Athens, Georgia

Classic City

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Downtown/Five Points

Young Professionals/Students

There are several great neighborhoods for Young Professionals and Students in Athens but it never hurts to start your search Downtown. It’s home to the University of Georgia campus so students and young professionals benefit from the restaurants, bars and entertainment options that serve the young population.

It also is home to much of arts scene and cultural experiences with the Georgia Museum of Art a centerpiece of the beautiful historic architecture. There’s plenty of boutique shopping and an incredibly diverse foodie scene covering local and international fare. The area also plays host to events and festivals throughout the year, including the AthFest music and arts festival and the Athens Farmer’s Market. Live here and you’re walking to fun night’s out as much as you please.

Five Points is another interesting option for both college students and young professionals. It’s an historic neighborhood just east of downtown that contains part of the University campus and is filled with boutique shops, cafes, bars, cool restaurants and a number of galleries/art studios for the art lovers among you. It’s also notable for the Five Points Fountain, a beautiful and iconic feature that pulls in the community for formal and informal gatherings.

  • Downtown
  • Five Points
  • East Athens



Families LOVE the Boulevard neighborhood for its historic homes from cottage-sized to mansion-sized, combined with an eclectic, Athens vibe. It’s just a 1/3rd of a mile from downtown so you’re walking distance from the energy and experiences of the city center but in an oasis of historic coolness. It was originally built in the 19th century as a streetcar suburb but now is filled with families looking for a perfect mix of in-city and out-of city-center energy. It has its own commercial district with galleries, performance art and some of the best restaurants in the city. Perhaps best of all it has one of the area’s prized elementary schools, for those looking for great public options.

  • Boulevard
  • Normaltown
  • Milledge Avenue

Five Points


Lots of retirees have moved to Athens in recent years from hurricane-prone Florida. Plenty choose to live in traditional neighborhoods like Five Points but there are also beautiful gated golf course communities like The Village at Jennings Mill, if you want to truly live in your own world. The Georgia Club is a luxury country club community just outside the city limits that is rated one of the 50 best retirement communities in the country. It has everything from Georgian Mansions to townhomes and apartments. You name it and you get it here: golf, pickleball, healthclub, pools, community events and even a doggo park!

  • Five Points
  • The Village at Jennings Mill
  • The Georgia Club