Chamblee—Atlanta’s diverse, multi-cultural community.
Chamblee, once known as Roswell Junction, was a dairy farm area where two railroads crossed paths until the early 20th century. Railroad travelers passed through the area daily bringing an interested population and necessary goods to Roswell Junction. As the population grew, a petition was sent to the U.S. Postal Service for a post office to be located in the area. Upon establishment of the new post office it was decided that the name Roswell Junction was too similar to the name of the close by city of Roswell. Postal officials randomly selected the name Chamblee from the petition for the new post office thereby renaming the area.
When the US engaged in World War I Chamblee’s farm land was designated as a military base and transformed into Camp Gordon that housed 40,000 military personnel. With the influx of population the small town of Chamblee became a boom town overnight. Forty stores, two hotels, and four recreation buildings were constructed to cater to the new military population. When World War I ended the base was closed and then reopened in 1941 as a Navy Flight Training Center and veteran’s hospital.
After World War II Chamblee’s industrial area along Peachtree Industrial Boulevard saw an increase in growth, but by 1980 many of the companies downsized or closed. As industry moved out a diverse population moved into the area.
Drawn to potential employment opportunities and affordable housing many of the neighborhoods along Buford Highway began to repopulate and by the 1996 Summer Olympics a multi-cultural community had become established in Chamblee. The city of Chamblee responded positively to this change in demographics by establishing new zoning to address the needs of a diverse community and making great effort to preserve the historical areas within the community.
Today, Chamblee is a growing, multi-cultural community with a thriving residential, commercial, and historic district.
Within the city of Chamblee there are six parks, five of which are designed to be walk-to neighborhood parks and one that serves the community. Each park features different items of interest such as playgrounds, ADA accessible playgrounds, pavilions, walking trails, ball fields, a butterfly garden, a dog park, tennis courts, basketball courts, a covered gazebo, picnic tables, open play areas and a community building.
Easy access to a world of events can also be had from Chamblee. Visit the Atlanta Comic Convention at the Marriott Atlanta Century Center for comic books, collectibles and toys, or the Tucker Farmers Market held every Thursday from April to December for locally grown produce and artisan products. The Chattahoochee Nature Center in close by Roswell offers a Back to Nature Holiday Market and Festival in December with free admission, or Spring Festival on Ponce in April that features over 125 local and regional artists and music.
Restaurants and Shopping
If international cuisine is what you are looking for then look no more. Chamblee has it all from Salsa Con Sabor on Peachtree Boulevard for delicious Puerto Rican dishes; Pig-N-Chik BBQ on Peachtree Boulevard for in-house smoked favorites; Downwind Restaurant & Lounge on Airport Road for the best hamburger anywhere; Himalayas Indian Restaurant on Peachtree Industrial Boulevard for a wide variety of excellent Indian food; Royal China Restaurant on Chamblee Dunwoody Road for good dim sum on the weekends; Batavia on Chamblee Dunwoody Road for the best deal in town for outstanding Indonesian food; Penang on Buford Highway for Malaysia specialties; Harmony Vegetarian Restaurant on Buford Highway for a great vegetarian selection; New York Pizzeria on Chamblee Tucker Road for traditional style New York Pizza; Chong Qing Hot Pot on New Peachtree Road for authentic Sichuan; Little Cuba on Chamblee Tucker Road for outstanding Cuban cuisine; to Mediterranean Bakery on Chamblee Tucker Road for a middle eastern selection. Variety is the spice of life in Chamblee.
Shopping in Chamblee is an exciting experience. A wide selection of wares can be found at Persian Point Rugs on Peachtree Boulevard rug importer from the Middle East; Atlanta Vintage Books on Clairmont Road specializing in vintage and rare books; Hanger-Roo on Peachtree Road for maternity clothing; and Chamblee’s Antique Row District Atlanta Furniture Restoration on Broad Street for excellent furniture restoration just to mention a few selections. A multitude of shopping can be found in and around Chamblee.
Chamblee residents send their children toCary Reynolds Elementary, Ashford Park Elementary School, Huntley Hills Elementary School (a public Montessori School), Montgomery Elementary School, Dresden Elementary School, Kittredge Elementary Magnet School for High Achievers, Sequoyah Middle School, Chamblee Middle School, Chamblee Charter High School, and Cross Keys High School.
Private schools in the area are Cross and Crown School and The Elaine Clark Center for Exceptional Children.
Local colleges and universities in the area are Oglethorpe University, Agnes Scott College, Columbia theological Seminary, American InterContinental University, Troy University, Emory University, and Georgia Perimeter College. Also located nearby is the Georgia Institute of Technology, John Marshall Law School, Georgia State University, and the Savannah College of Art and Design Atlanta campus.
MARTA serves the Chamblee community via the Chamblee MARTA Station on the northeast / gold line on Peachtree Road and from a multitude of buses. Buses 19, 33, 47, 103, 126, and 132 can be accessed from the community for connection to locations throughout Atlanta.
Two major interstate highways, I-285 and I-85, are easily accessed from Chamblee and the DeKalb Peachtree Airport is also close by.