In the late 19th century, L.P. Grant, a civil engineer and business leader deeded 131.5 acres in the heart of Atlanta for the city for use as a park. The neighborhood of Grant Park now surrounds that acreage. The original Grant mansion, built in the mid-1850s, where Grant lived, survived the Civil War undamaged and today houses the Atlanta Preservation Center. Other historic buildings on the grounds of the park include the Atlanta Stockade, the second Grant mansion, and Fort Walker. Atlanta’s guest pandas also live at the Atlanta Zoo in Grant Park and the people of the community can enjoy art shows and weekly farmers markets in the park.
The historic homes in Grant Park span architectural styles from Italianate to Victorian homes, joined by the characteristic brick paved sidewalks in parts of the neighborhood. Grant Park was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in the 1980’s, opening the door for zoning regulations requiring new construction to mimic the architectural styles of the historic homes of the area. This gives the neighborhood for Grant Park of sense of continuity that withstands the tests of time.
Today Grant Park is a vibrant diverse community that people of all ages and backgrounds call home. The listings in Grant Park include very affordable condominiums as well as single family homes ranging from the mid $100,000’s to up to $700,000. Prospective homeowners can choose among homes in need of restoration, to fully restored and renovated historic homes, to move-in ready new construction. While home values are somewhat off the 2006 market highs, home values did not drop precipitously as they did elsewhere in the state and nation. Given the location in the heart of Atlanta and the commitment of the residents of Grant Park to their community, homes are expected to maintain their value just as the charm and elegance of Grant Park have withstood the test of time.
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