North Druid Hills

Trendy Suburbia
North Druid Hills is a trendy suburb, part of the Druid Hill neighborhood, known for its charm, community, and culture. It is close enough to Atlanta for anyone looking to commute or enjoy the city life while also enjoying a suburban lifestyle. North Druid Hills is home to top-rated universities, including Emory University, and hospitals, which is why it is a perfect place for people in the medical and academic fields. The university offers many rich cultural experiences, performances and plays which are open to the public at its Schwartz Center for Performing Arts. The Emory Village lies in this part of the neighborhood, which offers fun dining and shopping options. There are also great parks to spend a bit of leisurely time like Elwyn John Wildlife Sanctuary, W. D. Thomson Park, and La Vista Park.

Restaurants in North Druid Hills offer residents a nice range of choices for a quick bite or gourmet meal. Ameer's Mediterranean Grill, Nicola's Restaurant, Mellow Mushroom, and Marco’s Pizza are just a few signature spots. There is also a great bar scene in North Druid Hills, including Maggie's Neighborhood Bar & Grill, The Rusty Nail Pub, and Bench Warmers Sports Grill. A favorite of professionals and college students alike, North Druid Hills is a perfect place to call home.
What North Druid Hills Residents
Think About Their Apartments
overall
7.5
value
7.7
amenities
7.0
social
6.0
management
7.1
safety
10
Median rents in North Druid Hills
Studio
$
1 Bedroom
$
1,125
2 Bedroom
$
1,550

Living in
North Druid Hills

Quiet and Safe
Trendy
Suburb Close to City
Signature Restaurants
Lots of Graduate Students
Rich Cultural Area
North Druid Hills — 8/10 Rating (based on 110 neighborhood reviews)
It's an open area with trees. Very close to Emory campus as well as the Toco Hills plaza (Kroger, Publix, many restaurants). Further down Clairmont at the intersection with North Decatur road, there's another Publix as well as some other restaurants in the plaza.

Golden Drop Cafe--which has outdoor seating incase the pandemic is still uncontrolled when you read this--is just 3 min. down the road. Mason Mill Park, which has tennis courts, a pavillion, and walking trails, is also very near.
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Highland Lake
Very beautiful area with many families and pet owners. Great food in the area and quick access to Emory. Love North Druid Hills!
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Post Briarcliff
Very close to school, super accessible to grocery and shopping. Great running trail next to it and a bunch of parks.
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Highland Lake
A lot of neighborhoods, grocery stores and restaurants. Not the cutest area to walk around in.
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9
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MAA Briarcliff
Many supermarkets, stores, restaurants in the neighborhood
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Post Briarcliff
Quiet neighborhood, mostly Jewish community. Great neighbors and close to many businesses (restaurants, grocery stores)
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Post Briarcliff
The really isn't much for an MBA student to do in this neighborhood. Outside of Campus Crossing and nearby Post Briarcliff it feels pretty suburban and residential (safe though). There are a few parks within a short driving distance which are nice for walks. However, basically all social life for MBAs seem to take place elsewhere. No social or night life really in North Druid Hills.
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Campus Crossings at Briarcliff
North Druid Hills is a convenient spot to live near campus. It takes me only 6 minutes to drive to school. It definitely feels more like a suburb so keep that in mind. There are a few good shopping centers in the area like Toco Hills that have Publix, Kroger, and more.
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Post Briarcliff
The neighborhood is nice, quiet, and safe. It is close to Emory but not so close that the proximity is driving prices too high, which I appreciate. It has a residential feel and lots of trees. It also has a lot of restaurants within walking distance or within a very short drive of where I live.
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Briarhill
Convenient for campus but no bars and limited restaurants
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Post Briarcliff
Very residential neighborhood. Starbucks close by, lacks a CVS/Walgreens close by
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Post Briarcliff
North Druid Hills is in a great location for Emory and it has plenty of restaurants and grocery stores. It’s safe and traffic is generally not that bad.
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Belara
Quiet and suburban, pretty convenient groceries and restaurants though not walkable. Close to school and has an Emory bus stop.

