Collier Hills and Ardmore Park
Collier Hills and Ardmore Park embrace Atlanta’s tradition of trees with three beautiful, leafy parks: Tanyard Creek Park (and Atlanta BeltLine trail), the Atlanta Memorial Park, and Bobby Jones Golf Course. With a combination of open fields and playgrounds, you can accomplish just about any outdoor activity. The established neighborhood provides stability and a safe place for kids to play.
Collier Hills and Ardmore Park are convenient, livable destinations for employees of Piedmont Hospital, Shepherd Center, and the myriad of surrounding doctors’ and office buildings. In addition to its location squarely on future BeltLine transit, the neighborhood has access to Amtrak rail service at Brookwood station.
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Where are the boundaries of the Collier Hills and Ardmore Park neighborhoods?The Atlanta BeltLine is the boundary in the middle of these two neighborhoods. Collier Hills falls to the west and covers the area between Northside Drive (to the west), Bobby Jones Golf Course (to the north), the BeltLine (to the east), and interstate 75 to the south. The historic boundary of Ardmore Park is the Beltline to the west, Collier Road to the north, Peachtree Street to the east, and 27th Street to the south.
Brief history of Collier Hills and Ardmore ParkPlanned development began around 1920-1926 in Ardmore Park, which is evidenced in the predominant revival architecture that was popular at the time. Most homes are large, two-story homes peppered with a few cottage-style houses. The neighborhood was built along a grid system, except for abutting the BeltLine, and sizable yards were landscaped and streets lined with oak and beech trees.
Before the arrival of the Colonial Revivals, the Collier family lived at the southwest corner of Peachtree and Collier Roads and ran Collier’s grist mill on Tanyard Creek. Their residence was one of Atlanta’s oldest estates. During the Civil War, the mill and the surrounding areas saw some of the bloodiest fighting as Confederate forces defended Atlanta against the onslaught of General Sherman’s invading army in July 1864. Bronze historical markers near the boulders and rolling hills in Tanyard Creek Park tell this story.
Another monument denotes the intersection of two Creek Indian trails – the Echota Trail and the Peachtree Trail. This area became home to Andrew Jackson Collier’s estate and lives on today in the streets Collier Road and Anjaco Road (ANdrew JAckson COllier).
You can read more about the history on the Collier Hills section of this Buckhead neighborhood site .
How does the Atlanta BeltLine connect with Collier Hills and Ardmore Park?The BeltLine corridor passes along the rail line just north of Piedmont Hospital (that passes under Peachtree Road on the map) and falls to the southwest and along Walthall Drive and Walthall Court. The BeltLine running and biking trail runs winds through Tanyard Creek Park and constitutes about a mile of completed trail in the northern part of the project.
What schools are in Collier Hills and Ardmore Park?Public schools in the community are E. Rivers Elementary School at the corner of Peachtree and Peachtree Battle Avenue, Sutton Middle School (4360 Powers Ferry Road), and North Atlanta High School, a double-magnet school (2875 Northside Drive, near West Wesley). You can see a list of private schools near the neighborhood on this Buckhead neighborhood site .
How can you get involved in your Collier Hills and Ardmore Park communities?You can reach the president for Collier Hills North at firstname.lastname@example.org. We don’t see any google groups or yahoo groups currently, but it should be pretty easy to get linked into the community.
*Thanks to Brandy Morrison for lending her historical research on this Atlanta BeltLine neighborhood!