About 10 minutes depending on traffic and actual building on campus. GSU is spread out over multiple buildings downtown. The good news is that I-20 has a better traffic pattern coming into downtown vs I75/85 aka "the connector" and there are many sides streets to navigate as well which I highly recommend over the I75/85 North exit.... more
Listen to Pamela's advice - I was just on a Crime Report database the other day, and College Park and surrounding cites were listed as #1 in Metro Atlanta for the highest crime - all types of crime.... more
The KIPP schools are chartered, and available through an annual lottery to West End area residents. The web reference has more details. The other public schools in the area, in some cases, are either on their way up in scores and metrics, or else they are in survival mode.
Dave Howland, the Principal at KIPP Collegiate, will likely meet with you. Cool guy.
The good news is kind of two fold:
1. the West End neighbors passed historic regs over a decades ago, and as things progress, I predict that the retail and commercial borders of the historic residential neighborhood, will be updated and become a destination neighborhood.
2. depending on larger retail development nearby, particularly as the Beltline and the proposed Murphy Crossing development become more real, there is lots of upside in the 30310 neighborhoods.
Safety is up to you - visit the Zone 4 office at 1125 Cascade Circle. Ask for the beat book data that covers the street where you intend to live. Go have coffee one of the 3-4 officers who work that beat. Meet the West End neighborhood association President for coffee.
Good answer, Tyler.
Tone deaf answer, Ansar.
April, I am not your broker. However, if Tom or Kevin read your answer, then I expect that they would tell you that you need to take your answer down.
Please never ever, "steer"
Somebody's loved ones live in "...portions east of Langston Avenue and north of Ralph D. Abernathy and West Joseph Lowery Blvd..."... more
I would not, as a single woman, consider either neighborhood/city. I recently became a renter when a thug kicked down my door in East Point. Both neighborhoods were up and coming, but didn't make it. I suggest you look elsewhere.... more
This is an age-old problem. I have not been able to get any banks or mortgage brokers to return calls reliably for 20 years. There is a general lack of professionalism in most of the profession, though by no means all. I would sincerely say 90% of the people in the business are sloppy workers who don't follow through. I know this sounds harsh, but we've been dealing with them for two decades, are always polite, patient, and professional, and my business has a spotless record, an A rating from Dun and Bradstreet, an my personal credit score is 805. Whenever I list a job in the company, we are always deluged by people who have been in this industry. I have an investment firm, and I would say 40% of the resumes we get are from people in this field, and, sadly, they never have sufficient qualifications for our work. Every single person I have spoken to on this subject has said the same. I hate to think this, but I believe it has to do with the fact that there is no international competition ... yet.... more
I personally know 5 families that have moved to the West End in the past 2 years, lots of change going on and housing is still the best price for the home in Atlanta. If you are looking to buy a historic home you cannot do better than the West End!... more
We moved from Buckhead to West End back in July 2008 and couldn't be happier. As Mee Mee said, crime is everywhere in Atlanta - truth is, crime follows the opportunity. The West End Neighborhood Development (W.E.N.D.) meeting last week (every first Tuesday at the Peeples Street library) reported that crime in West End is down 60% over the last two years. The VAST majority of crimes here are teenagers breaking in to a car, stealing stuff from stores, or petty quick little smash and grabs.
Honestly, this is Atlanta's hidden gem and in only a few years it is going to rival East Atlanta and Inman Park - and for the GREAT home deals it is hard to pass up. Perfect location, great neighbors, active association, and lots of potential. Plus some of the most amazing historic homes you have ever seen. Feel free to checkout my website at www.beecherbungalow.com or email me at email@example.com.
p.s. We are having a Spring Festival in West End this year, check out www.atlantawestfest.com... more
I got notified by this site of a response and wanted to add to it a little follow-up. Although the real estate market is in shambles the most peculiar thing seems to be happening in West End... There are more people buying homes here then in recent history. Owner occupied!!! Maybe its because of the low prices, maybe its because credit is harder to get without a certain size down payment, maybe its because of the recent favorable buzz about the neighborhood, but its happening. I must admit I was worried that the housing slump was going to have a negative impact on the community, but West End and adjacent neighborhoods have been seeing a steady stream of new residents.
Also, there are 3 super markets in West End (Kroger, Big Bear (fresh produce), Super Value (Next to Mall) and there is talk about a weekend Farmers Market (we'll see). Restaraunts are ok, but depends on your taste (Chantarelles, Soul Vegetarian, Taste of Caribbean, Gut Busters (Philly Cheese Steaks), Q-Time, Pizza Pie, other fast food types). There is one that is set to open in some Warehouse space on White St and I don't know what the hold up is with the Chicken & Waffles that was scheduled. There's more, but haven't been to them. Basically, if you want Thai, Italian, or Indian you'll have to hop in the car or on the train, but you won't have to go far.
West End's main Coffee shop has to be 'The Grounds' below Sky Lofts. Good coffee + Poetry reading + art selling + Comfy Sofas + Wi-Fi kind of place. Then you got Krispy Kreme (The kind with the conveyor belt) and a Dunkin Donuts.
Been here almost 4 years now and all-in-all I'm happy here. I don't expect things to change overnight, but honestly that doesn't bother me. I don't view it as a bad neighborhood. I've got good neighbors and I feel comfortable here.... more