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Kendra, Home Buyer in Wilmington, DE

I'm a single female considerig moving to Atlanta in Spring 09'. What's the SAFEST place to live near the city?

Asked by Kendra, Wilmington, DE Wed Aug 27, 2008

I want to purchase a house, condo or townhouse, is it feasible to do so under 150,000 and be within the marta line?

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Safe is relative, so I would pull crime stats and talk to neighbors and drive around during different times during the day. I would also remember that part of living in the city also requires thicker skin and it is important to always be aware of your surroundings. As a female myself, I rely on my dog and my alarm as well as taking precautions in order to ensure my safety. In my neighborhood, I walk and run with my dog, but I never walk anywhere at night. These are just a few things that you will consider when living in the city.

Also, with your price range, I would suggest condos and/or townhomes. You can purchase in gated or secured communites with covered parking or parking near your unit or a unit off the ground level.

If you are comfortable with the gritty aspects of the city, I would certaintly recommend to you many neighborhoods: Midtown, Little Five Points, Candler Park, Inman Park, VA Highlands, Old Fourth Ward, Decatur, Kirkwood, and much more. All of these neighborhoods are small communities with character of their own and plenty to do as far as shopping, restaurants, bars, etc. Atlanta has plenty to offer and I love living here, but there are small trade-offs that come with the city and part of that might be the "safe" aspect, depending on your comfort zone.
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1 vote Thank Flag Link Wed Sep 3, 2008
Lisa's answer is absolutely right - when you visit, set up some agent interviews and get tours of the neighborhoods that make sense for your budget and your commuting needs.

You have a wide array of choices along the North MARTA line into Chamblee, South near the West End, Eastward into Decatur and in the heart of downtown in Castleberry Hill. Midtown has affordable options too, but in many cases - all over town, you will trade square footage and floor plan, for location, updated finishes and amenities.

Come on down here and get your real estate on.
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0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Aug 28, 2008
Kendra,

One thing going for you is the abundance of condos and townhomes that are on the market in the Atlanta area. The over supply of these units drives prices down and thats a good thing for you.

You can also consider purchasing a foreclosure, HUD, or Short sale to get even more for your money.

James Dudley
ERA Sunrise Realty
678-781-7418
0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Aug 28, 2008
There are plenty of safe neighborhoods in and around Atlanta but no one will be able to answer where YOU will feel safe. You need to take the time to visit the city and see a variety of properties meeting your needs in different areas. Your requirement of being near the MARTA rail line combined with your budget is already going to significantly limit the number of options that you have so find an agent who can show you properties that meet your requirements and then do your research on the neighborhoods you find that you like the most to see what will suit you best. Good luck!
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