Northwoods Neighborhood – A Mid-Century Modern Treasure Trove

Welcome to the Northwoods Neighborhood!

In the heart of Doraville, Georgia lies the Northwoods neighborhood that stands as evidence to the charm and character of suburban living.  Removed away from the vibrant city life of Atlanta, Northwoods offers a peaceful retreat while still being conveniently close to all the amenities and attractions that the area has to offer.

Northwoods is one of the oldest and largest neighborhoods in Doraville and one of only three mid-century planned unit developments left in Georgia.  Originally conceived as a residential area for General Motors executives because of its close proximity to the GM facility and other businesses Northwoods quickly gained popularity and continues to grow today.

Location, Location Location…

One of the key attractions of Northwoods is its unbeatable location. Situated just off Buford Highway, residents enjoy quick access to a variety of shopping, dining, and entertainment options. Whether you’re craving authentic international cuisine or looking for a new spot to shop, Buford Highway has it all. Plus, with easy access to I-285 and I-85, commuting to Atlanta or other parts of the metro area is a breeze.  You can reach the Perimeter Business Center in 15 minutes, even during morning traffic. Buckhead, Midtown, and Downtown are also about a 15-minute drive away.   Plus, the neighborhood is within walking distance of the Doraville MARTA station, which provides convenient mass transit options to both Midtown and Downtown!


Throughout the neighborhood you will see mid century along side more conventional ranch homes.   More than half of the Northwoods homes were originally built in the mid-century architectural style in the 1950s.  This design features a split level floor plan, floor to ceiling windows, triangle (eichleresque) windows and slanted roofs.

In the initial stages of development, only plain  ranch style  homes were built.  However, the primary developer decided to hire Georgia Tech architects Ernest Mastin and John Summer to change up the floor plans to a contemporary design.  The lenders of the development were skeptical of the new designs and required  five conventional homes to be built for every five contemporary home constructed.   It was not long before the high demand for these modern homes eased the minds of the lenders.  Mastin and Summer were given the green light to  expand their contemporary and mid century design features into affordable housing.

By the time the subdivision was completed in 1962, the original fifteen homes had expanded to over 700 homes.  Today the demand of these mid century homes have been resurrected as many new homeowners crave the “retro” look for their homes and interior designs.  Many of the updated homes in Northwoods still have the original appliances from the 1950’s and 60’s.

The Northwoods Historic District was listed on the National Register of Historic Places on June 2, 2014, marking its significance as a well-preserved representation of mid-century and contemporary architecture in Georgia.

Northwoods has vibrant community spirit that sets it apart from other neighborhoods.  For over 50 years, the Northwoods Area Neighborhood Association (NANA) has been an integral part of the community, fostering a sense of unity among residents of Northwoods and neighboring areas.  NANA is a voluntary, non-partisan civic association, and all residents in the Northwoods Area pentagon are welcome to join.  Residents here take pride in their neighborhood and are actively involved in making it a better place to live. The NANA organizes community clean-up events, festivals,  and neighborhood watch programs.  There is a strong sense of camaraderie among the residents of Northwoods.

Parks & Recreation

Brook Park –  A neighborhood park that features a playground, tennis courts, and a pavilion. The park boasts ample shade from large, mature trees, with swing benches scattered throughout, creating a serene and inviting atmosphere.  The pavilion provides light, a covered picnic table and grills for a perfect family outing.   There is a children’s playground with climbing structures, slides and swings.

Autumn Park – Located in the heart of the Northwoods neighborhood, this 6 acre park provides a quick getaway for anyone craving the outdoors.  There is a walking path, a new playground, picnic tables, and plenty of green space for everyone to frolic in.

Restaurants Galore!

Northwoods is very close to the international cuisine and markets along Buford Highway.   Here is just a taste of what you will find:

Buford Highway Farmer’s Market –This massive, 100,000 square foot market provides a huge selection of fruits, veggies, meats and everything in between.

Mamak – Asian, Malaysian

Amealco Mexican Kitchen – Mexican

Bun Factory – Asian

Nur Kitchen – Mediterranean

Northwoods is a neighborhood that offers residents the best of both worlds.  The serenity & peace with living in suburbia but also quick and easy access to the dynamic city of Atlanta and all it offers.  Northwoods stands out with its blend of contemporary mid-century homes, strong community bonds, and deep historical roots, making it an exceptional place to call home.

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