Discover Pine Lake: A Lakeside Community of Artistic Beauty
One of Atlanta Magazine’s “Best Places to Call Home”
Located at the geographic center of DeKalb County, the City of Pine Lake is just 12 miles east of Atlanta. DeKalb County’s smallest city is a quiet arts community of approximately 1,000 residents.
Their mayor, all city-council members and roughly 1 out of every 10 residents are visual artists, musicians, or writers. Pine Lake is centered by a beautiful12-acre lake and surrounding wildlife habitat, which serves as its gathering place for community and recreational events.
Pine Lake was established as a city in December 1937, after a short life as a summer retreat run by the Pine Woods Corporation.
The corporation sold lots around a small fishing lake to Atlantans who lived in (then) faraway areas like Buckhead for use as a weekend retreat.
Pine Lake is an eclectic community with marked architectural diversity that ranges from traditional log cabins and craftsman bungalows to lakeside cottages and custom chalets.
Artistic residents throughout the city have been free to stylize their homes in unique ways that reflect the quirky and progressive tenor of the community.
The city has been described as one of the most neighborly of cities. The city was reported in Atlanta Magazine’s (April 2003) as one of the “Best Places to Call Home.”
Pine Lake’s beautiful lake is the center of many of the city’s activities. The city often hosts indoor and outdoor concerts featuring some of the area’s finest performers as well as readings and showings of area writers and artists.
The Pine Lake Lounge is a music series on the first Friday of every month. Boasting more artists and musicians per square foot than any other city in Georgia, Pine Lake’s commitment to the arts shines brightest in this monthly series, which sometimes also includes photographers, painters, dancers, and spoken word artists.
The annual LakeFest is a two-day celebration in early October, which attracts hundreds of visitors to enjoy over 40 artist vendors, live music and comedians, a pet show, kiddie activities and festival food. A sand sculpture contest takes place on Saturday, while a sidewalk chalk art contest and the Floatzilla Lake Parade are fun events happening on Sunday.
For more information, visit PineLakeGa.com.