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Atlanta's most historically intact neighborhood
Ormewood Park is the most historically intact of the 45 neighborhoods along the Atlanta BeltLine, due in part to the juxtaposition of being too expensive and too low-priced to justify tearing down and replacing homes. The leafy green streets are made up most commonly of brick and clapboard houses on an inconsistently gridded street pattern. Housing styles range from Victorian cottages to craftsman bungalows to minimal traditional and ranch homes. Generally 1-1.5 stories, homes in Ormewood Park are cozier which lends itself to an affordable intown neighborhood. With Grant Park next door to the west and Glenwood Park to the north, you have a triangle of park-named neighborhoods, indicative of the greenspaces you will find in this part of town.
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Where are the boundaries of the Ormewood Park neighborhood? The Ormewood Park Historic District consists of the historically intact portions of the neighborhood. It is bounded by the Atlanta Beltline and Glenwood Place to the west, Faith Avenue to the north, Moreland Avenue to the east and E. Confederate Avenue to the south.
Brief history of Ormewood Park
Ormewood Park’s history stands apart thanks to its long span of development over half a century from the late 1800s to the 1960s (many neighborhoods in Atlanta came to fruition at the hands of a single developer at one time). Originally dairy farms, the first residential development of 100 building lots began in 1892. The next big boom occurred following WWI, when the Atlanta Electric Light and Trolley Co. extended into the neighborhood. It was annexed by Atlanta in 1927, and following WWII a second building boom resulted in a proliferation of Minimal Traditional cottages and ranch houses. The result of this continual development is a remarkably architecturally diverse neighborhood embodying Atlanta's middle-class architectural development for over half a century.
How does the BeltLine connect with Ormewood Park?The Atlanta BeltLine makes up the entire western border of the Ormewood Park neighborhood, which gives you a lot of opportunity to own real estate along the BeltLine corridor! The Atlanta BeltLine then goes north into Glenwood Park along Bill Kennedy Way and south into Boulevard Heights.
What schools are in Ormewood Park?The younger residents of Ormewood Park attend Parkside Elementary School, King Middle School, and Maynard Jackson High School (located in a beautiful brick building). The neighborhood also boasts a few charter schools at the elementary and middle school level.
How can you get involved in your Ormewood Park community?You can find the Ormewood Park community online as part of the Yahoo group intownneighbors.
* Thanks to Brandy Morrison for lending her historical research!