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Morningside Atlanta

Despite its central intown location in Atlanta, Morningside still retains that old-fashioned charm and character. Here, community spirit is alive and well as events are organized and locals love to gather.

Bungalows and cottages make up most of the homes for sale in Morningside, Atlanta. Nearby, downtown Atlanta awaits.

Also known as Morningside/Lenox Park, Morningside is a part of Intown Atlanta and is located in the East Side district. It’s surrounded by several notable communities, including Virginia-Highland to the south, Druid Hills and Emory Village to the east, Piedmont Heights and Ansley Park to the west, and Woodland Hills to the north. Downtown Atlanta is only approximately four miles away.

One of the first subdivisions in Atlanta, modern-day Morningside also encompasses the subdivisions of University Park, Lenox Park, Johnson Estates, Noble Park, and Hylan Park.

A new type of suburb

Morningside was founded in 1923, when two real estate agents by the names of M.S. Rankin and James R. Smith of the company Smith & Rankin built eight homes in the neighborhood. They began selling these properties in December of that year, heralding each home as “a lot for your money.”

With their Murphy beds, wide paved streets and connection to the streetcar line, Morningside proved to be popular among homebuyers. In 1925, Morningside was annexed into the city of Atlanta. Lenox Park was later developed in 1931 and, together with Morningside, were considered “close in” neighborhoods. The area grew to become 3,500 homes strong, creeping with dogwoods and crepe myrtles.

Morningside’s popularity waned in the 1990s, but bounced back in 2005 as the area resumed its position as a neighborhood welcoming to all. Today, Morningside’s population numbers around 5,000 residents.

What is Morningside known for?

With its picture-perfect streets, it comes as no surprise that Morningside is a popular location for TV and film productions. Others also know the community as having the advantage of being next-door neighbors to Piedmont Park’s wide green expanses and proximity to downtown Atlanta. And for those in the market for historic properties, homes for sale in Morningside are often on top of their must-see list.

The centrality of Morningside gives residents access to a variety of public transit options, the 1-85 highway, community parks, and historical museums. The neighborhood is also walkable, with green spaces and outdoor attractions such as Morningside Nature Preserve and the Atlanta Botanical Garden located within the area.


Homes in Atlanta

Morningside’s housing market offers fantastic real estate options that enjoy convenient access to the best of Intown Atlanta.

A general overview of the Morningside real estate market

Homes for sale in Morningside, Atlanta mostly consist of established single-family homes in traditional styles. With local prices ranging from the low $400,000 to well over $1.5 million, this neighborhood is considered to be among the most expensive in Atlanta.

Morningside real estate’s idyllic charm lies in its mix of homes that were built during the early part of the 20th century. Between the 1900s and the mid-1930s, there was an architectural boom that continued after the World Wars. As a result, homes for sale in Morningside, Atlanta reflect the popular architectural styles of the period: Craftsman, Foursquare, and Tudor, to name a few.

While it’s common for older neighborhoods to experience a style change over the years, Morningside continues to resist this fate. In place of tear-downs, the trend in Morningside is to renovate and upgrade.

Morningside is also home to a selection of multi-family dwellings. Apartment buildings in the neighborhood include Morningside Atlanta by Windsor.


Although it is located close to the activity of busier and glitzier neighborhoods, Morningside’s cozy atmosphere remains.

Getting in and around Morningside

Morningside has the advantage of being served by two MARTA stations: Arts Center and Lindbergh Center. Both of these stations connect the neighborhood to the rest of the city, making it the preferred public transit option for most of Morningside’s residents.

Meanwhile, the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport is about 14 miles south of the neighborhood.


Morningside is home to the highly acclaimed Morningside Elementary School (MES), which was founded in 1929. A part of the Atlanta Public School system, MES is currently ranked high among the best elementary schools in Georgia. MES was also named a National Blue Ribbon School in 2016.

Another public school, Midtown High School, serves Morningside. Formerly known as Henry W. Grady High School, it also ranks well in public high schools in Atlanta. Midtown High School is also considered among the top 50 high schools in metro Atlanta and Georgia. Since its foundation in the late 1870s, Midtown High School has produced a long list of notable alumni, from professional athletes and actors to politicians and academics.

There are several private schooling options located near Morningside as well, including Heritage Preparatory School, The Glenn School, Midtown International School, and The Ben Franklin Academy.

For higher education, Georgia Institute of Technology is nearby and accessible.

Best restaurants in and around Morningside

Various dining options can be found in Morningside and its neighboring communities. The following spots are highly recommended by local foodies:

  1. The Colonnade Restaurant: This family-style dining hall has served famous fried chicken and southern food since 1927. It’s one of the iconic eats and one of the oldest restaurants in Atlanta. (879 Cheshire Bridge Road, Atlanta, GA 30324 • (404) 874-5642)

  2. Alon’s Bakery & Market: This is the stuff dreams are made of, as this establishment is somewhere between a grocery, gelateria, retail shop, and café. You’ll need time to get through everything, but grab their famous brioche French toast, pistachio croissant, and Asian barbecued sandwich. (1394 North Highland Ave., Atlanta, GA 30306 • (404) 872-6000)

  3. The Family Dog: Watch your favorite team on the big screen while grabbing a drink or two with friends in this neighborhood pub. The Family Dog has an extensive drink list and great meals, including hangar steak and a truffle cauliflower mash and vegetables. (1402 North Highland Ave. NE, Atlanta, GA 30306 • (678) 705-5324)

