Atlanta Real Estate
Once known as “Terminus” for the end of the railroad line, Atlanta was incorporated in 1847. Now this bustling city center is home to multinational corporations, numerous branches of government, and has become the business hub of Georgia. Situated in roughly four square miles, downtown also includes major tourist attractions, and in recent years, has undergone a transformation that ushered in droves of urban residents.
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Professional sports came to Atlanta in 1965. Now fans can watch the Atlanta Falcons (football) play at the Georgia Dome, the Atlanta Braves (baseball) play at Turner Field and the Atlanta Hawks (basketball) play at Philips Arena. Centennial Olympic Park, the iconic centerpiece of the 1996 Olympic Games, borders major attractions such as the College Football Hall of Fame, an interactive experience representing most every college team; CNN Center, world headquarters for the first 24-hour cable news network; the Georgia Aquarium, the largest aquarium in the western hemisphere with several thousand species of marine life; World of Coca-Cola, a showcase of the popular beverage’s history; and the Center for Civil and Human Rights, a museum dedicated to the civil rights movement. In addition to numerous retail options, the city is also home to the famous AmericasMart Atlanta, one of the world’s largest permanent wholesale trade centers, spanning four buildings and seven million square feet.
Following the revival that Centennial Olympic Park ushered in, Downtown Atlanta has become one of the most popular urban residential areas in the South. Roughly divided into nine subdistricts, downtown neighborhoods include Castleberry Hill, Centennial Hill, Fairlie-Poplar, Five Points, the Hotel District, Luckie Marietta, Peachtree Center, SoNo (South of North Avenue) and South Downtown. While there is an abundance of mid- and high-rise apartments, downtown is a robust area for residential investors. Popular neighborhoods for condo-living include SoNo, Centennial Hill, and Fairlie-Poplar. For those in search of single-family homes, as well as the conveniences of living in a major metropolitan area, see homes for sale in Midtown Atlanta.
Atlanta Public Schools offers convenient elementary, middle school and high school options for downtown residents. There also are a number of private schools to choose from. Students access private schools in outlying areas by traveling on MARTA. In fact, popular choices like The Westminster Schools, even have a bus that picks students up at the closest MARTA station. Downtown Atlanta also is home to Georgia State University, which offers more than 250 undergraduate and graduate programs and draws students from around the world.
Downtown Atlanta is a thriving place with a growing population of residents and office workers, as well as students, visitors, and conventioneers. To learn more about homes for sale in Downtown Atlanta, contact the Hinson Team.