Ormewood Park Atlanta: What It's Like to Live Here

This family-friendly neighborhood has grown as people move back to the city.

By: Gina Hannah

The growth seen in Ormewood Park over the past decade follows a similar pattern to many of Atlanta's in-town neighborhoods, as many residents move back to the city from the suburbs.

The Ormewood Park neighborhood is on the east side of Atlanta's Grant Park and south of Reynoldstown, covering about 1.4 square miles of area. About 8,000 residents call this neighborhood home. The land was originally a settlement of the Creek Indians until, during the 1820s, they were forced off the land by Gov. George Troup. The area was then settled by white families, and grew as Atlanta become prosperous and trolley service improved access to the area. The neighborhood is named after Aquilla J. Orme, an official with the Atlanta Electric Light and Trolley Co.

Ormewood Park streets here are dotted with Craftsman homes, brick cottages and shotgun homes constructed after World War I.  A few prefabricated "catalog" homes still stand today. Growth has continued over the course of several decades, and the neighborhood has an eclectic mix of homes, from Victorian to ranchers to contemporary construction. Many of the homes have been renovated over the years, making the community stable and family-friendly, while still maintaining a diverse mix of age groups, including a mix of couples and single professionals. Many single-family homes sell in the $500,000 price range.

One notable development is Glenwood Park, a mixed-use project with retail businesses, townhomes and single-family homes built with a New Urbanism philosophy that puts the focus on people, not cars. The project brought a convenient shopping area to the Ormewood Park neighborhood, as well as a neighborhood playground for children.  Residents throughout the neighborhood have easy access to a fitness studio, coffee shop and restaurants. Services such as beauty salons, a chiropractic office and a child enrichment center are also conveniently located at Glenwood Park. The extension of the Atlanta Beltline is expected to wind through the neighborhood, further increasing property values.

South Atlantans for Neighborhood Development, a neighborhood organization that includes Ormewood Park residents, works to maintain the historic and cultural integrity of the city's south-side neighborhoods. A community effort is currently under way to design and build a playground for children living in Ormewood Park and surrounding neighborhoods. Construction of the park is planned on the grounds of Ormewood Park Presbyterian Church.

Children in Ormewood Park are zoned for Atlanta City Schools, with many of them attending the city system's charter schools or private schools. Ormewood Park School, a preschool, is located at Ormewood Park Presbyterian Church.

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