Brookwood Hills

You’ll hear Atlantans refer to the “Brookwood split,” which is where highways 75 and 85 merge as you’re entering the city from the north. Within this crook and around Peachtree Road, you’ll find the peaceful, upscale neighborhood of Brookwood Hills. The neighborhood is filled with stately brick homes and posh condos that have appeared along this section of Peachtree Road. Dating back to the 1920s, this urban oasis within a bustling Atlanta boasts Tudor, Colonial, and Georgian home styles. Brookwood Hills’ amenities include the Clear Creek Nature Preserve, a commercial district that faces Peachtree Street, Piedmont Hospital, the gallery district Bennett Street, and easy access the Atlanta’s major highways. The Atlanta BeltLine should serve to enhance the walkability of this community in the future.

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Where are the boundaries of the Brookwood Hills neighborhood?
The Brookwood Hills neighborhood border runs along Peachtree Creek to the north until it intersects with the railroad tracks that parallel highway 85. The border follows the highway and the tracks down to Peachtree Street where it then goes north to Collier Road, around Piedmont Hospital and, excepting the Colonial Homes neighborhood, joins back up with Peachtree Creek.

Brief history of Brookwood Hills
Before the formation of the neighborhood, Brookwood Hills saw the Battle of Peachtree Creek during the Civil War, a noteworthy engagement in the Battle of Atlanta. In the 1920s, Brookwood Hills emerged as one of Atlanta’s garden suburbs thanks to Benjamin Franklin Burdett (“Mr. B.F.”) and his son Arthur Burdett. Mr. B.F hired the developer O.F. Kauffman to help plan the neighborhood after he worked with Fredrick Law Olmsted on the Druid Hills neighborhood. He emulated Olmsted’s style, which is evident in the wide, curvy streets and leafy oak trees and green spaces.

In the 1930s, the Burdett’s fenced off a spring-fed pool in the middle of the neighborhood and created what is today the Brookwood Hills Community Club. A Peachtree streetcar operated a line from Downtown Atlanta to Buckhead, transporting the working men back and forth from their jobs. 

The commercial district along Peachtree Road, Atlanta’s main artery, illustrates Atlanta’s northward expansion as the city grew. The Brookwood Hills Historic District includes the historic commercial properties along Peachtree.

You can read a wonderfully detailed history on the Brookwood Hills Community Club website here.

How does the Atlanta BeltLine connect with Brookwood Hills?
The Atlanta BeltLine bisects the northern section of Brookwood Hills. Wrapping behind Piedmont Hospital to the west, the BeltLine snakes under Peachtree Road and follows Peachtree Creek to the northeast. Once completed, the Atlanta BeltLine should include a proposed plaza next to Piedmont Hospital that would connect the two entities and offer people who work at the hospital and surrounding business an alternate commute.

What schools are in Brookwood Hills?
Children who live in Brookwood Hills attend E. Rivers Elementary School, Sutton Middle School, and North Atlanta High School. Atlanta also offers a fine selection of private schools throughout the city.

How can you get involved in your Brookwood Hills community?
You can visit the Brookwood Hills Community Club website online at www.BrookwoodHills.com which is the official neighborhood organization. A group of Atlanta intowners have also formed a yahoo group – intownneighbors – that you can tap into.

*Thanks to Brandy Morrison for lending her historical research on this Atlanta BeltLine neighborhood!

 

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