Buckhead—Known as the “Beverly Hills of the South”.
In 1838 Henry Irby purchased approximately 202 acres that now surround the intersection of Roswell Road, Peachtree Street, and West Paces Ferry Road to establish a tavern and general store. Featured in a prominent location within his tavern was a large buck deer head which resulted in his establishment becoming known as Buckhead. By the late 1800s Buckhead was a well-known rural vacation spot for the wealthy, and the construction of mansions among these rolling hills started soon after.
Since the 1950s Buckhead has become famous for its extreme wealth and in 2011 it was included in the Gadberry Group of the 50 wealthiest zip codes in the South, ranking second only to Palm Beach. Forbes Magazine ranked the 30327 zip code as the ninth wealthiest zip code in the nation.
Affluent Buckhead comprises approximately one-fifth of the city of Atlanta and is the major financial and commercial center of the Southeast. Forty-five residential neighborhoods featuring large single-family homes, plus the business district, comprise the Buckhead community.
Buckhead is flush with must see things to do and local attractions including theater, music venues, galleries, nightlife, museums, and parks.
LEGOLAND Discovery Center and the Atlanta History Center are spots where the family can be both educated and entertained. Build your own boat at LEGOLAND or check out one of golf’s most famous figures, Bobby Jones, at the Atlanta History Center. Once you have visited the Atlanta History Center you may want to travel a few miles south to the Bobby Jones Golf Course for 18 holes or check out the Centennial Olympic Park and Museum. Also, located in Buckhead is Chastain Park, Atlanta’s largest park at 268 acres. Ride horses, play on the playground, hike, swim, or visit the famous amphitheater for who’s who in national stage acts.
If it is art galleries that interest you then Buckhead has it all, beginning with Bennett Street and Miami Circle. You can find a full selection of Southern artists, sculpture, watercolor, contemporary art, decorative arts, European arts, photography, and much more.
There is no better nightlife in Atlanta than what can be found in Buckhead. A variety of nightclubs abound throughout the area and if you are looking for laughs the Improv Comedy and Dinner Theater will be sure to please. Phipps Plaza features a 14 screen AMC Theater or you can enjoy a dinner and a movie at the AMC Fork and Screen.
Restaurants and Shopping
A wealth of inventive and award-winning chefs have made Buckhead the home of the best food in Atlanta. If you are looking for ambiance and an overall outstanding experience according to Frommer’s you might want to consider Bone’s Restaurant on Piedmont Road for steak and seafood or Frisco’s on Peachtree for modern American dishes. More high-caliber fare can be found at Miller Union for seasonal cuisine, Watershed on Peachtree for a Southern classic lunch, Taqueria del Sol for Mexican fare, No. 246 for rustic Italian dishes, The Optimist for fresh seafood, or Bacchanalia for special occasions to just name a few.
Shopping in Buckhead is an amazing experience where you will find the highest concentration in the United States of upscale boutiques with the majority located at or near Lenox Square Mall and Phipps Plaza. The heart of Buckhead is home to six major department stores along with more than 1400 designer boutiques, national mainstream retailers, and a concentration of big-box stores. Buckhead has been consistently ranked in the Robb Report Magazine as one of the nation’s “Top 10 Affluent Communities” due to the beautiful mansions, fine cuisine, and outstanding shopping.
Buckhead is served by the following public schools:
- E. Rivers Elementary School
- Sarah Rawson Smith Elementary School
- Warren T. Jackson Elementary School
- Garden Hills Elementary School
- Morris Brandon Elementary School
- Sutton Middle School
- North Atlanta High School
- Local private schools include the
Buckhead is served by the following private schools:
- Atlanta International School
- Atlanta Speech School
- Christ the King School
- Atlanta Girls School
- The Galloway School
- The Heiskell School
- Holy Spirit Preparatory School
- Trinity School
- The Lovett School
- Pace Academy
- The Westminster Schools.
Local colleges and universities:
- Georgia State University's J. Mack Robinson College of Business
- The University of Georgia's Terry College of Business Executive Education Center
- Georgia Institute of Technology
- John Marshall Law School
- Georgia State University
- Savannah College of Art and Design Atlanta campus.
- Emory University
MARTA operates and maintains three stations in Buckhead—Lindbergh Center, Lenox Square, and Buckhead. A free shuttle bus services all three locations. The newly proposed Peachtree Streetcar Project will serve Buckhead to downtown Atlanta with frequent street-level stops.