Brant Rackley, Realtor ® / Broker in Athens, GA

From Historic to hip: athens is diverse


Athens is known for many great neighborhoods, each with its own unique flavor. We're always happy to help as you refine your search or consider a move to Athens and the surrounding areas.

From the sought-after, In-Town neighborhoods of Cobbham and Boulevard, to the peaceful yet centrally-located Five Points, University and Glenwood areas, to the North, East and West Athens areas, Athens is a great place to live. Want to live a little outside of Athens? We’ll also show you great properties in Watkinsville, Oconee County and the surrounding areas.

Here's just a bit of information to get you started, but please call us at (706) 296-7255 with any questions!


Whether you're looking for a new home, hoping to Sell your existing home,
or considering commercial property in Athens-Clarke or Oconee, Sound Real Estate can help.

MLS Classification of Athens, GA neighborhoods fall into one of 6 distinct areas as displayed above. The actual neighborhood names, within these areas, differ-- more information below, or call Brant if you need help!

MLS Classification of Athens, GA neighborhoods fall into one of 6 distinct areas as displayed above. The actual neighborhood names, within these areas, differ-- more information below, or call Brant if you need help!

Some of Our Favorite Athens Neighborhoods



The sought-after Boulevard area is known for historic houses from cottage to mansion-sized, with an eclectic but truly Athens feel and is home to Chase Street Elementary. Located north of Prince Avenue, one third of a mile from Downtown Athens, the Boulevard neighborhood was established in the late 19th century as a streetcar suburb. This area takes you back to simpler days with older homes and carefully restored warehouses. Visit the Jittery Joe’s roaster, see contemporary art on view at ATHICA, or watch aerial trapeze at Canopy Studio.  Boulevard restaurants known for fresh, local flavors include Heirloom, White Tiger Gourmet, Pulaski Heights BBQ and Maepole.
Boulevard / Cobbham
Chase Street Elementary, Clarke Middle, Clarke Central



Cobbham is often called Athens’ earliest suburb, for John A. Cobb first subdivided his farm near town and advertised 80 lots for sale in 1834. Before the Civil War, Cobbham consisted mainly of substantial homes and dependencies occupying entire blocks, many with gardens and pasture land. After the war Victiorian houses began to appear betwen the antebellum homes. Located South of Prince Avenue and west of Downtown Athens, the Cobbham neighborhood is one of Athens smallest and most sought-after areas because of its historic preservation and walking distance to great bars, restaurants, UGA’s new medical school and of course Avid Bookshop.
Chase Street Elementary, Clarke Middle, Clarke Central


five Points

Across town, between the University of Georgia Campus and the Broad River, Five Points is the coveted neighborhood of families, UGA Faculty & Alums, and retirees who love it for its quiet, tree-lined streets and proximity to UGA. At the Five Points intersection you can mail letters, enjoy a classic soda fountain at Add Drug, try some hand-crafted chocolates at Condor, shop for organic groceries at Earthfare and indie books at Avid Bookshop, pick up a baguette at Independent, or grab a pint at The Royal Peasant and a meal at Donna Changs. Home to the much-desired Barrow Elementary, Five Points is a quiet place to raise kids, or to kick back and enjoy retirement.
Five Points / University / Glenwood
Barrow Elementary, Clarke Middle, Clarke Central




Normaltown is a hip walking neighborhood near Boulevard and definitely anything but “normal.” Normaltown was named for the State Normal School for teacher education. The Normal School campus was then used as a Navy Supply Corps School from the 1950s to 2010, and is now home to the Health Sciences and Medical School Campus of the University of Georgia. In Normaltown you can walk to drinks at Old Pal, Hi-Lo or Normal bars, have great sandwiches, coffee and donuts at Ike&Jane, grab a slice at Automatic, or pick up a hammer for your next renovation project at the classic Normal Hardware. Also in the Chase Street Elementary district.
Chase Street Elementary, Clarke Middle, Clarke Central



Living in downtown Athens, you’re just steps away from live music and performance venues, an arthouse cinema, and lively events like AthFest, Twilight Criterium and other street festivals. Walk to an array of retail shops, cafes, restaurants, bars and craft breweries without having to park. Easily access a spectrum of activities on campus at the University of Georgia from concerts, lectures, plays, classes to sports events, or walk to exhibits at the Georgia Museum of Art and Russell Special Collections Library. Homes vary from historic cottages, to quirky lofts with character and architectural charm, to modern apartments and townhomes packed with amenities.
Elementary varies, Clarke Middle, Clarke Central


Timothy road

The Timothy Road area is a short drive to 316, Atlanta Highway and the Oconee Connector, but with a peaceful suburban feel. This in-town area is packed with neighborhoods nestled away from the hustle and bustle of Athens and surrounded by trees and nature. You can choose from new, modern construction and renovations to classic ranch and colonial homes with quiet tree-lined streets for that morning jog or walk. There’s also a walk-bike path all the way to Atlanta Highway where you can eat at DePalmas, grab a Starbucks, shop at Publix or see a movie. For that in-town convenience with a quiet suburban feel, Timothy is a quiet area for families.
Timothy Road
Timothy Road Elementary, Clarke Middle, Clarke Central


We recently bought our first house, and finding the just-right-for-us home would not have been possible if not for Brant’s tireless energy and dedication. He made us feel as if we were his only clients, and he worked incredibly hard for us to close on the house we wanted. Brant was always available to us when we had questions or concerns, and he brought an extensive amount of knowledge and a great deal of attentiveness and patience to our search for the perfect place. You would be hard-pressed to find a real estate professional anywhere who cares more for his clients than Brant—he really is the best in the business!
— Matt & Hannah DeCamp