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Decatur Arts Festival - Decatur Homes
June 29th, 2011 11:29 AM

The City of Decatur. Georgia, is well-known for hosting Beach Parties with sand on the Square,  annual Wine Tasting Events, and Concerts on the Park.  The Decatur Arts Festival is one of their most popular occasions.


The Decatur Arts Festival features an Art Walk with local shops, retailers and restaurants hosting a city-wide art show that is free and open to the public, as well as an Artist Market, free entertainment on the Square,  and Theater and Literary events.

During the weekend, Decatur’s main street is blocked to traffic and filled with colorful kiosks and booths, selling food and unusual art and crafts.  Singers and bands entertain the crowds from the Gazebo on the Square, and children, dogs and families wander through the area, soaking up the atmosphere and enjoying this fabulous event sponsored by the City of Decatur.  And, the event is free!

If you don’t make it to the Beach Party or the Book Festival in Decatur, put this annual event on your calendar – it’s a lively affair for the whole family!

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Posted by Sharon Kolb on June 29th, 2011 11:29 AMPost a Comment

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Laurel Ridge Homes–Decatur Real Estate


Brief History of the Development of Decatur real estate in the Laurel Ridge  Community

Laurel Ridge is located 4 miles from Emory University  and is  Northwest of the intersection of North Druid Hills Road and Lawrenceville Highway, roughly across from North DeKalb Mall.

Lawrenceville Highway was a major road from the earliest days of the County, essentially a road that led from the Dekalb County seat in Decatur to the Gwinnett County Seat in Lawrenceville.  North Druid Hills Road was only a two-lane road for years, often blocked by trains passing across the road near the present Hidden Valley Golf Course.

NDeKalbMallAccording to a comprehensive history of the area written by Bob Stubbs for the Laurel Ridge Civic Association, until the 1950's most of the surrounding Decatur real estate was primarily rural with a large number of dairy farms -one large dairy farm was located near North DeKalb Mall. 

 Intensive residential development began in the mid 1950's when Decatur real estate in the Laurel Ridge area was developed.  Most of the land was originally owned by the Kittredge family and was gradually sold to develop North Druid Woods, Pine Glen, Fork Creek and finally in the mid-60's, Country Squire.  All of these neighborhoods comprise what is generally designated as the Laurel Ridge area, named for Laurel Ridge Elementary School located in the area.

Many of the homes in North Druid Woods are of modest size, but well-kept with sizeable yards.  This is a popular “starter” neighborhood with good schools and convenient to everything. Decatur homeprices in this neighborhood range from $199,000 to $265,000 for a small brick ranch-style home.



Fork Creekwas developed some time later and the homes are substantially larger with more bedrooms and baths and well-groomed lawns.

Pine Glenis another unique area with charming cottage-style homes and brick ranches. 

Prior to the mid-1960's when Country Squire was developed, orchards and cattle were the primary occupants.  Country Squire homes are substantial with spacious well-maintained yards.


Two DeKalb County Schools are located within the neighborhood, Laurel Ridge Elementary School, and Druid Hills Middle School(Formerly called Shamrock Middle School).

Atlanta Decatur Homes  is a local Atlanta real estate company serving Atlanta, Decatur, Druid Hills, Emory University and Tucker neighborhoods for over 25 years.

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