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History

The name "Buckhead" comes from a story that Henry Irby, who had a general store and tavern at what is now the intersection of West Paces Ferry Road and Roswell Road, killed a large buck deer and placed the head in a prominent location. Prior to this, it was called Irbyville through most of the 19th century.

The community was annexed by Atlanta in 1952, following an earlier attempt by Mayor William B. Hartsfield in 1946 that was voted down by residents.

The main north-south street is Peachtree Road, which extends south into the heart of the city as Peachtree Street. This name change is significant in that it defines a border between Buckhead and Midtown Atlanta. The main east-west street is West Paces Ferry Road, named for a former ferry across the Chattahoochee River. Hardy Pace, one of Atlanta's founders, operated the ferry and owned much of what is now Buckhead, and as far west as Vinings. The area north of Buckhead, beyond the Atlanta city limit, is the city of Sandy Springs.

Wealth

According to Forbes Magazine, Buckhead is home to the 9th wealthiest zip code in the nation (30327), with a household income in excess of $341,000 per year and is the location of the wealthiest of Atlanta's neighborhoods. Home to the Governor Mansion the area's real estate market is also the most expensive in the state of Georgia with an average home value in 2005 of approximately $761,000. Two of the nation's fourteen Mobil five-star restaurants — Seeger's and The Dining Room at the Ritz-Carlton Buckhead, can be found here and Robb Report magazine has consistently ranked it one of the nation's "10 Top Affluent Communities" for "some of the most beautiful mansions, best shopping and finest restaurants in the Southeastern United States".

Shopping

Buckhead is an internationally renowned shopping district with more than 1,400 retail units where shoppers spend more than $1 billion a year. In addition, Buckhead contains the highest concentration of upscale boutiques in the United States. Historically the primary shopping district comprises Lenox Square & Phipps Plaza, sister malls located diagonally across Peachtree Road from each other. In regards to high fashion, countless designer and upscale boutiques are found in the district. Some of these include Coach, Louis Vuitton, Kate Spade, Club Monaco, Tiffany & Co, Hermès, Cartier, Gucci, Burberry, Bvlgari, Versace, Vidal Sassoon, Karen Millen, French Connection, BCBG Max Azria, Kenneth Cole, Roche Bobois, Y-3, Zara, Stuart Weitzman, Barneys Co-Op, Wolford, Cole Haan, Jimmy Choo, Ed Hardy, Elie Tahari, Betsey Johnson, Theory, Valentino, Max Mara, Nicole Miller, Polo Ralph Lauren, True Religion, Diesel, Lacoste, Giorgio Armani, Michael Kors, Calvin Klein, Artefacto, Charriol, Salvatore Ferragamo, David Yurman, Roberto Coin, Tory Burch, Bally, BOSS Hugo Boss, 7 For All Mankind, Juicy Couture, Bang & Olufsen, St. Croix, and Max Studio. Saks Fifth Avenue, Bloomingdales, Neiman Marcus, Nordstroms, Macy's & Belk are the primary department stores in the vicinity.

Currently under construction, the area's newest shopping destination, The Streets of Buckhead will bring even more exclusive boutiques to Atlanta in a street level shopping district as well as the 5 star St. Regis Atlanta, additional upscale dining options, new multi-million dollar condominiums and office space. Some of the tenants announced to come to The Streets of Buckhead include Bottega Veneta, Domenico Vecca, Baccarat, Vilebrequin, Etro, Dolce & Gabbana, Oscar de la Renta, Brioni, Christofle, John Lobb, Van Cleef & Arpels, Luigi Borrelli, and Loro Piana.[20] Other stores such as Vera Wang, Roberto Cavalli, Chanel, Dior, Ermenegildo Zegna, Chloé, CH Carolina Herrera, and Prada have all mentioned interest in expanding in Buckhead.[21] The development is quoted as being part of a vision to turn Peachtree Road into a viable shopping and entertainment vicinity much like Fifth Avenue, with Lenox Square and Phipps Plaza to the north and the Streets of Buckhead to the south.[22][23]

Buckhead high-rise buildings

A portion of the Buckhead skyline.

While much of west and north Buckhead maintains itself in single-family unit residential in forested settings, the Peachtree Road corridor has become a major focus of high-rise construction. The first 400-foot (121 m) office tower, Tower Place, opened in 1974. Park Place, in 1986, was the first 400+ foot (121+ m) condominium. 1986 Also saw the completion of the 425-foot (129 m), 34-story Atlanta Plaza, then Buckhead's tallest and largest building. In 2000, Park Avenue Condominiums upped the ante, pushing the record to 486 feet (148 m). Since that time, a wave of development has followed. Recently, the 660-foot (201 m) Sovereign and 580-foot (177 m) Mansion on Peachtree were completed in late 2008. Today, Buckhead has over 50 high-rise buildings, almost one-third of the city total.

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