Where Exactly Is (The) Highlands?

Jon Real Estate Leave a Comment

 I remember being totally confused when I first heard someone refer to Virginia Highland as “The Highlands”. I was new to Atlanta at the time, and couldn’t quite figure out what made the neighborhood plural, or what the deal was with the “the”.

The derivation is straightforward enough. One of the neighborhood’s central intersections is at Virginia and Highland Avenues. Known as Virginia Highland to its residents (go ahead, call it “The Highlands” in front of someone who lives there. I dare you.), many Atlantans have been adding the “s” for as long as they can remember. I suppose it just helps point out that the area is greater than that one intersection, sort of in the way that many people are now referring to Castleberry Hill as Castleberry Hills. I know, I know. Don’t get me started.

The business with the  “the” came along like it typically does when a neighborhood tips into mass popularity, the same way that Manhattan’s Lower East Side is referred to as The Lower East Side and Greenwich Village is ubiquitously referred to as The Village. It’s one of those things. It just happens.

For the record, Virginia Highland is defined is bounded by Midtown on the west, Poncey Highland on the south, Druid Hills on the west and Morningside on the north.

For more information on some of the great dining, shopping and entertainment options in Virginia Highland, click here.

For information on the Virginia Highland Civic Association, click here.

For more information on that 5 bedroom, 5.5 bathroom dream home in Virginia Highland that you’ve been searching high and low for… click here.

About the Author
author photo