Atlanta, GA Neighborhood guides

These Are Atlanta’s Best Neighborhoods for Renters

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The hunt for a new apartment in Atlanta can be a fun endeavor. Atlanta’s potpourri of lovely neighborhoods each boast their own unique fragrance, and, as it’s true with everything else in life, it falls on you to decide which is best suited to your lifestyle. Equally rich in history, arts, sports, and fun things to do, this is a great place to live in, with wonderful job opportunities and room to grow. 

If you’re looking to live in one of the most sought-after areas in town, this is the best place to start your search. We looked at the most-searched-for neighborhoods on Google by apartment seekers in Atlanta and put together the top most popular neighborhoods for renters in Atlanta. So be sure to put these at the top of your list: 

Midtown Atlanta

  • Number of large apartment buildings: 59 
  • Number of apartments for rent: 15,400 
  • Average rent: $1,909 
  • Average apartment size: 929 sq. ft. 
  • Median age: 33.8

 

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As one of the best places to live in Atlanta overall, Midtown is a pastiche of green spaces, fine dining, diverse shopping, exciting nightlife, and generally, good times. If you plan on moving to Midtown, the residential part of the neighborhood offers a variety of choices, from hi-rise apartment complexes and condos to single-family, 20th-century residences. It is also the neighborhood with the most high-rise complexes and skyscrapers, counting 19 such buildings. 

 

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The neighborhood offers an abundance of amenities, from proximity to public transportation and interstate accessibility to high-quality schools, parks, and entertainment options. It is a place for the creative minds and the roaming souls, as people are always on the move. It’s a well-connected neighborhood, embracing the vibe of a big city, and you’re sure to blend in seamlessly and feel like you belong here, no matter where you come from. 

Buckhead

  • Number of large apartment buildings: 40 
  • Number of apartments for rent: 9,900 
  • Average rent: $1,607 
  • Average apartment size: 986 sq. ft. 
  • Median age: 35.3 

A large, ever-developing neighborhood, Buckhead is the perfect spot for both the folks who want to advance in their careers, and for the young families, looking for a home. Buckhead is seen as the financial hub of the Southeast, being a large, commercial neighborhood and one of Atlanta’s wealthiest areas. Nevertheless, it is still very welcoming for whoever desires to become its resident, as Buckhead apartments are found in beautiful locations, along tree-lined streets with sophisticated buildings, in proximity to above-average public schools and beautiful parks. 

High-rise apartments and condos also become more and more of a central feature of this area, which keeps on growing into a modern neighborhood, especially because of the shopping areas which surround it. It offers many options when it comes to dining as well, from casual spots to gourmet choices. It also remains active during the night, when many of its rooftop lounges and hotel bars open up for those searching for a good time. 

Brookhaven

  • Number of large apartment buildings: 62 
  • Number of apartments for rent: 18,000 
  • Average rent: $1,495 
  • Average apartment size: 1,073 sq. ft. 
  • Median age: 36.0 

Centered around Oglethorpe University, Brookhaven is a safe, walkable neighborhood, with a laid-back suburban feel. While it is well-connected to other areas through the MARTA system, Brookhaven remains a tranquil area, where you can stroll around spacious parks and live in beautiful bungalows. Its appeal comes from a mixture of elegant homes, from country clubs to mid-century buildings, and modern apartment complexes. Interestingly enough, Brookhaven has a large number of high-end properties, coming in at 50 properties that average a rent of $1,552 per month. Otherwise, Brookhaven apartments come at an average of $1,495 per month. 

Peachtree Corners

  • Number of large apartment buildings: 40 
  • Number of apartments for rent: 11,900 
  • Average rent: $1,425 
  • Average apartment size: 992 sq. ft. 
  • Median age: 36.5 

As a suburban neighborhood, Peachtree Corners is perfect for families. The housing scene is mostly made up of large, established homes, surrounded by trees. It has multiple parks that offer the residents a variety of amenities, a lot of which are focused on health and entertainment. The neighborhood also has an outdoor mall, with attractive restaurants and boutiques. As a family-friendly place, it has many facilities for exercise, swimming, golfing, as well as gardens and clubhouses. 

Virginia Highland

  • Number of large apartment buildings: 11 
  • Number of apartments for rent: 2,000 
  • Average rent: $1,808 
  • Average apartment size: 1,038 sq. ft. 
  • Median age: 35.7 

One of the coolest places to live in Atlanta, Virginia-Highland—or VaHi as the locals call it—is an upscale neighborhood that has been undergoing a gentrification process ever since the ‘80s. Now, it has a great variety of shopping locations, art galleries, walking and biking trails, as well as new apartment complexes. However, the charm of VaHi also comes from its old Victorian houses and Craftsman bungalows, which are spacious and beautiful. 

