Cool Neighborhoods East of Downtown Atlanta

4 Very Cool Neighborhoods East of Downtown, O4W & Grant Park:

Reynoldstown, Glenwood Park, Kirkwood & East Atlanta

East of Downtown Atlanta, ultra-trendy Old Fourth Ward, and Historic Grant Park neighborhoods are four very cool neighborhoods that are experiencing a renaissance, like Inman Park to the north.

Due to its bisection by the Atlanta Beltline and proximity to Inman Park, Reynoldstown is a newly hip intown Atlanta neighborhood.  Reynoldstown was originally settled after the Civil War by freed slaves who were employed by the railroad, and became a historic district in 2003.  Local landmarks include the Colgate Mattress Factory lofts, Trees Atlanta headquarters and nursery,  the former Atlanta & West Point Railroad depot, The Hulsey Railroad Yard, and Habitat for Humanity Headquarters. Today industrial buildings and old homes are being renovated as fast as new developments pop up.

“Atlanta BeltLine, Inc. has received a $100,000 National Endowment for the Arts Grant to build a permanent stage where a temporary one now stands just north of H. Harper Station in the Reynoldstown neighborhood. The project will include landscaped exhibit space and an elevated park connection with ”some of the best views of the city.” Georgia Tech professor Tristan Al-Haddad and his students were key contributors to the winning proposal.  The Reynoldstown Stage will be nestled into an area with unique topographical features and a kind of shiny halo overhead that may have been intended as a metaphor for the kind of crowning achievement that the Atlanta BeltLine is becoming for the city.”

New performing arts stage to be built on the Beltline in Reynoldstown.
Atlanta & West Point Railroad Depot at the Atlanta BeltLine
Lofts at Reynoldstown Crossing
New development on Memorial Drive
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The Krog Tunnel connects Inman Park to Reynoldstown under the Hulsey Railroad Yards.
Townhomes in Reynoldstown
A typical tree covered street with classic old homes in Reynoldstown.
Elan 144 just completed
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Atlanta BeltLine master plan at Memorial Drive
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new townhouses
Weatherby Flats planned

Just south of I-20 at Reynoldstown is the small community of Glenwood Park,

just east of Historic Grant Park where ZOO Atlanta and its amazing animals reside. Glenwood Park is a new urbanism planned community surrounded by old Atlanta neighborhoods.

Glenwood Park with Downtown Atlanta just 2 miles away.
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Glenwood East green on Stovall Street.
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Designed as a walking mixed-use neighborhood.
Grant Circle, Glenwood, Atlanta
The Atlanta Beltline crosses through here.
Urban mixed with pastoral greenways.
Good street for walking

Plan view

Originally farms and dairy yards covered the Kirkwood area from 1827 until the Battle of Atlanta during the Civil War.

Kirkwood was one of Atlanta’s first streetcar neighborhoods and was incorporated in 1899.  Today, it is a flourishing national historic designated township which sports new streetscaping, renovated old homes and new mixed-use developments.


Today Kirkwood is a walkable area with great art galleries, restaurants, and urban residences.
Kirkwood Station
Kirkwood Bar & Grill
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1941 Kirkwood
Times gone by… note the streetcar rails.


A new home in the area.
Howard St Kirk Arch tourist
Beautiful old manse on Howard St. (photo courtesy of the Architecture Tourist)


Just south of Kirkwood and east of Glenwood Park is the trendy and very popular neighborhood of East Atlanta and it’s commercial district, East Atlanta Village

“What is now Flat Shoals Avenue was a major trade route for the Native Americans. It was called Sandtown Trail and connected the coastal area near Savannah with the Chattahoochee River. The Sandtown Trail crossed the Peachtree Trail at what later became Five Points in downtown Atlanta.”

The Washington Post called EAV the best kept secret in Atlanta, Creative Loafing readers voted it best neighborhood in Atlanta, and the New York Times says our neighborhood is reaching the crest in what has been a steadily rising wave of cool.

The East Atlanta Banking Co. from 1911 is the home of the Flatiron Bar today.
East Atlanta Village, and Mary’s
Joe’s Coffee
Flat Shoals Avenue
A happening spot, and great brunch.
Argosy EAV
The interior of the Argosy
New East Atlanta Library
East Atlanta Library interior


the glenwood in eav
The Glenwood interior
Holy Taco
Old East Atlanta home
Modern homes popping up in East Atlanta
New townhouses
The Earl









3 thoughts on “Cool Neighborhoods East of Downtown Atlanta

    1. Thanks for commenting on my post. I was really impressed with the Palladium performing arts center near Indianapolis. Gorgeous building~ I would be thrilled to see Michael McDonald there! I visited Vicenza during college which is covered with Andrea Palladio’s buildings, which it appears the architect was influenced by. Cheers. Wayne


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