East Atlanta Village: a cool, walkable hot spot
In Atlanta, when folks talk of going to "The Village," they mean an eccentric little neighborhood called East Atlanta Village at the intersection of Glenwood Avenue and Flat Shoals Road. It's the kind of neighborhood where you find jazz bars and coffee shops mixed in with an independent book store and a funky dog grooming parlor.
Over the past decade, The Village has come to rival the Virginia-Highland and Little Five Points neighborhoods for the distinction of cool places to hang out in Atlanta.
East Atlanta Village boasts a thriving nightlife, where most evenings you'll find at least one live band playing in one of the many watering holes. The neighborhood also hosts several popular annual events, like the East Atlanta Strut, free, one-day festival kicking off each September with a parade starting at Patterson Avenue and striding its way along Glenwood Avenue toward Brownwood Avenue. Throughout the day, a lineup of the hottest bands from the local music scene perform on stages at the Earl, Earthshaking Music and Holy Taco.
And then there's Corndogorama each year on the last weekend in June. Founded by Dave Railey in 1996, the annual music festival is packed with live bands. Other favorites include the Ms. Corndogorama pageant, watermelon toss and the famous corndog eating contest.
On Labor Day weekend, moviegoers check out the Drive Invasion at the Starlight Six Drive-In Theatre, the only outdoor movie theater of its kind in Atlanta. Folks bring tents and camp out all weekend for a festival of movies, live music and classic cars at the Silver Screen and Gasoline Car and Bike Show.
Home ownership in The Village
A blend of elegant Victorian homes, quaint Craftsman-style bungalows, as well as new era homes, East Atlanta Village has seen its share of history. During the Civil War, as Union troops took the city street by street, a cannon stood at the intersection of Glenwood Avenue and Flat Shoals Road. Today historical markers are dotted throughout the neighborhood and each July history buffs congregate for B*ATL, a neighborhood festival commemorating the anniversary of the Battle of Atlanta.
By the 1890s, the war behind it, Atlanta was again a thriving mercantile town. The East Atlanta Banking Company set up shop in 1911, in its impressive new offices at Flat Shoals and Glenwood. The red-brick building, shaped like a traditional flat iron, is now home to the appropriately named Flatiron Bar and the 13 Roses tattoo parlor.
Nowadays, the East Atlanta Community Association (EACA) keeps the sense of local community alive, helping with residential and business development, as well as the renovation of historic buildings throughout the area. Over the past few years, the Village has seen a lot of redevelopment. “A lot of older homes were purchased by developers and rebuilt,” says Ron Dickerson, realtor with PalmerHouse Properties, a real estate firm with top ratings on Angie's List. "It really is a nice stabilizing area."
Real estate agents say home prices typically range from $89,000 to $250,000, though some of the grander Victorians will run closer to $450,000. If you're looking to rent, you can find several apartment complexes nearby, including Parkside at East Atlanta and ENSO apartments.
Walkable and kid-friendly, numerous facilities in The Village cater to family activities, including Wesley Coan Park, Brownwood Park and the Village’s own Kid’s Club, which organizes activities for kids year-round. Dog owners will love ParkGrounds on Flat Shoals Road, where you can enjoy coffee and sandwiches while your dog plays in the dog park with other neighborhood pets.