Buckhead (30327, 30305, 30342, 30324) is an affluent district of Atlanta, comprising about one-fifth of the city. In 1838, Henry Irby bought the land where Peachtree, Roswell and West Paces Ferry Roads come together. He built a store there and reportedly placed the head of a large buck deer in a prominent location, lending the name Buckhead to the community. Although hard to believe today, in the late 1800s, Buckhead had become a rural vacation spot for wealthy Atlantans. Today it is a major commercial and financial center serving the Southeast and boasts the third largest business district in Atlanta, after Downtown and Midtown. It has the two most prominent shopping malls in metro Atlanta, Lenox Square and Phipps Plaza. The Atlanta Historical Society is located here, which will soon become the new home of the Atlanta Cyclorama, a 360-degree painting and 3-D foreground that depicts the Battle of Atlanta during the Civil War.
Buckhead is also the site of three MARTA train stations, a huge attraction for younger residents. It is also the location for the current Georgia Governor’s mansion on West Paces Ferry Road, considered the most affluent street in the South. Buckhead has skyscrapers and high rise condos as well as mansions. There are many neighborhoods in such a large area. These each maintain their own identity while coexisting with the urban landscape of the prominent business and commercial areas. You will find a wide range of beautifully maintained neighborhoods in Buckhead, each giving it the well earned reputation of excellence.
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