Druid Hills Historic District
Druid Hills Neighborhood Near Emory UniversityDruid Hills is one of the most desirable Atlanta neighborhoods, located just a few miles from downtown Atlanta in unincorporated DeKalb County, and bordered by wide, curvy Ponce de Leon Avenue.
The Historic Druid Hills neighborhood was originally developed in the early 20th Century by a local businessman who hired the famous landscape architect, Frederick Law Olmstead and his son, to design and implement the development of the area. Their foresight produced lovely winding streets, overhanging trees, neighborhood parks and gracious homes along streets like Lullwater, Springdale and Oxford. For a more comprehensive history of the area, Druid Hills resident, David Hartle, has written Druid Hills, A Brief History.Architectural
Architectural styles in the area include stately Georgian and Tudors homes, as well as more humble Bungalows. Flowering Dogwoods and Azaleas are a trademark and present on most of the streets in Druid Hills during the springtime months.
A recent facelift and roundabout has enhanced Emory Village and the entrance to Emory University, which is located in the Druid Hills Historical District. Once a bottleneck, traffic now moves easily through the intersection and into the area. Pedestrian traffic enjoys continuous walkways through the intersection and is now a pleasure to transverse.
Emory Village is small with several popular restaurants, drycleaners, a major bookstore but limited parking. It is located adjacent to Emory University and is a lively, bustling destination.
The main entrance to Emory University is located in Emory Village on the roundabout. Emory University was originally founded by a small group of Methodists and was named in honor of Methodist bishop, John Emory. According to Wikipedia, the university has nearly 3000 faculty members and almost 14,000 students. U.S. News & World Reports placed Emory at 20th in national university rankings. Emory has a beautiful campus with old trees and extensive green space. Several years ago, Emory opted to become a pedestrian only campus and instituted a free Cliff shuttle system for students, faculty and staff. The Carlos Museum is located on the campus and houses one of the most comprehensive art collections in the SE.
2015-2016 Sale Prices in Druid Hills range between $499,000 - $2,998,000 for the 88 homes that were sold in the past year. Average price was $794,938. Currently there are 35 active properties on the market in the area between $325,000 for a 2 bedroom/2 bath to $3,600,000 for a 6 bedroom/5.5 baths.