The grass is always greener on the other side, right? In this edition of neighborhood highlight, “greener” isn’t even the half of it. Winner of best Atlanta neighborhood multiple times by Creative Loafing, Inman Park sits on a fence of what Atlanta once was and the direction Atlanta is heading in. Step over to the green side of things.
Atlanta’s first original suburb, Inman Park is located a little over a mile east of Downtown. Suprisingly enough, Inman Park was what Gwinnett County is today: the last bit of civilization before you venture into the jungle. It was created by engineer and real estate tycoon Joel Hurt who envisioned, like all streetcar suburbs, a place to get away from the city. Evidence of this once rural gem is left through the many Victorian and Queen Anne-style homes that tower through the luscious greenery. Of course, the automobile spelled death for the neighborhood but the bounce back came through willing folks who never wanted to see the neighborhood die. Today, homes that were once worth only thousands of dollars now range into the million range. It is also the focal point for local entertainment as our favorite nook Little Five Points lies within its boundaries. Two big projects are also slated to begin construction on and near the BeltLine, one being the Krog Street Market, on the location of Tyler Perry’s old soundstage, and 280 Elizabeth, a new mixed-use development in Inman Park’s neighborhood core.
Admittedly one of my favorite neighborhoods in Atlanta, Inman Park shows great craftsmanship not because of its homes, walkability, or even amenities, but for its GREENSPACE!!! Parks, grassy nooks, and walking paths o’er the river and through the woods are everywhere here, which proves why the butterfly is placed with pride on the neighborhood’s emblem. Never a dull moment, Inman Park shines as an Atlanta original, and top notch for young couples, families and retirees alike. See? It is easy being green.