Food is pretty cheap, depending on what you want. We have everything from Aldi to Fresh Market. Because of the student population, dining is quite reasonable most places. My electric bill for my one-bedroom apartment was the lowest it's ever been last month - $40. Winter utilities are usually not bad, since it takes a while to get "cold." Summer costs vary depending on what the weather wants to do that year. Last summer we had record high temps, this summer was rainy and fairly cool (for Georgia.)... more
I can search comparable for you if you would like. I have access to the two largest MLS data bases used here in Athens. Just give me a call at 706.389.8289 or e-mail me at email@example.com.... more
Jeanne, there is a solid bus system in Athens itself that runs through 10 p.m. each night. In fact, the Clarke County government just proposed to end service at 8 p.m., and then reversed direction and made some cuts in some other areas to keep it running until 10--although there will be a 10-cent increase in the fare from $1.50 to $1.60. That will be the first fare increase since 2009.
The site posted in the first response is a good place to check out the routes. In general, I'd say living closer in is probably going to be your best option, as routes to outlying areas are not as plentiful as the in-town system. If you'd like some help, my team and I would be happy to let you know more...just contact me and I'll be happy to share more with you.
The BBG Team
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In Athens, the key to rentals is making sure that your home is in an area that's zoned multi-family. If not, then the city has an ordinance that prohibits more than two unrelated people living in the same residence. Anyone who's caught breaking the rule must evict the tenants and will be charged up to $1000 per day for each day the tenants remain in place.
Although my company handles residential sales and does not do rentals, my team is also an investment group, and we own several rental properties throughout Athens. To that end, we have developed contacts with reputable rental groups, so if you'd like to find a renter for your property, let me know and I'd be happy to refer you to someone who can get your place rented. Or, if you're looking to buy, our team can certainly help you find something suitable. Just check out the contact info on our website, or feel free to send me an e-mail. Best of luck!
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The Holman Avenue area is convenient to all kinds of shopping, food, entertainment, although depending on where you are on the street it may be too far to walk. There are always people walking around the neighborhood anyways. If you are close to Prince Ave, then you will be very close to some great restaurants and some shopping, and if you need it this is super close to the Athens Regional Hospital. There are no movie theaters within walking distance. This is an emerging neighborhood, with a bunch of rehabs going on, and homes that have always been well taken care of already. This area holds it's value better than some in Athens. As far as crime click on the link below that is referred by the Athens Clarke Police Dept. If you are thinking of moving there in my opinion - GREAT!... more
I really like the other agents answers, the websites are an excellent source ....but....I always tell my clients to talk to the neighbours, people living in the neighbourhood will have first hand information that you can trust..
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If you would like to see an article regarding potential gang activity in AThens, see www.onlineathens.com TODAY 8/11/09. There is an article about two recent violent crimes, both of which may or may not have been gang related, according to ACCPD. Some of what you seek is there. Read the comments section, too. This will be very informative. FYI I work in a field where I deal with this issue daily - crime.... more
Yes. There are still tremendous bank sources for buyers with excellent credit scores. If you have contract offers, which still have not been accepted by you, this is not an issue. There are still bridge loans and in house loans that do not depend on traditional qualifications as these local banks are not selling their loans to govenment investors or entities. If they like you, they can loan to you.... more