Designed in the late 1800s by renowned landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted, Druid Hills served as one of Atlanta’s first suburbs; today it’s considered a premiere in-town neighborhood. The gorgeous tree-lined streets of Druid Hills were a backdrop for certain scenes from the film Driving Miss Daisy and feature breathtaking old homes that are kept in top condition.
Located off of Ponce de Leon Avenue and east of Midtown Atlanta, Druid Hills is listed in the National Register of Historic Places, and offers a true picture of Southern charm and beauty. Some of the most affluent Atlanta families of the early 20th century contributed in developing this area, including Asa Candler. While you may not recognize his name, you will most certainly recognize Candler’s invention: Coca-Cola.
Key institutions in this area include the main campus of the prestigious Emory University and the internationally known Centers for Disease Control. With close proximity to Emory, this neighborhood is ideal for professionals associated with Emory’s medical school and hospital. For residents who enjoy golfing and tennis, the Druid Hills Golf Club offers a retreat from daily pressures. This facility includes five linear parks, also developed by Frederick Law Olmsted. As Olmsted designed New York City’s Central Park, you can only imagine the beauty of these parks, which are nested in both oak and maple trees.
Other noteworthy Druid Hills sites include the Fernbank Museum of Natural History, which features remnants of some of the largest dinosaurs to ever roam on earth.
Druid Hills is a most gorgeous neighborhood in Atlanta. If visiting, be sure to take a drive down the famous Oakdale, or go on a Tour of Homes to experience this fine example of Southern culture.