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Old 12-14-2008, 08:59 PM
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I am moving to Athens, GA to attend law school and am interested in buying a house. Does anyone have any recommendations for areas of town that are nicer and safer than others? Are there any bad parts of town to avoid? Any parts that have more crime than others? I really want to be in an established neighborhood that is VERY safe, as I will be living by myself and want to be able to sleep at night!

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Old 12-22-2008, 03:57 PM
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I would like to know more on Athens as far as crime goes.I may be moving there soon.I have not been able to find any real hard crime stats for Athens.

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Old 12-23-2008, 05:06 AM
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Default Athens

Just moved back to NY from Athens where we lived for 4 years...for a small town, imo, there is quite a bit of crime, but I don't know if it only seems that way because they have crime stories in the paper every day...don't get me wrong, I loved living in Athens and I do miss it from time to time...especially the weather, the University and of course, the sports..
anyway..we lived on the eastside off Whit Davis Road, which is off 78..we lived in the Woods of Habersham subdivision and had never heard of any crimes in our neighborhood. I loved our house and wish I could have taken it with me...lol...
Good Luck, I think you'll enjoy Athens
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Old 12-23-2008, 01:44 PM
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I am from Athens, and still live here. Of course, there is crime, just like any city. I have personally never had anything happen to me or to my home/belongings and feel safe here with my two young children. As far as areas of town to invest in, the Normaltown/Boulevard area would be a great place to buy a house, but they are relatively expensive for this area - but highly desired and appreciate more quickly in my opinion. The east side of town is also a good place to buy for appreciation, and there are more subdivisions, there are some of the better public schools on that side of town, too. Hope that helps.
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Old 12-24-2008, 11:57 PM
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My mom has been trying to sell her house if you're interested I'm sure she's willing to pack up and move to TX where she's been wanting to

I loved growing up in Athens and did move away about 7 years ago (still can't believe it's been that long) but I still visit on average 2 times a year for a month at a time.

There really isn't a lot of crime rates to go off of because of the University (in my opinon) but you do want to live on the east side or somewhere in Oconee. (East side of course would be SE of UGA...I know it's weird)

I hope you enjoy ATH and if you need anymore help, let me know. My mom is also the admin assistant to a pastor and can help with any transition
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Old 12-27-2008, 04:42 PM
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Green Acres Subdivision.
Cedar Creek Subdivision.
5 Points and half-mile around that.
Oconee County anywhere.

Check out Online Athens | Athens Banner-Herald | Athens, Ga. which is the local paper. they now have crime map.

Most of the crime is property crime by far with student cars broken into due to leaving laptops, phones, everything in view. When students are gone, apartment breakins increase.

If you have kids, ACC schools are poor.

Use commonsense. Most crime occurs at night. Have a peephole in your door. Change the locks. Have a locksmith install good locks.

You are more likely to get hurt in a car accident or killed riding a bike.

95% of the crime is from one group and it is crime among that group as far as violence is concerned.
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Old 12-27-2008, 05:01 PM
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Good luck in law school - I'm also a UGA law grad.

I recommend Winterville, Ga. It's about 7 miles from the law school but with no traffic on the back roads. Great neighborly atmosphere and plenty of inexpensive housing. Little to no crime. I lived there for all three years and loved it. Very quiet and few distractions.
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Old 12-27-2008, 08:43 PM
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The previous writer is correct. Winterville is probably the most pleasant place inside of Clarke County. However, it has no conveniences such as grocery stores and it has no bus line as do the Eastside neighborhoods mentioned. Athens has a nice bus system which in the age of pricey gasoline has its benefits.

Good luck.
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Old 12-29-2008, 12:24 AM
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I lived in Athens for a while and really liked it.
It all depends on how much you want to spend and how close to the University you want to be.
You might want to check out The 5 Points area. It's the area around the intersection of Milledge Ave and Lumpkin Street. That area is very safe and close to the university.. I think the campus bus line even swings through there so thats convenient. The only downside is that it is going to be more expensive than other areas. 5 points has several restaurants (the best restaurant in the city, 5 and 10 is located there!), there is also an old fashioned Pharmacy and a small grocery store.

Another neighborhood worth checking out is Normaltown. Its out off Prince Ave by the Hospital and the former Navy school. You can find a very reasonably priced bungalow out that way and its only like a 8 min drive or less to downtown and the university.

The Beechwood Neighborhood is also nice. Its an established subdivision of mostly brick ranch homes
near alps rd and Baxter St intersection. It is very convenient to restaurants and shopping being next o Beechwood shopping center and about a 6 minute drive to the university.
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Old 12-29-2008, 05:21 AM
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Speaking of the Athens bus line...It is free for UGA Students and UGA employees and is very convenient.
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