A bit far from the social scene though lots of grad students live here so it's fun to be near everyone.
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Post Briarcliff
Very chill and quiet...peaceful
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Post Briarcliff
Neighborhood is okay. The highway is 2 minutes down the street and Target is 5 minutes away. Panera Bread, Zoe's kitchen, and Grub Burger Bar are within walking distance any time you're hungry.
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Ashford Druid Hills
Close to airport, downtown, cool neighborhoods (Decatur, VaHi, etc.). Safe neighborhood.
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Post Briarcliff
North Druid Hills is a beautiful area and extremely safe. It covers the basics you need—CVS, Target, grocery store. For restaurants and nightlife, you need to look elsewhere.
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Campus Crossings at Briarcliff
Close proximity to school, which was my number one concern. It has an abundance of stores and parks and everything you'd need, and it feels like a safe community overall.
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Sloan Square
Convenient to just about every shopping need you could have!
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Post Briarcliff
So close to many restaurants and shops... I love being right near Moe’s, Tropical Smoothie, Panera, Starbucks, Grub Burger, Chinese, Target, Walgreens, etc...
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Seven
I love that the neighborhood is quiet and has a suburban feel while being in close proximity to the city. It's a relatively safe and affordable area.
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Seven
The neighborhood is heavily populated but people in the Emory community. It has close proximity to restaurants and grocery stores.
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Post Briarcliff
Quiet and peaceful. Definitely on the safe side. Toco Hills/North Druid hills restaurants aren't too far away.

Unfortunately with Whole Foods moving out the walking distance options are a lot more limited.
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Post Briarcliff
Many young people and young families. Occasional reports of car break ins but no other safety issues.
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Single Family Home
A very large conservative Jewish community is in the neighborhood so its fantastic to see the large crowds going to synagogue on Saturdays, plus I've been able to learn a lot about their religion by conversing with my neighbors.

It is a bit of a walk to the Kroger and restaurants over there, but it is something nice to do on occasion. Having Whole Foods here is fantastic, pricey but the convenience is great.

Plenty of other friendly dogs in the area and a ton of young professionals, graduate students, and younger families.
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Post Briarcliff
North Druid Hills is an up and coming neighborhood. I've been here on and off since 2007 when I attended Emory University, and then full time after I graduated and got a job.

Over the past two years though, it's begun undergoing the biggest changes. The old, single family homes are being bought up at a fast clip and bulldozed in favor of new townhomes and grand single family homes, lifting the neighborhood value significantly. We've also had more upscale retailers like Fresh Market move in further adding to the upscale quality.

This will definitely be a neighborhood to watch over the next few years. It's going to become a new Brookhaven, I think.
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Briarhill
Great neighborhood. Safe, close to restaurants and grocery stores, and close to campus.
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8
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Post Briarcliff
Residential neighborhood, so not a lot of things to do, but there are a number of good restaurants nearby and it is close to the emory campus. Less than 10 minutes driving. Shuttle generally takes longer, depending on the schedule, but it is free.
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Post Briarcliff
A nice quiet neighborhood in a safe area. Close proximity to Emory.

