Beware of chilly toes in South Buckhead, as Collier Hills and Ardmore Park might just charm your socks off. Although two distinct neighborhoods, they’re often spoken of in the same breath due to their physical proximity. A railroad line has long served as a divider, but the completion of one of the first segments of the Beltline (the Northside Trail) has provided a leafy connector between them. It’s an area steeped in local history, covered by a beautiful tree canopy, and filled with gorgeous homes in a convenient intown location. What not to love?
The history of the Collier Hills-Ardmore Park area dates long before a buck’s head was hung at a northside tavern, as evidenced by the marker denoting the intersection of the Echota and Peachtree Trails used by the Creek Indians. The Collier estate, which was near Collier Road’s origin at Peachtree Road, was one of Atlanta’s earliest, and an antebellum grist mill operated by the family was located on Tanyard Creek. There’s been plenty of reports of Civil War artifacts being uncovered in the area surrounding the waterway; the Battle of Peachtree Creek is considered to be one of the key events leading up to Atlanta’s siege. Sixty years or so after the bloodshed, suburban development was initiated in Ardmore Park. Collier Hills wouldn’t come into being until the World War II era.
Ardmore Park has an interesting physical makeup. It’s adjacent to busy Peachtree Road, but once you get off the main drag the atmosphere goes from frenetic to tranquil. Two story 1920s homes in various revival styles populate some of the streets, but you’ll also find a healthy dose of 1940s era architecture more typical of Collier Hills. Closer to the railroad tracks and next to I-75 is a cluster of condos, apartments, and townhomes. Collier Hills is a little more one dimensional, with most of its WWII character intact. The Cape Cod cottage dominates, followed by two story colonials; the modest size of these homes in such a desirable location has meant a fair amount of teardown activity over the past decade.
A trio of great parks serves both neighborhoods. Ardmore Park is a serene little one acre spot of rolling greenspace, and Tanyard Creek Park is an ironically beautiful spot to consider the grim saga of Atlanta’s downfall. However, Atlanta Memorial Park takes the cake as area recreation hotspot, with 199 acres that’s home to the Bobby Jones golf course and Bitsy Grant Tennis Center among other amenities. Being sandwiched between Howell Mill and Peachtree Roads means that restaurants and shopping are extremely convenient, with world class emporiums of both categories nearby in upper Buckhead and Midtown. Piedmont Hospital and the Sheperd Center are also within easy reach. Neighborhood kids attend E.Rivers Elementary School, Sutton Middle School, and North Atlanta High School; home prices typically range from $300,000 to over $1M.