A historic, upscale residential neighborhood with many parks and charming Tudor bungalows, a powerful neighborhood association and one of the best school systems in the city has become the prime choice of families with young children and single individual looking for a quite and safe residential atmosphere, with wide sidewalks, convenient to shopping, to the public institutions and the variety of services offered by Midtown Atlanta. Screened by a green curtain of lush vegetation, Morningside streets are quiet and safe, with slow traffic patterns, friendly pets running around and lots of children playing outdoor. Although most of the homes were built between 1876 and 1920, the original core of the neighborhood dates back to the 1820’s when the first mills, known as Walker's Gin and Grist Mill, were located about where Caribou Coffee now sits on Piedmont Road across from Ansley Mall. Today’s Morningside homes have been renovated from top to bottom but retain the original architectural features. A drive down any street offers the scenery of an English village with a system of small parks. The lawns are meticulously landscaped, the trees are old and stately, the wide sidewalks in use by kids on bikes and mothers with strollers. Shops and boutiques are close by and the neighborhood association has its own quarterly newsletter. Home prices range from $300,000 to $1,000,000 and sell rapidly. The sense of belonging to a place attracts those relocating from other cities as well as those who have tried to live in the suburbs and want that "neighborhood" feel. The forefathers of Morningside conceived its plan based on the English townships, featuring homes built around green spaces, imitating the village green. The Tudor-style bungalow complete with steep-pitched gables, cross-paned windows and the exterior finishes of stone and brick was part of the original concept.
Just north of Piedmont Avenue, still survives as a strip of shops which was the original Morningside commercial district.
Morningside activists have pioneered neighborhood planning, establishing and maintaining for the rest of the city the standards, which help today to preserve the integrity of the intown neighborhoods. Focussing on parks, park beautification, and neighborhood involvement in the school, its neighborhood association remains one of the more politically active in the city.
From Sherwood Road you can walk to one-of-a-kind restaurants in the nearby Ansley Mall like the intimate South-American “Tierra”, or the ultra modern New York style One-Midtown, offering fine and elegantly presented food amidst a peerless social scene. Walk East and you reach Lenox Park Shopping Center, where Indigo, one of Atlanta’s favorite restaurants with chef’s Jean Marc Carelle prepares (upon request) the best Tarte Tatin on this side of the ocean, or dine with $10 with the widest choice of noodle soups at Doc Choi. Movie lovers can browse through the rarest movie flicks at Movies Worth Seeing, and bread lovers cannot find a better place than Alon’s fabulous bakery. A few blocks south, Café San Francisco welcomes you with fresh copies of the New York Times and the ideal coffee-break atmosphere. Walk further to find yourself in the heart of Virginia-Highlands, where colorful boutiques and the acclaimed Murphy’s, the Highland Tap, the Limerick Junction and the state wide famous blues’ hub Blind Willies are located. On the Western side, Piedmont Park is waiting for you with miles of pathways, its annual Dogwood Festival, Screen on the Green (a summer outdoor movie festival), and many music venues like the Atlanta Jazz festival and Music Midtown. With Kroger, Publix, Market One, CVS, Eckerd, Bank of America, Wachovia Bank, Blockbuster, the amazing Harris on Johnson Road, and a couple of good movie theaters nearby, you never have to worry about running last minute errands. In the evenings, the nearby Après Diem – a European bistro and coffeehouse will carry you into<