Atlanta: The City in the Trees

People always ask me what it’s like to live in Atlanta. Atlanta is an impressively green city compared to most metropolitan areas: with four distinctive seasons, there is always some blooming species of tree or shrub. The seasons are mild and offer a variety of outdoor living and entertainment possibilities. Living in Buckhead and Tuxedo Park, considered the Beverly Hills of the south, residents enjoy a small community vibe, while the heart of Atlanta harbors a population of over 6 million people. Chastain Amphitheater, Piedmont “Common Ground” Park, and the Appalachian Mountains are just an hour away.

These in-town neighborhoods have some of the most beautiful residences, particularly those in Tuxedo Park which is a neighborhood comprised of three or four streets behind the Governor’s Mansion. These highly-coveted streets include Valley, Tuxedo and Blackland Road, which pave the foundation for truly breathtaking estates and boast lot values of over a million dollars per acre. Even at that price, Atlanta’s luxury market maintains an outstanding value and is roughly a third of the cost compared to most large cities, including Los Angeles, Miami and New York.

Atlanta Skyline from Piedmont ParkExamples of two notable properties for sale in Tuxedo Park are and There are also charming residences in walking neighborhoods off of West Paces Ferry and Peachtree Road available in all price points. Residents have access to excellent restaurants, shops and cultural centers.  In 2014, a new shopping concept at the corner of Peachtree Road and West Paces Ferry, next to the St. Regis called Buckhead, will be completed where residents can walk among tree lined streets for dining and high-end shopping.

Atlanta’s Hartsfield airport is within 30 minutes from Buckhead and can take you anywhere in the world.  In 2000 the Department of Aviation embarked on what has become a $6 billion-plus Capital Improvement Program (CIP). The Capital Improvement Program benefits domestic and international travelers by increasing airline and passenger capacity, and by improving the overall customer service experience. CIP projects maintain, renovate and build the capital infrastructure facilities necessary to attract and retain businesses in Atlanta and the state, creating thousands of jobs for Atlanta residents.

Exciting artistic changes are happening in Atlanta these days. With the Georgia tax incentive in place, the film industry is here to stay. Film locations are Skyline Atlantapopping up all around the city, and prominent producers, directors and actors are taking up residence in Buckhead and Midtown.  New movies and reality shows can be seen shooting in eateries, residential areas and nighttime hotspots, creating an entirely new industry for Atlanta.

Every year, the BronzeLens Film Festival of Atlanta celebrates the accomplishments in film and is a networking event dedicated to bringing International attention to Atlanta as a center for film and film production for people of color. This year the BronzeLens Film Festival will have over 1,000 attendees and will feature screenings in multiple venues, as well as informative panels, and enlightening master classes led by top names in film, direction and production.

Atlanta offers a broad variety of tourist attractions including amusement parks, museums, aquariums and historical sites. Visit the World of Coca-Cola, the Botanical Garden, the Georgia Aquarium (the largest in the world) and Turner Field to watch the Braves. Atlanta has something for everyone combined with an undeniable quality of life for a major metropolitan area.