Perhaps the city’ most quietly-hip and sought-after address, the largely residential Virginia-Highland area has been called Atlanta’s answer to New York’s SoHo or Los Angeles’s Melrose Avenue. Many of Atlanta’s top restaurants, bars and boutiques are located along tree-lined Highland Avenue, and it’s second only to Buckhead for evening activities. Locals say Virginia Highlands combines the thriving growth and excitement of Buckhead with a friendly, charming vibe.
Developed in the early 1900’s, Virginia-Highland is known for its walkable blocks of bungalow homes. The area is located just two miles north of downtown Atlanta. Trendy Virginia Highlands isn’t so much a singular neighborhood as it is a string of “shopping villages” interspersed with single-family homes, condominiums and apartments in a pedestrian-friendly layout that borders the 189-acre Piedmont Park.
This quaint neighborhood with strong schools is attractive to both young professionals and families. It boasts beautiful 1920s and1930s homes that have been renovated and updated. Virginia–Highland is best known for its oldest residences – the Craftsman bungalows that line the streets near to where the old Nine Mile trolley ran: Virginia Avenue, North Highland Avenue, St. Charles Avenue. Other architectural styles include English Vernacular Revival and Colonial Revival, English Cottage and American Foursquare.