Westview Cemetery and the Atlanta BeltLine

Why is everyone from young adults, families and investors flocking to the Westside of Atlanta?  At Wakamo & Associates we find that it is a combination of beautiful homes, historical value, and the ground breaking of the Atlanta BeltLine.


Westview is a historic “residence park” neighborhood just five minutes southwest of downtown Atlanta. Originally called Westwood Park and then West End Park, the Westview neighborhood is one of Atlanta’s last hidden gems inside the city limits.

Complete with a village center, a strong neighborhood association, original Craftsman bungalows with largely untouched original interior details – like built-in’s, fireplaces and coffered ceilings, and neighbors that take pride in their homes, Westview is sure to be one of the next most talked about places to live in the city!

The Atlanta BeltLine and the connectivity of Westview. 

The Belt Line passes through the eastern edge of the Westview neighborhood as part of the BeltLine’s “Model Mile”.  Construction was broken into two phases. The first phase broke ground on January 22, 2008 at White Street in West End. The second phase broke ground on December 12, 2009 at Muse Street. The walking path features greenery, park space, and an arboretum. Though still some years away, a street car station is proposed for the intersection of Ralph David Abernathy Blvd., Langhorn Street, and Cascade Avenue.  In November 0f 2014 phase three began which will connect the existing Westside trail to Adair Park and beyond.  


Westview History

 In 1884 land was purchased to create the new Westview Cemetery.  This, in turn, encouraged the West End and Atlanta Street Car Company to start grading in 1886 to extend its street car line 2 (the Ponce de Leon – Westview line) to the Westview Cemetery. ] Line 2 came from downtown Atlanta along Lucile Avenue to Ralph David Abernathy Boulevard and terminated in front of the Westview Cemetery gate. Thanks to the convenient connectivity the street car provided to the area development naturally continued to occur.

In 1888 the Ontario Land Company purchased several tracts of land for their newly planned suburban neighborhood named Westwood Park.  Some of Westwood Park’s original street boundaries were New Green’s Ferry Avenue (now Westview Drive) to the north, Inman Street, Green’s Ferry Road (now Ralph David Abernathy Blvd.) to the east, and Sandtown Road (now Cascade Avenue) to the southeast. The Ontario Land Company graded and beautified the land [5] and promised amenities such as croquet and tennis courts based on the neighborhood plan.


Advertisement in The Atlanta Constitution for West End Park lot sales, June 9, 1910

Nevertheless, Westwood Park never materialized beyond land preparation.  It was not until 1910 when William J. Davis bought portions of the Ontario Land Company parcel and hired civil engineer and landscape expert Solon Zachery Ruff (who also designed the Ansley Park neighborhood) to turn the area into a “residence park” known as West End Park.  Streets in West End Park included East and West Ontario Avenue, Ontario Avenue, Willard Avenue, and the eastern portions of Stokes Avenue, South Gordon Street, Westwood Avenue, and Rogers Avenue. Davis continued to improve the land by laying water mains, gas mains, and adding cemented sidewalks before auctioning off subdivided parcels of land through Forrest and George Adair, leading to the construction and population of West End Park.

When the West End Park Company (led by Davis) applied for its charter with the superior court in 1909 it also applied for an extension of the City of Atlanta city limits so as to include the newly planned neighborhood within its boundaries. And so in 1910, the same year in which Davis created a housing boom by selling the subdivided Westwood Park lots, the City of Atlanta expanded its city limits to include West End Park within its boundaries. The neighborhood’s changing architectural housing styles and seven additional city limit expansions (in 1922, 1923, 1925, 1926, 1930, 1940, and 1952) towards the west make it evident how the neighborhood naturally continued to grow over the years.

West End Park flourished for many years with an active neighborhood commercial district along Ralph David Abernathy Blvd. Many longtime and former residents still recall fond memories of the grocery store, butcher store, sundry, Clyatt’s drug store with a soda fountain, and the Teddy Bear Grill at the intersection of Ralph David Abernathy Blvd. and Cascade Avenue.

Today West End Park is simply known as Westview, presumably due to its proximity to the adjacent Westview Cemetery. To this day many neighborhood real estate listings still appear under the name West End Park.

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