Westside / West Midtown Real Estate A trendy district that combines artisanal tastes with industrial minimalism
Westside Atlanta – also known as West Midtown – is a colloquial area, comprising many historical neighborhoods. Once largely industrial, West Midtown is now the location of urban lofts, art galleries, live music venues, retail stores and restaurants. The borders of West Midtown are not officially defined by the city, as it encompasses several neighborhoods spread over multiple Planning Units. Generally, though, West Midtown is bordered to the east by Northside Drive and Georgia Tech, to the north by Buckhead, to the west by Marietta Boulevard and Marietta Road, and to the south by Hollowell Parkway. Berkeley Park, Blandtown, Westside Provisions, Bolton, Hills Park, and Underwood Hills are just a few of the neighborhoods encompassed by West Midtown.
Once a largely abandoned industrial area, the Westside has seen large amounts of gentrification, with an eclectic mix of new lofts, restaurants, shops, art galleries, salons and professional firms located within the district. However, the loft-style industrial feel of the neighborhood has been retained, as many new developments are restorations of once-neglected factories or warehouses that date back to the 1880s. West Midtown has also become a popular location for the offices of high-tech companies seeking the open floor plans and loft office space, including the Atlanta offices of Facebook. West Midtown is a popular stop for food lovers due to the fact that some of Atlanta’s trendiest high-end restaurants such as Bacchanalia, Abattoir, Miller Union, Bocado, The Optimist, Barcelona, and Oku are located in the district.
The Westside has an arts scene that rivals Midtown Atlanta, which is often considered Atlanta’s premier arts district. However, unlike Midtown, which is focused more on classical art, West Midtown is home to contemporary art galleries. West Midtown is also home to three arts centers: the Goat Farm Arts Center, the Westside Cultural Arts Center and the King Plow Arts Center.
West Midtown is also home to live music venues and drinking establishments. Terminal West, a 7,000-square foot music venue which includes an outdoor roof deck overlooking historic train tracks, is located in the King Plow Arts Center, a 100-year-old iron and steel foundry. The Goat Farm Arts Center also hosts music concerts. Atlanta’s Westside is also home to popular nightlife destinations, especially Ormsby’s, a bar and restaurant featuring bocce ball courts, and Northside Tavern, a self-described “dive bar” that offers live Blues performances.