The Collier Heights Historic District is a mid-20th-century residential suburb six miles west of downtown Atlanta consisting of 1,700 houses in 54 small interrelated subdivisions on approximately 1,000 acres of land developed between 1941 and 1979. A few earlier rural houses are located along several roads on the periphery of the area. The district is located northeast of the Interstate 20/285 interchange and is roughly bounded by Hamilton E. Holmes Drive (formerly Hightower Road) on the east, Donald Lee Hollowell Parkway (formerly Bankhead Highway) on the north, Interstate 285 on the west, and Interstate 20 on the south. The street layout is irregular, reflecting incremental development Hightower Road) on the east edge of the district. Mid-century suburban development occurred from Hamilton E. Holmes Drive westward and from 1-285 eastward. The majority of houses are mid-20th century Ranch Houses, along with a smaller number of Split-Levels and a very few two-story houses; also included 20th-century Craftsman Bungalows and some mid-century American Small Houses. Virtually every size and type of Ranch House is represented, from small and compact to large and rambling, and from the simple linear to courtyard and other complex forms. Architectural styles include Colonial Revival and Contemporary with a few examples of Modern. Many house designs appear to be from period plan books such as those published in Atlanta by the Home Builders Plan Service and W. D. Farmer; others are custom designs. Most of the houses are wood­ framed with brick veneer; many have a combination of brick, stone, and wood exteriors. Roofs are mostly gabled or hipped; a few houses have flat roofs. Windows are of varied types and sizes and include a wide range of picture windows. Many of the houses feature large chimneys; most have integral carports or garages. Landscaping is informal with open lawns, large pine and hardwood trees often surrounded by pine-straw beds, and ornamental shrubbery; plantings around foundations and front terraced entries or rear patios are common. Streets are curvilinear in layout; most have concrete curbs, with a few in the older sections having granite curbstones. Click here to read remainder of the story

Below are photos from homes in Collier Heights and the current fashion at the time worn by many of the residents.

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To Buy or sell a home in Collier Heights or Cascade call Kevin Polite, Solid Source Realty, 404-299-7100.

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