St. Elmo

Charming and Historic

Recognized for its stately and historic homes and convenient access to employers, medical care, and more, the neighborhood of St. Elmo – located at the base of Lookout Mountain – is in high demand.


Known as one of Chattanooga’s four local historic districts, the charming neighborhood of St. Elmo offers a variety of homes ranging from craftsman-style residences to Victorian-era abodes. Housing options include both antique and renovated homes. The area has also seen some new construction in recent years, providing even more options to residents.

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.

Students in the area are zoned for Orchard Knob or Lookout Valley Elementary School, as well as The Howard School, Orchard Knob Middle School, or Lookout Valley Middle/High School. St. Elmo is also home to two magnet schools, East Lake Academy of Fine Arts and Calvin Donaldson Environmental Science Academy. Other private schools such as Chattanooga Christian School are only a short drive away.

Residents in the area have quick access to top-notch healthcare systems such as Erlanger Health System, CHI Memorial, and Parkridge Health System.

St. Elmo is home to the famous Incline Railway. The ride allows visitors to rise above the clouds to the top of Lookout Mountain, where they have access to Point Park. Other popular attractions located nearby include Ruby Falls and Rock City, which host seasonal festivals every year. The historic Cravens House, as well as the International Towing Museum, are also a short drive away.

Located near the Tennessee Riverwalk, St. Elmo allows bicyclists, runners, and walkers access to a paved path leading downtown. Outdoor enthusiasts also enjoy access to several trailheads – including popular Glen Falls and Guild Trail – that St. Elmo offers. Located 15 minutes away, Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park is home to Lookout Mountain Battlefield, as well as several hiking trails. The trails in the area provide access to Reflection Riding Arboretum & Nature Center, which boasts lush gardens, an arboretum, and a native animal exhibit.

The South Chattanooga Recreation Center, located in the area, provides residents with several recreational opportunities, including a gym, fitness classes, an indoor pool, summer classes, and more. 

Residents of St. Elmo can pick up fresh produce from the local farmers market and groceries from Food City; a new Publix supermarket is set to open in the area in 2021. Residents can travel to nearby Northshore and Lookout Valley for options including Whole Foods and Walmart Supercenter. A variety of boutiques selling apparel, bicycles, jewelry, and more line the main street through St. Elmo, and additional shopping opportunities can be found in downtown Chattanooga.

St. Elmo boasts a wide selection of dining options ranging from sandwich shops and pizza joints to Thai, Tex-Mex, and Southern coastal restaurants. The variety of eateries available caters to budgets of all sizes.

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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Charming and Historic

Recognized for its stately and historic homes and convenient access to employers, medical care, and more, the neighborhood of St. Elmo – located at the base of Lookout Mountain – is in high demand.

Real Estate:

Known as one of Chattanooga’s four local historic districts, the charming neighborhood of St. Elmo offers a variety of homes ranging from craftsman-style residences to Victorian-era abodes. Housing options include both antique and renovated homes. The area has also seen some new construction in recent years, providing even more options to residents.

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:

Students in the area are zoned for Orchard Knob or Lookout Valley Elementary School, as well as The Howard School, Orchard Knob Middle School, or Lookout Valley Middle/High School. St. Elmo is also home to two magnet schools, East Lake Academy of Fine Arts and Calvin Donaldson Environmental Science Academy. Other private schools such as Chattanooga Christian School are only a short drive away.

Health + Wellness:

Residents in the area have quick access to top-notch healthcare systems such as Erlanger Health System, CHI Memorial, and Parkridge Health System.

Attractions + Entertainment:

St. Elmo is home to the famous Incline Railway. The ride allows visitors to rise above the clouds to the top of Lookout Mountain, where they have access to Point Park. Other popular attractions located nearby include Ruby Falls and Rock City, which host seasonal festivals every year. The historic Cravens House, as well as the International Towing Museum, are also a short drive away.

Outdoors + Parks:

Located near the Tennessee Riverwalk, St. Elmo allows bicyclists, runners, and walkers access to a paved path leading downtown. Outdoor enthusiasts also enjoy access to several trailheads – including popular Glen Falls and Guild Trail – that St. Elmo offers. Located 15 minutes away, Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park is home to Lookout Mountain Battlefield, as well as several hiking trails. The trails in the area provide access to Reflection Riding Arboretum & Nature Center, which boasts lush gardens, an arboretum, and a native animal exhibit.

Sports:

The South Chattanooga Recreation Center, located in the area, provides residents with several recreational opportunities, including a gym, fitness classes, an indoor pool, summer classes, and more. 

Shopping:

Residents of St. Elmo can pick up fresh produce from the local farmers market and groceries from Food City; a new Publix supermarket is set to open in the area in 2021. Residents can travel to nearby Northshore and Lookout Valley for options including Whole Foods and Walmart Supercenter. A variety of boutiques selling apparel, bicycles, jewelry, and more line the main street through St. Elmo, and additional shopping opportunities can be found in downtown Chattanooga.

Dining:

St. Elmo boasts a wide selection of dining options ranging from sandwich shops and pizza joints to Thai, Tex-Mex, and Southern coastal restaurants. The variety of eateries available caters to budgets of all sizes.

Did you know?

The Whiteside Turnpike, which was built in the 1850s, cost a toll of two dollars. Complaints about the charge led to the construction of the St. Elmo Turnpike, which had a lower toll, in 1879; the turnpike was paved and renamed the Ochs Highway in the late 1920s.

 
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