As you pass through Downtown and Buckhead in Atlanta, you will see high-rises, colleges and cultural icons with beautiful architecture. This is not just the “mid-way” between two points, it is Midtown.
A business and arts district, Midtown has experienced more and more development over the years. Due to the area’s mass transit options and urban layout, projects have included the Bank of America Plaza, AT&T Midtown Center, Atlantic Center and 1180 Peachtree.
Additionally, three well known colleges are located in Midtown. The Georgia Institute of Technology, John Marshall Law School and the Atlanta division of the Savannah College of Art and Design are top choices for tons of students each year.
With so many opportunities for work and education, many have decided to call Midtown their home—about 30,000 people to be exact. According to the Atlanta Journal Constitution’s Homefinder, with most having bachelor’s degrees and graduate degrees, the area is mainly white collar with 11 percent of households having children.
These children attend tops schools such as Mary Lin Elementary, Inman Middle, Grady High, Midtown International School, The Children’s School and The Orion School.
Midtown homes typically have a median sales price of $426,600. Trulia has 304 results for homes for sales. Prices range from approximately $40,000 to $2,000,000. For renter, Trulia lists 72 homes. These range in price from $725 to $4,700 per month.
In addition to its residents, Midtown attracts about six million visitors annually. They enjoy these local opportunities:
Shopping and Dining
- Atlantic Station. The shops at Atlantic Station provide it all, including home furnishings, shoes, clothes andentertainment. The directory includes Ann Taylor, Athleta, Banana Republic, Bodies Exhibit and Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition, Dillard’s, IKEA and West Elm.
- Empire State South. Taking a modern approach to Southern dishes, Empire State South is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Menu items include bagels, grits, fried chicken salad sandwiches, spotted sea trout, smoked duck breast, English pea tortellini and even bread pudding.
- One Midtown Kitchen. One of Atlanta’s premier dining spots, One Midtown Kitchen is located in a renovated urban warehouse and serves American cuisine with gourmet flair. The menu includes beet salad, calamari, seared scallop, wood oven pizza, burgers, lamb, warm chocolate truffle and warm apple crumble.
Entertainment and Recreation
- High Museum of Art. As the leading art museum in the southeastern United States, the High Museum of Art features classic and contemporary art and award-winning architecture by Richard Meier and Renzo Piano. Current exhibitions include Frida & Diego: Passion, Politics and Painting, Civil Rights Photography, The Landy Collection of Ceramics and An American Century.
- Atlanta Botanical Garden. Open rain or shine, the Atlanta Botanical Garden has gorgeous collections of plants for display, education, research and conservation. Visit today to see a magical garden where cobras tower overhead, fish dance on water and a giant goddess emerges from the earth!
- Piedmont Park. Atlanta’s favorite in-town park, Piedmont Park, features a farmer’s market, dog park, bocce courts, picnic areas with grills, playgrounds, swimming, tennis, basketball courts and more. The park is one of the most visited green space in Atlanta.
- Fox Theatre. The fabulous Fox Theatre, located at 660 Peachtree St. NE in Midtown, is the centerpiece of the Fox Theatre Historic District. Originally intended as a temple for a Shriners organization, the project opened on December 25, 1929 as a movie theater. Its architecture has two styles, Islamic and Egyptian. Later, after the Fox was saved from demolition, it was restored and is the only remaining movie palace in Atlanta. Performances range from ballet to rock and roll to Broadway.
- Margaret Mitchell House and Museum. A turn-of-the-century, three-story, Tudor Revival building, the Margaret Mitchell House and Museum is operated by the Atlanta History Center. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, Margaret Mitchell once lived and wrote her Pulitzer-Prize winning book, Gone With the Wind, in the building. Open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 5:30 p.m., guided house tours begin each half hour. To learn more, call 404-249-7015.
- Ivy Hall. Another home listed on the National Register of Historic Places, Ivy Hall is the best and earliest surviving example of residential architecture from Atlanta’s post-Civil War era. The home was built in 1883 by Edward C. Peters, son of Midtown pioneer Richard Peters. Richard was involved in railroad construction and real estate, and he even was influential in changing the city’s name to Atlanta from Marthasville.