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Zenith1107, Home Buyer in Kirkwood, Atlanta, GA

Area Around Bessie Branham Park - Good Kirkwood Neighborhood?

Asked by Zenith1107, Kirkwood, Atlanta, GA Tue Jul 28, 2009

Hi,

I'm interested in buying a home in Kirkwood and from my knowledge it's really a street-by-street comparison process. I'm currently looking at the area around Bessie Branham park and specifically several streets next to it (Delano Dr, Norwood Ave, Bates Ave, Ridgedale Rd, Kirkwood Rd).

I'm wondering if anyone can provide some insight on these streets in terms of desirability, crime, neighbors, etc, compared to other Kirkwood streets and nearby neighborhoods such as Oakhurst and Decator. I drove by those streets yesterday and they seem really nice with people busy renovating their houses, etc.

Any opinion will be appreciated!

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Zenith1107,

You want it - you know it - write the offer.

The park is really nice and my daughter and I are at the playground, along with hundreds of other parents and children, at all hours of the waking day.

The houses nearby, particularly along the perimeter streets, are pretty popular, when priced right.

I have a 3/2 for sale on Delano that we just got under contract a few days ago - took about 90 days on market, but it was at the higher end of the price range to meet current demand in the neighborhood.

The desirability, crime, neighbors question is all yours - get over it - buy in Kirkwood. Kirkwood has been cool for a decade or more.

Call me if your real estate agent does something stupid.
3 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Jul 28, 2009
You are mighty inquisitive - how do these two parts of Kirkwood compare? Well, for era of construction, era of reconditioned houses, general upkeep, architectural nuances, and neighbors, they are pretty much the same.

Both have nearby parks - both are nearly equidistant to "downtown" Kirkwood.

There are two distinct police beats in Kirkwood - 1 western and 1 eastern - drop by APD Zone 6 on Hosea Williams Blvd. and read each beat book for the last 30 days. That might reveal some distinction...

Check out these 2 websites:

http://www.historic-kirkwood.com/

http://www.kirkwoodsecuritypatrol.org/

Otherwise, you are splitting hairs. Pick a house with great neighbors, negotiate a win/win and enjoy living in Kirkwood.

Do you have a real estate agent that is your fiduciary on this purchase? If so, then what are they telling you?

How are they helping you?

How are they adding value to your purchasing experience?
1 vote Thank Flag Link Wed Jul 29, 2009
Thanks for your replies! Just wondering tho, how does the area next to Toomer Elementary, i.e. Rogers St, Warren St, Clay St, etc compare to the area around Bessie Branham Park? Thanks.
1 vote Thank Flag Link Wed Jul 29, 2009
Two words - Lee Taylor...

He works/lives/plays in Kirkwood and he's your man on the street there.

If you have an agent, great - let them pull comps, get you stats, etc.
If not, Lee T will tell you all you need to know about the neighborhood and maybe your kids will play together...

Best of luck to you!

The other Lee
Web Reference: http://leeadkins.net
1 vote Thank Flag Link Tue Jul 28, 2009
Zenith1107:

http://www.realvaluator.com shows pricing for Foreclosures, Pre-Foreclosures, and Sales in the area for free. I would recommend doing some research to make sure that you find the right house at the right price.

Best of luck in your homebuying process.
Web Reference: http://www.realvaluator.com
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Aug 11, 2009
By the way, thanks Lee Adkins; you are a man of brightness and skill and you have a solid grasp of what to do when you need a real estate professional Intown.

Lee - Your name speaks for itself as a hallmark of quality.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Jul 29, 2009
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