Peachtree Battle

As its name makes clear, this affluent neighborhood between Midtown and Buckhead was the site of fierce fighting at the Battle of Peachtree Creek during the 1864 Atlanta campaign that ended the Civil War. It was William Tecumseh Sherman's victory here that allowed him to take the city as the Yankees severed the last rail connection to the Confederacy in Savannah.

Today, it's known for the Peachtree Battle shopping center, featuring 50 stores and restaurants. The shopping center is a popular destination for fashionable residents of nearby Buckhead. In addition, it butts up against Atlanta Memorial Park, which boasts the city-owned and operated par-71, 18-hole Bobby Jones Golf Course and the Bitsy Grant Tennis Center. Just minutes from downtown, the golf course affords players skyline views framed by 100-year-old oak trees that line the course. Picturesque Peachtree Creek winds through the fairways.

Housing stock in Peachtree Battle ranges widely. There are lordly Tudor mansions, cottages, high-rise condos, townhomes and traditional two-story homes built since the 1930s. One of most notable houses is the art deco Evans-Cucich home, on Peachtree Battle Avenue, designed with a limestone exterior by A.F.N. Everett for Hiram Evans, the Imperial Wizard of the Ku Klux Klan in 1934.

The neighborhood association, the Peachtree Battle Alliance, serves three historic neighborhoods covering portions of Peachtree Heights Park, Westover and Haynes Manor. The area is bounded by Peachtree Creek on the south; West Wesley Road NW on the north; Habersham Road NW, Peachtree Battle Avenue to Peachtree Street and Nacoochee Drive on the east; and Northside Drive NW to the west.

Atlanta public schools that serve the area are E. Rivers Elementary (K-5), Sutton Middle School and North Atlanta High School. Rivers, one of the oldest schools in the city, dating from 1917, was torn down and rebuilt twice the size. It reopened in 2015 with all the latest amenities that provide an optimal learning environment. The school emphasizes inquiry-based learning, which encourages children to solve problems by using information from many sources.

All three of these North Atlanta schools offer the International Baccalaureate (IB) curriculum, which ends with the Diploma Program, an elective curriculum for grades 11 and 12 that may qualify graduates to enter college with as many as 30 credits and sophomore standing. While many schools in the country limit the IB diploma only to select students, North Atlanta High School provides it as an option to all juniors and seniors.

Private school options abound, too. Peachtree Battle kids might go to the Suzuki School, a preschool; the Heiskell School (PK-8); Atlanta International School (PK-12); Christ the King School, (K-8); Atlanta Girls School (6-12); the Howard School (K-12); the Lovett School (K-12); or Pace Academy (K-12).

In 2015, Peachtree Battle's Ahavath Achim Synagogue opened the Ahava Early Learning Center, a Jewish Reggio-inspired preschool for ages two to five. Though the curriculum blends Jewish culture, traditions and values into daily activities, Ahava is open to children of any race, religion or ethnicity.

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