Atlanta - A great place to Live!

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Real Estate Agent with ATL Agent, LLC

 Atlanta is a great place to live and work.  Below are just a few things that should help you get around our city. 

A few of my favorite Restaurants:

Violette - A hidden gem for affordable French/American food in a laid back atmosphere. You can sit near the piano and request your favorite tunes.

Atkins Park - One of our favorite places to celebrate special occasions. Rich, dark wood interiors located in Virginia-Highland. Quiet enough to have a conversation across the table without yelling. GREAT Food. Also, has a nice bar next door.

Six Feet Under - Across the street from Atlanta's oldest cemetary, hence the name. This is a very casual (sometimes loud) atmosphere, but has some great seafood.

Thai Sushi - Never so crowded that you have to wait long for a table (even on a weekend), yet the food is scrumptious. Located in East Atlanta, there are a lot of funky shops to enjoy before or after your meal.

Blue Ribbon Grill - Home style favorites. Make sure you order the potato chips with blue cheese.

Universal Joint - Great place for a burger and a beer with a nice outdoor area for watching the people go by in Oakhurst. This is definitely a place "where everyone knows your name".

The Varsity - What'll ya have? The World's largest drive in can accommodate 600 cars outside and 800 people inside. This is an Atlanta institution to be experienced.

Don't think that all there is to do in Atlanta is eat, though. There is a wealth of cultural attractions and fun to be had:

Georgia Aquarium - Now open with over 8 million gallons of water and over 100,000 animals. This is one of the largest aquariums in the world and a real jewel for Atlanta.

Stone Mountain - A must see while in the Atlanta area. There are many things to do here for the entire family, including a great fireworks and laser show during the summer.

World of Coca-Cola - What else would you expect in the city that is headquarters for Coca Cola? A great tribute to Coke, but it gets even better as they are building a new one next to the Georgia Aquarium.

Centennial Olympic Park - Concerts, Fireworks, Christmas, and, of course, the gathering place and legacy of the 1996 Olympic games. There is always something going on.

Finally, a few terms to help you get around Atlanta:

The Perimeter - The informal name for Interstate 285 (the loop around Atlanta).

Spaghetti Junction - The I-85/I-285 interchange in the Northeast part of the city. You'll understand once you see it.

Sweet Tea - Don't be surprised when you order iced tea if you're asked if you want sweet or unsweet. This is a southern tradition. You can get your tea pre-sweetened in almost every restaurant in Georgia and a couple of other states.

Peachtree Street/Drive/Blvd/Rd/etc - There are many, many roads in the Atlanta area that begin with "Peachtree" which can sometimes make for confusing directions.

Hotlanta - I'm sure you've heard this term associated with Atlanta. Well, just make sure you never use it when you are in Atlanta as it has become outdated.  We are not the "ATL"

Buckhead - Used to be the bar/party district, but that has all changed.  It is now becoming the "Rodeo Drive of the South" with high-end retailers and restaurants.

Underground Atlanta and the Peach Drop - Downtown mall built over a part of Old Atlanta. You've heard of the New Years' Eve ball drop in New York. Well, this is where they hold the "Peach Drop" for the New Year. That's right, they lower a giant peach to celebrate the entry into the New Year.

5 Points or Little 5 Points - These are two different places that even locals sometimes confuse. 5 Points is the MARTA Rail station. Little 5 Points is an intersection of 5 streets with a host of quirky, eclectic shopping and eating.

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