Saturday, April 2, 2011

Clairmont Heights-Decatur Real Estate near Emory University

History of Clairmont Heights

The Clairmont Heights Civic  Association has compiled an interesting history of the Decatur real estate in this area, indicating that the land around Clairmont Heights was developed some time after a lottery of Creek Indian lands in 1821 by the State of Georgia, when 202+ acres were transferred to individuals.  According to local historian, Walter McCurdy, by 1860 most of the land was owned by Mr. Ezekel Mason,  an esteemed citizen of Decatur who died in 1879.  His widow, Mrs. M.A. Mason ran a profitable mill in the area called Mason’s Mill.  Remnants of the Mill and the old Decatur Waterworks are still visible, and can be accessed through several Decatur neighborhood parks. 

Original plats date from 1946 for the development of Clairmont Heights in Decatur, and records show the areas first developed were North Superior to Superior Place, Park Lane to Superior Place, Webster Drive to Clairmont Circle, and Clairmont Circle to Emory Woods.

A neighbor  renting a home on North Decatur told me she watched them build her current home on Park Lane, walking by the property every evening and dreaming of living there.  She was so impressed with the quality that she talked her husband into purchasing one of the first homes developed in the neighborhood!

According to Wikipedia, the North Decatur area was originally developed as a suburban community. Close proximity to Atlanta’s midtown and Buckhead districts, as well as Emory University and downtown Decatur events, make it a favorite for homeowners who want the convenience of in-town living and the hospitality of a friendly neighborhood. 

Clairmont Heights  is a  neighborhood of 1950′s-1960′s brick ranches with large manicured lawns and stately trees, located approximately 2-3 miles from Emory University Campus and Medical Facility, and a short walk to shopping & restaurants.  It is a stable community with excellent schools and reasonably priced homes.

There are several excellent Parks in the neighborhood:

  • Mason Mill Park which was recently updated with tennis courts, playgrounds and plans for a new dog park. 
  •  Medlock Park, which encompasses some 39 acres with ball fields, playgrounds, walking trails and bike paths, as well as a pool
  • Ira B. Melton Park – a small park off Desmond Drive with plans for further development

  • Clyde Shepherd Preserve, a 28-acre gem with walking trails, picnic areas, and elevated decks for bird watching over marshland

Atlanta Decatur Homes is a local Atlanta real estate company selling homes in Decatur, Druid Hills, Clairmont Heights, Emory, Atlanta, and Tucker neighborhoods for over 25 years.

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