Brookhaven, Georgia is a northeastern suburb of Atlanta that is located in western DeKalb County. It, as with many unincorporated parts of the county, became a city relatively recently. In 2012, voters approved a referendum and elected its city government officials. With a population of around 49,000, it is the largest city in DeKalb County and it stretches over 12 square miles. The website Niche ranked the city the third best suburbs to live for Georgia millennials.
Brookhaven's first permanent European settler was John Evins, who started a plantation around 1810. Harris and Solomon Goodwin, who moved to Georgia from South Carolina, became owners of the land in the 1830s. The Goodwin home and the family graveyard have been preserved at the 3900 block of Peachtree Road.
Atlanta residents began constructing summer cottages in the community around 1900. In 1910, 150 acres on the north side of Peachtree Road were purchased for development as a planned community surrounding a golf course. Residences developed in three phases, with Brookhaven Estates designed in 1910, followed by Country Club Estates in 1929 and the Carleton Operating Company in 1936.
Construction of the historic neighborhood was largely complete by the end of World War II. The country club became part of the downtown Capital City Club in 1911, and its name was changed to the Capital City Country Club.
The idea of incorporating Brookhaven as a city was first brought up in 2007, but failed. It passed in 2012, despite protests from Historic Brookhaven, which was not included in the city boundaries. The neighborhood boundaries are well defined, and it stretches from Peachtree Dunwoody Road on the west, Windsor Parkway to the north, Mabry Drive to the east, and Peachtree Road to the south.
Shopping venues in Brookhaven include the Town Brookhaven, a 600,000-square-foot mixed-use district on a 54-acre site that opened in 2010, and Northeast Plaza, a 466,000-square-foot, late-1950s strip mall-style shopping center on Buford Highway.
Companies who will soon call Brookhaven home are Weather Company, owners of the Weather Channel.
Brookhaven is also home to Oglethorpe University and Georgia State University's Brookhaven satellite campus for the Robinson College of Business MBA program.
DeKalb County School District operates the public schools serving Brookhaven. They are Ashford Park Elementary, Montclair Elementary, Montgomery Elementary, and Woodward Elementary. Additionally Fernbank and John Lewis elementaries, outside of the Brookhaven city limits, serve portions of the city. The public middle schools serving the city are Chamblee Middle School in Chamblee and Sequoyah Middle School in Doraville. The public high schools serving the city are Cross Keys High School in Brookhaven, and Chamblee Charter High School.
Currently, there are plans for the construction of a multi-use trail, known as the Peachtree Creek Greenway. The goal of the greenway is to provide residents with close-to-home and close-to-work access to bicycle and pedestrian trails, serve transportation and recreation needs, and help encourage quality of life and sustainable economic growth. The trail will connect Brookhaven to neighboring Chamblee.
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