Some of the most sought-after Atlanta real estate is located in the upscale Virginia Highland area. Located west of Druid Hills and north of Poncey-Highland, the BeltLine eastside trail forms the western border of the Virginia Highland area. To the north of VaHi, as it is casually called, is Amsterdam Avenue and the Morningside neighborhood. Virginia Highland is an affluent area of the city and well known for its beautifully restored craftsman homes and other historic building structures.
Virginia Highland has an almost even split between rental homes, and owner occupied homes, with 49 percent of residents renting and 51 percent owning their homes. The median home value in VaHi is nearly three times the national value, at $528,275, but the median monthly rent payment is closer to the national average, at $1,150. Living spaces in VaHi include mid-rise multifamily apartments and single family homes. It is important to note that, as a wealthy neighborhood, it is rare to find rentals under 1,000 a month in Virginia Highland, even rental options that are located in basements or the second stories of certain properties.
Currently, the monthly payment to rent a 3 bedroom bungalow in Virginia Highlands is around $3,500 per month. A 1 bedroom house can go for as little as $850 per month, while the rent on a 4 bedroom home can cost as much as $4,500. Condo units and apartments generally rent for lower amounts. Current listings show studio apartments for $995 a month and a 2 bedroom mid rise condo for $1,600 a month.
Real estate demographics for VaHi show that the area has residents of every age group, but they do not reflect the full racial diversity of Atlanta.
- 82 percent of Virginia Highland residents are white.
- Six percent are African American.
- Five percent are Hispanic.
- Two percent are Asian.
As far as the age demographic in the area, 25 percent fall in the 25 to 34 age group, and individuals 45 to 54 years of age represent 18 percent of people living in VaHi properties. Another 18 percent of residents are age 55 or older, and children younger than 18 years of age make up 17 percent of VaHi’s population.
Children in this area are zoned to attend some of the best schools in the Atlanta School System including:
- Morningside Elementary School
- Atlanta Neighborhood Charter School – Elementary Campus
- Atlanta Neighborhood Charter School – Middle Campus
- Inman Middle School
- Grady High School
Because of the affluence of the area, many Virginia Highland parents opt for private schooling options. Some of the most convenient private schools for ViHi children to attend include:
- Canterbury School
- Midtown International School
- Paideia School
- The Children’s School
- Heritage Preparatory School of Georgia
Violent crime rates around VaHi properties, except robbery, are significantly below national averages. However, property crimes such as burglary occur at nearly double the national average. To help lower this rate, Virginia Highland helps prevent crime through its neighborhood watch program managed by the VaHi Civic Association. The area ranks high on walk scores and bike scores, which means many residents can choose these as their primary forms of transportation rather than having to use a vehicle. VaHi ranks just below average for public transit, but the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA) provides multiple bus stops on both Highland Avenue and Virginia Avenue.
In addition to the appeal of its historic homes, Virginia Highland offers a hugely diverse assortment of dining, shopping and entertainment options. Fellini’s Pizza is a famous local pizza joint and Thai food can be found at Mali Restaurant on Amsterdam Avenue. Moe’s Southwest Grill is one of the national franchise restaurants with a Virginia Highland location. Grab a drink with friends at the Dark Horse Tavern or Neighbor’s Pub, or visit the Midtown Promenade to sample international cuisine and watch an independent film at the Midtown Art Cinema.
Then northeast area of VaHi contains some of the neighborhood’s most unique shops and boutiques. Judith Bright, Urban Cottage, Paper Source and Art Bath Soul provide fun local shopping experiences. Intown Ace Hardware is conveniently located on Highland Avenue for home renovation project supplies.
Entertainment options near Virginia Highland include:
- Freedom Park
- John Howell Memorial Park
- The Callanwolde Fine Arts Center
- Fernbank Museum of Natural History
All of these options are a short drive or walk from the homes at Virginia Highland and provide great weekend entertainments for the entire family.
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