Little Five Points comes alive in Atlanta
You’ll find Little Five Points (L5P) just over 2 miles from downtown Atlanta, in Fulton County.
The area was originally established during the early 20th century by East Atlanta businessman Joel Hurt and cotton merchant Samuel Inman. L5P rose from the ashes of the 1864 Battle of Atlanta to become the commercial district for the surrounding areas of Candler Park and Inman Park.
Since the 1960s, L5P has been renowned for is alternative culture and avant garde eateries and entertainment venues. The modern day fusion of diverse subcultures has been compared to California’s Haight-Ashbury.
According to Roman Teyf, realtor with Keller Williams, over the past few years, L5P has seen a number of changes in terms of development. “I have certainly seen a lot of development of residential properties that has led to an increase in values. It seems like the neighborhood is continually looking better and getting better.”
The area has a population of around 19,500, with a median age of 33 years. For single people or young couples looking for an eclectic or even eccentric residential area, L5P is a haven. Homes have an average sale price of $297,626. There are a wide range of residential properties for first-time buyers as well as families who already have a property in the market.
“For first-time home buyers in Little Five Points probably the most suitable residence would be a condo or a flat, or a smaller bungalow,” Teyf says. “For larger families who are looking into the school district such as Candler Park area, higher end, larger homes are available.”
The focal point of L5P is the intersection of Moreland and Euclid Avenues. Here lies the beating heart of the area’s culture, where the alternative crowd walks the streets and you can find funky shops and eateries at every turn. It’s home to several record stores and independent book stores, numerous coffee shops, a natural food store, Sweetgrass Wellness Spring health center, three theaters and major music venue The Variety Playhouse, not to mention a wealth of restaurants and bars.
One of the local highlights is the Halloween Parade, which is Atlanta’s signature Halloween event. The fun-packed fest has reached cult status, and if you want to see some of the most inventive costumes and street acts in the state, this is the place to do so.
On-street parking is available throughout most of the downtown area, though it can be tricky at night. Keep an eye out for parking regulation signs so you don’t get booted. The area is covered by only one MARTA bus—the #3 Auburn Ave./MLK Jr. Dr. But the Inman Park/Reynoldstown MARTA rail station is only a couple of blocks from downtown L5P.
You don’t have to travel far to get your shopping fix, the nearby Edgewood retail center provides major department stores such as Kroger, Ross, target, Home Depot, Lowe’s and Office Depot, among others.
Although the cost of living is only slightly above the national average, the crime rate is significantly higher. While L5P is a great area to soak up the nightlife, annual festivals and bohemian culture it may not be an ideal area for raising a family.