Great Lakes is one of the most desirable neighborhoods in the City of Decatur, located just off Clairmont Road within easy walking distance to downtown Decatur. Great Lakes was named for long-vanished Lake Seneca, now only a stream in Waddell Park. The surrounding streets were named for the famous French explorer, Samuel de Champlain, and the Great Lakes he discovered in the early 1600's - Lake Huron, Lake Superior, Lake Erie, Lake Michigan and Lake Ontario.
Clairmont Avenue, which borders this historic neighborhood, was originally part of a Native American trail leading to a crossing at the Chattahoochee, known as Shallowford Trail.
Great Lakes was developed beginning in 1913 through the 1930's and contains some of the most interesting architecture in the City of Decatur. Craftsmen-style bungalows predominate, as well as newer construction that mimics prevailing styles on a larger scale. Great Lakes now falls within a Historic District, which was established in 2001.
Always a popular community, Great Lakes remain a requested area. The area is close to Emory University, CDC, downtown Atlanta, and has easy access to Hartsfield Atlanta International Airport. It is located in the renown Decatur School District and Clairmont Elementary is located within the neighborhood on Erie Avenue
Decatur Homes in Great Lakes sell quickly in the price range between $443,000 - $799,000. Eleven properties sold during 2015-2016 with an average price of $635,355. Two homes are currently on the market - a 3 bedroom/2 bath for $485,000 and a 4 bedroom/3 bath home for $734,900.