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Alpharettamom, Home Buyer in Alpharetta, GA

what is jones bridge hills SD like?

Asked by Alpharettamom, Alpharetta, GA Thu Jun 14, 2012

Rode thru the neighborhood and liked the homes from the outside. Any thoughts on the location and neighborhood?

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Hank Miller - Broker/Appraiser’s answer
Sold one and have one under construction in there. Good value, good builder and almost built out. Not a huge community, good location to everything. Prices have increased a good bit from the first few but still compares well to what's out there.

Hank
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Great location (a little bit better in my opinion than the west side of Hwy 400) as it's convenient to shopping, good schools, parks and other amenities. They are offering a $10,000 buyer bonus if you buy before the end of the month. The lot you pick, of course, is important (be wary of what you back to and steep drives, for example). Prices are higher than homes that sold last year (in the $300's).

I would recommend you find a great agent and look at everything in this market, in this price range, so you can compare resales (some great deals out there) to new and really get a feel for your choices in neighborhoods...big, little, with and without swim/tennis, etc.

I put my money where my mouth is on this area years ago and it's been a really great place to raise a family.

Kathy Morrison, Realtor
Broker/Owner
Team Realty Group
404-697-4626
kathy@chipandkathy.com
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Tips for Finding the Perfect Neighborhood
Your neighborhood has a big impact on your lifestyle. Follow these steps to find the perfect community to call home.

Is it close to your favorite spots? Make a list of the activities — movies, health club, church, etc. — you engage in regularly and stores you visit frequently. See how far you would have to travel from each neighborhood you’re considering to engage in your most common activities.

Check out the school district. This is especially important if you have children, but it also can affect resale value. The Department of Education in your town can probably provide information on test scores, class size, percentage of students who attend college, and special enrichment programs. If you have school-age children, visit schools in the neighborhoods you’re considering. Also, check out http://www.schoolmatters.com.

Find out if the neighborhood is safe. Ask the police department for neighborhood crime statistics. Consider not only the number of crimes but also the type — such as burglaries or armed robberies — and the trend of increasing or decreasing crime. Also, is crime centered in only one part of the neighborhood, such as near a retail area?

Determine if the neighborhood is economically stable. Check with your local city economic development office to see if income and property values in the neighborhood are stable or rising. What is the percentage of homes to apartments? Apartments don’t necessarily diminish value, but do mean a more transient population. Do you see vacant businesses or homes that have been for sale for months?

See if you’ll make money. Ask a local real estate agent to get information about price appreciation in the neighborhood. Although past performance is no guarantee of future results, this information may give you a sense of how good of an investment your home will be. A government planning agency also may be able to tell you about planned developments or other changes in the neighborhood — like a new school or highway — that might affect value.

Make personal observations. Once you’ve narrowed your focus to two or three neighborhoods, go there and walk around. Are homes tidy and well maintained? Are streets quiet? How does it feel? Pick a warm day if you can and chat with people working or playing outside.
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