What comes to your mind when you think of Atlanta? For some, it might be Coca-Cola. For sports fanatics, your love for one of the local teams – The Falcons, the Braves, or The Hawks – may be what first comes to mind. If you’re from the north, the weather might be a big draw for this southern city. Those who are keen on their celebrity knowledge might recognize Atlanta as being the hometown of one of their favorite rappers/hosts/singers.
Along with the above, The Olympics, Tyler Perry, traffic, and MARTA also probably come to mind when thinking of this southern hub. Not to mention, it’s home to the world’s busiest airport – Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport.
There are many quirks, benefits, and stereotypes that come with any city, and Atlanta is no exception. However, there are many reasons why one might move here. Just ask the locals; they’ll have loads to tell you about what makes their city so great.
In the meantime, if you’re considering a move to Hotlanta, here are some of the biggest benefits the city has to offer.
Hands-down, one of the best aspects of Atlanta is the weather. While summer temps can soar, the spring is mild, and the city lights up with dogwoods and cherry tree blossoms. Likewise, residents experience a nice range of foliage and some cooler temperatures during the fall. Oh, and while the city does experience a winter, it never stays long.
So, in short, you get a change of seasons complete with greenery, blossoms, and the annual change of color during the fall, while experiencing overall warm, sunny days. It doesn’t get much better than that.
There are plenty, and we mean plenty, of neighborhoods to choose from in the greater Atlanta area. Whether your style is more ITP (inside the perimeter) or OTP (outside the perimeter), you’ll find each community both inside and outside of the perimeter boasts its own style of homes, restaurants, and schools.
Navigating the difference between the two options can be difficult, but it really comes down to lifestyle. The neighborhoods inside are closer to the big-city life, with more restaurants and entertainment. However, many times they lack the size, yards, and space that you find OTP. Either way, when it comes to finding your perfect home, you have plenty of options throughout the greater Atlanta area.
Cost of Living
When compared to other cities of its size, Atlanta is one of the cheaper ones. Housing prices are affordable, in relation to average income. Not to mention, the city is full of inexpensive or free things to do, and it offers residents little extras, such as cheap and readily available parking, that other big cities just don’t have. The overall cost of living is what draws young professionals and families to the city.
Southern Charm with Big City Culture
One of the best aspects of residing in (or around) this city is the balance of southern charm and big city culture that Atlanta seems to master. Although Atlanta is a big city, it has the charm and hospitality of the smaller town that you will come to appreciate.
You will usually be met with friendly people, whether you’re walking into a business, going out to eat, or talking to someone new at a bar. There is focus on family, and people usually mind their manners: something you don’t usually find in the fast-paced life of places like New York City.
At the same time, Atlanta offers big-city culture. From the different museums, such as the High Art Museums and Fernbank, to the ballets, Broadway productions, comedy shows, and concerts, this is an awesome place to see different plays or spend your time gazing at art in galleries.
Oh, and the food and nightlife is to die for. There are many award-winning restaurants found throughout the city with a wide range of cuisine that is sure to suit any palate. The big city culture is something you can’t miss here.
Atlanta is a quick drive away from some of Georgia’s best attractions and vacation spots. For a weekend getaway head up to North Georgia for a mountain escape. The quaint towns of Helen, Blue Ridge and Ellijay are filled with cozy cabins for weekenders and vacationers. Enjoy breathtaking views of the Blue Ridge Mountains and do fun activities such as hike, raft, zipline or go on a fun horseback ride.
On the other hand, if you’re in need of beach getaway, drive to the coast a visit the idyllic coastal towns. Tybee Island and St. Simons Island have great beaches for some fun in the sun. Go inland and tour the southern charm of Savannah, before heading back to the big city. Tour historic houses, walk down River Street for a wide selection of unique shops and delectable eats. If you’re brave, go on a spooky ghost tour!
If you’re ready to make the leap and move to the Atlanta area, lean on Janet Sells for a personalized realtor experience unlike anything other agencies or agents can offer. With many years of experience under her belt, Janet is knowledgeable about the greater Atlanta area, and she uses her expertise and experience to find you the perfect home.