Ms.williams, Renter in Decatur, GA


Asked by Ms.williams, Decatur, GA Thu Apr 12, 2012

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We are getting ready to buy in Adair Park. We wanted an historic neighborhood and a good price. We did a significant amount of research including attending the Community Association meeting, contacting the Zone 3 police department, etc. This is an active and engaged neighborhood who take great pride in the direction it is going in. It is diverse with Blacks, Whites, Latino's, Gays, etc.

We are fortunate in that we could live almost anywhere in the city and we are PROUD to be able to call Adair Park our new home! It's an urban environment in a big city so there will ALWAYS be some undesirable elements but that is mitigated by the sincere desire the residents have for improving not just THEIR home but their individual blocks as well! This grows if from being simply a "neighborhood" to being a COMMUNITY! I hope this helps you.
1 vote Thank Flag Link Mon Jun 18, 2012
Hi Ms.williams,

Feel free to check out Trulia's Local Info for crime, commute and school data.

Let us know if you have any other questions!

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0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Jun 27, 2012
That depends on what you feel determines a 'bad area.' The best way for a potential resident to determine if an area meets your expectation of a "good area" is to research that area yourself. An agent can NOT legally provide advice on an area and even if they could their opinion is subjective. What one persons views as a "good neighborhood" another my view as a "bad neighborhood" and vice versa. If you would like information on where/how you can research this information I'd be happy to help! Feel free to email me anytime for details.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Apr 12, 2012
That is something that you would need to research for yourself. What a real estate agent can say about an area is restricted by Fair Housing Laws.

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0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Apr 12, 2012
Ms. williams,

Are you from Decatur? Your Trulia Voices title says that you are. I am too. I heard that your part of Decatur is good and that mine is bad. Hmmm...

Adair Park, Capitol View, Capitol View Manor and Sylvan Hills are far from bad. Whoever the jive turkey is that is telling you that Adair Park is bad needs to check themselves before they wreck themselves...
0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Apr 12, 2012
Would you like to ask a question? Buy a house? If you want to know about a specific area, your best option is to research it yourself. Use google. Use a few key words like crime / adair park / etc. Don't use "etc." use another key word. If you can post on Trulia, you can do the research for yourself. I believe you can do it and you'll be glad you answered your own question. Good luck in determining the social status of your community.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Apr 12, 2012
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

■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.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Apr 12, 2012
Bad as in good; or bad as in awful?
0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Apr 12, 2012
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