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Chamblee

Staff Pick

With a reasonable downtown commute, whether along I-85 or on MARTA; an impressive selection of shops, particularly along “antique row”; and plenty of affordable housing, replete with a handful of loft rehabs, CHAMBLEE, population 9,552, possesses many of the things that make suburban living attractive. But what elevates the DeKalb County city over more homogeneous enclaves are the Asian and Latino cultures represented there. International Village packs in more than 30 nationalities along Buford Highway, and the restaurants that line the corridor – from Korean barbecue to Vietnamese pho to Chinese dim sum – are reason alone to live there. Chamblee wrapped up a year’s worth of centennial events in August, and although the former railroad town may only encompass 3.5 square miles, we envision its mix of diversity, charm and convenience being celebrated for years to come.

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