Located in the southernmost part of Hamilton County, The St Elmo Historic District, or St Elmo for short is a neighborhood in Chattanooga, in the valley of Lookout Mountain. This area was formed at center of two ancient Indian trails and is now near the Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park which contains the preserved site of two major battles of the Civil War.
The historic charm of the area is carried throughout with many of the late 19th and early 20th century homes and buildings, many of which have recently been renovated and restored.
St. Elmo, located just 10 minutes from the heart of downtown, is easily accessible via Broad Street. Once you turn onto Tennessee Ave, you are in the heart of downtown St. Elmo, which spans a few short blocks but is jam packed with restaurants, local businesses and Food City grocery store which serves both St. Elmo and Lookout Mountain, looming high above.
The historic homes and easy access to the mountain trails, including the Guild Trail which is one of the longest and easiest to traverse make this area attractive to those who want to spend time outdoors. The new extension of the Tennessee Riverwalk makes all of the downtown area accessible via bicycle as well.
The downtown St. Elmo area is home to some of the best restaurants in Chattanooga. One of the best local eateries is 1885 Grill, a southern coastal restaurant with the best Shrimp and Grits as well as Sangria. For the best experience, enjoy dinner on the outside patio, where you are seated in the heart of St Elmo.
Famous Shrimp and Grits from 1885 Grill
Just across the street is one of the top institutions in Chattanooga which started in St. Elmo in the late 1990′s. Mojo Burrito, owned by Eve Williams, has locations in two other areas of town, but St. Elmos is right where it started. The new location is nearly 4 times the size of where it started, but the quality of the food and cult following is the same. On any given day you will find local celebrities and entire families in line for a Mojo or Elmo burrito fix.
The Chattanooga area is one of the top climbing destinations in the nation. You can practice indoors all year long at the Tennessee Bouldering Authority, the oldest climbing gym in Chattanooga which is located in the heart of St. Elmo.
If you are looking for a family-fun thrill adventure, head next door to the Incline Railway. This mile long passenger railway was re-built in 1895 to easily whisk residents and visitors up and down Lookout Mountain. The Incline is one of the steepest passenger railways in the world!
The closest hospital in the area is Erlanger Health Systems located on 3rd Street, a short 5 miles form the heart of St. Elmo, making this area convenient to just about everything.
If you find yourself in the area, give one of our buyers specialists a call at (423) 664-1900. We would love to show you around our city!