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Like any other area, anywhere in the nation, I would suggest you contact the law enforcement agency in that particular area to get a real picture of the crime-rate, and then you, and only you, will be able to determine if it's "safe" for your particular situation.
Is it a "good investment". To answer this question you need to look at some historical statistics. If you have a Realtor he/she will be able to provide you with the data necessary for you to determine if it's an area where you feel comfortable in making an investment. Hope this helps you somewhat, but really there's no standard answer for your questions, and will require some homework on your part and that of your Realtor. - Steve
The best way to answer your question is, it depends on the street and what you're comfortable with. There are some excellent deals in the West End which would likely also be the areas that would be generally considered safest. And these would be your best investments.
So find what you feel like is the BEST street in the West End and buy the lowest price house needing the least expensive renovations and you've got yourself a deal.
As with most neighborhoods in large cities, it's always a good idea to practice general safety precautions. Lock your doors, keep valuables from being overly exposed, get to know your neighbors and look out for each other. If you're worried about your neighbors that's a good indication you may not want to buy the house right next to them. Just be practical of course.
I am an investor and licensed agent in the Atlanta area as well. I have for sale and manage renovated rental property occupied with tenants that pay on time located in the West End and near Fort McPherson (which will be closed and redeveloped in 2011) listed at the web reference below. I can also give you a good tour of the West End and other areas that will give you a nice return on rental properties.
Despite the bad reputation this area has in some circles, there are still a lot of owner-occupants in these neighborhoods who are vigilant about improving their quality of life and eliminating the crime that is popping up all over Atlanta.
Summit Realty Services, LLC
Are you still "just looking?"
I'll give you a thorough tour of the West End, Westview, Adiar Park, Oakland City and other nearby neighborhoods if you are still looking.
There's some good, some bad, and some ugly, but if I'm answering your 2 questions directly, then I'll say yes, it's a safe place and yes it's a good investment.
Regardless, safety and investment criteria are in the eyes of Chip, not Lee Taylor.
If you did not get your real estate on a year ago, then get your real estate on.
As in any area you need to do the homework insofar as what type of investment you are looking into. If you are looking for a home - that's easy! West End would be great.
If however, you are looking at rental - you need to look a the pitfalls and what the ROI will be (not to mention the headaches that surely come from being a landlord).
If you could be more specific in your next question: You could get better advice!
Check local statistics as Steve suggests, drive the area you want to live in, find out what's there. If you feel comfortable there then great.
As far as an investment, most areas of Atlanta are appreciating so -- to a degree -- any home purchase is a good investment. Likewise, any home purchase can be made into a disaster by choosing the wrong home and getting the wrong financing.