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Moving to Atlanta: Walkable neighborhoods

Atlanta may be well-known for its urban sprawl and heavy traffic, but the metropolitan area is also home to highly-walkable neighborhoods with great quality of life. These communities boast topnotch amenities that residents can reach on foot or by bike, easy access to public transportation, and tranquil parks that promote an active and healthy lifestyle.

Here’s a look at five of Metro Atlanta’s most walkable neighborhoods.

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Decatur

The seat of DeKalb County has three MARTA rapid transit stations and free shuttle service that transports passengers between Emory University and downtown. Walkability is a priority in the city’s development, and this is seen in pedestrian-friendly, tree-lined streets that connect residential areas to nearby commercial districts, as well as dining, shopping, and entertainment destinations. Downtown Decatur has been described as “very bikeable” and was given a walkability score of 90 out of a possible 100 by WalkScore.com.

Inman Park

Since its development in the 1890s, this intown neighborhood has always been considered a wonderful place for walking. Amid the urbanization that surrounds it, the Inman Park Neighborhood Association is taking steps to keep the community highly walkable through the restoration of sidewalks and the preservation of trees that line its picturesque, historic streets. In addition, Inman Park’s recent residential developments surround a business center where you can walk to some of the best dining and shopping destinations in Atlanta.

Inman Park also offers easy access to the Atlanta Beltline – a project of the City of Atlanta that aims to connect more than 40 in town neighborhoods. The Atlanta Beltline includes a 22-mile multi-use trail, parks, and modern streetcars.

Cabbagetown

The streets of historic Cabbagetown are adorned by stunning murals from some of Atlanta’s best street artists, making walking around this intown neighborhood a unique and enjoyable experience. Located close to the Atlanta Beltline, Cabbagetown offers great opportunities to those who like to walk or bike their way to work or to their next destination. Krog Street Market, a popular retail and dining destination, is within comfortable walking distance. Additional infrastructure is currently being planned to further enhance the neighborhood’s walkability.

West End District

Listed in the National Register of Historic Places, this neighborhood has recently seen a resurgence with the opening of the Atlanta Beltline nearby. New shops, bars, and restaurants have opened in the area, providing residents with plenty of walkable dining and leisure options. The beautifully-restored historic homes that line the streets provide added inspiration for walking. West End District also boasts of a MARTA rapid transit station, making commuting a breeze for residents.

Virginia-Highland

Strolling around the neighborhood is a delightful experience, thanks to its wealth of beautifully-restored historic homes. Virginia-Highland has been named the “Best Walkable Neighborhood” in Atlanta, in part because of the numerous shops, bars, and restaurants that are within walking distance of residential areas. Two MARTA bus lines serve the area and take passengers to MARTA rail lines. The Atlanta Beltline is just minutes away, providing residents with more walking and biking opportunities.

There are a host of other walkable communities in Metro Atlanta and DeKalb County to explore. To learn more, call us at 404-321-0030 or send us an email at KarafotiasRealty(at)KarafotiasRealty(dotted)com.