June 2011 will be remembered as the date when the world was introduced to Bramblee. No, this isn't the name of some new celebrity couple. Rather, Bramblee is manufactured real estate lingo for the northern area of Brookhaven bordering Chamblee, and it was named one of Atlanta Magazine's 5 Hot Neighborhoods for 2011. In particular, its Ashford Park subdivision was deemed a smart buy. Let's see what sets this Dekalb neighborhood on fire...
Ashford Park is a great value for those who want the yard but not the commute. Even though the area has seen its fair share of tear downs, the majority of the homes are WWII era ranches in original and renovated condition. Formerly these housed military personnel who worked at the base that's now the site of Peachtree-Dekalb Airport. They're modest in comparison to the newer arrivals, but they possess the same generous lots and mature trees that make the neighborhood lush. The biggest draw is the pricing: as of this writing, updated homes can be had for under $300,00! If you're feeling the call of dumpsters and sawdust, why not grab a fixer upper and make it your own? And yes, there is a park here; it contains tennis and basketball facilities, as well as a playground. Ashford Park also benefits from having a strong civic association which lends to a neighborly environment. In other words, don't worry about ever lacking a cup of sugar.
The other big plus for AP is the super convenient location. It's near the center of a wedge formed by I-85, I-285, and GA 400; a MARTA rail station on Peachtree Road allows for a less car-centric existence. Living here puts you just north of Buckhead, but far enough from the Phipps Plaza/Lenox Square Mall intersection to save you a few gray hairs around the holidays. Feel the need for pho? Buford Highway, Atlanta's multicultural six lane melting pot, is just to the east on the other side of Peachtree Dekalb airport. All your antiquing/vintage/"didn't even know I needed that" shopping needs can be satisfied in neighboring Chamblee. Its small downtown know as "Antique Row" is not to be missed by lovers of all things dusty.
Brookhaven, I mean Bramblee, holds its own when it comes to accommodating everyday needs. Peachtree Road was developed decades ago with typical shopping plazas, but two recent developments have smart growth fans foaming at the mouth. These are Town Brookhaven and Village Place Brookhaven. Town is set to serve as Bramblee's modern day downtown, as it combines mixed use buildings of apartments over boutiques with larger scale businesses such as Publix, Marshalls, Costco, and LA Fitness. It all comes in a carefully designed, pedestrian friendly package. Village Place was developed with the same mindset, but on a smaller scale and minus the big box stores. Condos and offices sit atop restaurants and shops, and the effect is no less than charming. Here you can munch on brunch, down a pint, and browse The Mercantile to accessorize your home that's just a stroll away. It's easy to see why Bramblee has so many fans, even if the name doesn't.