Neighborhood Spotlight: Inman ParkPosted by Ansley Atlanta 01/30/2019
Inman Park holds the distinction of being Atlanta’s first planned suburb and was the brainchild of influential Atlanta real estate developer Joel Hurt, who developed the area as an electric streetcar neighborhood serving as a “rural” oasis for the city’s wealthy residents who wanted an escape from the rigors of city life. The neighborhood was an immediate success as Atlanta’s elite flocked to Inman Park where they could travel via electric trolley to Downtown Atlanta for work, and then return home for relaxation – after paying the hefty trolley toll of five cents each way.
The charming tree-lined streets of this historic neighborhood typify the popular garden-style suburbs of the late nineteenth century and include some of the best remaining examples of 19th century residential architecture in the city, from ornate Victorian and Queen Anne homes to smaller bungalows and foursquares. By the late 1960’s, Inman Park benefitted from the restoration and preservation movement of the era and saw many of the stately homes that had fallen into various states of disrepair returned to their former glory. In 1973, the entire neighborhood was added to the National Register of Historic Places as Atlantans continued to breathe new life into Inman Park.
Today, almost all of the houses – both the mansions and the smaller dwellings – have been restored, and sit alongside a growing number of trendy condominium buildings and upscale apartments. A strong neighborhood association continues to fight for the betterment of the neighborhood, mostly financed by the wildly popular Inman Park Festival, a three-day annual festival that brings thousands to Inman Park for food, music and a tour of the historic homes.
Highland Avenue serves as Inman Park’s “Main Street” and features some of Atlanta’s top restaurants, nightlife and shopping. In addition, residents enjoy being connected to a variety of outdoor venues and parks, including Springvale Park, the Atlanta BeltLine’s Eastsie Trail and the Freedom Parkway PATH trail.