I really like the area. Lot's of young professional people moving in. Exciting new developments like Ponce City Market and the Beltline. You can still get a loft for a reasonable amount, with good prospects for reselling it in a few years for a profit. I'd say you'd probably want to spend some time in the neighborhood before making your decision just to familiarize yourself with the area at different times of day/night. If you're smart about your surroundings and don't put yourself at any unnecessary risks, you'll be fine there.