I would add to Lee's comments that if you take the long view, things are bound to improve. In addition to the plans for "The Gulch", West End Mall, and the Beltline, there is a perennial push to link the West End MARTA station with Turner Field. I believe all these things will come to pass, and West End will benefit, I just do not know when.
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If you haven't personally met the owner or manager and had them phyically show you the property then you are being scammed and should under no circumstances send any money to anyone. There are coutnless con artists using sites such as Craigslist, Hotpad and others pretending to be the owners of properties and doing exactly what you've described asking peole to send them certified checks iun order to rent a property.
As I wrote if you haven't met them and been shown the property don't send the money. If you met them tell them you want to meet and when they hand you the keys you'll hand them a check.