Atlanta's #1 Walking Neighborhood
Historic Virginia Highland is Atlanta's most popular neighborhood for shopping, dining and nightlife. Developed in the early 1900s, it consists of seven distinct commercial "villages" alternating with short, walkable blocks of charming bungalow homes. The neighborhood's name derives from the intersection of Virginia and North Highland Avenues.
Locals and tourists alike mingle for brunch at charming sidewalk cafes, cocktails at lively night spots, and innovative cuisine at progressive restaurants and bistros. Discovering the unexpected is part of the attraction where you may find world- famous musical entertainment at a tiny nightclub, an opening-night party at an art gallery or a gathering of fascinating people at one of the coffeehouses. Virginia Highland has been voted “Best Overall Neighborhood” and “Best Walkable Neighborhood” by Creative Loafing and was designated “favorite neighborhood overall” by Atlanta Magazine in 2011.
Virginia Highland is acclaimed for its diverse and unique shopping. Trend-setting apparel, classic to kitschy antiques, folk and pop art, whimsical decorative accessories, natural linens, distinctive art books, gourmet kitchen wares, fine woodworking and gardening tools, unusual fresh flowers, gelatos, unique contemporary, antique or traditional furniture, full-service day spas, fashionable salons – all are just a few of the extensive retail offerings.
There is no shortage of entertainment or events in Virginia Highland! Located along the Belt Line (22 mile Path connecting intown neighborhoods), residents and visitors alike can easily enjoy the annual Summerfest, Taste of the Highlands, and Tour of Homes. Architecture of note includes the Fire Station 19 (Atlanta’s oldest fire station- circa 1925), the Adair Mansion, the Briarcliff Hotel and the Hilan Theatre. Green space in this neighborhood is at its maximum – enjoy Piedmont Park, John Howell Memorial Park, Orme Park and the Neighborhood Arboretum!
Residents of Virginia Highland send their children to school at Springdale Park Elementary School, followed by Inman Middle School and Henry W. Grady High School.