  4. Nowak’s Morningside: Nowak’s serves a variety of steakhouse favorites, including their prized 24-oz. Cowboy Bone in ribeye and soup du jour– always a nice and satisfying surprise. They source their French bread from Leidenheimer’s Bakery all the way in New Orleans. Served with salted creamy butter, it’s an unassuming but tasty side. Don’t miss their selection of handcrafted cocktails. (1397 North Highland Ave, Atlanta, GA 30306 • (678) 705-4231)

  5. Verdure Kitchen and Cocktails: Verdure is a fine-dining, farm-to-table concept that blends Western cuisine with African flavors and ingredients. The kitchen is helmed by Executive Chef Jean-Louis Sangare. Originating from the Ivory Coast, he brings with him an intimate knowledge of African culinary traditions. Apart from their carefully crafted dishes, don’t miss Verdure’s cocktails, which are designed by the restaurant’s in-house mixologists that hail from Ethiopia. (560 Dutch Valley Road NE STE 100, Atlanta, GA 30324 • (404) 968-9246)

  6. Whiskey Bird: Feast on a delectable array of grilled yakitori skewers at Whiskey Bird, a laid back dining spot in the Morningside/VaHi area. The restaurant uses a Robata grill to cook their well-seasoned chicken skewers to perfection, piece by piece. To add some variety to your meal, try Whiskey Bird’s gyoza tacos, salads, sandwiches, and last but not the least, the Hong Kong Sliders. (Morningside Village, 1409 North Highland Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30306 • (404) 500-0575

Nearby outdoor recreationMorningside Nature Preserve

The neighborhood is in close proximity to acres of public green space and ample recreational opportunities.

  1. Morningside Nature Preserve: This is a 30-acre rolling forest where visitors can hike, run, bike, or just relax on a sandy beach along South Peachtree Creek. The entire loop has an approximate length of two miles, with the trail varying from easy to moderately challenging. Dogs are also welcome to enjoy this slice of nature in the city.

  2. Herbert Taylor Park and Daniel Johnson Nature Preserve: Donated by the Taylor and Johnson families, these parks serve as home to thickets old-growth hickory and beech trees that are believed to have been around when Native Americans still lived in the area. Experts estimate that some of these trees date back to 200 years ago. Other trees you can find here include native mulberry, American hazelnut, and cotton– a local dendrophile’s dream. Visitors can hike and walk their leashed dogs.

  3. Piedmont Park: Atlanta’s green lung, Piedmont Park encompasses over 200 acres and features an array of attractions and is conveniently located to Morningside. There is a long list of activities that can be enjoyed at Piedmont Park, including seasonal camps for children, workshops, weekly walks with the local club, gardening classes, bicycling, trivia nights, and history tours guided by knowledgeable historians.

    Piedmont Park also hosts the Green Market, in which local farmers, producers, and artisans gather to sell their wares from March through early December. This is one of the best places to shop for fresh food and goods by the season. The Green Market is open every Saturday, from 9:00 AM ’till 1:00 PM.

Community events

Social events are right at the heart of living in Morningside. The neighborhood association organizes various gatherings throughout the year, including the following:

  1. Concerts in the Park: Held at Sidney Marcus Park, this event is a series of free concerts, complete with food trucks and other extra freebies. Concerts in the Park are held every spring and fall.

  2. New Neighbor Welcome: As part of the efforts to integrate residents who have recently relocated to Morningside, the local association organizes welcoming parties, a great way to meet friendly faces and learn more about the neighborhood.

  3. Morningside Farmers Market: See what the local farmers have to offer in this year-round, eco-friendly market that requires all produce sold to be certified organic. There’s a great mix of vendors, from food options like Popped, selling gourmet popcorn, to Calavera Bakery, specializing in traditional Mexican baked goods.

Attractions in and around Morningside

Below are more things to do and sights to see in the area:

  1. Atlanta Botanical Garden: Opened to the public in 1976, the Atlanta Botanical Garden is home to approximately 30 acres of outdoor gardens that celebrate the natural world. One of the facility’s main attractions is the Fuqua Orchid Center, which is considered to be the largest public orchid collection in the world. It currently houses over 200 genera and 2,000 species of this peculiar flower, along with other tropical flora. (1345 Piedmont Ave NE, Atlanta, GA • (404) 876-5859)

  2. Callanwolde Fine Arts Center: Situated on a beautiful 12-acre estate, the Callanwolde Fine Arts Center is indeed a fine place to watch dance recitals and other live arts performances, some of which feature the students Callanwolde nurtures. Speaking of arts education, Callanwolde offers several arts programs for all ages. (980 Briarcliff Road NE, Atlanta, GA • (404) 872-5338)

  3. Fernbank Museum of Natural History: A forest, 3D theater, and museum all rolled in one– Fernbank Museum is quite the experience. All of its permanent and temporary exhibitions are centered around natural history. Some of the highlights include “A Walk Through Time in Georgia,” which takes visitors on a tour of the Peach State’s natural history, from the Piedmont to the Barrier Islands. (767 Clifton Road, Atlanta, GA • (404) 929-6300)


Chad and Christina

Morningside is a fantastic neighborhood to explore if you’re in the market for a charming older home or a family-friendly place to live near downtown Atlanta. Carter and Associates, led by Chad and Christina Carter, can help you narrow down your real estate options and find your dream home.

Contact us at 404.944.6577 or 404.932.7388. Send your inquiries via email for more information on the housing market.

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