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Old 01-28-2018, 01:20 AM
 
Location: Valdosta (Atlanta Native)
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Moving to Clayton County has freed Bonnie Shekarabi.
After decades living on Atlanta’s northside in south Forsyth County, Shekarabi and her husband moved south to Jonesboro in 2014 to get away from traffic congestion, save money on housing and have better access to Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, concerts in Midtown and shopping at Tanger Outlets in Locust Grove.

“The access to highway systems was just unbelievable,” Shekarabi said of adjusting to living in Clayton, where she found a 3,800-square-foot home for half the price per square foot that she sold her former home for. “We had access to highways from our home near John’s Creek, but you had to go through a whole lot of suburbs to get there. And by the time you arrived, they would be so clogged it would take forever. We felt very liberated.”

Almost a decade after it became ground zero for the region’s sub-prime lending and logged some of metro Atlanta’s highest foreclosure rates, Clayton County is slowing becoming a residential destination, real estate experts and county officials say. Homeowners looking for alternatives to gridlock on metro Atlanta’s highways and surging home prices on the city’s more prosperous northside are taking tours of the county with Realtors while developers are bidding to restart housing projects abandoned when the economy went south in 2008.

The average price of a new home in metro Atlanta this year was $324,849 compared to $187,525 in Clayton. Clayton is trying to capitalize on the changes. The county is changing zoning laws to encourage developers to build homes in the range of $230,000 and up to offer a more diverse housing stock.

But the county has hurdles to overcome. It faces a number of issues, including perceptions of high crime, lack of amenities and a troubled school system because the district lost its accreditation in 2008, mostly due to infighting among board members. Despite regaining most of its accredited status in 2013, the perception of bad schools persists, much to the chagrin of Clayton Commission Chairman Jeff Turner.

“We have a good school system, contrary to popular belief,” he said, explaining the district has a new superintendent and grades are improving.

The county also is hoping to turn renters into homeowners. As many as 42 percent of the county’s population rents their homes, one of the highest rental rates in the metro area, Clayton officials said. That, however, is a decrease from a decade ago when the rental rate reached as high as 60 percent.

Paris Taylor, a Realtor with Berkshire Hathaway, said she has seen an uptick in clients considering Clayton County as their new home. House hunters, unable to afford Atlanta dwellings starting at $500,000 and up, like that Clayton offers homes in the $200,000 range. Another lure is MARTA, which began offering bus service to the county in 2015.

“We have more people coming in who are interested in buying in this area because it is so greatly located,” she said “This is where people are starting to look.”

Keeping the county on track requires diligence, said Ricky Clark, Jonesboro’s city manager. For instance, Clark said at least seven developers have proposed finishing a 50-home Jonesboro development dubbed The Grove that had stalled during the recession. The city has been non-committal as it looks for a developer who shares its vision of better build quality for Clayton homes.

“My philosophy is, ‘If the land has been vacant this long, you’re not going to give us a shotgun house,’” Clark said. “We’re not going to approve that.”

Tashina Hamilton, who moved to the Lake Spivey area in Clayton two years ago from South Carolina, wanted to live somewhere that reminded her of home. She looked in Henry County and other parts of metro Atlanta, but she was drawn to Lake Spivey because of its golf courses, trails and well-built homes.

“I immediately fell in love with the house because it felt familiar and looked like home,” she said of the golf community. “Aesthetically it was all the things I needed. There was shopping, food and I was out of the hustle and bustle.”

She acknowledged that Clayton County has a sullied reputation among some, but she couldn’t be happier with her choice. Hamilton, who has an 8-year-old daughter, said the county has improved school quality and that investments in parks, recreation and walking trails are raising quality of life standards.

“The Jonesboro area just seems a lot less congested and spread out than the rest of metro Atlanta,” she said. “It just feels right.”
Source- Clayton County housing rebounding after years of recession woes
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Old 01-28-2018, 07:41 AM
 
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This is great.
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Old 01-28-2018, 01:07 PM
 
Location: Lake Spivey, Georgia
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Yeah! So glad to hear good news about my lovely home county. I can second the fact that Clayton has many proximities and amenities that are often ignored. Go Clayton!
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Old 01-28-2018, 01:26 PM
 
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All right, Clayton!
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Old 01-28-2018, 11:12 PM
 
Location: Georgia
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Good to hear about Clayton. Good news often doesn't make the news.
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Old 01-29-2018, 04:37 AM
 
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Shoutout to Clayco!
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Old 01-29-2018, 06:29 PM
 
Location: Valdosta (Atlanta Native)
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There are really important points to take from this long article that I didn't point out.
1. Clayton property values are much lower than the metro average, even when comparing similar housing stock
2. Clayton has less traffic and a better road network than almost every other metro county.
3. Clayton is pretty dense and nowhere in the county is a far drive from retail.
4. Clayton leadership is finally zoning for higher quality construction, unlike the cheaply built subdivisions of the 90s and early 2000s.
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Old 01-29-2018, 07:23 PM
 
Location: Searching n Atlanta
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I'm glad you posted this. Have lived in Clayco for 13 years and really can't see myself living anywhere else. Graduated in 2007 from MZHS and from Clayton State in 2014.

I am hoping to see so more development in the NW portion of the county. I see that they restarted constructed in River Station on 314 and Embassy Trace Development on 138.
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Old 01-29-2018, 08:51 PM
 
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4. Clayton leadership is finally zoning for higher quality construction, unlike the cheaply built subdivisions of the 90s and early 2000s.
This right here is critical.
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Old 02-01-2018, 09:39 AM
 
Location: Kirkwood
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A ClayCo State Rep introduced legislation that would allow kids from other school districts to attend any district in the state
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New legislation would potentially allow a child to attend any public school in the state, regardless of residence, as long as they know someone who lives in the desired attendance zone
So much for her faith in ClayCo's renaissance.
Georgia legislation would let students attend school far from home
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