Historic Virginia Highland is Atlanta's most popular neighborhood for shopping, dining and nightlife. Developed in the early 1900's, it consists of seven distinct commercial "villages" alternating with short, walkable blocks of charming bungalow homes. The neighborhood's name derives from the intersection of Virginia and Highland Avenues.

Locals and tourists alike mingle for brunch at charming sidewalk cafes, cocktails at lively night spots, and innovative cuisine at progressive restaurants and bistros. Discovering the unexpected is part of the attraction where you may find world- famous musical entertainment at a tiny nightclub, an opening-night party at an art gallery or a gathering of fascinating people at one of the coffeehouses.

Virginia Highland is acclaimed for its diverse and unique shopping. Trend-setting apparel, classic to kitschy antiques, folk and pop art, whimsical decorative accessories, natural linens, rare cigars, distinctive art books, gourmet kitchenwares, fine woodworking and gardening tools, unusual fresh flowers, gelatos, unique contemporary, antique or traditional furniture, do-it-yourself pottery, full-service day spas, fashionable salons - all are just a few of the extensive retail offerings.


After the Atlanta Street Railway Company opened up the Virginia-Highland area to suburban development in 1890, developers began buying farms in the area and subdividing them for residential and limited commercial uses. Houses and streets were developed to relate directly to the trolley line and minimize the walk between homes and transit. Small commercial blocks were also developed within a few feet of the trolley stops to capitalize on both trolley riders and neighbors alike.

One of the earliest sections of Virginia-Highland developed in this manner was the Atkins Park District. Conceived in 1908 by Edwin Wiley Grove, Atkins Park was a planned residential community located in the northeastern quadrant of the intersection formed by Highland and Ponce de Leon Avenues. By 1910, Grove had drawn up plans for the suburb and the area was incorporated into Atlanta in 1912. St. Charles, St. Augustine, and St. Louis Avenues were completed by 1918, giving the neighborhood the orderly, intimate scale still prevalent today.

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