Consistently ranked as one of the most enjoyable places to live in the south, on the east coast, and in the nation, the beautiful coastal city of Savannah, Georgia, deserves every bit of notoriety it receives. The homes of Savannah are diverse and accommodating, flanked by live oaks covered in elegant Spanish moss. From modest inland bungalows to six-bedroom, four and five-story coastal mansions with views of the Atlantic, Savannah has it all.
Savannah is truly a city of varied and distinctive neighborhoods. The city is divided into six separate districts, all of which have a wonderful flair and charm about them. Downtown, Midtown, Southside, Eastside, Westside, and Southwest/West Chatham are the principle areas. The Downtown region is further subdivided into the Landmark Historic District and the Victorian District, areas known for their 19th and 20th century architecture and old world buildings. The Savannah Historic District is one the largest in the United States, and four other communities whose antiquity have been preserved make up the rest of the historical enclaves. These are the Victorian District, the Cuyler-Brownsville District, the Thomas Square District, and the Pin Point Historic District. Beyond these dividing lines, over 100 additional neighborhoods have been identified in the Savannah downtown area and beyond it.
Because of the mild coastal climate and Savannah’s position on the sea, transportation and trade have long been the pillars of the local economy. Now, however, though the Port of Savannah is still operational and busy, the focus has shifted to include other industries, such as manufacturing, the military, and tourism, which represent the top employing sectors in Savannah. International Paper, one of the world’s largest paper mills, Gulfstream Aerospace, a maker of private jet planes, and Morris Multimedia, a tv and news organization, are all based in Savannah and are some of the largest employers. Savannah remains the fourth largest port in the US for traffic from large shipping containers.