Forrest Heights/Holly Hills
Nestled under a canopy of massive oak trees just west of midtown lays Holly Hills and Forrest Heights, a Tallahassee neighborhood very near and dear to me. The friendly folks living in this part of town exemplify an esteemed pride-of-ownership from young state workers to happily retired residents. Holly Hills and Forrest Heights are one in the same community just separated by High Road north of Tharpe Street, Holly Hills to the east of High and Forest Heights to the west.
This area of town is a true commuters-paradise! The best of what Tallahassee has to offer is never more than a 20-minute drive, whether it’s a quick trip to the mall, state offices, or jumping on the interstate traffic is fairly lenient. The neighborhood is quiet and established, but only a hop, skip and a jump away from the finest local businesses and the thriving campus area. Some of the more popular attractions in this part of Tallahassee include the AMC Theatres, various Midtown nightlife spots, Fun Station, and the famous hole-in-the-wall restaurant Midtown Caboose. The majority of homes in this neighborhood are owner-occupied, but easily rent to young professionals for about $500/bedroom.
Nearly all homes in this area were built on oversized, well-irrigated lots in the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s with brick, concrete, and covered parking, but rarely showcase a pool. On a typical day, homeowners enjoy walking their dogs and hosting family members for a weekend. The voluntary HOA dues are $35 per year and are not overly active in the neighborhood but offer an outlet for neighborhood cleanup. If you’re looking for a commuter-friendly and family neighborhood be sure to check out this part of town.