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Virginia-Highland

Virginia-Highland

A mix of quiet suburban and bustling urban areas.

Welcome to Virginia-Highland


Upscale living near the heart of Atlanta.


The Virginia-Highland area gets its name from the intersection of Virginia Avenue and North Highland Avenue and sprang up as a streetcar suburb of Atlanta. In fact, some of its streets began as trolley lines at the beginning of the 20th century. This history is fully apparent in the neighborhood’s beautiful old architecture. Today, Virginia-Highland is known for a mix of quiet suburban and bustling urban areas with plenty of city amenities alongside abundant green spaces. 

What to Love

  • Quiet suburban vibe mixed with a busy urban feel
  • Very safe with an excellent school system
  • Lots of transportation options, very walkable, easy commute

Local Lifestyle


Residential areas in this neighborhood are interspersed by plentiful restaurants and shopping. All of its charms can be fully explored on foot or via public transportation. 
 
Many of the residents of this area are young professionals and young families, owing to its proximity to economic opportunities and an excellent school system. It is also regarded as one of the safest neighborhoods in the Atlanta area.  

Dining, Entertainment, and Shopping


One of the best parts about the Virginia-Highland area is the historic nature of the buildings and businesses. The oldest continuously licensed tavern in Atlanta,
Atkins Park Tavern Restaurant, can be found here. This Atlanta treasure began as a deli in 1922 and is now a smart-casual restaurant that offers upscale comfort cuisine.
 
Another landmark of the area is Atlanta’s oldest Irish pub, Limerick Junction Pub. This spot is notable for its decor, which was shipped over from the old country, and railroad theme, which honors Atlanta’s past as a major railroad terminal. With its traditional menu, a wealth of Irish beer options, and a slate of live music and comedy events, Limerick Junction is sure to please.
 
A classic American diner that has been in business for the better part of a century, Moe’s and Joe’s opened in 1947 and owes its continuous popularity to its approachable menu of burgers, sandwiches, and tacos and its friendly neighborhood vibe. 
 
Alongside the many restaurants, there is plenty of good shopping in Virginia-Highland. Many of the local businesses are locally owned and operated, so a shopping excursion is an easy way to support the local economy. 
 
A great place to practice some retail therapy for an afternoon, the Ponce City Market includes ground-floor retail and restaurants, amenity-rich residences, creative office space, and an amusement park on the roof. 
 
A true neighborhood gem that has been around for almost a quarter-century, Urban Cottage is a one-stop-shop for hand-picked home goods and gifts. They also offer custom furniture and interior design services.

Things to Do


Virginia-Highland shows its dedication to preserving and supporting its community through its many parks and green spaces and annual events. 
 
The John Howell Memorial Park has a playground and the oldest sand volleyball courts in Atlanta. The park itself is a nod to a history that might have been — the site once held 11 homes that were demolished to make way for a freeway that might have caused serious negative repercussions for the area. However, the freeway’s construction was prevented by the actions of a few dedicated citizens, including John Howell. 
 
Located right on the border of the neighborhood, Piedmont Park is a natural wonderland. With its community garden, sports and aquatics facilities, playgrounds, and dog parks, it offers residents a chance to get out and play. The park is the location of many wonderful community events, including a weekly farmers garden, summer camps, a concert series, guided history tours, and arts festivals. 
 
Locals here have kicked off the summer in the same spectacular fashion for 37 years — by attending Summerfest, a neighborhood-wide arts and music festival, and 5K. Not only is it one of the most popular events in the area, attracting more than 50,000 visitors every year, but this bash also raises funds to support the maintenance and improvement of the community. 

Schools


Virginia-Highland is known for having an excellent public school system — one of the best in the Atlanta area. 
 
  • Grady High School, an A-rated school on niche.com
  • Morningside Elementary School, an A-rated school on niche.com
  • Inman Middle School, an A-rated school on niche.com



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