Kirkwood’s rich history, sustained growth, and its cozy downtown make it a very desirable area to purchase a home. With its many parks and continued commitment to renovating historic housing, Kirkwood provides a well-rounded sense of community just miles from the heart of Atlanta. Kirkwood is also unique because it is a national historic designated neighborhood. The community’s Greek revival, post 1900’s construction, Victorian, and Craftsman style architecture make its street presence one of a kind.
In the 1980’s, Kirkwood saw a significant influx of home buyers interested in revitalizing the community’s inventory of dilapidated historic homes. This influx fueled the growth of Kirkwood over the last thirty years and continues to fuel its current growth. According to the MLS, the average sales price in Kirkwood increased from $291,738 in 2014 to $337,389 in 2015. The median sales price also increased from $283,500 to $324,900.
Today, Kirkwood’s housing market consists of a balanced mix of historic homes, renovated properties, and some new construction.
- Fred A. Toomer Elementary School
- Charles Drew Charter School
- Martin Luther King Jr. Middle School
- Maynard H. Jackson High School
Le Petit Marche, Elmyriachi, Anna’s BBQ, and Kirkyard Public House are all immensely popular among Kirkwood’s residents. If brunch is what your palate seeks, then stop by Le Petit Marche for unbelievable breakfast sandwiches. If a Mexican eatery is what you crave, the burritos at Elmyriachi are really something special. Elmyriachi also has an outdoor patio that is top notch. Anna’s BBQ is a quality BBQ joint with a hometown feeling that is second to none. Taproom Coffee & Beer has an atmosphere that’s equally as unique as the food it serves. For those interested in the neighborhood sports bar feel, make sure to check out Kirkyard Public House. The bottom line is, if you find a restaurant in downtown Kirkwood, it’s likely going to be very good.
Parks and Recreation
- Dekalb Memorial Park is located between Glenwood Ave and Memorial Drive and runs adjacent to Interstate 20. The park offers vast green space with amenities with 2 tennis courts, a baseball field, a softball field, and 2 large basketball courts. It also boasts a community garden and several playgrounds
- Coan Park is situated along Hosea Williams Dr directly adjacent to MLK Jr Middle school. The park includes baseball fields, community gardens, 4 tennis courts, a recreation center, outdoor fitness pad, and running paths.
- Gilliam Park is situated on Wade Ave and traces its historical roots back to the 1800’s. Jesse Clay was the first owner of this land and purchased the land in 1826. He farmed over 800 acres from Gilliam Park down to memorial drive until his death in 1871. A part of his land is what is today called Gilliam Park. The parks greenspace and Urban garden are its major attractions.
- Bessie Branham Park sits between Kirkwood Rd and Norwood Ave along Delano Dr. The park’s most known for its Urban Treehouse and 2 million dollar recreation facility. Baseball fields, basketball courts, and tennis courts are all amenities offered by this park.