The placid sylvan setting for "Driving Miss Daisy" and the modern-day nerve center for Emory University and the CDC, Druid Hills feels like a forested oasis in the middle of a thriving city. Initially designed by famous landscape architect Frederick Olmstead (best known for his work on New York's Central Park), the emphasis is on greenspace, as evidenced by the gorgeous series of linked parks running along Ponce de Leon Avenue (the main thoroughfare to the south) and the neighborhood's crowning jewel, the Druid Hills Golf Club. Architects Lewis Crook and Ernest Ivey designed many of the notable homes and buildings in the neighborhood, as did noted architect Neel Reid. Coca-Cola heir Asa Candler was among the area's first residents, and his influence helped spur the area's development. Soon after, other wealthy and influential Atlanta families began to flock to what quickly became one of the city's most premier residential areas. Nowadays, some of those families remain, along with Emory University officials and faculty members who like being just a stone's throw from work.
Tudors and English half-timber homes (styles dating from the neighborhood's 1930s heyday) comprise the primary architectural character of Druid Hills, imbuing it with a dreamy, storybook-like ambience. The most breathtaking stretches of the neighborhood's long, hilly streets are lined with stately Georgian and Jacobean Revival mansions set far back on massive manicured lawns. Despite its reserved atmosphere, however, Druid Hills is great for kids. The area is home to Fernbank Science Center, a world-class museum, planetarium, and observatory; the public schools (Fernbank Elementary, Shamrock Middle, and Druid Hills High School) are top-notch, and the innovative Paideia School (private K-12) has a reputation for excellence nurtured in a diverse, inclusive setting.
Zip code(s): 30306, 30307