Adair Park is a small neighborhood near downtown Atlanta. On the southwest side of the city, Adair Park experienced a decline in the ‘80s and ‘90s, as did surrounding neighborhoods, but the new millennium brought an influx of young residents who wanted to move close to the city and enjoy the neighborhood’s close community.
The Atlanta BeltLine has connected several miles of trail in the neighborhood to the rest of its project. The newest section of the BeltLine runs from University Avenue close to Adair Park to Maynard Jackson High School.
There are slightly over 2,000 residents in Adair Park, many of whom are young students, professionals and artists, although there are a significant number of retirees in the area as well. Residents tend to claim that a community spirit, great access to public transport, availability of parks and low cost of living are the best qualities of the area. The majority do not have college degrees and get by on a median household income more than $20,000 below national averages.
Among residents, 60 percent rent apartments or homes while 40 percent own. Those looking for cheap homes in the city should consider Adair Park, as the median home value here is $86,000, far below the national average of $184,700. However, surprisingly, median rent prices are $1,011, a rate that is actually above national averages.
Most single family homes in the area are bungalows, although there are other architectural styles around. There are also a number of apartments, include the current renovations of the George W. Adair School (which has been vacant for 45 years) into what is being called “The Academy Lofts.” These lofts will stay affordable over time, being offered to those earning less than 60 percent of average income in the area. The goals is to attract artists into the neighborhood and several small b usinesses and a coffee shop will also go into the building.
The Metropolitan is a business and arts space in the area converted from an old warehouse. Located on the north side of Adair Park, it includes an art gallery, a tattoo/piercing supplies shop and a screen printing & embroidery business.
If you enjoy parks or have children, Adair Park offers three parks in its small district. Adair Park I has a playground and open grass to play in as well as an old bathhouse built in 1930. Residents who enjoy walking or playing ultimate frisbee will prefer this park. Adair Park II also has a playground, along baseball and tennis playing areas and a basketball court covered from rain. Bonnie Brae Park is another, much smaller park in the area.
Adair Park residents can walk to a number of places in downtown Atlanta, including Turner Field, the Georgia Dome, the Phillips Arena and the Georgia World Congress Center. If you enjoy sports, you can walk to these venues to catch games with the Falcons, Hawks or Georgia State University Panthers, as well as neutral-site college football games and events such as the Chick-Fil-A Peach Bowl.
Within the borders of the neighborhood itself, there are few dining options. These include a Subway and a Wings & Seafood eatery at the southern end. However, the Healthful Essence Caribbean Vegan/Vegetarian Restaurant is just outside the neighborhood, as is The Mall West End, inside which is the Abdullah the Butcher House of Ribs, American Deli and Fish in the Pocket.
Shopping options at The Mall West End include:
- Beauty Depot/ It’s Wigs
- Big O
- The Burning Sands
- Citi Trends
- Dendera Cosmetics
- Details Barber Salon
- Foot Locker
- Jimmy Jazz
- Kids Foot Locker
- Kids World
- Kids World
- Lea’s Boutique
Crime rates in Adair Park are currently high, with higher-than-average violent and property crimes reported. There is some hope that the continued influx of new residents will stem the tide.
If you have children who attend public school and are considering Adair Park, your children will likely be zoned for Gideons Elementary School, Sylvan Hills Middle School and Carver or Washington High School. Private schools Woodward Academy and Paideia are not far, and the Kindezi School is a nearby charter school option.
Walkability in the neighborhood is very good, with access to entertainment venues as well as The West End Mall, Wren’s Nest center and Georgia State University. Those who need public transportation can stop at a number of bus stops in the district or use the West End MARTA train station nearby.