History – Decatur Real Estate
Decatur real estate in this part of DeKalb County sold in 1822 for 10 cents an acre. The following year, Decatur was named the County Seat and the area began developing. Leafmore Hills and the surrounding area was once a rural farming community with few homes and no 4-lane highways. Dairy farms dotted the landscape and Clairmont Road, now a major artery, was part of an Indian trail. There were no shopping centers, grocery stores, or restaurants, just small crop farms and cows!
An expanding population pushed Atlanta eastward towards Decatur, which was becoming a prestigious suburb by the early 1950’s. According to history compiled by the Leafmore Civic Association, there was a country store with a single gas pump, pot-bellied stove and rocking chair located at North Druid Hills Road and LaVista Road. Development of Leafmore Hills began in 1952 and filled the neighborhood with young families, all new to the area. Leafmore Hills became a close-knit community with an active Garden Club, Clubhouse, and Pool.
- Located just 7 miles from downtown Atlanta, and less than 3 miles from the Clifton Corridor that includes Emory University, Emory Hospital, Eggleston Children’s Hospital, Center for Disease Control (CDC), and the American Red Cross, Leafmore is one of the most convenient subdivisions in DeKalb County.
Local Leafmore Architecture
- Most of the homes in the area are well-kept mid-century ranches with large manicured yards, as well as a few newer traditional Decatur homes with garages and modern features. Many of the ranches have been recently renovated or updated with new kitchens and baths.
Decatur Area Amenities
- Less than a half mile from Leafmore Hills, two churches anchor corners of North Druid Hills Road and Clairmont Road, Clairmont Baptist and Druid Hills Presbyterian. Just beyond the churches, Toco Hills Shopping Center hosts a variety of shops and restaurants, including two major grocery chains. Four banks and 4 bagel places are located along this section of North Druid Hills as well.
Atlanta Decatur Homes is a local Atlanta real estate company selling homes in the Druid Hills, Atlanta, Decatur and Tucker neighborhoods for over 25 years.