A Perfect Weekend For Neel Reid and Oakland Cemetery

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Now that Atlanta’s finally emerged from its oppressive heat wave, we can finally indulge in activities that do not require air conditioning.  Fall has never looked so good.

Two excellent real estate events this weekend are for architecture and history aficionados.  The Ansley Park Tour of Homes is featuring 8 homes designed by Neel Reid, arguably the most influential architect in the history of the city (with all due respect to John Portman, who has certainly had a pretty signficant impact himself).  The tour is the perfect opportunity to amble about Ansley Park, one of Atlanta’s most beautiful neighborhoods, while also sneaking a peak at some architectural gems.

Of course, you could always head a little bit further southeast to Lake Claire, where they’re having a tour of homes and gardens of their own.  You’re bound to see a pretty eclectic mix of homes- probably not quite as traditional as the Reed-designed masterpieces in Ansley, but worthy show houses nonetheless.

If houses aren’t your bag, you should head down to Oakland Cemetery for the annual Sunday In The Park.  This year marks the 31st anniversary of the “”Victorian Street Fair””, an event that features mausouleum tours, costume contests, live entertainment, living history demonstrations, story tellers, food and more.  If you’ve never been, it’s a ton of fun and it benefits the preservation of one of Atlanta’s most notable landmarks – the Cemetery itself.

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