Ah, Ansley Park. It's a beloved intown Atlanta neighborhood of gracious historic homes, a system of verdant mini-parks, and unbeatable Midtown location, not to mention those darned winding roads. As anyone who's gotten lost in the neighborhood will tell you, Ansley Park wasn't laid out for uninitiated shortcutters.
Beginning in 1904, Edwin P. Ansley divided up the previous farm and woodland into one of Atlanta's first suburbs built around the automobile. The wide parkway-like streets were planned in a picturesque manner, so driving them became its own pasttime. The topography of the land was also manipulated by the builders, creating some interesting lots. The lush character of the present day neighborhood was not the result of early arboreal preservation; rather, early photos show a largely clear cut development. It's amazing what a hundred years can do for vegetation! Ansley Park's Prado was posh enough in its heyday to serve as the location for the Governor's Mansion before it was moved to Buckhead in the 1960s. In a way, The Prado was an earlier incarnation of swanky West Paces Ferry Road.
Ansley Park evolved into an architectural potpurri over the years. Historic styles abound, including Colonial Revival, Tudor Revival, Arts and Crafts, Neoclassical, Rennaisance Revival, and more than a few homes that defy easy categorization. There are even a handful of designs by that favorite Atlanta society architect, Neel Reid. Coincedentally, one of his Ansley Park designs (One South Prado) was occupied by Gone with the Wind author Margaret Mitchell at the time of her death. Some tear downs have occurred in the neighborhood, and replacement homes have been both traditional and very contemporary, the latter injecting some design "spice" into the otherwise staid setting.
Naturally, the largest homes front the major roads and smaller ones tend to populate the more narrow streets. The majority of dwellings are single family, but over the years some townhomes and apartment/condo buildings have been sprinkled in. The largest multifamily project in the neighborhood is Colony Square, along with Reid House and Ansley Terrace. Although some homes were subdivided after WWII, the neighborhood civic association formed in the early 1960s worked hard to maintain the overall single family nature of the 'hood. Today bucolic Ansley Park is a world away from the bustle of nearby Peachtree Street. Its street pattern makes it somewhat self-contained, and residents are diligent in preventing excessive through traffic.
Ansley Park is so coveted because it combines a green, quiet neighborhood setting with all the perks of Midtown living. The eastern border is Piedmont Park, and to the west is vibrant Peachtree Street with its workplaces, shops and restaurants, the Woodruff Arts Center, and a MARTA rail station. The northern edge of the neighborhood is formed by the exciting Beltline project, and on the other side of that is popular Ansley Mall. There you'll find two grocery stores, a gym, popular shops and eateries, and great people watching. Ansley Park even has its own golf course, with a private club that includes swimming, tennis, and fitness facilities.
Prices range from the low $100,000s for an older condo to over $1,000,000 for renovated and newer homes.