Virginia Highland was first developed in the early 20th century as a streetcar suburb.
Charming neighborhood with attractive historic homes
Virginia Highland is a close-knit community on the westside of Atlanta’s Midtown and Piedmont Park. The neighborhood exemplifies a live/work/play lifestyle, offering residents great restaurants, shopping, and nightlife, along with several parks and proximity to the sprawling green space of Piedmont Park and the BeltLine walking and biking trail network.
Virginia Highland was first developed in the early 20th century as a streetcar suburb. Historic homes from this time were built in an attractive variety of styles, including Craftsman bungalows, English Cottages, American Foursquares, and Colonial Revivals. These classic properties share VaHi’s quaint tree-lined streets with contemporary homes offering airy, light-filled living spaces.
VaHi is an eclectic neighborhood, as popular with young families as it is with urban professionals looking to embrace the live/work/play lifestyle. Its many exceptional shopping and dining choices are within easy reach of Midtown’s numerous attractions and amenities. Virginia Highland has a warm community-oriented atmosphere, with quiet residential streets within walking distance of its charming locally-run businesses. Local community events organized throughout the year help foster the neighborhood’s close-knit feel. Atlanta Magazine and Creative Loafing have both named Virginia Highland their favorite neighborhood in Atlanta.
Virginia and North Highland Avenues are lined with plenty of interesting spots to drink coffee or cocktails, shop for unique items, or dine on great food. has been a VaHi staple since the 1960s, serving classic old-school burgers and boasting the coldest beer in town. has a 1920s speakeasy vibe, combining slow-roasted prime rib and wood-grilled steaks with award-winning martinis. is another longtime VaHi favorite, pairing delicious steaks and seafood with signature cocktails and wines. is the go-to neighborhood Italian spot, offering delicious pasta and an extensive wine list. is a popular local café with great espresso blends, drip coffee, pastries, paninis, and salads, while has more than 70 varieties of loose-leaf tea to go with its delicious cakes and scones. VaHi’s cozy night-time drinking spots include and , the latter of which opened its doors in 1922 and is the longest continuously-operating pub in Atlanta.
Movie buffs have some great choices close to Virginia Highland too, with the Landmark Midtown Art Cinema at its western edge and 1930s Art Deco-style to VaHi’s south screening everything from the latest blockbusters to classic films and independent and foreign new releases.
’s sprawling green space extends over 200 acres at Virginia Highland’s northwestern boundary. Amenities within the park include 12 lighted hard courts at , fields and courts for baseball, soccer, and volleyball surrounded by a running track at , a with four lap lanes and a splash pad, and the 11.5-acre Lake Clara Meer fishing lake and dock.
Other green spaces within VaHi include , a 6.6-acre park with a playground on the banks of Clear Creek. On the first weekend in June, features an arts-and-crafts market, two stages of live music, a 5K fun run and children’s tot trot, and delicious food from local restaurants.
December’s is another popular annual tradition, providing guided tours of some of VaHi’s many historic properties and food tastings from local restaurants.
Virginia Highland belongs to the Atlanta Public School District. Highlights include: