ABOUT LAKE CLAIRE
Lake Claire is an intown Atlanta neighborhood known for its diverse mix of home styles, its abundant mature trees, its lovingly tended gardens and greenspaces, and—most important—its community-oriented residents. Nestled between Candler Park and Druid Hills, Lake Claire is bordered by Ridgecrest Road to the east and Clifton Road to the west, and by DeKalb Avenue to the south and Ponce de Leon Avenue to the north. View a map and index of street names here.
Lake Claire sits on the Eastern Continental Divide, which separates rivers flowing to the Atlantic from those flowing to the Gulf of Mexico. Lake Claire is on the Gulf side. The entire neighborhood is located within the City of Atlanta, in DeKalb County, in zip code 30307. Adjacent communities include:
- Candler Park (west)
- Druid Hills (north)
- Decatur (east)
- Kirkwood (south)
A rich history
The streets in Lake Claire were originally surveyed as a few separate developments, which were incorporated into Atlanta one by one in the 1910s. Although some developers built groups of houses, much of Lake Claire was sold as empty lots, with individuals constructing their own homes. Today Lake Claire is a neighborhood unit recognized by the City of Atlanta.
LIVING IN LAKE CLAIRE
Nestled between Candler Park and Decatur on Atlanta’s leafy east side, Lake Claire has no actual lake. So its tongue-in-cheek motto—“Ski Lake Claire: It’s an Intown Oasis!”—says a lot about the neighborhood’s fun-loving, slightly subversive spirit.
It’s the kind of place where neighbors congregate at the marquee greenspace, Lake Claire Park—where the now-towering playground underwent an impressive renovation last year—to hoist cold ones during Friday happy hours as their kids frolic. Another walkable, public attraction is the Lake Claire Community Land Trust, where visitors can feed Big Lou (a resident emu) and groove to drum circles.
Lake Claire’s housing stock of roughly 1,250 residences is eclectic. It’s not uncommon to find 1940s Tudors, ’50s ranches, new McMansions, and modern houses sharing the same block. This lends each street its own personality and bodes well for interesting walks. Small bungalows start in the $400,000s, and sales north of $900,000 aren’t uncommon. Infill townhome projects along DeKalb Avenue offer cheaper entry prices.
LAKE CLAIRE Zip:
THINGS TO DO IN LAKE CLAIRE
Lake Claire is an affluent intown Atlanta neighborhood nestled between Candler Park and Druid Hills. While the neighborhood is primarily residential, there are still activities available within the neighborhood itself. Lake Claire is known as a particularly family-friendly neighborhood given the ample amount of green space.
Lake Claire Park is a newly renovated park that is great for children and families. There are plenty of play structures for a variety of ages as well as green spaces for groups. There’s a canopy as well for cover from the sun.
LAKE CLAIRE COMMUNITY LAND TRUST
The Lake Claire Community Land Trust was founded when an acre of land was spared from development back in 1983. The land currently offers walking trails, an amphitheater, community garden beds, and a playground. It is also home to Big Lou the Emu, a local celebrity!
Neighbors come here to socialize and take in the serene surroundings. A plethora of community events are held here and it’s a great place to meet new friends. There are self-guided tours available and the land trust is sustained on individual donations.