Grant Park, Atlanta's largest historic neighborhood, was named for railroad magnate Lemuel Grant, who in 1882 donated 100 acres of land to create an inner suburb. It soon became a posh garden enclave where many wealthy Atlantans built gorgeous mansions and ornate bungalows. In 1889, animals from a failed circus were purchased and relocated to Grant Park, establishing Atlanta's first zoo. On the northern edge of the neighborhood lies historic Oakland Cemetery, where famous golfer Bobby Jones and Gone With The Wind author Margaret Mitchell are buried along with other notable Atlantans, including 25 of the city's past mayors and many former government officials.
Grant Park today is a quaint historic district boasting some of the finest examples of Victorian and Queen Anne architecture in the city. Not surprisingly, the grandest homes are those bordering the park as well as a prime stretch of Grant Street (just a few blocks off the park itself). Some of these are stately Victorian mansions, while numerous Queen Anne bungalows throughout the neighborhood have been painstakingly restored to all their former glory with all historical details intact. Charming craftsman bungalows and a few shotgun houses round out the architectural mix.
A heavy nostalgia permeates the neighborhood, and as such, historic aficionados and restoration fanatics have long made this area home. There is an active and well-organized neighborhood association, and the park serves as a tranquil center for recreation and community gatherings. Kids and animal lovers flock to Zoo Atlanta, while Civil War buffs love the unique attraction known as Cyclorama.
Average price range for homes: $225K-$650K
Zip code(s): 30312, 30315