The Grant Park property is both a public park southeast of downtown Atlanta and the name of the name of the neighborhood of both apartments and homes that surrounds the park. The district is expansive, encompassing the park itself and reaching north to Oakland Cemetery, where some of the most famous Atlanta residents are buried. The park in the middle of Grant Park is the oldest in Atlanta, and it contains Zoo Atlanta, a major city zoo. The surrounding neighborhood is listed on the National Register of Historic Places for its Victorian-era architecture.
Grant Park is home to a wide variety of residents, with families next door to entrepreneurs and single professionals working downtown and elsewhere. The housing in the area is equally diverse, with single family homes and apartments in balanced supply. The average household income for residents is $77,243, higher than the national average of about $55,000. They also consist of a well-educated group, with over half having at least a Bachelor’s degree.
Renters and homeowners exist in nearly equal supply. If you are looking for homes for sale in Grant Park, you can expect to pay $288,659 on average. If you are wanting to rent, you should expect to pay around $1,283.
One apartment complex to consider is GlenCastle, a small-unit option found in buildings that were formerly the first prison in Georgia. These are some of the cheapest apartments available in the neighborhood and are good fits for singles or young couples without children. Other rental options are apartments at The Burnett at Grant Park, better-suited for growing families. Oakland Park Condos near the cemetery can sometimes be rented out, but are mostly available for sale in the upper $100,000s-low $200,000s range.
Grant Park might be most famous for its Victorian mansions, which line the park at the center of the district. These were built during or soon after the beginning years of the neighborhood in 1882 and have been preserved well. In other areas of the district, craftsman bungalows, cottages and Queen Anne style houses dot the roads.
Due to the amount of things to do in the district, Grant Park is fairly walkable, although the size of the neighborhood means different walkability ratings for different locations. For those who need public transportation to go elsewhere, there is a MARTA station (the King Memorial station) northwest of the district, a 17-minute walk from the central park, which you can make much faster if you live on the north side near the cemetery.
For most of the year, you can visit the Grant Park Farmers Market on Sundays. More than 60 pop-up shops, farmers and entrepreneurs set up on these days, and the location on the greens is superb. Beyond the local food available at the farmers market, you can find these restaurants in the Grant Park district:
- Mix’D Up Burgers in the northeast corner.
- Ziba’s Restaurant and Wine Bar just northeast of the park.
- Mediterranea Restaurant & Bakery west of the park.
- Ria’s Bluebird near Oakland Cemetery.
- Grant Central Pizza & Pasta, naturally in the middle of the neighborhood.
- Dakota Blue across the street from Grant Central.
- Six Feet Under Pub & Fish House on the north end of the neighborhood.
Shopping options around the Grant Park properties include the wares of the many vendors at the farmer’s market as well as Larkin on Memorial, a shopping mall near the cemetery, several coffee shops around the park and The Beacon Atlanta shopping mall project currently being built at the far south of Grant Park’s neighborhood borders. The Beacon will include stores such as:
- Third Street Goods
- Grant Park Public House
- Balanced Fit Life
- A Haute Cookie
- Be Well Pilates
- Marguerite’s Bistro
There is no shortage of entertainment options for residents. The park next to Grant Park homes and apartments is the fourth-largest in Atlanta and holds Zoo Atlanta, a long-standing zoo that has changed names over time and draws over a million visitors each year. Elsewhere in the park, you can find the Atlanta Cyclorama and a Civil War museum. The park hosts a number of events each year, including a Halloween parade, and music and arts festival in the summer and a BBQ festival. During the winter, the Grant Park Cooperative Preschool, found in St. Paul United Methodist Church, along with the Grant Park Parent Network put on the Grant Park Candlelight Tour of Homes and Artist Market. Another home tour is available during the fall.
Along with the park, Oakland Cemetery is a famous spot in the district. Originally six acres, the cemetery is now 48 acres and has become part of the center of Atlanta. Oakland Cemetery is the resting place of many famous people who called Atlanta home, including the golfer Bobby Jones, Dr. Joseph Jacobs, who owned the pharmacy in which Coca-Cola was first sold and Margaret Mitchell, author of Gone With the Wind. Additionally, many Civil War soldiers are buried in the cemetery along with 25 Atlanta mayors and six Georgia governors.
Residents with children who attend public school often send them to Parkside Elementary School, King Middle School and Maynard H. Jackson High School. Jackson High is now an IB World School, authorizing it to participate in a program that has proven to be one of the best at preparing students for college. The Atlanta Neighborhood Charter School is also located on the west side of Grant Park. Niche ranks its Middle School Campus as the best charter middle school in Georgia.
Crime rates in Grant Park are low in some respects and high in others. Violent crimes are below national averages, while property crimes are above (e.g. 791 burglary cases in the last year compared to 500 on average nationally).
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