Atlanta’s Old Fourth Ward is an area overflowing with history and exploding with growth. Martin Luther King Jr’s childhood home can be found here along with the newly renovated 1,200,000 sf Ponce City Market. On the East, 04W is borders the immensely popular the Atlanta Beltline. Quality entertainment, shopping, dining, and recreation can all be found in the Old Fourth Ward.
The 04W has become an extremely desirable area to buy a home for several reasons. The Ponce City Market, MLK historic site, Atlanta Beltline, and Historic Fourth Ward Park are all long-term community anchors and help create a stable foundation for both residents and retailers to build around.
The housing mix in the Old Fourth Ward is one of the most unique in the entire city of Atlanta. You’ll find everything from condos, mid 19th century bungalows, lofts, town homes, and some new construction. Many of the older homes have been completely renovated especially in the more historic areas, but many renovations have yet to take place.
- Hope Elementary School
- Intown Charter Academy
Parks and Recreation
- Central Park
Located on the west side of the Old Fourth Ward, central park is an 18 acre park with a handful of amenities. The park offers a baseball field, an athletic field, tennis courts, and basketball courts. Central park also has a small recreation center with a weight room.
- Historic Fourth Ward Park
Historic Fourth Ward Park is located behind the Ponce City Market and is one of Atlanta’s newest parks. The landscaping, design, and location makes this park a community favorite. The park is also located just feet from the beltline making it extremely accessible for park goers. An amphitheater, splash pad, playground, are all at your fingertips along with lots of green space.
From the modern atmosphere at Two Urban Licks to the dynamite brunch menu at Highland Bakery, The Old Fourth Ward’s dining selection is sure to please. The tapas at Barcelona and cocktails at he Bantam Pub are also quite legendary. Although relatively new, many of the restaurants at The Ponce City Market are top notch including Jia, Hop’s Chicken, Bellina and Holeman & Finch.
Entertainment AND Shopping
The Ponce City Market, Edgewood Ave nightlife, and Beltline are the main attractions in the Old Fourth Ward. The Ponce CIty market was initially built as a Sears warehousing and retail hub and was purchased by the city of Atlanta in 1990. The city leased the property to city departments but ultimately realized the massive building was not a financially feasible asset. In 2012, Jamestown purchased the property and planned to invest $180 million to perform renovations. The massive undertaking was opened in the summer of 2014 and continues to draw residents, retailers, and office tenants alike.
The Edgewood Ave nightlife has quickly grown into one of Atlanta’s hottest scenes. Sounds Table, Corner Tavern, Noni’s, and Church are just a few of the popular spots. Everything from dancing, to ping-pong, to arcade games can be found on this bustling street. These venues are all located on the southwest end of 04W on Edgewood Ave.
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The Atlanta Beltline has been a hugely successful undertaking for the City of Atlanta and the area’s residents alike. The Beltline follows the path of an old railroad the circled that city of Atlanta. This now connects park, neighborhoods, public transportation, and now even offers restaurants that can be accessed on the path. The Beltline is only partially complete and will continued to be a major community asset as it’s finished. For more information, the beltline website is a great resource.