12/12/2017

East Lake

I’d be willing to bet you’d never guess it, but East Lake is most known for its Golf. The neighborhood is homes to two courses, the Charlie Yates Golf Course and the East Lake Golf Club. The Charlie Yates Golf course is a smaller, public course, and those who play the course admire views of the exquisite city skyline. The East Lake Golf Club is a very private, expansive, stunning course that is a permanent stop on the PGA tour.

Although the common stereotype of such a neighborhood conjures to mind luxury estates, affluence, and prosperity, East Lake has had its unfortunate share of depravity and misfortune. During the early 1970s, construction began on the notorious East Lake Meadows. Bordering the Charlie Yates Golf Course, these public projects became a hotbed of crime and drug activity, and were nicknamed “little Vietnam.” However, that all changed in the late ‘90s, when Tom Cousins, a local and influential philanthropist, decided to take on East Lake. The projects were razed. In their place, a mixed income community development was built called the Villages of East Lake. The development is thriving and has become a model that many other states have used. Moreover, the once dilapidated elementary school was removed and replaced with Atlanta’s first charter school in 2000 – the Charles L. Drew Charter School. Since the founding of the charter school, passing rates of the state reading exam have skyrocketed from 31% to 73%.

Moreover, the once neglected East Lake Golf Club, was brought back to life by Mr. Cousins. Although the fees are steep to join – $75,000 – those who live in the Villages of East Lake get to enjoy all the action from the front row….for free!

East Lake is an inspiring story. Homeowners love their community and take pride in it. In addition, many first time home buyers adore the neighborhood, as fully renovated homes can be purchased in the mid-$200s. Although there is not a lot of shopping within walking distance, the restaurants of Oakhurst are a short bike ride away, as well as the Edgewood Shopping District (Kroger, Target, Barnes and Noble, to name a few). Visit and Enjoy!

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