6.7 out of 10

Adair Park

Ranked 11th best neighborhood in Atlanta
33.7309160611509 -84.4105053678754
Great for
  • Neighborly Spirit
  • Public Transport
  • Internet Access
  • Cost of Living
  • Parking
Not great for
  • Pest Free
  • Schools
  • Shopping Options
  • Safe & Sound
  • Eating Out
Who lives here?
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Hipsters
  • Retirees
  • Students

Reviews

4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Parking 4/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 3/5
Dec 26, 2011

"A little bit of this... a little bit of that"

Adair Park is a revitalized community on the west side of Atlanta. This neighborhood lies adjacent to Metropolitan Parkway and appears to be a bright spot for an area that could use brighter days. Adair Park is accessible from downtown Atlanta by Interstate I-20 and lies minutes south of the Atlanta University Center which houses Morehouse, Spelman and Clark Atlanta University. An area known for its poverty and crime, Adair Park is slowly emerging as a close knit, progressive community. Pending the completion of the Beltline Project, Adair Park seeks to grow even more significantly with access to additional transportation opportunities.

If you’re a Atlanta Braves fan, Adair Park is walking and biking distance from Turner Hill. The downside of this area is that outside of its close proximity to downtown Atlanta and renovated homes and parks, the area does not have a strong shopping options. The retail center for west Atlanta has been The mall at West End for years. Unfortunately, this mall and the surrounding areas only offer up low cost apparel shops and sneaker stores. Soul Vegetarian restaurant, however is a local favorite that offers a pleasant variety from the numerous fast food establishments. Adair Park in five years may be an awesome place to settle as Atlanta transforms.
Pros
  • up-and coming community
Cons
  • some areas are a bit rough
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Hipsters
  • Students
4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 5/5
  • Parking 4/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 2/5
  • Childcare 4/5
Dec 22, 2011

"Bungalow Charm"

This neighborhood is a hidden treasure in the southwestern part of the city of Atlanta. Diverse and culturally mix it holds a unique appeal to urbanites looking for a suburban feel.

I think the greatest appeal are the bungalow-style homes that make up this neighborhood. They have large porches on large lots which offers plenty of space for kids and adults alike to hangout and play.

The wide streets are another reason people love this place. They are much wider than other neighborhoods so it gives an continued sense of openness. There are two parks in the neighborhood and it’s not uncommon to see a game of kickball going on, even in the winter.

The neighborhood is a mix of long time residents and newcomers. Unfortunately, the growth is not as rapid as they would like because it doesn’t have a good school yet. There are rumors that some of the residents have a plan in motion to get a charter school built which will attract more people.

Shopping, arts, and entertainment are only a couple miles away in downtown Atlanta and through streets along the way. The Georgia Dome and Phillips Arena as well as Centennial Olympic Parks.
Pros
  • Friendly folks
  • Historic fixer-uppers
  • Parks
  • decent access to major thoroughfares
  • diverse community
Cons
  • Some less desirable nooks and crannies
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Hipsters
  • Country Lovers
  • Trendy & Stylish
3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 3/5
Aug 15, 2011

"Has Some Flair"

Although the previous reviewer had no particular fondness for Thomas Kinkade, and understandably so, I get a slightly different impression of Adair Park. I guess because our idea of dream homes is slightly different. I do appreciate the bungalows offered by the neighborhood, and the small back yards are definitely a benefit for those who are not into yard maintenance every weekend during the summer or do not have children who want to romp and play in a larger space.

The best things about Adair Park, aside from the housing situation, is the location. The neighborhood has great access to some major thoroughfares, but more importantly, at least to me, the greenspaces that are in walking distance make this location all worth while. True, fine food restaurants are not just around the corner, but for students, and those who may be on a more limited budget, having some fast food available in reasonable proximity is not necessarily a bad thing.

The other added benefit to the location is proximity to some of the more eclectic communities in the major metropolitan area. There are nice little shops, bookstores, and mom and pop restaurants (who most often have the best food) that are very close for the residents of Adair Park to enjoy.
Pros
  • decent access to major thoroughfares
  • diverse community
  • Friendly folks
  • Historic fixer-uppers
  • Parks
Cons
  • Some crime
  • Some less desirable nooks and crannies
Recommended for
  • Singles
  • Retirees
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Hipsters
  • Students
4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 2/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 3/5
Jan 30, 2011

"My kind of dream home (a.k.a. Thomas Kinkade sucks)"

It seems nearly every time I venture out on my old blue Schwinn cruiser (by bike is possibly the best way to see the city; though I’m also partial to a good pair of walking shoes) I turn a corner to find yet another perfect little dream house with a perfect little dream yard on a perfect little dream street. But before you start picturing Thomas Kinkade paintings (see review title), let me mention that my version of the perfect dream home nearly always revolves around a decades-old bungalow, approximately the size of a Dunwoody garage, with an unmowed backyard twice its size, at least one massive, knarled tree and a porch big enough to hold an entire living room’s worth of furniture. I’m talking real corners of the world that make you just wanna pull up a lawn chair and watch the world go by – a.k.a. Adair Park.

Yes, for every handful of Quillbilly-approved dream homes there is a dilapidated old relic that is probably housing a nest of opossums. Yes, there are parts of the neighborhood you’ll want to avoid from twilight onward. Yes, there are also parts sporting clusters of garish fast-food chains (most actually just across the tracks in West End). But what’s a neighborhood without a few blemishes for the neighborhood association to complain about? And speaking of neighborhood associations, Adair Park’s is top-drawer. Credit for the area’s amenity-rich, kid-friendly green spaces (Bonnie Brae and Adair Park itself) and an impressive list of community events (an annual “pie off” looks especially tempting) is due to Adair Park Today.

In addition to its own charms, Adair Park is also a short drive (or bike ride) from the charms of some of my other favorite Atlanta ‘hoods – West End, Grant Park, Inman Park, etc. Each of which boasts enough perfect little dream houses to put Thomas Kinkade to shame. Cheers!
Pros
  • Parks
  • Historic fixer-uppers
  • Friendly folks
Cons
  • Some crime
  • Some less desirable nooks and crannies
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Hipsters
  • Students
  • Trendy & Stylish
3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 2/5
  • Clean & Green 2/5
  • Pest Free 2/5
  • Peace & Quiet 2/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 2/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 2/5
  • Childcare 3/5
Sep 08, 2010

"Mixed bag close to everything"

Multi-cultural neighborhood with historic touches in southwestern area of downtown Atlanta! Craftsman bungalows, Tudor, Victorian and mid-century houses with modern touches are pleasing to residents from various socio-economic levels. But, it’s a mixed bag of gorgeously maintained residences to more scary places off the beaten path.

But alas, there are some cool places to visit there, including the Wren's Nest and the Atlanta University Center, with Spelman College, Morehouse College and Clark Atlanta University, the historic Gillette Mansion, the Stewart Avenue United Methodist Church (which was built in 1921), as well as the teeny West End Mall. Adair Park restaurants include Georgia basics like Popeye’s and a selection of vegetarian and soul food restaurants. I admit my favorite restaurant is not really a restaurant at all, it’s a bakery. Krispy Kreme doughnut shop is there within walking distance!

Downtown Atlanta is never too far away. Adair Park is very close to the West End MARTA train station and local bus lines, and is immediately accessible by Interstates I-20, I-75/85 and Highway 166. So that means, you can get to Underground Atlanta, Moreland Avenue shops and boutiques, and all that downtown has to offer by car, train, bus, or even by foot (if you’ve got the guts).
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles