Virginia Highlands is named after its location at the intersection of Virginia and North Highland avenues. This trendy neighborhood, commonly nicknamed The Highlands, is popular with Atlanta’s young professionals.
Originally developed in the 1920s as a lower-middle-class neighborhood, The Highlands is now home to expensive mansions, condos and bungalows. The neighborhood is known for its lovely renovated homes as well as its thriving family-owned businesses. Although The Highlands is conveniently located near major expressways, parking is scarce, and most residents prefer walking along the community’s tree-lined streets.
The Highlands is bordered by East Rock Springs on the north, Ponce de Leon Avenue on the south, Briarcliff Road on the east, and Monroe Avenue on the west. The neighborhood is within easy walking distance of Emory University in Druid Hills, Piedmont Park in Midtown and the Jimmy Carter Presidential Center in Little Five Points. These equally trendy neighborhoods also offer their own shops, restaurants and amenities.
The Highlands is home to a number of art galleries that offer a mix of modern and folk art. Eclectic stores and boutiques line the streets along with ethnic eateries and locally owned businesses.
Music also fills the air at a selection of rock, blues and jazz clubs. Popular establishments include the Dark Horse Tavern, Limerick Junction, Blind Willie’s Tavern and the Geko Lounge.
Despite its upscale proclivity, The Highlands has become the second-busiest nightlife destination in Atlanta, right behind Buckhead. But children and seniors are welcome in The Highlands, too. Just off Ponce de Leon on Clifton Road, the Fernbank Natural History Museum features geographical displays, dinosaur skeletons, a rose garden and an IMAX theater.