A sought-after nabe filled with painted Victorians, well-manicured lawns, and plenty of restaurants and culture, Inman Park has it all! It’s just minutes from downtown and surrounded by uber hip Little Five Points and super sophisticated Virginia-Highland. There’s plenty of history here too. Established in 1880, Inman Park is one of Atlanta’s first planned communities. Walking friendly and boasting its own MARTA train stop, Inman Park station, living here can be the cure to Atlanta traffic.
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Inman’s Edge Favors Indies
I think any pizza delivery driver would agree that Dekalb Ave, between Mooreland Ave and Krog Street is Inman’s Edge, not the fraying fringe edge, but the sharp frame around the adorable historical Inman Park: Atlanta’s first planned suburb. Thoughtfully restored factory lofts, tidy brick condos, a dash of retail and a chiming church bell tower cushion this Edge from the MARTA trains (couldn’t be more convenient) and downtown commuter traffic. The street sounds remind the mostly 20’s-30’s independent residents that they are a part of a breathing urban machine, with the comfort of lattice, gingerbread, porch swings and shady streets just a glance away.What’s awesome
Diverse neighbors, cool new lofts, One Eared Stag, Dada salon, close proximity to N. Highland Ave district and public transportWhat’s not so awesome
The beeping from the loader backing up in the busy container and train station across Dekalb Ave.
Old South in the Big City
Winding, old southern, Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil kind of streets is what you will find in Inman Park. Adorned with Victorian homes, which are so enchanting that there is an annual tour: Spring Festival Tour of Homes, this neighborhood is a well-known historic gem. Developed in 1880 by Joel Hurt, Inman was designed as a garden-community in the heart of the city. Just minutes from downtown, there is plenty of good-eats and entertainment here. For the foodies, there is a plethora of high-quality restaurants all within a few blocks of one another:
Rathbuns—two restaurants in one. There is Rathbun’s Steakhouse and Rathbun’s, which is small plate, Modern American Cuisine. Iron Chef Winner against Iron Chef Bobby Flay and seen on The Food Network’s “The Best Thing I Ever Ate”
Sauced—think your grandparents 60’s lake house turned into a restaurant. This place is cute-as-a-button with farm-to-table small plates ranging from Pork and Beans to Falafel Kabobs, delicious sauces (hence the name), and mixoligist style cocktails.
Two Urban Licks—fun, modern, upbeat…a great place for bachelorette parties. TULis a part of the Concentrics Restaurant Group. They offer American style, wood-fired tapas.
Highland Bakery—bread and pastries so good, I don’t care how long it stays on my hips. Great place to come for breakfast/brunch but come early because this place gets crowded. Weekend wait times can be anywhere from 30 minutes and over an hour.
Sotto Sotto—casual/elegant, authentic Italian dining with 100% Italian wine menu. So authentic they serve whole fish.
Fritti—the sister restaurant to Sotto Sotto. They serve Neapolitan style pizza as certified by the Verace Pizza Napoletana Association. By far one of the best pizza places in town second to Antico.
Seriously there are so many restaurants that I am probably offending 15 other places by not mentioning them.
If you want entertainment, there is Dad’s Garage Theatre, which boasts Best Theatre and Best Improv Troupe in Creative Loafing for five years. Also, it’s an arms-reach from Little 5, so a good idea may be to stop in Inman for dinner or lunch and head over to Little 5 for bohemian culture, people-watching, and concerts.
Festivals, and Atlanta has got plenty of them, the Inman Park Festival is probably one of the largest and most eclectic festivals featuring: Arts and Crafts, Street Market, the already mentioned Tour of Homes (2011 is the 40th year), Bands, Dance Festival, Parade, and all the funnel cakes and beer you can fit in your belly.
Living here—it seems that the housing crisis has not hit as hard here as the remainder of Atlanta. Most homes are $800k and up. However, if you aren’t a millionaire and still want to be here, there are several new apartments and condos. The General Pipe and Foundry and the Mead Paper Plant have been converted to trendy urban spaces walking distance from shops and restaurants. If you are raising a family, Inman Park is assigned to Mary Lin Elementary, Inman Middle School, and Henry W. Grady High School plus there are many private schools nearby.
All-in-all Inman Park is the place to be whether you are looking for a charming place to live close to the city or want to please the romantic side of your soul and your appetite. It has the character and charm of the south thrown right in the middle of a thriving metropolis, so there is something for everyone here…or nearby.What’s awesome
Restaurants, Houses, Proximity to downtownWhat’s not so awesome
Historic and gorgeous.
If I could live anywhere in Atlanta, it would be in a Victorian house in Inman Park. I don’t even have to sit around and think for more than 30 seconds to answer that. I love this area so much and I’m sad it’s not closer to me because I’d be here all the time.
This place is just cool. It was the first planned community in Atlanta, and it was also one of the first “garden suburbs” in the United States, based off an early 1900s concept out of England with a goal of being a self contained green space outside a city, meant to resemble the countryside while still being close. Inman Park was also home to one of the first trolley lines in the country, which ran to downtown Atlanta.
Thankfully in the 1970s, people started to realize the charm of the area, after a period of neglect, and those gorgeous old houses are still around.
It reminds me a bit of Virginia-Highland, but as a bonus it actually has its own MARTAtrain station. Granted it’s nowhere near the Highland Avenue main drag of restaurants and businesses, but it’s there, at least. It’s also going to be a part of the start of the Beltline path that will hopefully be some sort of transit.
Be sure to take a walk along Krog Street, pretty well known for its tunnel and the graffiti that adorns it, both inside and out.
Inman Park is super close to Little Five Points, it’s almost as if L5P took a bite out of Inman Park and made itself at home.