Pine Lake, Georgia

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Pine Lake is the smallest city in DeKalb County, Georgia, United States. The population was estimated at 621 by the 2000 census, but this estimate was challenged. There are 690 habitable buildings on the 2009 tax digest (See Demographics below).

Pine Lake is one of the most eclectic cities in the state, including among its residents a number of locally, regionally and nationally known artists in the fields of music (Rick Richards of the Georgia Satellites, Elise Witt), fine art (Richard Cessil), sculpture, poetry (Alice Teeter) and prose and other disciplines. The City has been described as one of the most neighborly of cities—new residents are often told that when someone says, "Let me know what I can do to help," in Pine Lake, that's not an empty statement (Atlanta Magazine; Creative Loafing).[Full citation needed] The city was reported in Atlanta Magazine's (April 2003) "Best Places to Call Home."

Pine Lake's beautiful lake is center of many of the City's activities. The City often hosts indoor and outdoor concerts featuring some of the area's finest performers as well as readings and showings of area writers and artists.

The Pine Lake Association of Involved Neighbors ([PLAIN][1]) is an integral part of many of the activities happening in Pine Lake. PLAIN sponsors coffee and pastries, a monthly pancake breakfast, annual chili cook-off, desert contests, how-to seminars, ice cream socials, a yard of the month contest, work-days and much more, all with the idea of increasing neighborliness and improving the City.



Pine Lake was established as a city in December 1937, after a short life as a summer retreat run by the Pine Woods Corporation. The Pine Woods Corp sold lots around a small fishing lake to Atlantans who lived in (then) faraway areas like Buckhead for use as a weekend retreat. The 20' x 100' lots sold for $69 and the advertisement for lots directed people "from Decatur down the (unpaved) Rockbridge Road East. Many homeowners continued to use their property as a weekend getaway long after the city incorporated. Previous to development, Pine Lake was a portion of a farm. The lake was formerly a widened region of the Snapfinger Creek and the valley that encompasses much of the town was where corn was grown. The lake was dammed by the Army Corp of Engineers as erosion and flood control, prior to the official FDR lake projects.


Pine Lake [2] is located at 33°47′29″N 84°12′23″W / 33.79139°N 84.20639°W / 33.79139; -84.20639 (33.791505, -84.206428)[3].

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