Inman Park—A glimpse of the old South in a modern setting.
Located just two miles from downtown and first used as a battlefield in the Civil War during the Battle of Atlanta, Inman Park rose from the ashes of this historic event to become one of Atlanta’s original upscale planned residential locations. A real estate developer by the name of Joel Hunt and his company, The East Atlanta Land Company, purchased 130 acres in the 1880s and proceeded to create a rural oasis which he named Inman Park after his friend and business associate, Samuel M. Inman. Joseph Forsyth Johnson, a local landscape designer, was contracted to design the layout of this lush, new suburb. It became, in its time, a beautiful collection of high-end Italianate, Queen Anne, Romanesque mansions alongside smaller bungalows on curvilinear streets with liberal amounts of open space and access to downtown via three streetcar lines.
After years of residential restoration and urban renewal Inman Park has reclaimed its place in the heart of all who live and visit here. It is now one of the most desired in-town neighborhoods boasting a welcoming atmosphere and an example of the American way of life. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places Inman Park is a place where all those who live and work here go above and beyond to preserve the glory of yesteryear. Many properties are valued in the million dollar price range and are evidence of what a community can do when it pulls together with a common vision. Not only does this location feature beautifully restored homes, but former industrial areas that have been redeveloped into mixed-use office, retail, and restaurant space.
Inman Park, with its restored beauty and in-town convenient location, will not disappoint the urban dweller. If easy access to the downtown area, public and interstate transportation, numerous city parks, and local activities in an elegant location is where your heart is, then Inman Park is the place for you.
This thriving community, located only two miles from downtown Atlanta, offers a plethora of things to do and see. Each year, for two days during the last weekend of April, the neighborhood hosts the Inman Park Festival featuring local art, a street market, a tour of homes, a grand parade, and an eclectic and fun costumed 5K run. In addition, the event includes children’s activities, live music, and some of the best modern dance and ballet companies in Atlanta.
Walking tours of the area are available through the Atlanta Preservation Center where it is possible to view the local architecture and landscape on an up-close, personal basis while hearing the history of the area. If walking is not for you, then ATL-Cruzers Electric Car & Segway Tours maybe your way to see the area. Offering only small group tours you glide along the streets and learn where to go, where to eat, and what is happening all over Atlanta.
Other things to see and do include the Jimmy Carter Library and Museum that sits atop 35 acres and is in honor of our only southern US president; Little 5 Points district for counter culture and nightlife; Zoo Atlanta our acclaimed zoological park is just minutes away; the World of Coca Cola with its worldwide Coke tasting room; Olympic Park with its amazing fountain of rings; or the breathtaking Georgia Aquarium are just a few of the things to do in the area.
Atlanta has many outstanding neighborhoods, but Inman Park is the one that calls for more than a casual glance.
Restaurants and Shopping
For great dining in the area you must try Krog Bar on Krog Street for an elegant, yet casual Italian experience and outstanding wine choices; Rathbun’s on Krog Street for modern American cuisine; Wisteria on North Highland Avenue for cozy and inviting Southern food; Parish on North Highland Avenue for authentic, but modern Cajun; Shaun’s on Edgewood Avenue for contemporary Southern food; the famous Manuel’s Tavern named by the New York Times Magazine as “Atlanta’s quintessential neighborhood bar.”; or Inman Perk for really good coffee.
For a great day of shopping try Jac on North Highland Avenue for unique, cool trendy items; Highland Cigar Company on North Highland Avenue for premium cigars, accessories, and storage; At The Collective on Elizabeth Street for local arts and crafts; or the Junkman’s Daughter in Little 5 Points for all things taboo.
Residents of Inman Park send their children to Mary Lin Elementary School, Inman Middle School, and Henry W. Grady High School a Communication Magnet School, a Fine Arts Academy, a Health and Science Academy, and a Travel and Tourism Academy.
Local colleges and universities in the area are Agnes Scott College, Columbia theological Seminary, Emory University, and Georgia Perimeter College. Also located nearby is the Georgia Institute of Technology, John Marshall Law School, Georgia State University, and the Savannah College of Art and Design Atlanta campus.
The MARTA Inman Park Station on the blue green rail line serves the Inman Park area. Buses at the station are available to serve the Little Five Points, Emory University, and East Atlanta areas. I-20 is also within close proximity.