Mid-Century Modern Neighborhood Spotlight – Amberwood

The Amberwood neighborhood is an established community in the Briarlake area that is diverse and vibrant.  The tight knit community with beautiful landscaped properties and peaceful surroundings makes this a desirable location to call home.   Tucked away from the bustling city life, Amberwood offers residents a unique blend of tranquility and convenience.

A Brief History

The roots of Amberwood trace back to the mid-20th century, a period characterized by postwar optimism and suburban expansion.  The neighborhood was envisioned as a residential haven, providing tranquil escape for families seeking a harmonious blend of urban convenience and suburban charm.  Over the years, it has evolved while maintaining its distinctive character, making it a sought-after area for those looking to escape the urban hustle without sacrificing accessibility.

Convenient Location

Amberwood lies comfortably in the northeastern part of Atlanta, near the crossroads of Briarcliff road and Amberwood Drive.  The neighborhood is near to the I-285 and I-85, giving residence quick access to downtown and the metro area.  Just 18 minutes from downtown Atlanta and close to Marta and schools makes this a highly desirable area.   This is an ideal place to call home if you are working at Emory or the CDC located nearby.

Diverse Architecture 

One of the most striking features of Amberwood is its diverse range of architectural styles, ranging from classic colonial to modern contemporary. As you stroll through the tree-lined streets of this enchanting neighborhood, you’ll be greeted by a stunning array of homes, each with its own distinctive charm and character.

You won’t find many standard homes in Amberwood.  Here lies some of the most extraordinary mid- century modern homes in the Atlanta metro area.  Some of these homes were designed by Robert Green, the last apprentice of Frank Lloyd Wright.  The Arrowhead house built in 1962 is one of Green’s mid-century masterpieces that has been featured in the New York Times.  This exceptional home, showcases the influence of natural materials, meticulous site planning, integrated furniture, and breathtaking tidewater red cypress ceilings.

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Robert Green’s Arrowhead House


One of the most prominent architectural styles in Amberwood is the classic colonial. These homes are characterized by their symmetrical design, with a central front door flanked by evenly spaced windows. The exterior of these homes is typically adorned with traditional elements such as brick or wood siding, and often feature charming front porches that invite you to sit back and relax.

Another prevalent architectural style in Amberwood is the elegant Georgian. These homes are known for their grandeur and sophistication, with features such as symmetrical facades, elaborate crown molding, and large, formal rooms. Georgian homes in Amberwood often feature expansive gardens and meticulously landscaped grounds, adding to their stately appearance.


Amberwood residents with children have choices of either public or private schools:

  • Briarlake Elementary
  • Oak Grove Elementary
  • The Globe Academy
  • Henderson Mill Elementary
  • Hawthorne Elementary
  • Arbor Montessori
  • Druid Hills Middle School
  • Lakeside High School
  • St. Pius X Catholic High School


Recreation and Green Spaces

Located nearby is the Twin Lakes Swim and Tennis Club, a hub of family-friendly activities. This private club boasts year-round tennis and swim teams, along with a calendar full of social events. With six tennis courts, a covered deck, and a pool featuring a low dive and slide, there’s no shortage of fun. The club also offers a children’s playground, volleyball court, and many other amenities for families to enjoy.

Briarlake Forest Park is in close proximity to the Amberwood neighborhood.  This lovely landscape offers a rare glimpse into an urban forest rich with history. Encompassing 21 acres, much of which is old-growth forest, the park includes an old home site that was originally part of a 100-acre land lot.  There are 4 trail heads that are ideal for walkers, hikers and joggers.   The primary trail head, situated on Briarlake Rd, offers plentiful public parking. The remaining three trail heads are located within the neighborhood and do not have designated parking. One is found at the terminus of Castleway Ln, while the other two are situated on Amberwood Dr. Dogs are welcome on the trail but must be kept on a leash.

Henderson Park is only a 4 mile drive from Amberwood.  It is located in Tucker, Georgia and consists of approximately 120 acres. Park amenities include soccer fields, tennis courts, a playground, picnic shelters, hiking trails, Lake Erin, the Native Plant and Wildlife Walk and the Henderson Park Community Garden.  There is something here for all outdoor enthusiasts.

Here’s a fabulous mid-century modern home we sold a couple years ago in Amberwood!

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