There's a lot of gossip and ugly backbiting and in-fighting because it's populated by bored moms that don't work, don't volunteer and just spend their time shopping and being ugly to their neighbors. You may get a home that will retain its value, but you will also get unparalleled harassment that reduces your quality of life to zero.
If you must buy in Brookstone, buy in the original Brookstone 1 - it is much less uppity and comfortable. But better yet, avoid Brookstone altogther and buy in one of the other lovely and less antagonistic neighborhoods nearby.
I would like to briefly piggy back on some of the great responses you have received from the other professionals. To answer your first question, yes, Brookstone has been overall very transient. It is a very well maintained large community, and many of our residents have relocated here through employers such as GE, Lockheed, Home Depot, Seimens, Coca Cola to name only a few. These employers transfer their employees on an average of about 2-5 years. As a relocation specialist, I have many helped families relocate in and out of the neighborhood.
44 sex offenders seem highly inaccurate. I also recommend the website you were given below.
Considering the challenge that all neighborhoods are facing with shortsales & foreclosures, many of the sections of Brookstone have been able to sustain their home values. Keep in mind that there are different sections, in different price ranges, districted to different schools.
It is a very large subdivision and I agree with the comments. The percentage isn't bad comparative to the general housing market. I am a resident in Camden Pointe which is adjacent to Brookstone. It is smaller, but doesn't have many homes in the range you are wanting. One comment I would make regarding schools is be sure to look a the capacity of kids attending schools. Ford has several trailers due to overcapacity. The school is good, but there are many good schools including Frey and the newer school, Pickets Mill, which will be opening this fall which Camden Pointe will have the option to attend. Frey has great test scores and I expect Pickets Mill to be better.
Brookstone is a very large desirable neighborhood. There are also several different sections of Brookstone and they are still growing with their newest development being The Farm at Brookstone which is in the 500,000 price range. So as you can see Brookstone as a whole is very large and cater to a variety of homeowners..
As far as there being a lot of homes for sale - I think there are a few explanations for this, yes one being that the market has buyers scared and therefore sellers homes are just sitting. Second reason is foreclosed properties due to predatory lending. Third being transfers, We have a large number of people that work here in the Atlanta area that get transfered everey couple of years.
I do have to say that I have never had anyone complain about the pools being overcrowded and all the people that I know of that live in Brookstone just love it.
I know that 44 reg sex offenders seem like a lot, but also look at the amount of people that are living in this one area alone. I don't think this is normal for any one area but again I also do not think that most people know that there are sex offenders living near by.
The homes in Brookstone hold value for sure as well as they can seeing what has happened in this market.
Here is another list of neighborhoods for you to check out. There may be a few repeats from the last list I gave you but this time I figured in your price range.
Hamlet @ Ford Lake
And as I said before if you would like me to email you the list of homes available in all of these subdivision for your review I would be more than happy to do so.
It's been a pleasure to help you and please call me if you need further assistance.
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