In 1838, Henry Irby purchased 202 ½ acres surrounding the now intersection of Peachtree, Roswell and West Paces Ferry roads for $650. The name “Buckhead” derives from Irby using the head of a large buck deer and placing it on a stick across from his grandfather’s house, which is now the location of the St. Regis Hotel.
Now known as the uptown district of Atlanta and filled with elegant hotels, condominiums and suburban neighborhoods, nearly 50,000 people call Buckhead their home.
Along with top quality homes, this city offers top-ranked schools. These include Atlanta International School, The Goddard School, the Atlanta Speech School, The Galloway School, Pace Academy, The Westminister Schools, Garden Hills Elementary and North Atlanta High.
With a lavish reputation, Buckhead is known for its fine dining, museums, art galleries, music venues, nightlife, parks and shopping centers. Also, located in the northern part of Atlanta, with Midtown to its south, it is just minutes away from all the activities.
Shopping and Dining:
• Atlanta Fish Market. With great décor and attentive service, this restaurant is known for its fresh seafood. Favorite
items include sautéed Atlantic salmon, blackened Mahi Mahi, Bistro Niko “steak & frites”, pecan crusted Idaho salmon trout, key lime pie and apple crumb tart.
• Lenox Square Mall. One of the most popular places in Atlanta and known for its variety of stores, this is the perfect place to fulfill all of your shopping needs. Stores include Bloomingdales, Macy’s, Urban Outfitters, J. Crew, Kate Spade, NikeStore, Prada and Zara.
• Buckhead Diner. A favorite spot for locals with amazing food and friendly service, menu items include grilled chicken breast pretzel blub, fresh fish filet sandwich, thinly pounded turkey breast “jardinière”, grilled niman ranch pork chop, chocolate peanut butter s’mores bar and strawberry shortcake sundae.
• Phipps Plaza. Known for its high-end stores and reclining seats in their AMC theater, this upscale mall has a peaceful environment unlike most. Shopping includes Tory Burch, Neiman Marcus, Boss Hugo Boss, Brighton, Juicy Couture, Gucci and Joe’s Jeans.
• Swan Coach House. A restaurant, gift shop and art gallery, Swan Coach House features the best of the New South. Located on the grounds of the Atlanta History Center, it is a popular destination for weddings, corporate events and private celebrations. Menu items include chicken salad, tea sandwiches, spinach quiche, grilled salmon sandwiches, frozen fruit salad, key lime pie, pecan pie and a signature swan-shaped dessert called the French Silk Swan.
Entertainment and Recreation:
• Andrews Entertainment District. Comprised of Atlanta’s best restaurants, bars, nightclub dancing and comedy, the Andrews Entertainment District in Buckhead features the world famous Improv Comedy Club, East Andrews Café & Bar. Other highlights include Andrews Upstairs, a nightclub with great DJs, Cellar 56 Bistro and Wine Bar, Stout Irish Sports Pub, Sal’s Pizzeria and Prohibition, a 1920s era speakeasy and lounge with famous mixologists.
• The Buckhead Theatre. Reopened in 2010, The Buckhead Theatre originally opened in 1931 as a movie house. Now, it is the site of sold-out shows of every musical genre including rock, country, hip hop and more. It is showcases lectures, comedy shows, Broadway plays and private and public events.
• Atlanta Memorial Park. This 199 acre park includes 23 tennis courts, two club houses and an 18-hole golf course (Bobby Jones Golf Course). The park was once part of the bloody 1864 Civil War Battle of Peachtree Creek.
• Sips n Strokes. This BYOB painting studio offers step-by-step instruction on how to paint a beautiful masterpiece. Sips n Strokes is perfect for parties, date nights and even work events.
• LEGOLAND Discovery Center. With interactive hands-on attractions, 4-D cinema and classes with a LEGO Master Model Builder, kids ages 3 to 10 will love this fun destination. See iconic Atlanta landmarks at the MINILAND exhibit or plan a celebration in one of the party rooms.
• Chastain Park Amphitheatre. Built in 1938, the amphitheatre is located at 4469 Stella Dr, or Powers Ferry Rd. at West Wieuca Rd. It is the venue of shows from April to October, including performances by the Atlanta Symphony.
• Atlanta History Center. Having the reputation the best and largest history museum in the Southeast, the Atlanta History Center is home to the 1928 Swan House designed by architect Philip Trammell Shutze, the Smith Family Farm, the Centennial Olympic Games Museum, the Kenan Research Center, the Grand Overlook event space, the Coca-Cola Café, a gift shop and acres of historic gardens and trails. The Atlanta History Center also operates the Margaret Mitchell House located in Midtown Atlanta.
• Herndon Home. This mansion was the home of Alonzo Franklin Herndon, a rags-to-riches hero who was born into slavery but went on to become Atlanta’s first black millionaire and founder of the Atlanta Life Insurance Company. The home was completed in 1910 and is a two-story, 15 room Beaux Arts mansion built by local black craftsmen. Guided tours are conducted from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays and by appointment on Saturdays.
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