|New spirit is invigorating the area coming to be known as South Buckhead, or Sobu. Art galleries are moving in elbow-to-elbow with new restaurants, and vivid colors are giving the Peachtree Road district a bit of the flavor of Miami's South Beach. The area begins where Peachtree Road crosses I-85 at the Brookwood interchange and runs north along Peachtree to Peachtree Creek.|
|In the late 1880s, prominent
Atlanta hotel owner Joseph Thompson and his wife built a country estate called
"Brookwood" in this area, and the enclaved Brookwood Hills neighborhood just off
Peachtree in South Buckhead preserves this name as does the Brookwood AMTRAK station, designed by
famed architech Neel Reid. In 1999, all that remained of a once-elegant row
of Brookwood shops, also designed by Reid, was torn down for construction
of Brookwood Place, a development of 111 condominiums, 26 townhomes and
new retail shops.
South Buckhead also includes land from the estate of the pioneering Collier family, whose home was near the present Peachtree Road-Collier Road intersection, and the old site of "Deerland Park," an estate built in the 1890s where Piedmont Hospital now stands.
Today South Buckhead increasingly is a destination for eclectic shoppers, art enthusiasts and those in pursuit of great food.
Among Sobu's galleries: