Capitol View

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An intimate, affordable Southwestern Atlanta neighborhood with an active homeowner presence

Capitol View a thriving inner-city neighborhood a mere 2.5 miles from downtown Atlanta. Its central location is only minutes away from Atlanta hot spots like the Atlanta University Center, Castleberry Hill, Downtown, and Midtown. Capitol View is filled with a housing stock of 1915-1925 of craftsman bungalows as well as earlier Queen Anne houses that precede the planned development of the neighborhood. Several of the Queen Annes on Metropolitan Avenue were built by the Deckner family, for whom Decker Avenue is named. Many homes are rapidly being renovated, offering first-time home buyers the opportunity to find their dream home, often for less than $200,000. Residents are flocking to the area to find these deals, which have become a real find for most intown Atlanta neighborhoods today.

Capitol View is sandwiched in between two parks – Adair Park just to the north and Perkerson Park to the south (Sylvan Hills’ residents to the south have even expressed interest in raising money for a bike path connecting Perkerson Park to the BeltLine). Capitol View is quickly becoming the intown neighborhood to call home!


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Where are the boundaries of the Capitol View neighborhood?

The boundaries of Capitol View run north to Avon Avenue and the BeltLine corridor, follow Murphy Avenue to the west until it drops down to Arden Street, then the boundary follows Arden Street east to Sylvan Road, down Sylvan to Deckner Avenue to the south, across Perkerson Park, and wraps around the park along Beatie Avenue. At the southern end of Pekerson Park, the boundary cuts east to Metropolitan Parkway to the east, which then forms the eastern border.

Brief history of Capitol View

In the first and second decades of the 1900’s, the residential area now known as Capitol View was little more than a farm and pasture owned primarily by A.P. Stewart, "Uncle John" Shannon and the Deckner family. There were no paved streets, no electric lights and no sewage system.

In 1858, the 12 charter members of Capitol View Baptist Church (then located on Beatie Avenue) went to church by lantern light. Between 1910 and 1914, the community began growing, largely due to the addition of a Masonic Temple and pharmacy to the area. By 1913, utilities were installed and Capitol View was annexed in the City of Atlanta.

The early 20th century trolley system revolutionized Capitol View and led to streets laid out in a grid pattern that has a longer north-south axis than east-west. 

Commercial activity is concentrated along Dill Avenue, with a major commercial intersection at Dill and Metropolitan Parkway. This intersection has two prominent buildings, the 1921 Masonic Temple and the 1927 Capitol View United Baptist Church, as well as several smaller commercial buildings.

How does the BeltLine connect with Capitol View?

The Atlanta BeltLine will run through the northern part of the Capitol View neighborhood, dropping south from Adair Park (link to A.P.) and crossing Metropolitan Avenue just north of Erin Avenue (in fact, that’s the BeltLine bridge that you drive under on Metropolitan). From there, the BeltLine heads into neighboring Capitol View Manor.

What schools are in Capitol View?

Capitol View’s younger residents attend Capitol View Elementary School on the east side of the community and Sylvan Hills Middle School to the west (the schools are only ten blocks apart).
Washington High School completes the trifecta.

How can you get involved in your Capitol View community?

You can tap into Capitol View’s active community associations through the neighborhood website, www.capitolview.org , and through the yahoo group, CapitolViewHomeowners .

 

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