Neighborhood Feature: Old Fourth Ward

Neighborhood Feature: Old Fourth Ward

Settled on the east side of Fulton County, Old Fourth Ward is a historic Atlanta neighborhood rich in history, entertainment and charm. Founded in the early 1800s, the former industrial area was one of five neighborhoods in the original ward system. Old Fourth Ward is just minutes from downtown Atlanta and is most known for being the birthplace of iconic civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. From shopping at Ponce City Market to exploring the neighborhood’s incredible history, Old Fourth Ward provides exciting activities no matter the time of year!

Traditional Architecture

Old Fourth Ward Fence
Photo Credit: Robert Neff

As one of the oldest neighborhoods in the Atlanta area, Old Fourth Ward offers a perfect mix of historic homes and modern apartments. Built in the early 1900s, many homes featured in the neighborhood exude Southern charm and Victorian design elements. After the Great Atlanta Fire of 1917, Old Fourth Ward began building modernized apartment complexes highlighting unique floorplans and vibrant renderings.

According to Zillow, $395,787 is the average home value for Old Fourth Ward residences, a 1.3% increase over the last year. The current market offerings range from $169,900 to $4.2 million for single-family, multi-family, townhomes and active adult residences, as well as empty lots.

Things to Do

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Hosting local talents and well-known artists alike, Venkman’s is an exciting music venue located in the heart of Old Fourth Ward. From rock and roll to jazz, this eclectic space delivers live performances curated by partners Nicholas Niespodziani and Peter Olsen that are sure to satisfy your ears.

Immerse yourself in the history of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. at the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historical Park. Visitors can explore Dr. King’s childhood home, listen to sermons and speeches by Dr. King at Ebenezer Baptist Church and make educational and inspirational discoveries at The King Center.

Explore the Atlanta Beltline’s Eastside Trail! With three miles of multi-use trail featuring boutique shopping, delicious dining and connected parks, there are endless opportunities for amusement when you travel along the Eastside Trail.

The Historic Fourth Ward Park boasts 17 picturesque acres of amble greenspace, a playground, easy access to the Eastside Trail, a splash pad and much more! The park also provides the neighborhood with a two-acre lake that doubles as a stormwater retention basin.

Places to Eat

Ponce City Market rooftop

Sporting an industrial aesthetic, Two Urban Licks is a vibrant restaurant that serves wood-fired cuisine, tasty drinks, funky blues performances and unbeatable beltline views. Two Urban Licks provides a day and night menu featuring dishes such as salt and pepper calamari, crispy duck leg, pork belly banh-mi sandwich and wood oven-roasted halibut. The drink menu includes signature cocktails, such as Up in Smoke and Band on the Rum, as well as traditional selections, including draft and bottled beers, wines and mocktails.

Grab an afternoon pick-me-up at Condesa Coffee! Proud to be a part of the Old Fourth Ward community, Condesa Coffee provides the neighborhood with delicious brews made with rich espresso and homemade chocolate syrup. In addition to coffee, the adorable shop serves teas, pastries, sandwiches and more!

Featuring over 30 food options, Ponce City Market is sure to meet your cravings! From bakeries to high-end restaurants, this mixed-use development offers well-known eateries as well as local vendors. A few restaurants showcased at Ponce City Market include Bar Vegan, Dancing Goats Coffee Bar, H&F Burgers, King of Pops, Nine Mile Station and The Tap on Ponce.

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