Dunwoody—Beautiful, upscale living.
Dunwoody was originally inhabited by the Cherokee Indian Tribe who referred to this ideal place to live as “the standing peach tree”. The Cherokees established farms and a busy trading center throughout the Chattahoochee River basin. Around 1820 homesteaders moved into the area and began cultivating their American dream alongside the Cherokees.
In 1839 the Charles Archibald Alexander Dunwoody (also spelled Dunwody) family moved into Roswell and opened cotton mills and a shoe factory in the area. By 1853 the Roswell Manufacturing Company owned the largest cotton factory complex in North Georgia and employed approximately 300 people. A charter to build a railroad to transport mill goods to Atlanta was secured by 1863 but was not completed until after the Civil War in1881. Once the railroad was completed it carried fabric from Roswell and produce from the area that would become known as Dunwoody along with mill workers.
Charles Dunwoody, now a major in the Confederate Army, decided to move his home to the area that later became known as Dunwoody in honor of him and his family. Now known as Dunwoody Village, it is the heart of the Dunwoody community and features distinctive Colonial Williamsburg architecture throughout. In 1971 Perimeter Mall was developed and major residential and commercial establishments followed. Today the Perimeter Mall area is one of Metro Atlanta’s largest and most prestigious job centers employing hundreds of thousands of people.
In December of 2008 Dunwoody officially became a city following a movement lead by the community. Today Dunwoody is a picturesque community with many of metro Atlanta’s best schools, recreation, dining, and shopping.
Dunwoody is host to eight parks that cover 171 acres located throughout the community. Brook Run Park, Perimeter Center East Park, Donaldson-Bannister Farm, Dunwoody Nature Center, Vernon Oaks Park, Dunwoody Park, Windwood Hollow Park, and North Dekalb Cultural Arts Center. Among these locations you can find picnic areas, playgrounds, trails, multi-use fields, a dog park, historic settings, nature preserve, walking trails, a natural spring, baseball fields, tennis courts, pavilions, and an arts center.
Bike trails and lanes wind throughout this bike-friendly community and residents and visitors alike are welcome. The Jim Benson Bike Trail is a 9.56 mile trail in the community that features a total ascent of 426.17 feet and a maximum elevation of 1156.76 feet and is the communities first official bike route. Local riders can be found at Dunwoody Cycling for a group ride, or you can enjoy a monthly community ride for people of all ages and abilities.
Dunwoody is also host to the Dunwoody Art Festival held in the spring. Each year the Dunwoody Village is transformed into an art shopper’s paradise. Voted “Best New Event of 2010” by the Southeast Festivals and Events Association the festival attracts the best selection of national artisans, live music, children’s events, and great food.
Restaurants and Shopping
Dunwoody’s restaurants feature some of the best food selections in Atlanta. Seasons 52 on Perimeter Center West for a great Sunday brunch; Joey D’s Oak Room on Crown Pointe Parkway for steak during a “power lunch”, The Capital Grille on Perimeter Center West for an excellent American selection; Taki Japanese Sushi and Hibachi Restaurant on Ashford Dunwoody Road for an excellent sushi lunch; Marlow’s Tavern on Dunwoody Village Parkway for great pub food; The Pub Perimeter on Ashford Dunwoody Road for happy hour; Farm Burger on Chamblee Dunwoody Road for healthy selection; Goldfish on Ashford Dunwoody Road for drinks and great ambiance; and Eclipse di Luna on Ashford Dunwoody Road for great ethnic food.
Let your shopping dreams come true in Dunwoody. A full section of name brand department stores, designer shops, specialty boutiques, and unusual markets can be found here. Perimeter Mall is the second largest shopping center in the southeast and features 195 retailers and six major department stores. Surrounding the mall is a great selection of nationally recognized favorites and many one-of-a-kind retailers. Perimeter Mall is wonderful, but to truly experience Dunwoody shopping, you must explore some of the one-of-a-kind quaint shops located throughout the town.
Residents of Dunwoody send their children to Austin Elementary School, Vanderlyn Elementary School, Dunwoody Elementary School, Chestnut Charter Elementary School, Kingsley Elementary School, Peachtree Charter Middle School, and Dunwoody High School.
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.
Dunwoody is served by the MARTA transportation system via the Dunwoody MARTA Station located on Hammond Drive next to Perimeter Mall. Bus 5, Bus 87, and Bus 150 also serve the area.
Interstates I-400, running north and south, and I-285 running east and west, are located in the area.