The harmony of old and new, comfort and energy, that we find in Brookhaven has roots in an unusual heritage. Although Brookhaven became a city just eight years ago, some of the Brookhaven neighborhoods were ready for a centennial by then. As a result, the townhomes of Brookhaven are enfolded in an atmosphere that blends heritage and convenience to a degree few communities can match.
Summer cottages cropped up in Lynwood Park and Brookhaven Village a hundred years ago. Like Buckhead, just to the south, Brookhaven began with wealthy industrialists coming here to put some green between their vacation homes and the bustling city. More and more, as time went on, these influential Atlanta residents came to stay. A prestigious country club community was thriving here by 1910. The National Park Service named Brookhaven an Historic District in 1986.
The Attraction of Country Living
Early 20th-century industry was noisy, messy, and well worth getting away from. The initial Brookhaven homes could hardly be called suburban, because they were big, luxurious, and well within a radius of Atlanta that is barely a commute. Social life was gracious here. Families and friends grew close.
Golf at the Brookhaven Country Club, and later the Capital City Club, was only one of the outdoor diversions favored by the people who came first to Brookhaven. Private stables served their equestrian interests, and in fact their own properties were enough to keep the owners occupied on many of these early Brookhaven estates.
The Luxury of Access
The advantage of access that Brookhaven enjoys puts it in easy reach of some key city advantages as Atlanta grew. Sharing a portion of the Perimeter Center, Brookhaven is less than three miles from Buckhead. The townhomes here are positioned with advantages in DeKalb County, where Brookhaven is the county’s largest city. So options for commerce, convenience, and culture are even closer than Atlanta.
Education is another urban asset that doesn’t call for venturing far. Home to Georgia State University’s satellite campus for the Robinson College of Business MBA program, as well as Oglethorpe University and its Museum of Art, Brookhaven is also the locale for a host of public, private, and charter school options for primary and secondary education.
Keeping and Sharing the Tranquility
One reason the appeal of Brookhaven endured and grew is that arrangements have been made all along to keep what was special about those early-day country retreats, while making their setting accessible to more people as interest grew, and townhomes became a preferred lifestyle.
The 135-acre Murphy Candler Park and 18-acre Briarwood Park, which is filled with facilities and opportunities for the whole family, are just two of the larger examples of keeping it green in Brookhaven. Ashford Park, though cozier and more personal, offers children a playground that includes slides and climbing areas. Programs such as youth baseball, softball, and football leagues enliven Brookhaven’s parks and further forge the sense of community here. The Historic Brookhaven Neighborhood Association plays an active part in the ongoing preservation and beautification of these treasured public spaces.
Throughout the story of Brookhaven, success in capitalizing on heritage without spoiling it speaks well for the value of the townhomes here. To advise you on the opportunities this may represent to you, for home or investment, turn to Engel & Völkers, known as the Atlanta leader in the sale of residential real estate, and new developments. Just call us at 404-845-7724 or find out more at skylandbrookhaven.com.