Just five miles northeast of downtown Atlanta sits the affluent community of Druid Hills. Home to two of the world’s foremost research institutions – Emory University and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)– it was the brainchild of Atlanta’s leading citizens, including the founder of Coca-Cola. A residential magnet for the well-heeled and the highly educated, Druid Hills has long been the address of choice for Atlanta’s most distinct and notable families.
Designed by Frederick Law Olmsted (of Central Park and Biltmore Estate fame), Druid Hills distinguishes itself from the rest of the region with its picturesque meadows, tree-lined avenues, regal estates, restored historic homes, and vast expanses of scenic open spaces.
A leisurely stroll along the Hills’s canopied walkways is like taking a trip back in time. Late 19thcentury Victorians and turn-of-the-century mansions are scattered throughout the neighborhood, facing idyllic parks and green spaces. And yet Druid Hills is very much in step with the modern world, separated only by a quick drive to the metro.
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Though best known for its grand historic homes, prospective residents looking for something more modest will not be disappointed. Buyers can find a variety of other single-family homes, including classic split-levels and mid-century ranch-style houses that have been upgraded and modernized to fit Druid Hills’ functional affluence.
Upscale apartments with two to three bedrooms are not uncommon in Druid Hills and due to its proximity to Emory and CDC, apartment complexes and condominium communities with great amenities have thoughtfully and steadily flourished in the area. Buyers can find residences with access to swimming pools, fitness centers, tennis courts, and more.
Attractions and Activities
Druid Hills has plenty to offer residents. These include:
- Fernback Museum of Natural History
Located on Clifton Road, the Fernback Museum of Natural History features a number of permanent and informative exhibits. Among them is the Dinosaur Plaza exhibit that is composed of a family of dinosaurs cast in bronze. Another exhibit is the Fernback Nature Questwhich allows its visitors to study and interact with the state’s natural history through a hands-on exhibit.
- Fernback Science Center
The Fernback Science Center on Heaton Park Drive features one of the country’s largest celestial theaters. Free observations are scheduled every Thursday and Friday, weather permitting.
- Druid Hills Golf Club
A regional favorite since 1912 and home to the Dogwood Invitational, the Druid Hills Golf Club features an 18-hole, par 72 course redesigned by Bob Cupp as well as a state-of-the-art tennis center, a fitness center, pool complex, superb dining options, and more.
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