The community’s rich history makes it a draw, with many beautifully restored Victorian and Craftsman-style homes, but new developments like Krog Street Market and The Atlanta BeltLine’s eastside trail have brought renewed energy and excitement to this diverse neighborhood.
The Old Fourth Ward, aka O4W, played a significant part in Atlanta’s history, namely as the birthplace of Martin Luther King, Jr., and is home to Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historic Site, Ebenezer Baptist Church and the Sweet Auburn Historic District. In fact, the Martin Luther King Memorial is one of the most visited national parks in the United States.
With a movement to live intown, the O4W has seen an increase in controlled development the has been designed in line with the neighborhood’s quaint style – from the work done by organizations such as the Historic District Development Corp. and private developers such as Wood Partners, Perennial Properties, Braden Fellman Group, Ltd., and Lane, there have been significant increases in convenient, high quality affordable housing, retailers and restaurants.
Many factors have played a role in the revitalization of the Old Fourth Ward. Formerly the Sears and Roebuck Co. and City Hall East, the Ponce City Market is a 2 million sq. ft. completely renovated adaptive reuse space that features a variety of retail, restaurants, office and residential loft spaces. Other attractions, including The Martin Luther King Jr. Visitors Center and the Carter Presidential Library, have created large amounts of capital and visitor traffic as well. Visitors can attend informational tours and learn more about Atlanta’s history.
Braden Fellman Group, Ltd. recently completed development of its Greenwood Lofts condominium nearby and offers beautiful 1920s apartment buildings a block from Ponce City Market and the Historic Fourth Ward Park, which starts behind Ponce City Market and stretches South to Freedom Parkway and the Carter Center. The central amenity of the park is a large storm water retention pond and fountain, and it also features a playground, small water park and more.
Freedom Parkway and its surrounding park space has given residents an area to ride bikes, walk their dogs and enjoy the outdoors. Within blocks you will find local grocery stores, restaurants and entertainment, not to mention easy access to MARTA railway stations and the Downtown Connector.
Location, location, location are the key words to describe the Old Fourth Ward. Experiences at nearby neighborhoods like Little Five Points, Virginia Highlands and Inman Park are within walking distance. Everything the city has to offer surrounds you. The Old Fourth Ward is filled with dynamic people and beautiful architecture that will remain an attractive part of Atlanta for a long time to come.
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