Virginia Highland has topped numerous prestigious lists of Atlanta’s favorite neighborhoods over the years. From its trendy residences to its popular indie commercial districts, words like “artsy” and “eclectic” are often used to describe its unique vibe. The neighborhood sits to the south of Morningside, west of Druid Hills, east of Piedmont Park, and north of Poncey-Highland.
Things to Do
Despite its proximity to Midtown, Downtown, and Buckhead’s famous nightlife, Virginia Highland features several of Atlanta’s top bars and restaurants that are perfect for dinner, a drink, or a night of live music. Some of these include Atlanta’s oldest restaurant, Atkins Park, as well as Yeah! Burger, Blind Willie’s, and Noche. The neighborhood is also home to six commercial districts, each of which features clothing and jewelry shops, art galleries, coffee shops, and other small businesses. These shops often attract people from all over Metro Atlanta. Several small parks are scattered throughout the neighborhood, but Atlanta’s famous 189-acre Piedmont Park that sits on the western border, features ball fields, an aquatic center, a lake, picnic spots, a dog park, walking and jogging paths, and much more. The popular Fernbank Museum of Natural History is about two miles east of Virginia Highland, while Zoo Atlanta is less than five miles to the south.
In 2013, the average home in Virginia Highland sold for just over $600,000. Many of the homes in the area are bungalow-style residences, though you will find some modern styles among the newer construction in the community. Some townhouses and condos are located here, as well. In 2012, Creative Loafing voted Virginia Highland as Atlanta’s “Best Walkable Neighborhood.” Sidewalks and the closeness of commercial and residential districts make it easy for pedestrians to navigate the neighborhood’s streets.
Inman Middle School is located in the middle of the community, and it is considered to be one of the best middle schools in the state. Students here will also attend Henry W. Grady High School, which is just outside of the neighborhood, near Piedmont Park, and either Springdale Park or Morningside Elementary Schools. Several private schools are located near Virginia Highland, including Paideia School and The Children’s School.
Life in Virginia Highland
A quick walk or drive through Virginia Highland and it’s easy to see why people decide to move here. Whether you’re single, retired, or just starting a family, it has so much to offer that you can’t find anywhere else in Georgia. Unique shops and restaurants, some of the best schools in the state, and nearness to Atlanta’s top attractions are only part of Virginia Highland’s appeal.