Old Fourth Ward
Built in the late 1800s as mainly an industrial area, the Old Fourth Ward is now a trendy hub attracting foodies, craft beer aficionados and nature lovers. Thoughtfully restored warehouses have been converted into lofts and small businesses, and the area is now thriving as one of the hippest intown neighborhoods in Atlanta. The Old Fourth Ward’s most popular attractions are the Ponce City Market and the Atlanta BeltLine trail, where you will find the area’s residents congregating for shopping, fitness and fun.
Located inside the historic former Sears & Roebuck building, Ponce City Market is Atlanta’s largest reuse project. What was once 8 floors of retail showrooms is now a vibrant community hub featuring restaurants, shops, flats and office space. The Atlanta BeltLine runs through the east side of the Old Fourth Ward. This 22-mile trail connects several of Atlanta’s favorite intown neighborhoods and give locals a place to hike, bike, skate and stroll. Many local restaurants and businesses are accessible from Beltline.
The Old Fourth Ward area is home to two large greenspaces, with smaller parks scattered throughout the area, including the 5 acre Renaissance Dog Park. Central Park includes athletic fields, tennis courts, playgrounds and an indoor recreation center. It is also home to frequent music and food festivals and weekly “yoga in the park” classes. Named by many as the best park in Atlanta, the Historic Fourth Ward Park is an outdoor oasis located across the street from the bustling Ponce City Market. The park includes 17 acres of greenspace with a 2 acre lake, splashpad, giant playground, outdoor theater and skatepark. It is also home to the annual Old Fourth Ward Arts Festival, a two-day celebration of community and local history. The festival includes fine arts and crafts, a children’s activities, local food and drink and live entertainment.
Featured Attractions in Old Fourth Ward
- Hope-Hill Elementary: Assigned Elementary School
- Inman Middle School: Assigned Middle School
- Grady High School: Assigned High School
- The Paideia School: Private School (3K – High School)
- The Children’s School: Private School (3K – 8thGrade)
- Freedom Park Preschool: Preschool
- The Suzuki School: Preschool
Learn more about Atlanta school ratings in Old Fourth Ward at Great Schools.
“A former industrial area, the Old Fourth Ward is trendy hub attracting foodies and shoppers. Hip eateries and indie fashion stores fill Ponce City Market, in the vast 1920s Sears, Roebuck & Co. building, while Irwin Street Market is a cozier spot offering artisan foods. The Atlanta BeltLine’s Eastside Trail is a converted railway line for walking and cycling.”Nicholas Brown