All about Historic Brookhaven

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Historic Brookhaven – the beginning of what is now known as Brookhaven, this is a beautiful neighborhood on the southwest side of the city that was originally built around the now Capital City Country Club. To this day, it’s the most desirable real estate in the area. Note: part of this area is actually included in the City of Atlanta but still called “Historic Brookhaven.” This area of Brookhaven is marked by rolling hills, large lots, and beautiful traditional architecture straight out of Architectural Digest.
Also Close by is Lynwood Park – an up and coming community at the intersection of Windsor Parkway and Osborne Rd with a rec center, pool, and tennis courts operated by DeKalb County. The style of the newer homes, which now dominate in this area, tends to be more craftsman as most Lynwood Park homes were built in the early to mid 2000’s when we saw a resurgence of such classic intown trends.

Top 5 reasons to live in Brookhaven

 

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Location

you’re really about as close as you can get to the City of Atlanta without having to pay the escalating costs of Fulton County and City of Atlanta taxes. You’re within a couple miles of the main thoroughfares such as GA400, I285, and I85, making any commute within reach. By the way, if you’re commuting north, you actually go against traffic in the morning and afternoon!

Lifestyle/Sense of Community

these days “local” is hot. Nowhere is more “local” than Brookhaven. With local shopping, restaurants, and businesses sprouting up everywhere along Peachtree Road in Town Brookhaven and Village Place Brookhaven, Brookhaven has become its own little community. The area enjoys wonderful festivals throughout the year such as the Brookhaven Arts Festival, the Brookhaven Beer Festival, and the Brookhaven Chili Cookoff. Gone are the days of piggybacking on Buckhead or Dunwoody and Sandy Springs for culture, entertainment and services. Now with a new city, Brookhaven has it’s on police presence, which is constantly visible and creates an overwhelming sense of security. When I asked past clients why they chose Brookhaven, the responses were “fun,” “vibe,” and “energy.” Live, work, play has taken on a true meaning here, where you really have everything you need. There is no need to leave!

Silver Lake and Murphey Candler Lake

Where else can you have a lake in the middle of the city? Well, we have two here. Silver Lake, the manmade lake that is nestled in between the Brookhaven neighborhoods of Cambridge Park, Hampton Hall, Brittany and Oglethorpe Estates, has been a hallmark for the area for over 100 years. The lake served as Atlanta’s first large-scale bird sanctuary, and it was once purchased in 1927 by William Randolph Hearst before being gifted to Oglethorpe University. Representing some of the highest priced real estate in the area, buyers still clamor for anything close to the renowned Brittany Club, which flaunts the area’s best swim/tennis amenities. Murphey Candler Park is a 135 acre multi use park home to another manmade lake created in the 1950’s where visitors will enjoy walking/running trails, adorable mallards to feed, and a wonderful community sports and recreation program operating organized baseball, softball, and football operations for the community’s youth. Having spent time here with my own children, I consider the youth sports program at Murphey Candler Park to be competitive but compassionate. It’s a welcoming place for all.

Affordability

While maybe not for long, Brookhaven is seen as a tremendous bargain versus the Buckhead’s and Decatur’s of Atlanta’s intown. Again, you’re about as close as you can get to the City of Atlanta without having to pay for it, which has been the draw to Brookhaven for years. Some might say that we are finally growing into our own here in Brookhaven. Real estate demand continues to increase, which is surely bringing up the prices, but you have to

Peachtree DeKalb Airport

You may hear complaints about traffic in Atlanta. Perhaps there is nowhere more difficult to get to in rush hour from virtually anywhere in our great metro Atlanta area than the airport. Yes, of course, there is the MARTA mass transit station in the middle of Brookhaven, which will get you to the airport in a cool 30-45 minutes by rail, but otherwise it can be a challenge by car with traffic. Having said all that, not many areas can brag that they have their own commuter airport in their backyard. Although not technically considered Brookhaven, PDK is on the border of the City of Brookhaven, and it’s convenience and amenities can’t be denied. Originally part of a World War I training facility called Camp Gordon followed by a stint as Naval Air Station Atlanta during World War II, this 745 acre facility is a local hangout thanks to one of the area’s most unique playground and picnic areas overlooking the runways and two fun restaurants, The Downwind and the 57th Fighter Group Restaurant. PDK has become a family treat for the area.

