Neighborhoods: Edgewood, Kirkwood, East Lake
Somewhere where Fulton County turns into DeKalb County, you’ll find 30317. Straddling Memorial Drive, (well away from the congestion that can sometimes afflict the Ponce corridor) this portion of town isn’t very big, but it’s got some great enclaves that are worth a look, especially if a quiet, friendly, no-frills neighborhood is of appeal.
Edgewood is home to some of the best new construction in Atlanta, mainly in the form of homes that have cropped up in the shadow of the Edgewood Retail District, which contains a mix of big box centers like Best Buy, Target, and Barnes and Noble, and some quirky boutiques and easy, go-to restaurants.
A short drive to the east, things tend to quiet down a little. Kirkwood and East Lake have their share of historic properties, but with a location just south of the last decade’s intown revitalization trend, there are still some homes that can be found—mainly of the early- and mid-20th century variety. It’s very much a neighborhood feel in this part of town, so if walkability to attractions is what you’re after, you might need to jump in the car instead (though there are a couple of MARTA rail stops that dot the north end of the ZIP). The one exception, however, is the center of Kirkwood. Spanning a few blocks of Hosea L. Williams Drive, a trendy little downtown has become a place where the locals love to hang out.
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