Candler Park and Lake Claire

Candler Park and Lake Claire offer quiet residential streets a short distance away from more bustling areas.

Welcome to Candler Park and Lake Claire

Unique neighborhoods with a distinctive architectural mix

Candler Park and Lake Claire are two adjacent neighborhoods on Atlanta’s east side known for their eclectic architecture and peaceful atmosphere. The tree-lined streets of Candler Park surround a 55-acre public green space that shares its name with the neighborhood. Lake Claire is named for its location at the intersection of Claire and Lakeshore Drives rather than any body of water. Friendly and laid-back but within easy reach of other bustling intown areas, Candler Park and Lake Claire are surrounded by the Edgewood, Inman Park, Little Five Points, Druid Hills, Decatur, and Kirkwood neighborhoods.

The Candler Park Historic District extends across both neighborhoods and contains beautifully-maintained homes from the late-19th and early-20th centuries in an array of styles unique within Atlanta. Classic Craftsman cottages and bungalows can be found in Candler Park and Lake Claire, along with stunning contemporary properties.

What to Love

  • Unique architecture 
  • Candler Park festivals
  • Locally-run businesses
  • Parks and green space

People & Lifestyle

Candler Park and Lake Claire offer quiet residential streets a short distance away from more bustling areas. Businesses within the community have a charmingly local feel, with off-beat and long-lived neighborhood favorites rather than big-name chains. The public green space of Candler Park is the heart of the neighborhood. A great place to relax, the park also hosts numerous community events throughout the year.

Dining, Entertainment & Shopping

While the Candler Park and Lake Claire neighborhoods mostly consist of quiet residential streets and parks, a number of inviting local businesses can be found clustered around the intersection of Clifton Road and McLendon Avenue. Gato is a cozy spot for hearty brunch dishes and coffee by day, and tasty Tex-Mex and alcoholic beverages at night. Candler Park Market is the local go-to for groceries, deli salads and sandwiches, and beer and wine. Dr. Bombay’s Underwater Tea Party is a delightfully quirky tea shop, coffee house, and second-hand bookstore. Dr. Bombay’s offers a high tea service at 4 p.m. on weekdays and at several times throughout the weekend. This whimsical afternoon treat is well worth experiencing! 

The Candler Park Connection shopping plaza on DeKalb Avenue is home to both Body Connection Pilates and Tough Love Yoga. Lazy Betty at Candler Park Connection offers an exceptional dining experience, with a choice of three delectable multi-course tasting menus.

Things to Do

The 55-acre green space of Candler Park is the centerpiece of its namesake neighborhood. Amenities at the park include a nine-hole golf course, courts for tennis and basketball, a children’s playground, and a swimming pool. Annual events here include Candler Park Music & Food Festival in the summer and Candler Park Fall Fest in early October. Both festivals feature a great line-up of live music and many diverse food vendors. Fall Fest is one of Atlanta’s most popular annual celebrations, where it also features an artists’ market with over 200 stalls, the Kidlandia fun zone, a 5K race and fun run, and guided tours of some of the neighborhood’s most interesting historic homes. 

Candler Park connects to sprawling 200-acre Freedom Park in the northwest. One of the largest city parks in Atlanta, Freedom Park features miles of trails, sculptures, a butterfly garden, Jimmy Carter Presidential Library and Museum, and The Carter Center, the site of the weekly Freedom Park Farmers’ Market. Lake Claire Park is a smaller tree-shaded neighborhood park with a children’s playground and tennis courts. Community events at Lake Claire Park include outdoor movie nights in the summer, a Halloween Parade in the fall, and a Holiday Potluck in the winter. Lake Claire Community Land Trust preserves are another neighborhood green space for public use. The Land Trust’s space features 50 community garden beds and a pond, playground, sauna, and a children’s playground.

Schools

Candler Park and Lake Claire belong to the Atlanta Public School District. Highlights include:

  • Mary Lin Elementary School, Public, K-5
  • Inman Middle School, Public, 6-8
  • Henry W. Grady High School, Public, 9-12

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