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Safe, Affordable Neighborhoods in Atlanta

Thinking about moving to Atlanta? With job opportunities with major companies like Delta Air Lines and Coca-Cola, pro sports teams like the Atlanta Falcons and Atlanta Braves, beautiful outdoor recreation spots, and incredible Southern cuisine, it’s no wonder why ATL is a hot place to be! But where should you live? If you’re searching for neighborhoods that are safe and affordable, here are the five best places to live in Atlanta!

  • Candler Park
  • Lake Claire
  • Midtown
  • North Buckhead
  • Poncey-Highland

Candler Park

White and brown bungalow house in Candlar Park in Atlanta. Photo by Instagram user @oldgeorgiahomes
Photo via @oldgeorgiahomes

Home Price: $475,706 median purchase price; $1,048 median monthly rent
Crime Rate: Safer than 99% of Georgia cities
Perfect For: Singles, young professionals, families, retirees

Looking for a hip place to live in Atlanta Intown? Candler Park offers cool bungalows and Victorian-style houses, tons of green space to explore, and easy access to the MARTA Blue and Green lines all within walking distance of the Little Five Points business district. Residents of all ages love this Atlanta neighborhood for its dedication to bringing the community together. In fact, the Candler Park Neighborhood Organization hosts frequent events for residents, including movie nights and Fall Fest. Candler Park is also home to the Candler Park Music & Food Festival, which attracts thousands of Atlanta residents each year with its food, fun, and live music.

Things to Do in Candler Park

Go for a bike ride, play a round of golf, or hit up the pool at the neighborhood’s namesake Candler Park. See local and national stage productions featuring social, spiritual, and political stories at 7 Stages. Pick up some Yeezys or Jordans at Heet ATL, or find trendy women’s and men’s sport apparel at Wish. Pop into British-themed pub Brewhouse Cafe for Fish ‘N Chips, Bangers & Mash, a large selection of beers, and soccer on TV. Sample craft beers from New Zealand, Sweden, Belgium, and more at The Porter Beer Bar. Order the Love Cakes or Award-Winning Shrimp & Grits at down-home brunch spot Flying Biscuit Cafe. Or enjoy brisket, pulled pork, smoked wings, and other barbecue favorites at Fox Bros Bar-B-Q.

Lake Claire

Blue Victorian home with green yard in Lake Claire in Atlanta. Photo by Instagram user @edwardahightower
Photo via @edwardahightower

Home Price: $488,797 median purchase price; $1,473 median monthly rent
Crime Rate: Safer than 99% of Georgia cities
Perfect For: Families, retirees

Right next to Candler Park is Lake Claire, one of the best places to buy a home in Atlanta and one of the metro’s safest neighborhoods. This quiet, family-friendly area is what some ATL residents call a “unicorn neighborhood“—that is, it’s a suburban oasis within a few minutes of more urban areas like Inman Park and Old Fourth Ward. With its tree-lined streets, large single-family houses, quick commutes via the MARTA Blue line, and voracious Lake Claire Community Land Trust (an organization that helps keep the neighborhood clean and green), Lake Claire is an excellent spot to settle down!

Things to Do in Lake Claire

Grab the kids and head to the playground at Lake Claire Park for fun in the sun. Visit the Fernbank Museum of Natural History to see dinosaur bones, learn more about Georgia’s history, and experience interactive nature exhibits. Become a member at Druid Hills Golf Club to play golf and tennis, use the fitness center, or take the kids to the pool. Get the Baja Tacos or Green Burrito with a pitcher of freshly-made margaritas at Elmyriachi. Spend a Sunday afternoon dining on french toast, eggs, paninis, and more at brunch spot Sun in My Belly. Or order the Grilled Prime NY Strip or Sesame Crusted Ahi Tuna at neighborhood bistro Wahoo Grill.

Midtown

Brown home with giant sun porch in Midtown in Atlanta. Photo by Instagram user @katielatl
Photo via @katielatl

Home Price: $322,058 median purchase price; $1,296 median monthly rent
Crime Rate: Safer than 60% of Georgia cities
Perfect For: Students, singles, young professionals, LGBTQ

One of the best neighborhoods in Atlanta for young residents is Midtown. Centrally located in Intown Atlanta with public transit via the MARTA Gold and Red lines, Midtown is the ideal home for those who want to work, live, and play all in one place. Not only does this neighborhood have some of the best dining and nightlife in Atlanta, but it’s also home to excellent festivals like Atlanta PrideMusic Midtown, and Atlanta Food & Wine Festival. In addition, this ATL hot spot is popular among college students attending Georgia Institute of Technology, which is located just across I-85.

