Tuesday, November 1, 2011

North Highlands

North Highlands (31211)

The neighborhood known as North Highlands is located just off the Gray Highway and just across the Ocmulgee River from downtown Macon. It begins at Nottingham Drive and includes a number of streets which literally climb the hill – North, Laurel and Summit Avenues, and Boulevard, as well as the initial part of Nottingham Drive.

It is a designated Historic District and is comprised of residences which were built predominantly in the last decade of the 19th century and the early decades of the 20th century. There is also one house which is ante-bellum and has foundations which are as old as the city of Macon. The area at one time had been part of the holdings of Senator A. O. Bacon.

There is a charming variety of residences in North Highlands, including vernacular farm houses, Arts and Crafts bungalows and a handful of Georgian and Tudor examples. There are sidewalks and amply-sized yards and some formidable specimen trees which pre-date the development of the neighborhood. Front porches, or side screen porches, are common features where residents have enjoyed decades of breezes from the river valley not far away.

The location of the neighborhood, just minutes to downtown Macon, makes it an ideal place to call home and the neighborhood has been undergoing a steady rejuvenation since the 1970s. With affordable price points and, mostly, moderately sized houses, it is one of Macon’s best-kept secrets.