One of the most popular intown Atlanta real estate locations on the east side, the Poncey-Highlands neighborhood is located just two miles northeast of Downtown Atlanta. This close-knit community offers a variety of new and historic single family homes. Poncey-Highland also abounds with multifamily condos, lofts and apartments. Its sidewalks are lined with colorful shops, eateries and nightlife options and the neighborhood is easily accessible via public transit and interstate.
Although Poncey-Highland (or PoHi) residents represent most age groups, the median resident’s age is 32, slightly lower than the Atlanta average age of 33.5. It is not as racially diverse as some Atlanta neighborhoods, with Caucasians representing 77 percent of the population. Almost three-fourths of all PoHi real estate is occupied by renters while 26 percent of households are owner-occupied. The median monthly rent for a Poncey-Highlands apartment is $1,142 and the median home price is $234,967.
Housing options in Poncey-Highland include loft apartments in repurposed industrial buildings, such as the 1916 Ford Motor Company assembly plant and the “Telephone Factory Lofts” in the old Western Electric building. Most other units are historic or renovated single family houses and newer condominiums. A single bedroom, 1 bath 1920s era brownstone condo on Somerset Terrace has a current list price of $245,000 while a 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom bungalow is listed at $489,900. Larger PoHi homes can easily sell for $1,000,000 or more.
Most residents of Poncey-Highlands choose to rent their homes instead of purchasing a condo or house. Most 1 bedroom rentals have a rent payment between $1,000 and $2,000 per month, while most 2 bedrooms range from $2,000 to $3,000 per month. An extra-large Telephone Factory studio loft with a private mezzanine is currently open for pre-leasing between $3,250 and $3,920 per month. Larger rental homes with 3 bedrooms or more can cost as much as $12,000 each month in Poncey-Highland.
All residents of PoHi properties may obtain free membership in the Poncey-Highlands Neighborhood Association and join its active neighborhood watch association. Although the overall crime rate in this neighborhood is 23 percent higher than the national average, it is still considered safer than 87 percent of the cities in Georgia. Children living in PoHi may attend Springdale Park Elementary School, Inman Middle School and Grady High School. These public schools have average performance ratings. Privately owned school options include Montessori In Town on Ponce De Leon Avenue. Children may also attend the Atlanta Neighborhood Charter School’s elementary and middle School campuses.
Poncey-Highland’s unusual name is a combination of the two main roads forming its real estate borders: Ponce de Leon Avenue and North Highland Avenue. Other main roadways that pass Poncey-Highland properties include East Freedom Parkway and Moreland Avenue. The BeltLine forms the area’s western border. Pedestrians and cyclists can use it for easy access to other noted Atlanta neighborhoods, including:
- Old Fourth Ward
- Inman Park
- Virginia Highlands
- Little Five Points
- Candler Park
Well-known attractions in Poncey-Highland offer a wide variety of weekend and weekday activities easily accessible by foot or bike.
- Freedom Park: Also known as Atlanta’s “Art Park,” this eight-mile stretch includes 210 acres of greenspace. It connects Poncey-Highlands to six other distinct neighborhoods.
- Jimmy Carter Presidential Library and Center: This complex showcases material related to U.S. President Jimmy Carter’s professional and personal life. It includes a full-scale model of the Oval Office and hosts educational events throughout the year.
- Briarcliff Plaza: This historic shopping center is home to the art-deco Plaza Theater and the Majestic Diner. The Plaza Theater is the hub of independent filmmaking in Atlanta, while the Majestic Diner has served classic diner fare 24-hours a day since 1929.
- The BeltLine: A 22-mile loop of transit, trails and parks encircles the City of Atlanta and connects 45 intown neighborhoods. Affordable housing and the renovation of old industrial areas are key elements of the Beltline development, which includes historic preservation, urban gardens and outdoor art exhibits.
Dining in PoHi is an international experience, with restaurants such as Babette’s Café, China Dragon and Savage Pizza. Nightlife options in PoHi abound and include Manuel’s Tavern, Wrecking Bar Brewpub and the famous Vortex Bar & Grill. The historic Clermont Lounge provides an eclectic bar experience that includes adult entertainment late at night. Unique shops line Poncey-Highland’s streets. Shop for vintage attire from the Trashy Diva or get hand-crafted jewelry and toiletries from the Young Blood Boutique.
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