Candler Park's Ghost House: The Smith-Benning Residence.
Oakdale Road stretches from Emory University down to Memorial Drive, but this week we focus our attention on its funky route through Candler Park. Although sometimes overshadowed by its sister on the other side of Moreland Avenue, Inman Park, Candler Park holds its own as an offbeat mecca for intown Atlanta’s bohemian/hippy/yuppy/huppy set. Where else in town can you find “Dr. Bombay’s Underwater Tea Party,” a Hare Krishna temple, Big Lou the Emu, and the original Flying Biscuit Café all in one neighborhood?
As much as I love Atlanta’s intown neighborhoods, I have no qualms about my love affair with Historic Roswell. There’s just something about this old mill town that draws me in. The classic architecture, the cultured vibe, and the fact that it’s still in Fulton County not too far from the city, makes it a strong contender for Atlanta’s coolest ‘burb. Or maybe I lived there in a former life, perhaps on our Street of the Week: Sloan Street.
Roswell's "Castle" on Highway 140 at Cagle Road; Credit: atlasobscura.com
North Fulton County is known as the land of McMansions, but there’s one Roswell home that created a category of its own: McCastle. At the corner of Highway 140 and Cagle Road sits a squat, crenellated home known simply as “The Castle.” Because really, what other castle would one reference? The story of how this oddity came to be is one of promises kept and truck drivers who hate home repair.
The Atlanta skyline as seen from Kennesaw Mountain; Credit: dvandevate on Panoramio.com
After a relaxing weekend in gorgeous Asheville, North Carolina, I’ve come to realize something: Atlanta’s pretty flat. Yes, we have hills and compared to Florida we’re the Himalayas, but there are few opportunities for true “mountain homes.” That is, unless you want to measure your commute in hours.
The ranch home is finally getting a little r-e-s-p-e-c-t.
The central corridor at Studioplex - Old Fourth Ward
Over the past two weeks, we’ve looked at homes on the Beltline in Virginia Highland and Poncey Highland. Our tour concludes with buildings located in Inman Park and Old Fourth Ward. These two intown neighborhoods are like cousins, long separated by the rail line that’s now the Beltline. Even though they’re similar geographically, their differences make them distinct from one another.