At some point, everyone visits Inman Park. It’s unavoidable. Maybe the trip involves snaking along Euclid Avenue to visit some cool brew pub you heard about. Maybe the traffic is insane on Ponce, and you decide to get clever and create your own detour just south of the bustle. Maybe some friends threw you onto MARTA, and you ended up at a huge, all-day street festival. The point is, you’re going to Inman Park eventually, and you’re going to look around, and you’re going to fall in love with it. Everybody does.
Some people are swept away by the houses. This neighborhood features some of the best examples of late 19th and early 20th century architecture, and invariably, it’s all been meticulously restored, from cozy Queen Annes, to rich Italianates, to looming Vicotrian mansions, to shotgun shacks gone luxe, all tucked into old-growth trees and meticulously cultivated gardens.
Some people are attracted by the fact that an exclusive (but never pretentious about it) neighborhood like this one is located all-but-next-door to Downtown Atlanta, and even closer to the shopping, dining, and entertainment opportuinities offered by neighboring Little Five POints, Edgewood, and Old Fourth Ward. Walkability, whenever possible, is at a premium in Atlanta, and it doesn’t get more central than Inman Park.
But it’s the spirit of Inman Park that really drives the point home. It’s in the character and diversity of the people who live here, and in the inclusiveness and camaraderie that’s spawned by the people who live in a neighborhood that they’re proud of. It’s as simple as that: Inman Park is just a cool place.
Inman Park is located within a mile of Downtown Atlanta, and right in the center of some of Atlanta’s coolest neighborhoods, like Edgewood, LIttle Five POints, Old Fourthward, and Virginia Highland. As such, the Connector and I-20 are within a few minutes’ drive. This neighborhood, however, is close to some major surface streets, too, so for residents who work at organizations like Emory University or the CDC, the commute is thoroughly manageable.
The completed portion of the Atlanta BeltLine begins on the western end of Inman Park, and offers access (by foot) all the way to the southeast corner of Piedmont Park. The project is well underway to expand that trail however, so residents of Inman Park will be able to enjoy even greater access in years to come.
Architecture junkies should park the car and take a stroll. Inman Park was ‘Atlanta’s first suburb,’ and contains some stunning example of Southern architecture, much of it dating back to just after the Civil War. Some stunning examples include Callan Castle and the Beath-Dickey House, but there are many others if you look around.
Inman Park isn’t very large, but it technically contains two districts: the Inman Park historic district, and the Inman Park-Moreland Historic District. The latter is located on the eastern side on Inman Park, and contains the trendy intersection of Little Five Points, and a slightly greater variety of living options for young professionals who value some eccentricity in their neighborhood.
Inman Park is served by Atlanta Public Schools, and while this school system isn’t highly rated, there are quite a few private institutions located closeby if quality of education is an important element of your home search.
Atlanta Public School System
Mary Lin Elementary (public)
Whiteford Elementary (public)
Inman Middle (public)
Coan Middle (public)
The Atlanta School (private)
Walking the streets of Inman Park gives one the impression that, homes aside, the whole neighborhood is just one big green space. But there are quite a few dedicated areas, including the lavish Springvale Park, and a corner of Freedom Park, which includes the Jimmy Carter Presidential Library and Museum. Here’s a complete list:
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A network of surface streets, like Moreland Avenue, DeKalb Avenue, and Ponce de Leon Avenue surround Inman Park, and will grant access to the main arteries and destinations around the city. Euclid Avenue, meanwhile, runs through the middle of Inman Park, and gives easy access.
Onramps to I-20 and the I-75/I-85 Connector are both only a few minutes drive from Inman Park. the former is accessible via Moreland Avenue, which lies on the eastern edge of the neighborhood; the latter is accessible via Freedom Parkway, which skirts the northwestern corner of this area.
A MARTA rail station is located on the southern edge of Inman Park—Inman Park-Reynoldstown station is on the east/west line, and is only a few stops away from the north/west line, which can be picked up at Five Points station.
This festival, some would argue, is the don’t miss arts and music event of the year. Taking place during the last weekend in April, it’s a spirited display of the diversity Inman Park has to offer, and is a great opportunity for some of the region’s most acclaimed artists to show off their work.
A converted movie theater, this (totally renovated) venue now serves as a concert hall that’s hosted acts large and small, within walking distance to some of L5P’s best eateries. 1099 Euclid Ave. NE, (404) 524-7354, variety-playhouse.com
An enormous warehouse, converted into a one-stop foodie haven, with a lineup that features some of the city’s best chefs, most innovative dishes, and exciting entertainment options—a real game changer for an already exceptional ATL dining scene. 99 Krog St. NE, (770) 434-2400, krogstreetmarket.com
The Southern adaptation of this NYC-based mini chain, Barcelona Wine Bar provides pours of some of the world’s best small-production wines, along with an exciting menu of shareable bites, served in a modern-meets-rustic environment. 240 North Highland Ave. NE, (404) 589-1010, barcelonawinebar.com
Housed in one of Inman Park’s most eye catching victorian mansions, this eatery specializes in a rotating list of bar bites and small plates, but the real attraction is an ever-evolving lineup of some of the best homemade beer in the city. 292 Moreland Ave. NE, (404) 221-2600, wreckingbarbrewpub.com/p>
A favorite at Krog Street Market, the luminary is a sleek French-American brasserie (with a Southern kick) that boasts a full raw bar and some of the most innovative cocktails in Atlanta. 99 Krog St. NE, (404) 600-6199, theluminaryatl.com