America's Best Secret Neighborhoods
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Cabbagetown, Atlanta, GA
Then: A quarter for cheap housing—with $15,000 residences and factory-worker apartments—in a booming southern metropolis.
Now: Only a few miles from downtown, this gritty-chic neighborhood started drawing tattooed musician-types with its still-affordable housing—but now boasts more than a few upscale condos, as well as hangouts like 97 Estoria, an anything-goes bar in a 1930’s grocery store, featuring live local rock and surprise shows by major national acts.
Don’t Miss: November’s Chomp and Stomp, a chili cook-off and bluegrass festival with live music and pleasant 60-degree weather in this oft-sweltering city.