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Dawn, I imagine one of the apartments you are talking about is West Village, and the crime there is very temporary due to construction attracting copper thieves. I think your response would cause unnecessary alarm. The area Dawn is speaking of is one of the most high-end areas after Vinings, and in fact isn't even Smyrna but is called "West Vinings". There are a few Smyrna neighborhoods mixed in as well, mostly new developments. The area between S. Cobb Dr and Atlanta Rd has million dollar homes within walking distance and if it were so dangerous as you say, people wouldn't be living there. Right there is also Ivy Walk and my neighborhood, which is in Smyrna right across South Cobb Dr along the East West Connector. It is the BEST part of Smyrna in terms of crime.
My advice is take the normal precautions you would anywhere. Go for walks with a partner and pick areas where there are people around and during lighted times. Random things happen everywhere in the world so you always need to be safe.
I'm not an agent so I can give some opinions. The high-income neighborhoods are typically South of Windy Hill. However, if low-income is all you can afford, you're still better off in the low-income parts of Smyrna than other communities of comparable price throughout the metro area. In those low-income areas, the tearing down of some of the worst apartments has had an immediate positive effect, so in low-income parts of Smyrna it's mostly just hard-working people that don't have a lot of money to their name. Nevertheless, if you're in a low-income range, I'd go for condos with HOAs. Usually, crime is very centralized to a specific street or block, so you just have to do some research by talking to people. A crime map isn't going to be much help.
When you get South of Windy Hill, and it gets very wealthy very quickly, and there really isn't that much crime in a typical neighborhood that has your 3-4br homes and sometimes a million dollar home here or there.
Jen Bowman, Associate Broker
Keller Williams Realty