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Lorelie, Home Buyer in Smyrna, GA

Im interested in a house in this location but I am concerned about the high crime statistics. How safe do the single women, or single mothers feel?

Asked by Lorelie, Smyrna, GA Fri Sep 28, 2012

living in this area?

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Real estate agents are not allowed to comment on whether or not a neighborhood is good or bad. That is research that you would need to do on your own. There are a Federal Fair Housing Laws that prohibit that from happening. It is up to the individual to make their own determination about a specific area. Should a real estate agent 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.greatschools.org/
http://www.neighborhoodscout.com

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2 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Sep 28, 2012
I have a family in the area Dawn speaks about and lived there since 2007 and I think Dawn either had a single bad experience or doesn't know what she is talking about.

Dawn, I imagine one of the apartments you are talking about is West Village, and the crime there is very temporary due to construction attracting copper thieves. I think your response would cause unnecessary alarm. The area Dawn is speaking of is one of the most high-end areas after Vinings, and in fact isn't even Smyrna but is called "West Vinings". There are a few Smyrna neighborhoods mixed in as well, mostly new developments. The area between S. Cobb Dr and Atlanta Rd has million dollar homes within walking distance and if it were so dangerous as you say, people wouldn't be living there. Right there is also Ivy Walk and my neighborhood, which is in Smyrna right across South Cobb Dr along the East West Connector. It is the BEST part of Smyrna in terms of crime.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Nov 1, 2012
I USE TO LIVE IN THE AREA, CRIME IS LOW, BUT THE APARTMENTS ON CHURCH ROAD AND ON OAKDALE ROAD ARE BRING MORE IN, IF YOU LOOK ON CRIME STOPPERS OR DOG WATCHER YOU WILL SEE. ALSO YEARS AGO WHEN THE HOUSE MARKET WAS GOOD, A DEVELOPER WENT IN BOUGHT OUT THE PEOPLE FOR VERY GOOD MONEY, AND BUILD NEW VERY NICE HOMES, HE FORCECLOSE AND NOW MOST OF THE HOMES ARE EMTY NEVER SOLD. VERY BAD AREA AS TRAFFICE BECAUSE THEM ROADS ARE SO CLOST TO SOUTH COBB DRIVE AS A SHORT CUT
0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Nov 1, 2012
The crime isn't really high in Smyrna. Smyrna just has better enforcement, so it seems that way whereas in other areas they wouldn't be caught or would go unreported. Most crimes are either traffic, domestic, misdemeanors or property crime anyway, and even that is much lower than in most of the metro area. Not a lot of violent crime. I live here with two kids and have no concerns. I have an executive-level salary so there's no reason I'd have to be here unless I wanted to. Instead, I moved here a couple years before I had kids, fell in love with Smyrna, and decided this is where I wanted to raise them. So the rest is history :-)

My advice is take the normal precautions you would anywhere. Go for walks with a partner and pick areas where there are people around and during lighted times. Random things happen everywhere in the world so you always need to be safe.

I'm not an agent so I can give some opinions. The high-income neighborhoods are typically South of Windy Hill. However, if low-income is all you can afford, you're still better off in the low-income parts of Smyrna than other communities of comparable price throughout the metro area. In those low-income areas, the tearing down of some of the worst apartments has had an immediate positive effect, so in low-income parts of Smyrna it's mostly just hard-working people that don't have a lot of money to their name. Nevertheless, if you're in a low-income range, I'd go for condos with HOAs. Usually, crime is very centralized to a specific street or block, so you just have to do some research by talking to people. A crime map isn't going to be much help.

When you get South of Windy Hill, and it gets very wealthy very quickly, and there really isn't that much crime in a typical neighborhood that has your 3-4br homes and sometimes a million dollar home here or there.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Oct 4, 2012
When it comes to any safety/crime related issues, it's always best to contact the local police department with all your questions, hear all there is to hear firsthand. If unfamiliar with the area(s) do revisit more than once and at different times of day, possibly chat with locals/neighbors. Real estate professionals are prohibited from steering, enticing a buyer to purchase/rent, or not, in specific neighborhoods.
http://www.neighborhoodscout.com/
https://www.crimereports.com/
http://www.homefair.com/
0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Sep 28, 2012
Thank you, I appreciate the suggestions and information. I will do some investigating over the weekend.
Thanks!
-Lorelie
0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Sep 28, 2012
Rodney has a great answer. My suggestion is to drive by and talk to the neighbors. Park your car and walk around on the weekend. Neighbors will tell you far more than agents are allowed to say or probably even know. In my last 3 neighborhoods I stopped to talk to the neighbors before I bought a home there. It was great and we ended up with instant new friends in each neighborhood!

Jen Bowman, Associate Broker
Keller Williams Realty
404-456-5024
Web Reference: Http://www.JenBowman.com
0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Sep 28, 2012
I liove and sell in Smyrna. I feel very safe a s it is a very Vogue area. Many thing s going on and great food and Community. As far as crime that is a a question you may need to look up, however I live here and love it. You may go to my website http://www.smyrnahomefinder .com for my info. We would love to have you here in the city
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