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T Petit, Other/Just Looking in Outside U.S.

What is the safest yet affordable neighborhood in GA to purchase a home for a family just starting out?

Asked by T Petit, Outside U.S. Mon Mar 25, 2013

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The most exclusive neighborhoods (big properties, country clubs, etc) are Ansley Hills, Druid Hills and Buckhead. Obviously all have excellent public schools.

The most child-friendly, easy to walk, pleasant neighborhoods (playgrounds, ice cream shops, top schools) are Morningside, Virginia-Highlands, and Midtown. If you can afford something here, it will be a fabulous investment. These areas have the same excellent public schools as above.

I would be more than happy to live in the City of Decatur or Candler Park also. Mary Lin Elementary is a great school and I hear good things about City of Decatur schools (although property taxes are fairly high in Decatur).

The best prices right now are in the following "up-and-coming" neighborhoods: Grant Park, Kirkwood, Edgewood and Kirkwood. However, these neighborhoods DO NOT have great schools. You will have to apply to private schools or apply now for a lottery spot in one of the Charter Schools. I am currently looking at homes in these areas (because the rent in Virginia-Highlands is just too much for me), but am picking my favorite streets and applying for schools now. While these areas suffer from break-ins on occasion, I'm not worried about violent crime at all (and I'm a public defender, so I'm pretty familiar with what is going on in the community).

There are also great homes and schools in North Atlanta, but that's a little too suburbia for me!
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Old Fourth Ward also has some cute houses, but the crime rate is a little higher. Again, I'm looking at houses there and am not too worried (so long as we get a good school placement).
Flag Mon Apr 1, 2013
What Rodney and Dave said.

I love the word "safe."

Like - safe from tornadoes...safe from a tree falling...safe from nuclear, biological and chemical attack ???
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1 vote Thank Flag Link Mon Mar 25, 2013
what is your price point (I take it you have begun by working with a good loan officer) what part of Atlanta do you NEED to live in. AND I always advise my customers to call the local precints where they are looking to invest and actually speak to the officers on the streets.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Mar 27, 2013
I agree with Rodney, only you know what you are looking for. Do the research! Safe is a relative term.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Mar 26, 2013
Rodney has the best answer, you could also try asking some of your friends who live in Atlanta .
Good luck!
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Mar 25, 2013
What Rodney said. But seriously, even if real estate agents could stear you to a neighborhood without being fined into oblivion, could you be a little more specific? Georgia is larger than some European countries, we have a lot of neighborhoods. After that firebug Sherman left, a whole lot of folk moved here. Paved roads, indoor plumbing, central business districts, sprawling suburbs, the whole deal.

Start with where you are going to work, or are you going to telecomute from the middle of some peach orchard?

Best,

Dave Herren
Best Atlanta Properties
404-425-4945
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Mar 25, 2013
Real Estate Agents are not allowed to comment on a variety of topics. The Fair Housing Act restricts the information that can be provided by a Real Estate Agent.

Off Limit Topics Include:
• Crime Statistic (including questions about whether a neighborhood is good or bad or safe)
• Demographics
• Environmental Concerns
• Household Income
• Religion
• Schools (including questions about how good or bad the school is)

Determining to the answers to questions on any of the topics listed above is something that you would need to do on your own. It is up to the individual to make their own determination about a specific area. If a Real Estate Agent were to comment on such a thing, it could be steering which is a prohibited act.

Some websites to try include:
http://www.crimereports.com

http://www.familywatchdog.us/

http://www.neighborhoodscout.com

http://www.greatschools.org/

http://www.schoolmatters.com

Reasons Why A Real Estate Agent Cannot Comment
http://realestate.msn.com/article.aspx?cp-documentid=20748062
http://www.fairhousing.com/index.cfm?method=page.display&…
http://realestate.aol.com/blog/2010/12/06/what-a-real-estate…

These links should be able to provide some of the answers you are seeking.

Regards,
Rodney Mason, NMLS #151088
Sr Loan Officer
Prospect Mortgage
825 Juniper St NE, Atlanta, GA 30308
Office: (404) 591-2453
rodney.mason@prospectmtg.com
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