The 2010 Druid Hills Home and Garden Tour fulfills our desire to peak into the historic homes of one of Atlanta’s oldest neighborhoods. The Druid Hills “Only on Oakdale” tour of homes is taking place April 16, 17 and 18 when six elegant homes and gardens on Oakdale Road will open their doors to the public. From large estates to quaint bungalow-style residences, the homes blend original historical details with modern renovations. Below is information on each of the homes being featured.
901 Oakdale Road: Built in 1914 by the editor of Sunny South Publishing Company, this is one of the oldest houses on Oakdale. Purchased by its current residents in 2007, the home features Asian and Turkish art, West Point and Army memorabilia and antiques. Other highlights include a two-story stairwell with skylight and tennis court. The foyer and living room also include original wood accents.
948 Oakdale Road: Built in 1919, this residence once housed the Phi Chi Fraternity in the 1930s. Purchasing the home in the early 1980s, the current owners adorned the home with family furniture from South Carolina and Washington, D.C. as well as Asian treasures picked up in Korea. Despite undergoing several renovations, the home’s front rooms include the original windows, fireplace and columns.
1021 Oakdale Road: A 1922 Tudor home, this residence is situated on a hilltop overlooking almost 1.5 acres. Decorated in antiques, custom doors and modern furnishings, the home’s family room and master suite were added in 2008. An outdoor courtyard leads guests to a pool and blue stone terrace. Other features include ironwork, gates and gas lanterns.
1090 Oakdale Road: This Arts & Crafts-style 1923 bungalow retains much of its original architecture, moldings and windows. Purchased by its current owners in 2001, the house is adorned in artwork from the residents’ travels, including a collection of masks, a Sante Fe door dining table and Southern folk art. A pool and garage were added in 2005 as well as an outdoor kitchen that was featured on HGTV.
1118 Oakdale Road: Built in 1925, this home welcomes visitors with a picturesque garden upon entrance. Renovated in 2009, the home mixes antiques with contemporary fixtures and utilizes a neutral color palette in its décor. French doors in the back lead to a covered patio and outdoor kitchen with skylights and the upstairs master suite includes a porch.
1128 Oakdale Road: A 2,500 square foot bungalow built in 1927, this home underwent extensive renovation after an oak tree destroyed the back half of the house five years ago. Now an EarthCraft certified structure, the home was renovated to an expansive 4,800 square feet with “green” improvements made to the kitchen, dining room and family room. The décor includes custom wooden cabinets, stained glass and the owner’s diverse art collection.
Along with these historical gems, The Druid Hills Tour of Homes and Garden Tour will include a native plant sale by The Lullwater Garden Club and an artists’ market at St. John’s Lutheran Church on the corner of Oakdale Road and Ponce de Leon Avenue. Hosting a juried group of more than 45 artists from across the Southeast, the artists market also includes food and live entertainment. For more information or to purchase advanced (discounted) tickets, visit www.druidhills.org.
[Photos courtesy of Lisa Hill Photography]