All of the cities and neighborhoods featured on Dorsey Alston's site are part of 28 counties that make up metro Atlanta's population of 5,376,285 and growing. Each place featured offers a distinctive personality and profile of homes. The diverse makeup of the area provides home buyers with options ranging from contemporary lofts and luxury condominiums to starter homes and large estates. The wide range of prices makes housing affordable so that you, too, can find a place to call home. Where you live says a lot about who you are. The school system, local restaurants, parks, your favorite outdoor cafe, running trails, trendy shops, and farmer's market are all the reasons you love your neighborhood. Many Dorsey Alston agents are lifelong residents of Atlanta making them one of the best area resources available. Let our agents show you around the many neighborhoods within the city so you will soon be enjoying all of your favorites from the environment around your home. Please feel free to contact us to gather valuable knowledge and gain insight into the Atlanta area.




History of Atlanta

More than 260 years after its incorporation, Atlanta is the most populous city in Georgia as well as one of the fastest-growing metropolitan area in the United States. Originally a Native American village called Standing Peachtree, the land that would become Atlanta was sold by the Cherokee and Creeks to settlers in 1822. A vote by the Georgia General Assembly in December 1836 led to the construction of the Western and Atlantic railroad, which would serve as a trade route to the midwestern United States. Atlanta was founded in 1837 under the name Marthasville (in honor of the then-governor’s daughter), with the nickname “Terminus,” symbolizing the end of the railroad. On December 29, 1847, the town was incorporated as Atlanta, after the railroad line. 

During the Civil War, Atlanta served as an important military and railroad hub for the Confederacy. In 1864, the city was burned to the ground by Union General William T. Sherman. Despite the slow process of rebuilding, Atlanta became the fifth city to serve as Georgia’s state capital in 1868. Atlanta reemerged as a modern economy in the years following the Civil War.

Population continued to boom, especially during World War II. Following the war, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (the CDC) was founded in Atlanta. Atlanta served as a major organizing center for the civil rights movement 1960s, thanks to the leadership of Dr. Martin Luther King and students from Atlanta’s historically black colleges and universities. Atlanta served as the national headquarters to the Southern Christian Leadership Conference and Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, two of the most important civil rights organizations. Atlanta was coined as “the city too busy to hate” by local leaders. Despite the turbulent 60s, Atlanta’s visionary leaders helped foster the Atlanta we know today and helped Atlanta secure the bid as the site of the 1996 Olympics -- one of three U.S. cities to earn this honor.

The past two decades have seen unprecedented growth, with the metro population growing nearly 50 percent. Unlike most major cities, Atlanta has no natural boundaries, such as oceans, lakes or mountains which would inhibit growth. Today, Atlanta is home to more than 1,000 international businesses and more than 50 countries have representation in the city through consulates, trade offices and chambers of commerce. The city also serves as world headquarters to 13 FORTUNE 500 companies. “The city not too busy to care” is often recognized as the capital of the Southeast and continues to shine as a fast-paced leader of the 21st century.