Funky to Refined and Everything In-Between

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAAlmost 25 years ago a group of our neighbors collaborated on a project to share the spirit of Lake Claire, and spotlight its many hidden treasures.  This collaboration turned into the first Lake Claire Tour of Homes.  Although, that particular year it was officially named the Lake Claire Tour of Funky Homes and Gardens.  The tour showcased homes with funky features such as mousetrap art on Palifox, a colorful artist studio on Connecticut, and a jail cell door turned dining room table on Gordon.   Tour-goers were treated to the entertainment stylings of various dancers, acrobats, jugglers, comedians, and the Tree Climbers International offering climbs on Nimrod and Diana (the two giant white Oaks at the corner of Arizona and New York) for $1.  Their ears were greeted by the lovely words of poets and music, music, music with bands such as Atlanta Swamp Opera, Zen Dixie, Whirligig, and more playing at the Lake Claire Community Land Trust.  Following suit of the diverse nature of our neighborhood, the tour also featured a home with beautifully crafted hardwood details on Howard Circle, a fantasy bed and bath on Harold, and an enchanting garden on Mathews with perennials, herbs, vegetables, and butterflies galore that was also a beautiful dedication to fallen horticulturist and friend of all living things, Raven Wolfdancer.

To say our neighborhood has changed in the last 25 years would be an understatement.  New homes, new neighbors, expanding families, and the passing of time itself are just a few of these changes.  In addition to traditional artists, musicians, and dancers, we now have talented graphic artists, software developers, and bloggers.  In addition to flyers and the Clarion we are now able to share neighborhood information on Facebook, Lakeclaire.org, and the various Lake Claire yahoo groups – and access this information from our smart phones at that!

However, the spirit of Lake Claire and her residents remains the same.  We are fortunate to be surrounded by so many talented individuals.  Our neighbors are business people, artists, politicians, healthcare givers, parents, empty-nesters, volunteers, entrepreneurs, pet lovers, environmentalists, and more.  Above all, our neighbors are just straight up good people – accepting, supportive, generous, and kind.  The neighbors of Lake Claire are what makes us Lake Claire!  On October 4, 2014 from 10am – 4pm come out and see where these amazing neighbors call home.  Partake in the opportunity to get to experience up close the items they surround themselves with to proudly display what makes them, well, them!

Lake Claire’s approximately 1,200 homes are an eclectic mix from the Revival, Victorian, and Modern periods: Craftsman bungalows, 1950s cottages, and Contemporary Folk styles of architecture, in addition to homes recently renovated or constructed within the new millennium. This year’s tour will spotlight the variety of architectural and individual styles that our neighborhood is known for as well as celebrate the fun and funky that makes us Lake Claire.

They say “birds of a feather flock together.”  Well, us chickens, hawks, owls, and more have successfully flocked to Lake Claire.  So come on out and get to Know Your Neighbors’ Nests!  The tour supports Lake Claire Neighbors, who support your greenspaces, Lake Claire Park, and the DeKalb Ave. wall mural among other things.  Tickets can be purchased in advance at LakeClaireHomeTour.com or LakeClaire.org for $12, or on the day of the tour for $15.

Just as our funky neighbors in 1991 wanted to share all that we are so fortunate to be surrounded by in Lake Claire, we hope the 2014 Lake Claire Tour of Homes and Gardens will remind us that 30307 is more than just a zipcode – it’s a state of mind!