Dunwoody, GA Neighborhoods and Homes For Sale
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Dunwoody is most closely associated with Perimeter Center, a collection of large shopping malls and office buildings that makes it one of the largest employment hubs in the Atlanta metro area. It’s also known for its growing arts scene led by a vibrant community of performing and visual artists.
Cost of Living
Dunwoody’s cost of living is substantially higher than the national average and the city of Atlanta. The major driver of the increased cost is Dunwoody’s housing costs, which are more than double the average US home price. This is fairly typical for Atlanta’s northern suburbs. Dunwoody’s costs are slightly lower than neighboring Sandy Springs, but higher than nearby Roswell, Chamblee, or Peachtree Corners.
MARTA, Atlanta’s regional public transportation system, has a rail stop in Dunwoody on the western side of Perimeter Mall. Featuring a large parking garage, this transit station makes commuting to Downtown Atlanta very convenient. There are several bus lines running through Dunwoody which connect the various shopping areas to each other and head south into Chamblee and Atlanta.
Residents of Dunwoody rely primarily on their cars to get around and run errands. Turner McDonald Parkway and I-285 are easily accessible as they have on/off ramps within or very close to the community’s western and southern boundaries. Downtown Atlanta and most of the city’s major attractions are about a 30-minute drive from Dunwoody. Hartsfield-Jackson Airport is about 35 minutes away.
Dekalb County School District serves Dunwoody. Elementary schools within Dunwoody are Dunwoody Elementary, Vanderlyn, Austin, Kingsley and Chestnut. Peachtree Middle School and Dunwoody High School are also within the city’s boundaries. Austin, Dunwoody Elementary, Vanderlyn and Dunwoody High School have received recognition from the state of Georgia for strong academic growth and performance. Many of the schools in Dunwoody receive above average rankings from independent rating services.
Perimeter Mall is billed as the second largest mall in the Southeastern United States and brings visitors from all over the region. It’s anchored by several high-end department stores and is surrounded by boutiques, spas, and upscale restaurants. Dunwoody residents have all of it virtually at their front door step.
Spruill Center for the Arts is the city’s cultural epicenter. It hosts gallery exhibits, artists’ markets, and a myriad of classes for all ages. It is also home to Dunwoody’s professional theatre troupe, the Stage Door Players, which performs a full, eclectic season of shows. The Marcus Jewish Community Center presents a wide array of visual and performing arts classes as well, but also features dance, culinary arts, and an annual book festival.
Dunwoody’s park district offers facilities well beyond what one would expect for a city of its size. Brook Run Park, its largest park, features Tree Top Quest, a self-guided course with 50 obstacles and 12 zip lines, along with a community garden, skate park, dog park, and a weekly food truck rally in the summer. The Dunwoody Nature Center is on idyllic 35 acres that include hiking trails, a playground in the woods, and a hammock garden. The district’s other parks include a charming central square with a grand gazebo, a historic farmhouse, and several miles of wooded trails ideal for runners and walkers. Youth athletic programs are administered by several private organizations in Dunwoody or in adjoining communities.
Disclaimer: School attendance zone boundaries are supplied by Maponics and are subject to change. Check with the applicable school district prior to making a decision based on these boundaries.