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Inman Park -- Atlanta's Small-Town DownTown

Posted on 02, June 2009 by csadmin

Founded in 1883 as Atlanta's first streetcar suburb, Inman Park is one of the most attractive and history-steeped neighborhoods in the greater Atlanta area. Originally the site of the Civil War's devastating Battle of Atlanta, the area was transformed after the war by real estate developer Joel Hurt into a planned neighborhood, which grew and flourished into the 20th Century. Inman Park contains some of the finest and most impressive examples of Queen Anne homes in the city, and handsomely restored Victorian mansions--the neighborhood's architectural mascot--have made the area famous to visitors and residents alike.

Edgewood Avenue is the main thoroughfare that once served as the artery linking the neighborhood to downtown by way of Atlanta's first electric streetcar (launched in 1886), which terminated about a block from where the modern-day MARTA station stands. The most grand homes (and probably the most colorful ones, too!) are located along this stretch, with an array of other jaw-dropping mansions found on Elizabeth Street, Hurt Street, and Waverly Way. Most of the area's homes were built sometime between the 1880s and the 1920s and tend to be on the large side, although there are also plenty of mid-sized bungalows as well. Much of the neighborhood fell into disrepair until the 1980s, when restoration and revival became the name of the game.  By now, most of the homes have been beautifully restored to their former glory, and the charm and character they exude has attracted restoration fiends and history buffs with big budgets, along with artsy eccentrics and free spirits.  

Inman Park bills itself as "small-town Downtown", and it's easy to see why. It is a quirky, friendly neighborhood that really is just about 10 minutes' drive from downtown Atlanta. The annual Inman Park Festival, held every April, showcases its unique residents in a parade and its beautiful architecture in a Tour of Homes. The neighborhood's close proximity to funky Little Five Points gives it hipster cachet and provides easy access to dining and shopping options. Parents love being zoned for some of the top-rated public schools in Atlanta: Mary Lin Elementary, Inman Middle, and Grady High. With a long list of positive qualities and a gorgeous setting, Inman Park offers a little something for everyone.

Average price range for homes:  $350K - $1.5M

Zip code(s):  30307

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