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.
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
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.