Located in Fulton County and at the opposite end of the former Atlanta & West Point Railroad, hence the origin of the city’s name, this town is southwest of Atlanta. Known for its prime location, with Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport and downtown Atlanta just a short drive away, East Point has an atmosphere that many cities envy.
Offering great dining, attractions and shopping, it’s no wonder that more than 35,000 people call East Point their home. New community developments are underway in the East Point and College Park area. According to New Homes Source, home prices are ranging from single-family homes in the mid $200’s to luxury townhomes and houses in the mid to upper $600’s.
Families residing in East Point have a variety of schools to select from including Tri-Cities High, Cameron Academy, Pathway Christian, Woodland Middle, Paul D. West Middle, Hamilton E. Holmes Elementary and Asa Hilliard Elementary.
Besides an assortment of homes and schools to choose from, East Point is the perfect city to explore!
Shopping and Dining
• Spondivits. Drawing a regular and loyal crowd since 1979, this seafood restaurant offers customers both a great atmosphere and large portions. Favorite menu items include king crab cocktail, Cajun shrimp, caesar salad shrimp, fried lobster BLT, fried oysters and snow crab buckets.• Downtown East Point. Filled with great dining and a mix of shops, Downtown East Point is a local favorite. Be sure to stop by Oz Pizza, Taco Pete, and Psycho Sisters Hollyhood.
• The Corner Grille. Located in Historic Downtown College Park, The Corner Grille has a modern, relaxing atmosphere that serves chicken, seafood and steaks with a Cajun influence. Their menu serves brunch including Chicken and Waffles, lobster and seafood omelets, breakfast platters and Beignets. Their lunch and dinner menus feature a Salmon Club, Fried Catfish or Shrimp PoBoy, Cajun Chicken Sandwich, Shrimp and Grits, Cajun Seafood Pasta and a New York Strip.
• Virgil’s Gullah Kitchen and Bar. Inspired by Virgil’s own family recipes, this unique dining experience offers a vibrant atmosphere and great cuisine inspired by the Gullah Geechee Culture. Their menu features fried lobster tail, shrimp and grits, blackened salmon, fried okra, seafood baskets, macaroni and cheese, fried oysters and shark bites.
• Lov’n it Live. “Food for the body, mind and soul,” this eclectic vegetarian restaurant is well worth the price and is raved about all over town. Menu items include stuffed avocado, kale salad, nachos, battered bellas, mushroom steak, sage burger and sweet and sour marinated vegetables.
• Camp Creek Marketplace. This complex has everything a shopper could need, ranging from fitness centers, restaurants and boutiques. Favorite places include Marshalls, Target, Old Navy, Chic-Fil-A, Chipotle, TJ Maxx, Kay Jewelers and Panda Express.
• West Side Provisions District. Located just minutes north of East Point is Midtown’s newest edition West Side Provisions. The shopping and dining hub offers great cuisine, shopping and new experiences never seen before in Atlanta. Shopping includes Anthropologie, Free People, Hudson Grace, Lululemon, Lunya, Roller Rabbit, Room & Board and Warby Parker. Dining options are plentiful and include Yeah Burger, JCT. Kitchen and Bar, Forza Storico, Five Daughters Bakery, Brown Bag Seafood Co., Brash Coffee, Ormsby’s and Redbird.
• Thumbs Up Diner. Known for their friendly service and generous portions, this diner offers customers a great experience. Menu items include the skillet heap, southwestern eggs, tofu and veggies, grilled veggie bagel and sassy scramble.
Entertainment and Recreation
• The Delta Flight Museum. Since 1995, The Delta Flight Museum has invited visitors from around the world to explore aviation history. The museum was recently renovated and offers guests interactive attractions and programs for aviation enthusiasts. They have two restored planes including the 1940 Douglas DC-3 passenger plane and the Waco 125 Biplane, the only aircraft of its kind remaining. Strap in for a training session in a flight simulator which is the only full-motion simulation open to the public.
• The Dick Lane Velodrome. Built in 1974, this volunteer-based bicycle racing facility was inspired by the Munich Olympics. Experience the exciting world of cycling, and visit the Velodrome today!
• Brookdale Park. A great place to take your dog for a walk and get some fresh air. This park offers visitors tennis courts, a basketball court, a creek, a playground and a covered picnic area.
• Sykes Park. This 44-acre park is home to mountain bike trails for all experience levels. They offer a beginner trail which was recently converted from a nature trail and an intermediate trail for those with more experience. For now, the two trails occupy the space but plans for two more are underway along with walking and hiking trails. The park also offers a picnic pavilion, space for outdoor exercise and added equipment, basketball and tennis courts.
• Downtown East Point Walking Tour. Take East Point’s self-walking tour and experience East Point’s history that dates back as far as 1847!
• Bronze Historical Marker. Located at the base of the pedestrian bridge at Main Street and Cleveland Avenue, this marker acknowledges East Point’s founding and passing of the 1847 Act incorporating the Atlanta and LaGrange RR.
• East Point Historical Society. A volunteer-operated organization, this society educates the public on East Point’s past with a museum and archives. East Point Historical Society is free to the public.
• Historic Industrial District. Listed in the National Register of Historic Places, this district includes an array of late 19th and early 20th century mills and warehouses.
Visit this Atlanta commuter’s dream today. For more information, visit www.eastpointcity.org.
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