Things to Do in Midtown

Play volleyball or soccer, sunbathe by the pool, or go fishing at Piedmont Park. See everything from local ballet productions to national comedy tours at Fox Theatre. Stroll through Midtown art museums like the Museum of Design Atlanta (MODA), The Woodruff Arts Center, and High Museum of Art. Head over to Atlantic Station to shop at DSW, Target, Old Navy, and more. Catch amazing drag shows and dance the night away at gay bar Blake’s on the Park. Order handcrafted cocktails like the Lucky Clover or the Kentucky Bramble at Establishment. Get oysters on the half shell, swordfish, and other seafood favorites at Lure. Or try everything from street tacos to fried rice at Mexican-Korean fusion restaurant Takorea.

North Buckhead

White cottage home with a green front yard in North Buckhead in Atlanta. Photo by Instagram user @ashleyaglialoro
Photo via @ashleyaglialoro

Home Price: $549,909 median purchase price; $1,073 median monthly rent
Crime Rate: Safer than 92% of Georgia cities
Perfect For: Families, retirees

Part of the larger Bucktown area just outside of Atlanta Intown, North Buckhead is known for its vast green space, luxurious houses, and top-rated public schools like Sarah Smith Elementary School. Despite having some urban amenities like high-rise condos, business districts, and access to the MARTA Red line on the south end of the neighborhood, North Buckhead is primarily residential, making it a popular home for families and retirees who want quieter, more upscale living in the Atlanta metro.

Things to Do in North Buckhead

Visit Blue Heron Nature Preserve to hike and bike the nature trails or explore the rotating outdoor art installations. Head over to Chastain Park Golf Course—one of Atlanta’s top public golf courses—to get in a round of 18 holes. Shop at luxury stores like Dior, Fendi, and Kate Spade at Phipps Plaza or at department stores like Bloomingdale’s, Macy’s, or Neiman Marcus at Lenox Square. Enjoy dinner and a movie with the family at AMC Dine-In Buckhead 6. Settle in for a few drinks and oldies hits from the ’50s, ’60s, and ’70s at Johnny’s Hideaway. Share a Porterhouse for Two with a Giant Baked Potato and a bottle of wine at high-end steakhouse New York Prime. Or grab a spot on the patio at Buckhead Pizza Co. and dig into a Spicy Chicken or Piedmont Park pizza.

Poncey-Highland

White house under a shaded tree with a white retaining wall in Poncey-Highland in Atlanta. Photo by Instagram user @khao_21
Photo via @khao_21

Home Price: $300,339 median purchase price; $1,215 median monthly rent
Crime Rate: Safer than 87% of Georgia cities
Perfect For: Singles, young professionals, families, retirees

Named after its two major streets—Ponce de Leon Ave and Highland Ave—Poncey-Highland is one of the best areas to live in Atlanta for young professionals and families. Not only is this neighborhood a great spot for anyone wanting affordable living and a tight-knit community, but the area also offers a variety of housing options, such as bungalows, brick single-family homes, modern townhomes, and newly-constructed condos. In addition, Poncey-Highland has plenty of green space to explore, thanks to the Jimmy Carter Presidential Library & Museum at its heart.

Things to Do in Poncey-Highland

Spend an afternoon at the Carter Presidential Center to see a life-sized replica of the Oval Office and learn more about the modern-day American presidency. Practice your kick-flips, ollies, and grinds at Historic Fourth Ward Skatepark. Relax with a restorative yoga class or test your endurance during hot yoga at Sacred Thread Yoga. Catch The Rocky Horror Picture Show and other cult film classics at indie theater Plaza Atlanta. Visit La Fonda Latina for paella, quesadillas, and Cuban sandwiches. Order buffalo wings or nachos and try a local craft beer on tap at neighborhood hangout Manuel’s Tavern. Or get the Shrimp & Grits, Pulled Pork Bowl, or Memphis Baby Back Plate at down-home joint Sweet Auburn BBQ.

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Home prices from Niche. Crime rates from AreaVibes.

Safe, Affordable Neighborhoods in Atlanta, GA