Though its technical name is West Midtown, one of Atlanta’s hippest hoods is simply known as the Westside. It’s a collection of historically significant buildings that have been painstakingly restored and converted into retail space, restaurants, loft apartments and condos. Evidence of the community’s glory days as one of Atlanta’s industrial nerve centers is still apparent through pre-Civil War train tracks and cavernous warehouses. There are even cobblestone alleys that were once traversed by horse-drawn carriages.
As its name implies, Midtown is located in the center of Atlanta and is one of the most culturally diverse parts of the city. Not only do people from all over the country (and world) come to attend Georgia Tech and the Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD/Atlanta division), but they also flock to work at internationally recognized companies such as EarthLink, The Coca-Cola Company, Turner, the Cartoon Network, Turner Classic Movies, TNT, NBA TV, Norfolk Southern, Invesco, Wells Fargo and PriceWaterhouseCoopers, to name a few. And on any given day, thousands come to Midtown for the entertainment – from a walk in Piedmont Park to catch a traveling Broadway show at the Fox, they’ve got it all.
Ormewood Park/Glenwood Park
Nestled in between historic Grant Park and the East Atlanta Village are Ormewood Park and its long lost cousin twice removed Glen, Glenwood Park that is. Ormewood is a sleepy little hamlet primarily populated by single-family Craftsman-style homes, shotguns and brick bungalows constructed around the 1920s. In the past 10 years or so, new and larger homes of varying architectural styles have been erected, mostly along Ormewood Avenue. House values have held steady throughout the real estate roller coaster ride and are expected to rise when the portion of the Atlanta BeltLine nearby is completed. The neighborhood enjoys lots of yearlong shade thanks to the mature oaks and lush evergreens.
Once a battleground of the Civil War, East Atlanta, Georgia has since transformed itself from a bustling industrial area into a quirky, close-knit community. Eclectic boutique clothing shops, hip pubs and restaurants line the pedestrian-friendly streets alongside the time-honored businesses that began this neighborhood.
The neighborhood’s epicenter, known as East Atlanta Village, is the place to go to for a truly local experience. Annual festivals such as The East Atlanta Strut – a street fair that benefits local charities – the East Atlanta Beer Festival and the Battle of Atlanta Festival provide great music, family fun and tasty treats.
Staging great live bands most nights of the week, major music venues such as The EARL make East Atlanta, Georgia a hotspot for nightlife. On any given night, revelers can stroll from The Earl to 529 to The Basement, enjoying live music all along the way. East Atlanta has a gritty rock n’ roll feel, a spot where canned beer, tattooed wrists, and ripped jeans dominate.