Ormewood Park is an East Atlanta neighborhood that has undergone significant changes in recent decades. Real estate in Ormewood Park has drastically become more valuable since the 1990s, and particularly in the early 2000s, when retail and restaurant spaces were opened as a part of Glenwood Park in the northwest corner of the neighborhood.
Many renters and homeowners in Ormewood Park send their children to Atlanta’s charter schools or nearby private schools, but public school attendees will likely follow a path between Parkside Elementary School, King Middle School and Maynard Jackson High School.
Parkside Elementary receives warm reviews from a majority of parents, while Maynard Jackson High School has displayed a strong trend of improved test scores over the past few years. Though scores from the school’s students have long been low, the improved progress reveals that the current staff is conducting an atmosphere of educational growth that surpasses the majority of state schools, which tend to stay stagnant.
A slight majority of Ormewood residents own, rather than rent. Homes for sale in the neighborhood, on average, cost $253,539, while the median rent for a townhome or various apartments is $1,159 per month. Single family homes are the most popular type of housing, although newer townhomes are available in the Glenwood Park area. The architecture is diverse, with craftsman houses often side-by-side with bungalow houses, cottages, ranch homes and Victorians. Houses often run above $500,000, but plenty of homes for sale are available for less.
Crime rates in Ormewood Park are slightly favorable, that is, above average, overall. Burglary and motor vehicle theft rates are higher than national averages, but violent crime rates are lower.
Residents have a number of well-regarded dining options in Ormewood Park. Most of these are found in the northwest corner at Glenwood Park. Some of the more notable eateries in the neighborhood include the following:
- Gunshow, a modernized southern restaurant with a constantly changing menu and a famous banana pudding.
- The Shed at Glenwood, new American fare with a solid brunch menu and gorgeously plated dishes.
- Spoon Eastside, accurately named for being on the eastside of the neighborhood, a Thai dinner spot that is one of the best in the city of Atlanta.
A short walk from nearby townhomes and houses will bring residents to Ormewood’s best shopping options. In the Glenwood corner lays Rhen’s Nest Toy Shop, recently voted as the top local toy store for children in the city. Glenwood also holds the Relish Salon (and Relish Jr. Salon for kids) and Pink Sky Boutique.
The Ormewood Park Makers Festival is a more recent tradition in the area. Residents at the Festival can enjoy local, live music, community artisan work, a flavoring of the neighborhood eateries and a trolley tour to learn the long history of their home streets. Other recreational opportunities include the playground in the northwest corner of the Park and several fitness centers for those who like to remain active.
Ormewood’s downtown location makes it fairly walkable, although to visit many parts of the city, you will need to drive or use public transportation. Currently, Atlanta’s BeltLine runs along the west side of the neighborhood, and heads north through Glenwood Park, or south to Boulevard Heights.
If you are considering buying real estate in Ormewood, know that residents tend to enjoy the area and stay for long periods of time. More than half of the 8,000 neighborhood residents have lived in the 1.4-mile area of Ormewood Park for over five years.
Finally, regardless of your age or ethnic background, you will likely find a fit in the neighborhood, as the diversity in the area is high. The median household income in Ormewood is $87,9000, which is higher than the national average, but residents from all educational levels make their homes here.
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