About Lake Claire

DSC04947Lake Claire is located just East of Candler Park, Lake Claire also shares borders with Druid Hills, Kirkwood, Oakhurst and Decatur.  One of Atlanta’s smaller neighborhoods, it offers a close-knit community of people from varied backgrounds.  You could think of it a smaller version of Candler Park in that they share the same great school system, have their own park (Lake Claire Park) and the residents take pride in maintaining the culture that makes Lake Claire what it is. Lake Claire does not have its own, self-contained business district like Candler Park, but with its close proximity to all of Candler Park and Decatur’s resources, it doesn’t need to.  Lake Claire has two primary greenspaces, the Lake Claire Park and the unique Lake Claire Community Land Trust.  It also has a private neighborhood swimming pool equipped with locker rooms and a toddler pool.

Housing Mix

Lake Claire is an intown Atlanta neighborhood known for its diverse housing mix.  It has everything ranging from Craftsman bungalows and 1950’s cottages to Victorian and Tudor style homes.  There is also a fair amount of newer construction.  Towards the southern border of Lake Claire, along Dekalb Ave, there are some newer townhomes and converted lofts.  Much of Lake Claire was initially sold as lots, with individuals constructing and designing their own homes, hence the eclectic mix.

Restaurants & Bars

Fellini's Pizza
Fellini’s – A local Italian pizzeria with 7 locations in Atlanta. Serving thin crust style pizza by the pie or slice. Use the menu or create your own masterpiece. When the weather is nice the patio is the place to be.

LaFonda Candler Park
LaFonda Latina – A sister restaurant with Fellini’s, LaFonda is a Mexican and Cuban restaurant with 5 locations in Atlanta. Serving Mexican staples like quesadillas and enchiladas and Cuban favorites like the Cuban sandwich, Paella, and roasted chicken.

Flying Buscuit Cafe
Flying Biscuit Café – Southern-style restaurant serving all-day breakfasts, sandwiches, salads and entrees in a homey space. They offer healthy options for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Obviously the biscuits are a must. The Candler Park location is the original spot where it all started!

Candler Park Market
Candler Park Market – A locally owned and operated neighborhood corner store. They carry beer, wine and groceries and a deli that makes really good sandwiches and burgers. You can even refill your growlers here.

Gato Bizco Cafe
Gato Bizco Café – A funky take on the standard diner/café, serving both American and Tex-Mex style breakfast and lunch. The servers are tattooed, the portions are big and prices are not. Located directly across from The Flying Biscuit, this local establishment knows how to make some damn good biscuits too!

Fox Bros. Bar-B-Q
Fox Bros Bar-B-Q – Founded by two brothers from Texas this BBQ joint is known for their slow-roasted ribs, pulled pork and southern sides. They also have a big catering business.

Radial Cafe
Radial Café – An Eco-friendly, award-winning breakfast, lunch and dinner spot. They were on the “Farm-to-table trend before it was cool”. Head here for healthy and organic options including organic cocktails.

Wahoo Grill Decatur
Wahoo Grill – A neighborhood bistro specializing in seafood and southern cuisine. It has a rustic décor with an awesome garden patio out back. They have a creative menu with a focus on utilizing the freshest local and organic ingredients when possible.

Parks & Recreation

Lake Claire Park
Lake Claire Park – A 4.7 acre public park in the middle of Lake Claire.  It features a large multi-sport field, 2 tennis courts and a kid’s playground.

Lake Claire Community Land Trust
Lake Claire Community Land Preserve – An idyllic, bohemian-esque, community-owned greenspace. It features gardens, children’s play area, sweat lodge, and drum circles (every 1st and 3rd Saturday of the month).  It even has its very own living mascot, Big Lou the Emu!

Olmstead Linear Park – Comprised of 6 smaller parks that run along the southside of Ponce de Leon. There is plenty of space to have a picnic and relax or get out on the well-maintained paths for a run while looking at the prominent houses in the area. Originally designed by famed landscape architect, Frederick Olmsted, whose influence is seen in Piedmont Park and NYC’s Central Park among others.

Candler Park
Candler Park – A 55-acre park, donated by local legend Asa Candler, situated in the middle of the neighborhood. It features a 9-hole golf course, basketball and tennis courts, athletic fields, running trails, playground and a swimming pool

Health & Fitness

Core Body Decatur
Core Body Decatur – “A casual neighborhood gym that is serious about getting fit”. Offering weights, cardio, resistance training and some “unorthodox” strength training equipment. They have over 30 classes a week including Spin, Yoga and bootcamp.

CrossFit Decatur
CrossFit RX & CrossFit Decatur – Crossfit is the “sport of fitness”. Using constantly-varied, high intensity, functional movements to get you in shape. Workouts incorporate techniques from a number of other sports with the main goal of making you a stronger, more well-rounded athlete.

Wall Crawler Rock Club
Wall Crawler Rock Club – An expansive, indoor rock climbing space, with introductory and intermediate classes for adults and kids. Offering a fun, laid-back environment for climbers of all skill levels.

Tough Love Yoga
Tough Love Yoga – Providing affordable, accessible, and expertly taught yoga classes to students of all ages and experience levels. With 13 different classes there is something for everybody.


Indie Craft Experience
Indie Craft Experience – All things craft and vintage. They host a number of events, markets and workshops throughout the year with a mission to offer crafters an opportunity to market their works.

Candler Park Flower Mart
Candler Park Flower Mart – A unique neighborhood flower shop with a full service floral design studio. They specialize in weddings and special events, but the helpful staff can help you design a custom bouquet.

Little Five Points
Little Five Points – A very small commercial district nestled between Inman Park and Candler Park, L5P is a melting pot of sub cultures and the Bohemian center of the city. Home to a number of independent coffee shops, café’s, record stores, pubs, and public art.

City of Decatur Logo
Decatur – Forget about a mall, Decatur is your shoping destination. With over 50 independent storefront shops and galleries, shopping is an adventure along these tree lined streets. “Keep it indie-catur”.

Edgewood Retail District
Edgewood Shopping Center – A well-equipped shopping center located just minutes South of Candler Park. It features a number of stores and restaurants including Target, Best Buy, Kroger, Bed Bath and Beyond, Willy’s Mexican, Figo Pasta and more.


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Other Attractions

Lake Claire Home Tour
Lake Claire Home and Garden Tour – An annual tour spotlighting the variety of architectural and individual styles that the neighborhood is well-known for as well as “celebrate the fun and funky” that makes Lake Claire what it is.

Lake Claire Halloween Parade
Lake Claire Halloween Parade and Party – Each year the residents of Lake Claire, and their neighbors from Candler Park, are invited to parade in costume down to the park for fun and games.

Fernbank Museum of Natural History
Fernbank Museum of Natural History – A museum that presents exhibitions and programming about natural history to entertain and educate the public both young and old. Features some of the largest dinosaurs ever discovered and the biggest movie screen in Atlanta. They also have a Martini’s and IMAX series.