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DeKalb, GA brings you 268.3 square miles of breathtaking terrain – here you’ll find miles of scenic trails, granite outcrops, moss-covered rock gardens, wetlands, reflective lakes, and sparkling rivers and streams.

And if that’s not enough, it also harbors a few quirky gems, including the country’s first waffle house, one of the few remaining drive-in theatres in Georgia, and the largest antiques area in the South.

Not convinced? The county is known for great beer and vibrant farmers markets. The school system is superb, the housing market is diverse, and residents enjoy a wide range of services courtesy of the local government. Frequent fliers have easy access to the DeKalb – Peachtree Airport.

The U.S. Census Bureau estimates the 2017 population to be 753,253. The number continues to grow as more residents are drawn to the county’s steady growth and remarkable potential.


Incorporated in December 1822, DeKalb was formed from sections of Fayette, Gwinnett, and Henry Counties. It encompassed Atlanta and portions of Fulton County before the latter was established in 1853.

The cities of DeKalb are:

  • Avondale Estates
  • Brookhaven
  • Chamblee
  • Clarkston
  • Decatur
  • Doraville
  • Dunwoody
  • Lithonia
  • Pine Lake
  • Stone Mountain
  • Stonecrest

Named for Baron Johann de Kolb, a German native who served under the Continental Army, the county lives up to the heroics of its namesake – much of the Battle of Atlanta took place here in July 1864. The county seat, Decatur, was named after Stephen Decatur, a distinguished naval hero.

The county’s earliest inhabitants were the Cherokee before settlers of English, Scottish, and Irish descent arrived from Virginia and the Carolinas. Many of these settlers were subsistence farmers. Granite quarrying, dairy farming, cotton mills, and grain mills would flourish later on in addition to farming.

Lands located near the South River produced over 1,000 pounds of cotton per acre, and DeKalb became one of the biggest milk producers of the southeast. The county would also go on to supply vegetables to other parts of the region.

DeKalb County GA real estate and property types

The housing market offers an excellent selection of single-family homes, townhomes, and condos. Buyers have a good mix of older homes and new construction homes to choose from. Many of the older homes in the county were built in the 1950s and 60s, and have been remodeled to include modern upgrades.

Prevalent architectural styles include Traditional, Ranch, and Bungalow.

Luxury houses for sale in Atlanta, Georgia are some of the most sought after properties in the state. These homes often come with gourmet kitchens, media rooms, finished basements, and more.

Some of the most coveted neighborhoods in the county are:

  • Druid Hills
  • Candler Park
  • East Atlanta
  • Morningside/Lenox Park

DeKalb property assessment estimates from 2017 showed home values rising in Atlanta, Clarkston, and Lithonia, with these cities outpacing the rest of the United States. Residential real estate increased by almost 8% in assessed value. In sections of Atlanta that are located within DeKalb, namely Druid Hills, East Lake, and Kirkwood, residential property values went up by about 16%.

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Living in DeKalb County

  • Stone Mountain Park

    Spanning over 3,200 acres, this theme park is Georgia’s most visited attraction. Go on the Summit Skyride and enjoy views of Atlanta’s skyline. Go for a hike through the treetops at Sky Hike, and see a gushing geyser from a suspended rope bridge at Geyser Towers.

  • Arabia Mountain National Heritage Area

    Experience 400 million years of history at the heritage area, which offers 30 miles of serene walking and biking trails and intricate granite ecosystems that you won’t see anywhere else in the state.

  • Downtown Atlanta

    The world is your oyster in Atlanta. Pick from a wide array of trendy shops and restaurants. The downtown area features major attractions like Phillips Arena, Georgia Dome, and College Football Hall of Fame.

Find the perfect home in DeKalb County! SET Real Estate Group would be glad to assist you. Call us at (404) 348-2373 or send an email to Info(at)SETRealEstateGroup(dotted)com.

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