Located just north of Interstate 285 and east of Georgia 400, Dunwoody is one of Atlanta’s most sought-after suburbs. It has only been a city since 2008, but in that short time, its 47,000 have helped turn it into a place that both professionals and families are happy to call home. Despite its proximity to Atlanta, the close-knit community can often make you feel as if you are living in a small town.
Things to Do
Perimeter Mall is one of Georgia’s favorite places to shop, and it is located in the Dunwoody area. It is surrounded by numerous shopping centers and standalone retail stores, as well. Dunwoody Village Shopping Center is an upscale area that attracts locals for shopping and dining. People come from all over Atlanta to experience some of the Dunwoody area’s top eateries, including Farm Burger, Seasons 52, and McKendrick’s. The gorgeous 200-acre Dunwoody Country Club is the perfect spot for golf and tennis enthusiasts. Residents with children also enjoy the Dunwoody Nature Center which offers summer camps and year-round classes for young science and nature lovers.
Dunwoody did not start building up until the 1970s, and many of the homes are from that era, though there is also a great deal of newer construction from the 2000s, too. Many of the homes are two-story traditional styles, and families love the fact that they sit on lots that are half an acre or larger. Many of them also sit in swim and tennis communities which is perfect for anyone who likes to stay active. As of 2021 the average home in Dunwoody costs between $500,000 and $600,000. Some popular neighborhoods in the area include Brooke Farm, Wyntercreek, The Branches, Spalding Lake, Sentinel Ferry, Dunwoody North, Marlborough, and Hidden Branches.
Two of Dunwoody’s elementary schools, Austin Elementary and Vanderlyn Elementary, are considered to be some of Georgia’s best public education institutions. Other schools in the area include Chestnut Charter Elementary, Kingsley Elementary, and Dunwoody Elementary. Middle school students will attend Peachtree Charter Middle, while older students will attend Dunwoody High School which has excellent fine arts and athletic programs. All public schools are part of the DeKalb County School System. Private schools in the city include Atlanta Country Day School and Atlanta North School.
Life in Dunwoody
Because some of Atlanta’s biggest businesses are moving to Dunwoody, many area residents are following close behind in order to cut out their commute. Families, in particular, are flocking to the area, because it offers something for both kids and adults. Parents love that they can live the suburban lifestyle but still be close enough to Atlanta when they’re craving something a little more fast-paced. After all, the heart of Buckhead is just nine miles away from the center of Dunwoody. Students benefit from the excellent schools and abundance of actives.