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Deborah, Other/Just Looking in New Jersey

Is the edgewood area a safe area? are their young professionals living here?

Asked by Deborah, New Jersey Sun Aug 3, 2008

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Yes. The majority of new residents are young professionals. In the last 5+ years the area has experienced a major shift of new residents moving from the suburbs to this intown location. Atlanta intown neighborhoods are generally just a few blocks before they change names, so I tend to think of them as a whole. Edgewood is near Kirkwood, Reynoldstown, Inman Park, Glenwood Park, Candler Park, Grant Park, East Atlanta and Cabbagetown. Each neighborhood has it's own history and character, so check them all out. Each neighborhood has safe, clean parks. I live in Reynoldstown, and walk my dogs to parks in Cabbagetown and Reynoldstown. I ride my bike through all the nearby neighborhoods and have never had a problem. A good sign of the positive changes in these neighborhoods is the influx of new resteraunts. My girlfriend and I walk to one of the area resteraunts every Friday. Including; Redfish and Stella in Grant Park, The Depot in Reynoldstown, Zaya, The Grape, Rathbun's, The Krog Bar, and Friti Friti in Inman Park, Shaun's in Candler Park, Agave, Carroll St Cafe in Cabbagetown, Vickery's and Shed in Glenwood Park, etc. I'm sure I missed some new resteraunts in the area, but these are the one's that we have walked to. Please note that these are intown neighborhoods with a diverse socioeconomic population. I have never had a problem with crime, but this is not an idealic suburban/rural community where you can leave your doors unlocked. If you feel comfortable around all types of people and enjoy parks, walkable sidewalks, a neighborhood where many people ride their bikes and vespa's, and an up and coming feel. You will be right at home.
2 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Aug 4, 2008

You got some great answers from the locals and I'll echo Sean and add that ever since the Edgewood Retail District opened, the crime stats in APD Zone 6 rose. Even so, it is a welcome and overall, very secure improvement in our community, making Edgewood even better than before.

I first saw Edgewood in 1988, when the defunct Colonial Bakery sat next to Atlanta Gas Light's property and the Edward's Bakery filled the whole neighborhood with the smell of apple pie - the adjacent neighborhood was just starting to see signs of renovated residential and multi-family redevelopment. However, some of the streets were pretty scary!

I just took some photos yesterday of the Mayson and Hardee street demolitions that Sean talked about - Mayson was rough, rough, rough and when I turned a corner nearby just yesterday, I ran into some less than welcoming neighbors - that being said, they are fewer and farther between nowadays

That being said, we got plenty of YUPPIES (like Sean Casey, and Lee Taylor) in the Eastside neighborhoods, and lots of affordable real estate on some terrific, neighborly streets.

If you are "just looking," then come on down here with your New Jersey money and get your real estate on.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Aug 6, 2008
My husband and I live in Edgewood and we are both young professionals. As far as "safe," it really depends on your definition of safe. Like most intown neighborhoods, Edgewood is surely transitional and street-to-street and almost house-to-house. I live on one of the best streets in Edgewood, closer to the Edgewood retail center. Many of the houses on my street have already been renovated. We bought our house from a single lady who lived in the neighborhood for 13 years with her big dogs. As I suggest to everybody, get a dog and an alarm and do not walk around at night! The good thing about Edgewood is there is not a false sense of security as some intown neighborhoods have--most people that live in Edgewood get that they live in Edgewood and practice safety. The neighbors are pretty overzealous and belong to an web board that reports crime and they WILL let you know what is happening in the neighborhood.

All the Section 8 housing has been boarded up (some demolished), which has helped the neighborhood. However, there has been a significant amount of mortgage fraud, so there are quite a few empty foreclosures sitting in the neighborhood, including at least two on my street. There are also new construction townhomes in various parts of the neighborhood, but they have had a hard time selling these homes. I walk to the Edgewood retail center and Candler Park, but I would say Edgewood has years to come before it is one of the better transitional neighborhoods. One of the good and bad things about Edgewood is that there are is no village type area (besides retail center), which has not allowed it to flourish as much as say, East Atlanta or Glenwood Park. However, this has also not allowed a new influx of crime that specifically targets people who frequent the bars/restaurants such as the crime that happens in EA Village or Glenwood Park.

I would say, if you live in Edgewood, make sure you live on one of the better streets and just be aware of your surroundings. You can still get a good buy in the neighborhood, live in a central location, and will most likely reap in the benefits once the area turns around.

Of course, I am biased because I live here...
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0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Aug 5, 2008
I live in the neighboring Kirkwood community, but have sold numerous homes to professionals moving into the community. In fact, a couple from San Francisco just bought a gorgeous victorian cottage renovation in Finley St. from me last month...they work at Emory and CDC.

Edgewood is currently undergoing some exciting changes, including the demolition of the large tracts of Section 8 housing that negatively impacted the area in many ways. The plan is to replace these units with over 200 new mixed-income units that will be approximately 60% market rate and 40% on a sliding scale based on income.

If you are looking at crime statistics, please keep in mind that the numbers are heavily skewed by shop-lifting and such by the nearby Edgewood Retail District, which is another overwhelmingly positive develpment to the area.

Like many gentrifying areas, Edgewoods housing values can vary widely on a street-by-street and block-by-block really pays to have an agent knowledgeable in the area to help be sure you are getting the best deal possible. For what it is worth, if I were in the market for a new home, I would give SERIOUS consideration to Edgewood.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Aug 4, 2008
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