Druid Hills, Atlanta – A Few More Favorite Old Homes

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.


Christmas at Callanwolde House Tour


Atlanta, GA –  Christmas at Callanwolde a holiday tradition, what a place to tour each year.  The house – mansion – is huge, about 27,000 square feet.  There are a total of 24 rooms in here.  Each year, Christmas at Callanwolde has a different designer do each of the main rooms in the house.  It’s always jaw-dropping to see what they come up with.  The Candler Family (founders of Coca-Cola) built Callanwolde in 1920.  They lived in the house until 1959.  Luckily this home was saved in the ’70s and is now home to the Callanwolde Fine Arts Center.

As often with pictures, it’s hard to get a sense of how large the rooms are in here.  I will just say this – when I got back home from here, my house felt like a shoebox!  Started out first in the dining room.

Dining Room

You can see the big tree out in the great hall of the house through the doorway.  One thing I found interesting in here, the fireplace.  Being a Carrera marble fireplace it was never actually used! It’s really just decorative.


Walking through the formal rooms downstairs, fun to see how differently each designer approached their room.  The fresh greenery in here smelled fantastic.  Found out the designer had been up on a ladder putting new greenery in the chandelier that very morning.


Out in the grand hall, the huge Christmas tree….and I couldn’t get a decent picture of it!  But looking closely at it, you know it’s the Candler family, aka a Coca-Cola tree.  And those cans on here are practically the 12 oz size!

Candler Coca Cola Tree

Continuing on in the downstairs, another grand room – the music room!


The family dining room was one room that felt “normal” sized in this super sized home.  I had a chance to chat with Beth Kiel, who designed this room. Got tickled and had  take a picture of this on the sideboard, apparently folks were eating the candy.  OK, I totally would have grabbed a Hershey’s Kiss! There’s no decorative candy in our house!



The original billiard room of Callanwolde was more of a family space, and it was decorated in a contemporary style. There are built in cabinets on both sides of the fireplace, which originally held the cue sticks!

Billard Room

Another neat feature in the house is the Aeolian organ.  Original to the house, it cost almost $50,000 back in 1920.  It’s pretty amazing to think the house was built with the pipes to this organ all through the house.  3,742 pipes were built into the walls of the mansion when it was first built.

Aeolian Organ

Heading to the grand staircase in this house, you get a feel for how big it is in here.

Grand Staircase

And the ceiling over the staircase gives you an idea that no expense was spared building Callanwolde.

Ceiling over staircase

Upstairs there are a total of 7 bedrooms and 6 bathrooms.  A couple have been decorated this year, and walking into the master bedroom saw a very up to date room.

Master bedroom

The original master bathroom is intact in this house (what a rarity).  Pretty swank for 1920! I still can’t figure out what that little sink is for, and I know I’ve been told every year.

Master bath

There are still 12 acres with the property, and there are formal, terraced gardens that are beautiful any time of year.  The original tennis court has now become an amphitheater outside.  Quite a fantastic property.


Funny to think this home is sitting on busy Briarcliff Road in Atlanta, yet you drive down the long driveway and feel as if you are in the country.  Thanks so much for taking this tour with me, really appreciate it!

Candler Family Crest





Inside A Big Druid Hills House

Druid Hills Neighborhood, Atlanta – I’ve always been curious about this house, I drive by it daily and have been watching the renovation for ages.  So when I saw the “open house” sign last Sunday, just had to check it out.   The realtor, Hal Freeman, provided me with some fun facts about the house and family.  Thanks Hal!

This is the Hagan family home, built in 1920.  This  7,000 square foot hilltop home has an acre lot.  After touring a big Druid Hills House like this, you feel like your own home is a shoebox!

This house was designed by a native Atlantan (yes, there are a few of us!) architect, Arthur Neal Robinson.  He graduated from UGA (Go Dawgs!). Not as well known as other architects, but did some really interesting work.  He was the primary architect for the City of Avondale Estates, a planned community  he designed in the 1920s based on Stratford-On-Avon with Tudor style businesses and homes.  His own house is next door to the one we are touring today.

I wasn't sure what style of house to call this.
This is one Big Druid Hills House!

Walking up to this house, wasn’t sure what style to call it.  Kinda Mediterranean, kinda Renaissance or Moorish or something?  These styles were popular in the 1920s, and it’s fun to see a one-of-a-kind house. It was purchased a couple of years ago and added on to, but you can’t tell that from the street.  And I like how the builder treated this house – preserving the original details, and the addition to the house feels right in here.

As soon as you walk in, you’re in the living room – it’s much too big to just be called a foyer.  Even though the house isn’t furnished, I liked that because I could get a sense of all the details in here and how well it had been restored.

Living Room

The living room is open to the library.  The fireplace in here is enormous, and love all the French doors.  I think there’s 11 pair of these throughout the first floor of this house.


Next you are in the solarium, conservatory or something – I just think it would be the best room to hang out in here.

From Real Estate Listing
From Real Estate Listing
Calling it a Sun Room - love these windows!
Calling it a Sun Room – love these windows!

Now we’ll head on into the dining room. Using the listing photo as it turned out much better than the one I took with my phone!

Dining Room (from listing)
Dining Room (from listing)

The kitchen is just huge and you can tell you are in a modern build at this point.  But wow, what a kitchen!  It’s a little blurry photo, but I was trying to take pics when no one was in here.  And this is a room you want to hang out in!


Now I mentioned this home was built for Lee Hagan and family.  He founded Red Rock Cola, which was pretty popular through about the 1950s or so.  It’s still produced, and I think you can get it at Fresh Market.

