St. Elmo

Historic Charm

Situated at the foot of Lookout Mountain, the St. Elmo neighborhood is both charming and eclectic, steeped in history while boasting easy access to Chattanooga’s leading employers, healthcare providers, and more.

 

In the late 19th century, St. Elmo’s residential area was developed with a mix of Queen Anne, colonial and Tudor revival, and craftsman-style homes. This area has since become one of Chattanooga’s four historic districts. Today, many of these homes have been renovated to include modern fixtures and amenities. St. Elmo has also seen some new construction in recent years, providing even more housing options.

With easy access to I-24, St. Elmo residents can conveniently reach top employers in downtown Chattanooga and at Enterprise South Industrial Park. The area is also home to several small businesses as well as Sanofi, a pharmaceutical company.

St. Elmo boasts convenient access to downtown Chattanooga, as well as major interstates leading to Nashville, Knoxville, Birmingham, Atlanta, and the Chattanooga Metropolitan Airport. St. Elmo also runs along portions of the Tennessee Riverwalk, offering bikers and joggers easy access to downtown.

The area’s youngest students are zoned for Calvin Donaldson or Lookout Valley Elementary Schools, while older students attend East Lake Academy of Fine Arts, The Howard School, or Lookout Valley Middle/High School. Chattanooga Christian School is on the edge of St. Elmo, and other private schools are only a short drive away. See the red pins on the map below.

St. Elmo residents are conveniently located near top healthcare systems including CHI Memorial, Erlanger Health System, and Parkridge Health System. The area is also home to pharmacies, dental care, and a therapeutic massage business. See the blue pins on the map below.

Popular grocery chain Food City has a location in St. Elmo. The brand-new South Broad Street Publix, completed in 2021, is also a destination for foodies and conventional grocery shoppers alike. See the green pins on the map below.

For more than 125 years, the Incline Railway has carried visitors from St. Elmo to the top of Lookout Mountain; once at the top, Civil War site Point Park is just a five-minute walk from the station, and Rock City is also close by. Back in St. Elmo, the International Towing Museum features restored vehicles and exhibits that highlight the tow truck industry, and the Naughty Cat Cafe – one of the largest cat cafes in the world – offers visitors the opportunity to visit with, and even adopt, the area’s rescue cats. 

Chattanooga’s Riverwalk – a haven for bicyclists, runners, and walkers – now extends to the heart of St. Elmo. Outdoor enthusiasts also enjoy access to several trailheads, including Glen Falls and the Guild-Hardy trails. Nearby, Reflection Riding Arboretum & Nature Center has more than 300 acres to explore and houses a nature center, native plant nursery, arboretum, and more. 

The South Chattanooga Recreation Center provides residents with several recreational opportunities; here, you’ll find a basketball court and a four-lane indoor pool, among other facilities. A yoga, barre, and ballet studio also call St. Elmo home.

Tennessee Avenue is dotted with a mix of locally owned gift shops and florists, with additional shopping options located nearby on Broad Street. St. Elmo residents can frequent Food City and the brand-new South Broad Street Publix for all their grocery needs, while a local farmers market in the summer offers fresh produce.

From Southern coastal fare and homemade pizza to specialty sandwiches, dining in St. Elmo caters to all budgets and tastes.

Did you know?

St. Elmo’s name was taken from a novel penned by Augusta J. Evans Wilson. after spending several summers on Lookout Mountain, the author compared her view to that of St. Elmo Castle in Naples, Italy. Her best-selling book – St. Elmo – was published in 1866.

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Historic Charm

Situated at the foot of Lookout Mountain, the St. Elmo neighborhood is both charming and eclectic, steeped in history while boasting easy access to Chattanooga’s leading employers, healthcare providers, and more.

Real Estate:

In the late 19th century, St. Elmo’s residential area was developed with a mix of Queen Anne, colonial and Tudor revival, and craftsman-style homes. This area has since become one of Chattanooga’s four historic districts. Today, many of these homes have been renovated to include modern fixtures and amenities. St. Elmo has also seen some new construction in recent years, providing even more housing options.

Top Employers:

With easy access to I-24, St. Elmo residents can conveniently reach top employers in downtown Chattanooga and at Enterprise South Industrial Park. The area is also home to several small businesses as well as Sanofi, a pharmaceutical company.

Transportation:

St. Elmo boasts convenient access to downtown Chattanooga, as well as major interstates leading to Nashville, Knoxville, Birmingham, Atlanta, and the Chattanooga Metropolitan Airport. St. Elmo also runs along portions of the Tennessee Riverwalk, offering bikers and joggers easy access to downtown.

Education:

The area’s youngest students are zoned for Calvin Donaldson or Lookout Valley Elementary Schools, while older students attend East Lake Academy of Fine Arts, The Howard School, or Lookout Valley Middle/High School. Chattanooga Christian School is on the edge of St. Elmo, and other private schools are only a short drive away. See the red pins on the map below.

Health + Wellness:

St. Elmo residents are conveniently located near top healthcare systems including CHI Memorial, Erlanger Health System, and Parkridge Health System. The area is also home to pharmacies, dental care, and a therapeutic massage business. See the blue pins on the map below.

Grocery Stores:

Popular grocery chain Food City has a location in St. Elmo. The brand-new South Broad Street Publix, completed in 2021, is also a destination for foodies and conventional grocery shoppers alike. See the green pins on the map below.

Attractions + Entertainment:

For more than 125 years, the Incline Railway has carried visitors from St. Elmo to the top of Lookout Mountain; once at the top, Civil War site Point Park is just a five-minute walk from the station, and Rock City is also close by. Back in St. Elmo, the International Towing Museum features restored vehicles and exhibits that highlight the tow truck industry, and the Naughty Cat Cafe – one of the largest cat cafes in the world – offers visitors the opportunity to visit with, and even adopt, the area’s rescue cats. 

Outdoors + Parks:

Chattanooga’s Riverwalk – a haven for bicyclists, runners, and walkers – now extends to the heart of St. Elmo. Outdoor enthusiasts also enjoy access to several trailheads, including Glen Falls and the Guild-Hardy trails. Nearby, Reflection Riding Arboretum & Nature Center has more than 300 acres to explore and houses a nature center, native plant nursery, arboretum, and more. 

Sports + Fitness:

The South Chattanooga Recreation Center provides residents with several recreational opportunities; here, you’ll find a basketball court and a four-lane indoor pool, among other facilities. A yoga, barre, and ballet studio also call St. Elmo home.

Shopping:

Tennessee Avenue is dotted with a mix of locally owned gift shops and florists, with additional shopping options located nearby on Broad Street. St. Elmo residents can frequent Food City and the brand-new South Broad Street Publix for all their grocery needs, while a local farmers market in the summer offers fresh produce.

Dining:

From Southern coastal fare and homemade pizza to specialty sandwiches, dining in St. Elmo caters to all budgets and tastes.