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Old 01-30-2013, 05:43 PM
 
Location: Atlanta
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Is the southwest side of Atlanta a bad area? Home prices are a lot cheaper than the northern suburbs. Even newer homes are much cheaper.
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Old 01-30-2013, 06:41 PM
 
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They're definitely cheaper, not because of danger, just simply there isnt much down there, for example the closest costco is over 4 0minutes north by cumberland mall in smyrna. The closest whole foods in in buckhead, closest target is in midtown on 17th street. Most importantly jobs, majority of jobs are North Atlanta, majority of the office parks are North. Now if you work at the Airport or at home and wholefoods isnt important to you, or you simply dont mind driving far to everything, then most defintely sw atl would be ideal to buy a home. The Prices you just cant beat for the amount of sf you get.

If I worked for cocacola downtown I would most definitely buy a home in sw Atlanta, I dont have kids, and dont plan any time soon, so schools arent important to me. I have no advice on schools in tht area.
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Old 01-30-2013, 07:38 PM
 
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"Southwest side of Atlanta" - do you mean SW ATL in the city limits, or Southwest Fulton County? That is a much larger area. I live in SW ATL city limits and it takes me 25 mins to get to Harrys in Marietta, 15 mins to get to the Galleria/Cumberland area (where they have a costco), 15 mins to get to whole foods on ponce, and about 10 mins to get to the Target/Lowe's/BJ's at Camp Creek (driving time; MARTA rail/bus access is an option too). East ATL is about 15 mins away for the Edgewood shopping center/L5P area. Kroger/Publix/several large drug store chains are minutes away. I don't really want to be closer than 15 mins to gigantic strip mall traffic. I am within walking distance of an organic grocery, several restaurants, churches, bank, drug store, and small businesses and have easy access to 4 train stations.

Parts of SW Fulton county are very undeveloped; SW atlanta can be suburban or urban depending on the area. So what pit2atl says can be true if you are in the farther reaches of the Fairburn/West Cascade/Campbellton area. But you are just a few miles from downtown if you are looking at the Beltline neighborhoods along the SW corridor. You see a lot of cheap home values because of the high foreclosure rate due to mortgage fraud and fictitiously inflated property values during the bubble, but there are stable neighborhoods of everything from Queen Anne Victorians to 1920s cottages to 5 story mansions in gated communities depending on your budget/needs. Can't speak on schools as I don't have kids- I notice most of the kids in my neighborhood wear uniforms but I think that is an option for parents of public school kids?

A huge plus for the area is the abundance of older parks with mature trees, nature preserves, bike trails, and historic cemeteries for those who enjoy some peace and quiet with their city life.
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Old 01-30-2013, 08:18 PM
 
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"Southwest side of Atlanta" - do you mean SW ATL in the city limits, or Southwest Fulton County? That is a much larger area. I live in SW ATL city limits and it takes me 25 mins to get to Harrys in Marietta, 15 mins to get to the Galleria/Cumberland area (where they have a costco), 15 mins to get to whole foods on ponce, and about 10 mins to get to the Target/Lowe's/BJ's at Camp Creek (driving time; MARTA rail/bus access is an option too). East ATL is about 15 mins away for the Edgewood shopping center/L5P area. Kroger/Publix/several large drug store chains are minutes away. I don't really want to be closer than 15 mins to gigantic strip mall traffic. I am within walking distance of an organic grocery, several restaurants, churches, bank, drug store, and small businesses and have easy access to 4 train stations.

Parts of SW Fulton county are very undeveloped; SW atlanta can be suburban or urban depending on the area. So what pit2atl says can be true if you are in the farther reaches of the Fairburn/West Cascade/Campbellton area. But you are just a few miles from downtown if you are looking at the Beltline neighborhoods along the SW corridor. You see a lot of cheap home values because of the high foreclosure rate due to mortgage fraud and fictitiously inflated property values during the bubble, but there are stable neighborhoods of everything from Queen Anne Victorians to 1920s cottages to 5 story mansions in gated communities depending on your budget/needs. Can't speak on schools as I don't have kids- I notice most of the kids in my neighborhood wear uniforms but I think that is an option for parents of public school kids?

A huge plus for the area is the abundance of older parks with mature trees, nature preserves, bike trails, and historic cemeteries for those who enjoy some peace and quiet with their city life.

Agreed, also I must add regarding the mature tree's and nature preserves, I love the niskey cove area.
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Old 01-31-2013, 11:43 AM
 
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True, the SW suburbs are less expensive b/c the communities are a lot less developed and their are a lot less resources on the south side.

Another issue people don't like is the South Fulton school system, which also is a reason pricing is much less in areas like Camp Creek, Fairburn, College Park, etc.

Oh well, that just means more affordable living for me. That is, until I (God willing) have school aged kids.
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