Choosing from Four Atlanta Suburbs

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Atlanta suburbs comprise historic areas as well as neighborhoods that denote eclectic tastes. Some of the preferred suburbs in the Atlanta metropolitan area include Decatur, Druid Hills, North Decatur, and the Oakhurst communities.

1 – Decatur, Georgia

The city of Decatur was settled where Sandtown and Shallowford intersect, two key Native American pathways. Established at the aforementioned crossroads in 1823, the town was given its name in honor of the navy war hero Stephen Decatur. The suburb, is reputed, nationally, as being an enterprising and forward-looking community with a small-town type of charm. Four elementary schools, a middle school and a high school are located in the city as well as the noted Columbia Theological Seminary and Agnes Scott College. Emory University is also located nearby.

Historic districts make up a portion of the city, such as:

  • the Winnona Park Historic District
  • the South Candler Street-Agnes Scott College Historic District
  • the Great Lakes and Clairemont Historic District

2 – Druid Hills, Georgia

Druid Hills, an upper middle class neighborhood, outside Atlanta, is the home base for the campus of Emory University. The area is defined by large historic homes, built in the latter part of the 1800s and early 1900s, as well as more recent construction, all of which is helpful in maintaining the stately atmosphere of the community. Residents send their children to one of three public schools, or Fernbank Elementary School, Shamrock Middle School, and Druid Hills High School. Students also attend the Paideia School in Atlanta, a private school covering pre-K through twelfth grades. For residents who enjoy golf, the Druid Hills Golf Course, a private facility, not only offers golf, but also fitness activities, swimming and dining. The suburb has a number of wooded parks where residents can enjoy walking and outdoor fun.

3 – North Decatur, Georgia

North Decatur, home to approximately 15,000 residents, is considered a census designated place, and is primarily made up of retro-styled ranches built in the 50s and 60s. Condominiums have also been built in the area. The community is comprised of a number of neighborhoods, such as Clairmont Heights, Springdale Heights, Valley Brook Estates, Druid Lake, Medlock, and Ridgewood Park, just to name a few. Families send their children to one of two elementary schools, Shamrock Middle School or Druid Hills High School. In addition, parks in the area offer residents the opportunity to take part in such sports as baseball, softball, swimming, tennis and hiking.

4 – Oakhurst, Georgia

Oakhurst, home to about 5,000 people, has a varying demographic. Its commercial district, Oakhurst Village, is noted for its galleries, upscale shops and fine restaurants. The Old Scottish Rite Hospital (circa 1917), whose design was the brainchild of an Oakhurst architect, moved its location in 1976. The structure is now used for cultural, commercial and community purposes. The small, brick bungalow homes in the suburb feature large porches and shady lawns. Residents enjoy a number of outdoor and leisure pursuits in centrally-located Oakhurst Park.

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