Kensington Park/Oakdale are hidden gems in the heart of Savannah— in just 10 minutes you can be at the mall or downtown. The winding streets of Kensington Park have a quintessentially southern feel — you are surrounded by beautiful, mature live oak trees dripping with Spanish moss. Oakdale is quietly tucked away behind Kensington Park and is the home to the public STEM elementary school, Heard. Heard is a sweet little school, through the fence you will see a giant vegetable garden planted by the students, and around the back, you can hear and see the Heard chickens (don’t worry, they don’t have roosters!)
Where the locals go to eat:
BowTie BBQ, The 5 Spot and Bar Food are our favorites.
BowTie BBQ – If you love Savannah History, you will love that some of the favorite menu items from the late Johnny Harris Restaurant are on this menu! Our favorites are the Batterless Fried Chicken (gluten-free and prepared in a dedicated gluten-free fryer!) and the 1924 Salad with the olive tapenade. They have a great selection of barbecue, bourbons, and beer. Try the BBQ Poutine for a real treat!
The 5 Spot in a neighborhood eatery with an American menu with a southern twist. The decor is clean and modern and the staff is friendly and inviting. They have an amazing array of sandwiches and entrees. The restaurant is family-friendly, but still has a great bar atmosphere. It’s perfect for a date night without the kids or a date with the kids. The standouts on the menu are the Chicken, Bacon and Gouda Wrap, and Shrimp and Grits. They also serve a mean brunch!
Bar Food is another favorite— we love the blue cheese chips. Friendly bartenders, and a welcoming atmosphere are just the start. Chef/ Co-Owner, Johnny Baker III, created a fun menu that is so much more than regular pub fare. Small plates and light bites.
Shopping and Attractions:
The KPP (Kensington Park Pool) is a classic throwback to the 50’s-60’s with the original pool house and one of the best diving boards in the city— just ask my 12-year-old. The member-run snack bar features soda, chips and sweet treats.
The neighborhood has a great Facebook page that keeps the neighbors connected and promotes neighborhood events like happy hours and weekly food trucks.
Most of the homes in Kensington Park/Oakdale were built in the 1950s and ’60s. Like the layout of the neighborhood, the homes of Kensington Park broke away from the traditional pre-war bungalows of Savannah. The homes are predominantly Split-Levels, Ranches, Colonial Revivals and Mid-Century Moderns. Oakdale features home types similar to Kensington Park, but in general, are smaller and less architecturally elaborate.
Distance to Tybee Island, Army Bases, Airport, and Downtown Savannah:
30 Minutes to Tybee Island
15 Minutes to Downtown Savannah
30 Minutes to Sav/HHI International Airport
5 Minutes to Hunter Army Airfield
50 Minutes to Fort Stewart
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