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. 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 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.
Lake Claire’s residents are professionals, artists, and entrepreneurs; young families, empty nesters, and everything in between. One of Atlanta’s smaller neighborhoods, Lake Claire has cultivated a close-knit community, where neighbors share more than just borders. The neighborhood association, Lake Claire Neighbors (LCN), is made up of an elected executive committee and all the residents of the neighborhood. LCN plans neighborhood events, such as the Lake Claire Home & Garden Tour in the fall and the annual Halloween kids parade; reviews variances to city zoning within Lake Claire; helps maintain Lake Claire Park and the Harold Avenue Greenspace; provides a community voice to city elected representatives; produces and distributes the monthly newspaper, the Clarion; and provides a place to meet and share ideas with neighbors. Within the neighborhood itself are many smaller, vibrant communities. One is Lake Claire Cohousing, the first cohousing development in Georgia. Another is the Lake Claire Community Land Trust, an idyllic community-owned greenspace in the heart of Lake Claire that features gardens, a children’s play area, a sweat lodge, and drum circles every first and third Saturday of the month. Clifton Sanctuary Ministries, the oldest house-of-worship shelter operating in Atlanta, provides food, shelter, and counseling to thirty men every night of the year.
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