Prospective residents hoping to buy real estate or to find rentals in a trendy Atlanta community, take notice. If you are a millennial, you will likely find your ideal home in Piedmont Heights. The neighborhood is a lively suburban-urban crossover in uptown East Atlanta, right on the BeltLine. Piedmont Heights also borders Atlanta’s bustling Piedmont Avenue. Situated close to Atlanta city, Piedmont Heights renders an urban vibe, but with many comforts akin to the suburbs. Residents often refer to this area as “a small town in a big city.”
This neighborhood has an ideal population that falls just under 4,500 residents, making up around 3,000 households. New construction homes make up the majority of real estate in the area, with single family homes being the most common type of housing. Other types of properties buyers will find here include renovated houses built over the last century and both new and older apartments. The median monthly rent in this area is about $1,456. The median price for homes is around $450,000, but in the past year, alone, this number rose by 6 percent.
Just south of I-85, amid Atlanta’s most sought-after neighborhoods, Piedmont Heights sits tucked in between Morningside, Virginia Highlands and Ansley Park. In addition, Piedmont Heights is conveniently located – just 5 miles from downtown Atlanta. This drive takes fewer than 15 minutes, or around 30 minutes via public transit. Commuting via the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA) train system is most practical when traveling downtown or to the outskirts of Atlanta. Many Atlanta residents prefer MARTA to driving, because they can avoid Atlanta’s high-traffic volume and parking fees.
The majority of residents in Piedmont Heights are millennial-aged renters. Consequently, there are not as many families in the area as there are singles and younger couples, because the Piedmont Heights lifestyle tends to be more in-tune to this age group.
Most of the residential streets in Piedmont Heights have sidewalks, and are safe for walking. However, walking is not always the best way to get around in some parts of this neighborhood, such as the areas along Piedmont Road and Piedmont Circle, due to Atlanta’s heavy traffic flow and increased crime rate. If you do choose to walk, protect yourself by staying alert, following safety guidelines and being aware of your surroundings. The new apartment buildings along the nicer part of Piedmont Avenue leading into Morningside are built atop retail businesses, like Sprouts Farmers Market. This area is convenient and safe to walk, although some residents wish Piedmont Heights were more bicycle-friendly. When the northeast portion of the Atlanta BeltLine trail is complete, there will be more transportation opportunities, including cycling.
The crown jewel of Piedmont Heights is Gotham Park, featuring a covered pavilion, a playground and blankets of green lawn space. Atlanta’s acclaimed Piedmont Park is also in the vicinity, as well as the Atlanta Botanical Gardens. Both are just a 2-mile drive or a 1-mile walk from Piedmont Heights.
Public schools in this area have an average rating of “C.” However, to compensate for this slight, great private schools, such as Heritage Prep School, are available.
One of Atlanta’s oldest outdoor malls, Ansley Mall, is in Piedmont Heights, and is a popular shopping destination for residents of this neighborhood and surrounding neighborhoods.
Finally, this part of Atlanta is known for its restaurant options offering a wide variety of cuisines. Many of the most popular dining options in Piedmont Heights are on Piedmont Avenue, and include the following eateries:
- Nakato Japanese Restaurant
- Pagoda Chinese Restaurant
- Grindhouse Killer Burgers
- Fat Matt’s Rib Shack
- Green Sprout Vegetarian
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