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Although fairly close to the heart of the city, Virginia-Highland offers serenity and relaxation, with many outdoor opportunities, spas, salons, yoga studios, and many chic spots where you can dine and drink. 

Atlantic Station

  • Number of large apartment buildings: 5 
  • Number of apartments for rent: 1,550 
  • Average rent: $2,109 
  • Average apartment size: 1,139 sq. ft. 
  • Median age: 28.7 

Atlantic Station was designed to encompass everything you might need, from apartment buildings to office spaces and a retail district, spread across three different areas: The District, The Commons, and The Village. As a very modern neighborhood, it offers its residents various entertainment options, stylish restaurants, exciting events, and more. 

 

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Being a very walkable neighborhood, which is also well connected to other areas of the city, Atlantic Station keeps growing in popularity, with investors continuously looking for opportunities to build something new and exciting. That’s why most Atlantic Station apartments come with many convenient amenities. 

Life here is fast-paced; with people coming and going, it’s no surprise that renters make up the majority of Atlantic Station’s population (63%), demand which resulted in quite the display of rental opportunities, focused on providing amenities for those who decide to call this neighborhood home. 

Downtown Atlanta

  • Number of large apartment buildings: 12 
  • Number of apartments for rent: 2,282 
  • Average rent: $1,567 
  • Average apartment size: 976 sq. ft. 
  • Median age: 21.6 

As the central business district of Atlanta, Downtown is the home of many corporate headquarters, government facilities, as well as the historic city center. It might be one of the most diverse neighborhoods in terms of housing, with a mix of single-family homes, townhomes, apartment complexes, high-rise condos, as well as redeveloped 19-century buildings for a unique living experience. 

 

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As the heart of the city, Downtown encompasses a lot of Atlanta’s tourist attractions, along with a large section of its art scene. It’s also filled with restaurants, coffee shops, nightclubs, galleries, boutiques, office spaces, salons, and gyms. Although packed with residents and buildings, the neighborhood also boasts green spaces where you can walk and relax. 

Lindbergh – Morosgo | Lindridge – Martin Manor

  • Number of large apartment buildings: 37 
  • Number of apartments for rent: 9,600 
  • Average rent: $1,565 
  • Average apartment size: 907 sq. ft. 
  • Median age: 33.7 

These two neighborhoods are also among the most sought-after for renters, who make up the majority of their residents. They boast a strong sense of community, with active citizens who want to enhance the livability of the region. Being very populous areas, these neighborhoods have a dense urban feel. They boast a wide variety of shopping stores and lively restaurants, and both neighborhoods have everything from apartments and townhouses to office buildings. 

Briarcliff

  • Number of large apartment buildings: 62 
  • Number of apartments for rent: 14,800 
  • Average rent: $1,380 
  • Average apartment size: 1,059 sq. ft. 
  • Median age: 32.5 

Briarcliff is a community well-suited for families, especially because the main housing option is single-family homes. It is a tranquil area, with many green spaces and tree-lined streets. It borders the Morningside-Lenox Park community and it’s a 15 minutes ride away from Downtown. Renting a Briarcliff apartment will cost you, on average, $1,380 per month. 

Old Fourth Ward

  • Number of large apartment buildings: 21 
  • Number of apartments for rent: 4,568 
  • Average rent: $1,664 
  • Average apartment size: 944 sq. ft. 
  • Median age: 34.1 

 

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Old Fourth Ward is a neighborhood in the heart of Atlanta, home to one of its most important attractions, the Martin Luther King, Jr. historic site. Although mainly a historic neighborhood filled with the charm of Victorian houses and Craftsman bungalows, O4W embraced the modern times and it has seen continuous developments, especially since the opening of Atlanta BeltLine. 

 

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This neighborhood encompasses many green spaces and outside areas dedicated to entertainment, where you can find playgrounds, outdoor theaters, skate parks, and even a 2-acre lake inside the Historic Fourth Ward Park. The neighborhood is also known for its street art, which gives O4W a cutting-edge vibe. 

FAQs

What’s the most populous neighborhood for renters in Atlanta? 

The most populous neighborhood for renters in Atlanta is Brookhaven, with an estimated population of over 190.000. 

What’s the youngest neighborhood for renters in Atlanta? 

The youngest renters of Atlanta live in Downtown, where the median age is 21.6 years old. 

What’s the most popular neighborhood for renters in Atlanta? 

With a renter-owner distribution of 71% to 29%, Downtown Atlanta is the most popular neighborhood for renters. 

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Mihaela Buzec

Mihaela is an online content developer for RENTCafé.com. She has a BA in English Language and Literature and is now studying for an MA in Current Linguistics. She is a passionate reader, writer, and researcher, with a background in academic writing. You can get in touch with Mihaela at mihaela.buzec@yardi.com.

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