The Best Neighborhoods for Commuting to Downtown Atlanta


Despise your commute? Ditch it! You can live in the heart of Atlanta in one of this metropolis’s premier neighborhoods without (completely) breaking the bank. Still interested? Check out a few of the best neighborhoods to rent in if you’re commuting to Downtown Atlanta, with commutes depending on traffic and time of day, of course.

East Lake in Atlanta, GA

As one of the fastest growing neighborhoods in the Atlanta metro area, East Lake offers an ideal compromise for commuters looking for convenient access to the city while still enjoying Georgia’s natural beauty and the neighborhood’s peaceful atmosphere. Known for the East Lake Golf Club and safe, tree-lined streets, East Lake is a pristine spot to rent.

Though rentals aren’t widespread, the options available are worth checking out. Whether you’re looking for an all-out luxury apartment or a reasonably-priced cozy condo, East Lake has you covered. Nestled six miles east of Downtown Atlanta, you’re looking at a 10-25 minute commute. Not bad for a scenic neighborhood with friendly neighbors and nearby upscale amenities. 

Oakhurst in Decatur, GA

Though regarded as a historic, upscale neighborhood, Oakhurst is an ideal location in the heart of Atlanta if you’re looking to rent and eventually buy. With historic buildings, walkable streets, and a tight-knit community, Oakhurst is a pristine location situated just outside of Downtown Decatur.

An abundance of apartments? Not exactly. But, cozy homes in an unbeatable location are available for rent, with various condos and apartments around the area, based on availability. These picturesque houses are about six miles east of Downtown Atlanta, with a commute averaging between 10-20 minutes.

 If you’re looking for a settled, quiet community with the friendliest of neighbors, nearby boutique shopping, local restaurants, and community events, this is the ideal rental location for your commute to Downtown Atlanta.

Buckhead in Atlanta, GA

Atlanta’s premier neighborhood, Buckhead houses historic mansions, picturesque skyscrapers, trendy restaurants, upscale shops and shopping centers, and a mix of high-rise apartment buildings and luxury townhomes. But don’t be put off by “luxury.” You can find affordable apartment and condo rentals in this lively neighborhood, as well.

Seven miles north of Atlanta, you’re averaging about a 15-20 minute commute. This might sound long for the close proximity, but it’s actually an ideal situation. Not only is Buckhead close to Downtown, but it has its own incredible amenities and scenic cityscapes. And hey, maybe you’ll decide to find a job in Buckhead after seeing its thriving commercial district. Feeling like a mini, upscale Downtown Atlanta, Buckhead is a pristine location for living, shopping, eating, and even commuting.

Virginia Highland in Atlanta, GA

Virginia Highland sounds fancy (and out of budget), but it’s actually a charming, down-to-earth neighborhood with historic apartments, but you can’t forget about the unique shops, hip restaurants, and happening nightlife that accompanies it. This walkable neighborhood is convenient to major metropolitan areas and amenities, including Downtown Atlanta.

Located just three miles northeast of Downtown, you’re averaging about a 7-15 minute commute. This is the shortest distance and commute so far. And yes, it has perks. Virginia Highland is somewhat of a hidden gem. Along tree-lined streets and residential areas, this neighborhood is a great place to find apartments, condos, and even houses for rent. They range from affordable to luxury, depending on your preference.

With wooded parks, public transportation, and safe streets, Virginia Highland is an ideal location if you’re looking to feel settled and secure near Downtown Atlanta. Not only will your commute be short, but it’ll be well worth it to arrive in this peaceful community every night after a long day at work.

Midtown Atlanta in Atlanta, GA

If you’re searching for an artistic hub in the heart of Atlanta, look no further. Midtown is the place to be for arts, diversity, and culture, and it’s an all-in-one, convenient spot just two miles northeast of Downtown Atlanta. With great restaurants, museums, parks, entertainment venues, vibrant nightlife, and pet-friendly community, Midtown has it all.

Midtown houses the Fox Theater, High Museum of Art, Atlanta Botanical Garden, Piedmont Park, and more. While not the most tranquil neighborhood, it’s absolutely the most interesting and entertaining. Though many people work in this well-known commercial district, it’s also a great neighborhood for commuting to other major parts of Atlanta, averaging a 5-15 minute commute to bustling Downtown.

Learn how to easily track your commute by simply clicking “Filter,” followed by “Plan My Commute” to discover the best neighborhood for you. And don’t forget to explore for some more information on Midtown and Atlanta’s other premier neighborhoods, as well as the available rentals in these locations that could save you from your long commute!

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