One of Atlanta's first garden suburbs!
Touching and partially enveloping a stretch of the Atlanta BeltLine, Inman Park has its roots as one of Atlanta’s first garden suburbs. Prepare for a walk back in time with beautifully restored Victorian, Colonial Revival, and Queen Anne style homes nestled among huge old oaks. And all of this is preserved with Inman Park’s secured spot on the National Register of Historic Places! One of the great amenities of Inman Park is Springvale Park (oh, and its proximity to downtown Atlanta!).
Inman Park and the northeast Atlanta neighborhoods will also be second group to see the BeltLine’s 33 miles of running and biking trail built (the West End and Westview saw the first stretch of path constructed in 2009-2010).
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Where are the boundaries of the Inman Park neighborhood?Inman Park is bounded on the south by the Georgia Railroad Line (along DeKalb Avenue), the Southern Railroad Line on the west (which is the Atlanta BeltLine – currently a trail and will double as a light-rail transit corridor in the future), the southern lane of the Presidential Parkway on the north, and finally Moreland Avenue on the east.
Brief history of Inman ParkIn the late 1800’s, developer Joel Hurt planned and built Inman Park centered around Springvale Park on the premise that “people should live in a countrylike atmosphere convenient to the central business district.” After allocating 10 acres for Springvale Park and Crystal Lake, he auctioned off large lots along curved streets, thereby creating one of Atlanta’s first garden suburbs and planned communities.
Have you seen the Trolley Barn on Edgewood Avenue, by the MARTA station? The Trolley Barn was the original terminus for the “rapid transit” streetcar that Hurt developed to shuttle residents between Inman Park and downtown.
From the early to mid-1900’s, Inman Park suffered the same fate as many of Atlanta’s original suburbs – a flight to further suburbs newly accessible thanks to the automobile. Zoning changes, absentees landlords, and a lack of maintenance in the parks resulted in serious neglect. However, in the 1970’s, urban pioneers started taking a chance and moving in and restoring what was left of the gorgeous Victorian homes. Now, the Inman Park Neighborhood Association thrives and you can sense the original grandeur of this garden suburb. You can read a more in-depth history on the Inman Park website here!
Today, you’ll find a unique collection of Victorian homes, bungalows, and trendy new condos and lofts. You’re bound to love Inman Park!
How does the BeltLine connect with Inman Park?The Atlanta BeltLine forms almost the entire western border of Inman Park from DeKalb Avenue at Airline Street until crossing under the North Highland bridge. Then the BeltLine corridor continues north into Poncey-Highland. Those lucky enough to own a condo or home in Inman Park Village will be able to hop on the trail or transit at their back door. Piedmont Park is also less than two miles away – an easy bike or stroll!
What schools are in Inman Park?Kids that grow up in Inman Park attend Mary Lin Elementary School in DeKalb County followed by Inman Middle School and Grady High School in Fulton County. Atlanta also offers a generous selection of private schools throughout the city.
How can you get involved in your Inman Park community?Visit the Inman Park Neighborhood Association, Inc. online at www.InmanPark.org! And mark your calendars for the last weekend in April every year for the Inman Park Festival – Atlanta’s most boisterous parade and neighborhood festival! You can also join the inmanparkga yahoo group here.