Druid Hills/Emory

When Ellen and George Nemhauser first happened upon the historic Druid Hills neighborhood 15 years ago, they knew they were home. “We moved to Atlanta from New York as a one year trial,” explains Ellen, “and until we saw Druid Hills we were somewhat dubious about living in the South.” Druid Hills, designed by America’s most famous landscape architect Fredrick Law Olmstead, is a tree-shaded neighborhood of winding streets and small parks. Beginning in 1900, many of Atlanta’s wealthiest citizens chose to live in Druid Hills. They hired some of Atlanta’s most noted architects to design their homes. The result is an eclectic mix of architectural styles all nestled into the curving topography of the neighborhood.

The Nemhausers knew they wanted to live in Druid Hills, but were discouraged by the few houses they saw on the market. According to Nemhauser, houses in Druid Hills rarely turn over, and when they do, they are often snapped up before a for-sale sign is ever put in the front yard. To find a home in the neighborhood George and Ellen asked their agent to “put the word out” that they were looking for a house. When their agent uncovered a pink stucco Mediterranean villa that was about to go on the market, they fell in love. The house and yard were in terrible condition; in fact Ellen says the yard looked like “Vietnam at its worst,” but they put in an offer because “you do crazy things when you are in love with a house.”

Like many Druid Hills residents, the Nemhausers are active in the Druid Hills Civic Association. Ellen believes commitment to the Civic Association is a natural for most of the folks in the neighborhood. “The kind of people who choose to live here are socially and civilly committed. They make the time to give to the neighborhood.”

Civic Association President Philip Lee says the neighborhood is lucky to have so many dedicated homeowners because it creates a strong Civic Association. “People really care about this neighborhood and that represents itself by people getting involved and speaking up.” Because the Druid Hills Civic Association is so powerful, it has been successful in protecting the historic character of the neighborhood from unwanted development. The Civic Association recently pushed to enact a historic preservation ordinance that protects the neighborhood’s historic structures by limiting changes that can be made to them.

Schatten Gallery
Emory University, 540 Asbury Circle
Glenn Memorial Auditorium
1660 North Decatur Road, Emory University 30307
Michael C. Carlos Museum
571 South Kilgo Circle N.E. 30322
566 Dutch Valley Rd.
Eridian Stage at Little Tree Studios
2842 Franklin St. Avondale Estates, Ga 30002 30002
Kathy's Studio
1978 Westminster Way NE, Atlanta, GA 30307 30307
Duckbill Studios
3172 E. Ponce de Leon Ave., Suite D
Tull Auditorium
Gambrell Hall, Emory University, 1301 Clifton Road
primal pi
1123 Zonolite Road, Suite 20A 30306
Dance 101
2480 Briarcliff Road
Emerson Concert Hall
Emory University, Schwartz Center for Performing Arts, 1700 N. Decatur Road 30322
The Commuter Gallery
3162 North Druid Hills Road
Emory Point
1727 Clifton Road N.E. 30329
Slice & Pint
1593 North Decatur Road 30307
Ink & Elm
1577 N. Decatur Road 30307
Rise 'N Dine
1565 North Decatur Road 30307
Cafe Bombay
2615 Briarcliff Road N.E. 30329
Chow Mei Mei
1540 Ave. Place 30329
1799 Briarcliff Road 30306
1520 Avenue Place Suite B-140 30329
Himalayan Spice
2773 Clairmont Road 30329
Pizza Bella
1799 Briarcliff Road N.E. 30306
Bahel Ethiopian
3125 Briarcliff Rd NE 30329
Thai Chili
2169 Briarcliff Road N.E. 30329
The General Muir
1540 Ave. Place 30329
The Grove
2761 Lavista Road 30033
Nicola's Restaurant
1602 Lavista Road N.E. 30329
Pita Palace
1658 Lavista Road N.E. 30329
Falafel King
1405 Oxford Rd NE 30307
Sonny's Place
2168 Briarcliff Road
La Tagliatella
1540 Avenue Place Suite B-280 30329
Dragon Bowl
1556 North Decatur Road 30307
SunO Dessert
2144 North Decatur Road 30033
JAYA Center
3845 North Druid Hills Road 30033
TGM Bread
1540 Avenue Place 30329
Broadway Cafe
2157 Briarcliff Road N.E. 30329
Double Zero
1577 N. Decatur Road 30307
Petite Violette
2948 Clairmont Road N.E. 30329
Floataway Cafe
1123 Zonolite Road N.E. 30306
Le Giverny
1641 Clifton Road N.E. 30329
Bonefish Grill
1540 Avenue Place 30329
Everybody's Pizza
1593 N. Decatur Road 30329
Simcha Bakery
2899-A N. Druid Hills Road 30329
Bad Dog Taqueria
1579 N. Decatur Road 30307
Sweet Monkey
1727 Clifton Road 30329
Railroad Earth
1467 Oxford Road. 30307
Purple Corkscrew
1445 Oxford Rd. 30307
Royal Lounge
2847 Buford Highway 30329
Slice & Pint
1593 North Decatur Road 30307
Ink & Elm
1577 N. Decatur Road 30307