Lake Claire Home TourThe picturesque neighborhood of Lake Claire will hold its 2010 Lake Claire Home & Garden Tour on Saturday, Oct. 2, from 1 to 6 p.m.

Nestled between Candler Park and Druid Hills, Lake Claire is located between Ridgecrest Road to the east and Clifton Road to the west, DeKalb Avenue to the south and Ponce de Leon Avenue to the north. The neighborhood’s approximately 1,200 homes are an eclectic mix from the Revival, Victorian, and Modern periods, while tts gardens are just as distinctive, with elegant formal gardens and colorful informal gardens, vegetable gardens and sculpture gardens.

A complete list of the homes and gardens on the tour is available at

The tour begins at Clifton Sanctuary Ministries, 369 Connecticut Ave., where tour-goers can pick up their tour booklets and map, and where people may purchase day-of tickets.

Tickets for the Home & Garden Tour are $15 the day of the tour, or $12 in advance. Tickets may be purchased online or at Donna Van Gogh’s, 1651 McLendon Ave. Street parking is available on the day of the tour, and Lake Claire is located between two MARTA stations: East Lake and Edgewood/Candler Park. The tour will be held rain or shine. Pets are not allowed in homes or gardens.

The tour will be followed by an after-party from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Lake Claire Community Land Trust, 280 Arizona Ave., featuring food and beverages for sale and live music. After-party attendees with a ticket in hand are invited to attend the drum circle, beginning at 9 p.m., for free. If you leave and return for the drum circle, a $5 fee will be requested.

The Lake Claire Home & Garden Tour is a project of Lake Claire Neighbors, the neighborhood association. Proceeds from the sale of tour tickets support neighborhood greenspace improvements and Clifton Sanctuary Ministries. Clifton Sanctuary Ministries is the oldest house-of-worship shelter operating in Atlanta. Founded in 1979, Clifton provides food, shelter, and counseling to 30 men every night of the year.

Collin Kelley

Collin Kelley has been the editor of Atlanta Intown for two decades and has been a journalist and freelance writer for 35 years. He’s also an award-winning poet and novelist.

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