There are few places in America similar in style as the dwellings in the whole of Adair Park. They speak of an era when their residents were the heart of Atlanta's middle class. They recall too, the grand days of the city's most powerful real estate dynasty. Adair Park was established by George W. Adair in 1892. It's initial development served the middle class of that era. George Washington Adair, who at the age of 22 became a conductor on the Georgia Railroad. Adair began to build capital and by 1861 had enough funds to help found The Southern Confederacy, a local newspaper of the Civil War era. For the last two years of the Civil War, Adair was a colonel and aid-de-camp to his friend General Nathan Bedford Forrest. When the war was over, Adair opened a grocery business and then a real estate office. From a terminal in the West End development, which Adair named after a district in London. He established a line of mule drawn streetcars to run the district that is today called Midtown. It was from the latter experience that Adair came up with the idea of developing residences along streetcar lines. Adair amassed a fortune in real estate in the 20' the firm reached it's zenith, when the company achieved annual billings of !15 million.
The neighborhood has experienced some trying times but within the last few years with the influx of urban pioneers, Adair Park is undergoing a positive transformation. For individuals seeking first time home ownership or persons choosing to move back into the city, Adair Park offers the convenience of two large parks with basketball and tennis courts, baseball fields, and playgrounds (new play equipment installed 2001-2002. We also have two smaller parks located in the neighborhood. On Dr. Martin Luther King Day 2002, our organization partnered with Georgia Power to erect a fence and landscape the Bonnie Brae park thus creating a toddler park. Our future plans are to make the Bonnie Brae Park handicapped accessible. The Adair Park was placed on the National Historic Registry in 2001.
There are a number of large homes in the area that can be categorized as fixer-uppers to occupant ready and the prices are affordable.
The Adair Park Charter School's Charter was granted in 2001 and we are scheduled to open fall of 2002.
We are located near the south side of Downtown Atlanta with a development area of almost 310 acres. The northern section of Adair Park was developed for industrial use. The Candler-Smith Warehouse now consist of small businesses and lofts. There is a new townhouse development consisting of 50 units planned for summer of 2002.
The boundaries of the neighborhood are generally defined by railroads on the south, west, and north and by Metropolitan Parkway on the east. Adair Park is linked to downtown Atlanta via I-20 and to points north and south by Metropolitan Parkway. East-West traffic crosses the neighborhood on University Ave. and Ralph David Abernathy Blvd. These streets link the community with job and commercial services in the West End Community and with educational and recreational services to the north and east. Adair Park's location along the southern edge of downtown Atlanta affords the residents favorable access to jobs, governmental, and cultural services within the city.
We are within 1-1/2 miles to Interstate I-75-85, 166, and I-20. The West End Mall is within walking distance as well as other cultural centers such as the Wren's Nest. The Atlanta University Center which consist of : Spelman, Morehouse, Clark-Atlanta University, Morris Brown, ITC, and Morehouse School of Medicine are within a five minute drive. Please visit and take advantage of the great opportunities for home-ownership in this resurging community Some Information provided byhttp://www.neighborhoodlink.com/atlanta/adair.