I would definitely go to the websites recommended by the Realtors below. Ashford Park is a very sought after area in my opinion. The land value itself has doubled/tripled over the last year or two. The new Brookhaven Station is just going to continue this trend. I would get in before it gets too outrageously priced.
The problem you're seeing with the new constructions sitting, is that they are all higher-end properties. High-end properties in Atlanta, in general, are struggling in this market due to the mortgage industry, and I wouldn't expect it to continue long-term. With the buy out of Fannie & Freddie, hopefully we'll see a surge in all price brackets.
I had a first-time buyer client that bought in Ashford Park last year for around $275k, today I would probably list for $325k... That's a lot of appreciation in just 9 months. She absolutely loves her neighborhood and location. She has taken extra precautions to make herself feel safe, but overall has had a positive experience thus far.
Living anywhere intown you're going to come across some signifigant crime statistics. We live in a big city, the economy sucks, so you can expect some perps to be out there preying. Car and home break-ins are going to happen whether you live in Ansley Park, Ashford Park, Reynoldstown, or on the Westside. It's an unescapable trend, no matter how "nice" and "past transitional" the area is. You just need to take percautions to protect yourself, your family, and your property - just don't ever become complacent.
If I were you I would be more concerned about the school system, do your research, or have your Realtor do his/her research. It will effect your kids + your re-sale value down the line. Make sure whoever you choose to represent you is doing some hardcore research to ensure that you're making a solid investment!
Good Luck & if I can assist you in any other way, please don't hesitate to contact me!
Sarah Turner, Realtor
Sanctuary Real Estate
300 North Highland Avenue Unit B
Atlanta, GA 30307