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8 West Andrews
8 West Andrews

Peachtree Heights Park was developed on land purchased from the estate of Wesley Gray Collier in 1910. Developers Eretus Rivers (for whom E. Rivers School on Peachtree Battle Parkway is named) and Walter P. Andrews advertised their project as the best of "city and suburban life," and so it remains today. The developers' names linger in the names of Rivers Road and Andrews Drive.

Carrere & Hastings, a well-known New York architectural firm, designed the street layout, with Peachtree Battle Parkway and Habersham Road as the main streets. An area once hardwood forest, was to become a huge landscaped residential park.

The Andrews-Dunn home at 2801 Andrews Drive, built circa 1910 with an addition in 1929 designed by Ivey and Crook, was designated a landmark building in 1992.

When Atlanta Homes and Lifestyles magazine wrote, "Stately homes and grounds make Buckhead the Beverly Hills of Atlanta," the editors surely had Peachtree Heights in mind.

Magnificent residences in sprawling, lush grounds showcase the work of some of Buckhead's greatest architects, including Neel Reid, Philip Shutze and Buck Crook.

The area includes the Atlanta History Center's elegant "Swan House" by Shutze and more than 20 acres of grounds that are open to the public.

2590 Rivers Road
2590 Rivers Road
2820 Habersham Road
2820 Habersham Road,
designed by Neel Reid
1 Cherokee Road
1 Cherokee Road,
designed by Neel Reid

About 400 homes on large lots make up Peachtree Heights (sometimes called Peachtree Heights West). Styles tend to classical and traditional, with more recent in-fill construction on subdivided lots.

The neighborhood was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1980.

Sadly, the grand homes that once fronted Peachtree Road from Peachtree Battle Parkway north to West Paces Ferry Road have given way to high-rises and businesses. But behind them the great old homes survive on Muscogee Avenue, West Wesley Road, Slaton Drive, Andrews Drive, Cherokee Road, Habersham Road, Habersham Way and Rivers Road.

Many of the homes have ties to Atlanta's history. 78 West Wesley Road, designed by Samuel Inman Cooper in the mid 1930s, was the home of the family of one of Atlanta's most famous New South journalists: Henry Grady. Grady (1850-86) was managing editor and part owner of The Atlanta Constitution. A monument to him stands in the center of Marietta Street downtown.

2888 Habersham Road
2888 Habersham Road,
designed by Neel Reid
3053 Habersham Road
3053 Habersham Road,
designed by Philip Shutze
5 Cherokee Road
5 Cherokee Road,
designed by Pringle and Smith
3414 Habersham Road
3414 Habersham Road

Schools include E. Rivers Elementary, Sutton Middle School and North Atlanta High School, some of Atlanta's best (see Buckhead Education). Sibley Park at Habersham Way and West Wesley Road is a densely wooded conservation park.

Buckhead shopping, restaurants and transportation are easily accessible.

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