piedmont park bridge with gazebo

Established in the 1900s, the historic city of Virginia Highland was originally founded as a streetcar suburb. Its name derives from the intersection of Virginia Avenue and North Highland Avenue, which was the central and busiest part of the city.

Now, its convenient five-minute commute to downtown mixed with its famous bungalows and historic homes from the 1910s to 1930s attract newcomers daily. In fact, more than 8,000 people call Virginia Highlands home. Almost 37 homes for sale are listed on Zillow that range in price from $199,900 to $3.15 million.

Virginia Highland offers outstanding schools for children of all ages. Area schools include The Children’s Center of All Saints, YWCA Atlanta, Morningside Elementary, Mary Lin Elementary, Springdale Park Elementary, Inman Middle, Henry W. Grady High and The Paideia School.

Recently voted as the “#4 Best Neighborhood in the South” by Southern Living Magazine, Virginia Highland is known as Atlanta’s most popular neighborhood for shopping, eating and nightlife, both locals and tourists can enjoy coffee at the sidewalk cafes, tasty cuisine at well-known restaurants and drinks at the eclectic night spots.

Be sure to check out these attractions:

Shopping and Dining

  • Dark Horse Tavern. This lively neighborhood joint is the perfect place to sip on some beverages with friends. Enjoy one of the five bars found here and discover a great atmosphere to let loose. Head downstairs to 10 High for one of the best spots to enjoy a live karaoke band!
  • Ocean Wave. Serving some of the greatest Thai food found in the Southeast, this restaurant is known for having professionally trained chefs that are familiar with sushi and Thai foods. The Surin family is proud to be serving the Atlanta area since 1990.
  • George’s Bar & Restaurant. George’s has been serving the best burgers and bar food in town since its opening in 1961.  It has been visited by many celebrities including Johnny Cash, Justin Timberlake, Andruw Jones, Indris Elba and President Jimmy Carter.
  • La Tavola Trattoria. Experience authentic Italian food in the center of Virginia Highlands. Enjoy meals like classic veal meatballs, fan-favorite mushroom tagliolini, squid ink spaghetti and tagliatelle Bolognese. Let your server recommend a glad of wine that will complement your meal and be ready to be impressed by the best authentic Italian in the city.
  • The Green Flamingo. Give the gift of a beautiful flower arrangement that anyone will enjoy! This flower shop opened in 2020 and has taken Va-Hi by storm. Stop by and get inspired by local florists.
  • Dakota J’s. This Atlanta favorite boutique has been open since 1996 and has been serving women of all ages since. They have everything you need and more!
  • Urban Cottage Inc. Go and find your new favorite piece of furniture at this fan-favorite home furnishings store! For nearly two decades, this brick and mortar shop has been making everyone’s house feel like a home. They even offer interior design services to help you make your home perfect for you.
  • Atlanta Pro Bikes. Atlanta has become a hub for bicyclists and this store is here to help! Atlanta Pro Bikes is a full-service bike shop that offers repairs, custom builds, new and used bikes for sale and rentals are available to cruise along the BeltLine.

Entertainment and Recreation

  • Limerick Junction. Known as Atlanta’s oldest Irish Bar, Limerick Junction offers live music and good company. Limerick Junction has been bringing a slice of Ireland to Atlanta since 1988 and the bar features authentic pieces from Ireland.
  • Knock Music House. Offering VIP rock star experiences for children, adults and businesses, this venue is perfect for weddings, birthday parties and any private event. They provide full-service event planning complete with a photo booth, food and beverage and more.
  • Piedmont Park. As the heart of the city, this 211-acre park offers tennis courts, playgrounds, walking paths, a community garden, educational classes for children, two dog parks, hosts many festivals and is home to the Atlanta Botanical Gardens. Visiting Piedmont Park is a must on anyone’s Atlanta bucket list!
  • John Howell Memorial Park. This charming park was completed in 1988 after many years of planning and is the perfect place to walk your dog, lie in the sun, play on the playground and just relax. Park benches are located throughout, and the trees and grass are plentiful.
  • Blind Willie’s. Established in 1986 and famous for its blues, Blind Willie’s offers live local blues every day of the week. If you’re looking for a place with a laid-back crowd, drinks and great music, this is definitely a scene for you.

Historical Attractions

  • Fire Station #19. Located at 1063 N. Highland Ave., Fire Station #19 is Atlanta’s oldest operating fire station. Built in 1924 in the bungalow style prevalent in Virginia Highlands, the station is a neighborhood landmark. Currently, the station needs donations for renovations.
  • Inman Middle School. Named for Samuel M. Inman, an Atlanta civic leader who was passionate about education and philanthropy, Inman Middle School was built as an elementary school in 1924. Samuel Inman, who lived from 1843 to 1915, donated much of his money to education. His legacy lives on at Inman Middle School, which was a top-ranked school in Georgia. In 2020, the school decided to move the students to another local middle school, but this building could potentially be repurposed as an “upper-elementary” school.
  • Adair Mansion. Originally named Wood Cliff, the mansion at 964 Rupley Drive was completed in 1895 for Green Buron Adair. A wholesale commission and fertilizer tycoon, Adair bought the land when it was country and only accessible by the Nine-Mile Circle streetcar line. The Mediterranean-style house was divided into upscale apartments.

Come experience Virginia Highland’s great shopping, fine cuisine and unique culture. To learn more about this little neighborhood, visit here.

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