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Ansley Park

First developed in 1904, Ansley Park was the dream of Edwin P. Ansley who, along with several prominent Atlanta businessmen of the time, purchased a large plot of land north of the city from longtime owner George Washington Collier. Ansley envisioned a new motorcar-oriented suburb of wide, winding streets and green parks designed to attract Atlanta's wealthiest and most prestigious families. In fact, Ansley Park was home to Georgia's Governor's Mansion for many decades. Ansley's vision of a gracious, harmonious neighborhood that would be an oasis in the midst of the bustling city of Atlanta lives on today, in great part thanks to the efforts of the Ansley Park Civic Association. Since the 1960s, the Association has been an active force in maintaining the neighgorhoods integrity and sense of community

As a community, Buckhead traces its origin to Henry Irby's general store and tavern, which was founded in 1837, according to an Irby descendant. It was located at what is now the northwest corner of West Paces Ferry Road and Roswell Road. Irby's tavern became the stopping place for travelers rich and poor in the thinly populated wilderness and the community that grew up around it was known as Irbyville. He maintained it until well after the Civil War. Irby, who died in 1879, is buried in the Sardis Methodist Church cemetery on Power's Ferry Road near its intersection with Roswell Road.

Founded in 1823, Decatur is the second oldest municipality in the Atlanta metropolitan area and the seat of DeKalb County. Decatur adjoins Atlanta's city limits six miles east of Atlanta's central business district. Decatur has 18,000 residents and 8,000 households, although its daytime population swells to 24,000.

The courthouse square in downtown Decatur is located on a rise of land where two Indian trails once crossed. Historically, the courthouse square served as the community gathering place. Today it continues to be the focus of festivals and special events, and serves as the heart of the community.

True to its name, Midtown is the community connecting Downtown and Buckhead, but the big news on Midtown Atlanta is its unique position as an evolving, cosmopolitan urban center in and of itself. Energized by a creative workforce and reinforced by a growing and supportive residential base, this vibrant intown community is not only a commercial hub with some of the most prestigious corporate addresses in the city and Southeast. It’s also the heart of Atlanta's dynamic arts and cultural scene. Midtown Atlanta is all these things--and much more.

A historic, upscale residential neighborhood with many parks and charming Tudor bungalows.

Peachtree Hills
One of Buckhead's coziest cottage neighborhoods, Peachtree Hills lies east of Peachtree Road between Peachtree Creek on the south and Lindbergh Drive on the north. Development in the area was begun in 1910 on land that then was between the village of Buckhead and the city of Atlanta. Peachtree Hills Place was a project of the American Securities Company of Georgia. An early plat says "Peachtree Hills Place lies high and dry -- a site of most wonderful natural beauty -- 90 feet above the surrounding country; overlooking and fronting the beautiful Peachtree Road . . . just 18 minutes on the Buckhead [trolley] car. Come out in the fresh open air where life is

Virginia Highlands
Historic Virginia Highland is Atlanta's most popular neighborhood for shopping, dining and nightlife. Developed in the early 1900's, it consists of six distinct commercial "villages" alternating with short, walkable blocks of charming bungalow homes. The neighborhood's name derives from the intersection of Virginia and Highland Avenues. Locals and tourists alike mingle for brunch at charming sidewalk cafés, cocktails at lively nite spots, and innovative cuisine at progressive restaurants and bistros. Discovering the unexpected is part of the attraction where you may find world- famous musical entertainment at a tiny niteclub, an opening-night party at an art gallery or a gathering of fascinating people at one of the many coffeehouses. Virginia Highland is acclaimed for its diverse and unique shopping. Trendsetting apparel, classic to kitschy antiques, folk and pop art, whimsical decorative accessories, natural linens, rare cigars, distinctive art books, gourmet kitchenwares, fine woodworking and gardening tools, unusual fresh flowers, fancy gelatos, do-it-yourself pottery, full-service day spas, fashionable salons – all are just a few of the extensive retail offerings.



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