3.9 out of 10

Mechanicsville

Ranked 30th best neighborhood in Atlanta
33.7383715847422 -84.3954418400208
Great for
  • Public Transport
  • Schools
  • Medical Facilities
  • Parks & Recreation
  • Eating Out
Not great for
  • Peace & Quiet
  • Lack of Traffic
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Who lives here?
  • Singles
  • Professionals
  • Hipsters
  • Trendy & Stylish
  • Families with kids

Reviews

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

"Intersection of History and Revitalization"

Mechanicsville, Georgia, is a neighborhood located just south of the downtown area, and is home to many ethnic communities, while also being targeted for a revitalization effort in the city. It can be reached from either I-75 or I-85, and is home to the historical railway that served the city at one point, transporting cotton among other domestic products. There are several old warehouses that have been converted into lofts along the old railroad tracks.

The Atlanta Public School system supports the Mechanicsville neighborhood, and by city standards, their rating is higher then most in academic achievement and athletics. If your looking for churches in the neighborhood, you can find the New Hope Baptist Church on Richardson Street based out of the Southwest District; however, if your looking to find a mosque in the area, look no further than Masjid Al-Mu'minum, located on Hank Aaron Drive in the Southwest corridor as well.

If your family is looking to get some shopping done, then you could simply catch a taxi from Mechanicsville, and take a short drive to Hotel Row in downtown, and experience cultural influence from the various restaurants to the clothing stores and everything in between.

If you would like to visit the attractions of the neighborhood and beyond, look no further than the Zoo of Atlanta, based out of Cherokee Avenue in the Southwest district of the city, a location that proudly holds hundreds of different species, along with Pandas currently on display. In the neighborhood, there is also the Pheonix pool, a place of relaxation and lots of family fun. No matter what the situation, Mechanicsville is the perfect location for your family and friends to visit and even live.
Pros
  • Affordable
  • Working it's way up
Cons
  • some areas are a little sketchy
  • Some crime
  • Some less desirable nooks and crannies
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Hipsters
  • Trendy & Stylish
3/5 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 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 3/5
2yrs+

"A work in progress"

If you have ever been to Mechanicsville, you know that this historic little neighborhood could certainly use a little lovin’ and fixin’ up. I mean, don’t get me wrong, there are some nicely redeveloped parts of this neighborhood, but there are also some areas that still need a lot of work. This neighborhood, like many other neighborhoods around this area, has been undergoing redevelopments (gentrification), for quite some time now. I would actually say that Mechanicsville is one of the better neighborhoods to consider around this location, because it seems like a lot has went into making it look as good as it does now.

There are some really nice affordable condos, lofts and homes in this neighborhood. Some of the homes are rehabbed historic homes, while others are completely new. This is especially attractive to investors as well as first-time homebuyers. So, you might be asking yourself “What makes this area so desirable to live in?”. The answer is...location, location, location!

Mechanicville is practically located in Downtown, Atlanta, near Turner Field. Everybody who’s anybody knows that this area is prime real estate. It is about 6 minutes away from Underground Atlanta, and only about 10 minutes away from Midtown. In addition, it is about 1 mile from Georgia State University as well as the Atlanta University Center (AUC). There is so much potential for this neighborhood. I certainly hope that in time this neighborhood rises to its full potential.
Pros
  • affordable living
Cons
  • some areas are a little sketchy
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Hipsters
  • Students
  • Trendy & Stylish
2/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 2/5
  • Clean & Green 2/5
  • Pest Free 2/5
  • Peace & Quiet 2/5
  • Eating Out 2/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
  • Gym & Fitness 2/5
  • 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 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 3/5
2yrs+

"Much like its patron rapper/producer-saint T.I., this ATL hood is cleaning up its act"

If you’ve seen the movie “ATL,” rapper T.I.’s homage to his hometown, you’ve seen Mechanicsville. In a word, this ‘hood is pretty, well, hood. Walking though it – which you’ll want to avoid after twilight unless you have a large-armed entourage – you’ll see the prerequisite busted houses with peeling paint and porches littered with forlorn-looking children’s toys and grubby furniture; poorly kempt brick apartment complexes with residents milling about the parking lot and on individual doorsteps; and fast-food wrappers, shattered booze bottles and other jetsam tangling in the kudzu vines along roadsides.

But, just like in the surprisingly not un-watchable film, Mechanicsville also has a pull-yourself-up-by-your-bootstraps kind of cheeriness to it, and is, like many parts of Downtown Atlanta, hitching a ride on the urban renewal train. (Also known, at least in those parts that actually border the railroad tracks, as the Beltline Project – a massive and massively cool revitalization and redevelopment plan inspired by a Georgia Tech grad’s student’s master thesis.)

Many houses here boast fresh coats of paint in typical new-construction earth tones and pastels on their large, columned facades. Both single-family homes and strips of new townhomes crop up with surprising frequency, often dominating whole streets. Not too many noteworthy businesses call the area home just yet, but that’ll likely come with time.

It’s easy to see Mechanicsville following in the still-fresh footsteps of neighboring Summerhill, which is fast earning itself a new reputation as a budget-friendly, mostly safe-ish place for unfussy, wallet-conscious intowners to snap up their very first home.

Not entirely sure how T.I. feels about the spit-and-polishing and general gentrifying of one of ATL’s original ‘hoods (I myself give it mixed reviews), but whatever…

He lives in Buckhead, anyway. Cheers!
Pros
  • Affordable
  • Working it's way up
Cons
  • Some crime
  • Some less desirable nooks and crannies
  • Not so pretty yet
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles

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