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New 'Clarke Hill' Offers Cushy Subdivision Life in Decatur

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Properties without outrageous price tags or histories of meth-lab explosions generally have little trouble selling in the City of Decatur, with its renowned schools and thriving commercial core. Then there's Clarke Hill. Named for Caroline McKinney Clarke, author of The Story of Decatur (1823-1899), this subdivision is tucked off Candler Road, a few blocks south of Agnes Scott College, and offers spacious abodes from the high $600,000s, which is about the going rate for new downtown Decatur townhomes. Yet the project's five move-in-ready houses have languished on the market since at least July. Perks include "cook's dream" kitchens, trey ceilings, "spa-like baths" and a 1-acre community park for residents. The marketing spiel — "Though surrounded by lush landscapes, the neighborhood offers city living at its best" — makes the presence of so many crickets seem a little curious. Could the stigma of the "subdivision" label be to blame?

· Clarke Hill [Website]
· Recent Decatur coverage, discussion [Curbed]