In 2011, Atlanta magazine described Virginia Highland as Atlanta’s favorite neighborhood, and one quick walk or drive through the area will tell you why. It’s considered to be one of the hippest and trendiest places to live within the city limits, thanks to its highly sought-after commercial areas and beautiful, historic homes.

Shopping, Dining, and Entertainment

Summerfest, a celebration of art, music, and food that attracts people from all over the United States, takes place in Virginia Highland every June. Residents and visitors also enjoy the annual Virginia Highland Home Tour held in December and the Virginia Highland Fallfest that takes place each September. People also come from all over Metro Atlanta to shop and dine in the neighborhood. You can pick up some custom-made jewelry at an eclectic boutique, enjoy a caffeinated beverage and a newspaper in a quiet neighborhood coffee shop, or spend a Friday night on the patio at one of Atlanta’s most popular restaurants listening to live music, and you can do it all in one day by walking just a few feet down the road. Some of the local favorites are Murphy’s, La Tavola, Festivity, and Blind Willie’s which W.C. Handy once named the “Blues Club of the Year.”

Homes

The average home in Virginia Highland starts around $500,000, but unlike some of the other neighborhoods within the city, this one offers more variety when it comes to housing. Vintage craftsman, bungalow, English Cottage, and Colonial Revival-style homes from the 1910s and 1920s are scattered throughout the area, but you will also find more modern dwellings here. Condos and townhouses are also available on the outskirts. Creative Loafing once named it Atlanta’s “Best Walkable Neighborhood.” The local civic association also organizes its own neighborhood watch to ensure its residents’ safety.

Family-Friendly

Atlanta Public Schools serve Virginia Highland, including Henry W. Grady High School, Inman Middle School, and Springdale Park Elementary School, a fairly new school that is considered to be completely “green” and has been awarded the Georgia Governor’s Office Platinum Award of Student Achievement. Many of Atlanta’s top private schools, such as Cliff Valley School and The Children’s School, are just a quick drive away, as well as many of the state’s top colleges. For family fun on the weekends, Virginia Highland borders Atlanta’s famed Piedmont Park.

Why Virginia Highland?

Sure, it provides residents with a quick commute and excellent schools, but Virginia Highland’s true appeal is its charm. Residents love the fact that they can eat and shop locally and soak up the neighborhood’s artsy vibe any day of the year.

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