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Atlanta Homes for Sale near Emory University

Red Brick Great Lakes Home with Steep Pitch

Homes near Emory University come in many varieties and the Emory Area encompasses a number of diverse neighborhoods.  Most are contained within a short driving distance to the University and Emory Hospital.  The area is popular with young families who are interested in excellent schools, like Fernbank Elementary.   Residents and Graduate students find this a convenient community.   Teachers, Professors and employees who live here can walk, bike, or catch a free bus to the University where they work.

Examining current Atlanta homes on the market near Emory, there appears to be three general age and style categories that prevail:

  • 1)  Historic homes  that were build between 1900 - 1936
  • 2)  Newer homes built between 1996 - 2017
  • 3)  Ranches and Bungalows built between 1940-1960
Red Brick Great Lakes Home with Steep Pitch
Red brick ranch located a top of drive in Leafmore Estates
Recent construction of red brick home with double garage in Leafmore Estates

To break it down, of 43 homes on the market near Emory today, approximately 20 are Historic homes built between 1900 - 1936; eight are newer homes built between 1996 - 2017; and 15 are Ranches or Bungalows built between 1940 - 1960.

Of the 68 Atlanta homes sold in the past six months near Emory,​ approximately 14 were historic homes (1900 - 1936), six were newer homes (1996 - 2017), and 48 homes were Ranches or Bungalows (1940-1960)

If you value convenience to shopping, great schools, diversity of homes to choose from, and being close to Emory University, Hospitals, etc., consider buying your next home in the Emory Area.

Changes to Neighborhoods in Decatur and near Emory University!

Historic Druid Hills white house with blue trim and white picket fence

When I began selling homes in the Emory and Decatur neighborhoods back in the early 1980’s, it was a rather settled and somewhat stodgy environment.

1930’s – 1940’s

Families had moved to the area in the late 1930’s or 1940’s when much of the area was developed.  Smaller bungalow style homes were created in neighborhoods like Emory Grove, Great Lakes, and Glendale Estates.

The original owners bought what they could afford in a new area where many of the streets were still unpaved.  In a few years, the area was full of young children, who played together and grew up together on the same streets.  Everyone knew their neighbors, their children and their pets.  Garden Clubs were formed and play areas were established.

It’s hard to image what North Decatur Road and Scott Boulevard might have been like in the 1940’s and 1950’s, but several owners reminisced about walking to the Drugstore in Emory Village or catching the streetcar to downtown Atlanta.  The area was nearly country then, slow-paced and sleepy with dusty streets.

It was a safe haven for everyone and a great place to live.

1950’s – 1960’s

In the 1950’s and 1960’s, developers began building new brick ranch homes in the area. Neighborhoods like Clairmont Heights, Leafmore Estates, Sagamore Hills, and Medlock Park area were formed.

1980’s – 2000

By the 1980’s, the children in these neighborhoods had grown up and mostly  moved away from the area.  It was still a tight knit community, but the original owners were growing older and beginning to make changes.  Their homes needed repairs and their yards needed to be maintained, but often there was no-one around to do the work.  There were a number of widows now on each street, and there were few children.

At that time not many homes came on the market in these neighborhoods because no-one ever moved.  Then, slowly, one or two homes on a street would become available as owners passed away or made a decision to move closer to family.

During the mid-1980’s, the composition of the area began to change from older inhabitants to younger families.  Now younger couples began to purchase homes as they became available.  Within 5-10 years, the streets around Emory and in Decatur were teeming with young children again and the cycle had come full circle.  Now, another generation are raising their families and growing old in the area.

Homes did change ownership more frequently during this period than in the past when owners worked at the same company for 30-40 years and then retired.  Individuals no longer worked for one company, but changed jobs from time to time and often locations.

Present Day

Today, many owners in Decatur and near Emory work at Emory University or Emory Hospital, which is the largest employer in DeKalb County.  Others work at the Center for Disease Control or the American Red Cross.  Decatur is the judicial center for DeKalb County and many work in the Court System there.  The area is close to downtown Atlanta, major shopping centers and handy to Atlanta Hartsfield Airport.

Now Emory Village is sleek and modern, featuring a well-designed roundabout, inviting restaurants and shops.

Downtown Decatur is updated and vibrant with new condo complexes, upscale restaurants and shops.  Decatur has been named one of the most “walkable” cities in the country  and one of the top places to live in the Nation.

There have been so many changes in the area during this period – mostly good constructive ones – some more restrictive, like the increased traffic along North Decatur Road and Scott Boulevard!

Perhaps I’m biased in my opinion, but I believe there is still no better location in Metropolitan Atlanta to live than near Emory University or Decatur!