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Lake Claire


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“Lake Claire is an intown Atlanta neighborhood known for its diverse mix of home styles, its abundant mature trees, its lovingly tended gardens and greenspaces, and—most important—its community-oriented residents. Nestled between Candler Park and Druid Hills, Lake Claire is bordered by Ridgecrest Road to the east and Clifton Road to the west, and by DeKalb Avenue to the south and Ponce de Leon Avenue to the north.” (from http://www.lakeclaire.org/wpsite/about/)


“The streets in Lake Claire were originally surveyed as a few separate developments, which were incorporated into Atlanta one by one in the 1910s. Although some developers built groups of houses, much of Lake Claire was sold as empty lots, with individuals constructing their own homes. Today Lake Claire is a neighborhood unit recognized by the City of Atlanta.

Lake Claire’s first family, the Gordons, owned an estate on the current site of the Horizons School (1900 DeKalb Avenue NE) from 1871 to 1931. They chose the highest point, overlooking the railroad and road below, and owned many acres of farmland and orchards in what is now Lake Claire. The home was torn down in 1942.” (from http://www.lakeclaire.org/wpsite/about/)

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  • With a walkability to score of 51, Lake Claire is considered SOMEWHAT WALKABLE, and MANY errands can be accomplished on foot.

For more information visit: http://www.walkscore.com/score/Lake-Clarire-Atlanta


Mary Lin Elementary School

586 Candler Park Drive, 30307


Grades K-5

Inman Park Middle school

774 Virginia Ave, 30306


Grade 6-8

Henry W. Grady High School

929 Charles Allen Drive, 30309


Grades 9-12

Nearby private school choices:

  • The Horizon School
  • The Frazier Center
  • Paideia School

Oakhurst Cooperative Preschool

For other private and charter school options view : http://www.greatschools.org/georgia/atlanta/schools/ 

Farmer’s Markets and Community Gardens

Within the neighborhood itself are many smaller, vibrant communities. One is Lake Claire Cohousing (258 Connecticut Avenue NE), the first cohousing development in Georgia. Another is the Lake Claire Community Land Trust (280 Arizona Avenue NE), an idyllic community-owned greenspace in the heart of Lake Claire that features gardens, a children’s play area, a sweat lodge, and drum circles every first and third Saturday of the month. Clifton Sanctuary Ministries (369 Connecticut Avenue NE), the oldest house-of-worship shelter operating in Atlanta, provides food, shelter, and counseling to thirty men every night of the year.




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Parks and Greenspaces

Lake Claire is home to one City of Atlanta Park and several named and unnamed greensapces. One such greenspace, The Harold Greenspace, is a calm high spot in the neighbor which provides a quiet place for full of pant and wild life as well as a lovely view of the city. Lake Clair Park has a playground, tennis court, and open field for ball games and gatherings.

Lake Claire also has one private, membership based pool. See their website for details. http://www.lakeclairepool.com