polished, and ready to take on the world with a cocktail party/corner office sense of couture. But in Buckhead’s case, ‘rich’ takes on a meaning that stretches far beyond luxury: despite the accouterment, there’s a richness of character underlying the luster. This is still the South, after all, where hospitality reigns supreme, and where friendships come easily; it’s not too surprising, then, that diversity of lifestyles are embraced in this, the largest district of ITP Atlanta.
A variety of housing options
Proximity to some excellent schools
A shopper’s paradise
Equidistance to Atlanta’s center, as well as to the northern suburbs
A diverse, but cosmopolitan population
Ample square footage and acreage (at a price)
A family home
High-end accommodations for a single social butterfly
Let’s be clear: Buckhead is huge. It’s actually a collection of 42 distinct neighborhoods, which contain the entire swath of Atlanta life, from towering skyscrapers to quiet neighborhoods, and everything in between. The majority of this district is located north of the Connector, between I-75 and I-85, and stretches northward for miles. The northern border, more or less, lies about two miles south of the I-285 Perimeter. All that being said, when people think of “north Atlanta,” they’re generally thinking of this part of town.
We’ve already said that Buckhead is pretty large, especially when compared to a lot of the other neighborhoods we’ve talked about. But when most Atlantans refer to Buckhead, they’re typically referring to the neighborhood of Buckhead Village, which is located in and around the intersection of Piedmont Avenue and Peachtree Road. It’s here where the skyscrapers, malls, luxury condos, and famous restaurants can be found.
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It’s not too difficult to get lost on the meandering backstreets of Buckhead (and for architecture buffs and home hunters, it can be a pretty fun experience). We could take up a whole page listing all the surface streets in this district, but if you need to get your bearings, West Paces Ferry Road and Peachtree Road crisscross through the center of Buckhead.
I-85, I-75, and the Connector all either run through or buck-up against Buckhead. The Perimeter isn’t too far away, either—it’s easy to get there if you take Roswell Road north. And then, there’s Highway 400, a toll road that provides a multi-lane straight shot from the Perimeter to I-85 (this highway continues northward, too, out into the countryside).
There are a few MARTA rail stops that run north/south through the center of Buckhead, granting access to some of the most popular neighborhoods in the district. On the south end, located at the northern end of the Connector, there’s Peachtree station; next stop is Lindbergh Center; and then, there’s Lenox Square station, which provides access to Buckhead’s heart.
This mansion was built for the Inmans, one of Atlanta’s wealthiest families, back in the ‘20s. Today, it’s an outstanding example of neoclassical architecture that serves as a carefully cultivated window into Atlanta’s past (it’s also popular with Hunger Games fans—this home served as the filming location for the President’s mansion in the films). 130 West Paces Ferry Rd. NW, (404) 814-4000, atlantahistorycenter.com
Yeah, malls. Everybody’s got malls. But in the cases of Lenox Square and Phipps Plaza (located practically across the street from one-another), it’s a little different. Lenox Square is enormous, and contains one of the biggest varieties of shopping in the South. Phipps Plaza, meanwhile, is all about luxury, with some of the most exclusive brands on the planet represented. Both are located on Peachtree Road, a few blocks east of the Piedmont Road intersection.
Years in the making, this recently completed lifestyle center rounds out the already substantial shopping and dining opportunities available in Buckhead. Throw in a residential element, and a location that places it smack-in-the-middle of the most historic part of Buckhead, and you’ve got a destination. 3035 Peachtree Rd. NE, theshopsbuckheadatlanta.com
A perennial fixture on any “Atlanta’s Best Restaurants” list, this classically inspired French eatery features a lavish menu, an incredible wine selection, an in-house charcuterie, and fabulous Peachtree-front balcony dining.
This ultra-exclusive steakhouse has been preparing some of the best slices of meat in the city for years now (it’s frequently regarded as one of the 10 best steakhouses in the country), and for this, it’s attracted a regular clientele of celebrities, world leaders, and regular folks who are just looking for spectacular, old-school fare. 70 West Paces Ferry Rd. NW, (404) 262-2675, buckheadrestaurants.com
Chef Ford Fry has made his mark on the Atlanta dining scene with a lavish variety of utterly different culinary offerings. With KIng + Duke, he brings wood-fired, farm-to-table fare that’s supported by one of the most innovative bars in the city (check out the restaurant’s staple: a 24-foot open hearth grill). 3060 Peachtree St. NW, (404) 477-3500, kinganddukeatl.com
Visitors who haven’t been to Buckhead (especially Buckhead Village) since the early 2000s are going to be in for a surprise. Back in the day, this was the part of town people visited for a some pretty crazy nightlife offerings. Today, this historic part of Buckhead has become populated with luxury shopping, high-end restaurants, and some polished residential accommodations. Some big names in nightlife have withstood the test of time, but those opting for the velvet rope tend to head to the swank clubs in Midtown.