 

Town Brookhaven, a developer’s dream becomes a city center

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We’ve all looked in jest as a developer comes in, scrapes a site and begins a corporate takeover filled with chain restaurants and national retail. Ugh. Couldn’t they just start local and give us something unique, something special? Think Village Place Brookhaven off of Dresden. Well, it’s a similar scenario that ocurred in the new City of Brookhaven several years ago as The Sembler Company bought up a lower income housing development and assembled a behemoth along Peachtree Road just south of Oglethorpe University. Although the project started and stalled, started and stalled several times during it’s early days, the dream was finally realized as national tenants lined up including a state of the art Publix pitched by many as one of the nicest Publix stores ever built and a Costco Wholesale club. Then, a new dinner/movie spot named Cinebistro joined in the fun, and a super sized L.A. Fitness. Before you knew it, you had a destination. It was dubbed “Town Brookhaven,” which I admittedly felt was a little overzealous. I mean, how can you call a massive retail development anything with “Town” in it? However, I was wrong. The response amongst the community was strong, and the local retailers and restauranteurs did come. Drive through there on any evening, and it’s hard to find a parking spot! The weekends are bananas. Brookhaven, who had in the past always piggybacked off of Buckhead, Sandy Springs, and Dunwoody for developments such as Town Brookhaven, but now Brookhaven had it’s own destination.

Our Keller Williams Realty office was one of the first commercial tenants in the development so I’ve had a lot of experience exploring Town Brookhaven. My only complaint now is that I spend too much money there! It has everything!

Brookhaven’s Briarwood Park

brairwood-park-in-brookhavenIt’s hard to think about walking outside today to play at the park in this 17 degree weather! However, I’m so thrilled with the Friends of Briarwood Park and the amazing work they have done over the past year with the revitalization of Briarwood Park!

Just a short while ago, the 18-acre space was deteriorating! In fact, I only remember going there to vote which is such a shame! The park is in a prime Brookhaven location and has such promise for the surrounding neighborhoods like Drew Valley, Brookhaven Fields, and Brookhaven Gardens! With a swimming pool, indoor gym, meeting rooms and tennis courts, this place could be a wonderful asset to Brookhaven neighbors! And, thanks to the Friends of Briarwood Park and the City of Brookhaven, the park is already on it’s way to great improvements!

The fantastic new playground installed this past Spring features play equipment for all ages! And, the covered picnic area makes a great shady spot for parents while they watch their kids play or even throw a special birthday party! Did I mention that new sidewalks to the park from Drew Valley are now in place to make it safer and easier for neighbors to get there?

With a new Director of Parks and Recreation for the City of Brookhaven, I have high hopes for continued improvement at Briarwood Park! Can’t wait to see what is in store for the future! Thank you Brookhaven and Friends of Briarwood Park for giving back to your community!

To keep up with Briarwood Park and the revitalization, you can visit the website at http://briarwoodparkga.org.You can also follow them on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/BriarwoodParkRevitalizationProject

Local resident expert’s take on the Brookhaven market

Brookhaven-real-estate-reviewWhat a year for Brookhaven real estate! Increased demand, limited supply, and sustained low interest rates were the recipe for a successful 2013 and a very encouraging outlook for 2014. So, I think everyone is getting the point that the real estate market is on the upswing (finally), but why do all these buyers want to live in this Brookhaven area of Atlanta? Brookhaven has risen higher thanks to an energized community excited by a new cityhood. In fact, the City of Brookhaven just celebrated it’s 1st birthday! Hooray! No longer an afterthought tagalong wedged between Buckhead, Sandy Springs, and Dunwoody, Brookhaven has its own identity now. Builders and investors are gobbling up as much land as they can to keep up with the growing demand for new homes in the new city. After 5+ years of eroding values throughout metro Atlanta, Brookhaven finds itself weathered well and thriving.

According to the FMLS listing service, Brookhaven saw 862 sales in 2013, but how many sold before they hit the market? “Coming Soon” signs are the new “Just Listed” signs, and everyone’s catching on. You better be quick if you want to grab the next hot property! Under $250,000 homes represented a little over 200 of those 862 homes sold as investors and bargain hunters gobbled up as much as they could. Homes in the $251,000 – $500,000 price range made up 424 sales, which gives credence to this resurgent market and the escalating price point in the area. Amazingly there were more $500,000+ sales than there were under $250,000 sales in the Brookhaven area of Atlanta. Neighborhoods such as Ashford Park, Drew Valley, Brookhaven Fields, and Brookhaven Heights led the charge in home sales while the classic Brittany Club core communities of Brittany, Oglethorpe Estates, Cambridge Park, and Hampton Hall all performed well in 2013. The best way to be on the inside is to contact a Brookhaven Central expert today so we can be on the lookout for you and to ensure you don’t miss something special.

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