I just bought the worst house on a Premier street in the historic West End. I started looking in November and it was my first trip to Atlanta. I instantly fell in love with the place. I am a Black Canadian who moved to the U.S as a permanent resident in 2012. I made a choice that was good at the time but knew it wasn't a forever home. Now the kids are gone and it's all about us. Atl is the place! Anyhow started our search in Edgewood and after two bad experiences ended up by chance in Historic West End. When we think back on it we feel blessed to have found the spot we are supposed to live in for the rest of our lives. Close to the finest educational institutions, close to downtown, Westside and using the 20 first and the connect thereafter, everywhere else is nearby. In fact, we bought two homes for the price of one in Edgewood! Traffic over there was crazy on a weekend. Here, one moves effortlessly through the area.
Don't worry about crime. It's as safe as any other neighbourhood. Price values are rising fast. Gentrification is clearly evident. All races are here and get along well. West end has the most historic homes. I love it and I didn't even know where I had bought or the true value til now. You will love it -- don't worry!... 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
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