Not much in the way of walkability or great restaurants / places to hang out. The traffic on Briarvista and North Druid Hills is the worst I've ever seen.
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Post Briarcliff
Restaurants and grocery stores near by, but would be a far walk to get to most. Limited interaction with neighbors.
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8
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Post Briarcliff
Great, easy neighborhood with lots of stores and restaurants conveniently located. Has more of a suburban feel than a bustling hub like other neighborhoods, but a very easy place to live that's close to campus.
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8
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Post Briarcliff
Druid Hills is a great place to live due to its proximity to Emory and how safe and pretty the surroundings are. The only downside is that restaurant options and bars can be a little bit limited.
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8
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Post Briarcliff
Nice neighborhood but you have to take a car/transport to go places except the supermarket
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Campus Crossings at Briarcliff
Not as exciting as living in Midtown or Buckhead, but there are plenty of restaurants and grocery stores in the area. This is close to campus which minimizes the weekday commute to Emory.
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Highland Lake
Pros: extremely close to Virginia Highlands and Midtown. My job is in midtown and it takes all of 10 minutes to get there (with traffic). It is also a very close commute to Emory.
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7
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Post Briarcliff
The neighborhood is great but you do need a car to get to all of the areas
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8
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Post Briarcliff
Quiet family neighborhood. The restaurant scene is quite limited, but the neighborhood is situated near many popular areas (Highlands, Decatur, Buckhead, Midtown, etc)
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8
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Post Briarcliff
Good and safe, but not much in terms of unique restaurant and bar experiences. There are lots of options, but you see more chains / name-brand restaurants.
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9
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Calibre Woods
North Druid Hills is anchored by Emory, and has a wide range of shops, restaurants, hospitals and other services. You'll likely want a car.
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8
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Highland Lake
Very safe, cute neighborhood. Not regular or well-kept sidewalks, but this is no different from any other Atlanta neighborhood.
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9
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Briarhill
Good neighborhood for school, but tough to walk anywhere. Feels like a suburb (could be good/bad depending).
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8
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Post Briarcliff
Good enough neighborhood. Whole foods is just next to the apartments. Kroger is not so far away.
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Post Briarcliff
Quiet, pleasant. Not the place if you want to be around lots of young professionals.
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9
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Campus Crossings at Briarcliff
Quiet neighborhood. Not much to do around here but is close to Emory campus.
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Campus Crossings at Briarcliff
Close to Emory, highway, and supermarkets. Very cozy / quiet.
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Post Briarcliff
The neighborhood is safe for students. No issues whatsoever!
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8
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Campus Crossings at Briarcliff
There is a Kroger next to you which is really useful.
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Campus Crossings at Briarcliff
Convenient grocery shopping, takes a little bit of a drive to get to good food/restaurants. Right next to Emory
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Campus Crossings at Briarcliff
Neighborhood is safe. The complex also has a gate that closes fast so it's difficult to tail cars in.
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7
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Briarhill
Very family friendly but away from all nightlife.
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Post Briarcliff
Close to campus
Very green and pretty
Safe
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Post Briarcliff
Close to Emory so avoid Atlanta traffic.
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Post Briarcliff
Quiet but fine.
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Post Briarcliff
It's quiet. Quiet = boring.
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5
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Post Briarcliff
Nothing to complaint!
Friendly and respectful.
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7
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Madison Druid Hills
The neighborhood is pretty safe and quiet. We are also close to a number of grocery stores. There isn't much entertainment around though if you're looking for that.
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6
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Post Briarcliff
Great tranquil neighborhood for the most part. Good access to restaurants and stores and whatnot when you need. Even a bar!
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Post Briarcliff
This isn't a neighborhood, so no experience to speak of. It's an apartment complex off of the highway with office buildings all around it. I wouldn't say it's family friendly, but it's conveniently located for a student. I didn't want to be around all of my classmates constantly (at Post) so this creates some distance where you can be more choosy about which events you attend.
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Cortland North Druid Hills
My wife and I go on walks around sunset most nights through the neighborhood. Have never felt unsafe. Neighbors are all very friendly along our walks. Lots of beautiful homes to gawk at.
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OLEANDER
Nearby Emory, has shuttles, and very safe. It is also an easy drive to midtown if you have a car. Great experience overall.
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8
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Hampton Hall Apartments
Very convenient access to restaurants & shopping. Close to campus and lots of other students in the area. Not the trendiest or most walkable neighborhood but a great location for first year students.
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8
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Belara
The areas directly surrounding the apartment are not that safe/don't have sidewalks for running/walking. A few minutes drive out gets you to Lullwater/other neighborhoods.
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6
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Campus Crossings at Briarcliff
It's close to school, but not much to do here otherwise
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Post Briarcliff
If you're looking for a residential neighborhood with not much going on, this is your spot. Its close enough to Emory campus, so if that's a priority its worth exploring.
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Post Briarcliff
Nice neighborhood, fairly quiet. Many single family homes and townhouses with apartment complexes sprinkled in. Decent selection of restaurants. Easy access to other ATL neighborhoods (15-20 min max to anywhere you want to go) without paying as much. Kind of a haul to MARTA train stops though.
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Madison Druid Hills
Close to everything you could need as far as stores and restaurants. A bit of a hike to get to a good bar scene but besides that the area is very convenient
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Post Briarcliff
Very convenient location as far being somewhat close to a lot of different areas though it itself isn't where the night life or all the best restaurant areas are. Lots of grocery options very close by, including Whole Foods, Krogers and Publix.
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9
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Post Briarcliff
Quiet, residential
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Madison Druid Hills
Really nothing here besides Kroger.
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8
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Campus Crossings at Briarcliff
Super close to a bunch of shops, restaurants, and grocery stores. Also convenient to campus.
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Gables Sheridan
Great neighborhood full of families that you can always see walking outside.
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Post Briarcliff
There's many restaurants nearby and it's very close to downtown Decatur.
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Highland Lake
Lot's of international students here, which makes it more comfortable
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Highland Lake
It's close to school and lots of other students stay nearby.
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Campus Crossings at Briarcliff
I live really close to Kroger and Publix and the Toco Hills shopping center which I really appreciate. The Toco Hills Library is close which I study at often.
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8
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Calibre Woods
Very well located- close to Kroger and a couple of good shops and restaurants. Also close to the University, Candler field and public transport.
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Campus Crossings at Briarcliff
Fairly close to school but you still need a car. Only 1 shuttle line runs here and it’s a walk from the property.
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Post Briarcliff
Super safe. There are lots of families but also lots of 20-somethings around. Everyone is nice and respectful.
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Madison Druid Hills
This is where the wealthy in ATL live, and a lot of great restaurants, bars, and little locales are near or in North Druid Hills. Main thing is that a car is absolutely necessary to get around. Public transportation is too sporadic and unreliable to get anywhere consistently.

