Virginia-Highland

Virginia-Highland

Lots in Virginia-Highland sold for just $19 in 1821. Near the turn of the 19th century, Atlanta’s streetcar system extended to the northeast, looping in Highland and Virginia Avenues. Subdivisions sprouted, immigrants from eastern Europe set up shop, and a neighborhood was born. After a protracted but ultimately successful fight against a proposed highway running through the neighborhood, Virginia-Highland emerged one of Atlanta’s most pleasant places to live, and one of the more popular spots for college students to drink beer. When they inevitably refer to the neighborhood as “the Highlands,” it’s okay to correct them.