Known as Atlanta’s first planned residential suburbs, first electric trolley neighborhood and one of the nation’s first garden suburbs, Inman Park carries a lot of history and is even listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Located on the east side of Atlanta, this neighborhood was named after Samuel L. Inman, a prominent Atlanta cotton merchant and businessman.
Inman Park is filled with sprawling lawns, large trees and beautiful homes that showcase the best collection of residential architecture from the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Home styles include high-style Italianate and Romanesque mansions as well as bungalows, Colonial Revival homes and Shingle Style homes.
Families living in Inman Park will have numerous options when it comes to schools, including Inman Park Elementary, Inman Middle, Henry W. Grady High, The Atlanta School and several more.
With many local businesses, up and coming restaurants and a variety of beautiful parks, Inman Park is definitely worth a visit.
Shopping and Dining:
• Inman Perk. A family-owned and run coffee shop, Inman Perk has won a Golden Cup award and is committed to Sustainable Coffee and Fair Trade products. Menu items include drip coffee, espresso shots, lattes, cappuccinos, iced mochas, frappes, fruit smoothies, pastries and sandwiches.
• The Urban Oasis. Located at 130 A Krog Street, this bed and breakfast is housed in a 5,400 square foot loft. The Urban Oasis provides guests with the modern southern living experience. The four bedroom, four bath space has even been the site of print and TV photo shoots.
• Sotto Sotto. Known for its fresh made pasta dishes, Sotto Sotto is a favorite restaurant in this community. Menu items include carpaccio di manzo (beef tenderloin), risotto ai frutti di mare (camaroli rice with mixed seafood), lasagnette alla bolognese (baked lasagna with bolognese and béchamel) and pesce arrosto (wood roasted whole fish with roasted potatoes and garlic spinach).
• Atlantic Station. Less than seven miles away from Inman Park, this outdoor mall is one of Atlanta’s best! It’s a great place to hang out, watch a movie, shop and eat. Restaurants and shopping include The Yard House, Moe’s, Strip, California Pizza Kitchen, H&M, Dillard’s, DSW Shoe Warehouse, Gap and much, much more.
• Wisteria Restaurant. Housed in a building nearly a century old, Wisteria Restaurant provides an intimate atmosphere that is cozy and inviting. Its American food with a Southern twist is a favorite to all. Menu items include crab bisque, beef carpaccio, pan seared North Atlantic skate wings, grilled beef tenderloin, Georgia peach cobbler with vanilla bean ice cream and hand crafted caramel and sea salt smores.
Entertainment and Recreation
• Freedom Park. Known as the largest public park in Atlanta and located in a convenient place for everyone, this park is a beautiful way to get some exercise and see the city. Freedom Park includes rolling hills, jogging paths and even hosts an annual giant pillow fight.
• Horizon Theatre Company. Now in its 28th season, Horizon Theatre Company has a reputation for excellent ensemble acting. New plays by today’s playwrights are produced and reflect the lives of diverse people living in the urban Southeast. The current show, Third Country, will be playing until October 20.
• Springvale Park. Founded in 1889, this park was the pet project of Joel Hurt, the developer of Inman Park. When visiting, notice the 1889 stone wall at the west side of the lake and the live oak planted by Hurt over 100 years ago.
• Inman Park Festival. Join Inman Park for its annual festival in April 2014! The festival offers music, kids’ activities, a tour of homes, a street parade, an artists’ market and some of the city’s best people-watching. Next year’s parade will be held Friday, April 25 to Sunday, April 27.
• Wrecking Bar Brewery. Picked as the Best Brewpub in Atlanta from 2011 to 2013, the Wrecking Bar was once a 1900 Victorian-style home, a Methodist Protestant church, dance school and an architectural antiques store. Now, the owners provide the best selection of specialty beers. Each is brewed on site, and craft pub food is also served. Built by Victor H. Kreigshaber, a leader in the cultural and economic development of Atlanta, the Wrecking Bar is a must for beer and history lovers alike.
• Joel Hurt House. At the intersection of Euclid and Elizabeth Streets is the Joel Hurt House. This brick home, designed by W.T. Downing, reflects aspects of the Prairie School style. Its landscape was designed by the Olmstead brothers, the sons and successors of Frederick L. Olmsted, who also helped create Springvale Park.
• Asa G. Candler House. Also at the intersection of Euclid and Elizabeth Streets in Inman Park is the Asa G. Candler House. A red brick home, it features a two-story columned portico, arched windows and doors and ornamental cornices. Asa G. Candler, founder of Coca-Cola who bought the formula from John Pemberton, also served as Atlanta’s 44th mayor from 1916 to 1919.
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