Brookhaven, GA: What It's Like to Live Here

This affluent Atlanta suburb may be a new city, but you can still find beautiful historic homes.
By: Gina Hannah
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Brookhaven, Georgia, may be a newly incorporated city in the Atlanta metro area, but the community is graced with historic homes, as well as new developments.

With a population of about 49,000, Brookhaven is located in western DeKalb County, north of Atlanta, and is the county's largest city. From 1924 to 1965, parts of Brookhaven were part of the city of North Atlanta. Residents elected to form a new city of Brookhaven in December 2012. The city is home to Oglethorpe University and Georgia State University.

Brookhaven's streets are graced with a mix of hundred-year-old summer cottages and bungalows and roomy midcentury ranch homes, as well as newer construction. The city is one of the Atlanta metro area's more affluent suburbs, with many historic homes, and homes flanking the west side of the historic Capital City Club valued at more than $1 million.

With its large homes and strong schools (both public and private), Brookhaven is a sought-after address for families. Popular neighborhoods include Brookhaven Village, North Brookhaven and Lynwood Park, a historically African-American neighborhood. The area around Buford Highway is home to more than 70 apartment complexes.

Brookhaven is home to Briarwood Park, an 18-acre park that includes a recreation center with a gym, basketball court and meeting room, as well as a swimming pool with splash pad, playground, tennis courts, picnic tables and walking trails.

The 135-acre Murphy Candler Park, Brookhaven's largest park, offers multi-use athletic fields, a swimming pool, playground and picnic areas, and a lake for fishing (the lake is stocked with largemouth bass, bluegill, and channel catfish, among others). The park hosts youth baseball, softball and football leagues.

Young children enjoy playing in the playground at Ashford Park, a small park on Redding Road that features a sand pit, slides and climbing areas.

The city each fall hosts the Brookhaven Chili Cook-off and the Brookhaven Arts Festival. In the spring and summer, the Brookhaven Farmers Market at Brookhaven Baptist Church offers locally grown food and other local products.

Brookhaven's residents enjoy shopping at Town Brookhaven, which offers dozens of restaurants, shops and services, including hair salons, a fitness center and a movie theater. Northeast Plaza on Buford Highway offers discount and ethnic stores.

Residents stay informed on local news and events through several online sources, including The Brookhaven Post, Neighborhood News (Brookhaven Neighbor), Brookhaven Patch and Brookhaven Reporter. The city government's website offers a great deal of information about the city, including crime reports, city ordinances, services and events.

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