Some call it DunSprings.
Maybe it should be SandyWoody?
Whatever. It can get confusing.
It’s that little patch of land where Sandy Springs and Dunwoody come together.
Ellen Leverette has lived there for five years. In the beginning, it was sort of like living off the map. GPS systems couldn’t find her. Heck, the pizza delivery man couldn’t find her.
“When we first moved in here, we couldn’t get pizza delivered to this house,” she said. “You know when the pizza man can’t find you, you’re in trouble.”
Now GPS systems know where she is. So does the pizza delivery man — because she marched down to the pizza place and showed them just where her house was.
But people still get lost looking for the house. It’s gotten so that she and her husband, Frank Ehrhardt, expect it. When they’re awaiting company who are visiting for the first time, they also await at least one of those “where the heck are you?” calls. “We keep the phone close at hand,” she said.
Leverette lives in Sandy Springs. It says so on her tax bill. But like other residents in her neighborhood, she often calls the area Dunwoody. After all, that’s what the signs on most of the streets say, she says.
Besides, many old-time residents still think of the area as Dunwoody. That’s what they called it when they moved in, and they still do. They may live on the Sandy Springs side of Dunwoody Club Drive, in the area now often called Sandy Springs’ “panhandle,” but it’s still Dunwoody to them.
Bob MacDonald says the area generally was considered Dunwoody when he and his family moved in 30 years ago. Even though it’s in Sandy Springs now, Dunwoody is, well, just over there.
Even the Dunwoody Country Club is located on the Sandy Springs’ side of the street. But general manager Jon Knobbe says it’s not a problem. “No issues here,” he said.
MacDonald doesn’t have any issues either. “I don’t think people make a big deal about it. I don’t hear them saying, ‘Well, I’m in Sandy Springs.’ It’s not a social issue,” he said. “I think Dunwoody is a fine community. And Sandy Springs, too.”
It did always seem a little strange, though, that his children went to high school four miles away at North Springs High when Dunwoody High was only about a mile away. “It’s strange the way the whole county is divided up,” he said.
After all, Dunwoody Club Drive isn’t just the dividing line between Dunwoody and Sandy Springs, it marks the split between Fulton and DeKalb counties. And sometimes it’s hard to figure who’s in charge. Some blocks don’t have consecutive street numbers. It’s a postal carrier’s nightmare.
Elizabeth Kemph, who built her home in 1997, said it was tough, at first, to convince the post office to deliver the mail to her new house. But eventually they caught on. So did the police. “I’m so glad the police know,” she said. “I’m hoping the fire department knows.”
Like MacDonald, Oliver Porter moved into the area decades ago, back when everyone called it Dunwoody. Porter was one of Sandy Springs’ city fathers. And when the creation of the new city went to the voters, it included all of the area in Fulton County, including his neighborhood. Porter admits he worried that some of his neighbors might think they were too far away from the center of things to go along with plans for the new city of Sandy Springs. When the votes came in, he saw that more than 90 percent of his neighbors voted to establish the new government. “I said, ‘We’ve got it,’” he recalled.
They have. Now, can the pizza man find it?