Found on eBay
Found on eBay

Another interesting thing I learned about the Hagan family.  The son was an owner of the Pig’n Whistle Restaurant – as soon as I heard this it triggered a memory!  My grandparents used to go on dates there back in the late 1930s!  My grandmother (who will tell all of you she is 92!) talks about going to the Pig’n Whistle and then going to the Fox Theatre when they’d go on dates.  And how they’d do all of this for $5.  I did a little digging online, and found this 1947 menu on eBay.  Look at those prices!

Picture from eBay
Picture from eBay

OK, so back to our house tour….heading upstairs, I was so impressed that they saved and restored the original doors, windows, and hardware.  Those are the details that give old homes so much character.  The sleeping porch was converted into a bathroom for one of the 5 bedrooms upstairs.

1 of 5 bedrooms
1 of 5 bedrooms
Original Doors & Windows Preserved
Original Doors & Windows Preserved

Vintage Hardware

The master suite is in the new addition to the house…that’s a pretty cool master bath – love that tub!

Master Bath
Master Bath

This rooftop terrace – now this just looks like it would be great to hang out here on those crisp fall nights.


There are some great outside spaces around the house, using another listing photo to show this area downstairs.

Cool outside area
Cool outside area

This is one special home…and I know the question already.  How much is this listed for?  It’s $3.4 Million!  Maybe if we all went in on it together???  As always, thanks so much for reading the blog, and appreciate you coming along for this house tour!









Great Cottages and Bungalows

Candler Park Bungalow
Candler Park Bungalow

As much as I enjoy looking at the big old houses around Georgia, the cottage and bungalow is another form of house I really like.  And I’m a sucker for a great front porch!  Be it a raised cottage, craftsman bungalows, etc – I love the variety!  Here are some that I particularly enjoyed over the last few months, and several photos I haven’t had a chance to publish before.  It’s hard to find one particular style that I like best, I can appreciate them all.

Great front porch on this Greenville bungalow
Great front porch on this Greenville bungalow

Now the Victorian Cottage – and the many varieties of it, are always favorites to see.

Victorian in Washington, GA
Victorian in Washington, GA

Another great one in Candler Park, check out that porch.  So much potential here.

Check out that porch!
Check out that porch!
Raised cottage style near Eatonton
Raised cottage style near Eatonton

Even famous cottages, like FDR’s Little White House at Warm Springs are a treat to see.  You can check out the previous post on this for a full tour of the property and grounds.

Little White House in Warm Springs
Little White House in Warm Springs

Circa 1840
Circa 1840 in Madison, GA

And of course summertime means beach time for many folks, and the beach cottage style is always a favorite!

Tybee Island
Tybee Island
This may be my favorite beach cottage ever...
This may be my favorite beach cottage ever…

The variety of old cottages and bungalows around Georgia is just amazing.

Now that's a serious front porch!
Now that’s a serious front porch!
Great Victorian Cottage in Madison
Great Victorian Cottage in Madison

One of the trends in the 1920s-1940s was to build much smaller homes than in the past.  The Tudor style cottage below isn’t large, but has some big curb appeal!

Tudor Cottage near Emory University
Tudor Cottage near Emory University

Hope you enjoyed taking a look at some different bungalows and cottages that I’ve seen around Georgia.  Thanks so much for checking out the site – I appreciate it!








Druid Hills – Favorite Homes

Ivy covered house in Druid Hills

Druid Hills is one of my favorite neighborhoods in Atlanta, with big lots and mature landscaping.  The variety of homes makes it a great area to walk around, you just never know what type of historic home you will see next!  A lot of folks immediately think of “Driving Miss Daisy” since it was based on Druid Hills, and there’s a post about those homes here that you can take a look at. So much variety of styles, from the ivy-covered home above, to several Mediterranean Revival and Tudor homes.  A couple of these are not level, that’s what happens when you try to walk the dog and take a few pictures!

Deepdene Park Home

You don’t see a lot of Mediterranean homes around Atlanta, but there are a few when this style was very popular in the 1920s, during the Florida land boom.  I love the gate to the garden off to the left on this one.

Mediterranean in Druid Hills

There are some big lots throughout Druid Hills, and combine that with nearly 100 year old landscaping, some houses are a little hard to view, like this one sitting a long way from the road.

Mediterranean Revival along Shadyside Park

Several well-known architects designed homes throughout Druid Hills, and this 2 story traditional was designed by the firm of Ivey & Crook in 1929 for John Howard Candler.  He was the grandson of Coca-Cola founder Asa Griggs Candler.

1929 Designed by Ivey and Crook Architects

The house below is a great example of recycling!  It was designed by Owen James Southwell for Isaac S Hopkins, an Atlanta attorney.  Parts of this house were salvaged when the former Georgia Governor’s Mansion was demolished in 1923.  The old Governor’s mansion had housed Georgia’s governors for about 50 years, and was torn down to make way for the Henry Grady Hotel, which was later torn down to build the landmark Westin hotel downtown.  The marble columns, ironwork and some other elements were salvaged and made part of the design of this house.

Salvaged columns and iron from old Governors mansion

Close up of salvaged columns

Speaking of the variety of homes, there are many variations of traditional homes as you continue to walk thru Druid Hills.  Here are a few more I always enjoy seeing on my walks.

Stucco Druid Hills

Hilltop House in Druid Hills

Shingled House in Druid Hills

Another Druid Hills beauty

Tudor House Druid Hills

Another Tudor in Druid Hills

Great landscaping and house

 Thanks so much for taking a look around at some of my favorite homes in Druid Hills!  I appreciate it!