6.4 out of 10

Kirkwood

33.7518519833914 -84.3246049130256
Great for
  • Neighborly Spirit
  • Parks & Recreation
  • Clean & Green
  • Shopping Options
  • Schools
Not great for
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Who lives here?
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Hipsters

Reviews

3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Parking 2/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 3/5
2yrs+

"Cozy Town"

Kirkwood is located in Atlanta, Georgia. It’s located only 5 miles from Atlanta’s downtown area. Interstates I-20 and 1-75/1-85 are easily assessable routes of travel. This small town is known for its beautiful Victorian style homes, and its southern style hospitality.

The homes in Kirkwood have significantly increased in value over the last several years. In 2001, homes priced between $150,000 and $250,000. In April of 2000, Atlanta magazine, listed Kirkwood homes as one of metro Atlanta’s area's top ten "Hot Buys." (Kirkwood Neighbors’ Organization, 2000) In 2009, Kirkwood had a median household income of $45,793. (City-data, 2011) Kirkwood’s goal is to work together in making it the best place to live, and has formed the Kirkwood Neighbors’ Organization that meets every month in achieving their goal.

The town offers a tree-planting program, neighborhood cleanup, and other community projects. The town also offers public and private schooling. Horizons, The Howard School, Padeia and several Montessori schools are among some of the private schools available.

Downtown Kirkwood offers fun and excitement with its numerous bars, art galleries, restaurants, and parks. Bessie Branham Park and Coan Park are two of their well known parks. Kirkwood’s mission is to “promote the spirit of an in town neighborhood and a high quality of life for all residents of Kirkwood, regardless of race, age, religion, sexual orientation or economic status.” (Kirkwood Neighbors’ Organization, 2000)
Pros
  • Family-friendly
  • Plenty of green
  • Up and coming
Cons
  • Some less desirable nooks & crannies
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Hipsters
4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 2/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • 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 4/5
2yrs+

"The Eastern 'Wood"

Slightly less edgy than Edgewood (owing in part to the latter’s proximity to Little Five Points, Atlanta’s pocket-sized bohemia), Kirkwood balances its more provincial couple and family-oriented appeal with a generous dose of historic intown cool. Housing is what you expect and adore when it comes to this neck of the ‘woods – decades-old, “they-don’t-build-‘em-like-this-anymore Victorians and Craftsmens variously restored to their former (or future) glory punctuated with the odd run-down lot. The availability and affordability of family-sized houses, along with the area’s relative “under-the-radar” status as compared to nearby destinations like Inman Park, Grant Park and Candler Park have kept residential developers largely at bay.

Speaking of parks, Kirkwood is graciously riddled with them – from the tiny half-moon canopy of Gillian Park, to Bessie Branham (boasting a $2 million rec center), to the 17-acre DeKalb Memorial County Park, where residents can shoot hoops, swing racquets, bat balls, toss a Frisbee with the dog or chat about the latest restaurant/bar that just popped up down the street while their progeny clamber through the playscapes. (Several schools in the area, elementary through high, make Kirkwood a favorite of young families who shudder at the mere mention of living OTP – outside the I-285 perimeter.)

Among a growing segment of eateries, drinkeries and local businesses, Arizona Pub, Le Petit Marche, Kirkwood Public House and the Edgewood Shopping Center - a Target/Kroger/Lowe’s anchored mixed-use hub sandwiched between the two ‘woods and the closest intown ever gets to traditional suburbia – are well patronized by residents and non-residents alike. Though residents have the option of transacting their purchases of locally sourced lunch fare and “Up and Up” toilet paper through their very own credit union. Cheers!
Pros
  • Up and coming
  • Family-friendly
  • Plenty of green
Cons
  • Some less desirable nooks & crannies
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Hipsters
  • Trendy & Stylish

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