When Atlanta was founded in the 1830s, it was the last stop on the Western Atlantic railroad. And like so many other Georgia towns and cities, it grew up along the tracks of the southern railway. It was impossible to know then how strategic that stop on the railroad would be. Today, Atlanta is a progressive metropolitan city with strong ties to its colorful past. It is the capital and most heavily populated city in the state of Georgia, as serves as the county seat of Fulton County. It is a vibrant, diverse city with dozens of notable attractions and sites, many unique intown neighborhoods, and a bustling business community where more than a dozen Fortune 500 companies are headquartered. The city and its surrounding communities have well over 5 million residents.
First-time visitors may envision Atlanta as a serene, antebellum environment, with dogwood-framed mansions inhabited by ladies in lace dresses who serve mint juleps to slow-talking southern gentlemen. On the contrary, Georgia's capital, fondly known as "HOTlanta" to locals, is now a bustling, world-class city, with a skyline full of impressive architectural designs that complement rolling hills and abundant foliage. Its consistent ranking as one of the best places to do business in the U.S. may be the reason that more than 750 of Fortune's Top 1000 businesses have an office in Atlanta.
A fast-paced, ready-for-the-future attitude is evident in its booming convention business, pulsing nightlife, showplace museums, sophisticated fine arts facilities and painstakingly restored historical landmarks.
Atlantans are fiercely proud of their city. They bubble over with enthusiasm for Braves baseball, Hawks basketball, Thrashers hockey and Falcons football. The city has hosted two Super Bowls. News of Atlanta's special formula for friendliness combined with pride emerged during the 1996 Olympics, when the city opened its doors and made the world feel welcome.
Downtown Atlanta has several hubs of activity: the World Congress Convention Center; CNN Center, home of Ted Turner's 24-hour Cable News Network; and Peachtree Center, a combination of grand hotels, upscale retail and modern businesses. Cultural events includes a myriad of outdoor fairs, festivals and concerts.
Just a few miles away, the city's progressive sights and sounds evolve into quiet, dogwood and azalea-lined streets. Residents of Atlanta's historic in-town neighborhoods enjoy restored homes, baby buggy-friendly sidewalks, unusual antique shops and art studios, and intimate, cozy outdoor cafes.
Visitors will be pleasantly surprised to find that Atlanta's residents demonstrate a courteous, caring attitude toward strangers. Many visitors who came to town during the Olympics liked Atlanta so much that they decided to make it their home. Whether you are moving within Atlanta or a recent transplant to our city, give us a call. We would love to help you sell your current home and find the perfect new place to call home.