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Brookhaven: An Affluent Community With Historic Charm

Brookhaven is an affluent community just outside of Atlanta that maintains its historic charm while creating a balance of city and suburban lifestyle elements. Conveniently located approximately 12 miles from downtown Atlanta, Brookhaven appeals to both singles and families with its upscale shopping, fine dining, arts festivals and parks. 

The Brookhaven area has been known for being the home to prominent Atlantans since the 1900s, when they began building summer cottages in the community. In 1910, a group of investors from the Mechanical and Manufacturers Club purchased the land on the north side of Peachtree Road as the site of a planned community surrounding a golf course called Brookhaven Estates. The Brookhaven Country Club was built in October 1910, and in 1911 a nine-hole golf course was built, becoming Atlanta’s second largest golf course. In 1913, Atlanta’s Capital City Club leased the Brookhaven Country Club and purchased it in 1915. 

The golf course was expanded along with the housing developments surrounding it. The area was incorporated as the city of North Atlanta in 1924. By 1928, eight homes on the lots along Club Drive and Stovall were built and sold. Country Club Estates was developed in 1929, covering Winall Down Road, most of Vermont and Stovall, Calvert Lane and part of Narmore.  The city of North Atlanta was later disincorporated due to the city’s leaders requesting a referendum on a new city charter.

The homes in Brookhaven include designs by a number of well-known Atlanta architects of this period, including Hal Hentz and Neel Reid. Major commercial and residential development took place from the 1950s to 1970s. In 1984, the Brookhaven MARTA Station opened, and in 1986, The Capital City Club and many of the homes in the neighborhood were placed on the National Register of Historic Places. The area surrounding the club is now officially known as “Historic Brookhaven.” 

Since its disincorporation, the Brookhaven area has been part of the city of Decatur. The members of the community brought up incorporating Brookhaven in 2007 because they wanted to secure zoning, planning, land use, police, and fire protection instead of having Decatur officials make those decisions. In 2012, Brookhaven was incorporated with 55% of voters in support of the change. It was the 11th city created in Dekalb County, and remains the largest city in the county, stretching over 12 miles. 

Today, the area is known for its unique shopping and restaurant options. Town Brookhaven is Brookhaven’s newest development, filled with a multitude of shops, services, and restaurants. The Northeast Plaza is another large retail center that focuses on discounts and Hispanic-oriented stores. And Buford Highway (also known as the International Corridor) offers a variety of international restaurants and shops.

Brookhaven is home to more than 50,000 residents, Oglethorpe University, Murphy Candler Park, the historic Peachtree Golf Club, and Emory Healthcare Practice Facility. There are 14 beautiful parks, 11 hotels, two lakes, and a variety of businesses located there. It’s a suburban gateway between Midtown and Downtown that attracts people from all walks of life. Whether you’re a looking to downsize or ready to lay down new roots, Brookhaven offers something for everyone. 

At Karen Cannon, Realtors, we are local real estate experts for Brookhaven, Dunwoody, Sandy Springs, and North Atlanta.  We live, work, and play here, and our agents are hand-picked for their connections in the community. Our clients know about homes coming on the market before anyone else.  And our highly effective marketing program allows us to shorten the number of days on the market. We’ve even put homes under contract sight unseen!

If you are thinking about selling your home, or are interested in moving into Brookhaven, Dunwoody, Sandy Springs or the surrounding areas, call us at 770-352-9658 send us an email at Check out our current listings here.