The Profound Convenience of Home

Apr 14, 2020

For most of us, never in our lives can we recall spending so much time at home. Our response to the health concerns that suddenly span the globe have brought a new approach to daily life home to us right here. Fortunate are those who live near the High Museum, in the very shadow of the Atlanta skyline. The custom homes of John Wieland are particularly well positioned for this beautiful balance of proximity, seclusion, and the ability to choose one’s own blend of the two.

Social Distance and Commercial Distance

Groceries and necessities and the occasional restaurant treat are all obtained differently right now, and here among the custom homes near the High Museum, we have a good selection of those resources nearby, while observing the health guidelines that are so important today.

The Kroger and Walmart groceries on Howell Mill Road both offer delivery and pickup service, and the Kroger is open from 6 a.m. to 1 a.m. to better accommodate social distancing. Kroger also has a pharmacy that’s open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Popular Midtown restaurants are reaching out with delivery, to go, and catering services. The Flying Biscuit Café is open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays and until 6 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. One of our favorite lunch spots, Joy Café, is offering takeout and delivery, and even their weekend brunch is available to go, including mimosa bottle service. South City Kitchen Midtown, is serving food, wine, and beer to go from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

How Best to Get Outdoors

The Atlanta Beltline’s Eastside Trail offers our High Museum neighborhood the best kind of outdoor recreation and exercise. Although all in-person programming on the Beltline is suspended for the duration of today’s special health measures, the trail etiquette practiced on the Beltline is a good starting point for today’s responsible distancing.

How the High Reaches Out

And though the High Museum is closed temporarily, for the duration of health concerns, the Museum extends its exhibits and expertise through the website and social media. Their #AMA (Ask Me Anything) series presents answers and informal essays from the curators. Exhibits and works are viewable on Instagram, too.

The Museum’s series of blogs just now include a fascinating examination of the artistic achievements prompted by the 1918-19 flu pandemic. Even passionate students of the Modern in architecture and design may not be aware that the German design school Bauhaus was opened in 1919, not in the 1930s, and one of its prominent students, Marcel Breuer, pioneered a Minimalist vision of furniture that uses wood and steel as a means of making furnishings more hygienic. The clean, uncluttered design we associate with the Modern that became so prominent in America during the mid-20th century, then, was partly a response to the priorities brought into prominence by the “Spanish flu” of 1918.

Putting today into perspective, as a fine museum can do, gives us a ground for optimism. This ability has long been a key to the success of Atlanta. Those who make their homes in the High Museum District, in residences like the custom homes of John Weiland, are well-versed in this uplifting perspective. For more information on how to own at One Museum Place, visit or contact us at 404.788.9967.