The Top Five Emerging Neighborhoods in Atlanta

The Top Five Emerging Neighborhoods in Atlanta

The City of Atlanta is filled to overflowing with charming old neighborhoods, localities that are enjoying a sudden resurgence of popularity and exciting developing communities that are gaining attention for the first time. Highlight Homes breaks down the Top Five Emerging Neighborhoods located in and around the city or tucked away within the outskirts. As one of Atlanta’s premier custom homebuilders, we welcome the chance to help you realize the home of your dreams in one of the following neighborhoods or the community of your choosing…

West MidtownAtlanta Agent Magazine points to West Midtown as one of the best neighborhoods in which to buy. This area is particularly hot among Millennials and active couples/families drawn to its connectivity/walkability factor and awesome venues like Atlantic Station with a wealth of alluring shops, restaurants and events. Highlight Homes is proud to have our newest project poised within a mile of Atlantic Station – a luxury duplex that’s worth watching!

Sherwood Forest – of course, don’t rule out East Midtown altogether! Sherwood Forest made the top slot at #1 on Niche’s Best Neighborhoods to Live in the Atlanta Area – scoring an overall A+ Niche grade, and #2 on Niche’s Best Neighborhoods to Raise a Family in the Atlanta Area. Homebuyers are likely to love the low crime rates, the great nightlife and access to highly regarded schools.

South Buckhead – Another excellent pick from Atlanta Agent Magazine, South Buckhead is enjoying a sudden resurgence of interest from buyers for many of the same reasons as West Midtown. Affectionately dubbed SOBU, the area begins where Peachtree Road crosses I-85 at the Brookwood interchange and runs north along Peachtree to Peachtree Creek. It’s considered a Mecca for affluent homebuyers seeking access to critically acclaimed dining, upscale shops and an active art scene.

Neighborhoods of Atlanta’s Westside – including West End, Hunter Hills, Princeton Lakes,  Washington Park and Peachtree Heights – According to Redfin and its 2018 list of Hottest Neighborhoods, all eyes are turning west! Pay particular attention to neighborhoods along the West Beltline – including historic West End. Hunter Hills is another one to watch, as is Washington Park – not far from the eateries, cool bars and fun nightlife at Five Points. Peachtree Heights in Southwest Atlanta received a nod from Curbed Atlanta as Atlanta’s hottest neighborhood for 2018. Princeton Lakes is a little further out from center – just west of the Perimeter.

Decatur – Making the cut as one of Redfin’s Most Competitive Neighborhoods in Atlanta at #2 for 2018 and at #1 on Niche’s List of Best Suburbs to Live in Georgia, the City of Decatur continues to reign supreme. An incredible town square that plays host to a jam-packed, year-round calendar of events and is home to an eclectic blend of shops, restaurants and pubs serves as the heart of this city. An incredible school system, excellent parks, fun attractions like the Fernbank Museum of Natural History and high walkability factor make it a great destination for families. It’s proximity to the City of Atlanta simply adds to the allure.

Other neighborhoods to watch include Powder Springs, Smyrna, Chamblee, Tucker and one of Highlight Homes’ personal favorites… Brookhaven! If you are seeking land on which to build a custom home in any of the neighborhoods listed above or in another neighborhood of your own choosing, the team at Highlight Homes excels at land acquisition. We can also design and build the home of your dreams on land you already own. To get started, simply give us a call at 678-873-9234, send us a note at or fill out our convenient online contact form. We look forward to hearing from you soon. If you’d like to learn more about Highlight Homes and view our online gallery, please visit


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Highlight Spotlight: City of Brookhaven

1024px-Town_Brookhaven_2Highlight Homes is pleased to shine our “Highlight Spotlight” on a very special community in Atlanta, Georgia – the City of Brookhaven. Our talented design-build team is proud to be involved in several custom construction projects in the area, including two semi-custom homes – one that we just recently completed (and SOLD!) and another that we’ll be launching shortly.

Relatively “young” in terms of the life of a Southern city, Brookhaven was incorporated as recently as December 2012 – making it one of Georgia’s newest cities. Since then, its newly elected municipal government has worked tirelessly to establish a budget, launch a police department, unveil a city logo and website, and pursue community improvements.  Comprised of 12 square miles and a population estimated at around 49,000 people, Brookhaven is representative of DeKalb County’s largest city. While it hasn’t been a city for long, its reputation as one of Atlanta’s premier communities is long-standing. What once served as a large plantation established by John Evins in the early 1800s would eventually be transformed to a playground for Atlanta’s wealthy set, as they began building summer cottages around the turn of the century “far away” from the hustle and bustle of Atlanta’s thriving Downtown area.  By 1912, the Brookhaven Country Club golf course was founded, but sold three short years later to Capital City Club. Gorgeous homes designed by some of the most highly revered architects of the time began to pop up around the sprawling golf course – in an area now known as Historic Brookhaven.

As central to the community as Historic Brookhaven, but with more of a youthful vibe, is Town Brookhaven – a thriving mixed-use development that touts itself as a “pedestrian-friendly urban village.”  With more than 460,000 square feet of prime retail real estate, Town Brookhaven currently houses stores such as Costco, Marshalls, Publix and a number of terrific upscale boutiques. A number of popular restaurants also call Town Brookhaven home, like Boneheads, the Flying Biscuit Café, Noche, Olde Blind Dog Irish Pub, Shuck’s Oyster & Wine Bar and more. Movie buffs will love date nights at the Cinebistro, and local health fanatics will appreciate the easy access to LA Fitness and GNC. Town Brookhaven also plays host to a revolving calendar of events designed to draw residents and visitors together. Long story short, Brookhaven is a terrific community with lots of allure and native charm – and that’s why Highlight Homes has chosen to build here.

The Brookhaven home in which we can hardly wait to break ground is located at 1431 Hearst Drive, featuring the Chastain floorplan – which serves as the ideal layout for the family who loves to entertain. Boasting spaces for a future game room, rec room with bar, home theater, billiard room, exercise room AND sauna all on the basement level alone, this 5000+ square foot home with three-car garage will also feature a stunning gourmet kitchen, spacious family room with soaring vaulted ceiling, formal dining room, study and grand room with coffered ceilings, two-story foyer, office space, laundry room, powder room, master-on-main, and covered veranda on the first level. The second story will showcase three additional bedrooms – each with its own bathroom and walk-in closet, an enormous playroom – which could serve as a fifth bedroom or flexible space – also with its own bathroom and walk-in closet, and loads of storage space. The property is located on nearly ½ an acre near Atlanta’s iconic Peachtree Road, within close proximity of Peachtree Golf Club, Capital City Club, Keswick Park, Blackburn Park and Oglethorpe University. Poised in western DeKalb County, students who live in this home may attend Montgomery Elementary, Chamblee  Middle, Chamblee Charter High or Our Lady of Assumption Catholic schools. The property is located near a number of terrific restaurants and shops, and offers an easy commute into Downtown Atlanta and the Buckhead area.

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