At Copper Sky Renovations, our mission was developed as a two-way street: we have a passion for restoring old homes because we love Atlanta, and we love Atlanta because we have a passion for restoring old homes. While the Atlanta area in general is famous for its historic houses, this is especially true of neighborhoods like Virginia-Highland.
Affectionately referred to as “VaHi” by locals, this neighborhood is named after the intersection of Virginia Avenue and Highland Avenue and is divided into four distinct villages that are known for their idyllic bungalows and other historic homes built primarily between the 1910s and the 1930s. Each December, the Virginia-Highland Tour of Homes enables the public a chance to see inside these gorgeous old houses, tasting food provided by local restaurants while strolling from house to house. But VaHi is far from being just a historical treasure--in fact, it’s best days are now.
Food and Drink
From its four villages to the heart of downtown, VaHi is extremely easy to walk, granting easy access to some of Atlanta’s best cuisine, shopping, and nightlife. Enjoy classic Southern fare at Murphy’s Restaurant, a neighborhood favorite for 30 years, taste delicious veal meatballs and tagliatelle Bolognese out on the patio at La Tavola, or step back into George’s Bar and Restaurant, a 1960s burger and beer spot that proudly served Jimmy Carter, Johnny Cash, Mickey Mantle, and several other celebrities. After dinner, sample a martini at Highland Tap, an underground, speakeasy-style steakhouse bar that’s perfect for a night out with friends or a romantic date.
Festivals and Things to Do
In addition to its diverse and delicious restaurants, VaHi is home to several festivals and fun things to do. Check out the nearby Landmark Plaza Theatre for indie films, the massive and deftly crafted living sculptures at the Atlanta Botanical Garden, and the city’s fantastic bike paths and green spaces. Be sure to come back by in the summer to enjoy VaHi’s memorable Summerfest, where you can listen to live music while browsing through booths of original art and sampling delicious festival fare. Whether you’re in the area during Summerfest or the wintertime Tour of Homes, be sure to you can get a sneak peak of Virginia-Highland’s historic homes ahead of time!