Category Archives for "buying in Decatur"

Decatur Homes – Clairmont Heights Neighborhood

Renovated Decatur home with well-kept lawn and walkway

Decatur Homes - Clairmont Heights Area History

Clairmont Heights and the surrounding Decatur neighborhoods have an interesting history.  Clairmont Heights Civic Association put together an intriguing history of Decatur real estate in this area.  Clairmont Heights was developed after a lottery of Creek Indian lands in 1821 by the State of Georgia, when 202+ acres were transferred to individuals.  According to local historians ,by 1860, most of the land was owned by Ezekel Mason, an esteemed citizen of Decatur who died in 1879.  His widow then ran a profitable mill in the area called Mason's Mill.  Remnants of the Mill and the old Decatur Waterworks are still visible along the recently constructed pathways in the area and can also be accessed through several Decatur parks.

Original plats date from 1946 for the development of Clairmont  Heights and records show that the first areas developed were North Superior to Superior Place, Park Lane to Superior Place, Webster Drive to Clairmont Circle, and Clairmont Circle to Emory Woods.

A neighbor on Park Lane told me she was renting a home on North Decatur at the time they were developing the neighborhood and watched them build her home on Park Lane. She used to walk by the property every evening and imagine living there. She was so impressed with the quality of the homes that she talked her husband into purchasing one of the first homes built in the neighborhood!

Wikipedia indicates that the North Decatur area was originally developed as a suburban community to Atlanta.

While Clairmont Heights is no longer quite as suburban today with considerable ongoing commercial development in the area, the proximity to Emory University,  Atlanta midtown, Virginia Highlands, downtown Decatur events, shopping centers and a great school system, make the area a favorite for homeowners who want the convenience of in-town living and the hospitality of a friendly neighborhood.

Decatur, Georgia – Great Lakes Homes

Grey Shingle Great Lakes Home with Dormer Windows

Decatur, Georgia, located just a few miles east of downtown Atlanta off tree-lined Ponce De Leon Avenue, has many lovely neighborhoods.  One of the most desirable is a small community of older bungalows appropriately named Great Lakes after the famous Great Lakes of the Northeast.

The original Great Lakes were discovered by French explorers in the 1600's.  Decatur's Great Lakes neighborhood was developed between 1913 - 1930's.

​According to Wiki: How to Remember the Five Great Lakes, an easy way to recall the names of the five lakes is to use a handy word association.

  • ​H - Huron
  • O - Ontario
  • M - Michigan
  • E- Erie
  • S - Superior

To remember Great Lakes in Decatur, Georgia, you only have to drive through this delightful area along Superior, Michigan, Erie, and Huron - and think HOMES.

Decatur Homes are well-tended and situated on landscaped lots with sidewalks along the roadway. The main architecture in Great Lakes consist of bungalows, tudors and some newer design homes that seem to fit in seamlessly.  Earlier exterior styles have been retained, but many Great Lakes Homes have been renovated to update older kitchens, or to add additional baths or space.

A close inspection of Great Lakes shows how much pride owners take in their community and their homes.  It is truly a beautiful place to live!

There are many other factors that attact Buyers to Great Lakes as well.  Decatur is considered one of the most "walkable" small cities in the Nation.  It is close to downtown Atlanta, a few miles to Emory University, CDC, and Emory Medical Center, has easy access to an international airport, and enjoys numerous cultural and civic events throughout the year.  Clairemont Elementary is located within the neighborhood on Erie Avenue and is part of the respected Decatur School District.

Give Back to Your Decatur Community

Decatur couple donating excess

Our church recently decided to sponsor a refugee family in partnership with another local church.  They asked for donations of furniture, lamps, school supplies, bedding, alarm clocks and a number of other household items.

​In thinking about what extra things are cluttering my Atlanta home, I realized that my excess would probably furnish several family homes.

Aside from a semi-annual clearing ​of clothes dropped at the Salvation Army and an occasional bag of books donated to my local Decatur library, that's usually the extent of my annual household donations.  A major clear out is in my future!

​Who could utilize all those extra lampshades and lamps we never use, the paintings and pictures we thought we might hang again, or the duplicate glasses, mugs, and stainless silverware taking up space.  What about those outgrown toys, car seats, an extra table and bookcase, old towels folded away, yarn and fabric never used, baskets gathering dust?

When you are clearing out, here are a few Decatur organizations that could use your donations:

  • The American Kidney Foundation - If you live in Decatur, their trucks will come to your house for pickup.  Call them at 770-609-2200.  They accept furniture, clothing, etc.
  • Decatur Cooperative Ministry - In kind or cash donations - check their website for detailed information about needed items - no clothese but do accept packaged food items.
  • Furniture Bank of Metro Atlanta - 404-356-8630 - can make arrangements for pickup of used furniture
  • Your Local Decatur Veterinarian - Old towels are always a welcome donation.
    • If you are in the process of moving or contemplating a move in the Decatur area, now is an excellent to weed out all those items that could be useful to someone else. It seems we all have too much "stuff"!