I think most areas in and around the city of Atlanta are socially moderate so I wouldn't limit the search based upon that. I would however, be very careful to study the track record of the particular area with regard to price. It seemed that Atlanta was supposed to enjoy unabated growth and prosperty, even in those areas where common sense dictated otherwise. Many in this business and the development business essentially said damn the torpedos, convinced buyers to buy nonsense, and we see the results. You should come back to basics and stay in the neighborhoods with the established history of value and appeal.
Additionally, I personally don't see the need to spend 1.5M on a home you describe. There are significant bargains out there but it's location first, track record of the area second. You can do very well at this time if the approach, research and preparation is correct. Above all, be decisive if and when "the house" comes along. I know from where I speak, I'm completing about 30-40 appraisals a month in and around the city in addition to my sales business. Drop me a line, I can offer more pointed ideas.
Hank Miller, SRA, ABR
Associate Broker & Certified Appraiser
Prudential GA Realty
I believe that you will love Ansley Park, and at your price point, you can buy a very nice property. The Sherwood Forest section of AP is quiet, lovely, and actually does feel "suburban." Lots of mid-century moderns and other terrific architecture...
Buckhead Forest, Garden Hills, LaVista Park, Morningside, Virginia Highland, Candler Park, Lake Claire and Inman Park will all have the comfort, safety and neighborly feel that you seek, and almost all of them will have houses priced in your range.
The great thing about Atlanta is that you may find yourself spending less than $1.5M on this purchase.
I would also suggest an area that you should at least visit - Glenwood Park, which is a "new urban" development near Grant Park and the East Atlanta Village - very affordable, and a delightful, welcoming neighborhood.
Atlanta has been called the "City Too Busy to Hate" and since 1987, when the KKK protested a civil rights march in Cumming, GA, and since the 1996 Olympics, when we polished the city for the world, most of the nonsense and baseless hate has subsided. We host a massive Pride weekend, we host the national Black Gay Pride weekend every Labor Day, and we have plenty of very friendly, very cool "gayborhoods" all over Intown.
If you love modern design, I'm thinking right now of a Robert Green designed house, on the edges of Buckhead and Midtown built in the early '60's that is priced at $1.1M. Almost 2 acres of lush tranquility. If not, then get your real estate on - Atlanta is loaded with lovely houses for sale right now, and inventory will increase by probably 20% in the next 90 days.
My wife, my daughter, and all of my daughter's gay uncles welcome you to the A.
I've lived in Brookhaven (2 miles away from here) - I found it a little cold. Buckhead (2 miles away) has its appeal for some - it's very busy, lots of traffic. Decatur (about 5 miles) is great, but not easy to get to (probably part of why it has retained its charm). Ansley is nice but feels a bit crowded to me (smallish lots); Inman Park is gorgeous but there's definitely an urban element to it, along with some of the problems you find in urban areas (my friend's wall gets graffitied regulary, for example).
Also - be careful - City of Atlanta/Fulton County property taxes and water/sewer costs tend to be high. Here in unincorporated DeKalb County, taxes are reasonable (mine are a bit less than $1K per $100K of value) and I pay around $25 a month for water, sewer, and trash collection.
Good luck and welcome to Atlanta! :)
You may want to check out this home located just 7 miles from Midtown in Decatur:
I am about to list another fabulous home in Midtown that might suit your needs as well.
Feel free to contact me with questions. You will love it here!
Jen Bowman, Broker Associate
Midtown, Virginia Highlands, Candler Park/Lake Claire and I would even suggest Druid Hills which is a beautiful neighborhood designed by Frederick Olmstead located close to Emory University(think driving Miss Daisy). These are all wonderful neighborhoods each with it's own type of architecture/style.
All of these neighborhoods are close to downtown(Midtown being the closest to the actual downtown area)and they are all fairly close to each other as well.
As a native of Atlanta who has really witnessed this City evolve, Atlanta overall is comparatively an inclusive and welcoming place for everyone.
I do think that Ansley Park is a nice selection, however if you seek alternatives I would like to recommend a few that are relatively progressive in appeal within establish neighborhoods. You may want to consider Brookhaven, Collier Hills, Glenwood Park, and Inman Park â€“ all minutes from entertainment, dinning and shopping, art and culture. All of which currently have inventory in your price range.
Base on your time frame, some new products/homes are currently under construction within these areas. Feel free to contact me direct with any questions, I will be happy to establish a customized client Gateway for you to view properties in these areas as well Midtown and Ansley Park.
Real Estate Consultant
Beside the intown area you also might want to look at the East Point, College Park, Hapeville area. They are on the south side of Atlanta and have a lot of rehab homes and newer homes built where old homes were torn down. They also have a significant gay population, I have sold several homes to partners in that area.
Best of Luck
Other than Druid Hills, I'd say Midtown and Ansley Park are definitely places you want to look. Buckhead has a very different ambience -- it appeals to some and turns others off. To find the area that suits you best you'll really need to spend some time in it -- you can't get the true feel for any neighborhood online or from other people's comments.
Best of luck to you! And WELCOME TO ATLANTA! :)
I'm going to give some advice that's a little bit against the grain here.
Don't limit yourself to the city.
There are many charming areas just outside of the city limits.
I live in one of those myself. The neighborhood is filled with every person from families to "family" to singles to empty nesters. But my neighborhood has a real entrepeneurial spirit too. And, without exception, everyone I have met in the neighborhood has a live and let live attitude.
It's 20 minutes outside of downtown Atlanta, 15 minutes from the airport and houses range from the 200Ks to $2 million.
I think you should check it all out (intown and out of town). If you do decide to buy intown, do some major negotiating, there are some incredible reductions going on in places like Buckhead, Ansley and midtown.
In your pricepoint, there are some genuine steals, deals and exciting homes to look at.
I would love to show you around myself.
Atlanta is an exciting city. I've been here since '92, moved here from Miami and never looked back.
My office is in Buckhead and there are some fantastic houses that I t hink you should see, both intown and out.
Former LA resident (near Melrose Ave)
Prudential Georgia Realty
Ansley Park â€“ 700k to 3 million - zip 30309
Sherwood Forest â€“ 700k to 2.5 million - zip 30309
Morningside â€“ 500k to 2 million â€“ zip 30324
Virginia Highlands â€“ 500k to 1.3 million â€“ zip 30306,30324
Midtown â€“ 500k to 1.3 million â€“ zip 30308
Feel free to call me with questions!
I am not a Realtor so please accept this listing information as simply information. The listing agent is the agent I recommended earlier. She is German by the way and a European delight.
Hope this helps!
I can recommend a great agent and her name is Hanne Marie. She is a delight to work with as her positive energy will keep you laughing. Her honesty will help find you a great home. Please contact me by email from my profile for her information.
Hope this helps!