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Brad Bruckman, Both Buyer and Seller in 89511

After much research, we are concluding that Ansley Park is the ideal Urban neighborhood to live with kids?

Asked by Brad Bruckman, 89511 Sun Feb 10, 2008

Are we missing anything about this area?

Great parks(and a seemingly always improving Piedmont Park), Botanical Garden, Summer Farmers Market, close to Virginia Highlands, Morningside Elementary, Low crime, Private Security Patrol, sidewalks, Ansley Park Golf Course, Theaters close by, everything seems great about this area except houses are expensive. If we can afford to live here, are there any downsides that we are missing? We are finding trouble seeing any. Please advise!

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If you've been thorough in your research, which means visiting the area during peak (key) hours, then I'd say you're absolutely correct, please move forward by contacting me... =) No, seriously. Most of the time when a buyer is able to see the home during times where children would be out and also later at night (dusk) it allows them to see the optimal time for all the negatives/positives of a given neighborhood.

Manicured lawns and clean streets are nice signs as well.

The proximity of those mentioned places is just a convenience and a "fun factor" to an area.

Sounds like you're going to enjoy Atlanta!

Welcome!
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Joshua Jarvis, Real Estate Pro in Duluth, GA
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Brad -
You are probably dead on about Ansley Park. As I mentioned in your previous post/question, urban is very subjective - but Ansley Park is a great area with access to lots of city activities and places, while still having a neighborhood feel. It is similar to the Virginia-Highlands area (and close to it) but the crime is generally speaking lower in Ansley. There is also Ansley Mall right at the Monroe entrance (which is more of an upscale strip mall) as well as Kroger and Publix grocery stores. At the other entrance, you are close to Peachtree Street near the High Museum/Woodruff Arts/14th Street Playhouse/etc.

The homes there are pricey, but there are a variety of styles, prices and years built - this is also a popular area for full remodels or tear-downs - since the land itself is very valuable.

I would be happy to email you some properties in Ansley Park and/or other areas near there if you would like to get directly in touch with me - no pressure to commit - but I would love an opportunity to demonstrate my skills as a real estate professional!

Best of luck to you guys!

Lee
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1 vote Thank Flag Link Sun Feb 10, 2008
Ansley Park was just honored by the American Planning Association (APA) as being one of the 10 great neighborhoods in America for the year 2011!! Quite the honor and well deserved!! I have been a homeowner in Ansley Park for the past 3 years and have to say Ansley truely is the most beautiful, most centrally located neighborhood of mostly single family homes in any city I've ever visited or lived in! On top of location, location, location, the Ansley is active with it's neighborhood association, monthly newsletter, and loads of activities...neighborhood diners club, Easter Egg hunts, Halloween parades, movie nights, restaurant trips, garden club, poetry/literature groups, etc! We are so happy to have found a great home in such a great neighborhood filled with such great neighbors! Can't think of anyplace in Atlanta we'd rather live!!
0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Dec 14, 2011
Hi Brad,

This why I love Trulia! A regular person wanting to purchase a home is gaining information about a specific area and actually doing their due diligence! And you get free advice from not one but several local real estate agents. If you read all the answers, and I’m sure you will, you will find your answer.

Ansley Park is a great area to live! It’s close to everything and anywhere you go there will be traffic/crime so why not? Yes, it is expensive but if you read the agents statements there is a lot of infilling going on. That means builders are buying the older smaller homes and tearing them down. They are then replacing them with new, modern and way more expensive homes! Naturally property values rise because of the infilling so the surrounding homes will increase in value too. To me it is a win-win situation.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Feb 13, 2008
Brad,
Have you thought about an up and coming area? An area of Altanta that I see a lot of families turning to is Grant Park. On any given weeknight, families are out to dinner in the neighborhood restaurants, and the park is a great place to meet up with other parents, walk the dog, or go for a jog. I will admit there are pockets I would avoid, there are plenty of wonderful homes in which to create many happy memories.

Check out their neighborhood website at http://www.gpna.org as well as investigate the Memorial Ave revitalization project and Zoo Atlanta . . . all IS Grant Park

Best of Luck.

Melissa Morgan
Keller Williams Premier Atlanta
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Feb 11, 2008
Brad,

I showed a $625,000 3 bedroom 2 bath house in Ansley Park last month. Probably 1400 square feet - tiny closets - tiny everything - 75 year old house. Definitely the highest price per square foot that I've recently seen.

That house will never sell in the $600's - the gap between Seller and Buyer expectations is still very high.

Nevertheless, I show houses this size all the time, but they are priced in the $300's and $400's in neighborhoods like Oakhurst, Candler Park and Kirkwood.

That being said, Ansley Park is just lovely - the Sherwood Forest area may be something that you are overlooking if you are simply seeking "Ansley Park" properties - Sherwood Forest has some great options - lots of mid-century ranches on nice lots.

If you are moving to Atlanta, then there are few neighborhoods that are as well rounded and perfectly nestled in a convenient location rich with amenities.

I love the blended architectural styles and I love the meandering streets. Ansley Park is a wonderful place to live.

Set a highest price that you are willing to pay by understanding exactly how you will finance the purchase. If you are buying a primary residence and living there for 5-10-15-20 years, stretch now. Mortgage money at the lowest rates in recent history enables greater affordability.

You will love Atlanta.
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0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Feb 11, 2008
Brad -
I keep thinking about this area now! I lived in the Virginia-Highlands area for a few years and loved it.
I found a few links (that you have likely seen) and thought I would share:
http://www.ansleypark.org/
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ansley_Park
http://www.nps.gov/nr/travel/atlanta/ans.htm
http://www.ansleygolfclub.org/

Additionally, they recently renovated Inman middle school and it seems very nice and modern.
You can get more information on the schools at:
http://www.greatschools.net/modperl/browse_school/ga/61
http://www.greatschools.net/modperl/browse_school/ga/35
http://www.greatschools.net/modperl/browse_school/ga/104

While we lived there my daughter went to a private school across from Piedmont Park which was also great! http://www.thechildrensschool.com/

Hope this helps!
Web Reference: http://www.leeadkins.net
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Feb 11, 2008
Brad, I would whole heartedly agree with Lee in his summation of the Ansley Park area. Consider Atlanta's new construction traffic issue on Techwood in midtown off of I75/I85 for the next 1.5 to 2 years. I would suggest an additional benefit to living in Ansley Park to be avoiding traffic. Considering were you have to travel to work may effect this opinion but, for the most part you can avoid most of that mess from Ansley Park.

Also in the area is Piedmont Park and The Botanical Gardens. Both offer many events and beautiful scenery.

Good Luck in your new home and welcome to Atlanta
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