I live nearby, right across S. Cobb Drive, and love it. The Park is convenient, walkable to West Village, and also has a historic preserved site in the subdivision, which is kind of cool, along with Riverline Historic Area members. If you're lucky, and the state and CSX can agree, then it's remotely possible that the CSX line may be bought up to connect the Silver Comet Trail to West Village. Negotiations are being revived on that front at this very moment, since the last attempt in 2007, but it's being kept hush-hush until some results come out of it. There are good indications due to the changeover of Plant Atkinson to natural gas instead of coal and the pave over of Oakdale Rd's crossing that CSX may not need that part of their line anymore.
Crime? It's one of the lowest crime areas of Smyrna. Yes, it is convenient to the freeways and there are transients that come and go looking for easy things like unlocked car doors to snatch items. Just be smart, and don't leave your car doors unlocked or garage open overnight and you are fine. Usually, thieves that make a habit of it get caught pretty quickly. However, as far as safety goes, it's one of the safest areas in the metro.
The school there is Nickajack, and is a good school.
If you are looking for something more tucked away, suburban and exclusive, then go to subdivisions off the East-West connector. If you are looking for a healthy, walkable area and still a great place to raise kids, then The Park may be it.
For High School, Campbell, is one of the best in Cobb, nationally ranked, and has an IB program. For elementary, Russell, Nickajack, Kings Spring and Teasley are all very good. The middle schools are about average for Cobb and getting better. The elementary schools are about average for Cobb. So that skews test scores, but you get a good education. Brown was very good but closed down due to cost of upkeep since it was one of the oldest schools in Cobb County and now the new Smyrna Elementary is where those students would be, and I assume it will be about as good as Brown but we will have to see. Kings Springs is the best in Smyrna, based on test scores though I wouldn't read too much into test scores for reasons I mentioned above. Kings Springs is smaller so it is better equipped to handle disadvantaged students.
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As for this particular circa 2000 Pulte homes development, it is not in a very good section of Smyrna as it borders an old industrial/commercial area. Worse, the farther east you go, the more crime you will encounter due to the low income demographic which is always the main driver of crime. The $170 Assoc fee covers a lot of services we all have to pay as home owners and is not actually as exorbitant as it may look at first glance.
Having said all that, this is not the place I would recommend if I were representing you as clients - you can do better. This value trends in this developement going forward will not perform as well as other better options.
As for crime, you should call the Cobb/Smyrna police and I also suggest you visit http://www.MyLocalCrime.com - it shows types of crime by zip and area and refreshes the map as you scroll the map. The FBI has a really good crime stat site but I forget the link, and it is not easy to find.
Let me know if I can help you.
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