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823 Briarcliff Road

823 Briarcliff Road

The new Virginia Park townhomes development replaces an historic Druid Hills house and a 1950s apartment complex at 823 and 817 Briarcliff Road. The development, located on the east side of the road within the City of Atlanta portion of Druid Hills, is zoned for multi-family (RG-3).

During the 1950s and ‘60s, following the “redevelopment” of this section of Briarcliff Road, just three original houses remained. Now, with the demolition of the white-columned house at 823 Briarcliff, only two remain. Like the 823 house, both have deep setbacks typical of Druid Hills homes built within the City of Atlanta during the historic building period. Read more

Safety & Security in Druid Hills

Dear Druid Hills Neighbors,

Since early March of this year, our neighborhood has been plagued by thieves who are breaking into cars and stealing property left inside by owners. As this serious problem persisted through the summer, the Druid Hills Civic Association worked from various angles to draw attention to our concerns and expectations of safety and security.

We have contacted DeKalb County Police leadership to request increased police presence. Subsequently, DeKalb police officials Major Voss and Lieutenant Merrifield attended our August board meeting and informed us of the status of their investigation and effort to apprehend the perpetrators. As representatives of our community, DeKalb County Commissioners Kathie Gannon and Jeff Rader have supported our initiatives in solving the problem. As always, we are working with the Druid Hills Patrol.

Recently, I appointed a Public Safety Committee whose task is to gather information about crime in Druid Hills and devise long-term strategies to combat the problem. The committee is strongly considering the reinstatement of a Neighborhood Watch program amongst other actions.

While we are impatient and frustrated as the crime continues, the Druid Hills Civic Association has made the issue a top priority. If you have ideas or information, please do not hesitate to contact Jim Boone at

Best wishes,

Cathy Vandenberg

Attention Druid Hills in the City of Atlanta Residents!

In 2010, the City of Atlanta Planning Department launched a project to clarify and simplify the regulations that protect Druid Hills. All of the City-designated neighborhood landmark and historic districts are part of this effort. At long last, the Text Amendment to our Druid Hills Landmark District ordinance is at the starting gate of the legislative process. This process will begin with the Urban Design Commission hearing on September 23 and end with the City Council meeting on October 19.

Please follow the links to the Druid Hills Ordinance as proposed to be amended here: Regulation Revision A (text amendment) Text Amendment A and Regulation Revision B (Druid Hills list) Text Amendment B. An Executive Summary of the proposed amendment may be found here: Executive Summary. This Executive Summary will be sent to every property owner/resident in the City portion of Druid Hills. If you do not receive one OR if you have questions, please email

Note: The current Druid Hills ordinance, Chapter 20B of the Atlanta zoning code (Part III, Section 16), may be found by visiting

Trees Atlanta NeighborWoods Program and the DHCA

Trees Atlanta is enthusiastic about continuing to plant shade trees in our front yards and common areas to increase the tree canopy in our neighborhood. Below are the details about the program.

  • Trees will be planted on Saturday, November 7 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Volunteers from our neighborhood and the metro Atlanta area will help us plant our trees.
  • DHCA Division 5 (between Peavine Creek, N. Decatur & RR Lines) and Division 8 (Emory University, N. Decatur Rd to S. Peachtree Creek) will participate in this year’s tree plantings. A map showing the DHCA divisions is available at:
  • The $200 cost for each tree will be split between Trees Atlanta, Druid Hills homeowners, and the DHCA. Trees Atlanta will contribute $100 per tree. Druid Hills homeowners who are members of the DHCA will pay $50 for each tree (maximum of 2 trees per homeowner). Those who are not DHCA members will contribute $100 per tree. The DHCA will contribute $50 — up to $100 per household — for trees for DHCA members but this offer is limited to the first 30 trees purchased.
  • The DHCA’s offer to contribute $50 per tree for DHCA members is limited to 30 trees total equally divided between Divisions 5 and 8. First come, first served in each division!

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Laurels for Woolford’s Rock Garden

Jacqueland1The Jacqueland Rock Garden, created in 1926 on the Woolford Estate, recently received the 2015 Restoration Award from the Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation. Set in a mature oak-hickory forest native to the Georgia Piedmont and surrounded by evergreen hemlocks, the garden had been neglected, becoming overgrown and eroded over the course of five decades.

Adjacent to the Atlanta Hospital Hospitality House, the garden invites contemplation and offers serenity near a waterfall, pool, and fountain. The restoration came about when Sara A. Hehir, chair of the Sara Giles Moore Foundation, became intrigued by what lay beneath the ivy and wisteria. She recruited Cooper Sanchez, head gardener of Oakland Cemetery, to direct the restoration, which AHHA executive director Melissa Connor subsequently initiated.

The garden is located at 1815 Ponce de Leon and is open to the public during daylight hours. For more information, please contact Melissa Connor at 404-377-6333.


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