Grant Park at a Glance:
Grant Park is one of Atlanta's oldest intown neighborhoods and the city's largest Historic District. Located just southeast of downtown, the area is known for its distinctive architecture, dating back to the late 1800s. Grant Park is home to many popular attractions including Zoo Atlanta, Oakland Cemetery and The Cyclorama.
On the Map:
Grant Park Historic District boundaries:
- North: Glenwood Avenue
- South: Atlanta Avenue
- East: Elouise Street
- West: Kelly Street
The Historic District also extends north of I-20 to Memorial Drive and is bordered by the railroad tracks on the southeast side.
Grant Park is still fairly affordable, and therefore popular with younger Atlantans. The area provides a small town feel with spectacular Victorian homes, distinctive Craftsman bungalows, and lots of green space, while still being only a few miles outside the city. The community has a very active Neighborhood Association and a Security Patrol.
- To Rent: 54% of properties in Grant Park are rentals. The vast majority of rental properties in the area are homes or duplexes, rather than apartments. One-bedroom units can go for under $700/month. Larger homes average around $1300/month.
Activities and Attractions:
The neighborhood's namesake, Grant Park, is a 131-acre green space that includes a playground, walking trails and beautiful landscaping. For history buffs, the nearby Cyclorama is a rotating museum showcasing the world's largest oil-based painting, depicting the Battle of Atlanta. Also in Grant Park is Zoo Atlanta, one of the oldest zoos in the country. Other nearby activities include Oakland Cemetery, which is the resting place of some of the city's most famous residents, Hushpuppy Gallery and Grant Park Pool.
- Grant Mansion, located on St. Paul Ave. between Broyles and Grant Streets
- Park Avenue Baptist Church, 486 Park Ave.
- St. Paul United Methodist Church, 501 Grant Street
- Atlanta Stockade, 760 Glenwood Ave
- Fort Walker, located in the southeast corner of the park at Boulevard and Delmar
Bars and Restaurants:
Some of Atlanta's best seafood, including famous fish tacos, can be found at Six Feet Under, which has a popular, second-story patio. For a filling brunch, order up buttermilk pancakes from Ria's Bluebird Cafe. Grab a drink with the locals at The Standard. Other popular neighborhood eateries include Mi Barrio for authentic Mexican and strong margaritas, Dakota Blue for its American classics and vegetarian options, and <a href="http://atlanta.about.com/od/restaurantsnightlife/gr/stella.htm">Stella</a> for affordable Italian and homemade pizzas.
The Urban Gardener features all-natural gardening products. If you don't have time to grow your own garden, pick up a stunning arrangement from Foxgloves & Ivy Floral Design Studio. Trendy shoppers will love NV-U, a boutique featuring the hottest new fashions. Picture You Book Store sells Civil War books and memorabilia and also has a photo studio where you can dress up for a Civil War portrait.
Grant Park is accessible by both bus and rail through Marta.
- The King-Memorial Station on Marta's east-west rail line.
- Bus Route 397 serves major points of interest in Grant Park
- Bus Routes 99 and 32 connect Grant Park to other areas of Atlanta
- Cook Elementary School, 211 Memorial Dr SE
- Dunbar Elementary School,403 Richardson St SW
- John Hope Elementary School, 112 Boulevard, NE
- Parkside Elementary School, 685 Mercer St SE
- King Middle School, 582 Connally St SE
- Southside High School, 801 Glenwood Ave SE
- Imagine Wesley International Academy - Charter School, 1049 Custer Avenue
By the Numbers*:
- Total Population: 24.143
- Median Age: 33.31
- Household Size: 2.3
- Non-family households: 60%
- Average income: $23,887
- Average commute time: 22 minutes
Grant Park Essentials:
Zip code: 30312
80 Jesse Hill Jr Drive SE, Atlanta, GA 30303
8:00am - 4:00pm, Monday - Friday
Marathon Food Mart, 364 Hill St
Hill Shell, 387 Hill Street
Atlanta Police Department, Zone 3
880 Cherokee Ave
Grant Park was named for Lemuel P. (L.P.) Grant, a civil engineer for the Georgia Railroad who has been called the "Father of Atlanta." In the late 1800s, L.P. Grant owned the majority of the land where the neighborhood now sits. The area began to be populated in the 1890s by middle and some upper middle class families, serving as one of the original Atlanta suburbs before the advent of automobiles. Grant Park remained middle and upper middle class into the 1950s, when the construction of I-20 divided the neighborhood and the area began to decline.
Throughout the 1970s and ‘80s, a slow revitalization began and the neighborhood was thriving by the 1990s. Older homes were restored and builders made an effort to create new homes that displayed the unique character of the area. In 2000, the neighborhood became Atlanta's largest Historic District, ensuring that Grant Park's legacy will be preserved into the future.