Located right on the edge of Atlanta, Dekalb County is a prime location for those wishing to live the city life without actually living downtown. A couple renowned colleges are located in the county: Emory University and Agnes Scott College. Dekalb County is home to very prominent organizations and businesses including the Center for Disease Control and the American Cancer Society. Stone Mountain is located in the county, and it has the world’s largest piece of free-standing exposed granite as well as the world’s biggest relief sculpture. This county has many qualities that make it a unique and exciting place to live.
Avondale Estates was established in 1924, and the city is rich in English history. Named after Stratford-upon-Avon, Shakespeare’s birthplace, Avondale Estates has an old British atmosphere with buildings and houses that reflect a Tudor style. The community is a very tight-knit area that revolves around the unique architecture and original ambiance. An interesting tourist attraction is the first Waffle House that opened in 1955 and is now a museum. The downtown region of Avondale Estates has many businesses such as antique shops, and it is considered the commercial district. The area also offers dining opportunities including pizzerias and Mexican cuisine. The Rail Arts area of Avondale Estates contains art galleries and art studios. A beautiful natural attraction is Lake Avondale, where residents and visitors can enjoy outdoor recreational activities.
Georgia’s newest city was incorporated December 17th, 2012, and it became a city entirely inside the perimeter and the largest city in Dekalb County. It is 2.12 square miles, with 271 acres of parks. The median household income is $56,231. Brookhaven’s borders are Sandy Springs to the west, Chamblee to the east; Dunwoody to the north; and Interstate 85 to the south. The city has its own police, zoning, and maintenance separate from the county. Points of interest include Capital City Country Club, Brookhaven MARTA Station, Oglethorpe University, Georgia State University’s Brookhaven satellite campus for the Robinson College of Business MBA program, and Murphey Candler Park. The Dekalb County School System operates the public schools serving Brookhaven. Neighborhoods and districts include Town Brookhaven, Brookhaven Village, Lynwood Park, Peachtree Road, North Brookhaven, Buford Highway, and Lenox Park. The large retail centers
in Brookhaven include the Town Brookhaven, Northeast Plaza, and a stripmall style shopping center on Buford Highway focused on discount and Hispanic-oriented stores.
Candler McAfee is a beautiful area inhabited with multiple parks. The area population is just above 23,000, and it has decreased about 18% since 2000. The parks in the region include Misty Waters Park, Alexander Park, Glendale Park, Mark Trail Park, Glenwood Hills Park, and Starmount-McAfee Park. Shopping is plentiful in Candler McAfee, and the two major shopping centers are the Candler Plaza Shopping Center and the Eastgate Shopping Center. Candler McAfee is a very scenic place to reside that offers many recreational activities and shopping opportunities.
Chamblee’s history revolves around dairies, the military, and railroads. The Chamblee area has constantly grown and expanded to keep up with the changing times and new advancements. As one of the most ethnically diverse areas in the Southeast, Chamblee is rich in culture and has an international atmosphere. The International Village is considered one of the most diverse areas in the country with residents of over 30 nationalities and businesses that introduce visitors to different cultures. The Central Business District in Chamblee hosts the nationally-known “Antique Row,” and this section of town strives to retain the history of the city while also incorporating modern developments.
Clarkston is a small town that retains its southern appeal while having the amenities of Atlanta close by. Milam Park is a beautiful 7.6-acre park in the area that has a modern playground, tennis courts, pavilions for picnics, a softball field and a multi use field. Clarkston Dog Park provides a great place for pet-owners to let their dogs play. Friendship Forest has 15.14 acres of streams, trees, fields, and stands. Many wildlife attractions are in the area, such as butterflies, birds, vegetation, and small mammals.
The City of Decatur is the heart of the county and has the warmth, charm and accessibility of the best small towns. With exceptional services and amenities and its close proximity to Emory University and The Centers for Disease Control, Decatur is one of the most desirable places to live in Dekalb County and the metro-Atlanta area. Decatur’s historic town square, anchored by the old courthouse that is now home to the county’s historical society and arts council, is ringed with galleries, cafes and boutiques. With its own MARTA station in the middle of the square complex, Decatur is easily accessible and pedestrian friendly.
