Developed with the efforts of Atlanta’s leading families, including Coca-Cola founder Asa Candler, the homes in Druid Hills are a ‘site’ to be seen, and contain some of Atlanta’s historic mansions from the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Located by unincorporated DeKalb County, the planned community was initially conceived by Joel Hurt.
Druid Hills is a community which includes both a census-designated place (CDP) in unincorporated DeKalb County, as well as a neighborhood of Atlanta. The CDP's population was 14,568 at the 2010 census and contains the main campus of Emory University, which relocated to Atlanta in 1914, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The Atlanta-city section of Druid Hills is one of Atlanta's most affluent neighborhoods with a median household income in excess of $238,000.
Druid Hills was designed by Frederick Law Olmsted and was one of his last commissions. A showpiece of the design was the string of parks along Ponce de Leon Avenue, which was designated as Druid Hills Parks and Parkways and listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1975. The remainder of the development was listed on the Register as the Druid Hills Historic District in1979. Later the Park and Parkways district was consolidated into the Druid Hills Historic District. The other historic districts in Druid Hills are Emory University District, added in 1975, University Park-Emory Highlands-Emory Estates Historic District, added in 1998, Emory Grove Historic District, added in 2000.
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 4.2 square miles. The CDP's northern boundary is the South Fork of Peachtree Creek; the CSX track and the Decatur city limits are the eastern boundary; the DeKalb County line is the western boundary; and the southern boundary is the Atlanta city limit. The Chelsea Heights neighborhood is located in the eastern part of the CDP at the Decatur border, and participates in the Druid Hills Civic Association (DHCA).
Commercial areas include Emory Village, a small node first developed in the 1920s at the terminus of the streetcar line to Emory. A revitalization of the area was completed in 2011 with new sidewalks, street furniture and two new roundabouts. The other, larger commercial areas fall just outside the community's boundaries, such as the Clairmont Road corridor in North Decatur, the Sage Hill shopping center (home to Real Living Capital City) in Atlanta's Lenox Park/Johnson Estates neighborhood, and the Ponce de Leon Avenue corridor just west of Druid Hills.
Druid Hills is home to Emory University and the National Headquarter of the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention). As a matter of fact, not only does Druid Hills have some of the world's most advance health research facilities, but also is home to every single one of the world's most deadly viruses!
You'll also find The Atlanta Boys’ Choir on S. Ponce de Leon Ave. and the Callanwolde Fine Arts Center, which is housed in the Gothic-Tudor style former estate of Charles Howard Candler (eldest son of Asa Griggs Candler, Coca-Cola's co-founder), Baker Woodland, Fernbank Forest, Redwall Art Studio Gallery and the Spring Festival on Ponce in the gorgeous Olmsted Linear Park, and the Druid Hills Golf Club.
Baker Woodland, Emory University, a forest of oak, tulip poplar, beech, and hickory trees - contains over 100 plant species. Burbanck Park, is a 1.2-acre natural park which borders Peavine Creek. It’s named after Emory University professors Madeline and William Burbanck. Fernbank Forest, Fernbank Museum of Natural History. Fernbank School Park. This 12-acre park is located west of the CSX railroad tracks and includes a multi-use field and court, playground, picnic area and walking trails.
Olmsted Linear Park, offers 50 acres of six distinct parks, strung along Ponce de Leon Avenue like a necklace. They were designed by Frederick Law Olmsted in the late 19th Century. Each of the six parks has its own name: Deepdene, Dellwood, Shadyside, Springdale, Virgilee and Oak Grove (formerly Brightwood), Wesley Woods Forest, Emory University, Princeton Way Park, is a small neighborhood park that is surrounded by the interior homes of Princeton Way. The park is equipped with picnic tables, swings, slides, a sandbox, short walking trails, and an informal baseball setup.
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