Neighborhood Spotlight: Druid Hills

Posted by Ansley Atlanta 02/23/2019

One of Atlanta’s most historic and notable neighborhoods, Druid Hills was designed by Frederick Law Olmsted who began planning the area in 1893 after he had already completed several prominent projects including Central Park in New York City, the grounds of the United States Capitol, the Biltmore Estate in North Carolina, Prospect Park in Brooklyn, and the Stanford University campus.

Conceived as one of Atlanta’s first “suburbs,” the picturesque Druid Hills neighborhood is dissected by Ponce de Leon Avenue which features an expansive median lined with a series of unique linear parks. Each median park is distinct in its landscaping, ranging from relatively open greenspace to nearly impenetrable woods.

Through the years, Olmsted’s design for Druid Hills strongly influenced suburban planning throughout Atlanta, shaping other popular neighborhoods such as Ansley Park, Morningside, Garden Hills, and Avondale Estates. In fact, many scholars maintain that had it not been for Frederick Law Olmsted’s Druid Hills concept, Atlanta would not be the park-like city it is today.

Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, Druid Hills features an elegant mix of architectural styles including Georgian, Italian Renaissance and Jacobean homes surrounding the exclusive Druid Hills Golf Club.

Residents enjoy the neighborhood’s convenient location only minutes to Midtown and Downtown Atlanta, Decatur and the Virginia-Highland area.

Click here to see a current list of homes for sale in Druid Hills.

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