Doraville has been growing since 1871, and the city is now very industrially advanced. Located about 10 miles from Atlanta, Doraville links the city of Atlanta to the surrounding suburbs. Transportation by four major interstates that go through the city is easily accessible, and the business climate is thriving. Two airports, the Dekalb-Peachtree Airport and Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, are within 30 minutes of Doraville. The Doraville MARTA Station provides transit for those who wish to utilize public transportation. The people of the community are very culturally diverse and economically driven. The city has a very homely atmosphere amidst the bustle of city life, and it is known to provide a family-friendly lifestyle.
Historic mansions that date back to the 19th century reside in the beautiful planned community of Druid Hills. Asa Candler, the founder of Coca Cola, helped to develop the community that was originally formed by Joel Hurt. The main campus of Emory University, one of the world’s top research institutions, is in Druid Hills. In 1975 the parks along Ponce de Leon Avenue were listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and those parks along with the rest of the development are now known as the Druid Hills Historic District. Four National Register Districts are located in the Druid Hills community: Druid Hills, Emory Grove, Cameron Court, and University Park-Emory Highlands-Emory Estates.
Dunwoody is a very homely community with an abundance of dining, shopping, and recreation. The residents of the city have easy access to Interstate 285 and the City of Atlanta. The Dunwoody campus of Georgia Perimeter College provides students in the area with a beautiful college campus that is surrounded by trees. Troy University is another higher education institution in the area, and this college focuses on preparing students for what lies ahead in their lives.
The Panthersville area population is about 12,500, and the housing market offers properties ranging from under $250,000 up to a million dollars. Panthersville is a shopping mecca that offers many shopping opportunities for residents and visitors. The Gallery at South Dekalb is a regional shopping center that offers department stores such as Macy’s. Rainbow Village Shopping Center and Sunshine Shopping Center are two other shopping centers in the area that provide unique and convenient shopping. A nice natural attraction in the area is Exchange Park, where people can participate in recreational activities and enjoy the scenery.
The town is named for Stone Mountain, the largest exposed granite dome in North America. Stone Mountain harbors plant and animal life found no other place in the world. It is also the site of a famous giant carving commemorating the military leaders of the Confederacy, as well as a state
park and museum, including a steam railroad. The city of Stone Mountainis also home to the ART Station Contemporary Arts Center and Theatre Company as well as the Stone Mountain Arts Incubator Program. Median household income is $50,100. The city has a total area of 1.6 square miles.
Only 14 miles from Atlanta, Tucker offers family-friendly living with the amenities of a major city close by. At the center of the community is Main Street, where local restaurants and shops provide entertainment original to the area. Tucker Day Festival takes place on Main Street every year, and people from all over enjoy live music, arts, crafts, food, and a lively parade. Many beautiful parks decorate the area and allow for recreational activities that the whole family can partake in. Transportation to and from Atlanta is easily accessible through Greyhound Bus Lines, MARTA, AMTRAK Train Station, and major interstates. Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport and Peachtree-Dekalb Airport are both within a very short distance of Tucker, making travel very accessible.
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Avondale Estates, Chamblee, Clarkston, Decatur, Doraville, Lithonia, Pine Lake, and Stone Mountain.
DEKALB COUNTY OFFICES
Main Contact Information
Dekalb County Tax Commissioner
Claudia G. Lawson
County Extension Office
Fire and Emergency Services
Planning and Zoning
City of Avondale Estates
City of Chamblee
City of Clarkston
City of Doraville
City of Dunwoody
City of Lithonia
City of Pine Lake
City of Stone Mountain
Atlanta Gas Light Company
Gas South, LLC
Water and Sewer
Dekalb County Water and Sewer
Dekalb County School System
City Schools of Decatur
Agnes Scott College at Decatur
Columbia Theological Seminary at Decatur
DeKalb Technical College
Georgia Perimeter College at Decatur
Dekalb County Public Library System