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Beautiful Buckhead

The Soul of Atlanta

Buckhead is an affluent uptown district of Atlanta, Fulton County, Georgia, comprising approximately the northern fifth of the city. Buckhead is a major commercial and financial center of the Southeast, and it is the third-largest business district in Atlanta, behind Downtown and Midtown. The district’s highrise office buildings, hotels, and condominiums form a highly urbanized core along Peachtree Road. Surrounding this dense core are Buckhead’s residential neighborhoods, which feature large single-family homes situated among dense forests and rolling hills

Since at least the 1950s, Buckhead has been known as a district of extreme wealth, with the western and northern neighborhoods being virtually unrivaled in the Southeast. In 2011, The Gadberry Group compiled the list of the 50 wealthiest zip codes in the United States, ranking Buckhead’s western zip code (30327) as the second wealthiest zip code in the South (behind Palm Beach’s 33480) and the second wealthiest zip code east of California and south of Virginia.

While much of west and north Buckhead is preserved as single-family homes in forested settings, the Peachtree Road corridor has become a major focus of high-rise construction. The first 400-foot (121 m) office tower, Tower Place, opened in 1974. Park Place, built in 1986, was the first 400+ foot (121+ m) condominium building. 1986 also saw the completion of the 425-foot (129 m), 34-story Atlanta Plaza, then Buckhead’s tallest and largest building.

The main north-south street of Buckhead is Peachtree Road, which extends south into the heart of the city as Peachtree Street, Atlanta’s main street. This name change is significant in that it defines a border between Buckhead and Midtown. The main east-west street is Paces Ferry Road, named for a former ferry that used to cross the Chattahoochee River. Hardy Pace, one of Atlanta’s founders, operated the ferry and owned much of what is now Buckhead. In addition to Peachtree and West Paces Ferry Roads, other arterial roads include Piedmont Road (Georgia 237), Roswell Road (Georgia State Route 9), and Northside Parkway.

Neighborhoods

  • Brandon
  • Brookwood
  • Brookwood Hills
  • Buckhead Forest
  • Buckhead Heights
  • Buckhead Village
  • Castlewood
  • Channing Valley
  • Chastain Park
  • Collier Hills
  • Colonial Homes
  • East Chastain Park
  • Garden Hills
  • Haynes Manor
  • Historic Brookhaven
  • Kingswood
  • Lenox
  • Lindbergh/Morosgo
  • Margaret Mitchell
  • Mount Paran/Northside
  • Memorial Park
  • Mount Paran Parkway
  • North Buckhead
  • Paces
  • Peachtree Battle
  • Peachtree Heights East
  • Peachtree Heights West
  • Peachtree Hills
  • Peachtree Park
  • Pine Hills
  • Pleasant Hill
  • Randall Mill
  • Ridgedale Park
  • Springlake
  • South Tuxedo Park
  • Tuxedo Park
  • Underwood Hills
  • West Paces Ferry/Northside
  • Westminister/Milmar
  • Whitewater Creek
  • Wildwood
  • Woodfield
  • Wyngate

Attractions

The “Buckhead Atlanta” mixed use development originally aimed to bring even more exclusive boutiques, restaurants, hotels, condos and office space to Buckhead. In 2011 developer Oliver McMillan bought the property and planned to build a scaled-down version, not an upscale shopping district, but an “urban village” woven into the community with 300,000 square feet (28,000 m2) of retail and restaurants, 40,000 square feet (3,700 m2) of boutique offices and two 20-story luxury apartment buildings.

Home Values

Buckhead’s reported the average household income at $280,631, with an average household net worth of $1,353,189. These 2011 figures are up from a similar 2005 study that pegged Buckhead as the wealthiest community in the South and the only settlement south of the Washington D.C. suburb of Great Falls, and east of the Phoenix suburb of Paradise Valley to be among the 50 wealthiest communities in the country.