A neighborhood of trees, Sylvan Hills is an affordable, diverse Southwest Atlanta neighborhood
Like Atlanta’s other southwestern neighborhoods, Sylvan Hills is rooted in Atlanta history. Convenient to our major highways and situated between downtown and the airport, Sylvan Hills is ideal for young professionals, new homeowners, and those looking for a charming, peaceful neighborhood. Home styles in Sylvan Hills reflect the metamorphosis of architecture in Atlanta, with bungalow or cottage style houses of the 1920s and 30s (on the west side of the neighborhood) and single-story ranches (on the east side). You can read more about Sylvan Hills on the neighborhood website, www.SylvanHillsAtlanta.com.
One of Sylvan Hills’ amenities is 50-acre Perkerson Park, located just south of Decker Avenue, a border street shared with neighboring Capitol View. The BeltLine Team has talked to some Sylvan Hills residents who are interested in raising money for a bike path connecting Perkerson Park to the BeltLine. Since 1959, the Stewart-Lakewood Branch Library has served the Sylvan Hills area – find out more about the library here!
Sylvan Hills is a part of Neighborhood Planning Unit X (NPU-X), which includes Capitol View, Capitol View Manor, Perkerson, and Hammond Park (see “get involved” section below for meeting times).
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Where are the boundaries of the Sylvan Hills neighborhood?
Sylvan Hills is bounded by Murphy Avenue to the west, Langford Parkway / Lakewood Avenue to the south, and interstates 75/85 to the east. Its northern border gets a little tricky as, coming east from Murphy Avenue, the border follows Arden Avenue, turns south on Sylvan Road, turns east on Deckner Avenue and wraps around Perkerson Park to Metropolitan Parkway, and continues east along Deckner Avenue to 75/85.
Brief history of Sylvan Hills
Sylvan Hills is the younger community of its southwest Atlanta neighbors, Capitol View, Capitol View Manor, Westview, and Adair Park, with housing developments beginning in 1920 in the post WWI boom. Ownership of the land dates back to the Perkerson and Gilbert holdsings from circa 1831. After the Depression, construction in Sylvan Hills slowed until after WWII. At that time, construction began again until the neighborhood was full.
Sylvan Hills derives its name from “sylva,” the Latin word for “forest.” Atlanta is fondly referred to as “The City of Trees” and that dense tree canopy shades the streets and homes of this charming neighborhood.
How does the BeltLine connect with Sylvan Hills?
The Atlanta BeltLine actually runs just north of Sylvan Hills, Capitol View, and Capitol View Manor. It enters from the western side underneath Murphy and Lee and travels through Adair Park just north of Erin Avenue and just south of University Avenue until it crosses under highways 75/85.
What schools are in Sylvan Hills?
Sylvan Hills’ younger residents attend the public schools of Capitol View or Perkerson Elementary, Sylvan Hills Middle School, and Washington High School. The area offers a variety of private school and daycare options, too.
How can you get involved in your Sylvan Hills community?
- Sylvan Hills is a part of NPU-X, which meets the second Monday of every month at 7 p.m. in the Stewart-Lakewood branch library’s community room (map to 2893 Lakewood Ave)
- Join the google group!
- Find ‘em on facebook!
- Reach out to the Sylvan Hills Neighborhood Association, P.O. Box 91206, East Point, GA 30364
- Or send them an email by visiting their page here.