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Jay M, Both Buyer and Seller in Atlanta, GA

What part of Kirkwood do you think is the best?

Asked by Jay M, Atlanta, GA Thu May 1, 2008

Were thinking about the North part of Kirkwood, like Sisson, Murray Hill, Wisteria,. We have friends in both but more friends in North. all of them love kirkwood. We think we like the north better.

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Ramiro Garcia’s answer
Jay, Jay, Jay, you know you may be opening up a can of worms with this question... as we all may be biased to our specific location, friends, parks, etc.... It truly is a personal decision based on what's important to you and those close to you. Like you say in your question..... you have friends in a certain area, so that's going to play a big factor for you.... it may be very different for someone else. The Park, retail, or being on a steet with stately homes like Howard St or one with minimal traffic... it's all very individual - don't you think? Let's all keep this one civil now.. ;-)
2 votes Thank Flag Link Thu May 1, 2008
Kirwkoodians consider Kirkwood as two main distingusing lines: NoHo and SoHo or North of Hosea and South of Hosea. Revitalization patterns kind of followed these lines with the larger and grander homes along Howard Street and Kirkwood Roads attracting the earliest "pioneers" these were also some of the first homes to be renovated. If you didn't know, Kirkwood used to be its own City until it was incorporated into the City of Atlanta in 1922. These lines have become increasingly blurred as development and renovation have largely transitioned the area of Kirkwood between Hosea and Memorial. There are still a few less desirable areas around Bixby and Eleanor, but with the recent sale of the Bixby court appartments, I think the trouble around there will be dealt with in short order.

I consider the "core" of Kirkwood to be the downtown area and running north to Bessie Brahnam Park. The walkable acess to shops, dining, food and excercise makes homes in the vicinity highly attractive, coupled with the early arcitechture in this area of the 'hood means that the prices are going to command a premium over other areas of the community.

Jay, I have seen you posting several questions about Kirkwood in recent months. I would love to give you a personal tour of the neighborhood to explain the differences between different parts and how they might impact your buying decisions. Feel free to contact me by clicking on my profile to set something up.
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2 votes Thank Flag Link Thu May 1, 2008

There are certain parts of Kirkwood that are more transitional than others, and usually home prices reflect that. I believe that no matter what "part" of Kirkwood you're buying in, that you'll enjoy a nice appreciation later down the line. In my opinion it may be a better investment to buy in the more transitional areas for less... it's a not a HUGE neighborhood, and it's been heading in "the right direction" for quite some time now. I think the style and quality of your home in this neighborhood is much more important than the location.

I hope that this was helpful. If you need a Realtor to guide you and represent you through your transaction, please don't hesitate to contact me!

Sarah Turner

Sanctuary Real Estate, Inc.
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2 votes Thank Flag Link Thu May 1, 2008
when do you think those $600000 homes on westeria between murray hill ave an rockey ford will be done? we're going to buy in kirkwood while its still affordable
1 vote Thank Flag Link Thu May 1, 2008
to answer the quest, we also think both sides would be fab, but we are looking mainly in the north side too on the streets you mentioned plus a few
1 vote Thank Flag Link Thu May 1, 2008
i don't think he was asking anything wrong. hes not the only one curious and interested in opinions. we're curious too doesn't mean we are going to buy on the side you like better
1 vote Thank Flag Link Thu May 1, 2008
Of course I think my street is the best street in Kirkwood! I am generally attracted to the streets that aren't usual cut-throughs for cars, like the north side of Clifton, the dead end section of Branham, the northernest part of Warren or Locust.

Howard Street is chock full of large, victorian style homes, some of which are on the historic registry. It's a very desirable street in Kirkwood.

It all depends on what you like! The streets bordering Bessie Branham Park provide a variety of activity for you to watch from your front porch. Rocky Ford and Delano are main thoroughfares cutting through Kirkwood: "from there you can get to anywhere." Do you want to be close to Downtown Kirkwood? Do you want to be close to paths for walking and bicycling? Do you want to be close to the school? Why not live right on Kirkwood Road in Kirkwood?

Think about what kind of environment you'd like surrounding your home, and Kirkwood has a street just perfect for you!

- Tanya
0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Dec 12, 2013
The best part of Kirkwood is by Coan Park - short walk to Edgewood shopping district, MARTA, and downtown Kirkwood, and the park itself is a gem.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed May 15, 2013
E. Lake Terrace/Sutton St./1st Ave/Cottage Grove block. Very social block, walking distance to Kirkwood and Oakhurst, East Lake YMCA.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Nov 23, 2010
PS Please don't buy the house we want to put an offer on. ;>)
0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri May 16, 2008
Your answers made me laugh. You're so paranoid!

Everyone knows the North is where it's at! ;>)
0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri May 16, 2008
Mary, I'd be happy to check with the developer and find out the specifics. Are you wanting to buy one of those new homes? ;-) I think your concern is you like that particular area and want to buy now before the values go up, correct? I belive you commented on my post previously about this development.
Ramiro Garcia | REALTOR
0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu May 1, 2008
It's all good.... just that the last question got carried away... Just seemed like a loaded question, that's all. not anything wrong. There's some major development planned for Memorial Dr, just South of Edgewood and Kirkwood - which will continue to impact the rejuvenation of our intown neighborhoods. Add the planned redevelopment at Hosea and 2nd Ave and it's all getting better and better... ;-)
0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu May 1, 2008
Jay, didn't we meet recently and saw eachother at Sacred Grounds in Kirkwood? Isn't your wife an agent with a local firm? If so, glad I'm focusing on answering the question and not soliciting your business, right? As you are very familiar with Kirkwood and are even advising other prospective buyers to consider Kirkwood - That's great... How are your renovations going?
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