There’s an interesting dichotomy in Edgewood that will strike you the moment you see it: ‘Wow. There’s a lot of shopping here.’
Edgewood, as a neighborhood, has been around for more than a century. But the Edgewood Retail District, for the past decade, has been the face this part of town has presented to the world. In addition to anchor stores like Target, Kroger, Lowes, Barnes and Noble, and Best Buy, this 44-acre development is also festooned with myriad restaurants and boutiques, which in turn are surrounded by a collection of modern condos, prized by residents for their convenience and centrality of location.
But Edgewood doesn’t stop at its modern commercial endeavors. If Atlanta is good at anything, it’s yielding a new aesthetic at each turn, and this neighborhood lives up to the trend. Behind the scenes, quiet, winding back roads offer a variety as diverse as the area itself, where historic Craftsman-style homes blend seamlessly with a continuing wave of new developments that have been meticulously designed to carry the aesthetic into the 21st century.
An affordable Intown neighborhood
Proximity to shopping opportunities
A reasonable commute to the city center
New construction, or a lovingly refurbished property
A diverse, young population
Potential for future growth
Walkability to some of Atlanta’s most eclectic, popular neighborhoods
Edgewood is located about three miles east of the center of Atlanta, a half-mile south of the Ponce Corridor. It is served by its own MARTA station, and because of the neighborhood’s extreme proximity to shopping, restaurants, and retail resources, it’s not too uncommon to find someone who lives, works, and plays in this part of town.
While we’ve said before that owning a car makes life in Atlanta a whole lot easier, but thanks to a MARTA connection, as well as proximity to shopping and entertainment, this is a rare area where you might be able to do without—if you play your cards right.
Don’t neglect the east side of the neighborhood. This part of town has some lovely public spaces, and a few quirky businesses that are totally worth the visit.
Don’t confuse the neighborhood of Edgewood with the street of the same name. While there is a popular thoroughfare just a little to the west called Edgewood Avenue, that road doesn’t quite reach this part of town.
Like many of the newly revitalized Intown neighborhoods in Atlanta, the quality of the public school system isn’t a priority. There are, however, a number of charter and private school options for residents to choose from. Here’s a complete list.
City of Atlanta Public Schools
Toomer Elementary (public)
King Middle (public)
Maynard Jackson High (public)
Known mainly for its varied retail shopping options and urban location, Edgewood comes up a bit short in the parks department. Not far from the core of the neighborhood you'll find Coan Park on the border of Edgewood and Kirkwood and, if soccer is your thing, you'll love Arizona Ave Soccer Fields.
Arizona Ave Soccer Fields
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.
Moreland Avenue runs along the westernmost side of Edgewood, and provides access to the Ponce Corridor slightly north (through Little Five Points). The other main surface road is Hosea L. Williams Drive, which runs east through Kirkwood and East Lake—charming areas on their own, but if you’re heading to Decatur for any reason, this road carries a little less traffic.
Edgewood is located just north of I-20, and the onramp is just a few hundred feet down Moreland Avenue.
The northern border of Edgewood is lined by an elevated MARTA track. While the gentle whine of the train can be heard by residents into the late evening hours, the ease of access to the Edgewood-Candler Park station (east-west) is worth it.
Put your name on the list, grab some seeds, and raise your own crops in this quaint plot of land, specifically designated as a community garden for the neighborhood. It’s a great place to socialize and meet some neighbors, too.
This performing arts venue hosts a lineup of unique new plays, but also offers acting classes and workshops, courtesy of a team of talented players. 195 Arizona Ave. NE, (678) 231-1262, pnotheatre.com
Part of Edgewood’s appeal is the fact that, despite its new-construction shimmer, it’s actually located within a 10-minutes’ walk to some of Atlanta’s most popular, most bucolic neighborhoods and eclectic hangout spots. To the north, Little Five Points; to the east, Kirkwood; and to the south, East Atlanta Village.
Fast casual is the name of the game in Edgewood, and when it comes to Italian, this counter-serve chain does some fine work with build-your-own pasta dishes, a thoroughly decent wine selection, and some easy, fresh salads. 1220 Caroline St. NE, (404) 586-9250, figopasta.com
This local Japanese mini-chain has become popular around the city for their casual atmosphere and emphasis on freshness. Their sushi rolls can get pretty imaginative, and they’re one of the better, easier places to hit for seafood, too. 120 Caroline St. NE, (404) 653-9886, rusansjapanese.com
Meticulously crafted cocktails are prepared by (literally) one of Atlanta’s best mixologists, while a small kitchen turns out some stunning New American fare in a wood-lined, porch-adorned, bi-level structure. 130 Arizona Ave. NE, (678) 974-8380, rationanddram.com
When it was built in the late 19th century, Edgewood was a pretty blue-collar place, populated mostly by workers at the factories that were booming at the time—something that’s reflected in the architecture. Craftsman-style homes, popular now for their simple, streamlined aesthetics, were more affordable and easier to build than the more complicated Victorian structures in the more established neighborhoods to the east. It’s for this reason that the latter structures are seldom seen in this part of Atlanta.