Uber and Lyft are options, but if you're coming from a large metro area with small wait times for ride-sharing, be prepared to wait upwards of 15-20 minutes for your ride on select days because of road congestion/traffic/driver unavailability.
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Highland Lake
North Druid Hills is an excellent location near Emory and a very safe neighborhood of Atlanta. However, it is certainly not the most interesting or cultured of Atlanta's neighborhoods. Furthermore, public transportation is limited and there is a shortage of sidewalks (sometimes they just end and sometimes they are broken).
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Post Briarcliff
This is close to campus but not much else. I always go into other neighborhoods on the weekends.
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Post Briarcliff
Seems to be more of a family-oriented area. Toco Hills shopping center is great.
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9
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Calibre Woods
I can walk to shops really easily, but other than that, there's no night life or restaurant life around. It's a very residential/industrial area.
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5
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Briarhill
Neigbborhood is calm and safe. It is not in the middle of center so if you want more noise bars and restaurents choose deceture.
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8
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Campus Crossings at Briarcliff
Close to Emory, grocery stores and other things that we NEED but relatively far from "cool" places in Atlanta.
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Highland Lake
Suburban and quiet, with grocery stores and restaurants nearby. Also, it's close to campus.

It's not an amazing bar and restaurant scene like midtown or buckhead, but its not too far from anything.
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Post Briarcliff
not too much going on in terms of restaurants, bars, art, but conveniently located near emory
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Post Briarcliff
The neighborhood is close to the shuttle but it's not convenient if you don't have a car.
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Highland Lake
Very safe neighborhood. Relatively quiet with many other apartment complexes in the area. Close proximity to both Emory and CDC. Grocery store and post office within 3 minutes walking.
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9
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Campus Crossings at Briarcliff
Amazing community near pretty much all Atlanta has to offer. Suburban feel, not too bad traffic, easy access to restaurants, grocery stores, etc. Very safe and good sidewalks.
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Post Briarcliff
It's a safe area, never gets too loud, and it's an easy drive or Emory Shuttle ride to campus. Also, there's a great gym across the street although it's on the pricey side.
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Gables Sheridan
Family focused neighborhood; not many young people; no undergrads
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Calibre Woods
Residential, safe, comfortable, but a (relative) distance from more vibrant Atlanta communities (e.g. Inman park, midtown, virginia highlands)
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Post Briarcliff
Close to campus; Whole Foods, Publix, Kroger nearby; restaurants, shops, and gyms; safe; OK running neighborhood but lots of hills
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Post Briarcliff
Good location. Lots of eateries. Close proximity to Downtown Atlanta and Buckhead. Hiking trails are within 30+ minute drive.
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Briarcliff Apartments
Convenient to necessities - gas, food, etc. Besides that, convenience to Emory is the main positive.
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Post Briarcliff
Neighborhood is really safe and the apartment is close to many different restaurants.
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Gables Sheridan
It's safe but the management team informs us of any recent crime in the area.
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Briarcliff Apartments
Very safe community and very close to food, Target, and the school.
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Post Briarcliff
Very safe neighborhood. Traffic to school can be bad at times.
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Post Briarcliff
Close to school, supermarket and all good hang out spots.
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Campus Crossings at Briarcliff
Great lively place and feels safe.
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Briarcliff Apartments
I mo-ped to class from the apartment in 5 minutes and walk to the grocery in 10 minutes at Sage Hill Mall.
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Atlantic Briarcliff
Close to a whole foods. safe. a couple decent restaurants nearby. But overall pretty boring.
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Post Briarcliff
Great places to buy groceries, to hang out
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Post Briarcliff
Pretty good!
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Post Briarcliff
Green and beautiful
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Campus Crossings at Briarcliff
Very quiet and safe but not many restaurants
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Post Briarcliff
safe and close to school
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Post Briarcliff
There is a Kroger at a walking distance.
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Campus Crossings at Briarcliff


Getting to Know
North Druid Hills

Neighborhood Boundaries
East to West Boundaries: Lenox Rd NE to Clairmont Rd
North to South Boundaries: Northeast Expy to South Fork Peachtree Creek
dining
Bruster’s Ice Cream
Grub Burger Bar
Marcos Pizza
Nicola’s Restaurant
Shorty’s
Zoës Kitchen
grocery
Kroger
Publix
The Fresh Market
Whole Foods Market
convenience
CVS Pharmacy
QuikTrip
QuikTrip
QuikTrip
fitness
CorePower Yoga
Dekalb Tennis Center
Snap Fitness
The Martial Arts Center
parks
Mason Mill Park
Noble Park
Skywater Georgia Wine Hiking
coffee
Cafe Bombay
Spiller Park Coffee
Starbucks
bus
30 (bus)
33 (bus)
47 (bus)
6 (bus)
8 (bus)

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