Ormewood Park is a name you’re not likely to hear on its own, unless you ask about it specifically. Even folks who have lived in town for years will have difficulty placing it on a map of the city, and they’re even less likely to be able to tell you that much about it.
That’s OK, though. It’s certainly not the neighborhood’s fault. Ormewood Park, located just to the east of Grant Park, is actually quite a lovely little part of Atlanta (it’s one of the oldest). Tree-lined streets? Check. Sleek, modern townhomes? Check. Quirky, old Victorians and postwar Craftsmans? Check and Check. A thoroughly quaint dining and shopping village? That too.
The thing is, for so long, Ormewood Park was just a place where people lived: it experienced the same period of decline as many of its neighbors, but when the early 2000s rolled around, and when it got the same boost, that element didn’t change too much. The Ormewood of today is a place filled with young families. It’s really safe, and has an active, dedicated community that works together to keep it that way. It’s got history; it’s got character; it’s got charm; it’s got cute lawns, and people waving from their front porches, and backyard barbecues on the weekends, where the Petersons bring over potato salad and a six pack. So, in that way, Ormewood Park just never got... sexy. It never got trendy. Not yet, anyway, and not in the conventional sense—it just never really needed to.
Is that going to change? Probably. Maybe. The story of intown Atlanta is still being told. In the meantime, Ormewood Park is more than content to be itself.
An emphasis on community involvement
An affordable home close to the city
A quick commute of less than 20 minutes
A family-friendly environment
Mid-century neighborhood aesthetics
Proximity to enthusiastic dining and entertainment options
Ormewood Park is located approximately two miles east of Downtown Atlanta, just south of the I-20 corridor. It lies just to the east of the historic neighborhood of Grant park (home of Zoo Atlanta, and just to the west of trendy East Atlanta (on the other side of Moreland Avenue).
The area directly to the north of what is now Ormewood Park used to be a part of the neighborhood. Revitalization in the early 2000s, however, turned this portion of town into a new-urban development called Glenwood Park. Today, Glenwood is easily walkable, and offers some great dining and shopping options (think of it as the unofficial downtown of Ormewood Park).
Ormewood Park does lie to the south of what most people would consider to be “Intown” Atlanta. But close proximity to I-20 and access to Moreland Avenue (straddling the eastern side of the neighborhood) makes getting into the city and into the surrounding neighborhoods a breeze.
Young families with a penchant for hiring a sitter and taking in some nightlife are in luck. East Atlanta Village is just a few minutes away by foot, and boasts some of the best music and underground dining options in the city.
While Ormewood Park is anchored by the well-regarded offerings of Atlanta Neighborhood Charter School, there are some other options closeby that offer a variety of education options.
Atlanta Public School System
Atlanta Charter Middle School (charter)
Neighborhood Charter School (charter)
Parkside Elementary School (public)
Maynard Holbrook Jackson High School (public)
Southside High School (public)
Kingfisher Academy (private)
Tree-lined streets and ample yard space are usually enough to get the residents of Ormewood Park by. There do, however, exist some lovely green spaces in close vicinity, namely the massive Grant Park (just to the west), or Glenwood Park, on the north side of the neighborhood. Here’s a complete list:
Jacci Fuller Woodland Garden Park
New to Atlanta?
Whether you’ve already slated your move to Atlanta, or are just considering this city as your new home, you’re likely going to be doing a lot of research. Every city has nuances, history, quirks, and jargon that can be confusing for newcomers, and Atlanta is no different. We’ve taken the liberty of providing a few basics with our Atlanta Beginner’s Guide. Check it out, and you’ll be feeling like a local in no time.
A location just south of the I-20 corridor puts Ormewood Park just off the beaten path, though access to this neighborhood is still pretty easy. Residents most commonly enter and exit through the surface streets of Boulevard and Memorial Avenues, which grant access to the Ponce corridor and the neighborhoods to the north
Ormewood Park is located just a stone’s throw from I-20, and there are on ramps located only a few minutes’ drive from most of the homes in this neighborhood. From there, it’s a straight shot to the Connector, or to the Perimeter, if you’re heading eastward.
MARTA rail access isn’t easy to come by in Ormewood Park. There are a pair of stations to the north (both running along DeKalb Avenue), though the half-mile hike across I-20 and up Moreland Avenue doesn’t make it an appealing option to rely upon on a regular basis.
The Atlanta Neighborhood Charter School is located in the middle of Ormewood Park. A K-8 establishment, it thrives off its relationship with the surrounding community, and consistently reports a high level of satisfaction from its students and their parents. 688 Grant St. SE, (404) 624-6226, atlncs.org
This brand-new festival features the usual ATL festival activities—food, beer, work by local artists, music—but with a twist. Patrons themselves will be on hand to share their areas of expertise, from fields as broad as blacksmithing, to candlemaking, to brewing, and dozen of other disciplines. It’s slated for the beginning of October.
Residents looking for some heavy shopping need only drive a mile north on Moreland Avenue, where they’ll find the Edgewood Retail District. Target, Lowe’s, Best Buy, and Barnes & Noble are just a few of the stores that anchor this huge, super-convenient shopping area. 1250 Caroline St. NE, (404) 222-9910, shopedgewoodretaildistrict.com
A comfy little spot that prepares creative interpretation of classical Thai fare in a bright, industrial space. 749 Moreland Ave. SE, (404) 624-4713, spoonatlanta.com
The Ormewood branch of this Atlanta mini chain serves hearty portions of modern Italian fare like pastas and pizzas. 749 Moreland Ave. SE, (404) 624-0440, littleazio.com
A standard in north Ormewood/Glenwood Park, this eatery serves Southern fare at outdoor tables, or at a long bar that specializes in craft beers and amazing mixed drinks. 933 Garrett St. #101, (404) 627-8818, vickerysatlanta.com
Prior to its establishment as an actual neighborhood in the late 1800s, a large portion of Ormewood park was active farmland. At one point, the land hosted one of the most prosperous pecan orchards in the Atlanta area (a few of these original pecan trees still exist, if you know where to look).