5 Best Neighborhoods for Families in Atlanta

Best Neighborhood for Families

When you’re moving long distance to Atlanta with a family in tow, there’s a lot to consider in choosing a neighborhood.  Are there good schools nearby? How far of a commute to the business district? Are there recreational opportunities for meeting other kids?  Before you book your long distance movers, here is our guide to 5 best neighborhoods for families in Atlanta to help you prepare for your move.


  1. Garden Hills, Buckhead District

    24.2% are family households
    48.5% are family households with childrenGarden Hills has that tight-knit community feel that can be harder to come by in a metro area. It’s one of the smallest neighborhoods on the list, with lots of families who are active in the many civic associations: Garden Hills Civic Association, Garden Hills Neighborhood Foundation,  and Garden Hills Pool & Park Association, to name a few. The community pool is the heart of the neighborhood in the summer, and several parks as well as a rec center make ample opportunity for meeting other families.The neighborhood is close to Atlanta International School and Pace Academy, two of the city’s best private schools, but it also ranks high for excellent public schools like Garden Hills Elementary and Westminster schools. And with easy, 5-minute access to the Buckhead business district, Garden Hills makes the work commute and access to Downtown quick and painless.

  1. North Buckhead

    34.2% are family households
    41.9% are family households with childrenNorth Buckhead is near Garden Hills, but has its own more bustling feel as Atlanta’s fourth most populous neighborhood. Greater availability of condos and apartments also means that families have more options for housing arrangements if you’re thinking of buying a house in Atlanta. There are still plenty of parks around, including Chastain Park, Blue Heron Nature Preserve, and Mountain Way Common, and the YMCA has soccer fields and extensive facilities in nearby Sandy Springs. A 5-mile multi-use path runs through the center of the neighborhood along GA-400, making biking or jogging an easily accessible reality.North Buckhead’s schools are some of the best in Georgia, with multiple Blue Ribbon schools like Sarah Rawson Smith Elementary, Sutton Middle School, and North Atlanta High School, as well as some top-notch private schools — Pace Academy, Atlanta International School. Emory Business School and the Art Institute of Atlanta are also located here, and many North Buckhead residents enjoy the cultural offerings of “Evenings at Emory”. Most commuters have a quick drive to work — between 10 and 30 minutes — and with lots of restaurants, entertainment opportunities, and even gyms right nearby, you won’t need to worry about commuting into Downtown.


  1. Virginia Highlands

    34% are family households
    42.8% are family households with childrenHistoric Virginia Highlands, or “VaHi” as it’s known by locals, has a historic feel as a distinct neighborhood within the city. It is host to a thriving business sector within four commercial “villages”, and each village is connected by walkable blocks lined by bungalow style homes — making the Virginia Highlands a highly pedestrian-friendly neighborhood with almost everything you need right nearby. Several small parks and playgrounds are speckled throughout the neighborhood and Piedmont Park is only about a 5-minute drive or 15-minute walk away — and the neighborhood has designated a public arboretum, comprised of trees on the property of local residents, that you can tour with information downloaded from the neighborhood’s Civic Association.Public schools in the area include Springdale Park Elementary, Inman Middle, and Grady High School. There are also several private schools nearby, including the well-renowned Padiea.From the heart of Virginia Highland , you can easily access several interstates. Virginia Highlands is also less than 5 minutes away from Downtown, 7 minutes from the Emory University Campus, and less than 20 minutes to Atlanta Hartsfield Airport.


  1. City of Decatur

    48% are family households
    26.8% are family households with childrenDecatur advertises itself as a mix between the big city and a small town, and for many families, that is the perfect mix.  The community creates a sense of neighborhood identity by promoting many neighborhood events throughout the year, and with a variety of parks, ball fields, and community pools, there’s never a shortage of things to do or places to meet other kids. There are also 7.5 times more yoga studios in Decatur than in the Atlanta metro on average, so you can hit the mat while the kids take part in one of the many family-oriented activities.The schools in Decatur have consistently been rated as some of the best in the state, so you’re sure to find excellent options for both public and private schools, including Oakhurst Elementary, Clairemont Elementary, and Decatur High School.From Downtown Decatur, Downtown Atlanta a 15-minute drive and several interstates (I-75, I-20, and I-285) are all within 15 minutes away. There are three MARTA stations, so for those who want to take public transit, there are multiple options.


  1. Chastain Park

    42% are family households
    34% are family households with childrenAtlanta’s most affluent neighborhood, Chastain Park is the 9th wealthiest zip code in the nation — so the recreational facilities, park access, horse park, tennis center, pool, and Northside Youth Organization are all well-organized and impressive. Chastain Park itself is regularly host to community events like concerts and festivals, and some of the best schools in Atlanta are in this neighborhood: with multiple private or charter schools like Ridgeview Charter and Riverwood International Charter as well as public schools like Warren T. Jackson Elementary and Sutton Middle School, the kids will be well taken care of.The commute is easy too, with only about 5 to 7 minutes to the Buckhead business district, less than 10 minutes to the interstate (I-285 and GA 400) and less than 35 minutes to Atlanta Hartsfield Airport.


Neighborhood Median Annual 
Household Income
Median Monthly Rent 3 Bedroom House,
To Buy
City of Decatur $74,465 $770 $350,000 and up
Garden Hills $65,566 $925 $350,000 and up
Virginia Highlands $96,441 $932 $450,000 and up
North Buckhead $93,212 $1114 $550,000 and up
Chastain Park $155,958 $1019 $600,000 and up


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