When it comes to intown living, it doesn’t come much finer than in historic Virginia-Highland (“VaHi”, for short), a collective of four residential-commercial villages that together comprise one of Atlanta’s most popular urban neighborhoods. Frequently dubbed the most walkable neighborhood in Atlanta, this community features row upon row of charming bungalows, trendy shops, fine restaurants and exciting nightlife, all within walking distance, and all within minutes of downtown Atlanta.
The area known as Virginia-Highland was initially developed in the early 1900s as what was at the time the outskirts of Atlanta, connected to downtown by the famed Nine Mile Trolley line, the remnants of which can still be seen where Virginia Avenue intersects with North Highland at the heart of the neighborhood. As Atlanta expanded, migration to the suburbs caused Virginia-Highland to decline in the 1960s along with several other intown neighborhoods. In recent years, however, the area has seen a new surge of popularity and redevelopment as the population returns to enjoy the urban lifestyle. Today, VaHi enjoys iconic status among locals as one of the best places to live in the city.
Public schools in Virginia-Highland are administered by the Atlanta Public School system, with students attending Springdale Park Elementary School, Inman Middle School and Henry W. Grady High School. Private schools near VaHi include The Canterbury School and Montessori In Town, among others.
Virginia-Highland is particularly known for its selection of eclectic array of boutique shops, eclectic restaurants, sidewalk cafes, inspiring art galleries and trendy nightclubs. Nearby green spaces are abundant, as well, including John Howell Park, Orme Park and the sprawling Piedmont Park, featuring the Atlanta Botanical Garden. If that’s not enough to keep you busy, VaHi is centrally located to plenty of other great Atlanta shopping, dining and attractions, all reachable within minutes by car.
HOMES IN VIRGINIA-HIGHLAND
Many of the homes in VaHi date back to its early days, with plenty of beautifully restored and maintained bungalows and Tudor-style homes. Due to the ongoing popularity of this neighborhood, homes in Virginia-Highland range toward the high end of the spectrum, with relatively short listing-to-close times, and property values increasing between 5 to 8 percent per year. The median home value is nearing $620,000, with actual home prices ranging between the mid-$500s and $1 million plus. Suffice it to say if you find a home you like in VaHi, it’s best not to wait before making an offer. For more information on available homes in Virginia-Highland, contact us today.
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