Old Fourth Ward
Colorfully historic homes mixed with renovated factory lofts!

Old Fourth Ward (also known as Historic Fourth Ward) is a neighborhood that hugs downtown Atlanta to the east and is made up of colorful, architecturally significant historic homes that center around the axes of Auburn Avenue and Edgewood Avenue. This neighborhood is expected to see a sharp increase in population over the next several years and is already experiencing an uptick in new construction homes, to include the trendy Tribute Lofts and Glen Iris Lofts as well as new single family homes in keeping with the fabric of the community.

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Typically, the types of homes that you will find in Old Fourth Ward are the frame, craftsman bungalows of the 1920’s (after the fire of 1917 ) along with brick and cottage-style houses. Covered, rocking chair front porches and picket fences abound. Home prices in Fourth Ward hover in the $200,000 - 300,000 price range, with newer homes commanding a higher price tag and homes in need of some love can be had for unbelievable deals. Zip codes in Old Fourth Ward include 30308 and 30312 and the main high school is Grady.

Old Fourth Ward is also home to some of the BeltLine’s most significant changes right now, most notably Historic Fourth Ward Park. This new park will open in spring 2011 – a huge new benefit for home owners in the neighborhood. You can also walk to the bustling neighborhoods of Inman Park and Virginia Highland and yet live intown for half the price!

Amenities of Old Fourth Ward

In addition to Fourth Ward’s proximity to downtown Atlanta and Georgia State University, the community also offers an impressive array of activities and cultural events. The heart of Old Fourth Ward is the King Center, in honor and remembrance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Alongside the King Center is the King Natatorium with a swimming pool and athletic complex. When guests visit, you can take them for a visit to the home in which MLK, Jr. grew up. Walk to the farmers’ market at the Sweet Auburn Curb Market (link to market) on Edgewood Avenue or grab coffee or a meal along Edgewood Avenue. One of Atlanta’s major hospitals, Atlanta Medical Center, is located at the intersection of Boulevard Avenue and North Highland Avenue. And, of course, the BeltLine’s Historic Fourth Ward Park will bring a multitude of outdoor and greenspace opportunities to the neighborhood!

Where are the boundaries of the Old Fourth Ward neighborhood?

The intersection of Piedmont and North Avenue form the northwest corner of Old Fourth Ward where the boundary follows North Avenue to the east until it jumps north one block to Ponce de Leon Avenue. Travel along Ponce until you reach the Ponce bridge right by Paris on Ponce. That bridge is the Atlanta BeltLine and the BeltLine forms the eastern side of the neighborhood, all the way down to DeKalb Avenue (which turns into Decatur Street). Boulevard Avenue to Freedom Parkway and back to Piedmont Avenue form the southwestern and western borders.

Old Fourth Ward is surrounded by Midtown and Virginia Highland to the north, Poncey Highland and Inman Park to the east, Cabbagetown to the south, and downtown Atlanta to the west.

How does the BeltLine connect with Old Fourth Ward?

The Atlanta BeltLine forms the entire eastern border of Old Fourth Ward and is a walkable trail open for public use and that will be paved by the end of 2011. The path enters the neighborhood as soon as it crosses the bridge above Ponce de Leon Avenue, coming south from Piedmont Park and Virginia Highland. Running alongside City Hall East (Atlanta’s largest commercial office space), the BeltLine passes over North Avenue, beside the Masquerade, and into Historic Fourth Ward Park. Continue walking and you will pass by the new skate park, through the condos and lofts of Ralph McGill, by Inman Park and the condos along North Highland Avenue, behind Rathbun’s Steak House, over Lake and Irwin Streets, under the Edgewood bridge, and out onto DeKalb Avenue at Airline Street.

Brief history of Old Fourth Ward

In 1874, Fourth Ward was one five wards at a time when the radius of Atlanta was expanded from one mile to 1.5 miles. On November 5, 1883, the City of Atlanta created a sixth ward which pushed Fourth Ward to its current north-south boundary along Piedmont Avenue. Atlanta’s history of railroads is evident in the Old Fourth Ward, as it is bounded to the east by the old Georgia Railroad. Atlanta suffered a massive fire in May of 1917 that destroyed 300 acres, much of which engulfed the Old Fourth Ward. After the fire, the wooden shingles that fanned the flames were banned and homes were slowly rebuilt. Commercial districts quickly revitalized Edgewood and Auburn Avenues along Atlanta’s historic streetcar routes.

What schools are in Old Fourth Ward?

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Kids who grow up in Old Fourth Ward attend Grady High School…

How can you get involved in your Old Fourth Ward community?

1.    Get involved with District 2 and the master planning of Old Fourth Ward , just send an email to o4wplan@atlantaga.gov or call the Bureau of Planning at 404.330.6145 for more information. You can also find out more information about District 2 online here !
2.    Get involved with the Martin Luther King, Jr Center .
3.    Become a member of the Historic Fourth Ward Park Conservancy and become a fan on facebook and follow them on twitter .
4.    Join the yahoo group Fourth_Ward_Neighbors .
5.    Join the yahoo group FourthWardAlliance .
6.    Join the yahoo group friends_of_historic_fourth_ward_park .
7.    Come on out for the Sweet Auburn Festival the first weekend of every May! The Atlanta BeltLine will be represented with an information booth so you can stop by, ask questions, and find out the latest news about the project!

 

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