Rediscovering West End

Well now that I’ve gotten all settled at the new place, I’m starting to realize what a great neighborhood the West End’s becoming.

Of course, there’s a lot of nice restaurants in the area such as Soul Vegetarian, Chanterelle’s, Gutbusters and the Busy Bee CafĂ©, but there’s also a lot of housing developments in the area such as Victoria Square, Collegetown Lofts near Morehouse and the new Sky Lofts (with CVS Pharmacy) behind the Mall West End (and across from the new ACE Hardware).

Speaking of “college town”, the West End is also home to the Atlanta University Center (Spelman College, Morehouse College, Clark-Atlanta University, Morris Brown College, Morehouse School of Medicine and the Interdenominational Theological Center). If you’re looking for culture and history, there’s Hammond House, the Shrine of the Black Madonna, the Wren’s Nest, and the Atlanta Cyclorama and Civil War Museum.

And even with all these, I’ve just covered what’s in about, oh…five or six city blocks along the eastern border of West End?

Go south of Vine City and check out this vibrant and rich community. Hey, it was here while Atlanta was still Terminus!

8 Comments so far

  1. tiffany (unregistered) on July 5th, 2005 @ 8:13 am

    be careful of chanterelle’s… the food is the bomb, but i saw a live critter there the last time i went. anytime live critters make it past the kitchen, you know they’re running rampant inside of it.

    i do love the west end mall however. it’s so hood in a good way. best place to find cute shoes without having to pay a grip.

  2. Anne O'Nymous (unregistered) on July 6th, 2005 @ 11:07 am

    Cyclorama isn’t in West End. It’s several miles away in Grant Park.

  3. David (unregistered) on July 26th, 2005 @ 5:54 pm

    West End Rocks!!! Just bought a 90 y/o craftsman here in April. My wife and I chose West End primarily because of the Beautiful Homes, Location, and it didn’t seem as pretentious as some of the eastern intown neighborhoods with similar houses (Inman, Candler, and Grant Parks).

  4. David (unregistered) on July 27th, 2005 @ 5:09 pm

    Just moved to West End about 3 mos ago and loving it. My wife and I chose West End because of the captivating Architecture, access to downtown, and it wasn’t as pretentious as some of the other intown neighborhoods. Like all other intown neighborhoods it is going through a revitalization. Homes are being renovated on about every block. If you are looking to buy here make sure you are in the historic district bounded roughly by Lee St, White St, Langhorn St, and I-20. My wife and I would do it all over again.

  5. Lindsey (unregistered) on October 29th, 2005 @ 11:36 am

    We are looking to invest in a house and just found out abt West End… the potential there is exciting!! We are wondering about crime, though, as many transitional neighborhoods are questionable in that regard…
    Any comments? Do you feel safe there?

  6. David (unregistered) on January 9th, 2006 @ 5:33 pm

    Lindsey, Crime is everywhere, but by taking some basic precautions you will be fine anywhere. Make sure your car has nothing of value visible inside, keep home well lit (motion lights), have friends over, meet your neighbors. You may feel a little worried at first, but the great thing about a place like West End is you start recognizing the same people, and you’ll be able to tell when something is out of place. Before you buy a home here though spend some time walking around, eat at the restaraunts (try Chanterelle’s), etc. You will soon realize that West End is not the next Virgina Highlands, or the next anything else. West End is West End! It’s an original.

  7. Laura M. Saunders (unregistered) on February 10th, 2006 @ 1:30 am

    New developements are happening in the Westend.
    There will soon be new condos on Simpson Road.
    How do you think the response will be to this. It will be a gated community.


  8. David (unregistered) on February 14th, 2006 @ 3:03 pm

    That area is what you would called “Blessed by the Beltline”. I don’t think the fact that the condos are gated should be a major issue. There are gated condos in Buckhead and Midtown, so why not Simpson St.? I know it fosters an “us and them” attitude, but may be a necessary evil to spark more development. I have many thoughts on this, but will stop here :-)

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