Colorful exterior image of Victorian homes reminiscent of those in Atlanta's Grant Park.

Grant Park is one of Atlanta’s oldest neighborhoods

Located in the heart of Atlanta, Grant Park is one of the city’s oldest neighborhoods and most important historical districts. The neighborhood is brimming with the character and charm of Victorian era mansions, twentieth century bungalows and small cottages. Grant Park’s extensive tree-lined, brick-paved sidewalk system and taste for recreation and amusement only add to the quaint allure of the area.

Grant Park was originally created in the late 1800s after a generous donation of land to the city. Soon thereafter, a failed circus was purchased and its accompanying animals donated to Atlanta. The city decided to take a portion of Grant Park and created Grant Park Zoo: today’s Zoo Atlanta. Grant Park also hosts the second oldest house still standing on its original location in Atlanta, the Lemuel P. Grant Mansion.   

The pleasing aesthetics, family-friendly environment and simple living lifestyle of this neighborhood make it a real estate hot spot. Homes in the area average in price from $175,000 for a “fixer-upper” to $700,000 for a refurbished historic home in the city. Homes listed on Zillow range from $90,000 to $674,869, making Grant Park accommodating to the budgets of different kinds of families.

Dining in Grant Park

  • Ria’s Bluebird. If you’re a breakfast or brunch lover, Ria’s Bluebird is the place for you. Chef Ria Pell was formerly a Chopped contestant, so no matter what you order, you are in for a treat. The atmosphere is casual and eclectic, with graffiti style-murals scouring the walls and a diverse menu that will appeal to anyone- even vegetarians. Some of the menu’s contents include the Brisket Breakfast, Country Fried Tempeh and the Pepper Turkey Melt, as well as various other soups, salads and sides to choose from.
  • Tin Lizzy’s Cantina. Serving up tex-mex cuisine and live music, Tin Lizzy’s unique atmosphere makes it a must-do in Grant Park. From their unconventional taco selection to their wide range of specialty margaritas, this is not your average Mexican restaurant. Start off your meal with their notorious “Three Amigos,” an order of one salsa, queso and guacamole, then explore their wide taco selection, ranging from classic Santa Fe Chicken to Buffalo Chicken, all the way to the exotic Korean BBQ Pork taco.
  • Ziba’s Bistro. Tucked away in a historic shopping center just down the street from Zoo Atlanta, Ziba’s Bistro offers an eclectic Mediterranean-inspired menu with something for everyone. Since opening s in 2010, Ziba’s Bistro has been dubbed ‘Grant Park’s Best Kept Secret,’ due to its fresh ingredients, great atmosphere, and friendly service.
  • Grant Central Pizza & Pasta. This local favorite was established in 1992.  Grant Central Pizza & Pasta serves some of the best pizza and pasta in Atlanta. It is a great place to grab a pie orj just a slice and a salad while having a cold drink and enjoying the company for friends.
  • Grant Park Coffeehouse. Located across from the main zoo entrance, Grant Park Coffeehouse specializes in premium organic and fair trade coffee, as well as made-to-order breakfast and lunch, high quality delicious ice cream. For a special treat, try some of the baked goods and desserts that are made on site.
  • Six Feet Under Pub & Fish House. Located across from historic Oakland Cemetery, Six Feet Under Pub & Fish House has rooftop seating with a fantastic view!  The expansive menu features so much goodness — gator bites, scallops cooked in parchment paper with herbs and wine sauce, steamed shrimp, fish and chips, a shrimp boil with calamari, catfish tacos, raw oysters, and so much more!

Shopping and Some Dining

  • The Beacon Atlanta features 110,000 square feet of restaurants and bars, a coffee shop, a bakery, a gourmet market, retail shopping, daycare, medical and wellness centers and the funky Artist’s Cove create a layered neighborhood experience that will satisfy patrons’ daytime and evening needs and desires.
  • The Beehive. This bright and eccentric shop is Atlanta’s first handmade boutique-collective that puts an emphasis on local artists and designers, alternatively known as “bees.” Products in the shop include apparel, jewelry, house wares, paper goods, hand-baked goods, bath and body products and more. These local designers work, live and make their products locally and regionally, giving shoppers an experience that is unique and one-of-a-kind as Grant Park.

Entertainment and Recreation

  • Grant Park. Grant Park is the fourth largest park in the city, and it is the oldest city park in Atlanta. The park is on 131.5 acres of land and is full of history and modern day amenities. The park is home to a beautiful new playground for your kids to enjoy, a two sided fountain, Constitution Spring, a pond, a paver-stone pathway and granite columns, making for a beautiful place to explore the past and the outdoors.
  • Zoo Atlanta has transformed immensely in the course of its 132-year lifetime. The zoo’s mission is to “inspire the citizens of Atlanta and Georgia and all visitors to the Zoo to value wildlife on Earth and to help safeguard existing species through conservation.” The zoo serves as a home to many birds, mammals, reptiles and amphibians, and maintains projects to work with local communities to conserve their environment and promote sustainability. For more information on Zoo Atlanta, listen to our podcast with Zoo Atlanta President and CEO Raymond King.

Attractions

  • Sweet Peach Tours. Explore on foot everything that Hotlanta has to offer with these guided Atlanta walking tours. Sweet Peach is committed to giving their customers the best experience possible, and tours are carefully planned and monitored to ensure the safety of all who attend. Various walking tour choices include: Downtown Atlanta Tour, Civil Rights Tour, Civil War Tour, Southern Food Tour, Phantom of the Night, Antebellum Homes, Downtown Art Walk and the Fitness Tour, so there will be something for everyone to enjoy. Call 678-910-3104 to set up a tour.
  • Out of Hand Theater. This non-profit theater company is one of the most fun and original theaters in Atlanta. Out of Hand puts fourth riveting theatrical events that create interactive experiences with the audience. Ticket prices are very affordable, and if you’re lucky, you might even witness one of their spontaneous, free public performances in a place around town.
  • The D’AIR Project. This aerial dance theater is on a mission to create artistically innovative performances that inspire art and cultural education. Throughout the year, D’AIR puts on family friendly events that showcase the talents of their adult and youth aerial dance classes. The performances utilize the beauty of color, light and the human form to communicate their beautiful, fun, unique and at times, humorous productions.

Visit Grant Park today to get to know the culturally-rich livability of one of Atlanta’s most desired neighborhoods. To learn more about the area, visit here. Also, for more Atlanta real estate opportunities, visit here.

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