As a realtor, I always let my clients know that their #1 criteria is that they feel safe in their home/n'hood. Of course, this is a big city so keep that in mind as you go about your day. For clients new to Atlanta we spend time exploring to get a better feel for the flavor of the different neighborhoods. You're in a great position in that you live very close and can do the field research very easily. I recommend having luch or dinner in Oakhurst Village at the intersection of Oakview and East Lake. You'll find very similar home styles in East Lake and Kirkwood without the high taxes associated with City of Decatur. You'll also want to learn more about the charter school (Drew Charter located at the YMCA facility on Memorial). Its scores are fantastic! At the end of the day, you'll want to get the most value for your housing dollar. It is, after all, your largest single investment. Be sure to assemble the right team - realtor, lender, etc. - that always puts your interests first.
I'll be happy to arrange an Intown neighborhood tour. You can reach me at 678-595-4448.
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If you work within 30 minutes of the area, then there is a lot of favor for owning - there are distinctions in value, street by street.
I would be happy to help you with the next steps in your research - call me.
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These links should be able to provide some of the answers you are seeking.
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Residentially speaking, I particularly like the East Lake stretch of Hosea - it's more quiet and tree lined than the stretch to the west toward Moreland, and it's a two laner.
Value is value and crime issues between Kirkwood's two beats and East Lake's beat are all relatively similar and quite often the perps strike all over and don't discriminate between Kwood, E Lake and Decatur's Oakhurst.
Walk in to APD's Zone 6 HQ on Hosea and ask for the beat maps and some stats - they'll help you.
As far as crime goes realtors cannot give that information. Unfortunately if we were to do so we would be in jeopardy of loosing our lisence. The website that Greta has suggested is helpful. You could also call the local authorities.
I would recommend driving around the neighborhood at key points during the day when normal activity is highest such as a weekday afternoon when school lets out into the evening time. Or a Saturday afternoon.
As far as homes in the area there may be some great starter homes that are fully updated. You can find those with about 1400 sq ft and in the mid 100's. but inventory is very low now which is why Atlanta is in a sellers market.
If you have any other questions feel free to contact me any time. I'd be happy to help.
Tyler Willis, REALTORÂ®
Keller Williams Realty Intown Atlanta
621 North Ave NE, Suite C-50
Atlanta, GA 30308