Five Points is an area in Downtown Atlanta where five of the city’s biggest streets merge. Today, Five Points is the site of the city’s biggest MARTA station. It’s not as fashionable as it once was, but its name lives on in Little Five Points, a trendy neighborhood located near the smaller intersection of Moreland, Euclid, and McLendon.
Little Five Points is Atlanta’s version of New York’s Greenwich Village or LA’s Melrose Avenue. This eclectic community offers dining, shopping, entertainment, and a large artistic element. You’ll find vintage clothing shops, tattoo parlors, bars, and record shops along the busy streets of Little Five Points, which locals have nicknamed L5P.
Like the older neighborhoods of Inman Park and Candler Park, much of the real estate in L5P is prized — and pricey. There are some older homes available at lower prices, but many of these homes have not been refurbished. Restored bungalows and Civil War-era homes mix with lofts, townhomes, and a few larger single-family homes in L5P, which attracts young and active residents with a sense of culture and adventure.
Locating Inman Park and Little Five Points
This historic neighborhood, rich in Victorian architecture and home to many gay and lesbian residents, is about 2 miles due east of downtown Atlanta. Its approximate boundaries are Freedom Parkway and Highland Avenue to the north, Moreland Avenue to the east, I-20 to the south, and Boulevard Southeast to the west. The historic Sweet Auburn district, associated with Martin Luther King, lies a bit west, and the funky, countercultural Little Five Points section forms the northeastern boundary of the Inman Park neighborhood.
Inman Park’s History
Inman Park was Atlanta’s first planned suburb, laid out in the late 19th century and anchored by leafy Springvale Park. Numerous elaborate Victorian painted ladies and handsome cottages and bungalows were built here during the neighborhood’s heyday, which lasted until the 1940s. Like many urban areas, it fell into an increasingly gloomy state following World War II and the advent of urban exodus, but the neighborhood has experienced a steady rebirth and gentrification since the 1970s. It’s now a bustling, trendy district with quite a few gay-friendly shops and restaurants, plus three top-notch theaters.
Visiting Inman Park
Inman Park is largely a residential district in eastern Atlanta, rife with fine historic homes that have been beautifully preserved. These include a handful of B&Bs;, including the extremely gay-friendly King-Keith House. It’s a wonderful neighborhood for a walking tour or a jog, and there are also a slew of interesting shops and cafes along the more commercial streets.
Right in the heart of the neighborhood, Edgewood Avenue has a handful of galleries and eateries. You’ll find additional businesses worth checking out along North Highland Avenue, and also along Euclid Avenue as you head east toward Little Five Points. Here you’ll find a bounty of funky places to eat and shop at the five-way intersection of Euclid, McLendon, and Moreland avenues.
L5P is known for its eclectic stores and funky fashions, but it has a traditional side as well. The Jimmy Carter Presidential Center and Library are located in the northwest corner of the neighborhood. The facility sits on a hilltop amid acres of gardens and ponds. It was also the site of the camp where Gen. Sherman watched the burning of Atlanta in 1864.
Food is plentiful in L5P, but most restaurants are casual eateries rather than fine-dining establishments. Don’t let the low prices and nondescript buildings fool you — these are some of the most popular restaurants in Atlanta. Grab breakfast at the Flying Biscuit Cafe, a burger at the Vortex or a sandwich at the retro lunch counter in the Little Five Points Pharmacy.
The annual summer street festival attracts natives and neighbors to a raucous, fun-filled event. Local bands and famous performances also appear throughout the year in neighborhood music venues such as the Star Community Bar and the Variety Playhouse.