Downtown Athens has long-served as the heart of the city. City Hall, several historic churches and office buildings make up the landscape. Downtown also houses Athens’ vibrant music scene and some of its finest restaurants and taverns. Residential opportunities in and near downtown are growing, and include loft apartments, homes in nearby neighborhoods, and some apartment buildings.
Centered on the intersection of Milledge Avenue, Lumpkin Street and Milledge Circle, Five Points features upscale and historic residences and borders the south end of the University of Georgia campus. The area is also home to several landmark local businesses as well as a mix of single family residences, apartments, and condominiums.
Just east of Downtown, East Athens borders the Middle Oconee River. Historic single-family homes fill the area, which continues to go through gentrification. The North Oconee River Greenway also passes through East Athens.
Sitting between Five Points and West Athens, Beechwood offers a plethora of shopping and dining, as well as different housing options. Many established neighborhoods are just a short walk or drive from grocery and department stores and restaurants.
Prince Avenue Corridor
The Prince Avenue Corridor is made up of Normaltown, Pulaski Heights, Cobbham and Boulevard. All are eclectic neighborhoods with a mix of historic homes and repurposed buildings. Everyone from physicians at the nearby Athens Regional Medical Center to prominent members of the artist community call the area home.
The east side of Athens is filled with established neighborhoods and new commercial developments. Athens-Ben Epps Airport is on the Eastside, providing general aviation and regional commercial services. The 124-acre Southeast Clarke Park is perfect for recreation and exercise enthusiasts.
Two highways pass through the west side of Athens that link Athens-Clarke County to Atlanta an hour away, but the Westside offers much more than convenience. There is a mix of older and newer neighborhoods, plus a large selection of restaurants, stores and hotels.>
Just six miles east of Downtown Athens, Winterville is an incorporated city in Athens-Clarke County with a population around 1,100. A restored train depot stands in the middle of town, surrounded by unique homes and small farms. Winterville is also home to the annual Marigold Festival, which attracts visitors from around the Southeast.
The north side of Athens is a blend of industry and residential properties. Some of the largest corporations in Athens have their headquarters here, with easy access to three U.S. highways and Interstate 85 just 20 minutes away. The north side also houses some of the newest neighborhoods in Athens-Clarke County.