Druid Hills Neighborhood – Atlanta, GA – Druid Hills is a big neighborhood with a variety of old homes.  I did a post last year on some of my favorites, and have a few more that I want to share.  The different styles of houses around here makes for a great walk around the different streets.


The house above catching the sunset on Lullwater Road is one of my favorites.  Lullwater contains many large homes, several that I featured in last year’s Druid Hills post.

1927 Druid Hills

This first home – wow, this is stately!  Sitting on a hilltop, it gets your attention!

Druid Hills 5
1928, Designed by Owen James Southwell.

Druid Hills has several parks throughout, and these run adjacent to the very busy Ponce de Leon Boulevard.

Alpha Delta Pi Sorority Headquarters

Now the house above has an interesting history.  It was built in 1910 and is the second house built in Druid Hills.  It was built for farm equipment manufacturer Clyde King.  The house was sold in 1954 to Alpha Delta Pi sorority, and it serves as their international headquarters.  They built an office addition in the back of this property in 2004.

E Lake Rd

I don’t have any information on the house above, but it sure does create quite a first impression!


I love the look of this “eyebrow” house as I call it.  I’m sure there’s a technical name, but to me it’s an eyebrow!

Built 1921

The house above, built in 1921 is an English country-style Tudor…and it just keeps going and going and going!  The ivy just completes the look of this big house.

Neel Reid House

Another traditional house, built around 1914 by Neel Reid, who is one of my favorite architects in Atlanta.  He built quite a few homes around Druid Hills, as well as Buckhead during his short career.

Asa Candler home, built 1916.

The Coca-Cola Candler family ahs a few homes throughout Druid Hills, and I took this photo above on a winter morning.  Asa and Lucy Candler moved to this house, built 1916, from Callan Castle – that one is featured in the post on Inman Park.  While it’s been converted into a church now, many original architectural pieces of this Beaux Arts mansion remain.  It cost $210,000 to built back in 1916, and features and indoor reflecting pool as well as a bowling alley.  The trim on this house is Italian Marble.

Italian Marble trim on Candler house


Love the ivy on here!

The ivy on this house immediately caught my attention, and it’s one I see daily on my way home from work.  I’m told this one was also designed by architect Neel Reid.

Another Neel Reid

The house above, with the red door to the right is a favorite by architect Neel Reid.  It was built in 1914 for Will Campbell.

“Boxwood”, built 1912

“Boxwood” was built in 1912 and has a Coca-Cola connection.  It was built for Charles Rainwater, who standardized the bottling business for Coca-Cola.  Prior to that there were a variety of bottles and counterfeit ones produced.  It was one of the grand estates in Druid Hills, and featured formal gardens along with a horse track!


Mediterranean Villa

The Mediterranean Villa was a popular style in the 1920s, driven by the Florida land boom.  While I always think of seeing these in Florida, there are several throughout the neighborhood.


Another house converted into offices on Ponce de Leon.


“Pinebloom”, built 1914

This big Tudor home is known as “Pinebloom”, and was built in 1914 for Preston Arkwright.  He became the first president of what’s now known as Georgia Power.  Architect Walter T. Downing designed this massive home. The house was named for Mrs. Arkwright’s family home in Baker County, Georgia. If you look to the right, you will see a large church sanctuary that was added to the house.  It served as a church for many years.

Thanks so much for taking this tour of Druid Hills today.  I really appreciate you reading the blog!  I’m also on Instagram, @oldgeorgiahomes, and publish house pics regularly there.


4 Replies to “Druid Hills, Atlanta – A Few More Favorite Old Homes”

  1. Hi, just wanted you to know that I enjoy your blog immensely! It is wonderful to see the photos and to read the comments of someone who adores beautiful old homes! I am constantly driving my family crazy with ” Wow! Look at that house!” They roll their eyes and say “Yes, yes we see the beautiful house.” Well that’s just no fun at all for someone who gets excited about seeing these works of art.

    I am originally from Wilmington, NC which has many gorgeous historic homes. My favorite being the Bellamy Mansion which if I’m not mistaken served as a hospital during the Civil War. I currently reside in Tennessee and have been discovering the homes here as well.

    Thank you so much for this blog! It is truly wonderful!

    1. Thanks so much for the note, Lynn! I really appreciate it! There’s so many great old homes to see. I’ll have to check out the Bellamy Mansion. Again, thanks so much and I’m glad you’re enjoying the blog!

  2. Do you have any images of the original home called “Paradiso” 1675 South Ponce de Leon Ave, Atlanta, GA. Druid Hills. We have been in the neighborhood since the early 1980s. I believe the original historic home burned to the ground. Not sure. Before the condo development the only thing left on the property was the “footprint” of the house and the servant’s quarters. Thank you.

    1. I have heard about “Paradiso” over the years. I don’t have any photos of the house, but I have seen them in the “Atlanta’s Druid Hills: A Brief History” book. There are a few pages about the house and a couple of photos of it are included. The house was demolished by the City of Atlanta in 1976. Hope this helps!

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