The Villages At Carver – Atlanta, GA

The Villages at Carver holds a unique spot in the city of Atlanta, combining the convenience of close proximity to downtown Atlanta with low-cost, affordable housing and a gated community. The area provides a perfect location to raise a family on a budget, as schools, parks, and playgrounds abound in the neighborhood and surrounding areas. The Villages at Carver sit on a hill in southeastern Atlanta near the intersection of I-85 and I-75, only three miles (or 11 minutes by car) from the bustling downtown area. The primarily young residents, who on average are in their late twenties with children of their own, have a number of options for dining and entertainment as well as child care, as there is a YMCA onsite in the neighborhood.

Restaurants & Nightlife

The neighborhood itself is purely residential, but a quick jaunt into the surrounding neighborhoods and the proximity to downtown Atlanta allows residents culinary options focusing on classic Southern, Caribbean, and Mexican. The price also ranges from very cheap to somewhat pricey, with the more expensive options found farther into Atlanta. The downtown area hosts a classically Southern restaurant, Gladys Knight’s Signature Chicken and Waffles at 529 Peachtree Street NE. The friendly staff and homey décor welcome you in, and the food is guaranteed to warm your insides. Not for the gastronomically faint of heart, the signature chicken and waffles are phenomenally represented by the Midnight Train, a dish with four jumbo fried chicken wings and a waffle. Bite into the piping hot corn muffin -- served with Georgia Peach Butter -- while listening to the live music events or cheering during Thursday Night Football, which serves wing specials during every televised Atlanta Falcons game. Atlanta’s Caribbean culinary scene is well represented by the Jamrock Jerk Center, a tiny, no-frills restaurant in southwest Atlanta. Aromas of curried goat, melt-in-your-mouth oxtail and jerk chicken fill the air while reggae blasts from the ceiling. Friendly service, large portions and an unbeatable price-to-quality ratio for the food make the Jamrock Jerk Center a must-try for those who care more about the phenomenal chicken than the Styrofoam plates. Elsewhere, it doesn't get much more authentic than Mezcalito’s Cocina and Tequila Bar, as the menu features recipes from the chef’s hometown of Acapulco. On the menu, the Classics section features favorite traditional dishes like the Red Pork Mole, whose warm, spicy recipe includes surprising ingredients like pumpkin and sesame seeds, raisins, cinnamon, and oranges. Also included are Southern favorites with a Mexican twist, like the Shrimp and Grits with Chipotle Cheese grits and a mushroom poblano sauce. Be sure to take advantage of the $2 taco lunch special, available from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Monday through Thursday. Aaron’s Amphitheatre fulfills the musical needs of the neighborhood, as the mostly outdoor music venue has hosted such notable talents as Sting, Dave Matthews Band, Eric Clapton and Aerosmith. If you can’t get a seat, the large lawn is perfect for dancing. Three liquor bars, a food truck and value meals round out an experience that is not to be missed. For the perfect date night, motor over to the Starlight Drive-In Theater, an old-time drive in movie theater. Unlike most drive-in theaters, the Starlight shows the latest movies at the best prices – two movies for $7 a person is a price that most modern movie theaters can’t hope to beat. For a more typical night out, hit up the Ideal Sportsbar just outside of The Villages at Carver or to the Museum bar just across the street from Turner Field.

History & Culture

The Villages at Carver lies on the site of the former Carver Homes Public Housing Community in southeast Atlanta, which was razed as part of a revitalization project that resulted in The Villages at Carver becoming a mixed-income community. A partnership was struck between private development companies and The Housing Authority of the City of Atlanta (AHA) to rejuvenate previously blighted areas. Just a few miles up I-85 into downtown Atlanta you’ll find a thriving arts scene, with blues and jazz clubs, multiple Cirque du Soleil troupes and imposing theater locations such as the towering Horizon Theater Company Hall, home to the Horizon Theater Company. Other theaters include the Shakespeare Tavern and the Tony Award-winning Alliance Theater. The Georgia Aquarium, the World of Coca-Cola Museum and the Children’s Museum of Atlanta provide fun, educational opportunities for the whole family.

Transportation

The Villages at Carver lies near the I-75/I-85 Interstate, the north-south highway that takes commuters straight into downtown Atlanta. Before you hit downtown you can turn off onto I-20, which travels east-west through the city into the surrounding areas. The Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority provides bus services to and from The Villages at Carver Family YMCA stop on the route 42 bus line. A single trip into downtown Atlanta will cost $2.50, as the MARTA operates on a flat rate per trip rather than charging according to distance. While cars are generally necessary for transportation in and around The Villages at Carver, two cab companies and Uber provide transit-for-hire. Ride options for the Uber include UberX, UberXL, Uber Black, and Uber SUV, with a minimum fare of $6. Cab options are provided by the Atlanta Checker Cab and Yellow Cab of Atlanta.

Cost

The cost of living in The Villages at Carver hovers at 47.3 percent lower than the Georgia average, partly due to the low housing costs. Housing costs in this neighborhood are designed to be considerably lower than the Atlanta average. Units are 50% public housing, 20% affordable housing and 30% market rate, and you can find a one-bedroom apartment in the neighborhood home for just $800. The costs of other essentials such as food and clothing, while not as low as housing costs, maintain a lower-than-average status compared to the rest of Atlanta. Chug a beer at a local bar for $3.00, and fill up your gas tank for 5% below the national average.

Shopping

Downtown Atlanta lures shoppers from every direction, and this holds particularly true for residents of The Villages at Carver. The neighborhood sports mostly thrift stores and pawn shops, so you'll have to go further into the city for the more high-end, high-value shopping. Boutiques and specialty stores can be found in downtown and the northern parts of the Grant Park neighborhood. Nubian Beauty Supply has all of your beauty needs, such as extensions, wigs and makeup. Accessorize your head with a blinged-out hat filled with sequins and shiny beads. Girl Crush by C. John features the latest fashions, such as swimwear, jackets, accessories and outfits. Order your custom prom dress early so that designers can create your perfect item that everyone talks about at school. Grocery options for The Villages at Carver neighborhood consist of Three Way Grocery and Quick Stop Grocery in nearby neighborhoods. Grant Park Farmers Market, at the north end of Grant Park, stocks fresh produce and meat products. Carb lovers should be sure to hit Revolution Doughnuts and Little Tart Bakeshop.

Parks

South Atlanta Park, Arthur Langford Jr. Park and Emma Millicent Park all lie within easy access to The Villages at Carver. The community itself has three children’s play areas as well as walking/jogging trails and bike paths. Residents can cool off in the two resort-style pools and barbecue at the picnic areas with grills in the summer. The Family YMCA at The Villages at Carver hosts annual events, summer camps for children ages 5 through 15, along with a baseball academy sponsored by the Atlanta Braves. An annual End of Summer Luau and Pool Party in August and an annual Healthy Kids Day bookend the summer at the Y. Exercise options are offered by the The Villages at Carver Health and Fitness Center, while the YMCA provides youth and adult sports programs.
Villages at Carver
174 SW Moury Ave, Atlanta, GA 30315
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