If you like listening to vinyl records (or music in general), eating good food and watching great theatre, then you’ll want to take a trip to Little Five Points. As Atlanta’s Bohemian community, Little Five Points sits between Inman Park and Virginia-Highland and is just two-and-a-half miles from Downtown.
Established in the 1900s as a commercial district, Little Five Points was named after Five Points in the center of downtown Atlanta. The name also refers to the intersection at the center of the neighborhood comprised of Moreland Avenue, McLendon Avenue and Euclid Avenue.
At one point, Little Five Points had a thriving population. Trolley lines were close by and the community became one of the earliest major shopping centers. Then, in the 1960s, residents moved away due to the building of a new freeway. In the 1970s, Little Five Points needed revitalization. The Little Five Points Partnership, formed in 1981 by local merchants, helped restore the area.
Now, many people call Little Five Points home. According to Trulia, 153 homes are for sale in or near the community. These homes range in price from $50,000 to $2,500,000. Additionally, there are many rental options priced from $360 to $25,000 per month.
Schools in the area include Mary Lin Elementary, Montessori Intown, Inman Middle and Henry W. Grady High.
There are many things to do in this Bohemian community, but here are just a few:
Shopping and Dining
• Junkman’s Daughter. As Atlanta’s alternative superstore and recently voted one of the 25 Best Independent Stores in America, Junkman’s Daughter carries everything from far-out fashion to retro knick-knacks to housewares to costumes.
• The Star Community Bar. Located in the heart of Little Five Points, The Star Bar finds fresh, alternative acts including country and rock. It also has celebrity bartenders in the afternoons on Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 4 to 9 p.m.
• Criminal Records. A legendary Atlanta record store, Criminal Records lets you see your favorite artists up close with in-store performances and meet and greets. Featured artists include Christ, Lord and von Grey.
• Little Five Points Pizza. With fresh ingredients and culinary creations, Little Five Points Pizza is one of the most popular restaurants in the area. Menu items include build your own pizza, pasta, specialty calzones, subs, salads, breadsticks and even New York-style cheesecake.
• The Porter. This premier beer bar has an extensive menu of more than 800 beers. With delicious grub, The Porter was also voted Best Bar Food by Creative Loafing. Menu items include Belgian fries, hush puppies, salt and vinegar popcorn, goat cheese fritters, organic arugula salad, black bean burger, fish n’ chips, Georgia wild shrimp n’ grits and so much more.
Entertainment and Recreation
• Seven Stages. Since 1979, Seven Stages has hosted performers both from around the world and from closer to home. Upcoming shows include The Navigator, Krampus Xmas and Red Badge of Courage. In addition to these popular shows, Seven Stages also hosts workshops for youth, internships and residencies.
• Horizon Theatre Company. Now in its 28th season, Horizon is Atlanta’s contemporary theatre. In addition to producing its five-play mainstage season, Horizon also develops new plays through workshops, readings and through its annual New South Play Festival, dedicated to plays from, for or about the South.
• Variety Playhouse. A renovated movie theater, Variety Playhouse is a combination theater and nightclub. Seating includes a mixture of theater-style seats, tables and chairs and dancing and standing areas. Upcoming shows include Here Come the Mummies, Reptar, Noah and the Whale, Robert Earl Keen, Patty Griffin, Gary Clark, Jr., Sparks and Built to Spill.
• Little 5 Points Halloween Parade and Festival. Taking place on Saturday, October 19, the event is the signature Halloween festival in the southeast and one of the top ten Halloween events in the country. The fun starts at noon and the sold-out parade begins at 4 p.m. There will be food vendors, artist market vendors, live entertainment and, of course, the best Halloween parade in the South.
• The Jimmy Carter Library & Museum. Just down the road from Little Five Points, The Jimmy Carter Library & Museum is part of the Presidential Library system administered by the National Archives and Records Administration. Approximately 69,750 square feet on 35 acres, the Library includes archives, a museum and gardens. The archives repository holds about 27 million pages of Jimmy Carter’s White House material and papers of administration associates, including documents, memorandum and correspondence. There are also 500,000 photographs and hundreds of hours of film, audio and video tape.
Discover Little Five Points today. It definitely is one of the most unique communities of Atlanta! For more details on new Atlanta homes in the area, click here.