If you’ve visited Ansley Park before, you know it draws you in with its serenity and harmonious balance of new and old. This oasis in the busy city of Atlanta was first developed in 1904 by Edwin P. Ansley, a prominent real estate businessman, and completed by 1930. Ansley Park was Atlanta’s first suburb designed with automobiles in mind. Its winding streets and green parks attracted the area’s most wealthy people of the time and was even home to Georgia’s Governor’s Mansion.
Now, thanks to the hard work of the Ansley Park Civic Association, historic homes have been preserved, safety enhanced and parks beautified. Though it is still keeping up with the times, the neighborhood still has a sense of community.
With all that in mind, it’s no wonder that many want to live in this wonderful area. 45 homes are listed on Zillow and range in price from $90,000 to almost $3 million. Rental homes on Trulia were priced from almost $1,000 to $4,450 per month. Homes feature the Colonial, Federal, Neo-Classical, Italian Renaissance, Queen Anne, Tudor, Prairie School and Craftsman styles.
Children living in Ansley Park are privileged with attending some of the area’s finest schools, including Morningside Elementary, Inman Middle, Henry W. Grady High, The Paideia School and Pace Academy.
In addition to great homes and schools, Ansley Park offers a unique lifestyle of city living:
Shopping and Dining
• Atmosphere. This quaint, French bistro near Ansley Park serves delectable dishes, desserts and cocktails. As Atlanta’s Best French Restaurant, menu items include escargots, mussels, pan roasted salmon, veal, lamb, pork tenderloin, strawberry melba and crème brulee.
• Atlantic Station. There’s plenty happening at Atlantic Station! Stores include Ann Taylor, Athletic, Banana Republic, Dillard’s, Fab’rik Boutique, H&M, IKEA, LOFT, Target and West Elm. Restaurants such as Chick-a-Biddy, Atlantic Grill and Yard House are perfect for breaks between shopping. Atlantic Station is also home to great events, including Brown Bag Fridays, a Free Concert Series and Wellness Wednesdays.
• Bantam + Biddy. A casual and family-friendly restaurant, Bantam + Biddy offers regional, all-natural and pastured
poultry and more. Menu items include pimento cheese with veggies, chopped chicken liver, meatloaf, pasta, chicken tenders, pork schnitzel, sandwiches, grits, duck fat fries and pickled beets and goat cheese.
• Ansley Atlanta. Find everything at Ansley Atlanta including food, shopping and fun. Spend the day here and check out its gift boutiques, clothing stores, beauty salons, grocers, pet suppliers, restaurants, home stores and night life.
Entertainment and Recreation
• Ansley Park Playhouse. Located at 1545 Peachtree Street, the Ansley Park Playhouse opened in 2002. It’s most famous show is Peachtree Battle. The show portrays what happens to the favorite son of a Buckhead socialite when he gets engaged to a Hooter’s girl. Dealing with controversial topics, it is the longest running production in Atlanta Theatre history.
• Ansley Golf Club. Ansley members enjoy two extraordinary clubhouses with fine and casual dining. Additionally, the Club offers an Olympic-sized pool, world-class clay tennis courts, a full fitness center, youth programs and one of the most sought after golf courses.
• Fun Run-Walk in the Park. This family-friendly event will take place on Saturday, September 28, 2013 at McClatchy Park. The race features music by Shreeps Music, great good, an Atlanta police officer meet-and-greet, raffles and so much more. All proceeds go to the Ansley Park Beautification Foundation.
• Art in the Park. Coming up on Sunday, October 19, 2013, Art in the Park is a dinner, reception and auction. Dinner will be served at 13 gorgeous Ansley Park homes followed by dessert and a live and silent auction. The auction features artwork from top artists, galleries and collectors of Atlanta. Tickets are $150 per person.
• Ansley Park Walking Tour. Home to Atlanta’s wealthiest and prestigious families for over 100 years, including Georgia governors and even Margaret Mitchell, this walking tour stops by historic homes and mansions. Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for students and seniors. Meet on the sidewalk in front of Rhodes Hall at 1516 Peachtree St. NW.
• Rhodes Hall. Originally home to Rhodes Furniture founder Amos Rhodes, today it is a house museum, event venue and headquarters for The Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation. Constructed of Stone Mountain granite, Rhodes Hall was built in 1904 before the development of Ansley Park. Featuring the Romanesque Revival style, it was even wired
for electricity. The house was a technological marvel in its day and is now a perfect counterpart to Atlanta’s skyline.
• First Church of Christ, Scientist. Now the main congregation for Atlanta’s Christian Science community, this historic Greek revival church was completed in 1914. The church even claims to be the first air-conditioned building in Atlanta.
• Randolph-Lucas House. Though not originally built in Ansley Park, the Randolph-Lucus House will move there soon. Once in Buckhead, the house was almost destroyed by the Peachtree Road Condominium Association. In order to help save the 1924 structure, featured in Anne Rivers Siddons’ novel Peachtree Road, the Buckhead Heritage Society offered the home free of charge to anyone able to move it. The Society accepted NewTown Partners’ proposal. This Atlanta-based economic development consulting firm specializing in historic preservation is excited to save the home.
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