East Lake: Chattanooga’s Southern Gateway

East Lake Chattanooga | xmarxspot | Jeremiah Reynolds

Neighborhoods: Clifton Hills, Fort Cheatem, Mission Ridge, Cedar Hill, Park City

Profile: In the southeast portion of the city lies a community wedged along the two main thoroughfares of Dodd’s Avenue & Rossville Boulevard which eventually merge just before the Georgia State line. These neighborhoods are set in the green backdrop of Missionary Ridge, sometimes climbing up the sides of the ridge, and the forested boundary of Alton Park. East Lake is a mix of some industrial, light commercial, and densely residential areas. Residential homes in this area are mostly early 20th century homes with some mid-century builds, and some newer builds. Restoration of some of the older homes can be spotted throughout the area – especially in the Mission Ridge and Cedar Hill neighborhoods.

East Lake is named after it’s original claim to fame: East Lake Park, opened to the public in 1896. The Lake and Park still stand as an anchor point to the community with East Lake Elementary School standing watch out over the calming green space. This is arguably one of the loveliest neighborhood parks in the city.

East Lake

Distance from the city center: 4.1 Miles

This is the community for you if:

You desire a downtown historically significant community with plenty of older housing stock to choose from. Equally easy access to downtown and the eastern suburban areas.

Geography: East Lake lies south of I-24 along the base of Missionary Ridge acting as its eastern border. The western border is the forested area dividing it from Alton Park. The southern border is defined by the Georgia State Line.

Accessibility: East Lake lies among two main thoroughfares making access pretty easy. Dodds Avenue runs travelers along the eastern areas and Rossville Blvd along the west until they collide just before the Tennessee-Georgia state line. Gridded Street patterns are consistent throughout much of this community making East to West travel pretty straight forward. Interstate 24 along the northern boundary, E 28th St, E 34th, and E 43rd St provide the easiest access east to west. Workman Road & E 38th gives direct access to Alton Park. 4th Avenue provides quick access to the Highland Neighborhoods.

Transport: Sidewalks are available along most main corridors, and quieter gridded street patterns lend well to alternate transport such as bicycles. Quick Stats: -Price Ranges: ~$6,500 – $115,000 -Per Sq Ft: ~$26 -Population/Square Mile: 2,589.0

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