An upscale residential district, with a combination of homes, apartment complexes, loft spaces and condominiums, major public institutions and arts venues, marquee office towers, the city's best restaurants, and Piedmont Park -- who could ask for more. Revived and brought back to life by a vibrant group of promoters lead by the Midtown Alliance, Midtown has emerged as one of the most diverse, elegant and avant-garde social environments in the city. A large gay community has adopted Midtown as a very epicenter of its culture and has rejuvenated and re-energized this area in a colorful and joyful manner, though demographically, Midtown is inhabited by a highly diversified society because of its public institutions, elegant lifestyle and unprejudiced outlook. The community is characterized by a wide spectrum of well educated, mostly single, young professionals of all nationality and has one of the largest concentrations of friendly and well groomed pets in the planet. New in town and wanting to meet someone? Take a puppy for a walk at the park. You won’t walk far before you are literally clustered by dog lovers. Piedmont Park, a true heaven for joggers, pet owners, bikers, skaters, kites flyers, picnic goers and Frisbee players, has miles of trails and green pathways ready to take you away from your eight-to-five routine. Four major festivals are hosted in the Park every year, and the Park is at the finish line of the Peachtree Road Race and various charity walks. The Atlanta Symphony plays in the park on Summer nights. Spend a day outdoor on foot. Be the envy of your friends, grab a lawn chair and a cooler and go sprawl out in the sun.
Midtown entertainment scenery is a powerhouse of well established institutions like the fabulous Fox Theatre, the Alliance Theatre, the Center for Puppetry Art, the new High Museum, The Atlanta Symphony, and the newly constituted Museum of Contemporary Art. Situated, South-West of Piedmont Park, Midtown is now developing North past the High Museum and the Woodruff Art Center, where a caucus of media, information and internet businesses like Earthlink, Equifax and WSB has found its headquarters. The Woodruff Art Center, the Atlanta College of Art and neighboring Georgia Tech Campus complete the diversity of the institutional scene. Well served by Marta train (Atlanta’s squeaky clean subway system) and with immediate access to I-75/I-85 and to Hartsfield Airport, Midtown Atlanta now begins to compare to the most developed urban centers of major American cities. More recently, some high-end restaurants and furniture design stores have begun to line up Peachtree Street, which was the legendary ante-bellum promenade of the city, with stunning homes, horse-drawn carriages, and people sitting on front porches sipping tea and mint-juleps (ask an old Atlantan for the recipe). Among them, Eno boasts one of the best wine collections in the city, and Baraonda, on 3rd and Peachtree Street, has become a pilgrimage for true Italian pizza aficionados. Don’t miss the Jazz at Churchill’s Ground by the Fox. Watch on weekend nights how Peachtree reverts to a modern example of the old promenade, still with lots of horse power… Speaking of which, parking comes at a premium in Midtown, but if you live in the area this is no longer an issue. Streets like Myrtle and Penn Avenue offer a breathtaking glimpse of the Old South. Larger homes are typically divided into smaller apartments. Rental prices range widely. Residents take great pride in their community. In the evening, the streets come alive with joggers, roller-bladers, bicyclers, you name it. With many affordable boutiques, galleries, salons, restaurants, and bars, it would be easy never to leave the area or even get in your car except to go to work. Within close distance are Publix on Ponce, Barnes and Noble, the ubiquitous Starbucks, Biersch Fine Brewery and the famous Varsity (a true piece of American Graffiti), not to mention, a few<